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🎄 Blogmas 🎅🏼 Wrap Up

November Wrap Up 🎄 Blogmas Day 2

November was a little slow for me! One book took a while because I was busy & it was long and another one I struggled to get through which took away from my reading time.. I ended up reading 10 books altogether but 5 of them were rereads.
Anyway, let’s jump in!

Audiobooks

Firstly the rereads! Don’t think I really need to discuss these, so moving on.

Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline

Next I listened to Ready Player Two was was really good! I was very nervous going into this one as Ready Player One was amazing & I was worried this one wouldn’t be able to live up to it but I was impressed. Ready Player One was a bit better but Ready Player Two was still really good & I ended up rating it 4.5 Stars.

Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega

Then I listened to Ghost Squad which is a Middle Grade. This one was super fun & I really enjoyed reading it. This one features ghosts, a badass grandma & her cats. I highly recommend giving this one a chance of you can! I rated it 4.5 stars.

Physical/eBooks

Queen of Volts by Amanda Foody

Firstly for physical books I finished Queen of Volts by Amanda Foody. This one is a decent size book and it took me a while to get through it. I did enjoy it but not quite as much as the other books in the series. I still rated it 4.5 stars and I’m very keen to see what Amanda Foody comes out with next.

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

This one I started reading physically but did end up finishing on audiobook. I struggled with this one a lot. I would go for days at a time without wanting to pick it up and even when I did I would only read a small amount and then get bored with it. If it wasn’t for this being one of the books in my Goodreads Choice Awards Challenge I probably would have DNFd. It wasn’t necessarily bad but I just couldn’t get into it and couldn’t connect with it. Which means I didn’t really care about the characters or what happened to them. There was a love triangle which I was not a fan of but really that was the only actual negative I have. I rated this one 3.5 stars

The Test by Sylvain Neuvel

This one was a bit disappointing. I read and loved The Themis Files by Sylvain Neuvel and they were amazing! The story was so impactful and the characters were so realistic and I just loved the whole thing. So I had high expectations going into this one but I just couldn’t get into it. It was interesting enough but I didn’t have any connection to the characters. I feel like you need that connection to feel the full impact of the book but I just didn’t. There wasn’t anything wrong with it but I just wasn’t overly impressed compared to The Themis Files.

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Top 8! 📚 YA Mystery/Thriller Recommendations! 🎄 Blogmas Day 1

I have decided to do a series on my channel with recommendations from different genre’s and I’m calling it Top 8 (apparently Top 10 is too main stream 🤷🏻‍♀️). So here is the first post in this series!

1. The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

You can find my Spoiler Free Review HERE!
The Inheritance Games was completely unpredictable & very mysterious! The characters were very well written and everything including the characters had so much depth! It was also very atmospheric & I had so much fun reading this one! Highly recommend.
This one is book 1 in a new series but I feel like it could easily be read as a standalone as well.

2. The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club by Theodora Goss!

This series is extremely unique, very action packed and features an amazing group of badass female characters. I adore this series and it’s characters so much. It is definitely not talked about enough though, so I had to feature it in this list! If you are looking for an interesting mysterious series that also has fantasy elements and awesome female characters, then this is the book for you!

3. Jackaby by William Ritter

Jackaby is an amazing YA Mystery with Fantasy elements which is my favourite combo! I love Jackaby as a character and I also loved following Abigail’s POV in this one!
You can find my review for Jackaby HERE!

4. Even If We Break by Marieke Nijkamp

This is an amazing YA Thriller which starts off in a very unique way. I loved how gripping this one was and I can’t wait to read more by this author!

5. Misfit City by Kirsten Smith, Kurt Lustgarten & Naomi Franquiz

Misfit City is a super fun mystery graphic novel series with 2 volumes. This has an awesome setting, badass diverse characters and an eerie vibe. I highly recommend checking out Misfit City!
You can find my review for Misfit City: Vol 1 HERE!

6. All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban

Oh my god! This was incredible! I had no idea what to expect with this one. I hadn’t heard anything about it and picked it up on a whim as the cover looked intriguing and I saw that it was a mystery/thriller which I was on the hunt for at the time. I was blown away and the reveal was so unpredictable I had to put the book down & think about it before continuing.

7. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Is this my favourite on this list? Hell yeah! I absolutely adore the Truly Devious series. The writing is incredible. The characters are unique, interested & diverse. The story is unpredictable and sometimes shocking! I just love it! I’ve reread it multiple times & will definitely be doing another reread soon in preparation for book 4!
I don’t actually have a review for Truly Devious but you can find my other reviews below
The Vanishing Stair
The Hand on the Wall

8. One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

While I did prefer One of Us is Lying compared to One of Us is Next I do highly recommend reading them both! One of Us is Lying was mysterious & suspenseful. I had trouble putting it down and the mystery element was very engaging. I highly recommend!
Find my reviews below
One of Us is Lying
One of Us is Next

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Is this ambitious?? 📚 December TBR

Here is my ambitious TBR! December is always crazy at work & I’m also committing to Blogmas & trying to post every day of December. So I don’t know how much I will read but these are the books I’d like to read!

Currently Reading

Ghost Squad I am currently listening to on audiobook & loving! Over the Woodward Wall I have just started, so no thoughts yet really but I’m keen to see what is going to happen.

Audiobooks

Both The Kingdom of Back & Cinderella is Dead are on the Goodreads Choice Award Challenge I am doing but I am also keen to get to these as both were on my TBR prior to doing that challen!

eBooks

These two are also on the Goodreads Choice Awards Challenge. Girl, Serpent, Thorn was already on my TBR and I’m super keen for it. These Violent Delights I am a little nervous for though as it’s a Romeo & Juliet retelling which I don’t love & it’s a romance, which I also don’t love. So we will see if I enjoy this one or not.

Physical Books

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December 📚 Anticipated Releases

It’s time for another anticipated releases post! Have I read any of the books on my last couple anticipated releases lists? Nope. Am I still keen though? Always!
So, let’s jump in!

1st December

The Cousins by Karen M. McManus

I have loved everything I’ve read by Karen M. McManus so I am super keen to pick up her next YA Mystery/Thriller, The Cousins. This one follows 3 cousins whose grandmother disinherited their parents long ago. The 3 cousins are invited by their grandmother to her island resort where they think they will be able to reconnect with her. However, there is more to their families story than meets the eye. This one sounds so interesting and I can’t wait!

A Curse of Roses by Diana Pinguicha

I honestly know nothing about A Curse of Roses & I have never heard of Diana Pinguicha but the first 2 sentences of the synopsis fascinated me & it’s marked as LGBT+ & a retelling. So I’m very curious!

With just one touch, bread turns into roses. With just one bite, cheese turns into lilies.

A Curse of Roses by Diana Pinguicha
The Good Girls by Claire Eliza Bartlett

I haven’t gotten around to reading Claire Eliza Bartlett‘s first book We Rule the Night yet but it has always been on my radar! I just haven’t been reading as much fantasy lately as usually as I’ve been super into mystery/thrillers. So this book sounds like a perfect introduction to this author as it’s a Thriller! Hopefully I will have the chance to get my hands on The Good Girls soon.

8th December

A Universe of Wishes (Anthology)

I have a love/hate relationship with anthologies but I still keen to give this one a go! A Universe of Wishes is a Diverse Own Voices anthology featuring short stories from 15 well known authors!

15th December

Oculta by Maya Motayne

I am sooo freaking keen for this sequel! It’s also the only sequel on this list… The rest are all stand-alones except 1 which is the first book in a new series. I read Nocturna earlier this year and it was amazing! So I’m very excited for Oculta.

18th December

The Notorious Virtues

The Notorious Virtues is one of my most anticipated releases of the year! I’ve been so keen to see what Alwyn Hamilton does next ever since I finished her first series, Rebel of the Sands! And it’s finally nearly here! I doubt I will get the chance to read it before the end of the year as it doesn’t release till the 18th & I’m always busy around this time of year but hopefully early 2021!

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Last Year I Was Reading… #10

So, I’m joining a weekly feature that is kind of like a Throwback Thursday! Last Year I Was Reading… was created by ReadingMaria!

