Wednesday, January 16

Review: Bitter Blood (Morganville Vampires #13)

Bitter Blood (Morganville Vampires #13)
Rachel Caine

Published By: Allison and Busby
Publication Date: November 6, 2012
Date Read: December 27, 2018
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 538
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13515128-bitter-blood

From Goodreads:
For years, the human and vampire residents of Morganville, Texas, have managed to co-exist in peace. But now that the threat to the vampires has been defeated, the human residents are learning that the gravest danger they face is the enemy within…

Thanks to the eradication of the parasitic creatures known as the draug, the vampires of Morganville have been freed of their usual constraints. With the vampires indulging their every whim, the town’s human population is determined to hold on to their lives by taking up arms. But college student Claire Danvers isn’t about to take sides, considering she has ties to both the humans and the vampires.

To make matters worse, a television show comes to Morganville looking for ghosts, just as vampire and human politics collide. Now, Claire and her friends have to figure out how to keep the peace without ending up on the nightly news… or worse.

The Morganville Vampires series is one of my favourite series and after having these last few books on my shelves unread for 4 years, I thought it was about time to finish the series. After finishing Black Dawn, I couldn't help but jump straight into Bitter Blood, and I am so glad that I did. This is a series that just gets more and more addictive the further through you get.

Bitter Blood follows the story of Claire and her friends as they are left with a dangerous Morganville after defeating the vampires ememies. Although everyone, vampire and human alike are now safe, the vampires no longer have something to fear... which makes them top of the food chain again... which isn't safe for the humans. Can Claire barter with those she once saw as friends?

Bitter Blood was fast-paced and addictive. Right from the start I couldn't put it down and at time was shocked and on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen and whether all of my beloved characters were going to survive. Bitter Blood isn't one of my favourite books of the series but it was still fantastic and I enjoyed every single second of it.

Claire was one again in the thick of danger and drama. She is seriously one of my all-time favourite characters as she is so brave and kick-ass but in a vulnerable way. It's a difficult feat to have a character that is continously all of those things but Rachel Caine pulls it off flawlessly. She has developed such amazing characters in this series and they remain to be some of my favourite of all time.

As is expected from a Morganville Vampires book Bitter Blood left me hanging. Talk about a heartbreaking cliffhanger! I can't wait to get into the next book to see what is going to happen. I'll be heading straight into it so watch this space. If you haven't read any of this series, what are you waiting for? It's incredible.



Wednesday, January 9

Review: Black Dawn (Morganville Vampires #12)

Black Dawn (Morganville Vampires #12) 
Rachel Caine

Published By: Allison and Busby
Publication Date: May 12, 2012
Date Read: December 18, 2018
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 507
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12939581-black-dawn

From Goodreads:
Ever since the draug—mysterious creatures that prey on vampires—took over Morganville, the lives of student Claire Danvers and her friends have been thrown into turmoil. Most of the town’s residents have evacuated, but Claire, Shane, Eve and Michael have chosen to stay and fight.Using the city’s water system to spread, the draug have rapidly multiplied. Things in Morganville look grim, especially since vampire Amelie—the town founder—has been infected by the master draug’s bite.

Now, if Claire and her friends don’t figure out how to cure Amelie and defeat the draug, it looks like Morganville will become little more than a ghost town…

The Morganville Vampires Series is one that I have had on the go for so long. I read the first 11 books of this series years ago in 2010/2011 and for some reason I just never finished it. I absolutely loved this series when I first read it and as I picked up Black Dawn in a bid to catch up on some unfinished series I was reminded of my love for this series. I loved every single moment of Black Dawn and I am completely kicking myself for not going back to this series sooner.

Black Dawn follows Claire, Shane, Eve and Michael as they try to survive the vampires deadly enemies the Draug. The Draug aren't just deadly to vampires but to humans too and they must try and defeat them in order to save the lives of everyone in Morganville. But not everybody will survive this deadly threat.

Black Dawn was fast paced and magical. I couldn't put it down. One thing about Rachel Caine is that she has this addictive storytelling skill. No matter which one of her books it is I have a very difficult time putting it down and this was no different. I couldn't get through these pages fast enough. Right from the very first paced I was sucked back into the world of Morganville and I loved every single moment.

The Morganville Vampires series will always be one of my all time favourite series and this was cemented even further by Black Dawn. I loved being back in this amazing world with some of my favourite characters than I have ever read. It really is an ode to Rachel Caine being so fantastic that she can have a series that gets to book 12 and you still feel like it's fresh and new and not enough. Usually by this point I feel like it's getting dragged out but with this series I just want more and more and more. Black Dawn broke my heart and then slowly put it back together. I loved every moment and I can't wait to get started on the next book. It's a must-read!




