ReadAThon Guide – August 2018

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Okay, so this is a bit later than usual but it is here! Here are all the ReadAThons I could fine for August. For August I couldn’t find any ReadAThons shorter than a week or any that were in the 2-4 weeks category. I think with the crap tonne of ReadAThons that happened in July, August is a little more chill.

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Break your TBR Apart

This is a week long ReadAThon all about conquering those TBRs! This ReadAThon has 7 reading challenges that should be easy for anyone to find on the TBR pile they already have.

The ReadAThon goes from midnight on the 10th till 11:59 pm on the 16th of August.

Reading challenges:

1. Read the last book you purchased
2. Read a book you have had on your TBR for quite a while
3. Read a book that has something to do with summer (can be because of the title, the cover, or the colours in general)
4. Read a book with a character that is different from you (can be of race, religion, etc.)
5. Read a book published from the last 3 years (2018, 2017, 2016)
6. Read a book that has the letter ‘N’ in the title
7. Read 7 books

Break Your TBR Apart Twitter

Bout of Books

It’s round 23 for Bout of Books! This one is later in the year so there aren’t any details up yet! I will link the Twitter below though, so if you are interested you can see updates there. This ReadAThon has Reading Challenges and they are currently looking for ideas!

The ReadAThon goes from midnight on the 20th till 11:59 pm on the 26th of August.

Bout of Books Twitter

Bout of Books Blog

Manga Madness ReadAThon

This is a ReadAThon all about reading Manga. This ReadAThon has challenges but they give you 3 options in which you can participate.
The first is to complete challenges based on a bingo card! Image below. Your goal is to complete a bingo.
The next option is to read whatever you want, as long as it’s Manga.
And lastly is to concentrate on a certain series that you want to get to.

The ReadAThon goes from midnight on the 10th till 11:59 pm on the 18th of August.

Here is the Bingo board
*This image is not mine, it belongs to Drink Coffee and Read Books*

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Manga Madness ReadAThon announcement post + Sign Up

Manga Madness Twitter

The TBR BustAThon

TBR BustAThon is dedicated to reading the books on your TBR! So rereading does not count. There are 7 challenges for this. But if you don’t have a book to fit a challenge then simply skip it as the idea is not to be adding more books to your TBR by buying new books. If you wish you can use 1 book for 2 challenges but no more than 2. There will also be sprints held on Twitter.

The ReadAThon goes from midnight on the 6th till 11:59 pm on the 12th of August.

Reading Challenges:

1. Read a book with less than 300 pages
2. Read a book with a mythological creature on the cover
3. Read a book whose title begins with the first letter of your name
4. Read a 2018 release
5. Read a book with some kind of school supply on the cover
6. Read four books
7. Read a book from your childhood/a children’s book

TBR BustAThon Goodreads Group

TBR BustAThon Twitter

#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.

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

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

#AYearAThon Goodreads

#AYearAThon Twitter

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 by the end of the year you will have done all the challenges. You can double up challenges if you only start part way through the year, but the aim is still to complete all challenges by the end of the year.

Upcoming dates:

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

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Thrillerathon

This is a week-long thriller themed ReadAThon! Obviously, the goal is to read thrillers but there are also 5 reading challenges to try and complete.

The ReadAThon goes from midnight on the 20th till 11:59 pm on the 26th of August.

Reading Challenges:

1. Read the thriller you are most anticipating
2. Read the thriller that has been on your TBR the longest
3. Read the thriller you most recently added to your TBR
4. Read the thriller with the best cover
5. Revisit a thriller book or author

ThrillerAThon Twitter

Series Crackdown

Series Crackdown is a 10 day long ReadAThon. The goal of this ReadAThon is to crack down on series that you want to read! There are no specific challenges, just choose a series or 2 and get reading! There will be twitter sprints and there is also Instagram challenges!

The ReadAThon goes from midnight on the 3rd till 11:59 pm on the 12th of August.

Make sure you sign up using the link in the announcement post.

