Monthly Wrap Ups

December Wrap Up!

Hi everyone!

I’m sorry again I’ve been so absent! However I’m back now with my December Wrap Up! It’s the final month of the year and I think that my reading this month went amazing! I loved all the books I read and I’ve even discovered some new favourites this month – a successful end to 2016 I think! Here is my wrap up:

Title: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Rating: ★★★★★

Review: I’d heard so many things about this series and had this book on my shelf for so long. I can’t believe it took me so long to read! I loved this so much, it was action packed, the story was beautifully written and I just have so many feelings over this book! A review should be up soon!


Title: The Rose Society by Marie Lu

Rating: ★★★★★

Review: Naturally after finishing TYE I HAD to get this book, and if I thought the first book was good I was never prepared for this. It was just as exciting, if not more and the development of the story in this was so brilliant. Marie Lu is an absolute superstar and you need to read this series!


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itle: The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

Rating: ★★★★★

Review: I CANNOT DEAL WITH THIS BOOK. The character development in this book is just outstanding. I am literally amazed at this, and I can’t believe how much I loved it. THE FEELINGS AND EMOTIONS, they gave me a book hangover well and truly. The review for this entire series should be up soon! I need to discuss it! A perfect ending to a perfect trilogy!

Title: Starr Lost by Kim Briggs

Rating: ★★★★★

Review: Kim once again was kind enough to send me this sequel to Starr Fall, and I am in heaven. I thought that the first book was good, but this one completely blew me away! It was so exciting and I read it in one night because I couldn’t put it down! I am literally desperate for the next book! Check out my full review of Starr Lost here!


Title: The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace

Rating: ★★★★★

Review: I’ve never really read much poetry, but I follow Amanda on Twitter so decided to give this a go, and I am so glad I did! The poems in here are so raw and heart wrenching that I honestly welled up at a few. There are also so many inspiring poems that I found myself saving a lot of them to remind myself and inspire myself when I need them. Honestly if you’re wanting a beautifully written book that just spills the truth, please please pick up this book. It is absolutely beautiful, Amanda is an inspiration.

Title: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Rating: ★★★★

Review: This was my first Victoria Schwab book and I loved it! I loved the relation to music, and the divide of the city between monsters and humans. It was so uniquely told, and I also thought the difference between the monsters was brilliant, it was just written so well and I love it. I need the sequel!

Title: The Shadowhunter’s Codex by Cassandra Clare

Rating: ★★★★

Review: Such a wonderful little companion book to the Shadowhunter series! The little annotations throughout it were the best and really sounded like the characters and felt really personal! I thought it was such a nice little addition to the series!


Title: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J. K. Rowling

Rating: ★★★★★

Review: I LOVE THIS SERIES, THIS BOOK AND THIS FILM. I saw this film and then got this book for Christmas and literally read it in one day because I just wanted to absorb the entire film all over again. It’s so nice to relive the film in this way, and this book is honestly so gorgeous both inside and out. The cover is stunning and the little images of the creatures throughout the book are just amazing. I love this book and everything to do with it!


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itle: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Rating: ★★★★★

Review: My friend told me to read this and I can’t believe I haven’t yet?? It was amazing! The character development of Laia, Elias and Helene, the setting at Blackcliff, and the ACTION PACKED STORY. Everything to do with this book was absolutely amazing, and I am desperate to read the sequel! Also I love Elias SO MUCH. The best end to my 2016 reading year!

That’s my wrap up for the final month of 2o16! This month was honestly one of the best ones I’ve had reading wise, and I’m so excited to see what 2017 holds in store for me!

What did you read this month? What are you plans for 2017?

Love,

Meggan x

Reviews

NOS4R2 by Joe Hill // Review


Title: NOS4R2 by Joe Hill

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 9th October 2014

Joe Hill teaches the world how to write horror, and that Christmas isn’t always the happiest time of the year in this atmospheric thriller.

NOS4R2 tells the story of Victoria McQueen, a young girl who when she rides her bike has the ability to ‘find’ things. No matter where they are, if she thinks of them, she can find them. Until she finds herself in the place called Christmasland. The home of Charlie Manx, who kidnaps young children in his Wraith and takes them far away, to where they’ll celebrate Christmas forever. NOS4R2 explains how Victoria got away…and why she’s on the run from Manx once again.

