September 2017 Duodecathon Wrap Up

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So I didn’t read too much during the Duodecathon this time but I completed 1 challenge, so I’m happy with that. On the weekend I was helping my dad a fair bit and then went out on Saturday night too and then went to bed pretty early on Sunday as I only got 2 and a half hours sleep on Saturday, so I did absolutely no reading on the weekend. So this is what I read for the first 5 days of the ReadAthon.



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I started this book before the ReadAThon and finished it during.

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This book completed the challenge ‘someone else’s favourite book’.

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I started listening to this audiobook and have got a bit over a quarter in.

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I also started The Last Namsara. I read 82% of this book during the ReadAThon.



Here is how I’m going so far with the challenges (ones in bold I have completed)

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 haven’t read



That is all. Hopefully, I will get a bit more read in the October Duodecathon!

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The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: The Last Namsara
Author: 
Kristen Ciccarelli
Series Name: Iskari
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2017
Pages: 432 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Rating:
4 stars

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In the beginning, there was the Namsara: the child of sky and spirit, who carried love and laughter wherever he went. But where there is light, there must be dark—and so there was also the Iskari. The child of blood and moonlight. The destroyer. The death bringer.

These are the legends that Asha, daughter of the king of Firgaard, has grown up hearing in hushed whispers, drawn to the forbidden figures of the past. But it isn’t until she becomes the fiercest, most feared dragon slayer in the land that she takes on the role of the next Iskari—a lonely destiny that leaves her feeling more like a weapon than a girl.

Asha conquers each dragon and brings its head to the king, but no kill can free her from the shackles that await at home: her betrothal to the cruel commandant, a man who holds the truth about her nature in his palm. When she’s offered the chance to gain her freedom in exchange for the life of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard, she finds that there may be more truth to the ancient stories than she ever could have expected. With the help of a secret friend—a slave boy from her betrothed’s household—Asha must shed the layers of her Iskari bondage and open her heart to love, light, and a truth that has been kept from her.

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Generally, I don’t like people on the cover of books, but covers with part of someone’s face don’t bother me and I really like this one. I like how simple it is and how well it represents this book! I also love the design on the knife too.

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I didn’t love the writing to be completely honest. Every now and then there were a couple paragraphs that really didn’t make sense. When this happened a lot of the time it was the movement of a character. It’s hard to explain but it was just kinda contradicting itself I guess. Like they would say this person was somewhere or doing something and then the next second they were somewhere else or doing something else that shouldn’t have been possible. That’s the best I can explain it.
But as I am reading an eARC of this book, this may have been corrected for the final copy but I’m not fully sure obviously. But it was a little annoying when that happened as it just wrecked the flow of the book.

But besides that, there was also the romance. It wasn’t my favourite either. Not only am I not a romance reader but it was also pretty predictable and typical of a “forbidden love” story. But I’m really glad that the romance didn’t overtake the rest of the plot of the book.

I also enjoyed that they included some of the stories they talked about in the book. I thought that was a cool touch.

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I really enjoyed the plot of the book and I didn’t find it predictable even though I found the romance predictable. The plot was fairly unique and I loved the stories. And come on, the book has dragons!

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Asha was a little annoying at times. Through most of the book, she acted like she was better than everyone else because she was the ‘Iskari’. I get that yes she may have been a more powerful person but that doesn’t mean you have to act stuck up about it. Her personality when it came to this really annoyed me but besides that she was okay.

I really enjoyed Safire though. She was awesome and such a badass. She is also really strong! No matter the crap she had to put up with she was strong all the way and was there for her family the whole time.

Jarek was a horrible person. He is so controlling and obsessive. Honestly, at a couple points, I cringed when he came up to Asha and I’m only reading about it!

Dax I also enjoyed. He wasn’t that present for most of the book but in the end I really enjoyed him and what he did. He cared for Asha a lot and even though she was the ‘Iskari’ and was meant to be this fearless person he still saw her as his sister and looked out for her rather than treating her like a prop or a weapon like others tried.

Torwin I don’t really know how I feel about. I did enjoy him for most of it but for some parts, he just felt like ‘the forbidden love interest’ and that was it. I would have really liked if this book was in Multi POV with Torwin & Asha because seeing him through her eyes that was all he was really, the forbidden love interest. I would have liked to see him as his own person a bit more but the only time we see that is the part with the dragon and when he was telling stories about the woman who raised him.

I won’t talk about my opinions about anyone else as I don’t want to spoil anything!

