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Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Our Dark Duet
Author: 
Victoria Schwab
Series: Monsters of Verity
Genre: 
YA Fantasy
Publication Date: June 13th, 2017
Pages: 510 (Paperback)
Publishers: Greenwillow Books
Rating:

5 star

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THE WORLD IS BREAKING. AND SO ARE THEY.

KATE HARKER isn’t afraid of monsters. She hunts them. And she’s good at it.

AUGUST FLYNN once yearned to be human. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

THE WAR HAS BEGUN.

THE MONSTERS ARE WINNING.

Kate will have to return to Verity. August will have to let her back in. And a new monster is waiting—one that feeds on chaos and brings out its victims’ inner demons.

Which will be harder to conquer: the monsters they face, or the monsters within?

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You can find my spoiler free review of This Savage Song HERE!

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I really like the cover of this book! They are so simple but represent the books so well. I also love the colour of this one too. The font is also really cool and probably my favourite book cover font!

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Everything I said in my review for This Savage Song still stands when it comes to the writing. The writing is amazing! I love how Schwab described and built this world! Her writing grips you and you just don’t want to put the book down! The way she develops characters is really good too.

Also, very little romance in this one which I really enjoyed.

Again, I am still complaining that there is no map!! Especially because we explore another city in this book as well as Verity.

Lastly, I wish we had a bit more info on the Chaos Eater. It just kinda poped up and we never found out any info on it or what happened to it in the end.

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The plot was action packed and gripping. This book is a tad darker than This Savage Song and it was really well done.

And that ending! Did you have to do that to me?!

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This Savage Song was written in split POV between Kate & August but Our Dark duet also introduces another POV as well. I won’t say who as it is as I don’t want to spoil a rather large plot twist that happens between the end of This Savage Song and the start of Our Dark Duet. But it was really interesting seeing the world from that person’s POV and seeing what the other side is up to.

Kate is an amazing character. I liked her a lot more in this book than in This Savage Song as I felt like she became herself in this book rather than trying to impress her father all the time like in This Savage Song.
She was strong and didn’t bend to what everyone else wanted of her. She fought to get rid of the monsters while struggling the whole time with her only monsters (well not entirely her own 😉)

August I didn’t love as much in this book. In This Savage Song he fought to be what he wanted to be and Kate tried to be exactly as her father would want. But in Our Dark Duet I feel like the rolls changed. August was just doing what was expected of him and Kate was doing whatever she pleased. They just kinda swapped over. August annoyed me a little when Kate returned and I totally agree with all her complaints when they were first reunited!

Soro I did not like that much. He was brutal and wouldn’t listen to anyone but himself unless he was given a direct order by someone higher ranking than him. He just needs to chill out!

That’s all I will talk about for the characters as the fact that a couple survided is a plot twist and I don’t want to ruin it for everyone!

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I love Schwabs writing! It is descriptive and beautiful. The world is so amazing and I loved exploring a bit more of that world in this book. The plot was really good too, even if it was heartbreaking at the end. The characters are really well done eve if August as a character kinda annoyed me for a bit there. I can’t wait to pick up something else from V.E./Victoria Schwab as this Duology was the first I picked up on hers except her short story in Because You Love To Hate Me.



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Seven-Sided Spy by Hannah Carmack – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Seven-Sided Spy
Author: 
Hannah Carmack
Genre: 
Diverse Thriller
Publication Date: Jan 15th, 2018
Pages: Unknown (It’s not on Goodreads and my copy was on kindle which uses Loc, not pages)
Publishers: NineStar Press
Rating:
3 and a half star

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In the midst of the cold war, the CIA’s finest and most fatal female agent, Diana Riley, vanishes. Kidnapped by the KGB and taken to the backcountry of North Carolina, she and her team of unsavory partners are forced to undergo illegal experimentation.

But, when the experiments leave them horribly deformed and unable to reenter society without someone crying monster, the previously glamorous and high-maintenance spies must escape KGB captivity and avoid recapture at the hands of Nikola, a ruthless KGB agent with an intense and well-justified grudge against her former flame.

