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Spring Bookish Bingo Update #1

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So this is my first Spring Bookish Bingo Update! These are all books I have read up to the 2nd of April!


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Green Cover: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by Newt Scamander (J.K. Rowling)

Paranormal: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Magic: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

Dragons: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Spring Releases: Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Series Finale: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

Purple cover: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Over 500 pages: Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

Adapted to TV/Movie: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

Witches: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Blue Cover: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling


Well that is all so far! If I find a Non-Fiction book to read and read Three Dark Crowns then I will have 2 bingos! I couldn’t fit Firstlife or Lifeblood into any of the categories, which sucks! next I want to read Murder on the Orient Express and I don’t think it can really fit either!

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March 2017 Haul

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I didn’t purchase too many books this month! But I did recieve a couple!


Physical Copy:

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Audiobooks:

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Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them – New Edition – eBook & Audiobook Review & Comparison

eBooks:

Firstlife by Gena Showalter – SPOILER FREE REVIEW

eBooks Received Through NetGalley

Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor – SPOILER FREE REVIEW

Lifeblood by Gena Showalter – SPOILER FREE REVIEW

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The YA Chronicles Unboxing!

Other Bookish Items:

I don’t have a pic with all 4 in it and couldn’t be bothered going to take one now! You can find these HERE though!

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And that is all for this month!

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Tag Sunday – The Ultimate Harry Potter Tag

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So, as everyone knows, I’m obsessed with Harry Potter! I have did the Harry Potter Book Tag ages ago, but this is a different tag! The thing I love about this tag is your answers are Harry Potter related not just the questions having some link to Harry Potter.

Possible spoilers btw! So here we go!

I will be adding Quotes & Pics to this tag as who doesn’t love pics and Harry Potter quotes!


1. Favourite Book?

Either Order of the Phoenix or Deathly Hallows! I’m not going to list everything I loved but I loved Order of the Phoenix because of the DA and that it was the book that Ginny, Luna & Neville really joined Harry, Ron & Hermione! And I loved Deathly Hallows as that is where everything ends, so much just came together in that book and I really enjoyed little things about it like when Kreacher leads the house elves out of the kitchens to join the battle! Little things like that just made that book perfect for me!

“It’s high time your grandmother learned to be proud of the grandson she’s got, rather than the one she thinks she ought to have — particularly after what happened at the Ministry.” – Minerva Mcgonagall (About Neville)

2. Least Favourite Book?

This is so hard as I love them all! But I would have to say Chamber of Secrets. I loved Chamber of secrets but I loved all the rest just a little bit more! Philosopher’s Stone is where it all started and where we met everyone! Prisoner of Azkaban is where we meet my favourite character, Sirius Black! Goblet of Fire, just so much went on and Dragons! Order of the Phoenix, I explained above, as well as Deathly Hallows. And Half-Blood Prince, we learnt everything about Voldemort we could!

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3. Favourite Movie?

Goblet of Fire! I loved the movie except that I wished they had added in Barty Crouch Jr.’s story and Fudge’s denial at the end! Because in the movie it just didn’t really add up with the start of the next movie like it did in the book!

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4. Least Favourite Movie?

Order of the phoenix, there was just so much missed in the battle at the Ministry of Magic that it just annoyed me. I felt like it built and built and then the last battle was just meh in the movie!

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5. Favourite Quote?

“Prongs rode again last night… You know, Harry, in a way, you did see your father last night… You found him inside yourself.” – Albus Dumbledore

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6. Favourite Weasley?

Can’t split them up! Fred & George!

“You’re a prefect? Oh Ronnie! That’s everyone in the family!”
“What are Fred and I? Next door neighbors?”
-Molly Weasley & Fre\d & George Weasley 

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7. Favourite Female Character?

Book Ginny

“The thing about growing up with Fred and George,” said Ginny thoughtfully, “is that you sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.”

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8. Favourite Villain?

