June Wrap Up and July TBR!

I have a announcement tomorrow so it’s better to post my WU/TBR today instead of two posts tomorrow ^_^

Wrap Up

GANTZ Chapters 191 – 285
Ladel Rat Rotten Hut by Camerca Jace (3/5)
Angelfall by Susan Ee (3/5)
Shingeki no Kyojin Chapter 70
Kuroshitsuji Chapter 106

Ladle Rat Rotten Hut by Cameron JaceAngelfall by Susan Ee

I got 340 pages into Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and The Vampire Lestat is currently on-hold because I am not in the mood to read it.

The Vampire Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles, #2)Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)

Total Pages: 2573
Day Read in Month: 28 out of 30
Average Pages Per Day:  85
Average Pages Per Week: 643

I know what you’re thinking ‘but most of that was manga!’ yeah true they don’t technically count but… technically they do! xP

TBR

Well… I have a pile of books on my floor which I wanted to get through before I went to Japan… want to see those books? Here you go! Cos they’re this month’s TBR!

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, #2)The Hero of Ages (Mistborn, #3)The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1)The Vampire Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles, #2)Peter Jackson: A Film-Maker's Journey
Wool (Silo, #1)Leviathan Wakes (Expanse, #1)The Fall of Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #2)Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #1)Ancient Egypt Myth  & HistorySteelheart (Reckoners, #1)
The Rithmatist (Rithmatist, #1)1984The RoadSuperColonyThe Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Hitchhiker's Guide, #2)
Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide, #3)The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)Brave New WorldSo Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (Hitchhiker's Guide, #4)HokusaiOtomen, Vol. 1 (Otomen, #1)
Otomen, Vol. 3 (Otomen, #3)Otomen, Vol. 2 (Otomen, #2)Death Note, Vol. 13: How to Read (Death Note, #13)Characters From Tolkien: A Bestiary

Oh dear…. don’t believe me? Here you go!

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HAHA! There is NO way in hell I’m getting through ALL those books in 26 days! Whatta shame I can’t =[ so looks like my suitcase and handluggage will be having more books in than anticipated!

What did you read in June? What do you suggest I read first? Long books first? Quick books first? IS THIS DO-ABLE?! What will you read this July? Let me know in the comments below!

Angelfall by Susan Ee

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)

Quickie Review:  3 out of 5

I enjoyed this book a lot! I’ve never read an Angel book – no wait, I have read ‘Daughter of Smoke and Bone’ but did not like it but not because of the angels. I didn’t think they’d be my thing even though I love Supernatural, and I ended up enjoying this book! I really liked the amount of mystery it gave, I like how it didn’t shy away from topics like sex, worrying about being raped and stuff like that, it was gritty and dark, something I personally rarely see in YA and it made is all feel a lot more real. Josiah was by far my favourite character! ^_^ The writing was easy, I loved the world building – especially with the club and the angel fashion aspects.

My only real negative is Peryn, I didn’t like her. Her only redeeming quality is her fighting skill but my god, she has no common sense what so ever and just made dumbass decision after dumbass decision. There is nothing good about her except the fact she can fight. I also hated how Peryn felt the need to describe Raffe body all the damn time! A 17 year old girl can think of a thousand more things before repeatidly mentioning someones body! -_- AND, I am certainly not feeling the romance. I don’t see any chemistry there at all.

A fellow GR-er pointed out and made me realised that this is the typical YA plot of ‘save the sibling’ and also, I felt a similarity to The Hunger Games where Katniss is knocked out and misses as the action -_- Yes Peryn missed out on the biggest juiciest part of the action, but I’m so glad she was still conscious for it and witnessed it – unlike Katniss -_-

There’s a lot of things intruging me about this series and so I will definitely carry on! I seriously wanna know wtf those scorpion things were! EWWW! xD

2015 Bookish Resolutions Quarterly Round Up #2

It is that time! These past 3 months have FLOWN! Previous Post here. Unfortunately, I don’t think I have much progress to update you all on =/ my reading head just isn’t on, even though I seriously need to get through 30 books before I leave for Japan next month! Eek!! 2015 Bookish Resolutions: this post. Now let’s see how I am doing… don’t hold your breath!

