Monday, 29 August 2016

The Kiss Of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Year Published: 2014
Publisher: Henry Holt And Co

Format: Hardcover
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 489
Price: £10.99
How Log Did It Take To Read: 3 Days
Stars: 5*

A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor's secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can't abide. Like having to marry someone she's never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love

When I first heard about this book I was sold on the fact it involved a Prince and Assassin. When I found out we wouldn't know who was who I had to get it. I was so hyped for this book and it didn't disappoint. In the first few chapters you fine out how kick arse Lia is. She doesn't take anyone's shit, she even stands up to the king and I love that in a female protagonist. I also love how she stands up for her friend and threatens a solider in a crowed traven.
Then Pearson introduced us to the boys Rafe and Kaden. When I thought I had found out which guy was the Prince and which one was the assassin something happened that made me second guest it. Pearson kept me guesting the whole time until it was reviled and I was so happy she did. It added to the whole story; it made you care for both boys but I am 100% team Rafe and I have been since the beginning. Kaden did have some sweet moments but Rafe just stuck out.
I can honestly say I don't think I have ever cried this much over a book, if you plan on reading it I suggest having some tissues next yo you because you'll need them. 
As soon as I had finished I ordered the other two books and I can't wait for them to arrive!!

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

I'm Back!!

Hey Guys!
So I've been in a huge reading slump for the past few months which was crap but after reading the Shatter Me Trilogy I can now say I'm way over the slump. So expect some reviews soon.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

May Book Haul

In the month of May I brought a total of 6 books. After reading 12 books in April I thought I would reward myself by buying new books.

I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson
Date Brought: 8th May 
New Or Secondhand: New
Where did I buy it: Waterstones
Price: £7.99
Series: N/A
 Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah's story to tell. The later years are Jude's. What the twins don't realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach
Date Brought: 8th May
New Or Secondhand: New
Where Was It Brought? Waterstones
Price: £3.99
Series: N/A
Before the asteroid we let ourselves be defined by labels:
The athlete, the outcast, the slacker, the overachiever. 
But then we all looked up and everything changed. 
They said it would be here in two months. That gave us two months to leave our labels behind. Two months to become something bigger than what we'd been, something that would last even after the end. 
Two months to really live.

Prince Of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
Date Brought: 14th May
New Or Secondhand: Secondhand
Where Was It Brought? Charity Shop
Price: £0.99
Series: First Book
Before the thorns taught me their sharp lessons and bled weakness from me I had but one brother, and I loved him well. But those days are gone and what is left of them lies in my mother's tomb. Now I have many brothers, quick with knife and sword, and as evil as you please. We ride this broken empire and loot its corpse. They say these are violent times, the end of days when the dead roam and monsters haunt the night. All that's true enough, but there's something worse out there, in the dark. Much worse.
From being a privileged royal child, raised by a loving mother, Jorg Ancrath has become the Prince of Thorns, a charming, immoral boy leading a grim band of outlaws in a series of raids and atrocities. The world is in chaos: violence is rife, nightmares everywhere. Jorg has the ability to master the living and the dead, but there is still one thing that puts a chill in him. Returning to his father's castle Jorg must confront horrors from his childhood and carve himself a future with all hands turned against him.

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Date Brought: 24th May
New Or Secondhand: New
Where Was It Brought: Amazon
Price: £8.49
Series: First Book
Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.
With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.
But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.
As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

Take Back The Skies by Lucy Saxon
Date Brought: 26th May
New Or Secondhand: New
Where Was It Brought: Amazon
Price: £3.99
Series: First Book
Catherine Hunter is the daughter of a senior government official on the island of Anglya. She’s one of the privileged – she has luxurious clothes, plenty to eat, and is protected from the Collections which have ravaged families throughout the land. But Catherine longs to escape the confines of her life, before her dad can marry her off to a government brat and trap her forever.
So Catherine becomes Cat, pretends to be a kid escaping the Collections, and stows away on the skyship Stormdancer. As they leave Anglya behind and brave the storms that fill the skies around the islands of Tellus, Cat’s world becomes more turbulent than she could ever have imagined, and dangerous secrets unravel her old life once and for all . . .

