June Wrap-Up

Hey guys,

These are the books I managed to read in June.

The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan

The Burning Maze (The Trials of Apollo #3)

I really enjoyed this book and found it to be a lot better than the first two. I always found Magnus Chase to be the better series but I think after this book the series is only gonna go up. Although, I didn’t like that one thing. People who have read the book know what I’m talking about.

5/5

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas

The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass, #0.1-#0.5)

I really enjoyed this and it will bring a different experience as I read this before Throne of Glass and will get what it’s referencing.

5/5

The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

The Poppy War

I wrote a full review for this which you can find here.

5/5

You Were Made For This by Michelle Sacks

You Were Made for This

I also wrote a full review for this here.

3/5

Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

Love, Hate & Other Filters

I wanted to like this book but I felt it didn’t repersent me. I did write a full review for this but I’m not sure I’m going to post it. I felt it was advertised as the perfect Muslim story and I don’t think it’s repersentation was good. I know it’s own voices and repersents the author but not me.

2/5

Clockwork Angel By Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)

It took me a long time to reread this. I think it was because it was introducing the Shadowhunter world again and took  a lot of time for Tessa to process things. Once I got past that though, I loved it.

5/5


So I completed 6 books which I think is a good number.

How many books did you read? Which was your favourite?

 

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My Blog’s Name in Books Tag

Hey guys,

It’s about time I do another tag. I think I’ve only done the one so I thought this one would be quick and simple.

I found this tag on Kaitlyn’s Reading Corner. Please check that out!

The creator of this tag is fictionophile so check that out too!

Here are the rules fictionophile set out:

1. Spell out your blog’s name. (this is where you wish your blog’s name was shorter LOL)

2. Find a book from your TBR that begins with each letter. (Note you cannot ADD to your TBR to complete this challenge – the books must already be on your Goodread’s TBR)

3. Have fun!


SEPIAREADS

S: Something Strange And Deadly by Susan Dennard

Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly, #1)

E: Everything,Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything

P: Prodigy by Marie Lu

Prodigy (Legend, #2)

I: I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

I'll Give You the Sun

A: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)

R: Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor #1)

E: Eragon By Cristopher Paolini

Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1)

A: Air Awakens by Elise Kova

Air Awakens (Air Awakens, #1)

D:Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium (Delirium, #1)

S: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)


So that’s it. This was actually pretty easy but the only thing I struggled with is if the word ‘the’ counts as the first letter. So would a book like ‘The Duff’ classify as T or D. I just kept out the word ‘the’ to make it simple.Delirium was the only book starting with D that I could find.

If you want to do the tag consider yourself tagged!

You Were Meant For This Review

You Were Made for This

You were Made For This by Michelle Sacks                                                                                                 Source:*E-ARC from Netgalley
Pages:352
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My thoughts

This book was an unusual book for me. It was a suspense/mystery but it was told in a weird writing style that I didn’t really like too much. There was no speech marks for speech so I was confused most of the time if it was a characters thoughts or actual speech. Quite a lot of the time I would have to read again to make sure if the character spoke out loud or not.

In terms of the points of view, it was told in first person from 3 different narrators. I wasn’t confused on who was talking and enjoyed each of the POVs equally. I think these points of views were done successfully because I thought I knew a character because of their point of view but another character would make me question it. This meant they weren’t as trustworthy as one might think.

In terms of the actual story it was very slow in the beginning and took a long time to get to the main storyline. I think it took about 70 pages, which for a 260 page book is very slow. It hinted at things but I think it would have been better if the main story started a bit sooner.

I really disliked the ending. It was not as satisfying at all and I felt like I just wasted my time reading it.

Overall, I think this was an okay book while you’re reading but it’s not going to leave a lasting impression.

3/5

This book is out today so if it sounds interesting be sure to check it out! I have mixed feelings but it was still enjoyable.

Are you planning to pick this book up? Do you like suspense/mystery books?

The Poppy War review

The Poppy War

The Poppy War by R.F Kuang                                                                                            Source:*E-ARC from Netgalley
Pages:544
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Synopsis

When Rin aced the Keju, the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies, it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed they’d finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard, the most elite military school in Nikan, was even more surprising.

But surprises aren’t always good.

