Saturday, 30 July 2016

Review: The Reader - Traci Chee

25064648The Reader by Traci Chee

Young Adult Fantasy

Publication Date: 13 September 2016
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Received from: First To Read

My Rating : {★★★★☆} 

Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin’s been taken, or if she’s even alive. The only clue to both her aunt’s disappearance and her father’s murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book—a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the help of this book, and the aid of a mysterious stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and find out what really happened the day her father was killed—and punish the people responsible.

Wow. What an EPIC DEBUT.

This is a book about a book; it is about the ability to read; it is about how words can be so incredibly powerful that the people in this world will kill for them; it is about being fierce and brave and it is about people being more than they ever thought they could be.

Let me say right now that this is the sort of book you want to have a physical copy of - I received an eARC and almost missed a few things because of this. I'm sure I did miss many more than I caught! In print I already know that this is going to be a stunning book. It's so cleverly done, so complex and intricate and holding the actual physical book in your hands is going to be as much of the story as the words that you will read on the paper. There's plenty of marginalia and hidden clues in the book itself. Even though I am an avid ebook enthusiast, this book is one that I am going to purchase for my physical library and I am going to do so eagerly and happily because I already know that this series is going to be a favourite of mine.

Within the very first few pages of this book I was drawn into the world that Chee has created. Her writing is imaginative and beautiful and her words conjured up a world that seemed to leap off the pages. 

Within the very first few chapters I found myself already caring about these characters and seeing them as complex and believable people. When Sefia was going over the events in 'The House Overlooking the Sea' (Ch.3) I felt like I was right there alongside her and my heart was aching for this 9 year old who had never had a normal day in her life, who had just lost her father in the most horrific way I could imagine and who was learning some of life's toughest lessons. 

From the very beginning this book sucked me in. 

"But books are curious objects. They have the power to trap, transport, and even transform you if you are lucky. But in the end, books—even magic ones—are only objects pieced together from paper and glue and thread. That was the fundamental truth the readers forgot. How vulnerable the book really was.
To fire.
To the damp.
To the passage of time.
And to theft."
The vivid imagery and sheer complexity of this carefully crafted world amaze me. While it is not a fast paced read, the various stories are delicately and perfectly interwoven with each other along with strands of vengeance, romance and dashes of swashbuckling adventure. It is interesting and clever with a very intricate and detailed plot but I know that this might not appeal to all readers.

What I also loved about this book was the quiet equality vibe. When you create a completely new and distinct world like this, why not create men and women as equals throughout all of its history? And that is exactly what Chee has done; there is egalitarianism throughout and it is completely normal to all of the characters because this is just how things are in their world. 

There were a few, very small issues for me in this book. There are a couple of times where I felt that our main character, Sefia was overplayed a little (e.g. bringing up Palo Kanta over and over) and a couple of times that this mostly well paced novel seemed to rush through a scene or two which caused a bit of a disconnect for me but this is something that I can easily overlook when faced with the rest of this book. If this is the debut of Traci Chee I cannot wait to see what she is going to do with the rest of this series. 

It's not a five star read for me but I still highly recommend this book to anyone who is even slightly thinking about reading it and I can't wait to learn more about the sequel. 

This is a book, and a book is a world,
and words are the seeds in which meanings are curled.
Pages of oceans and margins of land
are civilisations you hold in the palm of you hand.
But look at your world and your life seems to shrink
to cities of paper and seas made of ink.
Do you know who you are, or have you been misled?
Are you the reader, or are you the read?
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Friday, 29 July 2016

Flashback Friday: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis

Flashback Friday: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis

Flashback Friday celebrates books from our past - anything published more than 5 years ago counts! 

I love this because it's not only the new releases that deserve our attention. 

This week I'm going back -waaaaay back- to when I was a very young reader. The Chronicles of Narnia were probably the first high fantasy novels I ever read and I was in love from the very beginning. The adventures of Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy in this first book kept me enthralled and excited. Four kids on a mission in a strange and wonderful land, talking animals, danger and intrigue - I just wanted to open my own wardrobe and be able to dive into Narnia.

