Friday, March 30

#TackleThatTBR Readathon



Last time I was off work at Christmas I took part in the incredible #TackleThatTBR readathon hosted by The Bookish Fairy. I absolutely loved taking part in it and managed to read around 5/6 books. Well she is now hosting round 2 and I am absolutely taking part again.

It runs from today (March 31st) until April 15th and it is very relaxed. There are a few challenges but you don't have to do the challenges. Now normally this is where I would post about which books I would be reading during the readathon but this time I am not going to do that. As you can see from the pictuer above I have recently selected around 30 -35 of my unread books and put them in a 'TBR Jar'. I will be selecting titles from this jar to read during the readathon. I am keeping it a surprise to myself what I pull out and read.

The challenges I will be doing as part of the readathon are...
  • A book you really need to read
  • A book in a series
  • A standalone
  • A book that's been on your TBR for over a year
  • Read 5 books
The book I am starting with is a book that's a standalone.


Hoping to see you on twitter, use the #TackleThatTBR to see what I'm reading and my progress throughout the readathon.


Wednesday, March 28

Review: Nyxia (Nyxia Triad #1)

Nyxia (Nyxia Triad #1)
Scott Reintgen

Published By: Michael Joseph
Publication Date: September 21, 2017
Date Read: February 14, 2018
Genre: YA - Sci-Fi
Source: ARC from Illumicrate
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34946083-nyxia

From Goodreads:
Every life has a price in Scott Reintgen pulse-pounding new sci-fi adventure, Nyxia, as a group of teens are taken to the far reaches of the universe and forced to decide what they're willing to risk for a lifetime of fortune.

Emmett Atwater isn't just leaving Detroit; he's leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family.

Forever.

Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden-a planet that Babel has kept hidden-where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.

But Babel's ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won't forever compromise what it means to be human.

Nyxia is a book that I hadn't really heard much about before receiving it in my Illumicrate box. Honestly, I probably wouldn't have picked it up had it not been in the box, but I'm trying to read all the books I get in Illumicrate even if they don't sound like my kind of book. Boy am I glad I gave Nyxia a chance because this book completely blew me away and I loved every single moment of it.

Nyxia tells the story of Emmett, a boy who finds himself given the most amazing opportunity. He is part of a team that has been chosen to leave Earth and set off into space, destination Eden - a planet that has been hidden by Babel Corporation. Babel need Emmett and the others to go and mine Nyxia, a substance that has great power and is fast becoming the most valuable material. But Babel are keeping secrets and Emmett just isn't sure that he will arrive at Eden in one piece.

Nyxia is one of the most well written books that I have come across in the past few years. Right from the first page I was completely sucked into this incredible story. Usually I have trouble getting into books with male narrators. I have nothing against them I just find myself able to associate with female narrators more. This was not the case in Nyxia. Right from the start I completely understood and associated with Emmett. He was not the only one going on this journey... I was right there on the ship with him.

Nyxia is a fast-paced, action-packed story that you find yourself unable to put down. I loved every moment of it. It reminded me of some other YA novels in places, but not enough that I felt like I had read this story before. It's a completely unique premise but it did remind me of Divergent a little, in terms of the charactrers having to compete for their spot to progress.

I loved Nyxia so much. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough and I was left needing more. I loved the storyline, the setting, the characters, everything. You may think this is going to be completely action-packed and you would be right, but there are also other elements running underneath. It's a beautiful story of humanity and having true friendships and what's more important to people: winning and hurting your friends or saving them. It was emotional and beautiful and at points I was so close to tears.

If you love action-packed stories in an incredible setting, with amazing characters and a little hint of romance then Nyxia is the perfect book for you. I loved every single moment of it, which was totally unexpected. I am left reeling dying to get my hands on the next book. Nyxia Unleashed cannot get here fast enough. I'll be counting down the days until it lands in July. I would recommend this book to everyone!



Wednesday, March 21

Review: Second Best Friend

Second Best Friend
Non Pratt

Published By: Barrington Stoke
Publication Date: January 15, 2018
Date Read: February 9, 2018
Genre: YA - Contemporary Romance
Source: Review Copy from Barrington Stoke
Format: Paperback
Pages: 152
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35222849-second-best-friend

From Goodreads:
Jade and Becky are best friends, but when Jade’s ex-boyfriend lets on that everyone thinks Becky is the better of the two, Jade finds herself noticing just how often she comes second to her best friend. There’s nothing Jade is better at than Becky.

So when Jade is voted in as Party Leader ahead of her school’s General Election only to find herself standing against Becky, Jade sees it as a chance to prove herself. If there’s one thing she can win, it’s this election – even if it means losing her best friend.

