Review | Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

PassengerTitle: Passenger (Passenger #1)
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Release Date: January 5th, 2016
Publisher:
 Hyperion
Genre:
 YA, Fantasy
Pages: 486 (Hardcover)
Rating:
 3.75/5

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever.


“She wondered if, in moving outside of the natural flow of time, they had forgotten the most crucial point of life – that it wasn’t meant to be lived for the past, or even the future, but for each present moment.”

Going into this book, I was a little weary. There’s a lot of hype surrounding this book, but I wasn’t sure if it would be something I would like, just based on the description. While I wasn’t blow away by this book, it did certainly have some great parts. 

I loved the diversity in this book. One of the main characters, Nicholas, was the son of a slave of the Ironwood family. As a result, Nicholas is constantly being faced with discrimination due to the colour of his skin. Since this book is mainly set during the 18th-early 20th centuries, there were some pretty harsh comments and realities that he had to deal with. 

Similarly, Etta, being from the present day, was stunned by how she and other women were treated in the various eras she visited. The way she reacted to certain situations was really admirable. I think the character Sophia was also dealing with the misogyny of the era in a rather interesting way. It was great when these two girls would talk about the different years in which they lived, and it was nice to see Sophia fight back in her various ways, even if they were a little intense sometimes.

A big drawback for me was the pacing of the book. The start was very slow, though it did have a sense of building up to something. That something just took a little while to show itself. Even when things got going, the action would happen in sporadic bursts, and things were rather slow in between. Don’t get me wrong, the action that did happen was really exciting and engaging, and those bits definitely made the book worth reading.

There were a few things about the storyline that didn’t quite add up with me, though. I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’ll just say that I mainly had issue with some of the reveals about Etta’s mother towards the end of the book. 

In terms of the romance between Etta and Nicholas, I wasn’t really a fan of it. I mean, it was pretty insta-lovey, so that alone is a bit of a let down for me. I think they would have been great as just friends. I mean, the way their romance developed didn’t feel very natural, and it just seemed like the sort of relationship that would begin with an awkward romance, then just fizzle out to just being friends. That’s what I would’ve loved to see, anyway.

Overall, I loved how complex and thought-out this book was; there were a lot of fascinating historical nuggets in there, as well as a very intricate time-travelling system. But while I wasn’t amazed by the book as a whole, it’s still a really fun read with quite an exciting ending, and I’ll definitely be checking out the second book when it’s released.

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WWW Wednesday #15

WWW Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

WWW Wednesday

To join in, just answer the following three questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?


Currently Reading…

All the Light We Cannot SeeAll the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

I haven’t started this yet, but I will be very soon. I’ve heard so many amazing things about this book, so I can’t wait to get into it!

Blurb:
Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.


Recently Finished…

UnboundUnbound by Neal Shusterman

I’ll really enjoyed being back in the Unwind world. It was great to find out a few more things that took place prior to the events of the series. There were also a couple of stories that were set after the last book, so it was nice to see a bit of continuation from that.

Blurb:
In the
New York Times bestselling Unwind Dystology—Unwind, UnWholly, UnSouled, and UnDivided—Neal Shusterman thrilled readers with the story of a society that deals with its out-of-control teens by “unwinding” them—transplanting more than 99% of their bodies into other people.

In the latest installment of this sequence, Shusterman—along with collaborators Terry Black, Michelle Knowlden, Brendan Shusterman, and Jarrod Shusterman—explores even more aspects of a world that has accepted the unacceptable. These short stories examine the world of unwinding in a way we haven’t seen before, providing a fresh framework, new characters, and a different take on some events.

This Is Where It EndsThis Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

I loved this book so much. It was very fast-paced, and it all felt so real and terrifying. The whole story was just so unpredictable, which reflected the volatile situation that was being described. I’m yet to write a full review, but hopefully I’ll get one up soon!

Blurb:
10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03
The auditorium doors won’t open.

10:05
Someone starts shooting.

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

Never Mind My Thigh GapNever Mind My Thigh Gap by Sarah Newton and Bronte Huskinson

I was approached by the assistant of one of the authors to read and review this book. For the most part, this was a good book. It had a great message, but I feel like it wasn’t told in the most effective way.

