Wednesday, 20 September 2017

51-60 Books of 2017

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And I don't have anything else to post, so I hope you enjoy my 51-60 Books of 2017!

51. Before I Die, by Jenny Downham
This is a re-read that I have consumed like, a million times. Every time I fall in love with the story, and even though it has some sad themes in it, that isn't the be-all and end all in it. To quote the blurb, "and sometimes the most unexpected things become important." And that message, that it's important to live and love and experience things no matter what's going on around you, is one of the reasons why I love this book so much.  

I'd only read this book once before, and it was one of my favourites last year. The purpose of re-reading was so I could fully immerge myself into the story before carrying on with the sequel afterwards. The link to my review is in the title if you haven't seen my full thoughts and opinions on the first book in the trilogy.

Considering how much I had enjoyed the first book, I was both excited and hesitant about whether this one would be just as good. I was not disappointed. Although a lot happened in this book, like everything felt like it was super crucial to the plot, and I did not want to miss one detail! Also, even though there was more tension than there was before, I felt like it was building for an explosive ending to the trilogy in the third and final book. And I have to say, I'm nervous for how it's going to end! Great job!

I read and reviewed this in exchange for a free e-copy. My review is linked into the title, and you can check it out if you want to. I had a couple of issues with it, but overall, it surprised me in the plot, how quickly the pacing changed, and it surprised how quickly I became invested in the story. If you want a story that is definitely unique, I'd recommend this (though probably only mature readers, as it contains some mature content).

55. All That She Can See, by Carrie Hope Fletcher
When I think about this book, I just think of how sweet, and just how lovely it is! There are no words. I recommend this to anyone who just wants a sweet and heart-warming and just amazing book about pie! (For all my musical theatre fans, this is like Waitress, but in a book!)

56. Us (One Day #2), by David Nicholls
This book was kind of all over the places. I just wasn't that interested in the story. The backstory between the two whose relationship is currently in turmoil is pretty interesting, seeing the journey they took to get to where they are, but it gives the impression that a steady husband- is boring, and even though I tried hard to insert interest into the story, it was so hard! Nevertheless there were good points, but for the most part I had a hard time with it.

57. The Circle, by Dave Eggers
This book was good, but the ending was just super frustrating. I won't tell you why, because the reason I thought it frustrating is deep in the plot. I like the concept, and the mystery behind the idea of the circle, but I did not like or relate to the main character, Mae, in any shape or form. It was a compelling and addictive book, and I enjoyed the writing (I flew through it), but I guess I was just wishing for it to end differently. If you like the idea of social media taking over the world, maybe think about giving it a read.

58. History Is All You Left Me, by Adam Silvera

Maybe it was the hype, but this book didn't sit as well as I thought it would. Yes, those staccato bursts of laughter mixed with the sharp surprises of grief were in there, but it just wasn't everything I was expecting it to be, from the way people talked about it. It was wonderful, don't get me wrong, and I loved the direction it took me in, especially as I wasn't expecting it, but maybe the hype left me just a little bit disappointed. Sorry guys...

59. The Girl On The Train, by Paula Hawkins
Saying that this book pulled me into it as much as the film is kind of an understatement. I finished this in less than a day and I can see why they made it into a film. It's so easy to get sucked into the whole story, and it's so fun being able to piece together the clues from the three perspectives as the book progressed. I had already seen the film by this point, but honestly, either would do. They are both so clear, which is why the unreliable narrator thing is done so well, that you know, you are absolutely clear on what you saw, but also not at the same time, and that is what sold the book for me when it came to reading it.

The first book in the Infernal Devices, I have reviews for all three of the books in the trilogy. Check it out, the link is in the title if you would like to see my thoughts. Do I even need any words to describe this book? I don't think so, except that I recommend this for ANYONE.

So that is my 51-60 Books of 2017! I hope you enjoyed it, and if you've read any of these books, let me know in the comments!
I hope you have a wonderful day and I will see you all on Friday!

-Abi xxxxx

Monday, 18 September 2017

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3), by Cassandra Clare

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And its the last review of the trio!

Title: Clockwork Princess
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: Fantasy
Release date: 19th March, 2013
Status: 3/3 in trilogy (Infernal Devices)
Pages: 569
Blurb: "As Tessa Gray prepares for her wedding, a net of
shadows begin to tighten around the Shadowhunters
of the London institute. Mortmain needs one last item
to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. Jem and Will,
the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa's heart,
will do anything to save her."

As this is a very different difficult book to review without even some spoilers, maybe expect some.
And if you decide to read this having not finished it, you've been warned.

