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Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Sunshine Blogger Awards

The lovely Aisha over at Aisha Always Reads nominated me for the sunshine blogger award. Thank you Aisha (everyone should go check out her blog). So here are the rules:
1) Thank the person who nominated you.
2) Answer 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.
3) Nominate 11 bloggers to receive the award and write them 11 new questions to answer.
 
 

Aisha's Questions

If you could trade places with a character in any book for one day, who would it be and why?
Well I guess that depends on if I were to get the characters abilities (AKA magic) because if that was the case then I can think of loads of characters I would be totally cool trading places with. If not then I need a really safe and nice world to live in ..... hum none of my books springing to mind!

Okay I am going to go with Shahrzad from the Wrath and the Dawn duology because I happen to like the guy that she ends up with and what he ends up owning isn't bad either and by the end of the duology everyone seems to done killing each other. Though not sure how I would cope living in a hot country after all I am very good at burning (not a skill I needed to have in life).



What is the first sentence in the book that you are currently reading?
It has to be one of the most unexciting first sentence but I am currently reading Changeless by Gail Carriger which starts with: "They are what?"
 
What is a book that you did not finish and why?

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. I have tried to read this book twice now and I just couldn't get into it, so it has been added to my very small DNF pile. 

What is the scariest and or/ creepiest book you’ve ever read?
 I avoid scary books but the last one that I can think of (which wasn't that scary it was more suspenseful) is In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware.


If you were given the chance to help an author write a book, who would it be? It can be any author dead or alive.

I am not sure how much help I would be in writing a book, but it would be interesting to give Sarah J. Maas some plot ideas and see what she did with them. Other possible ones I have thought of are Ally Carter and Jay Kristoff.

How many books are in your TBR pile? If it’s a great amount, you can estimate :).

My physical TRB pile (that I own and are currently sitting in my room waiting for me) numbers 45 books. My e-book TBR is out of control one of my kindle's has about 20 unread while the other probably has 100+ (I went through a stage of buying any free book that took my fancy and I couldn't read them as fast as I was buying them so now thy just sit on my old kindle an I occasionally read one or two books!).

And lastly, my to-buy TBR list is uncountable and added to daily and will never have less than a hundred books on.  

What is the snack and/ or drink that you prefer while reading?

Because I read when ever I get a chance I end up eating a variety of things while read (although rest assured no books are ever harmed, if it is too messy I pop the book down for a few minutes). But I would have to say -at the moment at least- a cup of earl grey tea and bourbon creams.

Apart from reading, what is something else that you enjoy doing?

I love TV shows, binge watching them though, none of this week in-between episodes, I can't have that! My current show is Once Upon A Time (just finished season 2) and I need to buy season 3 for this show and also season 3 of Beauty and the Beast.

I often can't just sit and watch TV I have to keep by hands busy, so if I am not on my computer, blogging commenting and roaming social media, I try out different crafts from rug making, to cross stich and sewing.

Do you enjoy doing read-a-thons? If yes, what was the last read-thon you participated in? If no, why not?

I have never taken part in one! I think it is because I always find out about them after they have already started.
 
 
What is your favourite quote in your favourite book?

I have one major problem with this question, A favourite book! I could never pick just one (book or quote) so I am going to change the question to 'what is you most recently found favourite quote?', and that would be:

“To the people who look at the stars and wish, Rhys."
Rhys clinked his glass against mine. “To the stars who listen— and the dreams that are answered.”
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
 
Which book totally led you to shed some tears? 
I don't read sad books so I generally don't cry at books, but The Riddle by Alison Croggon when I first read it many years ago did make me cry.
 
 

My Nominees

(Not as many as I am suppose to but, here they are)

My Question's For The Nominees

1) Goodreads (the website) was my first step into the online book community. How did you first discover Goodreads?
2) What is you favourite Disney film and why?
3) What is the blog (apart from your own) that you wish more people would read?
4) What book were you most disappointed by?
5) Do you have a favourite bookmark or do you take the stance of 'anything can be a bookmark'?
6) Have you ever recommend a book to someone and they didn't enjoy it? If so what book was it?
7) If you have unlimited space, money and time what kind of bookcase (colour, style, special features, size etc.) would you have and how would you order it?
8) Where is your favourite place to read?
9) Share one unpopular bookish opinion.
10) If you could go back in time what is the one tip you would give a younger you about starting a blog?

