June wrap up 

It’s been a very busy month. I had my grad ball at the beginning of the month, then I went on holiday, then I moved out of my flat and moved back home, then I graduated with a third class honours degree in mathematics. I’ve also returned to my work through all of this so I feel like I haven’t really had a chance to breathe. I don’t know how I’ve managed to read so many books.

My parents redecorated my room for me moving home and I have to much more space for books now it’s wonderful. But my shelves are nearly full already so I’m pleading with my dad to make me some more, not that there’s much space for them.

I read 9 books this month:
City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson (Review coming tomorrow)
And I Darken by Kiersten White
Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsey Cummings (Mini review coming soon maybe)
The Second Love of My Life by Victoria Walters (Review coming soon)
City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare (Review coming soon)
In the Hope of Memories (Review coming soon)

I posted reviews for last month’s  reads:
The Little Wedding Shop By The Sea by Jane Linfoot
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Books I bought:
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K.Rowling  (Pre-order)
The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
When We Collided by Emery Lord
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

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The Intimidating TBR tag

Thank you to Sammie @bookshelves and biros for the tag! The Intimidating TBR Tag was originally created by LindseyRey.

What book have you been unable to finish?

I couldn’t finish How Many Wrongs Make a Mr Right by Stella Hervey Birrell because the writing just did not gel with me at all and I couldn’t bring myself to read it. I also couldn’t bring myself to read Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson because it dealt with brain hemorrhages which is what one of my sister’s died of and I just couldn’t do it.

What book have you yet to read because you just haven’t had the time?

I have a very long TBR and a big wishlist on amazon haha, hopefully I’ll get through it now I’ve finished uni.

What book have you yet to read because it’s a sequel?

A Court of Mist and Fury. I’ve heard so many great things and I want to read it now but you know, I haven’t even read ACOTAR yet whoops.

What book have you yet to read because it’s a new release?

Uhhhhh pretty much half of my TBR hahaha

What book have you yet to read because you aren’t in the mood?

Vampire Academy. It was one of the first books I ordered when I decided to start reading again but I still haven’t read it.

What book have you yet to read because it’s humongous?

The whole of A Song and Ice of Fire series.

What book have you yet to read because it was a cover buy with bad reviews?

I don’t really do this, I can’t afford to cover buy without looking at reviews.

Which book on your TBR is the most intimidating to you?

Again, A Song of Ice and Fire.

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Anyone who wants to do it because I feel like most people have done it by this point

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And I Darken by Kiersten White

Thank you to netgalley and Random House Children’s for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

To put it simply this is a historical retelling if Vlad the Impaler (also known as Vlad Dracul, the namesake of Dracula) was born a female. Lada (Vlad) and her brother Radu grow up together in Wallachia, their father clearly favouring Lada, until they get sent off to the Ottoman Empire after a lot of political moves and betrayal. This novel follows the pair as they try to build a live for themselves in their new empire with their new found friendship with the heir to the Ottoman empire: Mehmed.

I had some really mixed feelings about this book. I was disappointed in that there was a hell of a lot less impaling than I expected, but it is the first in a trilogy and I assume there will be a lot more blood in the next instalments. It felt like a first book as well, it was quite slow and it seemed to be all about the set up. However, by the end of the book I found myself desperate for the second part so I clearly ended up liking it.

I really struggled with the first half, I couldn’t really get to grips with the characters and didn’t really get what the fuss was about, but then the second half happened and everything I thought was blown out of the water. I really began to understand these characters and why they acted the way they did.

White has clearly done a lot of research; I looked up Vlad the Impaler as I read this and everything seemed to be fairly correct in terms of historical accuracy, well, as much as it could be with the whole gender bend thing.

There is a love triangle in this book but my god it’s not your typical love triangle and it really hurt my soul but I don’t want to talk about it too much because it was such a surprise to me when I noticed where things were heading and I don’t want to spoil that for anyone. The relationships between the main characters are really impacted by the triangle, especially as the grow up. The way the society in this book is also makes things so much different to the kind of love triangle that comes up in most YA books. Personally, of the two siblings, I found myself leaning more towards liking Radu rather than Lada but I guess what can you expect when she’s based on a nasty piece of work.

What really made this story was the characters and the plot between what was happening with them rather than what was happening in the world they were in. There wasn’t as much action as I expected but the connections between the characters really made up for that and the ending has completely broke my heart and I don’t know if I can wait for the second part.

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Holiday Blog – Orlando

So as most of you are aware, at the beginning of the month I went to Orlando with 2 of my best pals for an 8 day holiday. We spent most of our time at Disney, 2 days at Universal and some time shopping too. It was quite difficult to get around without a car, which I think is true for the States in general unless you’re in New York.