Who else was a CS Lewis fan? 

first published October 16th 1950

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 

(The Chronicles of Narnia (Publication Order) #1)

by C.S. Lewis

From Goodreads:
'They say Aslan is on the move. Perhaps he has already landed,' whispered the Beaver. Edmund felt a sensation of mysterious horror. Peter felt brave and adventurous. Susan felt as if some delightful strain of music had just floated by. And Lucy got that feeling when you realize it's the beginning of summer. So, deep in the bewitched land of Narnia, the adventure begins.
They opened a door and entered a world--Narnia--the land beyond the wardrobe, the secret country known only to Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy. Lucy is the first to stumble through the back of the enormous wardrobe in the professor's mysterious old country house, discovering the magic world beyond. At first, no one believes her. But soon Edmund, Peter and Susan, too, discover the magic and meet Aslan, the Great Lion, for themselves. And in the blink of an eye, they are changed forever. 

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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: A Shadow Bright and Burning - Jessica Cluess

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This is one I have been anticipating since I read the Buzz Books 2016 Fall/Winter - YA Edition. I have recently picked up The Reader by Traci Chee which I found the same way and I am thoroughly enjoying it which makes me even more excited for this upcoming release! I haven't yet read anything by Jessica Cluess but I am definitely looking forward to this one. Has anyone else got this on their TBR?

Expected publication: September 20th 2016
A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire #1)
From Goodreads:
I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer. The prophesied one. Or am I?

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she's brought to London to train with Her Majesty's sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. As Henrietta discovers the secrets hiding behind the glamour of sorcerer life, she begins to doubt that she's the true prophesied one. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city—and the one she loves?
"Unputdownable. I loved the monsters, the magic, and the teen warriors who are their world's best hope! Jessica Cluess is an awesome storyteller!" —Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author
"A fun, inventive fantasy. I totally have a book crush on Rook." —Sarah Rees Brennan, New York Times bestselling author
"Pure enchantment. I love how Cluess turned the 'chosen one' archetype on its head. With the emotional intensity of my favorite fantasy books, this is the kind of story that makes you forget yourself." —Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen
"A glorious, fast-paced romp of an adventure. Jessica Cluess has built her story out of my favorite ingredients: sorcery, demons, romance, and danger."—Kelly Link, author of Pretty Monsters

A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, #1)
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Monday, 25 July 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 25th July 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 25th July 2016
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn at the Book Date and is a great chance to interact and of course to add to your TBR list (because it's never long enough!). 

Happy Monday everyone and I wish you all a great week of reading ahead!

What I read last week:

Rated {★☆}

I finished Talon early in the week and found it wanting, however I still find myself thinking about it and what will happen in the next book to come, so I know I will continue this soon. 

Rated {★}

I finally brought myself to finish HPaTOotP. Sadly, nothing has changed since the last time I read it and I still lost one of my favourite characters thus far. He was smiling and taunting and then bam - gone. I still got no happy resolution, no closure. It's too much like real life and once again I found myself in buckets of tears. Thanks J.K. Rowling, thanks a lot. 

Rated {★☆}
This one was a tough one to rate. When I closed the book I initially gave it 3 stars - I liked it, but I wasn't blown away by it. But then I got to thinking about who the intended audience was and how I might feel if I was still in that category. I decided to lift my rating to 4 stars because of this.

What I am Currently Reading:


So ridiculously excited for both of these. I'm only about 6% through And I Darken and I'm already so absorbed. It's gritty and dark and delicious and I can't wait to read more. 

The Reader I managed to snag a copy through First To Read and I've only just opened the front page. I first saw this one in the YA Fall/Winter edition of Buzz Books 2016 and I've been eagerly anticipating this read since then. 