Part One: Minimum Goals

1. GoodReads Goal = 20 (COMPLETE! It is now increased to 35! BUT to be honest, I’ve only surpassed this because of manga volumes =/ on novels alone, I’m only at 12 books read =/)

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Read Books so Far:
Gantz/23 by Hiroya OkuGantz/22 by Hiroya OkuGantz/21 by Hiroya OkuGantz/20 by Hiroya OkuGantz /19 by Hiroya OkuGantz /17 by Hiroya OkuGantz /18 by Hiroya OkuLadle Rat Rotten Hut by Cameron JaceThe Art of Vampire Knight by Matsuri HinoA Game of Thrones by George R.R. MartinAvengers Arena #4 by Dennis HopelessAvengers Arena #3 by Dennis HopelessThe One by Kiera CassSNEAK PEEK by Sabaa TahirThe Girl at Midnight by Melissa GreyThe Glass Magician by Charlie N. HolmbergMagyk by Angie SageUnderstanding School Bullying by Peter K SmithThe Storm by Virginia BerginCity of Stairs by Robert Jackson BennettSourcery by Terry PratchettThe Last Battle by C.S. Lewis

2. #Project5Books (I have finished my first lot of Project5 with The Last Battle, Sourcery, Magyk, A Game of Thrones and Vampire Knight Fanbook but yet to decide what book I will buy as a reward… I need the money first! xD)
3. Read 5 Classics (Not read any yet – Failing.)
4. Read everyday (Oh boy, I am reading every day but I’m in a real non-reading mood. I’ve been on the same 4 books/manga for the entirety of June! – Technically success!)
5. Keep up blog (Top Ten Tuesday hasn’t really be doing interesting topics for my personally lately and I cannot be bothered making Tags but I am still posting at least once a week – Failing)

Part Two: Aim Goals

6. Read all Brandon Sanderson books pre-2015 (0 read – Still Failing!!)
7. Finish ALL ARCS! (Read 4 more ARCs over the past 3 months BUT I did gain like 10 more ARCS. I can’t stop! xD – Failing!)
City of Stairs by Robert Jackson BennettThe Storm by Virginia BerginThe Glass Magician by Charlie N. HolmbergThe Girl at Midnight by Melissa GreySNEAK PEEK by Sabaa TahirThe One by Kiera Cass
8. Finish 4 Series/Trilogies (75% there as I only class The Selection as a trilogy xD – Success!)
The Last Battle by C.S. LewisThe Storm by Virginia BerginThe One by Kiera Cass
9. Terry Pratchett (Not continued reading his stuff as I have physical books to get through – Failing!)
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10. Out way manga vs books (I have read so much manga and comics lately so ratio is now 128:124 – Kinda Failing!)
11. Complete a November NaNoWriMo (N/A – but am attempting July NaNo!)
12. Physical books down to at least 40 (I’m supposedly down to 44 physical books! Mostly due to unhauling xD – Successing!)

Insane Goals

13. #0by16 (According to GR I have dropped from 99 to 70! = 15 ARCS (-1) + 42 Physical Books (-27 – through unhauling) + 13 Ebooks (+/-0) – Sorta Success)
14. NPR’s 100 Best SF and Fantasy Books Challenge (Not even looked at the list properly yet! – Failing!)

Total Completed: 1!

I need to seriously start stepping up my game!

Another update in September-ish! How are your resolutions going?

