January Recap

I honestly can’t believe January is almost over. It can’t just be me that thinks this first month has really flown by.

I had a pretty good start to 2016, and have made a better start to my Goodreads Reading Challenge finishing 11 books this month. I managed to get around to The Raven Cycle, which has cut one series off my to-read list, and I started some books of a different genre to what I normally would read.


Reviews

January Recap, #1

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

My first Patrick Ness book and, in my opinion, a brilliant one to start on. Instead of focusing on the Chosen Ones and the big bad that threatens the town Ness follows a group of four teenagers whose lives are normal and who only want to survive whatever is threatening the Indie Kids this time. I really enjoy this book, the characters may have been normal but it didn’t make their lives any less interesting or important than the Indie Kids.


Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

I really enjoyed Alexandra Bracken’s first series but Passenger completely knocked it out the water. The characters are well developed and even though the story starts off a little slow it grabbed me and refused to let go until the very end. I love time travel stories and Passenger is one of the best. Together Nicholas and Etta travel all over the world and all through the centuries; from London during World War II and Damascus in the fifteen hundreds. This is, at the moment, my best read of 2016.


My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

While this isn’t the kind of book I’d normally read, preferring fantasy or paranormal books, it had so many amazing reviews I had to pick it up and start reading it myself. My Life Next Door starts off a cute read about summer love, however right around the corner it takes a darker turn. I loved the two main characters, Sam and Jase, but it was Jase’s family that made this story stand out for me. The Garrett’s are a large family, and compared to Sam’s their home life is loud, chaotic but full of love.

The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick

I didn’t realise there was a sequel to My Life Next Door until I’d finished reading it but after discovering Alice and Tim’s story had been written and released I couldn’t wait to start it. In the first book Tim decided to combat his alcohol addiction and his journey continues in his story. There are a lot of serious issues that are addressed in The Boy Most Likely To and Huntley Fitzpatrick gave them the time and development they needed; what Tim goes through and what happened to Alice’s family isn’t just forgotten about or swept under the rug for the sake of the budding romance between Tim and Alice.


January Recap, #2

The Grisha Series

I loved this series the first time I read it, and after Six of Crows was released I had to go back and re-read the Grisha series before starting a book set in the same world. The Grisha series is really good but I definitely preferred Six of Crows; it has all the elements I loved about the Grisha series but so much more. I adored reading about the relationships between all six characters, as well as the building relationships between Kaz and Inej, Nina and Matthias, and Jesper and Wylan.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo


January Recap, #3

The Raven Cycle Series

Before starting The Raven Boys I had heard so much about the series, it had so many amazing reviews and the gorgeous covers caught my eye. When I finally got around to picking up these books I couldn’t stop reading. While the first book seemed a little slow the series went from strength to strength and when I got to the third book, Blue Lily, Lily Blue, I couldn’t put it down. I am desperate for the fourth book in the series now, I need to know what happens next.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater


Top Ten Tuesday

I took part in four Top Ten Tuesday topics over the course of January.

Top Ten Resolutions I have for 2016

Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant to Read but Didn’t

Top Ten Books I’ve Recently Added to my TBR Pile

Top Ten Fairytale Retellings I’ve Read and Want to Read


Waiting on Wednesday

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

Riders by Veronica Rossi

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Waiting on Wednesday #2


I have plenty more on my to-read list for next month, and also a few ARCs to review before they’re released. In February I am looking forwards to hopefully some warmer weather here in England, as well as the release of some of my very eagerly anticipated books for this year.

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Historical Book Tag

I was tagged by Anna at My Bookish Dream. Thank you so much for the tag, it took me a little while to get around to completing this one but it was so much fun coming up with all my answers.

This tag was created by Daniel at HowToReadBooks.

Here’s how it works:

  • Link to both the original post on this blog and to the person or people who tagged you
  • For each figure and question, answer with just one book. Some questions have alternate answer options, so feel free to answer both
  • Tag five six other bloggers of your choice

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The Dim Sum Book Tag

The Dim Sum Book Tag is the brainchild of Joey at Thoughts and Afterthoughts and Jenna at Reading With Jenna. Dim sum is a style of Chinese cuisine whereby food is served in small (tapas-like) portions and is common during yum cha (which literally means: drinking tea). This tag is inspired by good company and good eats.

The Dim Sum Book Tag

I was tagged by Reg at She Latitude. Thank you so much for the tag, it took me a little while to get around to completing this one but I was very excited to take part and I had a great time coming up with my answers.

Here are some rules to devour this tag:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.
  • Devour dim sum and answer the tag questions.
  • Tag five others to join your round table for some dim sum fun.
  • Food coma.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Fairytale Retellings I’ve Read and Want to Read

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. It was a free pick this week so I chose a Top Ten Tuesday topic from a few months ago; Top Ten Fairytale Retellings I’ve Read and Want to Read.

Fairytale retellings are one of my favourite sub genres of young adult books I have already read so many and there are more being released this year, and that have already been released, that I plan to start soon. I was gutted to have missed this Top Ten Tuesday topic when it first came around so I really enjoyed getting a second chance at it and picking out my top ten fairytale retelling books.


Top Ten Tuesday #8

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Blue Lily, Lily Blue

Blue Lily, Lily Blue


Title: Blue Lily, Lily Blue

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Series: The Raven Cycle, #3

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Release Date: October 21st 2014

Rating:

Five Stars

There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.

Mothers can disappear.

Visions can mislead.

Certainties can unravel.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

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

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The Dream Thieves

The Dream Thieves


Title: The Dream Thieves

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Series: The Raven Cycle,#2

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Release Date: September 17th 2013

Rating:

Five Stars

If you could steal things from dreams, what would you take?

Ronan Lynch has secrets. Some he keeps from others. Some he keeps from himself.

One secret: Ronan can bring things out of his dreams.

And sometimes he’s not the only one who wants those things.

Ronan is one of the raven boys—a group of friends, practically brothers, searching for a dead king named Glendower, who they think is hidden somewhere in the hills by their elite private school, Aglionby Academy. The path to Glendower has long lived as an undercurrent beneath town. But now, like Ronan’s secrets, it is beginning to rise to the surface—changing everything in its wake.

Of The Raven Boys, Entertainment Weekly wrote, “Maggie Stiefvater’s can’t-put-it-down paranormal adventure will leave you clamouring for book two.” Now the second book is here, with the same wild imagination, dark romance, and heart-stopping twists that only Maggie Stiefvater can conjure.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

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

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The Raven Boys

The Raven Boys


Title: The Raven Boys

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Series: The Raven Cycle, #1

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Release Date: September 18th 2012

Rating:

Five Stars

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all – family money, good looks, devoted friends – but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

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Six of Crows

Six of Crows


Title: Six of Crows

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Series: Six of Crows, #1

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

Release Date: September 29th 2015

Rating:

Five Stars

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

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