Monday, 24 April 2017

Review: Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo

Six Of Crows
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Series: Six of Crows #1
My rating: {★★★★★}

YA Fantasy

Source: Purchased
Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he'll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done - and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable - if they don't kill each other first.
I buddy read Six of Crows with the amazing Amy from A Magical World of Words! For both of us it was our first foray into the Grisha universe AND our first Bardugo book ever. Have a look at her review here.

Six of Crows is a dark, gritty, tightly plotted heist adventure focusing on a ragtag group of young adults all with their own stories to tell.

“No Mourners.
No Funerals.”

Bardugo is one heck of a story teller; this book kept me on my toes the entire time, never knowing what was about to happen and what might crawl out from the next rock she overturned. The world, the characters and the plot are all unravelled slowly, and when I say unravelled I mean it - it's a pretty tangled mess in the beginning and I was floundering there for a long moment, unsure of who these people were, what this world was, what the Grisha were capable of etc. etc. etc. That being said, obviously you CAN read this without having read the Grisha trilogy AND you can enjoy it immensely. I'm going to go back and read all the Grisha books and then I'm going to indulge in this world all over again because I KNOW it's the kind of book that will benefit from a re-read.

I completely enjoyed ALL of the characters in this story - and there are quite a lot of them to keep track of. It's complex, but I love that in a story and each of the characters had such a distinctive voice that it wasn't a struggle to keep them all separate in my head. There's wonderful nuances of camaraderie and great friendships as well as plenty of ships to get behind, even though any romance is pretty understated. The characters are all complex, multi-faceted and flawed; it's so easy to get behind this group of thieves, criminals, gamblers, cheats and misfits. They are bolder and more badass than I could ever hope to be and they (particularly Kaz and Nina) say things that I would LOVE to say, and yet never would. Isn't that just the best thing about the antihero?

Initially I found it difficult to connect to Kaz (yes, the infamous Kaz Brekker I had heard sooooo much about!) but once I saw his vulnerabilities and insecurities and realised how deeply flawed and quirky he was - I was a goner. I think my moral compass has been broken.

“Greed is your god, Kaz."
He almost laughed at that. "No, Inej. Greed bows to me. It is my servant and my lever.”

There's some really meaningful interactions, some great banter and witty humour to keep you entertained throughout. I tossed up whether I was rounding this one up to five stars or down to four stars and in the end I just felt like four stars wasn't quite enough. This book is beautifully written with rich detail and a plot to thrill and surprise. Even after all the hype I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED.

Kaz leaned back. "What's the easiest way to steal a man's wallet?"
"Knife to the throat?" asked Inej.
"Gun to the back?" said Jesper.
"Poison in his cup?" suggested Nina.
"You're all horrible," said Matthias.
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Sunday, 23 April 2017

Weekly Round Up #29 : The One Where I've Been Super Lazy

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.


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Well, I'm not sure what happened to last week but I really didn't achieve very much! I think that the holiday has caught up with me and I'm just in super, super chill mode.

I've been to the physio a couple of times in an effort to try and loosen up my neck and shoulder muscles and every time I go I come back in agony. I just have to hope that it's helping in the long run and that the stretches he's getting me to do will start working soon! 

What I read last week:


Amy and I started buddy reading Six of Crows together and I think we sped through it considering we're in vastly different timezones and can only catch up at certain times! We often have differing opinions on books but this is one that we both loved a lot and I'm so glad we chose it to buddy read together!

We immediately started reading Crooked Kingdom together and our reviews of Six of Crows will be up this week!

What I am currently reading:

Crooked Kingdom
The Kingmaker23168406

I made a bit of progress with both The Kingmaker and Rogue but have really been focused on Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom. Miss Bardugo really knows how to keep you guessing and I'm loving the Grisha universe so much I definitely need to get the trilogy ASAP. 

