My most anticipated releases for 2018

Happy new year everyone!

I can’t believe how fast 2017 went by.

I’ve mentioned previously that I had a tough 2017 and my attention was needed elsewhere so my focus on reading really did dwindle.

This year I am hoping to stick to my reading plans and there are definitely a number of books that I am really excited to get to.

To be prepared (which is really not like me) I have broken down my most anticipated reads by month.

January

Image result for the Cruel Prince The Cruel Prince, Holly Black
Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.
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Everless, Sara Holland
In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.
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The Hazel Wood

The Hazel Wood, Melissa Albert
Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.
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February

35181314 Heart of Iron, Ashley Poston
Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.

Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.

When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive.

What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves?
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March

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To Kill a Kingdon, Alexandra Christo
Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?
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April

30238163Ace of Shades, Amanda Foody
Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.
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May

27188596War Storm (Red Queen #4), Victoria Aveyard
Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all… starting with the crown on Maven’s head.

But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolishing everything—and everyone—in his path.

War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced?

In the epic conclusion to Victoria Aveyard’s stunning series, Mare must embrace her fate and summon all her power… for all will be tested, but not all will survive.
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A Court of Frost and Starlight, (A Court of Thrones and Roses #3.1) Sarah J Maas
Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated—scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.
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Royals, Rachel Hawkins
Meet Daisy Winters. She’s an offbeat sixteen-year-old Floridian with mermaid-red hair; a part time job at a bootleg Walmart, and a perfect older sister who’s nearly engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland. Daisy has no desire to live in the spotlight, but relentless tabloid attention forces her join Ellie at the relative seclusion of the castle across the pond.

While the dashing young Miles has been appointed to teach Daisy the ropes of being regal, the prince’s roguish younger brother kicks up scandal wherever he goes, and tries his best to take Daisy along for the ride. The crown–and the intriguing Miles–might be trying to make Daisy into a lady . . . but

Daisy may just rewrite the royal rulebook to suit herself.
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June

31179006Sweet Black Waves, Kristina Pérez
Two proud kingdoms stand on opposite shores, with only a bloody history between them.

As best friend and lady-in-waiting to the princess, Branwen is guided by two principles: devotion to her homeland and hatred for the raiders who killed her parents. When she unknowingly saves the life of her enemy, he awakens her ancient healing magic and opens her heart. Branwen begins to dream of peace, but the princess she serves is not so easily convinced. Fighting for what’s right, even as her powers grow beyond her control, will set Branwen against both her best friend and the only man she’s ever loved.

Inspired by the star-crossed tale of Tristan and Eseult, this is the story of the legend’s true heroine: Branwen. For fans of Graceling and The Mists of Avalon, this is the first book of a lush fantasy trilogy about warring countries, family secrets, and forbidden romance.
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July

36502054Sea Witch, Sarah Henning
Ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. A freak. A curse. A witch.

A girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and, though the girl denies it, Evie is convinced that her best friend actually survived. That her own magic wasn’t so powerless after all. And, as the two girls catch the eyes—and hearts—of two charming princes, Evie believes that she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.

But her new friend has secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad, or on two legs, unless Evie finds a way to help her. Now Evie will do anything to save her friend’s humanity, along with her prince’s heart—harnessing the power of her magic, her ocean, and her love until she discovers, too late, the truth of her bargain.

The rise of Hans Christian Andersen’s iconic villainess is a heart-wrenching story of friendship, betrayal, and a girl pushed beyond her limits—to become a monster.
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August

35796008Dance of Thieves, Mary E. Pearson
A new novel in the New York Times–bestselling Remnant Chronicles universe, in which a reformed thief and the young leader of an outlaw dynasty lock wits in a battle that may cost them their lives—and their hearts.

When the patriarch of the Ballenger empire dies, his son, Jase, becomes its new leader. Even nearby kingdoms bow to the strength of this outlaw family, who have always governed by their own rules. But a new era looms on the horizon, set in motion by a young queen, which makes her the target of the dynasty’s resentment and anger.

At the same time, Kazi, a legendary former street thief, is sent by the queen to investigate transgressions against the new settlements. When Kazi arrives in the forbidding land of the Ballengers, she learns that there is more to Jase than she thought. As unexpected events spiral out of their control, bringing them intimately together, they continue to play a cat and mouse game of false moves and motives in order to fulfill their own secret missions.
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Strangely, I don’t have any anticipated reads for the rest of the year at this time. I am really looking forward to  the above books and I can guarantee that my most anticipated reads list will grow and grow. This is not the final list. Where would the fun be in that?

