Top Ten Recommendations for Middle Grade Fantasy/Adventure

Top ten Tuesdays are hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish, this weeks topic is top ten recommendations for…(anything you want)

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I’ve decided to do middle grade fantasy/adventure but with a twist, so the first three I’m sharing with you are books that I have read the rest however are books on my to read list that fall under the same vibe

How can I possibly recommend books that I haven’t read yet? Well, I read the blurbs and recommended them to myself because they all sound pretty awesome. I don’t read middle grade fantasy books that often but the thing I love about them is you can just dive straight in and be completely wrapped up in the story without having to think and quite often finish it in a sitting or two. Continue reading

Mid Year Freakout Book Tag

Following on from the mid year theme of my last post I thought I’d do a bookish version. Normally I don’t really read enough books to take part in things like this after a full year but reading is going really well and, having 40 books to pick from already, I thought I’d give the mid year freak out book tag that’s been floating around my feed lately a go.

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  1. Best book you’ve read so far?

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I’m going to go for the All For The Game trilogy by Nora Sakavic (I realise that’s three books but shhhh!) it was amazing! Honourable mentions to: Starship’s Mage, We Were Liars, The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare and Crooked Kingdom, which were all five star reads for me.

 

  1. Best sequel of 2017 so far?

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I haven’t read that many sequels this year but I started the year by reading Crooked Kingdom and loved it. Not quite as much as Six  of Crows but it was still brilliant.

 

  1. New release you haven’t read yet but want to read?

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Six Wakes by Mur Laffety, Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts and Shadow Run by Adrianne Strickland and Micheal Miller, are 3 books that I was mega excited to read this year but none of them are available on kindle (at least in the UK) so I haven’t been able to read them. I’m mad!! I should email the publishers or something but I never get around to it. Also Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor which is available but its £9.99 for the ebook and I mean really? I’m not paying that much for an ebook considering most of the books I buy are on deal for less than £2. I stretch to £5 if I REALLY want to read it RIGHT THIS MINUTE. But not that high.

 

  1. Most anticipated release of the second half of 2017?

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The Wicker King by Kayla Ancrum, The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman, Winds of Winter (ASOIAF) by George R.R Martins (hey man, I’m eternally optimistic that this book will be released at some point…)

 

  1. Biggest disappointment?

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The Untimely Deaths of Alex Wayfare or Illuminae. This is a difficult one because I didn’t hate either of these (they were both 3 star for me) but I’d loved the previous Alex Wayfare book and Illuminae came with a massive amount of hype and just, neither lived up to my expectations.

 

  1. Biggest surprise?

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The Foxhole Court (All for the Game #1) or We Were Liars

I picked up both of these because they were on deal and I’d heard decent things about them and I was not expecting to love them as much as I did, (I’m only putting the first book in the All For The Game trilogy here because once I’d read the first it was NOT a surprise how much I loved the others) and hell if they didn’t give me the most ridiculous and long lasting of book hangovers.

 

  1. Favourite new author (debut or new to you)?

I don’t really follow authors, like, even if I really absolutely love a book I won’t go and check what other books that author had written. If I come across a book that sounds good and then realise that it’s by an author I’ve previously liked then I might be slightly more inclined to read it or rather boost it up the list a little but I never seek books by certain authors out.

 

  1. Newest fictional crush?

…i don’t…? I have loads of favourite characters that I just can’t get out of my head but not in this way.

 

  1. Newest favourite character?

Andrew Minyard from All For The Game, my little five foot ball of anger with a racket.

 

  1. Book that made you cry?

We Were Liars by E Lockhart. Just. Daymn. That book. I’m not someone who cries reading  (or watching) but this book physically hurt me.

 

  1. Book that made you happy?

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This is a bit of a weird question to me, any book that I enjoyed reading made me happy but I’m assuming it means more…. Story wise? And I don’t know, fantasy books aren’t normally necessarily…happy. I really enjoyed reading Sea by Sarah Driver which was a very magical children’s story and also the 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare by MG Buehrlen was also quite feel good? In a weird way? I mean it wasn’t happy… But… I don’t know man.

 

  1. Favourite book to movie adaptation you’ve seen this year?

I really don’t watch that many movies. There’s loads that I’ve been like, oh I should watch that but….

Does Handmaid’s Tale count? That’s not a movie and I haven’t even finished watching it yet but that’s the closest I can come, which gives you an idea of just how little tv/films I watch.

 

  1. Favourite review you’ve written this year?

I really don’t think I’m very good at reviews (I’m trying, okay?) but I’d say maybe We Were Liars for the complete lack of coherent thoughts I had about the book (….it hurts!) or perhaps my slightly scathing review of Matilda (where the best thing I could say about it was that I liked the musical).

 

  1. Most beautiful book you bought or received so far this year?

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This Savage Song? I’m looking through my goodreads shelves looking at covers (because I don’t buy real books anymore) and I honestly am not coming up with many pretty ones. Sea? Crooked kingdom maybe?