Up Next:

A Court of Thorns and RosesA Court of Mist and Fury

As soon as I finish all of my current reads I'm diving into the world of A Court of Thorns and Roses! I cannot wait for the release of the third book! Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

New Arrivals:

The Immortals Quartet Scholastic

Nothing new for review this week but the library just happened to get in a new 'series in a box' box set and it's one of my all time favourite childhood authors and I couldn't help myself.  This was one of my very, very favourite series when I was a tween!

And that's my week! How did yours go?
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Saturday, 22 April 2017

Review: The Black Lotus & Blood Orchid - Claire Warner

The Black Lotus
The Black Lotus & Blood Orchid by Claire Warner
Series: Night Flower Books 1&2

My rating: {★★★☆☆}

YA Historical Fantasy PNR

Source: YA Bound Book Tours
It's 1752 and Melissa meets the man who will change her life forever. At her disastrous debut, Melissa meets the handsome Justin Lestrade and finds herself falling into his world. But Justin has secrets and many enemies. His dark past will not only ensnare her, but damage everything she knows and understands. Join Melissa as she sinks into a world of old feuds and ancient magic.
Blood Orchid
Tied to Justin with bonds stronger than blood, Melissa De Vire heads into her new life with fear and anger. Anger at Emily, at Katherine and most of all, anger at Justin, fuels her resolve to find a cure for the curse. From the English court in 1752 to the fires of the French Revolution, Melissa struggles to survive her new existence and find forgiveness for Justin as clues to a cure begin to surface.
I received books one and two of the Night Flower series from YA Bound Book Tours. I hadn't heard of the series previously but the premise interested me immensely and the fact that this was a historical PNR was the clincher. I'm going to be reviewing books one and two together and I will not include any spoilers.

I really struggled with a rating for both of these books (both three to three and a half stars from me) because I did really enjoy them and they were great entertainment value for me. They kept me reading until late in the night and while some of the great reveals weren't hard to guess, I just enjoyed the books for what they were. Unfortunately both books suffered from editing issues and while I don't mind a spelling error or two or a grammatical faux-pas here and there I also think that both of these books could have had some scenes cut and some re-writes done in order to make the plot tighter and to make the books even more engaging.

The books are set in the 1700s with Melissa as our main protagonist. A woman before her time and a young debutante she is not happy being shunted off into the best possible marriage by her parents and is jealous of the freedom and autonomy of the men of her era.

The historical aspects of the story seem to have been researched and represented well although we could have had even more detail in order to give us a broader scope of the setting. The paranormal facets are both unique and interesting and I love the idea of the curse and how the characters deal with their immortality.

The writing, while not perfect, was vivid and I loved the descriptions that Warner gave us and I was able to envisage the world with great clarity. Characters were developed satisfactorily in book one and by the second book I think Warner really hit her stride and I enjoyed learning more of their backgrounds and seeing their interactions.

The romance started off as a bit of insta-lust but I think that it turned into something sweeter and more believable as the books went on and this wasn't a problem for me at all.

Overall the second book was better than the first being more tightly plotted (and shorter), better character development and faster pacing however it's obviously necessary to read them both!

If you're a fan of YA PNR and/or historical romance, give this one a try!
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Friday, 21 April 2017

The Blog Squad: A Blogger Collaboration Part IX

We are a group of three book bloggers situated on different continents but brought together by our love for books and a penchant for talking about them. We’ve joined our forces to create a collaborative series of posts about book blogging and we hope you’ll enjoy the discussions.


What do you think is important about blog layout? How did you decide on your particular one?

Uma says...

Of course there’s no fixed way as to how your layout should be or not. Go ahead, edit it and make it “you”. I think the blog design is a way of expression and it should be your very own. Of course you can be inspired by other blogs but don’t try to recreate others’ blog designs.

That being said, there are some things that are important to layout. Some things that readers like to see and some things that can put off your visitors. One big thing to remember while deciding your layout and design is -

Blog layout = easily navigable and MUST NOT HURT EYES.

