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Ten Series I Haven’t Read Yet (But Everyone Else Has!)

Posted June 20, 2017 by Hannah in Features, Top Ten Tuesdays / 3 Comments

 

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FACT: I am a terrible reader of series. I’ll start series, and not finish them. Even worse? I’m so far behind on catching up on series I haven’t even started yet, that I want to read. I know, I know. What sad excuse for a book dragon am I? But life, people. Life. Why can’t I get paid to just lounge around in my pjs all day and read books?!

 

 

The Dark Artifaces by Cassandra Clare

Lady Midnight | Lord of Shadows | The Queen of Air & Darkness

I haven’t even finished The Mortal Instruments yet, so this is one series that has been sitting on my to be read list and probably will for a while! I just can’t justify starting it without knowing how TMI ends…which means an entire re-read of the books I have read is in order. Hello, binge reading session! Maybe once the last book is out – because I’m terrible at waiting!

 

The Disruption Duology by Jessica Shirvingon

Disruption | Corruption

This duology by #LoveOzYA author Jessica Shirvington has been sitting on my shelves for ages (well, okay, since last year). It’s a blend of sci-fi and dystopia, and I’ve heard very good things, so why haven’t I read it yet???? #tbrtoolong

 

  

The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Choshski

The Star Touched Queen | A Crown of Wishes

Yet another duology I’ve heard really great things about and I’ve not started yet. A Crown of Wishes only came out this year, and these two books just sound so appealing!

 

The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Illuminae | Gemina | Obsidio

I think I’m the only person in the book community to have not read these books? Okay, so Obsidio doesn’t come out until next year, so I’ve either got a lot of catching up to do or I can get away with not reading them until it is out…

 

 

Court of Fives by Kate Elliott

Court of Fives | Poisoned Blade | Buried Hearts

This series sounds so good. A fantasy world with a competition of epic proportions, friends and family loyalty? I think I need a four week holiday for all this series binge reading I need to be doing!

 

The Imposter Queen by Sarah Fine

The Imposter Queen | The Cursed Queen | The True Queen 

Some of my favourite people rave about these books, but again, it’s another series where the final book hasn’t been released yet. I feel like now that I’m older, I’m less “I want it now/can’t wait for the next book” and more “I’ll wait until the series has finished” for books I’ve not read? Ha, who am I kidding – give it to me now!

 The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

The Wrath & The Dawn | The Rose & The Dagger

There’s a reason this TTT is so aptly named. I PROMISE I WILL READ THIS DUOLOGY BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR, OKAY????

  

Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic | A Gathering of Shadows | A Conjuring of Light

See above. Although I’m going to have to take a week’s holiday to binge read these books because boy oh boy, they are maaaaassive.

 

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Seraphina | Shadow Scale

A series about dragons and I haven’t read it yet? I feel like Derek from Zoolander. “Who am I?”

 

 

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes | A Torch Against The Night | Untitled Books 3 & 4

In my defence, I’m going to go down the “but there’s more books in the series and I don’t know if I can deal with the pain of a cliffhanger” route on this series too.

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See You in September Blog Tour: Charity Norman on Choosing a Setting

Posted June 9, 2017 by Hannah in Blog Tours / 1 Comment

Today I have Charity Norman, author of the thrilling See You In September on the blog, sharing with me about how she chose New Zealand as a setting for her fifth novel. Don’t forget to scroll down for more info on this powerful story of family, faith and finding yourself, as well as check out the other blogs on the tour!

The Rotorua lakes of New Zealand are haunting as well as beautiful. The area’s steeped in Maori legend, alive with geothermal activity: steam and bubbling mud, hot pools and earth tremors.

The lake and mountain at Tarawera have a particularly dramatic history. Legend has it that once upon a time a dreadful sorcerer, Tama-o-Hoi, lived nearby and preyed on travellers. One day he was vanquished and flung into a chasm on Mount Tarawera. He was trapped inside the mountain for centuries, waiting to burst out – in other words, to erupt.

Fast forward to the mid 1800s, when the region became a world-famous tourist destination. They came to see the pink and white terraces, a natural phenomenon made of silica. The terraces were on the shores of a small lake called Rotomahana, at the foot of Mount Tarawera. The local Maori made a living as guides and boatmen.