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Honestly, I don’t like the cover. I don’t find covers with people on them appealing. I do like the forest background part though. It looks good against the bluish colour of the girl. I am also not sure exactly who the girl on the cover is. I’m guessing it is meant to be Diana, but not 100% sure.

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I liked most aspects of the writing. It flowed well but was a little slow at times however it wasn’t bad enough to really bug me. The book includes both past and present events. I enjoyed a few of the past sections but a few of them, I feel like could have been summed up in less pages. Some didn’t really add anything to the overall story and I didn’t see the point of them. But a few were necessary for the story, so I enjoyed those!
My main problem was that all of the chapters were so long! I prefer novels with short or varied sized chapters. That is simply personal preference and I didn’t mark it down for this. I just wanted to make people aware if you are like me and don’t like all huge chapters!

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As this is a thriller I won’t talk much about the plot as I feel like Thrillers you need to go in knowing nothing or at least very little!

I did enjoy the plot though. It was fairly action packed. As I said earlier it was a little slow at times. This was mainly at the start when we are learning about the world and setting everything up, but after about 30% it gets a pretty fast-paced except some of the past sections.

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There is a fair bit of diversity in this book. We have gay, bisexual, POC & also a character with an eating disorder (Bulimia).
As for the Bulimia, It is barely talked about. It is one of the past sections and basically all the happens is we see that she suffers from it and then another character tells her to stop and then we are back in the present and she no longer suffers from it. I’m not sure if the rep was done well for this one. I personally don’t have any experience with any eating disorders so I can’t say whether it was done well or not.

As for the characters themselves, I feel like discovering who they all are is part of the mystery of the book. So if you want you can keep reading, or choose not to. Skip to the Overall section if you didn’t want to spoil this part.

Each of the characters have atleast 2 names as they are spies. I will put both so there is no confusion!

Hera/Diana/Goddess was my least favourite character in the end. At the beginning, I didn’t mind her but in the end, this one is crazy!
Dresden/Tim was another unenjoyable character. He was just kinda rude and petty and annoyed me most of the time.
Niccolò/Da Vinci was an okay character. He kinda felt like a father figure to the others in their group. He felt very realistic for some reason. I think it may have been the constant struggle he was in and just trying to do the right thing but it not working out!

Marco/Rigan was probably my favourite character. He was interesting and really enjoyable.
Ruby/Robin was funny, quirky and I enjoyed seeing her being thrown into this craziness and how she dealt with it.

The rest of the characters didn’t get as much page time in their POVs. So I don’t have as many feelings about them as the others.
Nikola/Wesley is the one character that I don’t really know how to feel. I both liked her and didn’t like her at different times.
Kal/Sergei & Gulliver/Roderick are both enjoyable and I did really enjoy their friendship.

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Overall I enjoyed the writing but had a few small issues with it. The plot was really well done though and I liked the slight hint of a fantasy of sorts. I liked some and didn’t like some of the characters, but you can’t love everyone! So I’m fine with that.

Slight spoiler ahead!! The only thing I wish is there was more explanation about why some of the characters were given those abilities of such. There was no real background on that part. There was the background of the characters but barely any talk about why those things were happening to them. I just don’t get it and I’m pretty sure it’s a standalone, so we will never find out I guess!



I received an eBook of Seven-Sided Spy from the author, Hannah. So thanks so much to her!

This book releases very soon and you can pre-order it through one of the sites below!

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Paperback  /  eBook



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January 2018 Duodecathon TBR

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So, I loved doing Duodecathon last year, however, I am not loving their complete lack of organisation for this month! I only just went onto my goodreads account and saw the message from the creator saying the challenges and stuff are up. The message was sent 7 hours ago. I then read that the ReadAThon will be from the 5th until 11th! However, the message was sent 3 hours into the 5th for me here in Aus! For anyone in NZ, it would have been even later into the ReadAThon. So it is now 10am and I’m only just writing my TBR!! So thanks, guys!



