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The Immortal Rules (The Blood of Eden, #1)

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I find myself rereading the same books over and over again, scared to start anything new in case I hate it and then revert to rereading the same books anyway to get over the disappointment of any new books I do read. It’s a very miserable way to go. Anyway, I recently heard about a series called the Blood of Eden by Julie Kagawa. I’ve never heard of the author but I know of some of her works but I knew nothing about this series. I called out to a group on Facebook asking for opinions of the series and the general consensus was “100% YES read these books”. So I took a chance and picked up the first book of the series. Continue reading “The Immortal Rules (The Blood of Eden, #1)”

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Top 10 Books for 2018

20182018 is officially coming to a close and 2019 is about to begin. What a year it has been.

I don’t know about you guys but it’s been a pretty life-changing year for me. I got engaged in spring, found out I was pregnant in summer, lost my grandad in the fall and my lovely old pussycat got put to sleep in winter. It’s been an emotional year with both happy and sad circumstances falling on my family and I but here we are at the end of another year.

I thought I would do a bit of a wrap up of my Top 10 Books for 2018. It’s not something I’ve done before but I thought it would be nice to revisit all the great books I’ve read in the past year. This isn’t limited only to books that have come out in 2018. Continue reading “Top 10 Books for 2018”

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Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Trilogy) – Leigh Bardugo

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So I’m finally catching up with the rest of the world. I got fed up rereading the same books (even though I have loads of books in my TBR pile. I’m sure you can all relate…) and started The Grisha trilogy. Honestly, I was a little sceptical. I’m a part of a few pages on Facebook and there was so much hype around these books that was afraid to be disappointed if I started. But, the series was on sale on the Kindle store and I think I got the three books for around £7 so I can’t really complain. I started Shadow and Bone and I finished it by lunchtime the following day. I couldn’t put it down. I really, really enjoyed the first book. (I also just got these beautiful copies in my most recent book haul. I’m in love). Continue reading “Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Trilogy) – Leigh Bardugo”

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August Book Haul – Welcome to the Grishaverse

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So you might be aware that I recently changed job from the fast paced and should destroying world of the catering industry for a more chilled desk job in a dentist. It’s a pretty good life but we aren’t going to go into that. There is a point behind me mentioning this actually. The way my previous jobs bonus scheme worked was as a point system, your store was awarded points based on performance and you could then go on to spend the points on cool stuff. I was saving my points and when it came to me leaving the company I decided I should use my points instead of losing them.

Naturally, I loaded them all into a National Book Token card to spend in a bookshop.

It did not disappoint.

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Ebooks – Let’s Get Excited!

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PC gamers live for the Steam summer sale. It’s an excellent time to get all the popular games for buttons and I’ve caught myself up in it a few times. However, as bookworms we don’t really get much to get that syked for. Until today. Today marks the start of the Kindle summer sale(!) and I have been busy.

I have to slow down with the buying paperback books thing. My fiancé and I live in a one bedroom flat in Aberdeen and my books currently take up half the flat. Compromises had to be made and so if I want new books, unless they are part of an existing series that I have in paper copy or breathtakingly beautiful, then I have to get them on my kindle. It’s a hard life. My attachmemt for my kindle is growing in a way I never thought it would and with me moving into clerical work my kindle is going to become my buddy for quiet periods in work.

There are hundreds of titles that have been included in the sale from all genres and I’ve been sifting through some of the titles. I’m rather impressed, I must say. There is a lot of titles I recognise and some I have already read. Some of them I’ve already bought not on sale and an kicking myself for not waiting until the sale to buy them. But, worse things have happened.

I’ve bought some new titles from the sale that I’m rather pleased with.

  • How to be Champion by Sarah Millican – This is an unusual one for me because I’m not a big lover of autobiographies. Maybe I’ve just never found one I really enjoy. That being said, when I saw this one and who the author was I thought I’d give in a bash. For 99p, if I hate it, I can’t be too upset. I love Sarah Millican as a comedian. She reminds me a lot of myself but she is hilarious, totally appeals to my sense of humour. I stumbled across her work by accident but I’ve never regretted a moment of it. If this book is going to be anything like her stand-up comedy then I will not be disappointed.
  • The Grisha trilogy – these are titles that pop up again and again for me, recommended based on my most common reads. You can currently get the whole trilogy for less that £7 through the kindle store which, considering you’ll pay £7+ for one of the books in paper copy, is a great deal. I actually have no idea what these books are about, I don’t want to read the description or anything because it’s actually rather nice to go into a series totally blind to what you might find. I’m excited to what I’ll discover.
  • Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven – this is the last of my purchases. It was recommended because I read Beautiful Broken Things which was a book that I really enjoyed (I read the whole thing in one sitting). If this is going to be anything like Beautiful Broken Things then I’m certain I will enjoy it. From the author that wrote All the Bright Places, I’m hoping for some feel good plot line with some angst and heart string pulling.

