Top Ten Tuesday: Books With Red, White and Blue Covers

Top Ten Tuesday was originally hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish and is now over at Jana’s blog, That Artsy Reader Girl.

This weeks topic was chosen to celebrate July the 4th in the US, but since the UK also have the same colours in its flag, I figured I’d stick with it. Considering it’s very hard to find covers with all the colours I am going to alternate between all three. and they are all books that I have previously read (which makes it harder for me to find them).

1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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Considering this is the book I am currently reading and it has a red background, it is the first to make the list! I love how bright the red is and the silver thorns that travel across the cover.

2. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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With an intricate and detailed drawing like that, a white background is perfect to show it off. And there is even a bit of red thrown in there with the font!

3. To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

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A much darker blue for this cover to represent the ocean and a hint of red thanks to the ruby on the sword. Such a great book as well, if you haven’t heard of it before and you enjoy reading about mermaids and pirates.

4. Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

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I love this cover so much and it perfectly matches the story. The cover for the second book in the series is blue and looked equally as good as this!

5. The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green

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I love how the white background helps the colours to really stand out and it ties in perfectly with the story.

6. The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

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Simple, yet powerful, I love how mysterious this cover is and how the leaves overlap the title.

7. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

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A mixture of red and white with this cover, and it is one of my favourites for the whole series. It just looks so bad ass and I love the red flames behind her.

8. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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I always find books with white backgrounds to look so clean and classic, and the hardback version of this is exactly that. It looks amazing on my shelf.

9. Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma

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A book I read many, many years ago, but I always loved how simple this cover was and it incorporates all three colours as well!

10. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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I absolutely adore the new US edition for this book. I would have bought it but the shipping was too expensive and I figured I’d save some money by reading it on my Kindle.

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There were quite a few more covers I could have picked, but looking through all the books I’d read made me realise how many have dark designs and colours the covers have. I guess it’s a fantasy thing.

What cover do you like best out of these?

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Series I Gave Up On

Top Ten Tuesday was originally hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish and is now over at Jana’s blog, That Artsy Reader Girl.

This weeks topic is all about the book series that we never got around to finishing. Unfortunately, I have quite a lot to choose from, but most of my reasons for giving up on them were good enough. I also realised I’ve forgotten about so many books, but the majority of them were read over six years ago!

1. Angelfall by Susan Ee

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While I enjoyed the first book in this trilogy, I feel that at this age it isn’t my cup of tea anymore. I am much more into the older section of YA, with a focus on Fantasy more than paranormal. So, unfortunately I won’t be picking up the next two in the series.

2. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

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I feel like I could put all of Cassandra Clare’s books into this section. I started reading this series, as well as The Infernal Devices series, and I ended up giving up with both of them. I think I just fell out of love with the story and characters, or got bored in some cases. It happens and while it can make us feel bad, at the end of the day we shouldn’t force ourselves to read something just because everyone else loves it.

3. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

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I wanted to love this series as much as I love The Vampire Academy, but it just didn’t work out for me. I ended up only reading the first two, even though I owned the third, and didn’t realise it went on for so long!

4. Divergent by Veronica Roth

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I feel like a lot of people say they never finished this series. I never even watched all of the films. Divergent tried to be like the Hunger Games and I don’t think it worked for me. I remember liking it at the time but I didn’t think it was anything special, and I had gone off of dystopian as a genre until I picked up Scythe by Neal Shusterman (but it has a new twist on the genre).

5. The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

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I think I enjoyed this book, although I don’t remember much about it and I never read the second one. This isn’t the first series that I didn’t finish by Julie Kagawa, as I never finished her Iron Fey one either, even though I own all the books (fellow bookworms, why do we sometimes buy a whole series and THEN realise we don’t like it? I’ve since stopped doing it).

6. The Violet Eden Chapters by Jessica Shirvington

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I picked this up when I was going through my angel phase, you know, the one that included Halo and Fallen? Anyway, I can’t remember a single thing about this book and I wouldn’t even know the main character’s name unless it was in the series name.