I’ve never read anything by Joe Hill before and all I knew him for was writing Horns. When I saw this in the shop I picked it up out of curiosity and I am incredibly glad I did. This was hands down the best horror book I’ve read other than the ones by the King himself. It was exactly what a horror book needs to be. It has suspense, it had creepiness, and it just had me on the edge of my seat.

The chapters were extremely cleverly written. For a majority of the chapters, the title of them was the location of where the chapter would be set, and the title of the chapter would finish the last sentence previous. I’ll put an example below! It was so clever how this was done and really added something to the story.

I loved the split narrative in the book, the beginning starts out with the young Victoria and then carries on into her older life, along with Manx’s journey too. This was such a brilliant way to create the narrative as it really helped you to include yourself and understand every part and reason behind each other characters actions.

My favourite thing in the entire book though was Charlie Manx’s character. He was such a great villain and Joe Hill wrote him perfectly. You can tell the Joe Hill is Stephen King’s son, because he has the King talent at writing perfectly created villains and Manx was no different. He was creepy and constantly puts you on edge, rather than being over the top with the horror and violence.

A lot of horror books recently have a tendency to overuse the gore and violent aspect to help increase the horror. This book definitely doesn’t need that and it was such a breath of fresh air to have a truly scary and creepy book in the traditional way it used to be.

I just loved this book, and it was the best book to read if you’re in the mood for a good atmospheric horror. It’s made me a true fan of Joe Hill now, he definitely takes after his father.

If you want a good horror, or a new author that writes just as amazing as Stephen King, then this is the book for you!

Reviews

Starr Lost by Kim Briggs // Review


Title:
 Starr Lost 
by Kim Briggs

Rating: ★★★★★

Release Date: 5th January 2017

After the stunning debut novel of the series was released earlier this year, it seems 2017 is the year for Kim Briggs rise to the top spot with this wonderful and exciting YA sequel.

Starr Lost continues where the first book in the series, Starr Fall left off. Starr is still on the run with Christian, and the Organisation are on her tracks, determined to bring back their lost recruit to the programme. However Starr refuses to go back, and will do anything in her power to keep herself and those dear to her, safe from harm.

First off, sequels can be sometimes disappointing to read, especially when they carry on from a particularly high action novel prior, which Starr Fall definitely was. However this book definitely does not disappoint at all. It picks up right where we left it and that was one of my favourite things about it! You weren’t questioning what happened between the two books, and you could easily just flow back into the series, even after being away from it for a while.

Starr Lost also gives us a new POV within the book, and switches between Starr’s perspective and that of her and Christian’s friend, Di’s perspective. I loved this because it was so refreshing seeing all of the events from another viewpoint, and the differences between how Di and Starr view things and react to things was just perfect. It really added a depth to the book that we didn’t see in Starr Fall and it was brilliant.

The characters in general were written and developed beautifully. The addition of Frank and Di into the mix really completed the dynamic of the group, and it had the best effect. One of my favourite things is that is can be so easy in YA books to concentrate on the romantic relationship aspect completely and ignore every other character, but Kim writes this book so well that it’s balanced out perfectly. Not only do you have the relationship between Starr and Christian, but you also have the tone of the importance of family and how family doesn’t need to be blood relatives, sometimes the most important people to you that feel like family are those who are there for you when you need them the most. I loved this in the book, as it really created such an emotion, and love for each character not only together but individually too. It was beautifully written.

It was great how we find out so much more about the Organisation in this book, and it was so good how it answered all of the questions that were left after finishing Starr Fall, but it also created so many more to constantly leave you guessing!

The book was so well paced, and constantly had me on the edge of my seat! I stayed up well into the early hours of the morning to finish it because I just couldn’t put it down. I was hooked! The ending was so well thought out that I am now BEGGING for the next book in the series! I can’t wait to carry on with the story.