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Series Crackdown Twitter

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Magical ReadAThon – NEWTs Edition

So a couple months ago there was a OWLs Edition of Magical ReadAThon. You won’t really be able to do the NEWTs if you didn’t do the OWLs. For this ReadAThon each subject has 3 challenges. However, you can only do the challenges for a subject that you completed in the OWLs edition. Same as at Hogwarts, if you fail a subject in your OWLs you won’t be allowed to continue with that subject. Now, each subject as I said has 3 challenges, one for each of the pass grades you can receive during exams (Acceptable, Exceeds Expectations & Outstand). You have to complete these in order. So you start with the Acceptable challenge and then move up to Exceeds Expectations and then finally onto Outstanding. Hopefully that all makes sense, it is really hard to explain but I will leave links below to the creator’s announcement post.

The ReadAThon will go for the entire month of August.

Challenges:

Ancient Runes

Acceptable: Book set in the past
Exceeds Expectations: One of the most ancient books on your shelves that you haven’t read yet
Outstanding: Book translated from another language

Arithmancy

Acceptable: Book of at least 300 pages
Exceeds Expectations: Book that ends on an even-numbered page
Outstanding: A book that’s not a first in a series

Astronomy

Acceptable: Stars on the cover
Exceeds Expectations: Book that has the word ‘sky’ in the title
Outstanding: Story that’s set on a different planet/world

Care of Magical Creatures

Acceptable: Animal on the cover
Exceeds Expectations: Book under 160 pages
Outstanding: Includes dragons in any way

Charms

Acceptable: Read a book with magic in it
Exceeds Expectations: A book with a cover that charmed you (would buy without knowing more about it)
Outstanding: A book that you think will leave a mark

Defence Against the Dark Arts

Acceptable: Read a last book in a series
Exceeds Expectations: Read a foiled book
Outstanding: Book with the word ‘dark’ in the title or series name

Divination

Acceptable: Set in the future
Exceeds Expectations: Book under 200 pages
Outstanding: Read a mythology book

Herbology

Acceptable: Book with a green cover
Exceeds Expectations: Book with illustrations
Outstanding: Read a book with either one of these words in the title: light/air/sun/water

History of Magic 

Acceptable: Book that you think would fit right in at the Hogwarts Library
Exceeds Expectations: Read a book published at least 5 years ago
Outstanding: A book that’s at least 400 pages long

Muggle Studies

Acceptable: Read a book written by one of your favourite authors
Exceeds Expectations: Read a biography
Outstanding: Read a retelling

Potions

Acceptable: Has the name of a colour in the title
Exceeds Expectations: Read a book with a male lead character
Outstanding: Book over 350 pages

Transfiguration

Acceptable: Book with a grey cover
Exceeds Expectations: Read a book from an author you haven’t read anything of before
Outstanding: Read a book that is set in a kingdom/has royals

Magical ReadAThon Announcement

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Magical ReadAThon Twitter

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Are you planning on participating in any of these ReadAThons?

Do you know of any other ReadAThons happening in August? Let me know in the comments or tag me on Twitter @duskangelreads

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A – The ABC Book Challenge

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Okay, so for this challenge, every week you make a post talking about the best book you’ve read and the ones you are keen for on your TBR that start with a specific letter.
So as this is my first week I will be starting with A. I will not be including the word ‘The’ as the first word.

I don’t know who created this as the account that I saw it on also didn’t know. But I saw A Book. A Thought. do this challenge.

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A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
This is the second book in the Wayfarer’s series! Which is one of my new favourite series! This is an Adult Sci-Fi series and the books are all companion novels. The books are very character driven and have a very interesting and diverse cast of characters. There are tonnes of unique ‘alien’ species to meet in this book and the world is extremely vivid! I absolutely love this series and A Closed and Common Orbit is my second fave in the series.

