[Blog Tour] Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5

36642458Synopsis: Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race are trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. Spensa, a teenage girl living among them, longs to be a pilot. When she discovers the wreckage of an ancient ship, she realizes this dream might be possible—assuming she can repair the ship, navigate flight school, and (perhaps most importantly) persuade the strange machine to help her. Because this ship, uniquely, appears to have a soul.


Brandon Sanderson, aka. the KING of fantasy has written a YA Sci-Fi adventure you say..? Oh yes, and boy is it good!

Thanks you to Gollancz for sending me a copy of this wonderful book to review as part of the official release blog tour.

Usually, I’m not a huge fan of sci-fi, but when I heard that Brandon Sanderson was writing this, I knew I had to get my hands on it. It’s a communally agreed fact that Sanderson is the master of building intricate and exciting worlds within his books, as well as enticing plots and multi-dimensional characters which we all can relate to. His latest feat is no exception.

Skyward is thrilling, un-putdown-able and undeniably funny. It follows our teenage heroine, Spensa, who longs to be a pilot. Coming across a wrecked ship, she soon realises that this dream could become a reality and embarks upon teaching herself all there is to know.

Of course, this task is never going to be simple. For starters, the ship talks… you heard correctly, our starship is absolutely bloody hilarious and for me, gives the book a wholly unique tone unmatched by anything I have read before. It’s so refreshing to read a sci-fi that isn’t all doom and gloom.

The characterisation throughout this novel is truly wonderful. Everyone is different, strong and interesting, but Spensa in particular has a voice which I honestly admire. She is funny, independent and her seven year-old-self even has a bear called Bloodletter. If that’s not enough of an indication into her kick-ass personality, I don’t know what is! The world may be against her after the shaming of her father, but she certainly doesn’t let that defeat her, a trait we should all aspire to have in ourselves.

Long story short, if, like I was, you’re yet to find a sci-fi book that you love, this is that book.


Be sure to check out the other awesome bloggers on this tour!skyward tour graphic

[Wrap-Up] September 2018

We only have 3 months left of 2018… WHAT?

This year has gone by far too quickly. I’ve achieved a lot in my personal life, but in doing so, have failed miserably at my Goodreads challenge! I set out to read 50 books this year and so far have manged… 19. Oh.

I may consider lowering my goal by the end of October, but I have a LOT of books which I need to read this coming month for work, so for now I’ll leave it as it is and hope I can bump up those numbers a bit.

I’ve actually had a good month for reading this month. In fact, I think it’s been my best all year. I managed to finish 3 books and get a fair chunk of a fourth read (I know it doesn’t sound much, but believe me, it’s a darn sight better than I have been doing so far this year) and 2 of those were 5 star ratings! It’s been a long time since a book truly drew me and kept me up reading for hours, which is why I think it’s been a slow year for reading for me, but I’m glad to finally be back in the swing of it – better late than never!


City of Ghosts by V.E. Schwab

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I really enjoyed this one. I love Schwab’s writing as it’s always quick paced, mysterious and gripping. This book was no exception to that, and would make a great Halloween season read!

See Full Review


The Binding by Bridget Collins

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

My favourite book of this year. It was simply incredible. Moving, magical, romantic… honestly, it had it all. This book will be released in January 2019, and I’ll post a full review closer to its release date, but for now, just make sure you add it to your TBR because you’re going to want to read it, trust me!


Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I have been waiting for nearly a year to read this one, just so I could drag the series out for as long as possible and read it closer to the Kingdom of Ash release date. It has very quickly become one of my favourite books in the whole series. In fact, of anything Maas has ever written. It was touching, and I loved Chaol’s journey throughout the narrative and the relationships (particularly one which I’m shipping SO HARD) the he made. Full review to come, but bring on Kingdom of Ash, I say!


Pages & Co.: Tilly and The Book Wanderers by Anna James

Thoughts So Far:

I’m actually really enjoying this so far! I raced through over 100 pages yesterday, so it’s a super quick read, with a little mystery and a whole heap of nostalgia. I’m loving bumping into all of the characters we know and love from childhood favourite books.

A simple concept and simply written, but wholly enjoyable from what I’ve read so far – I hope to finish this today.


What books did you read in September?

Comment below!

Autumn/Fall Reading Recommendations

Pull on your jumpers, grab a blanket and hot drink and curl up with a good book…

It’s official, Autumn (or Fall, depending on where you are) is here!

I’m usually a summer baby, but this year I’m actually excited to snuggle up in many layers and drink countless cups of tea, coffee, and gingerbread lattes… yum!