I am honestly so in love with this series, the characters and the direction that the narrative seems to be taking. If you thought Starr Fall was good – you aren’t ready for this one!

If you want to read my review of Starr Fall you can find it here!

Starr Fall is available to download now on all ebook platforms. Starr Lost is now available to preorder on ebook, and will be released on January 5th 2017

*NOTE: I was sent Starr Lost in return for an honest review and that is what I have written. All opinions are my own and are completely truthful.*

Hauls

November Book Haul!

Hi everyone!

I’m so sorry this is so late! University has taken over my life and I’m behind on my posts! Anyway!

I actually managed to cut down the number of books I bought last month (it’s a miracle!), but there are just some books you HAVE to buy….right? I have discovered so many new authors and series last month, I can’t wait to read them all! Here they are:


Title:
 Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill

I read NOS4R2 a couple months ago and since then I have discovered such a strong love for Joe Hill’s writing! I know this is one of his first books, so I definitely wanted to read where his writing began!

Synopsis: ‘Buy my stepfather’s ghost’ read the e-mail. So Jude did. He bought it, in the shape of the dead man’s suit, delivered in a heart-shaped box, because he wanted it: because his fans ate up that kind of story. It was perfect for his collection: the genuine skulls and the bones, the real honest-to-God snuff movie, the occult books and all the rest of the paraphanalia that goes along with his kind of hard/goth rock.
But the rest of his collection doesn’t make the house feel cold. The bones don’t make the dogs bark; the movie doesn’t make Jude feel as if he’s being watched. And none of the artefacts bring a vengeful old ghost with black scribbles over his eyes out of the shadows to chase Jude out of his home, and make him run for his life . . .

Title: Asylum by Madeleine Roux

I am in such a horror mood recently and I was recommended this by SO MANY people! I found it in my local bookshop and had to get it! It sounds so good, and the cover is AMAZING!

Synopsis: For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, the New Hampshire College Prep program is the chance of a lifetime. Except that when Dan arrives, he finds that the usual summer housing has been closed, forcing students to stay in the crumbling Brookline Dorm formerly a psychiatric hospital. As Dan and his new friends Abby and Jordan start exploring Brookline’s twisty halls and hidden basement, they uncover disturbing secrets about what really went on here . . . secrets that link Dan and his friends to the asylum’s dark past. Because Brookline was no ordinary mental hospital, and there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.”


Title: Psycho by Robert Bloch

Again I love horror books, and well everyone knows the name Psycho! I found this and I wanted it so bad, I love classic stories and I can’t wait to read this!

Synopsis: She was a fugitive, lost in a storm. That was when she saw the sign: motel – vacancy. The sign was unlit, the motel dark. She switched off the engine, and sat thinking, alone and frightened. She had nobody. The stolen money wouldn’t help her, and Sam couldn’t either, because she had taken the wrong turning; she was on a strange road. There was nothing she could do now – she had made her grave and she’d have to lie in it. She froze. Where had that come from? Grave. It was bed, not grave. She shivered in the cold car, surrounded by shadows. Then, without a sound, a dark shape emerged from the blackness and the car door opened.

Title: Rivers of London by Ben Aaranovitch

A friend recommended this to me and can we just appreciate this cover??? It’s beautiful! I’ve actually read this and you can read what I thought in my November Wrap Up! It was so good and I loved it!

Synopsis: My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit – we do paperwork so real coppers don’t have to – and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluable, and that brought me to the attention of Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England.

Now I’m a Detective Constable and a trainee wizard, the first apprentice in fifty years, and my world has become somewhat more complicated: nests of vampires in Purley, negotiating a truce between the warring god and goddess of the Thames, and digging up graves in Covent Garden … and there’s something festering at the heart of the city I love, a malicious vengeful spirit that takes ordinary Londoners and twists them into grotesque mannequins to act out its drama of violence and despair.

The spirit of riot and rebellion has awakened in the city, and it’s falling to me to bring order out of chaos – or die trying.


Title:
 Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaranovitch

The second book in the series – naturally after finishing Rivers of London I had to buy this one! ITS AMAZING TOO – check it out on my November Wrap Up too!

