The Empress

The Empress


Title: The Empress

Author: S.J. Kincaid

Series: The Diabolic, #2

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK

Release Date: November 2nd 2017

Rating:

Five Stars

It’s a new day in the Empire. Tyrus has ascended to the throne with Nemesis by his side and now they can find a new way forward—one where they don’t have to hide or scheme or kill. One where creatures like Nemesis will be given worth and recognition, where science and information can be shared with everyone and not just the elite.

But having power isn’t the same thing as keeping it, and change isn’t always welcome. The ruling class, the Grandiloquy, has held control over planets and systems for centuries—and they are plotting to stop this teenage Emperor and Nemesis, who is considered nothing more than a creature and certainly not worthy of being Empress.

Nemesis will protect Tyrus at any cost. He is the love of her life, and they are partners in this new beginning. But she cannot protect him by being the killing machine she once was. She will have to prove the humanity that she’s found inside herself to the whole Empire—or she and Tyrus may lose more than just the throne. But if proving her humanity means that she and Tyrus must do inhuman things, is the fight worth the cost of winning it?

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

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

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The Diabolic

The Diabolic


Title: The Diabolic

Author: S.J. Kincaid

Series: The Diabolic, #1

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK

Release Date: November 1st 2016

Rating:

Four Stars

Nemesis is a Diabolic. Created to protect a galactic Senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The girl who has grown up by her side and who is as much as sister as a master. There’s no one Nemesis wouldn’t kill to keep her safe. But when the power-mad Emperor summons Sidonia to the galactic court as a hostage, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia.

She must become her.

Now one of the galaxy’s most dangerous weapons is masquerading in a world of corruption and Nemesis has to hide her true abilities or risk everything. As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns that there is something stronger than her deadly force: the one thing she’s been told she doesn’t have—humanity. And, amidst all the danger, action and intrigue, her humanity might be the only thing that can save her, Sidonia and the entire Empire…

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

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Children of Blood and Bone

Children of Blood and Bone


Title: Children of Blood and Bone

Author: Tomi Adeyemi

Series: Legacy of Orïsha, #1

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

Release Date: March 8th 2018

Rating:

Four Stars

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

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ARC Review: The Smoke Thieves

The Smoke Thieves


Title: The Smoke Thieves

Author: Sally Green

Series: The Smoke Thieves, #1

Publisher: Penguin UK

Release Date: May 3rd 2018

Rating:

Four Stars

A princess, a traitor, a soldier, a hunter and a thief. Five teenagers with the fate of the world in their hands. Five nations destined for conflict.

In Brigant, Princess Catherine prepares for a political marriage arranged by her brutal and ambitious father, while her true love, Ambrose, faces the executioner’s block. In Calidor, downtrodden servant March seeks revenge on the prince who betrayed his people. In Pitoria, feckless Edyon steals cheap baubles for cheaper thrills as he drifts from town to town. And in the barren northern territories, thirteen-year-old Tash is running for her life as she plays bait for the gruff demon hunter Gravell.

As alliances shift and shatter, and old certainties are overturned, our five heroes find their past lives transformed and their futures inextricably linked by the unpredictable tides of magic and war. Who will rise and who will fall? And who will claim the ultimate prize?

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Obsidio

Obsidio


Title: Obsidio

Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Series: The Illuminae Files, #3

Publisher: Rock the Boat

Release Date: March 13th 2018

Rating:

Five Stars

Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys – an old flame from Asha’s past – reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

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ARC Review: Renegades

Renegades


Title: Renegades

Author: Marissa Meyer

Series: Renegades, #1

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

Release Date: April 5th 2018

Rating:

Four Stars

Secret identities. Extraordinary powers.
She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies – humans with extraordinary abilities – who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice―and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

New from Marissa Meyer, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Heartless, comes a high-stakes world of adventure, passion, danger, and betrayal.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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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.


Monthly Recaps - This Month

Books I Read

March Recap (1)

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.

March Recap (2)

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.

March Recap (3)

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.


Monthly Recaps - Book Haul

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.

March Recap (4)

Books


March Recap (5)

Platform 9 3/4

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

March Recap (6)

Harry Potter Studio Tour

  • Newt Scamander scarf
  • Exploding Bonbons
  • Chocolate wand

March Recap (7)

Fairy Loot


Monthly Recaps - Last Month

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!

ARC Review: Defy the Worlds

Defy the Worlds


Title: Defy the Worlds

Author: Claudia Gray

Series: Constellation, #2

Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre UK

Release Date: April 3rd 2018

Rating:

Five Stars

A stunning blend of action-packed science fiction and love against the odds. Perfect for fans of Star Wars and the Divergent series.

Noemi Vidal has returned to her planet, Genesis, as an outsider—ostracised for refusing to end the Liberty War by sacrificing Abel, the most advanced mechanical man ever made. She dreams of travelling through the stars again, and when a deadly plague arrives on Genesis, Noemi gets her chance. The only soldier to have ever left her planet, it will be up to her to save its people. If only she wasn’t flying right into a trap.

Abel, now fully aware of his soul and captaining his own Vagabond ship, never dreamed he’d see Noemi again, not when the entire universe stands between them. But when his creator Burton Mansfield delivers news of Noemi’s entrapment, Abel knows he must save her, even if it means risking his own life.

Danger lurks in the dark corners of the galaxy, and Abel and Noemi will discover a secret that could save Genesis and Earth…or destroy them all.

In this thrilling and romantic sequel to Defy the Stars, bestselling author Claudia Gray asks us all to consider what drives us, and where we truly belong.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Night of Cake and Puppets

Night of Cake and Puppets


Title: Night of Cake and Puppets

Author: Laini Taylor

Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #2.5

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Release Date: October 5th 2017

Rating:

Five Stars

In this stand-alone companion to the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone series comes the story of Mik and Zuzana’s fantastical first date—as a gorgeously illustrated gift edition with bonus content included.

Petite though she may be, Zuzana is not known for timidity. Her best friend, Karou, calls her “rabid fairy,” her “voodoo eyes” are said to freeze blood, and even her older brother fears her wrath. But when it comes to the simple matter of talking to Mik, or “Violin Boy,” her courage deserts her. Now, enough is enough. Zuzana is determined to make the first move, and she has a fistful of magic and a plan. It’s a wonderfully elaborate treasure hunt of a plan that will take Mik all over Prague on a cold winter’s night before leading him to the treasure: herself! Violin Boy is not going to know what hit him.

New York Times bestselling author Laini Taylor brings to life a night only hinted at in the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy—the magical first date of fan-favourites Zuzana and Mik. Originally published as an ebook, this new print edition will include breathtaking black and white illustrations, plus bonus content in a gorgeous package perfect for new and current fans of the series.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

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

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series


Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone | Days of Blood and Starlight | Dreams of Gods and Monsters

Author: Laini Taylor

Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks

Release Date: September 27th 2011 | November 6th 2012 | April 17th 2014

Errand requiring immediate attention. Come.

The note was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it. Karou read the message. ‘He never says please’, she sighed, but she gathered up her things.

When Brimstone called, she always came.

In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she’s a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in ‘Elsewhere’, she has never understood Brimstone’s dark work – buying teeth from hunters and murderers – nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn’t whole.

Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

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