June 2018 Wrap Up

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I am here with June Wrap Up. This month I read a total of 4 books and 1,269 pages.

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May 2018 Wrap Up

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I am here with May 2018 Wrap Up … and only a touch delayed. In May read a total of 5 books and 1,378 pages.

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April 2018 Wrap Up

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I am here with April 2018 Wrap Up and it’s on time and everything! Who knew? Two months in a row!

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March 2018 Wrap Up

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I am here with March 2018 Wrap Up and it’s on time and everything! Who knew? Still not really reaching the whole consistent blogging 😂 but all I can say is I’ll try my best next month. I’m pretty rubbish at getting organised so it seems.

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Febuary 2018 Wrap Up

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I am here with a late Febuary 2018 Wrap Up! Still not really reaching the whole consistent blogging but fingers crossed I can get more organised this month and do the things.😂 Maybe by the end of the year you’ll get regular blog posts for me.

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January 2018 Wrap Up

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I am here with my extremely late January 2018 Wrap Up! My one big goal of the year was to me more consistent with posting 😂 which has worked out so well but hey I can only go up from here since things are calming down at my new job.

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November 2017 Wrap Up

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I am here with my November 2017 Wrap Up! These are the book I read in November. I took part in Nonfiction November and am very pleased that I read 3 nonfiction books, which doubles the nonfiction I’ve read this year.

I read a total of 10 books which was way more than I thought. I read 3 Nonfiction, 1 Contemporary, 2 Historical Fiction, and 4 Fantasy.

Onto the ratings!


 

★★★★★

The Boy Made of Snow by Chloe Mayer
I have already done a  full review on this book and in case you’ve missed me going on and on about this book; I loved it. Thank you so much to NetGalley and the publisher for sending a copy my way. I adore this book, which was a big surprise for me since I’m not a fan of WWII fiction. But Mayer’s writing is stunning. I found myself slowing my reading pace and rereading paragraphs just so I could savuor it. This a beautifully crafted novel that takes the dangers of living during WWII, twists them with the whimsy of fairytales and lets you deep inside a broken family who are trying to hard to be ‘normal’. This is a story that I’ll be hard-pressed to forget. I highly recommend

Monstrous Creatures (The World of Lore #1)  by Aaron Mahnke 
I adore the podcast and am so thrilled to have a copy of some of the transcripts in one book. The way Mahnke weaves the stories are amazing and had me reading faster to find out what happened. I loved his sarcastic little comments as they reflect what any modern person would like. If you love all things creepy and spooky this book o for you. Warning if you’re get creeped out by dolls don’t not read, Unboxed, that story still hunts me and has me jumping at shadows!


 

★★★★

Bayou Born (The Foundling #1)  by Hailey Edwards 
I have already done a full review on this book and in case you’ve missed me going on and on about the world in this book. Thank you so much to NetGalley and the publisher for sending a copy my way. This was such a fun read. I adore Luce and sense of humour had me laughing aloud numerous times. Definitely wasn’t expecting it to go in the direction it did but am super glad it did. I cannot wait for the next book and see what Luce gets up to next!


Wild Embrace (Psy-Changeling #15.5) by Nalini Singh

So I rounded out this month by reading more of the Psy-Changeling books—I am sad to say I only have 1 more short story collection left until the next one comes out, It is going to be a long wait! This is a collection and features 4 stories which take place in and around the later books in the series. Echo of Silence features human engineer Tazia Nerif who work in a deep-sea station where the lines between her and her telekinetic Psy station commander. We get a look at Dorian exploring his new found leopard form in his self-titled story. Partners in Persuasion we see the relationship develop between dominant leopard Dezi and submissive wolf Felix who’s still raw for being burnt by a dominate female. Lastly we get to look at wolf lieutenant’s Kenji and Garent deal with the fall out of their complicated past. Safe to say I loved these little bite size stories. I adore getting to see more and more of this world.

 

Silver Silence (Psy-Changeling #16 Psy-Changeling Trinity #1) by Nalini Singh
StoneWater alpha bear, Valentine, has never met a more fascinating woman than psy Sliver Merchant. I loved getting to see the bear and all I can say is why did it take so long?! This is the first book in the next join series which Nalini describes as being like season 2. I love getting to look at Silver who’s a character who’s being floating around for a while.

Secrets at Midnight (Psy-Changeling #12.5) by Nalini Singh
Bastian, a dominate leopard changeling, is frustrated. He should be able to follow the sent of his mate anywhere but he lost the scent after finding it two weeks earlier. However it’s not long before he finds her, Kirby is an all-too-human woman with a raging chaos inside of her that he doesn’t understand, secrets that whisper awake at midnight and cause her terrible pain. I saw these two in Allegiance of Honor and thought they were so adorable so I’m very happy to read what happened with these two even if it did give the twist away.