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Overall I didn’t love the writing or the MC. I hope that in the next book she comes down off the high horse she has been sitting on for most of this book. The romance was not my favourite either, but I’m not a romance fan so that doesn’t mean too much. I did enjoy the plot of the book and some of the characters.

*For my rating I did not take into consideration the trouble I had understanding some parts just because I’m not sure if that is a fault with the eARC or not.*



I was provided with an eGalley of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you  very much to Hachette Australia & NetGalley for this opportunity.

You can PRE-ORDER this book as an eBook, hardback or paperback copy from the Hachette Australia website HERE!

You can also PRE-ORDER it in Hardcover from:
Book Depository  /  Dymocks (Alternate cover – Below)

Paperback:
Book Depository (Alternate cover)  /  Dymocks  /  QBD

eBook & Audiobook:
Amazon/Audible Aus
*The audiobook is only $14.95 AUD or 1 Audible Credit*



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I started a bookish Facebook group!

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So if you saw my post last week you would know that I was considering to start a bookish Facebook group! Well, I decided to do it!!

Everyone is welcome to join! Just click HERE or the image above.

The voting is up on the page right now! For October I just picked 6 books released in the last 12 months as we are running out of time before October starts and I want to hopefully get at least a few votes before the 30th of September. The choices are:
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
Hunted by Meagan Spooner
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Walking Land by Callie Bates
The Valiant by Lesley Livingston
Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows

I know this will be a slow process, to begin with! But hopefully, some of you will join!

I plan on doing some other events and fun things as well as the BOTMs but I’m going to wait until I get a few members first.



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Thief’s Cunning by Sarah Ahiers – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Thief’s Cunning
Author: 
Sarah Ahiers
Series Name: Assassin’s Heart
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: June 13th, 2017
Pages: 416 (eBook)
Publisher: HarlequinTeen
Rating:
4 stars

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Allegra has always had to look over her shoulder. As the niece of the infamous assassin Lea Saldana, Allegra is used to hiding from people who want her dead. Once the strongest clipper family in the Kingdom of Lovero, the Saldanas—or what’s left of them—are now the most hunted. Their number one enemy is the Da Vias, whose thirst for retaliation is almost two decades in the making.

But lately Allegra’s getting fed up with everything being kept from her—including her parents’ identity. When she finally learns the truth about her family, though—that she’s a Da Via—her world crumbles. Feeling betrayed by the people she trusted the most, Allegra turns to Nev, a Traveler boy whose presence makes her feel alive in ways she’s only dreamed of.  But getting caught up in Nev’s world has consequences Allegra never saw coming.

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I really enjoy the covers of these books. They are simple but represent the book really well! In the first one we just had the Saldana coin and the city below (I’m not sure if it’s Yvain or Lovero) and this on we have the Singura and the city Mornian (I think) at the bottom. They are eye-catching and gorgeous!

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My opinion is the same for this book as it is for Assassin’s Heart. The world building is amazing and continues in this book. I loved learning more about the other gods and other cultures in this book. The book flows really well and is very descriptive! My only small issue is I still have no idea how to pronounce the MCs name, Allegra. I am pretty sure I pronounced it differently every time it came up in the book! It’s such an uncommon name, as are many of them, but most of the other characters had easy nicknames so it was okay that I didn’t know how to pronounce Les’s full name (I don’t know how to spell it and I’m not hunting through the last two books to find it as it’s only mentioned a couple times).

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I didn’t enjoy the plot of Thief’s Cunning as much as I did Assassin’s Heart. It was still good and I enjoyed it but the first book was better in my opinion. This book was filled with a few plot twists of sorts and that was enjoyable as I didn’t see them coming.

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So, I didn’t love the MC for this one. Allegra was annoying at times and complained and whined so much. She also repeated the same thing over and over again. It also annoyed me that when she found out a certain truth that she didn’t go straight to Lea and ask for her side of the story and the truth from her. She didn’t even try and give her a chance and that annoyed me considering everything that Lea and Les had done for her. It also annoyed me that she wouldn’t listen to Lea about the truth when Lea tried to explain herself, but she listened to Les.

*Side note – I hate that it’s ‘Lea’ & ‘Les’ because if you aren’t concentrating on every single word or just reading quickly than those two names look the same and you don’t read it properly and then get confused*

I still love Lea & Les in this book. Les is so caring, awesome and calm. I wish we saw a bit more of his Clipper side as that was what he wanted the most in Assassin’s Heart. Lea is still a badass and she will always do anything for the people she loves.