All that behind. Here is my TBR for the Duodecathon. So if you don’t know the duodecathon is a monthly ReadAThon. There are challenges for this ReadAThon but the cool thing about this one is you have the option to pick from 12 challenges. So there are 12 challenges for the 12 months of the year and the idea is that you participate each month, selecting a new challenge so that by the end of the year you have completed all the 12 challenges!

You can find their Duodecathon Goodreads page HERE.

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

This month I will be doing the challenge Read the second book in a series



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4 of these are second books in a series! So I will well and truly finish this challenge! Our Dark Duet & Wayfarer are both the final books in a Duology as well! Ruin & Rising is the 3rd book in a series, but it’s the book after Siege and Storm, so I want to read them together!



Well, that is my TBR! Now to get reading!

Are you participating? Let me know what’s on your TBR?

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December 2017 Duodecathon Wrap Up

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So the last Duodecathon of the year is over and here is my wrap up! I will also be doing a full Wrap Up of the entire year of Duodecathon challenges and that will be up in a couple days!



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This completed the challenge The first book on your shelf you haven’t read.

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This completed the challenge A 2017 debut author

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This completed the challenge for A Non-Fiction Book.

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Well, that is everything! I am happy I completed the last 3 challenges in December! But I will talk more about that in my overall Wrap Up!

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2017 YA Reading Challenge Wrap Up

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So 2017 is over and it’s time to wrap up the 2017 YA Reading Challenge! I don’t know if this is happening again in 2018 as when I clicked the link to the host’s blog, the link no longer works!



1. Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch
2. Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch
3. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
4. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander
5. Firstlife by Gena Showalter
6. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
7. Lifeblood by Gena Showalter
8. Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton
9. Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden
10. The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid
11. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
12. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
13. Flame in the Mist Renee Ahdieh
14. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
15. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
16. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
17. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
18. Geekerella by Ashley Poston
19. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
20. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
21. Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
22. Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
23. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
24. The Secret Science of Magic by Melissa Keil
25. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
26. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
27. Akarnae by Lynette Noni
28. Raelia by Lynette Noni
29. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
30. Draekora by Lynette Noni
31. Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
32. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
33. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
34. The Life Siphon by Kathryn Sommerlot
35. Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
36. Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science by Jeannine Atkins
37. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
38. Furthermore by Taherah Mafi
39. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
40. The Lightning Thief by Percy Jackson
41. Half Bad by Sally Green
42. The Wicked + The Divine: Vol 1 by Kieron Gillen
43. Roar by Cora Carmack
44. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
45. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
46. The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee
47. Song of the Curren by Sarah Tolcser
48. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
49. The Wicked + The Divine: Vol 2 by Kieron Gillen
50. The Wicked + The Divine: Vol 3 by Kieron Gillen
51. Because You Love To Hate Me
52. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
53. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
54. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
55. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
56. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
57. The Wicked + The Divine: Vol 4 by Kieron Gillen
58. The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare & Holly Black
59. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
60. Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
61. Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
62. Half Wild by Sally Green
63. The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon
64. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
65. Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers
66. Thief’s Cunning by Sarah Ahiers
67. A Monster’s Call by Patrick Ness
68. The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli
69. Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
70. The Dead of the Night by John Marsden
71. Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise, Part 1 by Gene Luen Yang
72. Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise, Part 2 by Gene Luen Yang
73. Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise, Part 3 by Gene Luen Yang
74. The Copper Gauntlet by Cassandra Clare & Holly Black
75. Zero Repeat Forever by G.S. Prendergast
76. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
77. Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows
78. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
79. The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken
80. In Time by Alexandra Bracken
81. Paper Girls: Vol 1 by Brian K. Vaugan
82. Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken
83. Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
84. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
85. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
86. One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus
87. Beastly by Alex Flinn
88. Prodigy Prince by Natasha Sapienza
89. Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller
90. Shatter Me by Taherah Mafi
91. Warcross by Marie Lu
92. Gemian by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
93. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
94. Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
95. Half Lost by Sally Green
96. Runebinder by Alex R. Kahler
97. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander
98. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
99. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
100. The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
101. Everless by Sara Holland
102. Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco
103. The Third Day, The Frost by John Marsden
104. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
105. Dreadnought by April Daniels



Well that is all the YA books I read this year! I read a total of 152 books so it’s awesome to feel that a fair chunk of them was Middle Grade or Adult seen as I feel like I’m always reading YA!