★★★1/2

The Gods of Olympus: A History by Barbara Graziosi
I really enjoyed this book! I loved seeing the ways in which the Greek Gods’ presence has continued through the ages. Just goes to show the empires don’t destroy their the culture of those it conquers but rather adapts it for its on purpose.

Live by Night (Coughlin #2) by Dennis Lehane 
I did not know that this was part of a series when I picked it up. But I didn’t feel lost reading it so that’s a plus. Live by Night follows Joseph “Joe ” Coughlin embarks on a dizzying journey up the ladder of organized crime that takes him from the flash of Jazz Age Boston to the sensual shimmer of Tampa’s Latin Quarter to the sizzling streets of Cuba. I really enjoyed looking at the organised crime that sprung up thanks to Prohibition. It was also refreshing to see it set in somewhere other than New York or Chicago. I might have to track down copies of the other books in the trilogy.


 

★★★

Royal Pains: A Rogues’ Gallery of Brats, Brutes, and Bad Seeds by Leslie Carroll
Really great overview of some of history’s most controversial royals. For me I didn’t enjoy some because they feel in time periods I’m not a fan of. Overall Carroll’s written is entertaining and structured in a way that’s easy to digest.

Rock Addiction (Rock Kiss #1)  by Nalini Singh
Since I had finished most of the Psy-Changeling books I thought I’d try one of Nalini’s other series and this one had the whole bad boy rockstars. I’m not a huge fan of contemporaries so safe to say it wasn’t really for me. It was a fun read however I had a few problems with it mostly how fast the romance moved along for a protagonist who had spent most of the book saying how she didn’t want to open up to someone as she’d be hurt before. This book really lacked the intricate world building that the Changeling series has. But I did enjoy that it was set in New Zealand.


 

That’s it for me. Comment down below and let me know what you’re favourite read in November was.
Until next time, happy reading!
Dearna

October 2017 Wrap Up

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I am here with my October 2017 Wrap Up! These are the book I read in October, I kinda failed on the horror, spooky reading but hey Halloween is every day so I’ll get to all those spooky books sometime.

I read a total of 11 books which was way more than I thought. I read 1 Poetry Collection, 1 Middle Grade, 1 Historical Fiction, 1 Horror and 7 Fantasy.

Onto the ratings!

★★★★★

The Trials of Morrigan Crow

The Trails of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #1) by Jessica Townsend
I have already done a  full review on this book and in case you’ve missed me going on and on about this book; I loved it. I adore everything about it ! Nevermoor, Morrigan, Hawthorn, Jupiter, The Hotel Deucalion and even Fen! Prefect read for any fan of magic and whimsical worlds like Wonderland or Whoville. Waiting for my invitation to the Wundrous Society.

★★★★1/2

Chosen Queen

The Chosen Queen by Joanna Courtney
This is the first book in a series which looks at the three queens of the three man who wanted to rule England in 1066. The Chosen Queen follows young Saxon women, Edyth Alfgarsdottir. Edyth marries the first King of Wales, Griffin. Becoming his Queen catapults Edyth onto the opposing side of a bitter feud between England and Wales. She has to grow up fast but has the support and encouragement of her closest friend, Lady Svana. Years later she ends up in line for the thrown as Harold Godwin’s wife. I adore this book and the thing I love about it is that the friendship between Edyth and Lady Svana is really at the heart of the story. Highly, highly recommend for fans of historical fiction and English medieval history.

★★★★

Kiss of Snow (Psy-Changeling #10) by Nalini Singh
This month was definitely fuelled by my obsession of Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling world. I can’t say much since it’s the 10th in the series. This story focuses on Snow Dancer Alpha Hawke and Psy Sieanna Lauren. The war brimming between the three races is still bubbling along under the surface. I think Hawke might be my favourite male lead, but since there’s so many I’d likely change my mind tomorrow.

Tangle of Need (Psy-Changeling #11) by Nalini Singh
Adria, wolf changeling and resilient soldier, has made a break with the past. Now comes a new territory, and a devastating new complication: Riaz, a SnowDancer lieutenant already sworn to someone else. This was a twist on the whole mating/soul mate story line that I really enjoyed. I love Adria’s character and I think she’s really relatable.

Heart of Obsidian (Psy-Changeling #12) by Nalini Singh
This is the first in the series to have two Psys be the main relationship. We get an inside in the morally grey, almost villain Councillor Kaleb Krychek which I really enjoyed! I was worried that I wouldn’t enjoy but I was pleasantly surprised.

Shield of Winter (Psy-Changeling #13) by Nalini Singh
Another Psy/Psy coupling. Tall dark and brooding assassin solider, Vasic falls in love with the empath, Ivy Jane, he’s supposed to protect from danger. I adore Ivy and how determined she is to go after what she wants.

