Fantasy

Reading in Winter

2016

On the coldest of winter days, there is nothing better than curling up, cocooned in blankets. With a cup of tea in one hand and a good book in the other, life couldn’t get much better than that. So, as January looms, here are my 5 favourite books to read when its cold outside.

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  1. Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy- 

I got this book for Christmas and was intrigued by the title. Yuri is a genius and he knows it,  but I didn’t at any point find him to be condescending. With humour, swearing and an asteroid hurtling towards LA, what’s not to love?

2. Inferno by Catherine Doyle-

This is hands down my favourite book ever. All about the Mafia and the complex roles of the families within it, and with a relatable heroine, I couldn’t put this down. I’ve waited a year for the sequel, Mafiosa, to be released and in four days nothing can stop me from finally reading it.

3.  And I Darken by Kiersten White

This book was dark in the best way. Lada is without fear and at times conscience, and I loved it! Set in the Ottoman Empire, it was hard not to be drawn into the scheming politics and life of the court.

4. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

This books reached my expectations and then surpassed them. The world seen through Karou’ eyes was vibrant and the writing was beautiful. The humour in the book brought tears to my eyes, as did the moments of sadness and despair. I don’t think I’ll have any problems completing the rest of this series by the end of the month.

5. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson 

I haven’t read all that many graphic novels, but after reading Nimona I couldn’t help but wonder if I had been missing out. You’ll race through this book in no time at all but the characters will stay with you for much, much longer. This is definitely a graphic novel I would want to own.

So that’s my top 5 books, what are yours?

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DNF Reads

20161201_162008To begin with I would like to apologise for not posting for a VERY long while. I realise that consistency is key and really there is no excuse for my slacker-ish behaviour. However, with school-work dominating almost all free time I have, I haven’t had a chance to read, and therefore review all that much.

While I find I fall in love with almost all of the books I read, there are a few that I cannot come to terms with. Recently I found that a lot of the novels I’ve started to read, I never got around to finishing (maybe I’m in some sort of reading slump?!?) for a variety of reasons. None of these books were bad, rather they just didn’t appeal to me. Even so, I still thought they would be worth writing a little about…

  1. Gemina by Amie Kaufmann and Jay Kristoff-

Illuminae was one of my favourite reads from last year and I was counting down the days until the sequel, Gemina, was released. Now though, after trying and trying again to finish the book, it just sits on my shelf, looking sad and unloved. I’m not entirely sure what went wrong for me. The plot and format, something I love from Illuminae, was once again unique and grabbed my attention. However, the characters, Nik in particular, were one of the reasons I stopped reading Gemina.  They did not seem realistic and were frankly quite annoying. Added to that, while I may be wrong,  I don’t think I’ll ever meet someone who says “feel me” quite as much as Nik does.

      2. Kids of Appetite by David Arnold-  

Thank you to Headline for sending me Kids of Appetite through Bookbridgr, in exchange for an honest review. While I haven’t yet read Mosquitoland, another novel written by David Arnold, I was compelled to request Kids of Appetite due to the high praise Mosquitoland got. Kids of Appetite is good. I liked the writing and I liked the characters, yet I still didn’t finish it. I want to finish it, but I haven’t. Maybe I’ll try it again in a few weeks?

      3. Alienated by Melissa Landers-

I got this book sometime Christmas last year and I still haven’t finished it, though not from lack of trying. The blurb caught my attention immediately. I haven’t read a book featuring any sort of aliens ever before and Alienated sounded like a good place to start. However now, I don’t think i’ll be reading any alien books for a while. To be honest, I fell like I’ve read this book before just with different characters, and as a result I couldn’t finish Alienated.

As of today, I am starting The Secret History by Donna Tartt and fingers crossed that I’ll  be able to finish it, too.

~ Kaavya xx

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic this week is about the Ten Books That Have Been On Your Shelf (Or TBR List) From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven’t Read Yet.

