Top 5 Wednesday: Top of the TBR

Hey guys! So today I’m bringing back a post that I haven’t done in a really long time because I thought this group was dead in the water, but it turns out someone revived it last month and I had no idea! I hope this group does return for good because I had a lot of fun participating when it was active. This week showcases those books that you wanted to read in the first half of the year but never got round to. So let’s get into it!

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: I want to say I bought this book last year and regretfully I have yet to actually pick it up. Given everything that is going on in the world right now, this book is more relevant than ever and I shouldn’t continue to let it sit there on my shelf unread. It does not deserve that and I will be reading it soon.

Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater: Please someone shout at me if I don’t read this book by the end of the year! It was one of my most anticipated and I’ve heard nothing but good things about it so I honestly don’t know why I haven’t read it yet. Ronan was one of my favourite characters and I’m so excited that he has his own trilogy. I definitely think his story isn’t over yet.

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Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag 2020!

Hey guys! It’s time to share my favourite book tag again! Can you believe we’re in mid-June already? I love doing this tag and I’m so pleased to able to post it finally. This year so far I’ve read 44 books and I’m just over halfway through my Goodreads challenge.

I’m not the far ahead compared to last year and honestly working from home hasn’t given me that much of a boost. The only good thing is that I’ve managed to read my thicker hardback books that were like 600 pages. Here’s my best and work books of 2020 so far:

1) Best book you’ve read so far in 2020

It has to be House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas. This book was incredible and so surprising! I had no idea what to expect from it, I just knew I had to read it as soon as it came out. Best decision ever! There was a whole cast of characters that meant there was never a dull moment. I loved Bryce and Hunt and was rooting for them the whole way through. I was really surprised by how much I ended up loving this.

2) Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020

I’ve read some new series this year but the sequels weren’t particularly earth-shattering. The only sequel I loved was Shadowblack by Sebastien de Castell and that was a reread. It was so deserving of five stars and I loved it just as much as the first time I read it. It’s intense but also entertaining, has serious characters but then sarcastic ones to balance it out. It’s one of my favourite fantasy series.

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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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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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April 2020 TBR

Hey guys! It appears that we will be in lockdown in the UK for a little while longer as people can’t seem to follow the rules, which is frustrating for those of us who have been staying inside the past two weeks but there we go. The upside is that I can continue tackling all the massive books on my TBR. So far I have read Crescent City and Strange the Dreamer, both two very different stories. Here’s some more big books I want to tackle in April:

Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor: I might as well mention that I didn’t enjoy Strange the Dreamer, but since I have the second book though I thought I might as well read it. I didn’t like any of the characters and I wasn’t even shocked at the big reveal at the end, so I doubt I’ll enjoy Muse of Nightmares that much. Also, since it’s only a duology *I hope* then I might as well finish the series.

Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi: So this isn’t really a massive book but it’s the last one in the Shatter Me series and I have been waiting a while to read it! I have seen a lot of terrible reviews though so I’m not sure if I will enjoy it. I hope I do though!

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Books I Want to Read While Working From Home

Hey guys! I hope you’re all well and safe! I am working from home now for the foreseeable future and since I’m going to be spending a lot more time at home, I thought I would try and find something good in this scary situation: reading! I have a lot of heavy hardbacks that are difficult to carry to and from work and while I’m not going to be travelling anywhere anytime soon, I thought I could actually read all these massive books! Here’s what I’d like to read in the coming weeks:

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor: I got these books as soon as they were published but I have struggled to find time to read them because they’re so heavy and thick! I’ve heard lots of great things about the first book, not so much the second one though so this should be interesting. I’ve not read any of Laini’s books before but I’ve heard that her writing is very whimsical and poetic. I don’t know too much about these. I believe the first one is about Lazlo Strange who is a dreamer and is obsessed with the lost city of Weep. Fingers crossed I fall in love with Laini’s writing!

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ARC REVIEW: Ricochet by Kathryn Berla

RicochetTitle: Ricochet by Kathryn Berla
Pages: 328
Published by: Flux
Publication date: 8th October 2019
Genre: Science Fiction
Format: eBook
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis: 

When seventeen-year-old Tati sends a saliva sample to a DNA ancestry testing site her results come back inconclusive. What’s wrong with her DNA? And what does it have to do with her unexplained seizures and the beckoning tunnel she sees during them?

What Tati discovers is more than she could have ever imagined possible. Parallel universes exist and her abnormal DNA compels and condemns Tati and her other selves—shy Ana—privileged Tatyana—and on-the-run Tanya, to a lifetime of ricocheting between their parallel lives in the multiverse.

With knowledge of their existence a deadly threat in every universe, the only chance all four have to survive is to work together to take down the scientist responsible: their father.

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July 2019 Wrap Up!

Hey guys! Who else thinks this month went by really fast?? I managed to read 10 books and I’m very happy with that! I loved the majority of them and I actually reread an entire series which was good! I don’t reread books that often so to reread an entire series was awesome. Here’s what I read in July:

The Spider Dance by Nick Setchfield: This is the sequel to The War in the Dark and one of my most highly anticipated sequels! It really didn’t disappoint and was totally worth the wait. The author perfectly brings together an incredible mix of genres to form this amazing story! It was a very fast paced plot and was action-packed from start to finish.

The Retreat by Sherri Smith: Another amazing book from Sherri Smith! It’s about a group of friends who go on a wellness retreat but… only one of them will leave alive. The twist at the end was perfect. Sherri did such an amazing job of keeping it all hush, hush until that jaw-dropping twist at the end. I don’t know how I didn’t see that coming! Such a great story with very complex characters. Definitely worth a read!

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ARC REVIEW: The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson (The Storm Crow #1)

The Storm CrowTitle: The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson
Pages: 350
Published by: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication date: 1st August 2019
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK Waterstones

Synopsis: 

In the tropical kingdom of Rhodaire, magical, elemental Crows are part of every aspect of life…until the Illucian empire invades, destroying everything.

That terrible night has thrown Princess Anthia into a deep depression. Her sister Caliza is busy running the kingdom after their mother’s death, but all Thia can do is think of all she has lost.

But when Caliza is forced to agree to a marriage between Thia and the crown prince of Illucia, Thia is finally spurred into action. And after stumbling upon a hidden Crow egg in the rubble of a rookery, she and her sister devise a dangerous plan to hatch the egg in secret and get back what was taken from them.

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