I really want to know what are you looking forward to reading this year? Am I missing anything to you?

Once again, a very happy new year to you. I hope you have a happy and prosperous 2018.

Lucy xx

 

 

 

 

 

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NEW YEAR BOOK TAG

How many books are you planning to read in 2018?

I really wanted to aim for 100 books in 2018. However, I really don’t want to push myself this year.  In the later months of the year I tend to push myself to read so I can reach my goal of 100 and it stresses me out. I then tend to read without any connection to the book and its characters. My concentration dwindles then I’m just reading words. Usually this means I have to reread chapters and it ends up being even more time consuming and I get nowhere. So I’ve decided to set my target between 80-100. This gives me leeway and If I don’t manage 100 by the end of the year it’s not the end of the world and there is definitely no need to stress.

Name 5 books that you didn’t get to this year but want to make priority in 2018. 

1 – Wayfarer, Alexandra Braken
I read Passenger last year and fell in love with the time travelling tale. I did intend to read Wayfarer upon its release and it has been in a number of by TBRs throughout the year. When it got to reading this book either I haven’t been in the mood for it or other books have been priority. I will read this book in 2018.

2 – The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas
I still can’t believe I haven’t read this book yet. I have heard nothing but rave reviews about it and I cannot wait to pick it up in the new year. It is on my TBR bookshelf ready and waiting.

3 – The Wrath and the Dawn, Renée Ahhdieh

I think that this book was originally published in 2015 so it’s not a new release. My friend recently read this and the sequel ‘The Rose and the Dagger’. She loved them both and recommend them to me when we were ranting about reading slumps.  I also have ‘The Wrath and the Dawn’ on my TBR shelf ready to be picked up.

4 – A Darker Shade of Magic, V. E. Schwab
Yet another series that I have been meaning to read for so very long and have not yet got to. I’ve been told it’s the perfect series to read to pull myself out of one of my many reading slumps. I was in Waterstones several months ago complaining to a member of staff that I was stuck in a rut and did not know what to read. She persuaded me to buy the first book in the series but as usual I picked up other books instead. I have not decided if I  want to read it in January, or wait until a new slump takes over so I have something to pull me back out of it.

5 – My Lady Jane, Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows
Another book that I have heard nothing but good things about. I don’t know why it has taken me so long to pick it up.  It’s been in my to buy list fo so long and I am excited to get to this in the new year before ‘My Plain Jane’ is released.

What genre do you want to read more of?

There are two genres I would like to read more of in 2018.

Historical Fiction
If I’m not in a ‘book crazy’ mood (term created by my boyfriend to describe me on a daily basis) I’m usually obsessing over something history related. Whether it’s real life documentaries or television series’ that are set in a period of history it is probably going to gain all of my attention. Especially anything pre 1940s. Yes I know that the TV shows may not be historically accurate but they’re so entertaining and by the end of the series you can guarantee I’m on a research mission. I am really hoping to pick up more historical fiction throughout 2018.

Fantasy
I love reading an enthralling fantasy series, especially in the winter months. There is something magical when you read a good fantasy book on a cold winter day. Curled up on the sofa with a cuppa and a warm blanket. I don’t select many myself as I don’t have the confidence to choose them. If that even makes sense. I just seem to have trouble finding something that actually grabs my attention. I usually wait for a recommendation from friends or search through blogs and youtube for reviews. This is a genre I would love to read more of in 2018.

Name 3 non book related goals for 2018. 

1 – Stop stressing
I stress over EVERYTHING! Stress then causes anxiety and then I work myself up and stress even more. It’s a vicious cycle that I live through on a daily basis. I know it’s not really a goal as I don’t have a specific outcome but it is something I would like to work on throughout the year.

2 – Decorate my house
The boyfriend and I bought our first home this year and after six months a total of two rooms have been decorated. Kind of. The paint work still needs to be finished in our kitchen and a few pieces of furniture are needed for our living room. However, we still have a total of 7 rooms to decorate.

3 – Live healthier
I say this every year and for the first 6 months I seem to do pretty well. Until summer hits and instead of all the salad I want just barbecues and all of the bread! My Dad changed his lifestyle this year and has done amazing so I plan to take a leaf out of his book and work hard. It’ll be worth it in the end! Hopefully.

What is a book you have had forever that you still need to read?

