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S4S – Yellow Books

Six for Sunday

Its Six for Sunday time and this week the prompt from Steph at A Little but A Lot is “Yellow Books” which I wasn’t sure I would be able to do but it actually wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be, I’ve even read some would you believe?

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

Hotly contested as to its status as “canon” but I actually really enjoyed the Cursed Child screenplay, even more so when I actually saw the show itself which blew my mind. Scorpius is precious and must be protected at all costs.

Mirror Mirror by Cara Delevingne

A book I haven’t read yet but I’m excited to get around to, this was gifted to me by the lovely Charlotte for our bookish exchange last year.

Bookshop Girl by Chloe Coles

I read this early and although it’s not my normal kind of read I honestly loved it, it was hilarious and I can’t wait to read the sequel Life’s a Beach soon too.

Belles Library with a foreword by Linda Woolverton

I brought this book literally just because it was pretty and I liked its aesthetics but it’s also actually a really lovely little book filled with quotes from different books with little comments from ‘Belle’.

A Change is Gonna Come by Various authors

Another yellow book I was gifted by a friend that I have yet to get around to! This book is a collection of short stories and poems about change and features writers such as: Tanya Byrne, Inua Ellams, Catherine Johnson, Patrice Lawrence, Ayisha Malik, Irfan Master, Musa Okwonga and Nikesh Shukla.

Floored by Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne , Tanya Byrne, Non Pratt, Melinda Salisbury, Lisa Williamson and Eleanor Wood.

Another contemporary that I really enjoyed! This was interesting and had so many points of view, with each one being written by a different author and then also a separate narrator, I’ve never read anything quite like it.

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A-Z Tag

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I’ve seen this book tag floating around for such a long time now but have never had the chance to do it myself! I found it while checking out Lois’s blog, Lois Reads here. I love a good book tag and this has been one of my favourites so far! I hope you enjoy the A-Z book tag!

An author you’ve Read the Most Books From

Probably Cassandra Clare because of the sheer amount of Shadowhunters books and I still haven’t gotten around to the Red Scrolls of Magic yet! A close second would probably be Maria V. Snyder.


Best Sequel Ever

I sound like a broken record but Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman, I didn’t think anything would be able to live up to Illumiane but Gemina did a damned good job. I also want to give an honourable mention to Vengeful by V. Schwab because it was absolutely perfect. Vengeful is probably the best sequel but Gemina is my favourite.

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Currently Reading

I had planned to read something different but this morning I decided to read The Girl the Water Gave Back by Adrienne Young.


Drink of Choice Whilst Reading

I tend not to drink too much while I’m reading as I tend to do little and often usually but if I’m settling in for a long read I usually have a cold glass of squash but as it gets colder I’ll be breaking out the hot chocolate for sure.


E-Reader or Physical Book

I jump between both but tend to lean towards physical books, mainly because there’s just something about looking up at my bookshelves full of all my favourite books and the memories they hold. I do like that that if I finish a book at 3am I can just download it’s sequel on my kindle – I do not recommend this if you plan to sleep ever.


Fictional Character You Probably would have Actually Dated in High School

I feel like there would be many unrequited crushes on my part, Ari from Once and Future, Mia from Nevernight, Finn from Aurora Rising, Jace from City of Bones, Stormer from Jem and the Holograms and Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries. I feel like Simon Lewis from the Shadowhunter Chronicles would probably be the only one I might have actually dated with our similar nerdy interests.


Glad You Gave this Book a Chance

Gah! There have been SO many books I’ve read on a whim and absolutely loved so I refuse to pick one, The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman, Heartstopper by Alice Oseman, A Good Girls Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson, Adrift by Rob Boffard and Once and Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy.


Hidden Gem Book

Sanctuary by V.V James, it’s not really that hidden anymore, especially after it was the book in the Illumicrate box last month but when I read it months ago I was so happy to have found it when I wasn’t looking for it.

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Important Moment in your Reading Life

When I read The Two Princesses of Barremare when I was (a lot) younger, for the first time and I fell head over heels in love with the characters, I felt so immersed in their world and they felt like real people to me when I was younger and I really think that Addie facing her fears helped me in some ways to become who I am today.


Just Finished

I finished Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff last night and I am…wrecked.


Kind of Books you Won’t Read

I don’t like super heavy adult books and I’m not comfortable reading anything that features miscarriage.


Longest Book you’ve Read

I’m fairly certain this is Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire at 734 pages but with A Discovery of Witches coming a close second at 688 pages. I don’t really read a lot of long books.

