Top 10 5 Star Reads!

Hello Everyone!

Today I am coming to you with a list of my top 10 5 star reads on Goodreads.

Now these books are not any sort of order, they are just the books that have left the biggest impression on me. You guys may disagree with what I have chosen but they are my opinions. So lets get on with the list. In this I will list the book, give the synopsis from Goodreads, and then a brief note on why I chose the book.

1. The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ’80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

Taylor has now become one of my favourite authors. This book was amazing, the character development was amazing. Honestly, after I finished reading the book, I almost when onto IMDB to look Evelyn up, she seemed that real. The story was gripping, heartbreaking and just amazing, if you haven’t read this yet, I highly recommend you do.

2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson

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An international publishing sensation, Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo combines murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue into one satisfyingly complex and entertainingly atmospheric novel.

Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.

I read this book when I was on holidays in 2016. The story, the characters and the tension of the book was amazing. It was the perfect book to read by the pool.

3. Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

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Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan..

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

This is one of my all time favourite books, I don’t even know how many times I have reread this book. I love it so much, because I identify with the main character Cath and her struggle with anxiety, and I class Levi as my perfect book boyfriend.

4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling

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Harry Potter’s third year at Hogwarts is full of new dangers. A convicted murderer, Sirius Black, has broken out of Azkaban prison, and it seems he’s after Harry. Now Hogwarts is being patrolled by the dementors, the Azkaban guards who are hunting Sirius. But Harry can’t imagine that Sirius or, for that matter, the evil Lord Voldemort could be more frightening than the dementors themselves, who have the terrible power to fill anyone they come across with aching loneliness and despair. Meanwhile, life continues as usual at Hogwarts. A top-of-the-line broom takes Harry’s success at Quidditch, the sport of the Wizarding world, to new heights. A cute fourth-year student catches his eye. And he becomes close with the new Defense of the Dark Arts teacher, who was a childhood friend of his father. Yet despite the relative safety of life at Hogwarts and the best efforts of the dementors, the threat of Sirius Black grows ever closer. But if Harry has learned anything from his education in wizardry, it is that things are often not what they seem. Tragic revelations, heartwarming surprises, and high-stakes magical adventures await the boy wizard in this funny and poignant third installment of the beloved series.

I don’t think I have to explain this one.

5. Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery

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As soon as Anne Shirley arrives at the snug white farmhouse called Green Gables, she is sure she wants to stay forever . . . but will the Cuthberts send her back to to the orphanage? Anne knows she’s not what they expected—a skinny girl with fiery red hair and a temper to match. If only she can convince them to let her stay, she’ll try very hard not to keep rushing headlong into scrapes and blurting out the first thing that comes to her mind. Anne is not like anyone else, the Cuthberts agree; she is special—a girl with an enormous imagination. This orphan girl dreams of the day when she can call herself Anne of Green Gables.

I loved the descriptions of Green Gables, and Anne is a fantastic character that I just fell in love with.

6. Outlander – Diana Gabaldon

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The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

This is the best time travel romance, I have ever read. Honestly Jamie Fraser is just the perfect man. EVER.

7. Saga – Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples

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When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe. 

From bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan, Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults. 

My boyfriend introduced me to this graphic novel series, and I am so glad he did. The story is amazing, the characters are captivating, and it will slowly break your heart.

8. Game Of Thrones – George RR Martin

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Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.

Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

Also I don’t need to talk about this one.

9. Matilda – Roald Dahl

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Matilda is a little girl who is far too good to be true. At age five-and-a-half she’s knocking off double-digit multiplication problems and blitz-reading Dickens. Even more remarkably, her classmates love her even though she’s a super-nerd and the teacher’s pet. But everything is not perfect in Matilda’s world. For starters she has two of the most idiotic, self-centered parents who ever lived. Then there’s the large, busty nightmare of a school principal, Miss (“The”) Trunchbull, a former hammer-throwing champion who flings children at will and is approximately as sympathetic as a bulldozer. Fortunately for Matilda, she has the inner resources to deal with such annoyances: astonishing intelligence, saintly patience, and an innate predilection for revenge.