Things about Layout and design that make yours truly cry and burn down the building-
  • Finding a wonderful blog but WHERE IS THAT FOLLOW BUTTON?!
  • Sidebars dressed in flashy widgets from head to toe
  • Fonts so fancy that I have a headache!
  • I love me some graphics but WHAT IS THAT THING GLOWING AND FLASHING? “My eyes! MY EYES” (Read that in Phoebe’s voice)
  • What an amazing discussion post, let me leave a comment -*searches for comment box* - *Can’t find comment box*- *cry*
  • So graphic heavy that the page takes an eternity to load. #messingwithmytimemanagement

As for my layout, I went with two sidebars because I didn’t want my readers to have to scroll down for too long to get to the links in my sidebars. Also since my header is kind of ‘filling’ and heavy, I kept my background plain to even it out. And I decided on flowers because well, I LOVE flowers. Even my bookstagram looks like an explosion of flowers! (but in a good way!)(I think?)

Amy says...

I think it’s important that your blog layout shows you: Your style, your tastes, your choice of colours….don’t try copy someone else’s, be true to what you like and who you are. I guess that applies to more to design than actual layout, but still. It’s your blog, so make it yours.   Design it and arrange the layout in the way you’re comfortable with. Make it your blog :)

That said, I do think another important thing you should probably consider when designing and layouting (I think I just made up a word?!) is your readers and their impressions. I personally think a blog layout should be very organised, with fonts and graphics that are easy to read and don’t hurt the eyes, and preferably without too much clutter in the sidebars, etc. It should be easy to navigate and very reader-friendly. With my layout, I’ve tried to keep it tidy, simple, and organised, and have resisted the urge to fill up my sidebars. Your personal tastes play hugely into this, but I do think it’s important to remember your readers - however much you design for yourself.  Keep it your style, your colours, etc, but make it easy for your readers to search for posts, read your reviews, and if you want them to stalk you elsewhere, make your social media links in your sidebar easy to find.

Yes, it definitely comes down to your personal preferences, but thinking of your readers as a whole, consider how to make their visit easier and more enjoyable - especially if you want them to stick around. First impressions are a HUGE part of blogging, and most bloggers won’t hang around trying to find your menu bar or social media links if it takes them more than a few seconds.

Layout can be a real pain, but most of the time I’ve found that keeping it simple is better.    

Is there one thing you wish you’d done differently to your blog from the start? One thing you regret?

Uma says...

Okay this is going to sound cheesy but I’m gonna say - no regrets. Sometimes, like Di, I do wonder if i should have started off with a WordPress blog but truthfully I’m content with my blog and how it looks right now. I am kind of having some technical problems with blogger currently but hopefully I can sort that out soon.

I think blogging is a learning process and while some things like blog name, platform among others must be decided right at first, it’s perfectly okay to plan everything else as it comes. For example, I didn’t know about Bloglovin until quite later and I learnt a bit of CSS when I had some problems with my layout. Do I wish I’d known about these beforehand? Maybe. Do I regret not having known them? Nope.

Amy says...

I think the thing I’d do differently to my blog if I could is change the name. It’s not that I’m not happy with A Magical World Of Words, it’s just that - if I’d given myself time to think carefully about it - I don’t think I would’ve chosen that particular title.   
When I first created my blog, it was called Words of a Wordaholic. THANKFULLY I changed it. But because I was in a rush to get the URL sorted out and get a new name before I lost visitors or followers or whatever, I scrambled for a name that would encompass what I wanted my blog to stand for and one that would fit my personal tastes.  I wanted it to have Words in the title, and so in rush I decided upon A Magic World Of Words - since I believe words are magical, and obviously words encompasses every single post I write.
To cut a long story short, I eventually ended up with the title I have now. I do regret being in such a rush that I chose about the first name I thought of, and if I could do things differently, I’d change my blog name to something shorter.

So here’s some advice!! Think about your blog name long and hard before choosing one and don’t rush! It’s isn’t a nice thing to be unhappy with :(  

What is the next item on your blogging ‘To Do’ list?

Uma says...

