Sunday 25 October 2015

Sunday Post 25th October 2015

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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 Showcase Sunday is hosted by Books, Biscuits and Tea 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. As always you can click on any of the pictures to be taken to the Goodreads page for that book if you're interested in finding out more about it.

Last Week on the Blog:
Girl Online On Tour (Girl Online, #2)
Girl Online On Tour by Zoe Sugg: Clare got me the signed edition as a surprise present! I have already read this and loved it - I will have a full review up soon.

Death in BerlinDeath in CyprusDeath in KenyaBinge Signed Edition
Death in Berlin/Death in Cyprus/Death in Kenya by M.M. Kaye: These arrived and completely threw my reading plans because I wanted to read them straight away. Luckily they were really quick reads.
Binge by Tyler Oakley: I got the signed edition so I am super happy with this! I am currently reading this.
The Perilous Sea (The Elemental Trilogy, #2)Velvet UndercoverThe Many Lives of John StoneA Thousand Nights
The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas: I somehow managed to get book 3 first and now book 2 and I am still waiting on book 1. But when it arrives I will be reading this pretty much straight away I think!
Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown: What is not to love about spies? 
The Many Lives of John Stone by Linda Buckley-Archer: I admittedly first got interested in this because John Stone is my brothers name but the plot actually sounds pretty interesting as well.
A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston: This edition of the book is the most beautiful book I think I have ever seen. And I have seen a lot of books. I can't even describe it. The jacket itself is gorgeous and feels so soft and velvety and then underneath it's just crazy beautiful. 
This Monstrous ThingSnow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)Hold Me Like a Breath (Once Upon a Crime Family, #1)Delia's Shadow (Delia Martin, #1)
This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee: I think this is going to be so good next week when I focus on Halloween books.
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch: I will be starting this once Ice Like Fire arrives.
Hold Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt: A crime family? Sign me up. (to read about not to be a part of.)
Delia's Shadow by Jaime Lee Moyer: This looks creepy which should be fun!
Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)More Than a Mistress (Mistress Trilogy #1)The Secret Mistress (Mistress Trilogy #3)Mistress Of Mellyn
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: I've had a flick through it and the format is incredible. I am so, so excited to read this!
More Than a Mistress/The Secret Mistress by Mary Balogh: I had book 2 already so just needed these to complete the series.
Mistress of Mellyn by Victoria Holt: I have been recommended her books so often. This seemed to be the most popular one on Goodreads so I thought I'd try it.

Reading Update:
Texas Gothic (Goodnight Family #1)Girl Online On Tour (Girl Online, #2)
Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore: 4 stars, This was brilliant. I loved the relationship in this.
Girl Online On Tour by Zoe Sugg (Zoella): 5 stars, Fabulous! I loved this and will have a review up soon!

I had quite a good reading week - mostly due to the Death in... series by M.M. Kaye because I stayed up all night to finish them!
Walk on Earth a Stranger (The Gold Seer, #1)Death in BerlinDeath in CyprusDeath in Kenya
Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson: 4 stars, I really enjoyed this, loved the main character and the plot was very thrilling. I have a full review up here.
Death in Berlin by M.M. Kaye: 3.5 stars, this definitely shows its age in the attitudes of some of the characters! But there was a good mystery and I liked the romance.

Death in Cyprus by M.M. Kaye: 4 stars, this mystery was a little easier to solve but still enjoyable.
Death in Kenya by M.M. Kaye: 3 stars, I solved this mystery about the same time as one of the characters did and it was a tense couple of chapters from there waiting for the big climax!
Death in ZanzibarDeath in the Andamans (Death In..., #6)The Next TogetherBlack Widow: Forever Red
Death in Zanzibar by M.M. Kaye: 3 stars, enjoyable but I didn't like the way the mystery went.
Death in the Andamans by M.M. Kaye: 4 stars, definitely the funniest of the series and I really liked the mystery and the romance(s).
The Next Together by Lauren James: 3 stars, I was really enjoying it and then it got really science-y and the time travel aspect hit me and I got confused. I really should know better than to keep reading time travel books! Also not sure how I felt about the ending.
Black Widow Forever Red by Margaret Stohl: 3 stars, I liked this and obviously I adore Black Widow but I wasn't wholly bsorbed in the plot.
Life and Death: Twilight ReimaginedCarry OnSlasher Girls & Monster Boys
Life and Death by Stephenie Meyer: 2.5 stars. It could have been worse. This had some good points and some bad. It really didn't succeed at proving the lack of sexism though. If anything it made it worse. I will have a full review up tomorrow.
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell: 5 stars, I am pretty sure this is my favourite book of the year. I can't even think rationally about - this was just amazing. I loved every bit of it and I am desperate to re-read it now five minutes after I finished it. I don't even know what to read next because I now have a major book hangover! My full review will be up on Thursday.
Slasher Girls & Monster Boys selected by April Genevieve Tucholke: 4 stars, I really enjoyed this anthology. There were some really great stories and some that fell kind of flat but overall this was a really strong selections. I will have my review up on Saturday.