What’s The Story Saturday? #9

It’s 31 minutes to midnight and I’ve only just remembered to do today’s WTSS! O dear o_O

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

Rules:

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

This Week’s Cover:

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My Story: I was watching Relic Hunter last night and I love Tomb Raider and The Mummy, so guess what story ideas are running through my head here?! xD BUT the tag line mentioned magic. O dear I am stuck… Okay so a magic, lost relic perhaps? ‘Magic caused the war’ so previously magic was in the world but due to the overpowering use of magic, war broke out between…. two different types of magical beings and it got so ‘nuclear’ that after it magic was forbidden. BUT now there’s a… evil magic person trying to control the world and only…. I’m guessing this is MG or YA so three kids have to go on a mission and travel to find the magic item that will save the world! And it is… the eye of…Osiris? xD OR! The Relic Guild is the good magic side group of people that combat the bad guy!

The Actual Synopsis: It was said the Labyrinth had once been the great meeting place, a sprawling city at the heart of an endless maze where a million humans hosted the Houses of the Aelfir. The Aelfir who had brought trade and riches, and a future full of promise. But when the Thaumaturgists, overlords of human and Aelfir alike, went to war, everything was ruined and the Labyrinth became an abandoned forbidden zone, where humans were trapped behind boundary walls a hundred feet high.Young Clara struggles to survive in a dangerous and dysfunctional city, where eyes are keen, nights are long, and the use of magic is punishable by death. When a strange man named Fabian Moor returns to the Labyrinth, Clara learns that magic serves a higher purpose and that some myths are much more deadly in the flesh. The only people Clara can trust are the Relic Guild, a secret band of magickers sworn to protect the Labyrinth. To truly defeat their old nemesis Moor, mightier help will be required. To save the Labyrinth – and the lives of one million humans – Clara and the Relic Guild must find a way to contact the worlds beyond their walls.

After Thoughts: This was my worst attempt, right? Okay so it has an Attack on Titan feel, if Attack on Titan was about magic and gods, and not human-eating-giants. My second guess on the novel was similar! I do love the cover of this book but not the novel for me…

What did you guess? Have you read this? What did you think?

What’s The Story Saturday? #8

whatthestorysaturdays

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

Rules:

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

This Week’s Cover:

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My Story: I’m thinking two things. A. Three kids find a trap door in their basement one day and decide to follow this ladder down, down, down, and it leads them into a magical world and a magical adventure. Most likely getting this jewel for one group of underground beings so they can defeat the bad group underground. I imagine these creatures have insect like parts to them but are overall human forms with dirty faces due to the mud. B. Nuclear explosion and three people survived in a bunker underground and it’s this suspense thing and them being trapped in this bunker with no knowledge of what’s going on outside and the whole premise is: do they dare risk opening the hatchet and finding out of their world, as they knew it, is destroyed. And when they do open the hachet and discover what’s happened (I’m assumed ruins and an army of another country has taken over) and thus the ‘fallout’ of the war begins.

The Actual Synopsis: In the summer of 1962, the possibility of nuclear war is all anyone talks about. But Scott’s dad is the only one in the neighborhood who actually prepares for the worst. As the neighbors scoff, he builds a bomb shelter to hold his family and stocks it with just enough supplies to keep the four of them alive for two critical weeks. In the middle of the night in late October, when the unthinkable happens, those same neighbors force their way into the shelter before Scott’s dad can shut the door. With not enough room, not enough food, and not enough air, life inside the shelter is filthy, physically draining, and emotionally fraught. But even worse is the question of what will — and won’t — remain when the door is opened again.

After Thoughts: So my second story was pretty spot on! Nuclear war/bombs: I got that. In a shelter underground: got that. Questioning whether to open the door or not: got that! Although I thought it’d take place in the near future and I had at least one teenage blonde girl as my character in it. I was getting a 5th Wave feel off it. So, once again, I was pretty spot on! Which, once again, means either authors are being too predictable or my creative juices are top notch! xD AND, I actually like my first story that I came up with for this cover, so I may pursue it in time! xD

What did you think the story behind the cover was? Have you read the book? What did you think of it?

