February Recap

February is such a short month that it always feels like it’s barely started before it’s over again, but maybe that’s just me. The first two weeks of this month were a bit hit and miss when it came to my blogging schedule, but now I’m back on track, and while I didn’t manage to get as many books read as I would have liked we’ll blame that on the fact that this month is shorter than the others rather than my poor planning.

Still I feel like this was a productive month for me; I published my first discussion post, with others to come, and even received my first physical ARC from a publisher which was very exciting. All in all my 2017 is off to a great start so here’s hoping it continues that way.


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Books I Reviewed

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RoseBlood by A.G. Howard

This book was not as good as I expected it to be. Maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I’d read the original Phantom of the Opera story but as is I was just left disappointed by RoseBlood.


The Sin-Eater’s Daughter Series

The Sin-Eater’s Daughter  was a re-read for me, one I enjoyed just as much the second time around, in preparation for starting The Sleeping Prince which, if anything, was even better than the first.

The Sin-Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury


By Your Side by Kasie West

While By Your Side isn’t my favourite Kasie West book it was still an amazing read. Fluffy and light it was the perfect book to spend an afternoon with, which is what I’ve come to expect from her.


More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

This book deals with some very real and heartbreaking issues, it was incredibly written and nothing important was brushed under the rug or forgotten about. Adam Silvera is just an incredible author.


The Girl at Midnight Series

The Girl at Midnight was another re-read for me so I could start the second book and know what was going on. Again this was a series I enjoyed just as much the second time as I did the first.

The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

The Shadow Hour by Melissa Grey


ARC Review: The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon

This had to be one of my most anticipated books of the year so of course I was bound to love it. The Song Rising is a brilliant addition to my favourite series, the only issue I have is the (unbearable) wait for the fourth book.

I received a copy of this book from Bloomsbury.


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Books I Wish Had …

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

Top Ten Books I Loved Less/More Than I Thought I Would


Standalone Sunday

Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Highly Illogical Behaviour by John Corey Whaley

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows


book-haul

Despite all appearances to the contrary this isn’t actually a lot of books for me this month, and I didn’t even spend too much on them. I managed to get the whole of The Young Elites series for £6, and four books were in a buy one get one half price deal at Waterstones which saved me a fair bit of money. In terms of managing my book buying better this year I’m not off to a bad start.


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Waterstones


The Works


Amazon


Bloomsbury


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Fairy Loot


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So far I have yet to get through all the books in one of my monthly TBR lists, but I have a good feeling about next months. Wires and Nerve, The Scarecrow Queen and A Conjuring of Light are all highly anticipated releases of mine that I can’t believe I haven’t gotten around to sooner, and The Night Circus is an all-time favourite so I should be able to fit them all in next month.


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Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer

In her first graphic novel, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestseller Marissa Meyer follows Iko, the beloved android from the Lunar Chronicles, on a dangerous and romantic new adventure—with a little help from Cinder and the Lunar team.

In her first graphic novel, bestselling author Marissa Meyer extends the world of the Lunar Chronicles with a brand-new, action-packed story about Iko, the android with a heart of (mechanized) gold. When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers’ leader. She is soon working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and her own humanity. With appearances by Cinder and the rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the bestselling series.


The Scarecrow Queen by Melinda Salisbury

The final battle is coming…

As the Sleeping Prince tightens his hold on Lormere and Tregellan, the net closes in on the ragged band of rebels trying desperately to defeat him. Twylla and Errin are separated, isolated, and running out of time. The final battle is coming, and Aurek will stop at nothing to keep the throne forever…

Explosive, rich and darkly addictive, this is the stunning conclusion to Mel Salisbury’s internationally best-selling trilogy that began with The Sin Eater’s Daughter.


The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.


A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

The battle between four magical Londons comes to a head in this stunning finale to the New York Times bestselling Shades of Magic trilogy by rising star V. E. Schwab

London’s fall and kingdoms rise while darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire—and the fraught balance of magic blossoms into dangerous territory while heroes and foes struggle alike. The direct sequel to A Gathering of Shadows, and the final book in the Shades of Magic epic fantasy series, A Conjuring of Light sees Schwab reach a thrilling culmination concerning the fate of beloved protagonists—and old enemies.


