Wednesday, January 17

Review: Golden (Heart of Dread #3)

Golden (Heart of Dread #3)
Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston

Published By: Orchard Books
Publication Date: April 5, 2016
Date Read: December 25, 2017
Genre: YA - Dystopia
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26019401-golden

From Goodreads"
The action-packed finale to the Heart of Dread series

In this epic conclusion to the trilogy, Nat and Wes go on a journey to find the Rift, save the source of magic and defeat the Drau, the pirates, and the RSA—but at a great sacrifice. Wes is dying, and as he's rotting the Drau will let the rot "cleanse" the source of magic, dooming Wes forever. Nat and Wes discover that the source of the magic lies in the Drakon—the key to the Blue, the protector, the soul of the world. But in order to close the Rift, a great sacrifice is needed. In the words of the sylphs, death is life, and now the worlds can be reborn again.

Golden, the final book in the Heart of Dread trilogy, was everything that I could have hoped for and more. I absolutely loved this book and it was most definitely my favourite of the series. It was action packed and charged with emotion. It was utterly perfect.

Nat and Wes have lost so much already and thier journey has only just begun. They need to find the Rift, the source of magic in order to defeat their enemies. But it's all going to come at a great cost... because to save this dying and dangerous world the ultimate sacrifice must be made.

Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston have really created a fantastic story here and I've loved every moment of each of the books and I really can't praise their story-telling skills enough. From the moment I picked Golden up I couldn't put it down. I just needed to know what was going to happen.

Honestly, Golden broke my heart so much. This is definitely the most emotional book of the series and I was so heartbroken and crying throughout a lot of it. But really the ending is realistic and perfect for the series. Wes and Nat have to go through so much but all the trauma and heartbreak was worth it.

Golden was a fantastic end to a fantastic series. I loved every second of it and I cannot recommend this phenomenal series enough. It has everything you could possibly want from a dystopia series, it was wonderful and one I know I will enjoy again and again.



Wednesday, January 10

Review: Stolen (Heart of Dread #2)

Stolen (Heart of Dread #2)
Melissa de la Cruz

Published By: Orchard Books
Publication Date: May 7, 2015
Date Read: December 23, 2017
Genre: YA - Dystopia
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25631989-stolen
From Goodreads:
Who is Eliza Wesson?

Months after Nat and Wes said goodbye on the shores of the Blue, Nat is learning how to control and use her new power. She and her drakon are the last of their kind—and she’s risked her life for their reunion. When she receives a mysterious distress call, she races to help, soliciting the guidance of her new friend, the beautiful and aloof Faix Lazaved of the Blue.

Still heartbroken over losing Nat, Wes is racing cars on a New Vegas racetrack while his team is scattered and lost. When he finds out that his sister, Eliza, is being held in the golden domes of El Dorado, he does what he’s best at—running to her side—and gambles on luck to see him through one more time.

They soon discover that the answer to both their quests lies in the same question: Who is Eliza Wesson—what is she capable of, and why was she stolen from her family so long ago?

"You cannot let the darkness overcome the light."

Frozen was a book that I read years ago and I really enjoyed it and honestly I can't really explain why I didn't continue reading the series. Well, I finally decided to pick up the sequel and I am so so glad that I did. I really enjoyed Stolen, the second book in the Heart of Dread series. It was a fast paced, action packed sequel.

Wes and Nat have been seperated. Wes has travelled back to New Vegas in order to find his long lost sister, Eliza. But why was she stolen all those years ago? And where did she go to? Wes will stop at nothing to find out and save his sister. Even if it puts his life in danger. Nat has been fighting to protect The Blue. But can she keep up fighting with her drakon or is she destined to be separated from something she loves yet again?

Honestly, I found Stolen to be really slow going at first and it took me a hell of a long time to get into it. Despite this the story was still grabbing me and I was dying to find out what was going happen. The more I read the more I enjoyed it and once I got around half way through I couldn't put this book down. It was fantastic and I just couldn't get enough of these amazing characters.