7. The Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin

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Again, another book that I can hardly remember because I read it so long ago. I think it was a mystery, thriller type book, but I could be completely wrong. I may have picked this up because the cover looked cool (no judging please).

8. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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This could be one of the series I gave up on too quickly considering how many people love it and can’t wait for the final book to be out (unless it already is out, I can’t keep up). I can remember a few details about this book, which shows that I probably did enjoy it, but I don’t think I will be playing catch up anytime soon.

9. House of Night by P. C. Cast

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Why couldn’t these books have finished while they were still good? I absolutely adored this series up until Tempted (I think) and I even re-read them a couple of times (it was my vampire loving phase and I blame Twilight for it). It would be quite funny to do a re-read and see if they are as good as I remember, or worse than I thought. Could be an interesting experiment.

10. Covenant Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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I think I remember these books being based on Greek mythology, which is something I enjoyed at the time (which was about 6/7 years ago now) and all I know is I loved the first two books. I can hardly remember a thing about them and I never carried on reading, even though I had Deity on my shelf. I doubt I will ever pick them up again, but you never know.

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There were quite a few that could have been added to this list, but they aren’t as well known as my chosen ten.

What is the most well-known series you gave up reading?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Summer TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday was originally hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish and is now over at Jana’s blog, That Artsy Reader Girl.

I’ve been a little MIA lately, which I will explain about in another blog post, but I have been super excited to write this blog post. There are so many amazing books that I want to read over the next few months. I get really bad hay-fever so I tend to try and stay indoors when the pollen levels are high, which means I get a lot of time for reading.

It wasn’t too difficult to choose which books to put on this list, mainly because they’re all ones I’ve been meaning to read for a while.

1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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I’ve been meaning to read this series, but I was so caught up with the Throne of Glass series that I figured it would be best to wait. Well, I only have Tower of Dawn to read, so you can bet that I am starting this. Everyone always says how much they love these books and the characters, so I can’t wait.

2. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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I am seeing this series everywhere, so of course I’m going to want to read it (spoiler: I already bought it on my Kindle). Plus, that cover is gorgeous! I originally wanted to buy it in this version, but I couldn’t find a seller, and I won’t order from the US Amazon because shipping is too high. However, I am really excited to read these books and see what all the hype is about.

3. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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The time has finally come when I can read this series! I am so excited to dive back into this magical world and meet new characters that everyone loves. I have a lot of expectations going into this new series and I hope that they can be met!

4. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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I already know what’s going to happen. I’m going to end up enjoying Six of Crows and I’ll just have to dive into the next one. And then I’ll feel sad that I read them so quickly.

5. Furyborn by Claire Legrand

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While I haven’t bought this book yet, I definitely will be within the next two months. I have heard some amazing things and people are raving about this book. It is such a unique idea and while I don’t know too much, I can’t wait to be surprised.

6. Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

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I absolutely loved Nevernight. It is one of my favourite reads ever, and the UK paperback for Godsgrave comes out very soon! I will probably read this towards the end of the summer, mainly because the third and final book, Darkdawn, won’t be out until next year. I am definitely looking forward to this one.

7. Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes

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How am I already onto the final book? I don’t want this series to end! I love all the characters and each book in the series has hooked me even more than the last. I only finished the fifth one a couple of days ago, so I still have to buy this, but I cannot wait. I have no idea how it will end. I just want Magnus and Cleo to live happily ever after. Please.

8. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

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Gearing up for the big finale in October! I’m a little sad that this won’t feature all the other characters, as it’s mainly about Chaol, but I’m still looking forward to reading it. Although the blue cover REALLY stands out against the rest, which are all white. Not quite feeling it, but if Kingdom of Ash is dark, it’s alright.

9. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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I’ve already read this once, back in March, but I am going to an event at Waterstones to meet the woman herself! I am so excited and figured it would be a good idea to re-read the book so I am prepared for the event. Expect lots of pictures and a long blog post about it all in the beginning of August.