In the early hours of 10th June 1886, it all came to an end. Mount Tarawera erupted catastrophically. The entire bed of Lake Rotomahana was hurled into the air; villages and landscape were buried in the pyroclastic flow, in rocks and mud and ash. At least a hundred and twenty people died, perhaps many more. People watching the eruption saw the stars go out, and thought they were witnessing the end of the world. To this day you can visit the buried village at Te Wairoa, New Zealand’s version of Pompeii. It’s both fascinating and sobering.

When it came to writing a story about a doomsday cult, I knew exactly where I wanted to set it: on the shores of Tarawera, among all that beauty and peace, in the shadow of a volcano.

It was supposed to be just a short holiday… but when Cassy is lured to an idyllic valley called Gethsemane it’s years before her friends and family see her again. Can her family rescue her before it’s too late? A dazzling, gripping new novel about a young woman lured into a clutches of a doomsday cult by its charismatic leader, Justin.

Cassy smiled, blew them a kiss. ‘See you in September,’ she said. It was a throwaway line. Just words uttered casually by a young woman in a hurry. And then she’d gone.

It was supposed to be a short trip-a break in New Zealand before her best friend’s wedding. But when Cassy waved goodbye to her parents, they never dreamed that it would be years before they’d see her again.

Having broken up with her boyfriend, Cassy accepts an invitation to stay in an idyllic farming collective. Overcome by the peace and beauty of the valley and swept up in the charisma of Justin, the community’s leader, Cassy becomes convinced that she has to stay.

As Cassy becomes more and more entrenched in the group’s rituals and beliefs, her frantic parents fight to bring her home-before Justin’s prophesied Last Day can come to pass.

See you in September by Charity Norman is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99, available now.

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Charity Norman was born in Uganda and brought up in successive draughty vicarages in Yorkshire and Birmingham. After several years’ travel she became a barrister, specialising in crime and family law in the northeast of England. Also a mediator, she is passionate about the power of communication to slice through the knots. In 2002, realising that her three children had barely met her, she took a break from the law and moved with her family to New Zealand. Her first novel, Freeing Grace, was published in 2010 and her second, Second Chances, in 2012 (published in the UK as After the Fall). The Son-in- Law, her third novel, was published in 2013. Her fourth novel, The Secret Life of Luke Livingstone (published in the U.K. as The New Woman) was published in 2015.

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All The Books I Need in 2017: The Adult Edition

Posted February 19, 2017 by Hannah in uncategorized / 0 Comments

It’s time for another All The Books because I’ve been incredibly lazy by not posting January, and now it is February and I’m slowly panicking at where the time has gone. But let’s not get carried away, because there are more books we should be adding to our TBRs and this time, it’s the Adult Edition!!

I’ve really started to branch out in the past year or so with my reading tastes, and I’ve found so many new books and authors to love. I’m completely smitten with historical romances, I love nail biting psychological thrillers and even started to delve into the non-fiction world a bit. While YA is always going to be my true love, branching out into the “adult” world of books means I have even more books I must read!! All books, as always, link back to Goodreads, so feel free to increase your TBR!!

      

    

    

   

What are you reading in 2017? If you have any recommendations, please let me know!

 

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Sufficiently Twisty, But Not Much Oomph: The Girl Before by JP Delaney

Posted February 8, 2017 by Hannah in Adult, Reviews / 1 Comment

Sufficiently Twisty, But Not Much Oomph: The Girl Before by JP DelaneyThe Girl Before by JP Delaney
Published by Quercus, Hachette Australia on 31st January 2017
Pages: 361
Format: E-ARC
Source: Netgalley, Publisher
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A psychological thriller that spins one woman’s seemingly good fortune, and another woman’s mysterious fate, through a kaleidoscope of duplicity, death, and deception—and the hottest title at the 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair.

A damaged young woman gets the unique opportunity to rent a one-of-a-kind house. When she falls in love with the sexy, enigmatic architect who designed it, she has no idea she is following in the footsteps of the girl who came before: the house’s former tenant.

The eerie parallels in the two girls’ lives lay bare an enthralling story…and make this novel the must-read thriller of the season.

Imagine the perfect house. One that can be tuned to your every want and need. How do you like your showers? Housekeeper will find out for you so you never have to deal with the dreaded hot-cold-hot problem again.  Sleek, minimalistic, a house that encourages better habits, and in turn, makes you a better person. Kitted out with the full mod cons, all at the press of an app.

