Monday, February 27

Review: Iron's Prophecy (Iron Fey #4.5)

Iron's Prophecy (Iron Fey #4.5)
Julie Kagawa

Published By: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: September 1, 2012
Date Read: December 31, 2016
Genre: YA - Urban Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads:
Meghan Chase is finally getting used to being the Iron Queen, ruler of the Iron Fey. Her life may be strange, but with former Winter prince Ash by her side at last, she wouldn’t have it any other way.

But when they travel to the Summer and Winter courts’ gathering for Elysium, the oracle from Meghan’s past returns with a dire prophecy: “What you carry will either unite the courts, or it will destroy them.” Now Meghan faces a devastating choice that may determine the future of all fey—and her and Ash’s unborn child…

Iron's Prophecy, the novella that fits in between the end of the Iron Fey series and the beginning of the Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten series was one that I had been meaning to read for a while. I am a huge fan of the Iron Fey series and I have also read the majority of the Call of the Forgotten series as well. It's a great YA series and I adore those books. I was looking for some novellas to read at the end of 2016 and finally decided to read Iron's Prophecy. It was a good novella and I enjoyed reading it I just didn't feel like it was really necessary to exist.

It was really nice to revisit Meghan and Ash and all of the other characters that I had fallen in love with but I didn't feel like this novella really added anything to the overall story. I quite enjoyed the process of learning what'd happened between the original and spin off series through the characters in the Call of the Forgotten series.

It was enjoyable and I am glad I read it however I feel like I didn't really gain anything from reading it.


Wednesday, February 22

Review: Caraval (Caraval #1)

Caraval (Caraval #1)
Stephanie Garber

Published By: Hodder and Stroughton
Publication Date: January 31, 2017
Date Read: February 12, 2017
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: Hardback
Pages: 402
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From Goodreads:
Whatever you've heard about Caraval, it doesn't compare to the reality. It's more than just a game or a performance. It's the closest you'll ever find to magic in this world . . .

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.


Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

"Whatecer you've heard about Caraval, it doesn't compare to the reality. It's more that just a game or performance. It's the closest you'll ever find to magic in this world."

Caraval is a book that I have been dying to get my hands on for what feels like forever. I first heard about it when I was at YALC 2016 and the girls at the Chapter 5 stall were telling me all about it. I just knew from that moment that I had to read this book. I knew I wouldn't be disappointed. This book was stunning, beautiful and just moving. I adored every moment of it.

Scarlett has always dreamed of seeing the wonderful and mystical Caraval. A travelling performance where the audience participate in the show. It's filled with magic and intrigue and mystery and everything that Scarlett has ever wanted. But when she and her beloved sister get there and her sister goes missing the game becomes much more serious and desperate than Scarlett could have ever imagined it to be. Can Scarlett find her sister before the rest of the players or before her sister disappears?

Right from the start of this book I couldn't put it down. I really loved everything about it. The story is incredible and Stephanie's narration is just gorgeous. It's very hard for me to believe that this is Stephanie' debut novel. I felt like her narration and storytelling is utterly stunning. This book is wrote in such a lyrical and beautiful way I just couldn't stop reading. I loved every moment of it.

Caraval was jam packed with everything that I love in YA books. Beautiful writing, fantastic characters, an action packed plot and a slow-burning romance. It was such a unique and beautiful story. I would recommend this to anyone. I loved every single moment of it.

If you're looking for a new novel that's unique and a stunning addictive storyline then Caraval is the book for you. I am so excited that it is a series and I cannot wait for book 2 to come out. A definite must-read.

"She imagined loving him would feel like falling in love with darkness, frightening and consuming yet utterly beautiful when the stars came out."


 

Tuesday, February 21

Review: Fearless (Elementals #1.5)

Fearless (Elementals #1.5)
Brigid Kemmerer

Published By: K-Teen
Publication Date: July 31, 2012
Date Read: December 29, 2016
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Source: Bought
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads:
Being a force of nature doesn't keep you safe.

Hunter Garrity is used to watching his back. The kids at school sense something different about him. And they're right.

Hunter has powers that have nothing to do with how hard he can throw a punch.

Maybe that's what Clare Kasten is picking up. She's shy, quiet, and intense, but she's sought him out. There's no telling what she wants from him.

But Hunter knows enough to sense a secret when it's close. And getting close to Clare is a danger he's ready to face. . .
"They kept coming up with more creative ways to screw with him.
He kept coming up with more creative paths to travel."


