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June 2017 World of Wizardry GeekGear Unboxing

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So I’m back for another World of Wizardry Unboxing! This month I got a Ravenclaw themed box! I don’t know if I will be getting next months box, it will depend on if I have some spare cash before they finish selling.



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.

They also offer an automatically renewable subscription that is cheaper than a non-subscription. All will be linked to the  correct pricing below!

REMEMBER THAT THE AUD PRICES WILL CHANGE AS THE CONVERSION RATES CHANGE ALL THE TIME!

THIS SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE OFFERS:

STANDARD GEEKGEAR BOX:

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Geek Gear boxes (Non-Subscription) is £24.99 or $41.69
Geek Gear boxes (Automatic Renewal) is £19.99 or $33.37

HARRY POTTER THEMED BOX (WORLD OF WIZARDRY):

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World of Wizardry box (Non-Subscription) is £24.99 or $41.69 AUD
World of Wizardry box (Automatic Renewal) is £19.99 or $33.37 AUD

WORLD OF WIZARDRY WEARABLES:

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World of Wizardry Wearable box (Non-Subscription) is £24.99 or $41.69 AUD
World of Wizardry Wearables box (Automatic Renewal) is £19.99 or $33.37

MYSTERY MIXED PAST BOX:

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Mystery Mixed Past Box is £12.99 or $21.69 AUD

OTHER:

You can also purchase Gift Cards for any amount from £10.00 to £300.00.

SHIPPING:

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 always I will write under each photo what is written in the book next to it.

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Goblet of Fire Print

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See below the two variations that could have came. I like both prints but I think the one I got was my favourite. You can see in the photo above that in the background of the coloured flames is the towers of the Quidditch Pitch which I think is a tool addition.

Also in the front of the book GeekGear has added the following note

“Over the last few months we have made some amazing changed – one being out Prints! These are now ALL Licensed exclusives approved by Warner Bros and exclusive to us!’

So that’s cool!

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Exclusive Pin Series!

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Start collecting with our first ever No. 0001 World of Wizardry Pin!

So by the sound of that there will be a pin in each box from now on! Which is awesome and if they are all as cute as this one I will be happy! Also there was 3 variations that you could have gotten of this pon! There was Classic which is just the normal 1, there was the Silver edition that was 1 in 50 & Gold which is 1 in 100! So that was awesome that I got the Silver one when I never get the exclusive items!

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World of Wizardry Deck of Cards

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And you can see below what the cards themselves look like!

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House Scarf

A beautiful scarf, wear if with pride!

Show your love for the Wizarding World!

I couldn’t fit it all in one pic, so there is a pic of each houses section of the scarf!

Lightning Strike Necklace

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Flying Ford Anglia Figure

The famous car has been restored to its original condition and you can now proudly show it off on your shelf!

An exclusive figure by GeekGear!

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The Shirt.

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I honestly don’t like this shirt. The colouring I think is what is weird for me because the blue is too dark and the brown kinda colour is just a bit weird. On the Ravenclaw House logo on Pottermore the Raven is a darker brown but the crest behind it is Blue and silver.. So I don’t know, the colours just don’t look right to me. You can see in the booklet photo below this, the design which would have been on the other house’s shirts!.

The Booklet!

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Well that is all for this months GeekGear World of Wizardry box! I really liked this book except the shirt, I wish I had got any of the other houses as they all looked awesome, just Ravenclaws didn’t look right to me. And even though I’m not a Slytherin or Hufflepuff I would have worn those shirts if I had received them because they look cool. But the Ravenclaw one will be put in a giveaway at some point.

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July 2017 Anticipated Releases

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So I don’t have a tonne for July, but I still wanted to share them! So here we go.



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Because You Love To Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy by Ameriie, Renee Ahdieh, Soman Chainani, Susan Dennard, Sarah Enni, Marissa Meyer, Cindy Pon, Victoria Schwab, Samantha Shannon, Adam Silvera, Andrew Smith, April Genevieve Tucholke, Nicola Yoon & Collaboration with 13 BookTubers

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 Genre: YA Fantasy Retellings Anthology Short Story
Pages: 320 (Hardcover)
Publication Date: 11th July, 2017
Publishers: Bloomsbury

Goodreads Synopsis:

Leave it to the heroes to save the world–villains just want to rule the world.

In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the oft-misunderstood villains’ points of view.

