April wrap up

This month I read 19 books, which I am really pleased with. In terms of sticking to my TBR, I did not do to well… I only read two out of five which is not great. I did manage to write more reviews than I normally do this month though so April has been a great reading month overall.

Here are the books I read this month:

Pictures27.jpgRed Rising by Pierce Brown. This is one of the books I wrote a review for so if you want to check that out just click on this link .

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury. I have a review for this one as well so feel free to check it out. My review.

Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children by Ransom Riggs. This book was amazing and if you want to know more about my thoughts I do have a Review. My review.


Pictures28.jpgLove and other Theories by Alexis Bass. I have a review for this one so feel free to check it out here.

A study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro. You can check out my review for this book here.

Pretending to be Erica by Michelle Painchaud. This is the last book I have a review for this month and you can check it out here.


Pictures29.jpgRebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes . This book was even better than the first book in the series and it really got me hooked.

Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes . This book is probably my favourite book in this series so far. It was just so good!

Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes. This book was just as good as the rest of the series and I am now all caught up on it. Unfortunately, this means I have to wait a long time for the fifth book…

A book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes. This is the first book in a Falling kingdoms spin off series and personally I like this one more. I just connected more to the characters in this one and I found it more interesting, but I still love both series!


Pictures30.jpgBirthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien. This is a dystopian and unfortunately, I did not like it much. I felt like I had read the story before and it just fell a bit flat.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. This book was amazing! Heart breaking but great. You should definitely read it.

Lying out loud by Kody Keplinger. This was a fun contemporary and we get to see Bianca and Wes from the DUFF so that was nice. It was a good book and I enjoyed it.


Pictures31.jpgSuicide notes from beautiful girls by Lynn Weingarten. I have no idea how to explain this book without spoiling anything so I won’t try. I can say that it was an interesting read that I liked.

My heart and other black holes by Jasmine Warga. This book is about depression and suicide so it is not a light, fluffy contemporary. It was good though and I enjoyed it.

Mosquitoland by David Arnold. This book deals with some serious topics as well and is definitely a heavy read. I don’t know quite how I feel about this story because it was a bit weird. I guess I liked it though.


Pictures32.jpgThe Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead. This is the forth book in the bloodlines series and I enjoyed it. I did like the first three books more but I still found this really good.

Struck by Jennifer Bosworth. This book was sadly not for me. It wasn’t bad but I didn’t connect with any of the characters or the plot.

The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins. This book was great and I am so glad that it lived up to my high expectations. I just wish I could have the second book right now!


That concludes my wrap up for April. What did you guys read this month?

Luna.

 

 

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Book Fangirling Award

blogawardbuttonI was nominated for this by Carrianne @ cuppacritiques. You should go check out her blog because it is awesome!

Rules:

  • Create a post to accept your reward.
  • Answer the questions at the end.
  • Nominate 5 – 10 bloggers who you think also deserve this award.
  • Come up with your own 5 questions for your nominees.

The questions:

1) If you could steal a character’s clothes, whose would you steal?

I would steal Celaena Sardothien’s clothes because she has a lot of pretty dresses and I really want her assassin suit.

2) If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, which one would you choose?

I would just die if I could only read one book ever again! Seriously, I don’t think I could handle it. #myworstnightmare!!

3) What trope would you like to see more in books?

Platonic male/female friendships. I feel like this trope is almost non-existent in YA and it is ridiculous because boys and girls can be just friends.

4) Favorite bookish loot? If you don’t have any, then favorite book cover?

My platform 9 3/4 cup. It is beautiful and has an incorporated spoon. I would include a picture but it is currently in a box somewhere since I am moving at the moment.

5) Which scene would you like to be apart of and in what book?

The jule ball at Hogwarts or a transfiguration class. Anything ordinary at Hogwarts really. The jule ball is in Harry potter and the goblet of fire so let’s go with that one.

My Questions:

  1. What new release are you most exited to read in May?
  2. Do you prefer hardbacks, paperbacks or eBooks?
  3. Do you own any signed books?
  4. What was the last book you read?
  5. What is your favourite book cover?

I nominate:

Mosope and Hannah @ Ourreadsblog

Raven and Beez @ Ravenandbeez

Cat @ theyusedtodance

Yasaman @ followingmusesblog

Luna.

 

Most anticipated May releases

There are many great books being published in May and just like in April, I think I need to win some money in order to buy all of them! This month there are 16 books I am super excited for so let’s just get on with the list.

P.S To get to the books goodreads page click on the cover pictures.


