Monday, December 19, 2016

My Review of 'THE MIME ORDER' by Samantha Shannon

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The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

**WARNING**
this review may contain some spoilers if you have not read the first book!

The second book takes off just minutes from where the first book ended. With the crescendo ending of The Bone Season, and then an action packed start to The Mime Order, this series is sure looking promising to my high expectations! I was absolutely thrilled by how the first twenty, or so, pages of The Mime Order was executed. It was heart pounding, riveting and quite unexpected for the beginning of a book.

After all the beginning action had calmed down and things seemed to be going back to ‘normal’, it was interesting to see how Scion London and the Unnatural syndicate functioned. In the first book, The Bone Season, I didn’t really get to see much of Paige’s ordinary life and her job as a Mime-lords mollisher. Nor did I get to see much of this Dystopian-London world and the evil Scion government in action. It was cool to see the dark and complex world that Samantha had been trying to describe throughout the first book. I also got more of an understanding of the clairvoyants and their abilities, and how they are ranked in ‘The Seven Orders of Clairvoyants’. The world, and its history, became even broader - if that was even possible considering its description throughout The Bone Season was quite broad and detailed already. There were so many pieces of the puzzle that were put together in this sequel, while at the same time more puzzle pieces were handed to out.

I loved how the introduction to new characters was paced, and how the characters that previously appeared, or were mentioned, returned. These particular characters had a much stronger presents in this sequel, and seeing the relationship they have with Paige was an interesting development, especially when previously these characters were only seen during small flash backs in The Bone Season. And although some characters from the first book may not have been present throughout The Mime Order, or were still only mentioned, I’m looking forward to their – no doubt – return or official introduction in future installments.
The one thing I was honestly looking forward too was Warden’s return. And yes, I feel like the beginning plot dragged a bit because I was struggling to wait and eagerly anticipating for Warden to walk back onto the page. And as soon as he had returned, and he and Paige were finally reunited, the book completely had my full attention – no force could pry this book from my hands. The events surrounding Warden and the Ranthen’s reappearance was the kick the storyline needed, as it opened up new arising issues and threats for all the characters, and revealed even more of the corruption in the Scion government and this Dystopian-London.

Samantha sure did hype up the romantic tension between Paige and Warden. It was refreshing to see them interact more naturally around each other - especially after that one particular moment from the first book. Even with the odds stacked against them and threats coming from all sides, it was fascinating to see them explore what they were feeling, especially with two characters that don’t have any previous experience with love or sharing what they felt. Seeing them both try to figure out what they wanted and how they could try and make this forbidden-but-undeniable-connection work was enticing, and I’m left lusting for more.

I thought Paige’s character also grew a lot more in this sequel. In The Bone Season she was trapped and looking for a way to escape and defy the fate the Raphaim had planned for her. And even though she was still in a way trapped and looking for a way out – now from the repercussions of her escape – she had fuelled motivation and good reason to despise Scion, and swear a crusade against them. Due to the new threats of her secret - yet relentless - defiance, she had to be more aware of her surroundings, the vulnerability of her gift and the people she chose to trust. Before Paige was afraid of her clairvoyant gift and didn’t want to develop it to its full potential - she thought it was too invasive to use, and fearing she was only valuable because of the uniqueness of it and nothing more. But after having to use and harness it in order to save herself and others, she became more motivated to explore and strengthen it - and I have to say Samantha’s take on a dream walking ability is unique and cool!

Overall, this sequel did its predecessor justice. It was action packed, enlightening, jaw dropping and completely satisfying – even with that cliff-hanger ending! This book had everything I wanted and even more I didn’t know I wanted. It is completely unique to anything that I’ve previously read before, with a world that imaginatively comes to life in your mind. Samantha Shannon is now one of my favourite authors and I’d probably read anything she writes.

I cannot wait for The Song Rising to come out in March, 2017, and I’ve already pre-ordered The Pale Dreamer prequel that’s to come out this December! It’s official, I’m hooked!