These fractured, unconventional spins on classics like “Medusa,” Sherlock Holmes, and “Jack and the Beanstalk” provide a behind-the-curtain look at villains’ acts of vengeance, defiance, and rage–and the pain, heartbreak, and sorrow that spurned them on. No fairy tale will ever seem quite the same again!

Featuring writing from . . .

Authors: Renée Ahdieh, Ameriie, Soman Chainani, Susan Dennard, Sarah Enni, Marissa Meyer, Cindy Pon, Victoria Schwab, Samantha Shannon, Adam Silvera, Andrew Smith, April Genevieve Tucholke, and Nicola Yoon

BookTubers: Benjamin Alderson (Benjaminoftomes), Sasha Alsberg (abookutopia), Whitney Atkinson (WhittyNovels), Tina Burke (ChristinaReadsYA blog and TheLushables), Catriona Feeney (LittleBookOwl), Jesse George (JessetheReader), Zoë Herdt (readbyzoe), Samantha Lane (Thoughts on Tomes), Sophia Lee (thebookbasement), Raeleen Lemay (padfootandprongs07), Regan Perusse (PeruseProject), Christine Riccio (polandbananasBOOKS), and Steph Sinclair & Kat Kennedy (Cuddlebuggery blog and channel).

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

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 Genre: YA Fantasy Mystery Glbt
Pages: 384 (Hardcover)
Publication Date: 25th July, 2017
Publishers: Harlequin Teen

So I actually got accepted yesterday on NetGalley to get a eGalley of this book for review. So that’s exciting! Being Aussie it’s so hard to get book I might enjoy on NetGalley because so many aren’t available in Aus and it really sucks and I also really don’t understand that. Unless a book isn’t releasing in Australia at all then why shouldn’t we be able to get eGalleys of it?! I will never understand that.

Goodreads Synopsis:

A darkly irresistible new fantasy set in the infamous Gomorrah Festival, a traveling carnival of debauchery that caters to the strangest of dreams and desires.

Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.

Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear.

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

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 Genre: YA Fantasy Historical Time Travel
Pages: 512 (Hardcover)
Publication Date: 18th July, 2017
Publishers: Simon Pulse

Goodreads Synopsis:

Stop the Magician.
Steal the book.
Save the future.

In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.

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The Savage Dawn by Melissa Grey

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 Genre: YA Fantasy
Series Name: The Girl at Midnight #3
Pages:
 496 (Hardcover)
Publication Date: 11th July, 2017
Publishers: Delacorte Press

Goodreads Synopsis of Book #1 (The Girl at Midnight):

Magic lives in our darkest corners.

Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she’s ever known.

Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she’s fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it’s time to act.

Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, though if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it’s how to hunt down what she wants…and how to take it.

But some jobs aren’t as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.

The Reluctant Queen by Sarah Beth Durst

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 Genre: YA Fantasy
Series Name: The Queens of Renthia #2
Pages:
 368 (Hardcover)
Publication Date: 4th July, 2017
Publishers: Harper Voyager

So the first book in this series was on my Most Anticipated Releases sometime last year but I still haven’t read it! I’m getting there, I promise!!

Goodreads Synopsis of #1 (The Queen of Blood):

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.



And that is all for my July Anticipated Releases!

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The Secret Science of Magic by Melissa Keil – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: The Secret Science of Magic
Author: 
Melissa Keil
Genre: YA Contemporary Diverse
Publication Date: April 1st, 2017
Pages: 314 (paperback)
Publishers: Hardie Grant Egmont
Rating:
4 star

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A captivating novel about two extraordinary teens, and the unsolvable problem of life after high school.

Sophia is smart, like genius-calculator-brain smart. But there are some things no amount of genius can prepare you for, and the messiness of real life is one of them. When everything she knows is falling apart, how can she crack the puzzle of what to do with her life?

Joshua spends his time honing magic tricks and planning how to win Sophia’s heart. But when your best trick is making schoolwork disappear, how do you possibly romance a genius?

In life and love, timing is everything.

From Melissa Keil, the award-winning YA author of Life in Outer Space and The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl.

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I have seen a lot of complaints that no one can get this book. You can find it on QBD if you live in Aus. However, I’m pretty sure QBD doesn’t ship international, so that kinda sucks for everyone else. As far as I can tell it looks like this book is only available in Aus atm!



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I love this cover! It’s really cute and matches the book so well. I also LOVE LOVE the colour of this book, the image above isn’t exactly the same colour but in real life this is one of my fave shades of blue. It’s gorgeous!

