Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Waiting on Wednesday

Hosted by Breaking The Spine 

Miss Mayhem (Rebel Belle #2) - Rachel Hawkins

Miss Mayhem (Rebel Belle, #2)
(Expected publication date: 7th April 2015)

Life is almost back to normal for Harper Price. The Ephors have been silent after their deadly attack at Cotillion months ago, and best friend Bee has returned after a mysterious disappearance. Now Harper can return her focus to the important things in life: school, canoodling with David, her nemesis-turned-ward-slash-boyfie, and even competing in the Miss Pine Grove pageant.

Unfortunately, supernatural chores are never done. The Ephors have decided they’d rather train David than kill him. The catch: Harper has to come along for the ride, but she can’t stay David’s Paladin unless she undergoes an ancient trial that will either kill her . . . or connect her to David for life. [Goodreads]
Why I'm Waiting?

I've only just recently read Rebel Belle and I really enjoyed it! I loved the fun twist Rachel Hawkins added to her paranormal plot-line and the blend of girly and badassery was perfect. I also thought the romance was really sweet without being overwhelming and I really liked the witty banter between the characters. I can't wait to see what happens next!

What are you waiting on the week? Let me know in the comments!

Monday, 19 January 2015

Review - Defiance by C.J.Redwine

Defiance (Defiance #1)
Title: Defiance (The Courier's Daughter Trilogy #1)
Author: C.J. Redwine
Published: 28th August 2012 by Balzer + Bray
Source: Owned paperback

While the other girls in the walled city-state of Baalboden learn to sew and dance, Rachel Adams learns to track and hunt. While they bend like reeds to the will of their male Protectors, she uses hers for sparring practice. 

When Rachel's father fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the city's brutal Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector: her father's apprentice, Logan—the boy she declared her love to and who turned her down two years before. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father's survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. 

As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can't be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making. [Goodreads]
I did enjoy this, but it definitely wasn't a 'wow' read for me. I loved the two main characters and the premise of the plot had me really intrigued but the world building just fell quite flat for me. Maybe we'll learn more in the other books but I want to be drawn in more with the first one if I'm going to fall in love with a series. I will carry on with the trilogy to see how the story progresses but I'm not as excited for it as I wanted to be. 

I find it quite frustrating that I don't really know what year this is set in, or what's happened properly in the past to get the characters where they are today. Some things are vaguely hinted at in the beginning but I love richly woven worlds and felt disappointed with this. However, I did enjoy the overall plot and the characters were definitely enough to keep me engaged - Rachel was strong, determined and loyal with her fair share of amazing skills and insecurities and weaknesses which I really enjoyed reading about. I also loved Logan and his protective yet fierce personality, and I'm looking forward to getting to know the side characters more in the other books (hopefully!) 

If this book has intrigued you I would recommend picking it up and hopefully I'll get more out of this trilogy as I read the other books.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

#RYBSAT Round 4 & The Under-Hyped Readathon

RYBSAT (Read-You-Book-Shelf-A-Thon) hosted by Miranda at BooKss101 is back for Round 4 and I'm so excited! This is definitely one of my favourite readathons to do and really motivates me to read as much as I can. It starts 16th January and goes through until 23rd January.

If you're not sure what it's about, check out Miranda's video here! Basically, you pick a point on your bookshelf and then read along the shelf as much as you can. You can skip sequels to books if you want (for example, if Cinder is on your shelf, you read that but can skip Scarlet and Cress and move straight onto the next book along if you wish).


I will be reading from this point of my shelf above, starting from Defiance and continuing on along the shelf. These are all series I have wanted to start  for a while and only have the first book of so I'm excited to get stuck in!

During RYBSAT there is also another readathon happening dedicated to under-hyped books - whether that be on the internet or in real life. Check out their Goodreads group here. It's starting 19th January and running through until 25th January so the two readathons overlap for the majority of the week. As the books in my TBR for RYBSAT aren't under-hyped (in fact I'm actually wary of the hype for some of them!) then I can't use any towards the Under-Hyped readathon. However, once RYBSAT has ended, I'm planning on trying to pick up an under-hyped book to at least start over the weekend of 24th January - we'll see how this goes!

I'm giving myself a list to choose from so I can pick one depending on my mood:

I'm calling these under-hyped as they either don't have many ratings on Goodreads or I just don't see them very often around BookTube or the blogosphere - or if I do, only occasionally. I may be wrong and there could be a massive following out there that I've not come across but what can you do :)

Let me know if you're doing any of these readathons and what you're planning to read!

