Top 5 Wednesday – 31st August

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This Meme is hosted by Thoughts On Tomes and the prompts can be found on Goodreads

This week’s prompt is Books You Will Never Read


Fifty Shaded of Grey by E L James, The Fault in our stars by John Green and Twilight by Stephanie Meyer are books that don’t interest me.

The Game of Thrones, I started reading, I got about 3/4 of the way through and I was not enjoying it at all.. So this is a whole series I will never read.

The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham, my mum read this book and told me about it and she didn’t like it and by what she said I don’t think I would enjoy it either!


So, this isn’t exactly Top 5, it’s just 5 of the books I will never read that came to mind.

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August Wrap-Up

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I didn’t read as much as I was hoping, but here is my Wrap-Up in order!

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First I finished listening to Ready Player One by Ernest Cline on Audiobook!

 

 

 

 

I Then read the first to books in the Rondo series by Emily Rodda.

The Key to Rondo is a fantasy young adult/children’s book and was a fun easy read.

The Wizard of Rondo I didn’t enjoy as much as the first book but it was still okay

 

After that, I read books for the #ReadThemAllThon

I am currently reading

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, hopefully, I should have this finished in a couple days!

 

 

 

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September TBR

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Firstly, the #ReadThemAllThon doesn’t finish till the 4th, so 1 of the books from it will be going into this TBR.

So as part of the #RedThemAllThon I will be reading City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. I hope to start that in the next couple days after I finish my current read. After that, I want to read the whole The Mortal Instruments series. I much prefer reading series in order, so that’s what I’m going to try and do in the month of September.

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If I finish The Mortal Instruments series in September I want to read The Finite by Safa Shaqsy as I received this book for free for review!

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Also if I get around to it I want to read or at least start reading Nevernight if I get the time.Nevernight-Royal-HB-front-White-title

That is my TBR for September 2016, let me know if you have read any of these books and how you felt about them! I know most people have read TMI but I’m interested to see if anyone has read the Finite.

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#ReadThemAllThon Day 15 2:30am UPDATE

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Latest Update: Day 15 – 2:30am

Books Read:

  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Challenges/Gyms Completed:

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Point Scoring Challenge:

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Starting point balance: 10CP

Read 1,707 pages total: +170CP

4 Book/Badges completed: +80CP

4 Reviews completed: +80CP

150CP evolve: +50CP

Total (as of Day 11 – 12:30PM): 390CP

Links to reviews:

Updated Trainer Card:

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Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – SPOILER FREE REVIEW

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Title: Illuminae
Authors: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Publication Date: October 20th, 2015
Pages: 599
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Rating:
4 and a half Star

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

BRIEFING NOTE: Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

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!HOLY SHIT!

I seriously… just wow.


Writing:
First of all, this book is nothing like I have ever read before! I loved it. I’m talking about the actual formatting of this book, I loved that there was no text like a normal book would have, it was all messages, surveillance footage summaries, transcripts of conversations and things like that. It made for a whole other reading experience that was just amazing. Also, the actual writing was amazing, the way things were explain was phenomenal, i felt like I was actually apart of this world and just reading all these documents.

Plot:
The plot was amazing as well! The whole idea was just great and the way everything just went together smoothly was awesome. I find that in most books after you read it you still have questions, like why do things happen and such but after finishing this book I really don’t have any question besides what happens next?!

Characters:
I loved the characters and how they were brought to life even though when they are talked about in the book it’s not from a personal observation. If that makes any sense. I really enjoyed Kady as a strong female character who put other people before herself. I also loved her sarcasm even when everything was falling apart around her and she was in a stressful situation she was still witty. Loved it!
I also liked Ezra even though things were shaky at first between him and Kady, he was still a loveable character!
In the end, I even started to enjoy AIDAN. Won’t go into details, trying to have no spoilers here!

Overall:
WOW, there is really no other word for it! I definitely recommend this book!!!


* I have since changed the rating of this book from 5 stars to 4 and a half as I liked Gemina even better!! *

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August Haul

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This haul will include books that I bought in July that I didn’t receive in the mail until August and weren’t in July’s haul. I will also be adding in books that I have ordered and hopefully will be coming in the mail before the end of the month. I will also be including a book that I pre-ordered that came in August.

I bought a few books this month, most of them for the #Readthemallthon that I am currently participating in.

I purchased no Audiobooks this month. I did buy 1 iBook and I received an iBook for free from an author that I follow on Bookstagram, this book is for review and I will be reading after the #readthemallthon is over. I also pre-ordered some iBooks and I will include them too.

I will link goodreads and book depository links for all books included. Also if I have already read them and have reviewed the book I will also link that


Books purchased in July that I received in August:

The BFG by Roald Dahl and Illustrated by Quentin Blake

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Harry Potter: The Character Vault by Jody Revenson

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Books I purchased this month in store:

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Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. I purchased this book in store from Big W

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Books I purchased on Book Depository


Book I pre-ordered that I received in August

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

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Books I have purchased and hopefully will come in the mail by the end of the month:


iBook I purchased:

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World War Z by Max Brooks. I purchased the iBook as the copy of this book that I got from Book Depository is tiny and really hard to hold on to and have the pages open. So I will be reading it on iBook instead.

 

 

 

 

 


iBook that I received for review:

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The Finite by Safa Shaqsy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


iBooks I preordered:

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These books are being released through Pottermore and are a part of the Hogwarts Library Books on iBook. To see the original post on Pottermore about them and for more information go here. Also at the bottom of that post is all the links of where you can pre-order the books.

These books are set to release on the 6th of August and will only be available as eBooks and Kindle Editions.

Pottermore Presents series by J.K. Rowling:

So keen to dive back into the Harry Potter world and I’m glad these are being released when they are, it kind of makes up for The Cursed Child.