Take your current read and compare it to what you reading this exact time last year. Which one do you like better? What is different about the books? Any special facts/things you want to make note of or bring attention to? Be sure to link it back to my blog so I can see them!

This Year I Am Reading…

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

I’m currently 51% through Legendborn and while it is interesting and I’m very curious to see what happens it’s also a tad slow. So far I am enjoying it but it just feels like it’s taking forever to get anywhere.

Last Year I Was Reading…

Weapon by Lynette Noni

Weapon is the sequel to Whisper which is Lynette Noni’s second series! While I did enjoy Whisper & Weapon, they definitely didn’t quite live up to The Medoran Chronicles which is her other series.


At the moment I’m going to have to go with Weapon. I am enjoying Legendborn but just not loving the pacing! Whereas Weapon was really good and very action packed from what I remember!

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My YA rankings! 💫 2019 Goodreads Choice Award 📚

As the 2020 Goodreads Choice Awards have been announced I thought it would be a good time to go back and look at the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards & see how many I have read & what I would rank those books! The main focus will be the Young Adult Fantasy & Sci-Fi category but have also read 5 books in the Young Adult Fiction category too, so I’ll chat about those as well!

Young Adult Fantasy & Sci-Fi

So there is a few books that are sequels of books that I’m not interested in reading or I’m simply not up to that book yet. The sequels that I’m not interested in are: The Wicked King, Wayward Son, Queen of Air and Darkness, Finale, Defy Me, Bloodwitch, Rebel & The Secret of Commonwealth. The ones I’m just not up to are Supernova & The Toll. The only 2 books I didn’t read that I could have was We Hunt the Flame but I’m also not sure if I will read that one & Call Down the Hawk which I just haven’t gotten to yet.

My Ranking

First Place: Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

It was a tough decision between A Curse so Dark and Lonely, Sorcery of Thorns & Aurora Rising as they were both amazing. But Aurora Rising was just that little bit better I think.
Spoiler Free Review

Second Place: A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

A Curse so Dark and Lonely is a close second for me! A Hear so Fierce and Broken was also amazing! I can’t wait for book 3 in this series!
Spoiler Free Review

Third Place: Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

This was such and unique and amazing story! It’s a shame it was a standalone but I’m also keen for whatever the author releases next.

Fourth Place: King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

King of Scars was really good but I do prefer the Six of Crows duology and it just wasn’t quite as good as the first three I placed!

Fifth Place: Serpent & Dove by Shalby Mahurin

I did enjoy Serpent & Dove overall but there were a couple things that weren’t my favourite. So, it definitely didn’t make it to the top of the list.
Spoiler Free Review

Sixth Place: Wilder Girls by Rory Power

This is easily my lowest rated on this list. This one only got 3 stars as I didn’t love the writing. There were also a couple other things that I wasn’t a fan of.
Spoiler Free Review

DNFd: Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

I DNFd Four Dead Queens as I just couldn’t get into it. There wasn’t necessarily anything wrong with it but it just wasn’t vibing with me.

DNFd: The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

The Gilded Wolves I just didn’t enjoy from the start either and ended up DNFing. I found myself confused and bored so I didn’t continue. If a book doesn’t grip me early then I usually don’t push myself to read more and that was what happened here.

Young Adult Fiction

Majority of the books in this list I am simply not interested in as I’m not a Contemporary reader & I also only really got into Thrillers this year. There is only really 2 in this list that I’m interested in that I haven’t already read and those are Internment & The Fountains of Silence.

My Ranking!

First Place: The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson

The Vanishing Stair is hands down my favourite in this list. The Truly Devious series is amazing & I can’t wait for the 4th book that is yet to release!
Spoiler Free Review

Second Place: The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston

Another series that I love! The Princess and the Fangirl is such a fun contemporary and I have enjoyed everything I’ve read by Ashley Poston!
Spoiler Free Review

Third Place: On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

On the Come Up was an awesome book but it didn’t compare with The Hate U Give by the same author!
Spoiler Free Review

Fourth Place: Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus

I love a good mystery and this one was amazing! However, it wasn’t quite on the level of the top 3 books!
Spoiler Free Review

Fifth Place: Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco

Capturing the Devil is easily my least favourite in this list. I loved Stalking Jack the Ripper but it slowly went downhill from there for me. The plot was slowly taken over by the romance. I loved Stalking Jack the Ripper for the mystery & not the romance. So this got very annoying.

