Book Releases

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Long time no see guys! Or in this case, long time no hear! We’re well and truly into 2018 now, and I think it’s time to look at the releases coming this year.


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Children of Blood and Bone

Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi

I’d never even heard of Children of Blood and Bone before just now, but from reading the blurb it sounds pretty awesome. It’s the first installation in a new series (Legacy of Orïsha), and sounds a bit Throne of Glass-ish… but then again, that’s just from the blurb. I shall have to find this book somewhere and read it. (Also, the cover’s pretty awesome)

 

Defy the worldsDefy the Worlds – Claudia Gray

Yayyyyy, this book is finally out. After waiting just about a year to hear from Noemi and Abel, they’re back! I’m not entirely sure what to expect in this book, but I’ve heard lots of good reviews, and apparently there’s lots of action 🙂 . Anyone looking for a fast-paced story with robots and space travel, this is your series.

 

Batman; Nightwalker

Batman: Nightwalker  – Marie Lu

I believe Batman: Nightwalker is the second of the DC icons series, after Leigh Bardugo’s Wonder Woman. I never actually got around to finishing WW, so maybe I’ll have to put it on my list so I can read this one.

 

 

 


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Kingdom of Ash – Sarah J. Maas (October 23)

Now this book should need no introduction. Finally the end is in sight. Right from the first moment I saw Throne of Glass sitting on a shelf in Dymocks, I have been slightly obsessed with this series. And now, seven books later, the last one is here!! Sadly, no cover picture yet, but I’m hoping it will be released soon, because this series has the best covers. Who else is excited??

war stormWar Storm – Victoria Aveyard (15th May)

This one’s the 4th book in the Red Queen series, and while I read the first two books, I didn’t really like them very much. But that doesn’t mean I can’t include it in my list, so any fans of Red Queen? Wait until 15th of May, and you’ll have your 4th book.

 

 

Queen of Air and DarknessQueen of Air and Darkness – Cassandra Clare (December 4)

And yes it’s ANOTHER Cassandra Clare book everyone. She’s gone from The Mortal Instruments, to The Infernal devices (prequel), and now The Dark Artifices (Sequel). It’s starting to look like Star Wars here. But anyway I really really like some of her books, and  from what I’ve read of the Dark Artifices, I’m excited for this one. (also just LOOK at that cover)

Catwoman; SoulstealerCatwoman: Soulstealer – Sarah J. Maas (August 7)

Anything written by Maas should be pretty amazing, so this 3rd book in the DC icons might be one to add to your TBR pile. From Wonder Woman, to Batman, we now have Catwoman: Soulstealer… sounds interesting.

 

 

A Court of Frost and StarlightA Court of Frost and Starlight – Sarah J. Maas (May 1)

If you’ve been keeping up with popular YA books, you would have heard of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. I was looking forward to this one, thinking it was going to be book no. 4, and it was a little disappointing to hear that this is an ‘inbetweener’, and will only be no. 3.1. I shouldn’t complain though. If anybody is looking for a fantasy/fae series, and hasn’t read ACOTAR, I’d definitely recommend.

LegendaryLegendary – Stephanie Garber (May 29)

Legendary is the sequel to Garber’s first book Caraval, which was a very cool story with a magical setting in an awesome carnival, and I really really enjoyed reading it.  The only thing I didn’t really like was how confusing it was. The character’s roles and positions in the storyline seemed to change all the time and by the end I was very confused. But, in saying that, I am still looking forward to Legendary quite a bit.

Two Dark ReignsTwo Dark Reigns – Kendare Blake (September 4)

This book is the 3rd instalment in the Three Dark Crowns series, which I recently started. My school library had the first book, and while it took me a while to read, it was actually really good. Interesting, but good. All the different names and characters and families were hard to keep track of in the first one, but I learnt them by the end, so I’m looking forward to book 2 and 3 now.

Inferno (Talon)Inferno – Julie Kagawa (April 24)

Here’s another final book in the series – It feels like Julie Kagawa has been writing the Talon series for almost forever, but no, the end is in sight. April 24 will be the final showdown for Ember, Garret, Riley, and Dante

 

 

Muse of NightmaresMuse of Nightmares – Laini Taylor (October 2)

Aaaaand, yet another next-book-in-the-series that I’ve been desperately waiting for. Unfortunately, we still have to wait until October for this one, but oh it’ll be worth it. I absolutely loved Strange the Dreamer, and absolutely can’t wait for this book to come out. I’m sure a lot of other people are with me on that one.

