Books I’d Like to Get to Before 2018 is Over

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Today I thought I share with you some of the books I would love to get to before the end of this month—side note: I cannot believe 2018 is pretty much done and dusted! Where does the time go!

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November 2018 Wrap Up

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I am here with November Wrap Up. This month I read a total of 8 books and a total of 3,238 pages.

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Outrun the Wind

Author: Elizabeth Tammi 

Publisher: Flux Books

First Published:  27 November 2018

Rating: 4 stars

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“I sigh as we walk into the hall, maybe for the last time with Kahina. I want to twist time around myself make it bend and grow where I need it most”  

I will start by saying that I was given an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review. These opinions are my own. Thank you so much to Flux Books and NetGalley!

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Recommendations: Myth Retellings

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I’ve just finished binge reading The Kingmaker Chronicles by Amanda Bouchet and it was amazing — series review to come. But one of the reasons I adore the series was the Greek myth elements, which made me think of much I adore myth retellings.

So today I’m going to share with you some of my favourite myth retellings. All these books I have given 4 or 5 stars. I highly recommend them.

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Circe

CIRCE

Author: Madeline Miller

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

First Published: 19 April 2018

Rating: 5 stars

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“I thought once that gods are the opposite of death, but I see now they are more dead then anything, for they are unchanging, and can hold nothing in their hands.”

I will start by saying that I was given an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review. These opinions are my own.

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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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T5W: Genre Benders

Hi again! It’s been ages since I’ve done one of these and it’s Wednesday so why not? Today’s topic is Genre Benders – in other words those books that seem to defy genre labels.

This was last weeks topics but I was struggling to think of anything for this week’s topic so I’m just going to go with it.

Top 5 Wednesday was created over on BookTube by the wonderful Laniey at gingerreadslaniey and run by the lovely Sam of Thoughts on Tomes . Also you can check out the Goodreads page for past and future topics.

The books are listed in no particular order.


Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

Slave to Sensation

If you’ve been around my blog or Instagram for a while you may notice that I’ve become completely obsessed with Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series. This book is one the list because I think it’s been marketed as a romance, which it definitely is, but that doesn’t take away from the urban fantasy, sci-fi elements that help to round out this world.

If you’re looking for a urban series that is filled with political intrigue and swoon worthy romances please, please pick this up!


Bayou Born by Hailey Edwards

Bayou Born

 

This books is part detective mystery, part urban fantasy. I know it’s being marketed as an urban fantasy but the detective procedure is just as important to the plot. Which maybe a trope in urban fantasy but I still wanted to mention it!

Sound interesting I have uploaded a full review if you want to know more!


Cross Stitch/Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander

Time travel, romance all set in the Scottish Highlands in the 16th century. This was the first historical time travel novel and I, like everyone else, am completely in love with it. Diana has done a fantastic job of balancing the sci fi and historical elements.


The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Sone of Achilles

Adventure, coming of age, romance, fantasy, retelling and historical fiction are just a few of the genres I can think that fits this novel. Madeline weaves together all these elements seamlessly in her beautifully lyrical writing. This is one of my favourite books of all time because it’s one of the few that actually shows the romance between Achilles and Patroclus. Highly, highly recommend!


Cassandra by Kerry Greenwood

Cassandra

Kerry Greenwood bring the myth of the Trojan War to life complete with the fantastical Gods and well researched time setting. Myth and history intertwine to give voice to silenced Trojan Princess, Cassandra.

I have a full review of this one if you’re interested! This one might be hard to track down if you don’t like in Australia, but trust me it’s worth the effort if you do!


That’s all for me. Comment down below and let me know if you’ve read any of these or some of your favourite genre defying books.
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

August 2017 Wrap Up

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I am here with my — belated — August 2017 Wrap Up! These are the book I read in the first half of August. Since #TheReadingChallenge took place in the last half of the month and I will do a wrap up for that.

I read a total of 4 books in the first half of the month, which I’m pretty happy with. You will notice a slight trend in the books I’ve read across August — the reading challenge books included.

Here’s a breakdown of my reading:
Number of Pages: 1,251
Genres: 2 Middle Grade, 1 YA and 1 Historical Fiction
Of these books two are written by the same author, two are male and 1 is female.

Onto the ratings!

                         ★★★★

Percy Jackson and the Sea Of Monsters by Rick Riordan
This was my first time reading any of the Percy Jackson books – took my time I know! I won’t say much about this one as it is the second book. I really enjoyed this book, while not as great as the first I enjoyed the concept and seeing characters from The Odyssey in modern day.

House Of Names by Colm Toibin
This was one of my most anticipated books of the year – even though I didn’t discover it’s existence until a week before it came out. If you’ve been around here for a while you might have noticed that I adore historical fiction and myth retellings. House of Names is the perfect mix of both!

★★★★1/2

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
As I mentioned above I am a 23 year-old women who is reading Percy Jackson for the first time. All I can say is; why did I wait so long?! I adore Percy’s sassy nature and loved seeing the story unfold from his perspective. I feel like I now understand why the fans hated the movie. The book explained the world and gave an insight into Camp Half-Blood which shows why this is such a clever series. I have no idea why the movie changed the plot points. Great start to the series.

★★★★★

The Canary Club by Sherry D. Ficklin
This was my first Net Galley Arc which I was super excited about. I have already done a full review so I will just summaries my feelings on it here. In short; I loved this! This has defiantly claimed a spot on my top books of the year. So go grab a copy, I can’t recommend it enough.

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