Wrapping Up The Week (21st May – 27th May)

I can’t believe it’s almost the end of May already. This month has just flown by and it has been filled with some amazing books. This week was no different, and I managed to read a book from a genre that I don’t normally like. Spoiler, the book was amazing!

It is a bank holiday over here in the UK, which means I get tomorrow off from work and I also booked off Tuesday to have an extra long break. Of course, I plan on spending the next two days doing a lot of reading because I am going to try and read two more books before Friday to reach a total of 7 this month. Wish me luck!

I also got a delivery of three books today from Amazon, which I am so excited to read! They have already been added to my June TBR list that I will be posting about next weekend.

Books I read and reviewed…

scythe

This book was incredible! It completely took me by surprise, considering I don’t read a lot from the sci-fi genre, but this book was so unique. The idea that there is no more death and the only way to die is to be gleaned by a scythe is brilliant, and something I’ve never heard of before. The characters were great, as were the plot twists and there was some politics involved as well. If you are a fan of The Hunger Games I would suggest checking this out. You can read my full review here.

I am currently reading…

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The first book that I am currently reading is the massive,Empire of Storms. This book is literally making my wrists hurt from having to hold it, but it is so good! I am just under a third of the way through and I’m really enjoying the way the story is going. A lot of things are happening, plans are falling into place. I’ve grown to love certain characters a lot more, especially Manon Blackbeak, who is literally the most badass witch ever! I can’t wait to see what happens to her later on in the story and where her allegiances lie in the end.

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I also started reading Ace of Shades. Funny story, I actually requested this on NetGalley and never heard anything back. Then I signed into my account this morning (mainly to browse for any new titles) and saw that I had been accepted, I just never got an email about it. I’m a little past the publication date, but I figured better late than never. I’m only 17% of the way through but I’m already drawn in and really intrigued by the world. There are a lot of comparisons to Las Vegas which I am enjoying, and the characters are interesting. I’m hoping to finish this over the bank holiday.

Posts from the week…

WWW Wednesday – Finally Reading Sci-Fi

Award: Sunshine Blogger Award

It’s always lovely to be nominated for awards because it lets me know that people love what I am putting out on my blog. I always try to be myself and it’s great to see that being so well-received. I am so close to 300 followers and I am so thankful for each and every one, so thank you for sticking with me.

My WIP…

This week was another successful one in terms of my writing/editing. I managed to write another 10,000 words, bringing me to a total of 33,000 on my second draft. It is definitely shaping together nicely and I am ironing out some of the plot holes, as well as writing all the important details down so I don’t forget. I even managed to create a map for the Kingdoms so I can reference them accurately. Not to mention the fact that I am adding the meat to the bones of my characters and they are feeling more real.

I definitely find dialogue to be one of my strong suits when it comes to writing, and find it easy to create a conversation that could feel real. I want my characters to react how anyone else would, especially my main character Raegan, who has her world turned upside down. Let’s just say she swears quite a few times.

I actually took a break from writing this weekend, just because I’ve been so tired (my fault though, I forgot to take my iron tablets and now I’m paying for it), but tomorrow is the start of a new week!

Other Fun Stuff…

We finally got our new sofa and I love it! It has been a month since we moved in and it was so good to finally be able to sit down on it. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the easiest to get into the house. Turns out it was too big to fit around the staircase to get up to our living room, so the two delivery men were kind enough to help us lift it up onto the balcony.

It was probably hilarious to see, my boyfriend and I holding onto the top of the sofa, while one of the men ran up to help us. We eventually got it over the edge and safely into the room. Although, I don’t think we’ll be moving anytime soon.

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And that was my fun-filled week! I am hoping and praying I get to reach my goal of seven books this month, mainly because it’ll be my current record.

I hope you all had a great week as well! Let me know what books you loved in the comments.

Review: Scythe by Neal Shusterman

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Title: Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1)

Author: Neal Shusterman

Publisher: Walker Books

Date: 1st February 2018

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I finally did it. I finally found a sci-fi book that I fell head over heels for. I had heard of so many people loving this book, and while I was hesitant at first I decided to give it a try. I don’t read a lot of sci-fi, mainly because I can’t get into it, but from the get go I was hooked by Scythe. It is such a unique book, with an incredible world that feels so similar, yet foreign to us as a reader. There were little references to things we have into our world now, and Shusterman has created characters that I rooted for and that I cared about.

