My TBR For July – Starting New Series!

Honestly, I’m not sure why I bother giving myself a TBR anymore because my mood changes and I decide to pick up random books throughout the month. Or I get accepted for NetGalley books and have to slide those ones in (which could be the case this month).

For the month of July I want to start two new series, one of which I already started as I just finished A Court of Thorns and Roses last night (and it was incredible!). The books I am choosing for the rest of the month are all quite large books between 500-700 pages long, so I’m not even sure if I’ll finish them all. Either way, I’m going to try my hardest to read the four books on this list.

And they are:

Considering how much I loved ACOTAR, of course the next two in the series are going to be on my TBR. I am so excited to see where this story goes and what happens to the characters. So, far I am loving Tamlin (although I hear everyone loves Rhys) and as the books are MUCH bigger, I’m assuming a lot of great things happen. If I’m honest, I think I’m enjoying this series more than Throne of Glass, and I read five of those books!

Next I will be carrying on with the Shades of Magic series by reading A Gathering of Shadows. It has been a good five or six months since I read A Darker Shade of Magic, so I can’t wait to dive back into this magical world and see what happens.

And finally, I will be starting the book that everyone seems to love, Six of Crows. I think seeing all the fan art on Twitter has made me even more excited to start this series, considering how much I loved the Grishaverse Trilogy.

page-break

If I manage to finish all of these books, I will be more than happy because that is a lot of pages altogether! Plus, I’m also preoccupied with my own writing, and finally getting back into my art and drawing.

What book are you looking forward to reading the most this month?

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…

empire of storms

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.

ace of shades

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.

IMG_8673

page-break

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: Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes

gathering darkness

Title: Gathering Darkness (Falling Kingdoms #3)

Author: Morgan Rhodes

Publisher: Razorbill

Date: 9th December 2014

Buy This Book from Book Depository, Free Delivery World Wide

As soon as I finished reading Rebel Spring I dove straight into Gathering Darkness and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. This series has me hooked with how unpredictable it is. Nobody is safe in this story and that is shown with multiple deaths, and characters dying who I thought would be around for a lot longer.

Magic features a lot more in this book and there is more mystery surrounding the kindred, the four magical stones that can restore magic to the Sanctuary, and give power to those that wield them. I can see a lot of the comparisons to Game of Thrones, although I have never read the books and I gave up watching the TV show. This is less bloody deaths, no graphic sex scenes (great for if you’re not into that) and characters who I enjoy reading about. Bear in mind that my review will contain spoilers.

The stakes are higher than ever for the characters in Gathering Darkness as they hurry to find the Kindred. After learning of Princess Lucia’s powers, Princess Cleo and the rebel Jonas team together to use her magic to their advantage and search for the Kindred before Lucia’s father has a chance to take them. But they aren’t the only ones looking for it. Ashur and Amara, the royal siblings from Kraeshia, are also manipulating their way into finding the magical stones and are proving to be more ruthless that they first seemed. Then there are the Watchers, mystical beings who have hunted the Kindred for hundreds of years, and are now setting foot on land and allying with the King. They know that Lucia is they key to finding the Kindred and they will stop at nothing until they have them. Prince Magnus has learned the truth about his family and has been betrayed by those he loves. Now, he has to decide which side to join.

So much happened in this book and although I finished it a few days ago now, I am still thinking about that ending. Unexpected information was revealed about the Kindred that completely changes everything, especially for the next book in the series (which I don’t have yet). I loved the way Lucia used her magic to find the stones and how everything finally made sense, especially with the road and the strange things that happened on it.

There was a lot more action and killing in this book, with some of the deaths very unexpected. You never really know who had good or bad intentions and I love that about it, especially towards the end. The Kraeshians were a welcome mix to the story, changing it up, and there was a lot of betrayal going on. We also see a lot more of Melenia, a Watcher who is hell bent on finding the Kindred for her own reasons, which we find out in this story, as well as the real story of the Goddesses (it was amazing to know the truth). Everything made sense and yet at the same time I still have so many questions!

While I enjoy most of the characters and root for them with all my heart, there are still some I don’t like. I’m all for rebels, but when you are terrible at it (*cough cough* Jonas) it can be a little painful. I can feel myself losing interest in his side of the story and felt he didn’t contribute much in Gathering Darkness. But then there is Cleo and Magnus, two of my favourites in the whole story. Cleo is definitely getting her confidence back and is taking risks to fight for what she wants. She makes some bold moves and takes the lead with the rebels (go her). Then we have Magnus, who does some very unexpected things in this book and by the end I found myself falling for him as a character. I hope that in the next few books he can become the hero we all want him to be.