My Thoughts
As much as I wanted to see what would happen to the characters that were now a part of me, I almost didn't want to pick up Clockwork Princess, because I just didn't want the trilogy to end.
But, I have to say, this book just blew me not just away, but it shattered the windows.
Like, it had quite a different direction to Clockwork Prince, which I loved, because the main focus became the focus, but I was totally fine with that.

My heart was totally all over the place with this book. I was laughing, then shock, and then I couldn't contain my emotions any longer and I was crying. All in the space of a page.
Cassie, why do you do this to me?

But then, I forgot about Magnus. Sassy, laughable, wise Magnus. And his comebacks that had me grinning from ear to ear.

And a totally random battle with a worm.
And a character we find out more about, that we got to meet at the end of the second book. And how I related to them, because they feel like a little sibling. And the relationship with their sibling that just makes you want to laugh out loud.
Because truthfully, I loved every second of this book.

I've said it before and I'll say it now. Cassie Clare is the QUEEN of wrapping up series. I actually think I was anticipating/dreading the end to this trilogy more so than TMI, just because 1) the trilogy is shorter, and 2) more is packed into this trilogy than TMI. But I hope that there are elements of both series' within Lady Midnight, just so I get to be with the characters just a little bit longer!

Also, the love triangle has been a part of the books since Clockwork Angel, and they brought it home in this book. They are now aware of it, and it's made them stronger, instead of creating the conflict that it would for most trios. Which, going into this book, nobody doubted would happen anyway. In fact it made them stronger as a whole, knowing where everyone was at.
And it was so much better than I thought it could be! The fact that they were this unbreakable unit that could not be penetrated just brought tears to my eyes!

Now, that ending. I am aware that a couple of people may have had a few problems with it, but I'm with the majority. It may not have gone where I thought, but I'm satisfied. It was all truly wrapped up, and I'm happy with the way it went.

Now, that is my review of Clockwork Princess, the third and final book in the unforgettable Infernal Devices trilogy! I thoroughly enjoyed it and it will definitely be making my TOP BOOKS FOR 2017 LIST!

So that is all that I have for you today! I hope you have a wonderful day and I will see you all on Wednesday!

-Abi xxxxxx

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

The Guilty Reader Book Tag

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And it's time for me to do my monthly book tag!
Now this book has been circling booktube for a while now, and I am super excited to be doing it (even though I wasn't tagged).
Even though I found this on booktube originally, I found the questions for the tag on travelineintrospect, so thank-you for that!

This tag was originally created by ReadLikeWildfire on Booktube, and you can check it out here!
Hope you enjoy the tag!

1. Have you ever re-gifted a book that you've been given?
I actually don't think I have! Not that I can recall anyway. People don't really get me books, they got me book vouchers, because they don't like the idea, I guess. And with book vouchers, they give me the choice to choose a book that I'm actually going to read instead of picking a random book.

2. Have you ever said you've read a book when you haven't?
This I actually have done. I do this with books that I've started, or I've researched, so I don't get caught out, but I haven't always read the books I say I have. I haven't done this for a while, because I don't really talk about books much (except on here) but I have actually done this. So ashamed...

3. Have you ever borrowed a book and not returned it?
Again, not done this. Although I didn't pay that much attention to the date when I had to return books (library books) because I always knew that I'd be able to finish them, I did try to be conscious as to when I had to bring them back. And I always managed it too, somehow.

4. Have you ever read a series out of order?
I haven't deliberately, but I did once read the fourth book in the Pushing the Limits series. But considering I haven't picked up the series since having read that book, I don't think it matters too much, especially as I didn't make out any plot holes that I would have missed in the first three. It stood pretty well as a standalone really, so no harm done I guess.

5. Have you ever spoiled a book for anyone?
I haven't done this either! I've been spoilt for books such as Allegiant... and Seven Minutes in Heaven, but I don't think I've ever spoilt anyone. But nevertheless, sorry if I have!

6. Have you ever doggy eared a book?
I used to do that a lot when I was younger! But this was before I started blogging, and caring about what state my books might be in. I'm still awful for keeping the condition good, like lines on the spine, but I try to take a lot more care now, and I never doggy ear my pages now, so at least I've learned about it!

7. Have you ever told someone you own a book when you do?
No, I haven't! Although I am super protective about my bookshelf, so in the unlikely event where someone does actually borrow one of my books, I'm always super hesitant, I'm always repeating to take good care of it, though even if they wrecked it, I probably wouldn't say anything anyway.
But, no, I'm always truthful if I own a book.

8. Have you ever told someone you haven't read a book when you have?
What? Do people actually do this? Why?

9. Have you ever skipped a chapter or a section of a book?
Don't think I've done this either! If I skipped a chapter, or a section, I might miss an important part of the book, and then the whole thing would be out of wack!
Besides, you wouldn't get the whole impact of the book if you skipped a part, even if the person's perspective you were reading from you didn't particularly like...