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January 2018 TBR

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So it is January tomorrow! Which is crazy! but let’s jump into this year with an ambitious TBR, shall we!

I am participating in the Winter Biannual Bibliothon, so all of the books on that TBR post will also be on here.



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So that is my TBR for January! I can’t wait for most of these books!

What is on your TBR? Have you read any of these?!

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2018 Winter Biannual Bibliothon TBR

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You guys are going to get 2 TBRs in 1 day as I am doing this TBR and my normal monthly TBR for Jan! But oh well! There is just so much going on lately!

So the Winter Biannual Bibliothon is going from the 20th till 26th of Jan. For all the info about it including links, video challenges and anything else I could find, please check out my ReadAThon guide for Jan as I go into full details and I’m not going to do it again here!
ReadAThon Guide – Jan 2018



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1. Read the group book
2. Read a sequel
3. Read a book that you have never heard of before
4. Read a book about mental illness
5. Read a book that was mentioned in another book/movie/TV Show
6. Read a book under 200 pages
7. Read a backlist book

You can use 1 book for up to 2 challenges, I am going to pick 7 individual books for the 7 challenges, however when it gets to the ReadAThon and I’m running behind I might do some doubling up!



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Otherworld is the Group Book for the WBB, so obviously I will be reading it.

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This one is for Read a sequel. This book could also be used for the Read a backlist book, if I choose to double up when the ReadAThon comes.

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This is for the challenge Read a book that you have never heard of before.
So to find this book I went to Scribd, which if you don’t know is a monthly subscription service where you pay a certain amount and get 3 eBook credits and 1 audiobook credit a month. So all I did was go on Scribd, go into the Fantasy section and have a look at some of the books that came up and this is what I chose. I went through a fair few before choosing this one but they either had bad reviews or sounded very romance based.

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This is for the challenge Read a book with mental Illness.
So I’m not actually 100% sure if this book deals with mental illness but it came up in a list of mental illness books and I own it. So I chose it.

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So, I couldn’t think of any off the top of my head that I hadn’t already read, so I just googled it and found an awesome discussion post on Goodreads as this same prompt was one of the prompts in 2017 Advanced PopSugar Reading Challenge. So that was handy! You can find that HERE if you need some help! I choose Alice as it was listed a couple times as mentioned in different books! I also thought afterwards that an easy book for this could be either Quidditch Through the Ages, The Tales of Beedle the Bard or Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as they are all mentioned in the Harry Potter books obviously!!

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This is for the challenge Read a book under 200 pages. According to Goodreads, this is over 200 but according to the copy I have, it is under. So it counts!

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This is for the challenge Read a Backlist book. They are counting any book released prior to 2017 as backlist. So this definitely counts as it was released in 1996, it is literally older than me!



Well, that is my TBR! I’m pretty confident about it as 3 of the books at least are pretty short. It will be a total of 1,905 pages if I read all of these. That was calculated using the goodreads page counts for each book as some are eBooks, some physical and some I haven’t received yet. So using the Goodreads page count was easier.

Are you participating in the Winter Biannual Bibliothon?! Let me know in the comments! And let me know what you plan to read for it!

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Read-A-Thon Guide – January 2018

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This is a bit late this month but between Christmas, work and a ReadAThon I am currently in I just haven’t had the chance to write anything but reviews for the books I have read. So let’s jump straight in!



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Bout of Books is a week-long ReadAThon that is pretty chill. There are no reading challenges for this ReadAThon. The only challenge is to try and read more than you normally would in a normal week!

The Bout of books will run from midnight on the 8th till 11:59pm on the 14th!

You can find all the Info on there Blog HERE and you can find their Twitter HERE! You are encouraged to connect with others participating through the hashtag #boutofbooks

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This ReadAThon occurs every month and each month there is a different focus on what to read.

So this ReadAThon has 2 parts, first, there is the theme. So the idea is to try and read books related to that theme and then there are the challenges, they are an extra challenge and not necessary but add some extra fun.