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Waiting on Wednesday

Hosted by Breaking The Spine 

Fairest (#0.1) - Marissa Meyer

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #0.1)
(Publication date: 27th January 2015)

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now. [Goodreads]

Why I'm Waiting
I cannot express how excited I am for this book!! The Lunar Chronicles is one of my all-time favourite series and I'm so happy to be getting this fix of Queen Levana before Winter comes out later this year. I love reading from a villain's perspective, so this should not disappoint and we even get an excerpt on Winter's safe to say this has been pre-ordered for a while!

What are you waiting for this week? Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Bout of Books 12 Wrap-Up

This is a bit late but I wanted to post my Bout of Books 12 wrap-up after posting my daily updates on Twitter.

I had such a fun time with Bout of Books, I've done it once before but wasn't participating properly in all the challenges, link-ups and Twitter chats and I'm so glad I did it differently this time! My personal goals for this readathon were to participate in 1 twitter chat, at least 2 challenges and to read 1000 pages and I completed them all which I'm really happy about.

I did the Twitter chat on Saturday which was so enjoyable and let me connect with lots of different readers - this was definitely the highlight of the week for me and during Bout of Books 13 I want to participate in more than one.

Challenges I completed: 
1. Bookshelf scavenger hunt over at Caught Read Handed

2. Character coupling over at Writing My Own Fairy Tale
"Celaena (Throne of Glass - Sarah J. Maas) with Cinder (Cinder - Marissa Meyer) would be perfect friends. Kick-ass, witty and caring :)"
3. Describe your book in pictures over at The Book Monsters

And for my reading! - 
I read 3.5 books: 
Rebel Belle by Rachel HawkinsA Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia GrayFire & Flood by Victoria ScottCress by Marissa Meyer

1. Rebel Belle - Rachel Hawkins
2. A Thousand Pieces of You - Claudia Gray
3. Fire & Flood - Victoria Scott
4. Cress - Marissa Meyer (but I didn't finish this by the end of the readathon) 

So my total page count for Bout of Books was:
1331 pages!

I'm really happy with myself and the dent I've made in my TBR pile this last week - it's definitely getting me closer to #0by16!

Check back on Thursday when I'll be announcing my TBR for RYBSAT which starts Friday 
16th January!

Happy reading!

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Stacking the Shelves (9)

Stacking the shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews that let's bloggers show their latest book hauls

Physical copies

1. They All Fall Down by Roxanne St. Claire
2. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
3. Lux: Beginnings (Obsidian & Onyx) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy, #1)

1. Red Rising by Pierce Brown

1. Tiny Pretty Things - Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton 2. Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway 3. Between Us and the Moon by Rebecca Maizel 4. Between the Notes by Sharon Huss Roat 5. The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi 6. The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen 7. The Cage by Megan Shepherd

What are you stacking your shelves with this week? I'm so excited for all of these - let me know if you've read any of them!

Friday, 9 January 2015

January TBR

Does anyone else feel like 2015 is just THE year to clear your TBR pile as much as you can? I read 70 books in 2014, which although I'm very pleased with, I know I could have done better. That said, I've just been joining in with the Bout of Books readathon this week (and had SO much fun - check their website out here) and it has set my 2015 off to an amazing start in terms of reading.

I want to do so much more this year - I want to connect with more bookish people, read as much as I can and.... try and do something with this blog. I was starting to build this up a bit last year but unfortunately it crashed and burned around me as I put too much on my plate. I wasn't happy the direction it was taking and the pressure I was putting on myself to get a certain number of posts out. Obviously, it didn't last long and I lost my interest. I've always kept it open because for me it still felt like it was something I wanted to pursue and I really liked my blog name! So I've decided to try again (which I'm actually really excited about this time) and blog the way I want to. That may mean not forcing myself to review EVERYTHING, I might do mini-reviews, or just mention how I felt about a book. I want to try discussion posts, TBR's, challenge updates and monthly wrap-up posts. I also really want to connect with other bloggers a lot more than I did and just fall back in love with everything to do with this community - because I know it's a great one :)

So to start back again I wanted to post my:
TBR for January:

Rebel Belle - Rachel Hawkins
A Thousand Pieces of You - Claudia Gray
Cress - Marissa Meyer
Obsidian - Jennifer L. Armentrout

Review Book:
Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)

Snow Like Ashes - Sara Raasch

TBR Jar Pick:

Fire and Flood - Victoria Scott

I will also be participating in Read-Your-Book-Shelf-A-Thon (RYBSAT) which will be happening from 16th January to 23rd January and is hosted by Miranda at BooKss101 so I will be posting a special TBR for that nearer the time.

Look out for my monthly wrap-up to see an overview of my reading month!

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