Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

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Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Published: March 8th 2016 by Viking Books for Young Readers

She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him… or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

I have had this book on my TBR for AGES now! I literally had it on my kindle for the longest time before deciding to actually buy a physical copy. I cannot even believe that it took me this long to get to it, because I absolutely loved it! It was such a fun and fast paced book!

I think my favourite thing about this book was the ease between Jin and Amani. The relationship between them was easy going and natural even before they really started to help each other out and started to go on the same path. They had their issues and difficulties, but the relationship was never really extremely awkward and was always reparable. I don’t feel like things were rushed between them and I loved watching the relationship between them develop.

What I also enjoyed about this story was the way that the desert stories had truths and exaggerations within them and the way that the truths started showing up throughout the story and the way that the exaggerations started making themselves shown as the book carried on. I enjoyed watching the magic weave itself into the story and felt like I was actually there. The world building was rich and descriptive and I also liked the way that the author took in various aspects of the culture and wove them in as well.

The plot itself was fast paced and easy to follow, whilst still keeping the reader on their toes. I didn’t feel like either the plot or character development suffered for the other, rather that they went hand in hand – one thing affected the other. I loved some of the plot twists that came around and I cannot wait to see how these are explored further in book 2. I felt like the plot developed naturally and the events made the book fast paced.

All in all, I really enjoyed this book and I cannot wait for the next book. I would have liked to have gotten to know some of the other characters better, but I am hoping that this happens in book 2! This was a fast paced, action filled book with fun and sassy characters! I gave this 4/5 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! I hope you all had a great weekend. My pick for this week is a book that has been out for a while, but I waited for the paperback release because it has red sprayed edges! It released this month and arrived the other week and it is so pretty!

Nemesis

Nemesis by Brendan Reichs

Published: March 21st 2017 by G. P. Putnam’s Sons books for Young Readers

He killed me. He killed me not. He killed me.

It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown—alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased.

Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink.

For the planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for two troubled teens. Yet on her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers in her bedroom, hoping not to die for the fifth time, Min has had enough. She vows to discover what is happening in Fire Lake and uncovers a lifetime of lies: a vast conspiracy involving the sixty-four students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders.

The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

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The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London…

As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on the dreamwalker, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take centre stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner.

Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided.

This book!!! This is the sequel to The Bone Season and I genuinely feel like kicking myself because it took me so long to pick this series up!! Like, why did I wait this long?? This book was even better than the first and I loved watching the way things were changing in various different ways.

I loved watching the character changes in Paige. She was definitely put through a lot in book one and it shows. I liked the fact that the previous events had an impact on her because it made it more real. She managed to work through the issues, but I liked the way that the little, everyday things impacted her as well. I also loved the way that she started to stand up for what she believed in. She couldn’t go back to the way that things were before, so she worked on changing them.

I also enjoyed getting to know Jaxon more. We didn’t get to see much of him in the first book before she was taken away, so I was glad that we got to see him and the way he is in this book. I am not going to lie, I was expecting something completely different to what we got. From the way he was described in the first book to the way that Paige changed and opened her eyes and saw him for who he really is in the second book was leaps and bounds. He was cold and callous and expected everything to be done his way. I kept hoping and hoping that there was some form of redemption available for him because I felt like, with the right kind of push, he could have been a good person … However, after that ending!!! :-O

I also enjoyed the way that the book was not only character focused, but also plot focused. The characterisation and the progress of the characters didn’t deter from the plot as a whole. They both went hand in hand and one thing always had an impact on the other. It flowed seamlessly and the plot definitely helped to keep the readers on their toes because I just had to know what was going to happen next! There was always something going on and there wasn’t really a quiet lull plot wise.

All in all, I absolutely loved this book and I do already have Song Rising to read some time soon! I am absolutely loving the series so far and I cannot wait to carry it on! I gave this book 5/5 stars.

Goodreads Monday

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Hey guys! My pick for this week is a relatively new release and a book that I got in the post last week! I am extremely excited about it and I cannot wait to dive in.

the sandcastle empire

The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson

When all hope is gone, how do you survive?

