Hello friends! Long time no see! It’s been several months since I’ve written anything solid besides revision notes. Now that exams and uni is over for the year, I’m officially half-a-doctor! Since I am technically a free elf, I can finally kick back, relax and most importantly – read the books I’ve been dying to read since I got them in the mail many months ago. One of these books include one of my most anticipated sequel of 2018, The Traitor’s Ruin by Erin Beaty (book #2 in The Traitor’s Circle, check out my review for book #1 The Traitor’s Kiss here). A massive thank you to Hannah from Pan Macmillan Australia for sending this gorgeous book my way, and for your patience since I took forever to read and review this. This review is my own honest opinion, and will contain mild spoilers for book 1.
Guys, this book SHOOK me alright. I thought I knew what I signed up for after loving Beaty’s stunning debut, alas, I thought I knew and was so wrong.
After proving her worth in book one as a deft spy and strategic matchmaker, Sage Fowler is now comfortably positioned in high society as the royal tutor. When she’s called upon to teach his majesty’s soldiers how to read and write, she jumps at the chance to serve her kingdom of Demora—and to be reunited with her fiancé, Captain Alex Quinn.
During a skirmish, Sage and Alex are separated. She watches him die before he can deliver important military intel—or so she thinks. She escapes from the enemy and makes an unlikely alliance with a mysterious soldier from a third nation. As Sage tries to rally their support against a common foe, the important political alliance is plagued by secrets and betrayal.
Can Sage complete Alex’s mission and save her kingdom once more?
I managed to read 5 books last month (poor effort in my opinion haha since I was on holidays)!!! I’m so happy that I enjoyed most of the books I picked up this month! Did you read any books that I read?
How many books did you manage to read this month? Which was your favourite read? Mine was obviously A Gathering of Shadows by Queen Schwab! What books are on your August TBR? Got any books on your wishlist? (feel free to use my affiliate links to get your copies haha! the little commission really helps me out!) Anyways, Happy Reading lovelies!
A MASSIVE thank you to Emily from Penguin Random House for sending me this gorgeous copy of Five Years From Now by bestselling author, Paige Toon. I have never read Toon’s works before so I was beyond excited to read it! But due to uni commitments, I didn’t get the chance to read it until very recently. So here’s the overdue review! Enjoy!
Vian and Nell are thrown together at the age of five when Vian’s mother and Nell’s father fall in love. At first wary of each other, they soon become the best of friends. But five years later, they are torn apart and Vian moves to the other side of the world.
Fast-forward five more years to when Vian comes to visit, and Nell discovers that the boy she once knew is now ‘Van’ – a wild and carefree teenager. Chemistry crackles, but once again, they’re separated.
For the next two decades, Nell and Van meet every five years, but life and circumstance always intervene. Will they ever find true happiness? And will it be together?
Thank you to Penguin Random House Australia for providing me a review copy of The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green! All thoughts and opinion in this review are of my own.
A princess, a traitor, a hunter and a thief. Four teenagers with the fate of the world in their hands. Four nations destined for conflict.
In Brigant, Princess Catherine prepares for a loveless political marriage arranged by her brutal and ambitious father. In Calidor, downtrodden servant March seeks revenge on the prince who betrayed his people. In Pitoria, feckless Edyon steals cheap baubles for cheaper thrills as he drifts from town to town. And in the barren northern territories, thirteen-year-old Tash is running for her life as she plays bait for the gruff demon hunter Gravell.
As alliances shift and shatter, and old certainties are overturned, our four heroes find their past lives transformed and their futures inextricably linked by the unpredictable tides of magic and war. Who will rise and who will fall? And who will claim the ultimate prize?
Thank you to the amazing team at Simon and Schuster Australia for providing me the opportunity to be on the Save the DateReading Tour! For my Aussie and Kiwi pals, I’ve got a giveaway for you over on my bookstagram (@bibliomeds) that will be launched on the 1st of July! And as per usual, all thoughts and opinion in this review are my own.
Charlie Grant tries to keep her life as normal as possible. Hanging out with her best friend, pining for Jesse Foster – who she’s loved since she was twelve – and generally flying under the radar as much as she can.
But sometimes normal is just another word for stuck, and this weekend that’s all going to change. Not only will everyone be back home for her sister’s wedding, but she’s also juggling:
– a rented dog that just won’t stop howling – an unexpectedly hot wedding-coordinator’s nephew – her favourite brother bringing home his HORRIBLE new girlfriend – fear that her parents’ marriage is falling apart – and the return to town of the boy she’s loved practically all her life…
Over the course of four days Charlie will learn there’s so much more to each member of her family than she imagined, even herself, and that maybe letting go of the things she’s been holding on tightest to can help her find what really keeps them together.
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 by Chami from Read Like Wildfire and Ely from Earl Grey Books. This tag provides bloggers, readers, youtubers and everyone really, the opportunity to reflect on their reading in the first half of the year. I was not tagged, but it was so much fun doing it last year so I thought why not do it again?. Let’s go~
1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2018.
Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS ONE. I read it in early January, and I often found myself reaching for it for a quick flip through every once in a while – because I love it THAT much. You can find out why I simply ‘can’t-stop-talking-about-it’ on my spoiler-free review here.
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018.
Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman
‘SHOOK TO ME CORE’ would be an understatement. But I can’t recommend Scythe enough – now do yourself a favour and pick it upppp!!!! If you’ve read Scythe already but not Thunderhead – you can read my spoiler-free review on here.
