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Review: The Reader - Traci Chee

The Readerby Traci Chee
(Sea of Ink and Gold #1)
Young Adult Fantasy

Publication Date: 13 September 2016
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Received from: First To Read

My Rating : {★★★★☆}

Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin’s been taken, or if she’s even alive. The only clue to both her aunt’s disappearance and her father’s murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book—a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the help of this book, and the aid of a mysterious stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and find out what really happened the day her father was killed—and punish the people responsible.


Wow. What …

Flashback Friday: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis

Flashback Friday: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis

Flashback Friday celebrates books from our past - anything published more than 5 years ago counts! 

I love this because it's not only the new releases that deserve our attention. 

This week I'm going back -waaaaay back- to when I was a very young reader. The Chronicles of Narnia were probably the first high fantasy novels I ever read and I was in love from the very beginning. The adventures of Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy in this first book kept me enthralled and excited. Four kids on a mission in a strange and wonderful land, talking animals, danger and intrigue - I just wanted to open my own wardrobe and be able to dive into Narnia.

Who else was a CS Lewis fan? 


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia (Publication Order) #1)
by C.S. Lewis

From Goodreads:
'They say Aslan is on the move. Perhaps he has already landed,' whispered the Beaver. Edmund felt a sensation of mysterious horror…

Waiting on Wednesday: A Shadow Bright and Burning - Jessica Cluess

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.



This is one I have been anticipating since I read the Buzz Books 2016 Fall/Winter - YA Edition. I have recently picked up The Reader by Traci Chee which I found the same way and I am thoroughly enjoying it which makes me even more excited for this upcoming release! I haven't yet read anything by Jessica Cluess but I am definitely looking forward to this one. Has anyone else got this on their TBR?


A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire #1) by From Goodreads: I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer. The prophesied one. Or am I?

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she's brought to London to train with Her Majesty's sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. As Henrietta discovers the …

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 25th July 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 25th July 2016
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn at the Book Date and is a great chance to interact and of course to add to your TBR list (because it's never long enough!). 


Happy Monday everyone and I wish you all a great week of reading ahead!
What I read last week:

I finished Talon early in the week and found it wanting, however I still find myself thinking about it and what will happen in the next book to come, so I know I will continue this soon. 


I finally brought myself to finish HPaTOotP. Sadly, nothing has changed since the last time I read it and I still lost one of my favourite characters thus far. He was smiling and taunting and then bam - gone. I still got no happy resolution, no closure. It's too much like real life and once again I found myself in buckets of tears. Thanks J.K. Rowling, than…

Review: Alien Love Story - A.K. Dawson

Review: Alien Love Story - A.K. Dawson

Alien Love Story by A.K. Dawson

My Rating : {★★★★☆} 

I received a free copy of this book from the author.

I'm finding this such a tough book to rate and review. It's not really something that I would normally dive into, and yet it reminded me so much of an author that I used to read as a tween while growing up in Australia. Does anyone know Paul Jennings? He wrote short stories and these were later adapted into a TV series called Around the Twist.

These short stories were often completely shocking and contained grief and tragedy and yet these things were delivered in such a stoic and matter-of-fact way that it didn't impact the reader too harshly (perfect for a young tween). Looking back on them now as an adult and especially as a mother, I find them far more outrageous than I did as a child; I now have a much greater capacity to empathise and to worry about consequences and repercussions and this, I'm afraid, changes my entire poin…

Flashback Friday: The Last Vampire - Christopher Pike

Flashback Friday: The Last Vampire - Christopher Pike

Flashback Friday was hosted and created by Swoony Boys Podcast & Fiction Fareand I love it because it celebrates books that are at least two years old - and it's not only the new releases that deserve our attention. 

For this week I'm featuring a book by Christopher Pike - one of my 'go-to' authors when I was a teenager checking books out of my local library. I have featured the cover that I remember actually holding in my hands although if you head over to Goodreads you will see that it's been updated to look more modern but for some reason I prefer it this way. 

This one is a paranormal thriller and the first of a series - short but creepy and full of spine tingling fun.


The Last Vampire (The Last Vampire #1)
by
From Goodreads:
Alisa Perne is the last vampire. Beautiful and brilliant, she hunts alone, living among humans, living off humans. But someone is stalking her. Someone wants her dead. And…

Review: Talon - Julie Kagawa

Review: Talon - Julie Kagawa
Talon by Julie Kagawa

Rating {★★★☆☆}

This is not what I was expecting. I read the Iron Fey series by Kagawa and her writing completely captivated me from start to finish. I mean, I had a solid dislike of the main character and yet I read every book in the series just to get more of that fantastic world building and to be introduced to the completely unique characters that evoked emotional responses from me at every turn. I didn't necessarily like all of these characters (Meghan, I'm looking at you) but they definitely made me feel something.

In this book we have Ember, a hatchling dragon who I really liked as a main character - sassy, rebellious, impatient, headstrong and caring. We have Garret who was technically a polar opposite to Ember being a St. George soldier and we have Riley, an older but not mature dragon who is on the run from both organisations - Talon and St George. He's a Rogue, and the more that Ember hears from him, the closer she…

Waiting on Wednesday: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany

Waiting on Wednesday: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.



As I've mentioned before, I'm in the midst of re-reading all the Harry Potter books, so now I'm wondering, who else is super excited for Harry Potter's birthday this year?? I'm very much looking forward to getting my copy of The Cursed Child and there's LESS THAN TWO WEEKS TO GO before release date!!! Dang it I'm tempted to fly to London just to see the play. 