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I really enjoy the writing of this book, I did find a few errors in the book but not enough to be an issue. The only issue I had with the writing is that there is a lot of science references and quiet simply, words I did not understand or had never even heard before. It wasn’t a major problem, like you didn’t really need to understand what those things meant to understand the story, but I guess it would have helped at some points. I also liked the multi POV, it mainly follows Sophia but there is a couple of chapters in there that are from Joshua’s POV.

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So I really enjoyed the plot of this book. Most of you know that I’m not a huge fan of straight romance books but this was also a diverse book and I liked those aspects. I will go into more in the character section as to how this book is diverse. So in all honesty there isn’t a great deal that actually happens in this book, it’s in no way action packed of course, it is a contemporary romance.. I find that this book is definitely more character based than plot based. I don’t mind that about it, most of the books I read are plot based, so I enjoyed the bit of the change for me.

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So our main characters is Sophia. In the book Sophia mentions regularly that her and her best friend, Elsie are dark skinned and they make references throughout but they aren’t huge stand out things that the girls and their family aren’t Australian heritage. I read a review where someone says that Sophia is Sri Lankan, I am not 100% sure, I saw the references, but I didn’t know what nationality she was actually referring too. So I’m not saying that she is Sri Lankan, but that is just what I have saw. Also our MC has Social Anxiety. Neither of these things are mentioned in the Synopsis, so when reading the synopsis I was honestly kinda like ‘cool, just another basic love story’ but after reading this, it is not the case in the slightest! This synopsis really lets it down!

So no onto my actual thoughts of the characters.

I really enjoyed Sophia, she had a lot of internal struggles and I liked see her development as a character. I personally don’t have social anxiety, but I did still connect with her on some level. She was a really interesting character.

Joshua was also really interesting, I like how he embraces what other people would consider weird. I like the little tricks that he did at the beginning to kinda get Sophia’s attention. I honestly wouldn’t be mad at that haha.

Elsie I also enjoyed, I love that she was loyal to Sophia even if sometimes she wanted to make other choices, she was understanding. I wish we learnt a bit more about her though! We learn a bit but not enough that I can really say ‘yes she is awesome, I like her’ or not.

We didn’t get too much exposure to Joshua’s friends, only a couple little places but I do like Amy, his boss. She reminds me of myself a bit haha. I did like Elsie’s brothers, I thought they were fun and I liked seeing a good happy family as in so many books there is always problems and it gets a bit ridiculous! I also liked Gillian, Joshua’s sister, she was interesting and kind and just connected with Joshua so well that it felt real. I also wish we kinda understood Toby a bit more, Sophia’s brother, as I was just overall a bit confused with him but I also liked the development of his and Sophia’s relationship!

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I enjoyed this book! I reckon the synopsis is crap and doesn’t portray the book that well. I would never have purchased this book if I just read the synopsis, so I am glad that I got this book in a The YA Chronicles box. I love that this book was diverse in more than one way. Being diverse in the culture factor wasn’t a huge part of the book and I liked that, there was no racial comments at any time which I enjoyed because it just felt like a version of equality between races were it was just normal that the person was from another race and it wasn’t something that needed commenting on.



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Read-A-Thon Guide – July

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This is my guide for the Read-A-Thons happening in July I will post the next one at the end of July for August!

At the moment I am only planning on doing the Duodecathon. If I am going to participate I will do a TBR before the ReadAThon.


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So there isn’t a tonne of info about this ReadAThon except a little bit on the creators Goodreads page. But what I can gather is every month the creator releases 3 challenges and you can either pick one or do all 3! The main challenge though is that you have to only use book you already own! You can’t buy a book that fits the challenges you have to find a book you already own to complete 1 or more challenges!

This challenge goes all month!

HERE is their Twitter Page.

July’s challenges:

1. TV Adaptions
2. Paranormal
3. Based on a video game or has characters who play video games

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This ReadAThon occurs every month and each month there is a different focus on what to read.

So this ReadAThon has 2 parts, first there is the theme. So the idea is to try and read books related to that theme and then there is the challenges, they are an extra challenge. I am not sure whether you have to try and find a challenge that fits into thats month theme or whether you just read two separate books for each.

HERE is a link to their Goodreads page

This ReadAThon happens every month so here is all the future challenges incase you wanted to plan!

