New Releases

August 2016 Releases

I thought I would share with you the books that are being released in August that I am really excited for. I plan to do this post every month from now on. Please let me know the books that you are excited for this month.

Nevernight

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff- This is the first book in a new fantasy series. This book follows Mia who becomes a student at a school for assassins. This book sounds really exciting and I can’t wait to read it. I’ve heard of Jay Kristoff as he co-wrote Illuminae which I’ve heard nothing but good things about. Release date: 9th

Three Sisters, Three Queens

Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory- I am a huge fan of Philippa Gregory’s books and I am always excited when a new one is coming out. This book follows Katherine of Aragon, Margaret Tudor, and Mary Tudor. I love any book that is set during the Tudor period so I can’t wait for this to be released. Release date: 9th

The Bronze Key

The Bronze Key by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare- This is the third book in the Magisterium series. I’m  interested to see how the story progresses in this book. I love Cassandra Clare’s books so whenever she has anything new out I always pick it up. This series is similar to Harry Potter so if you are a fan of that I suggest that you check this series out. Release date: 30th

The Thousandth Floor

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee-  I heard someone describe this book as a dystopian Gossip Girl which made me really interested as I love the show. This book is set in the future and follows characters who have it all, I’m really looking forward to seeing what this book is like.

Furthermore

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi- I haven’t read the Shatter Me series although it is on my TBR but this book sounds really interesting. It is about a world that is full of colour and the main character Alice goes on a quest to find her Father. I think the synopsis sounds really interesting and I can’t wait to read it.

Which books are you excited for this month?

Kirsty xoxo

Top 5 Wednesdays

Top 5 Wednesday: Most Recent Editions To Your Wishlist

This week’s topic is the books that we have recently added to our wishlists. This was a really easy topic for me as I am always adding books to my wishlist.  If you want to check out the Goodreads group then the link is here.

Belgravia

Belgravia by Julian Fellowes- This is a historical fiction set in the 1840s and it is about a wealthy family who has a secret. I added this to my wishlist because Julian Fellowes wrote Downtown Abbey which I really enjoyed watching so I am interested to check out this book.

How to Find Love in a Bookshop

How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry- This sounds like it is going to be such a cute read. Emilia owns a bookshop but she is struggling to keep it open. She has a lot of customers who rely on her shop and she doesn’t want to let them down. This sounds like is going to be such a good book for summer.

I Found You

I Found You by Lisa Jewell- This book is about a woman who finds a man who doesn’t remember who is. His wife finds out that the man she married never existed. The plot sounds really interesting so I had to add it to my wishlist.

Tarnish

Tarnish by Katherine Longshore- I am a huge fan of historical fiction especially if it is set during the Tudor period. This follows the story of Anne Boleyn which I am always interested in reading about.

The Night That Changed Everything

The Night That Changed Everything by Laura Tait and Jimmy Rice- This book is about a couple who thinks that nothing can come between them. When a secret is revealed their relationship is tested. This book sounds really interesting as it told in alternate chapters that are written by each of the authors.

Leave me the links to your posts as I’d love to read them.

Kirsty xoxo

Top 10 Tuesdays

Top 10 Tuesday: Books Set Outside the US

This week’s topic is books that are set outside of the US. A lot of books are set in the US so this week celebrates books that are set outside of the US. I have read a lot of books that are set in the US and the UK so I had to try really hard to think of books that are set in other countries.

Dear Amy

Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan- This book is set in England and it follows Margot who is a teacher but also has an advice column in the local newspaper. She starts receiving letters from a girl who has been missing for years. Margot believes that the girl is still alive and she aims to find her.

The Book Thief

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak- This book is set in Germany during WW2. I really enjoyed this book as it was such an emotional read. I thought that it was really interesting as the book was narrated by Death which I thought was very unique and worked really well in this setting.

Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys- This is another book set during WW2 in Germany. This book is about the Wilhelm Gustloff ship which was something that I had never heard of until I read this book. I thought this was really well written and found myself being really invested in the story.

Three Wishes

Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty- Liane Moriarty is an Australian author and all of her books are set in Australia. I really like Liane Moriarty’s ability to create realistic characters and write about difficult topics such as domestic abuse. This book is about triplets and the lives they lead. This book was slightly different to her other books as it didn’t have a mystery but it was still really enjoyable.

Anna and the French Kiss

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins– This book is set in France and it is such a cute contemporary. It is about Anna who is sent to a school in France where she meets Etienne St Clair. This was such a cute romance and would make a perfect summer read.

The Dinner

The Dinner by Herman Koch– This book is set in the Netherlands. It is about two families where the sons have committed a terrible crime but only the parents know that it was them. The parents meet up for a dinner to discuss what they are going to do. I really liked the idea behind this book but I found that it was really boring and not a lot happened.

And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie– This book is set in the UK. I really enjoyed this book. I loved the atmosphere that Agatha Christie created and it kept me guessing right up until the end.

Secrets and Lies

Secrets and Lies by Jaishree Misra- This book is set in India. It is about a group of girls who went to a private school. When they were at school 20 years ago something happened and they have all kept the secret.

Daughter of Fire and Ice

Daughter of Fire and Ice by Marie-Louise Jensen- This book is set in Iceland. I found this book really interesting as it is about Vikings settling in Iceland which is something that I have never read about before.

In the Woods

In the Woods by Tana French– This book is set in Ireland. I really enjoyed this mystery and I stayed up late one night to finish it as I needed to know what had happened. There were a few loose ends that weren’t tied up which left me a little dissapointed but overall I really enjoyed it.