10. Have you ever bad mouthed a book you actually liked?
Maybe a couple of times, but not seriously!

Elena @ Elena of the Universe
Arvenig @
Katie @ Book Ink Reviews

So that is my "The Guilty Reader Book Tag"! I hope you enjoyed it and even if I didn't tag you, still feel free to try the tag if you want to!
So, that is all I have for you today! I hope you have a wonderful day and I will see you on Friday!

-Abi xxxxx

Monday, 11 September 2017

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2), by Cassandra Clare

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And it's time for my review for book two in the Infernal Devices!

Title: Clockwork Prince
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: Fantasy
Release date: 6th December, 2011
Status: Book 2/3 in trilogy
Pages: 496
Blurb: "Love and lies can corrupt
even the purest heart...
In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray
finds her heart more and more to Jem, while her longing
for Will, despite his dark moods, continue to unsettle her. But
something is changing in Will- the wall he has built around
himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will
from his secrets and give Tessa the answers to who she is and
what she was born to do? As their search for the truth leads
the three friends in peril, Tessa's heart in incredibly torn,
especially when one of their own betrays them..."


My Thoughts
First up, this was a heck of a step up from Clockwork Angel- I was just swept away by the story of Tessa's heritage, her connection (both positive and negative) with the other character, as well as being swept away in the midst of the Magister. (Told you there would be spoilers).

I felt that we delved into the characters a lot more in this book, and after becoming acquainted with them in Clockwork Angel, I got to know these characters on a whole other level other than their reputation at the Shadowhunter's Inquisite. And I didn't mind at all that the characters were the main focus of the book, it was one of the main things that I enjoyed!
What I loved in particular was that we saw them as secondary characters too- we fell more in love with some characters (not naming names, though you can probably tell who I'm talking about) and our hatred for some characters deepened. A lot.

Basically this book managed to achieve both a personal element, as well as a kick-ass one too. Like the characters have got to a point where anything they do, it's insanely easy to put yourself in their shoes and ask yourself why that character would have a reason for whatever it is they've done.
Also, this bond that you have with these characters at this point, makes every moment with every relationship they have, it makes it extra sweet, or heartfelt or angry, depending on the person. For example, the bond between Jem and Tessa, Jem and Will, Will and Tessa, just made everything so much more... I don't have the words, I literally do not have the words.
And something tells me it'll get even worse in the third and final book.

Even the minor characters surprised me too. Magnus, Henry, Charlotte, SOPHIE. OMG SOPHIE. She changed, I saw a different side to Sophie, and I loved every second of it because I relate to Sophie so much it scares me!
I liked how Magnus had more of a prominent role in this one, too. He stayed the ever mysterious Magnus, the wise warlock that we can only guess at, but... he was nice in this one, and I like him for that.

So, I cried, I screamed, I contemplated throwing this book at the wall and I laughed a lot at this book. And that was down to the conversations between the characters mostly. They're all so sharp and witty and just plain funny that I couldn't help but clutch my side at the humour that these Shadowhunters share.
But I also cried because this book was capital block TRAGIC. The more invested I got into this story the more, I don't know, tearful I became. Because I honestly cannot see how Cassie is going to wrap this whole thing up. Especially with all my babies surviving. I just cannot.

And so that brings apart the end of my review. I love this book so much- for sure the best Cassie Clare book I have ever read and I cannot wait to consume the last book. But one things for sure, I am not ready to give up these characters yet. Even if their descendants may or may not be in Lady Midnight. But I can't. Yet I can't wait to pick up Clockwork Princess.

So that is all that I have for you guys today. Is Clockwork Prince your favourite in the trilogy? What was your favourite part? Character? Twist? Let me know in the comments.
So, I will see you all on Wednesday, I hope you have a wonderful day, and I will see you then.

-Abi xxxxxx

Friday, 8 September 2017

Top 5 Most Read Authors

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And even though I still have a bunch of reviews to do, I don't want to do a bunch in one go, so today I will be listing my Most Read Authors!
Just a note, this isn't my most owned authors, but merely the authors with which I've read the most books, because I've read a lot of authors where I don't own every book I've read.
I hope you enjoy the list!

1. Jacqueline Wilson (36 books)

Although I have not read Jacqueline Wilson in the longest time, she dominated as my favourite author when I was a child. To date I have read 36 of her books, and even though she has written a couple of teen books such as Love Lessons and the Girls Out Late series, most of her books are children. I'm not going to list all of them, but I have read
-All the Tracy Beaker books
-Bad Girls
-The Lottie Project
And a whole bunch of others!

