Sunday, 17 June 2018

Sunday Post 17th June 2018

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer, it's a chance to post a recap on the past week, show the books we have received and share what we plan for the coming week. Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality and the aim is to show our newest books and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops or downloaded on to their e-reader.

Books We Got This Week:


Ash PrincessGirl Made of StarsThe Queen UnderneathBrightly Burning
All of these are books that I'm excited about but have heard mixed things of! Except for Girl Made of Stars as I've tried to avoid reading reviews of it. It might be a difficult read for me so I'll need to be in the right frame of mind but I'm really intrigued to see how it's carried out. If you've read any of these, let me know what you thought because I'm getting such conflicting views on them! 





Reading Update:


A Thousand Perfect NotesFionaTell Me Again How a Crush Should FeelSundark (Elle Black Penny Dread, #1)
A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews: 4 stars, This was such a strong read. The abuse was handled incredibly well and the story was compelling. I will be posting a discussion review of this soon over at The Regal Critiques! 
Fiona by Meredith Moore: 4 stars, Surprised by how much I enjoyed this. It sounded like a fairly typical Jane Eyre retelling but it was anything but. It was super dark and twisted in places and the main character wasn't always likable. I don't think I enjoyed this as much as I Am Her Revenge (Moore's first book) but it was still tense and exciting. 
Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan: 3 stars, I feel bad on this one because teenage me would have loved it. But it was so hard for me to relate to the characters who seemed (appropriately) immature and that affected my enjoyment overall. This is more of a me-problem though as I feel like teenagers should love this! 
Sundark by Elizabeth Watasin: 3 stars, It took me an embarrassingly long amount of time to figure out whether this was alternate history or actual history - I loved the central couple but didn't see as much of their relationship as I would have liked. The psychic element was interesting but ultimately I didn't find this as compelling as I wanted to. I would still read more though.

Monday, 11 June 2018

Monday Highlights #58

The idea is to just link your favourite blog post from the past week (for example a post you're very proud of or just had a lot of fun making) and then I, and hopefully others, can discover new blogs to follow and interact with and discover more posts from blogs we may already follow!

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Sunday Post 10th June 2018

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer, it's a chance to post a recap on the past week, show the books we have received and share what we plan for the coming week. Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality and the aim is to show our newest books and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops or downloaded on to their e-reader.

Last Week on the Blog:

This week we launched our YouTube Channel!! We very much wanted to do more vlogging and unboxings and thought this would be a good way of doing that! You can find our first video here (and feel free to subscribe to catch more of our videos).


Books We Got This Week:

Exile (The Extinction Trials #2)Onyx and IvoryToo Wilde to Wed (The Wildes of Lindow Castle, #2)Neverworld Wake
Exile by S.M. Wilson: This is the sequel to The Extinction Trials which I read and loved last year. Jurassic Park meets The Hunger Games was always going to be a big draw for me.
Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett: This came in a subscription box an it is huge and gorgeous with sprayed pages. I am so very much looking forward to this and have heard some great things.
Too Wilde to Wed by Eloisa James: I haven't read the first book in this series yet (although I do own it) - but Eloisa James is pretty much an auto-buy for me.
Never World Wake by Marisha Pessl: This sounds dark and intriguing. I've heard some good things but I'm trying not to hear too much because it seems like it might be easily spoiled. 




Reading Update:

The Forbidden OrchidMrs DallowayThe Wicked Cometh
The Forbidden Orchid by Sharon Biggs Waller: 4 stars, There was a lot I loved about this and then a few tiny gripes. I will be posting a full review over at The Regal Critiques next week so keep an eye out for that. But on the whole this was a good, interesting and exciting historical fiction read.
Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf: 3 stars, It's taken me this long to read a Woolf book which seems so odd to me. I was intrigued by this but ultimately a bit underwhelmed. The writing style just wasn't for me I think.
The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin: 4.5 stars, This was gorgeously written, atmospheric, hugely emotional and I adored the romance. The mystery itself was brilliant. I solved it just slightly before the main characters and it ramped up the tension so, so much. And the ending was perfect.


Saturday, 9 June 2018

Announcement!!

Today is our three year Blogoversary and to celebrate we have started our own YouTube Channel!!
  
This is our first video - check out Ann being a total YouTube natural and me being a completely awkward idiot! We've had a lot of ideas that don't work so well in blog format so wanted to add videos. We'll be posting vlogs (from YALC for example) and some hauls and subscription unboxings on the channel. We're totally new to this so apologies!!!

Friday, 8 June 2018

My Pride Month TBR



Happy Pride Month everyone!! To celebrate I'm going to be reading as many LGBTQ books as I possibly can! And please leave your suggestions down below for new or old favourites I should be adding to my list!! 


The House on Half Moon Street
The House on Half Moon Street by Alex Reeve
A transgender male protagonist, an historical murder mystery - and so, so many good reviews so far! I'm really, really excited for this one!

