February Recap

Another month has come and gone, and hopefully soon the Winter weather here in England will be going with it.

February flew by, and not because it is the shortest month of the year. It feels like only a couple of weeks ago that I was posting my January recap. I got through a lot of the ARC’s on my to-read list this month, but I still have a couple more to review next month, and while I haven’t made much headway in my to-read list I am on track for my Goodreads Challenge.


Reviews

February Recap, #1

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

This was one of my most anticipated books of this year so when I received an ARC of it I started right away, putting a hold on the book I was currently reading to start Rebel of the Sands. I would highly recommend this to anyone; the world-building was rich and full of magic, the characters are strong and well-developed, and there were plot twists woven through the story which I did not see coming. Rebel of the Sands starts slow but once the story gets going it’s fast-paced and brilliant.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.


13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough

Normally I don’t read crime/psychological thrillers, in fact 13 Minutes is the first book that I actually picked up in this genre, but I loved this book. The characters were all well-developed in terms of their faults and desires and the story really dragged me in. I was so engrossed I didn’t even see the ending coming, the big reveal as to ‘who done it’. 13 Minutes is a debut novel from Sarah Pinborough but after finishing it I will definitely pick up the net book she writes.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.


February Recap, #3

Remembrance by Meg Cabot

I was so excited for this book to be released, I love the original six books which I first read in high school, and when I discovered the author was writing a new adult instalment I couldn’t wait to jump back into Suze and Jesse’s world. Unfortunately this book failed to live up to my expectations; I still enjoyed the story but the characters were a letdown. It feels like a lot of the character development that was reached in the sixth book was erased in this one. All in all, I expected more from Remembrance and was let down by it.


February Recap, #2

The Chronicles of Ixia Series

When I read the it fast become one of my favourite series, and Yelena and Valek one of my favourite OTP’s. So after finding out the author was going back and continuing their story Shadow Study went to the top of my to-read list. I was thrilled to discover when I started reading it that Shadow Study was just as good, if not better, than the original trilogy; and then Night Study blew it out of the water. All my favourite characters were there, as well as some new ones I loved just as much, and the story itself is brilliant.

Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder

Night Study by Maria V. Snyder

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.


Pull by Anne Riley

The reason I picked up Pull was because of the time travel aspect. I adore time travel books and Pull had a really unique concept that grabbed me from the start. Instead of being able to go back years and see all the things that happened tens or hundreds of years in the past what if you could only go back seconds or minutes. What would you end up changing?

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.


February Recap, #4

The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry

This book is contending with Passenger for my favourite read of 2016. I wasn’t expecting much from The Love That Split the World; while the cover was gorgeous, and definitely grabbed my eye, the blurb didn’t really tell me much about the story and what it did reveal didn’t really sound like my kind of book. However reading it I fell in love; with the characters and the relationships formed between them, with the story and the Native American culture that was represented, and with the lyrical writing that made the book beautiful to read.


All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

I heard so many amazing things about this book before reading it and, even though historical fiction isn’t my usual genre, I finally got around to picking it up myself. With over 500 pages it took me a while to get through this book. All the Light We Cannot See follows Marie-Laure and Werner through the Second World War and lets us see the effects the war has on both characters as well as Saint Malo, where Marie lives, and Germany, where Werner is from. This book is incredibly moving, the last quarter completely destroyed me.


February Recap, #5

Shades of Magic Series

Before the second book was released I re-read A Darker Shade of Magic, and if anything it was even better the second time around. Then I started reading A Gathering of Shadows and found it was even better than ADSoM; it had everything I loved about the first book and so much more. V.E. Schwab is my favourite author; I have loved everything of hers but the Shades of Magic series is my all-time favourite and both books are definitely in a league of its own.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab


Top Ten Tuesday

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

Top Ten Books That are Set In, or Visit, Past Time

Top Ten Favourite YA Couples from Books I’ve Read in the Past Year

Top Ten Characters I’d Give Theme Songs To

Top Ten Book I Enjoyed Recently That Weren’t My Typical Genre


Waiting on Wednesday

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

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

The Keeper of the Mist by Rachel Neumeier

Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

Waiting on Wednesday #3


Next month I have plans to finally start The Winner’s Trilogy and the Throne of Glass series, which I have been meaning to get around to for ages now. I’ve heard a lot of good things about both series so I’m excited to start reading them. Also there are some highly anticipated releases of mine coming out in March that I am excited to get my hands on.