Saturday, January 5

2019 Challenges: The Serial Reader

http://www.geekyzoogirl.com/2018/12/21/serial-reader-challenge-2019/

Hey Guys,
So as it's the beginning of 2019 (seriously, how the heck did that happen?!), I wanted to share with you my main challenge that I'll be doing this year. In September/October time last year I sorted through all of the series that I had started and not ended up finishing as I am notorious for having a million series on the go at the same time. After seeing the insanely long list I decided it was time to try and finish some of these series. Some I abandoned after realising that they just aren't my kind of read anymore (my tastes have changed drastically!) but then I managed to finish like 8 of those series. GO ME! Some of them I hadn't touched since like 2011 and I absolutely loved them. Yes, I'm looking at you Morganville Vampires series.

When I took part in the Tackle That TBR Readathon in December me and Faith from Geekyzoogirl.com were talking about our love of reading series and how it should be a challenge that we do in 2019. So here is my list of ongoing series that I am going to try and read as many as I can this year. Wish me luck!

My Unfinished Series
  • Flame in the Mist Duology by Renee Ahdieh
    • Smoke in the Sun
  • Frostblood Trilogy by Elly Blake
    • Nightblood
  • The Darkest Minds Series by Alexandra Bracken
    • The Darkest Legacy
  • The Blackcoat Rebellion by Aimee Carter
    • Queen
  • Dividing Eden Duology by Joelle Charbonneau
    • Eden Conquered
  • The Alchemist Chronicles by CJ Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld
    • The Secret City
  • Chemical Garden Trilogy by Lauren DeStefano
    • Sever
  • If I Stay Duology by Gayle Forman
    • Where She Went
  • Newsflesh Trilogy by Mira Grant
    • Blackout
  • Sweet Series by Wendy Higgins
    • Sweet Temptation
  • Wintersong Duology by S Jae Jones
    • Shadowsong
  • Firelight Trilogy by Sophie Jordan
    • Hidden
  • The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa
    • The Iron Warrior
  • Schrodinger's Consortium by Tonya Kuper
    • Enigma
  • Snow Like Ashes Trilogy by Sara Raasch
    • Frost Like Night
  • The Sin Eater's Daughter Trilogy by Melinda Salisbury
    • The Scarecrow Queen
  • Villains Duology by VE Schwab
    • Vengeful
  • Monsters of Verity Duology by VE Schwab
    • Our Dark Duet
  • White Rabbit Chronicles by Gena Showalter
    • A Mad Zombie Party
  • Paper Gods Trilogy by Amanda Sun
    • Storm
  • Unbound Trilogy bu Rachel Vincent
    • Oath Bound
  • The 5th Wave Trilogy by Rick Yancey
    • The Last Star
  • Prophecy of the Sisters Series by Michelle Zink
    • Guardian of the Gate
    • Circle of Fire
  • The Royals by Erin Watt
    • Fallen Heir
    • Cracked Kingdom
  • Geek Girl Series by Holly Smale
    • Head Over Heels
    • Forever Geek
  • The Nyxia Triad by Scott Reingten
    • Nyxia Unleashed
    • Nyxia Uprising - releasing April 2019
  • Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
    • Yellow Brick War
    • The End of Oz
  • Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver
    • Pandemonium
    • Requiem
  • Thunder Road by Katie McGarry
    • Walk the Edge
    • Long Way Home
  • Hourglass by Myra McEntire
    • Timepiece
    • Infinityglass
  • Alienated Trilogy by Melissa Landers
    • Invaded
    • United
  • Bood of Eden Trilogy by Julie Kagawa
    • The Eternity Cure
    • The Forever Song
  • Dirty Blood Series by Heather Hildenbrand
    • Blood Rule
    • Broken Blood
  • Caraval Trilogy by Stephanie Garber 
    • Legendary
    • Finale - releasing May 2019
  • The Internment Chronicles by Lauren DeStefano
    • Burning Kingdoms
    • Broken Crowns
  • Lynburn Legacy Trilogy by Sarah Rees Brennan
    • Untold
    • Unmade
  • Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard
    • Glass Sword
    • Kings Cage
    • War Storm
  • Three Dark Queens Series by Kendare Blake
    • Queens of Fennbirn
    • One Dark Throne
    • Two Dark Reigns
  • The Selection Series by Kiera Cass
    • The Heir
    • The Crown
    • Happily Ever After
  • Bloodlines Series by Richelle Mead
    • The Fiery Heart
    • Silver Shadows
    • The Ruby Circle
  • The 100 Series by Kass Morgan
    • Day 21
    • Homecoming
    • Rebellion
  • Miss Peregrine Series by Ransom Riggs
    • Hollow City
    • Library of Souls
    • A Map of Days
  • On Dublin Street Series by Samantha Young
    • Down London Road
    • Fall from India Place
    • Echoes from Scorland Street
    • Moonlight on Nightingale Way
  • Falling Kingdoms Series by Morgan Rhodes
    • Rebel Spring
    • Gathering Darkness
    • Frozen Tides
    • Crystal Storm
    • Immortal Reign
  • Soul Screamers Series by Rachel Vincent
    • My Soul to Keep
    • My Soul to Steal
    • If I Die
    • Before I Wake
    • With All My Soul
  • Creepy Hollow Series by Rachel Morgan
    • A Faerie's Secret
    • A Faerie's Revenge
    • A Faerie's Curse
    • Glass Faerie
    • Shadow Faerie
    • Rebel Faerie 

