March Recap

March seemed to fly by even faster than February did. If you asked me what I did last month (and trying to write this recap post) I’m struggling to come up with anything other than work, sleep, with some reading in between.

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I got through six books this month, better than February, and I took part in my first ever Readathon, the Women’s History Month Reading Challenge. I didn’t do much blogging in March though; I felt a little bit burnt out after everything I went through at the end of last year and I needed some time to re-charge. Now though I’ve had that re-charge time and I’m ready to get back into blogging.

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March 2018 Recap

Where is spring? Does anyone know because it sure as hell isn’t here in England.

After the insane weather we had at the end of February and March I cannot wait for summer and for the warmer weather to finally arrive, but will it ever arrive, who knows at this point? Another month has been and gone; and I officially started my new job, read and re-read some incredible books, and overall just had a pretty decent month.


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Books I Read

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Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor – Five stars
Check out my review here.

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor – Five stars
Check out my review here.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Four stars
Check out my review here.

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Five stars
Check out my review here.

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Five stars

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian – Four stars

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid – Four stars

The Empress by S.J. Kincaid – Currently reading

March This Month


I am officially behind on my Goodreads Reading Challenge. Maybe 125 books was too ambitious. I’d fallen behind on my blogging and my reviewing so this month I let my reading fall in the wayside while I caught up. Still it’s only the end of March, I still have nine months to go to get back on track and now I’m caught up on my blogging I can catch up on reading again.

March GR 2018 Reading Challenge

The best book I picked up in February was – and this will come as no surprise considering how excited I was for its release during my February Recap post – Obsidio. It lived up to the hype I created for it in my head and had me on the edge of my seat. There was plenty from all my favourite characters, especially AIDAN, and all in all it was a perfect ending to the series.

Obsidio

The worst book I picked up this month was also Obsidio, because as amazing as it was the fact that it’s been released and I’ve read it means one of my all-time favourite series is now over. I have nothing left to come from the world or the characters I loved so much, there is nothing more Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff will be writing for this series.


My WIP

Am I on track to start re-writing my WIP now it’s nearly April? No. Am I going to start re-writing my WIP now it’s nearly April? Yes.

I’ve discovered that on its own planning and researching aren’t strengths of mine. The main reason is that my WIP changes so often once I start writing it, I go off on so many tangents, that half of my outlines and research notes are never used.

I have a solid-ish plan for the first ten chapters – which includes a plot outline and chapter-by-chapter breakdown, character names, world building notes, and plenty of aesthetics. After that, for chapter eleven onwards, I’m going to see where my story takes me and plan as I write. Based on the work I did for NaNo last November that’s where my strengths lie; editing and researching as I go along.


Life in General

There was a Winnie-the-Pooh exhibition at the V&A, and the second I saw it advertised I knew I had to go. Alongside Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland it was the Winnie-the-Pooh stories that defined my early childhood. The exhibition was amazing, going through the history of the author and his inspiration for the books, and how the stories have been developed throughout the years.

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Every year I go to the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London, and this year was no exception. No matter how many times I’ve been (and it’s been quite a few times now) there’s always something I love seeing and there’s nothing quite like seeing the doors open onto the Great Hall at the very beginning of the tour.

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I finally got around to seeing The Greatest Showman at the cinema, better late than never right? It was just as amazing as everyone told me it was, and the second I left the cinema I was on Amazon buying the soundtrack and pre-ordering the DVD.

The Greatest Showman

Other notable things that happened this month were that I started my new job – so I was very busy at work this month – brought a new car, and started baking again – unfortunately there are no photos to share with you yet, but come next month’s recap there will be pictures I can share of the yummy things I’ve made.


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More books were brought in March, and while not all of those books have been read yet I actually think my buying habits were pretty well controlled this month.

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Books


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Platform 9 3/4

  • Hufflepuff notebook
  • Hufflepuff socks
  • Ticket to Hogwarts
  • Hufflepuff lanyard
  • Hedwig keychain

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Harry Potter Studio Tour

  • Newt Scamander scarf
  • Exploding Bonbons
  • Chocolate wand

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Fairy Loot


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Book wise I don’t think there’s much I’m desperately excited for being released in April, Leah on the Offbeat being the one exception to that statement. We also have the Love, Simon movie coming out in the UK next month so I’ll be able to see the movie and read Becky Albertalli’s new release all in the same month. I am definitely going to get around to Children of Blood and Bone, but other than that my TBR list is a mystery for me(the life and trials of a mood reader).

March Next Month

Children of Blood and Bone

There is nothing worthy of noting here that I have planned for April, asides from a few birthdays coming up (so I need to get present shopping). However this may be a good thing because it gives me a chance to catch up on reading and get to grips with re-writing my WIP; wish me luck.


I hope everyone else had a good March, and I hope you all have an even better April as well.

Let me know what books you’ve read during the third month of the year, and if you’re holding out hope for warmer weather to arrive soon? Is April a quiet month for you like it seems to be for me, and what do people who’ve seen it think of the Love, Simon movie, no spoilers please?

Happy reading!