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Follow Samatha on...
Twitter: @say_shannon
Instagram: @say_shannon
Website: http://www.boneseasonbooks.com/
Blog: http://samantha-shannon.blogspot.com.au/

THE BONE SEASON SERIES
#1 THE BONE SEASON
#2 THE MIME ORDER
#0.5 THE PALE DREAMER (December 2016)
#3 THE SONG RISING (March 2017)

THE MIME ORDER available now from...
Australia
- https://www.dymocks.com.au/book/the-mime-order-by-samantha-shannon-9781408857410/#.WFeJ_vl9600
- http://www.angusrobertson.com.au/books/the-mime-order-samantha-shannon/p/9781408857427
- http://www.booktopia.com.au/the-mime-order-samantha-shannon/prod9781408857427.html

International
Paperback - https://wordery.com/the-mime-order-samantha-shannon-9781408857427?cTrk=MzM0OTc4ODN8NTg1NzhhZGY1MTU2NDoxOjE6NTg1NzhhY2M5NWIzNjUuMDA4MDI3NTM6YTU1NjQ0NzQ%3D
Hardback - https://wordery.com/the-mime-order-samantha-shannon-9781620408933?cTrk=MzM0OTc4ODN8NTg1NzhhZGY1MTU2NDoxOjc6NTg1NzhhY2M5NWIzNjUuMDA4MDI3NTM6MTU2YjE2MjQ%3D
Paperback - http://www.bookdepository.com/The-Mime-Order-Samanth-Shannon/9781408857427?ref=grid-view
Hardcover - http://www.bookdepository.com/The-Mime-Order-Samanth-Shannon/9781620408933?ref=grid-view

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- THE MIME ORDER by Samantha Shannon


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

My Review of 'THE BONE SEASON' by Samantha Shannon

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The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book had everything I look for in a good book!

In this book we are introduced to a Paranormal Futuristic Dystopian London, which is run by a corrupt and fearsome government called Scion. Paige Mahoney, who is the protagonist in this story, is the Mollisher to a powerful and influential Mime-lord. Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant, one of the highest orders in the ‘Seven Orders of Clairvoyance’ ranking. People like her are perceived as freaks, an abomination, even amongst her own clairvoyant kind. And being second to a gang-lord and part of the Unnatural Underground Syndicate makes her a targeted threat. And according to the Scion government she is an outlaw who should not exist, and is committing treason by just breathing.

When she is suddenly chased, drugged and captured, she is taken to a place which was once known as Oxford, a place that apparently should no longer exist. There she discovers Scions corrupt secrets, their fed lies, and the true hidden face of Scion London’s government, the Rephaim.

That is all the information I am going to give you to introduce you to this complex world. What Samantha has created is amazing, and completely captivating. I was reading this book way into the early hours of the morning. Any free moment I had I spent devouring this book. That’s how enthralled I was by it.

I do admit that there was so much detail to the world building of this dystopian London that I was initially overwhelm by it all. It took me about three or four chapters before it all started to flow and make sense. There was just so much thrust upon you at the beginning; it was hard to follow on with. Especially with the use of unfamiliar words, weird names to describe the different clairvoyance’s and their ranks in the complex system, let alone trying to grapple with the introduction of this evil government.

But after getting past the beginning hurdle and finally familiarising myself with the language and this new world, I really started to enjoy it. And every chapter after that was like a breeze. Even though I was really busy with work, I still read and finished this book within three days.

Paige Mahoney is a determined and feistily resilient woman, who will not go down without a fight. She is loyal to a fault and hopeful to the end. She truly is a character to admire. Besides our main protagonist, Paige Mahoney, who is just one tough and unyielding form, we have Warden, a Rephaite who comes off as a cold and distant character, but we soon find out is actually more humane than the others of his kind. With the scars of the past that continue to haunt him, we see his layers and motives he tries to keep hidden underneath. And when he and Paige start to see eye to eye, they are a spark to the flame. Let just say that shit goes down, okay.

I really enjoyed this first book in THE BONE SEASON series. Even if the beginning was a bit overwhelming, it quickly redeemed itself and left me wanting more. It was packed with intrigue, action, chaos and imagination. I really need book two, THE MIME ORDER, ASAP because I’m DYING to know what happens next – plus, I need more of Warden. ;P

Oh, and if you didn’t know, there is going to be SEVEN books in this series! With the third book, THE SONG RISING, to be released early in 2017 – and I cannot wait! :D

Follow Samatha on...
Twitter: @say_shannon
Instagram: @say_shannon
Website: http://www.boneseasonbooks.com/
Blog: http://samantha-shannon.blogspot.com.au/

THE BONE SEASON SERIES
#1 THE BONE SEASON
#2 THE MIME ORDER
#0.5 THE PALE DREAMER (December 2016)
#3 THE SONG RISING (March 2017)