3-9 July: Translations
Challenge: Read books from the year you were born

7-13 August: Childhood Favourites
Challenge: Marathon a Series

4-10 September: Standalones
Challenge: One Word Titles

2-8 October: LGBTQIA+ Books
Challenge: Read Poetry & Short Stories

6-12 November: New to you authors
Challenge: Read A Duology

4-10 December: 2017 Debuts
Read the last book (or books) you bought

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So this challenges runs from the 17th to 30th of July. Use the Hashtag #HSreadathon for the ReadAThon.

So this ReadAThon is a seasonal thing, there is 4 different ReadAThons that they run as far as I can tell. This specific one has no reading requirements, you just read as much as you can in that time. There is a giveaway at the end of ReadAThon, you have to participate and post a Wrap-Up to enter. You can either post on a blog, twitter, facebook or Goodreads!

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So as you can probably guess with this one, you attempt to read for 24 hours of the 48 hours the ReadAThon runs for. There is no specific reading challenges for this one.

You can find the Sign Up for this one HERE!

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So this one is run on twitter and includes reading challenges, group book read, blog challenges, video challenges and photo challenges! You can participate in whatever you want, you do not have to do the video, blog, photo or group read! If participating in any of the video challenges you go in the draw to win a book. There is 8 books altogether that they are giving away! Checkout the link below for the Video Challenges to see which books can be one for each of the challenges.

You can find their youtube channel HERE!

This Summer Biannual Bibliothon runs from the 23rd to 29th of July! Also the group book live show is on the 30th of July! The group book for this one is Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh.

Reading Challenges:

Read the group book (Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh)
Read a book from one of the hosts favourite genres
– Kassie – Magical Realism
– Caz – Historical Fiction
– Brittni – High/Epic Fantasy
– Emma – Diverse Books
– Kelly – Dystopian/SciFi
– Red – Paranormal
– Momo – Urban fantasy
Read a book that has been or still is banned (There is a tonne of links in the description of the Reading Challenges video, which I have linked above)
Throwback challenge (HERE is a link to previous challenges)
Book to movie adaptation – read & watch
Read a book you’ve seen somewhere other than booktube
LGBTQIA+

As they make videos for everything I will link them below too.

Initial Announcements!

Reading Challenges!

Video Challenges!

Photo Challenges!

Blogging Challenges!

They also have a book club called the Biblio Book Club that runs throughout the entire year! They choose a book every 3 months to read. The last book they read and did a live show about was Jay Kristoff’s Nevernight! They are currently reading The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember, so be sure to follow their Twitter HERE for everything that’s going on!

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The link for the ReadAThon’s Youtube is HERE!

They do have a post that explains the Booktube-A-Thon which you can find HERE!

This ReadAThon is from the 24th to 30th of July! They don’t have anymore info up about it yet as it isn’t till the end of July but I will do a seperate update about it when I post my TBR! Last years BookTubeAThon was the first ReadAThon I had ever participated in and I want to do it again this year for that reason!

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This ReadAThon goes from the 1st of July to the 30th! This ReadAThon only happens once a year during Summer (well Winter for myself).

Make sure you check out their Twitter HERE!

Reading Challenges:

A Classic Fairytale
A book which disney has dramatized
A book that is set in the summer
A book you read as a child
A book with green or blue on the cover
A book to only read outside (well for us in Aus and everywhere else that is in winter in July, that challenge is going to be interesting)

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This ReadAThon also is every month. This one has 12 options for challenges that you can pick from and the idea of this is that you participate every month and by the end of the year you will have done them all. As I have already missed Jan, Feb, March and April I will not get all the challenges done, but I hope to participate every month from now on!

You can find info and join the Goodreads group HERE.

UPCOMING DATES:

July 19-25
August 1-7 or 11-17 (it has two dates on the goodreads pages, so I’m not sure atm)
September 18-24
October 7-13
November 22-28
December 25-31

CHALLENGES TO PICK FROM:

Read 1,200 pages
Start OR finish a series
A 2017 debut author
A short story
A Graphic Novel
A Non-Fiction book
A Book that has been on your TBR for 2+ years
A book with multiple authors
A book you picked up because of the cover
A book that has to do with travelling
Someone else’s favourite book
The first book on your shelf you have read

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This is, as you can probably tell a 24 Hour ReadAThon and is being held again on the 21st of July! As far as I can tell there isn’t any reading challenges, it’s just reading as much as you can in the 24 hours.

You can find their Twitter HERE!


And that is all of the challenges that I know about for July!

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Top Ten Tuesday – Best Books You’ve Read in 2017 So Far

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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: Best Books You’ve Read In 2017 So Far (break it down however you want — by genre, strictly 2017 releases, whatever!)

