Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Autumn 2013 TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely people at The Broke and the Bookish, every week there is a different topic in which you answer back to! The feature was created as a way to share their top tens with everyone. Anyone can join in so come along and share your top ten lists with us all!

So my list isn't going to be full of new releases like others may be. There are so many books I’d like to read this autumn that have been out for a while. A lot of these books already have devoted fans and I’d like to see what the hype is all about! I know that I probably won’t end up reading most of these books as I have a job now and it will cut down my free time dramatically. I know that it’s going to be tough trying to keep on top but I promise that I will try my hardest. I usually just list my answers to this meme but I thought it’d be a nice touch if I put the covers of the books as well. And let me tell you one thing, most of these covers are stunning. Enjoy!

Sunday, 15 September 2013

[Review] City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Published July 7th 2008 by Walker Books
Paperback, 411 Pages
Synopsis:
Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go -- especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil -- and also her father.
To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings -- and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?
My Thoughts:
First things first, I enjoyed City of Ashes a hell of a lot more than the first book. I did like CoB but I felt that I was able to connect with the characters in this instalment whereas I didn't in the first book. So that’s a win on its own! City of Ashes is a brilliant follow-up to the first book and had me craving more of the Shadowhunter world. 

So I've spent the past 5 days reading this book, yes 5 days is quite a long time to read a book but hey, I don’t like to rush something I'm enjoying! What I liked most about this book was the fact that it carried on right from where the last one finished off. I was desperate to see what happens next so I was glad to see that the author didn't skip too far ahead. Not much had changed since the last book, but let me just get one thing out of the way; I wasn't too happy when Simon and Clary became “official”. I mean come on, Clary was blatantly pining over Jace and it wasn't fair on Simon. He deserves to be treated better and that’s shocking for me to say considering I wasn't keen on him in the first book. To those of you that haven’t read the book yet; I'm sorry for the spoiler! 

I'm Hauling Some Epic Reads!

So, I bought some more books. Well I didn't really buy them, one of them I got for free as the sales advisor was being a bit dozy that day and didn't realise how much change she’d given me. And the other I bought with a gift card that my Nan didn't want. So it was happy days all round for me! I've also bought some new books on my Kindle. I hadn't bought any Kindle books before but when I found awesome deals on some of the books I wanted I couldn't really say no. NetGalley has also been kind to me, with so many great titles on the site at the minute I found myself requesting loads. Now my Kindle is fully stocked with so many exciting titles I don’t know where to start!

Physical Copies:
Prodigy by Marie Lu- I recently finished Legend and immediately knew that I had to get this ASAP!
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Kindle Books:
The Selection by Kiera Cass
The Transfer: A Divergent Story by Veronica Roth
Mr Penumbras 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

NetGalley Books:
Fields of Elysium by A.B. Whelan
Finding Home by Lauren K. McKellar
SIA by Josh Grayson
Resist by Sarah Crossan
Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles

As you can see I have gotten some really exciting new books. I cant wait to read them but there's so many that I don't know which one to read first! I'd love to see what you've gotten recently as well so don't hesitate to leave a comment below.

Saturday, 14 September 2013

[Review] Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Published September 29th 2011 by Hodder & Stoughton
Hardback UK, 418 Pages
Synopsis:
"Errand requiring immediate attention. Come. The note was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it. Karou read the message. 'He never says please', she sighed, but she gathered up her things.
When Brimstone called, she always came."
In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she's a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in 'Elsewhere', she has never understood Brimstone's dark work - buying teeth from hunters and murderers - nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn't whole.
Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.
My Thoughts:
It’s been a long time since I read this book but a review is better late than never! I'm planning on reading the second book soon so I thought it’d be the perfect time to write this. So, first things first, this book was fricken epic. And when I say epic I mean EPIC. Yeah I do realise how many times I've said the word epic in the last few sentences but it really is the perfect word to describe this book.

My review probably won’t do this book any justice. I mean I can’t even put my thoughts coherently together at this point and it’s been a year since I read it! It just goes to show how much this book blew my mind. If you haven’t read it yet then please just go and buy it. Read it, Live it and Love it. 

This book is a rare find, it’s not very often you come across a book which is so utterly perfect. Laini Taylor has created something to be proud of. Her words are ones of fine craftsmanship. She isn't just good at writing; she’s a master of writing. With the flow of a smooth symphony, this book may seem slow but it enables the reader to appreciate it a lot more. 

