WWW Wednesday – Cliffhangers!

It’s the peak of the week, as my manager at work likes to call it. It’s been a great week so far, not that anything incredible has happened, I’m just very happy. It helps that there are only two days left of work and then I have a weekend of reading and writing ahead of me.

Speaking of my writing, I hit 8,000 words of my dragon WIP today after writing 1.5K at lunch and I am loving it! The characters are perfect to me and they seem so real when I’m writing them, which makes me realise I’m doing something right. I might even do a bit more tonight if I have time before Love Island (which I shouldn’t be watching but I can’t help it – it’s addictive).

What Are You Currently Reading?

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I know I said in my last weekly wrap up that I would read Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman next, but with a cliffhanger like the one Frozen tides gave me, how could I not pick up Crystal Storm? Already I am a third of the way through and I am loving it. More characters are being added into the fray and it seems like everyone’s paths are about to cross once more. I am so glad with the way Magnus is acting in this book, it makes my heart happy. Fingers crossed I can finish this before the week is up!

What Did You Recently Finish Reading?

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That ending! This book! There was so much treachery, I loved it. I swear this series just gets better and better, with so much political manoeuvring that it’s hard to keep up. There were some unlikely alliances, and romances that I was happy to finally see come to life. I am pretty sure that Falling Kingdoms has solidified itself as one of my favourite series ever at this point! Keep an eye out for the review, which I will probably be writing tomorrow.

What Do You Think You’ll Read Next?

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I think I am going to be spending my weekend dedicated to this book. Thunderhead has me so excited, especially with the way that Scythe ended. I won’t lie, my expectations are high for this, just because of how much I loved the first one. I highly doubt that it will disappoint. Not to mention, the covers for these books are so pleasing. I just love the design and the colours…Amazing! I can’t wait to see what colour the third will be. I’m kind of hoping it’s either dark blue or purple.

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There we have it! My plans for the rest of the week are pretty much sorted at this point.

What book are you currently reading?

Wrapping Up The Week (4th June – 10th June)

I feel like I have been having the best weekend ever. While I haven’t done a tonne of reading this week, I did get hit with an amazing story idea that I have thrown myself into since Friday (which I will discuss later on in the blog post). Not only that, but I’ve also taken some time to watch some TV and just relax a little.

Blogging was a little tough to keep up with this week, with Tuesday being a pain thanks to my laptop taking two hours to update leaving me unable to write my Top Ten post, and just being busy in the evenings. I am hoping to get a schedule in place for next week that means I can do some more blogging.

Books I read and reviewed…

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This week I finally got around to finishing and reviewing Empire of Storms, which was just amazing. It was incredible to see everything fall into place, knowing that all of this was set into motion in the first book. I was blown away and I hate that I have to wait so long to find out what happens to them all. At least I have Tower of Dawn still left to read and the Assassin’s Blade, too. There were a few places in the book that seemed a little slow and for this reason I ended up giving it 4 stars, which you can read about here.

I am currently reading…

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Still making my way through this, mainly because I’ve been so distracted and NOT because it is boring. The exact opposite really, as I am loving the fourth instalment in the series. I would say I am around 65% of the way through and I feel like a few major incidents have happened. This series is definitely more character driven and I kind of like that. Too much action can get a little boring at times. Fingers crossed I can possibly finish this tomorrow night.

Posts from the week…

WWW Wednesday – Shocking Twists

May Book Haul – Some of My Favourites (Plus a Little Chat About My Writing)

A much quieter week, as mentioned before, but I still feel like I have accomplished a lot. I also went to a convention with work on Wednesday which completely tired me out. I’m surprised I even managed to write a blog post on that day. Who knew socialising would be so tiring?

My WIP…

If you follow my blog you will know that for the last 7/8 months I have been working on a novel called The Lost Heir. Well…I kind of shoved that to the side to make room for a new work in progress that features dragons, and I’m pretty sure it was inspired by the third How To Train Your Dragon trailer. Not that it features any of their story ideas, but it does feature some kick-ass dragons.