Writing more discussion posts, posting more about writing, and exploring the blogosphere more! I’ve been posting only twice a week lately due to having exams and once that’s over I hope to get back to posting 3-4 times a week. I also want to find new blogs and make more friends. Hopefully I’ll get to accomplishing all of these in the summer holidays!

Amy says...

 I really really really want to do more discussion posts! I’ve got a few lined up in my head, but haven’t gotten round to them yet. Also, I’m kinda nervous about doing them (#procrastination) because discussing can be daunting and intimidating and SCARY BECAUSE IT’S YOUR OPINION, but hopefully I’ll be able to tackle them soon.

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Sunday, 16 April 2017

Weekly Round Up #28 : Happy Easter Everyone!!

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.


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Happy Easter everyone! I hope you are all having a lovely weekend. We have consumed far too much chocolate already and hopefully will actually get around to having a proper meal for dinner. The Easter bunny was very generous this year and we're all in a sort of chocolate coma! 

What I read last week:

Red WinterDark Tempest

Red Winter surprised me by being almost a 5 star read. I really enjoyed it and once I finished that one I simply devoured the other two books (both five stars for me) by opening them up in the evening and just reading through the night! It's been a LONG time since a series has consumed me so entirely and I really enjoyed being sucked into that Japanese based fantasy world. The only problem now is the very serious book hangover that I've now sunk into...

What I am currently reading:

The Kingmaker23168406

Still going with these two since the Red Winter series took over my life last week! 

Up Next:


I'll be buddy reading Six of Crows with Amy from A Magical World of Words and I can't wait! This should be enough to suck me out of my book hangover, right?? 

New Arrivals:

Flame In The Mist

YAASS! I'm not sure how this happened but I'm super excited. I'm avoiding all reviews right now so I go in with a total blank slate! I LOVED TW&TD so I'm super excited for this Mulan retelling.

And that's my week! How did yours go?
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Friday, 14 April 2017

The Blog Squad: A Blogger Collaboration Part VIII

We are a group of three book bloggers situated on different continents but brought together by our love for books and a penchant for talking about them. We’ve joined our forces to create a collaborative series of posts about book blogging and we hope you’ll enjoy the discussions.


Should reviews have spoiler alerts? Or be spoiler free?

Uma says...

I mostly write spoiler free reviews but I think it’s totally fine to have the occasional spoiler BUT please do give readers a spoiler alert! No one likes being spoiled for a book they’re yet to read. Sometimes I NEED to talk about something in a book because it was so freaking awesome/ horrible/ appalling. At times like those I use this - *SPOILERS AHEAD* to warn my readers. IF i’m adding a spoiler, I make sure to add it at the end of the ‘Plot’ section in my reviews with proper spoiler alerts.

Amy says...

There’s nothing wrong with having spoilers in your review (unless they’re like every second line), but I do think there must always be a spoiler alert. It’s basic consideration, really; I personally wouldn’t want to read a review that spoils the ending of the book for me and have not been warned earlier in the review that it was coming. It’s tactless and inconsiderate.  

For my reviews, I try to do them as spoiler free as possible, just to avoid the risk of spoiling anything for anyone. But if on the off-chance I do write a spoiler (and like Uma says, sometimes you just NEED to because it made such an impact), I’ll definitely warn the reader a sentence or two above in capitals like so: “SPOILER ALERT!” And after the spoiler write the same thing to close it off.

To summarise, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the occasional spoiler in your review, but please warn people beforehand!  It’s horrible to have a book spoiled for you before you’ve read it.

Do the endings of books affect your rating or overall opinion?

Uma says...

That depends! If the ride was wonderful, a little jerky end isn’t too bad and I don’t think it would affect my ratings but I ABSOLUTELY HATE it when there is no closure to mysteries. Like I’ve read a couple of books where the author builds up this huge suspense but never gives the answers! Sometimes it’s worse when the author does provide an answer but a really unrealistic ones.

