September Wrap Up

Aaaaaaand it’s another month up. September already finished, that’s crazy, where did it go? And,… is that… Christmas up ahead? I can hear bells jingling already.

Back to books though, and September wasn’t too bad. I read a total of six books, so not too bad at all. Let’s get started shall we:

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Frogkisser – Garth Nix (3 stars)

I didn’t enjoy this one too much, but in saying that it wasn’t a bad book. I feel like it was just a bit slow, and too young for me to enjoy. It definitely a funny one for younger readers though, and quite easy to read.

 


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A Darker Shade of Magic – V.E. Schwab (4 1/2 stars)

Now. This one was very good. I loooooved this series, in particular this book. I found this one much more enjoyable than the next two, and it is so close to being 5 stars. I actually don’t know why I’m not giving it 5 stars, there was just this one thing that I can’t put my finger on. I’m not sure, but I most definitely recommend this book, most definitely.


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A Gathering of Shadows – V.E. Schwab (4 stars)

Second book in the series, and the only reasons why this one is more than 3 stars, are the characters. Kell and Lila and Rhy and Alucard were the ones who brought this up. Other than that A Gathering of Shadows wasn’t nearly as good as ADSOM.

 


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And final book in the series, A Conjuring of Light is back up to the 4 1/2 stars!! I felt this was a good finish, including a lovely and very enjoyable magical battle at the end. Also lots of CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT, holy moly it was crazy. Again, a definite recommend, if you haven’t already read this trilogy.

 


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A Court of Wings and Ruin – Sarah J Maas (4 1/2 stars)

Well. Wasn’t this book a roller coaster? In fact, this whole series is a roller coaster!! There were so many things happening, and plot twist after plot twist, and just aaarrrrgghh! If you’ve read this, I think you’ll know what I mean. If you haven’t, then this is another one of those series that I recommend all the time, especially if you’re a fan of the whole epic fantasy, young adult, fae/faerie thing.


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Tower of Dawn – Sarah J Maas (4 1/2 stars)

Lots of 4 1/2 stars going on in September, and they’re all so close to 5 stars too. I’m finding that lots of the young adult books these days are just becoming the same-old, same-old, BUT, I still loved this book. Just wow. Seriously, for those who were thinking about just skipping this one, who aren’t the biggest fans of Chaol (which was me), you still NEED to read it!!! Biggest plot twist people, and vital information!!! It’s a must read. And, I need the next book NOW!!


There we go, my six reads of September. I also finished my reading goal of 50 books!!! Finished it early as well, so let’s see if I can get to 60 before the end of the year. Hope you enjoyed my wrap-up! What are you reading at the moment?

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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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June Wrap Up

Half way through the year everybody!! Hope it’s been good so far. I believe June has been one of my best months for books and reading this year. What about you? The start of holidays meant I had more spare time, though I was away for a week. That didn’t stop me from reading though! The Lifeline Bookfest was also on, meaning lots of books were bought, but we only just managed to fit them all on the bookshelves. Running out of space quickly…
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Well, without any further ado, let’s get onto the wrap-up:

Hmmmm, let’s see… I read a grand total of 7 books last month. Aaaaaaand, I reviewed none of them. As you can see, I have been very productive. Over the next week, I should get some done though, and finally catch up.

Books Read:

  • Talon (Julie Kagawa)
  • Beautiful Broken Things (Sara Barnard)
  • The Witch’s Daughter (Paula Brackston)
  • The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern)
  • Remind Me How This Ends (Gabrielle Tozer)
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses (Sarah J Maas)
  • A Court of Mist and Fury (Sarah J Maas)

I just realised that I read none of my own books… they’re all either from the school or local library. I think that borrowing books, and therefore having a time-limit on when to read them, makes me read a bit quicker.


