Memo Pad: Books – May 2017

Woosh! It’s the end of another month. I know I say this every month but I can’t believe how quickly this year is going. It’s summer!

I started the month in a bit of a reading slump after my holiday. Having read so many books in such a short amount of time I was expecting it but thankfully I got over it rather quickly and by the end of the month I was speeding through books again. Thanks entirely to some amazing books that I just couldn’t put down. I read seven books this month which is massive for me especially seeing as I was expecting a slump but five of them were five stars. I guess I just picked the right books to help me through. I got an ARC of Godblind from netgalley which was exciting and I also picked up Starship’s Mage as it was the recommended book in the small bloggers book club I’m in (It’s The Monster Goddess Book Club and that’s the link to the Goodreads Group).

On to the reviews.

As always, the reviews are spoiler free and the links bring you to the Goodreads page for each book. The link to my Goodreads is at the bottom of the page as usual so if you want to add me or check out other books I like and reviewed, do click on it.

Read: 7          Bought: 7        Added to TBR: 18

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68427Elantris by Brandon Sanderson *****

Elantris was the capital of Arelon: gigantic, beautiful, literally radiant, filled with benevolent beings who used their powerful magical abilities for the benefit of all. Yet each of these demigods was once an ordinary person until touched by the mysterious transforming power of the Shaod. Ten years ago, without warning, the magic failed. Elantrians became wizened, leper-like, powerless creatures, and Elantris itself dark, filthy, and crumbling.
Arelon’s new capital, Kae, crouches in the shadow of Elantris. Princess Sarene of Teod arrives for a marriage of state with Crown Prince Raoden, hoping — based on their correspondence — to also find love. She finds instead that Raoden has died and she is considered his widow. Both Teod and Arelon are under threat as the last remaining holdouts against the imperial ambitions of the ruthless religious fanatics of Fjordell. So Sarene decides to use her new status to counter the machinations of Hrathen, a Fjordell high priest who has come to Kae to convert Arelon and claim it for his emperor and his god.
But neither Sarene nor Hrathen suspect the truth about Prince Raoden. Stricken by the same curse that ruined Elantris, Raoden was secretly exiled by his father to the dark city. His struggle to help the wretches trapped there begins a series of events that will bring hope to Arelon, and perhaps reveal the secret of Elantris itself.

I have to admit I only really wanted to read this because I wanted to give Sanderson another go having not really like the first mistborn book that much. It was a good book but wasn’t quite for me, but Sanderson is one of the biggest names in fantasy so I wanted to try something else. The blurb for Elantris hooked me and I decided to give it a go.

I really enjoyed it but I think something you should know about it is that it’s very political. I don’t mean real world politics and such but the whole book is a chess game between multiple opponents. They all try to plot three steps ahead and out manoeuver each other. It was very well done. I normally like a bit more action in my books, I guess my high rating is a pretty good indicator of how well Sanderson weaved it all together as I was never bored and I found all of the points of view interesting. If it had just a little more action it would have been five stars for me.

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We Were Liars by E Lockhart *****

We are the Liars.
We are beautiful, privileged and live a life of carefree luxury.
We are cracked and broken.
A story of love and romance.
A tale of tragedy.
Which are lies?
Which is truth?

My heart hurts. That’s literally all I could think of to write for a very long time after finishing this book. This book ruined me. I nearly cried and i simply don’t cry reading books. But this one left me reeling. I finished it and was still lying in bed hours later staring at the ceiling thinking about this.

I bought this in a deal, like most books I buy admittedly, because I’d heard of it and thought it would be quite a good book but I was not expecting this.

To start with it has a very good portrayal of how friends disappear when you get sick. I experienced that myself and it cut a little closer to the bone when reading so I know that was spot on. I was enjoying it and then that ending…. I don’t have anything coherent to say and I don’t think you should know anymore going in to it anyway. Read it, but make sure you have tissues with you and time to hurt afterwards.

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Starship’s Mage by Glynn Stewart *****

To travel across the stars you need a jump mage. Damien Montgomery has just graduated but he doesn’t have the connections other graduates does and so is desperate to find a ship to take him on before having to give up on his dream to be a jump mage. The Blue Jay is desperate for a jump mage after an accident with their previous one.

