March Book Haul

March Book Haul

Happy Easter to all those who celebrate, if not have a great Sunday!


Obsidio

5/5 s I read this book last week and adored this final conclusion to this series! If you have not already I highly recommend you pick up Illuminae. 

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I can’t give a synopsis of this book as it is the last in a series.


To Kill a Kingdom 

5/5 s I adored this book and if you haven’t read it already what are you doing? (Review HERE)

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Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

GoodReads


The Nightingale

As I said in my review (HERE) I can’t rate this book… but for strong women its great

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In love we find out who we want to be. In war we find out who we are.

FRANCE, 1939

In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When France is overrun, Vianne is forced to take an enemy into her house, and suddenly her every move is watched; her life and her child’s life is at constant risk. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates around her, she must make one terrible choice after another.

Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets the compelling and mysterious Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can…completely. When he betrays her, Isabelle races headlong into danger and joins the Resistance, never looking back or giving a thought to the real–and deadly—consequences.
GoodReads 


Children of Blood and Bone

Heard so many good things about this one and can’t wait to dive in!

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Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.

GoodReads


Have you read any of these, what did you think of it?

H x

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The Bookish Bookin Book Tag

The Bookish Bookin Book Tag

1. What is a well-loved book that you hated?

This is my answer to this question every time but I’d Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. Also didn’t hate but defiantly did not enjoy when Dimple Met Rishi as much as I thought I would.

2. What is a guilty pleasure book?

Anything that I read when I was younger – like the I’d Tell You I Love You series by Ally Carter although don’t feel guilty about this one because I love it sooo much.

3. Have you ever spoiled a book for someone? If so, which book?

I don’t think I have…. My best friend told me what happened at the end of season 3 Teen Wolf and I will forever remember that!

4. What book made you ugly cry?

Most recently The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (Review HERE)

5. What is your latest DNF?

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell – I was listening to the audiobook for this one and I don’t think that was the right way to go. I really enjoy the concept of this book and I will 100% finish this book just not right now.

6. Which book have you read due to controversy?

I don’t think I have…

7. Have you read a book where you questioned the authors’ sanity?

Didn’t while reading it but would question George RR Martins sanity to be able to write a book like Game of Thrones because there is just so much going on!

8. What is the most cringe-worthy book you’ve read?

I started reading 36 Questions that changed my mind about you. It is based on the Psychology experiment where by asking someone certain questions they will fall in love with you. The concept sounds amazing – I only got about 40 pages in and I was finding it quite cringe-worthy.

9. What book have you read solely due to the cover?

The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan – Looked Percy Jackson and I am yet to finish the Heroes of Olympus but I picked it up because I loved the American cover.

10. Name a book you’re embarrassed to admit you’ve read.

I don’t think I have anything for this one. Yes, I have read New Adult book but lots of people enjoy them so defiantly not embarrassed – also loads of YA books that people not hate like Fallen and Beautiful Creature I read and really enjoyed when I was a bit younger so not ashamed about those either.

11. Name an unknown book you wish more people know of.

This was more popular a couple of years ago I think but I believe it should still be spoken about Amy and Rodgers Epic Detour by Morgan Matson.

12. Name a favourite villain.

Oldie but a goldie Voldemort

13. Name a book you enjoyed that you read that is outside the norm of genre you usually read.

The First Casualty by Ben Elton. First I read this for school – loved it surprisingly. It is also a WWI mystery so who would have thought.

14. Name tropes you actually enjoy reading.

Chosen one, someone suddenly realises they have magical powers, Insta-love as long as it is not ridiculous and has either a back story or its progress as the story goes on.

Original here


If you would like to do this tag then please feel free, I never know who to tag and don’t want to be annoying!!

H x

The Nightingale Review

The Nightingale Review

When I first wrote this review after I had finished the book I cried all over again. If you want a fast read that will stay with you for a long time read this!


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Synopsis

FRANCE, 1939

In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When France is overrun, Vianne is forced to take an enemy into her house, and suddenly her every move is watched; her life and her child’s life is at constant risk. Without food or money or hope, as the danger escalates around her, she must make one terrible choice after another. 

Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets the compelling and mysterious Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can…completely. When he betrays her, Isabelle races headlong into danger and joins the Resistance, never looking back or giving a thought to the real–and deadly–consequences.

Goodreads Click here to add it to your Goodreads shelf.


Isabel is headstrong and determined

Vianne is cautious but loves fearlessly

Both have completely different tales of war.

It pains me that the stories of women leading the French resistance are not celebrated more. The crap they went through just to survive. What they did and what they sacrificed to ensure that others survived.

I knew the Nightingale would make me cry; it did. I knew it would be something that stuck with me, and I strongly believe that it will.

So, the story is in places predictable but I think that comes down to the secrets the book keeps for the end and also the horrors and hardships of war that everyone knows about.

Although, I have never read a book that showed how war helps to bring out love in its purest sense.

I also did have a couple of issues with the writing, some plot points happened so abruptly that they just seemed a bit to easy and I might be naive but it just felt that everything that could have happened to these women happened.

But the story and the message of love, friendship and survival has left my heart so heavy.

I don’t think I can rate this book because I did have some issues with it. But the story itself will be with me forever and that definitely deserves 5/5 from me.
If you are apprehensive I would always recommend this book but for the story and the message alone.


What have you been reading recently? Have you ever read The Nightingale?

H x

 

Random Book Tag

Random Book Tag

Sooo this was A Beauty and the Beast book tag but it works either way. Also, I’m sorry but I don’t know who created this tag.


A Villain you Can’t Help but Love

I love how much I hate the Sea Queen from Alexandra Christo To Kill A Kingdom.

(To read my review read here)

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Your OTP

HINNY FOREVER!

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A Character who is Destined for Greater Things

!!///(SLIGHT HARRY POTTER SPOILER)\\\!!

Dobby deserved better

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A Book that Made you Hungry 

Kill All Happies by Rachel Cohn

Think Pop’s dinner from Riverdale. I really loved this book and the cover is glorious.

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Last Call at Happies! Tonight, 8 P.M. Senior Class Only! Please with the Shhhh…. 

This is it. Graduation. And Vic Navarro is throwing the most epic party Rancho Soldado has ever seen. She’s going to pull off the most memorable good-bye ever for her best friends, give Happies—the kitschy restaurant that is her desert town’s claim to fame—a proper send-off into bankruptcy, and oh yes, hook up with her delicious crush, Jake Zavala-Kim. She only needs to keep the whole thing a secret so that her archnemesis, Miss Ann Thrope, Rancho Soldado’s nightmare Town Councilwoman and high school Economics teacher, doesn’t get Vic tossed in jail. 

With the music thumping, alcohol flowing, bodies mashing, and Thrope nowhere to be seen, Vic’s party is a raging success. That is, until Happies fans start arriving in droves to say good-bye, and storm the deserted theme park behind the restaurant. Suddenly what was a small graduation bash is more like Coachella on steroids with a side of RASmatazz pie. The night is so not going as planned. And maybe that’s the best plan of all.

Goodreads


A Character Who’s More Than They Appear

Hanna Donnelly from Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Hanna is rich her father runs the ship and she is very much a ‘Daddy’s girl’ However she is such a kickass female, I adore the females in this series and if you are looking for a fast-paced action then Illuminae is definitely something you should check out.


A Book that Changed you in Some Way

I watched HaileyinBookland‘s video on this today and begun to think about this. I think Winnie the Pooh is a book that changed me as it was one that I would always read when I was younger and loved the animals/relationships.


A Book you Picked up Because of the Hype

Most books I read….. An Enchantment of Ravens which at the time I gave 4/5 but I think now I would give it about 3…

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A Book or Moment that Always Makes You Cry 

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes… need I say more 😦


If you do this tag I would love to see it,

Speak soon

H x

To Kill a Kingdom​ Review

To Kill a Kingdom​ Review

Spoiler alert …. I absolutely adored this book. To kill a Kingdom is unlike anything I have ever read. It has sirens and Princes who just want to be pirates! Alexandra Christo you are amazing!

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Synopsis 

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

Taken from GoodReads if you would like to add this to your TBRs

This book reminded me of Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides crossed with the Little Mermaid – yet it is quite unique from both.