On Sale May 3

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. MaasA Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)This is probably the book I’m most excited about getting my hands on. I just want it now!

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan MatsonThe Unexpected EverythingI love Morgan Matson and I am so excited that she has a new book! This one sounds like it will be just as great as her other books and the cover is so pretty.

Ruined by Amy TinteraRuined (Ruined, #1)This will be a new author for me but the story sounds great so I have high hopes.

Queen of Hearts by Colleen OakesQueen of Hearts (Queen of Hearts Saga #1)I really enjoy retellings and reading about how villains became the way they are, so this sounds perfect.

The May Queen Murders by Sarah JudeThe May Queen MurdersI don’t normally go for horror stories because I get scared easily but this one sounds too good to pass up.

The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter HapgoodThe Square Root of SummerThis book sounds really intriguing and different and I can’t wait to read it.

The Outliers by Kimberly McCreightThe OutliersLately I have been loving thrillers and this one sounds fantastic.

Traitor Angels by Anne BlankmanTraitor AngelsThis is a historical fiction and it sounds really good.

Night Speed by Chris HowardNight SpeedThis book sounds really interesting and action-packed.


On Sale May 17

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn SkyeThe Crown's Game (The Crown's Game, #1)I have been anticipating this for so long and I can’t wait to have it in my hands!

Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories edited by Stephanie PerkinsSummer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love StoriesThis book contains short stories from some great authors so hopefully it will be a good book.

The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. ArmentroutThe Problem with ForeverI love Jennifer L. Armentrout’s books and this one sounds amazing.

Girl Against the Universe by Paula StokesGirl Against the UniverseThis sounds like a fun, light contemporary and I tend to enjoy those.


On Sale May 24

Outrun the Moon by Stacey LeeOutrun the MoonI mostly want this because of the gorgeous cover. It is just so pretty!

Please Don’t Tell by Laura TimsPlease Don't TellThis is a mystery thriller and it sounds really intriguing.


On Sale May 31

Wanderlost by Jen MaloneWanderlostThis sounds like a cute summer romance type story and I love those.


Are there any May releases you are eagerly anticipating that I did not mention on this list? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

Luna.

 

The Friday 56X8

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Fredasvoice.

Rules:

Grab a book, any book.

Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader

Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)

Post it.

Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.’


The book: Vanishing GirlsVanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

Synopsis:

New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping story about two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident.

Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara’s beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it’s too late.

In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.


The 56:

We don’t talk about the accident, or Dara, or about the past at all. And suddenly it’s three o’clock and the first  shift of my new job is over, and it didn’t totally suck. 
Luna.

Waiting on Ruined

waiting on” wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by  Breaking the spine, that spotlights  upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. Ruined (Ruined, #1)

Ruined

By: Amy Tintera

Expected publication: May 3rd 2016 by HarperTeen

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war. She lacks the powers of her fellow Ruined. Worst of all, she witnessed her parents’ brutal murders and watched helplessly as her sister, Olivia, was kidnapped.

But because Em has nothing, she has nothing to lose. Driven by a blind desire for revenge, Em sets off on a dangerous journey to the enemy kingdom of Lera. Somewhere within Lera’s borders, Em hopes to find Olivia. But in order to find her, Em must infiltrate the royal family.

In a brilliant, elaborate plan of deception and murder, Em marries Prince Casimir, next in line to take Lera’s throne. If anyone in Lera discovers Em is not Casimir’s true betrothed, Em will be executed on the spot. But it’s the only way to salvage Em’s kingdom and what is left of her family.

Em is determined to succeed, but the closer she gets to the prince, the more she questions her mission. Em’s rage-filled heart begins to soften. But with her life—and her family—on the line, love could be Em’s deadliest mistake.

Why I’m waiting

  1. It sounds like a great story.
  2. It is a fantasy and I love fantasy.
  3. It apparently has deception and I like reading about that.

What are you guys curently waiting on? :)

Luna.

 

 

The Book Sacrifice Tag

I was tagged by Vivian @ Inked in pages to do this fun tag! Thank you for tagging me! 😀

If you click on the book covers, they will transport you to goodreads where you can learn more about them.

An over-hyped book

Situation: You’re in a store when the zombie apocalypse hits. The military informs everyone that over-hyped books are the zombies only weakness. What book that everyone else says is amazing but you disliked do you start chucking at the zombies?Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone seems to love this book but personally, I found it a bit boring. It is also a pretty big book so it would hurt the zombies.

A sequel

Situation: torrential downpour. What sequel are you willing to use as an umbrella to protect yourself?