Mixing space opera and magic can be a bit dodgy so wasn’t sure what to expect but this was the recommended book in a book club I’m part of so I gave it a go and it blew me away. I loved it.

It’s written originally as novellas so there is lots of repeated info at the start of each section. Which I guess if you are forgetful then that’s helpful but as, for the majority of the book, there aren’t that many characters, I didn’t need it.

This felt like Harry potter in space. Not kids, because Damien is a young adult. Not at school, he’s already graduated. No one else on the ship has magic…. But it just felt in the same tone as harry potter to me. There was lots of exciting action, a relatable young character, a very loyal crew and someone growing and figuring out their magic along the way too. The way it was originally written helped that I think, as each section had a piece of action to build up to. I just really enjoyed it, I’ve read books that are better than this and given them four stars but for me this just felt like a five star, not because there wasn’t anything wrong or because it was the best writing ever but simply because I enjoyed it so much.

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Godblind by Anna Stephens *****

The Mireces worship the bloodthirsty Red Gods. Exiled from Rilpor a thousand years ago, and left to suffer a harsh life in the cold mountains, a new Mireces king now plots an invasion of Rilpor’s thriving cities and fertile earth.
Dom Templeson is a Watcher, a civilian warrior guarding Rilpor’s border. He is also the most powerful seer in generations, plagued with visions and prophecies. His people are devoted followers of the god of light and life, but Dom harbors deep secrets, which threaten to be exposed when Rillirin, an escaped Mireces slave, stumbles broken and bleeding into his village.
Meanwhile, more and more of Rilpor’s most powerful figures are turning to the dark rituals and bloody sacrifices of the Red Gods, including the prince, who plots to wrest the throne from his dying father in the heart of the kingdom. Can Rillirin, with her inside knowledge of the Red Gods and her shocking ties to the Mireces King, help Rilpor win the coming war?

I felt at times, and anyone who has read the book knows specifically what times, that it was gruesome for the sake of being gruesome. This is not a Scott Lynch type of fantasy, this is an Abercrombie or Mark Lawrence dark fantasy, and if you’re fans of those books then you will love this one. Expect it dark ….. All the way through.

I’m a little annoyed that dark fantasy books like this always seem to be set in a world that is sexist and homophobic. Yes there are main characters who defy those and prove them wrong, it isn’t the tone of the book itself, But I find it annoying that this is nearly always a thing.

The second half got better in my opinion. It drifted away from these problems and I did really enjoy reading it but in the end I felt like there wasn’t enough. I was there for Crys, I liked him from the first chapter he gets. I think he’s the one we’re being made to route for. There are lots of hints at where his story is going but by the end of the book his story hadn’t actually started yet. It just didn’t feel like a full book to me. I know its part of a series but to be a book needs a little rounding off and tying up of ends rather than just stopping.

All For The Game Trilogy by Nora Sakavic *****

( The Foxhole Court + The Raven King + The King’s Men) 

Neil Josten is the newest addition to the Palmetto State University Exy team. He’s short, he’s fast, he’s got a ton of potential—and he’s the runaway son of the murderous crime lord known as The Butcher.
Signing a contract with the PSU Foxes is the last thing a guy like Neil should do. The team is high profile and he doesn’t need sports crews broadcasting pictures of his face around the nation. His lies will hold up only so long under this kind of scrutiny and the truth will get him killed.
But Neil’s not the only one with secrets on the team. One of Neil’s new teammates is a friend from his old life, and Neil can’t walk away from him a second time. Neil has survived the last eight years by running. Maybe he’s finally found someone and something worth fighting for.

I’m going to do this whole trilogy as one review because I read it in six days. I saw the first book was on kindle deal for less than £1 so I bought it because I’d heard good things.