Leave me the links to your posts as I’d love to check them out.

Kirsty xoxo

Films

Love and Friendship Movie Discussion

Love and Friendship is a film that is based on a short story written by Jane Austen. Jane Austen wrote a short story called Love and Friendship, however, this film is based on the story called Lady Susan. I read both Love and Friendship and Lady Susan before going to see the film. In this post,  I will be discussing both the book and film and comparing the two.

The Book

Lady Susan

Lady Susan is a flirtatious and scandalous women. She plots and schemes and is on the look out for a new husband as well as to find a match for her daughter. The story is told through letters from various different characters to one another. Lady Susan is a very different character compared to the other Austen characters that I have read about. It was interesting to hear what other characters thought about her. This book was quite amusing in places and I found the character of Lady Susan to be very funny. This is a short story so as a result, I felt that I didn’t connect with the characters in the same way that I would have if this had been a full-length novel. Overall I enjoyed the book but I did feel that it wasn’t as good as the other Jane Austen novels that I have read.

The Movie

I had a feeling that I was going to enjoy the movie more than the book and this ended up being the case. I thought the film did a really good job of capturing the story and it was really amusing. I thought that actress playing Lady Susan did a really good job of portraying the character. Overall this was a really enjoyable film with some really funny moments. I think it captured the story really well and I felt more of a connection with the characters.

Kirsty xoxo

 

Top 5 Wednesdays

Top 5 Wednesday: Books You Wish Had Sequels

This week’s topic is books that we wish had sequels. This was quite a difficult topic as so many books are turned into series. If you want to check out the Goodreads group then the link is here.

Fangirl

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell– I absolutely loved Fangirl and I would love to see what Cath and Levi are up to. I would love to see them after college and find out what they are doing and whether they are still together.

Carry On

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell– I think Carry On would make an excellent series and I really hope that Rainbow Rowell will revisit these characters in the future.

The Night Circus

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern– I loved the world in this book so much and I would love Erin Morgenstern to revisit. I just really want Erin to write something else as this book was fantastic but it is the only one that she has written.

The Siren

The Siren by Kiera Cass– I really enjoyed this book and I especially liked how the ocean was written about as if it was a person. I would love to see more from these characters.

The Neverland Wars

The Neverland Wars by Audrey Greathouse– The world in this book was really well written. I wasn’t 100% satisfied with the ending and I think that there is a lot of potential to expand the story.

Which books made it to your list?

Kirsty

Review

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Rebel of the Sands

Plot Outline

Amani lives in a small town and she wants nothing more than to escape and discover the world that she has heard about in stories. A mysterious man runs through the town and Amani is given the opportunity to escape with him. Amani ends up getting tied up with magic and a rebellion against the Sultan.

My Opinion 

I thought this was a good start to a series and it was a good debut. The story was very slow to start with as there was a lot of world building at the start. I initially found the world to be a bit confusing as it is set in the dessert and I got a western feel from it but there was also an Arabic feel to it. The world seemed quite old fashioned although there were guns so it was difficult at first to picture. This book was definitely a set up for the rest of the trilogy. The author tried to introduce a lot of things in quite a short space. I did however really like the writing particularly the descriptions of the world as I thought that they were written really well. The main character; Amani was a strong, independent character and she seemed very determined to get what she wanted. I like Amani and I could relate to her desire to leave her small town. I felt that the romance between Amani and Jin felt a little bit forced. I would have preferred to see a friendship develop first and then perhaps a romance in the later books. I do think that the book may have worked better if there was a friendship rather than a romance and the romance seemed to be included for the sake of it. There was a lot of information that was revealed towards the end and as a result, the ending felt very rushed. The author was clearly creating a lot of drama so that people would be interested in the second book. I think this series has a lot of potential and I am interested in checking out the second book when it is released next year. The next book will be called Traitor to the Throne and it is due to come out in March. I also want to quickly talk about the beautiful cover. I think that the cover is stunning and really captures the essence of the story and I can’t wait to see what the second book will look like.

3 Stars

Kirsty xoxo

Review

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas Review

Throne of Glass 

Crown of Midnight 

Heir of Fire 

Assassin’s Blade

Queen of Shadows

Plot Outline

This book continues where Heir of Fire left off. Celaena is back in Rifthold and she is fighting to survive. She is back to seek vengeance on those who hurt her and to save her kingdom.

My Opinion 

I was a bit worried when I went into this book as I didn’t enjoy Heir of Fire as much as I loved Crown of Midnight. I was concerned that I wouldn’t get on with the multiple POVs as this was something I didn’t enjoy in Heir of Fire. At the start, the book was a little slow but the pace soon picked up. I ended up really enjoying the different POVs in this book. In Heir of Fire I really didn’t like Manon’s POV but in this book, I ended up really enjoying her parts. the last portion of the book was really tense and there was so much happening. I couldn’t put this book down and despite it being over 600 pages I got through it really quickly as I just needed to know what was going to happen. Many people had issues with this book as it saw the end of Celaena/Aelin and Chaol. I personally didn’t have too much of a problem with this as I quite like Aelin and Rowan together. I also like the friendship that is developing between Aelin and Lysandra. There were some really shocking and unexpected moments in this book and I would highly recommend this series. I am really excited for Empire of Storms which comes out in September and I have already preorderd my copy.

5 Stars

Kirsty xoxo