All of the world’s problems have been solved. There is no more hunger and poverty, no war and disease, no more pain and death. The Thunderhead has created a perfect world that is safe for everyone in it. To curb over-population the Scythedom was created, granting Scythes the power to ‘glean’ people. Due to strange circumstances, both Citra and Rowan have been chosen to become scythe apprentices under Honorable Scythe Faraday. Neither wanted this, but now they must master the art of being a Scythe in order to save their lives. For it has been decided that only one can become a fully-fledged Scythe and must glean the other.

I really enjoyed learning about how the Thunderhead came about. It was once the ‘cloud’, which I’m assuming is a reference to software we have now, and it grew to become this all-seeing thing. It has taken control from the governments who are no more, and it protects its citizens, although people are still scared of it. However, the Thunderhead has no control over the Scythedom, which is a really interesting concept given what happens in this novel.

The idea that there is no death is so strange. Of course, accidents do happen but there are revival centres that can bring you back to life. And if you reach the age of 80 and dislike the way you look, you can take a ‘turn’ and go back to being young again. Essentially you could live forever, and it made me wonder what it would be like to live in this world. Honestly, I’m not quite sure I would like it.

Scythe Faraday was a really interesting character, especially with his approach to gleaning. Each scythe has a different technique that they use to glean, and his involves a lot of data and using lots of different weapons. It’s actually quite fascinating how he chooses the people to glean by seeing the statistics of certain deaths in our day and age, then choosing someone who fits into them. He was a really unexpected character that I wish to see more of.

Something that I thought was a great addition to the story was the diary excerpts from infamous Scythes that were before each new chapter. The content in them was often reflected in the story and the people who wrote them eventually feature in the story prominently. I won’t give too much away, but those characters were so intriguing, and I hope I can find out more about them in the sequel.

Then we have Citra and Rowan. The book is mainly in their perspectives, and shows how they handle the circumstances they have been thrust into. Something happens that causes them to drift and from that point on the story is tense because we have no idea what is going to happen. Even towards the end there are plot twists that I didn’t see coming and I loved every one! I think Citra was my favourite, mainly because she was fierce and didn’t take any crap, although I felt sorry for Rowan at some points in the story.

This book is so addictive and I couldn’t get enough of the world. The ending hooked me and I couldn’t order Thunderhead quick enough! On the front cover of my edition, Maggie Stiefvater said that it was a ‘true successor to The Hunger Games’ and I agree with her. I definitely got that kind of vibe so if you enjoyed that series and love dystopian sci-fi worlds, I would recommend reading Scythe. It was so easy to give this book a solid five stars.

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WWW Wednesday – Finally Reading Sci-Fi

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

No, you didn’t mis-read the title of this blog. I, the lover of Fantasy, finally found a sci-fi book that I absolutely love. I never thought it would happen because up until now the sci-fi books I’ve read haven’t captured my attention. Turns out I was just waiting for the right one.

This week has been flying by and it’s probably to do with the fact that we have a long weekend coming up in the UK thanks to a bank holiday next Monday. I also have next Tuesday off from work, so I plan on getting a lot of reading done. Can I finish two books in one long weekend? We shall see.

What Are You Currently Reading?

scythe

This book is amazing! I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started it. I had heard some great things about it, but it has completely blown me away. Scythe is such a unique story and the world is so similar, and still so different. It is set in the future when all the world’s problems have been solved. There is no more death, hunger, poverty. Humans have achieved immortality, and the only way for their life to end is for it to be gleaned by a Scythe. The characters are all individual and we get to see what the Scythes are like and how, underneath it all, there is corruption growing. I’m over 80% of the way through this and I am hoping I can finish it tonight.

What Did You Recently Finish Reading?

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I can’t tell you how sad I was that I didn’t have the fourth book when I finished Gathering Darkness. I’m obsessed with this series, the world and its characters (most of them). Things are starting to come together and plots are unfolding. There is so much treachery and I am here for it. I cannot wait to get my hands on the rest of the series, which I will probably binge read in the near future. You can check out my review here.

