Favourite Books of 2016!


2016 was an alright reading year for me, I successfully finished my goodreads challenge of 50 books (which is a low bar to set for me, but I had a pretty busy year). It probably wasn’t helped by the fact I watched a lot of Netflix as well (damn you Stranger Things!) So let’s look at my overall favourites of the year.

I’ve tried my very best to order these in a countdown style, but with the last couple of books it became very difficult…

Let’s start with

The Wrath and the Dawn (not pictured)

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My copy is out on loan atm, when you read a great book you just have to share it with friends.

The plot, the characters and the richness of the world made this a favourite this year. It took me a very long time to get into, I had problems with remembering all the new words for places and people, but once I had learned it all I was transfixed.

I’m hoping to read the Rose and the Dagger very soon!

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WIN an UK ARC of CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber!

Thanks to the lovely people at Hodder and Stoughton I’m giving away an UK ARC of Caraval by Stephanie Garber (which I’ve been reliably informed are ‘like gold dust’ at the moment).

This giveaway is open internationally, and ends on January 3rd!

You can enter either through tumblr or instagram,

Synopsis;

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

Good luck!

Review: Paper Princess by Erin Watt!

At the start of November I was a little depressed. Something happened. It was all over the news- I’m sure you heard about it. Anyway, I was looking for something light hearted and completely mindless to read, and I’ve been eyeing up this series for a while- and then it wasn’t all that expensive on Kindle so I brought it. And read it. All in under 3 hours.

Paper Princess is basically a rom-com in book form. It follows Ella Harper who is struggling to make ends meet after her mother dies and leaves her alone at 17. Ella, who already has a day job and is a full time high school student turns to stripping for extra cash. Even though it leaves her exhausted Ella is determined to get through school on her own steam. Continue reading

September and October Wrap Up!

Yes, its the end of November. Don’t judge me.

Let’s start with;

September

Ahhh. The month of Empire of Storms.

Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas

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I had a lot of fun with Empire of Storms, even though I locked myself in my room for two days reading frantically and avoiding social media because I was sure I’d be spoiled (even though months later I have yet to see a spoiler. Well done tumblr!) The next time a Sarah J Maas book comes out I have to refrain from doing this, it definitely takes away some of the enjoyment, and makes into a bit of a chore. Also, you miss the details.

Oh well, the details are for rereads, or in my case audio rereads. After a book I really loved is released I will listen to scenes over and over in audio, which definitely helps understanding all the small plot lines and all the sneaky foreshadowing Sarah throws in.

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Review: Heartless by Marissa Meyer!

Thank you to Macmillan UK for sending me a copy! This has in no way affected my review.

All Cath wants is to open a bakery, and not just any bakery, but the best bakery in all of Hearts, with her best friend. Unfortunately for Cath, she is a Marquess’ daughter and knows how unlikely her mother is to allow Cath to start a business. To make matters work Cath’s baking has had an undesired side effect- she has caught the King’s attention; he’s romantic attention. After Cath realises the King is leading up to proposing at one of his infamous balls, she runs. Right into Jest.

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Review: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir!

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

(That line was totally stolen from the goodreads synopsis, but it got your attention, didn’t it?)

An Ember in the Ashes follows the stories of Laia, a slave, and Elias, a soldier. Laia’s life is turned upside down when soldiers arrive at her house in the middle of the night, kill her grandparents and arrest her brother for treason against the Empire, a roman like regime that has kept her people, the scholars, in repression for generations. Laia has no one to turn to, so hunts down the resistance, a group of people fighting against the Empire, in hopes they will help her get her brother back.

Elias is training to become a full fledged mask, a soldier for the Empire who wear silver masks that meld to their faces like second skins. Only Elias’ mask has never fully attached. Elias’ attends Blackcliff academy, a terrifying school for soldiers which has put students through questionably moral (and downright evil) tasks on numerous occasions, and is probably the third scariest place I’ve ever read about (the first being Aragog’s cave in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (spiders give me the creeps) and the second being the chokey in Matilda, that cupboard with spikes that naughty children get put in). All of this considered, it’s no wonder Elias wants to run away.

The resistance offer to help Laia on one condition- she become their spy at Blackcliff.

You can see where this is going, right?

Our two storylines collide.

And I love it when that happens in books.

There is also an amazing cast of characters in AEITA, such as Helene, Elias’ best friend and the only female candidate in their graduating class. Literally I don’t even know how much more I can say, because of spoilers, but she is so badass. Just wow. And equally the villain was so instantly hateable, it was amazing. Like the Commandant is on a par with Umbridge in my mind, which is incredible seeing as Umbridge has held top gun for a long time now.

And the relationships and storylines and everything were just URRGH. SO. GOOD.

I don’t even have words.

The story is set in some sort of alternate universe Roman Empire, in world that does have magic (though that doesn’t play too heavily on the story). There are multiple race dynamics and cultures and languages interplaying throughout the book, making the world infinitely richer and more believable.

There was action, romance, drama and tears and I literally couldn’t have asked for more.

I’m giving this one 4.5 ice creams!

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Even writing this review has me so hyped for A Torch Against the Night, the second book in this series, which came out in August (I really need to get my hands on it, asap!)

This review is mildly incoherent because I’m finding it hard to put into words how much I liked it. Go read it! NOW!

Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass!

I want to start this off by saying, for some odd reason, I liked this book. Now watch while I tear this book apart, bullet point by bullet point.

The Selection by Kiera Kass follows 35 girls as they are picked in a lottery to compete in a Bachelor style TV aired competition for a Prince’s hand in marriage. In particular we follow the story of America Singer, a girl who is a 5 (everyone in this book belongs to a numbered caste, with 1 being the highest and 8 being the lowest) so she’s not too well off. Her mother makes her enter the Selection in the hopes of moving her family up the ranks, so they can be in a better place financially and socially.

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