March is going to be a month of reveals for me on Reading Every Night. I will be changing the design of my blog now I have an idea of what I want it to look like, and I will be launching my Goodreads profile now that my reviews on this blog are in some kind of order.

Basically February was my month for planning, March is my month for unveiling.

ARC Review: The Song Rising

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Title: The Song Rising

Author: Samantha Shannon

Series: The Bone Season, #3

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Release Date: March 7th 2017

Rating:

Five Stars

Following a bloody battle against foes on every side, Paige Mahoney has risen to the dangerous position of Underqueen, ruling over London’s criminal population.

But, having turned her back on Jaxon Hall and with vengeful enemies still at large, the task of stabilizing the fractured underworld has never seemed so challenging.

Little does Paige know that her reign may be cut short by the introduction of Senshield, a deadly technology that spells doom for the clairvoyant community and the world as they know it…

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

I received an ARC of this book free from Bloomsbury Publishing. It in no way affects my views on The Song Rising.

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

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Discussion Time: Why is There So Much Girl Hate in YA Fiction?

Discussion posts are something I’ve been thinking about adding to my blog for a while now and the New Year seemed like a perfect time to start, let’s just pretend I posted this sometime in January rather than waiting until the end of February to get started.

Granted this does depend on my blogging/reading schedule but I’d like to post these two times a month. I’m not sure how this will work so please bear with me for the first few posts as I work out the format and the writing style and everything else that comes with posting discussions on WordPress, but now onto the topic;

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Why is There So Much Girl Hate in YA Fiction?

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The Shadow Hour

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Title: The Shadow Hour

Author: Melissa Grey

Series: The Girl at Midnight, #2

Publisher: ATOM

Release Date: July 12th 2016

Rating:

Four Stars

A battle has been won. But the war has only just begun.

Everything in Echo’s life changed in a blinding flash when she learned the startling truth: she is the firebird, the creature of light that is said to bring peace.

The firebird has come into the world, but it has not come alone. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction, and Echo can feel a great and terrible darkness rising in the distance. Cosmic forces threaten to tear the world apart.

Echo has already lost her home, her family, and her boyfriend. Now, as the firebird, her path is filled with even greater dangers than the ones she’s already overcome.

She knows the Dragon Prince will not fall without a fight.

Echo must decide: can she wield the power of her true nature—or will it prove too strong for her, and burn what’s left of her world to the ground?

Welcome to the shadow hour.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

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

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The Girl at Midnight

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Title: The Girl at Midnight

Author: Melissa Grey

Series: The Girl at Midnight, #1

Publisher: ATOM

Release Date: April 28th 2015

Rating:

Four Stars

Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she’s ever known.

Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she’s fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it’s time to act.

Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, but if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it’s how to hunt down what she wants…and how to take it.

But some jobs aren’t as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

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The 2016/2017 Book Tag

Despite the fact that we are well into 2017 now I still think we’re close enough to 2016 for me to take part in this tag and for this post to not be too late. Either way it was nice to look back at 2016 and kind of review the year I had. I was tagged by Kate at Reading Through Infinity. Thanks so much for the tag Kate, I had a lot of fun with this one and I hope you enjoyed reading it as much.

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Rules:

  • Mention the creator of the tag David at #The Guy  Who Said Always No
  • Use the image that you find in this article.
  • Mention the blogger who has chosen you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Mention 3 bloggers/friends and let them know through a comment on their blog.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Loved Less/More Than I Thought I Would

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 Loved Less/More Than I Thought I Would.

A lot of the time I read books I have been recommended by other bloggers, so I tend to love them as much as I expect or a little bit more. A lot of the time when I say I enjoy books more than I thought I already knew I was going to love them I just ended up enjoying them that little bit more. The books I picked for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme are books I was genuinely surprised by; five in a good way and five in a bad way.


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More Happy Than Not

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Title: More Happy Than Not

Author: Adam Silvera

Series: N/A

Publisher: Soho Teen

Release Date: June 2nd 2015

Rating:

Five Stars

In his twisty, gritty, profoundly moving New York Times bestselling-debut–also called “mandatory reading” and selected as an Editors’ Choice by the New York Times–Adam Silvera brings to life a charged, dangerous near-future summer in the Bronx.

In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again—but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.

When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.

Why does happiness have to be so hard?

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

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