Up Next:


There is nothing in life that eighteen year old Zara craves more than her freedom. Stolen from her home in Cadrebia at the age of eight, Zara has spent more years than she cared to admit as a slave to the Tankadesh courts. Her days are filled with protecting the princess, while she spends nights entertaining the king and his officials with her mastery of weapons. Any spare moment in between, she plots escape.
Yet her hopes for freedom come to a crashing halt when a stranger arrives bearing the mark of her assigned lifemate, and he threatens war if she isn’t turned over into his care. But a lifemate is not part of the plan. Her dreams, of choosing her own path and being the master of her own will, weaken as her Moon seeks to claim his Sun.

I received a copy of this for review and while I've never heard of it before the synopsis sounded good to me so I am excited to see how this one reads. 

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Sunday, 24 July 2016

Review: Alien Love Story - A.K. Dawson

Review: Alien Love Story - A.K. Dawson

Alien Love Story by A.K. Dawson

My Rating : {★★★☆} 

I received a free copy of this book from the author.

I'm finding this such a tough book to rate and review. It's not really something that I would normally dive into, and yet it reminded me so much of an author that I used to read as a tween while growing up in Australia. Does anyone know Paul Jennings? He wrote short stories and these were later adapted into a TV series called Around the Twist.

These short stories were often completely shocking and contained grief and tragedy and yet these things were delivered in such a stoic and matter-of-fact way that it didn't impact the reader too harshly (perfect for a young tween). Looking back on them now as an adult and especially as a mother, I find them far more outrageous than I did as a child; I now have a much greater capacity to empathise and to worry about consequences and repercussions and this, I'm afraid, changes my entire point of view on the stories. What was once quirky and funny as a kid is now over-the-top and sometimes crude as an adult.

Now this book doesn't have quite the shock value as a Paul Jennings short story but it does deal with some pretty tough human experiences like loss, grief, betrayal and coming-of-age. These things are all handled with a steady dose of dry humour that, while this would make it easier to read for a younger reader, made me feel as though sometimes these things were brushed off too quickly and easily.

Added to this mix is the science fiction of aliens, spaceships, alien abductions and experiments. Obviously this is a work of fiction but there are some actions and reactions that didn't seem authentic in the situation, but the plot devices worked well and as a whole the storyline is interesting and fast paced and the characters are fun and fantastical. There is a bit of non graphic sexual content so I'd say this one is PG-13.

I'm sure this book is aimed at a younger audience, and I think that they may actually get a lot of the great entertainment value from this book without any of the drawbacks that I felt as an adult so for this reason I'm changing my original rating of 3 stars up to 4 stars.

Overall this is an entertaining and fast read and I would recommend it for middlegrade to YA readers.

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Friday, 22 July 2016

Flashback Friday: The Last Vampire - Christopher Pike

Flashback Friday: The Last Vampire - Christopher Pike
Flashback Friday on Swoony Boys Podcast and Fiction Fare

Flashback Friday was hosted and created by Swoony Boys Podcast & Fiction Fare and I love it because it celebrates books that are at least two years old - and it's not only the new releases that deserve our attention. 

For this week I'm featuring a book by Christopher Pike - one of my 'go-to' authors when I was a teenager checking books out of my local library. I have featured the cover that I remember actually holding in my hands although if you head over to Goodreads you will see that it's been updated to look more modern but for some reason I prefer it this way. 

This one is a paranormal thriller and the first of a series - short but creepy and full of spine tingling fun. 

(first published May 1st 1994)
The Last Vampire (The Last Vampire #1)
From Goodreads:
Alisa Perne is the last vampire. Beautiful and brilliant, she hunts alone, living among humans, living off humans. But someone is stalking her. Someone wants her dead. And Alisa has a choice to make - to keep a long held promise or protect the mortal she seems to be falling for.
The Last Vampire (The Last Vampire #1)

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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Review: Talon - Julie Kagawa

Review: Talon - Julie Kagawa
Talon by Julie Kagawa

Rating {★☆}

This is not what I was expecting. I read the Iron Fey series by Kagawa and her writing completely captivated me from start to finish. I mean, I had a solid dislike of the main character and yet I read every book in the series just to get more of that fantastic world building and to be introduced to the completely unique characters that evoked emotional responses from me at every turn. I didn't necessarily like all of these characters (Meghan, I'm looking at you) but they definitely made me feel something.

