June Wrap-Up | 2016

I’ve reached the point where I’m going to stop apologising for the amount of books I have read in the month. Yes, it’s only three books again (well, technically only two because one was finished in May) and no, I don’t really have any excuses other than “life was busy” – but then isn’t it always!?

So remember in my May Wrap-up when I said that I knew I wouldn’t finish another book by the end of that month, so I posted it quite early? Well, guess who actually did finish another book!

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Rating: 5/5
Review
This was the sequel to Grey, which I absolutely loved, and was EVEN BETTER! I’m so excited for the third book! This is such a cool series with gargoyles and gypsies and curses and friendship and love and it’s brilliant! If you like YA urban fantasy, do yourself a favour and try this series!

 

 

Anyway, here’s what I managed to read this month…

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Rating: 4/5
Review
The first book in an adult urban fantasy series; Finding the Phoenix was very different and unique. The characters were my favourite part, all with interesting and compelling backstories and flaws. I really do love flawed characters! I feel like this series is heading to an epic ending and I’m looking forward to seeing where it will go.

 

 

13566170_1250506078293468_1135200277_nGifted (The Hayven Series #1) by J. A. George
Rating: 4/5
Review
Wait…another urban fantasy series!!?? I thought I didn’t even really like urban fantasy all that much until this month! And this series was especially interesting, because the main character is a British, 19 year old, university student (AKA me!). At times it made me think a little of the Archived, in some of its storyline and some of the characters (I mean this in a very good way!). The world was probably my favourite thing, and I’m intrigued to read more about it!

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That’s my, slightly late, June wrap-up! I would add my usual ‘next month I’m gonna read so much more’ line, but actually I’m so busy at the moment that I probably won’t!

What did you read this month? Any favourites?

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May Wrap-Up | 2016

This month has been REVISION MONTH. The month of all the revision and all the assignment-completing and all the exam-stressing…

But in less than a week it will be over, and my first year of university will be completed! Which is exciting but also scary. I mean, how did that whole first year go so fast!?

But this meant that I haven’t been able to read much this month. I did manage to read three books, which isn’t awful considering how busy and also difficult this month has been for me, but it’s also not particularly great (I feel like that is my feeling most months this year so far though!).

I am aware that the month of May is not yet entirely over, and that there are still a few days left, but I am pretty sure that I won’t complete another book in the span of those days (because of it being my final week of revision for exams!).  So I am going to leave it at these three, and hope for a much longer wrap-up next month!

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Rating: 5/5
Review
Book Discussion (Spoilers!)
I don’t even know where to begin with this book. A Court of Thorns and Roses was my most anticipated read of 2015, and was also my favourite read of 2015. ACOMAF was my most anticipated book of 2016, and is set to be my favourite book of 2016 too. No pressure for book 3 then!
Basically this book was so amazing I can’t even really put into words. (Although I did try in my review!) It was so much better than ACOTAR, and I loved ACOTAR, so that’s high praise from me!

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Review
Rating: 3/5
I thought this was a very beautifully written story, in terms of great writing and interesting themes. I thought it was a very interesting twist on the fairytale retelling by using it as a sequel rather than a retelling along the same storyline. However, I had a few issues with the style of story-telling, and the fact that most of the story was told in back-story. Overall though, an enjoyable and quick read!

13281824_1224928517517891_203317308_nStars Above by Marissa Meyer
Rating: 5/5
Review
This book was just wonderful. I loved being back in the Lunar Chronicles world, and back with these wonderful characters! I’m not usually a fan of companion novellas, (which, let’s be honest, the vast majority of YA series do have now!) but I was able to put this aside because this was one case where I just wanted to be in the world again. Not because the series left lots of loose ends, but because I was in a Lunar Chronicles hangover and the only cure was more Lunar Chronicles stories! If you loved the series and are usually hesitant in picking up these novellas, I would really recommend them for satisfying any withdrawal symptoms from this series’ end!

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So, that’s my May reading wrap-up! As always, let me know how much you read this month, and what your favourites were! My favourite was definitely A Court of Mist and Fury! I wish I could unread that book so I could have the pleasure of reading it for the first time all over again!

April Wrap-Up | 2016

April has been another month of reading only 4 books. I’m still on track with my goodreads challenge though, and given how busy I have been, I’m not really upset with that. I really cannot wait until exam/assignments are over and I can read read read! But for now, here are my brief thoughts on the books I read in April!