These aren’t in any exact order except for number 1!



1. Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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You can find my spoiler free review HERE

2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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You can find my spoiler free review HERE

3. Geekerella by Ashley Poston

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You can find my spoiler free review HERE

4. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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You can find my spoiler free review HERE

5. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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You can find my spoiler free review HERE

6. The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

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You can find my review HERE

7. Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

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You can find my spoiler free review HERE

8. The Dream Thieves, Blue Lily, Lily Blue & The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys is only not on here because I read it last year, not this year!

You can find my spoiler free review of The Dream Thieves HERE

You can find my spoiler free review of Blue Lily, Lily Blue HERE

You can find my spoiler free review of The Raven King HERE

9. Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch

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You can find my spoiler free review HERE

10. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

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You can find my spoiler free review HERE



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Down the TBR Hole #10

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This meme is hosted by Lia @ Lost in a Story.

Here is what you do:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?


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To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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The synopsis for this definitely sounds interesting, but it is still just a romance. I know that so many people love this series and there was so much hype surrounding the last book release was a bit crazy! But this isn’t something I would actually read and it’s only on my TBR because of all they hype surrounding it.

Verdict: DELETE

Harry Potter: The Creature Vault: The Creatures and Plants of the Harry Potter Films by Jody Revenson

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I have three of these books on my TBR and I’m only going to write one description. I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan and I want to know everything! I have the Character Vault and it was so interesting see things for the filming side of things and I want to read all of them!

Verdict: KEEP

Harry Potter: Magical Places from the Films: Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, and Beyond! by Jody Revenson

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Verdict: KEEP

Harry Potter: The Artifact Vault by Jody Revenson

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Verdict: KEEP

Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley

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This book sounds so interesting! Magical powers, phantoms, beasts and badass females?! This book sounds right up my alley and I will definitely be getting my hands on a copy of this book!

Verdict: KEEP

The Wangs Vs. The World by Jade Chang

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This book follows a Chinese family living in America. I haven’t read a book about a Chinese main character I don’t think, so that is one reason I want to read it. Also this is meant to be a contemporary comedy book of sorts and I really want to read a book that is intended as comedy but also about a diverse topic (Immigration).

Verdict: KEEP

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

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So this is an Historical Fiction book about being a slave in America in the pre-Civil War Era. There is a lot of mixed reviews about this book and some people have said they didn’t connect with characters and there were also some comments about things being inaccurate. I have no idea if this will be accurate, but I still want to read this book. I don’t know a lot about slavery in America, as I’m not american I didn’t study it in school as or anything like that. But I hope this book can show me a bit of what it was like. And I’m really interested in read this. Also I haven’t read a Historical Fiction book that wasn’t set around war, so that will interesting.

Verdict; KEEP

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

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So this is a book about revenge, however it is still labeled as a romance, which turns me off this book. I have a copy of this on Scribd as it sounded interesting by the synopsis, but now that I’m seeing that it is labeled as a romance I’m not interested. The main reason I was interested was because it just sounded like a revenge story and I was intrigued. But now, not so much.

Verdict: DELETE

Trutchwitch by Susan Dennard

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This is a series I have wanted to start for ages, just haven’t got around to it. I am a massive fantasy fan and this world sounds so interesting! This book also seems like it doesn’t seem to be a focus on romance at all which I am loving! It’s so unique to find a book that isn’t focused on romance, so I’m keen for that!

Verdict: KEEP

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

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This is a high fantasy world and the world itself sounds really interesting. I like how in the synopsis you can choose whose side you think sounds the best. There is an implied romance, I think, in the synopsis but it doesn’t seem to be a big focus so I’m not too worried. I like how this book follows 4 different characters and I’m assuming that it will be written in Multi POV.

Verdict: KEEP



So I only deleted 2 books, but it is better than nothing haha! But oh well, that is all for todays Down the TBR Hole!

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June 2017 The YA Chronicles Unboxing

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My June the YA Chronicles subscription box came today! So here is my unboxing! I will again put the price of each item underneath it and at the end add it up to see the value of the box!



Blog Titles (38)The YA Chronicles is based in Australia so for me this is great, being Australian the shipping is pretty cheap and the box gets to me quickly!

Here is the link to their website!

It says on the website that there is international shipping, so I’m assuming they ship everywhere, so I’m sorry if they don’t ship to your country!

I will only be posting costing in AUD, so if you want to know what it would cost in your country then you can go here to convert it.

