Monday, 14 January 2019

New Year Book Tag!

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And because it's a new year, why not start January off with a New Years' Book Tag!

1. How many books are you planning to read in 2019?
My Goodreads Reading Challenge goal is 75 books this year, I'm currently on book 4/75, which is Two Can Keep A Secret, by Karen McManus. Having worked it out I need to read a book every 4.6888 (recurring) days to complete my goal. I'm currently 1 book ahead of my goal.

2. Name five books you didn't get to read last year but want to make a priority in 2019?
Just five? I'm going to go with five beings, which means that one could be two books in a series' etc.
-Lord of Shadows and Queen of Air and Darkness, by Cassandra Clare. These were on my TBR Jar for 2018, and because I didn't get to them last year, they're on the 2019 version as well! I now own all three now, and they're are going to be the main focus of February.
-I definitely wanted to start reading more books by debut authors, for example, Rachel Lynn Solomon, who wrote "You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone".
-Scythe and Thunderhead, by Neil Shusterman
-The Exact Opposite of Okay, by Laura Steven
-A Tragic Kind of Wonderful, by Eric Lindstrom- I was surprised by how much I enjoyed his other novel, "Not If I See You First" and I wanted to read more of his works.

3. Name a genre you want to read more of?
There are three main genres that I want to focus more on this year.
-Graphic novels
-Historical fiction

4. Three non-book related goals for 2019?
1. Eat the right foods.
2. Train consistently for my half marathon in April (first one ever!)
3. Drink more water.

5. What's a book you've had forever that you still need to read?
Well, considering I finished my TBR last year and the books that I have now I got at Christmas, there isn't a whole lot that I can choose for this. So, I think I'm just going to have to bow out at this point.

6. One word that you're hoping 2019 will be?
Cheerful. I have goals that I want to accomplish in 2019, of course I do, but it won't be half as much fun as it would if we were all miserable. I'm hoping to have a good time with everybody this year, my friends, my family, and you guys too of course!

Tag someone...
 It's still January, so anyone is able to do this tag if they copy the questions from here!

Right! I hope you enjoyed that! There's nothing like a book tag to start the year off (even though it is halfway through the month.)
I hope you have a lovely day and I will see you all on Wednesday!

-Abi xxxxx

Monday, 7 January 2019

Two Dark Reigns (Three Dark Crowns #3), by Kendare Blake

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
First review of the year! I'm glad it's going to be a positive one!
This is the third, the penultimate book in the Three Dark Crowns series, and it came out in September!

Title: Two Dark Reigns
Author: Kendare Blake
Genre: Fantasy
Release date: 4th September, 2018
Status: Book 3 in the Three Dark Crowns series
Pages: 450
Blurb: "The battle has been fought, blood has been spilt and a queen has
been crowned, but not all are happy with the outcome.

Katharine, the poisoner queen, has been crowned and is trying
to ignore the whispers that call her illegitimate, undead, cursed.

Mirabella and Arsinoe have escaped the island of Fenbirn, but
how long before the island calls them back?

Jules is returning to Fenbirn and has become the unlikely
figurehead of a revolution threatening to topple Katharine's
already unsteady rule.

But what good is a revolution if something is wrong with
the island itself?"

My Thoughts
I have to say, I honestly don't know what I was expecting with this novel, leading up to it. Having been completely in love with the first novel, and being kind of underwhelmed by the second, even though it was a completely unpopular opinion. But I have had my confidence regained with this third book, for the reasons you are about to find out now.

What I liked:
-I loved the people's reaction to Katharine, especially when the mysterious going ons started happening (if you've read it, you'll know what I mean.) It was like Katharine was being punished for what she did in book two. Nevertheless, it was fun to see her get more and more nervous as the book went on.

That, although it was a bit more of a slow burner than the other two (well, a lot), I feel like the plotlines (mostly Arisonoe and Jules') were more than enough to make up for it. I started off preferring Jules' plotline more at the start, but as the book went on, they started to grow more equal.

