Monthly Wrap Up | December 2015

I broke up for Christmas towards the beginning of December, so I’ve had a very relaxing month that’s allowed for a lot of reading! During the beginning of my Christmas break I celebrated my 21st birthday, and had a great time with my family! I decided to take a little break from my Harry Potter reading, and read some other books that have been sitting on my bookcase begging to be read for too long!

What I Read

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

The Heir by Kiera Cass

Currently Reading

I’m really enjoying My Heart and Other Black Holes so far, I’ve been reading a lot of fantasy books recently, so it’s really nice to read a bit of contemporary this month.

What books did you read this December? Let me know in the comments!

Happy New Year, I hope you all have a wonderful 2016!


Monthly Wrap Up | November 2015

November hasn’t been the best blogging month for me, I’ve had deadlines and placement to contend with, along with later nights and my Harry Potter reading addiction. I’ve been working my way through the Harry Potter series for the first time, and I’ve loved all of the books so far! But as I’m wanting to read Harry Potter purely for pleasure I’ve decided not to review the books, which is one of the reasons reviews have been a bit lacking this month! 

What I’ve Read

Currently Reading

I was reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at the time of my last Wrap Up, and damn that book’s big!! My non-Harry TBR has been pushed to the side and I’ll probably be purchasing The Half Blood Prince soon!
What books did you read in November? Let me know in the comments!

What Dystopian Taught Me

I recently shared What Twilight Taught Me, and it seemed pretty damn popular, so I followed with a What The Hunger Games Taught Me. I enjoyed writing these posts so much that I couldn’t resit continuing, this time with the good old Dystopian genre! I’m planning on continuing the What It Taught Me series, so let me know which genre you’d be interested in next!
Me and Dystopian books had a serious love affair a year or two ago, kicked off by one trilogy you may have heard of, The Hunger Games. Suzanne Collins kickstarted an epic relationship that saw me devouring a crazy amount of Dystopian books. Through my pretty extensive reading of the genre I thought I’d share just what it taught me!

Firstly, Dystopian books taught me that if I’m an unimportant teen girl then I’ll end up the leader of whatever rebellion, uprising or revolution is taking place, I probably won’t want to be, but it will happen regardless.
Dystopian books taught me I will almost always have boys fighting over me, there will be a love triangle, and I won’t know who to choose, so I’ll lead them both along for as I please.
Dystopian books taught me that my family probably have some seriously dark secrets, secrets that probably relate to my new position within the rebellion.
Dystopian books taught me that the world I’ll be living in is probably some version of  war-torn, environmentally wrecked America. And as far as I’m concerned, no other countries exist.
Dystopian books taught me that my family and friends are the most important things to me, that my own life is less important than theirs, so everything I do is for them and their safety.
And finally, Dystopian books taught me that there is always a bad guy, that the bad guy is probably in power that they need to be taken down, and of course, I’m the only one who can do it.
SO there are some of the things that Dystopian books taught me, I’d love to know what Dystopian books taught you! Let me know in the comments!

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas | Review

     Title: Crown of Midnight

     Author: Sarah J. Maas

     Release Date: August 15th, 2013

Description from Goodreads:

Crowned by Evil.
Bound by Duty.
Divided by Love.

Celaena Sardothien, royal assassin, is the King of Adarlan’s deadliest weapon. She must win her freedom through his enemies’ blood – but she cannot bear to kill for the crown. And every death Celaena fakes, every lie she tells, put those she loves at risk.

