Monday, 15 January 2018

Monday Highlights #38


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!

Monday, 8 January 2018

Monday Highlights #37

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!

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Sunday Post 7th January 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:

  • New Year's Resolutions
  • Academy Award Tag

Books We Got This Week:

Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons, #2)Cloaked in Shadow (The Dragori, #1)Wilde in Love (The Wildes of Lindow Castle, #1)Sister Assassin (Sister Assassin, #1)
Batman Nightwalker by Marie Lu: This is the second in the DC series. I'm not as excited for this as I was for Wonder Woman but it still sounds good. 
Cloaked In Shadow by Ben Alderson: I love Ben's videos and this book sounds great!
Wilde in Love by Eloisa James: I've been feeling like reading romances lately so thought I'd pick this up.
Sister Assassin by Kiersten White: Any book about sisters automatically goes on my "yes please" pile and when you add in assassins its almost certainly a win.

Reading Update:

The FandomSophia's Secret (Slains, #1)The Plague Charmer
The Fandom by Anna Day: 3.5 stars, I loved the concept for this but struggled with some of the aspects, like the romance. Still was a fun read though. 
Sophia's Secret by Susanna Kearsley: 5 stars, This was a re-read of an old favourite because I unpacked it and then immediately wanted to read it! 
The Plague Charmer by Karen Maitland: 4.5 stars, OMG this was dark. And fairly historically accurate. Which the history student in me totally adored. This was just really good and I'm not sure why I haven't picked up any of her books before.

Friday, 5 January 2018

Academy Award Tag

The Academy Award Tag is probably my favourite tag to do! It's a lot of fun and it's a great way of summarising the best of the year. Ann couldn't take part this year because she is overloaded with school work.

Best Actor (Best Male Protagonist):
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Guide, #1)
Clare: Monty from The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue was incredible!! Such a lovely head to read from. 

Best Actress (Best Female Protagonist):
Daughter of the Burning City
Clare: Sorina from Daughter of the Burning City. I loved this book so so much and Sorina was such an amazing character. 

Best Cinematography (Best Plot Twist):
Crimson and Bone
Clare: Crimson and Bone by Marina Fiorato was so twisty and dark and wonderful!

Best Costume Design (Best Book Cover):
Caraval (Caraval, #1)
Clare: Caraval. I loved the dust jacket but even more than that I loved the embossed cover underneath! This is such an insanely beautiful book and there are different covers to get so I want to collect them all.

Best Supporting Actress and Actor (Best Female and Male Sidekick):
Dreamfall (Dreamfall #1)
Clare: I'm cheating ever so slightly here. But the whole team in Dreamfall by Amy Plum. Cata is (kind of) the main character but every one of the kids is so individual and intriguing.

Best Original Screenplay (Most Original Plot or World):
This is Not a Test (This is Not a Test #1)
Clare: This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers. I've read a lot of zombie books but I can't remember one as unique as this. The focus was on the human relationships and the zombies themselves barely made an appearance which made the book feel original and exciting. 

Best Adapted Screenplay (Best Book to Movie Adaption):
The Martian
Clare: The only book to movie adaptation I've seen this year was The Martian but it was a really good one so I'm going with that!

Best Animated Feature (A Book That Would Work Well in Animated Form):
La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust, #1)
Clare: This is always the hardest category for me. But I think The Book of Dust would have to be it. It would make such a beautiful animated movie. 

Best Director (A Writer You Discovered For the First Time This Year):
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Clare: Shirley Jackson. I read We Have Always Lived in the Castle and The Haunting of Hill House this year and they were both incredible. WHALitC may be one of my new favourite books of all time. I can't wait to read more of her books.

Best Visual Effects (Best Action in a Book):
The Epic Crush of Genie Lo
Clare: The Epic Crush of Genie Lo. EVERY bit of action in this book felt super satisfying.