Wes and Nat are two fantastic characters and I loved that this book was split point of view so we could see what was going to happen to both Nat and Wes since they were seperated at the end of the first book in the series, Frozen. As the book went on I started to love these characters even more. I loved Wes and loyal he is both to his lost sister and also Nat. He is such a fantastic character and the type of character that you just love more and more the more of the book you read. Nat is such a strong-willed character and I really love the journey she has come on. She has grown so much from the beginning of the first book to here and I really love that she is now this amazing kick-ass warrior. She is just fantastic.

Stolen, although slower than Frozen, ended up being just as good as the first book in the series. I absolutely loved every moment of it and I can't wait to see what is going to happen in the final book. This is definitely a must-read series.

"Love does not make you weak; it is the absence of it that does."


Saturday, January 6

Tackle That TBR Wrap Up



Over the past two weeks I've taken part in the #TackleThatTBR readathon. I'm really happy with my progress in this readathon and it's really given me a head start on getting those unread books read this year.

In the readathon I read the following books:

Books Completed:


Books Read but DNF:


Here is how these books correlated with the challenges of the readathon:
  • Read a book that you really need to read: Neophyte (Neophyte #1) by Emmalee Aple 
  • Read a book in a series: Golden (Heart of Dread #3) by Melissa de la Cruz
  • Read a standalone: The Power by Naomi Alderman
  • Read a book that has been on your TBR for more than a year: Stolen (Heart of Dread #2) by Melissa de la Cruz
 I'm super happy to have read 4 books, and got 6 in total from my TBR. Look out for the reviews coming soon. 


Wednesday, January 3

Review: Dividing Eden (Dividing Eden #1)

Dividing Eden (Dividing Eden #1)
Joelle Charbonneau

Published By: Harper Teen
Publication Date: June 6, 2017
Date Read: November 24, 2017
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: ARC from Edelweiss
Format: eARC
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32051572-dividing-eden

From Goodreads:
Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure.

But appearances—and rivals—can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no longer clear. With a ruling council scheming to gain power, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option—to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom.

As sister and brother, Carys and Andreus have always kept each other safe—from their secrets, from the court, and from the monsters lurking in the mountains beyond the kingdom’s wall. But the Trial of Succession will test the bonds of trust and family.

With their country and their hearts divided, Carys and Andreus will discover exactly what each will do to win the crown. How long before suspicion takes hold and the thirst for power leads to the ultimate betrayal?

Dividing Eden is a book that's been on my radar for so long. I read and devoured Joelle's The Testing series a few years back and fell head over heels in love with her books. I couldn't help but add all of her books to my TBR list. I was so excited when I heard this would be a YA Fantasy as they are my absolute favourite. I adore them. I can't really explain why I waited so long to read this book but I did... and I wish I'd read it sooner as I really enjoyed it.

Dividing Eden tells the story of Carys and Andreus. Two royal twins who never thought they would see the throne. But after their father and brother are killed they find themselves much closer than they ever dreamed. They are put into a competition against each other to find the true King or Queen of Eden. They are determined to work together, but with others trying to influence them can they see the truth from the lies? And can they actually trust each other at all?

Dividing Eden is a fantastic start to what I am certain will be a fantastic series. I really enjoyed reading this book and Joelle's storytelling was just incredible. Right from the start I was captured and couldn't wait to see what was going to happen. I just know I will read absolutely anything Joelle writes as her books are just absolutely fantastic.

I absolutely loved the characters in this book. I had already read the prequel novella Into The Garden before reading this so I loved seeing how much Betrice had changed. I loved her in the novella. My opinions on the twins really drastically changed throughout the book. I liked both of them at the start but the more that happened the more I started liking Carys much more. Andreaus just became worse and worse in my opinion as the book went on and now I just don't like him very much.

