January 2017 Anticipated Releases

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Mini blogging update

These posts (Releases, Haul, Wrap-Up & TBR) are going to be a tad late compared to when I usually post them as I was on holidays for over a week and when I was writing scheduled posts to go up in the last week after I did 3 I was kinda over it and said screw it the rest can wait. I did get 2 wrap ups of reading challenges done while I was away as I did have wifi for 4 days, but I don’t like using other people’s wifi all the time, so that was all I did. I still a few more reading challenge conclusions to write I’m pretty sure.

I know I won’t get much reading done for the next couple of days as I have a friend staying with me and I want to spend time with them as I don’t see them that much. I may get some done once they have gone to sleep or if they go and see someone else during the day. I do really wanted to get Ice Like Fire finished by New Years, but as that it 5 hours away for me, I don’t think it is going to happen!

I have already posted a Book Travelling Thursday about books I’m looking forward to for the first half of 2016!


Anticipated Reads

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

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Genre: YA Science Fiction
Pages: 480
Publication Date: January 17, 2017

Goodread Synopsis:

On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power—something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive—no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive—or to destroy one another.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 401
Publication Date: January 31st, 2017

Goodreads 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.


Well, that is it for January’s anticipated releases, I don’t have as many as usual as I am participating in the Beat the Backlist reading challenge and want to concentrate of books that I have been wanting to read for a while, rather than new releases!

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December 2016 Nerdy Post Subscription Box Unboxing

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So, I got back from holidays today and I have mail!! This  was the first time I have received this box.


What You Need To Know About the Subscription Box

Here is the website!

I think this is a US based company, it doesn’t actually say anywhere I could see and doesn’t have USD or anything else in front of the pricing. So I’m just guessing here. All I know is that it’s not Aussie.

I  will have pricing in USD & AUD.  This subscription is Automatic Renewal, but does have an option to skip a month if you like.

Nerdy Post: $13.95 USD or $19.37 AUD

Shipping to Australia $13.00 USD or $18.05 AUD

So, total cost for was $38.80 (amounts in AUD above are on estimates as it changes. $38.80 was what came out of my account).


My Comments

I have cancelled my subscription for this box. near $40 is way too much for the products that you receive in it and it’s just not worth the money to me. It might be alright for someone from the US, but for an Australian it’s not worth it. I would much rather pay the $46 it costs me for Geek Gear and get 3 times the amount of stuff and also, in my opinion better stuff. I do like what I got in the box but 4 pieces of cardboard, a sticker, pin and a meh quality book is not worth it for $40.


Theme: Fantastic Beasts

What I Received

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Bookmark

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The card is kinda hard to understand, but I think that there was a bookmark for each of the Illvermorny houses and you got sent one at random. According to Pottermore,  I am a Wampus, so this is fine by me.

Double-Sided Print

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Swooping Evil Sticker

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Notebook

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Pin

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Large Print

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Nerdy Post Postcard

Info Card

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That is all for this Unboxing! Let me know what you thought of the products and if you agree with me about the pricing of this box and why I cancelled it.

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Book Travelling Thursday – A Book You Want To Read In 2017

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Book Travelling Thursday is a weekly meme created by Danielle and Cátia. All you have to do is a pick a book that is related to the theme, the themes are announced on the Goodreads page. Once you have chosen a book you need to find the original cover, the covers from your country, your favourite cover and your least favourite cover.

This week’s prompt is: 2016 is coming to an end… Choose a book you want to read in 2017!

Well I’m choosing Traitor to the Throne, as it is probably my most looking forwar to.


Original Cover:

Well this is a bit odd, because the book hasn’t even been released yet so I don’t know which cover they are going to use. But, I’m going to go with the one that came up on Goodreads first

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Favourite Cover:

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Least Favourite Cover:

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That’s it for another BTT. Who else is keen for this book!?

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Top 5 Wednesday – Characters You’d Invite To Your New Year’s Eve Party

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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: Characters You’d Invite to Your New Year’s Eve Party


1. Ginny Weasley

I feel like she would be heaps of fun at a party!

2. Rose Hathaway

3. Newt Scamander

4. Nik Malikov

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5.  Millard Nullings

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Well that is it for this weeks Top 5 Wednesday, let me know who you would invite!!

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My Personal Reading Challenge Conclusion

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This was a challenge that my Mum and I started in around January, which is before I started blogging and I was trying to keep to it, but when I joined the blogging world I discovered more books and more challenges that I wanted to participate in. So, this challenge kinda of went to the back burner.

I did get a few of these challenges completed though, so I am happy with that.