2. Lemony Snicket (13 books)
In this case I do own most of the Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events, with the exception of book 11, The Grim Grotto (which I have been searching for for months.) But this is the most quirky, dark and interesting series that I have ever read. I really want to re-read this series before I turn to the tv show, but it doesn't seem likely at this point. I read this 6 or 7 years ago, and even though I can still remember fragments of the plotline, I can't wait to give this a re-read next year.
Here are the books I have read:
-The Bad Beginning
-The Reptile Room
-The Wide Window
-The Miserable Mill
-The Austere Academy
-The Ersatz Elevator
-The Vile Village
-The Hostile Hospital
-The Carnivorous Carnival
-The Slippery Slope
-The Grim Grotto
-The Penultimate Peril
-The End

3. Derek Landy (12 books)
These aren't the only books that I have read by Derek Landy, but they are the reason why I have read so many of his books. These aren't all the ones that he has written, he has the spin-offs and his new release Resurrection, which I intend to read before Christmas, as well as the Demon Road trilogy, which I finished at the start of the year. If you have been following me for a while you will know that I am a HUGE Derek Landy fan and I love his books. If you're new, now you know! I have read: -Skulduggery Pleasant Books 1-9 (excluding spin-offs) & Demon Road trilogy (Demon Road, Desolation & American Monsters)

4. Darren Shan (10 books)
These are the books that I have read by Darren Shan. In short, the Demonata series. I can't divulge too much about the plot, but the first book Lord Loss, is about a boy who, after witnessing his parents and sister being brutally murdered by a demon, is thrust into the world of demons, magic and lycanthropy. Spreading over space and time, never have I read such a thorough and captivating story about this. Even though this series is considerably less well known than the Vampire Assistant series, I encourage anyone who enjoys stories of brutality and magic, and lots of gore to pick up this series. I have read 10 books by Darren Shan: Lord Loss, Demon Thief, Slawter, Bec, Blood Beast, Dark Apocalypse, Death's Shadow, Wolf Island, Dark Calling, and Hell's Heroes.

5. Sara Shephard (10 books)

I have the dvd covers here because I have read books from both the Lying Game and Pretty Little Liars and even though I didn't finish all of the books in the PLL book series, and it seems unlikely that I ever will (those books just keep on going) I did manage to finish the Lying Games series last year. (And if you want to pick up a Sara Shephard I would recommend the Lying Game over Pretty Little Liars any day).

So that is my top 5 list of Most Read Authors! It's different list to my most owned authors but hopefully you still enjoyed it!

So that is all I have for you today! I hope you have a wonderful weekend! (Maybe let me know in the comments what you are reading over the weekend?)
So, have a wonderful day, and I will see you then.

-Abi xxxxx

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1), by Cassandra Clare

Hey guys, this is Abi here,

And I didn't know what review I was going to do today. Going into today, I assumed that that review would be The Girl On The Train, but having already reviewed the film earlier this year, I'm thinking about maybe doing a comparison between the two. Let me know in the comments if that would be something you might be interested in seeing!

So today I am going to review Clockwork Angel, the first book in the Infernal Devices trilogy, which I read only last week!
I hope you enjoy it!

Title: Clockwork Angel
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: Fantasy
Release date: 31st August, 2010
Status: Book 1/3 in trilogy
Pages: 482
Blurb: "Magic is dangerous-
but love is more dangerous still
When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray arrives in England during the reign
of Queen Victoria, something terrifying is waiting for her in London's
Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk
stalk the gaslit streets. Friendless and hunted, Tessa seeks refugee with
the Shadowhunters, a band of warriors dedicated to ridding the world
of demons. Drawn ever deeper into their world, she finds herself
fascinated by- and torn between- two best friends and quickly
realizes that love may be the most dangerous magic of all."

Can I just say that this is going to be so hard to keep this spoiler-free, but I will do my best!

My Thoughts
Going into this book, I did not know a great deal. I knew that it was set in London, in the 1800s. And I knew that most people prefer this trilogy to TMI.
And I have to say, I totally agree with them.
Although the Mortal Instruments started off with a bang, a big explosion that set the plot in motion for the rest of the book, what I liked about Clockwork Angel was that, although the events didn't hit you right away, the combination of how well written the characters were, and the scenes that had such an impact that you realised how they would affect the overall plot was what made Clockwork Angel better, in my opinion.

Also, although love triangles aren't usually my favourite thing, this one became part of the reason of why I loved this book so much. Instead of hindering the overall plot, it gave me, as a reader, a reason to love the characters even more.

One thing I would like to say is that even though I'm not the biggest fan of third person, it did actually give us more in the name of mystery and suspense.

