April Wrap Up and May CR!

Better later than never xD As I keep telling myself with everything lately haha

April Wrap Up

魔界王子 devils and realist 1 [Makai Ouji by Madoka TakadonoBranded by Abi Ketner

I was hella busy the last two or so weeks of April so didn’t get much time to read but I did finish one manga volume and the book Branded, which I gave 2 stars to even though it had an amazing start.

May Currently Reading

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson魔界王子 devils and realist 2 [Makai Ouji by Madoka TakadonoOyasumi Jack the Ripper

For May I’ve already finished Elantris (which I LOVED!) and one more manga volume which I’ll continue reading cos I’m seeing the Stage of it next month so I must be all caught up on i << that’s how my OCD works xD I’m also still working on the Japanese version of Oyasumi Jack the Ripper which I like anyay but it’s so weird!

And that’s all. How was your April and May?

Top Books of 2015!

Here is my list of top books of 2015. I only read 43 booksthis year with most of them being comics/manga so my actual book count was very low. Surprisingly, my favourites is very low too! I thought I’d had a decent reading year but right now, trying to get a top ten is really hard! (This may end up being a top 5 instead!) So let’s have a look! (In no order)

My Top Books of 2015:

1.  The Well of Ascension – 4.5 Stars (review coming soon!)
2.  The Name of the Wind – 5 Stars
3.  The Girl at Midnight – 4 Stars
4.  An Ember in the Ashes – 4.5 Stars

I didn’t even manage a top 5!! O dear xD I must read more amazing books this year!

The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, #2)An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)The Girl at Midnight

Honourable Mentions:

1. Sourcery – 4 Stars
2. Angelfall – 3 Stars
3. City of Stairs – 3.5 Stars

I enjoyed these books a lot but they just weren’t favourites nor have I thought about them since I finished them unlike the ones above.

Sourcery (Discworld, #5)Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)City of Stairs

Disappointments of the Year:

A Court of Thorns and Roses eSampler by Sarah J. Maas

I DNF’d two of these two. But I don’t really need to explain these right?

There we have it! Have a wonderful January 1st!

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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Quickie Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars

The hype was right this time (for the first time ever!)!! I enjoyed this so much! So many times I found myself wanting to read this book rather than do other things that I enjoy more than reading – that’s how good it was! It was fast paced, the plot development was great, the writing was solid, the characters were enjoyable! I loved the ancient rome-ness setting as well! So many mysteries are left to yet be answered! But the .5 deduction is due to not feeling enough fear for the characters, and a lot of things felt way too convenient for Laia. but DAMN! Give me more now!!

Have you read this? What did you think?

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

The One by Kiera Cass

The One (The Selection #3)

Other Reviews of Books in the Trilogy:
The Selection (#1)   The Elite (#2)   The Prince (#0.5)    The Guard (#2.5)

I finally got around to reading this book!

Quickie Review [Non-Spoiler]: 2/5 stars on GR.
This series had so much potential but it fell short and into predictable hands. This book could’ve gone anywhere, shit could’ve gone done, HUGE reveals could’ve happened, her dad has SO much more potential too!, relationships could’ve really fucked up, but what I got was something safe and predictable. I never felt the characters were in danger, I never felt the ending was going to be anything but what it actually ended up being. Disappointing… There was no danger, mystery, suspense which made it boring and even more predictable.

But there were some cute moments, for example the relationships and moments between the girls of the selection; loved those moments!, and the queen was always sweet (although she’s pretty passive, that frustrated me) and some of Maxon and America’s moments were cute, especially the rain and photo scenes.

However, most parts that should’ve been expanded (rebellion, world-building etc) were too short and parts that should’ve been short (the ENTIRE selection and the romance and the decision making on the romance) were dragged. This could have easily been a duology as it dragged hella long. Or could’ve been a trilogy with more of the rebellion, war and world-building, because to be honest, that was the most interesting part! America doesn’t annoy me as she has done for most reads but she’s definitely a dumbass, immature, selfish and undeserving of both Maxon and Aspen.

Will I carry on? No. For me, this was a trilogy not a series and I’ve had quite enough of it. Meh, it was an okay but it fell flat from the huge potential is had.

Did you read this? What did you think? Carrying on with the series? Let me know in the comments and/or link me to your The One review!

[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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