I’ve managed to write nearly 5,000 words so far for the first draft, with the first chapter being completed. I have to say that already I feel like this is the book I should be writing. Everything is so clear in my head. I managed to write 900 words for the character descriptions (just so I don’t change things by accident) and even managed to do a rough outline for the first half of the story in 1,400 words. I don’t want to say too much but it involves a race of humans that can turn into dragons called the Dracari, dragon guardians, hunters, blood mages, and lots of politics. I can’t wait for all the drama to unfold. I’m not sure whether it will be a standalone or a duology, but I will find out soon.

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And that is all folks! I hope that you managed to read some amazing books this week.

Let me know in the comments how your week went.

 

 

May Book Haul – Some of My Favourites (Plus a Little Chat About My Writing)

I cannot tell you how happy I am that it is the weekend, not because work was bad (it was very good and the week flew by), but because I am so excited to get reading and writing. I was sat at my desk in work and was hit by a book idea out of nowhere and I am obsessed. I’ve been editing my other book for a little while now and was getting stuck with it, so I’m hoping that this burst of inspiration will help me in the future. I just need to get the creativity flowing again.

For now I am going to be taking a break to focus on this new story, which features dragons, and I am so excited! I already have the characters in my head and I can see where the story is going to go. For now I am getting the first couple thousand words written to get a feel for the world and then I will probably get to work on doing a vague outline. I did just want to share two aesthetics that I created for the idea (which I am quite proud of).

Everybody, meet Afira and the darkness that is threatening to destroy her world. I won’t say much else at the moment apart from the fact that there are dragons and elemental magic.

I should probably talk about the main thing here, which is my book haul for the month of May!

My Haul…

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Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes

Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

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Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes

Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

Out of these six, I have read the three in the first image, and I’m currently reading Frozen Tides (which I am loving). I feel like Morgan Rhodes took over my book haul a lot this time, but when the books are on offer you’ve gotta buy them.

Books From NetGalley…

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Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

Only one book from NetGalley because I haven’t been requesting many. There just aren’t any that have caught my eye, although I did get accepted for one earlier on in the week that I’m excited about.

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This is an average haul for me and I think it’ll be my last for a little while (until I have to buy the last book in the Falling Kingdoms series). I’m trying to make my way through all the books I haven’t read yet, which will probably take me all summer.

Wish me luck!

Review: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

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Title: Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Date: 6th September 2016

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Brace yourselves…this is a long one.

I finished this book a couple of days ago and I still can’t put into words how much this blew me away. It was amazing. Everything fell into place, and I couldn’t believe how it all fit together. We were reminded of events that took place back in the first book and I was just shocked at how Sarah J. Maas had planned it all. This is a series that has had so much thought put into it, and into every character that Aelin has come into contact with from the very beginning. Empire of Storms saw some of my favourites finally meeting, under some pretty tense circumstances mind you. There will probably be some spoilers from the previous books mentioned in this review.

After finally defeating the King of Adarlan and winning the throne for Dorian, Aelin sets out to Terrasen with Rowan, Aedion and Lysandra by her side, ready to face whatever waits for her. With darkness growing in Morath, Aelin knows she must build an army if she ever hopes to defeat Erawan, but the path isn’t easy. With Prince Rowan at her side, she believes she can do anything it takes, sacrifice whatever she has to. Other forces are working against her, pushing in from all sides, and Aelin realises she will have to do the unexpected if she is to keep those she loves alive.

This is a huge book and so much happens that I’m finding it hard to figure out where to start. The world building, as always, is amazing and I loved that we got to see more of Erilea in Empire of Storms. We got to see the infamous Skull’s Bay, where there a pirates and a great battle that was too awesome for words (Lysandra really shines in this part) and we get to visit the eerie Stone Marshes where Aelin’s search for help takes her. I love the descriptions and I can always picture everything perfectly.

I won’t lie though, there were some parts of this book where I was worried. It dragged for a little during the beginning to middle, where not a lot happened. Well, it kicked into an extremely high gear once I passed the halfway point and I didn’t want to put it down. There is so much action and magic being wielded by the characters, and everyone gets their chance to shine. While Aelin is incredibly powerful, and always looking for ways to extend her magic to last longer, it was great to see more of Dorian and how he has been affected by what’s happened. His magic is probably the most interesting to me, and I hope to see more of it in the future.