I never lower my ratings because of cliffhangers in series. It’s a series! Authors have cliffhangers so we’ll pick up the next book. BUT I don’t like it when authors force in a cliffhanger. That might affect my rating as forcing in an event in a rough manner translates into bad plotting. Also if there is this super huge series with so much going on and even at the end of the series there are no explanations <ANNOYING and DISAPPOINTING>

But even in the cases where I do lower my ratings due to the ending it’s not much. At the most I might lower it on star/heart; not more than that! But I certainly do mention my disappointment in the review.

Amy says...

There are exceptions to every rule, but overall I’ll say no: generally, the endings don’t affect my overall opinion or rating. If the ending was horrible or disappointing or was a cop-out, I’ll definitely mention it in my review but I won’t necessarily drop my rating because of it.  

But there are exceptions.  If the book’s a thriller or mystery novel - or with a mystery at its core - then if the ending totally flunks out and fails to deliver a crucial revelation or cops-out with an excuse, then that’ll affect my rating and overall opinion. When the whole plot hinges on a revelation or crucial confrontation, then if the ending fails to meet that, it basically makes the rest of the book pointless.

So to summarise, it really depends on the type of book.

How long should a review be?

Uma says...

TRICKY TRICKY QUESTION! I don’t think there’s a specific length? But I sure as hell wouldn’t be able to read a review that goes on and on like Jack’s beanstalk! BUT that doesn’t mean I’ll be satisfied with a two line review either. I think the trick is to find the perfect line in between (I know that’s not helpful!)

I have a particular format for writing reviews that works well for me and keeps my reviews a somewhat similar length. I split my review up into 6 parts - CHARACTERS, PLOT, WRITING, WHAT I LIKED, WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE, CONCLUSION. The last three are there to give readers a quick overview of important points and my overall feelings towards the book. I know people might be busy and they just want to know how I liked the book and these three totally help!

Amy says...

The easy answer: as long as it takes for you to make your point. But then again, if your point takes 12,000 words, I’d say cut it down to a more concise point ;)  

As a reader of reviews, I prefer ones that are shorter, more concise, and with the important points in bold print. Most people don’t have the time or patience to read through a review longer than  about 800 words, no matter how beautifully it’s written. I’m generalising, but it’s mostly true. Personally, I often skim long reviews - unless it’s a book I’m desperately eager to know about or if I have buckets of time on my hands. Unfortunately, those things usually aren’t applicable, and I’ll skim the review or read the bold points to get the gist of it. #bloggerconfessions

When I write reviews, I try to keep them under the criteria I’ve mentioned above. Sometimes I worry that my reviews are too short at times, which is probably the case. But I’m becoming more and more aware of my inability to be concise, and I suppose writing reviews allows me to practice turning that around. It’s a personal issue with my writing, and I’m very aware of that as I write my reviews.   

So I try to keep my reviews short and to the point - and if they’re quite long, I’ll break them into paragraphs (like I’d do anyway) and maybe add a few images in too, just to make the read easier.  

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Review: Strange the Dreamer - Laini Taylor

Strange The Dreamer
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Series: Strange The Dreamer #1

My rating: {★★★★★}

YA Fantasy
Published March 28th 2017 by Hodder & Stoughton

Source: Hachette Australia via NetGalley

A brand new, heart-stopping novel and the first in a thrilling duology from the much-loved author of the DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE trilogy, Laini Taylor.

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around - and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries - including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo's dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

In this sweeping and breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the shadow of the past is as real as the ghosts who haunt the citadel of murdered gods. Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage.

This is my first Laini Taylor book and I have to admit it has been such a treat. I'm about to go and find ALL the Laini Taylor books to devour. This is the beginning of something beautiful!

First and foremost, I have to mention that I didn't realise that this was a part of a series (duology) until I was very near to the end - I'm not sure why I keep doing that to myself lately! And yet I'm so pleased that there will be more to this completely unique story with the amazing characters and world I have fallen in love with.

The world building is simply amazing. It is slowly conjured around you through gentle, floral words. The prose is almost too much, and then it's not quite enough - a sumptuous treat that is finished at the height of enjoyment giving the perfect amount of pleasure and leaving you wanting more.