Classics Update:
Little Women (Little Women, #1)A Bundle Of Letters
Ann: 4 stars, I really enjoyed this. I lost my book for a couple of weeks which delayed me finishing it but I definitely enjoyed it once I got it back!
Clare: 3 stars, I enjoyed this. It was an interesting read from a character perspective although there wasn't really any plot. But I loved how the letters showed how differently people could view themselves and each other and the situations around them. 

Next Week on the Blog:
  • Cover Characteristics: Eyes
  • Top 5 Halloween Recommendations
  • Wednesday Catch-Up
  • Friday Reads
  • October Wrap Up and November TBR
Upcoming Reviews:
  • Life and Death by Stephenie Meyer
  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  • Slasher Girls & Monster Boys stories selected by April Genevieve Tucholke

You can also find us on Goodreads (Ann and Clare) to keep up with what we are reading


  1. This is a really epic book haul guys! Hope you enjoy Snow Like Ashes, Illuminae, and the Perilous Sea Clare! I've wanted to read a few of these for a while!

    Ann, I've heard great things about WAlk on Earth and Black Widow!

    Have a great reading week ahead.

    1. I am really looking forward to all of them! I think November is going to be a Fantasy month for me! Walk on Earth a Stranger was a really good start to the series and I liked Black Widow! Thanks for visiting

  2. I was wondering about Black Widow, I read the intro at amazon and thought it was good but wasn't blown away out of the gate. I'll probably read it though. Illuminae and The Perilous Sea both look good- I am reading Illuminae soon and am looking forward to it.

    1. That pretty much sums up the whole of Black Widow for me, it was good it just didn't wow me like I had wanted it to. Illuminae is probably the one I am most excited for! The format is so interesting! Thanks for visiting

  3. Lots of great books especially Illuminae it is fantastic!

    Have a good week!

    1. I have heard so many great things about Illuminae and the whole format of it just amazes me! Thanks for visiting

  4. Wow, lots of death in your book titles! Perfect for the season. Enjoy....and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

    1. I really wanted to stay season appropriate for Halloween this year! I think I've mostly managed! Thanks for visiting

  5. So many books... where to begin? Well, I see some books I want to read, like Snow Like Ashes, Walk on Earth a Stranger, Slasher Girls & Monster Boys and Carry On. I also spot a book I've read, Texas Gothic, didn't like it as much as you though, I only gave it 3 stars but I already have the next one that is about their cousin. I really hope you enjoy all your new books. Happy reading :)

    1. I am so excited for Snow Like Ashes, I just need the sequel to arrive and then I can read it! Walk on Earth a Stranger was pretty good and I am excited for the rest of the series. I liked Slasher Girls & Monster Boys as well but Carry On I absolutely loved! Thanks for visiting

  6. Totally awesome book line-up. I love Rainbow Rowell, can't wait to read Carry On and I've also got Illuminae, Walk on Earth a Stranger and Snow Like Ashes on my kindle. So many good books, so little time lol.
    Have a great week and happy reading :)

    1. I really enjoyed Rainbow's other books but Carry On is in a whole different class - it was really great! I have heard nothing but great things about Illuminae as well so I am crazy excited for it! Thanks for visiting

  7. I can't wait for Illuminae and Velvet Undercover!

    1. Same! I will probably be reading Velvet Undercover next! I haven't heard much either way about it but it sounds like something I will love so fingers crossed! Thanks for visiting

  8. Stacks of interesting books there - reviewed books and new ones. I'm hearing a lot about Illuminae and saw some social media re launches last week so keen to hear what you think of it!

    1. I am really looking forward to Illuminae, it seems like a completely unique book which fascinates me! Thanks for visiting

  9. I read Carry On last week and found it really enjoyable and absolutely super-cute. Have a great week! :)

    1. I am glad you enjoyed Carry On! And it was so super-cute! I paused a couple of times to hug the book because it was just so adorable! Thanks for visiting

  10. Snow like Ashes is really good. I hope to read the sequel in the next month or so. A few others here are already on my TBR as well. I hope you all enjoy your new books! Happy Reading!

    Jamie @ Vailia’s Page Turner .

    1. I am really looking forward to Snow Like Ashes although I have heard mixed things about the sequel. I am still excited to get reading!