Torn between her two protectors – a captain and a prince – and battling a dark force far greater than the king, Celaena must decide what she will fight for: her liberty, her heart or the fate of a kingdom…

I took my time reading Crown of Midnight, and that was definitely not down to lack of enjoyment! I thought that Throne of Glass was fantastic, I couldn’t fathom how Sarah J. Maas could make it any better. But she did, oh boy she did.
I’ll start by saying that I’m Chaolena all the way, I squealed and sighed as their relationship developed, because really how could you not? I love Chaol so much, he’s loyal and caring, and I just love the way he looks out for Celaena. Sure, he kind of messes up a bit and Celaena goes bananas, which I understood, but come on girl! Get over what he did and fall back into Chaol’s loving arms, please! (Because if you don’t I’ll hop on in to your fictional world and happily oblige!)
I now need to say a big thank you to Jumana from Books by Jay and Nicola from Nicola Reads YA for commenting on my review of Throne of Glass and helping with the weird name pronunciation issue. I’ve not yet converted to the proper pronunciation of Chaol, but I’ll get there!
Okay, so I feel that a lot went down in Crown of Midnight, and due to spoilers I won’t go into too much detail of the specifics.
I understand why what happened happened, but I was still saddened because I really liked the character! There were so many twists and turns, some of them I didn’t see coming, and others, Celaena I’m looking at you, I called earlier on in the novel.
Sarah J. Maas is my new favourite relationship writer, and Chaol is my newest book boyfriend love! While I didn’t particularly love Dorian in Throne of Glass I warmed to him so much more in Crown of Midnight, his character has developed so much, and it’s actually lovely to see.
I’m intrigued by Roland’s character, I’ve seen a lot in the bookish sphere of the internet where people have been saying good things, though I didn’t look too closely because I’m not about that spoiler life! I’m guessing he’s going to be playing a bigger role in Heir of Fire or Queen of Shadows, both of which I own and will be reading!
My love for the series, Celaena, Chaol and Sarah J. Maas grew after reading Crown of Midnight, and I’m looking forward to even more feels in Heir of Fire!
Have you read Crown of Midnight? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
‘Crown of Midnight’ by Sarah J. Maas
5 Stars

Ready To Reach by Inglath Cooper | Blog Tour | Review | Giveaway

      Title: Ready To Reach (Nashville #1)

      Author: Inglath Cooper

      Release Date: October 4th, 2012

Description from Goodreads:
Ever thought a dream might pass you by?

Nineteen-year old CeCe Mackenzie is determined to make her dreams come true. She heads to Nashville with not much more to her name than a guitar, a Walker Hound named Hank Junior and an old car she’d inherited from her grandma called Gertrude. But when Gertrude ends up on the side of the I-40 in flames, Nashville has never seemed farther away. Help arrives in the form of two Georgia football players headed for the Georgia dream as well. When Holden Ashford and Thomas Franklin stop offer CeCe and Hank Junior a ride, fate may just give a nod to serendipity and meant to be. Because while CeCe is chasing after her dream, she might find love as well.

I was stupid again, I didn’t realise that Ready To Reach was a short story, so I was pretty surprised when it suddenly ended. I was really enjoying the story following CeCe and her journey to living in Nashville, and I really liked the Southern guys that came to her rescue. The fact that the story was so short didn’t leave all that much room for character development. Although I liked the characters I didn’t feel like I knew them. 
The American South and Nashville are two things that really intrigue me, and that’s why I was drawn to Ready To Reach. These elements came across well in the story, I even started to believe I could have been in Nashville!
Honestly, the only thing that let this story down is the general lack, of length and character depth and growth. I would recommend Ready To Reach, but I’d advise you have the next instalments ready, because that damn ending!
Will you be reading Ready To Reach? Let me know in the comments!

About The Author

Rita award wining author Inglath Cooper writes books that aim to giver her reader a min-vacation. A stretch of time during which they can visit other places and other people’s lives. Her books have reached the top 100 Amazon Kindle Bestseller list, with Truths and Roses hitting #11.
Inglath Cooper’s Nashville series became a reality after she spent time in Music City, writing lyrics with other songwriters. She fell in love with the community and gets to revisit regularly through her characters.
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‘Ready To Reach’ by Inglath Cooper
3 Stars

Allegiant by Veronica Roth | Review

      Title: Allegiant

      Author: Veronica Roth

      Release Date: 22 October, 2013

Description from Goodreads:
The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered – fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature – and of herself – while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love.

