April 2015 Wrap Up (No May TBR?)

April went by WAY too fast! Two weeks of it were spent ‘on holiday’ in which I spent day and night working on a 12,000 word dissertation (massive stress relief once that was done!) and then the last two weeks were spent on Presentation prep and performing as well as finishing and handing in my portfolio, so busy busy busy! And I’ve only got about 16 days left until Uni is done for good… O crap.. Oh crap, oh crap. But onto the wrap up!

Wrap Up

The Glass Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg (3/5)
Kuroshitsuji Chapter 104
The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey (4/5)
An Ember in the Ashes Sneak Peek by Sabaa Tahir (3/5)

The Glass Magician by Charlie N. HolmbergThe Girl at Midnight by Melissa GreySNEAK PEEK by Sabaa Tahir

Forgot to do this for February and March:

Total Pages: 395 Pages!
Average Pages Per Day: 13 pages (< this sounds about right for me at the moment)
Average Pages Per Week: 98 pages

Overall I think I did pretty good! It’s been a while since I read 3 books in one month so it was a successful month for me! (even though one was like 30 pages, shh!)


I am not doing a May TBR…. just yet! Because, I finish Uni on the 15th and I don’t see myself being able read any books before then cos I should really focus on my essay and exam revision. So, while there will not be a May TBR, do look forward to around May 15th/May 16th when I will post a May/Summer TBR thing ^_^

Books I Want for My Birthday!

So my birthday is very soon and while I know I won’t be receiving books for my birthday (gotta save money for when I move in July) I always have a list of books I am dying to own and to get to, and because my birthday is coming up (as well as the end of the academic year) I can totally see myself perhaps caving and buying a few books as a treat ^_^ So without further ado, here are some books I really really would love for my birthday and will probably treat myself to very soon!

(In) English Books:

Ready Player OneKafka on the ShoreDeath Note: L, Change the WorldCarrieThe One (The Selection, #3)Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking JourneyPrisoner of Night and Fog (Prisoner of Night and Fog, #1)S.

(In) Japanese Books:

So yes! All the books!! ^_^ Have you read any of these? Any books you’ve read that are similar and recommend?

Wrap Up and TBR coming soon!!

[SNEAK PEEK Thoughts] An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I can’t really call this a review as I only got the first two-ish chapters so I decided to go with ‘thoughts’… (psst. Just found out England doesn’t get this book til June -_-)

SNEAK PEEK: An Ember in the AshesRecieved this Sneak Peek from NetGalley in return for an honest review – no matter how short xD

Thoughts [Non-Spoiler]: 3/5 stars
I got about the first two chapters in this sneak peek and straight away it was atmospheric, there was a dual POV and  both  were action packed and crazy straight away! I can tell that this is going to be a novel where nothing is candy glossed so it’s ‘child safe’ but in fact will be very nitty gritty about war and crimes and the such. It had just enough mystery but also just enough information to make me seriously consider buying this book! I actually don’t know if this is fantasy or what! All I got from it so far is that it’s with teenagers so it’s YA and there’s a rebellion… I am a little worried that this will turn out to be a typical rebellion YA but the situation and the types of characters and where it is set is very different to any YA I have read before so maybe it won’t be all that too stereotypical, and to be honest, I do wanna know what happens next!

Have you read this? Did you get a sneak peek too? What did you think? OR, are you dying to read it? How pissed are UKers right now cos we don’t get it til June?!

The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

The Girl at MidnightRecieved this ARC from NetGalley in return for an honest review. Thank you NetGalley!

Quickie Review [Non Spoiler]: (3.75)4/5 stars
I really enjoyed this story. It definitely felt Daughter of Smoke and Bone-esque in the beginning and towards the end I got a Percy Jackson vibe. The writing is really easy to read and the story is already hella interesting and loving how the characters looked/were described ^_^ I loved how many locations the characters travelled to (although I was a bit iffy on the Kyoto section the way the author described it didn’t sound exactly right and the way the Japanese people acted in it didn’t seem accurate either), I liked pretty much all the characters (bar our protagonist for a very valid reason listed in the spoilers and bar the fact that like a 300 year old person can still blush over the most immature, teenage-like things… I think Jasper is my favourite.), the story was great, the adventure was great! But I did have a few snaggles; I did have quite a few eye rolling moments because it was so stereotypically YA when it came to the romance but I did appreciate there being homosexuality in it! I also didn’t like how rushed the end was and the explanation given but I assume it’ll get more detailed and there will be a better explanation (probably character heritage?) in the other 2 books. I enjoyed myself and felt myself wanting to read this book so it’s all good! ^_^

Did you read this? What did you think? Can’t wait to get your hands on it?

Review [Spoilers]:

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What’s The Story Saturday? #5


A meme-thing created by me. All are welcome to join!