 

  1. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

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All of the books I mentioned in questions 3 & 4. I’d also really like to read Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova and A Gathering of Shadows by VE Schwab. I  have both of these already but I’m a massive mood reader and I’m waiting till the right time because I want to love them.

 


 

I tried not to repeat the same books so many times but a lot of the questions line up. It was interesting to look back over them and it’ll be interesting to compare my answers at the end if the year too to see if my favourites survive and if I ever do manage to get around to reading those books I want to.

What about you? Do you read by author? I’ve seen a lot of people blogging about their favourite authors and am starting to feel like the odd one out for not having any! I’m not going to tag anyone directly but if you think this would be fun for you to do then I would love to read your answers.

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Mid Year Goals – How am I doing?

It’s July! Where is the year going? It seems like only a couple weeks ago that I made my new years goals for the year but here we are six months later. I thought it would be good time check in with them (no point making goals if you forget all about them).

 

Writing

Keep writing

I wanted to write two chapters a month. So far I’ve written two chapters every month apart from April where I wrote one. But that was planned because I went on holiday. This is going well, I was a little apprehensive at the start that doing two chapters a month would be too much but I’m managing well without too much anxiety about it.

Keep writing harry potter fan fic: So far – Check

I’m enjoying doing this even if no one is reading it haha. Finally getting it written down after so many years of it being in my head. I’m about half way through writing second year.

Finish my original prequel story: Not yet but I only have one chapter left so, very soon. It’s very exciting, I’m writing the last chapter at the moment. That’s 21 chapters since I started it in November. I can’t wait till I finish it but I’m also dreading having to read it haha.

Do a first edit: Need to finish it first!

 

Blogs and books

Keep blogging: Check. (Hi!)

Read at least 40 books/ maybe even 48:

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I’ve officially read 40 books already!

I have no idea how that happened, the most I’ve ever read in a year before is 46 so that looks like its going to be beaten. I said it would be really cool to read 52 books. One a week. Which is something I’ve never done before and it’s looking like a very good possibility right now.

 

Business:

Put more energy in

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Have more listings

So this one is a little difficult as my cutting machine stopped cutting through much. (read: Big fat no) I still have my vinyl cards and cross stitches up. And I’ve gotten a new cutter for my birthday a few weeks ago so hopefully I can get back on track with this. Unfortunately it uses a different software and file type so I have to try to convert/redesign everything. It’ll take a while but I’m getting there and figuring it all out. I’m hoping once everything is ready then I will get this one back on track.

Try to make some small cross stitches as well as big pieces:

This is going well so far. I have two pin cushion up and am just finishing my large Peter pan quote and getting the pattern ready to sell. I’m hoping by the end of the year I’ll have the other two pin cushions and a large Christmas design up as well. Which would be double the designs I managed last year.

 

Craft:

Make mum a bag: Check! This went really well, even if I did rush it only a couple weeks before her birthday.

Make dad a scarf:…. Road bump. You can see my post about the difficulties here but I’ve started a new one. I’m about half way through it and liking how it’s turning out.

Make first quilt: I’ve started, I am currently 8 blocks in out of 24 so still a long way to go. I probably won’t be finished the blocks let alone joining it all together by the end of the year but it is happening.

 

Spanish:

Keep a Spanish diary every day:

On track! (okay so there was that one week in June where I was so ill I just couldn’t do it but other than that…) I’m also thinking about stopping at the end of July (once I’ve finished this notebook) because I’m not really learning much more now that I’ve done six months of what I do everyday (I do a lot of the same things!) I have learnt a lot though and I’m going to carry on doing something Spanish everyday. I think I’m going to do a workbook next that should take me a month or two if I do a page a day and then see what else after.

Find someone to check: Nope. Big fat no.

 


 

I think overall I’m doing really well. The cutter breaking wasn’t really my fault and I once I get my new one all figured out I’ll push ahead with that one. The quilt is unfortunate, I could get it done by the end of the year but I’d probably have to do nothing else which isn’t going to happy. We’ll just see how far I get with it anyway. I haven’t given up on any of my goals even if they are changing a little.

How about you? What goals did you set and how are you doing with them? Did you set yourself a reading challenge? What crafts are you up to this year? Can you believe we are halfway through the year already?

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Memo Pad: Book Reviews – June 2017

I only read four new books this month which is the least that I’ve read in a while but this was purely down to the fact that, only a week after reading them for the first time, I decided to reread the All For The Game trilogy to start the month off (and I have to say I only very narrowly avoided reading them for the third time in as many weeks). Even though I’ve read four books since then I am still in a book hangover from them and its very possible that I’ll end up rereading them again before the year is out. Which brings me on to another point. Goodreads has a new feature that means you can add a reread date to books now so I’m now counting rereads towards my reading goal for the year/goodreads challenge. Is anyone else doing this? I’ve never counted them before but….

In other news I’m now just one book away from actually reaching my goodreads challenge of 40 books! We’re only half way through! The most I’ve ever read in a year is 46 so it looks pretty set that I’ll beat that! My ultimate goal was 52 books but I didn’t want to set it that high because I didn’t want to be counting books rather than enjoying them but unless something goes horribly wrong, I’ll manage that too!

