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.

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!

April Recap

April has ended up being a bit of a so-so month for me. I didn’t read as many books as I’d hoped and didn’t post as many reviews as I planned, but I kept blogging throughout the month so I’m going to class April as a success, at least when it comes to blogging. Here’s hoping now we’re in May I can get things back on track.


Monthly Recaps - This Month

Books I Reviewed

April Recap '17, #1

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

This was one of my most anticipated releases for this year, and not only was it everything I hoped it would be it was so much more. Strange the Dreamer is easily a favourite read of 2017 for me.


Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

Unfortunately this one wasn’t what I hope it would be. While the plot was fast-paced and the world-building was intricate the characters weren’t well developed, which really let the story down.


The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig

Again this book wasn’t what I hoped it would be. It was a great story but the ending was left too open, it makes me think there’s another book due to be released but I know that isn’t the case.


The Mortal Instruments Series

I finally got around to re-reading the first half of the Mortal Instruments series this month, and while City of Bones wasn’t as good as I remembered City of Ashes and City of Glass were each a lot better.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare


Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig

I don’t read many mystery books, but I’d heard great things about Last Seen Leaving and couldn’t resist. Luckily I enjoyed it as much as everyone else did, and was kept guessing right until the end.


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

All I can say for this book is the hype is real. The Hate U Give is such an important book, using Starr and Khalil to tell a powerful story. It was incredibly well written and is a book I highly recommend.


Top Ten Tuesday

Must Have Merchandise for Every Harry Potter Fan

Top Ten of the Most Unique Books I’ve Read

Top Ten Things that Will Make Me Instantly Want to Read a Book

Top Ten Things that Will Make Me Instantly Not Want to Read a Book


Waiting on Wednesday

Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody


Standalone Sunday

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven


Monthly Recaps - Book Haul

I’d say this is an average haul for a month, I didn’t overspend but didn’t under-spend either. Ideally this is the kind of haul I’d like to have each month. Unfortunately I just can’t control my spending when it comes to books. Still I always have some amazing books to show for it, even if I end up with no money left in my bank account.


April Recap '17, #2

Waterstones

Amazon


April Recap '17, #3

Fairy Loot


Monthly Recaps - Last Month

I’ll admit that because of the way this month has gone I don’t have a TBR list for next month. I’m not approaching a book slump or anything, I’m just at the stage of my mood reading mood where I have no idea what I want to read until something catches my eye. The only book I know I’m definitely going to read is…


A Court of Wings and Ruin

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places. 

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.


So at the moment my May seems kind of empty, but I’m playing around with an idea for a new feature on my blog and also playing around with the idea of getting some re-reads read and reviewed. Really May is going to be a month where anything could happen.