Best Musical Score (Best Music in a Book to Movie Adaptation):
Clare: I'm going to really, really cheat here and say Beauty and the Beast. It was a book. It counts. Shh.

Best Short Film (Best Novella or Short Book):
The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic (Grisha Verse, #0.5, #2.5, #2.6)
Clare: The Language of Thorns was filled with the most beautiful stories!! Definitely read it whether you're a fan of the Grishaverse or not.

Best Picture (Best Stand-Alone):
Under Rose-Tainted Skies
Clare: Under Rose-Tainted Skies was perfect and beautiful and just the best representation of anxiety I've read (Becoming Miss Nobody is also amazing - read them both). 

Best Documentary (Best Historical or Non-Fiction):
The Smoke Hunter
Clare: The Smoke Hunter was one of my favourite books of the year. It's like Victorian Lara Croft and it was fun and interesting and believable and I NEED a sequel. 

Monday, 1 January 2018

New Year's Resolutions!!!

Clare:

I didn't do massively well on my 2017 Resolutions. But I'm gonna try again in 2018, with hope that I can do better!

  • Read 200 books. This year I managed 242 somehow but I'm going to set the bar slightly lower this year to avoid stressing myself out.
  • Go to YALC again!! YALC was some of the best fun I've ever had and I met so many amazing people so I'm looking forward to (hopefully) going again in 2018!
  • Beat the Backlist!!! I will be takin part in Novel Knight's Beat the Backlist challenge (I'm team Story Sorcerers - let me know if you're also taking part!!


I will be taking a break this week from doing Monday Highlights but it will be back next week!!


Sunday, 31 December 2017

Sunday Post 31st December 2017

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.

Sorry I've been absent for the last couple of weeks. I wrote a whole bunch of posts and then forgot to schedule them... which I only realised long after I could do anything about it. We are now moved into the new place and it's great! It already feels like home, we are currently doing the most important job - organising books! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and are looking forward to a Happy New Year!!


Books We Got This Week:


For Review:
City of Masks (Somershill Manor Mystery #3)The BarrowfieldsHappyland: A Fairy Tale in Two PartsElemental Claim: War of the Myth Book One
City of Masks by S.D. Sykes: Sent to me by the publisher, I am super excited for this because it is set in Venice which is my favourite place I've ever been to!
The Barrowfields by Phillip Lewis: Sent to me by the publisher, This looks dark and intriguing. I love the cover!
Happyland by Tes Mekonnen: Sent to me by the author, this looks incredible. Some Alice in Wonderland vibes from the artwork and the story sounds so unique!
Elemental Claim by Miranda Grant: Sent to me by the author, this sounds like exactly my kind of read and I am excited to read it soon!

Gifted:
Daughter of the Burning CityAlex and Eliza (Alex & Eliza #1)
Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody: Ann gave me this for Christmas, it was one of my favourite books of the year so I am thrilled to have the paperback!
Alex and Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz: I love Hamilton so I am nervously excited for this, this was a Boxing Day present from Ann!

Reading Update:

Everless (Untitled #1)
Everless by Sara Holland: In the past two weeks I've only managed to read one book (turns out moving home takes up a lot of your time) but it was a really good one. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of Everless at YALC this year and was kinda nervous to read it because it sounded a little cliché. But it managed to walk the line between tropey and original fairly well. You've still got a lot of the YA fantasy regular plot points but you also have really good world building and a good writing style. For me it was the best of both but if you really dislike the YA tropes then this might not be for you.

Monday, 18 December 2017

Monday Highlights #36

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, 17 December 2017

Sunday Post 17th December 2017

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.

We are moving house next Tuesday so I may be a little absent but I've got a few posts ready and I'll still check in with comments when I can!!


Last Week on the Blog:

  • Monday Highlights #34
  • Top Ten Books of 2017

Books We Got This Week:

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe
Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa De La Cruz: Received for review from Hodder. I am probably going to start reading this immediately because it's one of the few books I haven't packed and it's Christmas!! 