In this book we have Ember, a hatchling dragon who I really liked as a main character - sassy, rebellious, impatient, headstrong and caring. We have Garret who was technically a polar opposite to Ember being a St. George soldier and we have Riley, an older but not mature dragon who is on the run from both organisations - Talon and St George. He's a Rogue, and the more that Ember hears from him, the closer she is to becoming a rouge as well.

So here's the thing, dragons are awesome, right? I thought that just by having dragons this book/series would automatically be perfect for me but there was just nothing outstanding here. The world building was just Okay... To be honest it's not what I expected of Kagawa. The character development was fine, but again, not what I expected of Kagawa. The writing was what saved this; Kagawa has a way of painting her stories in a fashion that is so compelling and so readable. Everything from the descriptions, to the alternating POV's to the dialogue was just so well written that it made me believe in the entire plot and circumstances and interactions.

The romance aspect wasn't a true love triangle for me but I believe that this develops further in the next book. It's not something that I look forward to because I actually liked the way that the romance developed in this book. It was slow and tentative and sweet. And for the record I'm Team Garret, but my ships often sink, so I'm not holding on to too much hope here!

I'm not sure if it was the high expectations of Kagawa, or the dazzling brilliance that should be dragons, but this book fell short for me.

I've read some mixed reviews of Rogue but I'm still excited to start it. Call me a glutton for punishment, but I hate leaving things unfinished and there is still so much promise in this series. The action scene towards the end of the book was brilliantly written and extremely Kagawa-esque and I believe that there's a lot more of that in the next book. I do often find that the first book in a really great series is a slow starter for me, laying the groundwork for amazing developments, so who knows? I'll be picking up Rogue within the next week so stay tuned for more updates!

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Waiting on Wednesday: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany

Waiting on Wednesday: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

As I've mentioned before, I'm in the midst of re-reading all the Harry Potter books, so now I'm wondering, who else is super excited for Harry Potter's birthday this year?? I'm very much looking forward to getting my copy of The Cursed Child and there's LESS THAN TWO WEEKS TO GO before release date!!! Dang it I'm tempted to fly to London just to see the play. 

Even so, I'm still so nervous and scared of this one. It could be so, so, so, so good, or so wrong. The fact that it is a script? The fact that it's not written entirely by JKR? I just want to love this so much!

Expected publication: July 31st 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

(Harry Potter)


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter)
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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Review: Thieving Weasels - Billy Taylor


Thieving Weasels by Billy Taylor

Rating {★☆}

Light-hearted, fast and fun, this isn't a book that I would normally have picked up had it not been for Penguin's First to Read program.

I was entertained by this book, and I did enjoy most of it, but I think the target audience is probably teenage boys and I suspect they would appreciate it a lot more than I did. It's difficult to truly develop a full cast of characters in such a short novel, but the author manages to get the reader rooting for Skip and there are a range of disreputable characters (mainly Skip's family) that we come to know and you can fully feel the impact of them on his life. It was fun but it just wasn't particularly compelling or engaging for me. I didn't have a problem with reading a couple of chapters and then putting it down for a while. The plot is cleverly developed and the final scene wraps everything up nicely. It's a quirky coming of age novel and has enough humour and enough action to keep most people reading to the end.

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 18th July 2016


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn at the Book Date and is a great chance to interact and of course to add to your TBR list (because it's never long enough!). 

We just arrived back from a 4 day holiday yesterday and unfortunately I didn't get a lot of reading done, but I have come back happier and refreshed and I managed to spend some quality time with my family. 

I know it's not Monday anymore - but I still wanted to do my weekly roundup as much for my own sake of getting my mind and my week organised as for being able to post here, on the blog! 