THE BONE SEASON available now from...
Australia
- https://www.dymocks.com.au/book/title-9781408836439/#.WDMf8Pl97IU
- https://www.angusrobertson.com.au/books/the-bone-season-samantha-shannon/p/9781408836439?voucherCode=ARBBKOSMOCBH&utm_medium=36408&utm_source=APD-Affiliate
- http://www.booktopia.com.au/the-bone-season-samantha-shannon/prod9781408836439.html?clickid=Wsx0EGXhlTtJxdYSWHXhfygvUkkToN22M0w3xM0&utm_campaign=Booko&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_source=APD&promoCode=QKTNCSYXGJVRKSMBKO

International
Paperback - https://wordery.com/the-bone-season-samantha-shannon-9781408836453?cTrk=Mjk2NjEyNjd8NTgzMzIwOWRiMDBlMjoxOjE6NTgzMzIwOGFhZDdkMjcuNzI5ODMwNDk6NjMwNzQ2YmE%3D
Hardback - https://wordery.com/the-bone-season-samantha-shannon-9781620401392?cTrk=Mjk2NjEyNjd8NTgzMzIwOWRiMDBlMjoxOjY6NTgzMzIwOGFhZDdkMjcuNzI5ODMwNDk6NTIxZjcxY2Q%3D
Paperback - http://www.bookdepository.com/The-Bone-Season-Samanth-Shannon/9781408836453?ref=grid-view
Hardcover (CHEAP!) - http://www.bookdepository.com/The-Bone-Season-Samanth-Shannon/9781408836422?ref=grid-view

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- THE BONE SEASON by Samantha Shannon

Monday, November 21, 2016

My Review of 'OUR CHEMICAL HEARTS' by Krystal Sutherland


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Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

How do I even begin to explain how much I loved this book?!

I am not a huge fan of contemporary books; it’s not a genre I’m into. There are very few contemporary books that I have tried to read and that have held my interest. I admit that this book honestly didn’t stand out to me at first, it just sounded like many of the other young-adult-contemporary stories out there. But after making the leap to pick it up it was certainly not what I had expected.

Henry’s story of first love, although uniquely different to others, was compelling and beautiful to read. Through the ups and downs, I was strapped into the roller coaster and ready to go. I cried at the small things and sobbed during the heart crushing moments. But I also genuinely smiled during the light hearted ones as well. I laughed so much at the nerdy references, and witty commentary. This is what you expect from a good book.

Henry’s narration and ongoing stream of consciousness was hilarious and raw. He was relatable because he embodied us, our desires and our deepest thoughts. Despite never being in an actual relationship, he had this undying hope to find ‘true love’ because he believed in happy endings and wanted his first to be something epic. Henry was such an incredibly patient and understanding character that you just couldn’t help to love him.

Besides immediately loving Henry, I also loved his two closest friends, Murry and Lola. All three of them had this unbreakable bond with one another, that you could see their true friendship. And Henry’s family was another thing to admire. His parents were his idols when looking for true love, which was endearing to his character and the overall arc in this story. His sister, Sadie, was another character you just could not help but love right away. She was always encouraging Henry to let loose and have fun. And her past delinquency was something I wish I could have read more about. If she had her own standalone book I’d totally read it.

And now for Grace, I liked her character in the beginning and when we got more insight to her and her past, I had so much hope. The way both Henry and Her communicated with each other, and their quirkiness together, was cute. I felt deeply for her and for all that she went through, I couldn’t fault her for some of her actions and the way she dealt with them. But I slowly started to despise her. I was getting so angry at the things she was doing or saying, and I was even getting frustrated with Henry for putting up with it. But she was a character you just couldn’t turn away from, even though you wanted to give her a piece of your mind. Even with all her faults, Grace was still a funny and entertaining character.

Our Chemical hearts had the perfect mixture of humour and heaviness. Despite it being a love story, that wasn’t full of fluff, it was realistic. I don’t remember how many times I cried while laughing, but I’m fairly certain it was continuous throughout reading this book. I honestly couldn’t help being captivated by this story. I am not very well acquainted with many YA contemporary works – especially ones that have come out as of late – but out of those that I have read this one easily takes the cake. It was definitely a memorable read. One that so many will be able to relate to, and a book so many younger people will benefit from reading.

In the end, this book left me broken. It left in pieces. Too many to be glued back together. That was what this book had done to me. But at the same time, this book was enlightening. This book was hopeful. And ultimately, this book is beautiful.


