March 2018 TBR

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So this is my monthly TBR! I have been on an audiobook high lately so there will be a few on this list!

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I’m not actually reading any physical books atm. I finished Six of Crows today and won’t be picking anything else up tomorrow.

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Well that is my kinda ambitious TBR! Wish me luck!!

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Six of Crows
Author: 
Leigh Bardugo
Series Name: Six of Crows
Genre: 
YA Fantasy
Publication Date: Sept 29th, 2015
Pages: 462 (Hardback)
Publishers: Square Fish
Rating:
4 and a half star

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Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo returns to the breathtaking world of the Grishaverse in this unforgettable tale about the opportunity—and the adventure—of a lifetime.

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I honestly don’t really love this cover. It’s just kinda meh. I like that the buildings are hidden in the feathers of the crow but it’s still just boring to me. It’s definitely not as nice at the new Grisha covers either. They are gorgeous!!

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I really enjoyed the writing in this book. The world building was really good and the character development/depth was amazing. I loved the snippets from the past too. They really helped to develop the world and the backstories for all the characters. They added meaning to the actions of the characters and they didn’t feel like they had just been thrown in their, they had a real purpose.
I also loved the Multi POV! This book would not have been anywhere near as good if it had just been from one POV. Each character had a unique voice and even though I was listening to the audiobook and each character literally had a different voice, you could still tell by the writing whose POV you were reading from. They all felt like their own characters which was amazing.

Also, you do not need to read The Grish Trilogy to understand the world in this one. I have read Shadow and Bone, but haven’t finished the other 2 books. Even though I feel like the Grisha powers are talked about and explained a bit more in Shadow and Bone, they aren’t necessary to know about to read this one as honestly it’s been so long since I read Shadow and Bone that I had forgotten anyway.

Something that I wish was a more detailed map! The big map is awesome but it’s like looking for my hometown on a world map, you know it must be there somewhere but you don’t know where. There is also the map of The Ice Court itself which was awesome and I’m so glad they added it, it made it a lot easier to visualise what was going on as that place is confusing no matter how well it is described.

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I was a little iffy going into this book for the plot. I knew it was about 6 people and a heist. It’s on the front cover but I was thinking surely 1 heist can’t last near 500 pages! There has to be more.
I was not disappointed though. The plot was so good! Yes, it is just about the heist and yes that heist and the little bit of lead up to it takes up the whole 462 pages, but it was worth it. The plot is so action-packed and gripping that you don’t want to put it down! You just wanna know what comes next!

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Okay, so there are alot of character to talk about but first I want to talk about the ‘romances’. I wouldn’t specifically say any of them are particularly romantic, but there aren’t any other words for it.
So there are 3 of these relationships, 2 I like and one not so much. There is only one I’m actually going to talk about and name the characters as everyone talks about it and I feel like most people would have already been spoiled for it already. And that is Kaz & Inej and this is the relationship that I don’t actually like. I love Inej and I don’t love Kaz as much as. I’ll talk about that down below, but because I didn’t like him and I liked Inej so much I just didn’t like it.
As for the other 2 relationships, one is all over the place and it you never know whether they are going to end up back together or not! But it was enjoyable. And the other relationship is an LGBT relationship and it was never outright stated but there were hints and you so want it to happen! I’m not even someone that enjoys romance in books but I am shipping those two!

Now onto the characters themselves!

Kaz, as I said above, I didn’t enjoy. I am not 100% sure why I didn’t like him but he just got on my nerve. He also really reminded me of Jaxon Hall from The Bone Season and he was a dick. If you have read both series, I hope you understand what I mean. They are both heads of ‘gangs’ in the underworld of a city that is made of violence, gangs and people trying to prove dominance. They are both also kinda cruel, they hire people into their ‘gang’ (not always giving them a real choice) & they kinda treat those in their gang like crap (always undermining them, throwing them into danger without giving them full details and treating them as tools and not humans). I think it was this similarity with Jaxon Hall that made me really not like Kaz.

Inej was an amazing character. She is badass in all ways! However, she has a darker past and she struggles with dealing with that in this book. She pushes through and comes out on top and it was great! She is incredibly strong as well. Even when she is struggling and it looks like everything is going to fall apart she thinks of the others in the group and pushes herself through.

