Book Tags

Books I’ll (Probably) Never Read

Hi all,

I was not tagged for this, however I did see it on Brittany the Bibliophile and knew it was something I wanted to discuss. The link for the original creator littlespider9 Video.

On to the questions!

Please note: if I mention your favourite book or author or series, please understand these are my opinions and are in no way a judgement towards anyone else’s favourites.

 

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1) A really hyped book you’re not interested in reading?

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I bought the first book on good faith I would read this one day, but I admit I missed the hype and then haven’t heard enough good things to pick it up again. Maybe one day, but for 2019 it’s a no.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2) A series you won’t start/won’t be finishing?

A Series Of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

I bought almost all of these once, but I started reading the first one, and I realised I’m too old to enjoy these. I watched the Netflix series and really enjoyed it, I don’t feel it necessary now to read through them, I know the books are probably better, but I just don’t enjoy these books any more!

 

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3) A classic that you’re just not interested in?

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen I’m not the biggest fan of classics and this one is too big and too overdone in all media’s for me to care for. I won’t write it off entirely because one day I may be a mum or an auntie, with a little nephew or niece that wants me to read this too them, and I will not be saying no.

 

 

 

 

4) Any genres you never read?

Non-Fiction, but especially autobiographies, I have little to no interest reading about another persons life, I have read and will continue to read self help books however I am not and never will be interested in autobiographies or memoirs. Except, maybe Neil Gaimans’

 

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5) A book on your shelves you’ll probably never actually read?

I un-haul regularly and I admit I use the ‘Marie Kondo’ method of, if it doesn’t spark joy it’s not staying on the shelves. A recent book I un-hauled, because I was never going to read it (and it had survived previous un-hauls) is The Way Of Shadows by Brent Weeks, I loved the idea of this book but after each un-haul the joyful spark dimmed.

 

 

 

Thank you so much for reading another book tag, I love book tags, tag me when you need a willing volunteer. A special mention to Cailin of Whiskers and Ink, who has also completed this tag today! So please go check their post too!

I tag anyone who wishes to play. 😊

Till next time, bookworms, happy reading.

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Top 5: Favourite Literary Couples

As it is the month of love, I thought I would centralise my Top 5s, around awesome couples from books. This is a list of couples that are not only perfect together, but have the kind of relationship that we all want.

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  1. Kaz Brekker & Inej Ghafer Of Six Of Crows & Crooked Kingdom

We all knew they were going to top this list. With their blossoming relationship over the duology, the little quips and moments of closeness gave us the suspenseful relationship building Bardugo does best.

2. Matthew Clairmont & Diana Bishop Of The All Souls Trilogy
You could say these two are instalove, but the universe did match them together. Matthew’s slight obsessive (not in the worst way) devotion to Diana is vastly exacerbated by the circumstances within the story. But once the dust settles, they are in perfect blissful harmony together. Side note: What vampire isn’t possessive?

3. Prince Rhen and Harper Of A Curse So Dark And Lonely
This bitchy back and forth, 1 upping did not get old with these two as their love blossomed throughout the book, they were obviously made for each other. I have written a review for this, because AHHHH! So good, so fun just YES!

4. Karou & Akiva Of Daughter Of Smoke & Bone Trilogy
Starcrossed lovers indeed, and yet through all the stress and strain and pain these two go through they are strong and fierce and together unstoppable!

5. Westley & Buttercup Of The Princess Bride
Just the best romance story ever! Farm boy, pretty girl meet. Farm boy runs away to make fortune, pretty girl catches the eye of a prince. Prince wants to kill pretty girl, farm boy saves the day. The briefest of all nutshells for this book/movie. I swoon every time someone even mentions these two. They are perfect.

For our secret number 6. Franny & Jet Of The Rules Of Magic & Practical Magic

The Rules Of Magic is one of the saddest books I have ever yet, and yet the most beautiful book too. Emotionally tumultuous, but Franny & Jet are always there, the foundation of one another and cleaners of the mess. They are wonderful and broken and sad and joyful in each other’s company. If I didn’t have my husband, I’d want what Franny & Jet have.