Follow Krystal on...
Instagram; @km_sutherland
Twitter: @km_sutherland
Website: http://krystalsutherland.com/

OUR CHEMICAL HEARTS available now from...
Australia
- https://www.angusrobertson.com.au/books/our-chemical-hearts-krystal-sutherland/p/9781471405839
- http://www.booktopia.com.au/our-chemical-hearts-krystal-sutherland/prod9780143573906.html
- https://www.dymocks.com.au/book/our-chemical-hearts-by-krystal-sutherland-9780143573906/#.WDK6rvl97IU
- https://www.qbd.com.au/our-chemical-hearts/krystal-sutherland/9780143573906/

International
- http://www.bookdepository.com/Our-Chemical-Hearts-Krystal-Sutherland/9781471405839?ref=grid-view
- https://wordery.com/our-chemical-hearts-krystal-sutherland-9781471405839?cTrk=Mjk2MTA3NDd8NTgzMmJhNzY3NjMxZToxOjE6NTgzMmJhMWM4ZTVmYzEuMDkzNTA4MTk6NzM3NTZmOTM%3D

LOOK UP THIS BOOK ON http://www.goodreads.com/ :
- OUR CHEMICAL HEARTS by Krystal Sutherland


Friday, October 28, 2016

The FairyLoot September Box | Unboxing |



FairyLoot September Box Unboxing!

Magic and Mayhem

Enjoy the video!

FairyLoot’s Website - http://www.fairyloot.com/

Creator of FairyLoot:

Anissa - https://shereadstoomuch.com/

This Month’s book:
- VASSA IN THE NIGHT by SARAH PORTER
(Purchase links)
- https://www.bookdepository.com/Vass-in-the-Night-Sarah-Porter/9780765380548
- https://wordery.com/vassa-in-the-night-sarah-porter-9780765380548#oid=1003
- http://www.booktopia.com.au/vassa-in-the-night-sarah-porter/prod9780765380548.html;jsessionid=d-eCJCsceuC5a1KDAWtBTthX.undefined?clickid=WsxwInz5lVidz7C2FsQtv1YrUkkRsLzuM01TxE0&utm_campaign=Booko&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_source=APD&promoCode=QKTNCSYXGJVRKSMBKO
- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28220892-vassa-in-the-night

Store Participants in this month’s box:
Castle Of Fables (Candle)
https://www.etsy.com/shop/castleoffables

Pastel Clouds (Necklace)
http://www.pastelclouds.co.uk/

Literary Emporium (Notebook)
https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/LiteraryEmporium/items

Behind The Pages (Bookmark)
https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/behindthepages

Book Otter (Sticker and Badges)
https://society6.com/liieszz

Good Night Kittens (Poster)
https://www.etsy.com/shop/GoodNightKittens

Sunday, October 16, 2016

My Review of 'REBEL OF THE SANDS' by Alwyn Hamilton



Here is my review of Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. Rebel of the Sands was Alwyn’s 2016 YA debut novel. For more info or where you can purchase a copy, check out the links below!

Follow Alwyn on...
- http://alwynhamilton.com/
Twitter: @AlwynFJH
Instagram: @alwynhamilton
- https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/books/childrens/young-adult-fiction/Rebel-of-the-Sands-Alwyn-Hamilton-9780571325252

REBEL OF THE SANDS available now from..
Australia
- https://www.qbd.com.au/rebel-of-the-sands/alwyn-hamilton/9780571325252/
- https://www.dymocks.com.au/book/rebel-of-the-sands-by-alwyn-hamilton-9780571325252/#.WAJghuB97IU
- http://www.booktopia.com.au/rebel-of-the-sands-alwyn-hamilton/prod9780571325252.html
International
- http://www.bookdepository.com/Rebel-of-the-Sands-Alwyn-Hamilton/9780571325252?ref=grid-view
- https://wordery.com/rebel-of-the-sands-alwyn-hamilton-9780451477538?cTrk=MjQ5NTkwNTF8NTgwMjYyNGViYTY4ODoxOjE6NTgwMjYxZTMwODNmMDEuMzg2NzU5ODI6NjQwMWNkN2Q%3D

LOOK UP THIS BOOK ON http://www.goodreads.com/ :
- REBEL OF THE SANDS by Alwyn Hamilton


Friday, October 7, 2016

August & September Wrap Up



My August and September Wrap
Up!

This video is a wrap up of
the last two months. I have been busy with work but I’m slowly trying to get
back on track.


Oh, and the blog post
about the Krystal Sutherland signing event I attended, will be up in the coming
week. It’s going to be a long post, peeps!


