G’day friends! How are we all on this day? It’s mid June so I thought it’s the perfect time to have another crack at the ‘Mid Year Book Freak Out’ Tag! This tag was originally created… More
HELLO MY DEAR FRIENDS~~~! Did you miss me? Well, I surely miss my spare time haha! But I’m currently in my exam week (just finished a massive exam actually), and I thought what the heck not write a blog post about what I’m gonna read after exams are over? So here we are! I mean, I can use this for a break as well as keep my eyes on the positive things in life.
First of all, I really gotta catch up on my reviewing… I love publishers and (I assume) they like me enough to send me lots of books that I’m dying to read! I’ll dish them out now and you can tell me if you have read these too!!! (they are not in order btw, but just some books that I really do want to read:
- Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman
Ok, I’ve been wanting to read this as soon as I finished Scythe (book 1 of the series). Scythe was so original, an an absolute pleasure to read and I love the Continue reading “Semester Break TBR + Update”
Hello friends! Today’s post is a little different, as I want to tell you something very exciting that’s happening this week! Patrick Ness — the author of ten epic novels, including his New York Times bestselling The Rest of Us Just Live Here, the Chaos Walking trilogy, More Than This, A Monster Calls (which was made into a major motion picture), Release, and And The Ocean Was Our Sky — WILL BE IN AUSTRALIA this week for the Sydney Writers Festival!!!
And that’s not all! He’ll be having a total of 4 book signings in Sydney and Melbourne to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the publication of the award-winning modern classic, The Knife of Never Letting Go (see synopsis down below)!!!!! It’s not everyday that an international best-selling author comes to Australia!!! Have a look at the flyer below and get around it guys! >_<
“The last person who called me by my true name was my mother, with her dying breath.”
about damn time i whip out this review so today I’ll be reviewing Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian! A review copy was provided by Pan Macmillan Australia in exchange for an honest review. (To my AU/NZ pals: I’ve got a giveaway for a copy of this book on my IG (@bibliomeds)! Do check it out!)
Let’s get into it!
*Trigger warnings*: racism, torture, bullying, discussion of rape, sexual assault (unwanted touching) death, violence, slavery, mental/emotional and physical abuse.
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Publication Date: 24 April 2018
Publisher: Pan MacMillan Australia
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Firstly, I want to say that I was SUPER DUPER excited to read this one, it sounds so epic and promising, and if you don’t know already – I’m all about intriguing plots with smart heroines, rebellions
that can go wrong in any second, thrilling romance with, of course, some unexpected betrayals and ass-kicking in between. Did Sebastian’s debut deliver to my hype? Let’s dig a little deeper and you shall find out.
Ash Princess, you guessed it, is actually a girl named Theodosia, or Theo. Theo’s mother was once the Queen of her family’s kingdom, before she was brutally murdered (in front of Theo) by the foreign army that invaded her country. And instead of killing Theo on the spot, the Kaiser (the “ruler” of the foreign nation), decided to keep her alive and use her as a reminder to her people that they are nothing but slaves to the Kaiser. So, ever since the age of 6, Theo suffered tremendously from the brutal punishments inflicted by the Kaiser.
A massive thank you to the awesome team at Penguin Random House for sending me a review copy of Tin Heart by Shivaun Plozza! This novel is one of my highly anticipated LoveOzYA reads of the year and I’m thrilled to be writing a review of it!
When Marlowe gets a heart transplant and a second chance at life, all she wants is to thank her donor’s family. Maybe then she can move on. Maybe then she’ll discover who she is if she’s no longer ‘The Dying Girl’.
But with a little brother who dresses like every day is Halloween, a vegan warrior for a mother and an all-out war with the hot butcher’s apprentice next door, Marlowe’s life is already pretty complicated. And her second chance is about to take an unexpected turn…
Hey guys! It’s been months since I’ve done a monthly wrap-up! So here it is: my January Wrap-Up post for 2018! I managed to read quite a bit this month!
The books I’ve read this month: (click on the title to see the book on Goodreads!)
- The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson (⭐⭐⭐⭐)
- The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur (⭐⭐⭐⭐)
- Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐)
- Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐) – read my review on here
- The Secret History by Donna Tartt (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐)
- The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (⭐⭐⭐⭐) – read my review on here
- The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One by Amanda Lovelace (⭐⭐⭐⭐)
- Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐)
- Confess by Colleen Hoover (⭐⭐⭐)
I managed to read 9 books this month!!! I’m so happy that I enjoyed most of the books I picked up this month! I do wish that I enjoyed The Cruel Prince a bit more as it was a very hyped book – I gave it 3.5 stars on Goodreads but I rounded it up to a 4 stars. Did you read any books that I read?