Even so, I'm still so nervous and scared of this one. It could be so, so, so, so good, or so wrong. The fact that it is a script? The fact that it's not written entirely by JKR? I just want to love this so much!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child(Harry Potter)by
From Goodreads: Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Ja…

Review: Thieving Weasels - Billy Taylor

Thieving Weasels by Billy Taylor

Rating {★★★☆☆}

Light-hearted, fast and fun, this isn't a book that I would normally have picked up had it not been for Penguin's First to Read program.

I was entertained by this book, and I did enjoy most of it, but I think the target audience is probably teenage boys and I suspect they would appreciate it a lot more than I did. It's difficult to truly develop a full cast of characters in such a short novel, but the author manages to get the reader rooting for Skip and there are a range of disreputable characters (mainly Skip's family) that we come to know and you can fully feel the impact of them on his life. It was fun but it just wasn't particularly compelling or engaging for me. I didn't have a problem with reading a couple of chapters and then putting it down for a while. The plot is cleverly developed and the final scene wraps everything up nicely. It's a quirky coming of age novel and has enough humour and enough a…

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 18th July 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn at the Book Date and is a great chance to interact and of course to add to your TBR list (because it's never long enough!). 


We just arrived back from a 4 day holiday yesterday and unfortunately I didn't get a lot of reading done, but I have come back happier and refreshed and I managed to spend some quality time with my family. 

I know it's not Monday anymore - but I still wanted to do my weekly roundup as much for my own sake of getting my mind and my week organised as for being able to post here, on the blog! 
What I read last week:
This is the only book that I actually managed to complete last week! It was a very quick read and a fast paced, fun book. I'll be posting my review soon. 

What I am Currently Reading:

I'm almost at the end of both of these. Talon I have been speeding through - Kagawa …

Stacking The Shelves Saturday : 16 July 2016

Stacking The Shelves is a meme hosted over at Tynga's Reviews. We are all book lovers and the need to share our enthusiasm is sometimes overwhelming. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! Even though we may not get around to reading all of these hoarded books for a while, Stacking the Shelves is a great way to express enthusiasm for those titles. 

I'm actually away from home at the moment on a family holiday so I haven't had a chance to check my inbox for the past couple of days, so these are just a couple of incoming books from the beginning of the week. 


On Monday I received a copy of an ebook for review by a South African born author (which, for those of you who don't know this, automatically interests me in a book). The author, AK Daws…

Flashback Friday: Sabriel - Garth Nix

Flashback Friday: Sabriel - Garth Nix

Flashback Friday is hosted and created by Swoony Boys Podcast & Fiction Fareand I love it because it celebrates books that are at least two years old - and it's not only the new releases that deserve our attention!

For this week, I'm featuring a book that I've only just recently read (see my review here) but it was first published in the 90's. Having read this and the next two books in the same series I've discovered that I absolutely love Garth Nix's work. It's the first of the Abhorsen series based in the Old Kingdom and has a truly unique magical system and a well built fantasy world. 



Sabriel (Abhorsen #1)by
From Goodreads:
Sent to a boarding school in Ancelstierre as a young child, Sabriel has had little experience with the random power of Free Magic or the Dead who refuse to stay dead in the Old Kingdom. But during her final semester, her father, the Abhorsen, goes missing, and Sabriel knows she must ente…

Waiting On Wednesday: The Gift of Power - Tamora Pierce

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


This week I am highlighting an upcoming release by one of my very favourite authors - Tamora Pierce. I spent a lot of my teenage years with her books, especially her Tortall series and have been awaiting this release since I heard about it a number of years ago. The publications date keeps getting pushed back and, to the best of my knowledge, is currently expected as a Spring 2017 release. Whenever it is being release I know that I will be pre-ordering this one as soon as I can. 

Pierce is a wonderful author who writes strong and fierce females as well as equally strong and fierce and equality loving males. Numair Salmalin is one of those fantastic male leads that I am just dying to know more about - where did he come from? What was he like as a young and powerful mage training in Carthak?

If you haven't read any of her books yet, please do yoursel…

Review: Graceling - Kristin Cashore

Graceling by Kristin Cashore
(Graceling Realm #1)

My Rating : {★★★☆☆}

When I picked up this book, and for a good part of reading this book I was certain that it was going to be at least a four star read.

I love the premise; the fresh magical approach to the Graced; the way the world was shaping up with the Council and the various terrible rulers.

However....

While I read this book I was surprised that I didn't feel that constant pull to read it at any given time of the day. Any real bookworm will know what I mean when I talk about this - you read while you cook, while you eat, while you walk, while you 'supervise' the kids playing outside. There is a desperate need to keep reading. I didn't get that with Graceling.

The plot meandered a little too much and a lot of it was a travelogue and centred on the budding romantic relationship between Katsa and Po. I did find the characters likeable enough and I actually truly enjoyed Katsa's flaws. She is fiercely independent…

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 11th July 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn at the Book Date and is a great chance to interact and of course to add to your TBR list (because it's never long enough!). 


Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join them!


This has not been a fantastic reading week for me - I was trying to plug through The Broken Destiny which just was not working out for me, and having just picked up a number of large books (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix @870 pages (according to Goodreads); Outlander #1 @896 pages) I truthfully just have not been able to get too far!


What I read last week: What a fun read - a sho…