It’s Going To Be A Long Month | Nanowrimo + Reading Update!

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So I think I mentioned this in a previous blog post, but I’ve decided to do Nanowrimo this year! Nanowrimo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and it takes place every November. You can find out more about it by visiting the website here!

I’m very surprised to say it’s actually going really well for me this year…or at least it was, until I sort of changed my story idea completely and am now having a slight breakdown over how to fix the mess I have created.

But on a positive note, I’m just slightly ahead of my word goal, so yay! I just sort of need to rewrite is all so it actually fits with the new plot, but I’m staying positive – I haven’t felt so inspired to write in a long time, so I’m just going to go with it and see what I end up with at the end of the month!

Are you participating in Nanowrimo this month? Have you joined in during previous years?

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I’m really happy to say that I’ve nearly complete my Goodreads goal for the year! I’ve read twenty-nine books so far, and I’m just starting the thirtieth.

Here’s what I’ve recently finished reading:

Turtles All the Way Down

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

This book was absolutely wonderful! I loved it so much, I’m sort of struggling to find the words to talk about its magnificence at the moment. I do have a review coming soon, I’m just a bit busy at the moment thanks to Nanowrimo and college work haha!

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo

I just finished rereading this book today, and I really enjoyed it! I reread it so I could finish the rest of the series (due to recently discovering I have way too many unfinished series going on), and I’m so glad I did. Leigh Bardugo is such a clever author, and I once again was awed by the way she weaved the world of the Grisha!

I’m currently reading…

Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2)

Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2) by Leigh Bardugo

I started this book today after finishing the first novel, and I’m looking forward to reading it! I’m intrigued by what could happen (and by intrigued I definitely mean I’m sitting on the edge of my seat in suspense). I hope it lives up to the high standards the first book set!

What are you currently reading?

Thanks!

– Emma

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Spooktober | Freaky Reads!

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It’s finally Halloween, and I’m celebrating by eating junk food and watching movies with my friends! You guys probably know by now that I’m not a big fan of horror anymore, but that doesn’t mean I have read some creepy books in my time!

Here’s are some of my ‘fave’ freaky reads (fave, of course, meaning the ones that freaked me out the most haha!):

Messenger of Fear

Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant

There’s only one way to describe this book: gross. It’s also clever and intriguing, but undeniably gruesome. If gore doesn’t bother you and you want to read a unique YA/NA novel, you should try this one!

The Dead House

The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

This book is so creepy. It properly freaked me out, but it was amazing. Very psychological and scary and ah – if you like being scared, read it (just prepare yourself for the fear haha).

Gilt Hollow

Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon

This book was really good. It’s less freaky than the other books on this list, and is definitely more of a thriller. I really enjoyed it, so if you like creepy thrillers, this is the book for you!

Don't Look Back

Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

It’s no secret that I love Jennifer L. Arementrout – she could literally write anything, and I’m pretty sure I’d enjoy it. This thriller is so good, because it’s full of suspense and kept me hooked the whole time. It’s probably the best YA thriller I’ve read, so I definitely recommend it to fans of the genre!

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The more I think about the Mara Dyer series, the more I realise how psychologically freaky it was. I really enjoyed it – it’s probably my favourite book on this list! I can’t recommend this series enough! The first book in the spin-off Noah Shaw trilogy is actually being published next month, so I’m thinking of rereading Mara in preparation for it!

Have you read any of these books?

Thanks!

– Emma

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Spooktober | Fantasy Reads

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Halloween is tomorrow, and I’m doing a series of three posts where I’m sharing some of my favourite ‘spooky’ reads! In case you missed it, you can check out the first post here, where I share my fave paranormal books.

Here are some fantasy books that I love:

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

This is one of my favourite series of all time; it’s right up there with Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vamps series! I think of City of Bones as being the book that made me the avid bookworm I am today, and I will always hold it close to my heart for that. Cassandra Clare has created a magical world hidden within our own, and it’s spectacular.

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

This novel is just beautiful. I adore Rainbow Rowell, particularly because she brings a wonderful sense of realism to everything she writes – even this fantasy novel. If you read this book, prepare yourself for the feels!

Starcrossed (Starcrossed, #1)

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

This series is just wonderful. I love it so much – the characters, the plot, everything is amazing in these books. I love mythology, particularly Greek, and wish there were more YA books featuring elements of it. Josephine Angelini is a very talented author, so if you like Greek mythology, you should definitely read this!

 

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

The first book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series is amazing, but it has nothing on the stunning sequel. I struggle to find the words to talk about this book, so here is a helpful gif:

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All I can say about this book is read it. You won’t regret it, trust me.

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo is one ace author – to not only create the world of the Grisha, but to then pull off a plot like this one? Amazing. I’m in awe! Six of Crows was a great read, and I hope to read the sequel to it soon!

Have you read any of these books? What are some of your favourite fantasy reads?

Thanks!