   Insurgent (Divergent, #2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I really like divergent but Insurgent was a letdown. I would feel bad about using any book as an umbrella but at least I would not miss this one.

A Classic

Situation: You’re in English class and your professor raves about a Classic that “transcends time”. If given the opportunity to travel back in time, which Classic would you try to stop from ever publishing? 

I have only read a few classics and I liked all of them so I really don’t have an answer for this.

A Least Favourite Book

Situation: apparently global warming = suddenly frozen wasteland. Your only hope of survival for warmth is to burn a book. Which book will you not regret lighting? Immortal (Immortal, #1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This book was so full of stupid and instalove and I really disliked it. It would still feel bad to burn a book but I would not miss this one.

I tag:

Heather @ thesassygeek

Samantha @ mybooksense

Fadwa @ wordwoonders

And anyone else that wants to do this! 🙂

Luna.

 

 

 

 

Red Rising Review

Red Rising (Red Rising, #1)

Red Rising (Red Rising 1) by Pierce Brown

Publisher: Del Rey (Random House)

Publication date: January 28th 2014

Genre: YA, Science Fiction.

My rating: 5 stars

“I live for the dream that my children will be born free,” she says. “That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them.”

“I live for you,” I say sadly.

Eo kisses my cheek. “Then you must live for more.”

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.

Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

This book takes place on mars and follows Darrel. He and all the other people living underground on mars believe that they are there to make the planet liveable for the rest of humanity by mining a substance called (insert). Life on mars is hard, there is just enough food to survive, they never get to go above ground and men die all the time in mining accidents. They endure it because they believe they are saving humanity. Then Darrel discovers that everything he believes is a lie, because the other humans are already on mars and his people are nothing more than slaves. He joins the rebellion and gets a mission to join the gold academy and graduate whit high marks so that he becomes important in society.

In this, book colours divide humans. These colours reflect a person status and worth. The Golds have the best reflexes and physicality and are therefore at the top. The reds are basically slaves and most of them live underground in mining cities, although a few lucky ones get to be servants in the city. When joining the rebellion Darren learns that not only has mars been liveable for a long time but most of the other planets are as well, and the moon is where the people in charge lives.

I found the world in this novel so fascinating. I loved how there were all these colours and the fact that it takes place on mars. This book was violent. There is a lot of killing happening but it is written in such a way that you really don’t think about the violence until after the book is over. The gold academy is brutal and the only rule is that you can’t kill a classmate on purpose although the teachers realise that accidents can happen.

When I was reading this book I really felt like I was right there with Darrel, enduring everything with him and that’s why a lot of the violence didn’t register because it felt like the only thing to do. There were also a lot of humour in this book that help make the violence fade and not seem so serious.

In conclusion, I loved this book. The world, the writing and the characters were all fantastic and I recommend that everyone (over 15) read this!

Luna.

 

Musing Mondays 11

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme created by booksandabeat that asks you to answer one of the following questions as well as a bonus question that changes every week.

Questions:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

Bonus Question: Name your least favorite plot device employed by way too many books that you actually enjoyed, otherwise.


I’m Currently reading…

Frozen Tides by Morgan RhodesFrozen Tides (Falling Kingdoms, #4)Goodreads

I’m only at page ten of this book but so far it is just as good as the rest of the series.


I just finished reading…

A Monster Calls by Patrick NessA Monster CallsGoodreads

This book was so emotional and sad! I actually cried and books almost never make me cry. I loved it, but I also hated it a little. It was a great story.

A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan RhodesA Book of Spirits and Thieves (Spirits and Thieves, #1) Goodreads

This is the first book in the falling kingdoms spinoff series and it was amazing! I really like the Falling Kingdoms series but this book was so much better. I just loved every part of it.


What are your answers to these questions? :)

Luna.

My unfinished series

I don’t know about all of you but personally, I am horrible at finishing series. The reason is that I have a tendency to wait too long to pick up the next book and feel like I need to reread the entire thing in order to continue. Then there are the series that I really want to read but never seem to get around to, either because they are so incredibly long or because there are some other book I would rather read. This has led to there being quite a few completed series that I have yet to finish and I figured I would share them with you and see if anyone else has this problem! 🙂

The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra clarePictures20.jpgI read the first three book about five years ago and have been meaning to complete the series for years now. I have recently started book four so I will hopefully be caught up on this series soon.

The winner’s trilogy by Marie RutkoskiPictures21.jpgI read the first book in this series when it came out and absolutely loved it! Then I waited so long to read the second book that I now feel like I need to reread the first book and I just don’t have the time.