Well, after two trips to the library, a second hand bookstore, online shopping, and the bookfest, I have another large Haul for June. I won’t go into detail about all of them, but some of my favourites that I’ve been looking for, for ages, are:

  • Red Queen (Victoria Aveyard)
  • Angelfall (Susan Ee)
  • World After (Susan Ee)
  • After You (Jojo Moyes)
  • Go Set a Watchmen (Harper Lee)
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Laini Taylor)
  • Talon (Julie Kagawa)
  • The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern)
  • The Girl with all the Gifts (Mike Carey)
  • Hogwarts Library Boxset
  • The Farseer Trilogy (Robin Hobb)
  • Fool’s Errand (Robin Hobb)

So there we go. I’ve already been back to the library in July, and borrowed a couple more so my TBR list this month consists of:

  • Lord of Shadows (Finally!)
  • Strange the Dreamer
  • Rebel of the Sands
  • Flame in the Mist
  • The Wrath and the Dawn
  • and any other books that I find along the way!

See any of your favourites listed here? Or tell me what you’re planning on reading this July? I also love hearing what other people have to say about books, so don’t hesitate to comment and converse!

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~~

March Wrap-Up

Hey everyone!! You know what time it is… school’s over and it’s holiday time. March is over, so let’s get on with the Wrap Up!!

I had a relatively good month for reading in March, although not all of them were good. In total, there were seven books, one of which was below the 3-star mark. But it wasn’t all bad, because seven books is pretty good for four weeks!! And I bought a few as well. The books read in March include:

Quite a selection of genres, including early sci-fi, realism, classic, and adventure. I’ve got to say; I didn’t enjoy Dracula as much as I thought I would. It went on for too long, and I just got very bored of it. And I also realised this month that I hadn’t read the original Alice in Wonderland. I thought that I most definitely had, but it turns out that was the book written after the movie. And boy, is there a difference! I won’t go into too much detail before the review, and I’ve got nothing against Disney movies, but they either missed a lot of details, or got a lot of things wrong, because the movie is barely the same story.


Haul:

Okay, time for the haul. Don’t you just love market book stalls? Especially when books are $3.00-$5.00 each!! The haul was nothing special, but it felt so nice to buy a few from the local market. And I even found books I was looking for. All up it was 3 books, and 3 pop-vinyls, including:

  • The Martian – Andy Weir
  • Renegade’s Magic – Robin Hobb
  • The Golden Fool – Robin Hobb
  • Jareth figure
  • Miss Peregrine figure
  • Severus Snape figure

Releases:

And last part of the wrap-up, the releases. Over the last few years, I’ve been trying to read different types of books, and as a result, have fallen a bit behind in the more popular young adult books. This isn’t a bad thing, but it’s possible I could miss some of the releases for the month, because I might not recognise the series. I’ll try my best though, to list the big ones coming out. Here are April’s:

  • 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 Cinderalla, and it sounds really, really interesting. It’s also got some very high reviews on Goodreads, so should be a pretty good read… (see what I did there…?)
  • Red Sister – Mark Lawrence
    • I’ve only just heard about this one, so can’t really tell you much about it. It’s another fantasy, young adult, first-book-in-the-series, which also has some very good reviews on Goodreads.
  • 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 once it’s out…

And there we go; all done for March. Gee this year is moving quickly. It’s already holidays for me, and it feels like I only just started. Don’t forget to go check out my Instagram page if you would like a new account to follow. I’m starting a new theme for April, which should be interesting. Have a good day, and until next time everyone!

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Hello everyone!! Two posts in one day, must be a record for me. But another month is over, and the year is back in full swing. With that also comes school and other commitments, so I’ve had very little time to fit in some reading time. For the first half of February, I was very slack, and it took me forever to read The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden. So, that’s going to bring down the book count for the month. Other than that, I read a bit, did more than a bit of school work, and of course, started up my Book Goddess Instagram account.

  • The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden – Jonas Jonasson
  • A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’engle
  • Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo
  • Crooked Kingdom – Leigh Bardugo

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Now, compared to January, this haul will look like nothing, but we can’t keep our expectations too high. I think, if I remember correctly we bought only two books. I was so close to also getting Caravel, but was dissuaded finally, only because I already have too many books to read at home.