Synopsis: My name is Peter Grant, and I’m a Detective Constable in that mighty army for justice known as the Metropolitan Police (a.k.a. the Filth). I’m also a trainee wizard, the first such apprentice in fifty years. Officially I belong to ESC9, Economic and Specialist Crime Unit 9, otherwise known as ‘The Folly’, also known as the unit that nice, well-brought-up coppers don’t talk about in polite company.

Title: Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaranovitch

Yes okay okay I know I have a problem – but this series is so good! I can’t wait to read this book!

Synopsis: In Tufnell Park, North London, a pair of railway tracks diver under a school, taking train to and from Kings Cross. Wet, filthy, dangerous. Lovely place. And one Sunday before Christmas a sweet (sort of) kid called Abigail took me and my long suffering colleague Lesley May down there to look for a ghost. We found one.


Title: Tales of the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

I literally LOVE the Shadowhunter world with all of my heart, so when I saw this had been released I just had to get it! I’m so excited to go further into Simon’s journey as a Shadowhunter!

Synopsis: Join Simon on his journey to become a Shadowhunter, and learn about the Academy’s illustrious history along the way, through guest lecturers such as Jace Herondale, Tessa Gray, and Magnus Bane. These ten short stories give an epilogue to the Mortal Instruments series and provide glimpses of what’s in store in the Dark Artifices.


Title:
 Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

I’m still yet to read Six of Crows! But this was on Buy One Get One Half Price so I thought since I’ve heard amazing things about SOC I’d get this ready for my binge!

Synopsis: Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.


Title:
 Horns by Joe Hill

Another addition to my Joe Hill collection! I know people liked the film for this and I’m excited to read the book! Also I’m loving Joe Hill recently so that’s a bonus!

Synopsis: Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with one hell of a hangover, a raging headache … and a pair of horns growing from his temples. Once, Ig lived the life of the blessed: born into privilege, the second son of a renowned American musician, and the younger brother of a rising late-night TV star, Ig had security and wealth and a place in his community. Ig had it all, and more – he had the love of Merrin Williams, a love founded on shared daydreams, mutual daring, and unlikely midsummer magic. Then beautiful, vivacious Merrin was gone – raped and murdered, under inexplicable circumstances – with Ig the only suspect. He was never tried for the crime, but in the court of public opinion, Ig was and always would be guilty. Now Ig is possessed with a terrible new power – with just a touch he can see people’s darkest desires – to go with his terrible new look, and he means to use it to find the man who killed Merrin and destroyed his life. Being good and praying for the best got him nowhere. It’s time for a little revenge; it’s time the devil had his due.

Title: The Rose Society by Marie Lu

I LOVED THE YOUNG ELITES SO MUCH. Okay so I basically inhaled The Young Elites and I could not wait for the next book so I had to buy it! I just love this series, and what a beautiful cover!

Synopsis: Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she flees Kenettra with her sister to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.

That’s it for November! I bought some AMAZING books and I can’t wait to read them all!

What did you buy in November? What do you think of the books I bought?

Love,

Meggan x

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Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas // Review


Title: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Rating: ★★★★★

Release Date: 6th September 2016

Sarah J. Maas’ fifth instalment to the Throne of Glass series proves that some series just get better and better.

Empire of Storms continues where Queen of Shadows left off, with Aelin discovering the true depths to her magic, and finding out just how far she’ll go to protect those she loves. Yet when not only the Dark King Erawan raises his head to battle against the team, but Maeve also sets her sights on the destruction of her niece, can she really prove victorious without losing everything she stands for in the process?

Okay so to start off, I LOVED THIS BOOK. I honestly thought it was brilliant, I know that many people thought that Queen of Shadows lowered the overall excitement for the series, and although I did love it, this book exceeded everything.

One of my favourite things was where the narrative led us, I loved that it wasn’t just following the team around but there were so many obstacles they had to overcome and even when you think something is sorted, there’s another spin! It was great that nothing in the book was at all predictable, as some YA books can be, I was constantly on the edge of my seat.

It’s well known that Sarah J. Maas is absolutely amazing at character development and world building but in this book she just takes it to another level. Not only the development of Aelin but of the rest of the newly founded Court of Terrassen.