Sounds like a dream, right?

That’s 1 Folgate Street for you. But living at 1 Folgate Street isn’t like living in a normal rental. There are rules. No pets. No kids. No clutter. Housekeeper records all your data – your every move.

Cue our story. The Girl Before was an interesting read, although it did lack that heart thumping vibe you get from the cover and the blurb. Told from two perspectives, Jane – the Now, and Emma, the Then – there were many twists and turns that kept you wanting to read more, but ultimately, it was a story that failed to grip the reader.

What I did love about The Girl Before was the way the dual narration played out. It was easy to get complacent, as a lot of the narration falls into the same pattern as both girls explore their relationship with the house, and in turn the controlling, enigmatic owner and architect Edward Monkford. The exact precision of events was creepy enough in itself, but then at a certain point was flipped, and all of a sudden you find yourself not knowing who or what to believe. It was at that point that I decided to keep reading – a good chunk of the story at first is quite repetitive, which may not be for some, but I promise it’s worth sticking around just to figure out what the heck is going on.

I did like how a lot of the novel was centred around mental illness. Edward’s grief for his loss turned into obsession with meticulous detail and perfectionism, Emma’s paranoia (and subsequently a lot of other issues I can’t mention without spoiling!) and Jane’s depression were something I keenly felt throughout the novel. I felt however that a lot of the time the story was too fast paced, too quick. There wasn’t nearly enough time to really get to understand the characters on a personal level. There was also too much of a fascination and concentration around Edward, the architect of the house himself, which meant that the ending fell a little flat and unexplored, the ending losing a lot of its momentum.

What could have been a deliciously creepy novel about obsession and technology taking over our lives sadly was not all that it could have been, but nevertheless, The Girl Before was still an enjoyable read. And would I live in 1 Folgate Street? Absolutely not. There were no bookshelves!

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Oh The Thrills, They’re Multiplying: Ten Thrillers on my TBR

Posted October 25, 2016 by Hannah in Features, Top Ten Tuesdays / 9 Comments

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It’s the spooky time of year! Happy Halloween to those that celebrate it. To the rest of us…Happy Chocolate Binging Season? I know I will – uni is a mere week away from finishing, and I’m in need of some serious relaxation (three months of it, to be exact). In honour of the spooky season and today’s Top Ten Tuesday, I thought I’d share some of the books I have on my TBR. I love psychological thrillers, books that get my mind spinning. It’s a recent discovery, so of course I’ve been piling my Goodreads TBR with them, but here are ten that I’m looking forward to.

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All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda // I LOVE Megan’s other works, so I am very excited to dive into this one when semester ends.

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware // Woman witnesses someone going overboard on a cruise yet everyone is accounted for…this is what I want, why is this what I want? My mind, I swear.

The Vanishing Year by Kate Moretti // Generally I roll my eyes at books that are rich people centric (yeah, I’m looking at you, We Were Liars), but this one sounds really exciting and I’m a sucker for mysterious pasts.

The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer // I’m actually really looking forward to reading Meyer’s *first* adult novel (we’ll see, The Host was supposed to be an adult novel but look how that turned out). The premise is something that is right up my alley, for sure.

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins // Okay, so everyone’s talking about it, and generally I’m not one of these people to read something for the sake of popularity, but the trailer for the movie keeps playing every time I open Youtube, and each time I watch it the more I want to see it (I love Emily Blunt too). And of course I have to read the book before I see the movie, that’s just how these things are done.

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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin // I’ve read the first two books (I think), but I can’t for the life of me remember anything that happens, but I’d really love to conclude reading the series, so I dive back into a world where Noah Shaw exists is definitely on the cards!

Of Scars and Stardust by Andrea Hannah // I’ve heard some mixed reviews about this book, from trusted bloggers, which makes me all that more curious. I love (I think?) family centric thrillers, and I think there’s not enough in YA, so woo! Well keen.

The Deviants by CJ Skuse // Sleepy English village, ruined friendships…and that tag line! When you set out for revenge, dig two graves. Why am I not reading this book yesterday??

I Am Her Revenge by Meredith Moore // Another book that has mixed reviews…so we’ll see. Curiosity, after all.

Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown // World War One! Female spies! Forbidden attraction!

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