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Weekly Round Up #6

Here's my weekly roundup. I'm linking to The Sunday Post hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer and #IMWAYR hosted by Kathryn at the Book Date.

Another week done and dusted and the end of October is here already. I cannot fathom how quickly this year has flown by! Didn't we just enter a new year the other day? 
What I read last week:
Heartless was an excellent story. I have no idea how I have lived my life thus far without having read anything by Marissa Meyer - I'm going to fix that soon.

Heir of Fire - I just love anything SJ Maas and this is a re-read for me so that I'm back up to date with this world before reading Empire of Storms. It's taking me a long time to get through the series because - work, life, commitments - but I will hopefully be able to move through them a little faster and actually get to the latest book within this year. What I am currently reading:
I've been struggling a little with FrostBlood, but only because I received it in an…

Blogger Babble: I Love Book Blogs

Well, I guess it's kind of obvious, since you know, I am running a book blog of my own now, but in doing that I think I love book blogs even MORE than I used to and I have become exposed to so many new (to me) bloggers that I love.

Eventually I will create a blog roll to feature on my site but that is going to take time because obviously I hate the widgets that Blogger is providing me with and I am going to play around with things FOR A VERY LONG TIME until I get them how I (almost) want to see them.

So in the meantime, here are some of my most frequented blogs that I visit and some of the reasons that I love them. There's no particular order here - I'm just writing as they come to me.

I have used Goodreads for a while before I even thought of looking at blogs - I mean, it's one of the ultimate websites for a bookworm - and Alyssa is someone I kept coming across and loving her reviews. Now I visit her blog all the time to read her posts and even though she has a huge b…

Review: Heartless - Marissa Meyer

Heartless by Marissa Meyer
My Rating : {★★★★★}

Young Adult Fantasy FairyTale Retelling
Expected publication: November 8th 2016 by Pan Australia

Source: Pan Macmillan Australia via NetGalley
Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king's marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter i…

Review: Timekeeper - Tara Sim

Timekeeper by Tara Sim
My Rating : {★★★★☆}

Young Adult Steampunk Fantasy
Expected publication: November 8th 2016 by Sky Pony Press

Source: Sky Pony Press via NetGalley
Two o’clock was missing.

In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.

And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time.…

Weekly Round Up #5

Here's my weekly roundup. I'm linking to The Sunday Post hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer and #IMWAYR hosted by Kathryn at the Book Date.

Well unfortunately it's been another slow reading week for me. I did manage to post my Three Dark Crowns review and of course there was the Spells and Sorcery blog tour stop which I enjoyed. I finished one of my outstanding ARCs and managed to pick up Heartless which I hope I can finish this week. 
I'm trying my best not to make any new ARC requests until I have completely finished my current outstanding obligations. I don't want to have an overwhelming load over the festive season.

What I read last week:
I really enjoyed TimeKeeper and will be posting my review ASAP. 
What I am currently reading:
I'm still going through my Throne of Glass series re-reads. I've had to try and push more on finishing my ARCs though and combined with slower reading weeks this has been taking me forever! Up Next: New Arrivals:


Review: Three Dark Crowns - Kendare Blake

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Series: Three Dark Crowns #1
My Rating : {★★★★☆}

Young Adult Fantasy
Published September 22nd 2016 by Macmillan Children's Books

Source: Purchased
Three sisters. One crown. A fight to the death.

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn't solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it's not just a game of win or lose . . . it's life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown. This is the ope…

Review and Blog Tour: Spells and Sorcery - S. Usher Evans

Spells and Sorceryby S. Usher Evans
(Lexie Carrigan Chronicles, #1)

My Rating : {★★★★☆}

Young Adult Fantasy
Publication date: October 4th 2016
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
You have magic.
One sentence, three words, four syllables. Enough to change my life forever. And I’m not talking about the whole spells and sorcery thing.
Lexie Carrigan thought the weirdest thing about her was she preferred watching documentaries and reading the newspaper to reality TV and Twitter. But on the eve of her fifteenth birthday, her aunt and sisters drop a bomb–she’s magical.
Now the girl who never made waves is blowing up her nightstand and trying to keep from wreaking havoc on her school. When a kind stranger shows up with all the answers, Lexie hopes he’ll be able to help her control her newfound powers. But Gavon may not be as kind as he seems, and soon Lexie finds out that being magical is the least weird thing about her.
Spells and Sorcery is the first YA fantasy from S. Usher Evans, author of the Ra…

Weekly Round Up #4

Here's my weekly roundup. I'm linking to The Sunday Post hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer and #IMWAYR hosted by Kathryn at the Book Date.

This week has been one of those weeks where I feel like I've just been struggling to keep up! I've been behind on everything - reading, reviewing, blogging - and just scrabbling to keep up!
I did manage to set-up my very first giveaway so it will be exciting to see how this turns out. I have no idea what I'm doing really, but the opportunity came up to give something away so I am! 

What I read last week:

What I am currently reading: Up Next:
New Arrivals:

My non-request period couldn't last for long! But Heartless is one I have been looking forward to for a very long time and I can't wait to see Meyer's take on the Queen of Hearts - before she was the terror of Wonderland. Now we all know how this tale ends up, but I think this is going to be a fantastic read!

Frostblood is also an exciting one that I first s…

Flashback Friday: Alanna: The First Adventure - Tamora Pierce

Flashback Friday celebrates books from our past - anything published more than 5 years ago counts!
It is hosted by Swoony Boys Podcast & Fiction Fare and I love it because it's not only the new releases that deserve our attention. 

Greg over at Book Haven recently did a post about Nostalgia Reads which once more got me thinking about books that I read in my childhood and have re-read as an adult.

I adore the Tortall series by Tamora Pierce and I will be one of the first racing in with my pre-orders when she published more in the series (it's about Numair, the early years!!!!!).

These are some of her first books that I ever read and I love them even now as an adult. Maybe it's my teenage self rating them, but there's so much merit in these books and some great adventures and they show young girls how powerful they can be and how great men will support them and allow them to be the amazing women they will grow up to me.

Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lion…

BloggerBabble: Upcoming Blog Tour and Giveaway! Spells and Sorcery

The Spells and Sorcery Blog tour starts on the 17th of October. Stop by then to check out my review post and to find out more about this book.

There will be a giveaway running along with the blog tour that you can enter for a paperback copy plus swag, but in ADDITION to this I will also be hosting my own giveaway for one free ebook copy of Spells and Sorcery which is available internationally.

My giveaway will be running until the end of October with the prize drawn in the first few days of November.

This is the first giveaway I'm doing as a Book Blogger, so don't be shy to let me know what you think in the comments section below. Tips and hints are also appreciated!

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Review: Crown of Midnight - Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #2
My Rating : {★★★★☆}

Young Adult Fantasy
Published August 27th 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Source: Borrowed
"A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.
It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend."

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreig…

Weekly Round Up #3

Here's my weekly roundup. I'm linking to The Sunday Post hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer and #IMWAYR hosted by Kathryn at the Book Date.

I was away last week so everything was super slow on the blogging front but I'm back now and hoping to catch up with everyone. It might take me a couple of days to completely come right with my comments but I'll get there! I can't wait to do my rounds and visit all your blogs again.

What I read last week:
I thoroughly enjoyed Spells and Sorcery and will be doing a review post on the 17 for that one.

Crown of Midnight I also managed to finish but it's getting increasingly hard to write reviews for this series. I'll get my review up for that one as soon as possible though.

What I am currently reading:

Up Next:
New Arrivals:

I think being away for a week has actually done me some good - I have not requested or borrowed ANY new books which means I have a small chance to try and take something off my massive TBR pile.…