Scrap this, I just double-checked and actually, Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassie Clare was the longest book I’ve read at 912 pages. Ouch.

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Major Book Hangover because of

The only one I can really think of was after I read Lord of Shadows by Cassie Clare. The ending wrecked me and I think I was just a little burnt out after reading a couple of huge books in a row, I didn’t read for almost three months.


Number of Bookcases you Own

There are two small bookcases in our hallway filled mostly with Manga and I have another four in our bedroom, one of which is only half-sized and mostly contains video games.

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One Book You’ve Read Multiple Times

I haven’t reread a lot of books lately, I used to reread The Hobbit every year but it’s been a little while now and I just haven’t found the time to get back to it, that and I have so many great new books to read that I don’t feel like I could justify it. I do however listen to audiobooks before bed quite often and I always pick ones I’ve read/heard before so that I can actually get to sleep. The most popular is either Illuminae, Gemina or Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them because I adore Eddie Redmayne reading it.


Preferred Place to Read

I love to read on my comfy sofa in our bedroom! I’ve made my own little reading nook which is also where I film my YouTube videos on our old sofa that we were going to get rid of because it had a rip in it but it was too comfy and I couldn’t part with it so I just have a blanket covering it and it’s all good! I do also tend to read in/on my bed quite a lot too.


Quote that Inspires You

It’s probably a strange one and there are a lot of great quotes out there that I also love but this one has always stuck with me from Warm Bodies by Issac Marrion. It reminds me to speak up, whether for others or myself I don’t want to be silent either in my words or my actions and I will keep on going.

“I long for exclamation marks, but I’m drowning in ellipses.”


Reading Regret

I wish I hadn’t stopped reading. It was really only a few years but I can’t help at despair at all the books I could have read in that time and all the great books I missed. Still, I came back and that’s what matters.


Series You Started but Need to Finish

Six of Crows I guess? I got about halfway through the first book and had to get another book read for a blog tour but haven’t got back to it yet.


Three of Your All-Time Favourite Books

  • The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
  • Illuminae by Jay Kristoff
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Unapologetic Fangirl for

Lauren James, she’s an absolute instabuy author for me and I have yet to read one of her books that I haven’t adored.

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Very Excited for this Release More than Others

Darkdawn. I am both excited and terrified to be honest. I NEED ANSWERS.

Also Queen of Nothing. I hate to be so predictable but eh.


Worst Habit

Requesting or accepting books to review when I already have a ton to read. I’ll go to check a release date or something on Netgalley and end up requesting books because I’m a narcissistic idiot. It’s the same when I receive emails from publishers, I see a book I just KNOW I would love and would kick myself for not requesting and then it sits on my shelves forever. I’m trying to get through my backlog now.


X Marks the Spot – the 27th Book on Your Shelf

This is Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. I loved this book so much, it was the first Laini Taylor book I’d ever read and her prose is absolutely poetic. This was my second book from Fairy Loot too so it has the blue-stained edges and is signed and personalised to me after I met Laini a couple of years back at YALC.

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Your Latest Book Purchase

Technically it was the Goldsborough edition of Darkdawn I guess? It won’t arrive until mid-September but I ordered it yesterday when a few extras went up for sale. Before that, I brought books at YALC and can’t remember which one I brought last.


Zzzz Snatcher

I stayed up until 4am reading The Quiet at The End of The World after hitting a plot twist at around 2:30am. It was worth it but I do not recommend it if you have a dependent child waking you up at 6am.

I hope you enjoyed the A-Z book tag! This has given me an idea for a simialr book tag myself but with a twist so keep your eyes peeled for that coming soon! I won’t tag anyone in particualr but you’d like to take part feel free and make sure to let me know so I can check out your answers!

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Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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Nevernight 
by Jay Kristoff

Rating: XXXX

Published: July 25th 2016

“The books we love, they love us back. And just as we mark our places in the pages, those pages leave their marks on us. I can see it in you, sure as I see it in me. You’re a daughter of the words. A girl with a story to tell.”

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.

So I finally did it, I read Nevernight and I have a sinking feeling it may be one of my favourite books I’ve ever read. I apologise to everyone who has been telling me to read it these past few years, I’m sorry it took me so long to read it so that’s all that matters right?

