Goodreads Monday

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted here. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to link back here and link up to the inlinkz below so that others can see what you picked.

Hey guys! Today’s pick is a book that I have had on my TBR for the longest time now, but I got a copy last week! I am really looking forward to getting to it!

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Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

Published May 3rd 2007 by Hodder Children’s Books

Incarceron — a futuristic prison, sealed from view, where the descendants of the original prisoners live in a dark world torn by rivalry and savagery. It is a terrifying mix of high technology — a living building which pervades the novel as an ever-watchful, ever-vengeful character, and a typical medieval torture chamber — chains, great halls, dungeons. A young prisoner, Finn, has haunting visions of an earlier life, and cannot believe he was born here and has always been here. In the outer world, Claudia, daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, is trapped in her own form of prison — a futuristic world constructed beautifully to look like a past era, an imminent marriage she dreads. She knows nothing of Incarceron, except that it exists. But there comes a moment when Finn, inside Incarceron, and Claudia, outside, simultaneously find a device — a crystal key, through which they can talk to each other. And so the plan for Finn’s escape is born …

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

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The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Published: August 20th 2013 by Bloomsbury USA

The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.

It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.

I have had this book on my TBR for ages now. It was one of those books where, I kept meaning to get a copy, but when I was book buying I would forget. However, I was sent this by a “Blind date” from Blind date with a book! I cannot even believe I let myself go this long without reading it! It was absolutely amazing and I loved everything about this world!

It took me a couple of pages to get into this book because the world and the people in it were intricate, but as soon as I was in, I was completely hooked! I loved the classing system for the various clairvoyants and the way in which everything was set up! As soon as I got my head around the various people and what they could do etc. it was extremely easy to follow. I also really enjoyed the world building – whether it was Scion London or Sheol I. I enjoyed the fact that they were based off of real places, and the world was created around what was already there and was created to be a futuristic version of London!

I really loved Paige as a character! She was strong willed and strong minded as well and she didn’t let her situation get her down. She made the best out of what was happening and she stayed true to herself, no matter what happened. I enjoyed watching her interact with Warden and the way that their relationship grew and changed throughout the book.  I also loved watching her power grow and change and the way that she started accepting who and what she was, in a sense!

Warden!!! He is my new book baby! Even from the first moment where we were first introduced to him, there was something about him that I just absolutely loved and I really didn’t believe he was who we were being told that he was. There was something about him that made him more and I just loved getting to know him more throughout this book! There were times where I felt really really sorry for him because of everything that was going on etc. and I just wanted to wrap him up in bubble wrap and protect him. I would’ve loved to have read from his POV and to see what and how he thought throughout the book and the events that take place!

I really enjoyed the plot of this book as well. There was always something happening, whether a major thing or something smaller, but it helped to keep the reader on their toes. I don’t feel like this book was either plot or character based, but rather that they both complemented each other and that, when something happened plot wise, it helped our characters to grow and change and to adapt to the situation at hand. I loved watching things unfold!

All in all, I really loved this book and I loved watching everything unfold! It literally only took me this long to read it from starting it because I had no time to read and I hate that! All I wanted to do was sit down and get lost in this book! I gave this 5/5 stars.

Goodreads Monday

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted here. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off! Don’t forget to link back here and link up to the inlinkz below so that others can see what you picked! 

Hey guys! Before I start, I realise I have been a little absent and that is purely because I haven’t had time to read at all!! I’m nearly finished with The Bone Season and I am absolutely loving it! Anyway, this weeks pick for me is a book that I have heard A LOT about and I am really looking forward to my copy arriving!

the night circus

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Published: September 13th 2011 by DoubleDay

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices plastered on lampposts and billboards. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.

Within these nocturnal black-and-white striped tents awaits an utterly unique, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, stare in wonderment as the tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and become deliciously tipsy from the scents of caramel and cinnamon that waft through the air.

Welcome to Le Cirque des Rêves.

Beyond the smoke and mirrors, however, a fierce competition is under way–a contest between two young illusionists, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to compete in a “game” to which they have been irrevocably bound by their mercurial masters. Unbeknownst to the players, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will.

