August Wrap Up!

Hey guys! Today I am bringing you my wrap up post and probably unsurprisingly, my August TBR completely went out the window this month. I read two books and then I just didn’t feel like reading the rest so I didn’t! I did, however, manage to read 7 books in total which is what I wanted to read! Here’s what I read:

Weregirl: Typhon by C.D. Bell: I feel like I read a completely different book to everyone else because they seemed to love this but I wasn’t that impressed. I thought the plot was really boring and not a lot was happening. I thought it was ridiculous how everyone just accepted this weird mutant creature who looked like Delphine but not Delphine. I could have a massive rant about this book but I’ll save it for the review. For now I’ll just say I felt disappointed with this considering it was the last book in the trilogy.

Frostblood by Elly Blake: This was another book that I wasn’t very impressed by. I felt like I’d read this same plot so many times before four or five years ago and this book brought nothing new to the table. The world is divided by ice and fire and a cruel Frostblood king rules over everyone while Firebloods are either dead or have been forced into hiding. But wait! All is not over! One sixteen or seventeen year old girl has the power to overthrow the king and save everyone from his reign of terror! She trains with a boy she hates and constantly argues with but they are slowly drawn to one another. Now you tell me if none of this plot doesn’t already sound familiar in hundreds of other YA books? At least in the other books I read I actually liked the characters. The characters in Frostblood aren’t very likeable and don’t do themselves any favours. I felt like this story had so much potential but instead the author decides to follow what many other authors have already done and it’s just very tiresome now.

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REVIEW: The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Devil and the Four by Sam Siciliano

Sherlock holmesTitle: The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Devil and the Four by Sam Siciliano
Pages: 336
Published by: Titan Books
Publication date: 7th August 2018
Genre: Thriller/Mystery
Format: Paperback
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Sherlock Holmes’s latest case takes him to Paris in pursuit of Marguerite Hardy: a Frenchwoman who fled her London home in mysterious circumstances. Holmes discovers she left after receiving a mysterious letter, containing an obituary and the words “four for the devil”. Holmes’s investigations will take him and his cousin, Henry Vernier, into a world of seduction and betrayal – and lead them to uncover a secret buried for over twenty years.

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August Book Haul!

Hey guys! Tell me I’m not the only one who thinks August has gone by really fast?? I can’t believe I’m posting my book haul already! I hope you have all had a fantastic month of reading and book buying! Here’s what I purchased this month:

Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas: I have such a great story to tell on this! I pre-ordered both of these from Waterstones and the paperback version arrived fine (I love the purple sprayed edges, so beautiful!) but the hardback that was also signed arrived damaged. I’m always in my local shop and sadly this isn’t the first time one of my books has arrived damaged. I complained to them and they said since I’m a regular they will refund me and give me a brand new copy for free! So I actually didn’t even pay for my hardback copy in the end! I love the staff there so much, they are always so nice and cheery. Very grateful to them for giving me a copy for free! Saved me £12.99 to spend on another book!

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Character deaths I’m not over!

Hey guys! I saw Sasha’s (abookutopia) video on book character deaths she’s not over and I wanted to do the same on my blog as there are a lot of deaths I am not over! Some years old, others quite recent. It will contain spoilers (obviously!), so read at your own risk! 🙂

Death Cure1) Newt in The Death Cure by James Dashner

I’m starting with the oldest one but still the most devastating death I have come across because I feel that it isn’t really a spoiler anymore with it being made into a movie. Seriously if you haven’t read the book or seen the movie then you probably aren’t going to at this point. I read The Death Cure such a long time ago and I am still mad at Newt’s death. He was my favourite character and he deserved a much better ending than that. My dramatic ass was so upset. It took me a few attempts to read The Fever Code when that came out because I didn’t want to see a young Newt and knowing he died. Nope. Nope. Nope.


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REVIEW: Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas (DC Icons #3)

CatwomanTitle: Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas
Pages: 384
Published by: Penguin Books
Publication date: 9th August 2018
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Hardback
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When the bat’s away, the cat will play.

Two years after escaping Gotham City’s slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. Batman is off on a vital mission and Gotham is at the mercy of the new thief on the prowl. Joined by the cunning Poison Ivy and notorious Harley Quinn, she wreaks havoc across the city.

Selina is playing a desperate game of cat and mouse. But with a dangerous threat from the past on her tail, will she be able to pull off the ultimate heist?

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August Favourites! (Bookish and non-bookish!)