Blurb:
There are three things everyone notices about Alice. 1. Her super-hot rugby boyfriend. 2. Her sophisticated, totally gorgeous best friend. 3. Her very noticeable 38-inch long legs.

Alice is tall – just under six feet to be exact – but her self-esteem couldn’t be smaller. When her relationship starts wavering, Alice’s perfectly beautiful best friend somehow convinces her to join a modelling completion, “for a confidence boost.” But Alice is just a normal girl; she loves ice cream too much, has an unhealthy addiction to American TV and lusts after the elusive thigh gap. She can’t even walk in heels, let alone in a bikini, but she finds herself joining Runway Models anyway.

The finale is only a few months away.

Will Alice catwalk her way to self-confidence or fail, proving everyone right? People can surprise you.


Reading Next…

The MartianThe Martian by Andy Weir

I absolutely loved the movie version, so I’m pretty sure the book will be great, too. I’m interested to see the different information we get in the book, as there were undoubtedly some things that had to be taken out for the film.

Blurb:
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars’ surface, completely alone, with no way to signal Earth that he’s alive — and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone years before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark’s not ready to quit. Armed with nothing but his ingenuity and his engineering skills — and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest source of strength – he embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive, using his botany expertise to grow food and even hatching a mad plan to contact NASA back on Earth.

As he overcomes one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next, Mark begins to let himself believe he might make it off the planet alive – but Mars has plenty of surprises in store for him yet.


Have you read any of these books, and what have you been reading? Let me know in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday | OTPs and Bromances

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the lovely folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week is a Valentine’s Day freebie, and I’ve chosen to do ‘Top Ten OTPs and Bromances’.


OTPs

Cath & Levi from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell 

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Adrian & Sydney from Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead

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Alec & Magnus from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

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Ron & Hermione from Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

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Hazel & Augustus from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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Jem & Tessa from The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare

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Eleanor & Park from Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

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Bromances

Celaena & Rowan from Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

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Dorian & Chaol from Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

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Jace & Alec from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

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Review | The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th WaveTitle: The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1)
Author: Rick Yancey
Release Date: May 7th, 2013
Publisher:
 Penguin Books
Genre:
 YA, Sci-Fi, Dystopia
Pages: 460 (Paperback)
Rating:
 4.5/5

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother–or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.


This was a really entertaining and fast-paced story. For a sci-fi book, it was remarkably realistic and easy to identify with.

I think all the characters were really well written in this book. The MC, Cassie, was incredibly relatable and authentic. In particular, her reaction to the Crucifix Soldier situation was amazing. Everything about it, from her immediate reaction to her feelings about it afterward, were so perfectly written. Cassie just felt like such a normal person – she was coping (or not) in ways that were so very human. She wasn’t an amazing, alien-fighting super soldier; she was just trying to survive as best as she could.

I’m not sure how I feel about Evan Walker. Since he was introduced, I was rather weary of him, and that unsure and suspicious feeling never really went away. I like him enough, but I’m not convinced that he’s told Cassie everything. And I didn’t really like how the relationship between these two developed so quickly. I can sort of understand it, at least in Cassie’s case – she was pretty desperate for human contact, so I think she just wanted to have a meaningful relationship with someone again.

Other than the slight insta-love between Cassie and Evan, I really enjoyed the relationships in this book. I loved the group dynamic of Squad 53 (i.e. Zombie and co.) in particular. The desperation and determination of these kids was palpable, and that was reflected in how they related to one another. That brings me to my next point: I absolutely adore Zombie/Ben. He is such an incredible character and person. The development we see just in this book is wonderful, so I can’t wait to see what becomes of him in the next books.

As far as the plot goes, I enjoyed that, too. I thought there were a lot of great twists that kept it interesting, and the story developed really well and with excellent pacing. I guess I just wasn’t blow away by it. I can’t really pinpoint anything in particular, but I don’t think there was anything especially amazing or mind-blowing. That is probably the main reason I didn’t give this five stars. There just wasn’t that wow factor. Don’t get me wrong, though, this book is great and I really loved reading it. It just didn’t leave me in shocked awe when I had finished it.