Testament of Youth, Vera Brittain
I saw the 2014 film adaptation of this movie a while ago and fell in love with the story.  A few months later whilst at a market I found a copy of the book for about £1.50. It has been on my bookshelf for forever. My work colleague has read it and she is constantly asking if I have read it and why. It is a long book and I think that is what is causing the avoidance. However, I do intend to ready this book before the end of winter.

What is one word that you are hoping 2018 will be?

Happy!

Leave your comments and let me know what books you didn’t read this year that you will be making priority in 2018!

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I hope you all have a very happy new year.

Lucy xx

Take 2 – I’m back!

Hi guys,

I am going to keep this very short and sweet.

It has been quite a while since I last posted on here and I’m disappointed in myself for leaving it so long. 2017 has been a tough for me and I’ve struggled for a number of months. I’m not going to go into detail about everything but my attention has been needed elsewhere. This affected my reading plans throughout the year and I deviated away from all of my plans. However, I believe that it is now time for me to jump back onto the bandwagon. A new year is about to begin and I think it is the perfect time to restart my blog.

I have yet to decide if I want to run this differently than before. I am thinking I may post on certain days of the week rather than randomly throughout the month when books have been completed. Maybe structure is something that I need to help make a successful go at it this time and to keep my mind focused. I will think about it over the coming days.

So like I said – short and sweet.

I hope everyone has enjoyed the holidays!

 

Lucy xx

Easter book tag! 

I found this on Thrice Read’s blog and just had to   steal it. Easter book tag! 

Rabbits – A book you wish would multiply, or have a sequel? 

I remember reading Audrey Niffenegger’s A Time Travellers Wife when I was in college. My friend loves the book and had recommended it to me. I fell in love with Henry and Claire and when the book came to an end I was so sad. I remember thinking that it would be great to have a sequel from Alba’s perfective. It would be fascinating to watch how she lived her life with the genetic disorder as her father. 

Egg – A book that surprised you.

Another book from college is F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. I remember having to read it with the class and I absolutely loved it! I expected to hate it but it really surprised me. 
Hunt – A book that was hard for you to get your hands on.

I don’t think there is a book that I have struggled to get my hands on. 

Lambs – A children’s story you still enjoy.

All Roald Dahl books! 

Spring – A book with a cover that reminds you of spring.

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders. It’s been stuck on my shelf for moths now waiting to be read and I think it’s beautful. The birds make me think spring! 

Rising from the dead – a book from a deceased author.

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte. When reorganising my bookshelves this weekend I came across my first copy of this book. I really want to re read it before summer gets here.

Baskets – A book in your wishlist right now.

A Court of Wings and Ruin. The release date is so close but yet so far! 

Candy – A book that is sweet. 

Everything Everything! So so cute. Contemporary Books are the best at providing you with a sweet read.

Happy Easter Everyone! I hope everyone has a great long weekend. ❤️

Review 9 ‘Confess’ Colleen Hoover

Hi guys!

It’s review time – Confess

I think this is the first review I have written when I don’t actually want to give anything away in case you haven’t read it. Seriously, if you love a new adult contemporary romance please read it! Here is a brief (Yes BRIEF) synopsis.

Confess is an upcoming art ‘studio’ owned by Owen Gentry. (I use the term studio loosely, it’s more of an apartment that holds an exhibit once a month where the public can purchase the exhibited art work). The business is aptly named due to the confessions posted through Owen’s door, he uses these secrets for inspiration and each piece of art is based on one a particular confession.

Auburn Reed is struggling through life after losing almost everything but she has a plan to get her life back on track and to get the things she has lost back. Stumbling upon Confess at Owen’s time of need he offers her a job to assist him during his show for a couple of hours. With nothing to lose and $200 in her pocket at the end of the night Auburn agrees to be his helper.

Throw in some instant attraction and addictive chemistry and we have the beginnings of the perfect relationship.  When obstacles are thrown at both Auburn and Owen, and secrets can no longer be kept we follow their journey as they overcome the challenges.

It’s passionate, addictive, heart-breaking and enthralling.

I loved this book! I love Colleen Hoover and this book does not disappoint. There is something about her writing that I just obsess over.

After reading the first few pages I was on the verge of tears and I knew I had fallen hook line and sinker for the story and the characters.  I was a goner and I just couldn’t put It down. It is safe to say I finished this book in several hours. Yes, some people might say it is too fast paced but sometimes you need a dose of insta-love and honestly even if it is fast paced there’s no lack of drama.  It’s cleverly written and you are taken on an emotional roller-coaster from the very beginning to the end.