  • Crooked Kingdom
  • Norse Mythology

I also have started the collection of pop-vinyl figures that I’ve wanted for a while now. In total, we bought:

  • Queenie Goldstein – Fantastic Beasts
  • Lumiere – Beauty and the Beast
  • Ming – Flash Gordon
  • Hermione Granger – Harry Potter
  • 4th Doctor – Doctor Who
  • Weeping Angel – Doctor Who
  • Newt Scamander Keyring – Fantastic Beasts
  • Dementor Keyring – Harry Potter

I’m pretty sure we’ll slow down on the collection next month, because they cost a lot of money!! But they are pretty awesome, and I love the ones I now have.


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Not too many new releases in February – at least the ones that I know of and am excited for. King’s Cage is the 3rd instalment of the Red Queen series, and while I haven’t read it, I’ve heard good things about it. Then there was also To Catch a Killer which sounds pretty nice and exciting too. I’ve got a huge list of things to read already, but these ones might find their way to the top eventually.

  • King’s Cage (Red Queen #3) – Victoria Aveyard
  • To Catch a Killer – Sheryl Scarborough

 So, not much on the Book Goddess news this month. Next month, I’ll promise to at least try to read more. The Six of Crows Duology has taken over my mind, and gotten me right back into reading so there is hope. But no promises, Year 11 is a big work load… Keep your eyes out for more posts, the Crooked Kingdom review will come soon. In any case, keep reading bookworms!!

January Wrap Up:

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I’ve read a good number of books this month, flying through the first three, and then slowing down for the second part of January. Because of school starting again, and I’m now in senior, the workload has gone up a crazy amount, which means sadly, not much time for books. 😦   I’ll hopefully be able to squeeze a few in here and there, and will try and post relatively regularly.


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January was a MASSIVE month for buying books, mostly because of the Bookfest. Usually, it won’t be anywhere near this month, but that doesn’t mean I can’t write about this one… I think, if my counting skills are correct we bought a total of 71 books this month!! Crazy I know, and we already didn’t have enough space… Oh well, you can never have too many I guess. Here’s a list of the ones I’m most excited about:

  • Fool’s Errand – Robin Hobb
  • Fool’s Fate – Robin Hobb
  • Assassin’s Apprentice – Robin Hobb
  • Royal Assassin – Robin Hobb
  • Ship of Destiny – Robin Hobb
  • Conrad’s Fate – Diana Wynne Jones
  • Mixed Magics – Diana Wynne Jones
  • Are You Seeing Me – Darren Groth
  • The Girl who Saved the King Of Sweden – Jonas Jonasson
  • The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
  • The Secret History – Donna Tartt
  • The Dante Club – Matthew Pearl
  • The Lady of the Sorrows – Cecilia Dart-Thornton
  • The Battle of Evernight – Cecilia Dart-Thornton
  • The Iron Tree – Cecilia Dart-Thornton
  • The Well of Tears – Cecilia Dart-Thornton
  • The Devil Wears Prada – Lauren Weisberger
  • Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

Haven’t read any of them yet, (been trying to read from the bottom of my pile up) but they will be read soon I promise. Seriously excited for some of these books. *Cough* Six of Crows *Cough*.


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January brings lots of new young adult, and just in general, fiction books, which is a wonderful way to start off the year. The ones I am most excited about are:

  •  Wayfarer – Alexandra Bracken  Passenger #2 (Jan 3)
  • Carve the Mark – Veronica Roth (Jan 17)
  • History of Wolves – Emily Fridlund (Jan 3)
  • 4 3 2 1 – Paul Auster (Jan 31)
  • Caravel – Stephanie Garber (Jan 31)
  • Dawn Study – Maria V Snyder (Jan 3)

Yes Veronica Roth has released a new novel this year, and I do want to try it out. Hopefully it doesn’t end the way her last series did… History of Wolves also looks pretty good, so hopefully I can get my hands on that one.


And that’s it for this month. This is my first Wrap Up, so feedback is greatly appreciated!! I’m trying out some new blog topics (hopefully) this year, so please, please leave some comments if you can. Hope everyone enjoyed their holidays and is ready to read lots of books in the months ahead!!