Sunday, 22 April 2018

3 Books that I unexpectedly loved

Unique, Hilarious and Magical Books I Surprisingly Fell in Love With

There are so many books that slip past my radar, books that didn't get as much hype, and books that I simply didn't notice. Even though I often browse through Goodreads, reading blurbs, going through various genre's and seeing what catches my eyes. I do admit that I'm definitely guilty of getting distracted by the newer and shinier books being released. Unfortunately some of the not so current books often get pushed to the back of my shelf, collecting dust.

Which is why I thought I would compile a list of books that I have read over the years - ones that I unexpectedly fell hopelessly in love with - in hopes of maybe showing you some books that I hope you will love just as much as I did. Books that I think deserve more hype and attention or books that have become unforeseen favorites.

Friday, 20 April 2018

Series Review - The Orphan Queen and the Mirror King by Jodi Meadows

The Orphan Queen Duology

By Jodi Meadows

A Duology | The first book was published on March 10 2015 and the second on April 5 2016
Young Adult | Fantasy


My rating - Mixed feelings

Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.
She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others.

I was super excited to find this series in my local library, as I'm never not a fan of stories about kings and queens. The Orphan Queen series was an okay read. The pace of the story was fast enough, the world interesting - albeit the building of it was not the greatest - and the characters enjoyable.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Review - Daughter of Smoke and Bone (DoSaB #1) by Laini Taylor


Daughter of Smoke and Bone

by Laini Taylor 

Book 1 in the daughter of smoke and Bone trilogy published on September 27 2011
Young Adult | Fantasy | Paranormal

My Rating - It was good

Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands", she speaks many languages - not all of them human - and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.
When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

Daughter of smoke and Bone was one of those books that had been sitting on my shelf collecting dust. There was such an immense amount of hype surrounding this series, so naturally I had some high expectations going into it. However, I'm sad to say that although I think that the book was good, it wasn't great.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Book Shopping on a Whim - Second hand, Readers Warehouse and the Library

Book shopping on a whim - Second hand, Readers and the Library

As I'm sure you can tell I haven't been blogging lately. It's been over a year! *hides in shame* To be honest it was mostly because life got in the way, I lost motivation and I was in the absolute worst book slump in the history of book slumps. Therefore I just didn't really have anything to post about. But lately I've just had the urge to start reading again, and oh my goodness it is has been glorious to be immersing myself into the world of books. So I have so much to say about what I've been reading and buying for the last couple of weeks, so I thought I would come back with a haul, because who doesn't like seeing what people buy? Also it just so happens that I had the very sudden and strong impulse to go book shopping this afternoon, so I went to the library, the second hand book shop and readers warehouse. It was basically the best afternoon ever, so let the hauling commence.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

4 Tips for the perfect evening in & some of my most-loved books

Throughout the week, we are constantly kept busy by our everyday lives, be it work or school. My energy has been sapped from the events of the day, that I feel to weary and I end up not taking proper time for myself, time in which I completely relax and unwind.

For example, reading, the one thing that never fails to calm me before I go to sleep, and makes my worries and stresses fly out the window. Instead becomes something that gets put on the back burner until the weekend or until I have the time. What I'm trying to say is, is that we mustn't put our 'me' time on the dusty shelves, leaving it there until we reach a point in which our resources are depleted, and our mind is charged to the maximum with stress. Of course it's never that simple, so here are my top tips on how to have a relaxing evening.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #17 - 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn't Get To (But Totally Want To)

Hosted by the lovely people over at the Broke and Bookish.
This weeks topic: 2016 releases I meant to read but didn't get to (but totally want to).

I am probably the absolute worst person in terms of keeping up to date with new releases. I mean you know it's bad when you start thinking of 2015 releases for this list and then realize they weren't released in 2016. Like did Winter by Marissa Meyer seriously come out in 2015?! I swear time has flown by so fast that I feel like 2015 and 2016 amalgamated into one year in my memories.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Review - Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff



by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

The first book in the Illuminae Files series | Published on      20th October 2015 | Young Adult | Sci-Fi 
Source - Jonathan Ball Publishers SA

My Rating - Really liked it
This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.
Illuminae was a book that I've been wanting to read since it came out. Everyone and their mother had seemed to have read and loved Illuminae and it's unique type of narrative. I'm happy to say that the book did not disappoint.