She warms up with some practical jokes aimed at her hapless parents, but the true test comes when she rallies in defense of her teacher, the sweet Miss Honey, against the diabolical Trunchbull. There is never any doubt that Matilda will carry the day. Even so, this wonderful story is far from predictable. Roald Dahl, while keeping the plot moving imaginatively, also has an unerring ear for emotional truth. The reader cares about Matilda because in addition to all her other gifts, she has real feelings

This is my favourite book from my childhood. I always wanted to be able to do magic like Matilda when I was younger.

10. Shadow of The Fox – Julie Kagawa

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One thousand years ago, the great Kami Dragon was summoned to grant a single terrible wish—and the land of Iwagoto was plunged into an age of darkness and chaos.

Now, for whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted. A new age is about to dawn.

Raised by monks in the isolated Silent Winds temple, Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll.

There are many who would claim the dragon’s wish for their own. Kage Tatsumi, a mysterious samurai of the Shadow Clan, is one such hunter, under orders to retrieve the scroll…at any cost. Fate brings Kage and Yumeko together. With a promise to lead him to the scroll, an uneasy alliance is formed, offering Yumeko her best hope for survival. But he seeks what she has hidden away, and her deception could ultimately tear them both apart.

With an army of demons at her heels and the unlikeliest of allies at her side, Yumeko’s secrets are more than a matter of life or death. They are the key to the fate of the world itself.

This was literally like reading an Anime. It was fantastic. If you want a more detailed review of this book let me know, I have a lot of thoughts about it.

Happy Reading.

Thanks Bookworms.

 

Mini Book Review: Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

Hello everyone,

Today I am going to be doing a mini book review of The Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It’s a book full of Japanese legends and lore, Its a fun ride of a book.

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One thousand years ago, the great Kami Dragon was summoned to grant a single terrible wish—and the land of Iwagoto was plunged into an age of darkness and chaos.

Now, for whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted. A new age is about to dawn.

Raised by monks in the isolated Silent Winds temple, Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll.

There are many who would claim the dragon’s wish for their own. Kage Tatsumi, a mysterious samurai of the Shadow Clan, is one such hunter, under orders to retrieve the scroll…at any cost. Fate brings Kage and Yumeko together. With a promise to lead him to the scroll, an uneasy alliance is formed, offering Yumeko her best hope for survival. But he seeks what she has hidden away, and her deception could ultimately tear them both apart.

With an army of demons at her heels and the unlikeliest of allies at her side, Yumeko’s secrets are more than a matter of life or death. They are the key to the fate of the world itself. (Goodreads) 

While reading this book all I had pictured in my head was anime. This book would make an amazing anime, like a really good anime.

I absolutely loved the main character Yumeko, she was really innocent and mischievous, and if she finds or sees a tough situation she would try to fix it. I loved all her interactions with the characters in this book. She just always seemed to disarm people, it was hilarious.  I loved her mischievous side which was her Kitsune side and, she was just a strong main character.

Tatsumi, was interesting and was the opposite of Yumeko, he was very broody and quiet. he had such an interesting story he is a ninja for the shadow clan, he has been trained to not show emotion, as he carries a sword with a demon trapped within it and if he lets his in to much emotion the demon could take over his body, this sword also makes him the best Demon slayer in the world. He had a lot of character growth within the story.

The ending for this book was amazing! it had me on the edge of my seat. I need to get the second book like now.

Another thing with this book, there were a lot of Japanese words used, but if you didn’t know what they were there was a guide in the back of the book.

I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a quick, fast paced, YA fantasy book.

Goodreads – 5 stars.

Happy Reading.

Thanks Bookworms.

I’m Back!! Christmas Book Haul and 2019 Reading Goals.

I’M BACK.

Hello Bookworms,

I hope you are all doing well, I’m so sorry I have been absent for so long, it started with an epic book slump followed by the busiest months of my life, which included changing my job twice within 2 months. So I felt like my brain was melting for a while, you guys ever feel like that?