Cost of the Box: $39.99 AUD
Shipping to Aus and NZ: $9.99 AUD (this includes tracking)
Shipping internationally: $24.99 AUD (this includes tracking)

They have closed sales for the pride box but you can preorder the Tower of Dawn box. There are 3 options for this box. One is the UK paperback + goodies, the second is US Hardcover + goodies and the last is the UK paperback, US hardcover + goodies.

Also, this subscription box is not automatically recurring, so you do have to purchase it every month, which is good and bad because it means you can easily pick and choose the themes that you want to purchase but also you have to remember to get in before it sells out!

In this box every month, you receive a new release paperback YA book, a TYAC bookmark with that month’s theme on the back and 2-5 other bookish items. Each month is themed and the theme is announced as soon as the subscription box goes on sale!

Also they have previous boxes for sale! At the moment they have the following for sale:

June 2016: Pride Week
December 2016: Simply Wonderful
April 2017: Bibbity Boppity Book
June 2017: Take to the Seas (This box)



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Volume Twenty Two: Take to the Seas

As always, I will write under each photo what is written on the description card that you get in the box. I’m also going to add pricing or a guess at pricing so we can see if the box is worth the price tag!

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Sweet Cherry Soda Bath Donut

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Escape the Winter chill with your mermaid bath donut by sweetcherrysoda.com.au! Smelling of lime and coconut, this donut contains two bath bombs, a bubble bath and soap. That’s a total of four sea adventures in one.

So this exact bath bomb isn’t on their website. The ones on the site also don’t have a soap in the middle, they are just the two bath bombs and the bubble bath. Those ones on the site are $12, because this one also has the soap I’ll give it $14.

Iron on Patch

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This Sea Witch patch by Liliancuda on Etsy is perfect for those of us who wish we were magical underwater beings. Just iron (or stitch) it ontoy your clothing of choice and you’re good to go.

Okay, first of all The YA Chronicles, you need to proof read your info card because it’s actually double L in Lilliancuda and also ‘it ontoy your’ is not words.

HERE is the link to the etsy store. And HERE is the link to this exact patch! It costs $8 on their Etsy store atm, it does say it’s on sale though.

A Darker Shade of Magic Print

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Nothing says take to the seas quite like Lila Bard for the Darker Shade of Magic Trilogy. Enjoy your custom and exclusive Lila Prin, created by the amazing Paperfury on Society6.

Again, I don’t think this was proof read and also it’s called the ‘Shades of Magic’ Trilogy, not ‘Darker Shade of Magic’.

The prints on their shop are usually $15, but on special at the moment for $12. I will use $15 as the price for this though.

Mermaid Socks

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You can’t grow a tail, but slipping your feet into these mermaid socks is the next best thing. Put your pair on and imagine yourself swimming across those seven seas in an adventure of your own.

It doesn’t say where these came from, but you can find them on ebay for around $6. And just a little note, I will never wear this and they will honestly probably go in the bin because I don’t know anyone who would actually wear these.

Pirates Treasure

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No sea adventure is complete without a little pirate treasure. We’ve done the hard part for you and located the treasure chest, all you have to do it enjoy your share.

This is something that you could get a bag of at a cheap shop for like $2.

Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser

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The daughter of a wherryman, Caro believes she is destined for the river. She’s spent seventeen years listening to the water, waiting for the River God to speak to her. But she hasn’t heard a peep from him, and there’s a chance she never will. When her father is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious crate, Caro decides to take on the job in exchange for his release. What follows in the Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser is an epic take on pirates, politics, and princes.

You can get this paperback edition on Book Depository for $13.04!

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So for the items and book it adds up to $58, I would also add an extra say $5 for the 2 bookmarks. I don’t know what a letter from an author would be worth if anything, so I won’t add that to the value. That makes the total about $63 AUD. The box costs me about $50 which includes the shipping, so I’m happy with that value!



And that is all for this unboxing!

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Tag Sunday – The Mid Year Book Freakout Tag

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So its nearly the middle of the year! My 20th birthday is in a week from today! It’s crazy! I did this tag last year so I thought why not do it again this year?!

So I’m just going to jump straight into it!



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Well I’m honestly not that big with the fictional crush thing..

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Chubs, he is so funny!

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This is just a few I want to get to before the end of the year.



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Because I’ll be doing them every Sunday, I am only going to tag 2 people in each so I’m not tagging the same people all the time! So each week I will tag my latest 2 followers! These will also be only followers that I follow back as well as there is no point in tagging someone I don’t follow.