11) Which book(s) do you wish you could read again for the first time?

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #8 - Top Ten Favourite 2016 Releases So Far This Year

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by Broke and the Bookish 

This week is a 'freebie' week so I thought I would do a TTT from a few weeks ago which I missed. When I first saw the 'Favourite 2016 Releases So Far This Year' topic I couldn't really think of that many of this years releases that I had read, but I got on trusty Goodreads and I have actually read more than ten so here are my favourites:  


 
4.25 STARS
"Generally, I enjoyed this book it took a while to get into the world and grow to like the characters. However, I wasn't blown away but I feel as though the action really picked up in the last hundred pages, so  I am hopeful that the sequels will be better."
(Click here to see my full review)
 
 
The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury


4.5 STARS
"This was my first Jessica Khoury book and I loved it, I enjoyed her writing style and the pages just flew by.  It was fast paced and had action from the very first chapter right up to that heart-stopping conclusion."
(Click here to see my full review)

 

 4.5 STARS
"I really enjoyed this dark retelling of Jane Eyre, the wicked main character was an entertaining narrator. It took me a while to get use to the style of writing but I had got into the swing of it, I enjoyed the story more and more as I read. This book mixes a survivor of the harrowing issues of the 19th Century England with survivors of the Punjabi battlefields. They both carry scars and secrets which they slowly begin to discover about one another, and it was great to read of the adventures that these discoveries create."
(Click here to read my full review)





 

Ruined (#1) by Amy Tintera
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5 STARS
"This book is an amazing read, which I flew through and would highly recommend. It was fast paced, full of action with some magic thrown into the mix too. I loved the characters and there interactions and banter made this an greatly entertaining story. We are left with a spectacular ending, which leaves me highly anticipating the sequel."
(Click here to see my full review )
 

The Crown's Game (#1) by Evelyn Skye
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I love the world or more accurately the alternative Russia in which this book is set. The magic was wonderful to read with such creative results. I can't wait for the next book in the series.
 (Review on the way soon)
 

SEQUELS

 
 
A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas
 

NOT RELEASED YET

 

5 STARS

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 I loved looking back at these books and I would love to read your own TTT on this subject so please leave a link for that down below, as well as letting me know what your topic for this weeks 'freebie' TTT is.  



Monday, June 27, 2016

June Book Haul


Yes my readers, you eye's do not deceive you, there is in fact only two book's in the picture above! I have been skint very good and haven't actually ordered any books this month! The Crown's Game I have had on Pre-order for quite a while and Ruined was a lovely present from my parents. Seeing as I haven't got loads of books this month I have already read both of these and would highly recommend them both, and I can wait for the continuation of these series.

 
The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye
(Review to come)
 
Young Adult, Set in Nineteenth Century Magical Russia!
 
"He initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death."
 
 
Ruined by Amy Tintera
 
Young Adult, High Fantasy
 
"But because Em has nothing, she has nothing to lose. Driven by a blind desire for revenge, Em sets off on a dangerous journey to the enemy kingdom of Lera. Somewhere within Lera’s borders, Em hopes to find Olivia. But in order to find her, Em must infiltrate the royal family."
 

 
I would love to know:
 
How many books did you get this month? How many of them have you already managed to read?

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Review Collection #7 - The Impostor Queen (#1) by Sarah Fine

 
Review Collection is a feature to help people decide if they want to read the featured book (let me know if you found it useful). So, the idea is that I shall be choosing one book and then sharing a range of reviews, of this book from various blogs. Allowing you to get a feel for the different opinions surrounding that book.  
 