Below is a list of all the books I talked about
in this video. 

LOOK UP THESE BOOKS ON 
http://www.goodreads.com/:

August and September 2016 Wrap Up
- THE SIGHT by Chloe Neill
- DAY ZERO by Kresley Cole
- ARCANA RISING by Kresley Cole
- EMPIRE OF STORMS by Sarah J. Maas
- IT ENDS WITH US by Colleen Hoover
- OUR CHEMICAL HEARTS by Krystal Sutherland

Continuing in October
- CIPHER by Aileen Erin
- ILLUMINAE by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
- NEVERNIGHT by Jay Kristoff





Saturday, September 10, 2016

My Review for 'It Ends With Us' by Colleen Hoover

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It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

TO COLLEEN
Colleen Hoover,
You are my Queen. You not only shared with us a piece of your own personal history, but also addressed and explored the difficulties and differences in every individual situation.
Even though they were just characters I felt every gut wrenching moment of their story. I lost count how many times I would cry while reading, and lost count how many times I would smile or even burst into laughter. Thank you, Colleen, for allowing us this insight and experience.

HER BOOK/BOOKS
This book was powerful, not just in its writing but in its truth (if that makes any sense?). This book took with it a bit of my soul, and you know what? I’m fine with that, because I pretty much expect that to happen whenever I read one of Colleen’s books - I never come out of the end in one piece. However, in the end I am still satisfied, because no matter the severity of the issues in her stories you can still find the enjoyment in reading them, something to relate to, or something you can learn from. Her books will always leave an imprint on you.

I kneel to you, Colleen. I am forever a loyal reader. <3


**I would just like to quickly thank both Colleen and her assistant, Stephanie, for sending this to me! I love it and will cherish it always!**


View all my reviews

Thursday, August 11, 2016

July Wrap Up


My July Wrap Up!

Below is a list of all the books I talked about in this video.
LOOK UP THESE BOOKS ON http://www.goodreads.com/:

July 2016 Wrap Up
- THE VEIL by Chloe Neill
- POISON PRINCESS by Kresley Cole *
- ENDLESS KNIGHT by Kresley Cole*
- DEAD OF WINTER by Kresley Cole*

* = Reread

Continuing in August
- LOOKING FOR ALIBRANDI by Melina Marchetta
- SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo

Sunday, July 31, 2016

FairyLoot July Box | Unboxing |


FairyLoot July Box Unboxing!

Pirates and Power

Enjoy the video!

FairyLoot’s Website - http://www.fairyloot.com/

Creator of FairyLoot:
Anissa - https://shereadstoomuch.com/

This Month’s book:
- INHERITED by Freedom Matthews

(Purchase links)
- https://www.amazon.com/Inherited-Curses-VIII-Freedom-Matthews/dp/1533604002/159-2079063-4351053?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=19W23ZDBHQSV3SCGJE82&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=1533604002&linkCode=xm2&tag=bookie09-20

- http://www.oftomes.com/#!inherited/udec7

AND...

-FROSTBLOOD by Elly Blake   *ARC – to be released in early 2017*
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27827203-frostblood

Store Participants in this month’s box:
Alice in Wonderbookland (Tote bag)
- https://society6.com/aliceinwonderbookland

Geeky Clean (Lip Balm and Bath Bomb)
- http://geekyclean.com/

Museums & Galleries (Notebook)
- http://www.museumsgalleries.co.uk/

Behind The Pages (Bookmark)
- https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/behindthepages

Funko Pop (Keychain)
- http://funko.com/

Monday, July 18, 2016

The YA Chronicles June Box | Unboxing |


The YA Chronicles June Unboxing!

Volume Ten, Pride week

Enjoy the video!

The YA Chronicle Website - http://theyachronicles.com.au/

Creators of The YA Chronicles:
Rebecca - http://thebookhangover.tumblr.com/
Alison - http://readaroundtherosie.tumblr.com/

This Month’s book:
- YOU KNOW ME WELL by Nina LaCour and David Levithan
(Purchase links)
- https://www.qbd.com.au/you-know-me-well/david-levithan/9781925355529/
http://www.booktopia.com.au/you-know-me-well-nina-lacour/prod9781925355529.html
http://www.bookdepository.com/You-Know-Me-Well-David-Levithan-Nin-LaCour/9781250103321?ref=grid-view
https://wordery.com/you-know-me-well-david-levithan-9781509823932
http://www.angusrobertson.com.au/books/you-know-me-well-david-levithan-nina-lacour/p/9781925355529

Store Participants in this month’s box:
Bookworm Boutique (Quote tote bag)
- https://society6.com/bookwormboutique
- http://www.redbubble.com/people/bboutique/shop
Junebug Printables (Art print)
- https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/JunebugPrintables

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

My June Wrap Up



My June Wrap Up!

