Award: Sunshine Blogger Award

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It is crazy to think that me and my little blog are being nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award by the lovely Rachael at Beach Bookworm. Thank you so much for this!

I still can’t believe that I have nearly 300 followers now and there are so many people who care about what I think. Believe me, it is the best feeling when someone says that my review or thoughts on a book have made them check it out. That’s all I ever want to do with this blog, to spread the book love.

Rules:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
4. List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post/or on your blog.

Rachael’s questions for me are…

1. What’s your favourite thing about blogging?

I think I kind of answered this question above, but I love how my views on a book can make someone give a book a try for the first time, and sometimes even for a second time. It is great talking with like-minded people and making friends through our love of books.

2. Have you met a fellow blogger face to face?

No, I haven’t but I would love to! It seems that most people live in the US, while I am over here living in the UK, in a place that isn’t London.

3. What is your favourite TV show?

Hmm, this is a tough one. Are we asking about my all time favourite, or my current favourite? My all time favourite TV show is The Vampire Diaries. That show was everything to me and I can’t tell you how much I cried at the finale (spoiler, it was a lot) and it will always hold a special place in my heart. My current favourite though is The 100, because that show is so damn good!

4. What is your biggest fear?

I have a weird fear of ladders/step ladders. I’m okay with heights now because I’ve been on roller coasters and up high buildings, but I refuse to go up ladders. I can’t do it.

5. Do you have any pets?

I personally don’t have any because my landlord won’t allow it, but my mum has a staffie called Willow, who is just the cutest. (There she is, in all her glory and her creepy, glossy eyes)

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6. How many books have you read, so far, this year?

I just finished my 25th book last night, which I am pretty happy with. I set myself a goal of 50, so to be halfway when the fifth month of the year isn’t even over yet is pretty good. I was just talking to my dad about it and he was shocked at the amount. The crazy thing is, I know of people online who have read so much more!

7. Tea or coffee?

Coffee, all the way! I feel like I’m the only English person who hates tea. Nasty stuff *pulls a face*.

8. Where is your favourite reading spot?

My bed, just because it’s cosy and relaxing. Although sometimes I get too comfortable and fall asleep, which always ruins my reading time.

9. How happy are you today on a sale of 1 to 10?

I would say that I am a 9, mainly because I am working from home tomorrow and its a long weekend here in the UK thanks to a bank holiday on Monday. And I have my new sofa arriving on Saturday (so many good things).

10. Which era do you wish you could visit?

Ooh, this is hard! There are so many that would be interesting, but I think the 20s would have been a fun time, just to visit. Not so much if I were to live there. I think I would have to be rich in that case and get invited to all the parties.

11. Favourite quote?

I don’t think I have a favourite quote when I think about it. I’ve been sat thinking about it for a good few minutes and still can’t come up with one.

And those are my answers! I am going to nominate the following bloggers:

Beth @ Reading Every Night

Destiny @ Howling Libraries

Chelsea @ A Very Bookish Girl

Sophie @ Sophie’s Corner

Danielle @ Life of a Literary Nerd

Kyera @ Kyera’s Library

Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm

Katie @ Never Not Reading

Ashley @ Socially Awkward Bookworm

Larkin @ Wonderfilled Reads

Misty @ Mistysbookspace

My questions to you are…

1. What is your favourite hobby, besides reading?

2. If you could choose one book series to read for the rest of your life, what would it be?

3. Cats or dogs?

4. What is your biggest dream?

5. What book are you most anticipating in the second half of the year?

6. Are you a reader or a writer? Or both?

7. Have you ever not finished a book?

8. Describe your ideal holiday.

9. What genre do you like the least?

10. If you could live on any place on Earth, where would it be?

11. What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to books?

You are all great bloggers and I think everyone should check them out! If you choose to take part, I hope you enjoy answering my questions.

Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

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Title: Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Date: 1st September 2015

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Before I started reading the fourth instalment of this series, I had heard that the series started to go downhill, and after loving the first three I was a bit hesitant at first. Turns out I had nothing to worry about because this book was incredible! So much happened in the 600+ pages (that’s a lot of words) and I was living for it. Especially after the ending, which has made me more excited to get around to the next two books before the final one comes out this year. Fair warning, there will be spoilers as we are well into this series now (if anything I am a bit behind).