March Recap

Another month has been and gone, and with it more of my most anticipated releases of 2017 have been released. Overall March was a great month for me; I unveiled my new blog design, I read and reviewed what was my most anticipated releases of this year, and I finally created a Goodreads account for this blog.

About time right?


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Books I Reviewed

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The Scarecrow Queen by Melinda Salisbury

This series just seemed to get better with each book. I enjoyed the first and loved the second, so it was no surprise that I thought the third and final book was the best of the trilogy.


A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

Chances are if you’ve been following my blog for a while you know how much I love this series and how excited I was for A Conjuring of Light. This was my most anticipated release for 2017 and it more than lived up to my expectations.


History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

After reading Adam Silvera’s first book I jumped straight into History is All You Left Me. This book was just as moving, just as heartbreaking, and just as beautifully written as More Happy Than Not.


Zeroes Series

Zeroes was a re-read for me before I picked up Swarm, and I enjoyed it just as much the second time as I did the first. After the way Swarm ended I cannot wait to get my hands on the third book in the series.

Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti

Swarm by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti


ARC Review: A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

Another of my most anticipated releases for 2017 A Crown of Wishes was better than I thought it would be, and even better than The Star-Touched Queen was in my opinion.

I received a copy of this book from St. Martin’s Griffin.


The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

There aren’t really enough words to fully describe how much I love this book. It’s one I’m always re-reading, and every time I pick it up there’s something new I discover about the story or the characters that I fall more in love with.


ARC Review: Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

I only requested this from NetGalley on a whim, but it’s one of the best books I’ve picked up this year so far. Defy the Stars reminds me what it is about the sci-fi genre I love so much, and I can’t wait to get my hands on book two.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.


The Remnant Chronicles

While I wasn’t that much of a fan of the first book, the pacing was a little too slow for my liking, by the time I got around to the second and third books I could understand what it was about this series everyone loved.

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson


Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer

It’s no secret Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series is one of my all-time favourites, so I was really excited to get around to Iko’s story. While I haven’t read many graphic novels Wires and Nerve is still a favourite of mine.


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Books on my Spring TBR List

Top Ten Books You’ll Stay up All Night Reading so You Can Finish Them in One Go

Top Five Authors I’ve Met and Top Five Authors I Want to Meet


Standalone Sunday

13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough

The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

More Than This by Patrick Ness


Waiting on Wednesday

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore


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This was the month all the hardcover editions I pre-ordered arrived from the US, so this was the month I possibly spent more on shipping than I did on books. Still, seeing all of the US editions I brought sitting on my bookshelves I can’t bring myself to regret that decision.


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Waterstones


Amazon


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Fairy Loot


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Last month something amazing happened, I actually managed to complete my monthly TBR list. Ever since I started including books I wanted to read and review the following month in my recaps I never managed to stick to one, but now that I have I have good feelings for April’s TBR list.


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The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig

The breath-taking sequel to the acclaimed The Girl from Everywhere. Nix has escaped her past, but when the person she loves most is at risk, even the daughter of a time traveller may not be able to outrun her fate—no matter where she goes. Fans of Rae Carson, Alexandra Bracken, and Outlander will fall hard for Heidi Heilig’s sweeping fantasy.

Nix has spent her whole life journeying to places both real and imagined aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. And now it’s finally time for her to take the helm. Her father has given up his obsession to save her mother – and possibly erase Nix’s existence – and Nix’s future lies bright before her. Until she learns that she is destined to lose the one she loves. But her relationship with Kash – best friend, thief, charmer extraordinaire – is only just beginning. How can she bear to lose him? How can she bear to become as adrift and alone as her father?

Desperate to change her fate, Nix takes her crew to a mythical utopia to meet another Navigator who promises to teach her how to manipulate time. But everything in this utopia is constantly changing, and nothing is what it seems—not even her relationship with Kash. Nix must grapple with whether anyone can escape her destiny, her history, her choices. Heidi Heilig weaves fantasy, history, and romance together to tackle questions of free will, fate, and what it means to love another person. But at the centre of this adventure are the extraordinary, multifaceted, and multicultural characters that leap off the page, and an intricate, recognizable world that has no bounds. The sequel – and conclusion – to the indie darling The Girl from Everywhere will be devoured by fans of Rachel Hartman and Maggie Stiefvater. Includes black-and-white maps.


The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder―much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing – not even a smear of blood – to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.


Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

A new epic fantasy by National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Laini Taylor of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy.

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? and if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

In this sweeping and breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the shadow of the past is as real as the ghosts who haunt the citadel of murdered gods. Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage.

Welcome to Weep.


Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

Crown princess Rhiannon Ta’an wants vengeance.

The only surviving heir to an ancient Kalusian dynasty, Rhee has spent her life training to destroy the people who killed her family. Now, on the eve of her coronation, the time has finally come for Rhee to claim her throne—and her revenge.

Alyosha is a Wraetan who has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a DroneVision show. Despite his popularity, Aly struggles with anti-Wraetan prejudices and the pressure of being perfect in the public eye.

Their paths collide with one brutal act of violence: Rhee is attacked, barely escaping with her life. Aly is blamed for her presumed murder.

