Top 5 Wednesdays

Top 5 Wednesdays – Books I’ve removed from my TBR

Hey booknerds! It’s another Top 5 Wednesday post! This is hosted by Sam over on Thoughts on Tomes where you share you top 5 for the chosen topic for that week. You can check out each weeks topic over on Goodreads.

This weeks topic is Books I’ve removed from my TBR

I’m one of those people who continuously add books to my TBR despite it already being ridiculously huge! But I recently unhauled a whole bunch of books that I either didn’t enjoy or I realise now that I probably will never read.

So some of those that have been removed from my TBR are:

Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy – I really struggled with the first book and forced my way through it and the trilogy has since sat on my bookcase for a year and untouched. I finally accepted that I will never finish it. I only picked it up because there is so much hype around the books but it wasn’t for me unfortunately

The Legend trilogy – This is another series I picked up because I kept hearing great things but I just about managed to finish the first book before giving up on it.

The Darkest Minds – I actually DNF’d this book because I really couldn’t make myself to continue reading to the end.

Nevernight – I got this book an illumicrate box so I was really looking forward to reading it but I really didn’t enjoy it. I tried reading it 3 times before giving up on it.

The Graces – This is the first book in a series and this book was okay but I didn’t like it enough to continue with the series.

So these are some of the books I’ve removed from my TBR.

What books have you removed? What makes you decide to not continue with a series or not read a book you were previously excited about?

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Book Reviews

The City of Brass Book Review

This book was one of my most anticipated releases this year and let me tell you, it did not disappoint! I loved this book so much and it’s probably one of my favourite reads this year!

If you haven’t heard of or read this book then you really need to go buy it and read it! Trust me you won’t be disappointed!

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The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty is an adult fantasy set in 18th century Cairo. And this was enough to make me want to read it! Then the cover was revealed and I fell in love!

This is the synopsis from Goodreads:

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles.
But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass, a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.
In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences.
After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for…

The City of Brass is a book that had me hooked from the first page! I read the first page and literally squealed because the main character, Nahri, was wearing an abaya and I finally got to see a character dressed like me! So after that I had really high expectations and I loved the references to middle eastern culture and Islam. It was wonderfully woven into the story.

The story is told from two different points of view. Nahri, who grew up in the human world and was a con artist and worked as a healer and as someone who exorcised djinns from humans. She doesn’t really believe in any of this but one day she accidently releases a real djinn called Dara. And this is where her adventure begins and leads her to the world on djinns. She travels to the City of Brass (Daevabad) with Dara which is where the djinns live.

The second point of view is told from Ali who is a Qahtani Prince. His story starts with him being shown a world within his city of the lesser class. He is shown the injustices done to them just for being born a shafit and not a pureblood djinn. This is where his story progresses and he has to battle between his loyalty to his father (and king) and doing what is right and just.

I adored both their characters! Nahri is such a badass and definitely capable of taking care of herself. She has great character development from the selfish girl who puts herself first to someone who puts a whole tribe first by the end of the book. I loved that she wasn’t perfect or able to develop her abilities easily, instead she struggles with using her powers which made her so much more relatable and a much more interesting character.

Ali is a cinnamon roll and I will not be able to deal with anything happening to him in the next book! He is someone who wants to help the lesser class of people in the city but to do so would be to betray his family and risk being killed as a traitor. His conflict happens throughout most of the book and although I loved him I just wish he would have acted a bit more on doing what is right. Though I did feel for him as other people on both sides put him in difficult positions.

Dara who was another main character, although we don’t see his point of view, we still learn about his history through both Nahri and Ali and at first I found him really interesting but as the story progressed I found him less likeable and I am not actually sure where I stand with him though I am interested to see where his story will go in the next book.

One of my favourite parts of this book was the incredible world building! I loved this world so much and felt totally immersed in this world. The backstory and the politics of why the city is the way it is was so intricately and well done. It made me feel for both sides and it was hard to see who was truly at fault and who was telling the whole truth. I also loved seeing the rich culture of 18th century Egypt and it was such a different setting from the usual fantasy settings in fantasy books.

