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TBR

December 2016 TBR

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Well, this is my TBR for December. I am participating in a ReadAThon in December, so those books will be on here as well!


Already Started Reading and will finish in December:

Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I only have about 30 pages of Tales of the Peculiar left and I am also about half way through The Book Thief. I hope to finish it tomorrow as I am reading it as part of a ReadAThon that finishes on the 1st and I have another starting on the 2nd, so I want to get this finished!

TBR:

First is the books that I will be reading for the ReadAThon, I am reading 4 books, even though I am meant to read 5 books.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Now, for what else I plan to read after the ReadAThon, if I get those finished!

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

I am going to leave An Ember in the Ashes until last in the ReadAThon so that I can read A Torch Against the Night straight after it if I enjoy An Ember in the Ashes.


Well, that’s it! Let me know if you have read any of these and your thoughts!

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Meme

Top Ten Tuesday – Books to Buy the YA Lover in Your Life

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Top Ten Tuesday is a monthly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and you can find all the info and upcoming prompts Here.

This week’s prompts is: Holiday Gift Guide freebie (ten books to buy the YA lover in your life, 10 books to buy for your dad, etc.)

So, I’m doing books to buy the YA lover in your life. I will try and have books from as many genres as I can.


1. The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

This is a Science Fiction Series that also has Dystopian vibes. This book is amazing and is one of my new favourites! This book is made up of emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more, rather than just paragraphs of text narrated by a main character. This series is made up of Illuminae and Gemina

2. Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Series by Ransom Riggs

Another of my new favourites. This series is Fantasy/Paranormal series. It is an amazing series and will get you hooked! This series consists of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Hollow City and Library of Souls

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3. You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan 

This is an LGBT Contemporary. It was definitely an easy, quick and fun read! If you are looking to get more into LGBT/Diverse books I would highly Recommend this one!

 

 

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4. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

This is a Contemporary read. I don’t particularly like Contemporary books, but I did really enjoy this book! I like that they also included snippets of a fantasy story that one of the characters are the author of.

 

 

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5. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Rebel of the Sands is a Fantasy novel! It is also the first book in a series, with the next book Traitor to the Throne is set to release in February next year! This is another new favourite and I can’t wait for the next book to come out!

 

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6. Ready Player One by Ernest Kline

Ready Player One is Science Fiction/Fantasy novel. This book would be good for people that like gaming! I listened to this book on Audiobook, and I highly recommend it! It is narrated by Wil Wheaton and it was really fun to listen to.

 

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7.  The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

This is awesome Fantasy book. It is part of a series, but so far I have only read the first book! But I want to finish the series soon! The other books in this series are The Iron Daughter, The Iron Queen, The Iron Knight.

 

 

 

8. The Trylle Trilogy by Amanda Hocking

This is another amazing Fantasy series. I have read all the books in this series and also the companion series The Kanin Chronicles. The Series consists of Switched, Torn & Ascend.

9. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

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I’m pretty sure this series is on any YA or Fantasy recommendations list I have ever written! I absolutely loved this series! The series consists of Vampire Academy, Frost Bite, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise, Spirit Bound & Last Sacrifice.

10. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

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Of course this series is on here! How could it not be with me writing a YA recommendations.


Well, that is it for this weeks TTT!

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Hauls

November Haul

The Book Depository links are the paperback editions..


Physical Books

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Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them: The Original Screen Play by J.K. Rowling

iBooks & eBooks

I discovered this app called BookBub. BookBub shows and links books that are free or cheap on the iBooks App. There is a fair few, So I am only going to link the Goodreads links

Books bought from Scribd

Audiobooks

Subscription Boxes

Funko Pops

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Well, I’m pretty sure that is everything!

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Unboxing

November World of Wizardry Geek Gear Unboxing

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Geek Gear never disappoints! These boxes are absolutely amazing!

As usual I will put below all the pricing and info you need if you were interested in this box!


What you need to know about the subscription box

So first I’ll tell you all you need to know about this Subscription box.

