March Wrap Up – 2017

I would love to say that I succeeded in my first ever Month TBR prediction for the month of March, but sadly March was a slow month for me. I had originally wanted to read 5 books, but only thinking I would manage to read 4 of them, but I only actually successfully read 3 of my chosen books, which were the three of the smallest of the books, plus an additional which was an audiobook. I have already posted my reviews for each of these books, so I will be posting the book, the details, a link to my review and providing a description of what each of these books are about. So which books did I read?

To Die ForTo Die For by Alice Clark-Platts is a Short Story that I downloaded and listened to thanks to Audible. This is particular story was read by Rachel Bavidge.

In an empty car park, Ryan James sits in his car contemplating death. He has set up a hose pipe that is pouring carbon monoxide into the car, and his deciding whether or not to close the last window and end it all. Finally, he gets a text and decides to end his life.

Detective Inspector Martin is called to the scene the next. At first she is convinced it is a simple suicide but as she looks deeper into the boy’s life and his relationships she begins to wonder if someone else was involved.”

 

Glass Sword ReviewThe first physical book I read this month was Glass Sword (Book 2) by Victoria Aveyard. This is the sequel to Red Queen and comes before the recently released, King’s Cage (Book 3).

“Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color 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 Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive 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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I also read We Were Liars by E. Lockhart this month, which was definitely the book that took me the most by surprise this month, out of them all.

“We are the Liars.

We are beautiful, privileged and live a life of carefree luxury.

We are cracked and broken.

A story of love and romance.

A tale of tragedy.

Which are lies?

Which is truth?

You decide.“

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This is the last book that I read during the month of March and it is the book I won in a Goodreads Giveaway! The last book I read during March was an Uncorrected Proof copy of Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer.

“Mara’s senior year is proving to be a lot less exciting than she’d hoped, until the day – KABAM! – Katelyn Ogden explodes during third period. Katelyn is the first, but she won’t be the last senior to explode without warning or explanation. The body count grows and the search is on for a reason, while the students continue to pop like balloons. But if bombs or terrorists or a government conspiracy aren’t to blame, what is?

With the help of her oldest friend, her new boyfriend, a power ballad and a homemade disco ball, will Mara make it to graduation in one piece? It’s going to be one hell of a year, where the only test is how to stay alive and where falling in love might be the worst thing you can do . . .”

That sums up my reading and audio month of March. So that’s been my first TBR and first Wrap Up posts and they weren’t as bad as I was expecting, except for the disappointment of not meeting my March TBR list. Maybe my April TBR will be better and it is definitely something I want to keep doing.

What books have you been reading lately?

Book Review: Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2) – Victoria Aveyard

Glass Sword ReviewWARNING!!!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR BOOK 1 RED QUEEN!!!

“Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color 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 Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive 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?”

I went into this book thinking that I was going to really hate it because of all the negative and bad reviews that I had heard and read EVERYWHERE when this book was first released. This is why it has taken me so long to actually read this book, from then to now. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book and was so eagerly awaiting this sequel when it first came out, which is why I think I have been therefore putting off reading it for so long. Plus I also read the two novellas, Queen Song and Steel Scars thanks to Netgalley in anticipation for this book a while ago and they were such huge disappointments!

I am a stickler when it comes to series and wanting to see how stories, plots and characters unfold and completing them, and I was already one book and two novellas deep, plus I had already bought the book. I was however, pleasantly surprised by how much I did enjoy this book. They do say if you go into something thinking you’re going to be underwhelmed, then you can only go up and I did. Don’t get me wrong, there were some bad points to this book and reasons I can clearly see why there are so many bad reviews, plenty of them. It can be majorly repetitive which was really annoying, it doesn’t quite live up to the first one book as most sequels don’t, and can be quite a daunting, drawing out a little, making reading this book feel more like a task rather than enjoyment at times. But it did have it’s good points to it also. You do get to see what happens in the aftermath of how Red Queen ended and how all the characters deal with it and how the story then goes from there. You get introduced to all of these extra characters, building up this plot and leading you up to this ending and you get to see the world a little bit more from the other side. We get to see how the events of the previous novel had an impact on their lives and their mental states. We get some heartache and we do actually get some action. But it does seem rushed at points also.
But for me, I hated Mare! This isn’t good when she is the main character of the book, and even more so when this whole entire book is told from her perspective. I can never really connect to a book when I hate the main character, because I have no emotional investment in this book. There was one truly sad part and that just made me hate her so much more. But maybe it is a little justified to a degree, without giving away spoilers. I would read the third book, which is why I read this book now, and hope that it’s better than this one, maybe reading and listening to reviews first and hoping it jumps back up to the quality and story we all loved when it came to the Red Queen!.
3 Stars

Lazy Sunday Reading…

Hello there everyone :D👋

It has been a busy month for me and my family, which means I haven’t had much opportunity to read. So today, I am taking the opportunity to have a lazy Sunday and just cwtch up and just read. I have been reading this one book for at least two weeks and it is my plan to finish it today or tomorrow at the latest. Then tomorrow I can write up several reviews I am behind on posting. It can be a little frustrating as my boyfriend is a really fast reader and is by the side of me and has finished a book already this morning. Grrrrrr Jealousy is definitely creeping in. In case you were wondering what book I am currently reading and have pictured above, it’s Glass Sword (Red Queen book 2) by Victoria Aveyard.