Emoji Book Tag

So I hadn’t seen this tag around before, but it seemed like a lot of fun. I don’t tend to use emoji’s much when I text but I loved the idea of fitting books to emoji’s. I was tagged by Astra at A Stranger’s Guide to Novels, you can check out her post via the above link and you should definitely check out her blog while you’re there.

The Emoji Book Tag

The rules for this tag are simple; pick five emoji’s and then pick five books that fit them.

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A Gathering of Shadows

A Gathering of Shadows


Title: A Gathering of Shadows

Author: V.E. Schwab

Series: Shades of Magic, #2

Publisher: Titan Books

Release Date: February 23rd 2016

Rating:

Five Stars

Four months have passed since the shadow stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Rhy was wounded and the Dane twins fell, and the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift, and into Black London.

In many ways, things have almost returned to normal, though Rhy is more sober, and Kell is now plagued by his guilt. Restless, and having given up smuggling, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks like she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games—an extravagant international competition of magic, meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighbouring countries—a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

But while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life, and those who were thought to be forever gone have returned. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night reappears in the morning, and so it seems Black London has risen again—meaning that another London must fall.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

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

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A Darker Shade of Magic

A Darker Shade of Magic


Title: A Darker Shade of Magic

Author: V.E. Schwab

Series: Shades of Magic, #1

Publisher: Titan Books

Release Date: February 27th 2015

Rating:

Five Stars

Kell is one of the last Travellers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit.

Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London—but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveller, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her ‘proper adventure’.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive—trickier than they hoped.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Enjoyed Recently That Weren’t My Typical Genre

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 Books I Enjoyed Recently That Weren’t My Typical Genre.

Last year I didn’t really read many books that went out of my comfort zone. So to rectify that, and also to see if there’s another genre I would end up loving as much as I do fantasy, one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to branch out and read more books I wouldn’t normally pick up. For this week’s Top Ten I have highlighted five books I read recently that weren’t my typical genre and five books that are on my to-read list which, hopefully, I’ll be able to get around to soon.


Top Ten Tuesday #12

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Book Fangirling Blog Award

I was nominated by Felicia at Fell for Books. Thanks so much for the nomination Felicia. I’m sorry it took me a while to get around to this award but I am very behind on my tags and nominations. I am going to try and get back on track though, starting with this award which I was very excited to receive.

Book Fangirling Award

Rules:

  • Create a post to accept your award.
  • Answer the questions I have at the end.
  • Nominate between 5-10 book bloggers who you think also deserve this award.
  • Come up with your own 5 questions for your nominees.

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All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See


Title: All the Light We Cannot See

Author: Anthony Doerr

Series: N/A

Publisher: Scribner

Release Date: May 6th 2014

Rating:

Five Stars

From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighbourhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.

Doerr’s “stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors” (San Francisco Chronicle) are dazzling. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, he illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, a National Book Award finalist, All the Light We Cannot See is a magnificent, deeply moving novel from a writer “whose sentences never fail to thrill” (Los Angeles Times).

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

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The Love That Split the World

The Love That Split the World


Title: The Love That Split the World

Author: Emily Henry

Series: N/A

Publisher: Razorbill

Release Date: January 26th, 2016

Rating:

Four Stars

Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves.

Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start…until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.

That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.

Emily Henry’s stunning debut novel is Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveller’s Wife, and perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school, when we dream not only of the future, but of all the roads and paths we’ve left untaken.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

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