Wednesday, January 22

Review: The Iron Warrior (The Iron Fey #7; The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #3)

The Iron Warrior (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #3)
Julie Kagawa

Published By: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: Octiber 27, 2015
Date Read: December 24, 2019
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 330
 

From Goodreads:
The Iron Prince—my nephew—betrayed us all.

He killed me.

Then, I woke up.

Waking after a month on the brink of death, Ethan Chase is stunned to learn that the Veil that conceals the fey from human sight was temporarily torn away. Although humankind's glimpse of the world of Faery lasted just a brief moment, the human world has been cast into chaos, and the emotion and glamour produced by fear and wonder has renewed the tremendous power of the Forgotten Queen. Now, she is at the forefront of an uprising against the courts of Summer and Winter—a reckoning that will have cataclysmic effects on the Nevernever.

Leading the Lady's Forgotten Army is Keirran himself: Ethan's nephew, and the traitor son of the Iron Queen, Meghan Chase.To stop Keirran, Ethan must disobey his sister once again as he and his girlfriend, Kenzie, search for answers long forgotten. In the face of unprecedented evil and unfathomable power, Ethan's enemies must become his allies, and the world of the fey will be changed forevermore.
 

The Iron Fey has long been one of my favourite series. I read the original series back in 2012 and absolutely loved it. The Iron Warrior has sat unread on my shelf since it's release. I don't know why I never got around to reading it so I thought it was about time that I finally finished off this series. I want to say I absolutely loved this book.... but I didn't. I don't know whether I'd had too much of a break inbetween the previous book and this one but I actually really struggled with the first two-thirds of this book.

The Iron Warrior is the final book in the series about The Forgotten. I remember loving this series but this one just felt so very slow to me in pacing. If you've been following me for a while you'll probably know I'm very much a fussy reader when it comes to slow pacing. I like fast-paced books that keep my attention and the majority of the books that I don't finish are because of pacing issues. I really struggled with the slowness of this book and I almost put it down a couple of times but I was determined to push through and finally finish this series.

The last third of the book really did pick up in pacing and I did really enjoy it. It was a great ending to Ethan and Kieran's story and I am so glad that I pushed through and got to the end and it was worth it and Kieran did get his redemption. I highly recommend this series but my advice would be to not leave a gap of 5 years in between books. If I hadn't have left it so long maybe I would have enjoyed it a lot more. As it is, I am excited for the new Iron Fey books coming from Julie Kagawa and I will definitely be reading them.


Wednesday, January 15

Review: Where She Went (If I Stay #2)

Where She Went (If I Stay #2)
Gayle Forman

Published By: Doubleday
Publication Date: April 28, 2011
Date Read: December 8, 2019
Genre: YA - Contemporary Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 264
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9815249-where-she-went

From Goodreads:
If you had a second chance at first love... would you take it?

It's been three years since Adam's love saved Mia after the accident that annihilated life as she knew it... and three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever.

Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Julliard's rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia's home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future-and each other.

Told from Adam's point of view in the spare, powerful prose that defined If I Stay, Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance

"You were so busy trying to be my savior that you left me all alone."

If I Stay was a book that I was late to the party in reading, having only picked it up in 2019 and I loved every moment of it. I picked up Where She Went straight away but put it down as I was absolutely heartbroken right at the beginning seeing that Mia and Adam were no longer together. After a few months of reading other books I decided to pick this one up again and as heartbroken as I was I gave it a chance and I absolutely loved this book. I actually think I preferred it to the first book in the series.

Where She Went is set three years after If I Stay and follows Adam, now a rock star, living his crazy life of concerts and tabloids. When a chance encounter throws Adam back in the path of Mia they explore the city together for one night catching up on the past three years.

Where She Went completely and utterly broke my heart. I fell head over heels in love with Adam in the first book of this series so to see him so utterly unhappy and heartbroken, wondering what he did wrong to make Mia leave absolutely crushed me. I was so angry with Mia at the start but the more I read the more I realised why she did it. Where She Went takes you on a beautiful journey once again and it made me fall in love with both of these characters even more.

Where She Went was a beautiful conclusion to this series and I absolutely loved it. It was heartwarming and incredible. It brought so much more depth to these characters and their lives and it was utterly stunning.

"It felt like a gift. From them. For my first recital ever, they gave me a cello. And for this one, they gave me you."