I’m talking about horrible villain here, not villain that I actually like! Dolores Umbridge

“I WILL have order!” – Dolores Umbridge

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9. Favourite Male Character?

Sirius Black!

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10. Favourite Professor?

Minerva McGonagall, she is such a badass!

“Get back!” shouted Ron, and he, Harry and Hermione flattened themselves against a door as a herd of galloping desks thundered past, shepherded by a sprinting Professor McGonagall. She appeared not to notice them: her hair had come down and there was a gash on her cheek. As she turned the corner, they heard her scream: “CHARGE!”

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11. Would you rather a) wash Snape’s hair or b) spend a day listening to Lockhart rant about himself?

If snape was tied down and couldn’t complain then hell yeah! That would be so satisfying and hilarious, make it all fluffy 😂

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12. Would you rather duel a) an elated Bellatrix or b) an angry Molly? 

Bellatrix, for 1) I love Molly and wouldn’t want to possibly hurt her! 2) Bellatrix killed my favourite character Sirius, so my anger could definitely be on a level with Molly’s!

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13. Would you rather travel to Hogwarts using a) the Hogwarts Express or b) a flying car?

Well for a one of thing, it would be awesome to travel by flying car and then the other 6 years I could travel by train! As long as it’s a tad more reliable car that the Ford!  But if I had only one chance then I would choose the Hogwarts Express, just the experience would be amazing!

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14. Would you rather give a) Voldemort a kiss or b) Umbridge a bubble bath?

Kiss voldemort, as long as it was surprise thing, would be hilarious his reaction, would probably get murdered straight away though! And at least it is over straight away! Giving umbridge a bubble bath would be a long thing that I would just hate!

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15. Would you rather fly a) a hippogriff or b) a Firebolt?

This is a hard one as I would love to try flying on a broom, but at the same time I love animals it would be amazing to fly on a hippogriff! I also feel like that is something that very few would have experienced whereas basically everyone could ride a broom, maybe not a Firebolt, but a broom.

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16. Is there a character you felt differently about in the movies?

Ginny, I just feel like the real her, the badass strong person just wasn’t showed as well! And also Kreacher, in the books he redeems himself in the last book so much! Whereas in the movie they don’t show that, so in the movie I just didn’t like him whereas in the book I really liked him in the end!

“The house-elves of Hogwarts swarmed into the entrance hall, screaming and waving carving knives and cleavers, and at their head, the locket of Regulus Black bouncing on his chest, was Kreacher, his bullfrog’s voice audible even above this din: ‘Fight! Fight! Fight for my Master, defender of house-elves! Fight the Dark Lord, in the name of brave Regulus! Fight!”

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17. Is there a movie you preferred to the book?

There isn’t any movies that I preferred to the book, however there is one scene that I prefer in the movie rather than the book. In the Deathly Hallows book McGonagall is descending the castle just after she discovers Harry is back and has the run in with Snape. In the movie they are in the great hall and Harry comes out in the open and the rest of the order comes up behind him, Minerva fights with Snape in front of everyone to defend Harry! I love that scene it was perfect and I just think the book scene just didn’t as big of an impact!

“Coward!” – Minerva McGonagall 

18. Richard Harris or Michael Gambon as Dumbledore? 

I liked both and I’m not choosing one or the other!

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19. Your top thing that you wanted in the movie that wasn’t in there?

Peeves! Need I say more?

“Which way did they go, Peeves?” Filch was saying. “Quick, tell me.”
“Say ‘please.'”
“Don’t mess with me, Peeves, now where did they go?”
“Shan’t say nothing if you don’t say please,” said Peeves in his annoying singsong voice.
“All right- PLEASE.”
“NOTHING! Ha haaa! Told you I wouldn’t say nothing if you didn’t say please! Ha ha! Haaaaaa!” And they heard the sound of Peeves whooshing away and Filch cursing in rage.”

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20. If you could remake any of the Harry Potter movies, which would it be?