Thank you again for coming to another Top 5, till next time bookworms, keep reading B)

Book Reviews

The Beasts Heart Book Review #10

Author: Leife Shallcross

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

the beasts heart

‘Because I love you,’ I said. Four simple words. And I had never thought to speak them to her.

I am neither monster nor man – yet I am both.

I am the Beast.

I know why I was cursed; I know the legacy of evil I carry in my tainted blood. So how could she ever love me?

My Isabeau. She opened my eyes, my mind and my heart when I was struggling just to be human.

And now I might lose her forever.

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This was a beautifully written Beauty And The Beast retelling from the POV of the beast and it was a very intriguing idea. I know I have a soft spot for broken, lost souls especially cursed ones in the literary world and reading all of this from his POV was sad and yet enlightening. I loved reading his fears and insecurities. Even when he is threatening, he is shocked and saddened by his own brutality.

 

The book is slow paced, not my favourite but works with the story, and articulated for its time, which I appreciated greatly, its easy to fall into modern habits when writing but this read well-researched and professional. Overly described areas and repeated thoughts did not bother me as it gave the POV more depth, as we are all prone to repeat ourselves and be overly focused on certain areas in our surroundings.

 

Instead of talking, animated objects, we have a sassy, non-speaking magical French chateau, hidden in the depths of a ‘haunted’ forest. Instead of a daughter saving her father, the beast makes a bargain with the man, to bring his youngest daughter to him or the beast shall harm him and his three daughters. Monsieur de La Noue does and Isabeau’s and Beast’s relationship blossoms beautifully however was repetitive at times. The love story was expected, a little of the insta-love (on the beasts part) but I don’t mind, it is Beauty And The Beast after all. The last 15% of this book flew for me as everything is explained, well and not rushed. The curse is different and explained completely, giving you more empathy for the beast than the Disney telling.

 

Honestly, I struggled with the language and the slow pace, but all in all I did enjoy it. This is the second BATB retelling of the year and it was different from the first but no less enjoyable.

 

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Would recommend to fans of: slow-burn romance, Beauty And The Beast and flowery language.

Star Rating: 4

4 stars

I was sent/given this book by Netgalley and Hodder & Stoughton in exchange for an honest review, thank you both.

Book Reviews

A Curse So Dark & Lonely Book Review #9 May Contain Spoilers

Author: Brigid Kemmerer

Publisher: Bloomsbury

We all have a spark inside us, and our sparks can find each other no matter where we are.

Fall in love, break the curse.

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

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Honestly, I came into this book with the highest of hopes, Beauty & The Beast is my favourite Disney movie of all time, any retelling, re-imagining, adaption is under the highest of scrutiny by myself. But A Curse So Dark & Lonely delivered every single chapter! I was not disappointed at any point.

I loved this book from beginning to end, the concept is awesome, I was explaining the idea to my mother and she was astounded someone thought this up. A girl from DC is transported to a parallel universe because she needs to fall in love with a prince and break the curse, and she has about 8-12 weeks to do it, it’s not your garden variety YA fantasy. But it was written expertly, I was never lost, never confused, I was always too interested in the page I was on I didn’t try to work out the plot early. I just let the book take me there. My favourite way to experience a book.

Written in the perspective of Harper and Prince Rhen I was screaming at the pair of them, “Do you not see he loves you” “Are you blind, she’s obviously feeling something for you FOOL”. As you can tell, I was rather invested in these two. Their relationship was wonderful to watch grow, no instalove, every eye catch, half smile and caught breath was earned by each side. Harper was always on the defensive, Prince Rhen always hitting her with the charm. at least for the first quarter of the book. After a certain altercation with the  sorceress, Lilith, it’s obvious Harper isn’t as angry at him as she’s been making out.

