Sunday, February 14

Review: The Halfling (Aria Fae #1)

The Halfling (Aria Fae #1) 
HD Gordon

Publication Date: February 2, 2016
Date Read: January 31, 2016
Genre: YA - Fantasy / Fae
Source: eARC from HD Gordon
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads
Being seventeen and an outcast is hard. Being seventeen and only half human is harder.

When Aria Fae gets cast out of the Peace Brokers, a secret supernatural organization that’s trained her since infancy, and is left to fend for herself in the human world, she finds herself in Grant City, intent on attempting a normal human life.

As a Halfling, Aria has abilities that are a little underused in the flower shop she lands a job at. And when her new friend Samantha Shy enlists Aria to help investigate her mother’s death, the two girls decide to become vigilantes.

A new drug called Black Magic is running rampant in the streets of Grant City, turning people into supercharged maniacs. With Sam’s mad computer skills, and Aria’s Faevian abilities, they may be just the heroes Grant City is in need of.

Or they may find out they’re in way over their heads, and their mutual crush on the same guy is the least of their worries.

When Heather contacted me and asked if I wanted to read and review her new YA series I jumped at the chance. I have been a big fan of HD Gordon ever since I read her YA debut Blood Warrior and I adore books about the Fae so when I heard about this series and what it was about I couldn't wait to read it. I didn't really know what to expect from this book as it's been a long time since I've read anything of Heather's and I know her books would be a lot different from the ones I experienced back when she was just starting out writing but holy crap this book was amazing. I absolutely loved it and I am dying for book 2.

Aria has been left to fend for herself in the human world after spending her life training with the Peace Brokers, a secret organisation. She now is trying to live a normal human life and hiding her Halfling abilities. But can she stop trying to help people when she has the ability to when everything in Grant City turns dark?

I loved this book! Like I seriously loved everything about it. It was fast-paced and fun and I just loved the characters. I loved Aria, I loved her friends... I basically loved everything about this book. It was amazing. The friendship between Aria and Sam was such a beautiful thing to see develop. One thing I adored so much was that the book focussed more on their friendship than the love interests and I think more books need to do that. Relationships are great to read about but friendships last forever and I loved that Heather focussed on that aspect so much it made the book just so much more amazing to me.

Okay now enter the love interests. The most obvious love interest was Caleb. He's rich, sweet and funny... what could go wrong? Well nothing. Nothing could go wrong I really liked him but for me he was in the shadows for Aria's beautifully handsome and secrative neighbour Reid. I adore him. He isn't in the book quite as much as Caleb but the moments he is in I loved every scene. I am hoping for a lot more Reid moments in book 2.

One thing that I am sad about is that I read the entire book not realising that it links in with another of Heather's series. I didn't realise this until right at the end because I haven't read Heather's other series. A part of me wishes I had as I feel like I'd have felt for Aria and understood her so much better if I had so I definitely need to go back and read that other series.

The Halfling was amazing. It really touched me and I can't wait for the next book. It was absolutely amazing and I can't wait to catch up on all of Heather's other books. I loved it.

Saturday, February 13

Early Review: Silence (New World #4.5)

Silence (New World Series #4.5)
Janelle Stalder

Publication Date: February 14, 2016
Date Read: January 3, 2016
Genre: NA - Dystopia
Source: BETA Copy from Janelle Stalder
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads:
It is better to be seen and not heard…

A firm believer of observing and listening rather than adding to the noise surrounding her, Pixie has always been the quiet one out of the Archers. Her intelligence and quiet confidence makes her the perfect choice to join Garrett, Tyler and Missy on their mission to get their friends back. But when she enters the underground network run by Sebastian Black, she suddenly finds her voice. Bastian rattles her like no other, breaking her silence. He sees and hears her more than anyone has in her entire life. But how can she trust a man like him? Now it’s a battle of wills, between what her head tells her, and what her heart insists.

I was absolutely dying to get my hands on the next book in the New World Series, little did I know the wonderful Janelle Stalder was preparing two books for release. I was so not expecting this amazing novella to be released at the same time. Silence was such a surprise and it did not disappoint. I absolutely loved this novella, my one complaint would be that it was far too short.

During Underworld (which you definitely need to read before this one) I really loved the role that Pixie and Sebastian played in the story and I was so happy that Janelle has wrote this. The goings on in this novella are alongside the happenings in Underworld and I loved seeing all those events from Pixie and Sebastian's point of view.

Silence was an amazing addition to the wonderful New World series. I seriously never want this series to end and I cannot wait to read the next book. It cannot get here fast enough.

Friday, February 12

Early Review: Underground (New World #4)

Underground (New World #4)
Janelle Stalder

Publication Date: February 14, 2015
Date Read: January 2, 2016
Genre: NA - Dystopia
Source: BETA copy from Author
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads:
  Love isn't something you find.
Love is something that finds you.

Phoenix has spent her whole life fighting. All she's ever wanted was to return the world to a peaceful state, and bring down the New World Order. But now she finds herself in a different sort of battle. No longer set in the streets of New Berlin, the fighting has moved beneath them, in a vicious underground fighting ring run by outlaws bent on causing trouble. And if that isn't hard enough, she's stuck with the one person who loves to fight more than she does - Trent McKay. Now the race is on to get out of their new prison and back home - before they end up killing each other.