Second Best Friend was one of the 2018 releases that I absolutely couldn't wait for. I have been a huge Non Pratt fan ever since reading her debut, Trouble, and since then I seriously cannot get enough of her books. I have read and loved all of them and Second Best Friend was no exception. Non once again writes about an incredible important and relevant issue in teens and I feel like this is the more raw and real story so far.

Jade and Becky have been best friends forever. But Jade is finding herself repeatedly jealous of Becky and as she starts comparing herself to her best friend she finds herself falling onto a path and she can't get off. She needs to prove herself better than Becky on at least one thing... but the farther Jade goes the more likely it is looking that she will lose her best friend forever.

Once again Non is tackling a very important issue that you see far too often in teenagers. Them comparing themselves to each other, especially on social media which results in them developing mental health issues and issues with their self-esteem and view of themselves. Non has done a fantastic job of showing just how dangerous this behaviour can be and she has done it in a totally unputdownable story.

I loved reading about Jade and Becky and even as Jade began spiralling farther and farther down this awful path I just couldn't put it down. Second Best Friend is a fantastic short novella and I loved every second of it. You don't need a full-length novel to associate and love Non's story and characters. I was so invested in this story and couldn't put it down.

The one thing that fell down for me was I really wanted to read more. I felt like the ending was a littel abrupt. Non has spun this incredible tale and when it was over I just wanted to know what happened next to these characters. What happened to Jade? Did she and Nick end up working things out? I just feel like the ending left much to be desires and I have so many questions. I really wish it was longer, or that Non would write a follow-up.

Second Best Friend is an amazing realistic short story that anyone will enjoy. If you're looking for an amazing, addictive read that won't take you too long to read then I highly recommend you pick up Second Best Friend.


Wednesday, March 14

Early Review: The Prophecy (Titan Series #4)

The Prophecy (Titan Series #4)
Jennifer L Armentrout

Published By: Hodder and Stroughton
Publication Date: March 20, 2018
Date Read: February 25, 2018
Genre: NA - Paranormal Romance / Mythology
Source: eARC from Jennifer L Armentrout
Format: E-Book
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31193698-the-prophecy

From Goodreads:
History is on repeat…

Seth never thought he’d have a future. But now he’s on the brink of having it all with Josie: A tomorrow. A family. A forever. And all that's standing between him and that forever is the Titans. If he helps Josie entomb them -- without killing them, a nearly impossible task for him -- everything he could ever want will be in reach. But he soon realizes that as a god, every little choice he makes can reshape the world for the better… or worse. And in meddling with the Titans, Seth may have just set into motion catastrophic consequences that will force the Olympians to enter the mortal realm and reshape the delicate balance of power that keeps the world from total collapse.

A price must be paid…

Entombing the Titans is Josie’s top priority. After all, it was what she was born to do. But the plans her father put into play to help her are no longer an option, and the odds she and Seth face in forging their own path are grim. The escalating violence between halfs and pures only increases the danger closing in on them and their friends. Josie knows their chances of succeeding in their task are slim at best -- and if they fail, they might lose everything. But she also knows she's not fighting just for herself -- she's fighting for the man she loves, for their future, for the world. Together with the Army of Awesome, Josie and Seth will face the unthinkable. And to win this war, the ultimate sacrifice must be made.

For the end is here and the Prophecy will be fulfilled….

"We are your family, not by blood but what exists in here. Any family of the heart and soul does not leave. No matter what."

There are no words to explain how excited I was to read The Prophecy. Anyone who knows me knows how much of a huge Jennifer L Armentrout fan I am. Ever since I read Obsidian and Half-Blood back in 2011 she has been my favourite author ever. The Covenant series is my all time favourite series and I was so happy when Jen decided to write a spin-off series and the entire series blew me away. Due to this I had high expectations and The Prophecy just blew them all out of the water. The Prophecy was everything I could have wanted and more. It was an absolutely stunning finale to the series.

The Prophecy continues Seth and Josie's story as they fight to stop the Titans but as they get farther into the mystery of how to stop them they realise maybe not everyone will survive thier fight.

Once again Jennifer delivered an absolutely phenomenal book. Right from the start I was sucked back into this phenomenal world of gods, demigods and titans. Her writing was completely addictive and right from the start I couldn't put The Prophecy down. I was racing through pages as fast as I possible could as I just couldn't wait to see what was going to happen.

One thing I adores about The Prophecy was the characters that I fell in love with in the Covenant series had such great parts in this one. As always Deacon and Luke brighten up even the most awful of situations in the book but what I loved most was the beautiful frienship between Josie and Alex and the budding bromance between Seth and Aiden. If anyone would have told me back when the Covenant series was first releasing that they would be friends I'd have laughed but they are and I absolutely loved that.

