March 2017 TBR

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So, I haven’t been reading much in the last few months, but now that my course is basically finished I should have a lot more time for reading! So I’m going to set a few more books that usual for my TBR and hopefully I will get to them!


Currently Reading

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The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater 

Currently Listening

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling & Narrated by Stephen Fry

What I Want To Listen To In March

The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien & narrated by Rob Inglis

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling & narrated by Stephen Fry

What I Want To Read In March

Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie


Well, that is all for next months TBR, I hope I actually get to all these books! I need to get back into reading more!!!

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2017 Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge – 2 Month Update

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So I will be posting a update for the Beat the Backlist challenge once a month. I didn’t get to do January as it was so hectic with my study and trying to keep up with all my other posts. So I will add them into this one!

I am also participating in the Hogwarts House Challenge, representing Gryffindor. So at the bottom of each I will say how many points I earned that month, or in this case it will be for Jan & Feb.

HOWEVER I know I signed up for the Hogwarts House Challenge when I first did my TBR post, but apparently not, as I just went on and looked for my name on the list. So I have just done this now. So, all the points I earned in Feb won’t count anyway as they already have the March one up. But I will put it at the bottom of this post anyway.

Here is the link to my joining announcement post


January Book Read & Reviewed

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Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

I started reading this in December 2016, but I checked my Goodreads updates and I read about half the book in January.

Pages: 239

Review Link

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Frost Like Night

Pages: 496

Review Link

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The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Pages Read in Jan: 199

February Books Read & Review

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The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Pages Read in Feb: 249

Review Link

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling & Narrated by Stephen Fry (Audiobook)

Pages Read (Using Hardcover page number): 223

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Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Pages: 389

Review Link

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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien & Narrated by Rob Inglis (Audiobook)

Pages Read (Using Hardcover page number): 352

I am currently listening to this book, but I only have about an hour and a half left and I will get it finished by tonight.


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Well that is all for this post, now I just have to wait for my name to be generated and then remember to actually submit my points

Hope everyone that is participating is going well in the challenge!!

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February 2017 Haul

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Here we are again, as always I will include all Physical, Audiobooks, eBooks, Booksing Items and Subscription boxes in this post!

I haven’t received my World of Wizardry subscription box. I don’t know yet but if it doesn’t arrive soon I will be contacting them as it usually arrives the same day or a couple days after i get The YA Chronicles in the mail, so I don’t know why it is taking so long this month.


Physical Books

Audiobooks

eBooks

Bookish Items

HERE is the link to the etsy store and below I will put what each are meant to smell like and link to the individual candle.

I purchased 2 4-packs of 2oz candles

Herbology: Mint, Lemongrass & Floral

Happee Birthdae: Cake, chocolate & Icecream

Amortentia: Love, Hyacinth & Mystery Scent

Butterbeer Icecream: Butterscotch, Rum & Whipped Cream

Gryffindor: Fire, Vanilla, Berries & Spices

Slytherin: Citrus, Mint, Cedar

Hufflepuff: Cake & Vanilla Chai

Ravenclaw: Black Tea, Leather, Citrus & Herbs

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And that is all! I will have my Wrap-Up up a little later as well today!

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March 2017 Anticipated Releases

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So, it is time again to do my anticipated releases for the next month. Some of these will be books that I want to read and some will be sequels to series that I want to read. So here it goes!


Anticipated Releases

Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves

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Genre: Fantasy YA Historical Fiction
Pages: 416
Publication Date: 28th March, 2017
Publishers: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Goodreads Synopsis:

The thrilling first book in a YA fantasy trilogy for fans of Red Queen. In a world where social prestige derives from a trifecta of blood, money, and magic, one girl has the ability to break the spell that holds the social order in place.

Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary.

Her life might well be over.

In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, from her aloof cousin Noémi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gábor. Not the society she’s known all her life, for discontent with the Luminate is sweeping the land. And not her lack of magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t seem to stop herself from breaking spells.

As rebellion spreads across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romanies, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever.

Strange Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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Genre: Fantasy YA
Pages: 544
Publication Date: 28th March, 2017
Publishers: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Goodreads Synopsis:

A new epic fantasy by National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Laini Taylor of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy.

