Sunday, 25 June 2017

Start of Summer Book Haul!

No matter how often I try to reduce the number of books I buy, when the time comes for me to next write one of these posts, it seems that instead of having less books, I actually have somehow acquired a fair few more!  This time this book haul contains all the books I've brought through the months of May and June, and honestly I think I have quite a mixture of different books from different genres, all of which I am hugely excited to get to and to read hopefully in the next couple of months or at least by the end of the year.  And so, enjoy!  

 I first heard about this book what must be around a year ago now, and ever since have been desperate to pick it up and read it.  The story focuses on Lisa, who dreams of getting into the second-best psychology programme for college, and to do so meets Solomon. who is agoraphobic and so hasn't left the house in three years.  Not only does this sound like a really interesting contemporary read anyway, but I also don't think I've really read much else like this as it just sounds so unique and so different, so I'm really excited to get to this one and see what this book really has to offer.

 Ever since I finished The Dream Thieves back in March, I have been desperately to pick up this one, the next book in the Raven Cycle, and just dive right into it.  As this is the third book in this series, this one follows on from the where the story ends in the second book, and so I'm super excited to see where the story goes next, and to return to some of my favourite characters, especially since I adored The Dream Thieves even more than I loved The Raven Boys.  So, despite having brought this one a few weeks ago now and not yet picking it up, this is definitely one of the books on this list that I am most excited to get to and so it is more than likely that this will end up being one of next reads very soon.

 This one was actually the book I received in the May Fairyloot box, which was also my first ever box from Fairyloot, and so I was more than excited when I opened my box to find this book, as well as many other amazing items, inside.  This book follows Mariko as she is attacked on the way to the imperial palace to meet her betrothed and decides to seek her revenge by infiltrating those who attacked her, the Black Clan.  As much as I am really excited to read this one as it just sounds like a really interesting fantasy, I am trying to go into it without many expectations as despite originally hearing that this one was a Mulan retelling, since its release I've heard countless people say that it actually isn't one, but is still a great read and one that I hope to get too soon nonetheless.

As much as I wasn't particularly planning on buying a lot of these, this is definitely one of those that I picked up very spontaneously this month, as I would actually like to finally read the Infernal Devices trilogy before picking this one up.  This book is collection of short stories that take place directly after the events of City of Heavenly Fire, and follows one particular character as they make their way through the Shadowhunter Academy.  As much as I don't plan on getting to this one straight away, I am very excited to return to the world of the Shadowhunters and to see more of the characters that I love so much.  

This one is a little different to all the others on this list, as I actually hadn't ever heard of this book before my mum actually picked it up for me a few weeks ago now.  This book is a retelling of Les Miserables and tells Eponine's story from her childhood through when she meets Marius and Cosette.  I personally adore both Les Miserables and Eponine as a character in it, so I was instantly drawn into the premise of this book as I love the idea of not only seeing a lot more of the story from Eponine's perspective but also seeing her through her childhood as well, so I'm really excited to get to this book and to see what it has in store.  

I have seen this one everywhere for the past month or so ever since its release at the end of May, and from the moment I first heard about it have been desperately wanting to pick it up for myself.  The story follows Dimple and Rishi, who are arranged to marry each other, as they attend the same summer program and unexpected things start to develop.  This one just sounds like such a cute little contemporary that is perfect for summer, and that, like many of the others in this haul, I can't wait to read very soon.  

Last month I also managed to acquire quite a few classics from a second-hand bookshop near where I live, and I'm so happy that I found all of these gorgeous books in there.  I picked up four books in total, with these including:

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Alice's In Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Shirley by Charlotte Brontë

All of these I am so excited to read, especially Animal Farm, as I have been wanting to read it for a good while now, so I am now able to pick it up and finally read it whenever I want.

Last but not least, my June Fairyloot box managed to come just in time for me to be able include this. the book that came in this months box, in this haul. 
This is the first book in a new fantasy series that follows Aurora, the sole heir of Pavan, as she begins to uncover more and more dark secrets about the Stormling Prince from another kingdom who she is to marry.  Somehow I hadn't actually heard anything about this book before receiving this month, so other what I gather from the synopsis, I really don't know anything about what to expect from this book, and so for once I will be going into it with almost no expectations at all.  I'm really excited to see what this one has in store, and hopefully I can get round to it pretty soon and dive into the world of this story.

What books have you picked up recently?  Have you read any of these - what did you think?  Tell me your thoughts in the comments below!

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Top Ten Tuesday Seventy Six

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/ meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish After not taking part in Top Ten Tuesday for so long, I knew that this weeks topic was the perfect on to jump back into as there are so many series that I keep meaning to start and just have never got round to actually doing so yet.  A lot of the series on this list I either own at least the first book in the series, or have been wanting to for an absolutely insane amount of time now, so hopefully this list will make me feel that little bit more guilty for not starting some of these so that I will actually pick up at least a few of these pretty soon.  And so, enjoy!  