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Clown in a Cornfield 💫 Spoiler Free Review

Title: Clown in a Cornfield
Author: Adam Cesare
Genre: YA Horror
Publication Date: August 25th, 2020
Pages: 352
Publishers: HarperTeen
Rating:

4 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis

Quinn Maybrook just wants to make it until graduation. She might not make it to morning.

Quinn and her father moved to tiny, boring Kettle Springs to find a fresh start. But ever since the Baypen Corn Syrup Factory shut down, Kettle Springs has cracked in half. On one side are the adults, who are desperate to make Kettle Springs great again, and on the other are the kids, who want to have fun, make prank videos, and get out of Kettle Springs as quick as they can.

Kettle Springs is caught in a battle between old and new, tradition and progress. It’s a fight that looks like it will destroy the town. Until Frendo, the Baypen mascot, a creepy clown in a pork-pie hat, goes homicidal and decides that the only way for Kettle Springs to grow back is to cull the rotten crop of kids who live there now.

Let’s talk about my main issue with this book & why it didn’t get a higher rating!
So my issue was the reveal/motive. Quite frankly it just didn’t make any sense. It was completely unrealistic and it kinda just felt like a half assed excuse because they couldn’t think of anything better. Besides the actual reveal of who was behind it the ending itself was fine though.

Now, for what I did enjoy! This book was very gripping. I didn’t want to stop reading because I was keen to know what was going to happen next. The action scenes were also written very well. There was no confusion & they were very thrilling to read!

I enjoyed the slower start which let you get to know the characters before jumping in into the actual horror/slasher part. Getting to know the characters meant that I actually cared what was happening to them & were rooting for certain characters. That the one thing I dislike about some slasher style movies. They jump straight in and you don’t know who the characters are, so it’s hard to really care what’s happening to them.

This book was also very atmospheric. I loved the way the author described the town & surroundings. It made it very easy to picture what was happening. Which definitely added to the overall appeal of the book.

So, overall I had a good time reading it and it was very gripping. However, I just didn’t think the motive made too much sense in the end. I do recommend picking up Clown in a Cornfield, but just know that the reveal isn’t the strongest point in the book.


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📚 October Book Haul! 📚

So, in October I purchased/saved a lot fewer books than the last couple months, thank goodness. I really should be saving money but books is the one thing I can’t resist.

Paperbacks

Hardcover

OwlCrate

Legendborn by Tracey Deonn

This is not the OwlCrate cover in the image, this is the original cover.

Audible

Saved on Scribd

eBooks

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Last Year I Was reading 💫 #9

So, I’m joining a weekly feature that is kind of like a Throwback Thursday! Last Year I Was Reading… was created by ReadingMaria!

Take your current read and compare it to what you reading this exact time last year. Which one do you like better? What is different about the books? Any special facts/things you want to make note of or bring attention to? Be sure to link it back to my blog so I can see them!

This Year I Am Reading…

Queen of Volts by Amanda Foody

So, I’m still reading the same book as last month as I have had no time to read. I’m now 336 pages into it and loving Queen of Volts even more than I was last week!

Last Year I Was Reading…

Mrs McGinty’s Dead by Agatha Christie

Mrs McGinty’s Dead is #30 in the Hercule Poirot series which is a series I love. It’s been a while since I read one, so I need to get back to that! But, I did really enjoy Mrs McGinty’s Dead. It’s not one of my favourite in the series but still amazing.


So while I did love Mrs McGinty’s Dead I think I’m loving Queen of Volts more! It’s just so good and I love the world and characters. I’m also loving the multiple POV and exploring this world & these characters even more!

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Wrap Up

I read 19 books! 📚October Wrap Up

So in October I participated in GraphicsAThon, so 11 of the 19 books I read where Graphic Novels, 7 were audiobooks & the other 3 where physical reads.
So, let’s jump in!