This story despite having some tropes we are familiar with the story was still unique and original and I cannot wait to continue with this story! There was so many plot twists and some I did not see coming at all! The ending especially left me dying and just wanting the next book straight away! And then the epilogue left me wanting more!

This book was enchanting and I was drawn in from the very first page and this book left me wanting more! There are amazing characters, a wonderfully complex and interesting story and such incredible world building. If you haven’t been able to tell already I adored this book from the story to the cover to characters. And I am so excited to see where the story will go next, especially with that epilogue!

You should all go read this book! You will not be disappointed!

Rating: 5/5

 

 

Book Reviews

Floored ARC Book Review

Thank you to Pan Macmillan for sending me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

So I originally heard about Floored at YALC last year where I was lucky enough to pick up a sampler and it left me really intrigued to know more. So I had been eagerly awaiting the release of this book and was so happy when my request for the ARC was approved!

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Rating: 4/5

So if you haven’t heard of Floored then here is the synopsis taken from Goodreads:

When they got in the lift, they were strangers (though didn’t that guy used to be on TV?): Sasha, who is desperately trying to deliver a parcel; Hugo, who knows he’s the best-looking guy in the lift and is eyeing up Velvet, who knows what that look means when you hear her name and it doesn’t match the way she looks, or the way she talks; Dawson, who was on TV, but isn’t as good-looking as he was a few years ago and is desperately hoping no one recognizes him; Kaitlyn, who’s losing her sight but won’t admit it, and who used to have a poster of Dawson on her bedroom wall, and Joe, who shouldn’t be here at all, but who wants to be here the most.
And one more person, who will bring them together again on the same day every year.

This book was written by 7 of the top UKYA authors; Melinda Salisbury, Eleanor Wood, Lisa Williamson, Non Pratt, Tanya Byrne, Holly Bourne and Sara Barnard so I was really interested to see how they would all manage to write one book that would flow well. And let me tell you they certainly succeeded! The story was cohesive and flowed and had a great group pf characters who felt real.

So this book revolves around 6 teenagers who have absolutely nothing in common except being stuck in the same lift. This is where the story begins and through this one thing that binds them their whole lives are affected and changed by it.

It was really interesting to see that the story is set over several years so we really do get to see how they progress and change as they get older. Each of them is affected by what happens in the lift and they end up staying in touch with each other because of it.

The book more character focused than focusing on the story development. There is a story but it completely revolves around what is happening in the lives of each of the characters. So this book was really different to books I normally read but I really enjoyed it.

I loved how through each characters unique situation and living circumstances they wove very real issues for us as teenagers and young adults into the story. From social class, financial situations to dealing with chronic illness.

The one theme that went throughout is the strong friendship bond that developed between them. That no matter how little they saw each other they were always there for each other. It reminded me of some amazing friends I have met through being part of the book community even though I don’t actually get to meet them.

I did find reading the story a little confusing at first as there is six points of views but each character has a unique voice so it became easier to distinguish between them. I personally loved Hugo’s character development best. He went from a spoiled rich boy to someone who actually cares about others. But my favourite character was Kaitlyn who has been recently diagnosed with stargardt disease. As someone who was diagnosed with a chronic illness in my late teens I really related to her even if mine is not the same as hers. I loved how despite struggling with it she persevered to get to where she wanted to be.

I think the only think I wish I got more of was to see more into their lives we only get glimpses that they discuss when they meet each other. I would love to have got a more in depth look into their lives.

So I would recommend reading this book and it’s out today so you can now go buy it from the shops!

If you read it let me know what you thought! Who was your favourite character?

Top 5 Wednesdays

Top 5 Wednesday – Future Classics

Hey booknerds! It’s another Top 5 Wednesday post! This is hosted by Sam over on Thoughts on Tomes where you share you top 5 for the chosen topic for that week. You can check out each weeks topic over on Goodreads.

This weeks topic is Future Classics. Books that I think will stand the test of time.