Nina was a very passionate, determined & strong. She was very determined to do what she thought was right when it came to her people. She does not let people sway her. She is also extremely loyal to the people around her and she would risk herself to help them.

Jesper is funny, flirty and sarcastic and it was an awesome contrast to the seriousness of most of the other characters. Jesper was daring and cunning. He never really doubted himself and just jumped into things but he wasn’t cocky about his confidence which I enjoyed.

Matthias was an enjoyable character when he wasn’t sprouting the ‘Grisha are horrible and should be put to death’ shit. But that is how he was raised, so I don’t really hate him for it but it was a bit frustrating.

Wyland was an off character. I liked him but because the others kept calling him kid and stuff it made him feel like he was a lot younger than he was. So it was kinda hard for me to get my head around the fact that he is around the same age as the others. I did like the romance he was involved in but at first, it felt weird due to the ‘him feeling younger part’. But when I actually thought about how old he was compared to the interest then it was a pretty well done romance of sorts. For once I am shipping a romance and I hope they actually end up together in Crooked Kingdoms and not just flirting.

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I really enjoyed this book! The plot was great, the world is awesome, the writing was amazing and I loved the Multi POV!! The characters were mostly amazing too! Only disliking 1 out of 6 is pretty good I think. I hope we see more of the two girls & Jesper in Crooked Kingdoms as they are my favourites. Also that romance needs to happen as well!!

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Blood of Assassins by R.J. Barker – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Blood of Assassins
Author: 
R.J. Barker
Series Name: The Wounded Kingdom
Genre: 
Adult Fantasy
Publication Date: Feb 15th, 2018
Pages: 434 (Paperback)
Publishers: Hachette Australia/Orbit
Rating:
4 and a half star

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The king is dead, long live the king…

The assassin Girton Club-foot and his master have returned to Maniyadoc in hope of finding sanctuary, but death, as always, dogs Girton’s heels.

The place he knew no longer exists. War rages across Maniyadoc, with three kings claiming the same crown – and one of them is Girton’s old friend Rufra. Girton finds himself hurrying to uncover a plot to murder Rufra on what should be the day of the king’s greatest victory. But while Girton deals with threats inside and outside Rufra’s war encampment, he can’t help wondering if his greatest enemy hides beneath his own skin.

Blood of Assassins is the epic sequel to RJ Barker’s debut Age of Assassins, set in a world ravaged by magic, featuring a cast of assassins, knights, ambitious noblemen, and fools.

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You can find my review of Book 1 in this series, Age of Assassins HERE.

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I feel the same about this cover as I did with the first. It appears simple from a distance. Just a red cover with a slash and a person standing in it. But then you look closer and there is heaps more detailed than you realised.

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So, my main complaint from book 1 was that the world building was lacking and that still stands in this book. There are words that are used with no explanation (Hedging, Thankful, Yellowers, Blessed, Nonmen and a few more I can’t think of). I understand that they are different types/classes of people but I don’t get how they are determined, what they mean or what the difference is.

Book 1 had chapters that were just Girton’s dreams and they were really well done. Most of the dreams were things that happened in his past and it was an awesome way to get some background on both him and Merela. The same thing was used a couple times in this book, but they were horrible. I couldn’t understand what was going on in these dreams at all. Everything was disjointed, repetitive and utterly confusing. They also didn’t seem to have a point. In the first book, it was history, so it was giving us background but these didn’t seem to try and show the reader anything in particular.

Besides the lack of world building and those weird dream chapters, I did enjoy the book. It flowed well and was extremely engaging. I had trouble putting it down, especially in the last two days when I was near the end of the story.

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Again this book is kind of a mystery, but this one has a bit more action and other events mixed in compared to book 1. I enjoyed the action and as I said this book was gripping and hard to put down. This one also has a lot more twists and turns than book 1 and I was not expecting most of them (except that plot twist with Aydor at the end, I totally guessed that!).

