Monday, 23 April 2018

Monday Highlights #51

The idea is to just link your favourite blog post from the past week (for example a post you're very proud of or just had a lot of fun making) and then I, and hopefully others, can discover new blogs to follow and interact with and discover more posts from blogs we may already follow!

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Sunday Post 22nd April 2018

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer, it's a chance to post a recap on the past week, show the books we have received and share what we plan for the coming week. Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality and the aim is to show our newest books and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops or downloaded on to their e-reader.

Over on The Regal Critiques this week I posted my review of My Lady's Choosing (which you might remember me raving about last week here) so definitely check it out here if you would like to know more about that book!!

Books We Got This Week:

Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game #1)Aru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava Quartet, #1)LizzieDread Nation (Dread Nation, #1)Starfish
Honestly this has just been the best week for new books for us. Ace of Shades is one of my most anticipated releases of the year and now I have a signed special edition of it (I'm dying of happiness right now), Aru Shah and the End of Time is one of those Middle Grade books that's making me want to jump back into MG in a big way. It looks incredible. Lizzie is a modern day Lizzie Borden retelling AND its LGBT so this is basically just my dream book. Likewise Dread Nation is diversity, history and zombies what more could I possibly ever want. And Starfish is one I've been going back and forth on wanting for a while but the author seems so lovely on Twitter that I decided to go for it. 


Reading Update:

The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy, #1)
Not finished yet: City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty I am absolutely in love with. I'm about halfway through and trying to savour it. There's so much going on and the world is so rich and inventive. The writing reminds me a little of Laini Taylor if only in how incredibly unique and alive everything feels. And the characters are incredible. I will be posting a  review of this once I'm finished.

Monday, 16 April 2018

Monday Highlights #50

The idea is to just link your favourite blog post from the past week (for example a post you're very proud of or just had a lot of fun making) and then I, and hopefully others, can discover new blogs to follow and interact with and discover more posts from blogs we may already follow!

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Sunday Post 15th April 2018

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer, it's a chance to post a recap on the past week, show the books we have received and share what we plan for the coming week. Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality and the aim is to show our newest books and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops or downloaded on to their e-reader.


Books We Got This Week: 

Restore Me (Shatter Me, #4)The WindowActive Memory (Mirador, #3)
Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi: I LOVED the Shatter Me series so obviously hearing about this follow-up is both super exciting and makes me incredibly nervous. 
Window by Amelia Brunskill: This was pure cover lust combined with a sale. I know very little about this but I'm getting a Rear Window vibe from the cover so hopefully some of that?
Active Memory by Dan Wells: You know how you pick up a book at a charity shop because its an incredibly fun cover and then you get home and find out its the third book in the series? Cause yeah, that. Still I've ordered books 1 and 2 but they wont get here for at least a month (delivery times whyyyy) so it will be a while before I read this.
Olivia TwistThe Radical Element (A Tyranny of Petticoats, #2)My Lady's Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel
Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon: I love Dickens novels and I love gender swapping classics. I've read Doon by Lorie Langdon and loved it so I have pretty high hopes for this.
The Radical Element: A Tyranny of Petticoats was one of my favourite anthologies. It had some less than stellar stories but for the most part was pretty impressive. This has a really amazing list of authors involved, I know nothing about any of the stories because I want to go in blind.
My Lady's Choosing by Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris: If you've been following the blog for any length of time you might know how much I love choose-your-own-adventure when its written for adults and this super delivered. I will be reviewing this shortly but if you love romance novels this is pretty much a must-buy. It manages to poke fun at the genre in such a loving way. This is the only book I read this week but it felt like reading multiple fully developed stories. 

Let me know what you've been reading and buying in the last week (why not add to my TBR even more) and if you've read any of these let me know what you thought of them!! 

Monday, 9 April 2018

Monday Highlights #49

The idea is to just link your favourite blog post from the past week (for example a post you're very proud of or just had a lot of fun making) and then I, and hopefully others, can discover new blogs to follow and interact with and discover more posts from blogs we may already follow!

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Sunday Post 8th April 2018

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer, it's a chance to post a recap on the past week, show the books we have received and share what we plan for the coming week. Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality and the aim is to show our newest books and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops or downloaded on to their e-reader.

Tomb Raider Review:

I had planned to have this posted earlier in the week but what with hospital appointments and other things keeping us busy we never really found the time. So instead here is a mini review of one of my most anticipated films of the year. 
I grew up solidly in the Tomb Raider era and have always loved the games. I'm a huge fan of the reboot as well which brings the series into a more modern time with a heroine to fit. She's still Lara. But she is a more relatable Lara now. And the movie did a superb job of adapting the new games. There were a few things missing (notably some of the female characters) but for the most part the spirit and the action of the game carried over really well. There were so many moments where the gamer in me freaked out (quick time events made into a movie are somehow super pleasing) and exploding barrels. 
Alicia Vikander is, for me, the perfect Lara. She was bold and sarcastic and vulnerable and I loved her. I've heard a rumor she won't be returning for the sequel which, if true, breaks my heart. Having seen her as Lara Croft I am having trouble imagining anyone else in the role. 
This is easily my favourite video game adaptation (although yes - there isn't much in the way of competition) and I am really hopeful for the second movie. 