Armada by Ernest Cline
Armada is another Sci-Fi book but this one is YA. Armada is a heavily video game based book and it was just so interesting, I loved the characters, the world and the action of this book! Highly recommend if you like Ernest Cline’s other series, Ready Player One.

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
This one is a new favourite having only read it last month. I read Daughter of the Burning City, Amanda Foody’s debut and LOVED it. So as soon as this was announced I was extremely excited! I was not disappointed! This book has an interesting world with amazing characters and tonnes of twists and turns! Can’t wait for book 2.

A Tale of Two Murders by Heather Redmond
Another new favourite, this one I read this month. This is a historical murder mystery loosely based on A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. In this book, we also have a young Charles Dickens as the main character. He is working as a journalist at a local paper when a weird death occurs and he doesn’t believe it to be natural causes and sets out to solve the crime. This is a really good Murder Mystery, I literally had no idea who the murderer was until Dickens unveiled them.

Akarnae by Lynette Noni
This book!! This was the book that started my love for my number 2 favourite series of all time! The Medoran Chronicles is only second to Harry Potter on my top 4 favourites series ever! This world, these characters, the friendship, the plot, everything about this book is amazing and I love it.

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
This book started my love for reading Murder Mysteries. I have watched many TV Shows and movies that are adapted from Agatha Christies book but this was the first one I read and I loved it! So I just kept reading Agatha Christie books!

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And I Darken by Kiersten White

As She Ascends by Jodi Meadows

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

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Have you read any of these books? Let me know what you thought of them in the comments! 

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Totally Should’ve Book Tag

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I haven’t done a tag in forever! So I decided I would do one now! All I did was go into the WordPress Reader and scrolled until I found a tag! So the first tag I found was the Totally Should’ve Book Tag and The Book Dutchesses is who posted it.

Let’s jump in!

1. Totally should’ve…..gotten a sequel

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I do love that this was a standalone as YA Fantasy standalone’s are rare, but also this book was amazing and I wanted more.

2. Totally should’ve…… had a spin-off series

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Do I really need to explain myself?

3. Totally should’ve……who totally should write more books

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This is Alwyn Hamilton’s debut and it was bloody amazing!! So I need something else from her!

4. Totally should’ve……ended differently

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There is one specific thing that should have been different at the end of this book! But I don’t want to spoil anyway, sooo….

5. Totally should’ve……had a movie franchise

I am not going to answer this but knowing how a lot of book to movie adaptations go, they ruin it. So no.
But a book that would make a cool movie would be Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

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6. Totally should’ve……had a TV series

Same as for the movie. I don’t want it ruined but a book that would make an awesome TV show if done correctly would be The Menagerie Series by Tui T Sutherland & Kari Sutherland

7. Totally should’ve……had one point of view

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I wouldn’t necessarily say this should have had only 1 POV, but less than it did might have been nice to connect with the characters more. I do love multi POV books though.

8. Totally should’ve……had a cover change

These covers are just no!! I honestly prefer the 10th year anniversary & movie covers (below) to these. But none of them are great. Out of all of them, the movie cover is the best-looking one and that is saying something! This series is amazing can we please do something about these shitty covers though!

9. Totally should’ve……kept the original covers

I have a couple.

First off, I don’t hate the cover change itself as the new UK covers are awesome too. But it pisses me off that they changed it mid way through a series! If you’re going to do that, still come out with the next books as a matching cover. and the new covers. Like Alwyn Hamilton did with Rebel of the Sands!

Next, I know both are still available but the first covers are gorgeous!!

10. Totally should’ve……stopped at one book

Okay, so for this one it should have stopped after the second book.

I really enjoyed Firstlife & Lifeblood but Everlife, my god! It read like a fucking Adult romance 80% of the time! And it’s meant to be a YA fantasy. It was just bad.