Okay so this is a really interesting topic! It really made me think about books that have released over recent years and which I think will last past the hype.

So these are the ones I decided on:

Harry Potter series – pretty sure that these will be remembered and read for a very long time! I know I will be passing on my love for these books onto future generations.

Percy Jackson series – I think these will become great children’s classics! They have a great story and such amazing diversity that I think many, many kids will be able to relate to.

The Hate U Give – So this book has become wildly popular and rightly so! It’s a book that’s much needed and reflects society and I think we will be hearing about this for a very long time.

His Dark Materials trilogy – This book is still hugely popular 20 years later and I loved these books as a kid.

The Hunger Games trilogy – I think these books will still be read in many years times and people will be able to relate to and be inspired by them.

So these are the top 5 books I think will become future classics!

Do you agree with any of these? What books do you think will become future classics? Let me know in the comments!

Unboxings

Percy Jackson Nerdy Post Box Unboxing

Hey booknerds! So this is another Nerdy Post box unboxing! This was a special one off box based on Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series. As soon as I heard them announce the box I knew I had to buy it! I adore this series and I can never find much merch for it.

I absolutely love this box and I am so glad I was able to buy it. Me and my sisters all bought a box and the nerdy post team were kind enough to combine the boxes so that I wouldn’t have to pay multiple shipping.

So lets get to the unboxing!

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So the first item in the box was a beautiful art print with the quote: If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself.

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The next item was an iron on patch which says Camp-Half Blood!

A mini print inspired by Grover Underwood with the quote: Remake the wild a little at a time. I love it so much especially as Grover is so underrated.

A second mini print inspired by Annabeth Chase and one of my favourite characters! The quote says: Even strength must bow to wisdom sometimes. This is also one of my favourite quotes!

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They also included an enamel pin of Blackjack which says Hey boss. Blackjack is Percy’s Pegasus and I love it!

There was a double sided bookmark which I love getting in these boxes! One side says: Look I didn’t want to be a half blood. And the other side says: Seaweed Brain. I love this nickname that Annabeth gives Percy.

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There was also a beautiful booksleeve which shows the hippocampi or as Tyson calls them, Fish Ponies!

There was a sticker which says: I can do this, probably. I relate to this quote so much!

As this was the ultimate they also included a candle which is called Ol’ Barnacle Beard which was made by My Wick of Tea. It smells amazing!

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The last item was a badge. In my photo you can see all 3 variations as I ordered 4 boxes (for my sisters) They tell you who your godly parent and which cabin you belong in. You could have gotten: Poseidon, Athena or Hades. I still haven’t decided which I want to keep and which to let my sisters fight it out over!

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So that’s everything included in the box! I loved this box so much! I adore the Percy Jackson series and I am so happy to finally have amazing merch for these books!

There was also a t-shirt which had a Nico Di Angelo quote and I wish I could have gotten that too.

Did you get the box? What was your favourite item?

Blog Tours

The Worlds Worst Zoo by Robbie Yates – Digital Reads Blog Tour

Hey Booknerds! I am taking part in the Digital Reads Blog Tour and I am here to share with you all a brand new children’s book called Daniel Daniels and the Worlds Worst Zoo by Robbie Yates!

Read on for the synopsis and an extract from the book!

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Synopsis:

Daniel Daniels spends most of his time doing one of two things:
  1. Avoiding the school bully, or
  2. Hanging out with his animal friends.
Unfortunately, Daniel’s animal friends all live at The World’s Worst Zoo, run by the cruel and crabby Mr Gregory.
One day, an unfortunate incident with some ointment at the zoo leaves Daniel with a few special tricks up his sleeve‌—‌tricks that he can use to save the animals, and teach Mr Gregory a lesson.
Curious, witty and sweet, this adventurous chapter book will charm and thrill the young and the young-at-heart!

And you can also read an short excerpt of the book here!