Lucia is still an enigma and often acts completely crazy, mainly due to her magic, but I think we would all be the same if everyone was trying to use us to find the Kindred. The only person she feels she can trust is the Watcher, Alexius, but even then we find that he has a dark secret of his own. There are a lot of revelations in this book and I can only imagine that there will be more in the next.

Overall, I am still obsessed with this series and I am loving the direction it is taking. There is so much back-stabbing, people changing sides, and secrets that you can’t think straight. This series brings out a lot of emotion in me and I can’t remember the last time I felt this way about one. All I know is that I cannot wait to get my hands on the last three books. 4.5 stars for me on this one!

5_Star_Rating_System_4_and_a_half_stars_T

My TBR For May

For the last two months I haven’t given myself a TBR (I never stuck to them) but for this month I have some incredible books, some of which are new, and I am pretty sure of what I am going to be reading. I have already read two books this month, the first being Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes and the second is Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (both were five star reads and reviews will soon be up).

Considering the books I read are the beginning or part way through a series, I think we all know what I will be reading. I am aiming to read seven books in total this month, if possible and the next five will be the following…

Considering how much I loved Falling Kingdoms, it was the obvious choice to read the second and third book. I don’t yet have the last three books in the series, but I’m sure that if I did have them I would just binge read the whole series this month.

I also want to dive into Empire of Storms, which is absolutely huge! Even longer than Queen of Shadows, I’m sure it will be just as incredible as all the others have been. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series before the final book comes out this year.

In my recent book delivery I bought Scythe, mainly because I have heard so many amazing things about it, both on booktube and Twitter. I’m a big fan of PeruseProject and literally any book she suggests I end up loving, and this was one that she recently read. I wouldn’t put it past me to buy Thunderhead at the end of the month if I love the first book.

And lastly, I hope to finish off the Grisha trilogy by reading Ruin and Rising. Then I can finally read Six of Crows because that is the book everyone seems to love. I’m banking on the fact that if I’ve loved everything else Leigh Bardugo has written, I’m sure to become a fan of the duology.

page-break

Seven books for the month seems like a lot, especially when the most I’ve read has been six, but I’m always up for a challenge.

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

WWW Wednesday – So Many Books!

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

I don’t know why, but all of a sudden I have turned into a reading machine. Last week I finished three books and already this week I am onto my second. I’m so happy about it because I am finally making my way through all the books on my TBR. I’m even five books ahead on my Goodreads challenge, with a total of twenty one read so far this year (I set myself a target of 50).

Unfortunately, I started an amazing series and only had the first book, so of course I have to buy the rest (not at once, don’t worry – I’m buying the next two). It just seems that all the books I am reading at the moment are amazing and I am loving each of them for different reasons.

What Are You Currently Reading?

queen of shadows

I am diving back into the incredible world created by Sarah J. Maas and it’s like I never stopped reading it. It’s been a good couple of months since I read Heir of Fire, but my memory has served me well. I started this last night and I’m already on page 110. This isn’t a small book by any means, so it’s going to take me longer than normal. However, I am looking forward to it and hope to finish it at least by the end of Saturday night (if I’m lucky).

What Did You Recently Finish Reading?

falling kngdoms

I recently finished Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes and I have to say, instant five star read. Where has this series been all my life? It was incredible! I read it in less than two days, which is happening a lot lately it seems. I cannot wait to read the rest of the series because I’ve heard that it only gets better.

What Do You Think You’ll Read Next?

rebel spring

It really depends. If my book delivery arrives before I finish Queen of Shadows, then I will be diving straight into Rebel Spring. I need to know what happens after the ending in the first. I feel like this series could become one of my favourites. We shall have to wait and see. However, if it doesn’t come then I will probably read either Empire of Storms, or start A Court of Thorns and Roses.

page-break

It’s been a good couple weeks of reading and I hope that it can continue. What book are you currently reading?