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around— and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? and if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

In this sweeping and breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the shadow of the past is as real as the ghosts who haunt the citadel of murdered gods. Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage.

Welcome to Weep.

Hunted by Meagan Spooner

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Genre: Fantasy Retelling YA
Pages: 352
Publication Date: 14th March, 2017
Publishers: HarperTeen

Goodreads Synopsis:

Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

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Genre: Fantasy YA
Pages: 400
Publication Date: 7th March, 2017
Publishers: Sourcebooks Fire

Goodreads Synopsis:

A Publishers Weekly Most Anticipated Young Adult Book of Spring 2017!

In the captivating start to a new, darkly lyrical fantasy series for readers of Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir, Tea can raise the dead, but resurrection comes at a price…

Let me be clear: I never intended to raise my brother from his grave, though he may claim otherwise. If there’s anything I’ve learned from him in the years since, it’s that the dead hide truths as well as the living.

When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha-one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.

Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Name of the Wind in this brilliant new fantasy series by Rin Chupeco!

Releases Of Series I Want To Read

The End of Oz by Danielle Paige

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Genre: Fantasy Retelling YA
Pages: 304
Publication Date: 14th March, 2017
Publishers: HarperCollins

Goodreads Synopsis:

In this high-octane fourth book in the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die series, Amy Gumm must do everything in her power to save Kansas and make Oz a free land once more.

At the end of Yellow Brick War, Amy had finally defeated Dorothy. Just when she and the rest of the surviving members of the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked thought it was safe to start rebuilding the damaged land of Oz, they realized they’ve been betrayed—by one of their own. And Dorothy might not have been so easily defeated after all.

In the fourth installment of the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die series, the magical Road of Yellow Brick has come to the rescue, and whisked Amy away—but to where? Does the Road itself know where she needs to go to find the help that she needs?

Welcome to the other side of the rainbow. Here there’s danger around every corner, and magic shoes won’t be able to save you.

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

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Genre: Fantasy YA
Pages: 352
Publication Date: 28th March, 2017
Publishers: St. Martin’s Griffin

Goodreads Synopsis:

Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes—a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.

Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels.

Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.


Well that is all for next months Anticipated Releases? What are you looking forward to most?

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Goodreads Monday – The Diabolic

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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! All you have to do 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!!!

I’m choosing books that I own for a while!


The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

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My Comments:

I have seen A LOT of mixed reviews for this book. Some people love it and some absolutely hate it, like 1 or 2 stars. But I still want to give it a go before I take sides. I bought the Hardcover edition a few weeks ago and received it in the mail last week and it’s just a gorgeous cover!

The Books:

Publication Date: November 1st, 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA Fantasy Science Fiction
Pages: 416

Goodreads Synopsis:

Nemesis is a Diabolic. Created to protect a galactic Senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The girl who has grown up by her side and who is as much as sister as a master. There’s no one Nemesis wouldn’t kill to keep her safe. But when the power-mad Emperor summons Sidonia to the galactic court as a hostage, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia.

She must become her.

Now one of the galaxy’s most dangerous weapons is masquerading in a world of corruption and Nemesis has to hide her true abilities or risk everything. As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns that there is something stronger than her deadly force: the one thing she’s been told she doesn’t have – humanity. And, amidst all the danger, action and intrigue, her humanity might be the only thing that can save her, Sidonia and the entire Empire…


And that is all for this week, will have a couple posts going up tonight hopefully. I completely forgot it was Feb and the month is over in like a day and a half and I need to get to my end of month posts up! I was waiting for the 31st 😂.

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Tag Sunday – The Horror Movie Book Tag

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So this week I was tagged by the lovely Olga @ Olga’s Oddish Obsession to do The Horror Movie Book Tag. You can find her answers to these questions HERE! This Tag was created by Royal Reader.


Rules:

1. Please credit and link yours truly, Princess @RoyalReader (or just Royal Reader), as the creator of this tag, and add the rules.

2. You can use the graphics provided in your post, or you’re welcome to make your own!

3. Thank the person(s) who tagged you and let others know of their fabulous blogs.

4. Tag as many people as you want, be it 1 or 20, it’s entirely up to you!


So here is the questions!

