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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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New Releases and Books I’m Excited to Read in 2017

There are some great books coming out this year and I for one am really excited about some of this years up and comers! Here are some of the books that will be hitting the top of my TBR as soon as they hit the shelves.

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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Cassandra Clare is one of my favourite authors and I love it when a new Shadow Hunter novel is released. Last year I blasted through Lady Midnight and although I will definitely have to re-read it before the release of Lord of Shadows in May, I just love this well-developed world and look forward to every new book.

Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

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I had heard so much about the first book in this series A Court of Thornes and Roses and just wasn’t that interested in another Beauty and the Beast re-telling. Sometimes I love a re-telling (anything Alice in Wonderland related I am always all over!) But Beauty and the Beast seemed so familiar to me, the story so set in stone I wasn’t willing to give ACOTAR a go UNTIL I got a copy for Christmas and boy was I wrong. I blasted through ACOTAR and its sequel A Court of Mist and fury back to back. I haven’t reviewed them yet so I will leave it there, but needless to day I loved them and I can’t wait till the third book comes out in May and wish I had it in my hands right now!

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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I read the first book in Laini Taylor’s  A Daughter of Smoke and Bone series about three years ago. Her writing style was so beautiful her imagination is something deep and unusual that creates deep intriguing stories. I’m not sure what happened because it was three years ago but I failed to pick up book 2 and 3 in the series although I always planned to…

Now she had a new book coming out this time about a war between Gods and Humans and I can’t wait to see what she has in store! Hopefully, I can finish her first series before Strange the Dreamer hits the shelves March 28th!

Other books I’m excited to read this year!

I always have a rough idea of some of the books I would like to get to in a year, I don’t like my TBR for a year to be too big because things always change with new books coming out and ARCs I may get sent or just books that I just have to buy. But I do have a few books that I plan to get to in the immediate future- (other than the above) and that I’m particularly excited about reading.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas – Currently reading

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Okay, look. This series like the A Court of Thorne and Roses series was never really on my radar, but after reading  ACOTAR and ACMAF I found that I loved Sarah J Maas’ writing style so much that would be doing myself a disservice as a reader if I didn’t give her first series a shot and so far I’m loving it.

The Essex Serpent – Sarah Perry 

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Anyone who follows me on Goodreads knows that I have been looking for a Gothic novel (preferably with a romance for quite some time, the romance doesn’t have to be the main plot,  it can be a sub- plot)  but it has to be written in the modern day and not a classic like Dracula or Northanger Abbey, although they are both great stories. I am hoping the Essex Sepernt is going to fill that void. In my hunt for a gothic romance written in the modern day I have found some great pieces of fiction my favouite being  Bodies of Water by L.H Leslie. Any recommendations on this subjection very welcome!

The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

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I know people have their opinons about Stephenie Meyer but when I was a teenger I enjoyed the Twilight books, I’m not a teenger anymore I’m a twenty something and have grown beyond Edward, Jacob and Bella and can see their flaws. I also have read her first adult novel The Host which I love and keeping The Host in mind I am embarking on The Chemist with great optomism, her first thriller I belive.

 Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern 

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I’m a long standing fan of Cecelia Ahern, I have been reading her since I was a teenger and since her first novel P.S I love You. The Lyrebird sounds quite mysterious to me, it is about a woman I belive who has earned herself the nickname the Lyrebird beacuase of her great talent for mimickary.

I have decided to go into the book almost blind because I feel that I will get most out of it that way.

I hope you have enjoyed this post, I’ll see you next time!

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