Below is a list of all the books I talked about in this video.
LOOK UP THESE BOOKS ON http://www.goodreads.com/:

June 2016 Wrap Up
- UNCHAINED: NEPHILIM RISING by Jennifer L. Armentrout (J. Lynn)
- ME BEFORE YOU by Jojo Moyes
- REBEL OF THE SANDS by Alwyn Hamilton

Continuing in July
- SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo

What did you read last month?
What are you reading in July?
Do you have any book recommendations for me?
Let me now in the comments below! :)

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The OUTLANDER | Book Tag |


The OUTLANDER | Book Tag |

Sasha's (abookutopia) Original Tag Video
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wy_uD0gfxtA

Outlander book tag questions:
1. You touch some standing stones and get transported back in time, what year would you hope to land in? 
2. Claire is a very good nurse, what type of skill would you want to have that a fictional character excels at? 
3. Jamie and Claire are ultimate relationship goals, who is your favorite fictional couple?
4. The ending of Outlander was shocking, what is one book you read that totally blew your mind?
5. Scotland has lots of castles and we see quite a few in Outlander, what fictional kingdom would you want as your own (castle included)?
6. Outlander has some very steamy scenes, what is your favorite romance novel?
7. The Jacobite Rising is a huge plot point in the Outlander series, what book has your favorite battle in it?
8. Jamie and Claire get married very unexpectedly, what fictional character would you want to marry on a whim?
9. Scotland is a beautiful place, what is one fictional world you would love to visit?
10. If you could change the past, would you?
11.Tag somebody!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

May Wrap Up


My May Wrap Up!

Below is a list of all the books I talked about in this video.
LOOK UP THESE BOOKS ON http://www.goodreads.com/:

May 2016 Wrap Up
- A COURT OF MIST AND FURY by Sarah J. Maas
- RUINED by Amy Tintera
- THE MIDNIGHT SOCIETY by Rhonda Sermon

**To find out more about THE MIDNIGHT SOCIETY, check out Rhonda's Website - http://www.rhondasermon.com/
To purchase your own copy, check out these links!
Through her website (Australia only) - http://www.rhondasermon.com/#!purchase-from-website/cqjwp
Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Midnight-Society-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B01EO2CBUG/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&ref_=asap_bc&linkCode=sl1&tag=rhoserfanaut-20&linkId=25be43836da5a668397f95d5aa86f730
Book Depository - http://www.bookdepository.com/The-Midnight-Society-Rhond-Sermon/9780994361738?ref=grid-view
Booktopia - coming soon..

Continuing in June
- THE LAST STAR by Rick Yancey

Other books mentioned
THE RAVEN KING by Maggie Stiefvater

Friday, June 3, 2016

My Review for 'The Midnight Society' by Rhonda Sermon


Book Description from Goodreads

Witness protection has a protocol for dealing with every situation—except magic.
Fifteen-year-old Cate's life has been monitored since her new identity was created five years ago. She's spent countless hours learning how to deal with potential threats and dangerous situations. None of which is any use when everyone around her is suddenly frozen like statues at the bus stop.
As she attempts to make sense of the frightening scene, a mysterious group of teenagers appears out of thin air. They are intrigued she’s not affected, but focus on completing their deadly mission, using baffling powers before they vanish again.
When the group seeks her out the next day, Cate is drawn into a world filled with sorcery and time travel. After she accidentally brings a cheerleader back from the dead, her incredible powers are revealed. Cate is shocked to discover she has a pivotal role to play in a centuries-old battle between two mortal enemies which threatens to destroy her entire world.
With the distinction between good and evil blurred, Cate’s faced with the choice of which side to join to enable her to save her family. Should she rewrite history and risk destroying innocent lives to save the ones she loves?
The Midnight Society is the first book in The Midnight Chronicles series of young adult urban fantasy novels. If you like original butt-kicking heroines, fast-paced fantasy action, and unpredictable time travel twists, then you’ll love Rhonda Sermon’s refreshing, entertaining series starter.
 The Midnight Society was originally released as Timesurfers. This book has a new name, new cover and additional content.