So now I’m back and I hope to start posting more, for this post I’m going to show my Christmas book haul and then my reading goals for this year.

Christmas book haul!

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So there are all the books I got for Christmas, I’m super excited to read all of these, and hopefully do reviews for you. I have already finished Shadow of the Fox and I hope to get a review done and Posted on Saturday.

2019 Reading Goals

  • Goodreads Challenge is for 60 books (It’s lower than last years, because of the classics I want to read)
  • Read at least 1 classic a month
  • Read more Nonfiction
  • Read books I have already and go on a book buying ban from March to June.
  • Try to buddy read more books

So thats it for this post, what are some of your reading goals for this year?

Happy Reading.

Thanks Bookworms.

 

 

Mini Book Review: Damsel by Elana K. Arnold

Okay before I start this review, let me just say, my thoughts on this book are all over the place. I think this book is just a mess.

We have all read a book, that has made you want to throw it out the window! that was this book to me.

I really thought I was going to enjoy this book, I was so disappointed that I didn’t, this was my first ARC as well.

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The rite has existed for as long as anyone can remember: when the prince-who-will-be-king comes of age, he must venture out into the gray lands, slay a fierce dragon, and rescue a damsel to be his bride. This is the way things have always been.

When Ama wakes in the arms of Prince Emory, however, she knows none of this. She has no memory of what came before she was captured by the dragon, or what horrors she has faced in its lair. She knows only this handsome prince, the story he tells of her rescue, and her destiny to sit on the throne beside him. Ama comes with Emory back to the kingdom of Harding, hailed as the new princess, welcomed to the court.

However, as soon as her first night falls, she begins to realize that not all is as it seems, that there is more to the legends of the dragons and the damsels than anyone knows–and that the greatest threats to her life may not be behind her, but here, in front of her. (Goodreads)

Okay whoever has marketed this book as YA, they really need to go back and read the book. It was written in the style of old school adult fantasy, if anything I would say this is New Adult, not YA. Some of the things that happened in this book are awful. There is also graphic sexual assault, rape, self-harm, mental and physical abuse, suicide, and animal harm. So if you are triggered by anything in that list, don’t read this.

I did like the main character Ama she started off really nervous and meek, and she got stronger as the book went on. Now the prince, the prince is just a giant prick!! I absolutely hated him, which is what the author wanted, but oh my gosh, I just wanted to punch him in the face. Repeatedly. With a BRICK. So I think the author accomplished the hate for the prince.

The story was such an interesting idea, I was just hoping to like it and sadly I didn’t. The animal harm in this book really upset me, I really wish there was a trigger for it on the book just to warn you, to be prepared. It made me really on edge through the book wondering what was going to happen. I didn’t like that feeling at all.

There is not much left to say on this book, it left me feeling sad, bitter, and thinking what the fuck just happened. The ending was super weird.

So there you have my mini book review of Damsel. I tried to be constructive with this but honestly I couldn’t think of ways to do it.

Goodreads: 1 Star

Have you guys read a book that has made you feel like this? What was it?

If you would like to know more about the book, ask me whatever you want in the comments.

Happy Reading.

Thanks Bookworms.

Book Tag: Life in Books Tag.

I have never done a Book Tag before, so here I am giving it a go. I wasn’t tagged by anyone I just fancied trying this tag out. I got this tag from reading Boston book Reader.

So the Tag I’m going to do is the Life in Books Tag. I haven’t read all the books I mention in this tag, but they are on my TBR shelf on Goodreads.

1. Find a book for each of your initials.

K- The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

J- Jemima J by Jane Green

L- Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fford.

2. Count your age along your bookshelf, what book is it?

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

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3. A book set in your city/country.

Ghosted by Colin R Parsons

4. A book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to.

City of Ghosts by V.E. Schwab – Scotland

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5. A book that’s your favourite colour.

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

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6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings

7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch. I did a full review of this book in a earlier post.