Another aspect that I liked about this book was that I enjoyed every single chapter for one reason or another. I was never bored, and I never felt like a chapter had been added just for the heck of it. I feel like each chapter had a purpose, and each chapter hit the nail on the head.
And a big part of that was the pacing and the plot. Although it may seem a bit slow at first, the pacing picks up so fast by the second half, you'll soar through this book, and before you know what's hit you, you'll be finished and desperate for the second book.

Something else that I loved was the secret and discovery of what the hell Tessa is. Like even though all these other things are happening around her, Tessa is the key of all of it for reasons that nobody really knows. And finding out who we are is something that I think we all go through at some point in our lives, which makes her really easy to relate to.

Which brings me to my next point. THESE CHARACTERS. Far and away, my favourite part of all of it. Not just the main three, but all the secondary characters as well. I don't even dislike any of them (except maybe Jessamine and the villains). But Charlotte, Sophie, Henry, they all play their part in the story, and they all just add so much more to the story. 
There's also the thing that you think you know what's going to happen and then ONE OF THEM GOES AND DOES SOMETHING INCREDIBLY RECKLESS AND OR SMART AND... nearly gives you a heart-attack!  
God sake... these characters will be the end of me...

But overall, this is a lovely book, and I will definitely be reading and posting reviews for the rest of them. I can't wait to see what happens and I hope everyone survives...
*Fingers crossed*
(Though with a series like this, who knows? Oh wait, you guys do, because it's been out for seven years).

But that was my review of Clockwork Angel! I hope you enjoyed it, and I will be back on Friday with, maybe the Clockwork Prince review! Who knows?
I hope you have a wonderful day, and I will see you soon!

-Abi xxxxx

Monday, 4 September 2017

Books I Did Not Finish and Series' I Am DNF'ing

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And everybody has books that they didn't particularly like, I have books that I didn't like all that much!
And then there are the books that I Did Not Finish. (DNF)
So today I thought I would share this list with you.

Books I Did Not Finish
Now, there's literally only one, but I'm going to mention it anyway, purely because I do not like not finishing books. The only book is...

1. The Casual Vacancy, by J K Rowling
Despite the high hopes that I would like and complete this book, I have to be honest. I got about half way through and was unable to continue due to the fact that squat happened. I admit, it was good to see the reaction to someone high up on the board of the town dying from multiple perspectives, but there was no event that took it any further. The description was good, but that just wasn't enough to keep me interested. (Please don't hate me in the comments).

Series' I Am DNF'ing

1. Snow Like Ashes trilogy, by Sara Raasch

Although I may be swayed if someone in the comments talks about how much they love it, I doubt I will. Although it was an enjoyable read, it was two years ago, and it seems unlikely that I will continue with the rest of the trilogy, (despite how beautiful the covers are.) Just, the pacing was kind of off, and from what I remembered was that there was a lot to be desired for the plot. So, I doubt I will be continuing with the trilogy any time soon.

2. Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, by E. L James

Again, I have only read the one book, and I gave it 1 star. There's no way in hell that I will be continuing this series'. No-one can convince me. Not only is this poorly written, but there is no plot-line.

3. Wolf Brother series, by Michelle Paver
So, I read the first book when I was in Year 10, aged 15. And it was really slow then. Now that there are six in the series, I highly doubt that I am going to want to read them any time soon, or any time in the future. Although this would be an ideal series for someone who is just getting into reading, but I didn't particularly enjoy this, at all really.

So that is all I have for you all today! I hope you enjoyed it and I will see you on Wednesday, when I should be posting a review; of what book, as of yet I haven't a clue! There have just been some amazing books lately!
I hope you have a wonderful day and I will see you then!

-Abi xxxxx

Friday, 1 September 2017

September TBR (2017)

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And I can't believe it's September already!
It's 2018 in only a matter of months!
But first, I need to read all the books on my TBR.
So here's my September TBR!

The Infernal Devices
1. Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1), by Cassandra Clare
2. Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2), by Cassandra Clare
3. Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3), by Cassandra Clare

I figured I should put these books in one section, rather than just doing a wrap up at the bottom of the page; and I have to say, I do like the layout.
Now, THE INFERNAL DEVICES! I finally have all of them, which means I get to marathon them!
And... I want to see why everyone loves these stories so much! 
Hopefully I can finish this series by next Sunday. I'm not doing much until then, so there should be no reason not to.
Let me know in the comments what you think of TID, and whether you love them or (unpopular opinion) dislike them.

4. We Were Liars, by E Lockhart
I chose this book for a couple of reasons, one of them was because I know that once I finish such a full on series as TID, I'm going to need a book so that I don't fall right down into a reading slump after finishing, and this book is short enough that I'll be able to finish it without too much trouble. Also, I consider this a summer read, so I need to finish this before Autumn comes in October.