What’s more, the writing is incredible, I can’t wait to get a physical copy so that I can go through and highlight!

Lira and Elian were amazing, I loved that Lira so much depth to her character, which really helped your love for her as a character grow!

It’s was also able to grab my attention while I had the flu when nothing else could, this does mean that some bits I don’t remember as much because I was wiped out completely for an entire week but I cannot wait to reread it!

This was one of my most anticipated releases of this year – it completely smashed it! And if only one of my reviews persuades you to pick up a book please let it be this one!

Thank you, NetGalley and the Publishers for an e-arc of this wonderful book!

Speak soon,

H x

Life Update Please Help :)

Life Update Please Help :)

So here we are again… 3 weeks no blog post 4 months no post on Instagram.

I haven’t posted on my blog in so long because the first week I had the flu and my dad was home (he is working abroad at the moment). While I had the flu I didn’t move for three days and couldn’t read let alone sit at a computer. I did, however, manage to read To Kill A Kingdom by the end of the week which I thoroughly enjoyed review to follow. The week after deadlines at school started to pick up and I realised just how little time I have between now and finishing school. So eventually I got out of sync and it became an afterthought.

I haven’t posted on Instagram because the algorithm sucks! and I am a person who needs evidence that people like me and what I am doing – also struggled to continue blogmas because of this because I didn’t gain a single follower in the days that I did. I would love to know how you improved your blog/ gained followers or if you have also struggled with this feeling. I don’t believe that someone who feels this way is shallow or just wants to be instafamous but I am currently trying to complete my a levels, get into university, work 8 hours a week and maintain some sort of life, this means something has to give and it is typically the thing that leaves me with the least amount of satisfaction. Don’t get me wrong I adore blogging and posting on Instagram and miss it when I’m not doing it but I want to feel more of a connection. Do I miss it or do I just feel guilty? Is that really healthy? Should I stop completely and move on?

Anyway…

But also, because my dad moved away to work in the Caribbean and that was something that took a lot of getting used to and has definitely affected me. I then moved away from Instagram where I felt useless and look instead to focus on my studies and finishing my university application. After Christmas I have felt a huge increase in my desire to post on Instagram but really dislike my style and find myself constantly thinking WHAT IS THE POINT? Why am I posting a picture of a book that I read 2 years ago just because I know that the book while receiving likes? What I want is a way that I can take good pictures of the book that I am reading and the ones that I haul when I haul them. Like more of a blog on Instagram rather than a place where I post for the sake of posting. But, I don’t know how to take those photos without them being awful or boring.

This post is more of a rant for myself but I would love to know if any of you have ever felt like this or if there is anything you can suggest that might make the world of social media just a little more enjoyable and less time consuming for a struggling student.

If you were interested in my Instagram account where I hope to be more active soon! Then you can find it here 

Thank you for your continual love and support

H xx

Zenith Review

Zenith Review

Happy release day to Zenith in the US! I can’t believe how long I have waited for this day – I didn’t read the first half when it was released a couple of years ago. I am so glad I waited!


I really enjoyed following Androma on her adventures stirring up problems in the galaxy.

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Summary

Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she’s just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder’s all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi’s past.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their ship or just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.

Taken from Goodreads


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The main thing that stood out to me was the relationship between Andi and her crew. I loved the sisterhood they had and how their differences brought them closer together.

All the characters in this novel are morally grey and I loved it!

I was also intrigued by the mystery surrounding Andy and Dex and Andy and Kalee

I disliked Dex as a character – I don’t think this took away from the story but I do wish I felt something towards him.

Many reviews have said that they disliked how long the book went on for as it seems they solve a plot and then carry on – I did not find this as an issue because it is a duology and I was enjoying the story so didn’t want it to end.

I can’t wait for the next one because it ended on a cliffhanger and I can’t wait to see if some of the characters are able to redeem themselves! Honestly, I need to talk to someone because my baby! I need answers!

As a debut novel from Sasha who I watch and love on BookTube; and a novel that was written by two people who had never written together I think it was a really good read. I cannot wait for the sequel and to continue to follow Andi.

Thank you to NetGalley for providing an ARC for review.


Are you interested in picking up Zenith?

Speak soon,
H x