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8. Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment?

The Stand by Stephen King, over 1000 pages.

So there you have the Life in Books tag. If you want to do this tag, then consider yourself tagged.

Happy Reading.

Thanks Bookworms

 

 

August Book Haul

Today I am going to show you the books that I have bought in August. All of the synopsis will be from Goodreads. 

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Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspectres, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.

When The Inspectres head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself.

In the spirit of trying more middle grade I picked this up.

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There’s no ancient evil to defeat or orphan destined for greatness, just unlikely heroes and classic adventure. Royce Melborn, a skilled thief, and his mercenary partner, Hadrian Blackwater, are two enterprising rogues who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the murder of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy that goes beyond the overthrow of a tiny kingdom, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery before it’s too late.

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This is the story of two sisters, who happen to be princesses. Theirs is a world in which those who die in glory return as gods to live confined to a pantheon in Hallandren’s capital city. A world transformed by a power based on an essence known as breath. Using magic is arduous as breath can only be collected one unit at a time.

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Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen. 

The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature. 

A high-action story written with a poet’s hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.

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When Cameron Post’s parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief. Relief they’ll never know that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl.

But that relief doesn’t last, and Cam is soon forced to move in with her conservative aunt Ruth and her well-intentioned but hopelessly old-fashioned grandmother. She knows that from this point on, her life will forever be different. Survival in Miles City, Montana, means blending in and leaving well enough alone (as her grandmother might say), and Cam becomes an expert at both.

Then Coley Taylor moves to town. Beautiful, pickup-driving Coley is a perfect cowgirl with the perfect boyfriend to match. She and Cam forge an unexpected and intense friendship–one that seems to leave room for something more to emerge. But just as that starts to seem like a real possibility, ultrareligious Aunt Ruth takes drastic action to “fix” her niece, bringing Cam face-to-face with the cost of denying her true self–even if she’s not exactly sure who that is.

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‘It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.’ Thus memorably begins Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, one of the world’s most popular novels. Pride and Prejudice–Austen’s own ‘darling child’–tells the story of fiercely independent Elizabeth Bennett, one of five sisters who must marry rich, as she confounds the arrogant, wealthy Mr. Darcy. What ensues is one of the most delightful and engrossingly readable courtships known to literature, written by a precocious Austen when she was just twenty-one years old.

This is my second, copy of this book.

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It was only an accident — but it would change their lives forever. Last summer, four terrified friends made a desperate pact to conceal a shocking secret. But some secrets don’t stay buried, and someone has learned the truth. Someone bent on revenge. This summer, the horror is only beginning….

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Why does the exclusive boarding school Blackwood have only four students?

Kit walks the dark halls and feels a penetrating chill. What terror waits around the next corner?

If you guys have read any of these books let me know.

Thanks Bookworms

Books I need to read on my Kindle.

I have so many books on my Kindle, I have decided to show you guys the ones I want to finish by the end of this year.

The first book I want to get to is:

Legendary by Stephanie Garber

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A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister’s. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…the games have only just begun. (Goodreads)

I listened to Caraval on audio book and I absolutely loved it, so I am so excited to get to the second book in this series. I think that this will be my next read.

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

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Alice Alexis Queensmeadow 12 rates three things most important: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. Father disappeared from Ferenwood with only a ruler, almost three years ago. But she will have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is Oliver whose own magic is based in lies and deceit. Alice must first find herself—and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss. (Goodreads)

I haven’t read much middle grade novels, but that is something I plan to change. I have heard nothing but good things about this series and I cant wait to read this book. It looks like it will be a quick, enjoyable read.

WarCross by Marie Lu

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For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire. (Goodreads)

I can’t believe that i haven’t read this yet. It’s been on my TBR for ages, I hopefully will get to this soon.