Books I bought for myself in December last year and in January:
- Wild Embers by Nikita Gill
- Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately by Alicia Cook
- Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
- Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner
- They Both Died At the End by Adam Silvera
- Everless by Sara Holland
Books I received from publishers:
Possible (and likely) books that are on my February TBR:
- Ringer by Lauren Oliver
- Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton
- A Different Blue by Amy Harmon
- Wild Embers by Nikita Gill
- Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner
How many books did you manage to read this month? Which was your favourite read? Mine was a tie between Foolish Hearts and The Secret History! What books are on your February TBR? Got any books on your wishlist? (feel free to use my affiliate links to get your copies haha! it really helps me out!) Anyways, Happy Reading lovelies!
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Before I start my review I want to say something: this is the very first time that I read Holly Black’s work (the author is also known to be the Queen of Faerie). It’s a super hyped-up book over on Bookstagram – which is one of the many reasons I’ve been so excited for this book! Thank you Allen and Unwin for sending me a review copy!
Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.
To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.
In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.
“In truth, we are rarely all on the same page. More often than not, they’re all on one page, and I’m on a completely different one.”
This is the first Emma Mills book I’ve ever had the pleasure to read and I have to say I’m completely blown away! Foolish Hearts is a beautiful and honest story about love, friendship, forgiveness and acceptance, along with a clever parallel between the cast of Foolish Hearts and the cast of Shakespearean masterpiece, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. All opinions in this review are my own. Thank you to Pan MacMillan Australia for sending my a finished copy to review.
The day of the last party of the summer, Claudia overhears a conversation she wasn’t supposed to. Now on the wrong side of one of the meanest girls in school, Claudia doesn’t know what to expect when the two are paired up to write a paper—let alone when they’re both forced to try out for the school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
But mandatory participation has its upsides—namely, an unexpected friendship, a boy band obsession, and a guy with the best dimpled smile Claudia’s ever seen. As Claudia’s world starts to expand, she finds that maybe there are some things worth sticking her neck out for.
Hello guys how have you been? It’s been ages since I last posted – let’s just say that things got so hectic over the last month! Anyways – in this post, I’ll be sharing with you my top 13 reads of 2017! Let’s get started!
I was sent this delightful novel penned by debut author Elly Blake at the beginning of the year and it truly is a gem of a kind! Frostblood is a treasure box of gorgeous proses, elemental powers, internal kingdom turmoils and a lush romance. The writing is beautiful and intricate and it got me out of a long slump! Read my full review of Frostblood on here.
The second instalment of the Ruined series is absolutely brilliant! Tintera managed to keep the striking momentum from book 1 right into book 2! Let’s just say shit went down badly in this one – and it’s absolutely action packed! I also love the development of each character! See my full review of Avenged here.
A massive thank you to the team at Harper Collins for sending me a review copy of Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff! Even since I finished Nevernight a few months ago – I desperately wanted to get my hands on Godsgrave asap, and let me tell you that this sequel was SO WORTH THE WAIT!!!!
“The Heavens grant us only one life, but through books, we live a thousand.”
After dwelling/drowning/dying in my pool of overwhelming emotions for nearly a week plus, I finally hauled myself up from said sloppy mess with the hopes to somehow conjure a somewhat coherent review that may or may not involve actual blood and tears. But then again, I’ve been staring at a blank page for more than an hour and I’ve got nothin’ written – so gentlefriends – what you’re about to read now took bloody effort to write
just FYI, and you’re welcome.
For those of you who haven’t read Nevernight
well, you should, this review will very likely make zero sense to you and will be filled with minor spoilers from the first book. So if you haven’t read it, go read the first one I beg you and come back to this review after you’re done. If you have indeed read book 1 but didn’t end up enjoying it, or if you’re just here for the review plus minor spoilers plus whatever else you’re here for, help yourself and read on to find out more about book 2!
Now the boring shit is out of the way, time for the actual review.
“In every breath, hope abides.”
At the beginning chapter, we’re blessed by Jay Kristoff’s magnificent introduction to the distinct smell of corpses,
like starting from the very first sentence, a classic Kristoff move. And then we’re met by a slave trafficking crew led by a Dweymeri Woman named Teardrinker, and our heroine Mia Epic Corvere – aka destroyer of empires, Blade of Our Lady Blessed Murder, girl with a story to tell, pal of a non-cat and a non-wolf – swoooshed into our story with this crazy plan of hers which will be unfolded as the book continues. Let’s just say the book started with a real fucking bang, sounds so cliche, but hey this book is anything but cliche.
Today I present to you a spoiler-free review of one of the best books I’ve read this year – Everless by Sara Holland! Thank you to NetGalley for providing me an ARC in exchange for my honest review. The review is completely my own view of the book.
In the land of Sempera, time is extracted from blood and used as payment. Jules Ember and her father were once servants at Everless, the wealthy Gerling family’s estate, but were cast out after of a fateful accident a decade ago. Now, Jules’s father is reaching his last hour, and she will do anything to save him. Desperate to earn time, she arrives at the palace as it prepares for a royal wedding, ready to begin her search into childhood secrets that she once believed to be no more than myths. As she uncovers lost truths, Jules spirals deeper into a past she hardly recognizes, and faces an ancient and dangerous foe who threatens her future and the future of time itself.