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

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

Jan 1st – 7th
Theme: Harry Potter
Challenge: Adaptations

Feb 5th – 11th
Theme: New to You Authors
Challenge: Translations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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So this is one of the more well-known ReadAThons that happen regularly! This ReadAThon has reading challenges, video challenges, photo challenges, blog challenges, a group book and live show discussion and heaps more! Obviously, you don’t have to participate in everything, but if you want a bit of an extra challenge give those photo/video/blog challenges a go! You could also win prizes by participating too!!

You can find their Twitter HERE & YouTube Channel HERE and here are the links to the Announcement, Video Challenges & Reading Challenges for this round!

This round goes from midnight on January 20th till 11:59pm on the 26th. The live show is on the 27th and the time is TBA.

The Group book for this round is Otherworld by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller!

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Reading Challenges:
– Read the group book
– Read a sequel
– Read a book that you’ve never heard of before
– Read a book about mental illness
-Read a book that was mentioned in another book/movie/TV Show  (Can also include books that have quotes from other books in the begin of the book)
– Read a book under 200 pages
– Read a backlist book (book published before 2017)
As always with this ReadAThon you can use a book for 1 or 2 challenges but no more than 2!

Video Challenges:
*As each video challenge has a giveaway attached I will put the corresponding book in bold next to the challenge*
20th Jan: Character Recommends Challenge – We are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
21st Jan: Bookish Roast – Paperweight by Meg Haston
22nd Jan: Bookish Routine – Unearthed by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
23rd Jan: Modernise a book – Warcross by Marie Lu
24th Jan: Bookish Aesthetic – Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
25th Jan: Bookish Free-for-all – Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier 
26th Jan: Fictional MASH – Red Rising by Pierce Brown

For more detailed info on what you need to do for each video, just go to the video challenges link above!

As far as I can tell the Blog challenges and photo challenges have not been posted yet!

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So this ReadAThon is exactly as it sounds! You try and read for a total of 24hours in a 28hour ReadAThon.

This round goes from midnight on the 27th till 11:59pm 28th of Jan.

The only requirement of this ReadAThon is to try and read for the 24 hours. There are no other challenges.

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Well that’s all the ones I can find! I am going to try and participate in #AYearAThon & Winter Biannual Bibliothon, but we will see! I will either be participating in #AYearAThon or Duodecathon this year. But I am waiting to see Duodecathons challenges for the year before I decide and Duodecathon hasn’t announced their dates and challenges yet! Hopefully it will be up by the 1st.

As always if you know of any others that are happening in Jan then please let me know so I can add them!

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The Third Day, The Frost by John Marsden – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: The Third Day, The Frost
Author: 
John Marsden
Series: Tomorrow #3
Genre: 
YA War Fiction
Publication Date: April 26th, 2012 (first published in 1995)
Pages: 278 (Paperback)
Publishers: Quercus
Rating:
4 and a half star

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Ellie and her friends have achieved more than they ever thought possible as an unarmed bunch of amateur teenage fighters. But it’s not enough. The war wages on, their families are in captivity and their country is on its knees. Hiding back in Hell, the friends face a big question: what to do next?

The gang have another success when they manage to rescue Kevin. He returns to them equipped with a new knowledge of explosives. Suddenly the question of what to do next becomes clear – launch an attack on the major enemy target of Cobblers’ Bay.

Can Ellie, Homer, Fi, Robin, Lee and Kevin really stage a major military attack on the enemy? And in their attempt to pull it off, what will they have to sacrifice? They have already lost Corrie and Chris; who else will the group have to lose in their desperation to defend their country?

The Third Day, The Frost, draws the reader deeper into the struggle of these ordinary teens attempting to survive in extraordinary times. A tense and moving read that will stay with you forever.

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Click the title to see my spoiler free review of Tomorrow When the War Began & The Dead of the Night

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I don’t really understand this cover. I just don’t get the shell or pearl. But I do prefer these editions visually than the other covers, hence why I choose these. But I don’t understand!