Things I didn't like:
Although I liked the new characters, they didn't do a whole lot for the story.
That's pretty much it.

Overall observations:
-I love how dark this series' is! Okay, I know that's kind of obvious, it's in the title, but I love how dark the series' is, and it's just got darker! I honestly didn't think that was possible.

-That ending was such a surprise! I have no idea where the story is going to go, but something tells me that we're in for an explosive ending!

Predictions and hopes:
-I hope there is a huge epic battle.
-I hope there aren't too many casualties.
-I hope there isn't a vague ending.
-I think there will be a twist ending, especially considering what happened at the end of this novel.

Overall, my second favourite novel to date.
Not a lot of action happens, it all builds up towards the end of the novel, and this fourth and final book in the series, but the character development is as good as it was in the first book.
The story got darker, and it went in a direction I was really not expecting it to go.
I can't wait for this fourth book!

Okay! That was my Two Dark Reigns review! I hope you enjoyed it and, as always, feel free to post your thoughts on the book in the comments!
I hope you have a wonderful day, and I will see you all on Wednesday!

-Abi xxxxx

Friday, 4 January 2019

January TBR (2019)

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And I'm here with my January TBR!
For Christmas I got a lot of concluding books to a trilogy/duology/series, so there will be a lot of different series' in this TBR.

1. This Cruel Design (This Mortal Coil #2), by Emily Suvada
This is the second book in the Mortal Coil trilogy. It's a trilogy about DNA and if you are a science-fiction fan you should totally pick this trilogy up. The science nerd is screaming in joy for this trilogy, and the second book is turning out to be just as amazing as the first. Although I'm only currently about 120 pages into it, it's shaping up to be a really fantastic read. The first book is a little bit science heavy, but once you get to understand the world and the concept, it totally adds to this already unique story.

2. Still Me (Me Before You #3), by JoJo Moyes
One of my friends was urging me to pick this book up as soon as I mentioned it last year, and when I saw it for half price in Waterstones, I couldn't help but pick it up. Aside from the fact that it made the Goodreads best of the best list in 2018- I couldn't resist finding out what happened to the characters that I had grown to love in the past two books, and I want to find out what will happen in the end! (Also because it means I get to add another trilogy to my completed series' list.)

3. Theatrical, by Maggie Harcourt
A contemporary romance that's been on my radar for a while. It says on the front "The UK's answer to Rainbow Rowell" and I am intrigued to see if it's true. It's just got such a cutesy cover that I couldn't help but pick it up. Aside from that, it takes place around a theatre, and the chunks are split into acts, so put all of that together and it = high expectations for this novel. I can't wait to start reading this.

4. Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer #2), by Laini Taylor
Strange the Dreamer was one of my first reads of 2018, and I intend to finish this absolutely beautiful duology this month with the concluding novel. After the events of the first novel (which I am unable to disclose as there would be spoilers for those that have yet to pick up Strange the Dreamer) I have absolutely no idea where the second novel is going to take us. But what I know (I hope) is that the language will be as beautiful and poetic as the first book, and that I will fall madly in love with everything in this story. Can't wait to see how it all ends.

5. Two Can Keep A Secret, by Karen McManus
I heard about this book a couple of days ago and even though I don't know that much about it, I know that I thoroughly enjoyed Karen McManus' book: One of Us Is Lying last year. It comes out 10th January and I think it sounds like the perfect book to read on my train journey to London next week. I don't know what it is, there's just something about Karen McManus' writing that makes me want to keep reading until the very last page, because it's just so easy to fly through.  

Okay! So that is my January TBR (2019)! I hope you enjoyed it, and let me know in the comments what books you are hoping to read this month! And if you have any recommendations or any books that you are looking forward to it's release, let me know about that too! You can never have too many books.

Okay, I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and I will see you all on Monday, with my Two Dark Reigns review!

-Abi xxxxx

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

2018 Wrap Up

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And I'm here with all the things I did in 2018! (my typical monthly wrap up, all the series that I completed in 2018, and all the other things I did!
It is a little late, simply because I didn't have the time to fit it in before New Year, but I hope you enjoy it now!