I must admit I had some trouble at first, although the start is cleverly written it drags a little while the story is set up and you get used to the writing style as well as the footnotes. Footnotes probably don’t sound too bad but some of the ones in Nevernight are half a page long and yes, you could probably ignore them but honestly, some of them are hilarious, they’re fun and a lot of them are actually pretty interesting and tell little tales of their own. The main problem I had was not that they distracted from the story although they did do that a little it wasn’t too much of a problem it was more the fact that I kept losing my place after reading said footnote which was a little jarring. There are fewer footnotes as the book moves on and I got a bit better at keeping my place, I also listening to a fair bit of this via audiobook which reads them out as part of the story which is kind of perfect, to be honest. I’m not the hugest fan of the way the narrator reads the book, he sounds a bit off but after a while, you get used to the style and I find it preferable to getting lost reading footnotes.

Once Mia arrives at the Red Church (I wouldn’t class this as a spoiler as it’s part of the synopsis) things really pick up, I’ve affectionately named this part “Mia enrols in murder Hogwarts” because it totally has stabby Harry Potter vibes which feels like a weird way of describing this kind of book (which is an adult book by the way, as I’ve said before, a teenage protagonist does not a YA make and that is defintley the case here) but it just feels a good fit as you get to know Mia and the main characters.

Speaking of characters, I absolutely ADORE Mia. She’s sassy and even when she makes some not great choices she totally owns them which is one of my favourite qualities, it also helps that she could almost certainly murder me in under five seconds without me being any the wiser (if you’re into that sort of thing). She has vulnerable moments too (although there’s no way she’d ever admit to having actual feelings) but it helps to ground her and give her more depth instead of just making her an angry ball of revenge (she’s probably about 85% that as well though). The other church initiates are interesting and all have their own tales to tell and their own reasons to join the church as well as distinctive personalities which I loved learning throughout the book. I found Hush especially interesting and loved the relationship between Mia and Ashlin but Tric stole my damned heart. Mr Kindly also holds a special place in my heart, a sarcastic black cat made of shadows? It’s like he was written for me.

As previously mentioned, the first third dragged a little but was still enjoyable, the rest of the book absolutely flew by and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough, I’m shocked I didn’t manage to rip them, especially towards the end. There’s a particular moment that feels like it comes out of nowhere and punches you in the face. I reread this part about four times because I wasn’t sure I’d read it right at first and when I realised I had…I might have thrown my book across the room I’m not gonna lie.

This book absolutely rocked my world and at writing this I’m already about 200 pages through Godsgrave, I’m not sure how ready I am for the third book in the trilogy not long after.

If you’ve already read Nevernight and want to know my thought on some of the more spoilery aspects of the book you can check out my book talk video below!

 

 

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S4S – Characters you’d go on holiday with

Six for Sunday

Its Six for Sunday time and this week the prompt from Steph at A Little but A Lot is “Characters you’d go on holiday with” which was pretty fun to think about.

Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien
Bilbo is my favourite hobbit, he’s just the right mix of laid back and adventorous for me and I think we’d have a lovely chilled out holiday (for the most part) with just enough getting into trouble and spontaneously going on day trips which we both instantly regret but also enjoy once they’re over.

The Paper and Hearts Society from The Paper and Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie
I couldn’t pick a single one of them, they work best as a package deal to be honest as they kind of balance each other out. Unsire if I’d be able to let Oliva plan the whole thing though or if we’d have to supervise her.

Hugo from The Starlight Watchmaker by Lauren James
I want to both take Hugo on a holiday and also let him take me on a holiday. I feel like he could show me some pretty amazing places but I also would love to show him some of the amazing places we have here on earth, especially somewhere with lots of plant life.

Squad 312 from Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
It would probably go terribly, almost certainly get arrested or shot at but you can bet it would be worth it.

Zuzana from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
I feel like Zuzana would be amazing to go on holiday with and would be a lot of fun. I think she would probably get me to come out of my comfort zone and try new things but not too much too fast.

Merry and Pippin from The Lord of the Rings

These two just seem so super chill fun to hang out with, they’re my favourite characters from the Lord of the Rings. I just need to make sure I remember second breakfast!

 

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Spotify Book Tag

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While I was catching up with my blog hopping this week I came across the Book Hooked Nook’s Spotify Book Tag on Cora’s blog, you can check out her answers here.
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Hit Rewind: a book you go back to again and again?

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

Romantic Ballads: a book that gives you all those fluttery feels?

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

Release Radar: a new release book you are excited for?

Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

Discover Weekly: a book you haven’t read yet but want to discover?

Gilded Cage by Vic James

Alone Again: your fave book genre to read on your own?

I mean I read alone most of the time? One that my friends don’t read a lot of as well would be Historical Fiction I guess?

Alternative: an indie book or author everyone should read!

NPC Tea by Sarah Milman, an eight-issue comic book series about a tea shop in Wales ran by a dragon, an elf, an orc and a human. The Kickstarter for the seventh issue is live now and you can check it out right here as well as my reviews for issues 1-5 here.