Wednesday, January 8

Review: Blackout (Newsflesh #3)

Blackout (Newsflesh Trilogy #3)
Mira Grant

Published By: Orbit
Publication Date: May 22, 2012
Date Read: November 17, 2019
Genre: Adult - Dystopia
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 512
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11806716-blackout

From Goodreads:
Rise up while you can. -Georgia Mason

The year was 2014. The year we cured cancer. The year we cured the common cold. And the year the dead started to walk. The year of the Rising.

The year was 2039. The world didn't end when the zombies came, it just got worse. Georgia and Shaun Mason set out on the biggest story of their generation. They uncovered the biggest conspiracy since the Rising and realized that to tell the truth, sacrifices have to be made.

Now, the year is 2041, and the investigation that began with the election of President Ryman is much bigger than anyone had assumed. With too much left to do and not much time left to do it in, the surviving staff of After the End Times must face mad scientists, zombie bears, rogue government agencies-and if there's one thing they know is true in post-zombie America, it's this:

Things can always get worse.

"...but that was the thing about reality. It didn't need to make sense."

Blackout was one of those books that has been sat unread on my shelf for what feels like forever. I read the first two books in the Newsflesh Trilogy back in 2011 and then I just kept putting this one off as I just didn't want the series to end. As part of my 2019 'Series Catch Up' challenge I finally read this one and I honestly loved it so much. I had forgotten how much I loved this book and it was such a beautiful and perfect ending.

Blackout follows the revived Georgia Mason and her adoptive brother Shaun as the presidential investigation comes to a head. More secrets are revealed... including how the zombie apocalypse even began. Blackout is filled with revelation after revelation and will leave your head reeling.

Blackout is such a perfect third instalment of this trilogy. It sees Georgia and Shaun's story come to a close and it was filled with heartwarming moments and heartbreak. Anyone who has read any of the books in this series will agree that it's a very raw and heartwrecking story and so the bittersweet ending of this really fit the series. It's never been a happy go lucky story so a happy ending would be unrealistic so as heartbreaking and sad as the ending is, I felt like it fit really well and I absolutely loved every moment of it.

My one issue with Blackout was that for the first half of the book it was quite slow in pacing. It took me quite a while to get through this book when I am usually a fast reader. It does make sense in the end having the slow build up but I'm very much a reader who likes fast pacing so it did affect my enjoyment of the book a little bit.

One of the things I loved most about this series was the scientific background of the zombie outbreak and the political aspects of how it happened. I loved how it all played out and I would love to read more in this world. Mira Grant has wrote a fourth book that follows other characters and I will definitely be picking that up at some point.

Blackout was heartstopping and filled with twists, turns and crazy revelations. I loved it and I am so very glad I finally picked this up to see the ending of this story. If you're a fan of dystopia books and zombie books then I highly recommend that you pick up this series. I promise you won't be disappointed.

"Given a choice between life and death, choose life. Given a choice between right and wrong, choose what's right. And given a choice between a terrible truth and a beautiful lie, choose the truth every time."


Wednesday, January 1

Wrap Up: December 2019


Happy New Year Guys!!!
Can you believe it's 2020? I feel like I blinked and the whole of 2019 just passed me by. Welcome to a new year and a new decade. Let's make it the best, bookish decade ever!!

Well my very first post of the year is going to be my wrap up of what I gained, read and reviewed in December. Let me know what you got too.

Book Haul

I got so many books in December. People clearly know me very well and bought me lots of books for Christmas. Plus I got two wonderful subscription boxes to scroll down to see what I got in those.

Hardcopies:




Call Down the Hawk (Dreamer #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
Skyward (Claim the Stars #1) by Brandon Sanderson

The Christmasaurus (Christmasaurus #1) by Tom Fletcher
 The Beast's Heart by Liefe Shallcross
Good Omens by Terry Pratchet and Neil Gaiman
The Last Wish (The Witcher #0.5) by Andrzej Sapkowski
Sword of Destiny (The Witcher #0.75) by Andrzej Sapkowski
Blood of Elves (The Witcher #1) by Andrzej Sapkowski
The Modern Faerie Tales by Holly Black
Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1) by Danielle Paige
Eight Will Fall by Sarah Harian
Wicked As You Wish (A Hundred Names For Magic #1) by Rin Chupeco
Children of Blood and Bone (Orisha Legacy #1) by Tomi Adeyemi
Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Orisha Legacy #2) by Tomi Adeyemi
Blood Heir (Blood Heir Trilogy #1) by Amelie Wen Zhao
Queen of Nothing (Folk of the Air #3) by Holly Black
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Illustrated Edition (Harry Potter #4) by JK Rowling