I started reading the first before bed. This was a big mistake. It’s not a particularly long book and it was the most difficult thing to put it down. The ONLY reason I did was because I’d lost so much sleep the days before already. Otherwise I totally would have finished it in one sitting, sleep Gods be damned. I picked it up as soon as I got up the next day and finished it…. And then bought the next two (also less than £1 each) and started reading number two straight away. I’m not sure how much more praise I can give it than that. I finished the first two books in 3 days and the next one in 3 days but only because, by this point, there were certain real life things I just couldn’t put on hold any longer. I put my life on hold for this series. Quote that! The characters are amazing, and complicated (so complicated), their relationships are constantly shifting and fighting with each other to see who’s in control at any given moment. I did have a little trouble at the beginning, when they all get introduced, trying to figure out who was who and what was going on but I think that’s how Neil felt in the middle of it all. There were so many conversations that I had to go back and reread just because they were so clever and harsh! These boys don’t pull their punches. As for the game itself, Exy is a made up sport that is supposedly a cross between Hockey and Lacross and, as someone who has absolutely no idea about either, I didn’t have a problem following along (There are some things I obviously didn’t understand like court positions and such but nothing that I NEEDED to understand) so don’t let the idea of this being a ‘sports’ book put you off. I loved the whole series and am sad that it’s over but so glad I picked them up and at £2.46 for the whole trilogy it was a massive bargain.


 

Phew, these posts are getting a little long. Too long? When I started these I was only reading 3 or 4 books a month but for some reason (and I am not complaining one bit!) I’m reading much more nowadays.

But over to you, have you read any of these or planning too? Have you read any other Sanderson books and what did you think? Have you read We Were Liars? Did it hurt you as much as me? No spoilers in the comments, please. I’m not sure I’ve ever read a sports story or a magic-on-a-spaceship story before either and it was a massive surprise how much I absolutely loved them, So if you have any book recommendations along those lines I would love to hear them.

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Serial Update

The other week I actually left the house. It was a very important, specific trip….To the Cereal Aisle of my local supermarket.WP_20170525_13_24_35_Pro

I’ve been here nearly two years but I have finally visited my local supermarket! Round of applause please.

I needed a new cereal seeing as one of the ones I normally have has suddenly lowered in quality. (It’s just not chocolate enough anymore). So Benny (my wheelchair) got loaded into my dad’s car and off we went. It was a lovely sunny day and luckily, I found a suitable replacement which is yummy. I also bought a variety pack even though I only wanted to try two of them. One if which was not nice so that didn’t go so well.

Speaking of food shopping, I’m going to fill you in on The Great Ice Cream Mishap

My parents came back from shopping the other week and said that they’d seen Hagen Daz Ice Cream at the store and asked me which one I wanted so that they could get it next time. I admit, I squealed a bit (I love me some hagen daz, it’s such a treat) I told them the Cookies and Cream flavour (Is there any other one, really?).

So off they went the next week and bought it. I planned my evening very carefully, looking forward to my ice cream for dessert and went out to eat it.

My mum took it out of the freezer ready to start scooping and from my perch on the sofa I saw the tub was blue. Blue? I though. Why would a Hagen Daz tub be blue. So I asked, dread filling me: “Why is it blue? Is it Hagen Daz?”

Mum, paused, looking at the tub in her hands “…. No.”

“It’s Ben and Jerry’s, isn’t it?” The answer to that was a yes. I really don’t like Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and you’re all probably thinking, ice cream is ice cream but Ben and Jerry’s has a weird taste. I’ve been to the Ben and Jerry’s music festival in London where they give you as much free Ice cream as you want and I only managed one cone and one taster spoon because ICK. Needless to say I didn’t get any ice cream.

 

In other news, I posted the other day on twitter about just how many books are piling up on my kindle:

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The answer to that tweet is very simple: Not long at all! I think it was two days in the end. Ooops.

I’ve bought seven books this month (and a free ARC) and to be fair most of them were on deal for less than £1 but still that’s a lot and I already have too many books to read and not enough time to read them.

Books bought this month:

The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova

Starship’s Mage by Glynn Stewart

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Kingston Raine and the Grim Reaper by Jackson Lear

The Foxhole Court (All For The Game #1) by Nora Sakavic

The Raven King (All For The Game #2) by Nora Sakavic

The King’s Men (All For The Game #3) by Nora Sakavic

I’ve also added quite a few books to my to read shelf on Goodreads this month too….18 to be precise.  I won’t add them here because that’s a rather long list but if you want to check it out you can click here and feel free to add me on Goodreads.

