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Favourite Books I read in 2015!

Hi everyone!

I read so many good books last year. It was a great year for me reading wise, and I thought I’d let you know what my Top 10 favourites were. Most of them weren’t released last year (I take a while to get around to reading books), but I still read them last year and they were all brilliant! I may have cheated a bit and combined some sets rather than individual books but hey 10 isn’t enough sometimes! I’m also not going to give these books ratings as they’re all 5 stars or they wouldn’t be my favourites! These are my Top 10 Books of 2015:

13453177_10204812756918197_1097750771_o.jpgTitle: Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba

Release Date: December 2003-May 2006

Review: This manga series is amazing! The art style, the story, the covers and feeling of the books themselves! They’re just so great and I read them as soon as I got them I was that excited! The story is so original, I love how it develops and the ending is everything I wanted!

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Release Date: First published 1897

Review: I love love love classic books, and the Penguin Clothbound Classic books are so pretty and are something I’ve been collecting for a while now. This was my first time reading Dracula, and although it took me a while to get through due to the ‘old timey’ language, it was so good! I couldn’t wait to read it everyday and the story is just as amazing as everyone says. It may have been written over a century ago, but it definitely hasn’t lost it’s greatness at all!

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Title: The Book Thief by Markus Zusack

Release Date: 1st January 2008

Review: THIS IS MY FAVOURITE BOOK. I had this on my shelf for so long before I read it and I can’t believe I waited such a long time before I got round to it! I love the setting, wartime is one of my favourite settings for books because I just love history so much and it’s all so interesting. I also loved how beautifully written it was, and the narrator being Death added a further unique element to the book and how it was told. I can’t explain my love for this book, the ending is as brilliant as the beginning was and I can’t recommend it enough.

13461306_10204801327992481_823916013_oTitle: Fifty Shades Trilogy by E.L.James

Release Date: April 2012

Review: I know these books have had a lot of controversy over them and a wide range of both criticism and praise but I love them. I’m not a fan of erotica at all, but these books had such a bigger story to them than just the erotic side. In fact when I read Grey (the first Fifty Shades book told from Christian’s perspective), I realised that there isn’t as much erotica in there as I first thought, it really is mainly about the love story between Ana and Christian. I read through them so quickly because I couldn’t put them down, and even know I just want to re-read them because I love the story and yes, it isn’t written the best and there are errors but I love them all the same.

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Title: I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

Release Date: 8th May 2014

Review: First off I love the cover for this one because it’s so simple but stands out so well compared to other books. I didn’t know what this was about really when I picked it up other than the vague synopsis on the back, but I’m so glad I did. It was so interesting and insightful into the spy world, and I loved how it was told from various perspectives and the twists and turns were all so great that together it really made such an amazing book.

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Weekly Book Memes

Teaser Tuesday!

Hi everyone!

Teaser

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted on Books and A Beat!

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser Tuesday:

13405318_10204761014544670_947033507_o.jpgTitle: The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury

Synopsis: Ever since her brother Lief disappeared, Errin’s life has gone from bad to worse. Not only must she care for her sick mother, she has to scrape together rent money by selling illegal herbal cures. But none of that compares to the threat of the vengeful Sleeping Prince whom the Queen just awoke from his enchanted sleep.

When her village is evacuated as part of the war against the Sleeping Prince, Errin is left desperate and homeless. The only person she can turn to is the mysterious Silas, a young man who buys deadly poisons from Errin, but won’t reveal why he needs them. Silas promises to help her, but when he vanishes, Errin must journey across a kingdom on the brink of war to seek another way to save her mother and herself. But what she finds shatters everything she believed about her world, and with the Sleeping Prince drawing nearer, Errin must make a heartbreaking choice that could affect the whole kingdom.

Page 71 – “Until I started my apprenticeship, I didn’t know the Bringer was part of The Sleeping Prince’s story. I’d heard of him, of course: Be a good girl or the Bringer will come – it was a thing parents said.”

Leave a comment with your Teaser Tuesdays!

Love,

Meggan x

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas // *Spoiler Free* Review

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Title: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Rating: ★★★★★

Release Date: 3rd May 2016

The 3rd May saw the release of the sequel to new fantasy series A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. It was potentially one of the most anticipated books this year, with book bloggers, booktubers and book fans alike all waiting with bated breath for the release.