Pick a book cover (preferably one where you don’t know the plot).
Guess what the story e.g. who’s our mc; female? male? what genre is it? what happens?.
[Optional >] After that actually read up about the synopsis and comment on whether you think yours is better xD

Week 5’s [shhh, we’ll pretend I haven’t missed weeks and stuff xD] pick is:


My Story: This kind of reminds me of the shinning. I am stuck between two stories here… 1. A suspense thriller about a murder in a hotel filled with the rich, wealthy and possible famous. or 2. About the rich, wealthy and famous and their daily lives but something isn’t right which could be there are secrets which will be uncovered or maybe even a story about a ghost?! I honestly, cannot think of much for this cover. All I know is that I get a creepy vibe.

The Actual Synopsis: Audrey and her family only plan to stay the night, but life in the Ruby can be intoxicating, extending their stay as it provides endless distractions—including handsome guest Elias Lange, who sends Audrey’s pulse racing. However, the hotel proves to be as strange as it is beautiful. Nightly fancy affairs in the ballroom are invitation only, and Audrey seems to be the one guest who doesn’t have an invite. Instead, she joins the hotel staff on the rooftop, catching whispers about the hotel’s dark past.
The more Audrey learns about the new people she’s met, the more her curiosity grows. Welcome to the Ruby.

After Thoughts: GR labels this as YA mystery so that fits what I was thinking about. The synopsis mentions it’s a ‘grand’ hotel so I got that part. and an invitation only event? Sounds like I was on the right direction, which makes me very happy!

What did you think the story behind the cover was?

Same Time, Next Week!

24th April 2015 #FridayReads

Been a month since my last one but it has been deadline and work hell lately. It’s slowing down now that I have only three weeks of uni left and almost finished my portfolio which means I only have one essay and one exam to go – although that exam is freaking me out!

Anyways back to book talk!

I am almost 3/4 of the way through The Girl at Midnight and I am trying so hard to get this done by tonight, or at the latest by tomorrow as it comes out in the 28th, alongside An Ember in the Ashes, which I have a sampler/sneak peak arc for as well which I need to read through!

The Girl at Midnight (The Girl at Midnight, #1)SNEAK PEEK: An Ember in the Ashes

Once those two are done, I am gunna take a rest from ebooks and ARCs and focus on physical books for a bit. So I am ‘currently’ reading; A Game of Thrones (200 pages to go!) and Car Fever (small book, hopefully won’t take long).

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)Car Fever

I’ve decided that I won’t continue on with Peter J’s Biography until the summer when I can read the book while marathoning LoTR ^_^  and after those two books are done… well there’s many an option on my current TBR.

Also, it is Dewey’s 24 Hour ReadaThon on Saturday (starts 1pm GMT) so fingers crossed I can get quite a few hours in, although atleast 6 of those hours will be spent getting ready and being at a party xD

Have a good weekend! What are you reading this weekend and upcoming week?

The Districts Book Tag

Should probably leave this one til November but I don’t care, I wanna do it now! ^_^

District 1 Luxury: Pick a book with lots of opulence (great wealth, luxuriousness).

The Selection (The Selection, #1)

District 2 Masonry/Weaponry: pick a book with a great war or conflict.

The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings, #3)

Because epic fantasy always has epic battles xD

District 3 Technology: Pick a book with a technological twist.

The 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave, #1)

I actually really like the dream-thing in this book!

District 4 Fishing: Pick a water based book.

The Rain (The Rain, #1)

District 5 Electricity: Pick a powerful book.

Powerful? This one is difficult to define. There’s powerful characters… powerful magic… powerful/amazing story lines…

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

I had to do the obvious ‘electricity’ option instead =/ sorry, if you can think of a book, let me know!

District 6 Transportation: Pick a book that takes place in many locations.

Thief's Magic (Millenium’s Rule, #1)

District 7 Lumber: Pick a book with manual labour. 

This is where my dumbassery comes from. What is manual labour *googles* physical work… okay…

Warprize (Chronicles of the Warlands, #1)

The main tribe are very agricultural based so I guess this works! [I know right, I know what agricultural means but forgot what manual labour meant!]

District 8 Textiles: Pick a book with amazing clothes!

Black Butler, Vol. 4 (Black Butler, #4)

It’s set in Victorian times so the clothing is amazing! ❤

District 9 Grain: Pick a book where food is hard to come by.

Besides Every Dystopian Ever?

Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies, #1)

A zombie gotta eat but where the humans at?!

District 10 Livestock: Pick a book with an animal in it.

The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)

District 11 Agriculture: Pick a book where a character comes to a harsh gritty reality.

Again, every dystopian ever?

Battle Royale

District 12 Mining: Pick a dark and sinister book!

A damn! Just used my sinister book ^^ Okay….

Twisted Dark Volume 1

I tag…. YOU!

And there you have it! HAPPY THURSDAY!