Shards of Hope (Psy-Changeling #14) by Nalini Singh
Awakening wounded in a darkened cell, their psychic abilities blocked, Aden and Zaira know they must escape. Another Psy/Psy paring which I enjoyed but I was really missing the changeling but I did enjoy seeing what was happening in the Psy world and the arrows in particular.

Allegiance of Honor (Psy-Changeling #15) Nalini Singh
I think this books broke my heart as it exploded with all the warm and fuzzies. This book is like the wrap of the series and is super domestic and adorable. We get snapshots of all the couple we’ve met along the way and it is everything I’ve ever wanted.

Dust of Many by Brian M. Oldham
I was lucky enough to get an ARC copy from the author, so thank you once again Brain! I have done a full review which was all my thoughts and feelings on the story. Overall this is a pretty great start to a new series! I have so many questions and I need to know the answers. Highly recommend if you’re interested in epic fantasy.

 

 ★★★1/2

Peluda

peluda by Melissa Lozada-Oliva
I have a full review of this collection. I did enjoy the poems and would love to go back to a few of them. However, having no background in Spanish words and phrases I do think I missed some of the meaning. Raw, darkly funny and wholly feminist I would definitely recommend for those poetry fans out there!

 

★★★

Black Tom

The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle 
This was my only spooky read for the month. Charles Thomas Tester hustles to put food on the table, keep the roof over his father’s head, from Harlem to Flushing Meadows to Red Hook. Magic, gangsters in 1920s New York, what more could you ask for? LaValle’s writing is stunning and at times I had to stop and read over lines. It is a retelling or reimagining of one of HP Lovecraft’s stories and because I haven’t read it I think I missed on some important aspects of the narrative. Once I read the Lovecraft story I will definitely revisit this.

 

That’s it for me. Comment down below and let me know what you’re favourite read in October was.
Until next time, happy reading!
Dearna

September 2017 Warp Up

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I am here with my September 2017 Wrap Up! These are the book I read in the second half of September. Since #TheReadingChallenge took place in the first half of the month and I’ve already wrapped up those books.

I read a total of 6 books which I am really happy about. I read 1 Picture Storybook, 1 Anthology, 1 YA, 1 Historical Fiction and 2 Fantasy.

Onto the ratings!

 ★★★★★

Franklin

Franklin’s Flying Bookshop written by Jen Campbell and illustrated by Kate Harnett
This is a wonderfully magical story. Lyrically written and for dragon and book lovers of all ages. I adore both Franklin and Luna. Harnett’s illustrations are vibrate and bring to live of all Franklin’s adventures in a stunning watercolour. Highly, Highly recommend. Can’t wait for the squeal!

 ★★★★1/2

Electra

Electra by Kerry Greenwood
I adore this series, can’t wait to read Medea! Kerry Greenwood is a seriously talented writer. I love how to spins the myths and makes them fit into the history of antiquity. It was fantastic to see more of Kassanrda and see how her relationship with Diomenes and Eumides played out. Electra is a complex character. Her character arc was highly realistic and incredible to see. Behind the curse of The House of Atreus, Electra is a strong women in her own way. I wasn’t sure that Odyssey needed to have a POV section given it is quite a short book and we already have perspectives from Kassandra, Electra and The Gods. In saying that I his sections didn’t take anything away from the story line.

 ★★★★

Bonds of Justice by Nalini Singh
This is the eight book in the series so not much I can say here. It’s the first in the series not to have changeling in the relationship. This story follows New York police officer, Max Shannon and Justice-Psy, Sophia Russo as they navigate through the bubbling tension between the Psy council and predatory changeling packs, DarkRiver and SnowDancers. I adore this series and this book is no exception.

Play of Passion by Nalini Singh
The second after I finished Bonds of Justice I started the next book in the series. Play of Passion sees us back in the SnowDancer den as tracker, Drew Kincaid as he vows to win the heart of pack Lieutenant and dominate female Indigo Riviere. Both of them are stubborn which makes for a frustrating and exciting read because you just want they be mated already! I think Drew might be my favourite male lead in this series. Playful, protective, stubborn and giving he will definitely make you swoon.

The Last Namara by Kristen Ciccarelli 
This is the second book I’ve received from Net Galley and I adore this world. I won’t say too much hear as I have done a full review already. The world and it’s mythology are original and exciting. I was sucked in! Dragons, storytelling banned, swords welding princesses and a forbidden love all with an Arabian feel to the setting. Asha is a very believable character and, while she isn’t always the most likeable, I enjoyed seeing her adventure. The dragons are amazing and remind me of Toothless or Saphira. I wish the secondary characters were most fleshed out and the plot not as predictable. However, this is a great start to the series and I can’t wait for the next one! I need to know what happens!

