Friday, 20 April 2018

Book hauls revisited - April 2016 - 2017.

Hi booklovers

Let's see if how I've done with reading the books I bought in April 2016 and 2017.

April 2016 

*Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard.These are two novellas.

*Stars Above by Marissa Meyer. This is a collection of stories about all the characters in the Lunar Chronicles.

*The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. Book two in the Tearling trilogy.

April 2017 

*Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh. This was a Fairyloot book.




These are the ones I've actually read.
Even though I didn't buy that many books, I've only read Cruel Crown. I only liked one of the two novellas.

I really want to continue the Tearling trilogy, but I'll have to reread The Queen of the Tearling before reading this one.

Have you read any of the these? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments.


Bye for now

Annelies

 

Friday, 13 April 2018

Book hauls revisited - March 2016 - 2017.

Hi booklovers

I'm playing catch-up so let's take a look at my March 2016 and 2017 book hauls.

March 2016
*Written in Red by Anne Bishop. After accidentally buying the second book in January, I finally got the first book in the series.
*Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard.

March 2017
*Wintersong by S. Jay Jones. If I'm honest, this was a cover buy.
*Hunted by Meagan Spooner.
*Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. This has a STUNNING edition: the cover, the sprayed edges!! The book was included in the anniversary box from Fairyloot.

These are the ones I've actually read.
*Written in Red. I read this series over the summer last year and I loooooooved it. I alternated between reading the physical book and listening to the audiobook and it was great. I highly recommend the audiobook as well, btw. The humor is so on point, it's wonderful.

*Glass Sword. To be honest, I can hardly remember what this book is about. I'm still unsure if I'll be continuing with the series or not. Maybe I'll get the e-book or borrow it from the library.

*Hunted. I read this for the #OfWonderlandBookClub on Goodreads and the theme was 'New to me author'. I really liked this beauty and the beast retelling. Unfortunately, I was also a bit underwhelmed and even disappointed by the ending.


I'm actually really proud of myself, because not only did I not buy as many books as in February, I've actually already read 3 out of these 5.

I know everyone and there mother has read Strange the Dreamer by now and I really want to pick it up soon. But on the other hand, I want to postpone reading it until closer to the release date of the second book. We finally have a release date, which is October 2.

Have you read any of these? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments.

Bye for now

Annelies

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Anticipated releases - April 2018

Hi booklovers

I am again late in posting this, but here are the books I'm looking forward to in April.

Unlike the previous months, there are only two books I'm looking forward to this month.

April 
10th: Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
I really enjoyed Daughter of the Burning City and since that was her debut, I'm curious to see how this one will hold up.
Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…
and secrets hide in every shadow.


Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn't have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne's offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi's enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.
 
24th: Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian 
If nothing else, this would be a cover buy :-)
Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Queen of Flame and Fury, was murdered before her eyes. Ten years later, Theo has learned to survive under the relentless abuse of the Kaiser and his court as the ridiculed “Ash Princess.” Pretending to be empty-headed and naive when she's not enduring brutal whippings, she pushes down all other thoughts but one: Keep the Kaiser happy and he will keep you safe.

When the Kaiser forces her to execute her last hope of rescue, Theo can't keep her feelings and memories pushed down any longer. She vows revenge, throwing herself into a plot to seduce and murder the Kaiser's warrior son with the help of a group of magically gifted and volatile rebels. But Theo doesn't expect to develop feelings for the Prinz. Or for her rebel allies to challenge her friendship with the one person who's been kind to her throughout the last hopeless decade: her heart's sister, Cress.

Cornered into impossible choices and unable to trust even those who are on her side, Theo will have to decide how far she's willing to go to save her people and how much of herself she's willing to sacrifice to become queen.
Ace of Shades is the book I'll most likely order - if not this month, then probably soon.
Which books are you looking forward to in the month of April? Let me know in the comments.
Bye for now
Annelies 

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Try a chapter tag #2.

Hi booklovers

I finished The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson back in March and I absolutely loved it. However, at that time I had no clue on what to pick up next. 

So, I did another 'Try a Chapter' tag (but I totally forgot to post it). Note: I've already read two more books after finishing the book I chose here, but I'm going to post this anyway :-D

1) Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
I'm actually cheating a bit with this one, because this was a reread. However, I have forgotten a lot and I want to prepare for Restore Me. Needless to say I really enjoyed it.

2) Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott
The first chapter was really intriguing, especially the last line. I am, however, hesitant to pick this up because it was supposed to be a trilogy, but the third one never got published.
 
3) Frost Blood by Elly Drake
It was intriguing, but the premise sounds a lot like Red Queen. I think it has a typical YA storyline: the protagonist is 'different from everyone else', something bad happens to him/her and he/she wants revenge.
The cover is stunning, though!
 
4) Gilded Cage by Vic James
The first chapter gave me 'Everless' vibes, which is weird, because Gilded Cage was published first. I'm not sure about this one yet...
 
5) Scythe by Neil Shusterman 
This really intrigued me. At school, I've been teaching my pupils about different creation stories and how it's important to respect the environment. We've also been talking about global warming and what we can do to slow down the climate change. To then pick up a story in which all of these problems plus more have been solved and no one dies anymore, was really fascinating. What would happen if others decide who dies and when...
 
Needless to say I continued reading Scythe. Like I said, I have since finished it and I really enjoyed it. I found the concept of the scythes deciding who gets gleaned (killed) interesting. People think all of their problems have been solved and everyone is just and fair but of course there are 'corrupt' scythes... I'm going to order the sequel soon.
 
Have you read any of the books in this tag? Let me know in the comments.
 
Bye for now
 
Annelies

Monday, 19 March 2018

Try a chapter tag #1 - in review.

Hi booklovers

I don't know why, but for some reason I want to do some 'in review' posts. 

I'm trying to decide what I'm going to read next so I wanted to do another 'Try a chapter' tag. While looking at my first 'TaC' tag post, I thought it would be nice to first take a look at which books I ended up reading.

In that post I organised the books from 'I'm not going to read this' to 'This is the one I'm going to read first'. Obviously, I read my number one book, but what about the other books in between those two?

Let's take a look:

#6 The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer. Like I said in the original post, this wasn't my cup of tea, so I returned it to the library.

#5 The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett. I haven't picked this one up yet :-s Shame on me.

#4 A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray. I've actually read the whole trilogy, which I think is quite the achievement. I really enjoyed the trilogy and the covers are stunning.

#3 Graceling by Kirsten Cashore. Nope, I haven't read this one yet.

#2 Bloodlines by Richelle Mead. Same here.

#1 Legend by Marie Lu. When I read this one, I didn't have the other two in the trilogy yet. But, I enjoyed this book so much that I went and bought the other two and I've actually read them as well. *pets oneself on the back*

Not too bad, especially since I actually finished both trilogies I started :-)

Have you ever done the 'Try a Chapter' tag? Does it help you to decide what you want to read? Let me know in the comments.

Bye for now

Annelies

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Anticipated releases - March 2018.

Hi booklovers

I'm hopelessly late with this, but I'm posting it anyway.

These are the books on my radar for the month of March.

 
March
6th: Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi. 
Book 4 in the 'Shatter Me' series.
I ordered this one, because I really enjoyed the first three books.
Juliette Ferrars thought she'd won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she's still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she's got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?

6th: Lake Silence by Anne Bishop. 
Book 6 in 'The Others' series.
In this thrilling and suspenseful fantasy, set in the world of the New York Times bestselling Others series, Vicki DeVine and her lodger, the shapeshifter Aggie Crowe, stumble onto a dead body . . . and find themselves enmeshed in danger and dark secrets.

Human laws do not apply in the territory controlled by the Others–vampires, shapeshifters, and paranormal beings even more deadly. And this is a fact that humans should never, ever forget . . .

After her divorce, Vicki DeVine took over a rustic resort near Lake Silence, in a human town that is not human controlled. Towns like Vicki’s have no distance from the Others, the dominant predators that rule most of the land and all of the water throughout the world. And when a place has no boundaries, you never really know what’s out there watching you.

Vicki was hoping to find a new career and a new life. But when her lodger, Aggie Crowe–one of the shapeshifting Others–discovers a dead body, Vicki finds trouble instead. The detectives want to pin the man’s death on her, despite the evidence that nothing human could have killed the victim. As Vicki and her friends search for answers, things get dangerous–and it’ll take everything they have to stay alive.


