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This Savage Song | Review

Title: This Savage Song

Author: V E Schwab

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 24 Aug 18 – 25 Aug 18

Publication date: 07 Jun 2016

Publisher: Titan Books

Genre(s): YA, Dystopian/Fantasy

Description:

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city, a grisly metropolis where the violence has begun to create real and deadly monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets monsters roam free and makes the inhabitants pay for his protection. August just wants to be human, as good-hearted as his own father – but his curse is to be what the humans fear. the thin truce that keeps the Harker and Flynn families at peace is crumbling, and an assassination attempt forces Kate and August into a tenuous alliance. But how long will they survive in a city where no one is safe and monsters are real …

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The Priory of the Orange Tree | Review

Title: The Priory of the Orange Tree

Author: Samantha Shannon

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 26 Jan 19 – 02 Mar 19

Publication date: 26 Feb 2019

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Genre(s): Fantasy

Description:

An enthralling, epic fantasy about a world on the brink of war with dragons – and the women who must lead the fight to save it.

A world divided. A queendom without an heir. An ancient enemy awakens.

The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction – but assassins are getting closer to her door.

Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.

Across the dark sea, Tané has trained to be a dragonrider since she was a child, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.

Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.

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January | Wrap Up

I know, I know, it’s March and I am only just getting around to writing a January wrap post. In my defence, I was immersed in read and seeing friends and I kinda forgot that I hadn’t done one until I started to write one for February. Yes, I could probably have linked them together in one, but I didn’t and so here we are, over a month late. It’s a shame really, because I took part in Bout of Books and 24in48 readathon and actually managed to read a lot of books that covered a lot of challenges and broadened my horizons some what.

I have already posted my wrap for February, which you can check out here!

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Born to Run | Review

Title: Born to Run

Author: Bruce Springsteen

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 30 Jan 19 – 14 Feb 19

Publication date: 27 Sep 2016

Publisher: Simon Schuster

Genre(s): Non Fiction, Memoir/Autobiography

Description:

‘Writing about yourself is a funny business…But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I’ve tried to do this.’ —Bruce Springsteen, from the pages of Born to Run.

In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl’s halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That’s how this extraordinary autobiography began. Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humour and originality found in his songs.

He describes growing up Catholic in Freehold, New Jersey, amid the poetry, danger and darkness that fuelled his imagination, leading up to the moment he refers to as ‘The Big Bang’: seeing Elvis Presley’s debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. He vividly recounts his relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band. With disarming candour, he also tells for the first time the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work, and shows us why the song ‘Born to Run’ reveals more than we previously realized.

Born to Run will be revelatory for anyone who has ever enjoyed Bruce Springsteen, but this book is much more than a legendary rock star’s memoir. This is a book for workers and dreamers, parents and children, lovers and loners, artists, freaks or anyone who has ever wanted to be baptized in the holy river of rock and roll. Rarely has a performer told his own story with such force and sweep. Like many of his songs (‘Thunder Road’, ‘Badlands’, ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town’, ‘The River’, ‘Born in the U.S.A.’, ‘The Rising’, and ‘The Ghost of Tom Joad’, to name just a few), Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography is written with the lyricism of a singular songwriter and the wisdom of a man who has thought deeply about his experiences. Continue reading “Born to Run | Review”

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February | Wrap Up

January felt like the longest month in the history of months, so it was only really inevitable that February would feel like the shortest (I know, it actually is the shortest month, but it felt like it too, y’know?) I did a lot, my friends visited for the first few days, a period that crossed with my twin brother’s birthdays. My parents were away so I took my Gran out a few times and generally kept myself busier than I usually would during a working week. I also worked some of the weekends and feel like I didn’t have much time off at the beginning of the month. The end of the month was filled with Physics talks and football dramas and blitz tidying my bedroom. Yes, you could say it has been a productive month overall, I’d believe you, but that feels like it has come at a reading cost.

The eagle eyed among you may realise that I didn’t post a wrap for January. So, I may have forgotten. I am planning to throw it out there in the coming days, because late is better than never!

In February, I read 3 books, which is 1375 pages, and all of which were new reads to me.

I read fiction books and 1 non-ficion book, a mix of YA Fantasy, Memoir and Contemporary Romance

By Format, I read 1 Audiobook, 1 Paperback and 1 Hardback.

The average rating was 4.67/5 Stars for all of the books that I read in February. Continue reading “February | Wrap Up”

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The Proposal | Review

Title: The Proposal

Author: Jasmine Guillory

Rating: 4 Stars

Dates read: 07 Feb 19 – 08 Feb 19

Publication date: 30 Oct 2018

Publisher: Headline Eternal

Genre(s): New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Description:

When Nik Paterson went to the Dodgers game with her C-list actor boyfriend, Ford, for his birthday, she expected nothing more than a few boring hours with him and his bros. She certainly didn’t expect a Jumbotron proposal. Or her name to be misspelled. Or to go viral in minutes…

Carlos Ibarra wants to hang out with his sister, catch a Dodgers game, and relax for once. But when a camera crew descends on Nik after the disastrous proposal, he has to rescue her. After they flee the stadium, he delivers her into the arms of her supportive girlfriends, and they both think they’ll never see each other again.

Fate has other plans. Nik and Carlos keep crossing paths, accidentally and on purpose. When they finally give in to their attraction to each other, they are on the same page: sex and nothing more. But the proposed friends-with-benefits relationship is turning into something more, and the pair have to decide if they have room in their lives for love. Continue reading “The Proposal | Review”

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These Rebel Waves | Review

Title: These Rebel Waves

Author: Sara Raasch

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 09 Jan 19 – 13 Jan 19

Publication date: 20 Sep 2018

Publisher: HarperCollins

Genre(s): YA Fantasy

Description:

Adeluna is a soldier. Five years ago, she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow its oppressor, Argrid, a country ruled by religion. But adjusting to postwar life has not been easy. When an Argridian delegate vanishes during peace talks with Grace Loray’s new Council, Argrid demands brutal justice—but Lu suspects something more dangerous is at work.

Devereux is a pirate. As one of the outlaws called stream raiders who run rampant on Grace Loray, he pirates the island’s magic plants and sells them on the black market. But after Argrid accuses raiders of the diplomat’s abduction, Vex becomes a target. An expert navigator, he agrees to help Lu find the Argridian—but the truth they uncover could be deadlier than any war.

Benat is a heretic. The crown prince of Argrid, he harbors a secret obsession with Grace Loray’s forbidden magic. When Ben’s father, the king, gives him the shocking task of reversing Argrid’s fear of magic, Ben has to decide if one prince can change a devout country—or if he’s building his own pyre.

As conspiracies arise, Lu, Vex, and Ben will have to decide who they really are . . . and what they are willing to become for peace.

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