Waiting on Wednesday: Traitor to the Throne

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine which spotlights exciting up and coming releases.

My pick for this week:

Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands #2) by Alwyn Hamilton

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Release date: 2nd February 2017

Synopsis:

This is not about blood or love. This is about treason.

Nearly a year has passed since Amani and the rebels won their epic battle at Fahali. Amani has come into both her powers and her reputation as the Blue-Eyed Bandit, and the Rebel Prince’s message has spread across the desert – and some might say out of control. But when a surprise encounter turns into a brutal kidnapping, Amani finds herself betrayed in the cruellest manner possible.

Stripped of her powers and her identity, and torn from the man she loves, Amani must return to her desert-girl’s instinct for survival. For the Sultan’s palace is a dangerous one, and the harem is a viper’s nest of suspicion, fear and intrigue. Just the right place for a spy to thrive… But spying is a dangerous game, and when ghosts from Amani’s past emerge to haunt her, she begins to wonder if she can trust her own treacherous heart.

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Why am I excited?

I absolutely LOVED Rebel Against the Sands (you can see my review here!) and I am desperate to know what happens next! And how pretty is that cover?!

What releases are you waiting on?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Autumn tbr

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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 are on our fall/autumn TBRs.

Holding Up the Universe 

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I loved All the Bright Places and I was so excited to find out that there would be a new Jennifer Niven book! I was lucky enough to get an ARC of Holding Up the Universe and I’ll be starting it tonight – I can’t wait!

Vampire Academy

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I hope to read the first book (at least) in this series soon because they have been on my bookshelf for years and I’ve heard so many great things about it!

Aerie

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I am so ready for this book. Magonia was one of my favourite books of 2015 and I talk about it all the time. I can’t wait to see where the story goes next!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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I’ve been wanting to read this for a while now, but just never got around to it. But I’m definitely going to try and read it before I see the movie. It seems so unique!

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

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This is yet another book that has been on my tbr for ages and I’ve been dying to read. Hopefully soon!

Wicked 

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I’ve been wanting to read Wicked since it first came out – I was so excited for it. I love Jennifer L. Armentrout’s books so I have to read this soon!

The Young Elites

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I was hoping to read The Young Elites in the summer, but since I never had te chance, I’m going to try and read it in the autumn. It sounds so dark and amazing – perfect.

Night Owls

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I’m determined to read this soon. It’s been sat on my tbr shelf for over a year, staring at me and taunting me with that beautiful cover.

The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen

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This book seems perfect for this time of year and I’m so looking forward to hopefully finally getting to it!

Stealing Snow

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I’ve been looking forward to Stealing Snow for a while. I love retellings, and I have it preordered so that I can get to it asap.

What are some of the books on your Fall/Autumn TBRs?

 

ARC Review: Three Dark Crowns

three-dark-crowns-poisoner-editionTitle: Three Dark Crowns
Author: Kendare Blake
Pages: 405
Published by: Pan Macmillan
Release Date: 22nd September 2016
Synopsis:
Three sisters. One crown. A fight to the death.

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose . . . it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.

Purchase from: Amazon | Book Depository | Waterstones

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Thank you so much to Catherine from Pan Macmillan for sending me an early copy of Three Dark Crowns to review!

Review:

Three Dark Crowns is a fantastically dark and wonderful read, one that demands to be devoured in one sitting. I loved it!

I loved the idea of this book, and I found the plot so gripping – I had to know what was going to happen, what was going to be the outcome of the queens’ fight. It is quite fast paced, and although I did get a little confused at times, and struggled to keep up, I soon caught up and really enjoyed it. I loved how well this world was built up -I forgot, for a moment, that this is a fantasy world, it felt so real.

This is a book that progressively gets darker and darker as you read, and I love that. Three Dark Crowns follows the three sisters – queens – Mirabella, Arsinoe and Katharine, who are separated as children and raised to hate each other. Each sister lives with a foster family according to their gift – Katharine lives with poisoners, Arsinoe with naturalists, and Mirabella with elementals. They each grow up in different environments, have different attitudes towards the fight to the death that must happen. I loved how different they all were, and I couldn’t decide who I loved more out of the three – and which queen I wanted to win. First it was Katharine, then Mirabella, then Arsinoe – and repeat. And now I want all of them to win.

