Book Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (spoiler-free)

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Today I’ll be reviewing perhaps one of the BIGGEST release of 2017 – A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. A massive thank you to Bloomsbury for sending me an ARC of ACOWAR and a beautiful A Court of Thorns and Roses Colouring book. This review is spoiler-free for ACOWAR, needless to say it will contain spoilers for ACOTAR (book 1) and ACOMAF (book 2). I have to say this is on my top 5 most anticipated release of 2017 – and it did not disappoint. But again, it’s Sarah J. Maas guys, it’s quite hard to be truly disappointed when she blessed the world with Rhysand, right?

Synopsis:

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Rosesseries.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places. 

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all. 

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Book Review: Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton (spoiler-free)

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After finishing Rebel of the Sands (book 1) by Alwyn Hamilton, I simply had to pick up its sequel – Traitor to the Throne. Although I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first book, I found the second one to be really well written and I truly enjoyed it. It was a lot longer than the book 1 too. I would like to thank Allen & Unwin for providing me this review copy in exchange for an honest review. (This review contains mild spoilers for book 1 but none for book 2.)

Synopsis:

Gunslinger Amani al’Hiza fled her dead-end hometown on the back of a mythical horse with the mysterious foreigner Jin, seeking only her own freedom. Now she’s fighting to liberate the entire desert nation of Miraji from a bloodthirsty sultan who slew his own father to capture the throne.

When Amani finds herself thrust into the epicenter of the regime—the Sultan’s palace—she’s determined to bring the tyrant down. Desperate to uncover the Sultan’s secrets by spying on his court, she tries to forget that Jin disappeared just as she was getting closest to him, and that she’s a prisoner of the enemy. But the longer she remains, the more she questions whether the Sultan is really the villain she’s been told he is, and who’s the real traitor to her sun-bleached, magic-filled homeland.

Forget everything you thought you knew about Miraji, about the rebellion, about Djinn and Jin and the Blue-Eyed Bandit. In Traitor to the Throne, the only certainty is that everything will change.

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April Wrap-Up

In a blink of an eye – BAM – April is gone. For readers – great – because it’s finally May and the wait for ACOWAR is over!!! (But for uni students – not so great – because exams are fast approaching and for someone who procrastinates too much for her own good – it’s definitely not ideal.) BUT HEY ON THE GOOD SIDE: IT’S MAY WHICH MEANS THERE WILL BE SO MANY NEW RELEASES! Oh and this wrap-up will be short and sweet 🙂

This month I’ve read (click on the link to read my review!):

  1. Rebel of the Sands (⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  2. Genius: the game (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  3. Defy the Stars (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  4. 13 Reasons Why (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  5. Avenged: Ruined 2 (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  6. The Kiss of Deception (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  7. The Last of August (⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  8. Duels and Deception (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

I’m actually SO proud of myself for reading a total of 8 eights (tbh it doesn’t feel like it) – especially with uni and med school and life going on. (But honestly though, how the heck did I manage this??? I’m like truly shocked? (Zero sarcasm there) I had like 3 assignments due this month??? Anyways I guess I have to make it up in May)

Books I bought for myself this month:

  1. Daughter of Smoke and Bone (I’m so excited to start this omg)
  2. Unite Me (WARNER TRASH HERE)
  3. The Chemist (the hardback was like 16 bucks so I simply had to ok)

Books I received/ won from publishers:

  1. Avenged: Ruined 2
  2. Genius: the game
  3. The Blood Miracles
  4. Defy the Stars
  5. Stalking Jack the Ripper
  6. Girl in Between
  7. A Kiss from Mrs Fitzgerald
  8. Wonderful Feels Like This

Books I’m MOST excited about that will be released in May:

  1. Lord of Shadows
  2. A Court of Wings and Ruin
  3. The Crown’s Fate
  4. The Love Interest
  5. The Traitor’s Kiss

And that’s a wrap everyone! How many books did you read this month? What did you think of them? What books are you most excited about in May? All the best for your reading next month! xx

Book Review: Duels and Deception by Cindy Anstey (spoiler-free)

Hello lovelies! First of all I would like to thank NetGalley for providing me an e-ARC of Duels and Deception by Cindy Anstey! I have read Anstey’s debut novel Love, Lies and Spies earlier this year and let me tell you – it’s really adorable. And with this new instalment – Anstey delivered a brilliant and enthralling story once again!

Synopsis:

Miss Lydia Whitfield, heiress to the family fortune, has her future entirely planned out. She will run the family estate until she marries the man of her late father’s choosing, and then she will spend the rest of her days as a devoted wife. Confident in those arrangements, Lydia has tasked her young law clerk, Mr. Robert Newton, to begin drawing up the marriage contracts. Everything is going according to plan.

Until Lydia—and Robert along with her—is kidnapped. Someone is after her fortune and won’t hesitate to destroy her reputation to get it. With Robert’s help, Lydia strives to keep her family’s good name intact and expose whoever is behind the devious plot. But as their investigation delves deeper and their affections for each other grow, Lydia starts to wonder whether her carefully planned future is in fact what she truly wants…

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Book Review: Avenged: Ruined 2 by Amy Tintera (spoiler-free)

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“What goes around comes around” – Amy Tintera, Avenged

Happy release day to Avenged by Amy Tintera (aka sequel to Ruined)! I’ve been dying to read this ever since I finished Ruined last year – I was so hooked to the plot and characters. Since the review I’m doing is about a sequel, it will contain spoilers of Ruined (book 1) so I recommend that you only read this review if you have read Ruined – as I would hate to spoil that for you. But rest assured, this review contains zero spoilers for Avenged! Thank you to Allen & Unwin for providing me a review copy!!!