As the circus travels around the world, the feats of magic gain fantastical new heights with every stop. The game is well under way and the lives of all those involved–the eccentric circus owner, the elusive contortionist, the mystical fortune-teller, and a pair of red-headed twins born backstage among them–are swept up in a wake of spells and charms.

But when Celia discovers that Marco is her adversary, they begin to think of the game not as a competition but as a wonderful collaboration. With no knowledge of how the game must end, they innocently tumble headfirst into love. A deep, passionate, and magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

Their masters still pull the strings, however, and this unforeseen occurrence forces them to intervene with dangerous consequences, leaving the lives of everyone from the performers to the patrons hanging in the balance.

Eternity Fades by Katelyn Anderson

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Eternity Fades by Katelyn Anderson

Published: June 16th 2017 – Self Published

A fallen hero.
A fragile doll.
Left to pick up the scattered pieces of the assassin life she once knew, Joan discovers nothing is what it seems. Unknown horrors lie inside the tyrannical agency, secrets that will threaten the lives of anyone brave enough to uncover the truth.
Immortals and humans have never coexisted peacefully, a reality Joan wishes to change. Something sinister is lurking in the shadows, an ancient power that will wreak havoc and shatter any hope of peace. Can Joan and her allies stop darkness from destroying everything? Or will evil be unleashed into the world?

Note: I received an ARC of this from the author in return for an honest review. This in no way influences my opinion.

I just want to start off by saying how much I love this cover!! Isn’t it just so pretty?? This book continues to follow Joan’s story and, whilst I had a couple of issues with this book, I really enjoyed it overall and I cannot even wait for the final instalment!!

Joan is a character that has been through a lot! After everything that happened in the first book, I’m surprised that she managed to stay as strong as she did. She did seem to whine a lot about stuff that wasn’t going to change any time soon, but overall I really loved her development in this book and the fact that she stayed mentally strong when it came down to it, as well as physically strong. She does carry some mental scars with her, but she doesn’t let it affect what she is trying to achieve and create and I feel like this is a character trait to be admired!

An aspect that I really loved about this book was the fact that we got to know more about Damian! In the first book, he was an extremely mysterious character because we had no idea where he had come from or where the power came from that he has. I loved the twist that his story brought to the plot as a whole and the way that parts of his story tied up to the events in the end of the book!

This book is extremely plot driven – which meant there was one plot twist after another after another! This kept the readers on their toes and I just had to know what was going to happen next!! There was a lot of information to take in, so it isn’t a particularly quick read, but I loved the way that each and every element of the plot was brought together to create a whole picture by the end of the book!

Can we also talk about the ending? I don’t want to go into too much detail because spoilers, but I wasn’t really all that fussed about what happened to a certain character. I didn’t really like him throughout the book (because he’s in the way of my OTP), so by the end of the book I was actually relatively happy… After reading others’ opinions on this, I appear to be the only one! The book also ended on an extreme cliff hanger and I NEED TO KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT!!!!!

All in all, I absolutely loved this book and I cannot wait for the next instalment! I gave this book 4/5 stars.

Goodreads Monday

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Hey guys!! I hope you all had a great weekend! The rain let up over here on Saturday and Sunday, so we were able to go out without getting hugely wet to do so! Anyway, this weeks pick for me is a book that I have had on my TBR for a while now and I am going to be getting a copy soon! 🙂

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Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Published: October 25th 2010 by HarperCollins

With this stunning debut novel, New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver emerged as one of today’s foremost authors of young adult fiction. Like Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why and Gayle Forman’s If I Stay, Before I Fall raises thought-provoking questions about love, death, and how one person’s life can affect so many others.

For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—”Cupid Day”—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night.

However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined.

Before I Let Go by Marieke Niejkamp

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Before I Let Go by Marieke Niejkamp

Expected Publication: January 23rd 2018 by Sourcebooks Fire

Days before Corey is to return home to the snow and ice of Lost Creek, Alaska, to visit her best friend, Kyra dies. Corey is devastated―and confused. The entire Lost community speaks in hushed tones about the town’s lost daughter, saying her death was meant to be. And they push Corey away like she’s a stranger.