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir
Obsidio by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman
Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton
Star Wars: The Last Jedi by Jason Fry
Defy the Worlds by Claudia Gray
These three I do want to read, desperately, but I don’t know why, but I’m not in the mood for any of these at the moment… will see how it goes this month!
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco
Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
I AM SO PUMPED FOR QOAAS AND KOA LIKE I WILL PROBABLY DIE AFTER IT BUT HEY THAT’S THE STUFF WE ALL SIGN UP FOR RIGHT?! And Thomas Cresswell will come in and save the day.
5. Biggest disappointment.
Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian
I mean, it wasn’t bad or anything – I have it 3 stars I’m pretty sure. But I don’t know… it’s definitely too hyped up for me. And I really wish I found it better. You can read my spoiler-free review for it here.
6. Biggest surprise.
Save the Date by Morgan Matson
I totally didn’t expect this one to be SO SUPERBLY GOOD! I read it in three-ish sittings because I was super hooked! It’s hilarious and catastrophically wonderful! I’ll be participating in the Australian Save the Date Blog Tour (28 June – 3 July) – my Instagram (and blog) review and giveaway will be up on 1st of July! I’ll put the link on here once it’s live!
7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)
After reading and loving Foolish Hearts, I went ahead and read all of her books! They were all fantastic and I loved every single one! Maybe it’s just me but I found all her characters so relatable and I love her witty writing!
8. Newest fictional crush.
Gideon Prewitt from Foolish Hearts is definitely on top of the list – he’s goofy, so caring, brave, kind, loyal and charming — I just love him so much.
9. Newest favourite character.
Citra Terranova from Scythe and Thunderhead! She’s clever, resourceful (like her pal Rowan) and compassionate. I love her character and how much she has grown as an independent young woman and that is one of the many reasons why I enjoyed Scythe and Thunderhead so much!
10. Book that made you cry.
Does happy-cry (aka laughter-turned-to-tears) count? I haven’t read anything this year thus far that made me ugly cry – but books that made me laughed so hard that tears came slipping out? Oh hell yeah for sure. I nearly laughed my eyeballs out while re-reading Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater and also Save the Date by Morgan Matson.
11. Book that made you happy.
Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
After months and months of being harassed told kindly by many of my friends to read this bad boy – I FINALLY DID and oh damn how much I regretted for not picking it up sooner!!! It’s such a heartfelt story and let me tell you THE ONE of the many reasons as to why you should ALL read this book ASAP (if you haven’t already) – because it’s ABOUT BOOKS, BOOKSTORE AND OUR LOVE FOR READING. Go do yourself a massive favour and check this one out!!!! It’s also written by a #LoveOzYA author which is a BONUS!
12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year.
Love, Simon 2018 – (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli)
Just watched this week and it was fabulous! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!
13. Favourite review you’ve written this year. (Booktube version: Favourite video you have done so far in this year)
Not to brag, but I’m really proud of my Thunderhead review! You can read it here.
14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills (once again!)
Since I’ve already featured the cover on the top of this post, I thought I would post the embroidery/ creation of the cover!!!! HOW COOL IS THIS RIGHT?
The cover beneath the jacket is equally stunning I MEAN LOOOOK!!!!!!
15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
A Different Blue by Amy Harmon
The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
I’m so thrilled that I have finally done a book tag after so long! I’m proud with the number of books I’ve read so far this year and I want to hear some of your thoughts on these questions too!
I’m beyond shook after finishing Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman guys. A massive thank you to Walker Books Australia for sending me a review copy! All thoughts and opinions in this review are my own.
Rowan and Citra take opposite stances on the morality of the Scythedom, putting them at odds, in the second novel of the chilling New York Times bestselling series from Neal Shusterman, author of the Unwind dystology.
Rowan has gone rogue, and has taken it upon himself to put the Scythedom through a trial by fire. Literally. In the year since Winter Conclave, he has gone off-grid, and has been striking out against corrupt scythes—not only in MidMerica, but across the entire continent. He is a dark folk hero now—“Scythe Lucifer”—a vigilante taking down corrupt scythes in flames.
Citra, now a junior scythe under Scythe Curie, sees the corruption and wants to help change it from the inside out, but is thwarted at every turn, and threatened by the “new order” scythes. Realizing she cannot do this alone—or even with the help of Scythe Curie and Faraday, she does the unthinkable, and risks being “deadish” so she can communicate with the Thunderhead—the only being on earth wise enough to solve the dire problems of a perfect world. But will it help solve those problems, or simply watch as perfection goes into decline?
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Publication Date: 1 Jun 2018 Publisher: Walker Books Australia Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction (Dystopia) Australian RRP: $16.99
This review contains minor reviews for Scythe (the first book in the series). I highly recommend you read Scythe first before reading this review (I mean it’ll make more sense anyways).
Thank you to Allen & Unwin for sending me a review copy of Alliedby Amy Tintera – which is one of my most anticipated release of 2018 and also the conclusion of a trilogy! All thoughts and opinions in this review are my own.
Emelina Flores and her sister, Olivia, were determined to bring peace to the people of Ruina. But as the war for liberation raged on, what triumph and freedom meant to Em and Olivia slowly changed. As Olivia’s violence and thirst for vengeance became her only ambition, Em was left to pick up the pieces.
But it’s not only Em who is upset by Olivia’s increased violence. Other members of the Ruined army are beginning to see the cracks, and soon a small group of them defects from Olivia’s army and joins Em instead.
The two sisters are soon pitted against each other in an epic battle for the kingdom and the future, and only one will win.
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:
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! >_<