Monday, 29 February 2016

February Wrap Up


Man, this month was brutal! Between having all my essays due for University, work and making sure the Pierce Brown event was a success (spoiler alert: it absolutely was), I didn't get nearly as much reading done as I wished I had. In total, I picked up 8 books, two of which I am still reading and won't be included in this post, one unfinished and another that I had to skim through so I wouldn't give up as well.

Reading slumps are the worst.

Here is the round up of my February reads!

 
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Saturday, 27 February 2016

'Golden Son', by Pierce Brown

Title: Golden Son (Red Rising #2)
Author(s): Pierce Brown
Release Date: 24th September 2015 (Paperback)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Genre: Science Fiction
Source: Bought

Synopsis:
Darrow is a rebel forged by tragedy. For years he and his fellow Reds worked the mines, toiling to make the surface of Mars inhabitable. They were, they believed, mankind's last hope. Until Darrow discovered that it was all a lie, and that the Red were nothing more than unwitting slaves to an elitist ruling class, the Golds, who had been living on Mars in luxury for generations.

In Red Rising, Darrow infiltrated Gold society, to fight in secret for a better future for his people. Now fully embedded amongst the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his dangerous work to bring them down from within. It's a journey that will take him further than he's ever been before - but is Darrow truly willing to pay the price that rebellion demands?

A life-or-death tale of vengeance with an unforgettable hero at its heart, Golden Son guarantees Pierce Brown’s continuing status as one of fiction’s most exciting new voices.

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Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Books I Enjoyed Recently That Weren't My Typical Type of Book


After missing out on my Top Ten Tuesday post last week (blame university work, I certainly do), I'm back on track! This week's topic is one of my favorites, because I absolutely adore the feeling when I pick up a book that I usually wouldn't and end up loving it.

There's not a lot of them in this list (I'm only considering the last year or so of reads) because I don't go out of my reading comfort zone that often, but I'm hoping to change that!

These are in reverse chronological order, on the one hand because I didn't know how to rank them, but mostly because I might or might have not gone through my Goodreads read shelf in that way while looking for books to include. Why complicate things, right?

1. 'The Driver's Seat', by Muriel Spark


I was not expecting at all to love this book as much as I did. A compulsory read for one of my university classes, I went into it with the mentality I have for most of the books on that list, to just get it over with.

Man, was I surprised!

Do you know the feeling you get when you read the last page of a book and the first thing you feel like doing is to go back to the beginning and read it again?

That rarely happens to me, but I've been wanting to re-read this book ever since.

Sunday, 14 February 2016

'Fifty Shades of Grey', by E.L. James

Title: Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades #1)
Author(s): E. L. James
Release Date: 25th May 2011
Publisher: Vintage
Genre: Romance, Erotica
Source: Bought

Synopsis:
When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

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Friday, 12 February 2016

'Delirium', by Lauren Oliver

Title: Delirium (Delirium #1)
Author(s): Lauren Oliver
Release Date: 3rd February 2011
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Genre: YA, Dystopian
Source: Library

Synopsis:
They say that the cure for love will make me happy and safe forever. And I've always believed them.
Until now.
Now everything has changed.
Now, I'd rather be infected with love for the tiniest silver of a second than live a hundred years suffocated by a lie.

There was a time when love was the most important thing in the world. People would go to the end of the earth to find it. They would tell lies for it. Even kill for it.

Then, at last, they found the cure.

Now, everything is different. Scientist are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Haloway has always looked forward to the day when she'll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But then, with only ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable...



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Thursday, 11 February 2016

Five Reasons Why You Should Come Meet Pierce Brown in Edinburgh


Pierce Brown, the author of the mind-blowing 'Red Rising' trilogy, is doing his first ever UK tour later this month to promote the release of 'Morning Star', the last book in the series. The Edinburgh event will take place on the 24th of February at 6.30pm, at the Edinburgh Academy. The event is absolutely free but tickets need to be booked here or by getting in touch with the Edinburgh Bookshop!
 
If you are currently residing here, in the land of the Haggis and top notch whiskey, and this is the first you are hearing of it, go and pick up your planner, your phone, whichever your reminding device of choice is, and write this date down.

Do it.

I'll wait.

Got it?

Now that that's out of the way, I thought I would put a list together of a few of the reasons why coming to the Edinburgh event is the best decision you will be making since your New Years resolutions!

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Top Ten Fictional Crushes


Love is in the air, with Valentine's Day around the corner and all, so this week's Top Ten Tuesday is all about that fictional crush. The hardest part of putting this post together was definitely sticking with ten swoon-worthy men. I'm a sucker for fictional crushes. If it counted as a skill, my CV would be flawless.

So, without further ado, let's get down to business. Ladies, protect your devices, I do not take any responsibility for drool related damages!

1. Miles Archer, 'Ugly Love'


If you are yet to accept Miles Archer as your Lord and Savior, I recommend you get on that ASAP.

I'm not even going to get into this choice, because if you have read the book you know perfectly well why he's here, and if you have not, again, consider the error of your ways, and I don't want to spoil you on the many reasons why he's the best fictional crush in the history of ever.


Sunday, 7 February 2016

January Wrap Up

 

The first month of the year was one of productivity reading wise, having managed to finish ten books, but adding quality into the equation it wasn't the most positive balance. January marked my return to university and with it came a lot of books that I needed to read but were very outside of what I consider to be enjoyable.

At least the ones I managed to read for pleasure made up for the rest!


Friday, 5 February 2016

'Glass Sword', by Victoria Aveyard

Title: Glass Sword (Red Queen #2)
Author(s): Victoria Aveyard
Release Date: 11th February 2016
Publisher: Orion
Genre: Dystopian, YA
Source: Netgalley (ARC)

Synopsis:
Mare's blood is red - the colour of common folk - but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from the prince and friend who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by the Silver king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red and Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?


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Thursday, 4 February 2016

'The Pagan Night', by Tim Akers

Title: The Pagan Night (The Hallowed War #1)
Author(s): Tim Akers
Release Date: 19th January 2016
Publisher: Titan Books
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Source: Publisher

Synopsis:
The Celestial Church has all but eliminated the old pagan ways, ruling the people with an iron hand. Demonic gheists terrorize the land, hunted by the warriors of the Inquisition, yet it’s the battling factions within the Church and age-old hatreds between north and south that tear the land apart.

Malcolm Blakley, hero of the Reaver War, seeks to end the conflict between men, yet it will fall to his son, Ian, and the huntress Gwen Adair to stop the killing before it tears the land apart. The Pagan Night is an epic of mad gods, inquisitor priests, holy knights bound to hunt and kill, and noble houses fighting battles of politics, prejudice, and power.

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Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Top Ten Futuristic Books I Love


This week's Top Ten Tuesday is all about the future and the past. I decided to dedicate my post to futuristic books because although I love me some good historical novels, I only pick them up on very rare occasions and therefore don't have many to choose from regarding favorites.

I've featured quite a lot of these books in previous Top Ten posts, but when a book is that good you just need to keep on spreading that loooooove. At least I do. Forever, well into the future! (see what I did there?)

Here are my picks!

1. 'Illuminae', by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


Do I even need to justify this one? I've done nothing but praise this book since before it even came out. It was my favorite of 2015, and its sequel is one of my most anticipated releases for this year.

If you have yet to pick it up, do it. I'm very much considering acquiring a very long stick so I can poke people who have yet to read it until they do. Questionable methods, but hey, don't blame a girl for trying.