Aelin, formerly Celaena Sardothien, has returned to Rifthold to take back what is rightfully hers, to destroy the men responsible for ruining her life, and to save the people she loves. After learning that her cousin has been taken and Dorian is under the control of a Valg Prince, she devises a plan to rescue Aedion with the help of Chaol and her former master, Arobynn. But everything comes at a price and the price of Arobynn’s help is the deliverance of a Valg to his doorstep. Soon enough help arrives in the form of Rowan, the Fae who helped her back in Wendlyn, and they all work together to help Aelin take back her Kingdom and face her foes (because there are plenty).

All the while, back in Morath the Blackbeak witches are under the rule of the King and Duke Perrington. Manon has been told by her grandmother to do as they are told and to not question anything. But when the witches are taken to be used for breeding with the Valg demons, Manon knows that something is wrong. Something dark is brewing within the walls and they soon realise that things must change.

So much happens in this book that it is hard to know where to start. The writing, as always, was incredible and captivating. When it comes to world building, Maas is one of the best and I can always visualise what is written in front of me. I am loving that we still get to read about the witches in Morath because Manon is one of my favourite characters, and it was interesting to finally read scenes with Arobynn in them (isn’t he an evil bastard?). The plot twists just keep coming with this series and the biggest one was saved for the end, which completely shocked me to my core. I don’t understand how that can still happen with a series, but it is keeping me hooked.

Something I adore about the Throne of Glass series now is that there are still the multiple perspectives, which allow us to see so much more. Again, there is so much to talk about, but I guess I will try to sum it up as much as I can. Of course we have Aelin, the badass Queen, who is still one of my favourite protagonists. She is sassy and sarcastic, as well as brutal, even when she sometimes shouldn’t be. I really enjoyed her romantic development with Rowan in this story. While I was firmly team Chaol I have been swayed, because they are the best and have some of my favourite scenes in the book. Rowan has really grown on me and I find myself always smiling when I read his snarky comments and swooning when he looks out for Aelin.

There was the introduction of a new character for me, which was Lysandra, someone who Aelin grew up with, and who was used by Arobynn as well. Throughout the story their friendship grew and after what happened with Nehemia, it was great to see that happen. Not to mention the fact that Lysandra was such a strong female character that fought for those she loved. Later on in the story some truths are revealed which makes her a better character and one that I look forward to reading about in the future.

I’m going to speak about some of the darker characters in the story now and for a time it was Dorian. His chapters were heartbreaking after everything he has gone through and now he is possessed by a Valg demon. But I liked how Chaol was always rooting for him, wanting to save him, even when others didn’t think he could be saved (looking at you Aelin). Then we have Manon. I love her. She isn’t the nicest of people, I will admit that, but she is ferocious and brutal, and her chapters are my favourites. She is such a diverse character and she really gets quite the arc in this story considering what happens at the end with Dorian.

I would say that the second half of the book is better because that is when most of the action takes place and there is so much going on. Secrets unfold, lots of people die and in the end, I would say that there was a happy ending of sorts. But you can definitely tell that something dark and sinister is lurking on the horizon and I can’t wait to find out what happens to our characters next.

Overall, Queen of Shadows was my favourite book in the series so far and I can only hope that it will continue this way. A solid five stars from me!

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WWW Wednesday – So Much Fantasy

WWW Wednesday was originally hosted by A Daily Rhythm, and was taken over by Taking on a World of Words.

Lately I have been reading some incredible books and I am loving it. Considering how many books I have on my shelf that I haven’t read yet, it feels good to be finally getting around to reading them. Although it doesn’t help reading the first book in a series, realising that I love it and then having to buy the rest. My wallet is very hurt at the moment.

What Are You Currently Reading?

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I am finally reading the second book in the Falling Kingdoms series, Rebel Spring. Already I am over halfway through and I only started it the other day. There is something about the world and the characters that makes me want to know more and I find it so easy to connect with them. I can’t get enough of their stories and how they are becoming intertwined. As more things are revealed, I can just tell that I am going to fall even more in love with this series. I’m hoping to finish it tomorrow night if possible.

What Did You Recently Finish Reading?