Out of all of these series, this is definitely the one that I am most desperately in need of actually starting.  Not only have I heard amazing things about this, and need to read this series before I can start Lady Midnight, but this is the one series on this list where I actually already own all of these books, and so can just pick and start this series whenever I want and just marathon it without worrying.

This one is a bit of a strange one compared to the others on this list, as its only as time has progressed and I've slowly heard more and more things about this series that I've become really intrigued in reading it and checking it out for myself.  I just generally love the sound of this one and also am really interested to what the writing style is like, as one of the reasons why I really want to pick this one up is because I've heard it is really beautiful and quite unique, so hopefully I can get round to discovering that for myself very soon! 

Here is the first of two Victoria Schwab series that just sounds so good and so interesting that I can't not want to pick this one and see what this series has on offer.  I also already own the first book, This Savage Song, and so really should get round to reading it, especially as once again the second book in this duology just got released so I wouldn't have to do any waiting for the next book to come out after it.  

Ever since the first book in this series, A Darker Shade of Magic, came out a couple of years ago, I have been desperately wanting to pick this one up as I just love the sound of it and the idea of parallel London's that certain people can travel between.  Not only that, but this last book in this trilogy was just released a few months ago, so I should really get on actually reading this series now that it is complete. 

Ever since I heard that this one was a Beauty and the Beast retelling, I have been so excited about reading this book, yet somehow I still haven't even picked up the first book.  The last book in this trilogy also just came out, so I should really get round to this soon before I accidently hear any dreaded spoilers that I have so far somehow managed to avoid. 

This is yet another one that I have known about and have been wanting to read for so long now that its a wonder how I haven't picked even the first book in this series up yet.  Honestly I'm not 100% sure why I'm so interested in this series, but I just think it sounds like something that I would really enjoy and a fantasy series that I would just really like to give a read soon.  

 Yet again this is another one that I already own, and so logically should just be able to pick it up at any time and start this series, yet for some reason so far that hasn't happened yet.  That said, I think the main reason why this one has yet to be started is because I actually have yet to finish the Shadow and Bone trilogy, and so I'm still debating whether I want to finish that first or whether I just want to read this one and leave that series.  Nonetheless, hopefully I can still somehow get round to this soon as everyone seems to absolutely love it so!

This is another one where there is honestly no good reason why I haven't started this yet, and so desperately need to do so soon.  Although I do not own the whole of this series, I do own the first book Cinder, and have done for a good amount of time now, so I could literally start this series any time I want to, so its honestly madness that I still have yet to.

What series' do you want to start but have yet to?  Have you read any of these - what did you think?

Monday, 19 June 2017

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon - Review

After finally finishing my reread of Noughts and Crosses, as much as I still really enjoyed it, I knew I wanted to get back to contemporary and pick a contemporary up as my next read.  I've heard so many good things about this book both online and from friends, so I knew it was going to be a really good read and one that just sounded really interesting to me.  So, all that together meant this one just seemed like the perfect book for me to pick up and as much as I say it a lot,  I am so insanely glad that I did end up reading this one.  I just adored absolutely everything about this one, from the characters to the plot, and I honestly just couldn't put it down.

This book follows our two main characters of Natasha, who is fighting to stop her family from being deported back to Jamaica, and Daniel, whose Korean parents want him to go to Harvard but whose own passion lies in poetry, not in becoming a doctor. 

I knew before even picking this one up that it sounded exactly like my sort of read, as I loved the whole concept of it, and was also really interested to see how it played out.  Firstly, I loved how this book followed this two characters facing their own problems and how their two stories began to intertwine and weave together as the story continued, as well as how pretty much the entirety of the book took place over just one day.  By the end of the book it felt like so had happened and so much time had passed, whilst also feeling like everything had happened so quickly, and I loved how this made the story feel almost more magical and really just made me love this story even more.

But as much as I loved the concept and the overall feel of this book, what definitely sold it to me was both the characters, as well as the complexity and beauty of the plot and the story itself.  As I've said, I loved how both our characters were dealing with their own separate issues, and how no matter what happened between them, their own problems and their own lives still had a key role in the story.  I really enjoyed watching how the plot progressed both in terms of their story and relationship together, and their own separate stories as well, as well as watching all the twists and turns that this story took that just left me desperate to keep reading to find out what else was in store for Natasha and Daniel.  But overall, I think that my favourite part of this book must have been the ending, which was so heart-warming and beautiful and was the perfect way to end this novel.

As for the characters, these two are possibly some of my new favourite characters. 

I adored how different they both were and how they both evolved and grew so much during the course of just one day.  Daniel was so sweet and I loved his optimism and his positive outlook despite everything both he and Natasha faced, but I have to admit that out of both of them, I absolutely adored Natasha's character.  Not only did I really enjoy the contrast she provided to Daniel with her realistic outlook, but I adored how determined she was to fight for her family to be able to stay in America no matter what, as well as how much of an individual she was and she was never apologetic for being herself.  And on top of all of this, I adored the diversity in this book, not only in terms of the characters, but also in some of the topics and themes that were present in this novel.  