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

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Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.
When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she might one day marry. What she doesn’t know is that Nick’s family home happens to look like a palace, that she’ll ride in more private planes than cars, and that with one of Asia’s most eligible bachelors on her arm, Rachel might as well have a target on her back. Initiated into a world of dynastic splendor beyond imagination, Rachel meets Astrid, the It Girl of Singapore society; Eddie, whose family practically lives in the pages of the Hong Kong socialite magazines; and Eleanor, Nick’s formidable mother, a woman who has very strong feelings about who her son should–and should not–marry. Uproarious, addictive, and filled with jaw-dropping opulence, Crazy Rich Asians is an insider’s look at the Asian JetSet; a perfect depiction of the clash between old money and new money; between Overseas Chinese and Mainland Chinese; and a fabulous novel about what it means to be young, in love, and gloriously, crazilyrich. (Goodreads)

I wanted to read this book before the film came out, but I didn’t. I have heard such good things about this series, that I really hope I read this before the end of year, and I want to see the film so I better get to it quickly.

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar

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This voyage is special. It will change everything…

One September evening in 1785, the merchant Jonah Hancock hears urgent knocking on his front door. One of his captains is waiting eagerly on the step. He has sold Jonah’s ship for what appears to be a mermaid.

As gossip spreads through the docks, coffee shops, parlours and brothels, everyone wants to see Mr Hancock’s marvel. Its arrival spins him out of his ordinary existence and through the doors of high society. At an opulent party, he makes the acquaintance of Angelica Neal, the most desirable woman he has ever laid eyes on… and a courtesan of great accomplishment. This chance meeting will steer both their lives onto a dangerous new course, a journey on which they will learn that priceless things come at the greatest cost…

What will be the cost of their ambitions? And will they be able to escape the destructive power mermaids are said to possess?

In this spell-binding story of curiosity and obsession, Imogen Hermes Gowar has created an unforgettable jewel of a novel, filled to the brim with intelligence, heart and wit.  (Goodreads)

Honestly there is no reason why I haven’t got to this book yet.

What book do you guys think I should start with? Let me know.

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Book Review: These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch.

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Adeluna is a soldier. Five years ago, she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow its oppressor, Argrid, a country ruled by religion. But adjusting to postwar life has not been easy. When an Argridian delegate vanishes during peace talks with Grace Loray’s new Council, Argrid demands brutal justice—but Lu suspects something more dangerous is at work.

Devereux is a pirate. As one of the outlaws called stream raiders who run rampant on Grace Loray, he pirates the island’s magic plants and sells them on the black market. But after Argrid accuses raiders of the diplomat’s abduction, Vex becomes a target. An expert navigator, he agrees to help Lu find the Argridian—but the truth they uncover could be deadlier than any war.

Benat is a heretic. The crown prince of Argrid, he harbors a secret obsession with Grace Loray’s forbidden magic. When Ben’s father, the king, gives him the shocking task of reversing Argrid’s fear of magic, Ben has to decide if one prince can change a devout country—or if he’s building his own pyre.

As conspiracies arise, Lu, Vex, and Ben will have to decide who they really are . . . and what they are willing to become for peace.

Okay I have a lot of thoughts on this book, and most of them are not good. The story is told in a 3 person perspective, only one of the characters kept me engaged in the story and that was Devereux or Vex as they call him in the book. The other two,  Adeluna I just didn’t engage with the character, and Benat bits just bored me. Honestly she should have just told the story from the pirates point of view, and added the characters from his view, it would have made for a much more compelling story.

I felt like the story was just all over the place, the Politics and the religion system wasn’t explained that well, they would give you some piece of information, then go off and give you more information, without fully explaining the previous piece of information. I just found it all to be confusing.

I almost DNF’d it so many times but I carried on, and I wish I didn’t.

Honestly this book was put out to be this big pirate adventure, fantasy book, and I honestly don’t think it lived up to that description.

On to some of the parts that were good.

The Magic system was interesting, the magic was through plants, I haven’t read anything like that before so that kept me interested. There was also LGBTQ representation in it.