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This was one hell of a book, and a pretty big one at that. Sometimes I find it daunting to read massive books, mainly because I’m worried that there could be parts that are boring. Turns out I had nothing to worry about with Queen of Shadows because it was amazing. The plot twists! This book took so many unexpected turns, especially towards the end, and it left me wanting to read the next one straight away. I still can’t get over everything that happened. Keep an eye out for my review coming soon!

What Do You Think You’ll Read Next?

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I am pretty sure that Rebel Spring is going to leave me wanting more, so it’s a good thing that I have Gathering Darkness on my bookshelf, ready for me to dive into. It was either that or read Empire of Storms, but that book is even bigger than Queen of Shadows and I’m looking to finish another book this week. I guess I’ll have to wait and see how my current read ends.

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What book are you currently reading?

Wrapping Up The Week (30th April – 6th May)

This weekend has been a scorcher here in the UK and unfortunately I am not one of these people that loves the heat. I hate when it’s too hot to do anything, plus, because I’m a redhead I tend to burn anyway. Luckily for me the downstairs of my house (where my bedroom is) stays so cool, which is a contrast to upstairs in my lounge/kitchen where it is about 26 degrees. I’m dying.

However, I did manage to get a load of reviews written this week, finished reading one book and am almost finished with my current read (its taking me a while to get through). I also had three new books get delivered to me which I am super excited to get to, especially one in particular that I have heard a lot about.

Books I read and reviewed…

I finally got around to reviewing two books that I read the week before, the first being The Smoke Thieves. It’s weird how you think about a book differently when you give yourself a few days to think about it. Unfortunately, The Smoke Thieves didn’t make a lasting impression on me and in the end I gave it 3.5 stars, because I still enjoyed it. You can check out my review here.

The second book I reviewed was Nevernight and it is a book I still can’t get over. It was amazing and while I know it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, it was mine. I love the story, the characters, the writing…Everything! You can see why I gave it 4.5 stars here (it would have been five if not for the annotations sometimes interrupting the flow of the story).

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On Tuesday I finished off Falling Kingdoms and immediately went on to buy Rebel Spring and Gathering Darkness, both of which arrived today (I am slightly annoyed that Gathering Darkness is bigger in height and width than the first two. Turns out it’s the US version of the paperback. But it’s okay because I checked the other three and they are all the US versions too). Falling Kingdoms completely stole my heart and it was an instant five star read for me, which I haven’t gotten around to writing yet. That’s planned for tomorrow. I only wish I had read this series sooner because it is sure to become one of my favourites.

I am currently reading…

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…And currently loving it! So many plot twists and the story just keeps on getting better. I am so glad Rowan is back in it! While I didn’t like him at first (I was firmly on Team Chaol) I have had a change of heart and realise he is perfect. I have 200 pages left (this book is huge) but I am hoping to finish it tomorrow as it is a bank holiday here in the UK. I cannot wait to see how it ends and hopefully move onto Empire of Storms.

Posts from the week…

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

WWW Wednesday – So Many Books!

Wrapping Up April ’18 – Best Reading Month Ever

Three blog posts plus the two reviews makes it a pretty good week for me, especially with work being so hectic at the moment. I love doing the wrap up posts and reflecting on what I read. I will probably post my May TBR soon, now that I have figured out what books I want to read, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

My WIP…

Just as I was getting back into it, I stop. I blame the amazing books I have been reading, but Monday is the start of the new week and I am determined to start fresh. I think I’m also stalling because the idea of editing my 100k word novel is so daunting and seems like a massive task. I suppose I just need to take it one day at a time. It’s not going to edit itself! I might even start my other story idea just so I am being creative in that sense too. Does anyone else do this?

Other Fun Stuff…

I am still watching Bates Motel with my boyfriend. We are onto season 3 and loving it! We got to the point where I hadn’t seen the episodes and everything just got so good! I am excited to see where the next three seasons take us, although we all know the end game (or at least I do because I saw Psycho).

Something I don’t really mention a lot on the blog is my love of food (I love all cuisines, although Italian and Indian are my favourites) and I just wanted to share the incredible meal we cooked the other day. It was lamb shank with a red wine sauce and the most amazing vegetable rice with potato gratin. It tasted as good as it looks.

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I’m hoping that next week I can read a couple of books and be on my way to reading a total of 7 this month. Wish me luck!

I hope you all had a great week of reading and if you’re in the UK I hope you didn’t get burnt in the sun!