Overall, I definitely really enjoyed this book. It makes you think about how you would react in similar situations. Maybe not in the whole alien-invasion thing, but the smaller moments that take place in the story. I’m looking forward to reading the next couple of books and seeing how these characters and this story progresses and develops.

(As a side note, I saw the movie the day I finished the last couple of chapters of the book. It was really good, both as a movie in and of itself, and in terms of how it was adapted/how similar it is to the book.)

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The Creative Blogger Award

Man, I’m so behind on awards and tags >.< Anyway, a big thank you to Ariana @ The Quirky Book Nerd for nominating me for this award! Everyone go check out her great blog!


creativebloggerawardThe Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  2. Share 5 facts about yourself.
  3. Nominate some bloggers in return and notify them about their nomination.
  4. Keep the rules in your post to make it easy for everyone to know what to do.

Some things about me:

  1. I recently finished an audio engineering course, and I really want to go into mixing music. But first, I must buy some nice speakers… (Related: I’m also helping run a audio workshop for women in March.)
  2. This is my dog. Her name is Holly and she is my precious idiot. (I know that’s not a fact about me, I just love showing people my dog.)Holly 1
  3. I really want to make an effort to buy more books and fill up my bookshelf a bit more this year.
  4. I’ve been playing flute for about 7-ish years. I really want to learn cello sometime soon, though, since it’s been a few years since I’ve learnt a new instrument.
  5. I wish I liked writing more. I mean, I like writing a bit every now and then, but I just don’t have the motivation to actually write anything of substance. Oh well, I’ll just stick to reading ^.^

I tag:

  1. Astra @ A Stranger’s Guide To Novels
  2. Rae @ Bookmark Chronicles
  3. The Orang-utan Librarian
  4. Ashleigh @ A Frolic Through Fiction
  5. Sarah @ Sarah’s Book Addiction

WWW Wednesday #14

WWW Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

WWW Wednesday

To join in, just answer the following three questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?


Currently Reading…

UnboundUnbound by Neal Shusterman

Well, technically, I haven’t started this yet, but I definitely will in the next couple of hours. I’m really looking forward to reading more about the world of Unwind.

Blurb:
In the
New York Times bestselling Unwind Dystology—Unwind, UnWholly, UnSouled, and UnDivided—Neal Shusterman thrilled readers with the story of a society that deals with its out-of-control teens by “unwinding” them—transplanting more than 99% of their bodies into other people.

In the latest installment of this sequence, Shusterman—along with collaborators Terry Black, Michelle Knowlden, Brendan Shusterman, and Jarrod Shusterman—explores even more aspects of a world that has accepted the unacceptable. These short stories examine the world of unwinding in a way we haven’t seen before, providing a fresh framework, new characters, and a different take on some events.


Recently Finished…

PassengerPassenger by Alexandra Bracken

This was a pretty good book. There were a couple of things I wasn’t really a fan of (that insta-love tho), but it was still an entertaining read. I’ll hopefully have a full review up in the next week or so.

Blurb:
In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever.


Reading Next…

This Is Where It EndsThis Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

I’m really looking forward to reading this book. It deals with the serious issue of school shootings, so it’ll be interesting to see how this story plays out. It has a lot of mixed ratings on Goodreads, so I hope I still enjoy it.

Blurb:
10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03
The auditorium doors won’t open.

10:05
Someone starts shooting.

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.


Have you read any of these books, and what have you been reading? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

Review | Five Seven Five by C.E. Wilson

Five Seven FiveTitle: Five Seven Five (The Boy with Words #1)
Author: C.E. Wilson
Release Date: November 18th, 2015
Publisher:
 Self-Published
Genre:
 YA, Fantasy
Pages: 214 (Kindle)
Rating:
 3/5

White Frost has only known the darkness.