Because being a dark-skinned peasant girl from the south is not an easy thing at Sinegard. Targeted from the outset by rival classmates for her color, poverty, and gender, Rin discovers she possesses a lethal, unearthly power—an aptitude for the nearly-mythical art of shamanism. Exploring the depths of her gift with the help of a seemingly insane teacher and psychoactive substances, Rin learns that gods long thought dead are very much alive—and that mastering control over those powers could mean more than just surviving school.

For while the Nikara Empire is at peace, the Federation of Mugen still lurks across a narrow sea. The militarily advanced Federation occupied Nikan for decades after the First Poppy War, and only barely lost the continent in the Second. And while most of the people are complacent to go about their lives, a few are aware that a Third Poppy War is just a spark away . . .

Rin’s shamanic powers may be the only way to save her people. But as she finds out more about the god that has chosen her, the vengeful Phoenix, she fears that winning the war may cost her humanity . . . and that it may already be too late

Trigger Warnings

  • Self-harm
  • Suicide
  • Violent rape
  • Sexual assault
  • Murder
  • Massacres
  • Brutalization
  • Mutilation
  • Torture
  • Substance abuse
  • Abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Relationship abuse
  • Human experimentation
  • Chemical warfare
  • Genocide

I got these from the author’s website and if you want to know more you can find that here.

My thoughts

Before I start this review I wanted to emphasise this is an adult book and if anything triggers you, you should look at the trigger warnings above.

This book was a hard book to get through. Not because of the writing but because of the subject matter. It is essentially about a world where war is on the horizon again and preparing for it. It’s about the brutality of war and the lengths people go to win it.It’s about a girl evading an arranged marriage to go to school.I really enjoyed the writing style but in some parts it was a bit vague,especially in the school years. 2-3 years went by but each major event happened in a few paragraphs. We were told what happened and didn’t get to see it in detail.The book is already 544 pages so I understand why it was shortened. I understand this is based on modern Chinese history and it is brutal. Other than focusing on war, the first part of the book is about Rin and how she overcomes the bullying she faces and tries to come out on top. I loved that this book had no romance as most books have them in some shape or form.

I really liked Rin and how determined she is to get what she wants. You watch her grow up and be herself. She faces a lot of racism because her skin is darker than others, she also faces hardships because she’s from a poorer distract. She shows them that that can’t stop her and hard work pays off.One of my favourite characters have to be Jiang. I think he’s really weird and essentric.He’s the character who brought a little light to a otherwise dark book. At least in the start of the book.

I don’t have much to say about this book,even though I’ve been thinking for days on how to write this.I might have to come and update this when I can artiulate my words. Just know I highly recommend this book.

5/5

*Thank you to netgalley and Harpercollins UK for the e-arc.                                                  All views expressed are my own.

June Tbr

Hey guys!

I haven’t done a Tbr post for a few months because I had university and didn’t want to pressure myself to read some books and feel bad when I didn’t get to them all. Now I have finished University for this academic year so I feel I can get a lot more reading done.

So here are the books I’m hoping to read this month

The Burning Maze By Rick Riordan

I’ve actually already finished this!

The Assassins Blade By Sarah J Maas

I wasn’t sure which order to reread this series so I decided I would start with the prequels as the other books mention what happened in the prequels and I’ll know what they’re talking about.

Clockwork Angel

Continuing with my reread of Cassandra Clare books in anticipation of Queen of Air and Darkness.

Here are some e-arcs i want to get to.

The Poppy War by R.F.Kaung

I got approved of the e-arc of this book after it got released so i need to read it soon. I have a vague idea about what it’s about and can’t wait to read it.

You were made for this by Michelle Sacks.

Ace Of Shades by Amanda Foody

I also got approved of this after it was released. I’ve heard a lot about this book and hope to get to it this month.

So those are all the books I’m planning to read this month.

How many are you planning to read. Which are you most excited for?

May Wrap-Up

Hey guys!

Here are all the books I read in May.

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

The Good Daughter

I really enjoyed this book and gave it 5/5. I wrote a full review which you can find here.

City Of Glass by Cassandra Clare

City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)

This was a reread and I really enjoyed it. When I previously reread the first two books a few years ago, I tried rereading this and could not get past a certain number of pages. I think it was around 100 pages. I’m not sure why. I think it’s because Clary is separated from the others for a bit and not much was happening. This reread, I got passed it and really enjoyed the book,but it’s not one of my favourites from The Mortal Instruments series.

I think I’ll give it 4.5/5.