I’ll post the reviews for books I’ve actually read in May next week. But for now, have you read any of these? Do you have a book addiction, want to join me in bookworms anonymous? Anyone else hate Ben & Jerry’s? That one is probably just me. But I’m going to leave you all now and read some more books.

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Crochet Trouble

A few posts ago I told you all about a scarf that I had started to crochet my dad. I’d decided to do it in basket weave and had gotten about a foot of it done but I really didn’t like how it was turning out. I hadn’t used a large enough hook and it was dense and not drapey at all. I put it to the side for a while thinking it probably wasn’t as bad as I thought but every time I went back to it, I hated it more so in the end I ripped it all out.

Here it was:

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The problem I have is when I frog things I just do not have the motivation to re-do them so simply switching to a larger hook and hoping that would fix the problem just wasn’t going to happen. That meant that I had to find a new stitch that I liked enough.

Here in lies the biggest problem that I have with crochet. There really aren’t that many stitches I like. I mean they look great but they don’t feel great especially when you compare the same yarn to how it would feel if you knit it. Knitting is just so much softer than crochet. Which is obvious when you think about how each technique forms material. When you knit, what you are doing is weaving the yarn in and out whereas for crochet you are making a series of knots. Which one sounds softer? Yeah, not crochet.

Tunisian crochet is a middle ground here which is why I love it so much. It can be just as soft as knitting, as you are weaving a row at a time, but you still get to use one hook rather than two needles. Unfortunately, I didn’t think it fitted for this particular project. So I was left with trying to find a crochet stitch that was soft enough but that would work for a mans crochet scarf using quite thick Aran yarn.

I had already made my dad a scarf last year in moss/linen/granite stitch. Whichever name you want to use for it, he liked it which is why he asked me to make him another scarf but I didn’t want to go the same thing again. So i went on pinterest, I googled, I went on ravelry. I made swatches (I MADE SWATCHES PEOPLE!!! I never do that). I don’t even know what half of the stitches I tried out were called.

In the end I decided on a half double crochet through the extra loop. Also known as the camel stitch. I made a swatch and decided I wanted all of the extra loops that form the “chain effect” on the same side because I think it looks better than it being every second row. To do that I would have to cut my yarn and turn my work around after each row which is, like, really extra if your doing it width ways so I’m doing the scarf length ways.

It’s really difficult to show you the stitch pattern on dark yarn in a photograph but I tried. The first one is the ‘front’ with the chain stitches from the camel stitch pushed forward. It is also a lot closer to the actual green colour of the yarn but the yarn is darker. The second photograph has the ‘back’ of the scarf compared to the ‘front’. I;ve only done a handful or rows so far.

I started with a half double crochet foundation row rather than chaining and I have absolutely no idea how many stitches long i made it and i am not going back to count. It’s about six foot. So however many stitches that takes!

I went up to a 6mm hook and it’s just about right (I reckon I probably could have gone up another one but this is okay), and so far I’m liking it much better than my previous attempt of basket weave. I’m hoping that my one ball of 200g Aran yarn will be enough to get the whole scarf done. If not he’s just going to have a rather narrow scarf.

 


Do you knit and/or crochet? What do you think of the differences? Are there things you will only use one for? I think crochet is great for structural things or really loose lace like stitches or puff stitch (which I love) but I don’t like using it for other things. And if you crochet, what are your favourite soft go to stitches for scarves? Evidently I need more so feel free to tell me your favourite stitches!

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A Look Inside My Notebooks

I have three notebooks and a calendar in a pile next to my bed and I thought I would do a post about them. And by that, what I actually mean is: I finally got the nerve up to do a post about them because they are a mess and everyone else’s notebooks are always pretty and neat and perfect.

