May Book Haul!

Hey guys! I can’t believe it’s June on Friday, this year is going by way, way too fast! I feel like this year has gone by in such a blur. I feel like my book haul posts are slowing down now and I’m actually reading more books that I am buying. My May haul was small and I am pleased with what I have acquired this month. Three I purchased myself and one was sent to me for review: So without further ado, here is my May haul:

Charmcaster1) Charmcaster by Sebastien De Castell

I am actually in love with the covers for this series! They are so bright, so eye-catching and so damn beautiful! I was so excited when this book came out and I’m actually already halfway through it now! Expect to see it on my May wrap up, woop! I ordered a signed copy, but unfortunately it arrived damaged! I’m getting a replacement though so fingers crossed that one arrives in perfect condition! I thought I’d read this now though so I can keep my replacement nice! I’m being sneaky. From how much I have read of this so far, I love how each book has new characters and is in a different setting, it makes it that more exciting! I still love Kellen, he is so adorable.

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FairyLoot Unboxing: May 2018!

Hey guys! I have another FairyLoot unboxing for you, yay! May’s theme was Save the Kingdom and I just knew I immediately had to get that because I really love YA books involving Kingdoms and it sounded like it was going to be a really great box! I did really like this box and here are all the items that were included:

Exclusive Norgard Vegan Bath Bomb (Made by Little Heart Gifts): The first item I picked up was this stunning castle bath bomb! It’s inspired by the book of the month and it’s honestly one of the prettiest bath bombs I have ever seen! It’s so cute and I am so excited to use this! It is Moonstones & Berries Scent and it is cruelty free and vegan friendly which is super!

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REVIEW: A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab (Shades of Magic #3)

A Conjuring of LightTitle: A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
Pages: 666
Published by: Titan Books
Publication date: 1st February 2017
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Paperback
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Synopsis: 

The precarious equilibrium among the four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise. Kell–once assumed to be the last surviving Antari–begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. Lila Bard, once a commonplace–but never common–thief, has survived and flourished through a series of magical trials. But now she must learn to control the magic, before it bleeds her dry.

Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery and the Night Spire crew are attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible, as an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown and a fallen hero is desperate to save a decaying world…

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Predicting five star reads!

Hey guys! I’ve seen this post floating around and it looks like a lot of fun! You basically sort through your unread books and pick out ones that you predict you will give a five star rating. Here are my picks:

Six of Crows1) Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I’ve had this book for such a long time! Everyone was raving about it, saying how awesome it was so I just picked up a copy. I’ve seen a lot of great reviews for it and it was all over Instagram for quite a while. Also, my mum read this last week when we were on holiday and she absolutely loved it. She read it in no time at all and then was gushing about how good it was afterwards. So for that reason, I am pretty sure this will get five stars from me. When I will actually get around to reading it though, that’s anyone’s guess!

 

 

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REVIEW: A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab (Shades of Magic #2)

a-gathering-of-shadowsTitle: A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
Pages: 508
Published by: Titan Books
Publication date: 23rd February 2018
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Paperback
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Synopsis: 

Kell is one of the last magicians with the ability to travel between parallel universes, linked by the magical city of London. It has been four months since a mysterious obsidian stone fell into his possession and he met Delilah Bard. Four months since the Dane twins of White London fell, and the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body back into Black London.

Now Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila. And as Red London prepares for the Element Games–an international competition of magic–a certain pirate ship draws closer. But another London is coming back to life. The balance of magic is perilous, and for one city to flourish, another must fall…

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Top 5 Wednesday: Multiple Editions

Hey guys! I’m not sure if this was actually ever a topic for Top 5 Wednesday because I found it in the ‘Suggestions for Future Topics’ section but it looked like a fun one to do. I love buying multiple editions of the same book be it if that the book is signed, is a special limited edition or just has a different cover. So lets get into it! Here are my top 5 books with multiple editions:

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

I actually have three copies of Lady Midnight because they released three different versions and I was just like, take my money!!!! I purchased the normal paperback from Waterstones and also the special limited edition hardback which was signed. I then purchased the WHSmith edition because it had fan art which was beautiful, by the way. So I spent a lot of money on one book but I regret nothing because it is Cassandra Clare and she is awesome. It was totally worth it to own these three beautiful editions.

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Books I’ve Struggled to Finish in 2018 (So far!)

Hey guys! I hope you have all had a lovely weekend! So far this year I have read 20/30 books for my reading challenge and according to Goodreads, I am 10 books ahead of schedule which is fantastic! I thought it’d be cool to look at, out of the 20 books I’ve read so far, which ones I have struggled to finish and why. I have look at what I’ve read so far and picked 5 books which I don’t think is bad out of 20. Here’s what I picked:

Zenith1) Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings: My main problem with this book was that it was too long, had too many chapters and too many POVs. There’s like 99 chapters (why?) and six POVs (again, why?) which was just too much for me. It just felt very unnecessary and it was really confusing to follow. I got to around page 300 and felt that the book should have finished there. But instead it went on for another 200 pages which to me kind of felt like it should have been the second book. So I was contemplating not finishing it but because it was co-authored by Sasha and I had been looking forward to reading it, I pushed through and finished it. This was the first book I read this year and I gave it two stars, so it was not off to a great start!

 

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