June 2020 TBR

Hey guys! I can’t believe it’s June already and that I’ve been working from home for over two months now. I feel like I haven’t got as much reading done as I thought I would and I’m not that much further ahead with my reading challenge compared to last year. Hopefully I can read a lot more this month. I haven’t read many crime thrillers this year so I’ve decided to take a break from fantasy books (excluding Spellslinger) and read some of my thrillers!

The Wives by Tarryn Fisher: This sounds like it’s going to completely mess with your head! The main character only sees her husband one day a week (Thursday) and she’s never met his other wives. That all changes when she meets Monday, who has bruises on her arms. She starts to question who her husband really is and what else he’s keeping from her. Already I’m shocked that she was fine with that arrangement and I can’t wait to see how the story unfolds. I hope it’s a rollercoaster from start to finish!

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May 2020 Wrap Up

Hey guys! I’m really pleased with what I read in May, but I definitely fell flat on my face thinking it was a good idea to read a six book series. I wanted to read two series in May – Spellslinger and The Nevernight Chronicle – but I didn’t end up finishing either of them. I read four out of six of the Spellslinger books and I suddenly wasn’t in the mood for the last two. That sucked massively as I really love this series. I also wasn’t in the mood for Nevernight, so instead I read completely different books. Here’s what I read and my reasons for not finishing Spellslinger:

The Sight of You by Holly Miller: I don’t normally gravitate toward contemporary or romance novels but this one caught my eye. Joel has visions of what’s going to happen to those he cares about – good and bad things. He’s avoided love because he’s always seen how it ends but then he meets Callie. Joel slowly falls in love with Callie, but then he has a vision of how their relationship will end and he has to decide whether to end things with Callie or to continue seeing her knowing how and when it will end. This was an emotional story and certainly tugged at my heartstrings, but I felt a bit conflicted with the story. It’s hard to say without giving away spoilers but I was expecting something different to happen. Also, while the beginning and the ending were compelling, the middle of the story fell a bit flat and not much was happening. I ended up giving this three stars overall.

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REVIEW: Soulbinder by Sebastien de Castell (Spellslinger #4)

Title: Soulbinder by Sebastien De Castell
Pages: 400
Published by: Hot Key Books
Publication date: 4th October 2018
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Hardback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis: 

A spell warrant on his head. A posse on his trail. A curse on his eye.

Kellen and his murderous squirrel cat, Reichis, are on their own, searching for a mythical monastery known as the Ebony Abbey. It’s a place that outsiders can never find, but Kellen is getting desperate. He’s been told that the monks inside the Ebony Abbey know more about the shadowblack than anyone else – and that they even know how to cure it.

But there are darker truths waiting there for Kellen, and when he finds himself separated from Reichis he’s forced to face the world alone and venture deeper into shadow magic than he ever knew he could. 

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Books Releases I’m Excited For!

Hey guys! So when I did my most anticipated 2020 books back in January, I didn’t realise until now just how many books I missed off that list. Since there’s tons more I’m excited about (one I only found out about recently), I decided to post a second one! Hope you enjoy!

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer: I cannot tell you how much I was freaking out when this was announced. I have been waiting so long for this and I’m so happy it’s finally here. I honestly never thought this day would come! My favourite thing about this announcement though has been all the Twitter memes, they were hilarious. I’m so excited to dive back into this world and it’s also really cool being able to get caught up in all the excitement on Twitter as well. The only thing I’m not a fan of is the cover. I don’t think it’s that nice compared to the others.

All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban: I have been seeing this book everywhere and even more so after I followed the author on Twitter. She’s so lovely and seems so down to earth and has me seriously hyped up for her novel. It reminds me of One Of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus and I loved that book so much! All Your Twisted Secrets sounds exactly that – twisted. Six teens have to choose which of them to kill within 60 minutes or else they will all die. I can’t wait to read this!

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REVIEW: Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Ninth HouseTitle: Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
Pages: 458
Published by: Gollancz
Publication date: 8th October 2019
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Hardback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

Alex Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. A dropout and the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved crime – the last thing she wants is to cause trouble. Not when Yale was supposed to be her fresh start. But a free ride to one of the world’s most prestigious universities was bound to come with a catch.

Alex has been tasked with monitoring the mysterious activities of Yale’s secret societies – societies that have yielded some of the most famous and influential people in the world. Now there’s a dead girl on campus and Alex seems to be the only person who won’t accept the neat answer the police and campus administration have come up with for her murder.

Because Alex knows the secret societies are far more sinister and extraordinary than anyone ever imagined.

They tamper with forbidden magic They raise the dead. And, sometimes, they prey on the living…

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May 2020 TBR

Hey guys! Today I’m going to talk about the books I want to read in May. I think this is looking to be a fantasy series month – I feel like tackling some of my unread series and obviously most of them are fantasy. Here’s what I’d like to read:

Spellslinger (Books 1-6) by Sebastien de Castell: I remember saying that while I was working from home I wanted to read the last three books in Spellslinger series. However, I have now decided to reread the entire series because a) I love this series so much and b) I don’t entirely remember what happened in the second and third books. I’m going to try to read all six books this month, but if not then I definitely want to read the first three. I hope I end up giving them all five stars again!

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April 2020 Wrap Up

Hey guys! Today I am bringing you my April wrap up and I managed to read eight books. Compared to last month, I did enjoy them a lot more but there’s still a few that I didn’t like. Here’s what I read:

Strange the DreamerMuse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor: I really wish I could say I loved this duology, but sadly it wasn’t for me! I thought the story had a lot of potential and was intrigued by the different ability each character possessed. I would’ve loved way more attention on that rather than the romance between Lazlo and Sarai. Also, I was extremely disappointed with how little focus there was on Sarai in Muse of Nightmares. Maybe I missed something, but did she actually do anything in this book? The plot didn’t make sense to me at all and I was so, so tired of reading about how much Lazlo and Sarai loved each other. You’ll be seeing these books in a future unhaul, for sure.  Continue reading