Here is the link to the website.

This subscription box is based in the UK and I live in Australia.. So, I will have UK pricing and Australia, but only shipping prices for Australia.

This subscription service offers a standard GeekGear box, a Harry Potter themed box (World of Wizardry), Mystery Mixed Past BoxMagical Mug Gift Box & Magical Git Box.

They also offer an automatically renewable subscription that is cheaper than a non-subscription. The links above are for the non-subscription box and here is the link for the cheaper auto renewal subscription.

World of Wizardry box and GeekGear boxes (Non-Subscription) are both £24.99 or $41.69 AUD
World of Wizardry box and GeekGear boxes (Automatic Renewal) are both £19.99 or $33.37 AUD
Mystery Mixed Past Box is £12.99 or $21.69 AUD
Magical Mug Gift Box is £9.99 or $16.67 AUD
Magical Gift Box is £19.99 or $33.37 AUD

Shipping to Australia is £5.99 or $10.00 AUD
Which is extremely good compared to a majority of international subscription boxes!


What I received

As normal, under each item’s individual picture I will write the descirption from the item info booklet thingy.

I am also going to add photos of some of the packaging as most of it was Christmas themed and it is really nice and just adds that extra touch to the box

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Harry Potter Wand Replica

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A beautiful replica of Harry Potter’s Wand, hand painted in high detail.

Treat it with care, this wand has a lot of history attached to it!

The wand also came with this little card and also the below photos are the packaging!

Gringott’s Bank Coin!

A beautiful coin from the wizarding world’s very own, Gringotts Bank!

Don’t spend it all at once!

Harry Potter Piggy Bank

Start saving money in your very own Harry Potter Piggy Bank!

PS. We are not saying Harry Potter is a pig!

Hogwarts House Lanyard!

Show your house with pride by wearing your very own house lanyard!

“The Weasleys Family Christmas” Art Print

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A beautifully designed art print by the very talented Aliana Steputat.

Exclusive and Limited!

Fantastic Beast Pot Card

Magical Christmas Cards!

Give Someone a magical Christmas card!

4 Cards + 4 Envelopes!

Magical Congress Fantastic Beasts T-Shirt

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A Fantastic new T-Shirt from the new Movie!

The Box!

As you can see, the normal box is in the background!

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I absolutely love this box!

I seriously need to buy a new bookcase! I have no room left to display all the amazing stuff that comes in the GeekGear boxes on my Harry Potter shelf anymore!

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Monthly Releases

December Anticipated Releases

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Here is my most anticipated releases for the month of December!

So, things are going to be a bit different in this post.

I have noticed that there is a tonne of books being released that are next books in a series. But none of them I have read.. There is only actually one book that I am anticipating! So, I’m going to put it first and then put books that are a part of a  series that sounds interesting, but I haven’t read yet but want to after that. Hope that makes sense


My Anticipated Releases

Ever the Hunted (Clash of Kingdoms #1) by Erin Summerill

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Genre: Fantasy/YA
Pages: 400
Publication Date: December 27th, 2016

Goodreads Synopsis:

Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.

However, it’s not so simple.

The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force.

Other Releases That I Haven’t Read The Start Of The Series Yet!

All Synopsis will be for the first book in the series! To avoid spoilers! Obviously I can’t actually tell what is a spoiler or not when I haven’t read the other books in the series, so I’m just being safe.

Spindle (A Thousand Nights #2) by E.K. Johnston

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Genre: Fantasy/YA/Retelling
Pages: 368
Publication Date: December 6th, 2016

Goodreads Synopsis for A Thousand Nights:

Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.

And so she is taken in her sister’s place, and she believes death will soon follow. Lo-Melkhiin’s court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments. She sees everything as if for the last time. But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead. Night after night, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong.

Far away, in their village, her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air.

Back at the palace, the words she speaks to Lo-Melkhiin every night are given a strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster.