Corey knows something is wrong. Lost is keeping secrets―chilling secrets. But piecing together the truth about what happened to her best friend may prove as difficult as lighting the sky in an Alaskan winter…

Note: I received an ARC of this via Netgalley. This in no way influences my opinion.

I have extremely mixed opinions about this book. I felt constantly compelled to carry on reading, but at the same time, I was left with more questions than answers and I often felt like the book didn’t flow as well as it could have done. The book felt choppy and I feel like things could have been explained a little better.

One of the things I both liked and disliked about the book was the flashbacks. It often went back in time and then came back to present day etc. Whilst I usually like this style of writing when used well, I don’t feel like it added anything extra to the story. It gave us snippets of the past between the two characters, but I don’t feel like it was entirely useful in understanding what happened. If it had been used better and given us more of an insight, rather than the snippets we were given, I feel like it could have really helped the readers and we could’ve gotten a better idea of the bigger picture.

Another issue I had with this book was the fact that I didn’t feel that much empathy for the characters. I feel like the chopping and changing between past and present stopped me from really connecting to the characters. Also, the author used a variety of different minority groups, to the point where I felt like she was using them to try and be different rather than actually representing them as they are. Corey was Asexual whilst Kyra was pansexual and bipolar at the same time. Whilst the bipolar was represented (as far as I know – I don’t understand a lot about the disorder, but some), I feel like it could have been represented more, rather than becoming the side issue. What I did like was the fact that no one really understood Kyra or what she was going through. I feel like this is so true to society because a lot of people misunderstand illnesses such as these and that leads to the sufferers feeling lonely and like an outsider – which is exactly what Kyra was feeling.

What I did like about this book was the creep factor. The town, the people and history of Lost Creek was completely eerie and it definitely had me wanting more. I had to know what was going to happen next and where it was going to go. I loved the spa and the feeling of abandonment that it had because I feel like it added something to the state of mind Kyra had before her death. The people were also completely creepy. I can definitely understand how the two MC’s felt like outsiders because it was a completely close knit community with secrets.

Another issue I had with this book was the ending. I felt like I had more questions about the characters and the events that led up to Kyra’s death than I did answers. There was some issues with the plot that confused me and which were never actually addressed. I also felt like the ending was a bit anti climatic considering the things that had happened before hand – I almost felt like there was something/a certain event that was missing that I would have liked to have seen, but it never happened. (I don’t want to say too much because spoilers).

All in all, I have completely mixed reviews about this book. I felt completely hooked by it and I had to know what was going to happen next, but at the same time I feel like it had its issues and could have been better. This book definitely has a lot of potential! Also, I just want to mention that I absolutely love the cover! I gave this book 3.5/5 stars.

A Bond of Blood and Fire by Karen Tomlinson

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A Bond of Blood and Fire by Karen Tomlinson

Expected Publication: June 11th 2017 – Self Published

A love bathed in fire. A destiny sealed with blood.

In a world ravaged by war, half blood fae Diamond Gillon must fight to survive.
Becoming a magical weapon for the fae queen is the only way to save her friends from execution, and the people of Valentia from the Wraith Lord and his army of the dead.

Commander Hugo Casimir has been ordered to train her, but Diamond struggles to trust him, and master the force of her own powerful magic. To complicate matters, the two share a rare, magical connection, a bond that will shape their fates and their hearts.

Love and loyalty will be tested as Diamond battles giants, shifters and an army of monsters in her quest to save Valentia. But will she defeat the Wraith Lord to avenge those she has lost, and triumph to save those she loves? Or will the Eight Kingdoms descend into chaos?

Note: I received an ARC of this from the author in return for an honest review. This in no way influences my opinion.

… How am I even expected to open up this review?!? I absolutely LOVED this book! It had me even more hooked than the first book, and that is saying something because ABOVAM was a complete page turner!

I think my favourite aspect of this book was Diamonds character development. In the first book, she is extremely mild and naive because she was extremely sheltered from the world through her upbringing. I loved the change that training brought about in her and her resolve to remain strong, despite everything that happens to her. She has a certain stubbornness about her and, when she sets her mind to something, she doesn’t give up. I enjoyed watching her open up more and more to the people around her and becoming stronger, both physically and mentally. She is still naive in some areas, but that is another aspect of growing up that I am looking forward to reading more of later in the series!