 ★★★

xo Orpheus

xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths edited by Kate Bernheimer
Like with most anthologies, there were some stories I loved and others that didn’t gel with me. I still love the concept behind this books and really loved getting to read the writer’s retellings and also their inspiration behind it.

My favourites of the collection are:

  • Sawdust by Edward Carey
  • Modern Coyote by Shane Jones
  • Drona’s Death by Max Gladstone
  • Lost Lake by Emma Straub and Peter Straub
  • What Wants My Son by Kevin Wilson
  • A Horse, a Vine by Johanna Skibsrud
  • The Hungers of an Old Language by Brian Aldiss
  • The White House by Sarah Blackman

That’s it for me. Comment down below and let me know what you’re favourite read in September was.
Until next time, happy reading!
Dearna

#TheReadingQuest Wrap Up

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These are the books I got through during #TheReadingQuest, which took place between Sunday 13 August to Sunday 10 September.

#TheReadingQuest is an awesome four week reading challenge based on video games that was hosted by Read at Midnight. The challenge runs from Sunday 13 August to Sunday 10 August. The challenge runs like a bingo board with each title representing a stage (reading prompt) you must complete. The difference is that you’re starting point on the grid depends on the character class you chose.

I chose the Mage and I was able to get through 4 of the mage quest and 1 side quest. I would’ve liked to have got through more books but a reading slump hit week 3.

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★★★

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay – Open World 

I have done a full review for this one if you want to know more of my thoughts. This collection is filled with  hard hitting and dark theme. It’s not one I can say I enjoyed reading, in the tradition sense on the word. These stories opened my eyes to worlds I’m lucky enough to not have experienced—sexual assault, abortions, losing a child, mental and physical abuse. This collection with tear out your heart, make your skin crawl but ultimately leave you more empathic.

 

The Firebrand by Marion Zimmer Bradley – A Book Based on Mythology 

I am looking forward to reading The Mists of Avalon but my love of the Trojan War myth made me pick this one up first. The Friebrand looks at Kassandra and the people of Troy from her brith to the horrific fall of the city. I did enjoy this, but I think having read a few Trojan War retellings in quick succession meant that this isn’t a favourite of mine. I adore how Bradley portrays her female characters, Helen in particular. I also loved the female friendships in this books. I wasn’t a big of fan of her portrayal of Hector, but I understand why she chose to show him as less of a hero. The narrative sticks quite close to the original myth but nothing felt forced. If you’re a fan of myth retellings, in particular retellings of Troy I would highly recommend.

 

Windwitch by Susan Dennard – A Book With Magic 

I have mixed feeling on this book, most of which I won’t go into as it is the second book of the series. I still adore Safiya and Iseult’s friendship and I love that we got to see more of the world and the different cultures. For me it was a bit of let down. The first book ending on such as high that I immediately pick Windwitch up. However, I found it really hard to get into. It took about 100 pages for me to want to keep reading I think there was one narrative, Merik’s, I didn’t gel with and wished got less page time. I do still love this world and these character so I will continue this series.

 

★★★★

Loki’s Wolves by K.L. Armstrong & M.A. Marr – First Book in a Series 

This book was a lot of fun and I’m excited to get to the other two in this trilogy. In modern day South Dakota there is a town, Blackwell, where all the people are direct descendants of Norse Gods, Thor and Loki, including our three protagonists Matt Thorsen, Fen and Laurie Brekke. The adventure beings when rune readers reveal that Ragnarok is coming and the kids, led by Matt, must stand in for the gods. I adore these characters and love that they each have their own voice. I didn’t want to skip over any. The addition of the illustrations worked really well. These pages are filled with all the humour, confusion and fear of having to stop the end of the world at 13. I highly highly recommend for fans of Rick Riodran

 

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard – A Book Set in a Different World 

This wasn’t a series I was really excited about when it first came out. I picked up the books because a friend one mine really loved it and I trust her judgement when it comes to YA Fantasy.

I love this world and magic system, it is nothing like anything I’ve read and Dennard has done a really fantastic job at making this world visceral and fully formed. I adore that the main relationship in this book is a female friendship. I was getting so sick of girls competing against each other for a boy. Safiya and Iseult are amazing. I love that their differences aren’t stereotyped. For example just because Safiya’s outgoing that means Iseult has to be more reserved. There personalities are so well developed and complex that I feel like I know these girls and at times I relate to both of them. This is a fantastic start to the series, I didn’t give it 5 stars because I felt a little lost about the magic system, it took 100 pages or so for me to feel like I knew what was going on but at the same time I enjoyed that there was no info dump.

 

The Quest Board artwork has been created by the wonderful CW of Read, Think, Ponder.

That’s it for me. Comment down below and let me know how your reading challenge went.
Until next time, happy reading!
Dearna