Standalone Sunday: Queens of Geek

Standalone Sunday is a weekly feature created by Megan at Bookslayer Reads which aims to showcase standalone books which you loved or would recommend.


Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Queens of Geek

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August Recap

August is over, and with it summer has come to an end though you wouldn’t know that if you were in the UK at the moment.

After YALC and everything else July brought with it August was a quiet month, giving me the time to get through plenty of books and to get started on the many I hauled at YALC. I reviewed eleven books this month, which is the most I’ve got through in a long while. They weren’t all amazing, but there were some exceptional ones.


Monthly Recaps - This Month

Books I Reviewed

August Recap '17, #1

Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories by Stephanie Perkins (Editor)

I felt really let down by Summer Days and Summer Nights. Despite being marketed as Twelve Love Stories the majority weren’t, and it made this more of a bittersweet read than sweet.


Wesley James Ruined my Life by Jennifer Honeybourn

This was another book I was really let down by. I really didn’t like the main character and couldn’t for the life of me get behind her motivations for wanting revenge against Wesley.


The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

After two disappointments this month The Last Magician was a brilliant read. What it lacked in action it made up for with incredible characters, and luckily there’s a second book in the works.


S.T.A.G.S. by M.A. Bennett

I picked this up at YALC because there was something about the cover that grabbed me, simple but eye-catching. This was a good book, but what made it exceptional for me was the ending.


ARC Review: Book of Fire by Michelle Kenney

This was a book I enjoyed. The concept was interesting and the individual characters well developed but there were too many downsides, namely the world building I couldn’t wrap my head around.

I received a copy of this book from YA HQ.


Wing Jones by Katherine Webber

I’d describe this book as contemporary with hints of magical realism, and an amazing read. Wing Jones was better than I expected, all thanks to the incredible development of Wing’s character.


Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Plenty of people have read and loved this book, so my hopes for Geekerella were high. I thought this was a cute read, with plenty of fandom and Cinderella references I loved discovering.


ARC Review: A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland

I thought this book would be a fun contemporary read, so I was surprised by the depth it had. A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares is probably my top book of this month, and definitely one of my favourite contemporary reads of the year.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.


ARC Review: Fireblood by Elly Blake

After the hints that Fireblood would have a love triangle I was nervous about picking it up. While I feel like it suffered a little from ‘second book syndrome’ this was still a great read, even the love triangle aspect was well written.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.


ARC Review: Tarnished City by Vic James

This was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, and Tarnished City more than lived up to my expectations. It took the series to a whole new level and I am so beyond excited for Bright Ruin.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.


ARC Review: I am Traitor by Sif Sigmarsdóttir

While I had trouble connecting to the main character, and was a little confused by the format of the story, I am Traitor was definitely an addictive read. I always wanted to know what would happen next.

I received a copy of this book from BKMRK.


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Recommendations for …

Top Ten Books I’d Set as Part of my (Fictional) School Syllabus

Top Ten Hidden Gem Books in … Genre


Waiting on Wednesday

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir


Standalone Sunday

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury


Monthly Recaps - Book Haul

The biggest surprise of August was that I didn’t actually buy any books. It felt so strange knowing no Amazon packages would be arriving for me, walking out of Waterstones empty handed despite spending a good amount of time browsing the shelves. Then again I did overspend and overhaul at YALC last month so maybe this isn’t as much of a surprise as I thought.


August Recap '17, #2

#SFATW


August Recap '17, #3

Fairy Loot


Monthly Recaps - Last Month

There are so many highly anticipated books being released next month that it was a real struggle to just pick one for this part of my Monthly Recap. I manage it in the end and I think it’s almost fitting that last month I featured a book by Leigh Bardugo and this month it’s another book by Leigh Bardugo that made the cut.


The Language of Thorns

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo

Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times-bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.


August ended up being a month of ARC reads, and it seems September will be more of the same. I am steadily working my way through my YALC book haul so my Mid Year To-Read Goal is taking a bit of a backseat for now, but it’s safe to say all the books I have to read during September in between the ARCs are books I already own that I need to get through.