My Review

I was so excited to read this, as I had read the synopsis and it completely peaked my interest!
Before I get into more detail and my positive opinions of this book, have to say it was not an easy read to get into. The beginning was interesting and eventful enough to hold my interest. It was about a quarter of the way through where I was so confused I had to really focus on all the details; the time travel/magical aspect and the numerous new characters that were being introduced and their relationships with one another. But after got through this hurdle and was able to see these things linking together it became much easier to read and get lost in.
I read this book in basically two days. Once the ball got rolling I just couldn't seem to stop. I admit I saw some of the big reveals coming from a mile away, but it didn't diminish it once it had all come to light. And there were somethings I just didn't see coming, which was a great surprise and made me back track to make sure I didn't miss read anything.
I loved the time-surfs and seeing the alterations to the timeline. The characters relationships to one another was interesting, especially while reading you'd second guess their motives - Rhonda sure knows how to keep you on your toes!
This was such an intriguing and fresh story, with such a captivatingly-complex world.
I'm most certainly looking forward to the rest of THE MIDNIGHT CHRONICLES - bring on THE MIDNIGHT ELITE!

The Midnight Chronicles:
- The Midnight Society #1 (released May 31st)
Purchase a copy from:
Rhonda's Official website (Australian orders only)
- The Midnight Elite #2 (NA)

Rhonda Sermon webpage link: http://www.rhondasermon.com/

Publisher: K & R Books
Source: I received an eARC by the author in exchange for an honest review
Book Format: eBook

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The YA Chronicles May Box | Unboxing |


The YA Chronicles May Unboxing!

Volume Nine, Summer Daze Driftin’ Away

The YA Chronicle Website - http://theyachronicles.com.au/

Creators of The YA Chronicles:
Rebecca - http://thebookhangover.tumblr.com/
Alison - http://readaroundtherosie.tumblr.com/

This Month’s book:
- THE UNEXPECTED EVERYTHING by Morgan Matson
(Purchase links)
- https://www.qbd.com.au/the-unexpected-everything/morgan-matson/9781471146145/
- http://www.booktopia.com.au/the-unexpected-everything-morgan-matson/prod9781471146145.html
- http://www.bookdepository.com/The-Unexpected-Everything-Morgan-Matson/9781471146145?ref=grid-view
- http://www.angusrobertson.com.au/books/the-unexpected-everything-morgan-matson/p/9781471146145

Store Participants in this month’s box:
The Woods Avenue (Magnetic Bookmark)
- https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/TheWoodsAvenue?ref=shop_sugg
Nook & Burrow (Form&Flux candle)
- http://www.nookandburrow.com/
Allbody Soaps (Bath Bomb)
- https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/AllBodySoaps?ref=shop_sugg

Monday, May 9, 2016

April Wrap Up


My April Wrap Up!

Below is a list of all the books I talked about in this video.
LOOK UP THESE BOOKS ON http://www.goodreads.com/:

April 2016 Wrap Up
- ROSS POLDARK by Winston Graham
- KINDRED SPIRITS by Rainbow Rowell
- HOPELESS by Colleen Hoover

Continuing in May
- AKARNAE by Lynette Noni
- THE RAVEN KING by Maggie Stiefvater (*once it arrives*)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The YA Chronicles April Box | Unboxing |


The YA Chronicles April Unboxing!

Volume Eight, Journal Junkie

Enjoy the video!

The YA Chronicle Website - http://theyachronicles.com.au/

Creators of The YA Chronicles:
Rebecca - http://thebookhangover.tumblr.com/
Alison - http://readaroundtherosie.tumblr.com/

This Months book:
- THIS IS WHERE THE WORLD ENDS by Amy Zhang

(Purchase links)
- http://www.booktopia.com.au/this-is-where-the-world-ends-amy-zhang/prod9780062417879.html
- https://www.qbd.com.au/this-is-where-the-world-ends/amy-zhang/9780062417879/
- http://www.bookdepository.com/This-is-Where-the-World-Ends-Amy-Zhang/9780062417879?ref=grid-view
- http://www.angusrobertson.com.au/books/this-is-where-the-world-ends-amy-zhang/p/9780062417879

Store Participants in this months box:
The Sticker Alley
- https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/TheStickerAlley

MiGoals ('Get Sh*t Done' notebook).
- https://www.etsy.com/shop/MiGoals


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

March Wrap Up


My March Wrap Up!

