The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

the mime order

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

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! 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 …

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

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! 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! 🙂

before I fall

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.