My goal is to get through at least 10 series this year.

Wednesday, January 2

Wrap Up: December 2018


Hey Guys,
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! I can't believe that it's 2019 already. I've had such a fab winter break from work but I am most definitely not ready to get back into it all. Anyway, while I enjoy my last few days off here's my month in books.

Book Haul:

Hardcopies:

Bought:

Daylighters (Morganville Vampires #15) by Rachel Caine

Gifted:

A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1) by Deborah Harkness
One Perfect Christmas by Paige Toon
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
Delirium Stories by Lauren Oliver
Let the Sky Fall (Sky Fall #1) by Shannon Messenger

E-Books

For Review:



 Moonlight Scandals (de Vincent #3) by Jennifer L Armentrout

Books Read in December 2018:


Lion Heart (Scarlet #3) by AC Gaughen - 4 Stars
Moonlight Scandals (de Vincent #3) by Jennifer L Armentrout - 5 Stars
Black Dawn (Morganville Vampires #12) by Rachel Caine - 4 Stars
Bitter Blood (Morganville Vampires #13) by Rachel Caine - 4 Stars
Fall of Night (Morganville Vampires #14) by Rachel Caine - 4 Stars
Daylighters (Morganville Vampires #15) by Rachel Caine - 4 Stars

Reviews Posted in December 2018:


Top 3 Reads of December 2018:


What was your month in books like?
 

Monday, December 31

Top 10 of 2018: Books I'm Looking Forward to in 2019


~ Top 10 Books I'm Dying For ~

10. The Quiet at the End of the World by Lauren James

Genre: YA - Sci-Fi
Release Date: March 7, 2019
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32716442-the-quiet-at-the-end-of-the-world?ac=1&from_search=true#

I'm super excited for this book. I've read all of Lauren James' books to date and she just has such a special talent for writing incredible books. I cannot wait for this one to come out. Is it March yet?


9. Sherwood by Meagan Spooner

Genre: YA - Retelling
Release Date: March 19, 2019
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38734256-sherwood?ac=1&from_search=true#

I'm a huge fan of YA retellings and I adore retellings of Robin Hood. This one by Meagan Spooner just sounds incredible and I cannot wait to read it.



8. Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen M. McManus

Genre: YA - Thriller / Mystery
Release Date: January 10, 2019
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38225791-two-can-keep-a-secret?ac=1&from_search=true#

I read Karen M McManus' 'One of Us is Lying' this year and I absolutely adored it. Her books are not my usual choice of genre but there's just something about them that I love and her books just keep me guessing so I can't wait to pick up this one when it's released in a few weeks.



  7. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

Genre: Adult - Fantasy
Release Date: February 26, 2019
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29774026-the-priory-of-the-orange-tree?ac=1&from_search=true#

I haven't read anything by Samantha Shannon before but I am a huge fan of fantasy books and this one just sounds incredible. Besides, look at that stunning cover. I just can't wait to get my hands on this one.


6. Wild Savage Stars (Sweet Black Waves #2) by Kristina Perez

Genre: YA - Fantasy / Retelling
Release Date: August 27, 2019
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40096288-wild-savage-stars?ac=1&from_search=true#

I absolutely loved Sweet Black Waves, the first book in this fantasy retelling of Tristan and Isolde. It totally broke me heart and I cannot wait to get my hands on this one. August needs to hurry up.


5. Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer

Genre: YA - Contemporary
Release Date: June 25, 2019
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40653162-call-it-what-you-want?ac=1&from_search=true#

I am such an enormous fan of Brigid Kemmerer. I have devoured all of her books and she is one of the only authors that I will read contemporary by. I'm not a big lover of contemporary but there's just something about Brigid's books. I can't wait.


4. Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Orisha Legacy #2) by Tomi Adeyemi

Genre: YA - Fantasy
Release Date: March 5, 2019
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39122774-children-of-virtue-and-vengeance?ac=1&from_search=true#

I loved Children of Blood and Bone. It was one of my all time favourite reads of the year so naturally I cannot wait to read the sequel.


