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.

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

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

This week’s topic was hard, really really hard. There have been so many amazing books released this year that I loved that originally I had twenty books on this list. I managed to narrow it down to ten but I had to make some hard cuts, and one of those was deciding not to include re-reads. These are the best books I’ve read so far this year, but there are a lot more I’ve read that I loved, and a lot more still to be released and read this year that I will likely love just as much.


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The Book Blogger Insider Tag

So if you’ve ever wanted to know more about my blogging process then today is your lucky day, then again I do think I done a few tags like this where I talk about the blogger behind the blog. I was tagged by The Jouska Blog and Reg at She Latitude. Thanks so much both of you for the tag, I had a lot of fun with this one so I hope you enjoy reading my answers just as much.

The Book Blogger Insider Tag

Rules:

  • Answer the questions below.
  • Credit the creator; Jamie at A Little Slice of Jamie.
  • Tag at least five people.
  • Have fun!

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

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 Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start but Haven’t Yet.

No matter how hard I try, or how many books I read, I can never seem to make a dent in my TBR list. So it’s no surprise there are tons of series I’ve yet to get around to, even more than the ten I featured for this week’s theme. Hopefully, at the very least, I’ll be able to start these series soon because they’re all ones I want to read before this year is up.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Father/Child Relationships in YA Books

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 a Father’s Day related freebie, so I picked Top Ten Father/Child Relationships in YA Books.

A little while ago there was a Mother’s Day themed free-for-all and I did Top Ten Mother/Child Relationships in YA Books, so I figured now it was time to feature the best father’s in YA books. Again not all of the father/child relationships I featured this week are happy, loving and perfect, but they were all amazingly written.


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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 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 from X Genre That I’ve Recently Added to my TBR List.

I gave this week’s theme a little bit of a twist, and instead I went for Top Ten Books I Added to my TBR List Last Year; Five I Will be Reading and Five I Won’t be Reading. I’ll admit I’m terrible when it comes to keeping track of the books on my to-read list. Then again that’s what comes of having quarter of my TBR list on one Goodreads account, quarter on another Goodreads account, and half in my head.


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May Recap & Announcement

So first is the announcement, which comes in three parts.

First; I am going to be taking a mini hiatus. It’s only for a week and I’ll be back posting again next Tuesday but the reason for this hiatus is that I have a new job. I’m still working for the same company but it’s a promotion which means more work and potentially longer hours, and I need to take a step back from blogging just for the first week to adjust. I will still be commenting and blog hopping until Friday, because on Friday I am off on holiday and will be unable to comment/blog hop.

Second; I will be launching a new feature in June. This is one I am really excited about and one I have had swimming around in the back of my mind for a while now so I’m interested to see what you all think of it. I don’t want to spoil anything so more information will be upcoming.

Third; I will be shortly deleting my Instagram/Bookstagram account. I’ve been thinking of this for a while, I haven’t posted anything since last November and at the moment I’m not motivated to start posting again so it’s a waste having an account.


Monthly Recaps - This Month

Books I Reviewed

May Recap '17, #1

ARC Review: Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

This was one of my highly anticipated releases for 2017, and it more than lived up to my expectations. Flame in the Mist is a brilliant story, even better than Renee Ahdieh’s debut duology.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.


Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Another fairytale retelling I couldn’t wait to get my hands on. While Hunted’s plot was slow to develop there was something about the story and the characters that kept me hooked.


A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

After loving the first two books in this series A Court of Wings and Ruin was a highly anticipated release of mine. After reading it I feel like there aren’t enough words to fully describe how much I loved it.


Release by Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness is a favourite author of mine, and while I really liked Release I felt like there was something missing. There’s something magical in his earlier books that there doesn’t seem to be in his newer ones.


The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough

I put this book on my to-read list ages ago and kept forgetting it was there. I finally got around to it and am kicking myself for not having picked it up before. The Game of Love and Death is a must-read for everyone in my opinion.


ARC Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

The hype surrounding this book managed to hook me as well. While I enjoyed When Dimple Met Rishi I did think, and hope, the arranged marriage trope would play more into the story.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.


The Heroes of Olympus Series

I finished reading the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series last year, and it’s only now that I finally got around to The Heroes of Olympus books. Why I left it that long I have no idea but there was not one thing about these books I didn’t love.

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Five Cover Changes I Loved and Top Five Covers Changes I Didn’t Like

Top Ten Fairytales I’d Love to See Retold More

Top Ten Mother/Child Relationships in YA Books

Top Ten Books on My Summer TBR List


Waiting on Wednesday

Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts

A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor


Standalone Sunday

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern


Monthly Recaps - Book Haul

Like last month this is an average haul for May, mainly filled with pre-orders I placed for books a while ago that were finally released and one book I don’t plan to start for a while now because of what I’ve been told about the ending (one guess which book that is). The next two months will have much bigger hauls; basically June and July is when I go bankrupt buying new books.


May Recap '17, #2

Waterstones

Amazon


May Recap '17, #3

Fairy Loot


Monthly Recaps - Last Month

Last month instead of featuring a full(ish) TBR list for the following month I just featured on book that was being released that I was excited to get started on. So that’s what I’m going to do from now on. I don’t stick to TBR lists well, which I feel most people are well aware of, but this is one book I am planning to get started on the second I have it in my hands…


Our Dark Duet

Our Dark Duet by V.E. Schwab

Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human, no matter how much he once yearned for it. He’s a monster with a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows – one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons – it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.


I have a fairly busy June; I’m starting a new job, going on holiday, introducing a new feature, and celebrating my birthday, and that’s just in the first half of the month. Hopefully everything I have going on won’t affect my blogging too much, but I’m hoping for the best and if it does I’m going to just apologise now.

See you all in a week!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Most Anticipated Books for the Second Half of 2017.

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 Most Anticipated Books for the Second Half of 2017.

There were so many amazing, and highly anticipated, books released during the first half of 2017 that I focused too much on those and haven’t paid a lot of attention to what’s being released throughout the second half of the year. Unsurprisingly there are a lot of books, again highly anticipated, being released throughout the second half of the year.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books on My Summer TBR List

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 a summer reads freebie, so I picked Top Ten Books on My Summer TBR List.

Once summer comes around I start reading the contemporaries on my TBR list. After all there’s nothing better than sitting on the beach or in my garden, the sun shining, with a good book filled with great characters, fluffy romances, and travel all over the world. There are so many YA contemporaries on my to-read list, and even more being released it was hard to choose just ten.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Mother/Child Relationships in YA Books

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 a Mother’s Day related freebie, so I picked Top Ten Mother/Child Relationships in YA Books.

I love seeing strong familial relationships in books, unfortunately in fantasy stories that’s an aspect that seems to be missing. I guess it’s hard to risk your life saving the world when you have a loving family at home worrying for you. Not all of the mother/child relationships I featured this week are happy, loving and perfect, but they were all amazingly written.


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