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Girton, is a little annoying honestly. He is stubborn but not necessarily in a good way. He also jumps to conclusions really quickly and doesn’t always think about his actions before he does something. I also don’t feel like he has grown up, even though this book is set 5 years after the first.
I honestly don’t even see him as an assassin. Assassins need to be quick, calculating and cunning. Girton isn’t really any of these things. As I said he jumps into things without thinking all the time, which I feel like is the opposite of what he should be doing. Mesela is a good portrayal of what I feel like an assassin should be. She is cunning, intelligent, patient and waits for the right moment and never goes into something without having a reason. Girton is the opposite basically. So if you are looking for a book with an awesome assassin that does assassin like things, this is not the one for you. This is a book about war, not assassins.

The other characters in this book have changed a fair bit. Rufra, Aydor & Thomas all make appearances in this book. Thoms was my least favourite character, not because he is meant to be a kind of villain character but because he was kinda pathetic. He never even spoke for himself. He just sat there while Neander told others what he would be doing. It was really strange considering how dominant he acted in book 1. Rufra was a little more real. He was struggling with being a friend, being a king and the loss that he suffered between Age of Assassins & Blood of Assassins. You saw the struggle with basically every encounter he had with Girton.

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Overall I really enjoyed this book. There were a couple things that could use some improvement, like the world building and some of the characters. But I still had heaps of fun reading this book and it was extremely gripping! I really hope some things are explained a bit more in book 3, but by this point, it’s probably not likely. Either way, I can’t wait for book 3, King of Assassins and luckischeduledchedualed to release in August according to Goodreads, so I don’t have long to wait!

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

You can purchase this book at any of the below links!

Hachette Australia
Paperback  /  eBook

Book Depository
Paperback

QBD
Paperback

Booktopia
Paperback

Dymocks
Paperback

Amazon (Aus)
Kindle  /  Paperback  /  Audible

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March 2018 Anticipated Releases

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These are my March Anticipated Releases! There isn’t too many but I’m looking forward to but the 3 I have on this list I am REALLY looking forward to. Obsidio, the most and I already have it pre-ordered, twice actually. I ordered the paperback off Book Depository and then later found a signed copy on Booktopia. I have also ordered the exclusive The YA Chronicles Obsidio box but only with the goodies, not the book as I already have 2 copies coming.

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Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

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Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Pages: 624 (Paperback)
Publication Date: 13th, March 2018
Publishers: Knopf Books for Young Readers

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Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heros will fall, and hearts will be broken.

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

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Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 384 (Hardcover)
Publication Date: 6th, March 2018
Publishers: Feiwel Friends

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Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 448 (Hardcover)
Publication Date: 6th, March 2018
Publishers: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers

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Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut, perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.

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What books are you looking forward to in March?!

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Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Daughter of the Pirate King
Author: 
Tricia Levenseller
Series Name: Daughter of the Pirate King
Genre: 
YA Fantasy
Publication Date: Feb 28th, 2017
Pages: 320 (Hardback)
Publishers: Orbit
Rating:

4 star

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There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.

Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.

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I listened to this one on audiobook and I highly recommend it. The audiobook is really well done and I really enjoyed the narrator, Marisa Calin.

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I really like this cover! It’s not too over done and it represents the book really well. I also like the image of the woman, Alosa in the bottom. I don’t like people on covers but as this is a cartoon person I don’t mind it as it displays Alosa but without the details, so it stills allows the reader to picture Alosa how they please. I also like the blood splatter on the paper as it shows that there is some violence in the book.

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Okay, so my main issue with the writing was the lack of fantastical elements. The only thing that links this book to being fantasy is that there is talk of Sirens. Besides that I can’t remember anything else that makes this Fantasy. The world building in that regard was lacking. There may be more in this world, but as nothing about the world itself was discussed, it was seriously lacking. It just felt like an average pirate book.

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The plot wasn’t exactly action packed or surprising. It kinda went as expected and was a little predictable. The ending was a little abrupt as well. It was one of three reasons I rated it 4 stars instead of higher. I hope book 2 has a little more action and plot twists.

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I don’t wanna give any spoilers away, so I will only talk about the main character.