Luckier than most, White’s cousin provides her with what seem to many as little more than scraps of paper, but they hold deep secrets. The papers he provides are cryptic collections that hint at a world beyond dusty hallways and candlelight. These words give White hope that she can be one of the great people in her colony. A Chosen One. A member of a group of the strongest people who are allowed to escape the darkness and venture out into the Unknown. At eighteen years old, White is too young to become a Chosen and decides to take her cousin’s advice and wait patiently. But when a tragedy upends her life, White realizes that if she wants to truly understand what the mysterious words on paper mean, she’ll have to go beyond every boundary set by her society – including ones set by her own cousin.
When White finally decides to seek the truth, what she finds is more astonishing than anything her cousin could have prepared her for. Blinding light. Colors beyond black and gray. A world where tears fall from the skies. And an incredible being who may or may not be the Creator of it all.

Everything she’s ever wanted is right in front of her, but this information comes at a price White is not sure she can pay. She has always suspected that her hunger for knowledge is simultaneously her greatest strength and weakness, and now she must ask herself if the answers she sought are worth endangering not only her life, but the lives of everyone she’s ever known.


This was quite an interesting story. There were a few things that didn’t quite make sense, but for the most part, it was a good read.

I really liked how the main character, White, was curious and ambitious regarding the outside world that the Chosen Ones were constantly venturing out into. I loved seeing the world through White’s eyes – it was amazing to see everything described in such exciting and unique ways. Reading the passages where White was seeing and experiencing something brand new to her were definitely the best parts of the book. Wilson’s writing style made these scenes really beautiful.

I wasn’t a fan of Salt, or even Shade for that matter. Both of these male characters seemed to just be really condescending towards White. That, and the fact that neither of them seemed to have much personality, made me not really like them all that much.

I did really like Kaz, though. At times, he did seem a bit overly nice and a little bit too perfect when it came to dealing with White and her people. He did balance Salt out pretty nicely in that regard, I suppose.

I thought the haikus were really nice, but, for some strange reason, I was really bothered by the fact that the pieces of paper should have been massive for White. Like, they should have been nearly half as big as she was. But that’s neither here nor there.

Overall, though, this was an entertaining story and I’m interested to see what happens in the next and final book in the duology.

*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

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January Book Haul!

This is my first actual book haul post ever! It’s the first time where I’ve gotten a significant number books in one month, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to do a book haul.

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I got a total of six lovely books this month:

  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – I read this book early last year and absolutely fell in love with it. I’ll definitely be re-reading it at some point in the hopefully not-too-distant future.
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – I’ve heard only amazing things about this book, so I’m dying to read it. I’m hoping to get to it in the next couple of weeks!
  • Throne of Glass #2-4 and The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas – I could not find Throne of Glass ANYWHERE. No bookstores had it. I’ve looked in so many stores, but the first book is just never in stock. I’m hoping to get it from Book Depository sometime soon. At least I managed to get all the others!

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What books do you guys get this month? I’d love to see your book hauls, so feel free to leave a link to your post in the comments!

January Wrap Up

I almost wasn’t going to do a wrap up for this month, simply because I haven’t been very active all month. I’ve either been away or busy this whole month, so I wasn’t able to write many posts >.< Hopefully I’ll be able to post a little more in February!
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What I read this month…

Follow MeFollow Me by Angela Clarke

This was a book that I got through NetGalley, and it was only the second thriller I’ve ever read, but I loved it! It has great pacing and a really interesting story. I’d definitely recommend it. You can check out my review for it here.


Olivia, On the BrinkOlivia, On the Brink by Tessa Palmeri

I got a copy of this book from the author for review purposes. It was an okay book overall, but there was just very little personality in it. There was next to no actual plot, so it was a bit hard to get into. You can find my Goodreads review here.


acotarA Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I’m so glad I read this book. I was a little unsure if I would like it because I’m generally not a fan of Fae and faeries and all that. However, the world created in this book is very exciting and I can’t wait to read more about it in the second book! You can find my review here.


Five Seven FiveFive Seven Five by C.E. Wilson

This was another read-to-review book and, I must say, I quite enjoyed it. It’s an interesting fantasy/sci-fi(ish) story. There were a few things that didn’t make much sense, but overall it was an entertaining book. I’ll hopefully be posting a full review soon!