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Wishlist Wednesday #8

Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it's entirely up to you), that we can't wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves. This blog hop was created by the wonderful Dani over at Pen to Paper so make sure you check out hers as well!

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Published November 15th 2011
Synopsis:
Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.
The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.
The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.
Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.
I feel like the only person in the blogosphere who hasn't started this series yet. I've had it on my Amazon wish list for a while now and I always end up adding it to my basket but I never buy it! Something else ends up grabbing my attention and this gets re-added to my wish list for another couple of months. Maybe one day I will cave. But I really do want to find out what all of the hype is about. I love the new cover designs as well, the colours on them are so beautiful and the image itself is quite attention grabbing. I’d like to see if it has anything to do with the book itself. 

Monday, 9 September 2013

[Review] The Transfer: A Divergent Story by Veronica Roth

The Transfer: A Divergent Story by Veronica Roth
Published September 3rd by Katherine Tegen Books
eBook, 50 Pages
Synopsis:
More Four! Fans of the Divergent series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth will be thrilled by "The Transfer," the first of four new short stories told from Four’s perspective. Each brief story explores the world of the Divergent series through the eyes of the mysterious but charismatic Tobias Eaton, revealing previously unknown facets of his personality, backstory, and relationships.
My Thoughts:
As a fan of Four, I was ecstatic when I found out that Veronica Roth would be releasing four more mini stories from his POV. I didn't quite realise how short these stories would be. So when I read The Transfer I was slightly disappointed with the length especially as it’s quite pricey on Amazon. In the UK its £1.99 which I think is absolutely atrocious considering that it’s actually on 30 pages long. If it was the same price in the US it would be over $3. So in affect we British fans have to pay even more for this short snippet of a story! 

Price aside I did end up buying the eBook as I feel bad for authors when the file gets uploaded to the internet for free. It’s not right as they've spent so much time working on perfecting their writing for us and then someone ruins it! Sorry about the little rant, I just feel so passionate about this issue.

I feel like this review has turned into me going off on one so I’ll get back to the point. I was so excited to read The Transfer, I think at one point I shouted at my Kindle as it was taking forever to charge. Poor thing, it doesn't understand my need to read. We didn't really get to know Four in Divergent until his relationship with Tris progressed from trainer to love interest. So you can imagine my undying need to find out more about his delicious self.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

[Review] Legend by Marie Lu

Legend by Marie Lu 
Published February 3nd 2012 by Penguin
Paperback, 295 Pages
Synopsis:
What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.
From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.
My Thoughts: 
A fast Paced, action packed, all round entertaining read that deserves all of the attention it can get. A definite must read if you haven’t already read it! As you might be able to tell by now, I really enjoyed this book. 

I'm going to be honest here and say that it did take me two weeks to read this book. For those of you that haven’t read my previous post I've been in a bit of a reading slump. The dreaded thing that all book lovers loathe! Up until today I had only read 100 hundred pages but when I picked it up earlier this afternoon I found myself powering through it. I was hooked. I needed to know how it ended and wouldn't put it down until I knew. And now here I am, gushing over how wonderful it was.

Everything about this book was perfect from the writing, to the characters and most importantly the plot. It’s everything I want from a dystopian and more. I can’t stress enough how much I loved it. Everyone in the world needs to read it just so they can understand where I'm coming from.

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Update: On Life, My Reading Slump & Free Books!

Hello all! Yes, I do still exist and I know it’s been a week and a bit since my last post, I'm sorry about that. But, life has thrown opportunities at me that have kept me busy. I've had three job interviews, a phone one and two group interviews which both had one-to-ones as well! So they've definitely occupied a lot of my time, they've had me stressed, nervous and even feeling a little sick. I know that I didn't get one of the jobs but they've put me on file to be a Christmas temp rather than a permanent member of staff. This is good but I am looking for something that’s slightly more permanent as I've got nothing else to do right now having left college.

Jobs aside, I've gone into a reading slump. I got into one at the same time last year so maybe it’s just one of those things. I really do hope that I will be able to pull myself out of it soon but I just feel uninterested when I pick up a book. I am still looking at ones to buy but I just can’t bring myself to read them. I think I just need to read something that blows me away and has me gripped from page one. If you have any recommendations then please let me know, I'm desperate people!

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