I Tag

I usually don’t tag specific people, but I thought fuck it. Why not, so I tag:

Kathy @ Books and Munches

Maya @ Fire-Breathing Book Dragon

Destiny @ Howling Libraries

Arwa @ One’s Peculiar

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Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Record of a Spaceborn Few
Author: 
Becky Chambers
Series Name: 
Wayfarers
Genre: 
Adult Sci-Fi
Publication Date: July 31st, 2018
Pages: 400 (Paperback)
Publishers: Hachette Australia
Rating:
4 star

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From the ground, we stand. From our ship, we live. By the stars, we hope

The incredible new novel by Becky Chambers, author of the belovedThe Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet.

Centuries after the last humans left Earth, the Exodus Fleet is a living relic, a place many are from but few outsiders have seen. Humanity has finally been accepted into the galactic community, but while this has opened doors for many, those who have not yet left for alien cities fear that their carefully cultivated way of life is under threat.

Tessa chose to stay home when her brother Ashby left for the stars, but has to question that decision when her position in the Fleet is threatened.

Kip, a reluctant young apprentice, itches for change but doesn’t know where to find it.

Sawyer, a lost and lonely newcomer, is just looking for a place to belong.

When a disaster rocks this already fragile community, those Exodans who still call the Fleet their home can no longer avoid the inescapable question:

What is the purpose of a ship that has reached its destination?

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*Throughout this whole review I will refer to the previous books in this series as ‘Book 1’ & ‘Book 2’ as the titles are just so long!
Book 1 = A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet
Book2 = A Closed and Common Orbit

Okay, first off. I did receive an eARC of this book, however, I did not read the eARC, I waited for the audiobook to release and listened to that. I listened to the first two books in this series on audiobook & when I tried reading this book, it just didn’t feel right. So I waited 2 days and listened to the audiobook.

I highly recommend the audiobooks for this series! They are really well done and I enjoy them a lot. It also may make it easier to read via audiobook as this is a slower, very character driven series with not a tonne of huge plot points. So the audiobooks were awesome.

Next, I didn’t like this one as much as the first two books in the series. This series is made up of companion novels. So we follow different characters in each book. Book 1 followed the crew of a ship with the main character being a human woman. The next book follows an AI that we meet in book 1 and her adventures after the events of book 1. This book does not follow any of the characters we have met before and also takes place directly after book 1. So the events of Book 2 & Book 3 actually happened at the same time. Which I thought was interesting.

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As for why I didn’t like this one as much as the first two. I think the main thing is because this one follows multiple points of view. In Book 1 we follow 1 POV in Book 2 we follow 2 POV and in this one we follow 5 (well 6 actually but the 6th is actually a characters documentation of meeting with humans. It made it a little more difficult to connect with the characters. We still get to know them but I just didn’t have that same connection that I had with the MCs from Books 1 & 2.

I did enjoy that we got to meet another species up close in this book. We meet a Harmagian named Ghuh’loloan. So that was really interesting. In previous books, we met other species but hadn’t gotten to know a Harmagian before. I love how other species react to humans sometimes. It’s amusing as! In Book 2 another species (I can’t remember which it was) meets a human and the human cries and the other species freaks out. It was just hilarious.
All of the species in this book are so thought out and written so well that they feel real.

In this book we explore more of the human side of things and how they are living in space however many years after they had to leave earth. We also learn about some of the jobs and just how life runs there which was quite interesting.

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This one has very little plot to it. There is a rather big event that happens in the beginning and everything kind of stems from that. There are a couple other events that stem because of that event but the book is mostly about learning about the characters and their lives.

Because of the lack of plot, this book kinda stopped a little abruptly. I was just listening, looked down at my phone and realised I was on the last chapter. It still ended nicely but because there wasn’t a huge plot point and then a resolution and conclusion, it just didn’t feel like the end.

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I did enjoy all of our main characters. First, we have Isabel who works in the archives and lives with her Wife Tamsin. She is also the one that has the Harmagian, Ghug’loloan staying as a guest. I loved reading her interactions with Ghuh’loloan, there is a lot of sharing of info as the Ghuh’lolaon is very curious about the Exodans. I really enjoyed both Isabel & Ghuh’lolan & Tamsin too for that matter. Isabel is such a kind, intelligent person. Tamsin is a little more fun but also strong minded. I also just love Isabel & Tamsin together. They are an older couple but still go out and do ‘young people’ things together and have fun. Ghuh’lolan is really nice too and also amusing when it comes to interacting with other humans and things that humans see as normal.