All three notebooks I use are pukka pads because I love the quality of the paper. It’s thick and smooth and your pen just glides across it. I prefer writing in spiral bound notebooks because the pages lie flat. I have had lots of notebooks down the years, including moleskines, and I still prefer these. My A6 and my A5 notebooks are both lined but my A4 one is squared for reasons I’ll go into.

But first here is my calendar. I use it to mark down when I’ve done things for health reasons because my memory is rubbish and if you ask me when my sheets were changed last then I have no idea. But my calendar does. I also use it to write down when posts go up on my blog, I used to have a separate planner for that but there’s enough space in here for both. My blog posts are marginally colour coded; red for books, blue for crafts, navy for personal and green if I have any guest posts. I say marginally because sometimes they overlap and I’m not very strict about it. But having a planner to write down the blog posts helps me to know what needs to get done by when. I’ve had this one the longest out of all of my notebooks (Or some variation on this, the actual calendar is only a couple of months old but I’ve been doing this for a couple of years now).

The pens I use for this are a pack of coloured 0.5 tipped ones that my dad bought for me in a Japanese shop in London once upon a time. I wasn’t there and the label is in Japanese so that is all I can tell you about them!

Next up is my….. Okay, so its literally anything that doesn’t fit in the others. Random notes, lots of notes about stories I’m writing, sketches for cross stitch patterns, sewing ideas, just anything that needs writing down on paper (but mainly story stuff). This is a mess. Seriously. This notebook is the exact reason I never share anything like this because I see how neat and organised other peoples notes are and I’m like…??? Some examples of pages that I’ve written in, then over, then through…

Sidenote: I’ve just found out how difficult it is to photograph writing so you probably can’t read anything but hopefully you can get the gist of the mess so you can get the idea. It’s almost as messy as my brain. But I’m sharing it because there are probably other people who have messy notebooks somewhere…

Next is on to my cross stitch design book. Now, I do most of my designing straight on the computer. I might do an initial sketch in my other notebook but generally it’ll just be in my head and then on the computer. But every now and then there will be something that needs to be worked out on squared paper. For example my pin cushion designs have all been worked out in this notebook. It’s just easier to be able to play with certain elements on paper sometimes. Things like borders or repeated motifs are good to draw out.

 

I will generally sketch things out using biro but then go over them with my favourite black pens that I will mention later. Anything that needs colour to see how it works (Like the second picture) will either be done in sharpie or Copic markers depending on what colour I want (I have a black piece of card that I put behind the page anytime I use them to stop them from bleeding through to the other pages).

And finally but not least, my Spanish diary. It was one of my new year goals to keep a Spanish diary this year. So that’s what this baby notebook is.

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Headers for each month change, which are fun to do. And my terrible attempts at Spanish follow. I’m actually up to date and still going which I have to be honest I was not expecting. And I think, for the first time ever, I might actually finish a whole notebook because of this. I’m irrationally excited about that achievement. I haven’t done it yet but I will!

Onto pens, these are my favourite pens…..

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I used to use these types of pens when I was in school doing my a levels. I wouldn’t use anything else but rollerball pens even though they had a tendencies to bleed through paper, hence my love for the thick pages of my pukka pads. I have very expensive pens that never get used because these babies are perfect. They glide so nicely. I have them in 0.7 and 1.0 but only use the 0.7 for writing in my Spanish diary otherwise it tends to bleed a little even though the pages are thick.

 


Are you a messy notebook person? Or are you one of those perfectly neat people? And if so, tell me your secrets, please! I always find it so interesting to know what kind of pens people use. Or are you a pencil person? I can’t stand the scratchiness of pencils anymore but used to use those heavy full graphite ones at school. And I always manage to snap those mechanical pencils, they just never work for me.

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Cross Stitch SAL update

Hello everyone, it’s time for another update on my cross stitching. Last time around I showed you another pin cushion finish but this time it’s back to my Peter pan quote. Most of this stitching actually got done before I left for holiday as I’ve been feeling quite ill since being back.
But there is lots of progress to share!

Here’s where I was last time and then where I am now:

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I’m really exited about it. I’m at that point where you start to see it all coming together. There’s still loads to do: two bluish oak leaves either side then LOADS of small red/purple/pink/orange leaves at the top. So I’ll still be doing this for a while yet but I’m really enjoying it. I think it’s looking really pretty.