 


And there we go! My list is complete! I’m sure there are many, many others that I’m forgetting, but these are the big ones that I know of (so the young adult, fiction, fantasy, contemporary novels). If one of your favourite authors has a book release this year, tell me about it in the comments 🙂

 

 

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Yearly wrap up

Bookish Resolutions


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Hello! Good morning/afternoon/evening to you, you wonderful bookworms! How is everyone? I hope you’re all having a glorious holiday, celebrating a happy Christmas, or looking forward to the new year. I certainly am. I’m going into Grade 12 this year, so it’s the final run home of this era of my life. Hopefully I can squeeze some reading in there too (who am I kidding, of course I can) 🙂

The end of 2017 was a bit of a flop for me in terms of books and reading. Did you know that my last post on here was my September Wrap Up? Yup, that’s right, September. All the way back there. And I’m a bit ashamed to say that I didn’t read much after that either. I tried, trust me, but I just couldn’t get into anything, and at one point I believe I was reading 6 books at once.

But the end of 2017 and start of 2018 will hopefully change all that. Last year my reading challenge was 50 books, and I surpassed this goal with a mighty 54! Woohoo! I was hoping to get to 60 by the end of the year, but as I said, my reading habits went down the drain in the last few months. But let’s see what some of my favourites are (I’m going to be harsh):

  • A court of Wings and Ruin
  • A Darker Shade of Magic
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone
  • Strange the Dreamer
  • Defy the Stars
  • Six of Crows
  • The Night Circus

And I don’t know whether this is an absolute favourite, but I really really loved A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.

There were many more that I enjoyed thoroughly, and sadly a few that I didn’t. And that reminds me, I need to set up my TBR for this new year. Does anyone have any recommendations that I can add straight away? I would like to get a list going in my bullet journal (extra question: who else uses a bullet journal?)

My new reading challenge, that I literally just set actually, is 60 books. I think I can make that goal, but that means I’m going to have to start reading now… shouldn’t be a problem for me 🙂

And, as I say every year, I need to be more active on this blog. This year’s going to be full on, so I will try my very hardest, but when a reading slump happens, what can you do? I’m going to make a list of what to read, and stick to that list… hopefully


Also heads up for my fellow Brisbane-ers, Lifeline Bookfest is coming up!! If you can make it, I definitely recommend cause it’s a-MAAAAZZ-ing! See the link for more information:

https://www.bookfest.org.au/brisbane/


Hope all you lovely people had a merry Christmas, have a very happy new year, and of course, keep on reading!

Nineteen years later…

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Time to do a little Harry Potter appreciation post. Because of course it doesn’t get enough of that already… Oh well, after yesterday, I simply had to write something about it. Who else caught the date?? I’ll give you a hint… the 1st September 2017…

…is nineteen years later exactly, from the end of the Harry Potter books!! At 11 o’clock, Albus Severus, along with the Potter and Granger-Weasley families, would be on Platform 9 3/4, awaiting the Hogwarts Express. Isn’t that crazy? This is it! The last ever reference from the initial HP books…ever! I feel like the world is now moving on from this giant, magical era.

What made these books so amazing??

I’ve thought about this many times before, and have actually reached the conclusion that it’s not because of the writing. Before you get mad at me for accusing J.K. Rowling of a bad author, let me clarify: Harry Potter isn’t badly written, in fact it’s fantastic, especially for younger readers. But, in saying that, I’ve read a lot of other things that have much better language and writing, and haven’t got half as much popularity as HP.

I think that the allure of Harry Potter comes from the sheer magical imagination that Rowling had. The enchanting Diagon Alley, with it’s magical moving-brick doorway. Intelligent owls swooping into the Great Hall, dropping mail onto the laps of wizards and witches. Flying cars, flying broomsticks, flying snitches, it was all so amazing. To watch it of course made everything more real, but the first read of it was a truly fascinating experience. I think it’s due time I re-read them all actually…

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It was also that it was so big. The first book set everything up – setting, plot, characters, got everything started. And then, book after book, they just kept coming, with a new story in each one, adding characters, adding experiences, right up until Deathly Hallows, and it all comes together. So much planning would have had to gone into this series, to make sure everything played out in the end.