 
The Impostor Queen (The Impostor Queen #1) by Sarah Fine
Published January 5th 2016 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
ISBN: 1481441906
 
SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS
 
Sixteen-year-old Elli was only a child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic in service of her people. The only life Elli has known has been in the temple, surrounded by luxury, tutored by magic-wielding priests, preparing for the day when the queen perishes—and the ice and fire find a new home in Elli, who is prophesied to be the most powerful Valtia to ever rule.

But when the queen dies defending the kingdom from invading warriors, the magic doesn’t enter Elli. It’s nowhere to be found.

Disgraced, Elli flees to the outlands, home of banished criminals—some who would love to see the temple burn with all its priests inside. As she finds her footing in this new world, Elli uncovers devastating new information about the Kupari magic, those who wield it, and the prophecy that foretold her destiny. Torn between her love for her people and her growing loyalty to the banished, Elli struggles to understand the true role she was meant to play. But as war looms, she must choose the right side before the kingdom and its magic are completely destroyed.
 

COLLECTION OF REVIEWS 
 

3 Star Review @ Star-Crossed Book Blog

2 Star DNF Review @ Hit or Miss Books

VIDEO REVIEW COLLECTION



GOODREADS STATS

Stats collected from Goodreads 24/06/16

COLLECTING MY THOUGHTS

Back in January when this book first came out I can remember stumbling across loads of reviews for this book, now, well I can't seem to find that many! So a quick apology for the limited number of reviews in this collection, and if you have done a review and I haven't linked it above I would love for you to link it in the comments. Anyway, those reviews that I have found seem to give us a bit of range of views so here is what I have gleaned about The Imposter Queen:  

Quite a few people found that the pacing at the start of the book was slow (with one review mentioning that they found the middle a bit slow), while other people enjoyed this gradual build up of the information and the world. Some people had a bit of issue with the terminology used but there was a general love for the magic system and the majority seemed to love the world building. Over all most people loved the main character, some think she was a bit na├»ve (but I think that was planned) with some finding this endearing. The fact that she is bisexual answered the call of those who were/are looking for more diversity in YA.

I don't think these reviews have changed my views too much on The Impostor Queen. I still want to read it and try it myself. I don't think I was ever expecting it to be a 5 star read but I had high hope for it and the general rating of 4 stars is what I am hoping for.


COLLECTING YOUR THOUGHTS

As always I want to know what you thought - let me know in the comments:

Have you read this book? What did you think of it (feel free to just type or you can share link to a review)?

 
Was this review collection helpful?
 
 
Have these reviews made you want to read the book or made you hesitate to pick it up?

Friday, June 24, 2016

Ruined (#1) by Amy Tintera

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Published May 3rd 2016 by HarperTeen
ISBN: 0062396609

Synopsis from Goodreads

A revenge that will consume her. A love that will ruin her.

Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war. She lacks the powers of her fellow Ruined. Worst of all, she witnessed her parents’ brutal murders and watched helplessly as her sister, Olivia, was kidnapped.

But because Em has nothing, she has nothing to lose. Driven by a blind desire for revenge, Em sets off on a dangerous journey to the enemy kingdom of Lera. Somewhere within Lera’s borders, Em hopes to find Olivia. But in order to find her, Em must infiltrate the royal family.

In a brilliant, elaborate plan of deception and murder, Em marries Prince Casimir, next in line to take Lera’s throne. If anyone in Lera discovers Em is not Casimir’s true betrothed, Em will be executed on the spot. But it’s the only way to salvage Em’s kingdom and what is left of her family.

Em is determined to succeed, but the closer she gets to the prince, the more she questions her mission. Em’s rage-filled heart begins to soften. But with her life—and her family—on the line, love could be Em’s deadliest mistake.
 

Review - 5 Stars

 
I have had my eye on this book for ages and I was highly anticipating it's release and I am glad to say it hasn't disappointed. I was surprises at how fast everything started happening and there was continuous action from page one right up to the explosive last page.
 

What Made This Books Such a Gem?