I’m going to start off by saying that I didn’t love either Divergent or Insurgent, while I didn’t think they were bad I just didn’t really connect to them. It was three years ago that I read the first two books in the series, so before I could even pick up Allegiant I had to do a little bit of research, which translates to reading what went down in each book online. Despite that, I still encountered quite a few characters that stopped me, making me question who the hell is that?
When I started Allegiant I actually enjoyed it for quite a while, I think that the split POV prevented the issues with Tris that I’d had before. Which, yes, did arise. I don’t know what it is about Tris that I don’t like, I never felt that I connected to her character. She seemed marry and dramatic, the whole selfless act quickly became annoying! Tris always seemed to be the leader of things, from plans to opinions. If she starts hating someone then everyone else follows suit. Peter got it spot on when he said something similar to Tobias when he briefly joined ‘the club’.
In the previous books I liked Tobias, the dark, mysterious, handsome and not at all talkative persona really worked in his favour. He was the unattainable older guy I couldn’t quite believe Tris got. Things might have changed in Allegiant, the split narrative didn’t work for Four. He too became annoying, the whole woe-is-me jig got a little tiresome. I’ve basically decided that I like the characters I read about in the Divergent books, but once I get in their head they’ve lost me. 
I’m going to try and conduct the rest of this review without giving away any spoilers for those of you who haven’t read the book yet, and if you’re not planning on reading just watching the film then shame on you child. If you have read the book, then you’ll know what I’m referring to when I say ‘the event’.
I’ll start off by saying I like Peter and Caleb, so that along with my dislike for Tris shaped my opinion of the event. Who the hell picks the guy a few people hate to volunteer for such a life changing act? That is not the way nice, normal people go about things. A small group of people disliked Caleb, not the whole universe, so Tris and her small army need to get down from their high horses and take a look at themselves.
I wasn’t emotionally affected by ‘the event’, sure I sort of knew before I even started reading, but I felt no sadness or remorse. I was more affected by the choice that Peter made, because I liked him, he was one of my favourites.
Aside from the characters of Tris and Four I enjoyed Veronica Roth’s writing, the whole reason for the city inside the fence was really interesting, and I loved the addition of the new characters. I’m not going to be rushing to re-read the Divergent series any time soon, but I’m glad that I read Allegiant before the final films come out.
Have you read Allegiant? Let me know what you thought in the comments!
‘Allegiant’ by Veronica Roth
3 Stars

Waiting On Wednesday | The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

‘Waiting On’ Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine.

The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
Release Date: 1st March, 2016

Description from Goodreads:
War has begun. Ari is in the thick of it, with the East as his ally and the empire as his enemy. He’s finally managed to dismiss the memory of Kestrel, even if he can’t quite forget her. Kestrel turned into someone he could no longer recognise: someone who cared more for the empire than for the lives of innocent people – and certainly more than she cared for him. At least, that’s what he thinks.

But far north lies a work camp where Kestrel is a prisoner. Can she manage to escape before she loses herself? As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover unexpected roles in battle, terrible secrets, and a fragile hope. The world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and Kestrel and Arin are caught between. In a game like this, can anybody really win?

The Winner’s Curse quickly became one of my favourite books when I read it in May last year, and The Winner’s Crime followed when I read it at the beginning of this year (read my review). I can’t express how much I loved these books, I’d have to say that they’re probably my favourite series! It’s safe to say that The Winner’s Crime finished with a rather large cliffhanger, and I’ve been waiting patiently since February to find out what the hell is going to happen!
Kestrel and Arin are my favourite OTP, so I really want to read the final instalment in the trilogy. And let me just say that I’m really hoping that things start going right for them in this book! And by right I mean, they end up happily ever after, because I love them together.
This synopsis sound so good! In my review of The Winner’s Crime I point blank stated that Arin needs to get his sh*t together, and after reading the synopsis of The Winner’s Kiss again, I’m reminded all too well of those feelings! 
I honestly don’t think that a book series has caused so many emotions as what I’ve read of The Winner’s Trilogy has.
March can’t come soon enough!
What book are you waiting on? Let me know in the comments!