Rhen is broken, from the moment he meets Harper, he’s been trying to end the curse on his kingdom for 5 years and with Harpers arrival, the sorceress that cursed him makes this his last chance to break the curse. With nothing to lose accept the worst, Rhen tells Harper everything and she is less than amused. Grey, the kings guard and glue that keeps the kingdom, prince, and Harper in one piece is the sassiest, most honourable character in the book and he is the perfect medium for the pair. His strict, controlled conversations with each character, bring depth and understanding to both Harper and Rhens plights. Harper’s cerebal palsy is acknowledged at the right times and respectfully written into the book. In the acknowledgements, Brigid confesses she consulted a friend who has CP for help and further understanding. Harper is SO bad-ass, and strong and emotional and perfect. I loved her. I can’t wait for more!

I promise even with the above spoileryness there is SO much more to this book! I loved it, I’ve pre-ordered it, I need this on my bookshelf for those quotes, the sass and the love story, because deep down, that’s what I came for.

A Curse So Dark & Lonely is released on 29th January 2019.

Would recommend to fans of… Beauty And The Beast, hate to love relationships and sassy Royal Guards (be still my beating heart for Grey)

Star Rating: 5

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I was sent/given this book by Netgalley and Bloomsbury in exchange for an honest review, my thanks because this was AMAZING.

Top 5

Top 5: Books I Want To Read In 2019

Welcome to another Top 5 lovelies. I don’t know if I have mentioned this year how alot of my inspiration for these Top 5’s comes from Bionic Book Worm who is the queen of book blogging (to me). So go check her out!


So, in 2018 I went book mad and bought a shed load of books, I had just started my blog, been given bigger bookshelves and a room within my home for reading (The Library). And may have bought too many books to have read in 1 year. So, here is my list of books I’d like to read in 2019 because I didn’t read them in 2018.

  1. The Extinction Trials by S. M. Wilson

I bought these due to the tagline of “Jurassic Park meets The Hunger Games”. I’m not mad at that! Like, how could The Hunger Games have been improved… Dinosaurs! I bought the first two books thinking this was a duology. However, not the case and The Extinction Trial: Rebel releases on 7th February 2019. I got to read the first 2 soon!

2. Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Oh My! I am the worst YA fangirl, never having read a Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman! However, never fear, I have the first book and have promised myself I will pick it up this year as I read the first 5 pages and… I WANT MORE! Plus Sci-Fi is right up there with my favourite genre, fantasy. What’s not to like… #facepalm

3. Blood Of A Thousand Stars by Rhoda Belleza

This is the second in a Sci-Fi duology, the first book, Empress Of A Thousand Stars was so action packed and piqued my Sci-Fi love HARD with the deathly cliffhanger… and yet… have I read the second book after pre-ordering it… No. Why? I don’t know. Therefore its on the list and I may even re-read the first one again. Because, it deserves that kind of love.

4. Times Convert by Deborah Harkness

Deborah is the incredible mind behind the All Souls Trilogy (A Discovery of Witches, Shadow Of Night and The Book Of Life) I have never devoured a trilogy so fast! This story follows one of the main characters from these books, so, to not spoil anything I will not talk too much about the book but the series before, now a TV series (adaption, not 100% the books) however still rather enjoyable. A Discovery of Witches is set in Oxford, one of my favourite places to visit in the UK, magical and beautiful its the perfect setting for a witchy read.

5. The Hollow Tree by James Brogden

I know this is the second Top 5 this year James has been mentioned however, I bought The Hollow Tree last June and had every intention to read it over the Halloween period, however I book-lagged hard and never got round to it. Therefore, I will be reading it this Halloween. Without fail. The way James explained The Hollow Tree to me is; a woman loses her hand, however has phantom limb syndrome, until she realises she is feeling things somewhere else with her severed hand… intrigued? I was sold, hook, line and sinker.

Special Secret 6. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Ok, so this is number 6 because it is technically a re-read. I read The Lunar Chronicles as they were released (2012 onward) and they captured me in a net of whimsical Sci-Fi, fairy-tale retelling glory. After receiving the box set for Christmas 2017, I would love to revisit them! However, being 2,660 pages and I want to do a Harry Potter Readalong and my own 12 Book Challenge for 2019, I may have to rethink this…

Thank you for coming back for another Top 5! I may revisit this one in 2020 and discuss what books I managed (or didn’t).

