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The Mystery Blogger Tag!

I haven’t taken part in a tag in a LONG time, so thank you Tavleen from Travelling Through Words for tagging me! Be sure to check out the original creator of this tag Okoto Enigma and Tavleen!

RULES

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

Three Things About Me

  1. According to Pottermore I’m a Ravenclaw? Honestly I still haven’t read this series yet so I don’t exactly know what that means!
  2. When I fall into a reading slump, it can take me literally MONTHS to get out of it!
  3. I have to listen to music when doing absolutely anything, cleaning, studying, on my way to uni. You’ll always see me with my headphones…

Questions Given From Travelling Through Words

  1. If you could kill one fictional character , who would it be?

I’m struggling with this one because it has a huge spoiler, so I’m just going to say someone from Red Queen. If you’ve read the book you can probably guess!

      2. What is an unpopular bookish opinion of yours?

I know I keep coming back to this one but it would have to be Throne of Glass, I think that’s probably one of the only books that I had such a different opinion of!

      3.Which song is your current favorite?

So John Mayer recently release his second EP, so it’s basically ALL my favourite. IF I had to choose one it would be Still Feel Like Your Man! (Listened to it about 100 times since it’s release!

      4.How many books do you want to read in 2017?

My target for last year was about 70, which I failed miserably. So this year I’m going to try and be a little more realistic and go for maybe 50? I haven’t even logged this on Goodreads yet!

     5.If you had to live in a house built from books, which books will you choose to have the roof made from? (Weird Question)

Probably Beverley Barton, she’s my favourite crime thriller author! But I just might be tempted to pick one up!

I Nominate:

Questions For My Nominees:

  1. What is your favourite book of 2017?
  2. If you had super power from a fictional character, what character would that be? And what is their power?
  3. What is one book you think everyone should read in their lifetime?
  4. You’re stuck in a lift with three fictional characters. Who would you choose to be with?
  5. What is a popular series/book that you haven’t read yet?
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Review: A Gentleman in Moscow

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Title: A Gentleman in Moscow

Author: Amor Towles

Published: February 9th 2017

Length: 480

Source: I got this copy from Hutchinson- Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review.

It comes as no shock that I’ve been in a reading slump for the past 2 months, so here’s my first review this year!

I love historical fiction, and so I was a big fan of the TV adaptation of War and Peace, I still haven’t gotten to the actual book yet! So when this was recommended to people who enjoyed W&P you already know I had to get a copy of this… Here’s the blurb: (taken from goodreads)

‘With his breakout debut novel, Rules of Civility, Amor Towles established himself as a master of absorbing, sophisticated fiction, bringing late 1930s Manhattan to life with splendid atmosphere and a flawless command of style.

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in another elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.’

This is definitely a more slow paced, self-discovery read. You follow this journey of this Count who lived such a lavish life, suddenly confined the the smallest room in the Metropol. How he manages to stay sane, and his coping mechanisms with this situation is something that really interested me! It also portrayed that a lot of things are dependent on perspective. Initially being confined to this small space gave made him feel claustrophobic, no matter what activity he tried to pursue (within the Metropol) it could never match the satisfaction he would get from freely strolling down the street! However once he changed his viewpoint, began discovering and inspecting the hotel he was trapped in, as the reader you realise that it’s all your mindset!

In honesty this was a DNF for me, not because I didn’t enjoy, but because it had a lot of world-building and character development and not much actually going on for about the first half of the book. With me already being in a reading slump I found it hard to finish it! I do know that this is a book  will definitely come back to!

Feb TBR and Update!

So I haven’t read a single book last month, and by the looks of it this month is heading the same direction… As a motivational thing I decided to post a Feb TBR, even if it’s like three books! Just so that I know that I have to write a wrap-up, which means I have to read something! It’s been a while since I’ve posted, and frankly I think you’re all bored of my excuses so I’m just going to get on with the post!

I’ve actually received quite a few review books over the past month and some I’m REALLY excited for! Instead of making a haul I’m just going to list a few of them below:

  • Wayfarer by Alexander Bracken (I still can’t believe I have a copy of this and haven’t read it yet!)
  • Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin (If you’ve been following me for a while you know I LOVED Wolf by Wolf so I can’t wait to start this!).
  • Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. I’ve heard quite a lot about this one so I’m interested to how it weighs up to the hype!)
  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. This is one I started last month, it’s actually quite good! But I think because I’m in a bit of a slump, this historical fiction is a little slow paced, taking me longer to get through it.