Below is a list of all the books I talked about in this video.
LOOK UP THESE BOOKS ON http://www.goodreads.com/:

March 2016 Wrap Up
- PASSENGER by Alexandra Bracken
- MIDNIGHT MARKED by Chloe Neill

Continuing in April
- AKARNAE by Lynette Noni
- ROSS POLDARK by Winston Graham



Monday, March 7, 2016

February Wrap Up



My February Wrap Up!

Below is a list of all the books I talked about in this video.
LOOK UP THESE BOOKS ON http://www.goodreads.com/:

February 2016 Wrap Up
- MAYBE NOT by Colleen Hoover
- GLASS SWORD by Victoria Aveyard
- THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE by J.K.Rowling

Continuing in March
-AKARNAE by Lynette Noni
- PASSENGER by Alexandra Bracken

What did you read last month?
What are you reading in March?
Do you have any book recommendations for me?
Let me now in the comments below! :)




Saturday, February 27, 2016

The YA Chronicles February Box | Unboxing |



The YA Chronicles February Unboxing!

Volume Six, Rebel With A Cause

Enjoy the video!

The YA Chronicle Website - http://theyachronicles.com.au/

Creators of The YA Chronicles:

Rebecca - http://thebookhangover.tumblr.com/
Alison - http://readaroundtherosie.tumblr.com/

Store Participants in this months box:

Behind the Pages
- https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/behindthepages

From The Page
- https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/FromthePage

The Sticker Alley
- https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/TheStickerAlley

Literary Tea Co.
- https://www.etsy.com/shop/literaryteaco

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

2016 January Wrap Up



My 2016 January Wrap Up!

Link to my review of YELLOW by Megan Jacobson
- https://youtu.be/Lg4SdFXBUVk

Below is a list of all the books I talked about in this video.
LOOK UP THESE BOOKS ON http://www.goodreads.com/:

January 2016 Wrap Up
- UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover
- MAYBE SOMEDAY by Colleen Hoover
- YELLOW by Megan Jacobson

Continuing in February
- THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE by J.K.Rowling
-AKARNAE by Lynette Noni
- MAYBE NOT by Colleen Hoover

What did you read last month?
What are you reading in February?
Do you have any book recommendations for me?
Let me now in the comments below! :)



Saturday, January 30, 2016

YELLOW by Megan Jacobson | *Spoiler Free*



This is a short, spoiler free review of Yellow by Megan Jacobson.

YELLOW is Megan's 2016 debut novel. For more info or where you can purchase a copy, check out the links below!


Follow Megan on...
Twitter: @jacobson_meg
Instagram: @jacobson_megan
Facebook: Megan Jacobson

- http://meganjacobson.com/

-http://www.penguinteenaustralia.com/

 YELLOW available now from..
- https://www.dymocks.com.au/book/yellow-by-megan-jacobson-9780143573333/#.Vqyabvl97IU

- http://www.angusrobertson.com.au/books/yellow-jacobson-megan-megan-jacobson/p/9780143573333

- https://www.qbd.com.au/yellow/megan-jacobson/9780143573333/

LOOK UP THIS BOOK ON http://www.goodreads.com/ :
- YELLOW by Megan Jacobson

Have you read YELLOW?
Did you enjoy it as much as I did?
Let me now in the comments below! :)


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Friday, January 29, 2016

The YA Chronicles January Box | Unboxing |



The YA Chronicles January Unboxing!

Volume Five, Travel the World

Enjoy the video!

The YA Chronicle Website - http://theyachronicles.com.au/

Creators of The YA Chronicles:
Rebecca - http://thebookhangover.tumblr.com/
Alison - http://readaroundtherosie.tumblr.com/


Sunday, January 10, 2016

2015 December Wrap Up



My 2015 December Wrap Up!

Was it just me or did 2015 go by really fast?
I hope everyone had a happy holiday break.
Here is my first video for 2016, enjoy!

Below is a list of all the books I talked about in this
video.
LOOK UP THESE BOOKS ON http://www.goodreads.com/:

December 2015 Wrap Up
- THE DREAM THIEVES by Maggie Stiefvater
- BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE by Maggie Stiefvater
- SAGA Vol 1 by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Continuing in January 2016
- DEMON ROAD by Derek Landy
- SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo
- THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE by J.K.Rowling (December TBR JAR
PICK!)

What did you read last month?
What are you reading in January?
How did your 2015 TBR Jar Challenge go?
Do you have any book recommendations for me?