Tiny January 2019 Wrap Up

Hey guys! This month has been disastrous reading wise as I’ve read very little. I was struggling in the last few months of 2018 not to fall in a reading slump and I don’t know if it was going back to work after Christmas or the freezing weather that sent me spiralling and unfortunately gave me that final shove I was trying to avoid. I’ve just not cared to read anything at all and instead just spent my time staring at my phone or playing Spider-Man (which is awesome, by the way). So this is why my posts have been somewhat lacking this month and haven’t been very interesting, at least to me. I’m going to try and pull myself out of this slump in February as I seriously need to finish QOAAD!

The only positive thing I can say is that I’ve actually already ticked one of my reading goals off my list as I managed to listen to my first ever audiobook this month (more on that later). I was so bored in work and that desperate to read SOMETHING that I purchased an audiobook to listen to when work was slow. So that’s one thing done already, yay! Anyway, lets get into the two books I managed to read this month:

delirium1) Delirium by Lauren Oliver

I read this over one weekend and whilst it was easy to read, I didn’t find it particularly interesting. I felt like nothing was happening and I didn’t really care for the characters. Pretty much the whole plot is the main character (I forgot her name already) constantly sneaking out and never getting caught despite saying countless times people always get caught. Amazingly convenient how she didn’t! She meets up with Alex (I actually remembered his name) and starts to fall in love with him. Then we get to the ending! The ending didn’t make any sense to me and it seemed like the author pulled it out of nowhere just so she’d have a reason to write another two books in this series. I’m not interested in continuing and will just pretend that the ending I originally thought was going to happen, happened. Maybe I would have liked this series if I read it when it first came out but 23 year old me says no thank you, next!

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Fantasy Book Series Recommendations!

Hey guys! It has been way too long since I did a recommended reads post so today I thought I would share with you some of my favourite fantasy series! I absolutely love fantasy books and I love talking about them. Some of these I just talk about so much on my blog anyway, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that they are on this list! Here’s my top recommendations:

Spellslinger by Sebastien De Castell:

I cannot stop recommending this series! It’s one of my top fantasy series at the moment, it’s fantastic! It’s a very interesting story as it’s filled with both magic and non-magic. Every child has six tattooed bands on their arm for Iron, Silk, Sand, Breath, Blood, and Ember. Depending on which band they spark, they will then be able to wield that type of magic. Then there is a seventh called Shadow that is the deadly kind of magic and is supposedly cursed! Kellen, the main character, struggles to spark any of his bands. Instead of being given an incredibly rare magical gift, he ends up with none of those six bands and thus has to rely on cheap tricks to best his magical foes. He meets some pretty cool people who give him tips and tricks to avoid him instantly dying in fights with powerful magicians. It’s a series that is filled with many entertaining scenes and lots of twists! It’s pretty much a series of unfortunate events for Kellen! If you’re looking for a series that has magic with a twist, I highly recommend this one!

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Top 5 Wednesday: Top of Your TBR

Hey guys! Today I am bringing you a TBR post for Top 5 Wednesday and I guess it is just your priority reads for 2019! There’s lots of books I’m itching to read all of a sudden and some of them with good reason, so let’s get into it!

Caraval & Legendary by Stephanie Garber: So FairyLoot announced that they will be doing a collector’s edition box for Finale by Stephanie Garber and even though I haven’t read the first two books (yet!), I am very interested in this. I really love the merch for these books and I’ve seen some really awesome quotes from Legendary. I think it goes on sale in March so that gives me a month to read the first two. If I don’t like them, I’ll probably pass on the box but maybe still buy odd bits of the merch if I like it! But finally I’m motivated to read these books that have been sat on my shelf for months!

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Shortest Books On My TBR

Hey guys! A few months ago I listed the six largest books on my TBR so I thought it’d be good to look at the shorter ones and I’m hoping it will give me the kick I need to read them. Realistically, it shouldn’t take me long to read them because some are really short and I know I can easily read them in a day! So without further ado, let’s get into it!

Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs: I bought this when it first came out, started it but then just never finished it! I am a disappointment. I need to read it before I read A Map of Days and since it’s just lots of short stories, I don’t see why I couldn’t read this in a day. I don’t know what to expect as normally this isn’t my kind of thing. I hope it’s good!

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REVIEW: Vicious by V.E. Schwab (Villains #1)

ViciousTitle: Vicious by V.E. Schwab
Pages: 420
Published by: Titan Books
Publication date: 29th May 2018
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Hardback
Amazon UK

Synopsis: 

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in one another. A shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death-experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. They become EOs, ExtraOrdinaries, leaving a body in their wake and turning on each other.

Ten years later Victor has escaped from prison and is determined to get his revenge on the man who put him there, aided by a young girl with the ability to raise the dead. Eli has spent the years hunting down and killing every EO he can find, convinced that they are a crime against God, all except his sidekick, a woman whose power is persuasion and whom he cannot defy. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the arch-nemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Hyped 2019 Releases You Don’t Care About

Hey guys! Today I am talking about hyped 2019 releases I don’t care about or have any interest in reading! These are just ones I’ve constantly seen popping up all over the place, be it people posting pictures of ARCs or even asking about it. Just from reading the synopsis, I have decided these are probably not ones that I’ll like but a lot of them have five star reviews already, so clearly they are popular! Just not something I think I’d enjoy. Here’s my picks:

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi: I read the synopsis for this one and saw 1889 which put me off straight away. I’m not really one for historical settings and much prefer the present day. Also when I was reading the synopsis, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo came to mind as it sounds very similar. The main character has to get a band of experts to help them with a heist? Already read that and didn’t care. I didn’t really like Six of Crows or understand the hype surrounding it, so best to avoid this one.

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Most Anticipated 2019 Releases!

Hey guys! I feel like 2019 is going to be the year for YA books because there’s so many great ones coming out! These are only the ones I’m excited about so far but I’m pretty certain I’ll find some more intriguing ones throughout 2019.

Chains of Gold, The Red Scrolls of Magic & Ghosts of the Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare

Cassie is releasing THREE books this year which is insane and they all sound amazing! I can’t decide which I am most excited for because I love all of the characters so much and I’m so glad we get to see even more of them! I really loved The Infernal Devices so I have high hopes for Chain of Gold! Also all of the covers look so pretty!

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