3. The Everlasting Rose (The Belles #2) by Dhonielle Clayton

Genre: YA - Dystopia
Release Date: March 5, 2019
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39080472-the-everlasting-rose?ac=1&from_search=true#

Like number 4 on the list I am super excited for The Everlasting Rose as it's the sequel to one of my favourite reads of the year. March 5th is going to be one exciting day!


2. Rage (Stormheart #2) by Cora Carmack

Genre: YA - Fantasy
Release Date: June 11, 2019
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35677535-rage?ac=1&from_search=true#

Rage was on my list of 2018 'can't wait for books' but then it got pushed back to 2019 so it's back. I loved Roar so much and cannot wait for this one to release this year.


1. A Curse So Dark and Lonely (A Curse So Dark and Lonely #1) by Brigid Kemmerer

Genre: YA - Fantasy
Release Date: January 29, 2019
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43204703-a-curse-so-dark-and-lonely?ac=1&from_search=true

I am soooo excited for this book. I'm probably cheating by having this one as number one on the list as I already own an ARC of this one but I am just too excited for it to officially release. 



What are your most anticipated 2019 books?

Sunday, December 30

Top 10 of 2018: Best of the Best


~ Top 10 Books of 2018 ~

10. A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood

A Sky Painted Gold is not my usual type of read. I usually stick to fantasy books but I adored the cover of this book and decided to give it a go. A Sky Painted Gold is beautifully written and everything about it is just stunning. I finished it in one sitting so naturally it had to be one of my top reads of the year.

Read my review of A Sky Painted Gold by clicking here



9. Tarnished City (Dark Gifts #2) by Vic James

The Dark Gifts series was one of the series that I read in its completion this year. I absolutely loved every single moment of the full series but it was the middle book of the series which was my absolute favourite. This series is so dark and really thought-provoking and this comes out the most in Tarnished City. 




8. Eve of Man (Eve of Man #1) by Giovanna and Tom Fletcher

I've always been a massive fan of Giovanna's adult novels so I was super excited to hear about Eve of Man. I absolutely loved this incredible dystopia novel. I adore dystopia books and I think having this as a duel point of view made it so much more addicting as you saw two very different perspectives of the ongoings of this skewed society. It was brilliant and I cannot wait for book 2.



7. The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen #1) by Jodi Meadows

I am an enormous fan of YA Fantasy novels and this one had been on my radar for ages. I finally got around to reading it and I absolutely loved it. It is the perfect YA Fantasy book filled with a kick-ass heroine and an amazing hero to sweep her off her feet. I adored it.





6. Hourglass (Hourglass #1) by Myra McEntire

Hourglass is a book that was recommended to me forever ago and I just never got around to it. It was totally different than I expected. It's a fantasy filled with mystery, romance and a dash of time travel. I absolutely adored it and it breaks my heart a little knowing that it's currently out of print. I am very lucky to own all three books and I cannot wait to read the other two.



5. Nyxia (Nyxia Triad #1) by Scott Reintgen

Nyxia was the surprise of the year. It's not the kind of book I typically would have bought myself but after it was featured in one of the Illumicrate boxes I read it and freaking loved it. It's amazing and filled to the brim with mystery, science and space, what more could you want? I am so excited to read the other books in the series.




4. The Belles (The Belles #1) by Dhonielle Clayton

A YA Dystopia that tells the story of what beauty really means. It's totally different to what I expected based off the cover but I bloody loved it. It was so thought-provoking and had some amazing underlying messages. I cannot wait for the second book of the series to come out.




3. Children of Blood and Bone (Orisha Legacy #1) by Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone was one of the best surprises of the year for me. A YA fantasy filled with action and magic and based off West African mythology it was just stunningly brilliant. I'm a huge lover of books based off mythology and I've never really come across any of the mythology that's within this book and that just made it even better for me as I found it all absolutely fascinating. I loved every moment.



2. The Darkest Star (Origin #1) by Jennifer L Armentrout

For anyone who knows me, they won't be surprised to see The Darkest Star as one of my favourite books of the year. Jennifer L Armentrout is one of my favourite authors of all time and her Lux series is one of my go-to re-reads. So you can imagine my excitement and love for the spin off series. The Darkest Star was utterly perfect and brilliant. I cannot wait for book 2.



1. Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7) by Sarah J Maas

Kingdom of Ash is a book I've been waiting for for years and it was perfect. It broke me so much... like seriously... I was sobbing for hours but it was just a brilliant ending to one of my favourite series of all time. I loved every single moment of all 998 glorious pages. It was perfect!



What were your favourite reads of 2018?