Nev was a character that you are suspicious of and your thoughts go back and forth about whether he is actually a good guy or a bad guy. I won’t say anything more about that because I’ll let you figure it out yourself if you decide to read this series!

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I really enjoyed this book, however, it was not as good as the first book in my opinion. I love this world and magic system. The MC was not my favourite for this book and I prefer the POV of Lea a lot more than Allegra. The writing is amazing and I can’t wait to see what comes next from Sarah Ahiers!



I was provided with an eGalley of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Harlequin Australia & NetGalley for this opportunity.

You can purchase this book as an eBook or physical copy from the Harlequin Australia website HERE.
You can also purchase from:
Book Depository (Paperback & Hardcover)  /  QBD  /  Amazon (Kindle)

And don’t forget the First book in the series/companion novel Assassin’s Heart
You can purchase it from:
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Top Ten Tuesday – Books I plan to read soon!

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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.

Prompt: Throwback Freebie -: Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

So, as it is not Fall here and I don’t base my reads on the seasons. I’m just going to go with 10 books I plan to read soon. (I’m not going to include any of the books that were on my September TBR as you can find that HERE!)

I’ll condense the series into one.



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1. Fever Fade & In the After Light by Alexandra Bracken

2. Scarlet, Cress & Winter by Marissa Meyer

3. Siege and Storm & Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

4. The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon

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5. The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

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6. Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Promise by Gene Luen Yang

7. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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8. The Girl From Munich by Tania Blanchard

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9. Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

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10. Fire & Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore



Well, that is all for today! What are you planning on reading next?!

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September 2017 Duodecathon TBR

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Here is my very later September Duodecathon TBR! For some reason, I was thinking the ReadAThon started on the 19th but nope it started about 15 hours ago for me here in Aus!

I have also just realised that I didn’t post a wrap-up for August’s and I have no clue why! So I will try and get that up sometime this week too.



So if you don’t know the duodecathon is a monthly ReadAThon. There are challenges for this ReadAThon but the cool thing about this one is you have the option to pick from 12 challenges. So there are 12 challenges for the 12 months of the year and the idea is that you participate each month, selecting a new challenge so that by the end of the year you have completed all the 12 challenges!

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 haven’t read

The ones in bold above have already been completed

I am trying to do 2 or more challenges per month to get them all done by the end of the year as I only started in June. So, for this month, I’m choosing Someone else’s favourite book A book that has to do with travelling.



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This is not for any of the challenges but I have already started this book outside the ReadAThon and will be finishing it before I pick up any of the books for the challenges.

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This is for the challenge ‘Read someone else’s favourite book’.

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Again this isn’t for a challenge. This is an ARC I have that I need to read before October, so after finishing Thief’s Cunning & A Monster Calls I will concentrate on this as that way I have got at least one challenge done for this month and then it doesn’t really matter if I don’t get 2 done.

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So if I get those other 3 finished I will pick up Wayfarer for the challenge Read a book that has to do with travelling. This book has both distance travel & time travel in it.

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Also, throughout all that I will be listening to this on audiobook. This doesn’t cover a challenge.



And that is it for my TBR. As I said I am late with the TBR and the ReadAThon is already going. I haven’t read anything yet today and right now I think I’m going to have a nap. So I won’t actually start reading till tonight probably.

Are you participating? What are you reading this month? What challenges are you trying to complete?! Let me know in the comments!

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I want to start a bookish Facebook group with monthly reads!

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Okay, so this will be a totally random post!

As many of you know I am Australian! I also love joining bookish groups and joining in on the BOTM ReadALongs! However, all the bookish groups I am in seem to be based in either the UK or US and they base their ideas of the seasons and holidays that UK and the US have! Being in Australia we are in the opposite seasons to them atm! We are in Spring atm and ALL the bookish groups I’m in right now are holding ‘Fall’ & ‘Halloween related events or have them coming up in the next month or so. Which is fine, but it just doesn’t fit what is going on around me here in Aus! For one thing, people in Australia barely celebrate Halloween. I know in recent years people have been trying to make it a thing in Aus but it’s just not really happening…. And as for all these ‘fall’ themed reads, I’m kinda sick of it… (Also, we call it Autumn)

I will still be apart of the groups I am currently in but I was considering making a group that is based from Aus. Anyone worldwide would be able to join but I just want something a little closer to home when it comes to themes and challenges!

For the BOTM we would vote on a book that has been released in the last 12 months. I know a lot of groups focus on new releases or older releases (older than 1 year). So I figured I would be in between those two!

Please let me know if you would be interested in joining a group like that!!



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