Till next time, bookworms, keep reading B)

Book Reviews

The Last Namsara Book Review #8 May Contain Spoilers

Author: Kristen Ciccarelli

Publisher: Orion Publishing

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“Once there was a girl who was drawn to wicked things. Things like forbidden, ancient stories. It didn’t matter that the old stories killed her mother. It didn’t matter that they’d killed many before her. The girl let the old stories in. She let them in, eat away at her heart and turn her wicked.”

 

Destroyer. Death bringer. Dragon-slayer. I am more weapon than girl.

Asha is a dragon-slayer. Reviled by the very people she’s sworn to protect, she kills to atone for the wicked deed she committed as a child – one that almost destroyed her city and left her with a terrible scar. But protecting her father’s kingdom is a lonely destiny: no matter how many dragons she kills, her people still think she’s wicked. So, to unite the fractured kingdom she must marry Jarek, her father’s cruel commandant. As the wedding day approaches, Asha longs for freedom. Just when it seems her fate is sealed, the king offers her a way out: her freedom in exchange for the head of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard.

And the only person standing in her way is a defiant slave boy . . .

 

The Last Namsara is an action packed, gut-wrenching, first-person narration by the main protagonist, a burnt dragon hunter known as Asha the Iskari, her father, the king, has decreed there can no longer be stories told within his kingdom. The stories are of the old ways and of dragons and the dragons must be murdered for harming his daughter. There’s a side note of his wife being killed because of the dragons magic also… but lets move on.

 

As you read on the main plot is disturbed by the old, illegal stories, told in a beautifully different way, making you feel like the stories are not only illicit, but you are reading a book that could have been found in a library within the book. They give excellent foundations to the plot without ruining the rest.

 

I felt wholly engaged throughout the roller coaster ride this book took me on, at first I was not a fan of our princess, Asha, finding her spoilt, hot-headed and selfish, however she grew on me within the first quarter of the book and by the last I was cheering her on.

 

I loved the unexpected twists and turns of The Last Namsara, falling in love with the diversity and imagery the words struck into my mind. On a few occasions I gasped out loud and on others Kristen’s writing style and awesome use of chapter breaks managed to stop me breathing.

 

The setting is a beautiful Mediterranean feeling world, surrounded by an unknown Rift where the dragons reside, lush forests, mountains, vast seas and even deserts drew images of Egypt and Greece whilst I read on. With Kristen’s own created mythology weaving the world and characters beautifully.

 

I am very excited for The Caged Queen and it is the next book to be bought this year I think.

Would recommend to fans of… action packed paragraphs, forbidden love and dragons.

Star Rating: 5

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Shoutout to Fairyloot as the deliverer of most of my library but especially for the wonderful book above.

 

 

Book Giving

12 Books Of Christmas: The Afterthought.

Hey,

So, I thought as this project was entirely inspired by this blog, I thought we should catch up regarding it.

This year, myself and best book friend, Narah Quinn, decided we were going to give each other 12 books for Christmas instead of presents. We did not give ourselves a price range, but we did give ourselves categories.

In the blog post I wrote about this I changed one of the categories so anyone else who wanted to participate could use their own category.

We didn’t know if we wanted to do a book a day (from the 12th to the 24th) or give them all on Christmas Day and in the end, we decided on giving each other a book every other day up to Christmas Eve and bought each other a book sleeve for Christmas. Below, are the categories we used.

  1. Psychological Thriller
  2. Wreck It Journal
  3. A Book that was released in 2018
  4. A book from a charity shop/goodwill
  5. A colouring or puzzle book
  6. A book based in a place you’ve visited this year
  7. 1st book from a new trilogy
  8. A book from your bookshelf you are willing to part with
  9. A book from an author the other introduced you to
  10. A book from YALC
  11. A classic with a pretty cover
  12. A historical fiction
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My books from Narah