Cheesy Hits: a book full of cheese that you just love?

The Paper and Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie.

Summer Hits: a book you re-read every summer?

The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien

Power Hour: an empowering feminist book or character you adore?

The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven

All Out 10’s: list ten banging books!

  1. Sanctuary by Vic James
  2. Vengeful by V.E Schwab
  3. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
  4. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  5. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  6. A Good Girls Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
  7. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  8. Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
  9. The Quiet at the End of the World by Lauren James
  10. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

It was surprisingly difficult to pick just ten books!

As usual, if you’d like to try this out for yourself consider yourself tagged and don’t forget to link back to me so I can check out your answers!

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WWW Wednesday 14th August

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It’s been a slow reading couple of weeks for me! With little man off school and then being ill the past few days I’ve not been able to get very much reading done at all but I did finally tick an eagerly anticipated book off my TBR though!

If you want to join in with WWW don’t forget to send over a big thank you to Sam at Taking on a World of Words for keeping WWW alive and kicking.

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

I’m really gutted I haven’t been able to read much of this at the moment but I’m already really enjoying what I’ve read so far and can’t wait to finally get back into it now I’m feeling a lot better. Will admit I’m a little scared of having to wait for Darkdawn after finishing this though.

What did you recently finish reading?

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

You’re probably seeing a pattern here right? I’m SO glad I finally got around to reading this book because, as expected, I absolutely freaking adore it. Nevernight is basically the story of Mia joining Murder Hogwarts and I love me some boarding school stories AND assassins, this is honestly the perfect book for me. Also, it may have broken me for a day or two as well. I made a YouTube video about it. (warnings for a sprinkling of bad language and spoilers after being warned in advance).

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

Finding Home: Volume Two by Harri Conner, What Magic is This? by Holly Bourne

Assuming I manage to finish Godsgrave before Darkdawn releases I plan to have a binge read of some graphic novels I have on my TBR at the moment and I received a finished copy of What Magic is This? From the lovely folks at Barrington Stoke this weekend and I think because it’s a nice short read I should be able to fit it in no problem.

What are you reading at the moment? Have you read something recently that you’ve absolutely loved? Tell me all about it!

 

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Heartstopper Volume 2

Book Review

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Heartstopper Volume 2
 by Alice Oseman

Rating: XXXXX

Published July 11th by Hodder Children’s Books

“You like me?”
“Was that not obvious?”

“I’m an idiot”

Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love. An LGBTQ+ graphic novel about life, love, and everything that happens in between: this is the second volume of HEARTSTOPPER, for fans of The Art of Being Normal, Holly Bourne and Love, Simon. 

Nick and Charlie are best friends. Nick knows Charlie’s gay, and Charlie is sure that Nick isn’t. But love works in surprising ways, and Nick is discovering all kinds of things about his friends, his family … and himself. 

Heartstopper is about friendship, loyalty and mental illness. It encompasses all the small stories of Nick and Charlie’s lives that together make up something larger, which speaks to all of us. 

This review is for volume two of Heartstopper. If you’re looking for Volume One you can check out my spoiler-free review for it right here if you would prefer.

I have been so SO excited to read volume two of Heartstopper and I was gutted that i had to wait an extra week and a half until after release to read it. I’ve tried to restrain myself from reading too far ahead on Tapas which is updated every week and is further ahead than the printed volumes, thankfully I managed fairly well just rereading the first one and other than the first few pages everything was fresh to me. The day it arrived I sat and read the whole beautiful thing in one sitting. If I hadn’t had my son to look after (and you know, parent) I would have probably sat on the floor in my kitchen where I’d opened it and read it there and then.

In volume two, Nick has some big issues to think about and although there are some heartbreaking little moments even the more conflict heavy parts still feel like soul food, the way Charlie and Nick interact is beautiful. There defintley feels more at stake here almost and although things obviously do happen (and in a way that feels quite close to home – some bullying trigger warning here) it never feels hopeless, Heartstopper, to me, always feels so gentle and full of hope.

The art continues to be simple yet emotive and I love the way the dialogue just flows so well and feels totally natural, we get more Nelly, some secret handholding scene that brought me to (happy) tears. If you enjoyed Heartstopper volume one then Volume two is a must and then we can desperately wait for volume three.

You can check out the webcomic here. Alice posts updates for free but I highly recommend supporting her via Patreon if able or Tapas if not, more information is available on her Tumblr page. Also, just a note that if you haven’t read Solitare there are no spoilers in Heartstopper for it so not to worry there.