– Emma

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Spooktober | Paranormal Reads

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Since it’s October and Halloween is only a few days away, I felt the need to do something that fits with this spooky month! Over three posts, I’ll be sharing some of my favourite ‘spooky’ reads, and I’m starting with paranormal books today.

Here are some of my favourite paranormal reads:

Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

I read this book a few years back, and I remember really enjoying it (and Patch is the ultimate book boyfriend, just saying). I’d love to reread it soon! If you like YA books with angels, you’ll love this book.

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)

Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater

This series is possibly suffering from a slight case of insta-love, but I still like it. I think the thing is this: I read this series ages ago and fell in love, and that love will always be there. If you like werewolves and handsome guys who like reading, you should check out this series!

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

The Coldest Girl In Coldtown by Holly Black

When I went through my vampire fanatic stage a few years back, this book was amongst the top of my faves list – and it still is. I’ve read a bunch of vamp books, but I’ve never read anything quite like this. Holly Black brings originality to a genre plagued with cliches in this book, so if you’re looking for a fresh view of vamps, this is the novel you should try!

Glass Houses (The Morganville Vampires, #1)

The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine

This is one of my favourite series of all time, so I’m a little a lot biased when it comes to it. I truly adore The Morganville Vampires series – from the characters to the story line, it’s absolutely ace! Rachel Caine is an amazing author, and if you haven’t read this series yet, what are you waiting for?!

Obsidian (Lux, #1)

The Lux by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I love this series! I recently reread it (you can check out my review of the first book here!), and fell in love all over again. Fancy yourself a hot alien? Read this book!

What are some of your favourite paranormal books? Have you read any of these?

Thanks!

– Emma

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Series To Finish!

I recently rediscovered a series that I started reading a few years back, and I decided to read the final novels, which was such a great idea. I loved rereading the books I’d already read, and it felt so awesome to finally finish the series!

Which got me to thinking this: what other series have I started that I’d like to finish? And so here’s a list of them:

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)

The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

I read the first book so. Many. Years. Ago. I remember really enjoying it, and I’ve actually been thinking about rereading it so I can read the other two books, which I’ll hopefully get around to soon.

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows was such an amazing book! I started reading the second and final book, but never ended up finishing it (it’s likely I got distracted by another novel, I won’t lie). But I definitely want to finish reading it some day.

Tiger's Curse (The Tiger Saga, #1)

The Tiger Saga by Colleen Houck

I really enjoyed the first book in this saga, but never got around to picking up the other books. I can’t see myself getting round to finishing this series anytime soon, but I hope to in the future.

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)

A Court of Thorns & Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas

This series is amazing – the first two books are wonderful (the second is just stunning), and I desperately need to read the third book! I’m a bit worried the third could be a let down compared to A Court of Mist and Fury (it’s one of the best fantasy books I’ve ever read), but I think I just need to take the plunge!

Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)

Covenant Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I’ve read all but the fifth book in this series, and really want to finish it! I’ll probably do a reread of all the novels, but I’m not feeling it at the moment. Maybe in the new year! There’s also a spin-off series which I really want to read, so I need to get a read on!

The Goddess Test (Goddess Test, #1)

Goddess Test Trilogy by Aimee Carter

I had mixed feelings on this book. I can’t remember exactly what happened, but I know I wasn’t overly impressed. However, I adore Greek mythology (it’s one of my favourite things), and I’m sort of intrigued as to where the author might have gone with it in this series.

Never Never (Never Never, #1)

Never, Never Novella Series by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

This is another book where I’m a bit hazy as to what actually happened, but I remember being really caught up in it! I’d definitely like to read the remaining parts to this novella series some day (though I’m not really in any rush to do so at the moment).

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

I always see such praise for this series on social media! I enjoyed the first book, though I did feel like not a lot happened. I’m intrigued as to what the rest of the series has in store though!

Antigoddess (Goddess War, #1)

Goddess War Trilogy by Kendare Blake

This is another series where I read the first book, loved it, and then completely forgot about it. Again, this is a series that features Greek mythology, so of course I want to read it. A reread of the first novel is actually sounding like a good idea right now!

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas

This is another series that I just see praise for! I did really enjoy the first book, but when I tried to read the second some months after, I was completely lost. I think this is a series I need to read all of the books together, which I’d like to do at some point in the future.

Trial by Fire (The Worldwalker Trilogy, #1)

Worldwalker Series by Josephine Angelini

I love Josephine Angelini – her Starcrossed series is one of my absolute favourites! Trial By Fire was a great first book, and I plan on rereading it soon! I’m looking forward to carrying on with this series soon-ish!

Storm (Elemental, #1)

Elemental Series by Brigid Kemmerer

I’ve always enjoyed books with elemental powers involved, so I was immediately drawn to this series. I can’t really remember what happened in the first novel, but I know that I enjoyed it, and would like to read the rest of the books.

And that’s it! What series have you started but have yet to finish? Are there any series you’ve given up on?

Thanks!