Blood Red Road by Moira Young
Date Brought: 26th May
New Or Secondhand: New
Where Was It Brought: Amazon
Price: £2.81
Series: First Book
Saba lives in Silverlake, a wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms where her family scavenge from landfills left by the long-gone Wrecker civilization. After four cloaked horsemen kidnap her beloved twin brother Lugh, she teams up with daredevil Jack and the Free Hawks, a girl gang of Revolutionaries. 
Saba learns that she is a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Saba and her new friends stage a showdown that change the course of her civilization.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Reading Slump

Sorry for not updating anything in a while, I've been on a really bad reading slump and instead of forcing myself to read a book I wouldn't enjoy I decided to ride the slump out. I started Scarlet in early March and even though I enjoyed the beginning I could not force myself to read any more and I wasn't in the mood for any of my books so instead I decided to start season 9 of Supernatural finally. I also got distracted by some cosplay/convention stuff. I finally picked up Attack On Titan Volume 3 manga and when I finished that I picked up Death Note volume 8 and the I finished the last 200 pages of Scarlet. I think it might be safe to say I am out of my month long reading slump, I'm planning on starting Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott tomorrow.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Rearranging my read bookshelf

I've been watching a lot of bookshelf tours on YouTube and I have been wanting to change my shelf around for a while now. I had the day off work and nothing planned so I though why not. I am planning on getting a new bookshelf for all my TBR books to go on which will go next to this one. It only took me about half an hour to. I had on Fall Out Boys new album American Beauty American Psycho and a nice cup of tea in my favourite mug.

This is how my bookshelf started off looking.

First thing I did was get all the little trinkets I keep on my shelf off and onto my bed to keep safe. I then had to get off all the books which I put on the floor. I have 148 read books.

I didn't really put them in any order. Just my hardbacks together on the top shelf. My series on the same shelf. 
So this is the end result I can't wait to get my new bookshelf next week. I'll give you a bookshelf tour of all my TBR books. I'm really happy about how this turned out.

Gryffindor socks :D 

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

Year Published: 2011
Publisher: Puffin Books

Format: Paperback
Genre(s): Middle Grade, Fantasy, Mystery
Pages: 551
Price: £7.99
How Long Did It Take To Read: 4 Days
Stars; 5

'What do you want from me?' she screamed.
'What have you done with him?'

'Annabeth' said the bald dude, Butch 'we gotta leave. Let's get these three to camp and figure it out there. Those storm spirits might come back.'
She fumed for a moment. 'Fine.' she fixed Jason with a resentful look. 'We'll settle this later.'
She turned on her heel and marched towards the chariot.
Piper shook her head. 'What's her problem? What's going on?'
'Seriously.' Leo agreed.
'We have to get out of her.' Butch said 'I'll explain on the way.'
'I'm not going anywhere with her.' Jason gestured towards the blonde. 'She looks like she wants to kill me . . .'

I was really into Percy Jackson when I was in high school and found the books for the first time but since then I can't really remember much of what happens in the last couple of books. I have been meaning to reread them but I've got such a huge tbr pile that I don't want to get distracted reading a book series I've all ready read. So when I remembered I had this book on my tbr it was a chance to get back in to the Greek world of Percy Jackson. It also helps that I was taking part in a read-a-thon where I had to read a book over 500 pages and this was one of my big books that I own. I hadn't heard much about it before I started reading and well it was just as good as the Percy Jackson books. The main characters Jason, Piper and Leo were easy to like and fun characters. Jason does his best a leading the group, Piper is a bad ass girl who doesn't take much crap from anyone and then there is Leo who is a amazing mechanic with a good heart. It was a good start to the series and I'm looking forward to getting the second book the Son Of Neptune.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowery

Year Published: 2000
Publisher: Harper Collins

Format: Paperback
Genre(s): Dystopia
Pages: 241
Price: £6.99
How Long Did It Take To Read: 6 Days
Stars: 5

Orphaned and physically flawed in a civilization that shuns and discards the weak, Kira faces a frighteningly uncertain future.
 When she is summoned by the Council of Guardians, Kira prepares to fight for her life, but the Council has unexpected plans for her. Now Kira faces new responsibilities. On her quest for the truth, she discovers things that will change her life forever.

Lets just start by mentioning this beautiful cover. Isn't it amazing!
I picked this book up after reading The Giver and fell in love with the world it was set in. Gathering Blue is set in the same world but with different rules and a different community. Lois Lowry may become one of my favourite authors once I've read more of his books. When I first picked this book up I didn't really know what to think about it, I just knew I loved The Giver and wanted to read more of his work and I wasn't disappointed. This book may be short but it is full of surprise and feelings. You get a good feel on how Kira is treated because of her physical flaw but she always stays strong and doesn't let the woman get to her. Little Matt a amusing boy, him and his dog branch are always up to adventures which can get them into trouble. They always stick together and have a good bond with the main character Kira. You meet quite a lot of different characters in this book but they are all described well so you get a feel for each of them in detail: there background, how they are treated and how they act. There aren't too many characters so it hard to get confused with them. Overall this book is amazing and you should pick it up if you loved The Giver. I can't wait to get my hands on The Messenger which follows a older Matt. This was deficiently a 5 star read for me.