Hey guys! I’ve never done a monthly favourites post before but I thought I’d finally do one as I’ve had a lot of August favourites that have made me really excited, so I thought it’d be good to share them with you! Let me know what you think!

IMG_20180724_184107_2301) Black Panther book sleeve

This was in Illumicrate’s May box and if you haven’t heard of them, they are a YA subscription box similar to FairyLoot. I don’t buy these boxes because I’ve just never properly looked into them but they seem to have some really nice items. Black Panther is one of my favourite Marvel characters, I freaking loved the film! I absolutely fell in love with this book sleeve as soon as I saw it and my heart broke a little when I realised it was in a subscription box. Luckily, this wonderful person on Facebook who was in this buy, sell and trade group was selling hers as she didn’t want it. So of course, I snapped it right up and I’ve been using it non-stop ever since. I love it so much, I love it, I love it, I love it! It’s so cute and I’m going to cherish this now.

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REVIEW: Posing for Picasso by Sam Stone

Posing for PicassoTitle: Posing for Picasso by Sam Stone
Pages: 318
Published by: WordFire Press
Publication date: 18th January 2018
Genre: Fantasy/Crime Thriller
Format: Paperback
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In the not too distant future, Avgustin Juniper, a Russian artist living in the USA, is accused of murdering his model and lover Annabel Linton. His case reaches the attention of high-profile attorney, Cassandra Sharp. But the deaths aren’t clearcut: Annabel was attacked and mutilated in a way that the NYPD finds hard to fathom.

Soon, more strange murders occur. Juniper, now under Cassandra’s wing, begins to have terrifying nightmares. Only to learn that they are linked with the case. Worse, every time he paints a female model, she becomes the next victim. Soon Juniper is carried into a nightmare world, where his only support comes from the unexpectedly caring Cassandra. Leaning on her more and more, Juniper finds himself falling for his lawyer and only friend.

With his newfound infamy, Juniper’s art is able to command extraordinary prices facilitated by gallery owner Joy Awen.

As the story unravels, four extraordinary women are revealed, along with their past, immortality, and their connection to the famous artist, Pablo Picasso.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books You Liked With Tropes You Usually Hate

Hey guys! I got so excited when I saw this topic because I remember writing a post earlier in the year discussing trends I hate but now we get to praise some books for these very tropes/trends! Admittedly, I got really excited when I was writing this post and went into a lot of detail! I included a crime thriller series so I didn’t feel like I was just attacking YA books because they get a lot of stick for tropes! I really hope you enjoy! By the way, this post will have spoilers!

Love Triangle: The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

I despise love triangles and I grimaced when I realised The Infernal Devices had a love triangle. I was fully preparing myself for three books of eye-rolling and groaning but I was actually very surprised. This is probably the only love triangle I have come across that I actually liked and it didn’t tear apart the fans. Will, Tessa and Jem have such a strong bond and it’s so easy to love all three of them that the love triangle honestly does not matter. Personally, I am a fan of Jem and Tessa together but I was happy for Will too! Both fans got what they wanted and I can’t believe Cassie actually managed to pull that off. These three are some of my favourite characters, especially Jem. I’m so glad the love triangle didn’t taint my adoration for these characters.

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August TBR!

Hey guys! Here’s my late August TBR, oops! I really should start posting my TBRs earlier because I’ve already finished one book this month and I’m nearly halfway through another. I plan on reading 6 books this month and so far so good! I actually extended my reading challenge to 50 books but I’ve already read 40 so I may need to extend it again, ahh!! Anyway, here is my August TBR:

Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Dust by James Lovegrove: This is the one I am nearly halfway through! I actually was a bit hesitant to read this because the last Sherlock Holmes book I read by James Lovegrove bored me to tears, I didn’t like it at all. But this one is actually pretty good, which I was really surprised by! I love the plot and I love how well he seems to have captured Sherlock and Watson. There’s a lot of sarcastic comments which are making me smile and laugh and I love that! The mystery is only just beginning so I can’t wait to read more and see Sherlock start to unravel everything!

The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Devil and the Four by Sam Siciliano: Two Sherlock Holmes books in one month! Good job I am a fan of his! This one looks very interesting, it seems different to other ones I have read and there’s no mention of John in the synopsis. It doesn’t look like he is in this and instead there’s a cousin. That’s intriguing! I’ll be picking this up as soon as I finish The Devil’s Dust so I hope it’s good!

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