Order of the Phoenix, but all I would change is have the full scenes from the Battle at the Ministry! And also the whole scene from where Fred & George left Hogwarts, including Peeves! I liked the movie one with the fireworks and stuff, but I loved the book one so much more!

“Give her hell from us, Peeves” – Fred Weasley

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21. Which house was your first gut feeling you’d be a part of?

Gryffindor!

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22. Which house were you actually sorted into on Pottermore? 

Gryffindor!

“You might belong in Gryffindor,
Where dwell the brave at heart,
Their daring, nerve, and chivalry,
Set Gryffindors apart” – Sorting Hat

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23. Which class would be your favorite?

Care of Magical Creatures! I loved Ag in school and that is just the magical version of that haha!

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24. Which spell do you think would be most useful to learn?

All of them would be useful, but Lumos would probably be the most useful as I would never have to carry my phone around just for a torch!

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25. Which character do you think you’d instantly become friends with? 

This is so hard! Maybe Hermione because of her love for books and I also like the know it all part of her as I love learning interesting facts but I also wouldn’t necessarily read all those books myself! I also love the discussing and challenging my knowledge and I feel like Hermione is someone I could definitely do that with!

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26. If you could own one of the three Hallows, which would it be?

Elder Wand! I don’t like the idea of the resurrection stone personally and if you had the most powerful wand in the world then surely you could create a shield for yourself good enough.

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27. Is there any aspect of the books you’d want to change?

Of course I would love to change some of the deaths in the book, but I still wouldn’t I don’t think!

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28. Favourite marauder?

Sirius/Padfoot! I love Sirius, so of course Padfoot is my favourite!

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29. If you could bring one character back to life, which would it be?

Uhmm, Sirius!

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30. Hallows or Horcruxes?

Hallows, At least the Hallows you don’t have to murder someone to achieve!

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I TAG:

Because I’ll be doing them every Sunday, I am only going to tag 1 person in each so I’m not tagging the same people all the time! So each week I will tag my latest follower! Hopefully there will be a new ones each week to tag.

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And that is all for todays tag!

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March 2017 Wrap-Up

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I listened to a lot of Audiobooks in March! I’m happy with how much I read and listened to in March and I hope I can do just as good this month! And yes I have started listening to the Harry Potter series on Audiobook AGAIN, straight after finishing it. Not even mad!


Books Read

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater – SPOILER FREE REVIEW

Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor – SPOILER FREE REVIEW

Firstlife by Gena Showalter – SPOILER FREE REVIEW

Lifeblood by Gena Showalter – SPOILER FREE REVIEW

Also, while listening to the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them Audiobook I read along with both the old edition and the new edition of the book so that I could see the changes and write my review about it.

Audiobooks Listened To

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling & Narrate by Stephen Fry

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling & Narrate by Stephen Fry

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling & Narrate by Stephen Fry

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling & Narrate by Stephen Fry

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by J.K. Rowling & Narrated by Eddie Redmayne – AUDIOBOOK & NEW EDITION REVIEW

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling & Narrate by Stephen Fry

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling & Narrate by Stephen Fry

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling & Narrate by Stephen Fry

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling & Narrate by Stephen Fry

TV Shows Watched

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Orange is the New Black on Netflix

I started rewatching this on Netflix as I was bored and couldn’t decide what to start watching.

Currently Reading

Well I actually finished reading Traitor To The Throne by Alwyn Hamilton this morning, so I’m not currently reading anything until I start another book tonight. I’m considering starting Tomorrow When The War Began by John Marsden though. I read it when i was in Year 9 or 10 in High School, but I don’t remember if I read the entire thing, but I know I really liked it and I want to read the whole series! It’s a pretty short book, so this should only take me a couple days.

Currently Listening

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And that is all! I don’t think I watched any new movies in March.