I honestly have so many book on my TBR list that I can’t they would probably fill to houses. Even before I started blogging (which wasn’t that long ago) I still kept lists of book that I wanted to read, although I am ashamed to say that I never got around to actually reading over half of these books.                                                                                                                               However, if I had to chose ten of those books that I want to get around to reading soon (meaning in the next month or so), these would be it:

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  • The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  • Junk by Melvin Burgess
  • Anna and the french kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • Adorkable by Sarra Manning
  • Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The summer I turned pretty by Jenny Han
  • An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
  • Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
  • Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Which books are still on your TBR after all these years?

ARCS

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I haven’t been blogging for that long, and I only just picked up my first few ARCS at YALC this past month. I won one in a lucky dip, but I also got some from publishers stalls. I plan to read and review all of them and I am especially looking forward to reading The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, which is the sequel to Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares.

The ARCS I got at YALC were:

  • The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (released 18th October 2016)
  • Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige (released 20th September 2016)
  • Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick (released 6th October 2016)
  • Girl Detached by Manuela Salvi (released 15th September 2016)
  • The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín (released August 30th 2016)

Which was the best ARC you ever got? Have you got any new ones this month?

 

 

YALC 2016

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I first heard about YALC last year from a friend and I knew immediately I wanted to go. Unfortunately, all the tickets had been sold by then, so when I heard YALC was back this year, I leapt at the chance to go and bought my tickets instantly.

Looking at the line up of  brilliant authors attending this year, I realised that  there were many books I hadn’t read or heard of before. So, in preparation for YALC, I compiled a to-read list of books written by authors who will be there.

MY YALC TO-READ LIST

  • Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab
  • London Belongs to Us by Sarra Manning
  • Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence
  • Songs About a Girl by Chris Russell

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In reality I only managed to read some of the books on my list but I also picked up many more novels at the convention itself.  I still aim to read all of the books I mentioned above, but after attending YALC, I have a few more I want to add to that list.

   UPDATED YALC TO-READ LIST

  • Kook by Chris Vick
  • Junk by Melvin Burgess
  • What’s a Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne
  • Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky
  • And I Darken by Kirsten White

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Have you read any of the books above? What did you think of them?

March/ April Book Haul

IMG_0021For the last few months I have been plagued by the constant need to revise for up-coming exams and as a result neglected to post anything for a while. I have two months worth of books I have acquired, because of that, I have not had the chance to read or review.

I did not feature this in my last book haul, though in February I did go to the Launch of The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury, where you can probably guess what I picked up.6fd235e651955b1a9768561dd0450e1f

Starting in March,  I picked up Kindred Spirits for World Book Day. Then, while I was in India, I picked up quite a few novels from the Oxford Book Depository.

  • An Ember In the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  • Send Me a Sign by Tiffany Schmidt
  • In His Keeping by Maya Banks
  • Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott
  • Vivien’s Heavenly Ice Cream Shop by Abby Clements

In April, I was gifted Talking of Muskaan by Himanjali Sankar from some family friends, and I cannot wait to read my first Indian YA book.

Have you picked up any good books lately? Tell me in the comments.

A Court of Thorns and Roses

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Where did I get it? The Local Library

Summary: When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

My Thoughts:

In accordance with the recent release of A Court of Mist and Fury, the sequel to A court of Thorns And Roses, I thought the time had finally come to review this book.

I read this a while ago, and I had to immediately know what was brewing through the mortal and faerie lands. Going into ACOTAR, I was slightly worried that I would find it too similar to The Throne of Glass series, but that was not the case at all. Feyre was nothing like Celeana and it would be wrong to the compare the two as they are both great characters in their own right.

Feyre may have been completely usurped from her home and thrown unarmed into the court of the Spring High Lord, but she did not take it sitting down. There was no small amount of action packed into this novel, on top of the romance promised in the blurb and I was enthralled by the world that lay beyond the mortal realms.

I could not help but like Tamlin, however saying that my favourite character was definitely Lucien. His sharp wit and slightly sarcastic comments were the highlights of the book for me, and I increasingly looked forward to interactions between him and Feyre.

I am glad that I picked this up, despite earlier reservations and I would like to think that others would not be disappointed by ACOTAR either.

Rating: 4/5