Top 5 Wednesday – 31st August


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.


Wrap Up

August Wrap-Up


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





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



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






September TBR


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.


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!


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.



#ReadThemAllThon Day 15 2:30am UPDATE


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:





Point Scoring Challenge:


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:




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


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



I seriously… just wow.

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.

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?!

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!

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


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

Book Depository

Harry Potter: The Character Vault by Jody Revenson

Book Depository

Books I purchased this month in store:


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

Book Depository





Books I purchased on Book Depository

Book I pre-ordered that I received in August


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

Book Depository
My Review







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

iBook I purchased:


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:


The Finite by Safa Shaqsy








iBooks I preordered:


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!


Monthly Releases

September Anticipated Releases


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


Title: Stealing Snow
Author: Danielle Paige
Genre: YA/Fantasy/Retelling
Series Name: Stealing Snow
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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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



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!



Diversity Spotlight Thursday – 25th August


This is a new meme that was created by Bookshelves and Paperbacks. I thought this meme was really awesome. The main point is to share books that are diverse and also from diverse authors. I myself don’t read many diverse books but I am trying to read more! So please if you did this meme comment so I can see what you recommend! All you have to do for this meme is share a book for each of the three categories! For the full announcement please check out Aimal’s

All you have to do for this meme is share a book for each of the three categories! For the full announcement please check out Aimal’s Announcement post.

Let’s get started!

Don’t worry, there isn’t any more information on the books here than on the back of them or on the goodreads synopsis. So there is hopefully no spoilers.



You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan 

I really enjoyed this book and it was the first book I had ever read that was about homosexual couples. This book’s two main characters are Mark and Kate. They go to the same school but don’t really know each other until one night during Pride Week in San Fransisco. Mark is in love with his best friend Mark, who may or may not feel the same way and Kate has just run away from meeting a girl she has been in love with from afar!

I absolutely loved the message this book had and how fast paced it was! I have a full review on my blog, you can find it here.




City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (You could really put the whole series here).
I will be starting this book sometime this week or next as it’s on my TBR for the #ReadThemAllThon so I’m including it now before I read it.
I have watched the TV show on Netflix so I know that there is a gay romance in this book and I absolutely loved it in the TV show!
I really don’t think this book needs an explanation as it’s so popular!
I’ve been wanting to read this series for a long time and that want defiantly increased after I watched the TV show. Let me know if the TV show is actually like the book because I don’t really know anyone that has watched it and read the books but I heard the Movie was nothing like the book?

Let me know if the TV show is actually like the book because I don’t really know anyone that has watched it and read the books but I heard the Movie was nothing like the book?



First of all, can we look at this cover! It’s gorgeous!
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
According to Goodreads this book is set to release November 1st
This is what I get from what I have read of the synopsis on Goodreads.
It’s based on a girl named Natasha who is a very factual based person and doesn’t believe in fate and destiny until she meets this boy in New York city and falls in love. The catch is she is 12 hours away from her family and herself being deported to Jamaica. Daniel has also never been a dreamer until he meets Natasha and now believes that fate has something in store for them.
This book sounds so interesting and I have never read a book that involves anyone being deported. So this will hopefully be an interesting and eye-opening read.

You can expect to see another post like this next Thursday as I think I will defiantly continue this meme! Let me know if you have read any of these books and let me know what you thought!



#ReadThemAllThon Day 11 12:30pm UPDATE


Latest Update: Day 11 – 12:30pm

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

Challenges/Gyms Completed:




Point Scoring Challenge:


Starting point balance: 10CP

Read 1,108 pages total: +110CP

3 Book/Badges completed: +60CP

3 Reviews completed: +60CP

150CP evolve: +50CP

Total (as of Day 11 – 12:30PM): 290CP


Links to reviews:

Updated Trainer Card:




Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #1) by Ransom Riggs – SPOILER FREE REVIEW


Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy/Mystery
Publication Date: June 7th, 2011
Pages: Actual story: 352, Whole book (including interview with author and preview of Hollow City): 382
Publishers: Quirk
5 Star

Goodreads Synopsis:

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.


I was really skeptical about this books and this was actually my second attempt at reading it. The first time was for the BookTube-A-Thon and I choose it but I wasn’t in the mood for it but I couldn’t find anything else for that challenge that I owned, so I picked it up. After about a chapter in I closed the book and started another. I just couldn’t get into it.

So Attempt 2. I finished the book and I loved it!

I loved the writing style. I love books that when reading you can easily visualise the place they are talking about and that was the case for this book. It was a book that I couldn’t put down until I was literally falling asleep at 3 in the morning… I also loved the addition of the pictures. It added to the effect of the book and I thought it made it a little creepier, which I loved. This isn’t a scary book, just putting that out there, at first, I thought that’s what it was meant to be. However, it’s no scarier than any other fantasy novel I have read.

I really enjoyed the plot. It was interesting and always kept you guessing, there was only one little bit at the end that I guessed before it happened, but if you paid close attention to the story in the middle then you would guess it just like I did. I think that’s how it was meant to be. The plot was like nothing I have ever read before. The book also ended on kind of a cliffhanger, I guess you could call it. It defiantly leaves you wanting to read the second book to find out what’s going to happen (I’ve already ordered them online, even though I told myself to stop buying books, my bad!)

I really adored all the characters in this book.
Jacob is the protagonist and narrator and was a really interesting character and I loved how he reacted to things and his kind of witty sarcasm at times, even if he was only thinking it.
Even though we didn’t see much of Abraham Portman (Jacob’s grandfather), I still really enjoyed him. I liked how he left the clues for Jacob which is the reason he ended up on this crazy adventure!
Jacob’s Father, Franklin, I still don’t know how I feel about him, he is an interesting character and has a back story, but because of how the book ended I don’t really know.
Emma was also an interesting character, her backstory was intriguing and I loved learning about it in the book. I liked that when she first meets Jacob at first, she was cautious and doubtful and then we see her as a strong and caring character, I like that character development and seeing people put their shields down as they get to know another character.
Millard, I liked that even though he had the power that he did he didn’t abuse it and was actually kinda strict and sensible at times.
I liked some of the other children as well, but I can’t go into much detail without spoiling things about them which I feel like you need to read first hand in the book to get the magic of it all.

I did really enjoy this book and that why I gave it 5 stars! I can’t wait to get my hands on the other two books when they come in the mail! Defiantly a book worth reading if you like fantasy reads.

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