 
First off I love Em as a main character. She was determined, and willing to sacrifice herself to attempt to save her sister, and ultimately save her people. She had this great ability to act all nice and kind to her enemies faces, while planning the best way of stabbing them in the back. Although that makes her sound like she is evil and terrifying she totally doesn't come across that way. I loved the way that she interact with the 'Ruined', she didn't talk down to them because she was royal and they didn't talk down to her because she couldn't do magic, they main treated each other as equals. Having said that I love this, I also wish they would look at her as a bit of a leader because she would make an awesome leader - something I hope we will get to read about in the future books. *fingers crossed* 
 
So the love interest Cas, I also loved him. He was kind, sweet and an all round nice guy who did his best in a bad situation. He had a great relationship with his guard Galo, these kind of friendships that transcend social standings have to be one of my favourite kinds of friendships.
 
I can't express my love for Cas enough, but there was a potential for a love triangle (LET ME EXPLAIN) in the first chapter there is the line "Maybe then she'd be able to look at Damian the same way he looked at her". We all know she is off to marry Cas and I was like 'Here we go...' I kept reading (obviously) and I just want to assure all you triangle hater's, that this book is safe, no love triangle here, no jealous boy fighting over a girl, no mixed feeling of 'who do I love? Can I love two people? Who shall I 'choose'?'. So in short this is a hint that there COULD HAVE BEEN a love triangle, but it doesn't develop into one and it ISN'T GOING TO (at least a far as I can tell, after all this a fantasy book and who knows what magic will do).  
 
I enjoyed the slight awkwardness, and the insecurities that came from Cas and Em's  (who is acting as Mary, the person who was meant to be marrying Cas) marriage being arranged for them. I loved the way that as they got to know each other, there preconception's (and general hate on Em's part) are gradually chipped away.   
 
The witty banter in this book was amazing, it really helped to bring out the personalities of the different characters and showed the closeness of the relationships between them. It was woven so cleverly into general convocation and also into the main characters thought processes. It just made reading this story an all the more entertaining experience.


 
 
I would also like to highlight that all the societies are 'baddies' in this book. The way I see it there is no 'good' society and 'evil' society in this book. Bad deed's are repaid with bad deeds, and revenge has turned into an endless cycle of hate on all sides. I kind of like that your in a way not 'rooting for' a particular group of people but have to judge the individuals on their actions. 


" Sympathy doesn't mean much if you don't take action." - Page 71
 
 
Em's mother fascinates me, and although she is killed before the start of this book I feel as though we can get a sense of what she was like, through how people talk about her and also the impact and lasting teachings she gave Em. She comes across as a strong willed, controlling and brutal ruler and I think would have been a bit like Olivia in many ways. 

 

 Things I Didn't Treasure!

 
 Although it was great that we got to dive straight into the action from chapter one, I would have liked to have seen (maybe just a chapter or two) where Em had been living for the last year, who she interacted with etc.
 
It would have been nice to know slightly more about the Ruined, there magical abilities still confuse me a bit. I think this is something that is a result of the combination of, the main character not having the magic and most of the book being set where this magic = death. However, this slight confusion I am sure will be cleared up in the sequel.  
 
 

 To Sum It All Up

 
This book is an amazing read, which I flew through and would highly recommend. It was fast paced, full of action with some magic thrown into the mix too. I loved the characters and there interactions and banter made this an greatly entertaining story. We are left with a spectacular ending, which leaves me highly anticipating the sequel. 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

July Releases

July seems to be another slow month of YA releases (at least ones that I am interested in reading any way). August is looking like a big one so I am mentally prepareing myself for the impact that will cause, but for now lets get on with the July Releases.

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This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) by Victoria Schwab
Release Date: July 5th 2016 by Greenwillow Books (US)
Already available in the UK

 
Synopsis From Goodreads
 
Kate Harker and August Flynn's families rule opposite ends of Verity, a grisly metropolis where violent acts summon real monsters: bloodsucking Malchai; clawing Corsai; and soul-stealing Sunai. The truce that keeps the families at peace is crumbling, and August is sent to spy on Kate. But when Harker's men try to kill her and pin it on the Flynns, August and Kate find themselves running from both sides, in a city where monsters are real...
 