What Do You Think You’ll Read Next?

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So far this month I have been really good and stuck to the TBR that I set for myself at the beginning of the month. Following on from Scythe I am probably going to be reading the fifth instalment of the Throne of Glass series, Empire of Storms. I have some catching up to do before the final book in the series comes out later on this year. After the events of the last book, I am excited to see what will come next for our characters. Once again, it is a humongous book and I think it’s going to take me a while to read. Wish me luck!

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I am looking forward to the rest of the month and hope that I can squeeze in another two books.

What are you currently reading?

Wrapping Up The Week (14th May – 20th May)

Guess who finally caught up on all the reviews she needed to write this week? This girl right here! It feels great to be back up to speed and now I can fully focus on the book I am currently reading. It’s hard to review a book when you’ve read two in-between it and you end up not remembering as much (damn these good books taking up space in my head). It’s fine though because I am all sorted.

This week has been a pretty good one for reading. I am now onto my fifth book of the month and, while I know it’s a little ambitious, I am still aiming for a total of seven. I have 11 days left to do it, but it would mean finishing two books this week and I’m not so sure about that one, especially when I’m not even halfway on my current read.

Books I read and reviewed…

Queen of Shadows review

Rebel Spring review

Gathering Darkness review

All three finally have reviews! I feel like it’s been a great couple of weeks for reading and I hope that it can continue that way for me. All of these books were amazing and left me wanting more of the series, which I will probably finish reading next month for both of them.

I am currently reading…

scythe

Finally, I am reading Scythe. I have heard so many amazing things about this book and so far it is living up to my expectations. I think I am just over a third of the way through and it has definitely captured my attention. This world is so unique, with the idea that there is no more death and the only way to die is to be gleaned by a scythe.

It is so interesting to see how people are chosen and why (with a lot of stats), and already we are noticing something odd with a certain group of Scythes that like to do mass gleaning (sounds as horrible as you’d expect). I’m really enjoying reading about the two apprentices of Scythe Faraday, Citra and Rowan. I can’t wait to see what else this book has in store for me.

Posts from the week…

WWW Wednesday – My New Favourite Series

I missed out on this weeks Top Ten Tuesday because I couldn’t think of anything for the topic, but I am looking forward to this weeks one!

My WIP…

For the last couple of weeks I have been saying that I have wanted to start editing again, but the prospect seemed so daunting. My first draft is 100,000 words long and the thought of going through that and trying to sort it out was terrifying. There is so much that needs to be changed and sorted out. However…

I started again on Tuesday this week and wrote nearly 10,000 words altogether. I have no idea why I was worried because now I have started again, I can’t stop! The ideas are forming a lot better and everything fits together nicely. Some chapters and scenes have been cut, and others have been added it, but it is all for the better. With the rate at which I am writing (having a total of 24,000 words on my second draft already) I am hoping to finish it before the end of July if I can.

This story has my heart and I believe in it so much, I just hope that someone else will too.

Other Fun Stuff…

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This weekend my boyfriend and I binge-watched the last four episodes of Lucifer, season 3, and it was amazing. Which only makes it a hundred times worse that the show has been cancelled! I can’t tell you how sad that has made me because this show is amazing.

Tom Ellis is brilliant when it comes to playing Lucifer and makes him so loveable. The characters are so diverse, with Latinos and African-Americans, and the writing is incredible with genuine humour that doesn’t seem forced. I just can’t understand why FOX would cancel it, but I know there is a movement on twitter to get it saved (hey, Netflix, check this out!)

Apart from catching up on my TV shows and doing some cleaning, I haven’t done anything out of the ordinary this week.

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I hope all you had a great week and spent the weekend doing something enjoyable! Let me know what book you are currently loving (or hating) in the comments.

WWW Wednesday – My New Favourite Series

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

This post is a little late as I was out walking around my village (I’m trying to get back into exercising regularly) but I am so excited about the books I’ve been reading at the moment. I am pretty sure that I have a new favourite series right now and I am wishing I had picked it up sooner.