I think that’s what made it so impressive. Also that there really wasn’t anything like it at the time. Nowadays, all the magic type stories are said to be based on Harry Potter (which I don’t really agree with), but when HP was first released, it would have been so original. At least, I don’t really know of any other magic schools for witchcraft and wizardry from before it’s time. a4e103f38784490e2e41930f1043bca1

And to think, when I first began this series, I didn’t like it. Who knew that I would become just slightly-obsessed with its story. For me, it’s quite hard to believe what the world would be like without it. Luckily, we also have movies, and plays, and more movies to continue its legacy. While the world is moving on, continuing the story with characters such as Albus Severus, and Newt Scamander (Don’t get me wrong, I love Fantastic Beasts), I will never forget the wonder, and lure, and magic of Harry Potter. I hope you don’t either.

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I’m back everyone!!

Okay. First of all, hello again!!! I haven’t posted for such a long time now, so let’s start with a big “HI!” I am super duper behind on my reviews, and I actually forgot about the July Wrap-up last month, so this post is going to have a bit of everything.

In the past two months, quite a few things have happened. Let’s see…

  • I returned from my school ski trip
  • Loooots of assignments
  • Quite a few exams
  • My birthday!!!!
  • Recieved lots of books
  • Read lots of books

As you can see, I’ve been busy. Let me know what books you’ve been reading, I’d like to know any new ones that are out. And hopefully, I’ll get stuck into some reviews later on, so I can share mine with you.


Okie dokie, let’s see what I’ve been reading. This is my ‘wrap-up’ for July and August:

  • Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh   (4 stars)

Am I the only one who didn’t realise that this was part of a series?? Because I didn’t know. And then when I got to the end of the book, and it didn’t finish, I was veeerrry confused. Anyway, regardless, I quite enjoyed it, if a bit slow to start.

  •  Rogue by Julie Kagawa   (4 stars)

This one was actually a re-read, so I was up to date with the series. When Legion was released (maybe 2 months ago now??) I bought it straight away, ready to re-read the series, and finish it off… and I still haven’t read it. Oh well, I’ll get there soon. I really really like this series, and definitely recommend to YA fans.

  • This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab   (4 stars)

This was my first of Victoria Schwab’s books, and I have to say, it wasn’t as amazing as I thought. I mean, still 4 stars, but from the hullabaloo everyone made over this series, it didn’t live up to its name. What do you think?

  • Rebel of the Sands and Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton   (4 stars)

It seems this was the 4 stars month. Basically all of them I rated 4 stars, I’m only just realising. I’d been meaning to read these books for so long now, and was not disappointed. Rebel wasn’t far off getting 5 stars, but they were both really good. The second one took a little longer to get into for me, but other than that, I loved them.

  • The Crucible by Arthur Miller

Don’t you just love school reading?? First Dracula and now The Crucible. I think next year we get to read Hamlet, which I’m quite excited for. This one wasn’t the most enjoyable, and being a play took quite a while to get started, but it was very interesting. (I could go on about it for a while, seeing as I had to write a speech and an essay about it)

  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy by Laini Taylor

Let’s start off by saying I LOVE LAINI TAYLOR!! She’s so amazing at writing, first it was Strange the Dreamer, and now I’ve read this series as well, I’m just in love with her books. Everyone must read them!!!


And that’s it! Nine books in all, over the two months, and most of them amazing!! I was also very lucky last Wednesday, with all the books I received. Has anyone heard of The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly?? I’ve never seen it before but it looks very interesting. And on top of this, I got two trilogies that I have been dying to read; A Darker Shade of Magic, and ACOTAR!! All three books each!! Crazy times, and now I can finally read them. They’ll probably be some of the first reviews I post.

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May Wrap Up

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Hello again!! Winter is here, for me in Australia, and I am so looking forward to the holidays!! Not just because I get rid of all these assignments and exams, but because then I can curl up with a cuppa, possibly a cat, and READ!! I’m also going skiing in the holidays, which is going to be lots of fun, but we’ll talk about that another time. For today, I bring you my May Wrap-up!!