So that’s my Sunday and how I plan on spending my day. What are you all doing today? 

To Be Read: March 2017

This is my first ever TBR list for a month, where I decide in advance which books I hopefully will be reading during the month of March. Some months are better than others for me, as I do suffer with Chronic Migraines, but I’m going to be good with the books with the books I choose and in what I’m planning to read during this month. If I put my list up here, it should then encourage me to want to achieve that goal a lot more and then hopefully I will succeed. This may be a more permanent fixture and something I may do every month. Let’s see what books I plan on reading during the month of March:

Glass Sword (Red Queen, Book 2) – Victoria Aveyard 

This is the sequel to Red Queen, which I really enjoyed. I have heard some negative things about this book, regarding how it doesn’t live up to the first one. However, I’ve had this book on my shelf for so long now because of how much I enjoyed the first one and now I’m going to read it and judge it for myself. I have chosen to read it now because I saw that a third book in this series has recently come out (or I’ve recently discovered anyway lol) and I want to be up to date with the series. After all, what I like and what somebody else likes may be completely different. I have already started reading this and I am enjoying it, although there are point where I’m thinking are repetitive. I’m not going to give a description of the book as it’s a sequel of the first book and may spoil the first book for those who haven’t read it. What I will say is that it follows on, continuing the story from where the first book finished.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3) – J.K. Rowling 

This is the third book in the Harry Potter series, which I am currently in the middle of re-reading. I only read this particular book for the first time ever last year, I know it’s embarrassing, so this is the book I remember the most and actually enjoyed the most out of the whole series. I am still going to ‘re read it as part of my plan to actually re-read the whole series and to read the series in the correct order for the first time. I have already done the first two books during February, although I’m unsure if I’ve posted both reviews, so this book definitely has to be in my March TBR. 

“When the KNIGHT BUS crashes through the darkness and SCREECHES to a halt in front of him, it’s the start of another far from ordinary year at HOGWARTS for Harry Potter. Sirius Black, ESCAPED mass-murderer and follower of LORD VOLDEMORT, is on the RUN – and they say he is coming after Harry. In his first ever DIVINATION class, Professor Trelawney sees and OMEN of death in Harry’s tea leaves… But perhaps most TERRIFYING of all are the DEMENTORS patrolling the school grounds, with their soul-sucking KISS…” 

Spontaneous – Aaron Starmer 

I recently won an Uncorrected Proof Copy version of this book from a Goodreads Giveaway that I had entered into and was lucky enough to win. This book actually sounds really good and am so excited to read this book because of its description and its premise that I am slotting it in between my Harry Potter books, maybe giving me the break from the series. But what I know is that I’m really excited to read this book! 

Mara’s senior year is proving to be a lot less exciting than she’d hoped, until the day – KABAM! – Katelyn Ogden explodes during third period. Katelyn is the first, but she won’t be the last senior to explode without warning or explanation. The body count grows and the search is on for a reason, while the students continue to pop like balloons. But if bombs or terrorists or a government conspiracy aren’t to blame, what is? 

With the help of her oldest friend, her new boyfriend, a power ballad and a homemade disco ball, will Mara make it to graduation in one piece? It’s going to be one hell of a year, where the only test is to stay alive and where falling in love might be the worse thing you can do. . .”

We Were Liars – E. Lockhart 

I have heard some great things about several of the books written by this author, but I haven’t actually read any of them myself. I did buy this book a while ago with the intention of reading it straight away, as this was one I’ve seen some good reviews about, before indulging in more books by this author. I’ve never actually got round to reading it and I don’t know why because it’s not that big of a book. So I thought I would give it read this month. 

A beautiful and distinguished family.

A private island.

A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.

A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.

A revolution. An accident. A secret.

Lies upon lies.

True love.

The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. 

Read it.

And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.”

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4) – J.K. Rowling 

I have added this book to my TBR for the month of March, making my list a little ambushes for the month, considering its already over a week into March already. This is the fourth book in the Harry Potter series, as I am trying to work my way through this series in the correct order and close to each other. Thinking back on it, this may have been the first ever Harry Potter book I ever read, so this book means something to me so I’m so excited to read this book. But whether I get to, read and finish this book during March will be the question. 

The TRIWIZARD TOURNAMENT is to be held at Hogwarts. Only wizards who are over seventeen are allowed to enter – but that doesn’t stop Harry DREAMING that he will WIN the competition. Then at Hallowe’en, when the Goblet of Fire makes it selection, Harry is AMAZED to find his name is one of those that the MAGICAL cup picks out. He will face death-defying tasks, DRAGONS, and Dark wizards, but with the help of his best friends, Ron and Hermione, he might just make it through – ALIVE!” 

So those are the books that I plan on reading during the month of March 😀 and hopefully I will be successful. What are the books that you plan on reading during March? 

Teaser Tuesday – 28th February

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme that is currently being hosted by @Books and a Beat. All are welcome to participate😀

Rules:
●Grab your current read.
●Open to a random page.
●Share two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page.
●BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (You don’t want to give too much away so as to not ruin the book for others!)
●Share the title and author so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers

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Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2) – Victoria Aveyard

Page 40: “In her silence, I realize the rest of the compartment has gone quiet. Even the injured stifle their pain to watch the lightning girl challenge their captain.”

Goodreads Description:

“The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color 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 Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive 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?”