Or worse - fall in love.

Underground is one of those books that I couldn't wait for. As soon as Janelle emailed me to ask if I would like to BETA read this for her I couldn't contain my excitement. I couldn't wait to dive in. I already had such massive expectations for this book and it suppassed all of my expectations. Underground was absolutely amazing. I loved every moment.

It has been quite a while since I read the other books in this series. I have been a big fan of Janelle's since her debut book Eden and I absolutely adore her. I soon caught back up to speed once I started reading this book. Janelle has such a great talent in her writing. She can remind you of what happened in the previous books without it feeling very repetitive. Janelle's writing style hooked me in with a matter of paragraphs and held me completely until I had devoured the entire book.

One thing that I adore about this series is that even though we cover a new couple in each book we still get to find out what is happening with the characters that we fell in love with in the previous books. I really loved getting into Phoenix and Trent's love story in this one. I'd already fell in love with both of these characters before this book so to see their story and their romance develop in this book was amazing.

Monday, February 8

Wrap Up: January 2016

Hey guys,
Welcome to the first monthly wrap up post of 2016. As I mentioned previously this years wrap ups will consist of both the book haul and wrap up post of books I've read/reviews I have posted.

January Book Haul

For Review:

Mind Your Head by Juno Dawson
Broken Sky (Broken #1) by LA Weatherly


Starlight by Melissa Landers
Hogwarts Library Boxset
Harry Potter Boxset by JK Rowling

There were no reviews posted in January 2016.

Books Read in January 2016:

Underground (New World #4) by Janelle Stalder - 5 Stars
Silence (New World #4.5) by Janelle Stalder - 5 Stars
Winter (Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer - 5 Stars
The Halfling (Aria Fae #1) by HD Gordon - 5 Stars

Top 3 Books of January 2016:

 #3: The Halfling (Aria Fae #1) by HD Gordon
#2: Underground (New World #4) by Janelle Stalder
#1: Winter (Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer

What did you read in January?


Saturday, January 2

Happy New Year and 2016 Goals

Hey Guys,

I know I have been absent on the reading and blogging scene for a while but I'm here to tell you why and what is going to be going on in the coming year.

To be honest, I'm not really reading all that much anymore and it's kind of great to be having an extended break. No stress over reading book in a certain time frame and when I come home from work now I just kinda chill out in front on the TV rather than reading because I'm just exhausted all the time and I can't hack it anymore. The good news is that I am planning on getting back into reading and blogging again. I am still on an extended break indefinitely but I am slowly going to get back into it.

So now for the reason, last year saw me accept my very first permanent, full-time job teaching and it was way more exhausting and tiring than I thought it would be. When I get home I no longer want to read as my eyes are far too tired to focus enough. But my plan for thie year is to try and read a bit more on weekends. If I can focus on my Netflix addiction during the week then I hope to read a bit more each weekend.

Okay so now what to expect on the blog:
The blog is going to be very quiet. Much quieter than usual. Last year I bought my own domain for the blog so K-Books is going to be moving over there this year but progress is very slow and it'll probably take about half the year or something due to my, and my helpers, very busy schedules.
There'll be no memes this year. You can expect to see Waiting on Wednesday and I Still Haven't Read to come back to K-Books eventually but it takes a while for me to find what book I want to feature and then to do the post. Time that unfortunately I don't have. There will be no vlogs this year either. Vlogs take so much time to edit and I just don't have the time to do them right now so all my monthly posts will be up in written post-form only. Also my book haul and monthly wrap up will be combined into one post. I don't have time to be doing them seperately anymore.

So what have I been reading while I've been away you ask? Not much to be honest. I haven't actually completed a book since September when I started my full time contract. But I DO want to share with you my Top 10 Books of 2015 as well as my challenges for 2016.

Top 10 Books of 2015:

These are in no particular order. Just my favourites of the year.

A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR #1) by Sarah J Maas
Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer
Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road #1) by Katie McGarry
Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes #1) by Sara Raasch
Mortal Enchantment (Mortal Enchantment #1) by Stacey O'Neale
The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
Am I Normal Yet? (Normal #1) by Holly Bourne
Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J Maas
The Secret Fire (Alchemist Chronicles #1) by CJ Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld
Forever with You (Wait for Me #5) by Jennifer L Armentrout

I loved these 10 books and all of them completely blew me away.

2016 Challenges:

In 2016 I am aiming to read 40 books. A lot lower than usual but like I said I'm not reading much. As well as that I'm trying to get through some of the series that I have started but not continued or finished. So for this challenge I've chosen 12 books (1 per month) of books where I have started the series but not continued. These are the ones I have chosen...

