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?

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Top Ten Tuesday #34

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This Week’s Theme: Ten Books You Recently Added To Your To-Be-Read List

Ten Books You Recently Added To Your To-Be-Read List 1

Fantasy YA. Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes. Set apart by her heritage and her past, Bryn is a tracker who’s determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite King’s Guard to protect the royal family.

Ten Books You Recently Added To Your To-Be-Read List 2

Contemporary YA. This is the story of a girl, her gay best friend, and the boy in love with both of them.

Ten Books You Recently Added To Your To-Be-Read List 3

Fiction China. Grace falls forever out of love with her husband and very much in love with this country and its culture. In the chaos of the Beijing streets and in the home of her new friends Dr. Yu and her son Zaofan, Grace finds the web of life she’s been too lost to perceive.

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SF. In a world in which the police have telepathic powers, how do you get away with murder?

Ten Books You Recently Added To Your To-Be-Read List 5

Historical Fantasy YA. A young woman with the magical ability to sense the presence of gold must flee her home, taking her on a sweeping and dangerous journey across Gold Rush–era America.

Ten Books You Recently Added To Your To-Be-Read List 6

SF Steampunk Mystery. When an airship crashes in mysterious circumstances, Sir Maurice and his recently appointed assistant Miss Veronica Hobbes are called in to investigate. Meanwhile, Scotland Yard is baffled by a spate of grisly murders and a terrifying plague is ravaging the slums of the city.

Ten Books You Recently Added To Your To-Be-Read List 7

SF YA. A high-concept, fantastical espionage novel set in a world where dreams are the ultimate form of political intelligence.

Ten Books You Recently Added To Your To-Be-Read List 8

Fantasy Sequel. The city of Voortyashtan was once the domain of the goddess of death, war, and destruction, but now it’s little more than a ruin. General Turyin Mulaghesh is called out of retirement and sent to this hellish place to try to find a Saypuri secret agent who’s gone missing in the middle of a mission, but the city of war offers countless threats.

Ten Books You Recently Added To Your To-Be-Read List 9

Fantasy YA Retelling. When Jafar steals the Genie’s lamp, he uses his first two wishes to become sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Agrabah lives in fear, waiting for his third and final wish.To stop the power-mad ruler, Aladdin and the deposed Princess Jasmine must unite the people of Agrabah in rebellion. But soon their fight for freedom threatens to tear the kingdom apart in a costly civil war.

Ten Books You Recently Added To Your To-Be-Read List 10

Non-Fiction Humour. Sh*t Rough Drafts collects imagined misguided early drafts of classic books, screenplays, and contemporary literature, creating visions of alternate works that would exist had the authors not come to their senses.

And that is my list!

Did anyone them catch you fancy? Link your TTT below!

Same Time. Next Week [perhaps]!

Just Realised That All (Mostly) YA Books…

…Have Female Protagonists….

The Hunger Games (The Hunge...

Red Queen (Red Queen Trilogy, #1)

(Do correct me if I get any of these wrong, I’ve only read like 3 of them xD)

Hence why there’s always (usually) a love triangle…

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I’m all for equality and everything so… where are my males at?! Oh yeah, they’re all over at the adult fantasy section >.< Where are my male protags with two, three girls fighting over him over 3 books?! No, no, no, wait! Where is my homosexual love triangle?! Where is my guy is bisexual and a guy AND a girl want him love triangle?! (Don’t you steal my new novel ideas now! xD) O I’m sorry that’s called being bitchy and mean and not a love triangle right?

Maybe this is another reason why I don’t read/like YA… the plot thickens once more xD

The Storm by Virginia Bergin

The Storm (The Rain, #2)
Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review – thank you NG!
Book One – The Rain – Review
RELEASED 26TH FEBRUARY 2015!

Quickie Review [Non-Spoiler]: 3 out of 5 stars.
Stop eating the biscuits!
This book was so much more action packed and crazier than the first book! It still terrified me just like the first book did as well! Seriously it was so mysterious and crazy! Great! I loved Ruby’s development between the first and the second book and I love her vast knowledge and how strong willed and adult-like she is in this book! Though it is a shame that the situation forced her to grow up xD Loved how Ruby would put in loads of different knowledge and be like (I learnt how to use that word!) and feel proud of herself =] However, a 3 star rating means I had problems. Firstly the ending, I felt it was really rushed, especially as it felt like it had the atmosphere of ‘we’re gunna give you a cliff hangar and a third book!’, it ended way too easily and too fast and left me with a lot of questions =/ I did want to see more Ruby/Spratt/Princess moments also =/

Overall, an action packed, crazy ride, not as good as the first book but Ruby’s development very much makes up for what it lacks plot wise.

Have you read it? What did you think of it? Did you enjoy the first book? Let me know!!

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