Auburn and Owen are perfect for each other.  I was rooting for Auburn to get everything she wanted from the very beginning. She has gone through too much for any twenty one year old and her determination to get her life back on track is admirable. Owen. Oh I love Owen, even with all of his secrets. He puts everyone he loves before himself and he is so dreamy. Their relationship is perfect, you can feel the connection between the two of them from their first meeting and it is great to bare witness to their relationship from the very start.

The secrets that a revealed throughout this book drive you bonkers but they keep you enthralled in the story and you cannot put it down. Hoover has a great ability of releasing the perfect dosage of secrets at the ideal time. This keeps you hooked throughout the story. Both Auburn and Owen have experienced loss in the most tragic way and this definitely brings them closer. They have a connection that cannot be interrupted and this connection is strengthened as the story comes to an end. Everything just makes sense!

The confessions concept is great. I love it. It’s imaginative, unique and memorable. Strangers post a confession and it is turned into art work. Could you imagine the stories you could write from something like this? If this is a real thing and it happens somewhere in the world please tell me where. Not that I have much to confess but it’s equally as cool as the locks chained onto the fences in Amsterdam and Rome.

I really do love this story and I have been wondering since I finished it why it has taken me so damn long to read it.

Rating:

4 stars

Memorable Quote:

Please don’t allow anyone to make you feel less than what you are.

Review 8 ‘The Valiant’ Lesley Livingstone

Hi Guys,

 

Review Time – The Valiant

 

Spoiler alert!

Fallon is the daughter of a Celtic king. She is a proud, strong and confident seventeen year old with a single dream of becoming a legendary warrior just like her late sister.

When Fallon was a young child Caesar’s armies invaded her homeland and her sister was killed in battle. Fallon was determined to follow in her sister’s footsteps to protect her land and die for her people if necessary.

She’s in love with her best friend Mael and they intend to marry when Fallon is given her warrior title.

With his own determination the King destroys Fallon’s dreams. He does not want lose his youngest daughter in battle too and he declares she will not follow her in her sister’s footsteps and become the warrior she so desires. During Fallon’s birthday celebrations the King’s wishes are shared and he announces that she is betrothed to Mael’s estranged brother Aeddan.

Devastated with this news Fallon runs from the lavish party with a plan forming in her mind. Mael follows and she shares her plan to run away with him to start a new life. With a determination for freedom Fallon readies to leave her life behind and runs off into the night.

Just as she leaves she stumbles upon Mael and his brother fighting over Fallon. To her dismay Mael is killed and she runs for her life, away from her betrothed, her father and her princess status. Shortly after fleaing Fallon is captured by slave traders and is sold to an elite training school for female gladiators. This particular school is owned by Caesar himself the very person who is to blame for her sister’s death.

Fallon not only has to overcome her hatred for Caesar to survive she also has to battle with fellow bitchy gladiators, survive deadly fights and training obstacles and keep grave secrets that could not only ruin her life but her fellow trainees.  This tale is jam packed with action, surprises and strong female characters.

I really enjoyed this book. There are some elements that I dislike but overall it is a good read. It’s addictive and I will definitely be picking up the upcoming sequel.

It was great to pick up a historical book that is based in an era that I know little about. And witnessing a new period in time from a strong female’s perspective was enthralling.  The only other gladiator story I have experienced is Ridley Scott’s 2000 blockbuster with Russell Crowe.

Fallon is the kind of person you would love to be friends with. She has an awful lot of admirable characteristics. Overall I loved her strength and determination to get what she wants.

The the love story between Cai and Fallon was a nice element. Cai, a Roman soldier is the type of person that Fallon would avoid falling for. I mean her strong dislike for Romans would ordinarily lead me to believe she would prefer him dead. But hey-ho. I do love a forbidden romance.  It did annoy me slightly that she got over her true love and best friend (Mael) quite fast but the love story wasn’t at the forefront of the novel. It was a nice to see it on the side line and to be reminded of it every now and then. During the next instalment(s) it would be great to see a little bit more of how this relationship would work and what they have to overcome to be together.

As I have stated, I really did enjoy this book. However, there were several instances that I thought it could be improved. One particular point that I thought could be better was how some parts of the tale were rushed. I believe that Livingstone didn’t go into enough detail throughout vital moments of the story. For example, when Fallon first runs away from home she was caught instantly. I feel like it would have been much more interesting if she has survived a little longer. Yes, she is a brave, strong independent character and all of this is portrayed throughout the rest of the book but this could have been demonstrated an awful lot more outside of fight scenes. We could have experienced her living in the wilderness for a little while before her capture. I believe this would have helped us get a deeper understanding of Fallon’s character.

I loved how the representation of strong women started from the very beginning of the book and the friendship between two strong female characters made this story better. Fallon and Elka’s relationship is great. It was so nice to experience a friendship where the two characters are so different yet they complement each other so well.

I recommend this book for anyone who loves an action packed read full of strong, inspiring female characters.

 

Rating:
3.5 Stars

 

Memorable Quote:
There is only forward. Only tomorrow. No yesterday, no going back. And nothing of value is left behind, so nothing is truly lost.

 

 

I dare you book tag

I found this on sydneysshelves blog and had to give it a go. 

RULES:
You must be honest
You must answer all the questions. You must tag 4 people. 
1. What book has been on your shelf the longest?

I remember buying Northanger Abbey when I was around 15 years old and that book is definitely on my shelf.  I left most of my childhood books at my mums when I moved to university and she gave a lot of them away after I moved to Sunderland perminantly. I believe Northanger Abbey might be the book that has been on my shelf the longest. 

2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?

My current read is Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and I’m really struggling to get into it. My last read was Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas and my next read will be Kings Cage by Victoria Aveyard. 

3. What book did everyone like, but you hated?

At the moment I’m really struggling with Six of Crows. I’m only a couple of chapters in and I’m determined to continue on for a while longer. I just hope it can grab my attention. 

4. What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t? 

I keep telling myself that I will read Gone with the Wind by Margeret Mitchell but I’ve seen the film so many times I don’t think I could make it through the book without comparing and I love the film too much! 

5. What book are you saving for retirement?

I’m not one for saving books. If I want to read it I will read it. 

6. Last page: read it first, or wait ’til the end?

Wait until the end. I think I did this once and I have never forgiven myself. 

7. Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?

Definitely not a waste of paper and ink. I can understand why people write them. I wrote one myself in my masters dissertation. I just don’t read them as often as I probably should. 

8. Which book character would you switch places with?

I don’t think I could ever have one definitive answer for this question, my mind changes all the time. However, I wouldn’t mind switching places with Claire Randall at this moment in time. Hello Jamie Fraser. (Outlander) 

9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time person?) 

The Twilight series reminds me of college. Michael Morpurgo’s Friend or Foe reminds me of my year 5 teacher Mrs Burton, I reread it a few months ago and I was reminiscing about primary school.  Bronte’s Wuthering Heights reminds me of undergrad and dissertation library sessions. This list could go on and on. 

10. Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.

I really don’t have an answer for this one. How boring am I? 

11. Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?

My mum gave all my children’s books away. I was so angry with her but then she told me where they had gone and I was a little more forgiving. I’ve never really given my books away to anyone. I’ve recommended and I’ve let my friends borrow books but that’s about it. 

12. Which book has been with you most places?

My Tess of the D’urbervilles book by Thomas Hardy and Bronte’s Jane Eyre have both been to every single house I have lived in since I left home in 2010. I’ve lived in 6 places, soon to be 7. I’m not going to lie, with my kindle and nook I don’t tend to take books away with me. I prefer to use my suitcase space for shoes when I go on holiday! I’ve probably read into this question wrong but there is no other way for me to answer it. 

13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later? 

Shelley’s Frankenstein!  I remember having to write about it in year 11 for my GCSE’s. I ended up writing my masters dissertation on it years later. 

14. Used or brand new?

Both, used books help out on the money front. I get to buy more books if they are used as they’re cheaper.

15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

Nope and I don’t think I will either. 

16. Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?

The Notebook by Nicolas Spark. 

17. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?

I have an Asian cuisine cook book on my shelf that gets me every time. Sadly, the boyf isn’t a fan and he prefers Italian food. I don’t think I’ve used it since we moved in together which was years ago! 

18. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

My mum! She doesn’t read often, it tends to be when someone recommends something to her but if she enjoys it it’s got to be good. It just sucks because most of the time what she reads just isn’t for me. I hate crime, horror and thriller books! 

19. Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving? 

Ooo urm I’m not sure. I recently watched Testament of Youth – a true story based on a young woman’s life during the First World War. I tend to stay away from novels based on true events but I bought the book and it is currently on my tbr pile. I really wanted to give it a go. Fingers crossed I will enjoy it!