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January Wrap-Up

How’s 2017 so far? Well, we may only be a month in, but so far 2017 is looking fantastic! I managed to read a ton, and get my GoodReads reading challenge off to a flying stars.Here are the books that I finished in January 2017.

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Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

25494343.jpgI have read A LOT of Cassie Clare the past few years, but I have to say that this one might just be my favourite. Set in the shadowhunter universe, an urban fantasy setting where there are a race of part human-part angel warriors who rid the world of demons, but this time in LA, we are introduced to a new set of characters, though some familiar faces to make appearances. In theory our protagonist is Emma Carstairs, an Shadowhunter orphan who is hell bent on finding out who murdered her parents. Without a doubt Emma is my favourite female character in the Shadowhunter world, and I can be very picky when it comes to female protagonists. However, this has a much wider scope than any of Clare’s previous Shadowhunter books, with so many main character, but not too many, each fleshed out with their own storylines. When you compare this book, to Clare’s first in the Shadowhunter world, City of Bones, which was pretty good, you can really see just how much this author has grown, and for me that is so exciting. As the first book in a trilogy (the sequel is out in a few months) there is so much potential for this series to grow even more than this original novel, and can see this surpassing The Infernal Devices as my favourite of Cassie’s Shadowhunter Series’. As you can see I have plenty to say and you can see a full review right HERE.

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January Haul

In an effort to control the amount of books I have hanging around (and maybe even save some money) I’m trying to stick to the ‘read 5, buy 1’ system. I saw this a few years ago in a YouTube video but I just can’t remember whose it was. I think it’s pretty self-explanatory, but what it means is that yo have to read 5 books, before you can buy one. I’m hoping that this will mean my TBR will be super low by the end of 2017.

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Kindle:

The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

27074515I actually bought this in paperback the same time as I bought An Ember in the Ashes but just haven’t got around to reading it. Since I read much more on my kindle (and this was free for some reason) I though having it might motivate me to read it. Not that it makes all that much difference but because it was free and already on my TBR I’m not counting this toward my challenge. The Dark Days Club is a YA Historical Fantasy and sounds to me a lot like The Infernal Devices but in the Regency era, rather than the Victorian era. After a mysterious disappearance Lady Helen joins forces with, the hopefully very attractive, William, Earl of Carston, to uncover the culprits. I’m not sure where exactly they come into play but I’m pretty sure there are demons here somewhere, and I love demon-hunting.

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Discussion: Reading about Readers

Grab your cup of tea and settle down because I want to talk about reading about readers.

*Disclaimer: These are my own opinions, and I am not directing this toward any specific book, or author. *

What does this mean?

Reading about reader simply means that a character, or multiple characters in a book, are readers. For instance, characters who are book bloggers, book reviewers, or just really like to read.

What do I think?

I find it quite irritating to be honest with you. I consider myself to be a reader, an expert at the art of reading, if you will, which means I am really critical when they pop up. Somehow they always seem fake to me, like the author is trying to get me onside. With the growing use of social media, GoodRead, YouTube, Tumbr, e.t.c., alongside reading, author now know exactly who their main market is; people like me and you; readers. I’d much rather read about a girl proficient in martial arts, or a boy who loves ballet, than I would about a girl who loves to read because I am that girl. I love to read, I just don’t like to read about my own life, which is what I see when I read about readers.

What do you think? Do you like to read about readers? Who is your favourite reader-character? Who is your least favourite reader-character?

Thanks for reading!

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Book Tag: Harry Potter

I’ve been seeing this making the rounds, and I do love Harry Potter so… Also how pretty are these little images!

You  can check out both Reading with Rendz and BookPrincessReview for their versions here and here.

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A book whose theme you found interesting. but would like to rewrite it

Beautiful Player (Beautiful Bastard #3) by Christina Lauren

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Essentially a romance between a sexy player and a bookish grad student, this had so much potential but it just didn’t quite hit the mark for me.

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The first book in a series that got you hooked.

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Book Review: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare [SPOILER FREE]

Well, either you’ve been fighting the forces of evil or you’ve come from a much wilder party than we have.

 

Title: Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1)

25494343Author: Cassandra Clare

Release Date: 8th of March 2016

Pages: 698

GoodReads Rating: 4.49 stars

My Rating: 5 stars

Review:

One of the newest boos to be set in the shadowhunter universe, Lady Midnight, takes place in the LA institute, where these is mystery afoot. Seven years after Emma’s parents were murdered in the prologue to City of Heavenly Fire, she is convinced that Sebastian did not kill them, and obsessed with finding the real culprit. As more bodies are found, with striking similarities to those of Emma’s parents, she begins to realise that the killer might just be one in the same.

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January TBR

Welcome, welcome to my first TBR of 2017! Luckily I don’t have too much required reading for class, so, in theory, I should have a little more time to read.

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Kindle:

The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1) by Samantha Shannon

18594512It’s 2017, and that means, at long last the third book in this series is out this year, March 7th to be precise, so of course it’s time for a re-read. The Bone Season is a set in an intricate fantastic fantasy/historical fantasy world where certain people have clairvoyant powers, something that is punishable by death. Enter out heroine Paige Mahoney, employed in the criminal underworld of London 2059, to break into the minds of other people. Without saying too much, because there is so much world building that you really have to just read it for yourself, this takes you in places that you definitely do not expect. If you’re interested in reading this during January then I will leave a link for the GoodReads read along here, so feel free to join!

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A Year of Books: 2016

As we move into to 2017, I though I would give you 12 of my favourite books, one for every month of the year.

January:

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I23437156 know what your thinking, another post were I gush over this series, but that’s exactly what you’re getting. I got Six of Crows for Christmas last year, so it was one of my very first reads of the year and definitely set 2016 up to be a good reading year. This YA fantasy follows six very different characters as they come together to attempt a heist. I don’t think I should have to say more than that but in case you still need convincing, it’s super diverse, with those characters representing different abilities, disabilities, sexual orientation, and even religion and political beliefs to a certain extent. Also later in the year I re-read it via audiobook, and I loved that even character had a different narrator, it kept things fresh and fun through hours of listening. As I said, I re-read this book multiple times throughout the year, and I probably would have re-read it more if I hadn’t kept lending it to people, because I’m nice that way.

February:

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December Wrap-Up

Can you believe 2016 is over? It gone so quickly! Well, without further adieu, here is my final wrap up of the year. As is the usual pattern for December, the fist half of the month was super productive and then I just got a bit lazy.

Shadow and Bone (Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo 🌟🌟🌟🌟 [4 stars]

22819449This was the first book I finished this month, and just like the first time I read it, it only took me a couple of days. This is a super quick read, really great for anyone who perhaps is new, or a little uncertain about YA fantasy or just fantasy in general. It shouldn’t come as a surprise by now that Leigh Bardugo is a queen in my eyes, since I seem to mention her in every post. This one is the first in a trilogy that follows Alina Starkov as she discovers that she is in fact Grisha, one of the magical elite. I’ve already mentioned how quick this is to read because it’s an addictive story,  and I loved it just as much as the first time. It should come as no surprise that I gave it [4 stars]. The only reason it didn’t quite reach five is simply that I can tell there is better to come, so I’m saving that star for the future.

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