December Wrap Up (2018)
I took a really relaxed month in December, and only managed to read 2 books. They were in the last 10 days of the month though, and even though I definitely could have read more in December, I did start 1 or 2, and DNF'ed those, when I found I didn't enjoy them.
These are the books I finished in December:

1. Holding Up the Universe, by Jennifer Niven
This wasn't my first Jennifer Niven book, and even though I really enjoyed All the Bright Places, knowing that this book has some mixed reviews, I was a little bit apprehensive picking this book up. But, I'm happy to report, that the writing was amazing, I loved the characters, especially Libby, because I loved everything she stood for, and I thought it was a really special read. Review is coming soon.

2. Two Dark Reigns (Three Dark Crowns #3), by Kendare Blake
Another book that has some mixed reviews, even though everyone loves this series so much. I do too, and I have to admit that even though not a whole lot happens in this novel, it was so much easier to pick it up and get sucked into the story, and the direction of the novel, then it was for the second book. I have no idea where the fourth and final book is going to take us when it comes out in September, but I'm anxiously waiting for it's release.

1. The Jungle Book (2016)- It was such a pleasure to watch the classic Disney movie done as a live action remake. The classic Disney movie will always hold a space in my heart, as it was one of my faves when I was a child, but that doesn't mean I enjoyed the live action remake any less. Highly recommend if you haven't seen it.

2. To All the Boys I've Loved Before- In light of the news that they'd be making a Netflix of the sequel, of course I had to re-watch this movie once more.

3. The Grinch-
4. The Holiday- Both of these movies are Christmas classics, and I'm glad I got the chance to watch them. They're on TV every year, and I'm glad that I had the time to watch them.

4. Dragonball Z- My boyfriend currently got me to watch this, and I the next show that's going to be mentioned (for him.) But, a couple of episodes in, and I was completely hooked. They're only 20 minute episodes, so by the time you figure something out, its the end of the episode and there's a cliff-hanger, and you want to watch the next one.

5. Orphan Black- I first found out about this tv show back in 2012, and I was in love with the first season. But, because the second season was a lot more of a slow burner, I stopped being interested, and I stopped watching. Fast forward 6 years later, and all five seasons are now on Netflix! I'm about to start Season 3.

Series I Completed This Year
Here are all the series, trilogies, and duologies I read this year! I only read the concluding book for some, and others I read straight through. All in all, I enjoyed every single one of the series', and I'm excited to see what they come up with next!
1. To All the Boys I've Loved Before trilogy, by Jenny Han
2. Monsters of Verity duology, by V.E Schwab
3. Tiny Pretty Things duology, by Sona Charaipotra
4. Red Queen, by Victoria Aveyard
5. Frostblood trilogy, by Elly Blake
6. Dark Matter trilogy, by Teri Terry
7. Songs About A Girl trilogy, by Chris Russell

Here are the things I did in 2018. Some of them are book-ish, others aren't. Enjoy!
1. I turned 21.
2. I finished my third draft.
3. I read 63 books (out of the 60 I wanted to read for my Goodreads Reading Challenge.)
4. I played Prudy Pingleton in Hairspray.
5. I started going ice-skating.
6. I got a PB at Parkrun (timed 5K run that takes place every Saturday at 9am around the UK.)
7. I started driving lessons.
8. I read my largest book to date (IT, by Stephen King- 1166 pages.)
9. I discovered some new genres.
10. I went to see Kinky Boots.
11.I made some wonderful friends.
12. I got the pleasure of blogging for you wonderful lot!

Okay! So that is my wrap up for 2018! It has been a lovely year full of dreams, happiness and laughter. I'm not going to say it was the perfect year, because it wasn't, but it was the best it could have been.

Right! I hope you enjoyed this post, and come and let me know what you got up to in the comments!
That is a wrap on 2018, onwards and upwards for 2019!

I hope you have a wonderful day, and I will see you all om Friday!