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The Killer In Me by Margot Harrison
 Release Date: July 12th 2016 by Disney-Hyperion
 
 
Synopsis From Goodreads
 
Hasn't he lived long enough? Why not? I could take him like a thief in the night.

This is how the Thief thinks. He serves death, the vacuum, the unknown. He’s always waiting. Always there.

Seventeen-year-old Nina Barrows knows all about the Thief. She’s intimately familiar with his hunting methods: how he stalks and kills at random, how he disposes of his victims’ bodies in an abandoned mine in the deepest, most desolate part of a desert.

Now, for the first time, Nina has the chance to do something about the serial killer that no one else knows exists. With the help of her former best friend, Warren, she tracks the Thief two thousand miles, to his home turf—the deserts of New Mexico.

But the man she meets there seems nothing like the brutal sociopath with whom she’s had a disturbing connection her whole life. To anyone else, Dylan Shadwell is exactly what he appears to be: a young veteran committed to his girlfriend and her young daughter. As Nina spends more time with him, she begins to doubt the truth she once held as certain: Dylan Shadwell is the Thief. She even starts to wonder . . . what if there is no Thief?
 
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The Ballad of Allyn-a-Dale (Outlaws of Avalon, #1) by Danielle E. Shipley
Release Date: July 12th 2016 by Ever On Word
Buy From: Amazon (UK) || Amazon (US)
 
 
Synopsis From Goodreads
 
Welcome to Avalon, a Renaissance Faire where heroes of legend never die. Where the Robin Hood walking the streets is truly the noble outlaw himself. Where the knightly and wizardly players of King Arthur’s court are in fact who they profess to be. Where the sense of enchantment in the air is not mere feeling, but the Fey magic of a paradise hidden in plain sight.

Enter Allyn-a-Dale. The grief of his father’s death still fresh and the doom of his own world looming, swirling realities leave the young minstrel marooned in an immortal Sherwood Forest, where he is recruited as a member of Robin Hood’s infamous outlaw band. But Allyn’s new life may reach its end before it’s scarcely begun. Their existence under threat, the Merry Men are called upon to embark on a journey to the dangerous world Outside – ours – on a quest which must be achieved without delay, or eternity in Avalon will not amount to very long at all.
 
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The Season by Jonah Lisa Dyer and Stephen Dyer
 Release Date: July 12th 2016 by Viking Children's
 
 
Synopsis From Goodreads
 
She can score a goal, do sixty box jumps in a row, bench press a hundred and fifty pounds…but can she learn to curtsey?

Megan McKnight is a soccer star with Olympic dreams, but she’s not a girly girl. So when her Southern belle mother secretly enters her in the 2016 Dallas debutante season, she’s furious—and has no idea what she’s in for. When Megan’s attitude gets her on probation with the mother hen of the debs, she’s got a month to prove she can ballroom dance, display impeccable manners, and curtsey like a proper Texas lady or she’ll get the boot and disgrace her family. The perk of being a debutante, of course, is going to parties, and it’s at one of these lavish affairs where Megan gets swept off her feet by the debonair and down-to-earth Hank Waterhouse. If only she didn’t have to contend with a backstabbing blonde and her handsome but surly billionaire boyfriend, Megan thinks, being a deb might not be so bad after all. But that’s before she humiliates herself in front of a room full of ten-year-olds, becomes embroiled in a media-frenzy scandal, and gets punched in the face by another girl.

The season has officially begun…but the drama is just getting started.
 
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So there are the four books being added to my TBR pile from July's releases, let me know in the comments some of July's Releases which you plan on reading or the last book you added to your TBR.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #15 - Hope and Red (Empire of Storms) by Jon Skovron

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!

Release Date: June 28th 2016 by Orbit
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Synopsis from Goodreads

In a fracturing empire spread across savage seas, two young people from different cultures find common purpose.

A nameless girl is the lone survivor when her village is massacred by biomancers, mystical servants of the emperor. Named after her lost village, Bleak Hope is secretly trained by a master Vinchen warrior as an instrument of vengeance.