1. Stan by Richard Wold

2. Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith

3. Dance Of Thieves by Mary Pearson

4. The Trees by Ali Shaw

5. The Neil Gaiman Colouring Book!

6. The Wolf In The Attic by Paul Kearney

7. The Queens Rising by Rebecca Ross

8. The Eched City by K. J. Bishop

9. Unnatural Creatures by Neil Gaiman (and others)

10. Spare And Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin

11. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

12. The Kings Witch by Tracy Borman

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My books to Narah

1. Don’t You Cry by Cass Green

2. Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith

3. The Dark Descent Of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

4. Memory Of Bones by Alex Connor

5. F**k This S**t Swear Word Vol. 2 Colouring Book

6. City Of Ghosts by V. E. Schwab

7. The Queens Rising by Rebecca Ross

8. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

9. Song Of Achilles by Madeline Miller

10. A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood

11. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

12. Saturnalia by Adam Alexander Haviaras (and Darien Empire Of Salt by C. F. Iggulden, not actually historical fiction #fail)

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed this experience, I loved looking through ALL the books, looking for ones I hoped Narah would love! I got quite a few perfect and so did she. However, I may have bought her a non historical fiction book for the historical fiction category. BUT in my defence it was by a critically acclaimed historical fiction writer. But, to make up for the faux pas I bought her another book.

We both tried to buy books in accordance with our book challenge for 2019. In fact nearly all of the ones I received can or will be read for the 2019 book challenge. We may have also bought each other the same book, The Queens Rising by Rebecca Ross! We added in the Wreck It Journal and colouring book knowing these are both things we could do together on nights where reading was not on the agenda.

I loved this experience, but I would say this is a once in a few years sort of deal. I don’t think I could have done this with anyone but Narah as we both know each other’s favourite kinds of books and genres. It’s not expensive, if you are happy with used books, and its not stressful. It was great fun, however I would like a new tradition for 2019, and maybe add more friends to the mix.

Hannah’s Bookshelf wrote an awesome blog about DIY Advent Calendars and now we have another year to decide if we do something different!

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Top 5: Auto-buy Authors

Happy New Year Bookworms! And welcome to the first Top 5 of 2019!

I thought I would start this year off with my Top 5 Auto-buy Authors!

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So far, I have 9 pre-orders for 2019. Listed here. On that list are a few of the authors listed below!

  1. Laini Taylor

First introduced to her work by Fairyloot, with Strange The Dreamer, which I devoured and gave to my friend instantly, I moved onto her Daughter Of Smoke & Bone Trilogy and ended up reading 4 of her books in 1 year. Since then I have email alerts for anything new and a wish list for all those I am missing.

2. Leigh Bardugo

Quickly after the first book I read of Leigh’s I was referring to her as my queen. Her writing is dark and brooding, her characters the same. I read her Six Of Crows duology and later moved on to the Shadow & Bone trilogy. I remember finishing Six Of Crows and reading the Author Biography and reading about this strong, beautiful woman who wrote a wonderfully complex character like Kaz. I just fell in love.

3. Claire Legrand

Again, I was introduced to this beautiful woman’s writing by Fairyloot with an ARC of Furyborn. It was released May 2018 and I received it in December 2017. I have waited what feels like forever for Kingsbane and I am so excited! Her other release of 2018, Sawkill Girls, was amazing, LGBTQA, kickass and lovable, haunted characters. Claire Legrand, forever on my auto-buy list.

4. Erin Morgenstern

The second I found out about The Starless Sea, I pre-ordered! I was late to The Night Circus proverbial party, but WOW! I loved every page, every sad, heartbreaking, gut wrenching, tear provoking word of that book! Even if you are not into romance, you can appreciate the visual beauty Erin creates with her writing. I am SO EXCITED for The Starless Sea.

5. James Brogden

I met James at Comic Con Birmingham in 2017 and picked up his book, Hekla’s Children. He was lovely and charming and later on in 2018 I finally read his book and WOW. Horror, graphic violence and supernatural elements, are just some of the themes in this book, I wrote my first book review on it here! And again in 2018 I went to London Comic Con and received a signed copy of his latest book, The Hollow Tree, (on my 2019 TBR) another horror based book that I am super excited to read. Next book, maybe another different Comic Con 🙂

Special Secret Number 6. Narah Quinn!