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3.1)

I’ve heard a lot of people talk about this and say that they didn’t enjoy it because there wasn’t much action or plot. That’s the reason I enjoyed it. It was interesting to see the inner circle without an immediate crises that needed to be dealt with. I enjoyed just reading about their everyday lives. As for the sneak peak at the end,I’m very excited about who the next book is going to be about.

4.5/5

The distance between us by Kasie West

The Distance Between Us

I liked this book as it was just a quick and easy read. I don’t really have anything else to say. It would be a great book to read in the summer.

3.5/5

The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon

The Song Rising (The Bone Season, #3)

I liked this book too. I have to say though, this was more on the slow side and my favourite of the books out in this series would have to be the Mime Order, it had way more action and was very quick to read. I feel that this book was slow and took me a long time to actually get into the story and when I did,it finished too soon. This is the shortest book in the series at about 350 pages.

4/5

Sweet as a strawberry by Im fluent in sarcasm

Sweet as a Strawberry

I read this on wattpad and enjoyed it. I don’t know what to rate it and if i should even include it on here but I have.

Legendary By Stephanie Garber

Legendary (Caraval, #2)

I loved this book! I enjoyed it much more than the first and you can find my full review here.

5/5

These are all the books I read in May and as you can see I had a great reading month. What did you read? What was your favourite book?

 

Legendary(Caraval #2) review

Legendary

Legendary by Stephanie Garber                                                                                                  Source:*E-ARC from Netgalley
Pages:416
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Synopsis

Stephanie Garber’s limitless imagination takes flight once more in the colorful, mesmerizing, and immersive sequel to the bestselling breakout debut Caraval

A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister’s. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…the games have only just begun.

My thoughts

I read Caraval earlier this year and really enjoyed it. I gave it 4 stars and the review to it is linked here.

I loved Legendary!I really liked the characters and the relationships between them didn’t seem forced. I liked that we got to see from Tella’s point of view and what she was thinking in the last book and what her motives were. I wanted to get to know more about her in the last book and find that I like her better than Scarlett now! It was the other way around in the last book. The world was just as magical as it was in Caraval and sometimes what I thought as true was not. The stakes were much higher in this book than Caraval.The minor problems I had with Caraval were not present here.I have to say I loved all the characters and the relationships.

Spoilery review

Spoilers Ahead

Be Warned!

This whole story was very magical and I could never have guessed the turns it took. I thought that their mother just left them and didn’t even think to imagine that it had to do with something magical and that she would be the catalyst to the whole story. I’m glad that she was saved and hopefully we will get to know more about her in the next book.

I really liked Tella and Dante together and,as individuals. Their relationship was just how I like it. It didn’t seem forced or drawn out to much. I liked Dante in the last book and wanted to know more about him too. I didn’t exactly guess he was Legend. I kept going back and forth on who Legend was just like Tella was. When she was given blood and he called Julian,his brother, I was back to thinking he was Legend but then kept thinking it was done to confuse me. One thing, I was certain of was that Dante had something to do with Elantine’s heir. At that time, I thought he was actually the true heir,but it was just a part of Legend’s plan. I really hope that Tella and Dante/Legend get back together in the next book as he did say they have a lot to discuss.I think he really loves her as he freed the fates so she could be free.He’s protrayed as the villain, but here he definitely was the hero. I liked their relationship a lot more than Scarlett’s and Julian’s.

When we were introduced to Jacks’ in the ball, I had a feeling that he was Tella’s ‘friend’ but I did not guess that he was the Prince Of Hearts! I also thought that Tella would become his one true love but I did think that Tella would fall in love with him. I didn’t want that because I wanted her to be with Dante. I liked Tella with him too, but I thought he was too evil and manipulative for her to be with him. At least he kept his end of the bargain by bringing her mother to her,although he changed it to his means anyway.

Another thing I’d like to mention is Scarlett going behind Tella’s and Julian’s back to look for her fiancé or ex fiancé. I’m okay with her going behind Tella’s back because Tella had done a lot of things behind her sister’s back but I don’t like her going behind Julian’s back.I think there should be trust and it causes unnecessary drama. I hope she will tell him soon in the next book.

All in all, I loved everything about this book! The characters, the world, the pacing. I highly recommend this book!

END OF SPOILERS

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If this sounds interesting to you make sure to check this book out as it’s in stores today!

Are you planning on reading Legendary?Have you read it? What did you think?

*Thank you to netgalley and Hodder & Stoughton for the e-arc.                                                  All views expressed are my own.