WWW Wednesday || 9/10

WWW Wednesday || 9/10

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted Taking on a World of Words that I thought would be fun to get involved with. It involves answering three WWW questions about recent reads.

Can you believe it’s October already? This year is going so fast and yet I still have so many books to read! I’ve only read one book this week but

What are you currently reading?

I’m starting Capturing the Devil today which I’ve been kind of putting off due to it being the last book in the series. I am really looking forward to reading this conclusion, although a little sad it’s over!

What did you recently finish reading?

I finished The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh yesterday and quite enjoyed it. The only thing that didn’t make it a five star read for me was that it felt a little rushed at times!

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’ve got a few books I’d like to read this month, including 4 graphic novels, but I’m not too sure. I’ll see what I’m in the mood for after I’ve read Capturing the Devil I think!

What are you reading this week?

September 2019 || Wrap Up

September 2019 || Wrap Up

Did anyone else feel like September just completely flew by? I didn’t really do that much in September except work although I did start a new hobby (netball) and I ran a 10k and got a decent time (for me). The most exciting thing of the month was that Sammy came to visit for a local comic con that four Harry Potter cast members were attending. My boyfriend also came along to see what comic con was about and he really enjoyed it!

For October, I have quite a few bookish things planned. I’m going to be meeting Jim Kay at Cheltenham Literature Festival and I’m also going to be meeting Leigh Bardugo on her tour. I’m taking my mum along for both which will be nice, plus it’ll give her a chance to see what the book signings I go to are like! I’m also going down to London the last weekend of October to see Sammy and we’re going to the Studio Tour dressed as Hogwarts Students. I’m honestly so excited to see it all dressed up for Halloween. I just cannot wait!

So onto the books. I said in my August wrap up that I wanted to have read 50 books by the end of September but unfortunately, that didn’t happen. I was quite close though! Despite not quite reaching 50 books read, September was a more successful reading month than August so that’s the most important thing!

Monthly Reading Total: 5 ||  Total Books Read In 2019: 48/30


Reading Goals for Last Month:

  1. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  2. Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff
  3. Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff
  4. Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco
  5. The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh
  6. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
  7. Pumpkin Heads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks

What I Actually Read:

  1. Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab
  2. A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
  3. A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer
  4. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  5. Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

Ok, so I didn’t quite stick to my TBR for September but I did make a start on it! I knew it was a bit ambitious anyway but I thought I’d at least try to challenge myself. I was actually part way through Darkdawn when September came to a close which is a little annoying as I wanted to have the whole series finished by the end of September but it just didn’t happen. If I’m totally honest, I really enjoyed Jay’s storytelling but I did find the pacing in all three books to be kind of slow. I think if it wasn’t for that, I’d have been able to get through them a lot faster and so probably would have finished all 3 before the end of September!

I was planning to read Pumpkin Heads at the end of September but decided that I wanted to pick it up closer to Halloween instead so that’s been moved onto my October TBR.

October TBR:

  1. Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff
  2. Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco
  3. The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh
  4. Pumpkin Heads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks
  5. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Vol. 1 by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
  6. Batman: Nightwalker (graphic novel) by Marie Lu
  7. Black Canary: Ignite (graphic novel) by Meg Cabot
  8. The Furies by Katie Lowe
  9. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
  10. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

I’m keeping Darkdawn on here despite the fact that I was already reading it before October started because I didn’t actually get to finish it until October started. Now I know that having a 10-book TBR is extremely ambitious for me but 4 of those books are actually graphic novels and I could probably read all 4 in a day if I wanted to.

I’m also hoping to get a bit more read this month as although I’m going to be starting my next module for my accountancy course in the middle of the month, that does mean that I’ll be spending just under 2 hours on a train there and back so I can get some reading time in then. I’m also going to London for the weekend towards the end of the month so more reading time!

What was your favourite read of September? What books are on your TBR for October?

WWW Wednesday || 2/10

WWW Wednesday || 2/10

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted Taking on a World of Words that I thought would be fun to get involved with. It involves answering three WWW questions about recent reads.

Can you believe it’s October already? This year is going so fast and yet I still have so many books to read! I’ve only read one book this week but

What are you currently reading?

I picked The Beautiful up today but I’m going to be reading the Batman: Nightwalker graphic novel today or tomorrow!

What did you recently finish reading?

Darkdawn uk edition by Jay Kristoff. It has a white cover on it with a black cat walking onto the cover from the left side. The cat has lots of white stars inside it. There is a yellow semi circle coming from the bottom of the cover. The title and authors name are in black text against the yellow moon.I finished Darkdawn last night and just…I feel like I’ve kinda just finished a race. I read the Nevernight series back to back and I finally finished it last night! I quite enjoyed it though and I do miss the series already. I mean, it did take 2/3 weeks!

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’ve only just started The Beautiful today so I haven’t given much thought as to what I’ll read next but I’m thinking Capturing the Devil next as I really, really want to read it!