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Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands #2) by Alwyn Hamilton – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Traitor to the Throne
Author: 
Alwyn Hamilton
Series Name: Rebel of the Sands
Genre: Fantasy YA
Publication Date: February 2nd, 2017
Pages: 570 (Paperback)
Publishers: Faber & Faber
Rating:
5 Star

Goodreads Synopsis:

This is not about blood or love. This is about treason.

Nearly a year has passed since Amani and the rebels won their epic battle at Fahali. Amani has come into both her powers and her reputation as the Blue-Eyed Bandit, and the Rebel Prince’s message has spread across the desert – and some might say out of control. But when a surprise encounter turns into a brutal kidnapping, Amani finds herself betrayed in the cruelest manner possible.

Stripped of her powers and her identity, and torn from the man she loves, Amani must return to her desert-girl’s instinct for survival. For the Sultan’s palace is a dangerous one, and the harem is a viper’s nest of suspicion, fear and intrigue. Just the right place for a spy to thrive… But spying is a dangerous game, and when ghosts from Amani’s past emerge to haunt her, she begins to wonder if she can trust her own treacherous heart.

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You can find my review for Rebel of the Sands HERE! It is no spoiler free and it is in fact the very first review I ever wrote! So be kind 😂


Cover Art:

I love this book cover! The image above really doesn’t do it justice! You have to see it in person. Rebel of the Sands & Traitor to the Throne are my 2 favourite book covers.

I’m realising right now that my cover is slightly different to the one above! As you can see in the above pic there is a girl, I’m assuming Amani, jumping over the roofs of the city at the bottom of the cover. The cover I have, Amani is on there! It’s just the city. Mine also has review quote from Buzzfeed in the top left corner of the book saying “‘As funny as it is romantic, as smart as it is heart-pounding, and as spirited as it is magical.’ BUZZFEED”. None of the images on google are the same as my addition, only the images showing up on sites like Book Depository have that. Weird, I’m curious if you can actually purchase the cover without the BuzzFeed quote and with Amani jumping the roofs! 

Writing:

I love Alwyn Hamiltons writing! I fell in love with it when reading Rebel of the Sands and this book didn’t fail to amaze me! I love that there is extra little bits about other characters and stories in this book as well! I like that it’s made obvious that it’s a story about someone else by have names under those chapters, for example “Chapter 20 The Nameless Boy”. It makes it really easy to follow! 

Plot:

I loved the plot of this book! It so action packed and thrilling all the time! There is so many twists and turns and you are always left guessing what will happen next! Especially the last damn chapter! That seriously killed me! I felt like crying, celebrating and laughing all at once in that last paragraph! And now I want to read the next book right now! But I have to wait another year like I did after reading Rebel of the Sands! 

Characters:

I still love all the characters! Amani is just amazing and so strong! Jin is just amazingly jin! Shazad, Ahmed, Imin, Izz, Maz, Hala and Delila are just perfectly written powerful characters that all have their different purposes in the story! I also loved the new additions of Rahin and Sam, they are both characters! I do really feel like Sam is the odd one with his name as all the rest are such different names, and then there is SAM! Sam is such a common name, I know like 5 Sams in real life. Was just a bit weird haha! Maybe it was because he is Albish, maybe they have more common names than the other places, I don’t know as I’m pretty sure Sam is the only Albish person we meet. I also hated Kadir and the Sultan, 100% agree with doing what the Sultan did to Kadir, except the reason he did it haha. There is also 2 other characters that come into this book unexpectedly! I won’t say who they are as this is a spoiler free review, but if you have read this then you know who I’m talking about. I  enjoyed both these characters in this story! I don’t 100% agree with the choices the male one made, but I do get it. And the female I respect what she did in the end. Those last couple sentences won’t make a single bit of sense to anyone who doesn’t know who I’m talking about 😂. Oh well!

