reviews

Onyx & Ivory by Mindee Arnett – Review

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Pages: 512

Release: 15th May (US), 28th June (UK)

Description:

They call her Traitor Kate. It’s a title Kate Brighton inherited from her father after he tried to assassinate the high king of Rime.

Cast out of the nobility, Kate now works for the royal courier service. Only the most skilled ride for the Relay and only the fastest survive, for when night falls, the drakes—deadly flightless dragons—come out to hunt. Fortunately, Kate has a secret edge: She is a wilder, born with forbidden magic that allows her to influence the minds of animals.

And it’s this magic that leads her to a caravan massacred by drakes in broad daylight—the only survivor Corwin Tormaine, the son of the king. Her first love, the boy she swore to forget after he condemned her father to death.

With their paths once more entangled, Kate and Corwin must put the past behind them to face this new threat and an even darker menace stirring in the kingdom.


My Thoughts:

*I was given a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* 

*This does not affect my views and opinions* 

Overall this was a really solid first book in a series! It started off a little slow, but that’s understandable, as there was a lot of world building to be done, scene setting, an introducing characters and whatnot.

This book is written in a split perspective (3rd person) between the 2 main characters, Corwin & Kate, which I really enjoyed! It’s nice seeing how they both think and feel and what they’re up to when they’er not together. I did really like both of the characters, but I would’ve liked to see them developed a bit more, see more of their personalities come out. Also, the supporting characters were wonderful, and tbh, sometimes more interesting than the two main ones! haha. I love all of the relationships between them all. There are some great platonic male/female relationships which are honestly wonderful to see.

I would’ve liked some more world building and information about the magic, and how things came to be, and their belief systems. Like we got to know the basics of it all, but it didn’t feel like quite enough for my liking, but hopefully more of that will be explained as we get into the second book!

Once the plot got going, it was so packed full of action and information and mystery and twists and I honestly loved it! I wasn’t expecting what happened towards the end tbh, and I love it when a plot twist hits you unexpectedly. I can’t wait to see where this plot is gonna go after the way it ended!


Rating Breakdown: 

  • Writing: 3/5
  • Plot: 4.5/5
  • Characters: 3.5/5

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Top 5 Friday

Top 5 Books I’ve Read so Far this Year!

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Hey guys!! It’s time to finally bring back Top 5 Friday!

With us being half way through the year, I thought it’d be a perfect time to talk about my favourite 5 books that I’ve read so far this year! My reading this year has been a really mixed bag! There have been a fair few 5 stars, a few DNFs and everything in between, and I’ve also discovered a surprising love for Rom-Com novels!

It’s going to be interesting to look back at this post at the end of the year, and compare with my top 5 books of the whole year, and see if the list has changed at all, or if it’s completely the same! 😀

So, here goes! 

Children of blood and bone by Tomi Adeyemi 

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1)This book 100% lived up to the hype for me personally! I think it takes the top spot of the best book of the year so far! It had everything I want in a fantasy book tbh, and I cannot wait for the next book because the ending left me confused and with a looooot of questions and not enough answers haha

I loved everything about this book! The characters, the world, the world building, the magic system, the plot!

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Legendary by Stephanie Garber 

Legendary (Caraval, #2)

I was very very lucky to receive an ARC/Proof of this book about 6-8 weeks before it was released, and it made me extremely happy! I honestly did not think I had a chance of getting one, but I took the chance and asked anyways, and when it turned up at my house one day, I couldn’t believe my luck!

I blew through this in 2 days (I tried to pace myself) and omg it was wonderful! I loved Caravel, but this was on an extra level for me! I loved Tella’s POV more than Scarlets, there was more at stake, there was more magic and mystery and it was just wonderful to read.


Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff 

Obsidio (The Illuminae Files, #3) It was an amazing ending to an amazing series, and it may possibly be one of my absolute favourite series finales of all time! I don’t really have much else to say except that hahah

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Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi

Restore Me (Shatter Me, #4)

Honestly, this book left me shooook. I’m so glad Tahereh decided to continue Juliette and Warner’s story, this book was everything that I wanted.
It wasn’t majorly action packed, it was a lot of building up to events that happened towards the end / will happen in future books, but my oh my was it good!
I still love these characters so much, and it was so nice to be back with them again, especially Kenji!

This book was such an emotional rollercoaster! While it’s definitely not my favourite in the series so far, it’s still one of my favourites of this year!


Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman 

Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe, #2)

Honestly, this one is a surprise to me! I read Scythe in December last year, and while I did like it, it wasn’t amazing (I gave it 3.5/5). But Thunderhead just blew me away! I am so glad I decided to give the second book a chance because it was brilliant! There was so much going on, and so many twists and turns, conspiracies and mysteries. I need the next book ASAP, because how it ended was not ok!


What are your top books that you’ve read so far this year?

Thank you all for reading!! I hope you all have a wonderful book filled weekend ❤

And Eid Mubarak to any of my Muslim friends / followers! 😀

Abbie ❤

reviews

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian – Review

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Pages: 448

Release: 14th June 2018 (UK), 24th April 2018 (US)

Description :

Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. Ten years later, Theo has learned to survive under the relentless abuse of the Kaiser and his court as the ridiculed Ash Princess. 

When the Kaiser forces her to execute her last hope of rescue, Theo can’t ignore her feelings and memories any longer. She vows revenge, throwing herself into a plot to seduce and murder the Kaiser’s warrior son with the help of a group of magically gifted and volatile rebels. But Theo doesn’t expect to develop feelings for the Prinz. 

Forced to make impossible choices and unable to trust even those who are on her side, Theo will have to decide how far she’s willing to go to save her people and how much of herself she’s willing to sacrifice to become Queen.