Crystal Storm (Falling Kingdoms #5)  by Morgan Rhodes

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Genre: Fantasy/YA
Pages: 432
Publication Date: December 13th, 2016

Goodreads Synopsis for Falling Kingdoms:

In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.

Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct.

Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword….

Black Moon (Zodiac #3) by Romina Russell

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Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction/YA
Pages: 320
Publication Date: 6th December, 2016

Goodreads Synopsis for Zodiac:

At the dawn of time, there were 13 Houses in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now only 12 remain….

Rhoma Grace is a 16-year-old student from House Cancer with an unusual way of reading the stars. While her classmates use measurements to make accurate astrological predictions, Rho can’t solve for ‘x’ to save her life—so instead, she looks up at the night sky and makes up stories.

When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet off-kilter and killing thousands of citizens—including its beloved Guardian—Rho is more surprised than anyone when she is named the House’s new leader. But, a true Cancerian who loves her home fiercely and will protect her people no matter what, Rho accepts.

Then, when more Houses fall victim to freak weather catastrophes, Rho starts seeing a pattern in the stars. She suspects Ophiuchus—the exiled 13th Guardian of Zodiac legend—has returned to exact his revenge across the Galaxy. Now Rho—along with Hysan Dax, a young envoy from House Libra, and Mathias, her guide and a member of her Royal Guard—must travel through the Zodiac to warn the other Guardians.

But who will believe anything this young novice says? Whom can Rho trust in a universe defined by differences? And how can she convince twelve worlds to unite as one Zodiac?

Embark on a dazzling journey with ZODIAC, the first novel in an epic sci-fi-meets-high-fantasy series set in a galaxy inspired by the astrological signs.

The Burning Pages (The Invisible Library) by Genevieve Cogman

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Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction/YA
Pages: 400
Publication Date: 15th December, 2016

Goodreads Synopsis for The Invisible Library:

The first installment of an adventure featuring stolen books, secret agents and forbidden societies – think Doctor Who with librarian spies!

Irene must be at the top of her game or she’ll be off the case – permanently…

Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities. And along with her enigmatic assistant Kai, she’s posted to an alternative London. Their mission – to retrieve a dangerous book. But when they arrive, it’s already been stolen. London’s underground factions seem prepared to fight to the very death to find her book.

Adding to the jeopardy, this world is chaos-infested – the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic. Irene’s new assistant is also hiding secrets of his own.

Soon, she’s up to her eyebrows in a heady mix of danger, clues and secret societies. Yet failure is not an option – the nature of reality itself is at stake.

Rebellion (The 100 #4) by Kass Morgan

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Genre: YA/Science Fiction/Dystopian
Pages: 304
Publication Date: 6th December, 2016

Goodreads Synopsis The 100:

No one has set foot on Earth in centuries — until now.

Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth’s radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents — considered expendable by society — are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life…or it could be a suicide mission.

CLARKE was arrested for treason, though she’s haunted by the memory of what she really did. WELLS, the chancellor’s son, came to Earth for the girl he loves — but will she ever forgive him? Reckless BELLAMY fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only pair of siblings in the universe. And GLASS managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth.

Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind’s last hope.


That is all for this months Monthly Anticipated Releases! Let me know what you’re looking forward to!

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Meme

Goodreads Monday – My Blood Approves

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This meme was created by Lauren @ Lauren’s Page Turners and I think it’s such an awesome idea to share books on your TBR and introduce people to new books! The point of this meme is to pick a book on your TBR and show it off!

If you have read this book please tell me your thoughts, with NO SPOILERS please!!!


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My Blood Approves by Amanda Hocking

My Comments:

I love Amanda Hocking and I have previously read her Trylle Series, the Kanin Chronicles and the Watersong Quartet. So, I really want to read more of her work and I also want to read a book or series that has Vampires in it again as I haven’t read one since reading Vampire Academy and Bloodlines about 2 years ago.