I read the beginning of this series what feels like forever ago. Elemental, the prequel novella, and the first novel Storm were two stories that I just fell head over heels in love with. I don't entirely know why I didn't continue the series then but after looking for some novella's to read I can across Fearless which is the next story in the Elemental series and thought why not. I really loved this novella and it has made me want to binge read the rest of the series.

Hunter was a character that was in the first Elementals novel and I wasn't entirely sure how to take him. I couldn't decide whether he was a good guy or a bad guy and so I was really interested to read his story in this novella and see what he was all about. This novella is set before Hunter comes to town in Storm and I really felt for him. He didn't have the best upbringing and it made me even more curious as to what he is going to be like in the future novels.

I really enjoyed Hunter's novella and it certainly gives a little more insight into him as a character and his background. I really loved reading about what happened to him before the events of Storm and I'm really happy to hear that the third book of the series will be Hunter's story again.

This was a great little novella but the Merrick brothers were missing from this novella and I really missed them which made me not love this novella as much as I loved Elemental and Storm. I will be continuing the series now as I forgot how much I loved it and I can't wait to see what will happen with the other brothers and Hunter.

“I figured we’d catch you with a girl one day, but this isn’t quite the scenario I imagined.”



Wednesday, February 15

Review: All About The Hype (Jessie Jefferson #3)

All About The Hype (Jessie Jefferson #3)
Paige Toon

Published By: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: July 28, 2016
Date Read: December 28, 2016
Genre: YA - Contemporary Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
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From Goodreads:
The third super hot, super fun Jessie Jefferson novel from internationally bestselling author, Paige Toon.

Is the life of a famous rockstar's daughter all it's cracked up to be? And what about dating your fellow band-member just as you hit the bigtime?
Jessie is still getting used to being a celebrity, and the daughter of one of the world’s biggest rock stars. With her own music career on the rise, a gorgeous love interest and a fun group of friends, it seems Jessie’s glamorous LA life couldn’t get any better . . . but things are about to get really complicated.

There are no words to explain how much I loved this third and final book in the Jessie Jefferson series. I am so glad that I waited to start this series when all of the books are out because I loved being able to binge read the whole series.

Jessie Jefferson has been on quite a journey. From finding out her real dad is superstar rock singer Johnny Jefferson, to getting used to being famous herself to being the front woman of an up and coming rock band. Her life has changed dramatically and I loved following her story throughout the trilogy. It was such an incredible read.

Before starting this series I loved Paige Toon. She was my favourite chick lit author and the reason I am such a big reader now but from reading this series she has shown that she can write just about anything. I'd absolutely love to see Paige try her hand at another genre, like fantasy or paranormal or dystopia or something. That would be awesome. Paige's writing is stunning, addictive and funny and I absolutely loved every moment of it.

I love the characters, the story and absolutely everything about this book. One of my favourite things was seeing Meg and Johnny and their family. I loved their own novels so much and it was amazing to see that. One thing I adore about Paige's books is that they all interlink together and it's amazing. I'd love to see Paige write a book about Lottie and Brandan as they need their own story.

I loved All About The Hype so much. It was a perfect ending to a perfect series, and one that I will re-read again and again. I can't recommend Paige's books enough and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next. If you're wanting a book that will steal your heart then this is the one for you. It's stunning and phenomenal. A must read for everyone.



Wednesday, February 8

Review: I Knew You Were Trouble (Jessie Jefferson #2)

I Knew You Were Trouble (Jessie Jefferson #2)
Paige Toon

Published By: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: July 30, 2015
Date Read: December 22, 2016
Genre: YA - Contemporary Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
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From Goodreads:
Jessie Jefferson's dad is a global superstar. But life as the secret daughter of a world-famous rock god isn't easy. After a whirlwind summer in LA, with celebrity parties and a certain hot guitarist to keep her occupied, Jessie's finding it hard to work out who she is. And who she wants...

The world's press is closing in, and LA is calling. How long can Jessie keep her secret life hidden?

Summer may be over, but this story's just beginning...

Paige Toon is without a doubt one of my all time favourite authors. I absolutely love her and I've been on such a Paige Toon binge read lately. I devoured all of her adult books that I had left to read and finally turned onto her YA series. Ever since I first heard about this series I was so excited but decided to wait until it was complete so I could binge read it. And I am so, so glad that I did. I Knew You Were Trouble was just as addicting as the first novel in the series and I couldn't put it down.

Jessie has had the time of her life over the summer with her rockstar dad in LA. But now she is back in England and back to school and nobody knows who she really is. But as the press start to get closer to discovering the identify of Johnny Jefferson's daughter Jessie has to decide who she is and what she wants.

