Friday, 1 June 2018

If you like’ll like that (book tag)

This a video tag that I have seen floating around on booktube for a few years and I have always wanted to make a post doing one of my own :)

1. If you like We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.. you’ll like Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

I really enjoyed both of these books and the Disappearing Girls is such an understand story which follows a similar structure to We Were Liars. The narrators of both books are unreliable and the big reveal was done pretty well.

2. If you like Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.. you’ll like My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry

Big Little Lies was an extremely popular book of 2017 and for good reason; so if you’re looking for a book that also has really interesting dynamics between characters with a while lot of drama that keeps you turning the pages definitely pick up My Husband’s Wife.

3. If you like Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.. you'll like the Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

I love the Throne of Glass series but a series that should have just as much hype is the Queen of the Tearling. The books are gritty, amazingly well-written and contain a plethora of plot twists. The Queen of the Tearling series is also completed so you can just binge read it all at once.

Friday, 26 January 2018

Favourite Books of 2017

It has been over a year since my last post and I wanted to start the year with a post which is a
little overdue - my favourite books of last year. I read a total of 42 books and was close to reaching my overall goal of reading 50 books. So here are the books that made my all-time favourites in 2017:

1. Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris 
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This was an unbelievable thriller which really had me on the edge of my seat. It is a debut novel that was incredibly intense from start to end.I can't wait to read more books from this author in the future. If you read one thriller this year make sure its this one!

2. The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon 

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I don't read a large amount of contemporaries but this was book was one of them and it did not disappoint. This is such a uniquely written novel in that you follow not only the two main protagonists, but various other characters. It really showed how much we as humans can impact the lives of others without knowing it. It also just has a lot to say about a few really important topics and I really enjoyed it.

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3. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas 

This concluding novel to the A Court of Thorns and Roses series was so much fun. All of the threads from the previous books came together so beautifully and I have a special place in my heart for the main cast of characters. Although I can understand the criticisms that people have about this book, personally I really loved it and it provided a satisfying conclusion to the series.

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4.The Young Elites series by Marie Lu

I chose to put the whole series on this list because I honestly loved all three books in the series. The protagonist is unlike anything I've ever read and I loved how unpredictable the books were. The ending was bittersweet which was extremely fitting for the progression of the story.

Image result for three dark crowns series5. Three Darks Crowns series by Kendara Blake

I feel this might be one of the more underrated books on my list, but I read both books in the series this year and was happily surprised. They are dark, atmospheric, fantasy novels which have a very interesting set of characters. There are many twists and turns that keep you guessing.there are 5 books planned  for the series so far so this is the perfect time to pick up the first book.

6. Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Image result for night filmThe second thriller on this list and I still think about this book till today. What I loved about this book was Marisha's ability to create such a realistic story based on this mysterious man 'Cordova' to the point where I have had moments where I forget he isn't real. The mystery was done really well and the format of the book which included newspaper articles, interviews etc. made it even more disturbing and eerie.

7.Tales of the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

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This book was another surprise favourite since I only read it because I had finished Lord of Shadows and badly wanted another book in the Shadowhunter world. Following Simon on his road to self-discovery was amazing whilst giving us as readers a lot of insight on the many characters in the Shadowhunter books. The boarding school setting made this novel even better and I've been itching to re-read this in the near future.

8. The Queen of the Tearling series by Erika Johansen

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I have owned the first book to this series for almost two years now and I finally picked it up in 2017. This series reminded me of why I loved reading and specifically my love for fantasy. The plot is so intricate and Kelsea has to be one of my favourite protagonists of all time. It is brutal yet entertaining and is in my opinion one of the best fantasy series period.

9.Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

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The second Sarah J. Maas book on this list and for good reason, this was book was such an epic ride. Being able to follow Chaol and a host of other characters in a part of the world which is unknown to readers was an awesome experience. Sarah really has a way with writing characters that you can connect to in a really short period of time and this just increases my anticipation for the last book in the series.

10. Red Rising by Pierce Brown

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My final book of last year made my favourites of the year! Red Rising was the only sci-fi book I read in 2017 and it was fantastic. The plot was the highlight for me and a competition that took place in this novel was super fun since I love that kind of thing in books. I cannot believe I have waited this long to finally get to this book but I'm extremely excited for the rest of the series!

Saturday, 4 June 2016

May Wrap Up

1.The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold 
I read this book on a whim and highly enjoyed it. It is a book set in the 1980s which in the context of the story made it more intriguing. There were parts of it which were disturbing and hard to read but necessary to the story being told. I was very satisfied with the ending and the fact that it was a little open-ended felt true to the book.

2.The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
I have already posted a review of this series on my blog if you want to know more of my thoughts and opinions. However, my overall thoughts on the series were that I loved it and it had one of my favourite plots that I've ever read. I would recommend it to pretty much everyone - whether you enjoy fantasy or not.