The Prophecy was the definitely the most emotionally charged book in the Titan series. I am a very emotional reader and often find myself crying at the majority of the books that I read. However, I have never cried as much as I did while reading The Prophecy. I sobbed my heart out for a good half an hour at least. The Prophecy is filled with sacrifice and heartbreak and it totally and utterly broke me. I was completely heartbroken but The Prophecy is such a phenomenal book it was worth all the tears.

The Prophecy was the perfect finals to the Titan series and I loved every single moment of it. It was action packed from the first page and full of heart-melting romance. The Titan series is one of my favourite series of all time and I know I will re-read it over and over again. The Titan series is perfect and I recommend it to everyone.

"Not just because I love you, but because you're worth fighting for, Seth. You're worth loving, and if it takes a hundred years to prove that to you, I will."


Wednesday, March 7

Review: The Rose and the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn #2)

The Rose and the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn #2)
Renee Ahdieh

Published By: GP Putnam
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Date Read: February 4, 2018
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: Hardback
Pages: 416
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23308084-the-rose-the-dagger

From Goodreads:
The darker the sky, the brighter the stars.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.

Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. But to do it, she must evade enemies of her own to stay alive.

The saga that began with The Wrath and the Dawn takes its final turn as Shahrzad risks everything to find her way back to her one true love again.

"It does not take courage to kill. It takes courage to live."

After finishing The Wrath and the Dawn I couldn't wait to continue this amazing series and see what was going to happen to my favourite characters. I was expecting this to be amazing after falling in love with Renee's writing style and world building in the previous book and the novellas and The Rose and the Dagger just went above and beyond what I was expecting. It was stunning and I loved every single moment.

Shazi has been taken away from her beloved Khalid, and when she finds herself in enemy territory she has to hide her true feelings and pretend that she was just trying to stay alive all along. But Shazi is determined to find a way to free Khalid from his curse. But can she save him, while also keeping safe in enemy territory?

One thing I loved about this series is how amazing the characters are. I absolutely loved not only Kahlid and Shazi but the secondary characters as well and I couldn't read fast enough to see how it was going to end and what was going to happen to them. These incredible characters have ups and downs throughout The Rose and the Dagger and I went from laughing to crying to laughing again. It certainly was an emotional rollercoaster while reading this book.

Renee Ahdieh is fast becoming one of my favourite fantasy authors. Her writing, world building and characterisation is just utterly amazing and I can't get enough of her books. My love for her books started with The Flame and the Mist and this series has just sealed my belief that she is a fantastic storyteller. I cannot wait to see what she is going to write next.

The Rose and the Dagger was such a perfect ending to this perfectly romantic duology. I loved every single second of it and a part of me is super sad that I have finished it. This is one series that I know I will read over and over again. I just loved it so much. If you haven't read this series yet I urge you to give it a shot. You won't be disappointed.

"It was because they were two parts of a whole. He did not belong to her. And she did not belong to him. It was never about belonging to someone. It was about belonging together."



Thursday, March 1

Wrap Up: February 2018


Hey Guys,
Can you believe it's March already? I sure can't. It's going so fast this year already. Anyway, here's my month in books.

Book Haul:

Hardcopies:


Bought:

The Hazel Wood (Hazel Wood #1) by Melissa Albert
Shadowsong (Wintersong #2) by S Jae Jones
Hero at the Fall (Rebel of the Sands #3) by Alwyn Hamilton
The Glass Spare (Glass Spare #1) by Lauren DeStefano

E-Books:

For Review:


Eden Conquered (Dividing Eden #2) by Joelle Charbonnaeu
The Smoke Thieves (Smoke Thieves #1) by Sally Green
These Rebel Waves (Steam Raiders #1) by Sara Raasch
The Prophecy (Titan #4) by Jennifer L Armentrout

 Books Read in February 2018:


The Rose and the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn #2) by Renee Ahdieh - 4 Stars
Second Best Friend by Non Pratt - 3 Stars
Nyxia (Nyxia Triad #1) by Scott Reintgen - 5 Stars
The Prophecy (Titan #4) by Jennifer L Armentrout - 5 Stars




Reviews Posted in February 2018:

Roseblood by AG Howard
The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass #0.1-0.5) by Sarah J Maas
The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) by Renee Ahdieh
The Wrath and the Dawn Novellas (The Wrath and the Dawn #0.1-1.5) by Renee Ahdieh

Top Books of February 2018:


What did you read this month?