Cloaked in Shadow (The Dragori, #1)
Cloaked in Shadow by Ben Alderson
The second book is coming out soon (or maybe already has) so I need to get on this! I've been watching and loving Ben's videos for years now and I'm thrilled to read something he wrote! 

The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles)
The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the best burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding
Vera @ Regal Critiques told me this was brilliant and I've been desperate to read it for the longest time! Plus I'm so in love with the rainbow cover!

Lizzie
Lizzie by Dawn Ius
Anything Lizzie Borden instantly goes on my TBR but this is even more intriguing than normal because its set in modern times. I'll be interested to see how the author does moving the events and in making Lizzie a compelling Main Character as she deserves to be.

Mask of Shadows (Mask of Shadows #1)
Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller
A gender fluid protagonist is something I don't think I've ever read before and it is so wonderful to see this representation! I've had this since it released but I've been out of the "fantasy" mood lately so haven't read it yet but I aim to change that soon!

Reign of the Fallen (Reign of the Fallen, #1)
Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh
This is the most cover lust - and it has a bisexual protagonist AND there is necromancy. Which makes this basically my dream book! I can't wait to dive into this! 

Monday, 4 June 2018

Monday Highlights #57

The idea is to just link your favourite blog post from the past week (for example a post you're very proud of or just had a lot of fun making) and then I, and hopefully others, can discover new blogs to follow and interact with and discover more posts from blogs we may already follow!

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Sunday Post 3rd June 2018




The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer, it's a chance to post a recap on the past week, show the books we have received and share what we plan for the coming week. Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality and the aim is to show our newest books and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops or downloaded on to their e-reader.


Books We Got This Week:

Sundark: An Elle Black Penny DreadThisby Thestoop and the Black MountainThe Pyramid WaltzA History of Glitter and Blood
Sundark by Elizabeth Watasin: I've unfortunately not got this cover - which looks all comic book cool - I have an alternative cover that I couldn't find on goodreads anywhere. This sounds like the book I've been looking for all summer - historical female led psychic mysteries. Specific genre but its what I'm really in the mood for.
Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain by Zac Gorman: I really want to read more Middle Grade - it has a charm I find in no other books. So I've subscribed to Owl Crate Junior which is so far really cool. This book isn't one I've heard of before but it looks brilliant.
The Pyramid Waltz by Barbara Ann Wright: If you ignore the cover (which I do not like and cannot take seriously) this sounds like a great book and its a short read so I should zip through it.
A History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz: I ordered this about two months ago from Amazon Marketplace and by the time it arrived last week I'd forgotten about it - so this was a lovely surprise! I've been wanting to read this for the longest time!
A Whole Lotta Love: Florence Love 3The VanishingMeddling KidsNo Safety in Numbers (No Safety in Numbers, #1)
A Whole Lotta Love by Louise Lee: Many thanks to Headline for sending me a copy of this. This is the 3rd book in the Florence Love series. The second book was brilliant (I still haven't read the first), this will be published on the 28th of this month!
The Vanishing by Sophia Tobin: One of my all time favourite historical fiction writers. She is so incredibly good at tension and atmosphere - and her characters are incredible. 
Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero: I heard "Inspired by Scooby Doo" and hit buy if I'm honest. Then I learned there was some kind of Cthulu monster in it and was completely sold.
No Safety in Numbers by Dayna Lorentz: Bunch of people stuck in a quarantined mall. It goes from "fun novelty" to "oh dear god" in a really short space of time by the sounds of things. 
Escape to Pirate IslandMask of the HighwaywomanLegendary (Caraval, #2)Now a Major Motion Picture
Escape From Pirate Island/ Mask of the Highwaywoman by Niamh Murphy: Two historical LGBT romances, these both sounded great and I couldn't choose between them. So I didn't.
Legendary by Stephanie Garber: The sequel to Caraval. I enjoyed Caraval but didn't love it - and had some problems with it. So I'm keen to see where the series goes next. 
Now a Major Motion Picture by Cori McCarthy: This was a strong recommendation from Vera at Regal Critiques so I obviously needed to get it because I fully trust her judgement! 
Eve of ManThe Broken GirlsA Thousand Perfect NotesLight Years
Eve of Man by Giovanna and Tom Fletcher: I found out that they will be signing at YALC and I'd like to read this before then. I think its been a fairly long time since I've read a dystopian but I like Giovanna's writing (haven't tried Tom's before) and I'd love to meet them.
The Broken Girls by Simone St. James: One of my favourite authors in any genre. I had to order this from America because for some obscure reason it isn't released here until next year? But it was so worth it and I will be reading this very, very soon!
A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews: So excited to receive this in a subscription box! Fellow blogger Cait over at Paper Fury has just been published and this is it! So exciting and surreal to see a book from a blogger I've followed and admired! 
Light Years by Kass Morgan: And finally an ARC I received in a subscription box. This is one of my most anticipated reads for the end of the year so you can guess how thrilled I am to have it! I'm trying to know as little as possible about it and just enjoy the ride.