So that’s all the books I purchased and received this month!

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September Anticipated Releases

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I’ve decided that before each month I’m going to make a post with 3 standalone/first in a series, 3 sequels, etc. and 1 prequel/companion books that are being released in the upcoming month.


Standalones/Firs in series

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Title: Stealing Snow
Author: Danielle Paige
Genre: YA/Fantasy/Retelling
Series Name: Stealing Snow
Pages:
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Release Date: 20th of September

I’m pretty sure this book is a retelling of the Winter’s Tale.

Goodreads Synopsis:
Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent the majority of her life within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she’s not crazy and doesn’t belong there. When she meets a mysterious, handsome new orderly and dreams about a strange twisted tree she realizes she must escape and figure out who she really is.

Using her trusting friend Bale as a distraction, Snow breaks free and races into the nearby woods. Suddenly, everything isn’t what it seems, the line between reality and fantasy begins to blur, and she finds herself in icy Algid–her true home–with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai, none of whom she’s sure she can trust. As secret after secret is revealed, Snow discovers that she is on the run from a royal lineage she’s destined to inherit, a father more powerful and ruthless than she could have imagined, and choices of the heart that could change the fate of everything…including Snow’s return to the world she once knew.

This breathtaking first volume begins the story of how Snow becomes a villain, a queen, and ultimately a hero.


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Title: The Queen of Blood
Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Genre: YA/Fantasy
Series Name: The Queens of Renthia
Pages: 368
Release Date: 20th of September
Goodreads Synopsis:
An idealistic young student and a banished warrior become allies in a battle to save their realm in this first book of a mesmerizing epic fantasy series, filled with political intrigue, violent magic, malevolent spirits, and thrilling adventure

Everything has a spirit: the willow tree with leaves that kiss the pond, the stream that feeds the river, the wind that exhales fresh snow . . .

But the spirits that reside within this land want to rid it of all humans. One woman stands between these malevolent spirits and the end of humankind: the queen. She alone has the magical power to prevent the spirits from destroying every man, woman, and child. But queens are still just human, and no matter how strong or good, the threat of danger always looms.

With the position so precarious, young women are chosen to train as heirs. Daleina, a seemingly quiet academy student, is under no illusions as to her claim to the throne, but simply wants to right the wrongs that have befallen the land. Ven, a disgraced champion, has spent his exile secretly fighting against the growing number of spirit attacks. Joining forces, these daring partners embark on a treacherous quest to find the source of the spirits’ restlessness—a journey that will test their courage and trust, and force them to stand against both enemies and friends to save their land . . . before it’s bathed in blood.


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Title: Bright Smoke, Cold Fire
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Genre: YA/Fantasy/Retelling
Series Name: Untitled
Pages: 448
Release Date: 27th of September

This is a retelling of Romeo and Juliet

Goodreads Synopsis:
When the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched.

The heirs of the city’s most powerful—and warring—families, Mahyanai Romeo and Juliet Catresou share a love deeper than duty, honor, even life itself. But the magic laid on Juliet at birth compels her to punish the enemies of her clan—and Romeo has just killed her cousin Tybalt. Which means he must die.

Paris Catresou has always wanted to serve his family by guarding Juliet. But when his ward tries to escape her fate, magic goes terribly wrong—killing her and leaving Paris bound to Romeo. If he wants to discover the truth of what happened, Paris must delve deep into the city, ally with his worst enemy . . . and perhaps turn against his own clan.

Mahyanai Runajo just wants to protect her city—but she’s the only one who believes it’s in peril. In her desperate hunt for information, she accidentally pulls Juliet from the mouth of death—and finds herself bound to the bitter, angry girl. Runajo quickly discovers Juliet might be the one person who can help her recover the secret to saving Viyara.

Both pairs will find friendship where they least expect it. Both will find that Viyara holds more secrets and dangers than anyone ever expected. And outside the walls, death is waiting…


Sequels, etc

For this section I will be posting the goodreads synopsis for the 1st book in the series just in case there are any spoilers for the 1st book in the synopsis for the sequels and so on.

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Title: Crooked Kingdom
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: YA/Fantasy
Series Name: Six of Crows
Book Number: 2
Release Date: 27th of September
Goodreads Synopsis of book 1:
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.


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Title: Frost Like Night
Author: Sara Raasch
Genre: YA/Fantasy
Series Name: Snow Like Ashes
Book Number: 3
Release Date: 20th of September
Goodreads Synopsis for Book 1:
A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.


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Title: Empire of Storms
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: YA/Fantasy
Series Name: Throne of Glass
Book Number: 5
Release Date: 6th of September
Goodreads Synopsis for book 1:
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.


Prequel & Companion books

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Title: Tales of the Peculiar
Author: Ransom Riggs
Genre: YA/Fantasy
Series Name: Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children
Prequel or Companion Book: Prequel
Release Date: 23rd of September
Goodreads Synopsis:
Before Miss Peregrine gave them a home, the story of peculiars was written in the Tales.

Wealthy cannibals who dine on the discarded limbs of peculiars. A fork-tongued princess. These are but a few of the truly brilliant stories in Tales of the Peculiar—the collection of fairy tales known to hide information about the peculiar world, including clues to the locations of time loops—first introduced by Ransom Riggs in his #1 bestselling Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series.

Riggs now invites you to share his secrets of peculiar history, with a collection of original stories in this deluxe volume of Tales of the Peculiar. Featuring stunning illustrations from world-renowned artist Andrew Davidson, this compelling, rich, and truly peculiar anthology is the perfect gift for not only fans, but for all lovers of great storytelling.


Let me know what September releases you are looking forward to!

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