July Recap

After the mess that was June July was a much better month. I still had a lot going on, mainly with work but also with YALC which was the last weekend of the month, but I managed to post one of my new features I was planning to launch, which is one more than I managed last month. I reviewed eight books this month, and most of them were amazing reads which when it comes down to it is pretty much all I look for in books.


Monthly Recaps - This Month

Books I Reviewed

July Recap '17, #1 (1)

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

Unfortunately this was a little bit of a disappointment for me, but not as much as it could have been because I saw some mixed reviews for The Love Interest before picking it up myself.


Legend Trilogy

I started the Legend trilogy back in 2014 and now, three years later, I’ve finally finished it. This was an incredible series, and now I am that much more excited to get around to Lu’s other books.

Legend by Marie Lu

Prodigy by Marie Lu

Champion by Marie Lu


Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser

Another anticipated release of mine that I’d hoped for a little more from. Song of the Current was an amazing book, but it was just missing that spark that would have made it incredible.


The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

If I were to pick one book that I’d say was my favourite read of July it would be this one. The Gentleman’s Guide was amazing, bringing to mind My Lady Jane with its unique humour.


Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

My favourite part of this book, asides from Eliza’s character development, was Zappia’s take on fandom. I love reading books that talk about fandoms, and have ever since I read Fangirl.


ARC Review: Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

All I needed to know about this book was that it was set in a travelling carnival and I was hooked. Daughter of the Burning City was a good read, just a little heavy in places when it came to the world building.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.


Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy by Ameriie

While anthologies aren’t normally my thing Because You Love to Hate Me really was. There were more stories I enjoyed than didn’t, and it had some brilliant contributions from my favourite authors.


Waiting on Wednesday

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry


Standalone Sunday

Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough


Monthly Recaps - Book Haul

You may be looking at the picture for my book haul this month and wondering if that’s all. After all I was at YALC this past weekend so shouldn’t I have more books? The answer is yes, I have a lot more, but I will be posting my YALC recap and haul in a couple of days. If I included everything I wanted to recap in July in one post it would be huge and no one would have the patience to read it, not even me.


July Recap '17, #2

Waterstones

Amazon


July Recap '17, #3

Fairy Loot


Monthly Recaps - Last Month

The book I have featured is being released this month, and it is also a book I am eagerly anticipating, however changes are I won’t be getting around to it until September. This is because it is being released in the UK on the last day of August. I may be a fast reader, but I’m not that fast.


Wonder Woman Warbringer

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

The highly anticipated coming-of-age story for the world’s greatest super hero: Wonder Woman by the #1 New York Times bestselling author Leigh Bardugo.

She will become a legend but first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning…

Diana is desperate to prove herself to her warrior sisters. But when the opportunity comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law to save a mere mortal, Alia Keralis. With this single heroic act, Diana may have just doomed the world.

Alia is a Warbringer—a descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery. Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies, mortal and divine, determined to destroy or possess the Warbringer.

To save the world, they must stand side by side against the tide of war.


Technically I am doing my July Recap in three parts, posted over the next three days. Tomorrow I will be posting my to-read goal for the next five months – it’s a lofty one but I’m hoping to get part way through it – and the day after I will be posting my YALC Recap. Coming up later in the month I will be posting the second of my Reading Around the World posts, and launching a new feature which I have been trying (unsuccessfully) to launch for months now.

June Recap

June really was a month of two halves for me. The first half was great; I went to Krakow for the weekend and started my new job, and although I was really busy I was really enjoying life. Then we got to the halfway point and I hit a brick wall. I lost my motivation for pretty much everything and I’ll admit my blogging suffered a little as well. I know in last month’s recap I promised a new feature, it’s still in the works but it’s now a July reveal rather than a June one.


Monthly Recaps - This Month

Books I Reviewed

June Recap '17, #1

Morgan Matson

After finishing Since You’ve Been Gone I added the rest of Morgan Matson’s books to my to-read list. It took me a year but I finally got around to two more of her releases and of course I loved them, and wondered why I didn’t read them sooner.

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson


A Million Junes by Emily Henry

Emily Henry has become one of my favourite magical realism authors. I can’t pick between A Million Junes and The Love That Split the World for my favourite release of hers but it’s safe to say they’re two books I’d recommend to everyone.