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The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: The Darkest Minds
Author: 
Alexandra Bracken
Series Name: The Darkest Minds
Genre: YA Sci-Fi Dystopian
Publication Date: December 18th, 2012
Pages: 488 (paperback)
Publishers: Disney Hyperion
Rating:
4 star

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When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living.

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At first I had no idea what this cover was, but now after reading the book I believe that it is the symbol of the psi. I think anyway it was only described once and I didn’t think much of it until now. So this book cover isn’t exactly pretty or nice to look at but it links directly to the book, which I like.

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The writing is descriptive and easy to read. It draws you in very quickly and you can’t help but get hooked on the story! I don’t recall any point where I was confused at about parts of the book, everything was described easily which made the world easy to to follow.

It would have been nice to have a map in this book as there is a lot of travelling and I enjoy following journeys on the maps inside books. This book is an Urban Fantasy, so it is based in the real world, so I could have just looked up a map on google, but it would have been nice to have one in the book. They kept mentioning names of towns and cities and states and even though I have heard of some of them, I still have no idea where they are. It might have been easier if I lived in America, but being Australian I only really know where the major places are, I don’t know where certain states are. So yeah, a  map would have made it easier for me to follow the moving around.

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This plot is very well done! There is so much action involved basically from the start of the book, the first chapter or so is mainly Ruby’s memories, but after that it jumps straight in!

This book is a dystopian, I haven’t read a dystopian for a while and I was really hoping going into this that it would be similar to the likes of The Hunger Games & Divergent and it wasn’t! There is still a female MC but that’s about where it ends with the similarities. So I really enjoyed the uniqueness of this book. It’s classed as a Sci-Fi, but it is also kinda fantasy as these kids have ‘powers’, I don’t really know where the line is drawn between Sci-Fi and Fantasy books but this one is somewhere in between! Which is I think what made it different from the other dystopias I have read as none of them have that fantasy type element.

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I enjoyed Ruby and really liked see her learn about the world outside Thurmond and grow as a character. She is very protective and wants to help others but she isn’t completely selfless, which make her that bit more realistic. Chubs is just hilarious, he is so sarcastic and witty and funny and even though at the start he was a bit rude and defensive, he was just trying to protect Zu & Liam as he knows that Liam can be a bit to willing to see the good in people and doesn’t see the evil there straight away. So I liked that about him, that he was wary and didn’t just welcome Ruby with open arms! I really like Zu, she can be fun and energetic when she isn’t letting everything eat her up inside. I really liked Zu and Ruby’s friendship while they were travelling. Liam is also a really enjoyable character, he does have a bit of a flaw as I mentioned just before, he is too trusting at times. He is loyal though and is just trying to keep them safe and keep to his promises. Clancy I didn’t like from the start and I always had a funny feeling about. I won’t continue because of spoilers with him! But let’s just say I strongly dislike him.

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Overall I really enjoyed this book! I’m keen to continue on with this series! I do have an eBook of book #1.5 which is called In Time, so I might read that now, depending on how I feel or I will read it before picking up the next book in the series, Never Fade.



I was considering purchasing the Novella bind up, Through the Dark, that includes the 3 Novellas, In Time (#1.5), Sparks Rise (#2.5) and a new one which is #3.5 but I don’t know if that name of it is Through the Dark or whether it is called something else, because it’s not on Goodreads. The only problem with buying the bind up is only the hardcover is available on Book Depository and I have the paperback of The Darkest Minds and I want to get all paperbacks so they match. So instead I just bought the iBook of the first novella for $1.99 and I can probably get the next for a similar price. Then if it comes out in paperback I will grab the bind up so that I can read that last one that you can only get in the bind up!



Also, check out Alexandra Bracken’s newest book! The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding is a Middle Grade Fantasy and set to release the 5th of September and sounds so interesting!

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“I would say it’s a pleasure to meet thee, Prosperity Oceanus Redding, but truly, I only anticipate the delights of destroying thy happiness.”

Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his old and storied family history — that is, until he discovers the demon living inside him. Turns out Prosper’s great-great-great-great-great-something grandfather made — and then broke — a contract with a malefactor, a demon who exchanges fortune for eternal servitude. And, weirdly enough, four-thousand-year-old Alastor isn’t exactly the forgiving type.