19th June 2015 #FridayReads

YAHOO!!! How is everyone? Let’s go on with FR!!! I sound really happy don’t I? Quite the opposite: it’s nearly 12pm and I’ve only been up 3 hours after a 9 hour sleep and seriously just want to go back to bed xD rather tired for some reason… but anyways!!!

I have decided to put The Vampire Lestat on hold for now. The point of the story is at a dip and I’m really not in the mood to read something so sombre and dark at the moment. So I am concentrating on finishing Order of the Pheonix!

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)

I’ve also been powering through GANTZ these past two weeks and have about 100 chapters left til I’m done! 100 chapters should take me about… 4 hours tops? Which is very exciting and it’s still very interesting to read! So fingers crossed it’ll be done this week!

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IF I get through those this week, I am putting all my focus on finishing Angelfall. I saw a fellow GR friend post that she finished this in 4 hours?! o_O I’ve been reading it for over a week and am only 16% through but that’s due to me falling asleep after reading 2 pages of it a night because I read it in the dark (on my kindle) while led in my sleeping position xD

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)

My reading has been so blegh this month and I think it’s because I’ve been so busy travelling and sorting my visa out and getting my suitcase ready and getting rid of things and putting other things in storage. So looks like I won’t be reaching Mistborn this month ='[ But I must must must finish these three in the next 11 days – SERIOUSLY! -_-

Have a good weekend! What are your FR?

Ladle Rat Rotten Hut (The Grimm Diaries Prequels #4) by Cameron Jace

Ladle Rat Rotten Hut (The Grimm Diaries Prequels, #4)


Quickie Review: 
3 out of 5

Once again Jace manages to spin another twist on the fairytale genre (and again, one that didn’t come out of Once Upon a Time!). We follow Little Red Riding Hood this time. There was mystery about why Red couldn’t say her real name, there were mysteries about why she was so terrified of wolves (even though she hadn’t visited her grandmother yet). The characters were offbeat making it suspenseful and reminding you that something just wasn’t right. I loved the ‘language’ that was in this story, and what the mystery turned out to be was very interesting. But I felt the mystery perhaps dragged a little. While I did enjoy the mystery, it felt like the mystery wasn’t confusing enough to keep me non-agitated for the entire story. By about half way through I was like ‘come on with the reveal’. But that’s most likely personal preference or my slow reading speed >.<

Top Ten Tuesday #41

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This Week’s Theme:Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For the Rest of 2015. This will be exciting to post as I start work next month which means I’ll start having money to be able to buy stuff and that’ll include books- and new books!!! ^_^ Let’s get started!! There may be more than 10? xD So all these books are released from July to December.

Time Salvager

7th July – Convicted criminal James Griffin-Mars is no one’s hero. In his time, Earth is a toxic, abandoned world and humans have fled into the outer solar system to survive, eking out a fragile, doomed existence among the other planets and their moons. Those responsible for delaying humanity’s demise believe time travel holds the key, and they have identified James, troubled though he is, as one of a select and expendable few ideally suited for the most dangerous job in history.

Armada

14th July – Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming. Dreaming that the real world could be a little more like the countless science-fiction books, movies, and videogames he’s spent his life consuming. Dreaming that one day, some fantastic, world-altering event will shatter the monotony of his humdrum existence and whisk him off on some grand space-faring adventure. But hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little escapism, right? After all, Zack tells himself, he knows the difference between fantasy and reality. He knows that here in the real world, aimless teenage gamers with anger issues don’t get chosen to save the universe. And then he sees the flying saucer.

The Dinosaur Lords (The Dinosaur Lords, #1)

28th JulyPlunged into Victor Milán’s splendidly weird world of The Dinosaur Lords, a place that for all purposes mirrors 14th century Europe with its dynastic rivalries, religious wars, and byzantine politics…and the weapons of choice are dinosaurs.