Graphic Novels

Firstly for graphic novels I read Fence Volume Two & Volume Three by C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad & Joana LaFuente. I rated both of these 4.5 stars as they are super fun & also engaging. This series is the lead up to a fencing competition, so you are rooting for certain characters to win & there is a lot of anticipation while reading!

Next I read Pandora’s Legacy by Kara Leopard, Kelly Matthews & Nichole Matthews. These one is about a family’s who responsibility is to look after Pandora’s Box. However, it gets opened and these 3 kids have to return everything that escaped to the box before anyone finds out! This is fun & full of adventure. I ended up rating it 4 stars!

Next I read Volume One, Volume Two & Volume Three of Goldie Vance by Hope Larson, Brittany Williams, Noah Hayes, Jackie Ball, Jim Campbell & Sarah Stern. Goldie Vance is a Mystery Graphic Novel and it very immersive & addicting. I would have read Volume 4 & Larceny in La La Land as well but it became unavailable on Scribd before I could get to it! So maybe this one. I rated all 3 volumes 4.5 stars!

Next I reread The Tea Dragon Society & The Tea Dragon Festival then continued onto The Tea Dragon Tapestry by Katie O’Neill which I had an eARC of! These are just such a cute wholesome series & I’m really sad that it is over. I would easily read another 10 books set in this world or following these characters as it’s just all amazing. I rated all three 5 stars!
The Tea Dragon Society Review
The Tea Dragon Festival Review
The Tea Dragon Tapestry Review

The Avant-Guards: Volume One by Carly Usdin & Noah Hayes is another sports based Graphic Novel. This one we have a girl that moves to a new school and has a group trying to recruit her for a basketball team they are trying to form. This one is very fun and I love this random group of characters! This is another one I would have continued but Scribd made them unavailable. I’m keen to get to the rest of this series! I rated this one 4 stars!

Frankenstein: Junji Ito Story Collection by Junji Ito is a Horror Manga collection. This one I ended up rating 4 stars. This one features:
Frankenstein: 4.5 Stars
Neck Specter, Bog of Living Spirits, Pen Pal, Intruder, The Strange Tale of Oshikiri & The Strange Tale of Oshikiri: The Walls: 4 Stars
The Hell of the Doll Funeral: 3.5 Stars
Face Firmly in Place: 3 Stars
Boss Non-Non & Hide-and-seek with Boss Non-non: 3.5 Stars
So, overall I gave this one a rating of 4 stars. I’m keen to try more stories by Junji Ito!

Audiobook

The Silence of Bones by June Hur is a Mystery book set in 1800 Korea. I loved learning about the culture at that time and I love a good mystery. This one was interesting and keen to read more by the author. I rated it 4.5 stars.

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is another YA mystery and I loved this one! I have a full spoiler free review up for this one and you can find that HERE! I’m so keen to read book 2 when it comes out because I feel like there is more to learn about this mystery!

This was my least favourite read of the month. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia was slow & also the twist was very confusing. It didn’t make a lot of sense and I felt like it was a little ridiculous really. There were so many better ways this book could have gone. I ended up rating this one 3 stars but I have debated downgrading that to 2.5 stars. I’m not sure.

Physical/eBook

I reread Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys in October and loved it even more this time! This is a hard hitting WWII story that is very emotional and beautifully written. You can find my spoiler free review HERE!

FINALLY!!! They finally released Memento by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff in eBook & Audiobook form so I had to read it straight away! This one follows AIDAN in the events leading up to Illuminae. This was awesome & I rated it 5 stars!

Lastly I read Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare which is a Slasher thriller and it was a tonne of fun. The only downfall with this one was the reveal at the end.. It just didn’t really make sense and the motive was a push. I rated this one 4 stars.

Let’s Chat!

What was your favourite read from October?!
Mine would be The Inheritance Games for audiobook & The Tea Dragon Tapestry for Graphic Novel. Of course Salt to the Sea is a favourite but as it’s a reread I thought I’d let the new books have a chance.


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