Before the war, Eden’s life was easy—air conditioning, ice cream, long days at the beach. Then the revolution happened, and everything changed.

Now a powerful group called the Wolfpack controls the earth and its resources. Eden has lost everything to them. They killed her family and her friends, destroyed her home, and imprisoned her. But Eden refuses to die by their hands. She knows the coordinates to the only neutral ground left in the world, a place called Sanctuary Island, and she is desperate to escape to its shores.

Eden finally reaches the island and meets others resistant to the Wolves—but the solace is short-lived when one of Eden’s new friends goes missing. Braving the jungle in search of their lost ally, they quickly discover Sanctuary is filled with lethal traps and an enemy they never expected.

This island might be deadlier than the world Eden left behind, but surviving it is the only thing that stands between her and freedom.

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!! Hope you all had a great weekend! The weather here was crazy hot, so we spent most of our time outside 🙂 Anyway, this weeks pick for me is a series that I have literally heard so many amazing things about, but I have never actually gotten to myself! I ordered the series at the end of last week from amazon (Thanks to the hubby buying me a gift card for books for our anniversary :-* ), so it should be here later this week!

a darker shade of magic

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

Published: February 24th 2015 by Tor books

Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee by Mary G. Thompson

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Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee by Mary G. Thompson

Published: October 11th 2016 by G. P. Putnams 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.

Where do I even start with this book? I literally started and finished this book in basically one sitting because I could just not put it down. I was completely hooked from the beginning and I had to know what was going to happen next and everything that had happened to the girls – no matter how horrifying it was!

The book starts off with Amy returning home – however, the way in which it is written and the way that Amy looks at things has the readers questioning things already. I was already hooked because I wanted to know if Amy was who she was saying she was and what had happened to her. I love the way in which Amy was portrayed and written and the way in which she kept going back into her memories, without any warning. The flashback snippets definitely helped to keep me hooked and I just had to know what happened to Dee

Reading about Dee through Amy’s memories and the flashbacks was, at times difficult. I hated the things that had happened to her and there are definitely things that happened in this book that will stick with me for a long time. This kind of thing happens more often than not in real life, so I enjoyed the fact that it was true to society today. It was a struggle watching the way Dee changed throughout Amy’s memories – but understandable. The way the author portrayed Dee’s character change was subtle and slow and I enjoyed the way that she went through the different emotions.

What I also enjoyed about this book was the way in which both the title and the cover tied into the story itself – and not in the way that I was expecting it too! I love it when covers and titles make sense within the book itself because it just ties the whole book up as a whole!

I also liked the way that the kidnapper was portrayed. The reader could see his logic and his reasoning behind what he was doing, but at the same time, we were horrified by his actions and what he was doing. I enjoyed reading more about him and his story as it slowly came out and why he ended up the way that he did. I don’t want to give too much away because spoilers.

All in all, I absolutely loved this book and it is definitely one that will be sticking with me for a while! Parts of it were haunting and I was completely hooked and I just had to know what was going to happen next and what had happened to the girls! I gave this book 5/5 stars.

June Wrap Up

Hey guys!! Last months wrap up post is coming to you a couple of days late – but better late than never! I am not going to lie, I had a pretty much non existent reading month, so I am hoping that this month things will pick up again! I did pick up quite a few books, though… so lets dive in!

Read:

Book Haul:

Goodreads Monday:

That’s it for last month! I didn’t get around to reading all that much, but I definitely managed to buy a lot more than I had planned too!! Oops…

 

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! I feel like I haven’t really posted in ages! I literally didn’t have time to read throughout most of last month and, toward the end, my friend from New Zealand came to visit and after that, I started binge watching season 7 of PLL! Now that my obsession is over, I will probably go back to reading more 😛 Especially because I have more time now! Anyway, this weeks pick for me is a sequel to a book that I absolutely LOVED and I am so stoked about getting to it!

the mime order

The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

Published: January 27th 2015 by Bloomsbury

Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London…

As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on the dreamwalker, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take centre stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner.

Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided.

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!

incarceron

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.