The fiend has reawakened with one purpose — to destroy the family whose success he ensured and who then betrayed him. With only days to break the curse and banish Alastor back to the demon realm, Prosper is playing unwilling host to the fiend, who delights in tormenting him with nasty insults and constant attempts trick him into a contract. Yeah, Prosper will take his future without a side of eternal servitude, thanks.

Little does Prosper know, the malefactor’s control over his body grows stronger with each passing night, and there’s a lot Alastor isn’t telling his dim-witted (but admittedly strong-willed) human host.

From #1 New York Times best-selling author Alexandra Bracken comes a tale of betrayal and revenge, of old hurts passed down from generation to generation. Can you ever fully right a wrong, ever truly escape your history? Or will Prosper and Alastor be doomed to repeat it?

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Also how gorgeous but creepy is that book cover!!!



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Down the TBR Hole #9

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This meme is hosted by Lia @ Lost in a Story.

Here is what you do:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?


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The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

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This book does sound interesting and it is also diverse as one of the main characters Natasha is being deported. I don’t remember what her nationality she is and it’s not in the synopsis but from memory I’m pretty sure she is from a nationality I haven’t read from the POV of before. The only thing that is putting me off this book is that it is so obviously going to be an insta love story which is something I CANNOT stand! So for that reason I will probably never read it.

Verdict: DELETE

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

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Well this book sounds really interesting! I read The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson last year as I received it in The YA Chronicles subscription box and really enjoyed it. I know this book is a romance and I really hope that it won’t involve insta love!

Verdict: KEEP

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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I have heard fairly mixed reviews about this book. There was one review I saw on Goodreads that said they don’t support the trope ‘love conquers all – including a life threatening illness’ and if that is the case of this book then I kinda don’t want to read it, I will though as I own the book and it’s only 300 pages.

Verdict: KEEP

November 9 by Colleen Hoover

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So I only have this on my TBR as I have it on my iBooks app. It popped up one day as either 99c or free on iBooks so I grabbed it. This book does sound interesting, the synopsis is intriguing and I love the idea that one of the main characters is a writer. But this is also honestly sounding like those romance movies I strongly dislike, for example: The Notebook.. I don’t think I will ever read a Colleen Hoover book as I’m just not into contemporary romances.

Verdict: DELETE

Everything Leads To You by Nina LaCour

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I have read You Know Me Well which was co-authored by Nina LaCour & David Levithan and I really enjoyed it! This book sounds like it will be just as good and it will be interesting to read a book only by Nina LaCour to see if I enjoy the writing of it as much as I did You Know Me Well. Also I am also all for diverse books and this also sounds interesting by the way the main character will be introduced to a new lifestyle of sorts.

Verdict: KEEP

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge

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This book sounds very interesting. It is very obviously a Romeo and Juliet retelling, even using the same names by the sound of it. But the fantasy world around it is whats intriguing me most of all! I have read Romeo and Juliet, as I had to for school and I neither loved nor hated it, it was just kinda eh. So I’m hoping this will be a better version for me. But also there are a love of negative reviews for this book and that average rating on Goodreads is 3.3 so it sounds like a fair few people disliked it. I’m still interested though and want to try it for myself. Also the last part of the Goodreads synopsis is what really pulled me in:

“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. . .”

Verdict: KEEP

The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst

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For some reason this cover just reminds me of LOTR. Anyway, first there is absolutely no mention of romance in the synopsis which I am loving! This book sounds like an action packed high fantasy adventure and I am so far all of that!

Verdict: KEEP

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

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This sounds like an awesome take on a retelling of The Winter’s Tale! I haven’t read The Winter’s Tale I have just seen other people say that it is a retelling of it. I haven’t read Danielle Paige’s other series Dorothy Must Die, but it is on my TBR and I want to get to it soon! Basically everything in the synopsis sounds really interesting and like something I would enjoy! Lets hope I do.

Verdict: KEEP

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

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This just sounds like the typical ‘cute contemporary’ and I don’t really care for it. I don’t think I need to explain further than that.

Verdict: DELETE

Legend by Marie Lu

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This sounds interesting. The world sounds very different and cool and that is what is drawing me in. Also a lot of people seem to love this series and it is one that I have wanted to read for ages! Marie Lu is just a very highly praised author and I want to jump on that bandwagon.

Verdict: KEEP



I also had another book on my TBR that I skipped over and that was The Kill Order which is the prequel to The Maze Runner. I read that series a couple years ago some time and I’m just not interested in reading a prequel to it so long after reading the series.

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