What I read last week:

Rated {★☆}

This is the only book that I actually managed to complete last week! It was a very quick read and a fast paced, fun book. I'll be posting my review soon. 

What I am Currently Reading:

I'm almost at the end of both of these. Talon I have been speeding through - Kagawa has caught be again! I'm both thrilled and a little disappointed to find that this series is still in publication! Although it means that I will still have more of this world to sink into, it also means that there will be the dreaded wait until the book is published. But I am still a few books away from that so for now I'll just carry on in the world of Talon and hope for the best!

Harry Potter, as I've mentioned previously, I'm re-reading this entire series and OotP is still on my current reads shelf this week. Books 1-4 I absolutely devoured but even as I picked this book up and even worse now that I'm nearing the climax, I have slowed right down. This is where it all begins to get so real - where beloved characters are ripped away and the evil that is Lord Voldemort begins to really penetrate the pages and hurts my soul. There will never be a time where I am not full on crying throughout the events at the Department of Mysteries. 

Up Next:


This one I have received from the author and I'll be diving into it in the next couple of days. I hope to catch up on some reading this week and hopefully I'll be able to get some more reviews out soon. 

How did your week shape up?
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Saturday, 16 July 2016

Stacking The Shelves Saturday : 16 July 2016


Stacking The Shelves is a meme hosted over at Tynga's ReviewsWe are all book lovers and the need to share our enthusiasm is sometimes overwhelming. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! Even though we may not get around to reading all of these hoarded books for a while, Stacking the Shelves is a great way to express enthusiasm for those titles. 

I'm actually away from home at the moment on a family holiday so I haven't had a chance to check my inbox for the past couple of days, so these are just a couple of incoming books from the beginning of the week. 

On Monday I received a copy of an ebook for review by a South African born author (which, for those of you who don't know this, automatically interests me in a book). The author, AK Dawson has promised me that this book will be humorous but also touch on some deeper emotional issues. I am looking forward to reading and reviewing this one soon.


My library hold finally came through for A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab which is on my Very Next To Read shelf (because my TBR pile was becoming too large to handle and I needed to categorise it a little more!). This one has been subject to a lot of hype though, so I hope that I can try to read it objectively.

Whatever I've missed I'll feature in next week's post but for now I'm going back to my holiday. I'm looking forward to both quality time with my family and friends and some quality time with some books. I'll be posting reviews next week.
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Friday, 15 July 2016

Flashback Friday: Sabriel - Garth Nix

Flashback Friday: Sabriel - Garth Nix
Flashback Friday on Swoony Boys Podcast and Fiction Fare

Flashback Friday is hosted and created by Swoony Boys Podcast & Fiction Fare and I love it because it celebrates books that are at least two years old - and it's not only the new releases that deserve our attention!

For this week, I'm featuring a book that I've only just recently read (see my review here) but it was first published in the 90's. Having read this and the next two books in the same series I've discovered that I absolutely love Garth Nix's work. It's the first of the Abhorsen series based in the Old Kingdom and has a truly unique magical system and a well built fantasy world. 


From Goodreads:
Sent to a boarding school in Ancelstierre as a young child, Sabriel has had little experience with the random power of Free Magic or the Dead who refuse to stay dead in the Old Kingdom. But during her final semester, her father, the Abhorsen, goes missing, and Sabriel knows she must enter the Old Kingdom to find him. 
With Sabriel, the first installment in the Abhorsen series, Garth Nix exploded onto the fantasy scene as a rising star, in a novel that takes readers to a world where the line between the living and the dead isn't always clear—and sometimes disappears altogether.
Sabriel (Abhorsen,  #1)
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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Waiting On Wednesday: The Gift of Power - Tamora Pierce

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I am highlighting an upcoming release by one of my very favourite authors - Tamora Pierce. I spent a lot of my teenage years with her books, especially her Tortall series and have been awaiting this release since I heard about it a number of years ago. The publications date keeps getting pushed back and, to the best of my knowledge, is currently expected as a Spring 2017 release. Whenever it is being release I know that I will be pre-ordering this one as soon as I can. 