To say it was worth the wait is the biggest understatement in the world. This book was everything I ever wanted in a sequel and so so much more. I thought ACOTAR was amazing but this exceeded it for so many reasons.

First off, the writing style of this book is just perfect. If you’ve read my Top Ten Tuesday of what I love Sarah J. Maas you’ll know that I love her writing. The story moves quickly enough that it’s never boring but never too fast that you’re left questioning what happened or why something happened. It was just perfectly paced and everything happened at just the right time.

The development of the characters was also amazing. We learn so much more about Rhysand in this book and the Night Court and it just slots everything into place. It’s like ACOTAR gave us half the story with Tamlin’s POV, but this one completes the story by giving Rhysand’s POV. The two books work so well off of each other, and not only is Rhysand’s character development great to see but Feyre. The way that Feyre’s character is written in this book is my absolute favourite thing. She isn’t portrayed as this ‘constantly strong heroine’ or even a lovesick girl like she sometimes came across as in ACOTAR, but instead as a broken woman who’s trying her best to get through adjusting to her new life and dealing with what happened at the end of the last book. It gives it a more realistic feel to the book and her character.

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The Sunday Post!

Hi everyone!

Sorry I didn’t post yesterday, but I’m back today with my Sunday Post!

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

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This week has been a productive week both reading wise and cinema wise! I saw Me Before You twice this week, I can’t even begin to explain how amazing this film is. I cried so much, even more the second time! Sam Claflin and Emilia Clarke were just so amazing and I laughed and cried so much. I highly recommend it! I also saw Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, which was so great! I’ve always loved TMNT and they finally introduced Casey Jones (my favourite!!!!!) and it was just so great. Mikey is my favourite.

Posts last week:

It was a successful blogging week as well! I uploaded:

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First Lines Friday!

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First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

My First Line Friday:

Maybe I’d always been broken and dark inside.

Maybe some who’d been born whole and good would have put down the ash dagger and embraced death rather than what lay before me.

There was blood everywhere.

The book that these opening lines are from are…..

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Thursday Quotables!

Hi everyone!

Thursday Quotables is a weekly book meme hosted at Bookshelf Fantasies!

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To play along just post a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written!

My Quote:

“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us”

This quote is from Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare and it’s one of my favourite quotes ever. I love this trilogy so so much, you can find my review here. This quote is one of my favourites because I love books and I love writing so I know the impact words can have on people. They do have the power to change us, but they have even more power to make us into better people for it.

Leave a comment with your Thursday Quotable posts, I’d love to read them!

Love,

Meggan x

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What Are You Reading Wednesdays!

Hi everyone!

I am doing well uploading this week! It’s what happens when I have no coursework to do haha!

What Are You Reading Wednesdays is a weekly book meme hosted by It’s A Reading Thing!

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How to participate:
Grab the book you are currently reading and answer three questions:
1. What’s the name of your current read?
2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a couple of sentences.
3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

My answers:

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Page 34 in the book: “Not only was I carrying around too many Bens, there were also too many Cassies. Three Bens, two Cassies, a couple of Sams, and, of course, the literal duality of Evan Walker.”

Would I live in the world? Why? Not at all! The world of the 5th Wave is so dangerous that you can only get by by having skills and being trained or being highly skilled at surviving in harsh conditions. I’m literally neither of those so I reckon I’d be one of those that would end up being killed by the 1st Wave never mind the other 4! Definitely not a world I’d like to live in, unless I was as badass as Cassie that is! Then it wouldn’t be too bad haha!

Leave a comment with you WAYRW’s so I can check them out too!

Love,

Meggan x

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Reasons I Love Sarah J. Maas

Hi everyone!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme created over on The Broke and the Bookish!

These are 10 reasons why I love the author, Sarah J. Maas!