Next is Tessa. Tessa is married to George & mum to Aya & Ky. Tessa is just living life, working and looking after her family, including her rather stubborn father. George is away for work so she is left to look after Ky & Aya. Ky is only 2, so he is very active and hilarious at excuses. Aya is I think around 6-8 I don’t remember and she is very strong-willed. Tessa is an interesting character but probably my least favourite out of the MCs. Just because I don’t feel like I got to know her as much as others.

Eyas is our next MC and she has quite an interesting job. I won’t go into details though. She is very passionate about what she does but it makes it difficult for her to make real connections. I love her friendship/thing with Sunny. It was very natural and he is just so nice. Eyas just wants to help wherever she can and do what she thinks is right.

Sawyer is an outsider that moves to the Exodus Fleet. He just wanted change and is just trying to figure out how to live in the Fleet. It’s fun watching him trying to navigate this new life & he just wants to fit into life with the Fleet.

Lastly, we have Kip. Who is a teenager, still going to school, trying to figure out what to do with life. He is quite a sensible and kind kid and tries to do right. He sometimes gets led astray by his friend, but he sorts it out in the end. He is a nice guy and just wants to find his place in the world. Well not world, in the universe.

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Even if I didn’t love this one as much as Book 1 & 2 I still loved it. It has an amazing diverse change of characters. EXCELLENT world building & unique ‘alien’ species. What more could you want from a heavy Sci-Fi. Usually, I complain when there is little plot but it just works so well with this series. Highly recommend the whole series!
I seriously hope this series gets more books in this world! It’s just so interesting! I would love to read from the POV of one of the alien species. That would be super interesting too.
Also just a note, you could read this one as a Standalone as it’s a completely new set of characters in a different area of the universe. It could be a little confusing as they do mention other species that don’t get explained in this one as we have already learnt all about them in the other books. But it could be done. But I do recommend the others.

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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 NetGalley for this opportunity.

You can purchase a copy for yourself at any of the links below.

*There is an alternate cover. I will leave it below, but the links with a * beside them are the alternate cover.*

Hachette Australia
Paperback   /   Hardcover

Book Depository
Paperback   /   Paperback*   /   Hardcover

Booktopia
Paperback   /   Hardcover   /   eBook   /   Paperback*   /   Hardcover*

Angus & Robertson
Paperback   /   Hardcover   /   Paperback*   /   Hardcover*

Amazon (Aus)
eBook   /   Hardcover   /   Paperback

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Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Sleeping Giants
Author: 
Sylvain Neuvel
Series Name: 
Themis Files
Genre: 
Adult Sci-Fi
Publication Date: Oct 20th, 2016
Pages: 320 (Hardcover)
Publishers: Del Rey
Rating:
4 and a half star

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The Themis Files is a deeply human story about a world-changing alien discovery.

17 years ago, a young girl named Rose fell through the ground in the Black Hills and found herself in an underground chamber filled with gleaming symbols, lying in the palm of a giant metal hand. Now a physicist, Rose leads a research team struggling to determine the hand’s origins. When another giant limb is discovered, she quickly devises a method for unearthing the hidden pieces, convinced there is an entire body out there waiting to be found.

Halfway around the globe, Kara watches helplessly as her helicopter shuts down over a pistachio field in Turkey. That’ll leave a mark, but she’s about to crash her way into what might be the greatest endeavor in human history.

This is a hunt for truth, power, and giant body parts. Written as a series of interview transcripts, journal entries and mission logs, The Themis Files tells the tale of a handful of people whose lives are inexorably linked by the discovery of an alien device and the commotion that follows.