I’d once seen Mr Gregory try to teach the monkeys some tricks. I suppose he had been hoping that it would attract more customers to the zoo.
He was gesticulating wildly as he shouted commands. He was trying to get them to catch balls and clap their hands. The monkeys, of course, were not cooperating.
One monkey seemed to have figured out what Mr Gregory wanted them to do, and the cheeky fellow was doing the opposite. When Mr Gregory told them to go left, he scuttled right. When Mr Gregory said, “Jump!” he sat squarely on the floor. When Mr Gregory said, “Catch the ball!” the monkey simply watched as the ball arced over his head and landed in front of him. It was hilarious.
Mr Gregory didn’t think so. His response was to hold an enormous, luscious banana in front of the cage. Slowly, he peeled back each section of its skin. Before long, every single monkey’s eyes were fixed on the banana. Mr Gregory took one bite, groaned in satisfaction, chewed, and swallowed. Then, he yanked the rest of the banana out of its peel, dropped it on the ground, and stomped on it, grinding it into the dirt.
The monkeys were heartbroken. They hadn’t been fed for days.
One day, someone had complained about the birds squawking too much. Mr Gregory responded by eating his lunch in front of the aviary for a whole week.
“That’s not too bad,” I hear you say. Except that Mr Gregory’s lunch that week was chicken drumsticks.
“This chicken is delicious,” he had murmured. “I do love poultry. So tender and tasty.”
The birds got very quiet after that.

You can find more about the author and his books here:

Hipster breakfast egg characters with mustache, beard, black bowler hat and glasses. Creative design holiday poster eggs cups. drawn gentleman faces vintage style. gray background.Author Bio: Robbie Yates is an author based in the vibrant city of Melbourne, Australia. He enjoys the crunch of autumn leaves, and eating tasty snacks from his childhood.
In his free time, Robbie likes to read the stories of Roald Dahl, Paul Jennings and J.K. Rowling. Robbie also likes to go geocaching, play board games, and have water-balloon fights.

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Gmail: robbie.b.yates@gmail.com

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Unboxings

Sci-fi May Nerdy Post Box Unboxing

Hey booknerds! I have an unboxing for you today! This is super late as this was the May box but I really wanted to share it as I loved this box so much!

This is the May Nerdy Post box Sci-Fi box! For anyone that doesn’t know what Nerdy Post is, it’s a fandom monthly subscription box.

From Nerdy Post’s website: Each box is full of all original fandom artwork. This includes hand lettered and illustrated quotes and designs. We have several different options to fit different budgets.

So the May box was based on all things Sci-Fi! There was items from both book and films in this box and included some of my favourite fandoms!

So lets get to the unboxing! Included in this months box was:

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A Star Wars print. With the quote: Hope is like the sun. If you can only believe in it when you can see it, you’ll never make it through the night. I love Star Wars so I’m so happy to get this!

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A Fringe mini print. With the quote: There are no limits except for those that we impose on ourselves. I haven’t seen fringe but I love this quote!

A second mini print based on Illuminae, with the quote: You deserve every star in the galaxy laid out at your feet. I love this quote so much!

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This month they also included a Travel the Universe postcard pack. These are 4 postcards which are based on: Doctor Who, Star Wars, Red Rising and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I love the artwork on these so much! Though I think Doctor Who is my favourite!

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They also included a Space Pirate enamel pin and a keyring both based on The Martian. I especially love the pin!

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There was also a Doctor Who sticker with one of my favourite quotes: All of time and space, everything that ever happened or ever will…where do you want to start?

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The last item that was included was a double sided bookmark. One side has a quote from Firefly and the other side has a quote from Ender’s Game. I love both quotes but the Firefly one made me laugh! It’s one of my favourite quotes from the show!
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The firefly quote is: That sounds like something out of science fiction…we live in a spaceship dear

The Ender’s Game quote is: The right words can change the world.

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So that’s everything in the box! They have a larger sized box which has additional items and I wish international shipping wasn’t so expensive so I could get the larger box! They also have a t-shirt box which you can get on it’s own or as a combo with the box. This months t-shirt was based on Red Rising and I am so sad I wasn’t able to get this t-shirt.

Have any of you got these boxes? What was your favourite item or favourite box?

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