A boy becomes an orphan on the squalid streets of New Laven and is adopted by one of the most notorious women of the criminal underworld, given the name Red, and trained as a thief and con artist.

When a ganglord named Deadface Drem strikes a bargain with the biomancers to consolidate and rule all the slums of New Laven, the worlds of Hope and Red come crashing together, and their unlikely alliance takes them further than either could have dreamed possible.
 

Why I Am Waiting

I first saw this on someone's book haul a few weeks ago and then I read The Page Turners review a few days ago which reminded me about it. Jon Skovron, describes Hope and Red as the "1st book in [his] swashbuckling kung fu gangster pirate romance trilogy" doesn't that sound like a cool adventure! There are also the description of Hope in this synopsis makes her sound like a really intriguing character which I can't wait to know more about.    

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Teaser Tuesday #5 - Stubboness in Ammey McKeaf

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of 
 



Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
 BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

• 
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


Title: Ammey McKeaf
Author: Jane Shoup
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Today's Teaser

"Marko led Jane back into the palace walking slowly. "Are you up to walking the stairs, or shall I carry you?"
"I'll walk"
"Stubborn, as usual."

 


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Show Me The Books #7 - Memorable Dad's

 
Show me the Books is a feature where I share with you some books within a theme, and then hopefully you, will tell me in the comments (or link to your own blog post) other books that you have heard of or have read within that theme.
 
So in honour of today being Fathers Day I thought I would make the theme of today's post memorable fathers from fiction. I was surprised at how hard it was to think of fictional father's that are both blood relatives and still alive in the books I have read. I would love to know if you think this is a hard theme to find books on.


1) The Winner's Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski
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 I read this trilogy just a few months ago which is probably one of the reasons why I remember Kestrel's dad. I did a review of book one (click here) and a  5 Reasons to Keep Reading The Winner's Trilogy + Cover Complaints post (click here) if you missed those. Kestrel's (the main character) father is the general of a vast empire and it was great to see Kestrel's defiance against his plans and wishes for her future. Although he does spend quite a bit of these books absent at war, the parts where he does appear, he defiantly makes an memorable impression on the reader.


2) Poker Face by Jess Sturman-Coombs
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I have never talked about this book on my blog before, to be honest I had forgotten about it's existence. I read it back in 2014 (on my old kindle which is why I forgot about it) and I loved it back then, but I have just finished re-reading it and THEY ARE STILL AMAZING!! The reason that this duology (which I wish was a 20 book series) made it on the list is because the father is memorable for all the wrong reasons. He is an abusive alcoholic, but Ruby -the main character- has become a strong-willed and feisty young woman because of this. These books follows her as she tries to change her life into something worth living. As I said amazing books and I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND THEM.
 

3) Shifter's Series by Rachel Vincent
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 Stray is an urban fantasy series which follows a female werecat -Faythe- attempting to live a life outside of the pride but is dragged back where female werecats start disappearing. This series has made it onto days list because -like quite a few UF books- Faythe's dad is the Alpha of the pride and has very strong views on what Faythe should be doing with her life and is VERY PROTECTIVE of her. Yet, despite these two strong willed characters butting heads on various occasions we still get to see the kind and caring side to her dad's character.



4)Blood for Blood by Catherine Doyle
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This series is another one what is just SO GOOD that I will never be able to talk about it enough (see my series review here). On that note when did we get a COVER AND TITLE for book three?? I am loving it once we get a release date I shall have to try and remember to do a Waiting on Wednesday post so I can gush about it more. ANYWAY BACK TO TODAY, this book has a memorable father because of the lies and secrets that he keeps (I think we mainly find out these in book two) and I can't wait to find out more about him in the third book.  

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I have to give honorary mention to Mr Bennet from Pride and Prejudice (I haven't actually read this book but I love the BBC adaptation) I just love some of the lines he comes out with.


NOW IT'S OVER TO YOU 

Have you read any of these book's I've mentioned? What did you think of them?

Can you think of  memorable fathers in the books you have read? Why are they memorable?