One thing that I was pleasantly surprised by was how well the split POV worked in this book, and how easy it was to follow who was speaking at what point in the story.  The majority of the time I am someone who is instantly put off by books told through more than one perspective, and so I was really surprised by both how well it worked and how much I enjoyed the story being told in that way, and I honestly believe that it was both the best and in some ways the only way to tell this story in the beautiful way that it is.  

But as much as the majority of this book is told in a split POV between Daniel and Natasha, another key aspect of this story is the little inserts and other points of views from other minor characters that we get throughout this.  I absolutely loved how these sections were integrated into the story and how they allowed us to either see into the lives of other characters who otherwise would have only played a very small role into the story, or acted as almost a little insight or lesson into the history between certain things or aspects of the story.  Not only did they make this book so unique, but they also told some beautiful stories that gave this book so much more depth that added to both the main characters stories and stood as their own small tales as well.  

Finally, I couldn't write a review without mentioning the gorgeous and addictive writing style that just made this story flow so perfectly.  I really loved how easy I found it to get into and how it kept me reading and kept me wanting to read on.  It was just so enticing and drew me in so much that I just couldn't put this book down I was so addicted to the story and how it was being told.  

So overall, I can't say how much I absolutely adored this book with all my heart.

I loved everything about it, from the characters, to the story itself and all the other beautiful aspects that make up this amazing book.  It was heart-warming and addictive and is definitely already one of my favourite books I've read this year, and I can't wait to see what Nicola Yoon writes next!  


'We have big, beautiful brains.  We invent things that fly.  Fly.  We write poetry... We are capable of big lives.  A big history.  Why settle?  Why choose the practical thing, the mundane thing?  We are born to dream and to make the things we dream about.'

New Religion - The Heydaze

Other book 
Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach 


Have you read this one - what did you think?  Tell me in the comments below!

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

June/ July TBR

Somehow we are already well into June, which means that summer is pretty much upon on, and also means its time for another TBR.  After not a great few months in terms of reading, I am really hoping that now my exams are all over and I've taken a little break from everything that I can really get back into both my reading and blogging and hopefully get round to most, if not all, of these books in the next two months or so.  I also decided to do this TBR a little different to my normal seasonal ones as despite it pretty much being the start of summer, I actually want to save my summer TBR for when I finish school around the end of June, as that is by far the time of year when I read the most, and 
so I know that I will want to create a TBR then as well.  
And so, enjoy!  

Somehow despite almost everyone having read and raved about this book by now, I still have yet to actually get around to reading it.  This one follows a gang of deadly criminals brought together by Kaz Breaker in order to attempt to pull off an almost impossible heist, and honestly just sounds like such an amazing read.  I just love the concept of this one and can't wait to see how it plays out,

This is one that I actually picked up pretty spontaneously a couple of months ago whilst I was in such a contemporary mood, and so for once I actually haven't heard many other people talking about this book, and so for that part I'm not going into this one with many expectations.  This story just sounds like a really cute little romance surrounding our main character, Lexi, who meets author Aidan Green whilst helping out her father with his events business.  Honestly, I'm just really hoping to get to this one next time in the contemporary mood, and am excited to see what this one has in store! 

Despite reading Another Day only a few months ago, I am somehow already desperately feeling the need to pick up a David Levithan book, and so I'm pretty sure this will be one I'll be picking up very soon.  This one follows Naomi and Ely, two best friends who create a no kiss list, but face problems when Ely kisses Naomi's boyfriend, who they never even thought about putting on the list.  I'm just really excited to get to this one as I know already that I will enjoy it and as always just can't wait to read some more David Levithan.  

After finishing Tender is the Night back in April, I suddenly really felt the need to pick up and read more classics, and so decided that this would be the next one I wanted to pick up.  I honestly don't know a huge amount about this one other than the fact that its a dystopian and may have some influence from the Soviet Union, although I have to admit I'm not 100% sure as I really want to try going into this one not really knowing what to expect.  Honestly, I've just super excited to read this one and to see what I think of it as I know so many people love it, and so can't wait to actually read this story.  

Out of the all of the books on this TBR, this one is definitely the one I am both most desperate and most need to get to.  This is the sequel to An Ember in the Ashes, one of my favourite books of last year, and so its safe to say I was so excited to read this one when it came out last summer.  Yet somehow, we have made it almost a year now and still haven't got round to picking this up, despite how much I know I will love it and how desperately I really want to continue on with this series, so now is definitely the time to bite the bullet and pick this one up before I forget everything that happened in the first one.

What books do you hope to read in the next few months?  Have you read any of these - what did you think?