Top Ten Tuesday #36


This Week’s Theme: Top Ten ALL TIME Favourite Authors – not gunna lie. Don’t think I’ve even got ten! =/ I mean, I have to find authors that aren’t only autobuys but like find the ones that I personally think are awesome too!

1. J.R.R.Tolkien – the man, the master! What he wrote was so beautiful and so epic at the same time. He’s the reason I’m into fantasy! [pretty sure I read The Hobbit before Harry Potter!] and omg he was just a genius. Granted the reasons and reality behind his stories is heartbreaking but that also is what makes them that much more amazing!

J.R.R. Tolkien

2. Brandon Sanderson – he is a god! His writing is amazing, his stories epic- yes, yes, I’ve only read one of his books (shh!) but I knew even not 200 pages into the books, that this man was gunna do great things in the fantasy genre. And I’ve been proven right so far!

Brandon Sanderson

3. William Shakespeare – This is probably an odd one but I have to admit: I am a huge Shakespeare fan! I love the way he writes and because of the way he writes, the meaning sometimes seem completely different to what is written. He can do humour well, sarcasm well, existentialism.. I just really enjoy his work and need to read more of it!

William Shakespeare


Not gunna lie, that is my list. C.S.Lewis isn’t on there because I was only interested in Narnia not him and his works. Same with JK Rowling; never gunna read anything she brings out that isn’t HP related. Lemoney Snicket: loved his books to death growing up but it’s been years and not read anything of his outside ASOUE. Terry Pratchett isn’t on here because I feel I need to read at least 10 of his books before I can be solid on him; I do love his writing and everything he stood up for etc. but I personally don’t feel I qualify to have him as a fav author just yet.

Same Time, Next Week!

Bookish Scenarios Tag

It’s Tag Thursday!! Do enjoy! ^_^

1.You have to get rid of all your books and you can only keep one from each of these genres – contemporary, fantasy, non-fiction and one other genre of your choosing. What books do you keep?

Contemporary: I’ma changing this to SF as I don’t read Contemporary. So the SF book I’d save:

Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1)

The Hobbit

Peter Jackson: A Film-Maker's Journey
One Other:

Bridge to Terabithia

2. You’re at the bookstore and you hear a teenager telling their mom they don’t like to read, but their mom insists they pick something. You walk over and recommend a book you think is great for people who aren’t big on reading – what book is it?

If it’s a teenager now then clearly this is the answer:

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

3. You’re not feeling yourself and need a pick me up. Which book do you read to put yourself in a great mood?

The Hobbit

4. You go back in time for a day to your teenage years. What book would you most likely have caught yourself reading?

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) or Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom (Death Note, #1) or FanFiction

5. Your friend surprises you with a 4 day trip and you have 1 hour to pack. Which book do you bring to read on the way?

Only one book? You’re not being serious? I can pack shit loads in that one hour!… Okay, knowing my friends we’d probably take the trip abroad which means flights which means probably 12 hours in total travel time (going and coming back but if it was my ideal trip one way would take 12 hours!) and the book I’d read on the way would probably be Well of Ascension because I need that in my life asap!

The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, #2)

But of course this would be in the luggage anyway:

6. Your house has been robbed! Don’t worry – everyone is safe, but your bookshelf has been raided. What’s the book you really hope is safe?

The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)

7. Your friend borrows a book and returns it in awful condition. Do you a) Just pretend you haven’t noticed b) Ask them to repurchase it or c) Secretly do the same to something of theirs

Is murder them not an option? I would definitely be doing B. I tell people who borrow or look after ANYTHING of mine: ‘You get even a scratch on it (books, DVDs, Magazines etc) and you’re buying a replacement’ and it’s the only time people actually take me seriously.

I tag… YOU!

This was fun xD

Same Time, Next Week!

Top Ten Tuesday #35

ImageThis Week’s Theme: Top Ten Inspiring Quotes from Books

Ready for LoTR galore? Because that’s what I’m expecting xD I don’t think any of these need explanations really. It’s either it’s clearly obvious why they’re a favourite (either a famous life or an beautifully written line or both) or because they mean a hell of a lot to me or both! xD

1. A Dance with Dragons – George. R.R. Martin

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.

2. Something Like An Autobiography – Akira Kurosawa

There is nothing that says more about its creator than the work itself.

3. The Hobbit –  J.R.R.Tolkien

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.

4. The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R.Tolkien

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.

5. The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R.Tolkien

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

6. The Final Empire – Brandon Sanderson

There’s always another secret.

7. Sourcery – Terry Pratchet

“And what would humans be without love?”
RARE, said Death.

8. The Hobbit – J.R.R.Tolkien

The road goes ever on and on.

9. A Song of Ice and Fire – George. R.R. Tolkien

Winter is coming.

10. The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R.Tolkien

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.

What do you think? Got any better ones?