 

Friday, June 17, 2016

On The Bookshelf Tag


Today I am going to do a book tag! I don't do these as often as I want to, so if you have any suggestions or tags you want me to do, let me know in the comments and I will try do more of them. Anyway, today tag is the bookshelf tag which I saw over on The Not So Secret Life of A Fan Girl, so lets get started:
 
1) Describe your bookshelf and where you got it from.
 
My bookcase is a cheap one from Argos *keeping it real over here* but I love them, my three main ones are all he same colour and I love the way I was able to fit it into the corner of my room. I do have a smaller separate book case which doesn't match but it is a different part of my room so my slightly OCD-ness can deal with it.  
 
2) How do you organise your books?
They are firstly order by read and unread (my unread ones live on my smaller 'unmatched' bookcase) and read ones are ordered by genre and the unread ones are ordered by the date a received them.
 
(THE FOLLOWING ANSWERS ARE ABOUT MY READ SHELVES ONLY)

3) What’s the longest book on your shelves?
Winter by Marissa Meyer
 
4) What’s the shortest book on your shelves?
The Shamer's Daughter by Lene Kaaberbol
 
5) Is there a book you received as a birthday gift?
Birthday? I don't think so, I got a Warterstones voucher but I got Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch for Christmas.
 
6) Is there a book from a friend on your shelf?
Honestly no there isn't! The last book I read because of a friend was The Hunger Games back before the films came out! My friends (face-to-face friends anyway) don't really read the same books as me.
 
7) Most expensive book on your shelf?
I don't really buy really expensive books I think hardback's are expensive enough! My Throne of Glass hardback set is probably the most expensive book(s) on my shelf.
 
8) Last book you read on your shelf?
 That would be Briar Rose by Jana Oliver.
 
9) More than one copy of a book?
It has to be the Throne of Glass series I splashed out the other month and bought the Hardback edition's.
 
10) Any completed series on your shelf?
Loads.
 
11) Newest (most recently published) edition to your shelf?
My most resent published book would be Ruined by Amy Tintera but I have some others on pre-order  which should arrive soon.                                                                                                        
 
12) Oldest book on your shelf?
I have no clue what book I have on my shelf is the oldest without actually looking at every book, but I would guess that The Hobbit is the oldest other than my various bibles.
 
13) Most beat up book?
My copy of The Gift by Alison Croggon is a mess, pages began to fall out about a year ago and now even though I have sellotaped them back, in new ones keep falling out!!
 
14) Most pristine?
Quite a lot of my read books are what I would think as pristine, in the last few years I have begun to perfect the art of reading a paperback back without creasing the spine and hardbacks are so durable it is great. Also since I am an online student I often don't have to carry my books in a bag, therefore I can protecting them better.
 
15) A book from childhood?
I have so many books from my childhood, I remember my mum reading me the Rainbow Magic series and the Heartland series and then my dad reading me Harry Potter when I was younger. 
 
16) A book that doesn’t belong to you?
I currently own all the books on my bookcase, I am really due a library visit soon I haven't been in ages.
 
17) A book with a unique cover?
I think I am going to go with the Hardback edition of A Thousand Nights by E.K Johnson. I loved the design under the dust jacket and the way that this design worked with the dust jacket.
 
 
18) A book that is your favourite colour?
My favourite colour is blue which is quite a common colour for book covers and I did a post a few months back on my blue books so you can check that out here.
 
19) First book on your shelf you read?
I have a rubbish memory so it would be a toss up (from the book's I still own) between The Little White Horse, Inkheart, The Thief Lord and Ingo.

 
20) Any signed books?
I have never actually been to a book signing but a family member did go to one of my behalf, and get me a personalized copy of My Sister Jodie by Jacqueline Wilson.
 
21) A book that has been on your shelf forever that you haven’t read?
I think the oldest un-read books that I own are The Chronicles of Narnia (the kids really skinny editions) I have started the series several times but I don't think I have ever got passed book 4.
 
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So there we have it 21 questions answered!!

 Now instead of me tagging anyone in particular I would love you to answer two of these questions down below in the comments, can't wait to read your answers.