What are you reading this week?

Six Books to Fall Into This Autumn

Six Books to Fall Into This Autumn

If you didn’t know, Autumn is my favourite season of the lot. In fact, I actually took a buzzfeed quiz and the result was that I am 100% Autumn so… I love getting cosy, seeing all the pretty colours of the leaves, the fire coming on and JUMPERS. I just love it all! I also love reading books that are perfect for copying up with a blanket and a nice warm mug of tea or hot chocolate.

With that, I wanted to recommend some books that I think are great reads to pick up this Autumn, especially as the Spooky Season is approaching.

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Stalking Jack the Ripper by kerri maniscalco has a girl in a green dress on the cover, holding a dagger, with the title in white font over the middle of the cover in large text.Is it a surprise to anyone that this is first on my list? Because it absolutely shouldn’t be. I really love this series SO much and want to get it into as many hands as possible. The first book is set in London during the time of Jack the Ripper. Audrey Rose, our main character, then starts out on her mission to find out more about this killer.

Truly, Devious by Maureen Johnson

Review

I am ALWAYS on the look out for new murder mystery YA books and this is exactly what I was looking for. I really enjoyed this one and enjoyed the sequel even more! It’s set in a US boarding school with the main character attempting to solve a mystery from the 1930s.

Vicious by V. E. Schwab

Vicious is a book that I had on my shelves for years but never read. After reading this book, I was kicking myself for not picking it up sooner. This book was quite different to what I’d read before and I thought Victoria’s writing was so, so good in this one. This book follows Victor Vale, a superhuman who is up against his best friend turned archenemy. This book is just perfect for the darker evenings that Autumn brings.

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

A curse so dark and lonely by Brigid kemmerer has a dark blue cover with silver branches. The title is in large text across the cover in silver metallic font.

I just had to include a Fantasy book on this list and this is one I actually read recently and quite enjoyed. It’s a really fast paced book and I’d fully recommend gathering your blankets and a nice mug of something sweet to accompany you on this trip this book will take you on. It’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling with a bit of a twist.

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Review

City of Ghosts is a perfect read for the Spooky Season and features, you guessed it, ghosts. It’s a children’s book but don’t let that fool you. It’s a super fast read and even I found myself getting a little bit scared whilst reading it, especially when reading the sequel, Tunnel of Bones.

Aaaaand I’ve just noticed I have two Victoria Schwab books on this list!

Last but not least…

Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

Am I cheating saying Harry Potter when there are 7 books? Perhaps but I couldn’t not include these books on this list. They’re perfect to snuggle up with no matter the season, but I think they’re particularly perfect to read during Autumn and Winter.

What books would you recommend for Autumn? 🍂

Review: A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Review: A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

 

 

Title: A Curse So Dark and Lonely

Author: Brigid Kemmerer

Pages: 477

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Published: 2019

Source: Bought

Rating: ★★★★


Fall in love, break the curse.

Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year, Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, thought he could be saved easily if a girl fell for him. But that was before he turned into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. Before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, Harper learned to be tough enough to survive. When she tries to save a stranger on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s pulled into a magical world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. A prince? A curse? A monster? As she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.


if you haven’t read this book yet, please be aware that this review MAY contain minor spoilers. Proceed at your own risk!

Like a lot of books, A Curse So Dark and Lonely is a super hyped book that I was a little unsure of. However, a lot of my friends have read this book and enjoyed it so I thought I probably would too. I definitely was not wrong!

A Curse So Dark and Lonely is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and follows Harper after she is taken from the real world to the land of Emberfall. In Emberfall, she must become the curse breaker, a role she doesn’t know about yet.

Thoughts

I decided to pick this book up as I traded with someone for an ARC of A Heart So Fierce and Broken which is the second book in this series, coming out in January, so I decided it was about time that I read the first book. I really enjoyed this book but I think my main criticism of it is that it did feel a little bit slow at times. I know that books can’t constantly have action all the time, but I felt that the pace of this did slow down a lot between those kinds of scenes.

I quite liked the writing of this book, although as mentioned, I did find the pacing quite slow at times. I do think the writing suited this book and I found myself wanting to keep reading it when I couldn’t. I actually went into work quite tired a few days as I stayed up to finish this book. I’d describe the writing in this book as addictive. It was easy to read and understand which made it for a rather fast read overall. It was also perfectly descriptive – not too little but also not too much.

I thought the plot of this book was quite good. I went into it vaguely knowing what the storyline was going to be like seeing as it’s based on the story of Beauty and the Beast. Of course, it follows a girl being taken in by a Beast and this girl must break the curse. In this book, the Beast is a prince that relives the same season over and over again. It at the end of each season, he turns into a horrifying monster. Harper is the last girl that Rhen must try to capture the heart of before he becomes a monster enslaved to the one who cursed him forever.