The Categories

1. Western History
2. New Release
3. Novel by a famous person (that isn’t famous for being an author)
4. Non-Fiction
5. Classic Novel
6. Murder Mystery
7. Book rated in the top 50 for 2015
8. Kids book (more than 30 pages)
9. A book that was made into a movie
10. Fantasy
11. Australian History
12. Book that was made into a TV show

Categories Finished:

11. Fantasy
The Watersong Series by Amanda Hocking
Series consists of Wake, Lullaby, Tidal and Elegy

1. Western History
Traitor’s Gate by Michael Ridpath

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6. Murder Mystery

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

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11. Australian History
Where The Outback Drovers Ride by Bruce Simpson

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9. A book that was made into a movie

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Series consists of:

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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2. New Release
This Is Where The World Ends by Amy Zhang

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8. Kids book (more than 30 pages)
Part of the Rondo Series by Emily Rodda

  • The Key to Rondo
  • The Wizard of Rondo

4. Non-Fiction
Harry Potter: The Character Vault by Jody Revenson

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7. Book Rated in the Top 50 for 2015 
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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12. Book that was made into a TV Show
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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5. Classic Novel
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Category not completed:

3. Novel by a famous person (that isn’t famous for being an author)


That is it for this challenge! I have no idea if this is something I will do again in 2017. There is already 2 challenges I’m participating in, so I don’t think I will and that will mean I can concentrate on other challenges more.

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2016 YA Reading Challenge Conclusion + 2017 YA Reading Challenge Sign Up

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2016 YA Reading Challenge Conclusion

Well 2016 is nearly over, so over the next couple days I will be posting conclusions to all the year long reading challenges I have been participating in! Some I have concentrated on more than others as you will see if you read this!

This challenge was created and hosted by Whole Latte Books and you can find the link to sign up here!

Also, there is still a couple days away from 2017, so I am hoping to finish at least 1 more book in that time!


  1. Rebel of the Sands – Alwyn Hamilton
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (Audiobook)
  3. This is where the world ends – Amy Zhang
  4. Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
  6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
  7. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
  8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
  9. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
  10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  11. Wake by Amanda Hocking
  12. Lullaby by Amanda Hocking
  13. Tidal by Amanda Hocking
  14. Elegy by Amanda Hocking
  15. Frostfire by Amanda Hocking
  16. Ice Kissed by Amanda Hocking
  17. Crystal Kingdom by Amanda Hocking
  18. Quidditch Through The Ages by J.K. Rowling and Kennilworthy Whisp
  19. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them by J.K. Rowling and Newt Scamander
  20. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
  21. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (illustrated edition) by J.K. Rowling
  22. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
  23. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  24. Quidditch Through the Ages by J.K. Rowling and Kennilworthy
  25. You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan
  26. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  27. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
  28. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (audiobook)
  29. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
  30. The Key to Rondo by Emily Rodda
  31. The Wizard of Rondo by Emily Rodda
  32. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  33. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  34. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  35. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  36. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  37. Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists by J.K. Rowling
  38. Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardships and Dangerous Hobbies by J.K. Rowling
  39. Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide by J.K. Rowling
  40. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
  41. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (Audiobook)
  42. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
  43. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (Audiobook)
  44. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
  45. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (Audiobook)
  46. Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
  47. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling (Audiobook)
  48. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (Audiobook)
  49. Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  50. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  51. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  52. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by J.K. Rowling
  53. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
  54. Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs
  55. Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch (Currently Reading)

2017 YA Reading Challenge Sign Up

So, Whole Latte Books is hosting this challenge again in 2017, and again I will be participating. I mainly reading YA, so this challenge is perfect as most of the time I don’t even have to think about it.

Here is the link to the 2017 YA Reading Challenge Sign Up

Here are some of the YA books I plan on reading in 2017


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Top Ten Tuesday – Favourite Books Read in 2016

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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: Top Ten Best Books Of 2016 (you choose — best books overall of what you read regardless of pub date, of a particular genre, 2016 debuts, 2016 releases, etc)

I will leave links to any reviews I have! Also, series will be counted as 1 book in regards to the top 10.


1. The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Illuminae Spoiler Free Review

Gemina Spoiler Free Review

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

Tales of the Peculiar Spoiler Free Review

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children Spoiler Free Review

Hollow City Spoiler Free Review

Library of Souls Spoiler Free Review

3. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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The Raven Boys Review

4. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

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Rebel of the Sands Review

5. The Watersong Quartet by Amanda Hocking

6. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

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7. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

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The Iron King Review

8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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The Book Thief Spoiler Free Review

9. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

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Snow Likes Ashes Spoiler Free Review

10. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

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The Unexpected Everything Review


Well that is it for this weeks TTT! Let me know what your favourite read of 2016 was!

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