Alongside the three queens, I loved reading about Jules – her and Camden were so interesting and fun  and I loved her friendship with Arsinoe. And strangely, I even really enjoyed reading from the Natalia and Luca’s point of view. I found them so interesting – how they both cared so much for their own queens, while encouraging that they kill their sisters.

I really liked Blake’s writing style. It was so eloquent and easy to read, and I found that it – and the crazily addicting plot line – just made me want to keep reading. I found myself staying up way too late just to finish this chapter, and then starting another because I need to know what happens after this. And that last sentence – oh my gosh, I need more!

The wait for book two is going to be complete torture!

(Also, have you seen how gorgeous all of the covers are for this series?! There are three! I’m so tempted to get all of them.)

Rating : ★★★★.5

 

Waiting on Wednesday: The Diabolic

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine which spotlights exciting up and coming releases.

My pick for this week:

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

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Release date: 1st November 2016

Synopsis:

A Diabolic is ruthless. A Diabolic is powerful. A Diabolic has a single task: Kill in order to protect the person you’ve been created for.

Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The two have grown up side by side, but are in no way sisters. Nemesis is expected to give her life for Sidonia, and she would do so gladly. She would also take as many lives as necessary to keep Sidonia safe.

When the power-mad Emperor learns Sidonia’s father is participating in a rebellion, he summons Sidonia to the Galactic court. She is to serve as a hostage. Now, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia. She must become her. Nemesis travels to the court disguised as Sidonia—a killing machine masquerading in a world of corrupt politicians and two-faced senators’ children. It’s a nest of vipers with threats on every side, but Nemesis must keep her true abilities a secret or risk everything.

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Why am I excited?

How have I not heard about The Diabolic until recently? This book sounds so dark and awesome – definitely one I need to look out for! And look at that cover!

What releases are you waiting on?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want to Read in Audio Book Form

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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 a freebie theme (All About Audio), and since I’ve only ever listened to two audio books, I decided to write about the audio books I want to read in the future.

Outlander 

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I picked up a physical copy of this book after becoming obsessed with the TV adaption, but it has so many pages – it would take me ages to readIt just seems so much easier to listen to it.

The Hunger Games

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I’ve already read the Hunger Games trilogy several times before, but I’d love to hear how it sounds in audio book form (and be able to re-read on the go).

Throne of Glass

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I’d love to listen to Throne of Glass for the same reason – It’d be great to be able to listen to this series, and especially for re-reads leading up to the next book.

Snow like Ashes

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I had a bunch of credits on my audible account to use up a couple months ago and bought Snow like Ashes on a whim. I’ve heard a lot of great things about this series, so I’m excited to get to this!

Ready Player One

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I’ve heard that Ready Player One is really good in audio book form, so I definitely need to check it out!

The Wrath and the Dawn

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I’ve read and loved The Wrath and the Dawn already, but I’d love to revisit it in audio form!

Thirteen Reasons Why

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I had already started this book in audio form a while ago, and I was really getting into it – and then exams happened, so I’ll hopefully pick this back up soon!

Review: Nevernight

nevernightTitle: Nevernight
Author: Jay Kristoff
Pages: 429
Published by: Harper Voyager
Release date: 11th August 2016
Synopsis:
Destined to destroy empires, Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.

Six years later, the child raised in shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.

But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.

The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student.

The shadows love her. And they drink her fear.

Purchase from: Amazon | Book Depository | Waterstones

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Thank you to Katie from Harper Voyager for sending me a copy of Nevernight via NetGalley!

Review:

It has taken me so long to write a proper review for this book, simply because I was completely blown away, and left completely speechless. It was amazing – there was action, assassins, a great plot line, a dark and deadly fantasy land. Simply spectacular.