3.The Law of Alloy by Brandon Sanderson
This is the fourth book in the Mistborn series but its more of a separate series with a different set of characters. It was a great continuation of the series and it was interesting to see how the world becoming more modernised affected the lives of the characters.. It definintely has a more mysterious feel to it than the earlier books and I'm excited to read the next book soon.

Monday, 30 May 2016

The Mistborn Triology by Brandon Sanderson (Spoiler Review)


 Title: The Mistborn Trilogy
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Release Date: July 25th 2006
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction Fantasy, Adult, Adventure, Young Adult

It has been a very long time since I have posted any reviews but hopefully I'm going to try and change that in the coming weeks. This review is on a highly well-known fantasy series called the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson.

Firstly, I wanted to just give my overall opinion and it was an incredible series. It  did not feel like a high fantasy read and I flew through the series.  The plot is unbelievably written and the way that Brandon Sanderson is able to tell the story whilst still being hugely unpredictable was incredible.

I adored the friendship of Kelsier's crew and I always enjoyed all the moments of banter that they had with each other. Especially in the first book which marked the calm before the storm and allowed us, as readers, to really connect with the members of the crew.

There are so many plot twists that I'm just going to give a special mention to a few of my favourites. I was shocked when we found out that Ruin had been the voice of Reen all along which made me question how many of Vin's decisions in the past had really been hers. Also, Elend becoming Mistborn followed by Spook at the end of the series. Spook becoming such a pivotal character was unexpected when you observe the role he played in the crew for the most part and by the end of the series he resembles Kelsier's successor.

The ending was amazing and I definitely had not anticipated it. Sazed becoming the Hero of Ages was probably the only thing I had figured out quite early on as he had really suited the description given of the Hero of Ages. I loved how he restores the world using all the information he had gathered from all of  the religions but I'm still in shock at the fact that he is now basically God.

All of the character deaths in this book were highly unexpected especially Kelseir,Elend and Vin. I was extremely shocked however it all adds to the beauty of the story and shows that everything that they achieved could not have been done without paying the ultimate price.

Although the story wraps up really well and left me extremely satisfied there are still a few questions which have not been answered. One of those being what happened to Marsh as he is not mentioned in the epilogue and also whether Sazed who hints at being able to bring back the dead eventually brings back Elend and Vin. I am very excited to read the spin off series and hopefully it will provide some of these answers.

Favourite Quote:
"A man can only stumble for so long before he either falls or stands up straight."

Friday, 15 April 2016

How to Read More

Sometimes it can be difficult to find the time to read so I wanted to post some of my tips that have helped me out.

 Read everywhere
This means make the most of any minutes that you have to spare to pick up your book and read. If you take a bus or train on your journey to school/work then try and use that time to read.

Set Goals
Sometimes it might help to have a certain number of pages that you want to read each day which you could increase over time. This could also apply to a set amount of time to read for example just before you go to bed.

Enjoy what your reading
There are books where you will find that you just can't get into it and you're really not enjoying it. If your forcing yourself to read a book I would suggest you shouldn't. You might not feel like reading anything else because of it and whilst you're enjoying what you're reading it will motivate you to continue.

Branch Out
I think it can help to read a book that is completely out of you're comfort zone. Trying to read a new genre for the first time can open up a variety of books you would not have read otherwise.

Friday, 11 March 2016

Most Anticipated Releases of 2016

I thought I'd compile a list of books which I'm really looking forward to in the remaining part of the year, there are a few that I haven't included otherwise this list would have been extremely long.

1. Empire of Storms by Sarah J Mass (No cover yet)
    Release Date: September 6th 2016
This book does not have a cover yet but as I've mentioned previously I love this series dearly and I cannot wait to witness the awesomeness of the latest instalment of the series.

2. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Mass
    Release Date: May 3rd 2016
Another book by this amazing author, this is the second book of this trilogy and the ending to the first book has made the anticipation for this book very difficult.

 3. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
    Release Date: March 8th 2016
This book has just been released and I cannot wait to get my hands on it. I love all of Cassandra Clare's books and the reviews for this book have been so good that I'm sure I will not be disappointed.

4. Heartless by Marissa Myer
   Release Date: November 8th 2016
The first stand alone to make the list, and from what I understand has something to do with cards, a joker and the King of Hearts.

5. The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson
   Release Date: August 2nd 2016
 I read both books in this trilogy last year and the series was  really a joy to read, especially the second book where the story really picks up and I'm excited to see how this trilogy comes to a close.

  6.The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead
   Release Date: April 5th 2016
This is the first book in a fantasy series and I don't really know how to describe this book but I've loved all of Richelle Mead's other books and I'm sure I will enjoy this one as well.

 7. Crystal Storms by Morgan Rhodes (No cover yet)
    Release Date: 2016 (late Winter)
Another book late in the series with only two more books to be released this is going to be an extremely enthralling instalment. There were so may plot twists in the previous books meaning many matters are hanging in the balance.