Rebel Belle trilogy by Rachel HawkinsPictures22.jpgI have not yet started this series and I honestly have no idea why! I absolutely loved the hex hall series and was so, so eager to read Rebel Belle when it came out, and yet here I am two years later and I still haven’t read it.

Percy Jacson and the Olympians series by Rick RiordanPictures23.jpgThis is one of my more shameful ones, because you know Percy Jackson is popular and well known. I did read the first book and then for some reason I just never picked up the second one. I swear I will soon though!

Wicked Lovely series by Melissa MaarPictures24.jpgI have a complicated relationship with this series. I have read book one and half of book two three times. It’s like I have this block in my mind that somehow activates halfway through book two, making me put it down for so long that I have to start all over again. I hope that next time I will get through the entire series.

Red Rising trilogy by Pierce BrownPictures25.jpgI just read book one in this trilogy and loved it. I have no idea why it has taken me so long to pick this trilogy up because it is amazing. Actually, I do know why… I was convinced that I would not like it, silly me!

The Raven Cycle quartet by Maggie StiefvaterPictures26.jpgI have heard so many amazing things about this series and people are constantly telling me to read it so I will read them this year!


There are probably more series I haven’t read yet but at this moment I can’t think of any. I would love to know which series you have yet to complete so coment and let me know or if you have a similar post leave a link so I can check it out. 🙂

Luna.

Pretending to be ERica Review

Pretending to Be Erica

Pretending to be Erica by Michelle Painchaud

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

Publication date: July 21st 2015

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Crime.

My rating: 4 stars

We Were Liars meets Heist Society in a riveting debut!

Seventeen-year-old Violet’s entire life has revolved around one thing: becoming Erica Silverman, an heiress kidnapped at age five and never seen again.

Violet’s father, the best con man in Las Vegas, has a plan, chilling in its very specific precision. Violet shares a blood type with Erica; soon, thanks to surgery and blackmail, she has the same face, body, and DNA. She knows every detail of the Silvermans’ lives, as well as the PTSD she will have to fake around them. And then, when the time is right, she “reappears”—Erica Silverman, brought home by some kind of miracle.

But she is also Violet, and she has a job: Stay long enough to steal the Silverman Painting, an Old Master legendary in the Vegas crime world. Walking a razor’s edge, calculating every decision, not sure sometimes who she is or what she is doing it for, Violet is an unforgettable heroine, and Pretending to be Erica is a killer debut.

This book is about Violet a seventeen-year-old con artist who has been trained since she was five to impersonate Erica Silverman. Erica is the daughter of a very rich family that went missing at the age of five and has never been found. Sal the man that adopted and trained Violet met the man that took Erica, in prison and learned that she is dead. This gave him an idea for a great con and all he needed was a girl the same age as Erica with the same blood type. He choose Violet because she looked similar to Erica and was a good listener and groomed her to become someone else. Violet’s task is to fool everyone into thinking she’s Erica, then locate, and steal a legendary painting from her parents. It is a difficult job but one Violet feels sure she can pull off. The more time she spends as Erica however the more she likes it. She likes having friends, a loving mother and time to be a normal teenager, things that has never had a place in her life of petty crime. The problem is that the more she cares about Erica’s mom the guiltier she feels about conning her, because the truth is that Erica is dead and Violet knows where she is buried and could, if she choose to, give Erica’s parents real closure. This leaves Violet with a difficult choice, either she steals the painting like Sal wants her to or she reveals herself and risks going to jail.

I really liked this book; it was so intriguing to read about a girl that has been raised as a con artist. Violet had so many conflicting emotions and found it really hard to be two separate people. In fact, she found it so hard that sometimes she couldn’t even tell if her emotions were fake or real, Erica’s or Violet’s. She has had a bad life with Sal, but never realised it until she, as Erica experience what it’s like to have a loving mother.

I felt so bad for Violet. She had such a bad upbringing and is in a no win situation because no matter what she does she will lose the new people in her life and she really cares about them.

I really hated Sal. I mean he adopted a five year old and taught her that her only purpose in life was to become Erica and steal things. That is despicable, wrong and super damaging. Just ugh!  I can understand fully why Violet found it so shocking that Ms. Silverman hugged her and really cared after being raised by that monster.

I so wanted everything to work out for Violet and although I knew it was basically impossible I really wanted Ms. Silverman to adopt the real her. She was just an amazing mother and I think she and Violet needed each other.

In conclusion, this was a good story with many great relationships, both real and fake, that really focusses on becoming who you want to be. If you like, cons, contemporaries and drama this one is for you. 🙂

Luna.