1.  Zombie Apocalypse – A book you would save when civilization ends?

Just one?! Okay, well no matter what I was saving it from I would always save the Harry Potter series. But seen as it’s just one book I will save Philosopher’s Stone as that is where it all started.

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2. The Vampire – A book you would stake through the heart (in whatever sense)?

Game of Thrones, I just straight out couldn’t get through this book. I’m perfectly happy for this book to go and die in a hole.

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3. The Haunted House – A book that still haunts me?

I don’t have a book for this question as I don’t really read ‘scary’ books or anything as I tend to gravitate toward fantasy novels.

4. A psychological thriller – A book with a twist you did not see coming?

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. No doubt this book was definitely full of twists and turns. The only guarantee is that there would be none left at the end.

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5. The Creepy Doll – A book that seems innocent but isn’t?

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Unless you look closely or know, it’s not obvious that the girl on the cover it floating. So, this book looks fairly innocent and then you open it and start reading and you realise it really isn’t!

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6. The Monster – A book you could barely tackle/defeat?

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, it was soo hard to finish this book as there was just some many things that were just wrong or straight out stupid.

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7. The Comedy-Horror – A book with mixed genre’s that worked (or didn’t)?

So, dystopians are usually set in the real world, just a few years in the future, generally. Well I’m choosing a book that is a dystopian for a fantasy world. The Snow Likes Ashes series by Sara Raasch is a dystopian fantasy that so works.

8. The (cliche) Teen Horror – A book you found super cliched/stereotypical?

City of Bones.. I have only read the first two books, but so far this series has been stereotypical and also kinda cliche.. The undiscovered super power thing is so common in sooo many books now. And yes, some of my favourite series’s have that cliche.. But when it’s not done well then it’s just kinda like… ‘Yep, there is another one’.

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9. The Demonic Possession – A book so gripping you needed an exorcist to escape it?

Illuminae & Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff were both books that were really gripping and I didn’t want to put down.

10. The Science Fiction – A precious book you would permanently sacrifice to aliens for the good of mankind?

 Rebel of the Sands by  Alwyn Hamilton, I love this book! And I would be willing to sacrifice it to save everyone else.

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Because I’ll be doing them every Sunday, I am only going to tag 1 person in each so I’m not tagging the same people all the time! So each week I will tag my latest follower! Hopefully there will be a new ones each week to tag.

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And that is all for this weeks Tag Sunday!

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Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater – Mini Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Blue Lily, Lily Blue 
Author:
Maggie Stiefvater
Series Name: The Raven Cycle
Genre: Fantasy YA
Publication Date: October 21st, 2014
Pages: 389
Publishers: Scholastic Press
Rating:

5 Star

Goodreads Synopsis:

The third installment in the all-new series from the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things, though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.

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I only really do mini reviews for 2nd, 3rd, etc books in a series unless there is inconsistencies from the books before that one. So this will only be short!

I love this series! And it sucks that I am away right now and didn’t bring The Raven King with me because I really want to start it as soon as I finish this review, but I will have to wait till probably Sunday night now! 😩

Also, just a little personal update! I am nearly finished my Diploma in Beauty Therapy!! I have handed everything in and am just waiting to get 2 things marked and another uploaded by my trainers and I will be done! SOOOOOO I can finally get back to reading more as the course has been taking up a lot of my time in the last month or two!


Writing:

The writing was just as good in the last book! I love Maggie’s writing!

Plot:

I really enjoyed the plot in this book! Sometimes by the 3rd books in series’s I feel like it’s kinda dragging on still, but I didn’t get that feel with this book! I t was full of new and exciting things in The Raven Cycle world. There was also some upsetting/shocking moments and some amazing ones too!

Characters:

We only meet a couple new characters in this book, some astonishingly tall and others bat shit crazy and another that you kinda want to punch in the throat at the end of it. But you know, all books have at least one of those characters and unfortunately the real world has a million too many.

Overall:

This series is easily becoming a new favourite, up there with the likes of Snow Like Ashes & Miss Peregrine’s! I’m keen to get to the next book, but at the same time I don’t want it to end!


Let me know what you guys thought of Blue Lily, Lily Blue or the first two book aswell! Please no spoilers in the comments, but if you want to talk spoilery then feel free to message me on insta @duskangelreads222

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