Unboxings

Fairyloot Unboxing – December Dragons Box

Hey booknerds! I’ve got an unboxing for you today! This is the December fairyloot box and it was dragon themed! When I heard the theme I just had to buy it! I absolutely love dragons so I seriously needed this box and it did not disappoint. I really loved what was included.

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This month they included a pin flag which I loved because I hoard enamel pins and I needed a flag to put them on.

They included a mother of dragons magnetic bookmark set too. Unfortunately mine was missing but they did email everyone and say that they would be sending it out separately if it was missing.

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They also included a reading journal which is all dragon themed! I loved using the previous one they included so I love that they included another one. It was designed by FictionTea Designs and the artwork was by Blanca Montiel.

There was also a Harry Potter inspired book sleeve designed by Sweet Sequels and inspired by the scene where the trio escape Gringotts on a dragon. The artwork on the sleeve is stunning!

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They included a double sided art print. The artwork of Toothless on one side and Abraxos on the other. My two favourite dragons! I squealed when I saw the print! The beautiful artwork is by Diana Worak.

They also included a glow in the dark dragon necklace! I love it so much! I especially love that it glows in the dark.

This month they also included an ARC. They included an advance copy of the Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson. It sounds really good and I’m looking forward to reading it.

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This months book is Fire and Heist by Sarah Beth Durst which is a standalone fantasy story. This edition is also signed by the author and includes an author letter and character artwork by Taratjah. I’m really looking forward to reading the book!

So that’s everything included in the box and they also included the first of the tarot cards. This month was Cassian and Amren.

I really loved this box and everything that was included and I’m really looking forward to getting the January Unbreakable Bonds box.

Did you get this box? What did you think? What was your favourite item?

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Top 5 Wednesdays

Top 5 Wednesday – Most Disappointing Reads of 2018

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 my most disappointing reads of 2018.

There’s always books that don’t live up to our expectations and I always feel so sad when they don’t. These are the books I was most disappointed by are:

1 Sky in the Deep – I know everyone seems to love this book but I just couldn’t get into it. I felt like nothing really happened in the book and I was a bit bored.

2 The Surface Breaks – I got bored reading this book and just ended up skim reading most of it

3 To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – I actually preferred the film than the book. Especially didn’t like Kavinsky in the book

4 The Caged Queen – After reading The Last Namsara I was really looking forward to reading this but I didn’t enjoy this as much as the first book. I think it was because I didn’t find the main character as interesting.

5 Love, Hate and Other Filters – man this book made me so mad. The Muslim rep was so bad that I still get angry thinking about this book even though I read it a year ago. Seriously do not read this book if you’re looking for Muslim rep.

What books were you disappointed by in 2018?

Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday – New To Me Authors I read in 2018

Hey booknerds! I’m taking part in another week of Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. You can find more information here

This weeks topic is new to me authors I read in 2018.

I read so many amazing books by authors I had never read before and debut books which I fell in love with! So these are the authors I discovered or read their books for the first time and loved!

1 S.A. Chakraborty – if you follow me on my social media you probably already know of my obsession with The City of Brass and Shannon has become an auto buy author for me!

2 Uzma Jalaluddin – Ayesha at Last is another book I completely fell in love with and highly recommend. I cannot wait to see what she writes next!

3 Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar – another debut author who’s book I completely fell in love with. Her story is written so beautifully and so heartbreaking

4 Muhammad Khan – a UKYA debut author who wrote I Am Thunder. A book I really loved for it’s complex characters and thought provoking story

5 Taran Matharu – I finally got round to reading the summoner series and fell in love!

6 C.V. Wyk – I feel her book, Blood and Sand, is really underrated. It’s a retelling of Spartacus and I loved it so much! More people need to read this book!

7 S.M Wilson – I was completely hooked on The Extinction Trials from the first page and I cannot wait for the last book in this series

8 Tracy Banghart – Another author who’s book I completely fell in love with and I have been waiting in agony for the next book because it has the worst cliffhanger!

9 Fatima Farheen Mirza – a debut author who’s story was beautiful and heartbreaking

10 Lisa Maxwell – I had seen The Last Magician for a while on bookstagram and it sounded really interesting so I finally read and so glad I did because I loved it!

What authors did you discover last year?

For the love of Books

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen – Book Review

I have been seeing Nyxia around bookstagram for a while now and it sounded just like my type of book so I finally picked it up and I absolutely loved it!

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Rating: 4.5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Emmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family.
Forever.
Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden—a planet that Babel has kept hidden—where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.
But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won’t forever compromise what it means to be human.

I read this book in two evenings as I just could not put it down! It was fast paced and action packed and I was hooked right from the beginning. The concept and plot of the book where a group of children are chosen to mine a new planet was really interesting and it was made even more interesting by Babel forcing the teenagers to compete against each other for a spot on the mining team. This gave me the hunger games vibes in space and I loved it!

There was plenty of suspense and plot twists which kept me on my toes and just when I thought that I knew where the story was going then, bam! Another twist which left me reeling! I love that it wasn’t predictable and that there was no guarantee that all of them would survive until the end. It really increased the stakes for each of the characters. And then the story ended on a cliffhanger which left me needing book two immediately!

One thing I loved was the diversity of characters. They were from all over the world which was far more realistic and even though they were there for a common cause you could see how different they were from their upbringing and where they were from.

Despite there being so many characters each had a distinct voice and was fully fleshed out. They each had a story arc which was woven into the main story arc. I think the only characters I wish I had learnt more about was Isadora and Roathy.