Pierce is a wonderful author who writes strong and fierce females as well as equally strong and fierce and equality loving males. Numair Salmalin is one of those fantastic male leads that I am just dying to know more about - where did he come from? What was he like as a young and powerful mage training in Carthak?

If you haven't read any of her books yet, please do yourself a favour and pick one up! My personal favourite is the Tortall Universe which starts with Alanna: The First Adventure and there is also the Circle Universe which starts with Sandry's Book.

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The Gift of Power (Exile #1)


From Goodreads:
In which we learn of Numair's last years at the university of Carthak, the beginning of his conflict with the newly-made Emperor Ozorne (Numair's best friend), his quick departure from Carthak, and how he survives afterward.

The Gift of Power (Exile, #1)

From Reddit:
"At the moment GIFT is scheduled for spring 2017. That may change, since I've just gone from a duet to a trilogy, but it will still be 2017. I will be apologizing for this for a while, but Numair's younger life was so complicated!"

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Monday, 11 July 2016

Review: Graceling - Kristin Cashore


Graceling by Kristin Cashore
(Graceling Realm #1)

My Rating : {★★★☆☆}

When I picked up this book, and for a good part of reading this book I was certain that it was going to be at least a four star read.

I love the premise; the fresh magical approach to the Graced; the way the world was shaping up with the Council and the various terrible rulers.


While I read this book I was surprised that I didn't feel that constant pull to read it at any given time of the day. Any real bookworm will know what I mean when I talk about this - you read while you cook, while you eat, while you walk, while you 'supervise' the kids playing outside. There is a desperate need to keep reading. I didn't get that with Graceling.

The plot meandered a little too much and a lot of it was a travelogue and centred on the budding romantic relationship between Katsa and Po. I did find the characters likeable enough and I actually truly enjoyed Katsa's flaws. She is fiercely independent and stern, impatient and emotional but also kindhearted and brave.

The character building of the main antagonist (Leck) fell short for me. He only made an actual appearance twice in the book so much of what we know is recounted by other characters and there's not much for the reader to ruminate on. The climax came and went so quickly that I had to turn back and reread the passage to be sure I had read it correctly.

The final resolutions also took too long to tie up and to tell the truth detracted from the book.

At the end of the day it's a solid three stars. I did like it, and I will probably go on to read Fire but I won't be rushing into it.
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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 11th July 2016


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn at the Book Date and is a great chance to interact and of course to add to your TBR list (because it's never long enough!). 

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join them!

This has not been a fantastic reading week for me - I was trying to plug through The Broken Destiny which just was not working out for me, and having just picked up a number of large books (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix @870 pages (according to Goodreads); Outlander #1 @896 pages) I truthfully just have not been able to get too far!

What I read last week:

Rated {★★★★★}
What a fun read - a short and entertaining graphic novel that I would highly recommend to any bookworm, introvert or female in general. I picked this one up from my library after seeing Nicole's Review over at A Myriad of Books.
Rated {★☆☆☆☆} 

Unfortunately this book had a stunning cover but that was about it. So disappointed.

Rated {★★★☆☆} 
I did enjoy this one but overall I felt it was only worth three stars, which was disappointing considering I was sure it would be at least a four star read. More on that in my review.

What I am Currently Reading:


Here are two books off my Currently Reading shelf. I'm excited to be diving back into Novik's world of Temeraire and look forward to seeing what my favourite characters are up to now.

I've been re-reading Harry Potter slowly this year because, well firstly it's Harry Potter and secondly I dhave only ever read the 6th and 7th books once each. I need to see if I can face the deaths of so many beloved characters!

Up Next:

This one looks like a fast and fun read and I will be reviewing before the publishing date in August. I'm looking forward to it being lighthearted and humorous so I hope it can live up to these expectations.

How did your week shape up??
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