I know, not a massive secret that Narah Quinn is my absolute favourite author of all time and also bestest bookish friend, but I lived in her world of Fallons for the entire writing process and loved every single second. Being any part of a creation like this would give anyone an appreciation for what a writer has to put in to create a book. I’m lucky enough to be apart of her second project too! You can find Narah’s blog here. And Fallons Hope here.

That’s all for today’s Top 5. I hope you liked it, who are your Auto-Buy Authors?

Till next time, bookworms, keep reading B)


Disclaimer: This is a recently curated list. The above is a list of authors I will be auto-buying GOING FORWARD. Not a list of authors I have always bought and forever will auto-buy from. These are my auto-buy authors as of this moment.

Book Reviews

The Twisted Tree Book Review #7 May Contain Spoilers

NB. Hey y’all, hope you had a wonderful new year and are settling into 2019 calmly and comfortably. Welcome to my first post of 2019.


Author: Rachel Burge

Publisher: Hot Key Books

`You write the story of you every day with your thoughts, words and deeds. You create yourself. You get to decide your story. No one else. You.’

Martha can tell things about a person just by touching their clothes, as if their emotions and memories have been absorbed into the material. It started the day she fell from the tree at her grandma’s cabin and became blind in one eye. Determined to understand her strange ability, Martha sets off to visit her grandmother, Mormor – only to discover Mormor is dead, a peculiar boy is in her cabin and a terrifying creature is on the loose…

Slow to start and lacking in direction however I was hooked with the beautiful, atmospheric writing and the strange circumstances. I related to both Stig and Martha, being an avid romance runaway as a teenager, however never to another country.

Around 30%-40% in I was enthralled and read the remaining 60% in 1 sitting. I loved Rachels writing and the similarities between descriptive phrases and different characters. The twist of Norse mythology and the suspense it brought with it knitted this story into a classic. The strained relationship between Martha and her mother was wonderfully written, seeing it through Martha’s eyes and then learning why her mother acted that way brought a new understanding to the stress and strain a mother feels and the fear she holds for her child. It was lovely to have that half of the story.

There could easily be more to this story, and I would happily read more about Martha, I would like to know what else she could uncover with her family ancestry and powers. I will definitely look out for more from Rachel Burge, just wanted to thank Netgalley and Hot Key books for giving me the opportunity to read and review this pre-release.

I was sent/given this book by Netgalley and Hot Key Books in exchange for an honest review.

The Twisted Tree will be available from 10th January 2019.

Would recommend to fans of… Coraline, Norse mythology and spine-chilling tingles.

Star rating: 4

Monthly Wrap Ups

Reading Wrap Up: 2018

Books Read: 33 total.

New Authors Discovered: 23

Pages Read In 2018: 12,024

Shortest book: The Lost Sisters Novella by Holly Black 50 pages.

Longest book: A Court Of Mist & Fury by Sarah J. Maas 626 pages.

Average book length: 364 pages

My Favourite Books Of 2018 (in 5 words or less)

Furyborn by Claire Legrand: 5 stars. 2 characters. 1000 years. MAGIC.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black: 5 stars. Human sisters. Fae world. Deceit.

Circe by Madeline Miller: 4 stars. Grecian mythological witch life story.

Shadow & Bone Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo: 5/4/5 stars. Grisha universe. Darkling. Nikolai. Mal.

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand: 5 stars. Pure, unadulterated badass girls.

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch: 5 stars. Pirates. Revolution. Magic. Romance.

Muse Of Nightmares by Laini Taylor 5 stars. Perfection. Read Strange The Dreamer.

Heart Of Iron by Ashley Poston 5 stars. Anastasia meets Firefly.

Things I’ve learnt about myself:

  • I love LOVE all fantasy and when I am not reading fantasy, I’m thinking about reading fantasy!
  • I can book slump myself by forcing myself to read a book I don’t want to read.
  • There is such a thing as “Reading too many fae books in a row”
  • I finally taught myself to DNF. I still feel bad, but I cant spend time pushing through a book I am not enjoying when there are hundreds of books I want to read.

Most Anticipated Books For 2019

I’m gonna make this super quick because… there be a few of these. (Please note these were the release dates as of Dec’18)

  • The Wicked King by Holly Black RD: 8th January 2019

Fairyloot. Cruel Prince. THAT ENDING. Ridiculous wait.