I’m also designing a couple of other projects. Another pin cushion (this time in Gryfindor colours) and also a very (and I mean very) large Christmas project that I’m hoping to have ready to start for when I finish this one.

Here’s the links to everyone else participating in the stitchalong:

Avis / Claire / Gun / Carole / Kate / Lucyanne / Sue / Constanze / Debbie / Christina / Kathy / Margaret / Cindy / Helen / Steph / Linda / Catherine / Wendy / Mary Margaret and Timothy

We post whatever progress we’ve made on our individual projects every three weeks and are always open to new members. I always love looking at all of our different projects.

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Memo Pad: Holiday Books Edition

I read a lot on holiday. Which was awesome! Until I got back and realised I had to write five reviews in a week. Technically, and if you follow me on Twitter you’ll know this, I started reading Blue Lily, Lily Blue before I left. In fact I read half of it. So I read four and a half books not five but considering I thought I’d read at most four that’s still pretty good.mp he

So here’s my Memo Pad: Holiday Edition or the one where I tell you how much of a sucker I am for good characters.

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Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater *****

This series really confuses me. Barely anything happens but I love it? There’s absolutely no doubt that this is a character led series which is fine by me when the characters are all brilliant. They all get their chance at the front and none of them are there just as side characters. The relationships are all developing but I just kind of wished it moved a little faster. I didn’t love it as much as the first two books.

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The Captive Prince by CS Pacat *****

Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos. But when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave. Beautiful, manipulative, and deadly, his new master, Prince Laurent, epitomizes the worst of the court at Vere. But in the lethal political web of the Veretian court, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen finds himself caught up in a play for the throne, he must work together with Laurent to survive and save his country. For Damen, there is just one rule: never, ever reveal his true identity. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reason to hate him than anyone else…

This is a bit of a weird book. I wasn’t really expecting much of a nuanced story but the relationships between the characters are all really complicated and subtle and I actually really liked that. It makes me want to read the next one because I want to learn more about them and that’s always a good thing.

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Willful Machines by Tim Floreen *****

In the near future, scientists create what may be a new form of life: an artificial human named Charlotte. All goes well until Charlotte escapes, transfers her consciousness to the Internet, and begins terrorizing the American public. Charlotte’s attacks have everyone on high alert—everyone except Lee Fisher, the closeted son of the US president. Lee has other things to worry about, like keeping his Secret Service detail from finding out about his crush on Nico, the eccentric, Shakespeare-obsessed new boy at school. And keeping Nico from finding out about his recent suicide attempt. And keeping himself from freaking out about all his secrets. But when the attacks start happening at his school, Lee realizes he’s Charlotte’s next target. Even worse, Nico may be part of Charlotte’s plan too.
As Lee races to save himself, uncover Charlotte’s plan, and figure out if he can trust Nico, he comes to a whole new understanding of what it means to be alive … and what makes life worth living.

I really liked this, at the same time a lot of it was very predictable and I almost felt like I’d read it before because it wasn’t very original. Whenever an AI is involved in a book there always seems to be a love story attached to ask the question of if they deserve to be alive. But I did really love the characters. I honestly don’t care about originality if your characters are amazing and both Lee and Nico are really likable. So I really liked this book. (Also does anyone else have certain names that make them predisposed to like a character? or am I just weird? Nico is one of mine.)

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This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab *****

There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

So I saw a description of this that said:

Sin City + Romeo and Juliet – Romance + Monsters

And that is actually a really good description. Also a really enticing one, I mean I would have wanted to pick up this book if I had seen only that.

August spends pretty much this whole book making me want to give him a hug. And Kate is a badass with a soft core and I’m realising that this whole post is just me telling you how much I like the characters in the books. It’s probably starting to sound repetitive.

I also want to say that I absolutely love when a book has some kind of rhyme /song in it. Even if I haven’t read the book (I’m looking at you mortal instruments) I love when they are there. I’m not sure why. It’s irrational the amount that I love them. This review is a mess but its a brilliant YA book and you should read it.