-Abi xxxxxx 

Friday, 28 December 2018

TBR Jar (2018) Wrap Up & TBR Jar for 2019

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And with limited time before the end of the year, I thought I might squeeze two posts into one (especially as they are relevant to the other.)

TBR Jar (2018)- How It Went
What I Accomplished
1. 1 Stephen King book- It
2. Graphic Novel/Manga- A Wrinkle In Time
3. The Help, by Kathryn Stockett
4. VE Schwab- The Monsters of Verity duology
5. A Shadow Bright and Burning & A Poison Dark and Drowning, by Jessica Cluess- Having read the first book, I'm counting this, and I will carry on with this challenge in 2019.

What I Didn't Accomplish
1. The Dark Artifices trilogy, by Cassandra Clare- I currently own the books in this trilogy (I bought Queen of Air and Darkness literally yesterday) and this is going to be one of the first trilogy's that I pick up in 2019.
2. The Witchlands trilogy, by Susan Dennard- I don't think I'm going to pick this trilogy up any time soon. I have no motivation to delve into this world, meet the characters, and read the story.

TBR Jar for 2019
1. The Dark Artifices, by Cassandra Clare

2. A Poison Dark and Drowning, by Jessica Cluess- I will get to this at some point, if I get to finish the trilogy it'll be fantastic, if not, at least I will still have completed the TBR Jar.

3. 1 Stephen King book- I want to pick up another Stephen King book again this year, because I thoroughly enjoyed IT, and I kind of want to read more Stephen King for some reason. I might pick up Carrie, or Misery. But I want to read more horror, and I feel like Stephen King is the way to start.

4. Book 4 in the Three Dark Crowns series (I think it'll be called Last Dark Queen, but no title is confirmed yet.)- I just finished Two Dark Reigns, and I really enjoyed it. All I know is stuff is going to go down and I need to get my hands on it. So it makes sense to make it one of my TBR Jar Challenges.

5. Skulduggery Pleasant Book 12- This is the concluding book for the second part of the Skulduggery Pleasant series. It comes out in June and after the twist ending of the last book, I cannot wait to see how it all wraps up!

6. Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer #2), by Laini Taylor- I got this book yesterday with my Waterstones Christmas voucher and I can't wait to read the concluding book to the Strange the Dreamer duology.

Okay! That is my TBR Jar for 2019, and also my wrap up for this year. I appreciate that the description was kind of vague, but it's a long post, and I will get more into detail when I actually read these books!
Right, I hope you have a lovely weekend full of reading, or writing! I will be back on Monday with my 2018 Wrap Up, so make sure you keep your eye out!

-Abi xxxxx

Monday, 24 December 2018

Favourite Books of 2018

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And I'm coming at you today with my Favourite Reads of 2018!
Just bear in mind, these are my favourite reads that I read this year, they weren't necessarily released this year.
You can check out all the books that I've read this year on my Goodreads page (or I might write a post about it!)

1. Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1), by Laini Taylor
This was my first Laini Taylor book that I had read, and because 1) the book was huge and 2) the amazing reviews kept me from picking this book up for the longest time. But of course, because it's on this year's favourite's list, all the hype was absolutely accurate. The language that Laini Taylor uses in her novel is just so beautiful and poetic, you can't help but love her novel, her characters, everything. Muse of Nightmares is going to be one of the first books after Christmas, and I can't wait to pick up the concluding book in this wonderful duology!

2. Fireblood (Frostblood #2), by Elly Blake
This book has to be the surprise of the year. After the first book in the trilogy, I wasn't really expecting much from the following book, because I didn't really know what else I could learn about these characters, and the world. But to be honest, I didn't realise how much I needed to pick up this book until I did. It was the perfect follow on to the first book, because we got to find out more about Ruby, her heritage, and the totally opposite world of the Firebloods. I would go as far to say that this was my favourite book of the trilogy, because it was such an easy book to pick up and become invested in.