Also, as well as doing a lot of reading, I am back editing! In the last two days I have written nearly 3,000 words on my second draft and I am pushing past the doubts that I won’t be able to work my way through the novel. It was so daunting looking at all the words and trying to wrap my head around all the things I have to change, but I figured it would be best to just dive into it. It’s working out pretty well.

What Are You Currently Reading?

gathering darkness

This series is everything! The books just keep getting better as I go along and I am genuinely sad that I won’t be able to buy the next three until I get paid at the end of the month. I am 70% of the way through Gathering Darkness and it is so good! The plot keeps thickening and the plot twists just keep coming at me. I am obsessed with the characters and love how there are so many perspectives to tell the story from. I can’t wait to see how this instalment ends.

What Did You Recently Finish Reading?

rebel spring

Like I said, I’m obsessed with the series and as soon as I finished Rebel Spring I knew I had to read the next one. I still have to write my review as I’m a little bit behind but I can’t wait to let you all know what I thought of it. The stakes are so high with this series and you never know what is going to happen next, which is my favourite part of the story.

What Do You Think You’ll Read Next?

scythe

As I don’t have Frozen Tides yet, I figured it would be best to pick up Scythe considering how many good things I’ve heard about it. I am praying that I really enjoy it because I know it’s sci-fi and that isn’t my favourite genre, but I’m giving it a go. Plus, the synopsis sounded incredible and such a unique idea, and I love the cover too.

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That’s a pretty good set of books, but I know that if I had the rest of the Falling Kingdoms series then I would be binge reading them.

What book are you currently reading?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m No Longer Interested In Reading

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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.

Not too long ago I did a massive clear out of my TBR list on Goodreads because I had over 1,000 books on there. Granted, most of them were from when I was active on the site nearly 5 years ago and since then I hadn’t added many. When I began to get back into reading I went back onto the List and whittled it down to just under 100 books. The ones that are left are the ones that I 100% want to read (and need to read).

This week’s topic is all about the books that, at one time, we wanted to read and now are no longer interested in. I had a lot to choose from.

1. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

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It seems kind of silly, but I gave up with this series just before the last book came out, and I don’t even think that I read the fifth instalment. I’m not sure why I stopped, but I would have to re-read the whole series if I wanted to carry on again and I just don’t have time for that at the moment.

2. Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

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I feel like I’m one of the only people who haven’t read Harry Potter, but there is a very good reason. I was way too young when they came, and even too young to see the films when they first came out. So by the time I was old enough to be interested in reading the books I had already seen about 3 of the films and I just didn’t see much point in reading them then. It’s fine though because I love the films.

3. The Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa

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I’m gonna say it, these covers are still some of my favourite. I don’t really like the whole faces-on-covers thing anymore but I do like this series. Unfortunately, I read two of these books and I never finished the series. I have them all on my shelf so I can eventually read them, but I’m not interested at the moment (and I can’t remember what happens in them).

4. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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I was recently looking through my TBR list and saw that this was still there from all those years ago. I asked myself, am I actually going to buy this book? My answer was no, straight away, and I knew it was time to take this off the list.

5. Graceling by Kristin Cashore

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I am probably never going to get around to reading this book, even though it’s on my shelf, and it doesn’t really interest me anymore. I’m pretty sure I started it a few years ago but never got more than 30 pages or so. If I’m not hooked at the beginning, it’s not going to work out.

6. IT by Stephen King

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Why does this book have to be so big? When I was 14 years old I managed to read 300 pages and I stopped. I think I was a little bored, and now that I’ve seen the movie I don’t feel the need to read this anymore. There are lots of other books that I would prefer to spend my time reading.

7. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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Over the years I have seen so many people talking about this book series, but I never bought it, for one reason or another. I’m not even sure why it was still on my TBR because I will never get around to buying it now.

8. Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

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Funny story, I actually stopped watching the TV show after season 5 because I found myself getting bored and looking at my phone instead of paying attention to what was happening. Of course, social media has told me everything that happens, so I’m still in the loop. I think I can be sure that I won’t get around to reading these anytime in the future.

9. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

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I am 99% sure that I added this to my TBR list just because I thought the cover looked pretty. I didn’t even remember anything about what it was supposed to be about until I looked up the synopsis. This one is going off my TBR list, pronto.

10. Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead

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After having loved The Vampire Academy series, I was so sure that I would enjoy Gameboard of the Gods. However, I started this book and quickly got bored. I’m not sure if it was because I wasn’t in the right frame of mind, or it wasn’t my style at the time. I can’t see myself picking this up again anytime soon though.

page-breakI probably could have added a lot more to this list. I’ve been reading what other people have been adding and found myself nodding along in agreement.

What books have you given up with or lost interest in?

WWW Wednesday – In A Galaxy…

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

Happy Valentines Day to everyone, whether you’re loved up or single. I don’t really celebrate the day because I don’t think you should show someone you love them on one day, so me and my boyfriend got a takeaway instead. Can’t go wrong with pizza!

Time to talk about the books…

What Are You Currently Reading?

Zenith

I am a quarter of the way through Zenith so far and I’m enjoying it. Nothing has wowed me so far and we are only just getting into the story, but I like the characters. I can’t wait to find out some more of their backstories and see more of the galaxy. The only problem I have is that it can be a bit information overload at times (especially with the descriptions), but I’ll get used to the style soon.

What Did You Recently Finish Reading?

reign of the fallen

Reign of the Fallen was the last book that I read and I loved it, LOVED it! Honestly this book was so entertaining, but it also touched on a few dark subjects such as how to deal with grief and the effects it can have. The characters were amazing and everything just felt real, as if I really was the main character. You can check out my 4.5 star review here.

What Do You Think You’ll Read Next?

between the blade and the heart

I hope to finish Zenith this weekend, so I can begin Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking. This was a NetGalley approval and is due to be released on the 22nd of this month. Hopefully I can read it before then and have a review up for you all. I just hope that I enjoy it.

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I hope you’ve all been having a lovely week so far and that you’re enjoying the book (or books) that you’re reading!

Review: Keeper of the Watch by Kristen L. Jackson

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Title: Keeper of the Watch

Author: Kristen L. Jackson

Date: 1st February 2018

Publisher: Black Rose Writing

I would like to say thank you to the publishers for approving me to read this book on NetGalley. One of my resolutions for 2018 was to read more Young Adult Sci-Fi books and Keeper of the Watch was just that. Unfortunately, as much as I wanted to enjoy this book and love it, it fell a little flat for me. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m not completely into Sci-Fi books or it was the writing style, but there was something that didn’t click for me. However, I did enjoy the action sequences, the original ideas and some of the banter between the characters.

Chase Walker is plagued by a strange feeling that someone is watching him and although he tries to play it off, it never leaves. Ever since his uncle died, he has been drawn to an old watch that was left for him and the feeling scares him. Things take a drastic turn when he realises that there are people after him and the mysterious Alyx saves his life, claiming to know what has been happening to him. Chase just has to figure out whether he can trust her and what he will do with the information he discovers.

I will start off by saying that I liked the fast pace of this book, especially when it got towards the halfway point and the story really kicked into high gear with the action. Keeper of the Watch is such a unique story and very different from what I’ve read before. I was left wanting to know more and to see where the characters would go, what risks they would take (turns out things were pretty smooth sailing…a little too smooth for me).

While the characters were a little stereotypical at times (looking at you Chase) they were enjoyable and often had me chuckling, especially Alyx with her snarky comments and chastising of Chase. There were a few times where I cringed at the motivational speeches and, at times, predictable nature of the characters, I did enjoy reading about them. However, I wasn’t a big fan of the romance and at times I felt like it was being forced. Now that I’m older the whole falling-in-love-straight-away thing is a bit overdone and creepy in a way. I feel that it would have been better had things developed more slowly.

As I have read a lot of Fantasy I am used to books with plenty of descriptions and intricate story lines, something that Keeper of the Watch didn’t have and I wished there had been a little more world building involved. Saying that, the dimensions seem realistic and totally possible. I would say that this book is aimed at a much younger audience on the YA spectrum, with the style of writing that is more basic than I am used to.

Overall, Keeper of the Watch was an okay read for me. It didn’t stand out and if I’m honest I wasn’t expecting it to because of the genre it is. However, if you love Sci-Fi and don’t mind something that is more light hearted and easy to read, you should check it out. I am giving this 3 stars.

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