Alosa is a sarcastic badass. She is intelligent, cunning and determined. Oh, and did I mention she has abilities?!
My only issue with Alosa was that she was kinda up herself a little. She was extremely overconfident at times which was a little annoying. But besides that, I did enjoy her.

The relationship was one of the main reasons I gave this less than 5 stars. It felt forced and just kinda off. I don’t know what about it I didn’t like and this isn’t just because I don’t enjoy romances, it just felt weird.

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Even though I had a lot of fun reading the book and enjoyed it. It had some issues. The world development was lacking, the plot was underwhelming and the romance was weird. I really enjoyed Alosa for the most part though and the humour and sarcasm in the book was really good! I will hopefully pick up Daughter of the Siren Queen pretty soon as I want to know what else happens due to that abrupt ending.

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ReadAThon Guide – March 2018

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Here is my March ReadAThon guide! I am going to start splitting my Guides up into 1-2 day ReadAThons, week long ReadAThons, 2-3 week long ReadAThons and then Monthly ReadAThons. That will make it easier for those trying to look for a specifc type of ReadAThon

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Four Seasons 24 Hour ReadAThon

This is a 24 hour readathon focusing on each season of the year. This one will happen 4 times a year, one during each season.

*Just to clarify, all of these 24 hour ReadAThons (excluding Dewey’s 24 Hour ReadAThon), happens from midnight on the date, till 11:59pm on the date in YOUR time zone.*

UPCOMING DATES:

Spring: Friday 23rd March 2018
Summer: Saturday 30th June 2018
Autumn: Thursday 27th September 2018
Winter: Saturday 22nd December 2018

For each ReadAThon you are encouraged to read books that relate to the certain season. You can do that in many ways including:
Read a book set in that season
Read a book about an event that takes place in that season
Read a book with the season name in the title
Read a book that depicts the season on the cover
Read a book with a character named after the season
Read a book by an author named after the season

You can find the announcement post HERE, the hosts Twitter HERE & the hosts YouTube HERE

ReadAThon by Zoe

This is Round 5 of ReadAThon by Zoe and this is a 24 Hour ReadAThon held by ReadbyZoe on YouTube. The only rule is to read SOMETHING during the 24 hours, you don’t have to attempt to stay up for the full 24 hours if you don’t wish, but just read something, join in and have fun. There is no theme for this round, so just read whatever you want to for this round. However, Zoe is choosing to attempt to catch on series she has already started and she has invited people to join her if they wish.

*Just to clarify, all of these 24 hour ReadAThons (excluding Dewey’s 24 Hour ReadAThon), happens from midnight on the date, till 11:59pm on the date in YOUR time zone.*

You can find Zoe’s announcement HERE on her channel

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#AYearAThon

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 are the challenges, they are an extra challenge and not necessary but add some extra fun.

HERE is a link to their Goodreads page & HERE is the link to their Twitter.

This ReadAThon happens every month so here are all the future challenges in case you wanted to plan!

Mar 5th – 11th
Theme: Retellings (of any kind)
Challenge: Marathon a series

Apr 2nd – 8th
Theme: Benchwarmers (books that have been sitting on your shelf for a while)
Challenge: One Word Titles

May 7th – 13th
Theme: Rereads
Challenge: Graphic Novels

Jun 4th – 10th
Theme: Catch Up/Finish Series
Challenge: Read a duology

Jul 2nd – 8th
Theme: TBR Catch Up (Let’s meet those halfway marks on our goals!)
Challenge: Read A Trilogy

Aug 6th – 12th
Theme: Family Favourites (Read your mums/brothers/cousins/etc favourite book)
Challenge: Read the longest book on your TBR

Sept 3rd – 9th
Theme: #OwnVoice Novel
Challenge: Short Stories

Oct 1st – 7th
Theme: Thrillers
Challenge: Big Books (400+ pages)

Nov 5th – 11th
Theme: NaNoWriMo Winners (Books that begun as a NaNoWriMo project and were eventually published)
Challenge: Read the shortest book on your TBR

Dec 3rd – 9th
Theme: Books under 300 pages
Challenge: Read books recommended to you by others

Duodecathon

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.

You can find info and join the Goodreads group HERE.

