Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Enjoyed Recently That Weren’t My Typical Genre

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they suggest a new theme with a list for bloggers to choose from. This week was books that weren’t my typical genre/were out of my comfort zone.

I don’t actually know why this is, but I never really read that much sci-fi, even though every sci-fi book I’ve read, I loved.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff was one of these.

Illuminae

Re-tellings were something that I hadn’t read at all until last year. And then I read quite a few of them (all were amazing!)
These were:
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses

And The Wrath and the Dawn by Reneé Ahdieh.

The Wrath and the dawn

Both of these were fantasy retellings, and they were both gorgeously written with their own spins on them. I CANNOT WAIT for each of their sequels this year! 🙂

I’ve read a lot of contemporary, but I was quite shocked to find that I hadn’t, until last year again, read many that had a huge, main focus on mental health.
One of these was:
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Finding Audrey

This book showed social anxiety in a way that is real, and honest.
This wasn’t out of my comfort zone, but it is something that needs to be spoken about in books more, and topics like this are being spoken about more, which is great! I’m definitely going to try and read more books that focus on mental health this year.

These are only five of the books that weren’t my typical genre/ were out of my comfort zone but some of the books on my TBR that are from genres that I haven’t  read much of and want to read more of are:

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by  Becky Albertalli

Simon vs

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

More Happy Than Not

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

These Broken Stars

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and prejudice

Legend by Marie Lu

Legend

What are some of the books you’ve recently enjoyed that weren’t your typical choice?

Review: Glass Sword

Glass SwordTitle: Glass Sword (Red Queen #2)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Pages: 440
Published by: Orion
Release Date: 11th February
Synopsis:
Mare’s blood is red – the colour of common folk – but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from the prince and friend who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by the Silver king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red and Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

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Review:

After finishing Red Queen last year, I could not WAIT to get my hands on Glass Sword. I really enjoyed Red Queen, and I hoped that Glass Sword would be even better. Sadly, though, it didn’t quite live up to my expectations. I liked it, but it wasn’t the explosive sequel that I’d hoped for.

Glass Sword follows on directly after Red Queen finishes, and we are thrown into the action early on — the whole book was packed full of it. There was always something new happening, some other danger that kept you on the edge of your seat, needing to know what happens next.

Mare is a lot different in this book. She becomes someone who is cruel and callous in places. She begins to push people away, and sometimes I found that it could be really easy to dislike her at some points, but Victoria Aveyard conveyed Mare and her feelings so clearly and emotively that, despite her sometimes cruel actions, you really feel for her.
I don’t feel like her character developed much in this book — it was consistent, from start to finish– though this is only the second book, and I can see how she could a LOT in the next one. That being said, I admired her determination and dedication to her mission — saving the Newbloods, the Reds and protecting everyone she loves.

I loved everyone else’s characters; you could clearly see how much Kilorn and Cal, especially, had changed, adapted to their situations so gradually you almost don’t notice it; they’re different, in a sense, but still so familiar.

I love Victoria Aveyard’s writing style; how effectively she depicted the fights and battles and the landscape of Norta — it’s like being transported straight into this world. Aveyard created an emotional rollercoaster of the best kind with each new chapter and she is the queen of endings because THAT ENDING. I finished this book at 3 in the morning and just sat in a stunned silence for probably a further hour. How can I wait so long for the next book now? I need to know what happens!

Rating:  ★★★.5☆☆

Top Ten Tuesday: Books & Music

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they suggest a new theme with a list for bloggers to choose from. This week was Books & Music!

5 books I’d give a theme song to:

The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. Throne of Glass

This book is so badass and cool, and the characters are all strong, cool badasses; I think it needs a cool, badass theme song to go with it.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay KristoffIlluminae

I talk about this book a lot, and I’ve used the words, ‘amazing’ and ‘awesome’ to describe it more times than I can count (because, seriously: IT IS). And the only thing I can think of that would make this book even MORE awesome would be an amazing theme tune.

Angelfall by Susan EeAngelfall

Can you IMAGINE what the theme song for this book would sound like? I think I need this in my life.

Any book by Jennifer L. Armentrout, ever

To be honest, I think this lady deserves a whole theme song for herself AND her books. Both are amazing.

