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April Wrap Up & May TBR!

Hi everyone, hope you’re all doing well sorry I’ve been away so long part of the reason is I’ve been without internet for six weeks, barely even a bit of patchy 4G where I live it’s been an emotional roller coaster. 

My line was finally fixed yesterday and it feels so good not have to stand at the top of the stairs wave my phone around *head in hands* crying I know this is where the 4G is.

I don’t know about you guys but I have been trying to read a little bit more than usual and be proactive with my reading during these crazy times. I plan to get around to reading a few books that have been on my TBR for longer than I would care to admit, so my reading list is looking a bit hefty at the moment.

This month I have read some (mostly) great books:

I started April reading The Dark Artifices series by Cassandra Clare her third series within her Shadowhunter world. I have been putting off this series for sometime now. Not for any negative reasons, I really enjoy reading Shadowhunter books and Cassandra Clare is one of my favourite YA authors so I think having a whole series waiting for me for when I was ready instead of having to wait years for the next book in an on going series to come out made a sort of sense. Lady Midnight is definitely my favourite opener of all Cassandra Clare’s books and the Dark Artifices definitely has the most solid world as the other books have provided such a solid foundation for the series to continue. (And there’s fairies, that’s always a big selling point for me.)

Lady Midnight ☆☆☆

Lord of Shadows ☆☆☆☆

Queen of Air and Darkness ☆☆☆☆

Later on in the month I read The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow firstly take a look at the cover it’s stunning, Orbit having been coming out with some beautiful cover art recently. This is what originally drew me to the book in the first place, I’m such a magpie when it comes to beautiful cover art but this one really blew me away. I’m going to do a full review on this so won’t go into it to deeply. Set in the 1900s it follows January the young ward of a wealthy gentleman, her life changes for ever when she finds a very unique book. It’s very well executed debut with a strong, well fleshed out woman of colour as the main protagonist. This book is an interesting read would definitely recommend if you’re a fan of portal fantasy.

The Ten Thousand Doors of January ☆☆☆

The final books I read this month were Pax by Sara PennyPacker and Transcendence by Shay Savage. Pax is a middle grade book about a boy and his fox, the boy is made by is Father to leave his fox on the side of the road, this is the journey of the boys heartbreak and regret as he journeys  back to Pax as Pax waits for his boy. The concept of this book was interesting but my main issue was who was this story really for? The narrative structure was that of a middle grade book but the content was really quite mature. In the end it was bit of slog which was a shame as this book isn’t even 300 pages.

Pax ☆☆

Transcendence seems from other reviews I’ve read online a pretty popular self published novel about a caveman who falls in love with a woman from the 21st century when she accidentally time travels to his time. i was looking for a light, fun, romance novel and this definitely is that but this one just wasn’t for me-  DNF.

I have some fun reading plans for the month of May I won’t reveal my whole TBR as I like to keep things pretty open. But I am going to be involved in the blog tour for the Jane Austen society in June so that’s top of my TBR and it has also encouraged me to add Emma by Jane Austen to by reading list, also I plan to read Crescent City by Sarah J Maas and Daisy Jones and the Six, Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare and Fleabag by Pheobe Waller Bridge.

Currently Reading: Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore I’m only about 70 pages in but so far this is a really fun regency romp with a Darcy and Elizabeth vibe to it.

That it now, happy reading and i’ll see you next time.

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My Top Reads of 2016!

Hi Guys!

Can you believe it it’s already 2017! 2016 has been a pretty hit and miss reading year for me but all in all I have read some great books.

I didn’t really plan my reading last year or have any goals I just read what I felt like reading at the time which was okay but the problem is I’m always looking for a book or feeling or vibe in a story (and it never comes along when I want it to.)

Perfect example- I  have been looking for a modern written romantic, gothic tale forever but everything I found seemed to be a classic (eg Northanger Abby, Dracula etc.) Then, just when I’d stopped looking The Essex Serpent was published! (It’s on my January TBR- TBR post coming soon…)

I wouldn’t say my lack of planning made my reading year unsuccessful but I do have plans for more productivity this year but my plans are coming to you in another blog post all togther.

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My Favourites of 2016!

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare 

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I had a Cassandra Clare filled year in 2016! I re-read the second half of The Mortal Instruments series and read The Shadow Hunter Academy short stories for the first time both were brilliant. But I have to say, it was so much fun reading Lady Midnight, Cassandra Clare is one of my favourite authors, I get so drawn into her characters and the Shadow World and I can’t wait for the second book in this series to be released later this year!

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Bodies of Water by V.H Leslie 

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In my hunt for something gothic I discovered Bodies of Water, a short book barely 300 page. It’s ghostly, gothic and filled with betrayal and romance! I Loved it! (All both this books main characters are LGBTQ+)

My Review

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 

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I had heard the hype okay? If you haven’t where have you been living? I never had any plans to read this novel until one day a friend

I never had any plans to read this novel until one day a friend and I were feeling particularly maudlin and watched the movie. The script and the words use in the movie intrigued me, let me tell you this, if you haven’t read the book and are putting off for what ever reason, John Green has it, he has a real command of the English language, every word, every sentence is worth reading in this book it’s all so beautifully constructed.

My Review

The Girls by Emma Cline 

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Loosely based on the Charles Manson killings The Girls is about a fourteen-year-old girl who gets wrapped up in a cult and it’s eventual tragic end. This book was fascinating to read because I didn’t know a lot about the original murders so while reading I researched the original killings which, from a reading perfective allowed me to enjoy the book to its full potential.

Uprooted by Noami Novik

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I really enjoyed Uprooted, normally when I read fantasy I need the book to be huge or a series to I get everything I can out of the world and the characters but Uprooted was the perfected example of a standalone fantasy done well.

I hope you enjoyed my top reads of 2016 see you next time!

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TTT- What Am I Reading This Spring?

Hi Everyone and welcome to Top Ten Tuesday a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish this weeks topic is – What will I be reading this Spring?

So lets find out shall we!?

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

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I’ve recently been reading Cinder and LOVED it so this Spring I want to continue on with this series, it’s so good and so addictive!

The Light Between Oceans by M.L Steadman 

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I own this book already and have been warned it’s a heartbreaking tale of love and loss (I can’t wait to find out, who doesn’t love a good tear jerker?)

The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry 

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I keep seeing this everywhere and it seems like such a fun romp, right up my ally.

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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It’s Cassandra Clare, need I say more?

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon 

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I am slowly but surly making may way though this- it’s not as good as Outlander seems like more of a bridge to book three (but hey we’ve all been there). Looking forward to series two of Outlander starting this April though.

The Night Manager by John Le Carre 

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I am OBSESSED with The Night Manager (BBC Drama) that hits UK screens on Sunday nights. Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Coleman and Hugh Laurie are delight. It’s an addictive, sexy, James Bond esk tele! I need to read this NOW!

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken 

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I’m in the mood for some time travel in my life, also I keep hearing great things!

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

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This has been on my TBR for awhile now and I’m in the mood for reading some Historical Fiction this Spring.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy 

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I know, ambitious and I have made a (small ) start on this whopper which is probably going to take me more than just Spring . But ever since watching the adaptation of the novel of been dying to give it a go and see if I make it through.

The Lion Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis

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I have been reading this series for my Problem of Susan Challenge, now I am slightly lagging behind but I am picking them back up again and hope to make some series head way with the challenge this Spring.

I hope you enjoyed my Top Ten Tuesday!

Happy Reading Everyone!

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