Synopsis:

Emelina Flores has come home to Ruina. After rescuing her sister Olivia from imprisonment in rival kingdom Lera, Em and Olivia together vow to rebuild Ruina to its former glory.

But their fight has only begun. Olivia is determined to destroy everyone who acts against Ruina, but Em isn’t as sure. Ever since Em posed as Prince Casimir’s betrothed in Lera, she’s started to see another side to this war. And now that Cas has taken the throne, Em believes a truce is within reach. But Olivia suspects that Em’s romantic feelings for Cas are just coloring her judgement.

Em is determined to bring peace to her home. But when winning the war could mean betraying her family, Em faces an impossible choice between loyalty and love. Em must stay one step ahead of her enemies—and her blood—before she’s the next victim in this battle for sovereignty.

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Book Review: Genius: the game by Leopoldo Gout (spoiler-free)

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Hey fellow book lovers! how are you? Today I’ll be reviewing Genius: the game by Leopoldo Gout! Guys, this book is so action-packed and it’s all about masterminds, solving riddles and figuring things out along the way. I would like to thank Pan McMillan for providing me a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Let’s get started!

Synopsis:

Trust no one. Every camera is an eye. Every microphone an ear. Find me and we can stop him together.

The Game: Get ready for Zero Hour as 200 geniuses from around the world go head to head in a competition hand-devised by India’s youngest CEO and visionary.

The Players:
Rex– One of the best programmers/hackers in the world, this 16-year-old Mexican-American is determined to find his missing brother.
Tunde– This 14-year-old self-taught engineering genius has drawn the attention of a ruthless military warlord by single-handedly bringing electricity and internet to his small Nigerian village.
Painted Wolf– One of China’s most respected activist bloggers, this mysterious 16-year-old is being pulled into the spotlight by her father’s new deal with a corrupt Chinese official.

The Stakes: Are higher than you can imagine. Like life and death. Welcome to the revolution. And get ready to run.

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Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

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Heyo bookworms! Today I’ll be doing a review for Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco which was an epic release from 2016. Thank you to Hachette Books Australia for sending my a review copy! (You guys are the best!) Without further ado, let’s get on with it.

Synopsis:

In this spine-chilling gothic murder mystery set in gritty Victorian-era London, an intrepid society girl finds herself inescapably embroiled in the investigation of a ghastly serial killer known as Jack the Ripper.

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

The story’s shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.

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Review: Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray (spoiler-free)

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray is one of my most anticipated release of 2017. I’ve been super excited to read this book as soon as I found out about it last year. Since I’m complete trash for Gray’s Firebird Trilogy, I knew I had to drop whatever I was doing to start this one (and I finished it in a day). A massive thank you to Allen & Unwin for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Synopsis:

Noemi is a young and fearless soldier of Genesis, a colony planet of a dying Earth. But the citizens of Genesis are rising up – they know that Earth’s settlers will only destroy this planet the way they destroyed their own. And so a terrible war has begun.

When Noemi meets Abel, one of Earth’s robotic mech warriors, she realizes that Abel himself may provide the key to Genesis’ salvation. Abel is bound by his programming to obey her – even though her plan could result in his destruction. But Abel is no ordinary mech. He’s a unique prototype, one with greater intelligence, skill and strength than any other. More than that, he has begun to develop emotions, a personality and even dreams. Noemi begins to realise that if Abel is less than human, he is more than a machine. If she destroys him, is it murder? And can a cold-blooded murder be redeemed by the protection of a world?

Stranded together in space, they go on a whirlwind adventure through Earth’s various colony worlds, alongside the countless Vagabonds who have given up planetary life altogether and sail forever between the stars. Each step brings them closer – both to each other and to the terrible decision Noemi will have to make about her world’s fate, and Abel’s.

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Review: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

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I won this copy of Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton from Allen and Unwin last year and finally got around to read it after hearing many great things (yay!). The fabulous team from Allen and Unwin also sent me the sequel of this book – Traitor to the Throne, which is on my April TBR (look out for its review soon!).

Synopsis:

She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.
Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him… or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

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March Wrap-Up + B’day Haul

Yo yo yo people! How are you doing today? Since I didn’t get time to finish my current read (Rebel of the Sands) last weekend (hence no review) – today I’ll be doing the monthly wrap-up plus a book haul post instead!


March Wrap-Up

This month I’ve read:

  1. By Your Side by Kasie West – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  3. Lola and the Boy Next door by Stephanie Perkins – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  4. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Compare to February (where I read about 14 books), I did quite poorly (lmao) at my reading this month (but if you count reading physiology textbooks, that’s another story haha). I’m currently at 47% in Rebel of the Sands and I am quite unsure about where it’s going – I was hooked, but not so much anymore – hopefully I’ll find time this coming weekend to finish it! Will post my over-due review then!


B’day Book Haul

I got a total of 13 books this month (2 from a friend, 1 from the publisher):

1)  Milk and Honey (I finished this in one setting – it was pretty good!)

2) This Savage Song (I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH THANKS HOMER!)

3) Wintersong (I have heard many great things about this one!)

4) Poison Study (heard mixed reviews about this – have you read it?)

5) Defiance

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6) The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Only read book 1 of the series and LOVED IT!)

7) The Evolution of Mara Dyer

8) The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Got these three in a nice box set)

9) Ugly Love

10) November 9 (My favourite NA book as of yet)

11) To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (Got the hardback for half-priced #bargain)

12) The Song Rising (Thank you to Bloomsbury for sending me a copy!)

13) Signed collector’s edition of The Song Rising

Have you read any of the mentioned books? If you have – comment your thoughts on the book/s! I’d love to know!


Here you go! My wrap up and my massive bday haul 🙂 It’s not much but I hope you enjoy this post! ‘Till next time! xx