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This review doesn’t follow my normal format as originally it was meant to be a mini spoiler-free review but I’m now at around my normal word count for book reviews so I took ‘mini’ out of the title haha.

This book was the right amount of interesting and insane and I absolutely loved it! The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars is because I am giving book 2 & 3 the option to be even better!

Firstly, I HIGHLY recommend the audiobook. That is how I consumed this book and it is extremely well done, with a cast of voice narrators. This book is set out similar to The Illuminae Files meaning that it isn’t told in novel form but in a dossier of documents. I have spoken to some people that said they couldn’t get into this book because of this format. So for that, the audiobook is awesome. I don’t think I would have had a trouble with the physical book myself as I jumped straight into The Illuminae Files with no issue at all, so I don’t think this type of format bothers me.

I have no idea how but this book made me emotional from very early in the book. I didn’t know these characters, I didn’t know these people,  I didn’t know this world but I found myself tearing up at 16% into it! Also, teared up in two other stages of the book, but at this point, I was starting to know these characters and care. But that first time actually shocked me. I don’t generally cry or tear up in books except for absolute favourites like Harry Potter, The Illuminae Files, The Medoran Chronicles, etc. and it is never in the first book, it is usually a book or two into a series I am loving and really care about the characters that this happens. Oh and also World War 2 Historical Fictions, but who doesn’t get emotional with those, it’s fucking reality, anyway. This book is neither but something about it got to me. I don’t know why but damn.

The plot of this book was so good. There were so many shocking things that happened that it always keeps you guessing.

Because of how this book is set out we get to know the characters very well and I loved all of them except two which you aren’t meant to like. I still think their character was done well, but that doesn’t mean I like them.
*This is going to be tricky as I listened to the audiobook and don’t have a physical book, so I am just guessing spelling here. Usually, I check the Goodreads Synopsis for spelling but only Rose is mentioned there. *
Okay, so I will start with Rose. She was probably the one we connect to least as she doesn’t have as many conversations as the others. But I really liked her. For some reason, I am picturing her like the old girl from the movie Paul, Tara Walton.
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I don’t know why because Rose isn’t even old. She is in her 30s apparently. But she just feels like a protective mother figure of sorts. Then there is also the similarities that both Tara & Rose find an alien something when they were a kid and then get reunited later in life. Anyway, I don’t really know why but that is who I picture as Rose haha. Besides that I like that she is smart, she questions things, she is protective and caring.
Next, we have Kara who is totally me! She is sarcastic, bitchy, doesn’t like being told what to do and doesn’t appreciate when people keep her in the dark. I absolutely love Kara, she is my soul sister but with fighting skills haha.
Next, Vincent, I didn’t love him at the start but grew to like him. He is intelligent, caring and determined.
Then we have the unnamed guy that kinda runs the show & is generally the one asking the questions in the discussions throughout the book. At the start, I didn’t like him either. It annoyed me that he never explained anything, but I came to realise the mystery is part of the book. Also, he is kinda cruel but I came to really enjoy him. He is resourceful, sarcastic without it seeming like sarcasm, he is smart and usually 5 steps ahead of everyone & he does end up caring about his team.
Elisa Papantonio (I have no idea if that is how it is spelt! If you have the physical book please let me know!) is the next one I will briefly talk about. I don’t want to spoil anything but this character is one that I do not like, even in the beginning I just couldn’t stand her personality and how she spoke about the project and the other characters.  Also, she reminded me of another movie character. This one I partial guess why but I won’t explain, I just wanted to share. She reminds me of Doctor Poison from the new Wonder Woman movie.
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Overall I really enjoyed this book. I love the characters and feel a connection with them. The plot & world is very interesting and I love learning about it. Also, I really enjoy the format of the book too. I think the dossier of documents is awesome. Lastly, the audiobook is awesome! Full cast narration and this format is a recipe for a perfect audiobook.

