June TBR!

Hi everyone!

May seems to have gone so quickly! The start of a new month means a TBR needs to be sorted out! I’m normally very indecisive when it comes to what I read during a month so I’m hoping I actually stick to this this month! I have a lot of sequels to read, so I’m going to focus mainly on those. These are the books I hope to read this month:

  1. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare (Final book of The Infernal Devices)
  2. The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury (Sequel to The Sin Eater’s Daughter)
  3. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (Sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses)
  4. The Last Star by Rick Yancey (Final book of The 5th Wave Trilogy)
  5. An Eagle in the Snow by Michael Morpurgo

Most of these are sequels to other series, since I realised I had so many to read and hadn’t started any yet! I’ve already started The Infernal Devices, you can read my review of the first two books in my May Wrap Up.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? I can’t wait to read them!

Let me know what you’re reading this month too!

Love,

Meggan x

May Wrap Up!

Hi everyone!

May is nearly over so it means it’s time for a wrap up of all the books I read this month. I’m now free from uni stress so it means I have more time to read finally! I also had 2 weeks away from home this month, so I made sure to get a lot of books read then. It was a very successful month (and a very Cassandra Clare orientated month), I managed to read 11 books, which is the most I’ve actually read in a month since the start of this year!

The books I read were:

  1. Attack on Titan Vol. 2 by Hajime Isayama
  2. Attack on Titan Vol. 3 by Hajime Isayama
  3. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  4. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  5. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
  6. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
  7. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
  8. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
  9. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
  10. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
  11. Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

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Title:  Attack on Titan Vol. 2 by Hajime Isayama

Rating: ★★★★★

Review: I just love this manga series, the development of the story is so good and not too fast that you feel like you can’t keep up! Also I still love the art style, I think it’s so nice to read and adds so much to the overall look of the manga!

 

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Title: Attack on Titan Vol. 3 by Hajime Isayama

Rating: ★★★★★

Review: The character development throughout this manga in particular is so good, and really pulls you into the story! I can’t wait to carry on with the rest and see how it develops past the anime we have so far!

 

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Title:  Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Rating: ★★★★

Review: When I originally bought this book it had a lot of mixed reviews and now I can kind of understand why. The plot does have a lot of similar aspects to other YA books, and some parts do make you sit there and try to remember where you’ve read something similar before, but it’s still such a great book. As similar as some aspects are, the story itself is so good and I loved the ending so much. It kept me entertained and guessing along the way that I can’t wait to read Glass Sword. Yes some parts are similar but that’s sometimes a common theme with YA and doesn’t make it any less enthralling!

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Title: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Rating: ★★★★★

Review: This is actually a re-read for me since I read the first 5 books in The Mortal Instruments a couple of years ago but needed to read the last one. I’m so glad I re-read them because this book is so good! Cassandra Clare writes so well and her level of fantasy just takes every other book of that genre and steps it up a notch.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs // Review

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Ransom Riggs’ debut novel is uniquely brilliant and with a very peculiar yet slightly familiar story.

The story follows Jacob, a young boy who after a family tradegy explores the hidden world his grandfather told him stories about: A mysterious orphanage on a small island, home to children who have very peculiar abilities and are at risk of being killed because of it. Jacob sets off on a trip to investigate the truth behind the stories and enters an exciting world he never expected to exist, but the dangers lying there are all too real.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is the first book in a trilogy and is so unique as not only does it have a brilliant narrative, the story is also accompanied by vintage photographs throughout the entire novel. These are usually depicting the children in the orphanage or scenes used as a flashback, but they are used so well that having them to go along with the story fits so well.

Riggs collected an archive of photos for this novel and its two sequels so therefore the individuality of this novel is definitely shown there.

Sometimes however the amount of photos all at once can get a bit too much, when you’re in the middle of reading a paragraph and it’s broken up by a couple of photos it can get slightly disruptive, but it does help to bring your imagination to life.

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January – April Wrap Up!