Dividing Eden was a fantastic start to a YA Fantasy series. I loved the hint to a little bit more magic at the end and I am looking forward to seeing that develop further in the next book. I found some bits of the book a little slow which made it take me quite a while to read this book. I loved the ending adn can't wait for book 2 and highly recommend it but be ready for a slow burning ride.



Monday, January 1

Wrap Up: December 2017


Hey Guys,
Can you believe 2018 is here? That year just totally flew by didn't it? Well first things first let me wish you a...


Hope you all have a fantastic 2018 that's full of love, laughter and books. Now onto my December wrap up.

Book Haul:




Books Read in December 2017:


More Than We Can Tell (Letters to the Lost #2) by Brigid Kemmerer - 5 Stars
Frozen (Heart of Dread #1) by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston - 4 Stars *RE-READ*
Stolen (Heart of Dread #2) by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston - 4 Stars
Golden (Heart of Dread #3) by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston - 5 Stars
Need by Joelle Charbonneau - 2 Stars
The Power by Naomi Alderman - 5 Stars

Reviews Posted in December 2017:


2017 Challenges Update:

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


I absolutely loved taking part in Reading Books Like A Boss' Totally Doable Reading Challenge this year. It was, as said, 'Totally Doable'.

I completed this one back in August and found it so easy to complete as I just read books I wanted and saw which ones fit in. I'd love to do this one again in the future.










The 2017 Debut Author Challenge


Unfortunately, I only managed to read 4 out of my planned 5 debuts this year. I always find I don't read many debuts the year they come out so I'm really happy to have read 4.

The 2017 Continue a Series Challenge


I'm super happy to have completed my challenge of finishing 5 series that I had started. I am so bad at starting series and never completing them so I'm thrilled to have ticked off some more that I've completed. I'm going to do this one again and hopefully catch up on some more series in 2018.

The Zoella Book Challenge


Unfortunately this is another challenge that I didn't manage to complete. I am going to be rolling this one over to 2018 and including the third round which was 'Zoella and Friends' and hope to make more of a dent in this one as this year I only managed to tick off 7 of the 16 books.

Top 3 Books of December 2017:





What did you read in December?
What are your reading goals in 2018?

Friday, December 29

Top 10 of 2017: Top 10 2018 Releases I Am Dying For

Hey Guys,
It's that time of year again and I'm super excited to be sharing my Top 10 lists of 2017 again in 'Top 10 of 2017' hosted by Two Chicks on Books. Over the next 5 days you will see the following posts...
  • Top 10 Books I've Read in 2017
  • Top 10 Covers of 2017
  • Top 10 Couples of 2017
  • Top 10 Book Boyfriends of 2017
  • Top 10 Books I'm Looking Forward to in 2018
So here it is Day 1 and my...

~ Top 10 2018 Releases I Am Dying For ~

 10. More Than We Can Tell (Letters to the Lost #2) by Brigid Kemmerer

Genre: YA - Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: March 6, 2018

I'm cheating a little with this one as I've already read an ARC but seriously this was my fave read of the year and I loved Rev's story so much that I still can't wait for it to be released so everyone else can fall in love with this amazing story too.




9. How Do You Like Me Now? by Holly Bourne

Genre: Adult - Romance / Realistic Fiction

Publication Date: June 14, 2018

I am such a huge fan of Holly Bourne. I have read and loved everything she has wrote so far and I can't wait to see her take on an adult book rather than YA. I usually read YA but I do love an adult book now and then and I'm super excited to read this one. I have no doubt that it will be absolutely amazing.


8. Ash Princess (Ash Princess #1) by Laura Sebastian

Genre: YA - Fantasy

Publication Date: April 24, 2018

Now, it's no surprise to anyone that Fantasy is my favourite genre of book. I absolutely love them and as soon as I heard about Ash Princess I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. It sounds absolutely amazing and the cover is just stunning. That's enough for me!