I love a fantasy book with good romance, and Empire of Storms has just that (with some steamy sex scenes too). I have grown to love Aelin and Rowan together (even though I was firmly team Chaol for the first two/three books) but I felt like it was too much. Rowan was a bit too clingy and always wanting to be around her, which I understand is a Fae male thing, but I didn’t like it that much. I think my favourite would be what happens between Dorian and Manon (who is my favourite character). Ever since she saved Dorian, he has had her on his mind and I loved reading their interactions. They way he calls her Witching, and she calls him Princeling, just makes me very happy. There is a little slow burn romance going on between two characters and another love to hate one, but I don’t want to spoil the fun too much.

Empire of Storms has a huge cast of characters, and if I were to talk about every one then I would be here forever (and I don’t think you’d want to hear me rambling on). Let’s start with who is probably the most important. Aelin was…a struggle for me in this book. I want to like her but she does some stupid things and isn’t a great person at times. I just found myself getting a little bored of her and I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s because I felt the other characters had more to offer. However, the revelation that was about her just blew my mind and I have no idea what is going to happen to her. I could feel how tense I was when reading and when I reached the end…well, I’m just annoyed that I don’t find anything out about what happens in Tower of Dawn because I know it’s just about Chaol.

Enter the second strongest female character in the series, Manon Blackbeak. I love her and everything she stands for. Her character arc was incredible in the book and I have loved seeing her grow as a woman throughout the last three books, and how her views on the world are constantly changing. Some shocking events took place that changed her in this book, mainly being renounced as the Blackbeak heir (but I won’t say how), and this is all about her finding out who she is and what she wants. It doesn’t disappoint and I hope to see a lot more of her in Kingdom of Ash.

We also see a lot more of Elide in this book, having escaped the clutches of Morath and journeying to find Celaena Sardothien, with a little help from Lorcan, one of Maeve’s subjects. They were very interesting to read about and I enjoyed learning more about them, especially because they are fairly new characters to the series. Then there was Aedion and Lysandra, two more amazing supporting characters. While Aedion is amazing and cares so much for Aelin, it is Lysandra who will truly do anything for her Queen. She goes through hell and proves just how strong she is, which was inspiring to read.

I don’t want to mention about the evil forces too much, mainly Erawan and Maeve, because I don’t want to spoil what happens, but I will say this…Maeve is the worst and a tyrant. What she does…I can’t even think about it. If you’ve read this book then you’ll know what I’m talking about. The second half of Empire of Storms is the best, and just kicks everything up a notch. We have a few surprise characters that make an appearance, which I wasn’t expecting, and we finally learn why all of it has been happening to the characters.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and it really progressed the series. In a book this big, so much happens that it’s hard to talk about it all. I could probably go on for a while, but I can honestly say that I am so excited to read the next two and to find out what will happen. I just want a happy ending for some of the characters, that’s all I ask. I’m going to give Empire of Storms a solid four stars.

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WWW Wednesday – Finishing Off a Trilogy

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

Today was my first day back at work after a very long weekend and already I am wishing it was Friday, mainly so I can get back to reading more amazing books. The good news is that I am on track to finishing my 7th book of the month, which means I have a new record set!

I also get to finish off a Trilogy that I have been loving and it means I can finally move onto another series that I always hear everyone talking about…Six of Crows.

What Are You Currently Reading?

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That’s right, I am onto the third and final book in the Grishaverse, Ruin and Rising. I’m already halfway through and I haven’t even read any tonight. It has started off great and thrown me right back into the world with all the characters I love. I am so happy that Nikolai is back in it because he is my favourite character and never fails to make me smile. I’m intrigued to find out what will happen with the Darkling and if Alina will find the third amplifier. All I know is that I am excited to see the ending and then move onto the Six of Crows series (which we have just found out will have a third book added to it).

What Did You Recently Finish Reading?