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13150029_1213434572000619_1520255682_nIlluminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Rating: 2/5
Review
This was the Bookaholic Alliance April BOTM. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed with this book. I really didn’t like the quirky formatting, I found it very difficult to read, and I could not engage with the story at all. There was very little I actually enjoyed with this book, apart from the character Aidan who was, although very difficult to read, a little interesting. I am glad I finally read it though, because it had been on my TBR for ages!

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Dark Continent by Mark Mazower
Rating: 4/5
Okay, so this doesn’t really fit in with my normal reading, but I am actually a history student, and do read history books sometimes! The thing is, I only usually read just one chapter, or just a section, to get the information that I need on a topic, and then leave the rest of the book. But this one I read cover to cover, because it was actually very interesting (and gave me lots of useful information to revise for my exam!).

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The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkowski
Rating: 4/5
In terms of writing style, character development, technicality of plotting etc this book was by far the best of the trilogy. In terms of the actual story, and my interest in what was going on, it was by far my least favourite. That said, the first two books were just so amazing, and I read them at a time when I really needed something to pick me up, and loved them for doing that. I think that sometimes, that can be the case: certain books are for certain times in your life, and reading them in another time doesn’t resonate so much with you. But I still gave it 4 stars, because the writing absolutely blew me away!

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Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes
Rating: 5/5
Review
Discussion
I ended April with my favourite book of the month: Rebel Spring – Book 2 in the Falling Kingdoms series. Although I had really enjoyed Falling Kingdoms, I wasn’t completely blown away by it, and I felt that something was missing. In this sequel, whatever was missing in Book 1 must have entered into the book, because I absolutely LOVED it! I am so invested in these characters and I am only two books through. I am so excited to see where the story goes in future books – and I have the rest of the series so far with me at Uni so I can just binge through them when I get some time!

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That’s my reading wrap-up for the month of April! What have you read this month? And what was your favourite book that you read in April? Be sure to let me know in the comments!

March Wrap-Up | 2016

How is it already a quarter of the way through the year!!? This year is going so fast! (Although we all say that every year!)

This month was a pretty good reading month. I only managed to finish 4 books, but they were all 4 stars or above! And I’m still ahead on my goodreads reading challenge, so I’m not going to be too hard on myself. 😉

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Rating: 4/5
Review
This was a very beautifully told story, with some very relevant and important topics discussed. The characters were beautiful, the story was beautiful – it was just beautiful! I didn’t love it as much as everyone else seems to though, and I did have a few issues with feeling a bit of an emotional disconnect from the book – although this may have been because of all of the work and deadlines I had at the time I was reading it. My mind was just not as on the book as it was on my work!

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Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1) by Morgan Rhodes
Rating: 4.5/5
Review
I loved this start to what promises to be a very epic, intricate, fun, emotional fantasy series. I loved the characters, and I loved the set up that this book laid out for the relationships and story-lines to come. I did think it was a little too fast-paced, but I think that was probably to get the story rolling to the point where the larger story can begin.

 

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A Gathering of Shadows (A Darker Shade of Magic #2) by V.E. Schwab
Rating: 4/5
V.E. Schwab blows me away with every book she writes. Her writing style is always gripping and detailed, and her stories are always engrossing, intricate and epic. This wasn’t my favourite of her books though, and I did find some plot points a bit predictable. A Darker Shade of Magic (book 1) will probably always be my favourite of her books, but AGOS was still such a brilliant story, and V.E Schwab is still certainly one of my top favourite authors!

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GREY by Christi J. Whitney
Rating: 5/5
Review
This book was so good, and so different from lots of the YA books I’ve read. It’s got gypsies, old legends, family feuds…what more can you want? I thoroughly enjoyed it am super excited for the sequel, which is coming out this Summer!

 

 

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How has your reading gone this month? How many books have you managed to finish? What was your favourite? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

February Wrap-Up | 2016

Another month of 2016 has passed! This part of the year always goes so quickly!

I have read nowhere near as much as last month, and have managed to finish only 3 books. But it’s been a very busy month in terms of workload and deadlines, so all things considered, I’m pretty happy with three. And I have managed to review each book too this month, which is probably a first!

So, without further ado, here are the books I read this month:

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Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Rating: 4/5
Review
I really enjoyed Passenger, and I thought it was a truly beautiful book. The storyline was done very well, and I thought the relationships between characters were interesting to read.There was a genuine feel to the whole story. I did feel slightly detached from the characters at times though, and would have liked a little more detail on how the time travelling worked. But a beautiful story!