The Mortal Instruments (and The Infernal Devices) series by Cassandra ClareCity of Bones

I mean, the Shadowhunters books kind of do already have a theme song in the new tv series, Shadowhunters, but whenever I think about theme songs for it, all I think about is this one that BookTubers Christine (polandbananasbooks) and Natasha (tashapolis) made up in the first 30 seconds of this video. It’s great. 🙂

Songs from book to movie adaptations:

The Hanging Tree by Jennifer Lawrence and James Newton Howard from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

  • Basically all of the THG soundtracks are perfection but I really liked seeing this one song from the book come to life.

Today and Heart Like Yours by Willamette Stone from If I Stay

  • These two songs get me every time. LOVE them.

Songs I wish were books:

Bad Blood by Taylor Swift

  • ALL of Taylor Swift’s music is just ❤ and there are quite a few that I think would make good books but Bad Blood is just so badass and amazing. I’d love to see this in book form!
  • Also: THAT MUSIC VIDEO.

Castle by Halsey

Gasoline by Halsey

  • I LOVE Halsey – I think all of her songs are great but these two really stand out. I think they’d make great books. Castle really reminds me of Throne of Glass, to be honest – maybe that’s why I love it so much.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten OTPs

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they suggest a new theme with a list for bloggers to choose from. This is my first week doing this feature and I decided to show you my top ten OTPs.

The Wrath and the dawnShahrzad and Khalid from The Wrath and the Dawn

I LOVED Shazi and Khalid’s relationship. It was the kind of romance that leaves you gasping for more and swooning at every other page. I CANNOT WAIT for more in the second book.

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  Celaena and Chaol from the Throne of Glass series.

To be honest, I love everyone in this series and I will be overjoyed with whoever Celaena ends up with. I will always be 100% Team Celaena – she is one of my absolute favourite characters ever and I just think she deserves to be happy. But, I think there will always be a part of me that is a HUGE Chaolaena shipper.  I looooved their relationship – it was beautiful and sweet and I just ❤

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 Katniss and Peeta from The Hunger Games.

If you follow me on Twitter, then you may have noticed that I talk A LOT about The Hunger Games, and Everlark. I loved Katniss and Peeta — I loved their loyalty and how they would do anything for the other, how they were there for eachother no matter what.

City of Bones

 1. Simon and Izzy

2.  Clary and Jace

3. Alec and Magnus

from The Mortal Instruments series

Yes, three of my biggest OTPs are from the same series. TMI is one of my favourites, and these pairings were all just so perfect and great for eachother.

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 Cath and Levi from Fangirl

Cath and Levi. How could I ever describe how much I love these two? If you’re looking for a sweet, adorably romantic and heartfelt relationship, look no further than Cath and Levi. I mean, they read together. ADORABLE. ❤

The 5th Wave

Cassie and Evan from The 5th Wave series

Cassie and Evan – I adore their relationship. I love their conversations, their shared banter. They could be talking about cereal and I’d be happy.

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Kady and Ezra from Illuminae

I. LOVED. These two. Their banter and sarcasm was as funny as it was adorable. And that was a lot. A LOT a lot.

The Fault in Our Stars

Hazel and Augustus from The Fault in our Stars.

Do I really need to explain this one? Their relationship was so natural and sweet And just look through all of the quotes on Goodreads for TFIOS. They’re beautiful.

 

And that’s my top ten! What are some of your favourite couples?

Blog Tour: Wings of Vengeance by Cameo Renae

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Title: Wings of Vengeance (Hidden Wings Series, Book Five)
Author: Cameo Renae
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Publisher: CHBB
Cover Design: Regina Wamba at Mae I Design Photography
Edited by: Victoria Schmitz – Crimson Tide Editorial
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

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Blurb:
No one knows of Lucian’s long-held secret—a recently transformed Nephilim daughter. Unfortunately for the Gray house, Lilith believes Emma is the one responsible for killing her father, and her deep-rooted hatred has turned into an envious obsession.

Powerful, with wings as dark as night, revenge consumes Lilith’s every thought, only to be fueled by Lucifer’s lies. Her newly transformed gifts have raised the danger level. Her aim is to strip Emma from everyone she loves, and has Lucifer’s Fallen warriors to aid in her task.

Receiving help from Midway, Emma reconnects with friends of old and new, and hopes it will be enough to keep them all alive.

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Author Bio:

Cameo RenaeMy family is what keeps my heart beating, and my world a happy place to be.

I was born in San Francisco, raised in Maui, Hawaii, and recently moved with my husband and children to Alaska. I’m a daydreamer, a caffeine and peppermint addict. I love to laugh, love to read, and love to escape reality. One of my greatest joys is creating fantasy worlds filled with adventure and romance, and sharing it with others. One day I hope to find my own magic wardrobe, and ride away on a magical unicorn. Until then…I’ll keep writing!