Fans of the Impossible Life

8th September – This is the story of a girl, her gay best friend, and the boy in love with both of them.

The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1)

6th October – Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

Dreamstrider

6th October – Livia is a dreamstrider. She can inhabit a subject’s body while they are sleeping and, for a short time, move around in their skin. She uses her talent to work as a spy for the Barstadt Empire.

A Thousand Nights

6th October – Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next. And so she is taken in her sister’s place, and she believes death will soon follow. She sees everything as if for the last time. But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead.

Black Wolves (The Black Wolves Trilogy, #1)

3rd November – As broken alliances are guardedly rekindled and old friendships put to the test, the Hundred’s past is called into question ­and its very future is at stake.

One’s without Covers:

Angel of Storms (Millenium Rules #2) 24th September
Shadows of Self (Mistborn #5) 19th November

What’s on your list?Let me know below!! ^_^

Same Time. Next Week?

A Game of Thrones by George R.R Martin

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

Quickie Review: 3.5 out of 5

I will say the positives first so no one kills me straight away xD it’s GoT so of course it was very interesting to read, it was great getting the extra information that isn’t shown in the TV show. While I knew the first book was pretty much exact to the first season, there were slight differentiations which I enjoyed reading! The writing is easy to read and it’s very easy to get absorbed into the story! This book is intricate with details, massive in history and epic in scope! The book definitely helped me understand things that had confused me in the tv show, and I started to notice theories and subtle hints about things. Also, the books added a lot of extras that a tv show cannot and the POV certainly help understand the characters more and allowed me know what they were thinking.

But… the writing I found was average. It wasn’t a Brandon Sanderson where the writing had that extra umph about it and it definitely wasn’t a Tolkien so it lost some marks there.

Unfortunately, most of the time I never felt the need to read it but I am going to put that completely down to Uni and RL being in the way and therefore stretching my reading time of this book into something crazy like a year and 4 months! Another unfortunate thing is that, it’s only thanks to the TV show that I knew who the hell was who. Honestly, if I had read this book first, I think I would’ve given up pretty soon because the cast and their backstories and relationships would’ve been just too vast for me to comprehend what and who was going on.

A solid book. Cannot wait to carry it on! When that will be… no idea!

Like I said: Epic in scale, but something things did make it stop being so epic in execution.

5th June 2015 #FridayReads

Somehow I managed to read over 500 pages yesterday!! o_O Which shocks me because I didn’t finish one book during my travels yesterday but I read that many pages! Anyways, onto my plans for this weekend to throughout the next week. I’m just going to constantly switch between them depending on my mood.

My parents are away which means I get the house to myself and for some reason, why I live on my own, I tend to have A LOT more time, or at least it feels like I get a lot more time. So I plan to concentrate on the next four things.

The Vampire Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles, #2)

I am half way through this book. I’ve hit a not so interesting part of the book and I do feel like this book could be 200 pages shorter and would still be just as descriptive and more exciting. But I am still enjoying it but seriously, need to finish this one now. It shouldn’t be taking me almost 3 weeks to read a 600 page book -_-

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)

Started this VERY early yesterday morning and it’s interesting. Already there have been a few YA-cliche/typical moments that have made my sigh in disappointment but I am definitely wanting to read on!

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I need to finish this series asap! Seriously! It only takes like 5 minutes to read a chapter, sometimes less if it’s just an action chapter so there isn’t any words, and I have about 150 chapters to go and I love the series and want to finish it!

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)

I wanna start this also this weekend. It won’t be a slow read as I know what happens and I love the world. Maybe I’ll have a HP day where the films will just play on my TV ALL day and I’ll just read for the entire duration that the films are playing =] Sound good? I think it does!!

What are your plans for this weekend and next week reading wise?

Have a safe and fun weekend!

PSST. Expect my Game of Thrones review later tonight or tomorrow morning!