Overall:

Well if you haven’t been able to tell yet, I loved this book and I need the next one in my hands right now!! There isn’t anything I can fault with this book or this series so far, it is amazing and beautiful! Kinda wish it was going to be more than a series, but I’m keen to see how Alwyn Hamilton ends this series with the next book! I’m also keen to see what the next cover will look like! I hope they keep making this type of cover as well as the new ones! 


Have you read this book? Let me know what you thought in the comments! Put “Spoilers” at the top of your comment if you include any, please!

 

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Discussion Friday – Book Tropes & Trends

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So, this is my first discussion post! YAY! This one is going to be a fairly well talked about topic just to get me going on the first one! So today I will be discussing a couple book tropes & trends that I like to read, that I don’t mind or just hate. Please feel free to comment and discuss anything, even if your views are not the same as mine!


Missing/Dead/Unknown Parents

So this one is one of those that I don’t mind. It seems like A LOT of books now have included this trope! To some degree yes it is getting a little bit ridiculous, but at the same time it really doesn’t worry me that much! I find that most characters draw strength from the fact that they have lost their parents and use that to become badass protagonists such as Harry Potter!

The ones that do kinda annoy me are the ones where the protagonist doesn’t know who, most of the time, their father is. That part itself is fine, but every time this is the case the mother knows who it is or lies about who it is. It’s not okay to lie to your kids or keep things like that form them, I get that its always to ‘protect them’ but in natural fact if you tell them and be there for them, then they will get through it and move on with their lives! Yes the world is shitty, but accepting that early is better than pretending everything is fabulous all of the time and then when they get to the point of living away from the mother and they realise life is shit and they spiral down hill because they can’t handle it because everything has been sugar coated for them their whole life! (Hope that makes sense!)
Another thing to do with the unknown father thing is I can guarantee that half way through the book/series the protagonist will find out or be given the chance/option to find out who their father is and every time the character says they have survived this long without them and they don’t need to know! Well guess what in about 2 chapters they have changed their mind! Just because you are portraying a strong character that doesn’t mean they have to always show that face, they can want straight away to find out who their father is, we aren’t going to think less of them! This isn’t the case all of the time, but a majority of the time it is.

Let me just give you an example of how often this trope occurs I’m going to go back through the last few books I have read and whether this trope occurs. I won’t say the names of the books and I don’t want unexpected spoilers. 

Dead mother – unknown father
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Arsehole father – mother to scared to do anything
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That’s just the last 5 books/series I have read! 


Multi POV

I don’t know if this is really a trend or trope but I feel like more and more books are using this. And I love it!I like that you can see a lot more of whats going on, not just what the main character is seeing. I also like that it allows you to understand characters better, instead of just seeing other characters from the POV of the main character you can get in their head as well and learn about them and connect with them more than you would normally.

The only thing that annoys me about Multi POV is that some authors don’t put at the top of the chapter whose POV we are now seeing from. This is okay if the writing is done well and you can tell straight away whose head you are in, but when it’s not done well you can be sitting their for 1/4 of a chapter trying to figure out whose POV it is! That there drives me wild! I’m okay if  Multi POV, but just to save confusion, put the name at the start of the chapter! It may make sense to the author when writing it but that doesn’t necessarily translate to the reader as well. 


Love Triangles

No, just fucking no! In my opinion if you actually love the first guy you would not have fallen for the second guy! Don’t lead people on, just sit down and figure out what you want! I hate this shit. That is all! 


Well that is all for now, I feel like this is a topic I could continue on another blog post in time, so I will probably do that soon when I think of some more I want to discuss! 

How did I go on my first discussion post?!

What are some tropes or trends you like or dislike? How do you feel about the ones I talked about? Any suggestions for topics I can discuss in coming weeks?

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April 2017 TBR

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So most of these books will be the same as March’s TBR! I had planned to read all of those books, and then I got approved for 2 eGalley books. So I read them instead and the first book in the Everlife series so that I could actually read Lifeblood and know what was going on. I’m not requesting any eGalleys for a while as quite simply there isn’t anything interesting to request that is available to Australians that I have seen. So I will try and stay on this months TBR!!