 

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Night Study by Maria V. Snyder
Rating: 4.5/5
Review
This is the second book in Maria V. Snyder’s new addition to the Chronicles of Ixia (so technically book 8). I really enjoyed this addition to my favourite series! I gave it 4.5/5 stars (only because I have a real attachment to some of the other books that I gave the full 5 stars!). If you haven’t started this series already, you really need to read Poison Study!!

 

12782338_1165490866794990_1748429063_nConfess by Colleen Hoover
Rating: 3/5
Review
I read this book for my bookclub (Bookaholic Alliance) February book of the month. If you read my review you will get a better picture of how I felt about this book – but it wasn’t a particularly good feeling! I did enjoy it as a whole, but I had some major issues. But I won’t let it stop me from picking up more CoHo, because I LOVED Slammed, and have heard amazing things about her other books!

 

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Currently Reading: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.
I am half way through at the moment, and very much enjoying it. I have a feeling my heart is going to get broken though 😦

 

How did your reading go this month? What were some of your favourite reads of February? Let me know in the comments!

January Wrap-Up | 2016

January has been a pretty good reading month! I read a total of 8 books, which I am pretty pleased with – I haven’t read that amount of books in a month for a long time. Thankfully long Christmas holidays, and a pretty quiet start to the term has meant I have had quite a lot of time on my hands!

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Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Rating: 3.5/5
Review
The first book I finished in January was Uprooted. I had already started this one at the end of December, and carried it over to January. I was pretty disappointed with this book though. I was expecting something truly magical, and was so hooked in by both the amazing reviews, and the fascinating premise. But it just fell very flat in terms of characters and world. I did love the style of storytelling though, so I would probably try another book by Naomi Novik if she releases something else that sounds interesting.

atpoyA Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1) by Claudia Gray
Rating: 5/5
Review
So this was the first book I actually started in January. I always remember the first book I read in a year. I feel as though it sets the tone in terms of motivation and excitement to read. Fortunately, A Thousand Pieces of You was the PERFECT choice. I absolutely fell in love with the characters, the worlds, the storytelling: it was a perfect book, and probably my favourite of the month. I couldn’t recommend it enough!

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Rating: 2/5
This book I actually started back in September last year, but had only read a little bit before putting it to the side. I didn’t like this book very much. I found it very tedious, long-winded, and dull. The characters felt very two-dimensional, and the futuristic Paris (which could have been so interesting) wasn’t explored in enough depth at all. I haven’t even brought myself to write a full review of this yet, because I don’t have a whole lot to say about it!

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Rating: 4/5
Review
While I did enjoy this one, I did finish the book with a general sense of disappointment. I talked about this in my review, but I think I really compared it too much with Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy (which I really love), and the fact that it was nothing like those books probably dampened my reading experience. I found the story quite predictable, but I really loved the characters, and am still excited for book 2.

belle epoqueBelle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross
Rating: 3/5
This book was a very mixed bag. I really liked the themes and topics explored in the story. I loved the historical backdrop, and the author had clearly done her research, making this book feel very authentic and believable. But the characters were so annoying! The main character’s narration read as very immature, and silly. Her backstory was never really explored, despite the odd hints at it indicating that it really affected the character. It was very fast-paced though, and a quick standalone read, which was nice after a lot of fantasy and sci-fi.

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Rating: 5/5
This was my first Colleen Hoover book, and WOW – I am officially a Colleen convert. This book was absolutely beautiful, with such a heart-wrenching story (yes, I cried many tears at that ending), a very believable romance, and fantastic characters with depth. I really need the next book!

 

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Rating: 5/5
Review
It took me long enough to finally get to the last book of the Lunar Chronicles. I think I just didn’t want it to end, so dragged out starting it for as long as I could stand. What an amazing end to an amazing series. Despite its 800+ pages, I flew through it, devouring the pages so quickly. I’m still in such a Lunar Chronicles hangover, and I’m so glad ‘Stars Above’ is a thing. I need that thing now please.

ttsayTen Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird #2) by Claudia Gray
Rating: 4/5
This was a great book, but I didn’t LOVE it like I LOVED A Thousand Pieces of You. There were a few things that slightly irritated me with this sequel, or that just didn’t quite live up to book 1. I mean, considering how much I adored the first book, it would have taken A LOT to top it. I did love the story, and where the plot went though, and there were some serious plot-twists and revelations at the end of this instalment, that I really can’t wait for book 3!


So that’s my January wrap-up!

How many books did you read this month? What were your favourites?