The princess and her accused killer are forced to go into hiding—even as a war between planets is waged in Rhee’s name. But soon, Rhee and Aly discover that the assassination attempt is just one part of a sinister plot. Bound together by an evil that only they can stop, the two fugitives must join forces to save the galaxy.

In this exhilarating debut for fans of Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles and Pierce Brown’s Red Rising trilogy, Rhoda Belleza crafts a powerful saga of vengeance, warfare, and the true meaning of legacy.


After all the work I did on my blog over the course of March I’m going to take a break from major reveals and re-designs. I’ll still be posting the same amount, likely, but there are still some finishing touches I need to finish and April is going to be the month for those.

March Recap

Ideally I would have posted this recap on the last day of March, two days ago, but I have been completely snowed under with work over the past week and my end of the month recap got pushed back. This weekend has been the first time I’ve had a chance to actually sit down and properly write it.

Looking back I read more books than I thought, fifteen this month, which I think is my best so far this year. I even managed to get through two series, The Winner’s Trilogy and Throne of Glass, that despite being on my to-read list for ages have become two of my favourites.


Reviews

Red Queen

Red Queen Series

I re-read Red Queen before starting Glass Sword this month, and didn’t enjoy it as much as I did the first time. The story is good, granted it does feel a little generic in terms of dystopian novels, but I did not like the characters at all and there is a lot of questions I still have about the world-building. However I cannot leave a series unfinished so I will be picking up the third book, besides I’m curious after the way Glass Sword ended how the third one will start.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard


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Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

I’ve said it so many times now but The Lunar Chronicles is my all-time favourite series. When I discovered Marissa Meyer was releasing a collection of all her novella’s, including some new never-before-released ones, I was so excited to get my hands on it. While I had read some before re-reading them was a treat and of course the last novella of the bunch was my favourite. Winter may have been the perfect finale to the series but Something Old, Something New was the perfect epilogue.


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The Winner’s Trilogy

So this was one of the series that has been on my to-read list for ages now. I wasn’t sure when I’d be able to get around to it but then I saw the final book on NetGalley and it was the perfect time to start the series. Once I finished all I could think was ‘why did I not start this series soon?’ The first book did start a little slow, and for the first half I was wondering why this series was so hyped, but then the plot kicked into high gear and I was hooked.

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.


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The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Time travel is my favourite genre so this book has been on my to-read list ever since I saw the blurb. Luckily it more than lived up to my high expectations. The Girl From Everywhere has the most amazing time travel concept I’ve read and I immediately fell in love. I am very excited to get my hands on the second book in the series, I think this is definitely one to keep an eye on because the author is going to amazing places.


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The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

Like time travel fairy tale retellings are a favourite genre of mine. The Shadow Queen is the first book I’ve read by C.J. Redwine, though I’ve heard good things about her Defiance series. I enjoyed this book, don’t get me wrong, but there wasn’t anything that made it stand out from the pile of other fairy tale retellings on the shelves now. The story was good and the characters well developed but it felt more like a generic novel than anything unique.


Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan

Another book that I was eagerly anticipated, however it fell flat. I couldn’t connect with any of the characters who seemed completely flat, one-dimensional, and unrealistic; and the plot itself never seemed to actually pick up. I was waiting for most of the book for something to actually happen and when I got to the end I honestly thought I was missing half of it. There are people that did enjoy Reign of Shadows but it just wasn’t for me.


Starflight by Melissa Landers

I wouldn’t say I read a lot of sci-fi books but honestly the cover was so gorgeous I had to add it to my to-read list. The story was good but it was the characters that really made me love this book; the adventures they have fleeing the Enforcers and the Daeva but also the way they grew throughout the course of the novel. The second book in this series focuses on different characters but I’m still really excited to start it.


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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I’d originally planned to read the Throne of Glass series first, but because this was the first and only book in the series released so far I thought I’d start with this one to give me a taste of Maas’s work. A Court of Thorns and Roses is one of my favourite fairy tale retellings, and I’ve read quite a few based on Beauty and the Beast so that is saying something. I am so excited for the second book in the series to be released but I am really hoping there is no love triangle developed.


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Throne of Glass Series

This series has been on my to-read list since before Throne of Glass was even released. I never got around to it, mainly because I’d heard a lot of negative things about the first book and couldn’t quite force myself past that. I actually adored Throne of Glass; I think maybe because my expectations were so low the only place to go was up. The series did get a lot better with the second, third, and fourth books, though the third was a little slow for my taste, and I am so excited for the fifth to be released now as well.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas


Top Ten Tuesday

I took part in five Top Ten Tuesday topics over the course of March.

Top Ten Books To Read If You Are In The Mood For…

Top Ten Characters I Didn’t Like

Top Ten Books on My Spring TBR Pile

Top Ten Books I Really Love and Feel I Need to Re-Read Soon

Top Ten of My Most Recent Five Star Reads


Waiting on Wednesday

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

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Waiting on Wednesday #4


So for April I’m planning a contemporary YA month. I have loads of my to-read list and this way I can start making a real dent in them. I have quite a few on my list already – I’ll Give You the Sun, Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Stephanie Perkins – but if anyone has any recommendations let me know.