  7. Legendary (Caraval #2) by Stephanie Garber

Genre: YA - Fantasy

Publication Date: May 29, 2018

Caraval was one of my favourite books of 2017. I absolutely loved it, so naturally I cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel. I can't wait to catch up with the characters I loved and seeing what happens next. Roll on May. 



6. Shadowsong (Wintersong #2) by S Jae Jones

Genre: YA - Fantasy

Publication Date: February 6, 2018

Wintersong was one of my favourite reads of 2017 and I fell head over heels in love with the story of Liesl and The Goblin King. The ending of Wintersong totally broke my heart and I cannot wait to read more about them and what happened next. I can't wait to read Shadowsong.


  5. Hero at the Fall (Rebel of the Sands #3) by Alwyn Hamilton

Genre: YA - Fantasy

Publication Date: February 1, 2018

I love this series. I remember first hearing about it at YALC a few years ago and I read it as soon as book 1 was published and loved it. I can't wait to see how the series ends in Hero at the Fall and although I am super sad the series in ending I cannot wait to see how it all plays out.



4. A Court of Frost and Starlight (ACOTAR #3.5) and Soulstealer (DC Icons #3) by Sarah J Maas

Genre: YA/NA - Fantasy

Publication Dates: May 1, 2018 / August 7, 2018

So I'm cheating a little here by adding 2 but I like to try and only include one per author and I can't wait for every Sarah J Maas book this year. I adore all of her books and May cannot come fast enough.



3. The Prophecy (Titan Series #4) and The Prince (Wicked #3.5) by Jennifer L Armentrout
 
Genre: NA - Mythology / NA - Paranormal Romance
 
Publication Date: March 8, 2018 / August 14, 2018
 
Again, I'm totally cheating here as I also can't wait for all of JLA's books, The Prophecy being my number one I can't wait for. She has so many coming out but these were the ones with covers/standins.
  
 
2. Smoke in the Sun (Flame in the Mist #2) by Renee Ahdieh
 
Genre: YA - Fantasy
 
Publication Date: May 1, 2018
 
Flame in the Mist was probably the book that blew me away the most this year so naturally I cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel. I can't wait to see more from the characters and find out what happened after that heartbreaking ending.
 
 
   1. Rage (Stormheart #2) by Cora Carmack
 
Genre: YA - Fantasy
 
Publication Date: June 5, 2018 
 
Roar was one of my favourite book of 2017 and although I already loved Cora's contemporary books I really feel she outdid herself with her amazing fantasy novel. Fantasy has always been my favourite genre of book so naturally I loved it more than her others. The ending left me wanting more immediately and so I absolutely cannot wait until Rage is in my hands. I mean just look at that cover too. It's stunning. I need this book in my hands like... months ago. I cannot wait to see what happens with Roar and the others. Is it June yet?
 
 
 
What books are you looking forward to next year? Let me know.
 
 

Thursday, December 28

Top 10 of 2017: Best Book Boyfriends


Hey Guys,
It's that time of year again and I'm super excited to be sharing my Top 10 lists of 2017 again in 'Top 10 of 2017' hosted by Two Chicks on Books. Over the next 5 days you will see the following posts...
  • Top 10 Books I've Read in 2017
  • Top 10 Covers of 2017
  • Top 10 Couples of 2017
  • Top 10 Book Boyfriends of 2017
  • Top 10 Books I'm Looking Forward to in 2018
So here it is Day 4 and my...

~ Top 10 Book Boyfriends of 2017 ~

10. Harry from It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne

Genre: YA - Contemporary Romance

Honestly, I'm not entirely sure Harry should be included in this list because he's kind of an asshole. He is the epitome of bad boy. He smokes weed he treats all girls like a piece of meat. He is everything that anyone should stay away from. However, despite all of this I fell for him in It Only Happens in the Movies and I was rooting for him and Audrey.