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The Golden Fountain by Zuheb Alep – DNF review

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Title: The Golden Fountain
Author: 
Zuheb Alep
Genre: 
Middle Grade Fantasy
Publication Date: Feb 28th, 2018
Pages: 320 (Paperback)
Publishers: Troubador Publishing Ltd
Rating:
No rating

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The Golden Fountain is the story of a twelve-year old Benjamin, a rebellious boy whose fierce desire to become a leader is threatened by the children disappearing around his city. The citizens of the city has long suffered their children’s disappearance, but the fact that they were never discovered leads Benjamin to finally decide one thing; he would creep on-board a ship carrying eight thousands soldiers to rescue them around the world.

This story is set parallel in a world to our own, with magical creatures such as talking snow-cats bred for war, winged humans with elemental powers, birds as large as a horse and ferocious witches.

This world is more than magical, with the balance of light and darkness about to break. Only Benjamin can prevent that with his unbreakable sword and a unique compass. Fall into a story completed with many themes, mostly about love and worst of all … death

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DNF @ 55%

Okay, so some middle grade are for me and some aren’t and this is one that just isn’t.

First of there is basically no world building at all! You are just thrown into this parallel world to our own that makes no sense and then nothing is explained. Maybe it will be in the end but I just can’t force myself to push through another 150 pages when I don’t care. And yes this is parallel to our world, it’s basically our world but they slightly changed the spelling of everything and then threw some weird magical items in.

Examples of the names:

Book: Aradia, Egypta, Afrika, Europia, etc.

Real: Arabia, Egypt, Africa, Europe.

Okay next, I’m just bored. As there is no development or world building I can’t connect with characters & the world doesn’t interest me so I’m just bored reading about characters I don’t care about in a world that makes no sense.

Also this book is just constant action that makes no sense. Like I said, nothing is explained so we just jump from event to event with no reasoning as to why. Then that thing just ends without explanation and we move onto the next ridiculous thing.

Also there are so many characters!! Half of them we meet for like one chapter and then don’t hear about again. It’s impossible to keep track of everyone as there is just so many.

Then there is the similarities to other books & movies that I noticed. They aren’t big things but things like ‘Stellotape’ I have no idea why they didn’t just call it Sellotape when most of the other random objects in the book don’t get name changes. But ‘Stellotape’ reminded me straight away or ‘Spellotape’ from the Wizarding World. Next we have a magic compass that points to the thing you want most. Sound familiar?

Then there is the excessive use of Explanation marks. It’s not all the time but I noticed a heap of spoken sentence that had a ‘!’ behind it for no reason. Let me give you an example.

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“What? No!” said Jordanna

SAID! SAID does not mean yelled. Make up your mind. Is she saying or yelling it. Like it just contradicts its self so often.

Then there is also the very abrupt description/observations of characters. Let me give you another quote.

He soon woke at the sound of Benjamin’s voice and began propping up his fat body

Uhm? Is that necessary? I suppose at least he didn’t say it out loud.

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So overall, I am simply not enjoying this book and don’t want to continue. Also I’m just coming out of a reading slump and don’t want to force a not enjoyable book on myself right now!!

Also just a little warning. There is a fair bit of death, violence and abuse in this book. And it is marked at ‘Young Adult’ even though the main character is 12.

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A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers – Mini Spoiler Free Review

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Title: A Closed and Common Orbit
Author: 
Becky Chambers
Series Name: 
Wayfarers
Genre: 
Adult Sci-Fi
Publication Date: Oct 20th, 2016
Pages: 365 (Paperback)
Publishers: Hodder & Stoughton
Rating:
4 and a half star

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Lovelace was once merely a ship’s artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in an new body, following a total system shut-down and reboot, she has no memory of what came before. As Lovelace learns to negotiate the universe and discover who she is, she makes friends with Pepper, an excitable engineer, who’s determined to help her learn and grow.

Together, Pepper and Lovey will discover that no matter how vast space is, two people can fill it together.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet introduced readers to the incredible world of Rosemary Harper, a young woman with a restless soul and secrets to keep. When she joined the crew of the Wayfarer, an intergalactic ship, she got more than she bargained for – and learned to live with, and love, her rag-tag collection of crewmates.