So for Feb here’s my TBR:

  1. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  2. The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
  3. Rarity of the Hollow by Robert Eggleton.
  4. The Crystal Crux by A.M Werner

In completely unrelated news, Hamilton is coming to London and guess who got tickets! That had to be one of the most stressful experiences of my life! I knew Hamilton was quite popular in the US but I honestly underestimated their fan base in the UK, because trying to get tickets was CRAZY. Also they introduced this system, to prevent people from buying bulk tickets and reselling them. So when you buy seats, you don’t actually get admission tickets. Instead you’re asked to bring the card you paid with on the day, and you’ll be issued tickets literally right before you go in! No one probably even cares about this, but I thought it was so smart!

Anyways, thank you for bearing with me during this hiatus! I’m thinking of having a series of guest posts, I’ve always wanted to host one but just wasn’t sure if people would be interested enough to take part! Let me know in the comments if you would consider guest posting on my blog! Depending on the response, I might start organising one!

Errant Spark: Audiobook Tour

Author: Ronelle Antoinette

Narrator: Ginny Ross

Length: 10h 25m

Publisher: Ronelle Antoinette⎮2016

Series: The Elemental Trials (#1)

Genre: Romantic Fantasy

Release date: Nov. 01, 2016

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In Egalion’s Imperial court, there is splendor and luxury, but it’s also a realm of treachery. Cloak-and-dagger political maneuvering threatens to destroy the peace of two thousand years.

Battlemage Jex Xander has a mouth that gets him into trouble; while in contrast, Enari Namelum speaks not at all. Amidst the mounting chaos, passion and romance should be the last thing on their minds, but life and the Goddess seem to have other ideas.

They say to keep your friends close and your enemies closer, but at court you can’t tell one from the other…and they change at the flip of a coin.

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Ronelle Antoinette was born in Phoenix, AZ and raised in beautiful Colorado. She currently lives in Grand Junction with her husband, two sneaky cats, and one dog-who-believes-he’s-a-person. While she’s a mother to none, she’s an auntie to a small army…the newest recruit joined them in April 2016. Ronelle dabbled in creative writing for many years and even considered it as her major in college. (She ended up getting a Bachelor’s degree in Counseling Psychology.) She published her first novel, Errant Spark, in July of 2016. Dream. Come. True.

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Ginny Ross was born and raised in England where she had a passion for Musical Theatre and Fantasy books. She loved spending time in the Theatre but found that she wanted to travel. After traveling around Europe she took a job as a nanny in Canada and continued her acting. Her love of children played a huge role in her life and became her career for the next several years. She married Clarence and moved to the States where she resides today. Her life is much less hectic than it was, as she is raising her two children and works for the local school district. Ginny was very excited when she was offered the opportunity to use her acting skills once again from the comfort of her home by narrating books.

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Jan. 23: The Book Junkie (Spotlight)

Jan. 24: Buried Under Books (Spotlight)

Jan. 25: The Book Junkie (Review & Audio Excerpt)

Jan. 26: 2 Girls And A Book (Review)

Jan. 27: Lady With A Quill (Audio Excerpt)

Jan. 28: The Desert Bibliophile (Review, Spotlight, & Audio Excerpt)

Jan. 29: Hall Ways (Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)

Jan. 30: Carly’s Cozy Corner (Review)

Jan. 31: The Bookworm Lodge (Spotlight)

Feb. 1: Holed Up In A Book (Review)
Avid Book Collector (Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)

Feb. 2: A Book Nation (Review)

Feb. 3: Gotalovebooks (Review & Spotlight)

Feb. 4: Lynn the Romance Enthusiast (Review, Spotlight, & Audio Excerpt)

Feb. 5: Collector of Book Boyfriends (Review & Audio Excerpt)

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Exciting 2017 Releases!

There are some AMAZING releases coming out this year so I thought it would be fun to post some of the releases I’m most looking forward to! Thanks to Netgalley I actually have quite a few of these as ARCs, the only problem is I still haven’t gotten around to reading them!!!

One of the top releases I can’t wait to get my hands on definitely has to beee……

  • Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

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Although I thought Passenger was a little overhyped I really enjoyed reading it and the ending of Passenger and me itching to get my hands on Wayfarer! Also the covers for this series are sooo pretty!

  • Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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Okay so I know I haven’t even read the first book in this series even though I purchased it the same week of its release, but I’m still pretty psyched for this release! who knows maybe it’ll motivate me to actually get on with the series?

  • King’s cage by Victoria Aveyard

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So if you’ve been with me for a bit you’ll remember my fangirling when writing the review for Red Queen, it got quite mixed opinions but I still LOVED it! Have I read Glass Sword do you ask? Nope… But again maybe I’ll be able to get back into this series once there’s a hype about the release of King’s Cage.

  • Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

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Initially I was pretty curious about the release of Carve the Mark, I can’t really say excited because I’ve only read Divergent. BUT nevertheless I still felt like it would be worth checking it out… Recently I read about a controversy surrounding the villanous characters in this book and I don’t really want to get into it here. Let’s just say I might skip this one…

  • Gilded Cage by Vic James

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The synopsis for this had me HOOKEEEEDD. It sounded like something RIGHT up my street.

Here’s the synopsis: (taken from Goodreads:

‘Our world belongs to the Equals — aristocrats with magical gifts — and all commoners must serve them for ten years. But behind the gates of England’s grandest estate lies a power that could break the world.

A girl thirsts for love and knowledge.

Abi is a servant to England’s most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of the noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family’s secrets might win her liberty, but will her heart pay the price?

A boy dreams of revolution.

Abi’s brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution.

And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.

He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy?’

I already have an ARC of this but surprise! I haven’t gotten to it yet…

  • The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova

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This initially caught my attention because it’s a YA, steampunk which I haven’t seen in a WHILE. I also like the premise, the synopsis: (taken from Goodreads)

‘Her vengeance. His vision.

Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.

Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne. His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragons’ society for far too long. The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins.

When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.

He offers her the one thing Ari can’t refuse: A wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the Alchemists of Loom.’

( Received an ARC for this as well, good God this is getting ridiculous at this point :’s)

  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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Everyone in the book blogging community has at least heard of Marissa Meyer or at least come across her Lunar Chronicles series! That series is still circling the book blogosphere, I really wanted to read it but I wanted to buy the whole series and marathon it. So I have yet to read it , but when I read the synopsis. To my understanding this is a Alice in Wonderland retelling focusing on The Queen of Hearts. Guess who already has an ARC of this on her Netgalley shelf… ME. I’m still yet to read it, but I should get to it soooooon!

This post was both exciting yet depressing to make! I realised I pretty much own half of the books on my list… Hopefully this will motivate me to get started on completing this list! By the way would you guys be interested in seeing what’s on my Netgalley shelf? I have over 50 books on there I think, but I’ve never hauled them.

Next Post: 2017 Exciting Releases!

Sorry I’ve been missing for a while now! I’ve been busy with shopping and spending time with my family that I just didn’t have time to make a post.

By the way I don’t know if this is just me but I can never schedule a post. The thing is, as soon as I write a post I want to upload it RIGHT NOW. I literally cannot schedule it, I’m too impatient. It might prove more useful for me with book reviewing, sometimes they have to be up by a particular date. So I can get them done in advance and schedule them!

I’m rambling again… What’s new? This post was just to tell you that my NEXT blog post will be about the most exciting 2017 releases! What are some releases you’re looking for? Let me know in the comments!

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Upon the Tide: Review

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Title: Upon the Tide

Author: Ryan Jo Summers

Published: June 2016

Length: 188

Source: I got this copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

I’m back with another review! I haven’t actually read that much in the past few weeks because beta reading has been taking over my life! I started this short read quite a while back and just not gotten around to finishing it. Anyway on with the review…

The concept of this book was initially what caught my attention, here’s the synopsis (taken from Goodreads):

‘New York fashion designer, Piper Kincaid, just wanted to have a pleasant visit with her cousin down in Florida. That was before she and handsome beach bum, Kade Wyatt, become the targets of a gang of robbers and killers.

Fleeing for their lives aboard Kade’s big boat, they experience risk, surprises, mystery and romance during the Great Caribbean Boat Chase. However, the biggest surprises are waiting for them back at port.’

A compelling and mysterious crime thriller aspect. Check! The potential development of a love story. Check! Again I’m still on a quest to find a romance book that I LOVE. Unfortunately it wasn’t this one and let me explain why…

I found that the characters in this story didn’t act rationally and as a reader you could tell that their illogical decisions were there for the storyline. The main characters Piper and Kade were pleasant enough, but nothing about them STOOD OUT. For me, if I’m not really that immersed by the characters I lose interest.

The main strong points of this book is the world building, as Kade and Piper board the boat and venture off, the scenes for me that were the best were those that heavily relied on world building.

My main problem with this book is that it’s a little too unrealistic to be honest. The relationship between the MC’s developed way too quickly, with both characters being way too comfortable with each other given their circumstances.

At one point Piper and Kade are having lunch in a restaurant and they get tracked by the gang through the use of the MCs credit card. They just about make it out alive and the next morning Piper leaves the boat to explore leaving behind Kade, who was asleep… I just felt like there was no logical reasoning, did she not worry that the gang members are out there waiting for one of them to slip up?

This personally wasn’t for me, I understand that I read fiction and of course if the characters made ALL decisions logically and rationally it wouldn’t make an interesting read. But I also need to be able to justify why they make decisions that they do…