But it wouldn’t be quite complete without a really good book which just puts you in the mood for the pumpkin season. So I’ve compiled a list of my top 5 recommendations for you this season.


City of Ghosts by V.E. Schwab

dc845906-d14c-4394-9632-498f484909ecI loved this book. It’s a super quick read, so you could easily pick it up one weekend and have it finished in one or two cosy sittings. It’s mysterious, atmospheric, and perfect for the spooky season! Plus, it’s written by V.E. Schwab, so you know it’s going to be good, right?

Warning: contains ghosts.

See my full review here

 


Throne of Glass (Series) by Sarah J. Maas

8cfdabb1-56cc-4cd2-86cd-5b769841dbe7I’m going to throw this one out here. Autumn is a great time to read fantasy and go on an epic adventure from the comfort of a blanket.

Throne of Glass is one of my favourite ever series, and with the upcoming release of the final, highly anticipated, Kingdom of Ash, there has never been a better time to read it!

There’s magic, assassins, romances you’ll ship so hard and a world you’ll be completely absorbed in.


The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

8e617bc6-8011-40f1-9b9e-c0f130121a5dThis book contains dragons… DRAGONS. Dragons breathe fire and in autumn you sit by the fire, so it’s obviously the perfect book to read… see my logic?

But really, this book is great and The Caged Queen is released imminently, which I’m super excited about because I loved The Last Namsara. I read this last Autumn and it made my daily commute so much more exciting!

Read my full review here


The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

c5184fe5-7cbf-4c3d-82f1-4cf56fbb2f8bI think this was actually on my Autumn/Fall recommendation post last year, but I still stand by it! One of my all time favourite books, this will give you all the feels.

ALL. THE. FEELS.

Zusak’s new book, Bridge of Clay, is going to be released this October, and reading The Book Thief in the comfort of your own home, accompanied by a box of tissues for your inevitable tears, is probably the safest place to read it…


Sky In The Deep by Adrienne Young

cd29c904-ea59-4cb8-aa4e-ec6d741844dbVikings, bloodshed, and many, many gory details, this is EXACTLY the book you were looking for.

Sky In The Deep is dark and twisty, insanely intense and will keep you turning those pages furiously in your binge-reading sessions. There’s also some romantic tension and kick-ass characters who go on the most incredible journey throughout the course of the novel. What more could you possibly need?

 


Do you have any books you’d recommend for Autumn/Fall?

Let me know in the comments below!

[Book Review] City of Ghosts by V.E. Schwab

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

40512862Synopsis: Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspectres, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.

When The Inspectres head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself.


I feel like I haven’t reviewed a book in so so long…

How does one write? What are words?

But I really enjoyed this book, and with the spooky season upon us (UH, where did the time go?) I figured this was the perfect review to leap back into the blogging world with.

I really enjoyed this book. It’s aimed at a “young adult” audience, however I really think it’s better suited even to slightly younger readers, aged 11+, perhaps. Because of the younger target audience, I felt that the characters were slightly lacking in depth in comparison to Schwab’s usual, however, the plot was quick paced, exciting and, well, spooky!

I loved the concept of this book and how Cassidy can walk from the real world into the ghost world – so simple yet it was so very well done in how it linked to her near-death and such a good starting point for even more wonderful adventures and discoveries.

Cassidy was a wonderful perspective to read from, I really feel like we got to know her throughout the story, and how bravely she deals with her past and the effect it has had on her. I only wish we got to know the other characters a bit more, too, particularly Jacob, who’s past just kind of get shrugged off as a huge secret… but I imagine we will find out much more in book #2.

I’ve never visited Edinburgh but reading this book I honestly now feel as though I’ve actually wandered through  parts of the city. The descriptions were so vivid and in my opinion, the setting is the best thing about this book. You can really tell that Schwab spends a lot of her time exploring parts of the city. I even loved the reference to Harry Potter and J.K!

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I flew through this in just a couple of days reading on my commute to work, but part of me wishes I’d waited to read it until this month now that the weather has cooled off considerably. It would be the perfect atmospheric Halloween season read.

But alas, I read it in summer.

Word of advice? Read it now, now is the time.

 

June 2018 Book Haul

Guess what guys..?

I SUCCEEDED A MONTH ON A BUYING BAN!

I know, I’m equally as shocked as you are.

Thankfully though, some wonderful publishers friends have been super generous this month and sent me some amazing books.