This book is a part of the My Blood Approves series which also has Fate, Flutter, Wisdom & Swear

Publication Date: March 17th, 2010

Publishers: Lulu

Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy/YA

Goodreads Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Alice Bonham’s life feels out of control after she meets Jack. With his fondness for pink Chuck Taylors and New Wave hits aside, Jack’s unlike anyone she’s ever met.

Then she meets his brother, Peter. His eyes pierce through her, and she can barely breathe when he’s around. Even though he can’t stand the sight of her, she’s drawn to him.

But falling for two very different guys isn’t even the worst of her problems. Jack and Peter are vampires, and Alice finds herself caught between love and her own blood..

The Full series:


Well, that is is for this weeks Goodreads Monday! Let me know if you have read this book and your thoughts on it! No spoilers please!

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Challenges/Readathons

2017 Beat the Backlist | Reading Challenge

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This is a challenge that aims at you getting rid of books that have been sitting in your TBR pile! This challenge was created by Austine @ Novel Knight. Go check out her announcement post to check out the guidelines and to sign up.

The challenge runs from the 1st of January till the 31st of December 2017. The aim is to get rid of books on your TBR pile. The only other guideline is the books can’t have been released in 2017.

Along with this challenge, she is also running a Hogwarts House Cup Mini Challenge! Again check out her post on details for that and for sign up for that is under the sign up for the Beat the Backlist challenge.


For the challenge I am setting myself a goal of 20 books.

This will probably change between now and 2017, but these are just some of the books I either have physical copies or iBooks of.

It’s possible that I may read a couple of these before the end of the year though. I have stopped buying books as I quit my job and am not currently working and also my bookcase is FULL and I can’t afford one ATM, let alone how much it would cost to either drive and pick one up or get it shipped to here.


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I am also choosing to help out my Hogwarts House to win the House Cup! I’m a proud Gryffindor!

‘Win the House Cup’ banner and image above on right are both made by Novel Knight and the image above on left is a screencapture of my Pottermore profile!


Are you participating in this awesome reading challenge in 2017?! Let me know!

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Reviews

Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Gemina
Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Series Name: The Illuminae Files
Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Publication Date: 18th October, 2016
Publishers: Allen & Unwin
Pages: 659
Rate:
5 Star

Goodreads Synopsis:

The highly anticipated sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller that critics are calling “out-of-this-world awesome.”

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

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Have you read Gemina?! What did you think? (and as usual, no spoilers people!)

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So, I was going to read this anyway obviously because I loved Illuminae, but I am going to say that I read this for the Tome Topple ReadAThon as it is over 500 pages!


Writing:
I love the reading experience that book Illuminae and Gemina gives you. It’s great to take a break from reading constant passages of writing all the time. I absolutely loved the use of a “fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more” (quote taken from the Goodreads Synopsis). It’s an amazing way to read!

Plot:
Again, an amazing plot! And seriously, I need the next book right now!

Characters:
I loved that we got to meet new characters and also continue on with some of the characters from Illuminae too!
Some of them you want to stab and some you just want to hug.
Our two main characters Hannah & Niklas are awesome characters and I’m glad that we not only get a Badass female character, but also a badass male character.. Which I feels doesn’t happen as much as it should!

Overall:
I loved this book just as much as Illuminae! It’s amazing and would recommend to anyone that likes Dystopians or Science Fiction. It’s amazing!


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Meme

Friday Finds – 25th November

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This meme allows you to post the books that you have found or discovered this week and added to your To Read pile. This can include books you discover online, bookstores or libraries and you don’t have to have purchased the books.

Add me on Goodreads!


Shadow of War by Michael Ridpath

Genre: Historical Fiction

Goodreads Synopsis

October, 1939: War has been declared, but until the armies massed on either side of the French/German border engage, all is quiet on the Western Front.

But just because its quiet doesn’t mean that it’s not deadly.

There are those who believe the war no one wants to fight should be brought to a swift conclusion, even if it means treachery.

A year ago, Conrad de Lancey came within seconds of assassinating Hitler. Now the British Secret Service want him to go back into Europe and make contact with a group of German officers they believe are plotting a coup.