I actually can not believe that we are already in June. This is crazy! In terms of books, how did everyone go? I’m quite proud of my readings this month, myself finishing a total of 7 books:

The Goldfinch: Finally, finally, got to the last page of this book, and even though it took me forever, I’d say it was worth it. The language was a masterpiece, though the plot, at times, was a bit tiresome.

And I Darken: I received this book for Easter (an awesome Easter present, I know!), and had heard some pretty good things about it. I also, really, really enjoyed it. It’s almost like a retelling of Vlad the Impaler, with certain elements mixed up and switched around.

Defy the Stars: Oh, this book. I loved it. Could not put it down, but I don’t know why either. There are obvious parts where it’s not the best, but I fell in love with the characters and how they interacted, straight away. I think that’s why I loved it so much.

Shadow and Bone: And onto the Grisha Trilogy I went. Bit late in reading this, and I read Six of Crows beforehand, so that’s a bit backwards, but it was still enjoyable. Nowhere near as good as Six of Crows (for me anyway), but still a very good book and story.

Siege and Storm: This one is my least favourite of the Grisha books, but in saying that, it’s still not bad. I feel like there wasn’t a lot happening in this one, whereas in the other two, lots of action took place.

Ruin and Rising: Another awesome book from Leigh Bardugo! I think my favourite of the Grisha books is Shadow and Bone, but this isn’t too far behind. This whole series is a must read for anyone who likes young adult, or fantasy.

A Monster Calls: This one’s by Patrick Ness, and although I’d heard about it, it wasn’t on my TBR list. It was only because I saw it at the library that I decided to try it, and see what it was all about. And I’m telling you, if it isn’t already, put this on your reading list!! Written for a younger audience, this is still a very powerful book, with so many lessons, and so much emotion, all wrapped up in a clever story!! I loved it, from first page, until the end.

Talon: I didn’t finish this one in May, but I’m halfway through, so I’m going to include it anyway. After Legion’s (Talon #4) release, I decided to re-read the entire series, as I’d kinda forgotten what happened in each one.


Onto the Haul!! May wasn’t too big of a month for buying books, but I just heard some very exciting information. The Lifeline Bookfest is coming back in June!!! Yay!! I absolutely love going, and we usually get lots and lots and lots of books every time. I think it may be time for a shelf-rearrange…

May Haul:

  • Shadow and Bone
  • Siege and Storm
  • Ruin and Rising
  • Legion

I’ve already read most of those ones, only got Legion to go. It looks like I’m going to have to buy some more books soon… Mwa ha ha… There were lots of big releases in May, so I’m going to list a few. No. 1, I still haven’t read, but it was the most anticipated, so I’d better put it up:

  • A Court of Wings and Ruin – Sarah J. Maas
    • This is the one everyone’s been waiting for. Finally it’s here, and I’m yet to start the series. I’ll get to it eventually, but apparently, it is very good, (It is Sarah J. Maas, what can I say?) so if you haven’t heard of it, I recommend checking it out
  • Flame in the Mist – Renee Ahdieh
    • Author of The Wrath and the Dawn, Renee Ahdieh released this one in May, and people are loving it. It’s one of the highest ranking books released in May, which is saying something because there are lots of big ones.
  • Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) – Cassandra Clare
    • And it’s here!! I loved Lady Midnight, more than I thought I would, and after finishing, immediately needed the next one. I think I might do another re-read, and then go onto this one.
  • The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo #2) – Rick Riordan
    • Any Rick Riordan fans out there?? Not many people I know read his books anymore, but I still enjoy their fast-paced energy and humour. I haven’t started the Trials of Apollo yet, as I’m waiting for them all to come out first (Riordan has a tendency to finish books on cliffhangers… *cough, cough* Mark of Athena *cough, cough*)

All finished for May, so let’s get on with June. I would like to read Lord of Shadows this month, and possible All the Light we Cannot See, but we’ll see. What are you reading?? Have any thoughts on the books I’ve mentioned above?? Don’t be afraid to comment your ideas and thoughts below!!

 

April Wrap Up

Hello Bookworms!! I hope you’re all well. It’s been a bit of a busy month for me, with school, assignments, and dancing eisteddfods, not leaving time for much else. During April, I didn’t read too much, which is disappointing, but there was quite a haul of both books, and pop vinyl figures. I also went and saw Beauty and the Beast which was amazing! What did everyone else think of it?