Subscription Boxes

Illumicrate



Fairyloot



Books Read in December 2019:



Where She Went (If I Stay #2) by Gayle Forman - 4 stars
The Iron Warrior (Iron Fey: Call of the Forgetten #3) by Julie Kagawa - 3 Stars
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - 5 Stars
The Last Wish (The Witcher #0.5) by Andrzej Sapkowski - 4 Stars
Sword of Destiny (The Witcher #0.75) by Andrzej Sapkowski - 2 Stars
Warm Up (Villains #0.5) by VE Schwab - 3 Stars

Reviews Posted in December 2019:

Ninth House (Alex Stern #1) by Leigh Bardugo (click here to read review)

Top Read of December 2019:



What was your favourite book of this month?

  

Tuesday, December 31

Top 10 of 2019: Books I'm Looking Forward To in 2020


Can you believe it's 2020 tomorrow? I don't know where this year has gone. I hope you all have a fantastic new years. First though, it's the final day of the Top 10 of 2019 and I have thoroughly enjoyed sharing all of my Top 10 lists with you. Today's final list is the 2020 books I can't wait for.

10. One of Us Is Next (One of Us Is Lying #2) by Karen M McManus\

Genre: YA - Thriller/Mystery
Release Date: January 9, 2020

Why I Can't Wait: One of Us Is Lying was one of the first YA thriller/mystery books I read and I loved it. I loved all of the characters and the guessing what was going to happen so I can't wait to catch up with all of those characters.




9. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games #0.5) by Suzanne Collins

Genre: YA - Dystopia
Release Date: May 19, 2020

Why I Can't Wait: I absolutely love The Hunger Games. It's a series that made me absolutely fall in love with dystopia which is still to this day one of my favourite genres. I'm so excited to see what happened before the events of The Hunger Games.
8. A Throne of Swans (A Throne of Swans #1) by Katherine and Elizabeth Corr

Genre: YA - Fantasy
Release Date: January 9, 2020

Why I Can't Wait: I love YA Fantasy and I remember hearing about this one while at YALC and a fantasy that seems to be influences by Swan Lake or The Swan Princess is a yes from me. I luckily have an ARC of this on my shelf so I'm hoping to get to really soon.


7. The Court of Miracles (A Court of Miracles #1) by Kester Grant

Genre: YA - Fantasy
Release Date: June 2, 2020

Why I Can't Wait: It's a fantasy retelling of Les Miserables. As a huge musicals fan I am so excited about this. I love the storyline of Les Mis so I can't wait to see how it is portrayed as a fantasy retelling.




6. The Notorious Virtues (The Notorious Virtues #1) by Alwyn Hamilton

Genre: YA - Fantasy
Release Date: May 5, 2020

Why I Can't Wait: I absolutely loved Alwyn Hamilton's Rebel of the Sands series. It still remains one of my all time favourites so I can't wait to read another series from her. I already know it's just going to be epic.




5. The Dark Queen (Balance #5) by Janelle Stalder

Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Release Date: 2020

Why I Can't Wait: I started reading this series back in 2016 and I cannot wait to find out how it all ends. I love the world, the characters and everything and I just need this book in my hands... immediately!




4. The Empire of Gold (Daevabad Trilogy #3) by SA Chakraborty

Genre: YA - Fantasy
Release Date: June 11, 2020

Why I Can't Wait: I love this series so much. It's filled with magic and intrigue and it's quite possibly my favourite 'new' series I've read in 2019. I adore that it's set in a middle eastern setting as it's just so fascinating to me. I cannot wait to see how it all ends. Is it June yet?



3. The Damned (The Beautiful #2) by Renee Ahdieh

Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Release Date: June 9, 2020

Why I Can't Wait: The Beautiful was one of my favourite 2019 reads and I forgot how much I loved a good YA vampire book. The ending of The Beautiful gutted me. I cannot wait to find out what happens with Celine and Sebastian. 