But this is the Shadow War. And the shadows are multiplying. And it’s not only disaffected Germans who are prepared to betray their country to save it…

As I Descended by Robin Talley

Genre: Retellings/GBLT/Fantasy/YA

Goodreads Synopsis

Maria Lyon and Lily Boiten are their school’s ultimate power couple—even if no one knows it but them.

Only one thing stands between them and their perfect future: campus superstar Delilah Dufrey.

Golden child Delilah is a legend at the exclusive Acheron Academy, and the presumptive winner of the distinguished Cawdor Kingsley Prize. She runs the school, and if she chose, she could blow up Maria and Lily’s whole world with a pointed look, or a carefully placed word.

But what Delilah doesn’t know is that Lily and Maria are willing to do anything—absolutely anything—to make their dreams come true. And the first step is unseating Delilah for the Kingsley Prize. The full scholarship, awarded to Maria, will lock in her attendance at Stanford―and four more years in a shared dorm room with Lily.

Maria and Lily will stop at nothing to ensure their victory—including harnessing the dark power long rumored to be present on the former plantation that houses their school.

But when feuds turn to fatalities, and madness begins to blur the distinction between what’s real and what is imagined, the girls must decide where they draw the line.

From acclaimed author Robin Talley comes a Shakespeare-inspired story of revenge and redemption, where fair is foul, and foul is fair.

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Genre: Fantasy/YA/Retelling

Goodreads Synopsis

Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl’s journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

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.

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Genre: Fantasy/YA/Horror

Goodreads Synopsis

Coraline’s often wondered what’s behind the locked door in the drawing room. It reveals only a brick wall when she finally opens it, but when she tries again later, a passageway mysteriously appears. Coraline is surprised to find a flat decorated exactly like her own, but strangely different. And when she finds her “other” parents in this alternate world, they are much more interesting despite their creepy black button eyes. When they make it clear, however, that they want to make her theirs forever, Coraline begins a nightmarish game to rescue her real parents and three children imprisoned in a mirror. With only a bored-through stone and an aloof cat to help, Coralineconfronts this harrowing task of escaping these monstrous creatures.

Gaiman has delivered a wonderfully chilling novel, subtle yet intense on many levels. The line between pleasant and horrible is often blurred until what’s what becomes suddenly clear, and like Coraline, we resist leaving this strange world until we’re hooked. Unnerving drawings also cast a dark shadow over the book’s eerie atmosphere, which is only heightened by simple, hair-raising text. Coraline is otherworldly storytelling at its best.

The Kendra Chronicles by Alex Finn

Genre: Fantasy/Retelling/YA

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Goodreads Synopsis for Beastly

I am a beast.

A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright—a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.

You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It’s no deformity, no disease. And I’ll stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell.

Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.

Fairytales Retellings Series by Jackson Pearce

Genre: YA/Fantasy/Retellings

I don’t know why they didn’t continue on with the style of covers they used in the first 2. They are so much nicer than the last two.

Apparently, every book is a completely different story and can be read in any order. So I will put the Synopsis for each.

Consists of:

Sister’s Red

Red Riding Hood Retelling

Goodreads Synopsis

Scarlett March lives to hunt the Fenris — the werewolves that took her eye when she was defending her sister Rosie from a brutal attack. Armed with a razor-sharp hatchet and blood-red cloak, Scarlett is an expert at luring and slaying the wolves. She’s determined to protect other young girls from a grisly death, and her raging heart will not rest until every single wolf is dead.

Rosie March once felt her bond with her sister was unbreakable. Owing Scarlett her life, Rosie hunts ferociously alongside her. But even as more girls’ bodies pile up in the city and the Fenris seem to be gaining power, Rosie dreams of a life beyond the wolves. She finds herself drawn to Silas, a young woodsman who is deadly with an ax and Scarlett’s only friend — but does loving him mean betraying her sister and all that they’ve worked for?