UPCOMING DATES:

March: 22 – 28
April: 8 -14
May: 21 – 27
June: 22 – 28
July: 22 – 28
August: 8 – 14
September: 1 – 7
October: 8 – 14
November: 22 – 28
December: 22 – 28

CHALLENGES TO PICK FROM:

Read 1,200 pages
Read the second book in a series
A book about a villain/antihero
A book published the year you were born
A 2018 bestseller
An award winning book
A book with multiple points of view
A book with antonyms in the title
A banned book
A book with a great first line
A “high school” book you haven’t read
A book recommended by someone in the Duodecathon group

Read-O-Rama

Read-O-Rama is a week long ReadAThon. There are Reading Challenges for this ReadAThon and there is also a giveaway happening!

The ReadAThon goes from midnight on the 3rd till 11:59 pm on the 9th of March

Reading Challenges:

Read 7 books
A book with R A M A in the title/author name (leters do not have to be in order and you can use both title and author name, for example ‘to kill A kingdoM by alexAndra chRisto’)
Read a LGBT+ book
New to you author
Read a book that was released in the springtime (can be any year)
Read a borrowed book
Read a book that is recommended by a host
– Peter Pan by JM Barrie
– Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee
-Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
– Obsessed by Alison Britz

For information on the giveaway you can check out any of the host’s announcement posts, HERE is one of them. You can also find the ReadAThon Twitter page HERE.

#BecauseDragonsRAT

This is a week long ReadAThon & the main focus is reading Fantasy books! There are reading challenges for this ReadAThon and also a giveaway! To enter the giveaway you have to participate in the Instagram challenges, which are yet to be announced. If you want to stay updated then follow @callmesensei14 on Instagram.

The ReadAThon goes from midnight on the 5th till 11:59pm on the 11th of March.
This is the same dates as #AYearAThon.

Reading Challenges:

Read a blue fantasy book
Read a fantasy book that takes place on, in, or underwater
Read a debut fantasy novel
Read a fantasy book that features war
Read a fantasy book with dragons

You can find the Goodreads page HERE!

Cosmos ReadAThon

This is another week long ReadAThon thats main focus is having fun and connecting with other readers. There are reading challenges too if you wish to participate.

The ReadAThon goes from midnight on the 19th till 11:59pm on the 25th of March.

Reading Challenges:
*These were copy and pasted directly so don’t blame me for the grammar/spelling mistakes*

1. Buddy-read a book
2. Read a book from your wishlist/immediate TBR pile
3. Read a book with special effects (visually, special layout, plot wise=>examples: a shiny, metallic or hollographic looking book of your choice, something with a special layout like Illuminae, House of Leaves, S or Replica, a book with a experimental writing style, topic etc.) Basically it’s up to you what you consider a special effect, just something that makes your book stand out.
4. Re-read a book of your choice!
5. Read a book that suits a song lyric. (Example: The Proclaimers-I’m Gonna Be (500 miles): A roadtrip book, Sunrise Avenue-Fairytale Gone Bad: A fairytale retelling etc.)

You can find their Goodreads Page HERE

Magna Madness ReadAThon

This is a week long ReadAThon that concentrates on reading Manga. There is always Reading Challenges for this one, but there won’t be an announcement post until early March. So keep an eye on their Twitter page for the upcoming details.

The ReadAThon goes from midnight on the 24th till 11:59pm on the 30th of March.

Mangathon

The Mangathon is a week long ReadAThon that happens every second month. The only rule for this one is to read Mangas! This ReadAThon has reading challenges too!

The ReadAThon goes from midnight on the 12th till 11:59pm on the 18th of March.

Reading Challenges:

1. Buddy read a Manga
2. Read a Manga turned into an Anime
3. Read a Manga recommendation
4. Read a Manga with a lopsided triangle
5. Read a Manga outside of your comfort zone

You can find their Twitter page HERE and an announcement video HERE!

Re-Read-A-Thon

ReReadAThon is a week long ReadAThon concentrating on rereading! There are reading challenges, Instagram challenges and a tonne of GIVEAWAYS happening!