Aelin truly transformed in this book from heartless and careless queen, as she was sometimes portrayed in Queen of Shadows, to the caring person that we’ve always known her as. It was amazing to see the lengths she’d go to to protect those she loves but also just how much she wants to get her kingdom back.

Another key part was how characters that were seen as supporting ones in the prior books, became so important in this book. Lysandra, Aedion, Dorian and Rowans cadre became so key to the overall narrative, I loved how it wasn’t just Aelin and Rowan central. The multiple POV’s were such a nice breath of fresh air, and a welcome change of story for the series. Also just for a second can we mention the utter perfection of Lorcan and Elide’s characters?!

The ending was perfect, it left so many things open for the next and final book, yet it also ended with the perfect amount of excitement to keep it on your mind in the wait for the next book.

It’s been five books since the original start of this epic story, and for some authors it can be hard to keep up the atmosphere and excitement for so long, but this book shows just how talented Sarah is. Five book later and I’m still just as excited, invested in the story and my life is even more ruined by these amazingly created characters.

Monthly Wrap Ups

November Wrap Up!

Hi everyone!

How do we only have one month left of the year?? University deadlines are well and truly underway now, so the amount of time I have to read has been severely lacking recently which is a shame! Saying that I still managed to read 5 books which isn’t bad! Here they are:


Title: The Call by Peadar O’Guilin

Rating: ★★★★★

Review: I’d heard so many things about this, especially from Katytastic, Polandbananasbooks and Jessethereader! I loved this so much! It was such a unique story and at times was so creepy! I loved how Nessa ended up being one of the strongest characters there, even with her disadvantage and fear toward The Call! It was such a good and creepy book!


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itle: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Rating: ★★★★★

Review: I’ve never read anything by Holly Black before but after reading this I definitely will be! I can’t begin to explain how good this book was! I loved it from start to finish. The way the book was written, and the development of each character was so amazing. Vampire stories have a habit of being over-hyped and overwritten, but this was such an exception, it took such a different twist on the story! I could easily read an entire series of books on this story!


Title: Nerve by Jeanne Ryan

Rating: ★★★

Review: I had high hopes for this book after hearing how successful the film was. However sadly I was disappointed with this book! I just felt like everything moved too quickly, especially the romance. It just wasn’t believable for me. I think the idea of the book was so interesting and unique, but sadly it was just gone about in the wrong way. I was left feeling a bit dissatisfied with it!

Title: Rivers of London by Ben Aaranovitch

Rating: ★★★★★

Review: A friend recommended this series to me and I am so in love with it! This book mixes a crime, thriller and supernatural story perfectly together, and I love it! I love each character, I love how they all merge together and Molly is one of the best characters ever and she doesn’t even talk! It’s just such a fun and exciting book, and I couldn’t put it down when I was reading it!


Title:
 Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaranovitch

Rating: ★★★★★

Review: Naturally as soon as I finished the first book I had to get this one to follow on and I’m so glad I did. I loved how this both followed on from Rivers of London, but was also a new story completely with a new paranormal threat! This series is so exciting and completely immersive, I can’t wait to carry on the series!

That’s it for this month! I read a lot of good books this month, and even discovered a new series that I am in love with!!

What did you read last month? Leave a comment with your Wrap Ups!

Love,

Meggan x

Anticipated Releases

COVER REVEAL: Starr Lost by Kim Briggs!

Hi everyone!

Sorry I’ve been so absent recently, university has taken over my life! Anyway I’m back to tell you that the cover of Starr Lost, second book in the Starr Fall series, has FINALLY been revealed!

Here it is:

Isn’t it absolutely beautiful??? I am honestly so in love with it! I thought that the cover of Starr Fall couldn’t be beaten, but it’s just getting better and better!

I am immensely excited for this book, if you want to read my review of Starr Fall then check that out here!

You can now pre-order Starr Lost below too:

Amazon: Click here!

Leave a comment if you’re as excited as me for this book! Also don’t forget to review Starr Fall on Amazon or wherever you can, and show Kim the love she deserves!!

Love,

Meggan x