Reading Update:

Accidentally on Purpose (Heartbreaker Bay, #3)Chasing Christmas Eve (Heartbreaker Bay, #4)
Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis: 5 stars, I love Elle SO much. She is the character I most relate to (although I thankfully don't have her past troubles). And Archer is amazing so I've been waiting for this book! And it didn't disappoint. Definitely my favourite book of the series.
Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis: 4.5 stars, Super got me into a Christmas spirit. Didn't love the romance as much as I loved Elle and Archer's but I always love these characters and Shalvis's writing so this was a delight. 

Next Week on the Blog:

  • Monday Highlights #35
  • Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings
  • Clare Reviews: The Dragon's Legacy by Deborah A. Wolf

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Top Ten (OK Twelve) Books of 2017!!!

Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and you can find a full list of past and future topics here. This was a really daunting topic to me! How am I supposed to pick just 10 favourites?? But I did my best and these are 12 books that really stood out to me in 2017!


Dating Sarah Cooper
Dating Sarah Cooper
Possibly one of my new favourite books ever. I've already read it three times this year and I'm pretty sure I'll be reading it again and again in the future. It's short and sweet and so, so good. I also made Vera @ Regal Critiques read it and you can check out her review of it here

The Smoke Hunter
The Smoke Hunter
My first favourite book of the year. I received an ARC of this and my review is up here. Ann also then kindly got me a finished copy for my birthday so again this is a book I've already re-read! Think, Lara Croft meets Suffragettes with a swoony romance.

The Comfort of Secrets 
The Comfort of Secrets (Sweet Lake #2)
Ever since reading Sweet Lake (earlier this year as well), I've been a huge fan of Christine Nolfi's writing. This is the second book in that series and I loved it even more than the first. You can check out my reviews of both books here and here.

Daughter of the Burning City 
Daughter of the Burning City
This was on my TBR since it was first announced because anything to do with circuses or carnivals or anything remotely similar is right up my street! And this did not disappoint. My review of this is pretty gushy!

Crimson and Bone
Crimson and Bone
Marina Fiorato is possibly my favourite historical fiction writer and this is definitely my favourite of her books. It was dark and creepy and the characters and locations felt so real! Actually writing about it now makes me want to experience it again so badly! Again - review here!

Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas
Devil in Spring (The Ravenels, #3)
Hands down my favourite romance writer, and this is my favourite of her books (to date - she keeps getting better). I love the tie-in to Devil in Winter which was my previous favourite of her books. And the characters were so lovable.

My Lady Jane
My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies, #1)
I'd heard mixed things so I was initially nervous but oh my god this was so funny! The characters were perfect, the fantasy was incredible and the humour and romance were so on point. I can't wait for the rest of the Jane books to come out!!

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Guide, #1)
Another of my most anticipated releases of 2017 that definitely didn't let me down! Monty was fantastic, Percy was the absolute sweetest and Felicity - I am so looking forward to her book!!

Under Rose-Tainted Skies
Under Rose-Tainted Skies
Probably the best depiction of anxiety and agoraphobia I have ever read. I have both so was worried this would be triggering but actually felt super comforted reading about somebody in a similar situation to me!

We Have Always Lived in the Castle
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
I took one of those "what book should you read next" quizzes and got this. Out of sheer curiosity I ordered it and ended up adoring it! I am crazy about the sisters and their home and the ending was one of the best I have ever read!

After the Fire
After the Fire
I met Will Hill at YALC after reading this book (and fangirled a little). He was super lovely. And his book is incredible! I read this as it was part of the Zoella Book Club and it was my favourite of the books in that set!

Tiny Pretty Things
Tiny Pretty Things (Tiny Pretty Things, #1)
I describe this as the most Slytherin book I have ever read. And as a Slytherin that is a pretty high compliment. It was twisted and ambitious. All of the characters were somewhat unlikable which only made me like them more. 

Monday, 11 December 2017

Monday Highlights #35

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!