Winter (Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer
Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms #2) by Morgan Rhodes
A Mad Zombie Party (White Rabbit Chronicles #4) by Gena Showalter
Stolen (Heart of Dread #2) by Melissa de la Cruz
The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2) by Julie Kagawa
If I Should Die (Revenants #3) by Amy Plum
The Heir (The Selection #4) by Kiera Cass
Untold (Lynburn Legacy #2) by Sarah Rees Brennan
Sever (Chemical Garden #3) by Lauren DeStefano
Ensnared (Splintered #3) by AG Howard
The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die #2) by Danielle Paige
Invaded (Alienated #2) by Melissa Landers

These are the ones I have picked out but hopefully I will manage a little bit more.

Thanks for reading and I will speak to you all very soon.

Thursday, November 5

Review: The Secret Fire (The Alchemist Chronicles #1)

The Secret Fire (Alchemist Chronicles #1) 
CJ Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld

Published By: ATOM Publishing
Publication Date: September 10, 2015
Date Read: September 20, 2015
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: For Review from ATOM Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pages: 424
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From Goodreads:
French teen Sacha Winters can't die. He can throw himself off a roof, be stabbed, even shot, and he will always survive. Until the day when history and ancient enmities dictate that he must die. Worse still, his death will trigger something awful. Something deadly. And that day is closing in.

Taylor Montclair is a normal English girl, hanging out with her friends and studying for exams, until she starts shorting out the lights with her brain. She’s also the only person on earth who can save Sacha.

There’s only one problem: the two of them have never met. They live hundreds of miles apart and powerful forces will stop at nothing to keep them apart.

They have eight weeks to find each other.

Will they survive long enough to save the world?

The Secret Fire was one of my most anticipated reads of 2015. I have never read anything by either of these authors previously but after meeting CJ Daugherty at this years YALC I couldn't wait to read her books. I am such a big fan of Fantasy books that I knew that this one is the one that I needed to read. The Secret Fire absolutely blew me away.

Set in both England and France The Secret Fire follows two teens as they put together a mystery that links both of their families together. They must race against time in order to save both of their lives.

I absolutely loved every moment of this book. From the moment I started the book it was fast paced and action packed. I was hooked right from the start and I couldn't put it down. I absolutely loved both Taylor and Sacha and I couldn't read fast enough for need to know what was going to happen to them.

The Secret Fire has really shown me that I need to read the rest of the books by these two authors because they are just phenomenal authors. The Secret Fire utterly blew me away and I cannot wait to read the next instalment in the series and where the story is going to go from here.

Thursday, October 29

Review: Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4)

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4)
Sarah J Maas

Published By: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: September 1, 2015
Date Read: September 4, 2015
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: For Review from Bloomsbury Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pages: 648
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From Goodreads:
The queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series contrinues Celaena's epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

"She was a whirling cloud of death, a queen of shadows..."

Queen of Shadows is probably THE book that was my most anticipated book for the entire of 2015. Ever since I got my hands on an ARC of the first book Throne of Glass a few years ago I have been obsessed with this series. It is my favourite YA Fantasy series and nothing can quite compare to my love for it. To say I was excited for this book was a total understatement and I know there is a lot of mixed views for this book but I have to say: I FREAKING LOVED EVERY MOMENT OF IT!!!!

Queen of Shadows is a game changer. Completely and utterly... nothing in this series will be the same after this one... in the best way possible. From the very first page of this book I was completely and utterly hooked. I couldn't put it down but at the same time I was trying my very very best to take my sweet time with this one as I never wanted it to end. Sarah J Mass is amazing. She has firmly held her place as one of my favourite authors of all time. She is a literary genius and no other YA fantasy series can quite live up to the awesomeness of hers.

When you look at the difference in the characters from the first book and this one you couldn't compare them. They are totally different characters and nothing alike... but I adore that. It shows how much they have all grown. I've seen so many other readers complaining about this fact but I think it is completely realistic. Nobody could go through what they did and not have developed and changed and come out the other side different. It would be unrealistic for them not to.

Queen of Shadows changed everything. So many things happened in this story and it broke my heart... yet I loved every moment of it. It made this story that much more exciting and amazing. I understand why some people really didn't like it. The fact that the romance of it changed somewhere that not many people would have wanted it to go. But I think people need to remember that this story is way bigger than the romance. It's about Aelin becoming a Queen... it's about her taking back her kingdom and ruling her people as she always should have been. To me the romance is just a secondary storyline to that. It doesn't matter who she ends up with as long as the characters end up happy.

Yes, the love triangle changed completely in this book but I loved that. I am still holding onto my hope for Aelin and Chaol to work out but if it doesn't thats ok too. I am still Team Chaol deep down and I think I always will be, but my god I fell so hard for Rowan in this one. He is just amazing and sweet and beautiful and I adored him. Yes, I would have liked Chaol and Aelin to work out in this one but they have both changed into different people right now and that's ok. That's not to say that they won't work out and grow back together in coming books. We still have 2 books to go and anything can happen!

Queen of Shadows completely and utterly blew me away. It was the perfect instalment to the perfect series and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book. Sarah J Maas is a Queen and she breaks my heart so completely but makes me love every moment of that heartbreak. I genuinely cannot predict what the heck she will have happen next but I can't wait to go on that journey with my favourite characters and find out. Is it time for book 5 yet? I'm sat here with bated breath waiting for it... maybe it's time for a whole series re-read while I wait.

"You make me want to live. Not survive, not exist. Live."