Sweetly

Hansel and Gretel Retelling

Goodreads Synopsis

As a child, Gretchen’s twin sister was taken by a witch in the woods. Ever since, Gretchen and her brother, Ansel, have felt the long branches of the witch’s forest threatening to make them disappear, too.

Years later, when their stepmother casts Gretchen and Ansel out, they find themselves in sleepy Live Oak, South Carolina. They’re invited to stay with Sophia Kelly, a beautiful candy maker who molds sugary magic: coveted treats that create confidence, bravery, and passion.

Life seems idyllic and Gretchen and Ansel gradually forget their haunted past — until Gretchen meets handsome local outcast Samuel. He tells her the witch isn’t gone — it’s lurking in the forest, preying on girls every year after Live Oak’s infamous chocolate festival, and looking to make Gretchen its next victim. Gretchen is determined to stop running and start fighting back. Yet the further she investigates the mystery of what the witch is and how it chooses its victims, the more she wonders who the real monster is.

Gretchen is certain of only one thing: a monster is coming, and it will never go away hungry.

Fathomless

The Little Mermaid Retelling

Goodreads Synopsis

Celia Reynolds is the youngest in a set of triplets and the one with the least valuable power. Anne can see the future, and Jane can see the present, but all Celia can see is the past. And the past seems so insignificant — until Celia meets Lo.

Lo doesn’t know who she is. Or who she was. Once a human, she is now almost entirely a creature of the sea — a nymph, an ocean girl, a mermaid — all terms too pretty for the soulless monster she knows she’s becoming. Lo clings to shreds of her former self, fighting to remember her past, even as she’s tempted to embrace her dark immortality.

When a handsome boy named Jude falls off a pier and into the ocean, Celia and Lo work together to rescue him from the waves. The two form a friendship, but soon they find themselves competing for Jude’s affection. Lo wants more than that, though. According to the ocean girls, there’s only one way for Lo to earn back her humanity. She must persuade a mortal to love her . . . and steal his soul.

Cold Spell

The Snow Queen Retelling

Anyone else see the similarity between this book and Stealing Snow? Both Snow Queen Retellings and a very similar covers? Cold Spell was published in 2013 and Stealing Snow in 2016?? “Curious, Very Curious.”

Goodreads Synopsis

Kai and Ginny grew up together–best friends since they could toddle around their building’s rooftop rose garden. Now they’re seventeen, and their relationship has developed into something sweeter, complete with stolen kisses and plans to someday run away together.

But one night, Kai disappears with a mysterious stranger named Mora–a beautiful girl with a dark past and a heart of ice. Refusing to be cast aside, Ginny goes after them and is thrust into a world she never imagined, one filled with monsters and thieves and the idea that love is not enough.

If Ginny and Kai survive the journey, will she still be the girl he loved–and moreover, will she still be the girl who loved him?


 

Well, that’s it for this week! Let me know if you have read any of these books and your thoughts?! Please, no spoilers!

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Challenges/Readathons

HELP ME + #HPWeekendAThon TBR

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Would you look at that another ReadAThon! This ReadAThon was created by 2 BookTubers! Chelsea @ Chelseadollingreads and April @ Aprilius Maximus. I discovered this ReadAThon through Bex @ BexnBookx go and check out her TBR! 😀

This ReadAThon runs for 4 days: 12:00am on Friday the 2nd of December to 11:59pm on Monday the 5th of December in your time zone! There are 5 challenges that reach relate to a Harry Potter character!

Because I have recently quit my job and I don’t want to be spending extra money I am going to try and fit books that I already own into each of these categories!


The Challenges and my TBR

Challenge 1

Harry:  read a book that BookTube has deemed the ‘Chosen One’ (a hyped book)

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I’m pretty sure ou can consider this book to have a lot of hype, if not the book for Challenge 2 would also go in this category, but I am going to attempt to read 5 books.. But if that doesn’t happen I will just try and fit the books I do read into the categories! We will see how many I get through!