Reading Challenges:

1. Reread an old favourite
2. Reread a recent favourite
3. Reread a book to give it a second chance
4. Reread a book in preparation for a new release

There is a heap of hosts and each host is holding a giveaway! There are 3 hosts per day, a BookTuber, a Bookstagrammer & a Book Blogger. You can find an announcement video HERE by one of the hosts and check out her description box for a list of all the hosts to follow/subscribe to. You can also follow the ReadAThons Twitter page HERE

Also below is the Instagram challenges posted by one of the hosts that I already follow (Also how I discovered this ReadAThon)

Wonder Week ReadAThon

Wonder Week ReadAThon is an 8-day ReadAThon that is based on a bingo card of reading Challenges. All you have to do is attempt a bingo on the card. You can try for more than one if you wish.

The ReadAThon goes from midnight on the 18th till 11:59pm on the 25th of March.

Here is the bingo card.

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You can find the announcement post HERE! You can also find the ReadAThon Twitter HERE.

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Emojiathon

The Emojiathon is a month long ReadAThon that has reading challenges that are related to different emojis. However, with this ReadAThon you can choose however many challenges you wish to complete out of a list of 25 possible challenges. You can use one book for as many challenges as you wish as well, so it makes it pretty easy to complete a heap of challenges. There is also a bingo card which you can choose to participate in or not. Obviously with the bingo card you just try and make a bingo with the challenges completed!!

You can find all the challenges in THIS document!

You can also find the Emojiathon Twitter page HERE!

This challenge goes all month!

#TheIrishReadAThon

This is another month long ReadAThon and the main challenge of this ReadAThon is to read books from Irish Authors, based on Irish Stories and books published by Irish Publishers. It is a month long ReadAThon but you don’t have to read ONLY Irish books all month, you can read other books if you wish but only Irish related books will count for the ReadAThon. There are other more specific reading challenges that you can choose to participate in.

Reading Challenges:

Read a book written by an Irish author published within the last 10 years.
Read an Irish Classic/Modern Irish Classic
Read a book by an Irish Female author
Read a book that is based or focuses on a point in Irish History
Read a book with a green cover

You can find the announcement video HERE.

Munches in March

This is a month long ReadAThon is similar to the EmojiAThon, but instead of Emojis, this ones challenges link to foods! There is a bingo card, which I will leave below. To join this ReadAThon all you have to do is make a blog post with your intentions to join and your TBR. Make sure you use the tag #MunchesMarch on social media. You can challenge yourself as much as you want, attempt one challenge, a row or the whole bingo card.

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You can find the announcement post HERE!

March Mystery Madness

This one is a month long ReadAThon focusing on mystery reads! There are reading challenges and Instagram challenges. For the Reading Challenges, the challenges are just a single word prompt. You can interpret the challenges as you wish!

Reading Challenges:

New
Borrowed
Foreign
Shelf
Opposite
Historical

You can find the Instagram challenges HERE!

You can find an announcement post HERE, but there are heaps out there as there are multiple cohosts. You can also find their Twitter HERE & Goodreads group HERE.

Middle Grade March

Middle Grade March is a month long ReadAThon that concentrates on reading Middle Grade books. However, you do not have to read strictly Middle Grade books for the whole month. You can read other books but they won’t count towards the ReadAThon. There are also some reading challenges that you can choose to participate in for the month. There is also a giveaway so make sure you check out the announcement link down below for details.

Reading Challenges:

1. Read a book that has won an award
2. Read a book that was adapted into a movie or a TV show
3. Read a book that was a childhood favourite
4. Read a book that is a classic
5. Read a book that has some diversity

You can find the announcement post HERE. They don’t have a dedicated Twitter or Instagram but you can follow the two hosts on Instagram @lifebetweenwords & @Krista_booksandjams

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WELL, THAT IS ALL. IF YOU KNOW OF ANY OTHER READATHONS HAPPENING IN FEBRUARY THEN PLEASE LET ME KNOW IN A COMMENT OR TAG ME ON TWITTER @DUSKANGELREADS.