I’m pleased with my takings so far from this sale. Definitely watch this space for the outcome of my read throughs. Have you read any of my newly acquired titles? Are they worth the read?

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To Kill A Kingdom – Alexandra Christo

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I’ve got another gem of a book to share with you all. So I recently went on holiday to Berlin and needed some new reading material for the week away (I didn’t really need a new book, but you know how it is). I filled my kindle up with some golden oldies and some new books I found on the Kindle store, one of them being To Kill A Kingdom, and I was ready for a week in Berlin. The reason I chose this book was that I decided to read the reviews (for once!) and it mentioned the first line of the book which is more than enough to capture your undivided interest.

I have a heart for every year I’ve been alive. There are seventeen hidden in the sand of my bedroom.

Talk about an engaging opening for a book! As well as an excellent opening line, the book is also recommended for fans of Sarah J. Maas books, whose work I adore, and Leigh Bargugo (I haven’t read her books, she’s the author of the Six of Crows series. Would you recommend I read this series?). So really I had no choice but to get stuck in about this book.

The book is told from two points of view, Lyra and Elian and it flicks between their points of view each chapter. Lyra is a siren who steals the hearts of princes and Elian is a Prince who longs for a life sailing the sea. Lyra is known as the Princes’ Bane among the humans, notorious for her desire to only steal the hearts of Princes, ripped straight from their chests. Lyra disobeys her mother’s orders and is punished by being turned into a human, left floating in the ocean. Elian is a siren killer and self-declared Pirate finds her and takes her aboard his ship. He wants nothing more than to put a stop to the notorious Princes’ Bane but takes Lyra aboard his ship, unknowing she is what he hunts in another form. The two embark on a journey to put a stop to the Sea Queen’s rule and recapture a long lost legend.

Something I loved about this book was the initial way that our two main characters both see themselves as bad people. Each of our main characters often takes the time to reflect back on the bad qualities that they both possess. Both of them very openly admit to being murderers, of varying degrees and their actions and views could be considered morally questionable at best. I find a relatable aspect of Lyra’s relationship with her mother (not to say that my mum is an evil sea-queen who steals hearts, but she isn’t entirely a saint either). But then, diamonds are formed under pressure. It just depends on how you chose to embrace. I feel it.

It was pleasant to see that Lyra didn’t give up who she was for a man. That much stays apparent throughout the whole book, although there is a very clear character development. She is by no means of the word good but, forged by something as twisted and cruel as the Sea Queen, it is unsurprising to see the values she holds at the beginning of the book. In a life where cruelty and bitterness are nurtured it is hard for love and compassion to bloom. But even in the darkest of hearts such feelings still bloom. Our anti-heroine doesn’t become soft, but instead alters her moral standing and forges a unity that stands to serve a much bigger picture. It is fair to say that this book is has a rather large undercurrent of romance to it but not in a conventional type of way. It grows but it is a very slow-burn but completely worth the journey. It very much progresses into it from two people not willing to find the time or care enough to try to two people drawn together under a common goal.

In the pits of our souls – if I amuse myself with the notion that I have a soul – Elian and I aren’t so different. Two kingdoms that come with responsibiliites we each have trouble bearing. Him, the shackles of being pinned to one land and one life. Me, trapped in the confines of my mother’s murderous legacy. And the ocean, calling out to us both. A song of freedom and longing.

Lyra sets out to steal the heart of a prince. In the end, he gives it up freely. I wouldn’t recommend this book if you chose your fantasy based on the romance factor but if you are willing to give it the time to bloom then you won’t be disappointed.

How strange that instead of taking his heart, I’m hoping he takes mine.

It is a dark and vicious story, fantasy with a slow-building romance. It has fairy-tale qualities and some parallels to The Little Mermaid (but it is in no way a retelling). Both of our protagonists are bad-ass and witty with such a dry sense of humour you might be tempted to drink the ocean water. It is a refreshing fantasy, if not a brutal at times.

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So I’m super excited about that.

Until next time, guys!

 

To Kill A Kingdom – Alexandra Christo

ISBN: 978-1-4717-0740-6

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Angelfall – Penryn and the End of Days

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So I decided to re-read some of my old favourites, sifting through my bookshelves. I wasn’t going to write about this but the Penryn & the End of Days trilogy by Susan EE is so underrated and never seems to get the recognition that it deserves. The first book was released back in 2011 and from there I followed the release of the books, addicted in the same way I now am with Maas books. This is the first post of three and we’re starting with book 1, Angelfall.

The book starts with a family together, fighting off starvation in a world reduced to rubble by invading angels. The angel’s arrival on earth ripped the world apart and initially, there seems to be no motive behind the invasion other than to torment and kill humans. Penryn, her sister, and her unhinged mother have survived the initial few months and managed to stay together unlike many others. However, things very quickly take a turn for the worst when the family finds themselves in the middle of an execution of an archangel. A group of angels brutalise an injured angel before severing the angels’ wings and continuing to fight with the wounded angel. Continue reading “Angelfall – Penryn and the End of Days”