My thoughts:

*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher (macmillan)*

*This does not affect my views or opinions*  

To start off with, the writing was wonderful. It was so well written, it flowed so well, was descriptive, but not overly so.  The pacing was spot on, and the world building was wonderful. The characters were all well developed too, and I liked them and had interest in whether or not they survived from pretty early on in the book.

However, the thing is, it all felt familiar. The characters all felt like ones I’d met before, and the story felt like one I’d already read many times. The general feel of the book was very stereotypical of a YA fantasy, and had elements that I’ve read in a lot of other YA fantasy. There just wasn’t really anything unique or different about this particular book. The Magic system was the only thing that had slight difference, but it wasn’t enough to make this book unique, or make it stand out from all the other YA fantasies out there.

Hopefully the story will develop more, and become more unique in the following books, because I really enjoyed the writing, but unfortunately, the plot was just too samey for me to rate it any higher than I have.

Rating breakdown: 

  • Plot: 2/5
  • Characters: 4/5
  • Writing: 4.5/5

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Thank you for reading 😀

Abbie ❤

Wrap Up's

Long overdue Wrap Up! (April/May)

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Hey guys!!! My exams are finally over, and that means I finally have the time/motivation to read more, write reviews, and blog!!

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I’ve missed it so much, but I just had to channel any motivation I could muster into revising for my exams D: But now they’re over, and hopefully I passed and don’t have to take any resits in August! *fingers crossed* 

I still managed to read a fair bit in May tbh! Which I’m so happy about! But it was mostly because if I wasn’t studying, I was reading!

A new thing for me was chick-lit / adult romance. I’d never really had much interest in reading the genres before, but I picked up a well recommended one in May, and absolutely loved it! SO basically I am now addicted to Rom-com books hahaha

Because of all of this rambling, and the fact that this is a double wrap up, andddd I read a fair amount, I’m just gonna give ratings for each book today 😀

April 

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April was such a good reading month! I Dnfed 0 books, and found some new favourites!

Favourite of the month: Legendary by Stephanie Garber

Least Favourite of the month: To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

*LGBTQA+ alert: I was born for this & Skylarks 😀 * 


May 

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  • Circe by Madeline Miller ★★★★½
  • Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennet ★★★★
  • Night Owls by Jenn Bennet ★★★★
  • Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley ★★
  • Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertali ★★★★
  • Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman ★★★★½
  • The Hating Game by Sally Thorne ★★★★
  • All of This is True by Lygia Day Penaflor – DNF
  • Royals Rachel Hawkins ★★★★
  • The List by Joanna Bolouri ★★★★
  • Relight by Fire by Joanna Bolouri ★★★★
  • Love to Hate You by Jo Watson ★★★★

I only read 2 non-contemporary/ romance books in May haha. With exams, it was hard to concentrate on heavier genres that require more focus, but romance / contemporaries are so easy to read, and it helped me keep up reading and enjoying reading during a really stressful time 😀

Favourite of the month: Thunderhead  – I loved this! I enjoyed it way more than scythe!

Least Favourite of the month: All of this is true


What was your favourite/least favourite read of May? 🙂 

Thank you all for reading!! I’ve missed this so much!

Abbie ❤ 

Updates

Semi-Hiatus

Hi guys! Hope you’re all well ❤

Sorry that I haven’t been as active as normal, I’ve been a little busy with uni work and life, but also I’ve been feeling quite down and not quite myself lately, So I’ve lost a bit of motivation for blogging at the minute.

I’m not going to be posting as often over the next month (maybe once a week) and I won’t be doing my weekly top 5 Friday either for a few weeks until I’m feeling better and my uni exams are over. I may post more than once a week, but I can’t really predict at the minute when or how often I’ll be posting in the coming month.

Once all this uni stress is over, hopefully i’ll be able to get back into my schedule of posting 3 times a week 🙂

Thank you all in advance for understanding ❤

Abbie ❤

Blog Tour, reviews

Nowhere Else But Here by Rachel Cotton -Blog Tour!

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Welcome to my stop on the Nowhere Else But Here blog tour!! 

This is my first ever blog tour and I’m so happy that I’ve been able to take part in this! Thank you so much to Ink Road!

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Pages: 284

Published:  3rd May 2018

Description: 

What if the missing person is your missing piece?

Rose has always played by the rules – now it’s time to break them.

Life’s easier when you stay away from other people. Rose Valentine knows that. But some people are impossible to ignore. Take Theo Lockhart. He’s handsome, funny and beyond intriguing. He’s a mystery; one that Rose dreams of solving.

Then one night the mystery deepens. Theo turns up on Rose’s doorstep, desperate to hide out at her house. He’s keeping secrets, and Rose has a million questions. Not least – why did he choose to run to her?

If Rose lets him in, she’ll be going against everything she holds true. It’s reckless, risky – and definitely not in the rulebook. But Theo makes Rose long to break the rules After a whirlwind week of brat-pack movies, midnight snacks and non-stop chat, where do Rose and Theo go from here?

My Thoughts: 

This book is a new contemporary debut that was so fluffy and cute, but also dealt with some important issues such as absentee parents, abusive parents and a little about anxiety too.
The story was a little cliched at times and also occasionally over descriptive, but generally really well written for someone of such a young age (17/18), especially as she’s still at school / Sixth Form.

I think this author will be on to watch in the future if she continues to write novels and publish books! This was a wonderful debut.

I also really liked the two main characters and it was nice to see them grow together through the book and mature and face their problems.

Generally I quite enjoyed reading this, and flew threw it in two days! I’m such a sucker for cute contemporary romances!

I would definitely recommend giving this a read if you love YA cute contemporary romancey type books 🙂

Thank you for reading!!

Abbie ❤