I also loved the fact that we got to see Hugo’s POV. I loved getting into the mind behind the mask he was showing the rest of the characters because it made him and his reasons for what he was doing more realistic. I felt extremely sorry for him most of the time because he was constantly being put into these horrible situations and there was nothing he could do about it. There were times when I wanted to slap him, but thats because he’s a man and they do stupid and unnecessary things sometimes! Like not share his feelings…

Hugo and Diamond. I loved them, they bugged me, but all together I was completely rooting for them to get there stuff together. They bugged me in the sense that there was a lot of roll your eyes kinda moments, but I feel like they needed to be there because that is what love is all about right at the beginning with the uncertainty of the other person or whether they like you and what is going to happen next! I cannot wait to follow this ship even further… I do want Jack to find someone, though. Feeling kind of sorry for him at this point – but he was a great friend to both of them… even if he was in the middle a bit!

The plot had me all :-O … I feel like there was even more going on in this book compared to ABOVAM and it kept me completely hooked! I loved the fact that Tomlinson did not sugar coat Diamonds training and we as readers saw everything that happened to her and the bruises etc. This made it all the more realistic and I felt sorry for Diamond throughout that! Also… THE QUEEN!!! She needs to be killed dead in the most horrific way possible because she is just an awful (fictional) being and I just… ugh. Death. DEATH!!!

Also, can we mention that ending!! Now, I obviously don’t want to go into too much detail because spoilers … but WHAT THE ACTUAL HECK!!! :-O I was left completely on the edge of my seat, heart in my throat and I just HAD to know what was going to happen next… even though I already knew because I beta read the book before Christmas. I was left in tears all over again and I cannot even believe that I had to suffer that cliff hanger ending all over again because I just need the next book already. Can I have it now?? Pretty please…

All in all, I absolutely ADORED this book and I cannot even wait for the next instalment! I need more from all of these characters and I just NEED the next book right about now. I gave this book 5/5 stars

Goodreads Monday

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Hey guys! It’s bank holiday again this weekend, which basically means lounging around not doing much of anything! This weeks pick for me is a book that I ordered at the beginning of May, that only just arrived a couple of days ago!! Along with that, whoever delivered it just left it on the doorstep… which I think is crazy! I was actually 250km away when it was delivered, so it could have been delivered and stolen and I would never have known! Anyway…

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Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee by Mary G. Thompson

Published: October 11th 2016 by G. P. Putnam’s sons books for young readers

A bittersweet homecoming holds dark secrets in this heart-wrenching story of loss, love, and survival for readers of Room.

When sixteen-year-old Amy returns home, she can’t tell her family what’s happened to her. She can’t tell them where she’s been since she and her best friend, her cousin Dee, were kidnapped six years ago—who stole them from their families or what’s become of Dee. She has to stay silent because she’s afraid of what might happen next, and she’s desperate to protect her secrets at any cost.

Amy tries to readjust to life at “home,” but nothing she does feels right. She’s a stranger in her own family, and the guilt that she’s the one who returned is insurmountable. Amy soon realizes that keeping secrets won’t change what’s happened, and they may end up hurting those she loves the most. She has to go back in order to move forward, risking everything along the way. Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee is a riveting, affecting story of loss and hope.

May Wrap Up

Hey guys! Can you believe that we’re halfway through 2017 already?!? Where is the time going? Anyway, I’ve had a pretty good reading and hauling month, so this may be a bit of a lengthy post… Without further ado:

Read:

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – 5/5 stars

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas – 5/5 stars

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson – 4/5 stars

Hunted by Meagan Spooner, DNF – 1/5 stars

Wish You Were Dead by Todd Strasser – 2.5/5 stars

Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott, ARC, DNF – 1/5 stars

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones – 4/5 stars

Ruined by Amy Tintera – 3.5/5 stars

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge, DNF – 1/5 stars

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh – 5/5 stars

The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber, ARC, DNF – 1/5 stars

Started Reading:

A Bond of Blood and Fire by Karen Tomlinson – ARC

Book Haul:

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones – Paperback

Hunted by Meagan Spooner – Hardback

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand – Hardback

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand – Hardback

Boundless by Cynthia Hand – Hardback

Ruined by Amy Tintera – Paperback

This is Where it Ends by Marieke Niejkamp – Hardback

Everneath by Brodi Ashton – Hardback

Everbound by Brodi Ashton – Hardback

Evertrue by Brodi Ashton – Hardback

Switched by Amanda Hocking – Paperback

Torn by Amanda Hocking – Paperback

Ascend by Amanda Hocking – Paperback

Black City by Elizabeth Richards – Paperback

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen – Paperback

Elusion by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam – Hardback

Court of Fives by Kate Elliott – Hardback

A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnson – Hardback

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge – Hardback

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh – Paperback

Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza – Paperback

Conversion by Katherine Howe – Hardback

Cinder by Marissa Meyer – Paperback

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer – Paperback

Cress by Marissa Meyer – Paperback

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch – Paperback

Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch – Paperback

Frost like Night by Sara Raasch – Paperback

Firstlife by Gena Showalter – Paperback

Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum – paperback

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton – Paperback

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon (Gift from Blind Date with a Book) – Hardback

The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon – Hardback

A Bond of Blood and Fire by Karen Tomlinson – eArc

Eternity Fades by Katelyn Anderson – eArc

Before I Let Go by Marieke Niejkamp – eArc

S.T.A.G.S by M. A. Bennett – eArc

Loving You With Teeth and Claws by Martina McAtee – eArc

Goodreads Monday: 

May 1st – The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

May 8th – Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

May 15th – Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

May 22nd – Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

May 29th – The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Special Posts:

A Bond of Blood and Fire Cover Reveal

Far Away Lands unboxing (Meraki Candles)

*Phew*… if you made it to the end of this post, you deserve a medal! That was on long wrap up!! Next Months won’t be as long because I will not be buying books… *shifty eyes* …

Now, please excuse me while I go and massage life back into my poor fingers!

 

The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber

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The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber

Expected Publication: June 6th 2017 by Thomas Nelson

Ever since the Delonese ice-planet arrived eleven years ago, Sofi’s dreams have been vivid. Alien. In a system where Earth’s corporations rule in place of governments and the humanoid race orbiting the moon are allies, her only constant has been her younger brother, Shilo. As an online gamer, Sofi battles behind the scenes of Earth’s Fantasy Fighting arena where Shilo is forced to compete in a mix of real and virtual blood sport. But when a bomb takes out a quarter of the arena, Sofi’s the only one who believes Shilo survived. She has dreams of him. And she’s convinced he’s been taken to the ice-planet.

Except no one but ambassadors are allowed there.

For Miguel, Earth’s charming young playboy, the games are of a different sort. As Ambassador to the Delonese, his career has been built on trading secrets and seduction. Until the Fantasy Fight’s bomb goes off. Now the tables have turned and he’s a target for blackmail. The game is simple: Help the blackmailers, or lose more than anyone can fathom, or Earth can afford.

Note: I received an ARC of this via Netgalley in return for an honest review. This in no way influences my opinion.

I have had this book on my TBR for a while now. I was really excited to be approved for an ARC via Netgalley because the synopsis completely drew me in and I was looking forward to seeing what this book was all about. However, I ended up DNfing this book. I just could not get into it… at. all.

I think my biggest issue with this was the fact that we were given very little backstory to what had happened before we were thrown into this book and the world. I literally had no idea what was going on or why for most of the time. I kept having to re read the pages etc. because I would start thinking about something else and I would have no idea what I had just read. I found it too easy to put the book down and do something else.

Another issue I had with this book was the multiple POV’s. I don’t usually have an issue with them as long as they are done well, but I felt like Miguel and Sofi’s voices were too similar for me. I found it difficult to distinguish between the two – and this stopped me from connecting to the characters separately.

I think another issue which didn’t help was the fact that the file that I downloaded to my kindle hadn’t been formatted very well, which meant that it distracted a lot from the reading experience. I might pick up a physical copy and see if I like it better when it releases, but I am undecided about that so far.

All in all, I was pretty disappointed with this book. I literally had no idea what was going on or why and I didn’t feel any empathy toward the characters because I felt like they were all too similar. I gave this book 1/5 stars.