Jessie was so great to read about and follow through this novel. She has gone on such a journey since hte beginning of the first book. She has gone from wild child who is coping with her mothers death to a mature and wonderful young woman. I loved reading about her and I loved seeing what she was going through. Once again we have the love triangle of Jessie, hottest-guy-in-school Tom and gorgeous rockstar Jack. I like Tom enough he is a super sweet guy and I did love the parts with him and Jessie but man he has nothing on Jack. Jack is just awsome and perfect and his and Jessie's relationship kind of reminded my of the early days of Johnny and Meg's relationship and I freaking love Johnny and Meg. They are awesome.

I Knew You Were Trouble was a stunning and amazing instalment in the Jessie Jefferson series and I loved every moment of it. I couldn't put it down. Paige Toon once again knocked my socks off and made me fall in love with all of her characters. If you're looking for a new series to fall in love with I highly recommend this one. I cannot wait to find out how it all ends in the next book.



Saturday, February 4

Zoella Book Club Challenge

Hey Guys,
So I've been reading loads recently and I have quite a few challenges going already this year but as I was staring at my bookshelves I realised that I bought all of the Zoella Book Club books but have yet to read quite a lot of them so I have decided that this year I would really like to catch up on these books so my aim is to have read them all by the end of the year.

This will not include the Zoella Book Club rounds that may release this year, I'll still be buying those and wanting to read them but my aim is to get the 2016 rounds read by the end of the year.

So here are the Zoella Book Club Books that are out and the ones I have already read.

Round 1:


Round 2:


Books Read before the start of 2017:


Click For Reviews:
Everything Everything
The Sky is Everywhere
The One We Fell in Love With
The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily

Have you read any of Zoella's Book Club books?
Which ones would you recommend most?

Thursday, February 2

Wrap Up: January 2017


Hey Guys,
Can you believe January is over? I for one am sooooo happy it is. I hate January. it is like the worst and most depressing month of the year right? I mean christmas is over and I have to go back to work after a nice 2 week break. On the bright side I read so many amazing books this month. It was soooo hard to pick a top 3!

Book Haul:

Hardcopies:


Wing Jones by Katherine Webber
Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1) by Susan Dennard
Balance (Balance #1) by Janelle Stalder
Spirit (The Elementals #3) by Brigid Kemmerer
Secret (The Elementals #4) by Brigid Kemmerer
Sacrifice (The Elementals #5) by Brigid Kemmerer

E-Books:

Bought:


For Review:



Books Read in January 2017:



Spark (Elementals #2) by Brigid Kemmerer - 4 Stars
Breathless (Elementals #2.5) by Brigid Kemmerer - 5 Stars
Spirit (Elementals #3) by Brigid Kemmerer - 5 Stars
Secret (Elementals #4) by Brigid Kemmerer - 5 Stars
Wrong (Wrong #1) by Jana Aston - 5 Stars
Till Death by Jennifer L Armentrout - 5 Stars
Right (Wrong #2) by Jana Aston - 5 Stars
Fling (Wrong #2.5) by Jana Aston - 5 Stars
Trust (Wrong #3) by Jana Aston - 5 Stars
Sacrifice (Elementals #5) by Brigid Kemmerer - 5 Stars
 

Reviews Posted in January 2017:

Thirteen Weddings by Paige Toon
The Sun in Her Eyes by Paige Toon
The One We Fell in Love With by Paige Toon
The Year I Met You by Cecelia Ahern
Till Death by Jennifer L Armentrout


2017 Challenges Update:

This year I am challenging myself to:
  • The 2017 Totally Doable Reading Challenge
  • The 2017 Debut Author Challenge
  • The 2017 'Continue a Series' Challenge
The 2017 Totally Doable Reading Challenge:


 Woop!! I ticked two off the list this month. I think this is a great start to my challenge!! I read an amazing ARC of Till Death by my fave author of all time Jennifer L Armentrout and I read the other 4 books of the Elementals series that I started years ago! Go me!!

How are you doing on the challenge?











The 2017 Debut Author Challenge

I am so so bad at reading debuts the year they come out so this year I am aiming to read a minimum of 5 of them.

This month I didn't read any debuts *sad face* but hopefully next month.

The 2017 'Continue A Series' Challenge

Another thing I am terrible at is finishing series I started so this year I'm aiming to complete at least 5 ongoing series.

I don't know if it's cheating counting this towards two challenges but hey... I read 4 of these books this month so I think I can right? I completed The Elementals Series by Brigid Kemmerer. 😁

Top 3 Books of January 2017:





What were your reads this month?