I’m going to start with an incredible stack which I hauled from the TeamBkmrk blogger/bookseller event a few weeks ago, which was simply wonderful. We were treated to some incredible proofs and FINISHED COPIES of the new edition Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. Like, hold my purse because I may collapse from excitement. We also got exclusive samplers of King of Scars!

TeamBkmrk Haul:

The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

That’s Not What Happened (ARC) by Kody Keplinger

Grace and Fury (ARC) by Tracy Banghart

Phantom by Leo Hunt

Colour Me In (ARC) by Lydia Ruffles


Other Books Hauled This Month:

The Extinction Trials / The Extinction Trials: Exile by S.M Wilson (Thank you Usbourne!)

The Mermaid by Christina Henry

Burning Brightly by Alexa Donne (Big thanks to Titan for these 2!)

A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood (Won a giveaway from Scholastic – lucky me!)

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Mirage (ARC) by Somaiya Daud (Thank you Hodderesque)

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See any favourites here? Talk to me about the books you’ve hauled recently.

June 2018 TBR

How is it June?! JUNE?! I’m flabbergasted at how quickly this year is going, and no way am I half way through reading all of the books I wanted to read this year… can we slow down time for a bit please?

But with June, comes PRIDE month!

I’ve made sure to include some LGBTQ+ rep reads in my TBR this month, and although this is a highly ambitious TBR considering my reading record so far this year, and my reputation for having never completed a TBR, one can only hope a miracle will happen and I’ll actually get through all of these…


Legendary (Caraval #2) by Stephanie Garber

I’m just about half way through this one now (and loving it so far!) so I hope to get it finished by the end of this week.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

A carry-over from last month, and one I’m reading a little as I go, I plan on finishing this lovely classic this month.

Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

For some strange reason, I still haven’t checked this off my list… It’s sat half finished on my shelf, but because it’s short stories I don’t feel any need to rush and finish it. It would be nice to tick it off my TBR this month though and help fight my failed reading challenge…

Out of The Blue by Sophie Cameron

This book sounds wonderful, and after briefly starting it last month before leaving my copy at work when I had time off, I’ll be buddy reading this with Kate @ ReadingThroughInfinity as part of our Pride Month reading list. This book has F/F rep and a magical realism vibe that I’m so excited to read!

Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

This book has been on my TBR for too long now, I definitely missed this ship with the movie coming out earlier this year (which I still haven’t seen… ashamed). So now is the time. I will read this book!


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There are lots of other books I really want to read this month, but the chances of me actually getting to them are so slim, that I didn’t want to set myself up for even more failure by adding them here… I guess they’ll just have to wait another month.

Fingers crossed I can get through all of these this month.

What’s on your TBR for June?


 

May 2018 Wrap-Up

May is one of my favourite months of the year. Firstly, it’s my birthday month, but mainly because it always brings good weather, and with good weather I’m in a good mood, more motivated and just generally more chipper!

It’s been a reasonably tough year for me reading-wise so far, in that I just haven’t really read all that much, and I had a pretty long time away from blogging. I’m hoping that will start to change again with summer so I can catch up on all of the amazing books I’m dying to pick up, and I’m definitely excited to get back into my blog again. For now though, here’s what I managed to read this month:


A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

ad743968-cc1d-49fe-ac14-1eb3f97f33cfIt’s no surprise that I picked this up immediately on publication date – it was one of my most anticipated books of this year! I loved this, even if it was only short and there was little plot development. It was so lovely to be back with the Inner Circle in Velaris, and it’s made me even more excited for the next part of the series!

Read my full review

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Skylarks by Karen Gregory

16b40405-4037-4082-a9d5-e1e78262f40dI had heard wonderful things about this book on social media, so I decided to go and pick up a copy from the bookstore and started reading it straight away. It felt current, interweaving a strong political argument into its storyline, the romance was just the right amount of cute, and there was some beautiful imagery at times.

Full Review to come.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

 


Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

2d3f0e1b-cd2e-4493-826c-cac3f6980875This has been an ongoing read throughout the month for me. It’s one that I feel like I’m enjoying more if I read it a little at a time in between other books, so that’s what I’ve been doing!

Although I haven’t yet finished it, I decided to include it on here as it has been a big part of my reading this month, and I’m over 70% of the way through.

 


Also read this month:

Captain Pug by Laura James

This was a really fun, quick read, 5-8 children’s book that I picked off my shelf as I was tidying. It took me no more than 30 minutes to read, but it was funny and the illustrations were bright and cheerful. I included it here at the bottom because I cheated and counted it towards my failing goodreads challenge total…

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐.5


What books did you read this month?