– Emma

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Origin (Lux #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout | Book Review

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Genre: YA Paranormal

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Publication Date: August 27th, 2013

My Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Goodreads Synopsis:

Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything. 

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on? 

And will they even be together?

 

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This was my first time reading the fourth installment in the Lux series, and to say I was kept on the edge of my seat for the whole book is an understatement. I found myself putting my life on hold just to read this book – the suspense was too much to handle!

Did I love this book? Heck yes. But there’s something about it that makes me feel really quite sad. There’s a complete shift in tone from the beginning of the series, and we see Origin taking a much darker turn. Though the change sort of broke my heart, it was also a necessary thing. We see our characters grow from their experiences, and this series wouldn’t have been as amazing it is if that hadn’t happened. It also added this sense of reality that made the reading experience that much more intense.

It’s almost as if this novel signals the beginning of Lux 2.0, which isn’t a bad thing at all. It’s just different. Our characters have grown-up, and it really shows.

‘Words were one thing. Actions were a totally different ballpark.’

The thing I have always adored about this series is the humour. I loved the easy banter between the characters, and I really believe that the wit our author infuses into this series is what makes it so good – along with the lingering edge of mystery, of course. Even though Origin is a much more serious novel, it still had that wonderful element of humour. It was featured a little less prominently, but it was still very much involved.

The plot was just wow (and those plot twists!). It felt like a million things happened in this novel, and I was constantly on the edge of my seat – there was so much suspense because I genuinely had no clue what to expect.

‘I will always be in love with you. That’s not going to change today or two weeks from now. I will be just as in love with you in twenty years as I am today.’

I felt so emotional reading this book. I laughed, I cried, I cringed – I felt everything. The ending nearly destroyed me, so if you’re planning on reading this series, prepare to have your heart ripped out and torn to shreds.

Overall, this was a great book! I loved it, I loved our characters – even though they’ve grown-up, they’re still just as sassy as always. I’m literally in awe of Jennifer L. Armentrout right now!

I really can’t recommend this series enough!

Thanks!

– Emma

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Onyx & Opal ( Lux #2 & #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout | Reread Double Review

 

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Genre: YA Paranormal

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Publication Dates: 3rd June, 2012 & 11th December, 2012

My Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Onyx (Lux #2) Goodreads Synopsis:

Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.

Something worse than the Arum has come to town…

The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there’s this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that’s possible. Against all common sense, I’m falling for Daemon. Hard.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…

Opal (Lux #3) Goodreads Synopsis:

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger… and they know it.

Okay, I’ve never written a joint review before, so you’re going to have to bare with me on this one guys!

For the past month, I’ve been revisiting the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I read the first three books quite a few years back, and absolutely loved them – but because I’m a bookworm and my TBR pile is completely out of control, I lost track of the series and never got around to finishing it.

And so, after some awesome people commented on a post (where I moaned about heading into a dreaded reading slump) and suggested I try rereading a book, I quickly got swept up in the world of this series, and haven’t been released yet.

I’ve just finished reading the fifth book (the last book guys – how am I going to cope with no new happenings with my fave characters?!), and I loved it. But enough with the backstory – let’s get on with reviewing the second and third novels, Onyx and Opal!

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There are two reasons I decided to review these books together:

  1. I have very similar thoughts on them both
  2. …which is due to the fact I finished Onyx and started Opal no more than a minute after, so it’s a bit blurry where my thoughts for one end and the other begins. (I’m a bad bookworm and blogger, I know, I’m sorry. I’m working on my organisational skills, I really am haha!)

I feel the first thing I should say is that I really loved these books – I’ve reread them a number of times, but much like with Obsidian (which you can check out my review of here!), I still love them just as much as the first time I read them. They were so fun to read – I’m pretty sure I was laughing at something every other page. They’re full to the brim with comedic quips and sass, and I loved it.

I loved our characters – Katy was a great main character (and she was a book blogger, so of course she was awesome); Daemon was just the ultimate book boyfriend really, and Dee was a sweetheart. The only thing I’ll say about Blake is this: ugh.

There’s something incredibly addictive about the Lux series, and I feel like it’s definitely Daemon Black down to how awesome Armentrout is at spinning a great story. The plot was completely unique (I’ll say it again – who would’ve thought hot aliens would work?!), and that’s one of the best parts about it.

There was a mysterious element to these books – particularly the third. I sped through both books because I knew what happened, and I couldn’t deal with the suspense. I’d say the first two novels in this series are almost ‘fluffy’ reads, and it’s the third one where it starts to get serious. (And I’d just like to point out I don’t say fluffy in a bad way at all – I adore the first two books, I just mean they feature lighter topics than the rest of the series).

There’s an awesome combination of things in the novels of this series that just make them work: the originality, the characters, and the humour. I loved Onyx and Opal, and if you haven’t read the Lux series yet, what are you waiting for?!

Topic Awareness:

  • Violence (scenes of intense pain)
  • Death

Thanks!

– Emma

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