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The Untimely Deaths of Alex Wayfare by M.G Buehrlen *****

So. This is a good book. I wanted to start by saying that before I explain my very biased rating. Because I am aware enough to know it’s kind of unfair but I’m not changing it. There is a betrayal in this book. And I feel betrayed. Its as simple as that. The end of the first book promised me something and I never got it. I don’t like when that happens. I was expecting a certain kind of sequel and this wasn’t it. It was good but it wasn’t the book I was expecting.

 


DNF at 25%

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

I’ve been wanting to read this book for ages. So I’m really not sure what happened here. I don’t think this is a bad book but I found myself skimming so I stopped. Maybe it starts slowly. I’m hopeful that I will eventually give this another shot.

 


So some of these reviews weren’t exactly great but writing five reviews in a week is hard, okay?

What have you been reading? Have you read any of these? Do you blast through books on holiday or do you not read at all? I normally end up in a reading slump when I come back from blitzing books on holiday which ends up evening out my reading anyway. And yes, I am in a slump right now, as expected.

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A Return

I’m back!! Okay so I got back from holiday last week but this is the first time I’ve gotten on the computer since so hello everyone! I’ve been catching up with all of your blogs and comments (which I admit was a little daunting after not having WiFi for two weeks). I haven’t actually written a blog post for longer than that but thank god for the queue function. Anyway enough intro rambling and onto the main body of rambling.

Before I left we got some DVDs to watch on holiday and I also downloaded some movies off of Amazon prime for the flights. And I just have to ask; do Amazon prime have a deal with Norwegian films? I downloaded four films for the flight and two of them turned out to be Norwegian with English subs. They were both pretty good (shout out to The Shamer’s Daughter which was actually great) and it turns out reading subtitles on a plane really does distract you from the flight. But it would have been nice to be told that they weren’t English before I downloaded them. We also watched John wick while we were there and if you like Die Hard I think you’ll like it. Although, the dog. Maybe don’t watch it if you have a dog.

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Speaking of pets; the villa we stayed in had a local hustler. This rather adorable three legged cat that my dad decided to call Tripod. I call him a hustler because he has the loudest meow that I have ever heard. He’d go around the villas in the complex meowing outside doors to get attention and food. But he was so friendly and cute that you couldn’t really blame him.

I took a bit of crochet away with me. A basketweave crochet scarf but I didn’t get very far with it.

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I’m just really not feeling it. I think I used a hook that was too small because the fabric is just really dense and not soft or drappey at all. Dad, who the scarf is for, says its fine and it’ll soften more when washed but…. I don’t like it. Which means I’m not really stitching it. But I also HATE frogging something and starting again. As in, I hate it so much I never redo it. So I’m not sure what to do. Keep going and just accept that dad likes it so that’s okay even if I don’t think it is okay. Rip it and start again with a larger hook hoping that that fixes it and that I can find the motivation to redo it or find a different stitch to make him a crochet scarf?

I also want to say that I did good and didn’t buy anything until I got to the airports in the return trips. First up in Lanzarote, I promised myself that I would not buy my friends any more silly little Lanzarote trinkets because I go to the same place every year and they must have shelves overflowing with them by this point. But. I saw some at the airport and they just…. I only bought a couple. Okay. I think that’s an improvement. And then we have the flight from London back to Guernsey (because there are no direct flights) so I ended up in the Hema store at London Stansted like I do EVERYTIME. And it stole my money AGAIN because stationary. I bought some plain notebooks that I’m planning on customising for presents. It wasn’t even my fault, because I wasn’t going in (I’d actually said no when my mum asked me if I wanted to go in) but then my dad wanted to go into another shop and there was no point me just waiting beside the shop and not going in….

So I need to think up some phrases and designs for the covers to cut out of vinyl for them.

 

I realise this wasn’t really about my time on holiday but there really isn’t much to say there. It was sunny, I ate a lot of yummy food (mainly ice cream and bbqs,….. Biscuits, Popcorn and chocolate too) floated in the pool, read a lot of books, watched some films, still love Lanzarote and generally had a lovely time.

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