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!

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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.

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.

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.

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 inlinz below so that others can see what you picked!

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!

 

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! We had a relatively long weekend here – and the weather was crazy hot!! If this is a sign of weather to come this summer, I am going to be melting! Anyway, this weeks pick for me is a book that I received from a monthly book date! I am part of a bookish group on facebook called Blind Date With a Book, in which there is a monthly theme and you can choose whether or not to participate in the month or not. We then get given a date and you have to send them a book! My date this month picked out a book for me that I have had on my TBR for ages now – and I am also in love with this cover and underneath the dust jacket!

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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.