Currently Reading

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Traitor To The Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

Currently Listening

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling & Narrated by Stephen Fry

Yes I am relistening to the Harry Potter Series AGAIN! 

What I Want To Read In April

I did have The Diabolic on last months TBR, but I also want to read more books that can go towards the Beat The Backlist challenge which is to read books that weren’t released this year, so instead I have put A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas instead. 

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Tomorrow, When The War Began by John Marsden

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What I Want To Listen To In April

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The Return Of The King by J.R.R. Tolkien

Don’t know if I will get to it this month as I am relistening to the Harry Potter series again, but I might listen to it at some point. 


Well that is all! Now I’m going to go and read more of Traitor To The Throne! It’s been raining for the last 2 days as the leftovers of Cyclone Debbie heads towards South East Queensland. I don’t know if any of my followers are fellow Queenslanders, but if you are I hope everyone is okay and be careful as the flash flooding in Brisbane, Toowoomba, etc is getting pretty dangerous. Thank goodness we live in a small town that is on a hill. Our creek may flood, but it never actually comes into town! Stay safe everyone!

What’s on your TBR for April??

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April 2017 Anticipated Releases

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So, quite honestly I haven’t been anticipating any April releases this last month. Usually I’m having a look on GoodReads every week or so to see what’s coming. But I just haven’t done that this month, so coincidentally this will be a very short post compared to the usual ones.

I will still be adding a book or two that are 2nd, 3rd, etc books in series that I want to start!


Anticipated Releases

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

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 Genre: YA Science Fiction
Pages: 512
Publication Date: 4th April, 2017
Publishers: Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Goodreads Synopsis:

Noemi Vidal is a teen soldier from the planet Genesis, once a colony of Earth that’s now at war for its independence. The humans of Genesis have fought Earth’s robotic “mech” armies for decades with no end in sight.

After a surprise attack, Noemi finds herself stranded in space on an abandoned ship where she meets Abel, the most sophisticated mech prototype ever made. One who should be her enemy. But Abel’s programming forces him to obey Noemi as his commander, which means he has to help her save Genesis–even though her plan to win the war will kill him.

Together they embark on a daring voyage through the galaxy. Before long, Noemi begins to realize Abel may be more than a machine, and, for his part, Abel’s devotion to Noemi is no longer just a matter of programming.

Releases of Series I Want To Read

Legion by Julie Kagawa

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 Genre: YA Fantasy 
Pages: 384
Publication Date: 25th April, 2017
Publishers: Harlequin Teen

Goodreads Synopsis:

The legions are about to be unleashed, and no human, rogue dragon or former dragon slayer can stand against the coming horde. Book 4 of 5 in The Talon Saga from New York Times bestselling author Julie Kagawa.

Dragon hatchling Ember Hill was never prepared to find love at all–dragons do not suffer human emotions–let alone the love of a human and a former dragonslayer, at that. With ex-soldier Garret dying at her feet after sacrificing his freedom and his life to expose the deepest of betrayals, Ember knows only that nothing she was taught by dragon organization Talon is true. About humans, about rogue dragons, about herself and what she’s capable of doing and feeling.

In the face of great loss, Ember vows to stand with rogue dragon Riley against the dragon-slaying Order of St. George and her own twin brother Dante–the heir apparent to all of Talon, and the boy who will soon unleash the greatest threat and terror dragonkind has ever known.

Talon is poised to take over the world, and the abominations they have created will soon take to the skies, darkening the world with the promise of blood and death to those who refuse to yield.

Perfect by Cecelia Ahern

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Genre: YA Science Fiction Dystopian 
Pages: 352
Publication Date: 4th April, 2017
Publishers: Feiwel & Friends

Goodreads Synopsis:

Celestine North lives in a society that demands perfection. After she was branded Flawed by a morality court, Celestine’s life has completely fractured–all her freedoms gone.