Now, the only books that I read in April were these three. I’m still going on the Goldfinch, but not because it’s slow or boring. It’s just there’s a lot of information to take in, and it doesn’t have a storyline that hooks you. For anyone else who has read it, you’ll understand that it’s more of a literary book, with amazing language, and to appreciate it properly, you have to read it slow. Other than that, I really enjoyed Caraval, (review on the link), and Fantastic Beasts was great as well. I’ll hopefully be posting reviews for both Fantastic Beasts and The Goldfinch soon.

  • Caraval
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them
  • The Goldfinch (almost finished)

 

For the haul, I bought or received eight books this month, which is quite a haul for me. And I’m really looking forward to some of them! Once I finish The Goldfinch, I’m going to have a hard time picking which one to read first. Hopefully I can read a bit more in May, so I can get through more books. Also the Beauty and the Beast book is SO BEAUTIFUL! It’s amazing, and even has interactive illustrations inside.

  • Caraval – Stephanie Garber
  • The End – Lemony Snicket
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – J. K. Rowling
  • The Beauty and the Beast – Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve
  • And I darken – Kiersten White
  • All the Light we cannot see – Anthony Doerr
  • The Pirate Planet – Douglas Adams
  • The DC Comics Encyclopaedia – Daniel Wallace & Scott Beatty

 

What an exciting list! I’m going to have to slowly work my way through them, which is going to be hard with all these amazing new books being released as well! So many books, so little time!! It’s a very real issue. I’m going to be listing the books that were released in April this time, because they’re so much easier to find books. And, because they’ve already been released, I can have a chance to pick the well-reviewed ones. So, in April there were:

  • Legion – Julie Kagawa (Talon #4)
    • I really enjoy Kagawa’s books, including the Iron Fey, and her Immortal Rules series, but what annoys me is her tendency to take forever to release the next book in a series!! So, finally, here is number 4 in her Talon series. If you like young adult, mixed with fantasy and dragons, you’ll like this one.
  • Spindle Fire – Lexa Hillyer
    • This book is going to be a new retelling of Cinderella, and it sounds really, really interesting. It’s also got some very high reviews on Goodreads, so it should be pretty good
  • Red Sister – Mark Lawrence
    • This one’s second on the Goodreads list for released in April, and people are really loving it. I want to check it out, and if anyone’s read it, be sure to tell me how you found it!
  • Defy the Stars – Claudia Gray
    • This one’s like a science fiction, fantasy mixture that’s set in space, in the future, but sounds like it has some pretty cool ideas in it. I might read this soon…
  • The Upside of Unrequited – Becky Albertalli
    • This is a new contemporary book that was featured in multiple book boxes, which is probably how it got its name. And the review everywhere all say it’s amazing, breaking the rules of the usual book, discussing issues not really touched on, and including minority groups as the main characters.

Phew! Long post! I’ll be reviewing The Goldfinch soon, and be on the lookout for more posts in May. Lots of books to read 🙂 . It makes me happy. Keep reading!

~~Isis~~

New Philip Pullman Series!!!!

One of my clearest memories of reading in Primary School, is me being the first person to go and sit down in the middle of the floor, pull out my three-in-one, otherwise known as massive, His Dark Materials book, and start reading. It was so big that I didn’t have to hold the pages down at all, they sort of just fell. I loved Lyra Belacqua, and each of the character’s respective daemons. My favourite story from His Dark Materials was The Subtle Knife, which is actually when I learnt what the word ‘subtle’ meant – as well as how to say it…

So, when I get a message with a link about Philip Pullman, and a new series, naturally I got excited, and had to read it straight away. And it’s goooooood… An entire new epic fantasy trilogy, by the name of The Book of Dust. First book is released on 19 October, and I’m very glad he’s continuing the story with Lyra, because I liked her. Pretty sure I’ll have to re-read his other trilogy though, because to be honest, I don’t remember much at all.

All I know is this: titles are unknown as of yet, and the plot is a heavily guarded secret. Apparently, Pullman has already finished the first two novels, and is working hard on the third, but we don’t get to read it until October. 😦 Lyra returns to the series, first as a baby, and then again when she’s older, at 20 years old. The series also revolves around Dust, which fans of the original trilogy will know all about.

For more information, go to this link, which is where I found out all information myself:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/feb/15/philip-pullman-unveils-epic-fantasy-trilogy-the-book-of-dust