Sunday, 5 July 2015

Bought, Borrowed & Bagged (71)

Bought, Borrowed and Bagged hosted by Talk Supe is a weekly meme where you can share your book haul, ongoing events and news about what is coming up on your blog for the week ahead.
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New Books
I almost started writing how I had been very good at avoiding purchasing or requesting new books to read/review. But then I remembered that I had narrowed down thing I could've requested to one book, which I got via Xpresso Book Tours!
I did also purchase the signed Pretty When She Dies trilogy, however my Dad has promised to give me the money for them so they're more of a birthday present - a few months early.
The Ugly Stepsister

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Read in 2015: 27 / 36
The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas
Click by Lisa Becker

Currently Reading:
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
News from Lauren
The puppies have settled in a lot better this week, they're toilet trained to go on the mats or outside and have learnt their names too.
 I also picked up my keys to my new apartment and dropped off a few unessential items as I wont be moving in just yet. Arranged for certain the day that my boyfriend is driving down here to meet my family and the wisk me away north for the rest of the month, and his graduation presents have arrived just in time too.
 
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Friday, 3 July 2015

Review: The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas


The Assassin's Blade
by Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass 0.1-0.5
Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy
Length: 430 pages
Published on 13th March 2014 by Bloomsbury Childrens
Purchase: Amazon / B&N / The Book Depository
Sarah J. Maas: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

I bought this copy

Synopsis: Celaena Sardothien owes her reputation to Arobynn Hamel. He gave her a home at the Assassins' Guild and taught her the skills she needed to survive.

Arobynn's enemies stretch far and wide - from Adarlan's rooftops and its filthy dens, to remote islands and hostile deserts. Celaena is duty-bound to hunt them down. But behind her assignments lies a dark truth that will seal her fate - and cut her heart in two forever...

Any one who has read any of the Throne of Glass series will need to make sure they read this; I've had people tell me they weren't going to bother because they would only read short stories if it were about her life before the King destroyed everything. 

I loved this book so much, but I gave it 4 stars because it didn't grip me and make me fangirl like Crown of Midnight did, however I was reading this during the loss of one of my dogs so I'm happy I enjoyed it at all.

These novellas are such a great and important part to the series to gain a better understand of what Celaena was like before Endovier, before the loss of Sam, and before the betrayal of someone that lead her to Endovier. 

It highlights that Celaena had strong opinions and depth to her, which add further depth to the rest of the series and her actions, or lack of at times.

This book made me smile and cry, and is definitely worth the read.
4 stars / 5 stars

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

The Year So Far

I can't believe we are already half way through 2015, this year has gone so quickly already and comparing now to the start of the year things are much better.

I started this year in a massive reading funk which carried over from the end of last year so I set myself the goal to get out of this slump and to have read 20 books by the end of the year. I was actually worried I wouldn't achieve this but now I have passed this goal by a lot.

I should probably figure out what my new goal is.
January

I read the grand total of zero books in January.

February

Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #3)
The Baking Life of Amelie Day Highschool of the Dead, Vol. 1 (Highschool of the Dead, #1) Highschool of the Dead, Vol. 2 (Highschool of the Dead, #2)
Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor was my favourite read this month and an amazing end to the trilogy. I have reviewed The Baking Life of Amelie Day by Vanessa Curtis already (here), and I plan to do a series review of Highschool of the Dead at some point.

March

監獄学園 Vol. 14Now or Never (Alexander Twins, #1)Highschool of the Dead, Vol. 3 (Highschool of the Dead, #3)I Am Woo (I Am Alive Prequel)
Highschool of the Dead was my favourite read this month as its starting to show more storyline than the anime showed. I can't believe I'm still reading Kangoku Gakuen either because it is fanservice x1000. Now or Never by A. J. Bennet was a fairly good read though I felt a few things were a little unresolved. I am Woo is a short story prequel and whilst I liked the ideas given I felt the story itself wasn't written that great.

April

おやすみプンプン 1 おやすみプンプン 2 おやすみプンプン 3
監獄学園 Vol. 15 Bad Boy Rock Star (Bad Boy Rock Star, #1) Witch Eyes (Witch Eyes, #1)
Whoever let me read Oyasumi Punpun has a lot to answer for, this manga is so dark and depressing but I am so hooked. Bad Boy Rock Star by Candy J. Starr was my first DNF this year which I've already reviewed (here). Hopefully I can put down in words how much I loved Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey at some point too.

May

おやすみプンプン 4 Buonanotte, Punpun #5 Silence (Silence, #1) Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)
Silence by Natasha Preston had such an interesting synopsis and plot but I felt like the writing let it down a little at times plus the ending felt rushed. Holy sh*t, why did no one force me to read Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas sooner? I cried a lot throughout this book.

June

I said I cried at Throne of Glass but that doesn't even compare to how much I bawled my eyes out over Crown of Midnight, I am very attached to this series right now.

26 books so far which is not bad at all considering how much of a reading slump I was in, a lot of them are manga's at the moment but once I'm done with these I wont be picking any more up this year.

Have you read any of these books, if so what did you think? Do you have any recommendations as to what I should be reading next?

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Bought, Borrwed & Bagged (70)

Bought, Borrowed and Bagged hosted by Talk Supe is a weekly meme where you can share your book haul, ongoing events and news about what is coming up on your blog for the week ahead.
Please Note: All images link back to their GR pages.
New Books
I had £2 amazon credit to spend on e-books but it is really unclear which books it is available for use on, I tried it on Rebel Wing by Tracy Banghart because I adore the copies of this I already have (it was first published as Shattered Viel, my review can be seen here) and apparently I'm now going to collect this in every format. (I have Shattered Viel in ebook and signed paperback and now Rebel Wing as ebook). I also won a giveaway I completely forgot about that I entered on BookLikes to see if that worked, and well I won! 
Rebel Wing (Rebel Wing #1) Dwarves in Space
I've also been toying with the idea of purchasing the signed trilogy of Pretty When She Dies by Rhiannon Frater - should I? Please help!
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Read in 2015: 25 / 36
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The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J Maas
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News from Lauren
I guess you could say I've been putting off making this post all week, writing this makes everything real again. I've been missing this past week in the blogging world, well and I guess you could say in the real world too. One of my dogs - Monty - got very ill and after a few days at the pet hospital we had the make the hard and horrible decision to have him put to sleep. I can't even begin to describe the sadness that was in my house, or the shock that this happened given he was only 7 years old. 

The next day we got two puppies to keep Monty's brother - Max - company and bring some cheer into the house. It has worked, they're very lively and time consuming. Oh and they're called Freddie and George!

Other than that I've done very little this week, apart from plan a long trip to my boyfriends next month.


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