I am also going to try and read this book last as I have a copy of A Torch Against the Night as well. So, if I read this last I will read A Torch Against the Night straight afterward because I really do hate reading one book in the series and leaving it a couple months to read the next!

 

Challenge 2

Hermione: Read a book that has a badass female character

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Well, I googled ‘books with badass female characters’ and this was the first book on the list I saw and I happen to already have a copy of this! So that is why I chose it!

This is also the book that could fit in challenge 1. I discovered this book when I started watching BookTube as so many people were talking about it because the next book in the series had come out!

I have never read a fairytale retelling so this will be an interesting read!

 

 

Challenge 3

Ron: Read a red or orange book

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer

I recently received this book in The YA Chronicles subscription box and even though the main colour on the cover is black, I’m still going to use this! Considering I have never read a fairytale retelling, like I said before I am going to be read 2 in this ReadAThon. I have also never read anything by Marissa Meyer and I am reading 2 in this ReadAThon.. So I hope I like her writing! This book could also go under the Hyped book challenge seen as people have been talking about this for months coming up to its release!

 

 

Challenge 4

Dumbledore: Read a book that features LGBTQIA+ Characters

Okay, so here is where I need help! As I said above I don’t want to purchase any books for this ReadAThon. I don’t have any books that are well known for their LGBTQIA Characters. So I need help..

I will put a list of all the physical books on my TBR and also the iBooks that I have and if you know that any of these have LGBTQIA characters please let me know!

A lot of the iBooks I have, I’ve got no idea what they are because a mate gave me copies or they were free downloads and sounded interesting at the time! And checking them on Goodreads most of the time doesn’t help as most people just label books as Diverse and Diverse means more than just LGBTQIA.

SO PLEASE HELP ME OUT!

Physical books

  • Delirium by Lauren Oliver
  • The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
  • These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman
  • The Price of Valour by John Hamilton
  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  • An Ember in the Ashes and A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
  • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
  • Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  • Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  • World War Z by Max Brooks
  • The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  • Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowly

iBooks:

  • Shiver and linger by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Passage by Justin Cronin
  • UnEnchanted and Fairest by Chanda Hahn
  • November 9 by Coleen Hoover
  • The Watchmaker’s Daughter by C.J. Archer
  • The Finite by Safa Shaqsy
  • The Last Firewall by William Hertling
  • Insight by Jamie Magee
  • The Sanctuary Series by Robert J. Crane
  • The Change by Teyla Branton
  • Discern by Andera Pearson
  • Snow and Ash: Endless Winter by Theresa Shaver
  • Deep Blue Secret by Christie Anderson
  • Ignited by Desni Dantone
  • Back to Lazarus by Judy K. Walker
  • Chained Guilt by Terry Keys
  • Rift by Andreas Christens
  • Bound by Duty by Stormy Smith
  • Evensong bu Krista Walsh
  • Mindspeak by Heather Sunseri
  • Runes by Ednah Walters
  • Wicked Luck by Shannon L. Maynard
  • Magemother by Austin J. Bradley
  • Sword Bearer by Teddy Jacobs
  • The Healer by C.J. Anaya
  • Branded by Keary Taylor
  • The Gifting K.E. Ganshert

Challenge 5

Hagrid: A comfort read (a book by a favourite author/a re-read/a book you know you’re going to love)

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Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by J.K. Rowling

So, obviously, I am going with the book by a favourite author part! I love the Harry Potter series and J.K. Rowling! So, I am so keen to get to this book and dive back into the Wizarding World! And guess what guys?! Finally, a book and movie that are exactly the same! HAHA. Anyway. I will hopefully be going to see the movie during the weekend that this ReadAThon is on! It comes out in the cinema in the next town on the 1st, so I will be straight there that weekend haha.

 

 


Well, that’s my TBR! Please help me find a book that I can read for challenge 4. If I can’t find something I’m just going to skip that Challenge and if I get time I will just read a random book, so I have 5.

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