Go Set a WatchmanGo Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Hmmm, I’m not sure how to really describe this book. I was pretty disappointed by it, to be honest. There wasn’t much of a plot, and it was only really in the last 40-odd pages that we saw any significant character development. Basically, the whole book is fairly unnecessary.


The 5th WaveThe 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

I loved this book! It was such a solid sci-fi/dystopia book, and I’m really looking forward to reading the next books! Also, I saw the movie on the day I read the last few pages and it is really good. Not only does it stay ridiculously true to the book, but it is a great movie in its own right. I’ll try to post a full book review soon!

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What I posted this month…

Almost nothing… I had a grand total of 5 posts this month. Needless to say, I’m rather disappointed in myself for this. Oh well, I’m sure next month will be much better!

Weekly Memes:
Top Ten Tuesday: 2015 Releases I Didn’t Get To

Reviews:
Follow Me by Angela Clarke
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Other:
Happy New Year! (and all that)
Books I Will Definitely Read This Year

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What happened with my blog this month…

Again, not a whole lot. I wasn’t very active, so there wasn’t much going on with my blog. A big thank you to everyone that did engage with any of my posts this month, though!

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What I did with my life this month…

Well, for the first couple of weeks of the new year I was visiting family in Adelaide, Australia. I didn’t have much time to get on the internet during that time, so that’s why I was fairly inactive in the first half of the month.

Last week, I was out all the time! I went to three movies in three days and saw The Revenant (go Leo!), Lazer Team (Rooster Teeth, anyone?), and The 5th Wave. I also went in to the place where I studied last year to begin organising an audio workshop for women, so that was a lot of fun.

So, yeah, this has been a really busy month, but hopefully things will settle down soon, though I do need to being job hunting, which will be fun >.<

I hope you all had a great new year and you’re getting back into the swing of things!

Books I Will Definitely Read This Year

So, I mentioned in my New Year’s post that I will get around to making a post about books I want to read this year when I got home Aussie. Well, here it is!


There are a lot of sequels coming out this year for popular books, so I’m hoping to get to these books before the next one comes out.

Red QueenAn Ember in the AshesA Darker Shade final for IreneThe Wrath and the DawnSix of CrowsThe Young Elites

 

Snow Like Ashes

Illuminae

 

 

 

 

 


Red Queen
by Victoria Aveyard
 (Book 2 coming February 9th 2016)
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (Book 2 coming August 30th 2016)
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (Book 2 coming February 23rd 2016)
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh (Book 2 coming May 3rd 2016)
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Book 2 coming September 22nd 2016)
The Young Elites by Marie Lu  
(Book 3 coming 2016)
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch 
(Book 3 coming 2016)
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
(Book 2 coming Fall 2016)


There are quite a few movie adaptations of books being released this year, some which I am yet to read. Hopefully I’ll get to these ones before the film comes out!

The 5th WaveA Monster CallsMiss Peregrine's

 

 

 


The 5th Wave
by Rick Yancey (now showing in NZ)
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (initial release October 14th 2016)
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (initial release December 25th 2016)


Then there are those stand-alone books that everyone has been talking about, but I still haven’t read yet.

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens AgendaAll the Light We Cannot SeeEverything, EverythingAll The Bright PlacesI'll Give You the SunMy Heart and Other Black HolesExtraordinary Means

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
All the Bright Places by Jennider Niven
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
Extraordinary Means
by Robyn Schneider


Of course, there’s also these sequels…

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Unbound (Unwind Dystology) 
by Neal Shusterman (technically, it’s a short story collection, though still set after the main series)
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (also not technically a sequel, but it’s a sequel series to TMI and TID – coming March 8th 2016)
A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas (coming May 3rd 2016)
Throne of Glass #5 by Sarah J. Maas (coming September 6th 2016)


That’s just a fraction of the books on my TBR >.< However, these are the books that I’m vowing to definitely read this year.
How many of these books have you read, and how many are you determined to read this year?