Goodreads: 1.75 stars (I hate giving low ratings) 😦 

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Book Review: The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

This fantasy is about a young girl Rin who lives in poverty, who lives with her horrible adoptive family who sell drugs to make ends meet, when a proposal of marriage comes, she is determined to get into the most elite military school Sinegard to escape. She aces the test and while there, she is put to the test because she is not like the rest of the students, she also discovers she has shaman powers, all this happens while there is a threat of war, that turns nasty. It shows that war isn’t about glory and winning, it shows how frighting it is, how controlling, how ordinary people get hurt. It is an amazing book.

It’s a pretty dark book as well, it’s not a soft, fuzzy feeling book.

Some Trigger warnings for self harm, drug use, rape ect.

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I really enjoyed reading The Poppy War, the book is set in a fantastical world based on early 20th Century China. It is fast paced, and so well written, it kept me at the edge of my seat, I didn’t want to put the book down. One of the main things I liked about it was, there was no romance in this book, most fantasy books have some element of romance, or sometimes are built around a romance, but this book didn’t have any of that. It was about Rin as a character and her development, as well as the politics of the world, it was a nice refreshing change to read a fantasy book like this.

Rin as a character was really interesting, I loved reading about her progress and how she felt and saw situations. I liked most of the characters she interacted with, and how each of them had their own development within the story. Rin is a woman who is really driven and will do anything to succeed. She works her ass off to get where she wants to get, I really admired her for that.

My only criticism for the book is at some points in the book a lot of time passes within one paragraph, and it made me wonder what had happened durning that time, did she learn anything new, how she felt about it. I think if R.F. Kuang expanded some of these things then it would have made a much more interesting time scale, and we may have learnt something more about Rin.

On Goodreads I gave this 4.5 stars.

If you have any questions about the book, let me know in the comments, and I will try my best to answer them for you.

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My Favourite Fantasy Authors

Fantasy books are one of my favourite genres to read. I love discovering new worlds, new magic systems, the characters and the wars/fights that happen in fantasy books are so compelling.

I’m going to talk about some of my favourite fantasy authors.

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George RR Martin

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Like most people, I’m not ashamed to admit that I didn’t get into the books of Game of Thrones, until I saw the TV series. A Song of Ice and Fire, is one of the more complicated stories to follow, if you are not used to adult fantasy then I wouldn’t recommend starting off with this. In the series you follow different character perspectives, and you follow so many, that sometimes it can get confusing.

George has created one of the most interesting worlds and history to that world, the story is epic and I love this series so much. If you have watched the series then I highly recommend that you read the books.

Robin Hobb

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Robin Hobb is another favourite, her magic systems are always so unique. My favourite series by her is the Farseer series. The way she writes is so beautiful, and you really end up caring for the characters. She also wrote other series set within the same world as the Farseer trilogy. This is one of the best, and most inventive series I have ever read, and I have reread this series so many times, I cant even count how many.

I really recommend her books if you are looking to try adult fantasy for the first time, I honestly don’t know anyone who has read this series and didn’t like it.

Brandon Sanderson

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One of my new favourites is Brandon Sanderson, boy can this guy write an epic fantasy. He writes in a way that doesn’t over complicate the story, and the magic systems that he invents are so unique, I just love his fantastic worlds.

I highly recommend his Mistborn series, the magic system involves metals, thats all I will say about that. His books are action packed and the characters are so interesting.

Sarah J. Maas

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One of my YA fantasy authors is Sarah J. Maas, even thou I love her series A Court of Thorns and Roses, Throne Of Glass is by far my favourite series by Sarah.

I love the characters, I love the magic, I love the fighting, I just love the whole series and I can not wait until the newest and last book comes out.

Laini Taylor

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I love Laini Taylor so much I can’t even put it into words, her writing is almost lyrical, it is so beautiful. She creates fantastic worlds, Strange the Dreamer is in my top ten favourite books of all time. I can not wait until Muse of Nightmares comes out.

I highly recommend Laini, if you just want to read something beautiful, pick up this book.

So there you have my favourite fantasy authors. What are some of yours leave a comment and let me know.

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