Emmett was a really great character, I enjoyed watching him grow and change and fight back when Babel wanted to make him a cold killer. He knew his strength and weaknesses and that he would need to work with the others to get through the training, even making sacrifices when necessary. I’m looking forward to seeing his character development in the next book.

This book has left me with so many questions and I just need all the answers now! I’m looking forward to diving into the next book!

Top 5 Wednesdays

Top 5 Wednesday – Hyped 2019 Releases You Don’t Care About

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 hyped 2019 releases I don’t care about.

There are so many amazing books being released this year and there’s some that I have been hearing about since last year but they just don’t appeal to me at all.

1 A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Bridget Kemmerer – I just don’t want to read any more beauty and the beast retellings. Can we get retellings of other stories please.

2 The Wicked King by Holly Black – I mean I did like The Cruel Prince but I didn’t love it so I’m not dying to read this.

3 Slayer by Kiersten White – I never really watched Buffy so I’m not that excited about reading this either

4 The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – I didn’t like The Star Touched Queen that much so I’m not sure about reading this either

5 Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte – I don’t know why but it just doesn’t appeal to me

Is there any books coming out that everyone seems to be talking about but they just don’t appeal to you?

Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday – Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019

Hey booknerds! I’m taking part in another week of Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. You can find more information here

This weeks topic is most anticipated releases for the first half of 2019.

There are so many amazing books coming out this year and I cannot wait for them all to be released but these are some of my most anticipated releases for the next six months.

1 King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo – I have been wanting this book ever since I first read about Nikolai Lanstov! I cannot wait!

2 Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus – I adored One Of Us Is Lying so I’m really looking forward to this one!

3 The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty – my most anticipated book of 2019! I cannot wait to be back in this world!

4 Kick the Moon by Muhammad Khan – I loved I am Thunder and this book deals with toxic masculinity so I am really looking forward to reading it

5 It’s Not About the Bruqa edited by Maryam Khan – I am so glad that books like these are being published and I cannot wait to read it!

6 The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – This book has dragons! I’ve heard so many great things and I cannot wait to read it!

7 The Extinction Trials Rebel by S.M. Wilson – I really need Lincoln and Storm to be safe and I want to see more dinosaurs!

8 Nyxia Unleashed by Scott Reintgen – I seriously need to know how this series will end!

9 We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal – I need this book already!

10 Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali – I made the mistake of reading an extract and I just need the rest of the book already!

So these are my top 10 anticipated releases. Are you looking forward to any of these? What releases are you excited about?

Book Reviews

Light Years by Kass Morgan – Book Review

I received this book in an illumicrate box and I’m really glad I did! I really loved the story and I’m so excited to continue with this series. It did take me a while to pick up as I just didn’t find the cover appealing but it just shows that you should never judge a book by the cover!

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Rating: 4/5

Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:

Reeling from the latest attack by a mysterious enemy, the Quatra Fleet Academy is finally admitting students from every planet in the solar system after centuries of exclusivity.
Hotshot pilot Vesper, an ambitious Tridian citizen, dreams of becoming a captain – but when she loses her spot to a brilliant, wisecracking boy from the wrong side of the asteroid belt, it makes her question everything she thought she knew. Growing up on the toxic planet Deva, Cormak will take any chance he can get to escape his dead-end life and join the Academy – even if he has to steal someone’s identity to do it. Arran was always considered an outsider on icy Chetire, always dreaming of something more than a life working in the mines. Now an incoming cadet, Arran is looking for a place to belong – he just never thought that place would be in the arms of a Tridian boy. And Orelia is hiding a dark secret – she’s infiltrated the Academy to complete a mission, one that threatens the security of everyone there. But if anyone finds out who she really is, it’ll be her life on the line.
These cadets will have to put their differences aside and become a team to defend their world from a cunning enemy – but the danger might be lurking closer to home than they think…

This book was honestly such a wonderful surprise, its fast paced and fun to read. I loved all the different points of view as we got to see things from different perspectives which created a much wider view of the world. This helped with understanding the characters and their motives and it meant that I could see each character through their own eyes and through the others. Their differences in how some were rich and some were from poorer backgrounds and how the rich looked down on the poor and felt they weren’t as capable. I loved that those from the poorer backgrounds proved them wrong!

The story not only deals with socio-economic divides but also prejudice, hate crimes and racism. It was woven into the story really well and didn’t feel like it was out of place and just there to make a point.

I felt the same about the diversity in the book from LGBT rep, to a character that was an amputee and racial diversity. The characters weren’t there just to make the book diverse but had an actual story and character development. I felt it was done really well.

The one thing that surprised me was that we saw from the “enemies” point of view too, which meant that it wasn’t actually clear who the “bad guy” really was. Each side had their own justification as to why they went to war with the other and the morally grey characters made the story much more interesting.

The one thing that I would say is that the story is very character driven, it revolves around the four main characters journey in the school and so, plot wise, not a lot happens until the very end. I really enjoyed the characters so this wasn’t an issue for me but it did mean that there wasn’t as much world building as I would have liked. I wanted to see more of the planets they lived on and how the world works. It was actually difficult for me to actually visualise the world and places they describe. Hopefully we will see more of that in the next book.

This book has lots of political intrigue, drama and space adventures and the training that the main characters go through reminded me a little of Star Trek, which I loved! I definitely recommend picking this book up!