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Read: 4           Reread: 3           DNF: 1

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

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

I liked it. I enjoyed reading it but that was it? I didn’t think it was as amazing as the hype had set it up to be.  I think a lot of the rave reviews are because of the subject matter/characters which is fair enough, there needs to be more books like this.

It was really well written and I definitely FELT how Aristotle was feeling. I do think that it got resolved very easily at the end. After everything we learn about Aristotle, I don’t think a kid like that would just accept it so easily.

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Glamour by Kayla Bain-Vrba *****

Pip is a hopeless romantic living in a small town with his cobbler father and stepmother. His stepmother’s greatest wish is to move to court, but his father insists they find Pip a husband first. Not willing to wait any longer, his evil stepmother spreads a rumor that Pip can turn pebbles into jewels, and make those precious gems into slippers.  When the Aelfin king hear’s of this, he has Pip captured and thrown in the dungeon. Pip has one night to make the king a pair of gemstone slippers, or his life is forfeit. Luckily for Pip, who has never worked with a single gemstone much less an entire slipper’s worth, the king’s son has magical powers that can make bejeweled slippers—and he wants revenge on the king for casting him out. The two strike a bargain, but one pair of jeweled slippers leads to more and more demands, and Pip swiftly runs out of things to trade, until all that remains is his heart…

I enjoyed reading this book but I feel like it was confused about what it was trying to be. It reads like a fairytale but the middle bit has some rather explicit scenes. If this had been aimed at children and had, say, true loves kiss as a part of the bargain rather than what happened then this could have been a really brilliant children’s fairytale with a gay main character. It’s the right length, right tone (apart from the middle bit), lovely main character… If that was what it was then it would have been a four star easy, maybe more. But as it is, it’s a rather confused book.

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The God Eaters by Jesse Hajicek *****

Imprisoned for ‘inflammatory writings’ by the totalitarian Theocracy, shy intellectual Ashleigh Trine figures his story’s over. But when he meets Kieran Trevarde, a hard-hearted gunslinger with a dark magic lurking in his blood, Ash finds that necessity makes strange heroes… and love can change the world.

“I love you,” he said and realised it was a lie.

I think that’s my favourite line that I’ve read this month (at least).

This book is set around the idea of native American like Gods and tribes being squashed by a new religion and culture set in a quasi wild-west that has magic. I can honestly say that I’ve never read a book set in a world anything like that before. It was interesting and I’d definitely recommend it just for the setting. The characters were flawed and broken and they evolved brilliantly as they started to let each other in and build up trust and there was enough action to keep you turning the pages. It has a pretty awful cover but the story is definitely worth checking out, especially because it is available online for free.

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Scourge by Gail Z. Martin *****

The city-state of Ravenwood is wealthy, powerful, and corrupt. Merchant Princes and Guild Masters wager fortunes to outmaneuver League rivals for the king’s favor and advantageous trading terms. Lord Mayor Ellor Machison wields assassins, blood witches, and forbidden magic to assure that his powerful patrons get what they want, no matter the cost. Corran, Rigan, and Kell Valmonde are Guild Undertakers, left to run their family’s business when guards murdered their father and monsters killed their mother. Their grave magic enables them to help souls pass to the After and banish vengeful spirits. Rigan’s magic is unusually strong and enables him to hear the confessions of the dead, the secrets that would otherwise be taken to the grave. When the toll exacted by monsters and brutal guards hits close to home and ghosts expose the hidden sins of powerful men, Corran, Rigan and Kell become targets in a deadly game and face a choice: obey the Guild, or fight back and risk everything.

This story is absolutely packed full of Magic and monsters. It’s an epic fantasy following three brothers who are all likeable and face their own problems. I liked all three brothers, and enjoyed reading about them. There was plenty of action but I felt like some of the monster attacks and and the guard showdowns started to feel quite repetitive in the middle. On top of that one of the POV’s is very slow. I actually ended up skimming pretty much all his chapters and I honestly don’t think I missed much. I do expect a certain amount of politics in an epic fantasy but it was just stretched too far. Half of the things we’re told, we just simply don’t need to know let alone in the amount of detail we’re given it (repeatedly). If those chapters had been more succinct I think this would have been a four star for me. I did really enjoy the brothers and a lot of the side characters were great too, I think it should have stuck to those characters a little more.

 


DNF:

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Mark of the Thief by Jennifer A. Neilsen

I picked this book up because I absolutely loved The False Prince by Neilsen, (as in one of my FAVOURITE books) and this book is about thieves which is, um, my favourite thing? So I thought this would be amazing but for some reason I just didn’t get into it? I’m not sure why. But I’m very disappointed, possibly with myself for not enjoying it more.


 

So that was my reading month. I’m really excited about nearly reaching my goal. I wonder how many books I will read by the end of the year. Have you read any of these? What is the best book that you have read this month? And do you count rereads towards your reading goal?

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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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