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I love the writing of these books! The writing is really unique! The book is written as if the main character has written it after the events of the book. So you get what happened, Ellie’s thoughts while the things happened and also her thoughts while writing the story. I love this method of writing and John Marsden does it amazingly!

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These books are action-packed and extreme in every way! Even when there isn’t much going on it still feels kinda full because we are getting Ellie’s thoughts. But also they skip over the parts that would be really dull as this is Ellie telling the story of what actually went on and all the action, so that is good. It makes for quick and gripping reads.

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I love all the characters in one way or another. Ellie feels like the most realistic character I have ever read. Even though she is appearing brave and in charge to the others, she is falling apart inside and it’s good to see that. Even though she is struggling she gets in and does what she needs to do and will always do anything to protect the group.

I felt like in this book the other characters were slightly more distant than in previous books. They do spend a majority of their time together but as they are all so broken and most of the time they just want to sit in the quiet alone, there isn’t as much connection between Ellie and the other characters. However, I didn’t mind it. I love reading from Ellie’s POV and they still got altogether when they were planning stuff and doing big things, so it didn’t feel like they were completely absent.

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Overall, I love this series. It gripped me when I read the very first book in high school for English class and it only gets more intense. It is kind of a scary book in a way as this is the most realistic dystopian type book I have ever read. It’s the closest to what could actually happen and that is terrifying and also it’s set in Aus. So it feels way too close to home for me.
Also, there is something that happened in the last couple pages of this book that killed me. I don’t remember if I have cried in either of the last 2 books, but I did in this one.



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Everless by Sara Holland – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Everless
Author: 
Sara Holland
Series: Untitled
Genre: 
YA Fantasy
Publication Date: Jan 4th, 2018
Pages: 362 (Paperback)
Publishers: Hachette Children’s Books, Australia
Rating:
4 star

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In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.

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I really love this cover! I really like the simple colours on this cover. Also, the design is amazing and it fits the book so well!

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The writing was pretty enjoyable. I feel like the book started a little slow and there were a few points throughout the book that was a bit slow and dull. But for the most part, it was interesting and there was a fair bit of action.
There was one part of the book that I found really predictable basically from the start but for the most part, there were a lot of things that were unpredictable which I really enjoyed.
The world was also really well explained and I never had an issue when being introduced to it.  Also, the world was extremely interesting and I can’t wait to see what else happens in this world!

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The plot was really well done besides the few dull parts that I mentioned earlier. I also loved that even though there was a slight romance vibe it was definitely not the main focus at all! Which if you know me? Is great as I’m not a fan of many romances and it’s nice to see books with little to no romance!

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Okay, so I won’t be talking about my full feelings of a couple of the major characters as it would possibly give away some spoilers as there are a few characters that you start out with one opinion and then you find out that it’s not as it seems.

I really enjoyed Jules and she was an awesome MC to read from. She was kind and caring but also brave and kinda stubborn.
Roan, I actually didn’t particularly like. He seemed to change his mind a lot and there were hints at him possibly cheating on his fiance. Which I am not a fan of, even if it is an arranged marriage.
Ina was just so sweet and innocent feeling. She was also kinda naive to some degree. Well, that is the way she was made out to be anyway.

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The writing is really good and the world building is amazing! I really enjoyed the MC as well! There are a few slow parts and a little bit of predictability too which I wasn’t as much a fan of but not enough to really affect my enjoyment.
I did really enjoy this book but I had a couple small issues that means that I didn’t give it a higher rating. But still, a really good book and I’m keen to find out what happens next!



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

So on some sites, this book is currently available but on others it’s a pre-order. According to NetGalley this book releases on the 4th of Jan though. But I will leave links below on a few places you can purchase or pre-order the book.

**This is only links for the Hachette/Orchard edition but you can also get the HarperTeen editions around with a different cover.**

Hachette Website
Hardcover, Paperback & eBook

Book Depository (Pre-Order)
Paperback  /  Hardcover

QBD
Paperback  /  Hardcover

Dymocks (Pre-Order)
Paperback

Amazon  Aus
Paperback  /  Hardcover  /  eBook  /  Audiobook



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