Favorite quote: “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination.” Albert Einstein

HAPPY READING!
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Blog: http://cameorenae.blogspot.com/
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Twitter: @CameoRenae

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Excerpt:

Chapter 1

“Emma, wake up.” I blinked several times, trying to focus in the darkness, only to find Kade’s distraught eyes hovering close by. “Another nightmare?” he asked.
I nodded, wiping the beads of sweat from my brow and then cuddled close to him, resting my head on his chest. The beating of his heart had a way of calming my anxiety, soothing my every fear.
“Maybe you should talk to Alaine,” he whispered, pressing his lips to the top of my head.
“I’ll talk to her in the morning,” I exhaled.
“You’re shaking.” His hands rubbed down my arms. “Was it about me?”
I could sense a hint of concern in his voice.
“No,” I breathed. “It was about Alaine this time.”
I tried to erase the visions of her scorched and blistered body from my mind, but it was still there. In full color. Terrorizing me. The smell of smoke was still lingering in my nose, and the heat of the flames still felt warm on my skin.
I didn’t want to worry anyone with my troubles, but it was the third time this week I’d woken Kade with these horrifying nightmares. Every night it was a different loved one, and they were getting stronger as they progressed.
What was most unnerving was the shadowy figure with onyx wings present in every one. I could never make out the face but could sense its twisted pleasure as it watched me suffer.
I’d had enough of watching my loved ones endure horrible and painful deaths. Although they were nightmares, the pain was real and lingered for days after. It was
something I couldn’t just erase. These dreams ate at my soul, keeping me tight in its cold, indifferent arms, holding on through my waking hours.
I prayed they weren’t premonitions, and I prayed Kade wouldn’t be in any future nightmares. I’d watched him suffer in real life, and it’d shattered my entire being. Now that we were bonded, watching it happen again would kill me.
I glanced over at the clock. It was four in the morning, but I didn’t want to go back to sleep.
“Where are you going?” Kade asked as I slipped from the warmth of his arms.
“To make some coffee and read the book Lia sent me.”
“You sure you don’t want to stay here with me?”
“You know I do, I just don’t want to go back to sleep.”
His hazel eyes swirled with desire. “I didn’t say we had to sleep.”
“Are you seducing me, Mr. Anders?”
A grin played on his lips as he pulled the covers down. “Maybe.”
“Well then,” I exhaled, jumping in next to him. “Coffee can wait.”

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Review: Illuminae

IlluminaeTitle: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)
Authors: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Pages: 599
Published by: Oneworld Publications – Rock the Boat
Release Date: 22nd October 2015
Synopsis:
This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Purchase on: Amazon | Book Depository

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Review:

Ok. I have been trying to write this review for nearly a month now. Illuminae was such a spectacular book that it left me speechless for that long. I tried countless times to write something coherent but every time all that was left on the page was just an endless stream of excitement and I’m pretty sure I wrote the words, “This book is AMAZING,” at least five times in one paragraph. But seriously: this book is amazing.

I can honestly say that I have never read a book like this before. Ever. The whole book is completely told through hacked files, messages, and commentated surveillance footage. It was amazing – a completely new and unique experience. The whole premise was so imaginative and I can only describe it as spectacular. And can I just say how much I loved the surveillance dude?

Speaking of characters, I don’t think there was a single one that I didn’t love. Kady was awesome – so strong, witty and funny (and she had PINK HAIR!). And Ezra was equally as fun, and strong — I can’t decide who I love more. They were both so amazing. I especially loved them together, though — their banter and sarcasm was great and THEY WERE SO CUTE. I think I now have two new favourite characters to add to my list. 🙂 I even loved AIDAN, the crazy computer, even though, to be honest, it scared the crap out of me.

Illuminae was packed full of action, too. It was  gripping, intense and engaging and I just couldn’t stop reading – from when we first saw Kady and Ezra running and fighting for their lives when their planet is attacked, to the very end, I was completely hooked.  Reality became an annoying buzz in the background as I became utterly absorbed within this wonderful, wonderful book. 

And it was an emotional rollercoaster of the best kind — this book has all the feels. You are shocked, amazed, amused and – I’ll admit it – terrified at every other page. And that’s not even the half of it. I loved every second of this sensational book.

I think it’s safe to say that I need book 2, Gemina in my life right now. 😀

Rating:

Illuminae deserves all the stars. It was undoubtedly one of the best books I have ever read.  ★★★★★