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I haven’t written my review for Ace of Shades yet (I’m hoping to do it tomorrow) but I really enjoyed the first book in what will be a trilogy. I loved the fast paced writing, the characters and the world of New Reynes. Very similar to Las Vegas, New Reynes is run by gangs and two rival families that own casinos. It is dark and dangerous, with a lot of mystery. I loved the magical element in the story, something I will talk about in my review, but I am excited for the second book, which will be out next year.

What Do You Think You’ll Read Next?

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As soon as Ace of Shades came through on NetGalley I put Empire of Storms to the side (and there it has stayed while I finish Ruin and Rising). However, I will be picking it back up soon after because I need to know what will happen in the story. I am almost a third of the way through and things have started to get very interesting, especially where Manon is concerned. I will probably be reading Tower of Dawn soon after, ready for the final book later on this year.

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And there are the books I am currently loving! It’s been a great week for reading so far, and I hope it continues.

What book are you currently reading?

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 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?

WWW Wednesday – Fantastical Worlds

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

Considering I read two books last week I have been taking it a lot slower this week, mainly because I have been super busy with some personal stuff. I guess I can talk about it because it will actually be happening, but I am moving house at the end of April. My boyfriend and I just got accepted to rent a property that we really wanted and I am so excited! It’s gonna be a little stressful because we have to buy all the furniture but I am looking forward to it!

Apart from that, I’m also making my way through the working week. For our birthdays we get a gift day from work and if it falls on the weekend (like mine does this year) then we can take it either on the Friday or the Monday. I chose Friday obviously, so I can’t wait to get tomorrow out of the way.

Now to talk about books!

What Are You Currently Reading?

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I’m still reading Siege and Storm, but I am 70% of the way through and I have a feeling I will be finishing it tomorrow. I love this world, the story and its characters. We’ve been introduced to a few new ones (I love Nikolai, he’s amazing) and I find myself smiling at the dialogue and enjoying where the story is going. I feel like there’s going to be some twists and I can’t wait to finish off the trilogy.

What Did You Recently Finish Reading?

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The last book I finished reading was Shadow and Bone, which was just over a week ago and you can find my review here. I can see why so many people love this series because it’s amazing and Bardugo’s writing is mesmerising.

What Do You Think You’ll Read Next?

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After doing my Top Ten Tuesday post on the books I want to read in Spring, it was very difficult to choose. However, I have settled on the debut novel that everyone seems to be talking about and one that debuted in the top spot on the NYT bestseller list. I can’t wait to dive into it!

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What are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books at the Top of My Spring TBR

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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.

With the amount of snow we’ve had over the last few weeks it hasn’t really felt like Spring yet, even though it’s supposed to be. I’m still waiting for the flowers to bloom and for the trees to be full with leaves again, but it seems to be a while away now. My favourite season (mainly because I’m a Spring baby) lasts for a few months and I plan on filling it with some amazing books!

1. Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

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I was so excited to see that I got accepted to read Ash Princess on NetGalley. It sounds amazing and is definitely one that I want to read before the release date. Hopefully I will love it and then I can tell you all to head out and buy it.

2. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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I actually pre-ordered this a while ago and haven’t had the chance to read it yet as I’ve been too into all of Leigh Bardugo’s books (they’re so good!). There is a lot of hype surrounding this book and a lot of love. I just hope that I end up enjoying it as much as others have.

3. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

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As the last book in the series is coming out in October I need to get my ass into gear and finish reading the rest of this series. I loved the first three so much and I really hope the rest are as good. I’ve heard a few people say that they are good, not great, but I’ll have to be the judge of that.

4. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

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After I finish Siege and Storm I’m going to take a little break from the trilogy, but I will definitely be finishing it off during the Spring because I am dying to see what happens with these characters. I love the unique world and Bardugo’s style of writing, so I can’t wait to read more.

5. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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How could I not go on to read the first book of her duology after finishing the Grisha trilogy? Everyone seems to love this book and the characters, and I really felt like I’ve been missing out. No more, I say!

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

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Last year I read A Darker Shade of Magic and I adored it! I had never read anything like it and I have been meaning to carry on with the series since then. With the amount of long weekends I have coming up it is time to get on with the reading. So many people talk about the ending to this trilogy and I feel like I need to know what happens. Soon.

7. Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

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One of my aims for Spring is to finally finish reading Zenith. I haven’t picked it up since the end of February and it is about time that I did. I was over halfway through and I was starting to enjoy it more when I hit a reading slump. It is possible that it influenced my feelings on the book so I’m willing to give it another go.

8. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

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Slowly I have become more interested in mythology again and I’m finding myself drawn to Norse mythology. Back at Christmas I ordered this on my Kindle (mainly because it was cheap) and I have decided to add it to my Spring TBR at long last.

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

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Having read Throne of Glass, I figured I should give Maas’ other series a go. Again, I’ve heard some amazing things and after watching PeruseProject’s recent YouTube video I decided that it would be sooner rather than later.

10. The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

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I have had this on another TBR list before, but this time I really do want to read it. Like with all the other books on this list I have heard some great things and I know there is another coming out in the series soon.

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With my birthday coming up this list might change a little (I know my dad has gotten me a few books) but I am going to try and read them all before we get halfway through the year. Wish me luck! What are you looking forward to reading the most?

Wrapping Up The Week (12th March – 18th March)

It’s been one of those weeks where it was very tiring and I needed a couple days of doing nothing towards the end of the week. I was hoping to have finished 3 books this week but instead it was only 2. I’m still happy about that though. With my birthday weekend coming up and the Easter bank holidays I am sure I’ll be getting a lot of reading done.

As you all probably know, I finished writing my novel a couple of weeks ago but I haven’t begun the editing process yet. I still have it running around in my head, thinking of new ways to change the story, to make it better. I might also be putting it off because it’s such a big task and I’m not really sure where to begin. Maybe a little research on the art of editing is in order.

Books I read and reviewed…

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Even though I finished To Kill A Kingdom last week, I finally got the review up and submitted it to NetGalley as well. It was such a great read and very enjoyable, with fleshed out characters and a lot of action as well. If you’re a fan of pirates and sirens, you definitely have to check out this imaginative spin on the tale. You can check out my full review here. 

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I want to say that this is the best book I have read so far this year. Words can’t even describe how much I loved this collection of deliciously dark tales. I can’t even believe that I managed to read it all in less than 24 hours. It’s pretty much unheard of now thanks to all the responsibilities of adult life. If you would like to see what I thought, click here

shadow and bone

Once finishing The Language of Thorns I decided to move on to the Grishaverse trilogy because of how much I fell in love with the world that the fairy tales were set in. While Shadow and Bone started off a little slowly, it was very intriguing and a great introduction to this magical world. I cannot wait until I get to read the Six of Crows duology later on. Click here to check out my review in full.

I am currently reading…

siege and storm

After the ending of the first book I just had to buy the second one! I am about a third of the way through so far and it’s started off great with some action and betrayal. I am hoping that I enjoy it as much as the first, if not more, but hopefully I can finish it by Wednesday and have a review up as well.

Posts from the week…

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Took Me Completely By Surprise

WWW Wednesday – Goodbye Reading Slump

Managing to write two blog posts as well as three reviews counts as a good week for me so I’m happy. I’m getting back into the swing of things and have a couple of ideas planned. I might start a weekly feature to talk about my writing and as it is my birthday on the 24th I will be doing a birthday blog post (and possibly show off the books I get).

My WIP…

Like I said earlier, I have taken a break from the novel that I need to edit. However…I may have had an idea for another novel…And I might have already created a Pinterest board. This always seems to happen to me when I am about to edit. Something new and shiny comes along, but this time I want to write it as well as editing my previous work. Hopefully it can offer a nice, creative break from the editing which will probably feel torturous. Also, stay tuned for a book aesthetic for the new novel idea in the upcoming week. I can’t wait to share it!

Other Fun Stuff…

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This week my boyfriend and I marathoned The Lord of the Rings trilogy and it was amazing to watch them again. It must have been years since I last saw them and I was reminded why they are one of my favourite film series ever. We watched the first two Saturday night and the last one today before football was on. We enjoyed some tasty popcorn and chocolate, and I have no regrets about the amount of calories consumed.

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And that was my week in a nutshell! I hope you all had a great one as well. Let me know what your favourite book of the week was in the comments below!