  1. She creates amazing characters within her books! Throughout the ToG and ACOTAR series’, I love all the characters she creates. If you’re meant to hate them she writes them in such a way you can’t help but hate them, if you’re meant to love them she writes it beautifully to love them!
  2. The worlds she creates within her books are beautiful. She truly paints pictures with words and you can’t help but imagine the beautiful settings she describes from Adarlan to Prythian. Her worlds are just flawless.
  3. She has the best writing style of any author I’ve read before! I’ve read a lot of books in my life, like A LOT. But never before have I become so invested in a story than with Sarah J. Maas books. I can never put them down when I read them, and they’re usually all I can think about whilst reading and after I finish them. Her books are written so beautifully, they really are a masterpiece.
  4. THE BOOK COVERS ON HER BOOKS ARE ABSOLUTLEY GORGEOUS!! If you haven’t seen the ToG covers or ACOTAR covers then look at the start of the post. They’re probably the most beautiful books I own, and I am SO HAPPY at the Empire of Storms cover. They’re just beautiful, front and back and I love them.
  5. She’s literally the loveliest person in the world. I’ve seen so many interviews and videos with her in and she’s so so lovely. I honestly think she’s one of the nicest people in the world.
  6. Her stories are so enticing and fresh compared to most YA. I was getting tired of YA until I read ToG and they were so new in ways I never expected that it brought me out of my YA slump and made me want to read them again. It’s rare I read a book I can’t put down, but every single one of her books I have to binge until I’m done because they’re that good.
  7. She doesn’t just focus on the main character of the story, but develops other characters too. Too many YA books only focus on the main character(s) of the story and forget about all the smaller characters that take part throughout the novels. Yet with Sarah’s books every character is important, and she takes time to go through their stories and develop their character too. She never forgets about any of the little characters and I love that.
  8. Character and story development in general is brilliantly paced. I’ve never once been bored with any of her books, they’re so fast paced that you’re always kept on your toes and wanting more. But they’re also never too rushed and underdeveloped, she has a perfect balance between both and it really shows in the books.
  9. BADASS FEMALE PROTAGONISTS! I love love love a good female protagonist!! Calaena and Feyre are just so cool and badass and characters that I definitely look up to, which I find important in books! They give me inspiration to be a better person, and I love how Sarah creates their image like that, but also shows their faults and that they’re not perfect.
  10. She’s so kind to all her fans and is just so talented it’s unreal. She always replies and retweets on social media, and you can just tell the love and support she has for all us fans! She’s just such a talented writer and a true inspiration for people everywhere.

There we go! That’s my Top Ten Tuesday! I really hope if you haven’t read any Sarah J. Maas books before, that you do soon because she really is one of the greatest authors I’ve read!

There’s a reason why she’s my favourite!

Leave a comment with your Top Ten Tuesday’s below! I’d love to read them!

What do you think of Sarah J. Maas?

Love,

Meggan x

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Teaser Tuesday!

Hi everyone!

Teaser

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted on Books and A Beat!

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser:

Title: The Last Star by Rick Yancey13348677_10204737402114374_1617704306_n

Synposis: The enemy is Other. The enemy is us. They’re down here, they’re up there, they’re nowhere. They want the Earth, they want us to have it. They came to wipe us out, they came to save us.

But beneath these riddles lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves.

In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves . . . or saving what makes us human.

Teaser – Page 269: “It found no girl hiding inside a tent in the woods, a rifle in one hand and a teddy bear in the other. It never carried her broken body across a sea of white, never pulled her back from the edge of death.”

Comment with links of your own Teaser Tuesday’s below! Don’t forget to like and follow!

Love,

Meggan x

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Hi everyone!

The It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? book meme is hosted by Book Date!

Post the books completed last week, the books you are currently reading, and the books you hope to finish this week.

Books I completed last week:

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Title: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Rating:  ★★★★★

Review: You can read what I thought about it in my May Wrap Up and my The Infernal Devices Review!

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Title: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Rating:  ★★★★★

Review: You can read what I thought about it in my The Infernal Devices Review! I loved how this developed and ended and I wish so much I could give it more than 5 stars because it deserves it!

Books I’m currently reading:

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Title: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

I’m loving this so far and I’m only 3 chapters in! I love how the previous books developed and I’m excited to see as I get further into the book how it all ties up to end the trilogy!

Books up next:

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Title: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

I’ve been needing to read this since the day it came out so I’m hopefully going to get around to it next week since I hope to finish The Last Star by this weekend at the latest! I’m so excited to finally read it since I’ve heard so many good things about it!

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Title: The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury

If I get around to finishing ACOMAF by this week then this is my next read! Another sequel, this one the sequel to The Sin Eater’s Daughter, I’m excited to see the development on this story and how it follows on from the last book’s cliffhanger!

That’s my Monday Wrap Up done! Go to Book Date to check out everyone else’s entry, and feel free to comment some of yours! I’m always up for book recommendations!

Love,

Meggan x