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

TTT-Big2

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

two dark reigns

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

the wicked king

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

These rebel waves

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

girls of paper and fire

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

darkdawn

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

children of blood and bone

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

Furyborn

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

the devouring gray

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

the belles

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

Everless

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.

page-break

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

WWW Wednesday – Vikings Galore

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

Less than one week to go until I have internet at the house and I cannot wait! Using my phone data has been getting me by, but the service out here in the countryside isn’t the best (I live in a village). However, I am getting back into my blogging and I have been reading some amazing books lately that I can’t wait to tell you about!

What Are You Currently Reading?

sky in the deep

Late last week I was notified that I had been approved on NetGalley to read Sky in the Deep, something I was thrilled about considering Amazon cancelled my pre-order and said they wouldn’t be stocking it. I picked this up Monday night (only reading 7% as it was late), but then I flew through it yesterday and I am now on 80%. You can be sure that I am going to finish this tonight. I am so invested in the story and these characters. Adrienne Young has created a unique world that feels so real and raw. I cannot wait to write a review for this book and show how much I am loving it. Plus, that cover is incredible!

What Did You Recently Finish Reading?

the-smoke-thieves

While I haven’t written the review yet (I’ll be getting to that tomorrow) I finished The Smoke Thieves on Monday and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. This was a great start to the trilogy, introducing us to all the characters, the world and the conflict that is surrounding them. I loved how each chapter was from one of the five perspectives (I think it was five) and how eventually their paths crossed. The dialogue in this was great, with some of my favourite scenes being with Tash, the thirteen year old demon hunter/thief, because she was hilarious. I’m looking forward to giving you all my thoughts.

What Do You Think You’ll Read Next?

nevernight

Poor Nevernight keeps getting pushed to the bottom of the pile thanks to NetGalley reads, but I PROMISE I am going to finish it before the weekend is over. I’m a third of the way through, and thanks to how detailed the writing is I can remember everything that has happened so far. I’m looking forward to diving back into this strange and dark story.

page-break

Let me know in the comments below what book you are reading, or if you have read (or want to read) any of the three I have mentioned above.

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

TTT-Big2

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

Throne of Glass

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

A Darker Shade Of Magic

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

shadow and bone

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

children of blood and bone

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

819lPEj+fEL

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

the belles

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

26032825

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

scythe

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

falling kngdoms

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

Furyborn

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.

page-break

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

TTT-Big2

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

city-of-bones

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

twilight

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

divergent

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

the goddess test

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

half-blood

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

hush-hush

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

nightcircus

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

the-hunger-games-book

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

fallen

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

bloodlines

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.

page-break

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?

Review: The Oracle Queen by Kendare Blake

the oracle queen

Title: The Oracle Queen

Author: Kendare Blake

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

Date: 3rd April 2018

I am one of many people that have fallen in love with this series. It isn’t often that I will go out and buy all the novellas that are associated with a book, but when it comes to Three Dark Crowns I can never get enough. Once an email came through from Amazon asking me if I wanted to pre-order, I was as quick as lightning to buy it and then proceeded to read it in a whole day.

Throughout the series we have heard mentions of The Oracle Queen, a Queen that was driven mad by her visions and had to be locked away to keep herself from destroying Fennbirn and its people. Since then all queens with the gift of the sight have been drowned. But is the tale really what it seems? Was she as crazy as everyone made her out to be? Or was there something larger, more sinister at work?

The Oracle Queen tells the story of Elsabet and her fall from grace due to her maddening visions. However, that wasn’t the case and the truth was something I hadn’t expected. She herself was often insecure and treated poorly, especially from those she loved, and it was sad to see. I wanted to root for her, to know that everything would work out, but we all know that it doesn’t.

While we know that the politics and groups in Fennbirn are corrupt, namely the Arrons who are as awful as the recent generation, and it seems that things weren’t so different all those centuries ago. While some aspects of this were a little predictable, I really enjoyed watching the relationships between the characters play out. There is still hostility between those of differing abilities, but there were also friendships between some, especially Elsabet with her War-gifted friend.

While this wasn’t my favourite novella (I much preferred The Young Queens, which you can read about here) I did enjoy reading it. I must have if I flew through it in one sitting. If you love this series as much as I do then make sure you check it out. Overall, I am going to give The Oracle Queen 3.5 stars.

5_Star_Rating_System_3_and_a_half_stars_T

See where it all began with Three Dark Crowns:

Buy This Book from Book Depository, Free Delivery World Wide