13th: Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. 
Book 3 (and the final book) in the Illuminae Files. I pre-ordered the YAChronicles box a couple of months ago.
Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they'll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady's cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza's ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha's past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.
27th: Ice Wolves by Amie Kaufman.
Everyone in Vallen knows that ice wolves and scorch dragons are sworn enemies who live deeply separate lives.

So when twelve-year-old orphan Anders takes one elemental form and his twin sister, Rayna, takes another, he wonders whether they are even related. Still, whether or not they’re family, Rayna is Anders’s only true friend. She’s nothing like the brutal, cruel dragons who claimed her as one of their own and stole her away.

In order to rescue her, Anders must enlist at the foreboding Ulfar Academy, a school for young wolves that values loyalty to the pack above all else. But for Anders, loyalty is more complicated than obedience, and friendship is the most powerful shapeshifting force of all.
27th: The Continent by Keira Drake. 
For her sixteenth birthday, Vaela Sun receives the most coveted gift in all the Spire—a trip to the Continent. It seems an unlikely destination for a holiday: a cold, desolate land where two nations remain perpetually locked in combat. Most citizens lucky enough to tour the Continent do so to observe the spectacle and violence of battle, a thing long vanished in the peaceful realm of the Spire. For Vaela, the war holds little interest. As a smart and talented apprentice cartographer and a descendent of the Continent herself, she sees the journey as a dream come true: a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to improve upon the maps she’s drawn of this vast, frozen land.

But Vaela’s dream all too quickly turns to nightmare as the journey brings her face-to-face with the brutal reality of a war she’s only read about. Observing from the safety of a heli-plane, Vaela is forever changed by the sight of the bloody battle being waged far beneath her. And when a tragic accident leaves her stranded on the Continent, Vaela finds herself much closer to danger than she’d ever imagined—and with an entirely new perspective as to what war truly means. Starving, alone, and lost in the middle of a war zone, Vaela must try to find a way home—but first, she must survive.



Soooo, March is the month in which I totally fail my bookbuying ban :-s 
I ordered 9 books. In my defence: I got a 10% discount code and technically I'm only adding three books to my TBR. I'll be talking about this some more in my March book haul.
What are some of your anticipated releases of this month? Let me know in the comments.

Bye for now

Annelies

Friday, 16 March 2018

Book hauls revisited - February 2016 - 2017.

Hi booklovers

I'm running a bit behind with these book haul revisited posts, so it's time to take a look at my bookhauls for February 2016 and 2017.

February 2016

*A Memory of Lights by Brandon Sanderson / Robert Jordan. I actually ordered this from Abebooks because I couldn't find the mass market paperback anymore.
*Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini. I've since heard mixed things about this book.
*Mystic City by Theo Lawrence. Same story as with Trial by Fire.
*Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott. This was supposed to be a trilogy, but apparently the third was never released.
*Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. This was a gift from one of my best friends :-)
*Abraham Lincoln, vampire hunter and Last America Vampire by Seth Graeme-Smith. These were both gifts from a close friend as well.
 
*Six of Crows, Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo. I already owned and read Shadow and Bone and I loved it, so I ordered the other two books in the trilogy.


*Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch. I had already read the first book in the trilogy.

February 2017

*Fables volume 3: Storybook Love by Billy Willingham.
*Saga volume 4 by Brian K Vaughan.
*Alex+Ada volume 1 by Jonathan Luna.
*Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. Book 5 in the Throne of Glass series.
*Gilded Cage by Vic James. I got this in MyBookishCrate bookbox.
*The Novice by Taran Matharu.
*Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. 
*The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins.

These are the ones I've already read.

*Six of Crows. I loved this book and Leigh Bardugo has become an (almost) auto-buy author.

*Siege and Storm. I really enjoyed this a lot.

*Ruin and Rising. I went into this book with really high expectations and for the most part it was really good, but I found the ending to be a bit anti-climatic.

*Ice Like Fire. I've actually read this twice. I really enjoyed it the first time around, but I really struggled to get through it the second time. But I wanted to finish it because I wanted to read the third book.

*Fables 3. I enjoyed this, right up to the final pages and I'm probably not going to be continuing with this series.

* Saga volume 4. I found this to be less good than the first three. I did want to continue with the series.

*Alex + Ada. I looooooved this so much.

I wasn't kidding last month when I said that I haven't read all the books I bought in the past. 

Have you read any of these? Any recommendations on which one of the unread ones I should pick up soon?

Bye for now

Annelies