3. P.S I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before #2), by Jenny Han
As much as I enjoyed this trilogy, I think it's this book, out of all three, that I love just that little bit more. The writing was a bit more mature, like you can tell the transition that's been made in terms of language between the first and second books. And what's great about that is that you can tell that Lara Jean has made that transition herself. Also, you get more of a perspective on the side characters, as well as the main ones. Both the events in the first book and the second combine to make this wonderful story full of light-hearted and funny moments that make this book a pleasure to read.

4. The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2), by Brandon Sanderson
Again, with this trilogy, I loved the entire trilogy, I want to pick up more Brandon Sanderson as soon as humanly possible, but the second one is definitely my favourite out of the three. The world is so immense, so detailed, as are the characters, and the plot is on a whole other level than anything I've ever read (with the exception of IT by Stephen King.) If you are a fan of epic fantasy, then I deplore you to pick this trilogy up.

5. Children of Blood and Bone (Children of Orisha #1), by Tomi Adeyemi
It is no secret that everybody seems to love the first book in this new fantasy series, and I am no exception. I could not put this book down, it was just one of those books that you have no trouble flying through. There was so much that was good in this book, that I couldn't help but love every single chapter. I cannot wait to delve into the next book in the series, and I doubt I'm alone in this. Fast paced, amazing characters, nothing too much or little explained. A phenomenal world. I'm hooked.

Okay! So those are my Favourite Books of 2018! I know there aren't many, but I read so many fantastic books this year that I couldn't pick too many!
What were your favourite reads of the year? Let me know in the comments!

Okay! I hope you have a lovely Christmas, and I will see you all soon!

-Abi xxxxx

Thursday, 13 December 2018

12 Days of Christmas Book Tag

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And it's time for my monthly book tag!
As it's December, I will be doing the 12 Days of Christmas Book Tag!

The partridge stands alone in the tree. What is your favourite standalone?
It changes with the genre.
Contemporary: Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell
Fairytale retelling: Heartless, by Marissa Meyer
Historial fiction: The Book Thief, by Marcus Zusak

Love is in the air, what is your one true pairing?
The one and only Clary/Jace. The things they go through throughout the book series, how can they not be the pairing that springs to mind?

In the spirit of threes, what is the best trilogy you have read?
This year, the best trilogy I have to have read is the Mistborn trilogy, by Brandon Sanderson. I just love how in depth everything is, particularly the world building.


Since series usually consist of four or more books, what is your favourite series?
The Noughts and Crosses series, by Malorie Blackman. I've re-read this series a number of times since I came into contact with it 8 years ago.


One ring to rule them all! Who is your favourite villain?
I don't actually have a favourite villain, funny enough. There's IT, who is creepy as hell; there's Flora Banks' mother, then there's the undeniable Voldemort.


(From this point, everything is going to be in bold, because I can't change it back to normal, for some reason.)

Creation is a beautiful thing. What is your favourite world/world building?

Other than Mistborn, which I mentioned earlier, the universe of Harry Potter has to be the one.


Who needs seven swans when all it takes is one animal sidekick? Who's your favourite animal sidekick?
Animal side-kick? I don't think I've read a book with an animal side-kick! Can anybody recommend one?


Milk is so 18th century. Which book series' takes beverages/food to a whole new level?
All that she can see, by Carrie Hope Fletcher
From the point of view of a baker!


Dancing is just one skill of a lady. Who is your favourite kick-ass lead?
This is one of the older protagonist, Katniss Everdeen. The first kick-ass lead I've ever read, and she remains my favourite to this day.


How about your favourite leading lad?
Matt, from the Power of Five series (Anthony Horowitz.)

What is your favourite book or bookish thing with a musical influence?


Drum roll please... what is your favourite read of this year?
I think I'm going to have to go with...
Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi.


Everybody! If you want to do this tag, you can!
It was tones of fun, even though it was a long one, and it had some very interesting questions.

So that's the 12 Days of Christmas Book Tag! I hope you enjoyed it, let me know what you thought in the comments, so we can chat about it!
I hope you have a good day, and I will see you soon.

-Abi xxxx