  • King Of Scars by Leigh Bardugo RD: 29th January 2019

I read the Grisha trilogy for the first time this year. And… wow. Yeah. I need this book.

  • A Curse So Dark And Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer RD: 29th January 2019

If you have seen the holographic beauty that is this book and don’t want to read it still, I applaud you, you have succeeded in being a much better human than me. Also, it’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling.

  • Kingsbane by Claire Legrand RD: 21st May 2019

I loved Furyborn, the characters, the story, the way things knit together even 1000 years apart! I need more. Today.

  • Queen Of Ruin by Tracy Banghart RD: 11th July 2019

Another follow-up to a Fairyloot introduction, Grace and Fury was such good fun but I really, really, really, want more.

  • Soul Of Stars by Ashley Poston RD: 23rd July 2019

Firefly meets the Anastasia story follow on. Plus LGBTQ and SO. MUCH. SASS.

  • These Divided Shores by Sara Raasch RD: 1st September 2019

Pirates and herbology and war and terrifying politics and Deveraux Bell.

  • The Starless Sky by Erin Morgenstern RD: 5th November 2019

A new Erin Morgenstern. And it sounds incredible.

Nearly all of these are follow ons from books I read this year 🙂 There are other reads I am excited for but these are ones I have pre-ordered and therefore are my MOST anticipated reads.

Resolutions for 2019!

  • I am hoping to go back to Japan in 2020, and that needs money! So, I am allowing myself pre-orders but I can only buy 1 book a month, that is NOT a pre-order. (We all know this will be broken before February) With the birth of Bythe100thpage I went a little crazy and bought A LOT of books in 2017 including when I went to YALC, which I will not be doing in 2019.

  • Read what I have. I would like to read the books I own on my shelves (see above photo, taken Nov’18, every book with its spine to the wall is unread by me!) before buying more, this will go hand in hand with the above statement.
  • Learn conversational Japanese! This is a big ask but I want to try if I do return to Japan. (Any tips, hints, tricks and help from the beautiful book community would be greatly appreciated.)

I think these are enough for 2019.

Books I’d Like To Read In 2019

Again I am participating in another book challenge of mine and Narah Quinns creation. You can find that here. If you would like to get involved, leave me a comment below B)

But our challenges are only 12 books, so we can spread them out over the year.

I’d like to read all my pre-orders in the year I order them, see above for that list.

A classic. I’d like to return to Dracula, but I may find an audiobook, as I struggle with the language of it. As it is not the shortest book either… 488 pages. I’d read alongside the audio but I think it would help to have it read to me.

I’m still not 100% sure if I want to finish Sarah J Maas’ A Court Of series, but it’s going on the list as its on the shelves and I would like a bit more Cassian in my life.

Below is a list of authors I would like to read in 2019, I may have 1 or 2 books from them on my shelf, however not yet read.

Jay Kristoff

Amie Kauffman

V. E Schwab

Sarah Maria Griffin

Julie C Dao

Stephen King

Cassandra Clare

I just want to read more of what I love and meet more amazing people! In fact, here’s a few I met this year;

Ellie @abookdevourer – beautiful soul, thorough and honest reviews

Rejitha @bookbugworld – my guide through bookmas and an absolute joy to work with

Brittany @brittanythebookguru – Harry Potter buddy read of 2019 buddy 🙂

Asha @ACatABookAndACupOfTea – instead of stars, rates books in cats. I love it!

Rum @rumsthereader – constant uploader with a varied range of reviews and a twitter MVP

Allie @allieereads – wonderful human, open and honest about books, mental health and poetry

Narah @WillandWork – author of Fallons Hope and my best bookish friend

Shanah @BionicBookWorm – the inspiration for many a blog and a wonderful blogger thank you Shanah!

Shruti @Shruti|ThisIsLit – honest, open and one of my first book blogging buds

Jaycee @thinkingmoon – a very sweet, blogging and Instagram friend ❤️

Thats all from me this year, lovelies B)

I’ll be back in the new year, have a wonderful new years celebration, till then keep reading 🙂

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