Hi everyone!

This is my first official post on this book blog! Since I’ve started the blog already 5 months into the year, I thought my first post should be a wrap up of all the books I’ve read up to now (a May Wrap Up will be up soon)! It’s a bit of a long post because I read quite a few books to go through, sorry!

 

To start out, my January Wrap Up!

January was a very unsuccessful month of reading for me, I only ended up reading 2 books. I think the amount of university work I had to do when I got back after Christmas took over my life! The two books I read that month were:

  1. Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined by Stephenie Meyer
  2. Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz

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Title: Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined by Stephenie Meyer

Synopsis:  Celebrate the tenth anniversary of Twilight! This special double-feature book includes the classic novel,Twilight, and a bold and surprising reimagining, Life and Death, by Stephenie Meyer.

Packaged as a hardback ‘flip book’, this edition features nearly 400 pages of new content as well as exquisite new back cover art. Readers will relish experiencing the deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful love story of Bella and Edward through fresh eyes. (From Amazon.co.uk)

Rating: ★★★★★

Review: Although it was an unsuccessful month, it started out well as Life and Death was absolutely brilliant! I loved the change in story and the gender swapping, I thought it gave a whole new twist to the story. Since Twilight was one of my favourite books when I was younger (and still my most read book to date), I loved the new retelling of it! You can find a full review here on my other blog to read more of what I thought!

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Title: Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz

Synopsis: Sherlock Holmes is dead.

Days after Holmes and his arch-enemy Moriarty fall to their doom at the Reichenbach Falls, Pinkerton agent Frederick Chase arrives from New York. The death of Moriarty has created a poisonous vacuum which has been swiftly filled by a fiendish new criminal mastermind. Ably assisted by Inspector Athelney Jones, a devoted student of Holmes’s methods of investigation and deduction, Chase must hunt down this shadowy figure, a man much feared but seldom seen, a man determined to engulf London in a tide of murder and menace. The game is afoot.(From Amazon.co.uk)

Rating: ★★★★

Review: Moriarty was also a good book, not as exciting as I expected it to be, but a good story to it! It didn’t capture my interest after I finished the first half and I think that’s why it took me so long to finish. I did like it but I don’t think it’s one I’d re-read, although the style of writing was perfect for a Sherlock-style novel.

 

Moving on to February’s Wrap Up!

February was a little more successful with 3 books read! The 3 books I read were:

  1. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
  2. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
  3. The Infinite Sea  by Rick Yancey

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Title: The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

Synopsis: Harry August is on his deathbed. Again.

No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes.

Until now.

As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears at his bedside. ‘I nearly missed you, Doctor August,’ she says. ‘I need to send a message.’

This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow. (From Amazon.co.uk)

Rating: ★★★

Review: I loved the idea of this, I used to watch a TV show called Forever which had the same kind of narrative to it, so when I heard about this I was super excited to read it. It was a great idea, and I loved the writing style Claire North has. However it just didn’t keep me enthralled. Now I was kind of in a reading slump at this time so I’m not sure whether that made me enjoy it less, but it just seemed to go on for a while. I liked the idea, and the writing style but put together it just wasn’t for me!

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Starting Out!

Hi everyone!

I just thought I’d do a little introduction to this blog.

Reading has always been important to me ever since I was little, and as I’ve gotten older it’s just become more important and is still one of my favourite ways to relax, de-stress and just have some me-time.

My house is filled with hundreds of books, and it’s a true addiction because I keep buying more even though I’m running out of room for them all!

Due to my love for all things books, I thought I’d create this blog, which is going to mainly be focused on books, and I’m going to try to include a range of different posts from book hauls, book recommendations, to anticipated releases, monthly wrap ups and reviews!

I do have another blog where I post helpful advice articles and other reviews (concert and album reviews). If you’d like to give that a look too, just follow this link: http://www.lifeisbutadream13.wordpress.com

I hope you like it, and feedback is always welcome!

Love,

Meggan x