I loved the characters – Mia Corvere is a strong and fierce character, and a deadly assassin. I think I’ve found a new favourite character to add to my list. She was amazing. We see flashbacks of Mia’s past, and how she came to be an assassin, and it makes us sympathize with her a whole lot more, understand her a little – even cheer her on in her quest for revenge. I loved Tric, too. He was a great character – another new favourite.  And Mister Kindly, the shadow cat, was so sarcastic and funny.

The whole plot line of this book is amazing. It is so addicting and I just wanted to read more and more, to know what was going to happen next. There were so many surprises – I never knew what was going to happen next. And that last fifty pages or so…oh my glob. So. Much. Happened. And one thing in particular that I refuse to accept – If you’ve read the book, you’ll know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t read it yet, you’re welcome to come cry with me when you get to that part. You’ll know it when you read it.

I absolutely love the writing style. It flowed so perfectly and I didnt want to stop reading. I was a little unsure about the footnotes at first, mainly because I found them a little bit distracting,  especially in the more action filled scenes, and I wasn’t sure about stopping mid paragraph to read the longer footnotes at the bottom of the page. My solution = read them at the end of the scene or chapter, depending. Genius. Once I figured that little thing out, I found that I began to like them a whole lot more – they added a lot more insight and humour to the story.

It took me quite a while to finish reading Nevernight, partially because I lost my Kindle for a while, but mainly because I simply didn’t want it to end. I became so absorbed in (obsessed with) the story that I even started saying things like “yesterturn” in my head, and for the next three days after finishing it, every time I read the word “sunlight,” it became “sunslight.” Luckily I didnt say this out loud, or I’d have probably gotten a few strange looks.

Rating: ★★★★★

Review: A Torch Against the Night

a-torch-against-the-nightTitle: A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2)
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Pages: 452
Published by: Harper Voyager
Release date: September 8th 2016
Synopsis:
Elias and Laia are running for their lives.

After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf – the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison – to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene – Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own – one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape… and kill them both.

Purchase from: Amazon | Book Depository | Waterstones

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Thank you so much to Harper Voyager for sending me a proof of A Torch Against the Night to review!

Review:

I absolutely loved An Ember in the Ashes – it was one of my favourite books of 2015, and so I was beyond excited to read the second book. But, I have to admit, I was also a little nervous – would A Torch Against the Night live up to An Ember in the Ashes? Is that even possible? Well. I need not have worried, because ATATN not only lived up to AEITA – it completely exceeded my expectations. I had to take a break after reading it to just sit and think about how I’m going to deal with the wait for book 3, and to just stare at the book in complete awe, because I’m normal like that.

So much happens in this book, without there ever being too much going on. But it is one hell of a roller coaster – there is so much more horrifying brutality in this book, so much action, heartbreak, tension, emotion and so many tears to be shed.  At the end of every chapter I was dying to know more, to keep reading.

A Torch Against the Night begins immediately after An Ember in the Ashes ended, and so we’re thrown into the action quite early on in the book, but it wasn’t jarring in the slightest. I found that I immediately picked up the same feeling as the end of the previous book – and couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.  We get to see a lot more of this world in ATATN, as Laia and Elias escape from the city and make their way across different lands on their quest to break Darin, Laia’s brother, out of prison, and I loved how fast paced and riveting the plot line was, despite the characters spending the most part of the book on the run.

I mentioned in my review of An Ember in the Ashes how much I loved the strength of characterization, and that continues into its sequel. I loved seeing the added perspective of Helene, along with Elias and Laia. All three of them are spectacular characters, and their development continues into the second book – particularly Helene, who struggles a lot throughout the book, being torn between her loyalty to Elias, her family and the Empire. I am desperate to know how her story continues. And Elias’s story – I wasn’t sure how much my heart could take! He truly is an amazing character and his strength really shone through in this book. Laia, likewise, is so strong and wholly focused and determined to save her brother.  I could gush about these three all day!

I’d almost forgotten, in the year it’s been since I first read An Ember in the Ashes, just how beautiful Tahir’s writing is and I found myself being completely blown away again. It is so absorbing and wonderful. She has created two spectacular books and I seriously cannot wait to read more of her work.

Rating: This book seriously deserves all the stars. ★★★★★