Books We Got This Week:


You know how last week I had NO haul. Well buckle up folks cause I make up for it this week (I went out to the cinema which is right by a Waterstones. I accept no responsibility for this coincidence). 
The Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost ShipWitchbornCleanLady Mary
Orphan Monster SpyMeet Cute: Some People Are Destined to MeetThe Astonishing Colour of AfterNot If I Save You First
The Adventures of John Blake by Philip Pullman was a must buy for me. I've been wanting it since I first saw it at YALC last year. I have just finished this and fully loved it (obviously its Philip Pullman - how could I not?).
Witch Born by Nicholas Bowling: I've been going back and forth on this one. On the one hand the punishment for witches WAS NOT BURNING IN ENGLAND. I will fight this battle forever. (Side note: some witches were burned but not for being witches. It was usually for a secondary charge such as heresy). On the other hand witches and asylums. 
Clean by Juno Dawson: We met Juno Dawson (briefly) at YALC last year and saw her on a panel and she was incredible. I've only read This Book is Gay by her before and this looks amazing so I'm excited to read it.
Lady Mary by Lucy Worsley: I love Lucy Worsley so freaking much. She is the historical version of David Attenborough for me (in that I cannot skip past her tv shows in the slightest and accept everything she says as truth) so of course when I saw this signed copy of Lady Mary I needed it in my life.
Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen: My friend and Regal Critiques co-blogger reviewed this and it got bumped to the top of my wishlist. You can check out her review here (which I recommend).
Meet Cute: Anthologies are always fun to dip into and this looks diverse as heck which is all I really want. Plus Nina LaCour contributed to this (amongst others) so I am very excited.
The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X.R. Pan: I was actually buying a copy of this for a friend and couldn't not buy myself one (wow double negatives yikes). I mean look at it - so pretty!!
Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter: Actually bought this for Ann because she loves Ally Carter's books but may steal it once she has read it because it looks like a lot of fun. 





Reading Update:

The Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost Ship
The Adventures of John Blake by Philip Pullman: 4.5 stars, Once again I only managed one book but it was a really good one (again). The art style was perfect for me and I was instantly attached to the characters and engrossed in the story. This feels very different to Pullman's other work but is nonetheless delightful.

Monday, 2 April 2018

Monday Highlights #48

The idea is to just link your favourite blog post from the past week (for example a post you're very proud of or just had a lot of fun making) and then I, and hopefully others, can discover new blogs to follow and interact with and discover more posts from blogs we may already follow!

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Sunday Post 1st April 2018

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer, it's a chance to post a recap on the past week, show the books we have received and share what we plan for the coming week. Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality and the aim is to show our newest books and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops or downloaded on to their e-reader.

Books We Got This Week:

We actually got no books this week which is so weird for us. There are a lot of new releases coming in April so no doubt this will change next week but it was kind of nice to have one week where our TBRs could just breathe! 

Reading Update:

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of OrĂ¯sha, #1)
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi: 5 stars, I only managed one book this week but it was such an incredible book I don't even care. If you haven't already picked up Children of Blood and Bone then do it. It has such a magical special feel to it that I haven't felt since reading Harry Potter as a kid (only this might be better). 

Next Week on the Blog:

  • Monday Highlights #48
  • Movie Review: Tomb Raider
  • Ann Reviews: Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller

Monday, 26 March 2018

Monday Highlights #47

The idea is to just link your favourite blog post from the past week (for example a post you're very proud of or just had a lot of fun making) and then I, and hopefully others, can discover new blogs to follow and interact with and discover more posts from blogs we may already follow!

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Sunday Post 25th March 2018

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer, it's a chance to post a recap on the past week, show the books we have received and share what we plan for the coming week. Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality and the aim is to show our newest books and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops or downloaded on to their e-reader.

Last Week on the Blog:

  • Monday Highlights #46
  • Clare Reviews: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Books We Got This Week:

Daughter of the Siren Queen (Daughter of the Pirate King, #2)The Girl from the Well (The Girl from the Well, #1)Independence Realm
Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller: This is Ann's most anticipated read of the year and she will have a review coming for it shortly!
The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco: Originally drawn to this by the obvious The Ring cover but the blurb sounds unique and lots of gruesome fun so I'm excited.
Independence Realm by Kevin J. Bernadt: Many thanks to the author for sending this to me. It looks absolutely incredible and I love the cover! 


Reading Update:

Obsidio (The Illuminae Files, #3)Ready Player One
Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: 5 stars, My most anticipated of the year - I've been so excited for this and it did not disappoint. So glad to hear they will be writing another series together soon!
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline: 3 stars, A little disappointing? I loved the references a lot (also reading about dungeons and dragons right as I start watching Critical Role was interesting) but didn't get super attached to the characters. I can see how well this will work as a movie so definitely going to see it in the cinema!

Next Week on the Blog:

  • Monday Highlights #47
  • Movie Review: Tomb Raider
  • Ann Reviews: Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller