Tuesday, August 4

Wrap Up: July 2015


Hey guys,
I genuinely cannot believe that July is over. Like where the heck did the time go?

Anyway I read sooooo many books this month so here is my huuuuge wrap up for July.



Books Read in July 2015:



Angel Fever (Angel Trilogy #3) by LA Weatherly - 5 Stars
City of Halves by Lucy Inglis - 4 Stars
The Rain (The Rain #1) by Virginia Bergin - 5 Stars
The Storm (The Rain #2) by Virginia Bergin - 5 Stars
Half a King (Shattered Sea #1) by Joe Abercrombie - 3 Stars
Unspoken (Lynburn Legacy #1) by Sarah Rees Brennan - 5 Stars
The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson - 5 Stars
Am I Normal Yet? (Normal #1) by Holly Bourne - 5 Stars
Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1) by Morgan Rhodes - 3 Stars
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson - DNF
The Sin Eater's Daughter (The Sin Eaters Daughter #1) by Melinda Salisbury - 5 Stars
Every Last Breath (Dark Elements #3) by Jennifer L Armentrout - 3 Stars


Reviews Posted in July 2015:


Top 3 Books of July 2015:



August TBR:

If you follow me on social media you may already know about my new idea for my TBR lists. From now on I will be posting a poll for all of you to vote on my reads for the following month. It will be displayed on my side bar over there --> for you to vote on all month. I didn't have time for this one but I did post a list of books on twitter, facebook and instagram. Here are the five that won the vote plus two that I need to read for a blog tour post. These are my August TBR!


Don't forget to check out my sidebar and vote for what books you want to be in my TBR for September. The top 5 that win the vote will be my September TBR.

What did you read this month?

Monday, August 3

Book Haul: July 2015

Hey Guys,
I cannot believe that it is the end of July already. That means my summer is almost over and I go back to work in one week so my reading time will be cut down soon *sob*

Anyway here are the books I acquired in July.



Hardcopy Books:


For Review:

One by Sarah Crossan
The Ice Twins by SK Tremayne

Gifted:

The Weight of Souls by Bryony Pearce

Bought:

The Isle of the Lost (Descendents #1) by Melissa de la Cruz
Blackfin Sky by Kat Ellis
Crow Mountain by Lucy Inglis
Lorali by Laura Dockrill
Am I Normal Yet? (Normal #1) by Holly Bourne
Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa
Night School (Night School #1) by CJ Daugherty
The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
Way Down Dark (Australia #1) by JP Smythe

E-Books:

For Review:



A Thosand Nights by EK Johnston
Angelbound: Origins (Angelbound #1/2/3) by Cristine Baur
Date with a Rockstar by Sarah Gagnon
Forever with You (Wait for You #5) by Jennifer L Armentrout
The Wanderers by Kate Ormand

Bought:


Every Last Breath (Dark Elements #3) by Jennifer L Armentrout
The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1) by Samantha Shannon
The Mime Order (The Bone Season #2) by Samantha Shannon

That's all I got this month. Let me know what you got.


I Still Haven't Read...






This week's pick...





Linked Series by Imogen Howson:

#1 Linked
#2 Unravel (Haven't Got Yet)

Have you read this series?

 

Saturday, August 1

Review: The Shadow Prince (Mortal Enchantment #0.5)

The Shadow Prince (Mortal Enchantment #0.5)
Stacey O'Neale

Published By: Phoenix Reign Publishing
Publication Date: March 25, 2014
Date Read: May 11, 2015
Genre: YA - Mythology
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 111
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From Goodreads:
Every sacrifice has consequences.

Sixteen-year-old Rowan has spent most of his life living among the mortals—learning to control the element of fire, impatiently awaiting the day his vengeful mother, Queen Prisma, will abdicate her throne. When he finally returns to Avalon for his coronation, his mother insists he must first prove his loyalty to the court by completing a secret mission:

Kill Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king.

Willing to do anything to remove his mother from power, he agrees to sacrifice the halfling. He returns to the mortal world with his best friend, Marcus, determined to kill the princess. But as he devises a plan, he starts to question whether or not he's capable of completing such a heinous task. And what price he will pay if he refuses?

I have been a huge fan of mythology novels for so long so when I heard that Stacey O'Neale was releasing a series with mythological influences I could not wait to get my hands on it. I was right to be so excited. The Shadow Prince was absolutely phenomenal. I loved every single moment of it.

The Shadow Prince was everything that I have been waiting for wrapped up in a cocky but swoonworthy main man. I loved Rowan... and I mean LOVE him. He is sweet, protective and kind wrapped up in a typical bad boy exterior. The more I read of this prequel the more I absolutely adored him.

My one issue with The Shadow Prince is that it was far too short. I got to the end of the book and kept trying to find more pages to read because I never wanted it to end. It was perfect and amazing and made me so excited for the first book in the series Mortal Enchantment. I cannot wait to read it, though I want more Rowan goodness.

If you like Covenant Series by JLA then this is the new series for you. It has intrigue, romance, magic and mythology. It was the perfect introduction to our elementals and left me dying to see where the story would take us. It was utterly perfect for me... just too short.

"Every sacrifice has consequences."


Thursday, July 30

Review: The Girl in the Steel Corset (Steampunk Chronicles #1)

The Girl in the Steel Corset (Steampunk Chronicles #1)
Kady Cross

Published By: Mira Ink
Publication Date: May 24, 2011
Date Read: May 10, 2015
Genre: YA - Steampunk
Source: Review Copy from Mira Ink
Format: Paperback
Pages: 473
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From Goodreads:
In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one... except the "thing" inside her.

When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch...

Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she's special, says she's one of them. The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets against the wishes of his band of misfits: Emily, who has her own special abilities and an unrequited love for Sam, who is part robot; and Jasper, an American cowboy with a shadowy secret.

Griffin's investigating a criminal called The Machinist, the mastermind behind several recent crimes by automatons. Finley thinks she can help and finally be a part of something, finally fit in.

But The Machinist wants to tear Griff's little company of strays apart, and it isn't long before trust is tested on all sides. At least Finley knows whose side she's on even if it seems no one believes her.

"Don't cry, Treasure. You'll get me all wet and then I'll melt. I'm made of sugar, don't you know."

The Girl in the Steel Corset, the first book in the Steampunk Chronicles, was a great start to what I'm hoping will be a fantastic series. I really enjoyed it and loved that it was packed full of magic, intrigue with a dash of romance. I'm really looking forward to what will happen next.

I am really happy that I read the prequel novella to this series before starting The Girl in the Steel Corset as I feel that this book was really very slow to start with. It took quite a while to get into the story and if it wasn't for the fact that I had read the prequel and already really loved the characters and the world I probably would have DNF'd it as the beginning of this book was so very slow. However I am so glad that I stuck with it because by the time you get about half way through, the story is absolutely phenomenal.

I absolutely loved all of the characters in this book, from Finley who I already loved to Griff, Sam and Emily to Jack. They are all such interesting and unique characters and they really gripped me and I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen to all of them.

All in all I really enjoyed The Girl in the Steel Corset and I am really looking forward to continuing the series and finding out what will happen next. If you like series that are filled with mystery, intrigue and magic then this is definitely the series for you.

"I cannot tell my heart what to feel."

Wednesday, July 29

Waiting on Wednesday


Never Never
Brianna Shrum

Published By: Spencer Hill Press
Publication Date: September 22, 2015
Genre: YA - Fairytale Retelling
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From Goodreads:
James Hook is a child who only wants to grow up.

When he meets Peter Pan, a boy who loves to pretend and is intent on never becoming a man, James decides he could try being a child—at least briefly. James joins Peter Pan on a holiday to Neverland, a place of adventure created by children’s dreams, but Neverland is not for the faint of heart. Soon James finds himself longing for home, determined that he is destined to be a man. But Peter refuses to take him back, leaving James trapped in a world just beyond the one he loves. A world where children are to never grow up.

But grow up he does.

And thus begins the epic adventure of a Lost Boy and a Pirate.

This story isn’t about Peter Pan; it’s about the boy whose life he stole. It’s about a man in a world that hates men. It’s about the feared Captain James Hook and his passionate quest to kill the Pan, an impossible feat in a magical land where everyone loves Peter Pan.

Except one.

OH! MY! GAWD!!!!
I love the fairytale of Peter Pan and this sounds AMAZING!!!
I am so freaking excited. I am dying to read Captain Hook's story. Is it September yet?


Tuesday, July 28

Early Review: Am I Normal Yet? (Normal #1)

Am I Normal Yet? (Normal #1)
Holly Bourne

Published By: Usborne Publishing
Publication Date: August 1, 2015
Date Read: July 24, 2015
Genre: YA - Contemporary Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 434
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From Goodreads:
All Evie wants is to be normal. She’s almost off her meds and at a new college where no one knows her as the girl-who-went-crazy. She’s even going to parties and making friends. There’s only one thing left to tick off her list…

But relationships are messy – especially relationships with teenage guys. They can make any girl feel like they’re going mad. And if Evie can’t even tell her new friends Amber and Lottie the truth about herself, how will she cope when she falls in love?

"There is no normal. There's only what's normal to you."

Am I Normal Yet? is one of the books that I was looking forward to most this year. I'm already a big Holly Bourne fan and when I heard about this one I couldn't wait for it and I am so excited that this is the first in a series. I have been a huge fan of Holly Bourne's books ever since I read her debut novel Soulmates. Even though I have read and loved all of her books Soulmates has always remained my favourite. It had made me fall in love and it had broken my heart all at the same time and it was the book that made me love Holly. I can no longer say that Soulmates is my favourite Holly Bourne book. Am I Normal Yet? is one of the most touching and meaningful books I've ever read and it completely blew me away.

Evie suffers from a very severe case of OCD and we join her story while she is in recovery. This instantly made me love this book. I am a big fan of books that touch on mental illnesses but I can often get irritated by them if they are just the very stereotypical 'public views' on them. This was not the case with Am I Normal Yet? whatsoever. Although we do have the stereotypical symptom of OCD (the hand washing) but it's put forward in such a severe case that it really documents a true-life depiction of what it is like living with OCD. We live in a time when people say OCD like it's a quirk. I myself sometimes do this too. I often say I'm so OCD with my book collection and this book really showed me that we shouldn't say things like that. It's not a quirk it's a very serious condition.  I absolutely loved Evie and my heart just broke for her throughout this book especially as we started to see her starting on a slow downward spiral in her recovery.

Am I Normal Yet? is a touching and beautiful story of friendship, love, mental health and feminism. I loved every moment of it and this truly showed the extent of Holly's phenomenal writing skills. She tackled this incredibly hard illness with such dignity and respect. This book made me laugh and cry and I loved every moment of it. It is without a doubt one of the best books I have read this year, if not ever! I cannot wait for the next book in the series. It cannot arrive in my hands soon enough!

"You've got to love you before worrying about anyone else loving you."



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"You're so obsessed with being normal, but that's well boring and you're extraordinary Evie."

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