November and December Recap

After only posting for two weeks during November I put off doing an end of the month recap and decided to combine November and December into one end of the year recap.

I read a lot of books this year, exceeding my Goodreads challenge of 200 books. While I didn’t make as much of a dent as I’d hoped in my to-read list I did get through some amazing books and discovered a lot of new authors.


Reviews

December Recap, #1

December Recap, #2

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

There was a lot of hype surrounding this book, and when I finally got around to reading it I could easily see why. The plot was brilliant and so were the characters but it was the format, layout and graphics that really set this book out from the rest. I’d highly recommend Illuminae to anyone and everyone.


The Lunar Chronicles

Marissa Meyer has become one of my all-time favourite authors. The Lunar Chronicles is possibly some of the best sci-fi books I’ve ever read. From the very first book, which introduced us to Cinder and set up the world, to the long-awaited last book in the series, which brings about Cinder’s revolution on Luna and the end of her journey, I don’t think there was a single aspect of this series I didn’t enjoy.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Cress by Marissa Meyer

Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Winter by Marissa Meyer


December Recap, #3

Starbound Series

Between the Starbound series and The Lunar Chronicles I have been converted to a sci-fi fan. I read all three books of this trilogy this year but it still felt like a really long wait for the last book in the series. While each focuses on a different planet and a different couple their stories all weave together into one overall arc, and all the small connections that you may not notice at first are wonderfully written and put together.

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner


Soundless by Richelle Mead

I wasn’t a fan of Soundless, and looking at the reviews on Goodreads I don’t think many people where. It’s a shame because I have loved pretty much all of Richelle Mead’s other series, I just felt the development of the plot, the characters, and the world in Soundless was lacking.


December Recap, #4

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

It took me ages to finally get around to reading this book, it was the one book on my to-read list i actually got around to this year, but once I was finished all I could think was; ‘why didn’t I read this sooner?’ Fangirl is a brilliant coming of age novel that, in my opinion, everyone should read at least once.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

If I had to pick one favourite book of 2015, well it would be between Carry On and Winter. Carry On takes the story of Simon Snow introduced in Fangirl and expands it into a full length novel. After reading this book and Fangirl Rainbow Rowell has become one of my new favourite authors, and I have more of her books on my to-read list for 2016.


December Recap, #5

The Bone Season Series

After a lot of my favourite series finished in 2015 The Bone Season has filled the gap left behind. There is nothing I can fault with this series, except maybe the fact that I have such a long wait for the next book in the series. The plot is fast-paced and interesting, the characters are well-developed and fleshed out, and the romance feels real and doesn’t overshadow the storyline.

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon


The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Fairytale retellings are probably my favourite subgenre of YA novels. I will read anything that has even a hint of fairy tales in it. Starting The Wrath and the Dawn I had only the barest of knowledge of the Shahrzad myth but I loved this story. Everything was so artfully written and I am incredibly excited for the second, and last, book in the duology.


Top Ten Tuesday

I took part in five Top Ten Tuesday topics over the course of November and December.

Top Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In the Past Year or So

Top Ten 2016 Debut Novels I’m Looking Forwards To

New-To-Me Favourite Authors I Read For the First Time In 2015

Top Ten Best Books I Read In 2015

Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2016


Waiting on Wednesday

I featured seven books as part of the Waiting on Wednesday tag.

Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor

The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

Waging War by April White

Remembrance by Meg Cabot

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan

Waiting on Wednesday #1


Anyway, as it is still December here in the UK I hope everyone has a great new year and a brilliant start to 2016. Does anyone have any New Year’s resolutions they’re going to try and keep?

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2016.

I have so many books that I cannot wait to get my hands on in 2016 so the only struggle I had with this week’s list was narrowing it down to ten. Most of my top ten this week are next/final books in their series, I tried to pick books that I haven’t already highlighted in previous Top Ten Tuesday posts.


Top Ten Tuesday #5

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Best of 2015

2015 is nearly over now; and while there are some brilliant books that are being released next year, I have more than a few on my to-read list, there were some amazing books I read this year. I beat my Goodreads Challenge for this year and finished over 200 books so below I am going to highlight the ones that really stood out for me.

I have more than a few favourite books and series that I will re-read each year, The Night Circus and Harry Potter being two of the bigger ones, so I only picked out books that I read for the first time this year. Some were released a few years ago and some were released this year, some are the conclusion to well-loved series and some are brand new series which caught my eye and didn’t let go until I’d read the last page.

Best of 2015 #1

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The Wrath and the Dawn

The Wrath and the Dawn


Title: The Wrath and the Dawn

Author: Renee Ahdieh

Series: The Wrath and the Dawn, #1

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Release Date: May 12th 2015

Rating:

Five Stars

One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

Inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, The Wrath and the Dawn is a sumptuous and enthralling read from beginning to end.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

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If You’ve Read That Book, Try This One

I’ve said it a few times before, 2015 was the year a lot of my favourite series ended; The Lunar Chronicles, The Soul Eaters series, The Elemental Trilogy, Penryn and the End of Days, Starbound, and Splintered to name a few. And while most of them ended on a high note I needed to find new books I could really enjoy, rave about, and re-read over and over again.

So, if you’re like me and your favourite series have come to an end and you’re looking for new books to try out then I’ve got some recommendations for you. Hopefully you’ll soon have some new books added to your favourite shelf.


If you liked the Splintered series…

The Splintered series retells the story of Alice in Wonderland; and while I was left disappointed by the second book in the trilogy, the third and final one, Ensnared, ended the series on a real high note at the beginning of this year.

…Then start reading The Wrath and the Dawn duology

The Wrath and the Dawn

The Wrath and the Dawn is another retelling but this time of the Shahrzad myth. I haven’t read the original story that this book was based on but The Wrath and the Dawn had some good reviews, the blurb intrigued me, and the cover definitely caught my eye. Each night Shahrzad weaves stories of Aladdin and Bluebeard, thieves and genies for her husband, and each morning she lives to see another sunrise where none of her husband’s other wives have.

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The Mime Order

The Mime Order


Title: The Mime Order

Author: Samantha Shannon

Series: The Bone Season, #2

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Release Date: January 27th 2015

Rating:

Five Stars

Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London…

As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on the dreamwalker, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take centre stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner. Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

This review may contain spoilers for previous book(s) in the series.

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The Bone Season

The Bone Season


Title: The Bone Season

Author: Samantha Shannon

Series: The Bone Season, #1

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Release Date: August 20th 2013

Rating:

Five Stars

The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.

It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.

The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine and also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

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