Since Judge Crevan has declared her the number one threat to the public, she has been a ghost, on the run with Carrick–the only person she can trust.

But Celestine has a secret–one that could bring the entire Flawed system crumbling to the ground. A secret that has already caused countless people to go missing.

Judge Crevan is gaining the upper hand, and time is running out for Celestine. With tensions building, Celestine must make a choice: save just herself or to risk her life to save all Flawed people.

And, most important of all, can she prove that to be human in itself is to be Flawed?


Well I think that is all, only short this month, but oh well! I am trying to focus on the Beat The Backlist challenged which is reading book that were released in 2016 or earlier, so that is possibly why I haven’t bothered looking into new releases. Yes I know that Lifeblood & Strange the Dreamer are both 2017 releases and so is Traitor To The Throne which I am currently reading, but I’m trying to get there! The first 2 were eGalleys so I had to get to them otherwise my feedback ratio would go to shit and I have been waiting for Traitor To The Throne to come out for about a year! So I have my reasons, but now I will be concentrating on 2016 or prior  releases. 

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Top 5 Wednesday – Future Classics

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This Meme is hosted by Thoughts On Tomes and the prompts can be found on Goodreads.

This week’s prompt is: Future Classics
–Let us know the books you think will be considered classics one day!

How old does a book have to be before it is considered a classic, that is what confuses me. But these books or series are the last 10 or 20 years?


1.  The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 

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I feel like this book is already kind of considered a classic. It’s a book that I think everyone should read, even if you don’t usually read Historical Fiction. It’s eye opening and emotional and definitely a future classic, if not already!

2. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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I feel like this book is so unique and could definitely be a classic. There was so much hype and love for this book when it came out and when Gemina was released. I actually haven’t heard many people say they have disliked it! It’s definitely something that will be remembered!

3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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This book address so many issues that many people have had to deal with in their lives. This book is another one that everyone should read. I know not everyone likes this book, but I still think it should be a future classic.

4.  The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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This book came out in 2008, but when it’s movie came out everyone started reading the series even more and then reading all these other dystopian. That’s kinda when the phase started with it. And because of that and it just so well know, that is why I consider it a future dystopian. Not necessarily the other 2 books in the series and I know a lot of people have issues with Allegiant, but this book in particular definitely

5. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

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You had to know this was coming! Harry Potter is already a classic really! And I don’t think I need to explain this one.


Well that is all for today!

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Goodreads Monday – A Darker Shade of Magic

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This meme was created by Lauren @ Lauren’s Page Turners and I think it’s such an awesome idea to share books on your TBR and introduce people to new books! All you have to do is to pick a book on your TBR and show it off!

If you have read this book please tell me your thoughts, with NO SPOILERS please!!!

I want to read more well known books for a while that I just haven’t been able to get around to yet! So I’m probably going to be showing off some of those books for a while! It will also hopefully get me keen to get to them sooner! 


A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

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My Comments:

So there is a tonne of hype around basically all of V.E Schwab/Victoria Schwab’s books! I’m keen to get to this book soon! The parallel Universes really interest me and especially that the book is based in London, well different versions of london, which I love reading about!

The Book:

Publication Date:  November 1st, 2014
Publisher: Titan Books
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 384

Goodreads Synopsis:

Kell is one of the last travelers–magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes connected by one magical city.

There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, and with one mad King–George III. Red London, where life and magic are revered–and where Kell was raised alongside Rhy Maresh, the roguish heir to a flourishing empire. White London–a place where people fight to control magic and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London. But no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red traveler, ambassador of the Maresh empire, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.


And that is all! I love everything about the new theme I have on this blog, except that the Quotes are in a really big font, I don’t get why! So I won’t be putting goodreads synopsis in quote form anymore, just using a different colour font instead, that way it still stands out!

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