April #AYearAThon Wrap Up

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#AYearAThon is over for another month and I wanted to share what I read during the ReadAThon!

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So these were the books that I started before the ReadAThon and finished during it.

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These are the books that I started and finished during the ReadAThon

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These are the books that I started but didn’t not finish during the ReadAThon

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Agatha Christie: Read and To Read

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So I love reading Agatha Christie books, especially Poirot stories. I used to absolutely love the TV shows too! I also feel like as Agatha Christie books are older they are barely ever talked about in the book blogging & booktube world!

So I thought, why not share some love. In this post, I will be talking about the Agatha Christie books I have read and the ones that are on the top of my TBR list! Of course, I want to read all of them, but I will just share the immediate ones. Also, this will be focusing on the Hercule Poirot series as they are the ones I want to read first. I want to read the Miss Marple ones too, but I’m focusing on Hercule Poirot first. Also, I will be listening to most of these on audiobook as I have really enjoyed the ones I’ve listened to so far and I really enjoy the narrator and also there is a tonne of them on Scribd!

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So I’ll start with the well known ones!

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So, this is one of her standalone’s and it is one of the most intense ones I’ve read so far! You are constantly guessing who is murdering everyone and then everyone is dead and you are still thinking ‘Wait, what?! Who was the murder?!?!’. And no that isn’t a spoiler… It’s in the title!

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This one is probably the one that everyone has heard about… So I don’t need to say much. This was the first Hercule Poirot book I read and loved it! Even though I had seen it on, I think, TV but it had been a while ago. So I was still really invested in the mystery of this one!

Now onto the lesser known ones!

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Trains again! This one I was a little iffy going into because I was thinking it might be similar to Murder on the Orient Express, but I was so wrong. Yes, it is a mystery on a train, but it was completely different and was still so gripping.

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Just a note first, this one has two names! There are different names on the US editions & UK editions I think. It is also known as Murder at Hazelmoor. This one was so good! This one uses a ‘paranormal experience’ to set the murder up, so it was really unique. All of Agatha Christie’s books are so unpredictable!

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This was my most recent Agatha Christie read and it was really good too. It was a little different as instead of Poirot coming in before or just after the murder, this one is set 16 years after the murder. Even with no physical evidence Poirot swoops in and discovers the truth and it’s amazing.

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Okay, so I won’t be posting any info about these as I do not read synopsis’s for Agatha Christie books as I don’t want to know anything! I will link the Goodreads for them all below so you can check out the goodreads synopsis if you want to know what they are about.

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
The Big Four
Evil Under the Sun
Poirot Investigates
Murder in Mesopotamia
Death on the Nile
The Murder on the Links
Cat Among the Pigeons

I’m really keen for Poirot Investigates as it will be the first book of short stories I read by Agatha Christie. So I’m keen to see how that one goes!

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Which Agatha Christie books have you read?
Which were your favourite?
Which ones are still on your TBR?

Let me know in the comments!

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Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Hero at the Fall
Author: 
Alwyn Hamilton
Series Name: Rebel of the Sands
Genre: 
YA Fantasy
Publication Date: Feb 1st, 2018
Pages: 506 (Paperback)
Publishers: Faber & Faber
Rating:
5 star

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Once, in the desert country of Miraji, there was a Sultan without an heir.

The heir had been killed by his own brother, the treacherous Rebel Prince, who was consumed by jealousy and sought the throne for himself.

Or so it was said by some. There were others who said that the Rebel Prince was not a traitor but a hero…

In the final battle for the throne, Amani must fight for everything she believes in, but with the rebellion in pieces, and the Sultan’s armies advancing across the desert plains, who will lead, who will triumph, who will live and who will die?

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You can find my spoiler free review of Rebel of the Sands HERE! Don’t judge it too hard, it was my first ever review. You can also find the review for Traitor to the Throne HERE!

Warning there may be spoilers for Rebel of the Sands & Traitor to the Throne but there will be no spoilers for Hero at the Fall!

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I adore these books! They are absolutely gorgeous, especially the physical copies. The photos just don’t do it justice! I also love the image in the middle of the cover. They always show something within the story which I love!

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I absolutely love the writing in these books! They are action packed, unpredictable & amazing! I also really enjoyed the additions of the short stories/tales in this one. That just added a little extra to the book that was really well done. I also really enjoy the POV in this book. It is all told by Amani, however, some of the book was told in the first person POV and other parts were third person POV, this was mostly when the tales were being told, but also right out at the end when it was tale and reality coming together.

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As I said the book was action packed! Which made for a plot with tonnes of twists and turns. It kept me on the edge the entire time and I absolutely loved it! As this is the end of the trilogy there were no cliffhangers like in the other books that left me needing to read the next book straight away! Even though the end of the book was heartbreaking to some degree I absolutely wouldn’t have had it any other way. It was a very satisfying ending for the most part.

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Amani is one of my favourite female characters ever! She is a badass sharpshooter with awesome powers. She is quick thinking and determined. She is also loving and caring and would do anything for the people that she considered family. She was real though too. She struggled with what was right and wrong. Always trying to do right but still being tempted by what her heart wanted rather than what she knew she had to do.
Jin was another awesome character! He was strong, but didn’t want power or to be in the middle of everything. He just wanted to help however he can.
Shazad is another favourite! Her friendship with Amani is amazing! She is also just a badass character alone too. She is strong, an amazing fighter and extremely tactical! She always has a plan and can think up a plan on the spot when needed!
Izz & Maz are sarcastic an awesome characters. I love that we finally got to see some more of them in this book! They were always there when the other characters needed them.
I also liked Sam a lot more in this book than I did in Traitor to the Throne. He is funny and sarcastic which was a good break from all the seriousness. He was also strong and even though he was technically from the enemy side, he still helped the people he cared for the most.

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I love everything about this series! The writing is amazing and I loved the new tales in this one! The plot was so well done. The characters are also amazing. I loved basically all of them. Even the bad guys are done so well! I still hate them but I can appreciate how well they were written! This is one of my favourite series I have ever read! I can’t wait to see what Alwyn Hamilton does next! We already have an ‘Untitled YA Fantasy’ planned according to Goodreads and I can’t wait!

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

IF YOU ARE GOING TO SHARE SPOILERS IN THE COMMENTS THEN PLEASE WARN IT SO OTHERS DON’T GET SPOILED!

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March 2018 Wrap Up

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I’m still on an audiobook high! I listened to 9 audiobooks, read 6 books and read a graphic novel! So that is 16 books in total read in March which I’m completely happy with!

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Well, those are all the books I read in March! Let’s hope next month is just as good! Have you read any of these books?! What did you think of them?

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