10. A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab

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It has been a good few months since I read A Darker Shade of Magic and I am ready to jump back into this world. I’ve heard that the books just get better as they go along, and also that they crush a lot of peoples’ hearts, but I’m gonna ignore that part.

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That is all!

What books are you looking forward to reading the most this summer?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books and Series I Decided To DNF – Do I Regret It?

Top Ten Tuesday was originally hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish and is now over at Jana’s blog, That Artsy Reader Girl.

This weeks’ topic was to do with travelling, but I didn’t have anything that fit in. So, instead I decided to do last weeks topic that I didn’t get to do because my laptop took two and a half hours to update. It was torture.

All the books in this list are either the first in a series or part way through that I didn’t finish for one reason or another.

1. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

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This book has been sat on my ‘currently reading’ section of Goodreads since November last year, and I’m not sure when I’ll get a chance to finish it. I was a little bored, but I somehoe managed to get over a hundred pages in. The third book is also on my shelf, but it doesn’t leave me with much hope if I stopped reading the second one.

2. Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

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I really tried with this book. I even got to the halfway point, but I just wasn’t interested. It sounded great, however I couldn’t connect with the characters and the writing just didn’t flow for me. Whether that is because I don’t read a lot of sci-fi, or if it’s because it was written by two people, I don’t know. I feel like I should try and finish this, but it took me long enough to reach the halfway point.

3. House of Night Series by P. C. Cast

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I used to adore this series! I started reading it just after I got into Twilight, and I couldn’t get enough. Every book I bought was amazing and I loved the characters. HOWEVER, I felt that as they went along the story lost it’s spark and I eventually stopped reading after Awakened, even though I’d bought Destiny. It would be interesting to see if I found them as good now. Probably not though.

4. Divergent by Veronica Roth

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If it weren’t for the movie, I’m not sure I’d remember much of this book. I don’t even think I read the second book, which says a lot. It was just one of those series that I quickly grew out of, and I was never a big fan of dystopian anyway.

5. The Selection by Kiera Cass

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Everyone always goes on about this series (for good and bad reasons), but after I read the first book I never bought the rest. Although, the covers for the series are absolutely gorgeous. I don’t even remember what happens in this book, so it obviously didn’t leave much of an impression.

6. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

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I adored the Vampire Academy series, and so I figured I would really enjoy Bloodlines as well. I kind of did, and then I just stopped reading them. I remember reading the first one, but I don’t remember much of the second, and I never got around to reading the third. I didn’t even know there were six books until today!

7. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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I actually remember loving this book so much and the characters, especially the male lead. And then I just never picked up the second book, which seems to be a recurring theme with me and books. I can’t remember why I didn’t, although it’s probably because I used to get too distracted by other books.

8. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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Can I just repeat what I said above? Another book I enjoyed and never carried on. Everyone says they love this series and I feel like I missed out, and I’m probably at the point where I wouldn’t go back and read them.

9. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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Again, another series I feel like I missed out on. I originally read Shatter Me before it was published in the UK, as I bought the US edition from the Book Depository, and I remember really enjoying the story. I can probably blame other books getting in the way as my reason for not reading the rest of the series. Story of my life.

10. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

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Please tell me I wasn’t the only one that stopped reading this series (and the other series’ set in the universe)? I read the first four, bought the fifth and never read it. I even have these covers, and they all have brand new ones now. Plus, I can’t even remember half of what happens in them.

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I actually managed to come up with a lot of books and series for this (which is probably really bad now I think about it).

What book series did you DNF?

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Worlds I’d Never Want to Live In

Top Ten Tuesday was originally hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish and is now over at Jana’s blog, That Artsy Reader Girl.

I haven’t taken part in the last couple weeks of Top Ten Tuesday, mainly because I couldn’t think of any books for the topic. This week is different, with the topic being bookish world we would or wouldn’t want to live in. Of course, I went for the ones that I wouldn’t want to live in, and I will explain my reasons for these books being on this list.

1. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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This is a brutal world under the rule of terrible people who are corrupt. Not to mention the fact that the sun never sets. I don’t think I could deal with it being constantly bright, mainly because I’m a night owl. Also, I prefer the world I live in not to be dangerous and deadly.

2. Scythe by Neal Shusterman

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As interesting as this world is, I don’t think I would enjoy living in it. The fact that there is no death isn’t as appealing as you would think. Wouldn’t you just get bored after a while? Always doing the same thing? I wouldn’t even want to be a Scythe, mainly because of the burden that is taking lives. It just doesn’t sound fun.

3. Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

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I just recently finished reading Ace of Shades, and as much as I enjoyed the story, I wouldn’t want to live in the world of New Reynes. There are gangs, corrupted casino families, death on every corner, and that just doesn’t sound like a good time to me. I prefer to stay away from seedy cities.

4. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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As incredible as this book is, I wouldn’t want to live in the world of Orisha under the rule of a ruthless King who rules with force. It is a scary world for the people who are different (the Maji) and the things that have happened to them are horrible. It isn’t the kind of place that sounds homely.

5. Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

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Living in a world where the dead can come back to life? That’s not for me, especially when they can sometimes turn into terrible creatures that cause death and destruction. Plus, the Deadlands in the book is a really creepy place that gave me the chills when reading it.

6. The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

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The world of Hinterland in The Hazel Wood is a very creepy place, not like your typical fairytale worlds. It is brutal and deadly, with characters that are odd and strange. It would be easy to get lost in the world and never be able to leave. It’s just too creepy and terrifying for me

7. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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As alluring as Faerie worlds are, they are dangerous for humans and sometimes deadly. The humans in this story are treated unfairly and often targeted, mainly because they are human and seen as being below the faeries. Not only that, but there is so much treachery among the court that it would be a terrifying place to live as a human.

8. Angelfall by Susan Ee

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Who knew angels could be menacing? In this post-apocalyptic world where angels descended on the world, it isn’t a great place for a human to live. If you aren’t hunted by the angels, then your own species will turn against you. It is a brutal world where only the strongest can survive, and I don’t think I would be cut out for it.

9. A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

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The only version I would want to live in would be Red London. Grey London is too similar to our own world so that would be pretty boring, but White London seems too dangerous to live in. It has horrible leaders and a few shady characters that come from there, and even Red London isn’t safe from them.

10. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

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After having read the first 3 books in the series, I have come to the conclusion that I would hate to live in a world that is ruled by King Gaius. He is an awful person who does whatever he wants and kills without mercy. It’s even worse if you are living in a Kingdom that he took over, such as Auranos.

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Those are the ten book worlds that I would prefer not to live in, or even visit for that matter.

What would be in your top ten?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Slay a Dragon to Get Early

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Top Ten Tuesday was originally hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish and is now over at Jana’s blog, That Artsy Reader Girl.

While this week’s topic was originally called ‘Books I’d Slay a Lion to Get Early’ I decided that a dragon would be a much better fit considering how much I love Fantasy (and dragons are much more difficult to kill, let’s be honest). All of the books on this list are ones that I am super excited about. If only time could go a little bit faster so we can get to the release dates. Some of these don’t even have covers yet!

1. Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake

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The 4th of September seems so far away *cries* however, I am loving the UK cover for the third instalment. I’ve always thought that the UK covers look better than the US ones, especially where the font for the title is concerned. I cannot wait to get my hands on this book, especially considering the ending of the second one.

2. The Wicked King by Holly Black

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I can’t tell you how insanely jealous I am of all the people who have already received ARCs of The Wicked King. It is going to seem like a very long wait until January and by then I’m sure a re-read will be in order. Also, I really like the design of this cover and how it still incorporates the crown. Will the final book feature it fully submerged? We’ll have to wait and see.

3. These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch

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Again, another book with an incredible cover. All the 2018 books are hitting it out of the park in that department. I’ve never read anything from Sara Raasch before, but this book really intrigued me. I’m beginning to love YA Fantasy that incorporates political turmoil more prominently in the story line and this sounds right up my alley. There’s also been some pretty good reviews from people who have received ARCs.

4. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

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I first heard of Girls of Paper and Fire on Twitter when someone retweeted the author and ever since I saw the cover, I have wanted to know more. Again, another Fantasy book, are we even surprised anymore? I’ve never read anything that is Asian inspired before, so that is a really exciting aspect of this book. I can’t wait for November 6th to roll around.

5. Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

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The UK cover hasn’t been released yet (this is the US one) and although I haven’t read Godsgrave yet, I LOVED Nevernight. This is one of the first adult fantasy books series that I’ve read and really enjoyed. It is so dark and dangerous, filled with lots of blood, violence, sex and swear words. I really enjoy the characters and can’t wait to see this trilogy through. Hopefully I can read Godsgrave before Darkdawn comes out in September.

6. Sequel to Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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Goodreads tells me that the sequel is called Children of Virtue and Vengeance, which sounds really good if that is true. Unfortunately, it won’t be out until next year in March, and that just seems so far away! I couldn’t get enough of this story and the characters, and I’m praying that the sequel is just as good.

7. Furyborn by Claire Legrand

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While this is being published towards the end of May (although my Amazon UK pre-order says June) I cannot wait to read this novel. There have been so many rave reviews saying how incredible this book is. Again, a book about kingdoms in disarray and magic is right up my alley, so I really hope this lives up to my expectations.

8. The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

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Unfortunately, there is no cover for this debut novel, but I thought I would share this little description so you know what the book is about. I follow Christine on social media, so of course I keep seeing this everywhere. The idea of a contemporary fantasy is new to me and something that I would love to read. It’ll be interesting to see what the cover looks like when it is released.

9. Sequel to The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

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There is no title or cover for this book, not even a suggested release date, which is going to make it even harder to wait for this sequel. I adored The Belles when I got the chance to read it as an ARC and fell in love with the world. I’m pretty sure this is only going to be a duology, but I am looking forward to it so much.

10. Sequel to Everless by Sara Holland

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Again, another sequel that I am going to find it so difficult to wait for. I am hoping that I will be able to request Evermore on NetGalley like I did with Everless, just so I can get the chance to read it early. This is another book that I raved about on the blog when I read it, just because it was such a unique idea that was different to anything I had ever read before. I will be looking forward to seeing how it ends for the characters.

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And there you have it! The ten books that I would battle a fire breathing dragon for. What book are you most excited for?

Top Ten Tuesday: My Favourite Covers of Books I Own

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Top Ten Tuesday was originally hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish and is now over at Jana’s blog, That Artsy Reader Girl.

This weeks topic was originally about words frequently used in the titles for a certain genre. Unfortunately, I could only come up with a few and instead I’ve decided to do a different topic altogether. As I moved house at the weekend I had a chance to look through all the books I owned (some of which I had forgotten about). So, I have decided to write about my favourite covers of books that I own. I’m not counting NetGalley ones as I technically didn’t buy them and I don’t have them in paper/hardback.

Here are my top ten favourite covers…

1. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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This cover is striking and I have to admit, it was what drew me to check out the synopsis. Luckily for me the writing was just as amazing as the cover. I love the contrast of the white hair with the black background and the ombre style writing for the title. I have it in paperback and it has a matte finish, which felt lovely when reading this book.

2. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

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I am specifically talking about the UK version (because let’s face it, they are so much better than the US ones). I LOVE what they did with these covers, having one for each of the sisters. Of course, I had to go for the red one as it’s my favourite colour, but the green is a close second. I would really like to collect the other two (would that be weird) and have the complete set.

3. Embrace by Jessica Shirvington

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It has been years since I read this book and I can’t really remember what happened, but this cover is gorgeous! This is the US one in hardback that I bought from the Book Depository and I have always loved it. The colour is gorgeous, the wispy wings made of smoke are perfect and the falling feathers add a nice touch.

4. Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

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The first thing I noticed (and adored) about this book when I opened it was the pearlized effect of the pink. It felt so luxurious and tied in perfectly with the jewelled crown and skull. Don’t be fooled by it’s pretty appearance though, because this is a dark book, which only makes it more interesting that the cover is pink. Also, when you take the dust jacket off, the actual hardcover is a pale pink/creamy colour.

5. Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

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While I haven’t gotten around to finishing Zenith yet (I hit a slump with it) I do love the cover, which looks even better on the US hardback. I love how well the colours work together, the stars and the little design on the front. Even the font of the title looks amazing, with the light glistening and shining. I’m still hoping to finish this one day soon.

6. Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

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I may not be able to remember much about the story, but I do know that this is one of my favourite hardback books that I own. The cover is incredible, with bright colours and a glossy finish. I’m not a big fan of faces on books, but this was done so well with the butterfly wings and how the image fades around the edges. Gorgeous. Even the sequel covers look just as good, although I never got around to buying them.

7. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Mass

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Out of all of the covers (I own them all) Queen of Shadows is my favourite. I have yet to read it (it’s on my TBR for next month) but there is something about the dark clothing, the maroon cloak and the bright blue behind her that works so well. Plus, she looks like a complete badass, which is only making me more excited to dive back into the series.

8. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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I have all the old covers for The Mortal Instruments series, as well as the Infernal Devices, but I really do love the new ones that they’ve done (but I can’t justify re-buying them all just for that reason). I love the covers for The Dark Artifices series, but I only own Lady Midnight. Again, another book that has a pearlized cover that shimmers and feels great. I’m hoping to start this one before the year is out (my TBR list is long).

9. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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I love, love, love the covers for this duology and I am dying to read them (next month I will) and I think the colours are great. While it isn’t the most colourful, it stands out with the crow flying and I really like how there are buildings making out the feathers in the wings. Very clever and it makes me even more excited to read it. I still have to read the third book of the Grisha trilogy, but I really want to read Six of Crows…would anything be ruined if I went ahead and started it?

10. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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Again, another darker cover, but it seems I don’t have a preference. Having read a third of this already I can see why some of the illustrations that make up the raven are there. It is very clever and really eye-catching. The second book also has an amazing cover with a wolf on it, one that I can’t wait to buy. I don’t know what the UK cover for the third will be like, but I can’t wait to find out.

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There we have it, my favourite covers that I own. There isn’t really a pattern with them, but they are all unique and different.

What is your favourite cover of a book?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books Series I Am Looking Forward to Reading/Finishing

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Top Ten Tuesday was originally hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish and is now over at Jana’s blog, That Artsy Reader Girl.

I love freebie week, so of course I wanted to talk about book series! While I like a good stand alone novel, the series are where it’s at. I love going on an adventure with the characters and exploring new worlds. I just hate when it all has to come to an end. For this list I have chosen books that I have either started reading and still need to finish, or series that I am looking forward to starting.

1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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I am near enough halfway through this series and I am going to try my best to read the rest before the final book comes out later on this year. I can’t wait to dive back into it and find out what will happen to the characters that I love.

2. A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

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I have only read the first book so far, but I have the second one ready and waiting on my book shelf. I will be aiming to read the last two this year as I have heard that they only get better, especially with the last one. I will probably end up reading more of Schwab’s work because she is amazing.

3. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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After having read the first and the second book in this series, I am just waiting to get paid so I can finally read the last in this trilogy. After the ending in the second one I can’t wait to find out what happens to everyone and what the fate of Ravka will be. Plus, once I do I can then move on to Six of Crows (which I am most excited about).

4. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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As this book is my favourite of 2018 so far, it is only right that I be so excited about reading the rest in the trilogy. This world is so rich and magical, the characters feel so real, and the conflicts are some of the best I’ve read. 2019 seems a while away, but I can’t wait for more of Adeyemi’s writing.

5. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

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Can the next book just come out already! I am dying to find out what happens to the three queens, especially after what happened in One Dark Throne. I am so invested in this story, I have bought all the novellas just to keep me going until Two Dark Reigns comes out. I just hope it is worth the wait.

6. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

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I’m not sure how many books Clayton will end up doing set within this world, but I know for definite that there is another book after The Belles. I can’t wait to see more of this dark, whimsical and fantasical world, as well as the characters who are so conflicted. Fingers crossed it is as good as this was, because I loved it.

7. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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Already there are ARCs of The Wicked King out in the world and I want one so badly! I am going to be insanely jealous of anyone who gets the chance to read it, whereas I have to wait until next January (curls into a ball and cries). Everyone should read this series, it’s amazing.

8. Scythe by Neal Shusterman

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I have heard so much about this book (as well as the sequel) and I am so tempted to buy it. I watch Peruseproject (aka Regan) and she has read them recently and is getting her boyfriend to read them now as well. I feel like I am missing out so I need to catch up.

9. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

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Again, another series I have heard Regan talk about a lot on her channel and I even have the first book on my shelf. The only thing that has stopped me from reading it is that I know that if I love it, I will want the others. With six in the series (which is now complete, I think) I need to be able to afford them all at once if I love it and want to read them one after the other.

10. Furyborn by Claire Legrand

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A debut novel and the first in a series that I am so excited to read. I pre-ordered this bad boy, which comes out in June, and it still seems so far away, I just need it now. I follow the author on social media and every time I see little bits of information I just get more excited. If you haven’t heard about this book then you need to check it out.

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And that is my complete list. Of course, there are lots of other books I am looking forward to reading but I would be here all day if I were to list them.

What series are you looking forward to reading the most?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Liked But Will Never Re-Read

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Top Ten Tuesday was originally hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish and is now over at Jana’s blog, That Artsy Reader Girl.

I missed out on last weeks topic but this weeks is a good one and I just couldn’t pass up on the opportunity. This time we are talking out the books that we loved back when we read them, but would never pick up again for one reason or another. For me, this included going onto Goodreads and going through all the books I’ve read over the years. It was fairly easy for me to see which ones I loved the most (even if I wrote terrible reviews) and I found that I could remember some very well.

1. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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I devoured this series when I first read it, which wasn’t long after I started getting into Young Adult books. Everything about this series was amazing and I even went on to read the spin-offs (but I never finished reading them). However, I don’t think I would go back and read them because I’m not sure I would like them as much. My tastes have changed a lot since I was 15 years old.

2. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

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I can’t even tell you how many times I read this book when I first got it. Obviously, it was my favourite series and I was fan-girling hard over Edward Cullen (weren’t we all). However, I don’t think I could bring myself to read this series again, just because I know it would be bad compared to the standards of the authors I now read. But I can appreciate it for what it was and how it grew my love for reading again.

3. Divergent by Veronica Roth

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At the time of reading these I was into the dystopian genre and couldn’t get enough, especially of these characters (although I never finished reading the series). Nowadays, I am much more into fantasy and I don’t think I would pick up a dystopian book again, definitely not Divergent as I am past it.

4. The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

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I loved this series when I read it, mainly because it was based off of Greek mythology and you can’t get better than that. I may not be able to remember most of the details on this book (I only remember bits) but I’m not sure if I would re-read them again. There is also the fact that I seem to have misplaced the series and can’t find it.

5. Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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I swear I spent most of teenage years reading books by Jennifer Armentrout. She knew how to write characters that you could fall in love with. However, I don’t think I would re-read the series now. I still have them on my book shelf so the opportunity is there, I just don’t think I will take it. Too many new books to read.

6. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

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Ah, this book. Right around the same time I was reading Twilight and The Vampire Diaries, this book entered my life and took over. I loved this book, LOVED it. I did fanart (terrible fanart) and I can’t deny it, I had a book crush on Patch. However, I’m not sure how well this book has aged and I’m not sure I want to find out.

7. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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The Night Circus has had so many mixed views over the years, and while I may have loved it at the time, I’m not sure how I would feel about it now. It’s not something I’m willing to find out as I want to keep the memories alive.

8. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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I was part of the group that read the books before the movies came out (although I still don’t like who they chose to play Katniss and Peeta) and I loved the series. I flew through the trilogy so quickly and the surprising thing is that I only read them once. Maybe once was enough, and as I mentioned earlier, I don’t read dystopian anymore.

9. Fallen by Lauren Kate

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I’m going to start by saying that I love all the covers in this series, even if the books did progressively get worse for me. However, I really enjoyed the first (one I read around the time of Hush, Hush) and I was loving the idea behind it. I can’t remember details (and I haven’t watched the movie) but I don’t think I will be touching this series ever again.

10. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

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The Vampire Academy is my all time favourite series and of course I read the spin-off series Bloodlines. However, as much as I loved them, I only ever read the first two books (the third is still on my shelf) and I’m not sure I would be able to read this series again to catch up. There’s a possibility I might, but there are so many amazing books out now that it would be tough.

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Those are all my picks! There are probably more that I could have added and I had to pick and choose for a few slots, but it is finished.

What books would you never pick up again, even if you loved them?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books With Incredible Fantasy Worlds

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Top Ten Tuesday was originally hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish and is now over at Jana’s blog, That Artsy Reader Girl.

This weeks topic was originally about the top ten books that take place in another country and seeing as how I only tend to read fantasy, I thought I’d switch it up a little. So, I thought back to all the books I had been reading recently and the worlds that they take place in. Which ones did I love the most? What worlds would I want to visit if I could? Here are my picks.

1. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

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Based off of New Orleans, the world in which The Belles is set was fantastical, colourful and incredibly imaginative. With post balloons and teacup animals (yes, there are tiny versions of elephants and such) it was so unique and a pleasure to read. I can’t wait to explore more in the next instalment.

2. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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I haven’t even finished reading this book yet, but I am completely enthralled by the world that has been created based off of West African mythology. It’s incredible and so vivid that I feel as if I am there with the characters. I cannot wait to sink my teeth deeper into this book and find out more.

3. A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

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With three different London’s and worlds to visit, you are spoilt for choice with this book. Of course, I would choose to go to Red London and explore the magical streets and festivals. I have yet to read the rest of this trilogy, but you can be sure I will get to it this year.

4. The Grishaverse Books by Leigh Bardugo

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After reading the collection of fairy tales, I was completely drawn into this world, even more so when I read the first two books of the Grisha trilogy. The magic system is amazing, the world vast with different climates, and a darkness that I am drawn to. I can’t wait to finish this off and start Six of Crows.

5. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

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I loved the idea of the story being set on an island that is completely separate from the rest of the world and the three main groups of people liveing apart from one another. The magic is mysterious and strange, which only makes it more appealing. The first two books have been great and I am looking forward to the third one coming out this year.

6. Everless by Sara Holland

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I remember reading this a couple of months ago and being blown away by how unique the story and world were. The concept of time as currency was refreshing and new compared to what I had read before and I loved the mythology and lore that surrounded the characters.

7. Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

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A darker book, but no less special than the others on this list. I fell in love with the characters and the incredible world that they live in. The Deadlands were so interesting and different, and I was completely captured by what was happening. With the chance to explore more at the end of the book it sets it up perfectly for the second and I can’t wait.

8. To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

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Ah, I love stories set in the ocean. The Little Mermaid was always my favourite Disney movie and I loved the magical world in To Kill A Kingdom. We visit many strange and wonderful lands that are part of the 100 Kingdoms, each different from the next and the descriptions were great. It was such a pleasure to visit the world in the standalone novel.

9. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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Another book with a world that is cruel, dangerous, yet wonderful at the same time. As the books go on we get to see more of the world that Sarah J. Maas has created and how imaginative she can be with her descriptions. Not to mention the creatures that live in certain areas. I can’t wait to discover more!

10. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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This list wouldn’t be complete without an entry into the world of the Fae and Holly Black has created one of the best worlds that I have had the pleasure of visiting. It is dark and dangerous, as well as enticing. What I would give to go to the parties and wander through the magical woods.

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And there you have it! My favourite fantasy worlds to date. What would you choose to visit if you could?