2. Aurora Burning (Aurora Cycle #2) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Genre: YA - Sci-fi
Release Date: May 5, 2020

Why I Can't Wait: I absolutely adored Aurora Rising this year and I can't wait to read more about this wonderful group of misfits. I fell head over heels in love with this series and it broke mt heart as well. May 5th cannot get here any quicker.



1. House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J Maas

Genre: Adult - Fantasy
Release Date: March 3, 2020

Why I Can't Wait: I freaking adore Sarah J Maas. Ever since receiving a wonderful ARC of her debut novel Throne of Glass I have fallen head over heels in love with her and devoured every single book she has written. I can't wait to dive into her first adult fantasy novel and I'm so excited for this one I've already pre-ordered the gorgeous special edition hardback edition of this one. Is it March yet?





Honourable Mention: A Heart So Fierce and Broken, releasing in January. I wanted to include this one however, I have already read it so felt like I would use the top 10 to feature some of the books that I am looking forward to reading.

Monday, December 30

Top 10 of 2019: Best of the Best


Hey Guys,
Today's post is all about out favourite books of the year. This is probably my favourite post out of all of them as I can gush about my favourite reads. So without further adieu here's my favourite books of 2019.

10. Renegades (Renegades #1) by Marissa Meyer

I was already a fan of Marissa Meyer after having read her Lunar Chronicles a few years back and my love of her books was renewed this year with Renegades. It's an incredible story about superheros and supervillains and what it means to be good and evil. I loved every moment of it and it's very thought provoking while also being fun and impossible to put down. I cannot wait to continue with this series throughout the next few months.




9. Nightblood (Frostblood #3) by Elly Blake

Deep down YA Fantasy is my favourite genre of all. There is nothing I love more than a magical world with a fight for what is right. I got that with this series and 2019 saw me reading the final book of this series. I loved every single moment of it and the ending was, in my opinion, perfect. It was perfect in the resolution for this world and in the resolution of the romance as well. I loved every moment of it and I am super sad that the series is over. Here's to hoping Elly Blake writes a spin-off series or another fantasy series for me to fall in love with soon.


8. Finding the Light (Balance #4) by Janelle Stalder

The Balance series by Janelle Stalder has long been one of my favourites and the fourth instalment was no different. I loved every single moment of it... even if it did break my heart slightly. Janelle remains the queen of cliffhangers and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book. I desperately need it.






7. Five Dark Fates (Three Dark Crowns #4) by Kendare Blake

Another finale of a great fantasy series, Five Dark Fates was emotional and just brilliant. I buddy read this one with a friend and we had different opinions on the ending. I loved it. It's very bittersweet and it did completely break my heart and had me in tears but I felt like it was a perfect fit for such a dark and dramatic series. This is one I will definitely read again in the future.





6. On the Other Side (On the Other Side #1) by Carrie Hope Fletcher

2019 saw me pick up Carrie Hope Fletcher's books for the first time. I read On the Other Side and it made me fall desperately in love. It's different to my usual genre but it was so refreshing exactly for that reason. It was beautifully romantic with a dash of magic in there as well. It reminded me a little bit of Cecelia Ahern's earlier books which I also love. I am dying to get to Caarrie's other books in the coming months.




5. The Beautiful (The Beautiful #1) by Renee Ahdieh

Renee Ahdieh is one of my all time favourite authors. I love her and I was so excited for the release of The Beautiful. I was skeptical with it being a YA Vampire book and I still feel like vampires were massively overdone in teh twilight-era. However, The Beautiful was perfection. It's more like a murder mystery/serial killer book.... with vampires. I loved it! I loved the storyline, the characters and the romance. The second book, The Damned, cannot release fast enough.



4. Illuminae (Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Illuminae was probably the biggest surprise of the year for me. It was a book on my radar but one I wasn't necessarily interested in because of the way it was wrote. It's wrote in emails and transcripts and things like that and I didn't think I would enjoy that. I decided to pick it up after I read Aurora Rising by the same authors and loved it and I devoured this book and read it so damn quickly. It was addictive and I just couldn't put it down.




3. The Kingdom of Copper (Daevabad Trilogy #2) by SA Chakraborty

Another amazing fantasy book here. This is one of the series I devoured this year. I loved every single moment of it and The Kingdom of Copper was a total game changer. It changed my views and opinions on so many of the characters and I loved every single moment of it. I cannot wait for the third and final book to be release in 2020.