I've never had a problem with a slow-build and I can really appreciate that there is zero info dumping, however this does make the beginning a little slower than some may like but if you stick with it - it's breathtaking.

There's so many questions raised here - about hatred and prejudice and how this is dealt with; about slavery and wars and blood and death and how the repercussions of actions can be felt throughout time; about love and hope and desperation: It's more than I could have ever asked for.

Vengeance. Sarai heard the way he said it, and she understood something. Vengeance ought to be spoken through gritted teeth, spittle flying, the cords of one’s soul so entangled in it that you can’t let it go, even if you try.
If you feel it— if you really feel it — then you speak it like it’s a still-beating heart clenched in your fist and there’s blood running down your arm, dripping off your elbow, and you can’t let go.

The story begins with Lazlo Strange and I immediately connected to him: That wild youth who felt all the magic and was so obsessed with a forgotten city and his make believe world of play. I even connected to the quiet gray person he became with his wildness not quite gone but rather simmering for all that time - that underdog who wanted to be so much more than he was, the dreamer who never stopped dreaming.

There were no books to hide behind, and no shadows — only Lazlo Strange in his worn gray robes, with his nose that had been broken by fairy tales, looking like the hero of no story ever told.
Or. No story yet told.

The plot is oh so unique and I loved the world that is created here - there are gods and goddesses, ghosts and monsters and myths and fantasy and none of them are like anything I've read before. It was a fresh and wonderful and utterly beautiful place to be.

“Beautiful and full of monsters? ”
“All the best stories are.”

The characters are fantastic - complex, believable and easy to connect with. Too easy in fact - before I even realised that I was, I was way too invested in the story and found myself sobbing at the end.... Although it's not exactly an unhappy ending it definitely wasn't what I was expecting and now I'm waiting on tenterhooks for the next book... 2018 isn't that far away... Right?

What I admired the most is that for (almost) each and every character there was no simple story and no cardboard cut out or stencil that they are drawn from - there were many sides to each and every personality and MOTIVES to their actions, so much so that you could feel compassion for so many of them even when you couldn't condone their actions.

The romance in the book was pretty darned awesome and I loved the ferocity of love and hope that was displayed. At the end of this book I'm pretty heartbroken and yet strangely hopeful too: I'm not sure where we can go from here but I honestly can't wait to find out!

This time tomorrow, they would be mysteries no longer.
The end of wondering, he thought, but not of wonder. That was just beginning. He was certain of it.
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Sunday, 9 April 2017

Weekly Round Up #27 : The one where I laugh at myself for thinking I will be caught up

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.


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I don't know how I thought I'd be all caught up with blogging this week. It's actually laughable!

Being on 'holiday' actually leaves me with less free time than usual as each day is filled with catching up with friends and people I haven't seen in ages as well as being a single mom for the duration and keeping the three year old entertained all the time without the comforts of home like her fail safe toys and regular activities.

The library has been a lifesaver with some really great kids books and activities for her to do up there in the day time (I should really attempt to take my laptop up there one day!) and next week there's Easter crafts hosted there on Tuesday which should be lots of fun! I've also volunteered to help so wish me luck!

What I read last week:

Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince

I managed to finish a re-read of The Half Blood Prince. I was trying to listen to the entire thing on audio but I caved at about 75% and read the rest - I was too impatient! I do love the Stephen Fry narration though and I will try to listen to a lot of The Deathly Hallows. 

What I am currently reading:

The KingmakerRed Winter

I'm busy reading review copies of Red Winter and The Kingmaker and I'm also trying to hit Rogue off the backlist although I haven't really managed to look at it too much!

Up Next:

Dream Me

I'll either make a start on a review copy OR I'll start on my Court of Thorns and Roses re-read in anticipation of the new release coming on the 2nd of May.... I am trying hard to hold off on the re-reads though so that I can go straight from them into the next book.... It's going to be tough! 

New Arrivals:

Nothing new on the review stack yet but I did line up something for next week!!! Oops... I'm supposed to be steering clear for a while longer.

And that's my week! How did yours go?
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