A Closed and Common Orbit is the stand-alone sequel to Becky Chambers’ beloved debut novel The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet and is perfect for fans of Firefly, Joss Whedon, Mass Effectand Star Wars.

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So first off, generally I don’t review audiobooks unless there was something I really want to talk about, like with The Kiss of Deception. So for that reason, I didn’t review The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, which is the first book in this series. But I absolutely loved it! It is an amazing, interesting and diverse Sci-Fi and I highly recommend it.
Now, for this book, I have decided to do a mini review as I received the 3rd book in the series from NetGalley and will be reading and reviewing it.

I want to say that this is the 2nd time I have tried to read this book. These books are actually companion novels and when I first picked up A Closed and Common Orbit I didn’t know that. So I was quite disappointed as I really liked the MC & characters from Book 1. For that reason, I just couldn’t get into the book and ended up putting it down. When I saw book 3 on NetGalley I just had to request it, but that meant I really needed to read this one, so I gave it another go and loved it!

Now, onto the actual review.

First off, these books are generally not action-packed. There are a couple spots that there is some action but these books are more on the character-driven side. Which usually I don’t love but something about this book and these characters made me love that it was more character-driven!

This is a huge Sci-Fi world set a long way in the future and because of that, there is a lot of scientific & technological discoveries that have been made. Space Travel, AIs & a tonne of Alien species are the main things. This world is extremely well developed and you get to know a lot of new species that literally feel real they are developed and thought out so well.

Then there is the diversity. The main new diversity we see in this book is a human character with a speech impediment. Which is something I don’t think I have read in a book before.
There is also a tonne of other diversity, however, I don’t think it’s really considered diverse. Like I said in this world there are tonnes of new alien species and all of those species are different. So that is why it isn’t really diverse, because it is just normal for these species. Either way, it is awesome.

Let me break down the species that we have met so far. This isn’t all the information about each.
Aandrisk – We meet an Aandrisk in book one. This species has reptilian features but feathers on their head. Aandrisks are a very physical species, when with each other they are nearly always touching, cuddling, etc. They are also very chill about sex and don’t care what gender their partner is.
Aeluon – We get to know and Aeluon in Book two. Aeluon’s don’t speak or hear. They communicate with colour in their cheeks. But they do have a voice box technology so they can communicate with other species. In the Aeluon species, there are different groups.  Firstly, we have the main group that changes from male to female regularly and are considered fully male or female depending on what they are at the time. Next, during an Aeluon’s life, while female, they can become fertile, but generally only once or twice in their life. They stay female throughout the childbirth. Next, we have the young which are considered gender neutral until they begin to shift & also the elderly who can no longer shift. Also in this species being a Parent is a full-time job. There are groups of males that when a female becomes pregnant they care for her and then when the baby is born they take over as the parent so that the mother can go back to normal life. The mother is still in the child’s life but they believe that the process of parenting is very important and entrust their child to those that are trained and educated on the matter.
Sianat – This one is a little less known yet but from what I remember they are intelligent species. Sianat Pairs are caused due to a virus in the early years. This virus is meant to give them all knowledge of space (I Think). The Host & the virus are considered two beings (in one body) but are collective as a Sianat Pair. They prefer the pronouns of ‘They’ & ‘We’ rather than individual or gender pronouns.
Grum – We meet a Grum in book 1. This species is nearly extinct due to war among themselves. The Grum change gender throughout their life. They start as female and then change to male and then lastly turn to something in-between.
Then there is Humans, AIs and ‘Clones’ (Kinda, it’s a little confusing). Also, there are Quelin, Harmagian, Laru & Toremi but I don’t know enough about them to explain it.

So overall this is an incredibly well-developed world which is amazing to engross yourself in. The characters are awesome and the plot is really interesting! I can’t wait until I can get to book 3!!

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