2. The Burning Shadow (Origin #2) by Jennifer L Armentrout

Surely you had to know there would be a Jennifer L Armentrout book in here somewhere. I loved The Burning Shadow so much. It was amazing and addictive and my love for the Lux/Origin world knows no bounds. I cannot wait for the third book releasing... it's going to be epic.






1. A Heart So Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers #2) by Brigid Kemmerer

I was so very lucky to gain an ARC of this book this year and I completely devoured it. It was absolute perfection. I loved every second of Grey's story and I actually preferred it to book 1 which I never thought would happen. I cannot wait for the third book already and it's just about killing me that I still have another year to wait.









What were your favourite books this year?


Sunday, December 29

Top 10 of 2019: OTP

Hey Guys,
Welcome to the fifth day of Top 10 of 2019. Today's topic is OTP, i.e. favourite couples from the books that we've read this year. This took me so long to narrow down but here we are my favourite bookish couples.

10. Caden and Brighton from The King (Wicked #3.6) by Jennifer L Armentrout

Naturally, I had to have some characters from Jennifer L Armentrout's books on here and I just had to include Caden and Brighton. I love how Caden has gone from the villain of this series to being people's favourite book boyfriends and I think only a talented author can do so. I love this novella series and I think Caden and Brighton are so perfect for each other and so they had to be included on this list.



9. Dara and Nahri from The City of Brass (Daevebad #1) by SA Chakraborty

This is probably going to be a bit of a controversial one for other lovers of this series as I don't think that many people love Dara with Nahri. Honestly after reading the second book my opinions regarding this couple changed but in this particular instalment of the series I loved the relationship between Dara and Nahri and so they just had to feature of this list.




8. Ezra and Kady from Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I absolutely adored the relationship between Ezra and Kady in this book. It was incredibly developed throughout this book, especially considering that they are in seperate locations throughout the entire book. I loved every second of this story and the fact that they both cared more about the safety of the other rather than themselves. I can't wait to see more of them in the other two books of this series that I still have yet to read.



7. Kal and Aurora from Aurora Rising (Aurora Cycle #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I absolutely loved the relationship in Aurora Rising as it was completely unexpected. I was expecting Aurora to fall of the popular hero of the book so to see this relationship stemming between her and one of the misfits and the one who seemed to angry at everyone... I loved that and I honestly caannot wait to read more from Kal in book 2 when it releases next year.




6. Billy and Arsinoe from Five Dark Fates (Three Dark Crowns #4) by Kendare Blake

There was lots of relationships in this book that I could have chosen for this list as I loved many of the characters and couples in this series. I decided to go with Billy and Arsinoe as they've been some of my favourite characters right from the start. Even when Arsinoe changed and discovered her true power his love for her didn't waver and he was always there to help and protect her. I loved them and for me, in this series, they were always endgame.



5. Vincent and Evie from On The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher

On the Other Side was one of the most beautifully emotional books that I read and that was down to the incredible romance between Vincent and Evie. I honestly couldn't think of a most beautiful example of true love and going through this book made me fall head over heels in love with Vincent and every moment of their romance. It was perfection for any hopeless romantic.





4. Rhen and Harper from A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Cursebreakers #1) by Brigid Kemmerer

Of course Rhen and Harper had to feature of this list somewhere. I loved A Curse So Dark and Lonely and although I had instant love for Grey I love Rhen and Harper as a couple. I love how it wasn't just insta-love and that Harper is kick-ass and Rhen falls in love with her while she is helping save his life and kingdom. 




3. Sebastian and Celine from The Beautiful (The Beautiful #1) by Renee Ahdieh

The Beautiful was one of my all time favourite books this year and I just loved the mysterious romance that developed throughout this book. It was dark and seductive and I loved every single moment of it.






2. Grey and Lia-Mara from A Heart so Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers #2) by Brigid Kemmerer

I may be slightly cheating here as this book isn't even released yet but I have already read this one so I'm including it anyway. I loved the relationship between Grey and Lia-Mara. It was beautiful and perfect. I don't want to say much else due to spoilers but they were definitely one of my all time favourite couples.




1. Luc and Evie from The Burning Shadow (Origin #2) by Jennifer L Armentrout

The relationship between Luc and Evie is so beautiful and perfect. It is 100% true love and although Luc wants to protect Evie at all costs he includes her in almost every major decision and in this book brings her along to the action and the danger. It made me love him, and them as a couple, even more.










Who were your favourite couples?