5. The Start of Me and You, by Emery Lord
I'm chosing this one for one of the reasons that I chose We Were Liars, because it has the summer feel. But this is a book that isn't just a cutesy fun book: it has some weight to it. It's about re-discovering yourself after what I can only describe as a HUGE knockback. It's about facing your fears and learning that there is life after someone leaves you. Written by the author of When We Collided, this book promises to be beautiful, and heartwrenching, as the story is emotional, and takes place when a character is at her most vulnerable position. Can't wait to read it.

6. Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1), by Cassandra Clare
I thought, since this is primarily a shadowhunter month, that I'd pick this up and make a start to the series! (Hopefully if I finish all these books I'll nearly be caught up with ALL CASSANDRA CLARE BOOKS, which I didn't think would ever happen! I won't be continuing with Lord of Shadows until next year, because I am just going to focus on the current books of my TBR at the moment. But, Lady Midnight! Can't wait to pick this up :) .

So that is my September TBR (2017)! Those are the main books that I plan to read, but if all goes to plan, hopefully I might be able to pick up more (such as The Chemist, or Strange the Dreamer) before the end of September). But because I'm unsure of what I'm going to read after these, I'm just going to stick to this TBR for now!
What are your reading plans for September? Let me know in the comments below!

So, I will see you on Monday, I hope you have a wonderful reading weekend, and I'll see you soon.

-Abi xxxxx

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

August Wrap Up (2017)

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And even though I only read six books this month, none of them have been re-reads.
So let's get into the Wrap Up, enjoy!

Here are the books I read this month:

I already have a review up, which I posted last week, and you can check it out by clicking on the title!
This is the second book in the songs about a girl trilogy, and I have to say, I was blown away by how good it was. Going into it, at the start I was kind of nervous, just because of the usual stigma of maybe the second book won't be as good as the first, but I was totally surprised by how much I enjoyed it! This was the book where we got to know yet more about the characters we got introduced to in the first book, and it was absolutely amazing.
Totally recommend this trilogy to anyone who might be interested in reading it.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review at the end of last month, and again, if you want to read about my more in-depth thoughts, you can check out the review. All in all, even though there were a few problems with the book, such as the pacing, and the heavy info- dumping at the start, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I will definitely be continuing the series when they are released.
Recommend this to older readers, just because there are some graphic scenes.

3. All That She Can See, by Carrie Hope Fletcher
I was so excited to read this book once I bought it, and I was not disappointed! This book screamed Carrie Hope Fletcher in the writing- just goodness and happiness and bursting with glitter. Carrie's books just flow so well, and the characters are just so well-crafted that I flew straight through this, and read it in a single day!
This is the story of Cherry who, spreads happiness and solves people's personal demons with her baking, as well as a bit of magic; until she meets the person who does the opposite.
This book was so clever and magical, and just so wonderful that I urge people to pick it up because this is a contender for my favourite books of 2017!

4. Us (One Day #2), by David Nicholls
Right off the bat, I'm going to say, this wasn't my favourite book of the month. Let's just say, it left a lot for improvement. The pacing was slow, I wasn't particularly interested in what the story was about, and I didn't connect with any of the characters. There were times when I questioned whether I should just put down the book and choose something else. But the message, behind the book: Not to give up, and even if the situation seems hopeless, don't lose hope. Although the characters were never more than characters on a page to me, I couldn't help but admire what the main character was trying to do throughout the course of the book.

5. The Circle, by Dave Eggers
This book. When I think about this book, my first reaction is to groan: "URGGHHHH". Just because it was so frustrating. I'm not giving out spoilers, but the people that have read this will understand which part I'm talking about.
I was emotionally invested in this book, and I didn't even realise it! I wouldn't say that Mae herself is easy to relate to, because I didn't particularly like Mae all that much, but the situation was easy to relate to, because she works at the Circle, which is basically an entire world of social media.
This book wasn't exactly what I expected it to be, which threw me off a bit, but I was more than happy with what I got. If you like social media, I recommend this, just because of the debates that this book sparks up.

6. History Is All You Left Me, by Adam Silvera
I finished this a couple of days ago, and even though I didn't fly through it like I thought it would, this book threw an arrow at my heart and did not let go. It went in a different direction to what I thought it would, but like *tears*.
This book is truly what everybody says it is! It goes from being super cute and laughing out loud, to reading something really sad that the contrast sis like you've been stripped emotionally. The pacing is perfect, the characters are amazing, and they all play their part to make the amazingness that is History Is All You Left Me! Recommend this if you are in the mood for a tear-jerker.

TV Shows
1. Pretty Little Liars Season 6
At the start of the month, this was the show. I still need to purchase Season 7 (watching them on DVD), but I still need to watch Season 6 first. I can't disclose much about the plot, because it's Season 6, but this season, they took the intensity up a notch!
I didn't read too much of it in the second half of the month, but hopefully I will be able to finish season 6 by the end of this month!