9. Luca from Mafiosa (Blood for Blood #3) by Catherine Doyle

Genre: YA - Romantic Suspence

I fell in love with Luca right back in the first book of the Blood for Blood series, Vendetta, (which I also read this year, I binge read the entire series) and my love for him just grew and grew throughout the books. Yes, he is kind of a bad boy, what him being a member of a mafia family and all but he is so sweet and you can see he wants rid of that life... he's just stuck. He broke my heart completely in mafiosa but it was worth every second of it because he is adorable and sweet and perfect.

8. The Goblin King from Wintersong (Wintersong #1) by S Jae Jones

Genre: YA - Fantasy

I love The Goblin King in Wintersong. Although he is kind of an ass with his lying and scheming but I couldn't help but love him. He was lonely and all her ever wanted was his Goblin Queen... I loved his story and I'm dying for book 2 to get more of my Goblin King fix.




  7. Kiaran from The Fallen Kingdom (The Falconer #3) by Elizabeth May

Genre: YA - Fantasy

I love Kiaran. Ever since the first book in this series and through the twists and turns I still loved him. He broke my heart completely in The Fallen Kingdom and in this one he really does show him more humane side. I loved every moment of his journey and I truly adore this character.




6. Carrick from Perfect (Flawed #2) by Cecelia Ahern

Genre: YA - Dystopia

Carrick is such a sweet guy right the way through this amazing dystopia duology. He is there for Celestine when she gets branded and when they are seperated he risks his life every day to try and find her. They are such a sweet couple and I loved Carrick. He was mysterious so it took a while to see whether he should be trusted but in the end he was amazing.



  5. Kell from A Conjuring of Light (A Darker Shade of Magic #3) by VE Schwab

Genre: Adult - Fantasy

I fell head over heels in love with Kell this year when I devoured the entire Shades of Magic trilogy this year. He goes through such a horrible experience throughout these books and the more I read the more I fell in love with him. He is so sweet and would risk his life to save those he loves which makes him the perfect book boyfriend.
4. Okami from Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist #1) by Renee Ahdieh

Genre: YA - Fantasy

I loved this book! It's been mentioned on enough of these lists for you all to know that and one thing I loved was Okami. He comes across as the worst asshole you could ever come across but he does so out of love for his friends and family and he'll do anything to keep them safe. I love that he develops more feelings and humanity throughout the book and by the end I was head over heels for him. Role on book 2.


  3. Rhysand from A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J Maas

Genre: NA - Fantasy

I know, I know, I've included ACOWAR on almost every list. I'm sorry but I seriously love it, and Rhysand, that much. I adore Rhysand. I loved him right from book 1 and he shows his most amazing sides in ACOWAR. I couldn't stop reading and I loved him more than ever in this one. I need more books centred entirely around Rhysand.


2. Cole from Till Death by Jennifer L Armentrout

Genre: Adult - Romantic Suspence

There were tonnes of JLA boys I could have picked here. I really try to keep only one choice per author on these lists if I can and I had a hard time deciding which JLA boy to choose as I love them all. I could have picked Seth but I feel like everyone would pick him so I went for Cole from Till Death. He is the boy next door absolute sweetie pie who is a cop and will stop at nothing to protect his loved ones. He's not a bad boy like so many on this list. He is the perfect gentleman and the kind of guy everyone wants to end up with in real life... not just in fiction. And that's why he made it so damn high on this list.

  1. Rev from Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Genre: YA - Contemporary Romance

Okay... so I'm kind of cheating a little on this one. The rules for this post is that your selection is from a book that you're read in 2017 AND a book that was released in 2017. Well my choice is from a book I read in 2017 but not released until 2018 (I got an ARC). My choice is Rev from the beautiful More Than We Know which is a follow up to this beautiful book. Well, I did read Letters in 2017 and it was published in 2017 and Rev is technically in it, he's just not the main guy... so it counts right? Well I'm saying it does because I love Rev so so so so much. He is beautiful and broken and I just want to hug him so much and I love him more than even Declan (sorry!). I just adore everything about Rev. He's perfect and wonderful.

Who were your favourite book boyfriends of 2017? Let me know