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Age of Assassins by R.J. Barker – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Age of Assassins
Author: 
R.J. Barker
Series Name: The Wounded Kingdom
Genre: 
Adult Fantasy
Publication Date: Aug 1st, 2017
Pages: 393 (Paperback)
Publishers: Orbit
Rating:
4 star

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To catch an assassin, use an assassin…

Girton Club-foot, apprentice to the land’s best assassin, still has much to learn about the art of taking lives. But his latest mission tasks him and his master with a far more difficult challenge: to save a life. Someone, or many someones, is trying to kill the heir to the throne, and it is up to Girton and his master to uncover the traitor and prevent the prince’s murder.

In a kingdom on the brink of civil war and a castle thick with lies Girton finds friends he never expected, responsibilities he never wanted, and a conspiracy that could destroy an entire kingdom.

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I really enjoy how the cover looks simple from a distance but if you look closely there is a fair bit of detail. I also don’t mind the colouring but I prefer the colouring for the last book in the series the most, it is yet to have a release date set for those curious.

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The writing was mostly pretty good for this one. There were a few slow parts but they weren’t extremely irritating, just a little annoying.
There could have been a little more world-building, there was heaps of character development/building, but the world building was lacking. It mostly lacked information and there are still a couple things I don’t understand, for example, what makes someone ‘blessed’? It just wasn’t explained, but hopefully, it will be in book 2 as I plan to pick that up as soon as I finish this review!

I just also wanted to make a small comment about the relationship in this book. It started as basically Insta Love and even though he visited her kinda often, they barely talked to each other when they were together and they never talked about themselves, so yep, I’m calling it Insta Love. Then when she is traumatised by an event she leaves a note for him to meet her and then they are having sex… Then the next thing they are saying they love eachother… So YEAH…..
*There isn’t actually a sex scene, it is just implied*

I also really would have liked a map for this book! I think every Epic/High Fantasy should have a map. The castle layout was described at the start but I forgot it basically 2 pages later.

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Okay, so firstly for the plot I need to point out that this is a mystery! I went in thinking ASSASSINS, but that is not its main focus. I still enjoyed the plot of the book, but it is a mystery and overall the plot is based on solving the mystery. So if you are looking for a plot with constant action and fight scenes in every chapter, then this isn’t the book you are looking for.

As I said I still enjoyed the plot though. It was a little slow and also a little confusing at the start until you start getting the hang of the world and who is who as there are a lot of characters to follow. Not, Game of Thrones a lot, but still a lot.

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Okay firstly with the characters I just want to address something that I have seen in a few of the reviews I have read since finishing the book this arvo. That is people feeling uncomfortable with Girton always calling Merela ‘Master’ instead of her name. Yeah it is a bit odd without context I guess but it was explained in one of the Interludes. The Interludes are dreams that Girton has of memories from his past. In one of those, it touches on what Girton was put through before he was put up for sale as a slave and Merela saved him by purchasing him. Before he came to Merela though, he was forced to call people ‘Master’ and I would assume he was probably beaten or hurt in some form if he disobeyed. That is why, even when Merela insisted that he doesn’t call her ‘Master’, he still does out of habit and that habit just continued on to the age he is in this book.

So I just wanted to get that out of the way. Now onto the actual characters. There are tonnes that I don’t really wanna talk about because you really need to discover how good they actually are or how bloody crazy they actually are as you read! But I will talk about a couple.

Firstly, Girton. He is a little naive at times due to his lack of being around anyone but Merela for any length of time. He is also intelligent and fairly kind for an assassin!
Merela really cares about Girton and that shows strongly on multiple occasions if he is hurt or in danger. But she doesn’t try and shield him away, he is still an assassin and she lets him discover things for himself and push himself if he chooses to.
Rufra was really weird at the start honestly. I did not like him at all but I grew to like him at the end of the story when he started to be written as an actual character rather than the little guy that gets beaten up by the bullies and gravitated towards the first person that was an outsider and didn’t bully him as soon as meeting him.

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Overall, the plot was good and the characters were better. The writing could use some work but a couple people did say in their reviews that this was a debut, so hopefully his next work will display a bit more experience. The world building needs a lot of work and I hope it’s better in the second book!

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HAVE YOU READ THIS BOOK? WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON IT?!

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