1. Girls' Trip
This film! What a blast, I was rolling in my seat laughing at everything in this film! (If you didn't know, this is a 15 Comedy). Totally crude but also super funny, you won't regret going to see it! I became interested in it because Queen Latifa is starring in it, but when I went to see it, it wasn't just her, I love all of the characters! And the surprising part: IT HAS AN AMAZING PLOT LINE, IT ISN'T JUST A COMEDY! This was the icing on the cake, because I often find that comedies don't always have the best storylines, but I was over the moon when I went to see it and realised that it had a plot line.
(It's amazing!)

Even though I didn't do as much as I wanted to (though I doubt I'll ever reach that, due to other responsibilities, *sigh*) I did still do quite a bit this month. I'm currently at page 60, so I've nearly doubled the page I was on last month, which I'm happy about. By the end of September, I'm hoping to be on page 80-85 in terms of editing.
Let's hope!

So that is my August Wrap Up! But I want to hear what you lot have been up to! What have you been writing and reading? Let me know in the comments, because I love to hear from you guys!
So that is all I have for you guys today! I hope you have a wonderful day and I will see you on Friday with my September TBR!

-Abi xxxxx

Monday, 28 August 2017


Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And after getting this book yesterday, the first post that sprung to mind was an introduction, because I truly want to share how much I love this!

Strange the Dreamer... where do I begin?
This was a book that was released...

*checks release date on the internet*

(How long did I wait to buy this thing?)

just under a year ago.

And for some reason, after finding out that Laini Taylor was releasing a new book, I was immediately drawn to it, even though I'd never even attempted to read the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy.
But something about this book just seemed to draw me in.

Also, can I just talk about the cover? It's just so beautiful that I couldn't help getting the hardcover, instead of waiting for the paperback next year.

Aside from that, this book has been getting nothing but fantastic reviews since it was released, and even though this means that I have high expectations, the fact that I'm going into this book knowing absolutely nothing other than what the blurb tells me, hopefully that'll help me not to expect too much from a book by an author that I haven't attempted yet.

Here's all I know about the book at the moment, as well as the cover:
Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian,
has always feared that his dream chose poorly.
Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with
the mystic lost city of Weep, but it would take
someone bolder than he to cross half the world in
search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago
to cut it off the rest of the world? What
exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the
name of God? And what is the mysterious problem
he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more
mysteries- including the blue-skinned goddess
who appears in Lazlo's dreams. How did he dream
her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods
are dead, why does she seem so real?"

That's pretty much all I know about the book, but one thing I can't WAIT for is to divulge myself into this mysterious, fantasy filled world that Laimi Taylor had created.

Let me know in the comments if you have any thoughts about Strange the Dreamer, or if your just as excited to read it as I am!

If not, I hope you have a lovely day and I will see you all on Wednesday, with my August Wrap Up!

-Abi xxxx

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Songs About Us (Songs About A Girl #2), by Chris Russell

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And this review has kind of been thrown to the wayside next to everything else that I've posted this month.
So I think it's time that I post this review so I can share my thoughts!
With further ado, here's the review!

Title: Songs About Us
Author: Chris Russell
Genre: Contemporary
Release date: 13th July, 2017
Status: Book 2/3 in trilogy
Pages: 441
Blurb: "From where I
stood, cracks were
appearing in
The Biggest
Boy Band On The
Face Of The Earth. But for the
next ten minutes, none of that
would matter. Because when
those four boys hit the
stage, they lit a fire
inside your soul...

Charlie Bloom is
just an ordinary girl.

Who happened to spend last
winter hanging out with the hottest
boy band in the world. No biggie.

But that's all ancient history. And now
Charlie doesn't have time to even think
about Fire&Lights. Or what went down with
Gabe... Until she's pulled into their world
of glamour and paparazzi once again.

As old feelings are rekindled, Charlie
notices that the band seems different
this time. But then again, so is she..."

My Thoughts
After the roaring success of Songs About A Girl, I was both very excited, and a little nervous about what the sequel would be like. Because surely, it couldn't be just as good as the first one?
Could it?
It totally was.
There was the normal amazingness, and then add another level.
It was that good.
And the reason?
The plot.

Taking place a few months after the events of the first book, Charlie Bloom has returned back into the anonymously of her normal life. Although it doesn't take much for her to delve back into that band crazy world with Fire&Lights.
But anyway, what I loved about the plot was that this time around, when Charlie when back into that world, something was different. The unity of the band members, just wasn't there, which gave everything an edge. There was a wonderful undertone to the store and, along with the added tension on this strain that was so clearly in the band, my heart was beating with each confrontation. There was so much tension in each of the chapters, that the anxiety for these characters was there constantly.