Harper is a fierce character that I quite liked following throughout this book. She is an independent and feisty character. Plus, she lives with cystic fibrosis which does not hinder her or her character in any way. I thought it was really positive to see a character living with a disability that didn’t define her. This was really great to see in a fantasy book and I think it’s just even better to see disability representation in YA books so that more people can actually relate and see themselves in books. Harper is a compassionate character who really focuses on helping those less fortunate than her, despite everything going on in her life. From her mothers illness, to her and her brother just trying to keep going, she tries to help those that are in need.

The other characters in this book are Prince Rhen and Grey. I thought that Prince Rhen was a good character and similar to Harper in some ways but I also felt that he was a little selfish at times, not being able to see past what he wanted due to being blinded by the curse that binds him. Despite this, he did genuinely try to do what he thought was right and tried to protect his people from the Beast inside. Grey’s character was a tricky one. Throughout this book, he remains fairly neutral but a loyal friend to Rhen. However, in some scenes throughout this book, you could see his softer side peeping out.

In regards to the world building of this book, I thought that the land of Emberfall was described really well which definitely aided the story as I was able to easily imagine the different settings. The majority of this book did take place in a castle though which was a fairly easy setting to imagine. I think the setting up the world in this book was fairly important as it’s a fantasy So based entirely on the authors imagination, but I definitely think she was able to get her vision across in this book really well.

Final Thoughts

I’m glad that I picked this book up and that it pretty much lived up to the hype. It wasn’t a love love love book for me, but I did really enjoy it and as mentioned earlier, it did have me staying up past my bed time to read more of it and that’s something I haven’t done in a long, long while. I would recommend this if you’re looking for a retelling or a fantasy book, especially for the Autumn/Winter weather coming up. You’ll want to get cosy with this one!

WWW Wednesday || 25/9

WWW Wednesday || 25/9

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted Taking on a World of Words that I thought would be fun to get involved with. It involves answering three WWW questions about recent reads.

I’ve read a bit more this week than last week, thankfully! It’s shaping up to be a not-so-bad reading month. I haven’t quite read everything I wanted to but that was to be expected as my TBR for the month is so long!

What are you currently reading?

I’m in between a few graphic novels at the moment before picking up another book. I just needed a little variety.

What did you recently finish reading?

I finished Nevernight last week and finished Godsgrave yesterday evening. It’s been quite nice to actually read these books back to back as I feel like it’s helped me become quite invested in the story, especially when reading Godsgrave!

What do you think you’ll read next?

I think I’m going to read Darkdawn next so that the series is finished BUT I want to read The Beautiful as that’s released in just under two weeks time. I also want to read Capturing The Devil which I’m putting off a little bit so it doesn’t end!

What are you reading this week?

Review: Rebel Dogs! Heroic Tales of Trusty Hounds

Review: Rebel Dogs! Heroic Tales of Trusty Hounds

 

 

Title: Rebel Dogs! Heroic Tales of Trusty Hounds

Author: Kimberlie Hamilton

Pages: 160

Publisher: Scholastic

Published: 2019

Source: Early Finished Copy (Thanks to Scholastic!)

Rating: ★★★★


Tail-wagging tales of real-life Rebel Dogs! 

Get your paws on the stories and secrets of some of history’s most heroic hounds!

An engaging collection packed with over 30 real-life dogs, including film stars with fur, hounds that love to help, superstars of science and war heroes – these rebel dogs are the stars of their own stories.


Rebel Dogs! is a fun book that also encourages learning about facts in a fun and colourful way. Although it is about heroic dogs and, it provides a different and interesting way of educating people about these trusty hounds. I really enjoyed learning about the different dogs in this book.

As mentioned, the spreads in this book are quite colourful with wonderful illustrations of each dog, making the book quite a fairly interactive experience. The book lays out each heroic dogs actions as well as what happened to them after, leaving no room for questions about what happened to each dog afterwards. I personally enjoyed the stories more about the dogs involved in war stories but this book doesn’t just talk about dogs that were involved in war.

This book is aimed more towards Children, as demonstrated by the colourful page spreads and the easy to read stories on each dog, but that doesn’t mean that older children, teens and adults won’t enjoy this too. It could just be the perfect book for children and older siblings, parents or other family members to read together.

After reading this, I actually passed this to my cousin who is still in primary school. She loves animals and I know how much she wants a dog so passed this onto her. I’m not quite sure my auntie will be thanking me for encouraging her want of a dog more but I knew that my cousin would love looking at all of the pictures and learning just how clever dogs can be. She had a quick flick through when I gave it to her and really liked the images and colourful spreads!

Final Thoughts

Rebel Dogs! is such a fun book, perfect for your animal loving friend or family members. It especially appeals to children with all of the brightly coloured pages, pictures and the facts that are included. This book would be a really wonderful gift for those ‘crazy dog people’ in your life, especially if they’re kids.