The Archived Series

The Archived was the very first book by Victoria Schwab I read, and while not my favourite of her releases this series is wonderful. I am hoping there is a third book in the works because after re-reading The Unbound I need more.

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

The Unbound by Victoria Schwab


ARC Review: Now I Rise by Kiersten White

And I Darken was a great start to The Conqueror’s Saga, but Now I Rise completely blew it out the water. It takes everything that was set up in the first book and runs with it, creating a thrilling story as we follow Lada in Wallachia and Radu in Constantinople.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.


Our Dark Duet by V.E. Schwab

This was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, and the last book in the Monsters of Verity duology. Our Dark Duet was everything I hoped for; it was a dark book that broke my heart but it was the perfect ending for August and Kate’s story.


Roar by Cora Carmack

Roar had a lot of potential, and I loved the world-building, but unfortunately the plot was too slow and other than Aurora I couldn’t connect with any of the characters. Still after the way it ended my hopes are for a promising sequel.


ARC Review: Nemesis by Brendan Reichs

It was the blurb that drew me to this novel, and Nemesis really was a book of two halves. Unfortunately for me it felt like those two halves were two separate stories rather than one singular one. Still, like Roar, I’m excited for the sequel.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Books I Added to my TBR List Last Year; Five I Will be Reading and Five I Won’t be Reading

Top Ten Father/Child Relationships in YA Books

Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start but Haven’t

Top Ten of the Best Books I’ve Read So Far in 2017


Waiting on Wednesday

A Darker Shade of Magic: Collector’s Edition by V.E. Schwab

Ringer by Lauren Oliver


Standalone Sunday

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman


Monthly Recaps - Book Haul

I did say in my May recap that my book hauls for the next couple of months were going to be big, but even so I’m surprised by how many books I actually ended up with this month. In my defence though I didn’t pay for all of these; a good few of them were given to me as part of what I’m calling my ‘Birthday Haul’.


June Recap '17, #2

Birthday Haul


June Recap '17, #3

Waterstones

Amazon


June Recap '17, #4

Fairy Loot

  • Roar by Cora Carmack
    Check out my review here.

Monthly Recaps - Last Month

Normally anthologies aren’t my thing. The ones I have read – My True Love Gave to Me, and Slasher Girls & Monster Boys – I really enjoyed but I’m still reluctant to pick them up. However this is an anthology with stories by so so many of my favourite authors in and I am powerless to resist its lure.


Because You Hate to Love Me

Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy by Ameriie

Leave it to the heroes to save the world—villains just want to rule the world.

In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the oft-misunderstood villains’ points of view.

These fractured, unconventional spins on classics like “Medusa,” Sherlock Holmes, and “Jack and the Beanstalk” provide a behind-the-curtain look at villains’ acts of vengeance, defiance, and rage—and the pain, heartbreak, and sorrow that spurned them on. No fairy tale will ever seem quite the same again!

Featuring writing from…

Authors: Renée Ahdieh, Ameriie, Soman Chainani, Susan Dennard, Sarah Enni, Marissa Meyer, Cindy Pon, Victoria Schwab, Samantha Shannon, Adam Silvera, Andrew Smith, April Genevieve Tucholke, and Nicola Yoon

BookTubers: Benjamin Alderson (Benjaminoftomes), Sasha Alsberg (abookutopia), Whitney Atkinson (WhittyNovels), Tina Burke (ChristinaReadsYA blog and TheLushables), Catriona Feeney (LittleBookOwl), Jesse George (JessetheReader), Zoë Herdt (readbyzoe), Samantha Lane (Thoughts on Tomes), Sophia Lee (thebookbasement), Raeleen Lemay (padfootandprongs07), Regan Perusse (PeruseProject), Christine Riccio (polandbananasBOOKS), and Steph Sinclair & Kat Kennedy (Cuddlebuggery blog and channel).


July is the month I start getting things back on track again. I will be revealing two new features; the one that was originally planned in June and another to make up for the fact that I didn’t post the first one when I planned to. Also I am going to YALC at the end of the month, something I am very excited about. It was great fun last year and I know it will be just as much fun this year.