Which brings me to the characters. There wasn't just the, confrontations between Olly & Gabriel, there was some character development between the other band members too, as the connection between Charlie and the band grew ever stronger. It put the dynamic between Fire&Lights into perspective, getting to know that there was more to the others than just a backing for the sound-off between Olly and Gabriel. 
Along with that, a lead that was introduced at the end of the first book became sort of a minor focus in the story which, I have to say, was a fine way to create conflict between the characters.

 Contrary to popular belief, what I loved most about this book was that it when far deeper than the "girl with a passion whilst also fangirling about popular boy band". Because Chris Russell grew up in a boy band, this was nothing like it seems to be, which is something that became a part in the first book, and it went a lot deeper in this one. It was like having a backstage pass to a sold out concert. It was so realistic that the situation seemed normal, which adds up to quite an inspiring book that gives the message that "you can achieve anything you set your mind to."

So overall, this was an inspiring, wonderful, yet tension filled (but still AMAZING) book that will have you on the edge of your seat from the first page and leaving you desperate for more. (The twists and turns will leave you scolded, but scouring the pages with your eyes, wanting to know what happens next, trust me). Another fantastic book, and I can't wait for the conclusion of the trilogy next year!

So that is all I have for you today! Let me know in the comments if you have any thoughts and I will be sure to reply, because this is now one of my favourite books of 2017!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I will see you all on Monday!

-Abi xxxxxx 

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

August Book Haul (2017)

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And... this month I've obtained some new books.
What else is new?
So I thought it was time that I share them with you.
Here's my August Book Haul!

1. Aaru (The Aaru Cycle #1), by David Meredith
Even though I don't have the physical copy of this book, I have the ebook on my Kindle, I'm still counting it, because it's a new book I've got! Aaru is about a family that is waiting for the storm- Rose is dying of cancer. But all is not lost. When her mind and her personality is uploaded to a computer she is able to live inside Aaru, a world based on a computer based entirely on what she wants it to be. I have a spoiler free review on my blog if you are interested in seeing any more of my in depth thoughts, which is part of the exchange I made to read this book.

2. New World: Rising (New World #1), by Jennifer Wilson 
I really just took a flying leap with this one. Also, on the kindle, when Benjaminoftomes talked about the free copy for ONE DAY ONLY, I literally just downloaded this on a whim. But having read the synopsis on Goodreads, it sounds like a decent book. It's book one in a new trilogy, and it's about a girl that has one goal: surviving on the outside of The Walls. An orphan since the age of eleven, this is a book about survival, instinct (who can she trust in a world that is against her), trauma and human connection, this truthfully, sounds like a very interesting book.

3. Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3), by Cassandra Clare
Guys! Story time! I ordered this off of Ebay- and the picture showed the old design. So I ordered it... and it showed up with the new design! Not that it matters, but I did want them to match... I'll hopefully be marathoning the trilogy next month, because I now have the complete Infernal Devices trilogy! And you can expect reviews for all of them!  I'm so excited! Let me know in the comments if you have any thoughts on the Infernal Devices because I know that most of you love this trilogy!

4. We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart
I don't know too much about this either, which was kind of planned because I heard from somewhere that it's better to go straight into this book without knowing too much about it, and that's exactly what I plan to do. What I do know is that you have to try and tell what is real and what is fake, and that this book can be called surreal and mysterious, and I hope to read it soon because it's been the longest time that I've wanted to read this!

5. History Is All You Left Me, by Adam Silvera
This is a book that I have blogged about repeatedly about wanting to read this: and now I will! This is about Griffin, a boy dealing with the fact that his best friend and ex-lover, someone who he thought he would end eventually end up with for all time, has now died. Now, dealing with grief and the OCD that he has had to deal with for years, he turns to the one person he didn't expect to: Theo's new boyfriend. He is now faced with a choice: confront the past, or miss out on the future he has built. From what I know, this is a heartbreaking, yet joyful and beautiful book and I know I will be reading this sooooooonnnn.

6. The Start of Me and You, by Emery Lord
From what I know, this is a book about a girl looking to the future and re-clawing back what she had before- after her first boyfriend died in a swimming accident. She's made a list of things that she wants to do to get back from reality, and just from reading the blurb, I know that this is going to be a powerful book about learning to live and learning to love again, and it's a book that I really can't wait to pick up! (Hopefully soon).

So those are the books that I've got this month! Most of them I haven't read yet, but I'm certainly looking forward to reading them! If you have any thoughts on any of the books I mentioned here today, then let me know in the comments! I love to hear from you guys!

So that is all I have for you today! I hope you have a wonderful day and I will see you all on Friday!

-Abi xxxxxx