We met a lot of characters and went on quite a few rides and I was really impressed with what we managed to do in the short space of time we had. I’d been to Disney when I was about 8 years old and it was really interesting to see what was different – all the Star Wars stuff – and what was the same – queue times for the Peter Pan ride being absolutely outrageous.

I’d never been to Universal before and my god it was so worth it just for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I’ve been to the Studios in London but it’s completely different getting to experience the shops and places as real places. Our first day in Universal Jess and I found out our degree classifications and I was awarded a third which isn’t the greatest but I honestly expected to not even get awarded and I was crying like a baby for about half an hour, the people at Universal must have thought I was mad.

I was there when the shooting happened and it was so incredibly scary, especially as more news came out about it. I’d considered going to the Before You Exit show where Christina Grimmie was shot and then I was at a Thrice show at Disney Springs the night of the Pulse shooting, and from reports he had been considering shooting Disney Springs that night. We kept on doing what we had planned to do every day but it was a really harrowing experience and I was quite glad to get home to Scotland where gun laws aren’t lax.

I miss all the different flavours of fanta they have in the States. Why is UK fanta so shit? And all the Oreo flavours. And I became addicted to cheese Goldfish crackers.

I spent a lot of money, but it’s not a proper holiday if you hold yourself back.

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater | Hype or Like Friday

The book of the month for June for Hype or Like Fridays (goodreads group!) is The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater which I had started reading just before it was chosen so that worked out very well.

I normally write a summary/plot description for books when I review them if its the first in a series, but I honestly can’t even begin to describe this. It’s just a very strange book with magic and psychics and private school boys. Continue reading “The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater | Hype or Like Friday”

Harry Potter Book Tag

Thank you to Raven @dreamy addictions for the tag and Bookidote for creating it! I think this is going to be a hard one.

Important rule: You can’t use any of the HP books in the answer.

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A BOOK YOU FOUND THE THEME INTERESTING, BUT YOU’D LIKE TO REWRITE IT.

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld. Modern day Pride and Prejudice is a good idea but I just didn’t gel with this book.

 

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THE FIRST BOOK IN A SERIES THAT GOT YOU HOOKED.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

 

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A BOOK YOU WISH YOU COULD HAVE RIGHT NOW.

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas, I need it, I’m stressed. September needs to hurry up.
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A KILLER BOOK. BOTH SENSES. TAKE IT AS YOU LIKE.

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. It’s both, kinda.

 

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A BOOK THAT YOU FOUND REALLY CONFUSING.

Dance, Dance, Dance by Haruki Murakami, that book is just completely off the wall.

 

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YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL BOOK.

Probably Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, I’m so much like Cath it’s unreal

 

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A DARK TWISTED BOOK.

I’m struggling to think of one for this

 

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A BOOK THAT SURPRISED YOU IN A GREAT WAY, REVEALS TO BE MORE THAN IT IS.

Hmmm I suppose The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I thought it would just be a standard YA romance contemporary but it was so much more than that.

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Lizzie @ Accio Padfoot
Ami @ luvtoread
Aspiringbluecat
May @ sunsetsandbookfests

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Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

I started reading this just before I went on holiday, which was a mistake because I just wanted to read it all the time which was a bit of a struggle when I was doing 12 hour days at Disney and Universal.

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The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and Mira Ink/Harlequin UK  in exchange for an honest review.

OH MY GOD THIS BOOK I read it in a day, I just couldn’t put it down.

Mallory “Mouse” Dodge is going back to public school after being home schooled for 4 years following an accident with a foster family. In a coincidental turn of vents the boy she grew up with through her foster care, Rider Stark, is at her school. They reconnect after 4 years and learn who each other is now after they were split apart.

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The Blogger Recognition Award

Thank you to Orangutan Librarian for the tag!

Rules:

  1. Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to. Do some digging if you must! Find those blogs. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.
  2. Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. List who you’ve nominated in the post.
  3. Make sure to also attach the award itself! (You can do this by right-clicking, saving, and uploading the image above).
  4. Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created.
  5. Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night. That way, anyone can find the original guidelines and post if needed, and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing!

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Ok so I started my blog because I suddenly fell into the world of book tube randomly back in February and I thought “hmm this is something I’d be interested in doing” but I really do not have the time or money to start up a youtube channel. So I thought I’d start a blog instead. I figured that it would be a good way for me to start reading again after a long period of time not reading thanks to uni stress/depression/being a shitty procrastinator. I’d missed a lot of big releases in the time that I wasn’t reading and it seemed quite daunting but I thought the best way to get through it would be to start a blog. I knew the want to become successful with my blogging would help me get the push I needed to love reading again, and it definitely has.

Advice for new bloggers:

  1. Post whatever the hell you want to post. Don’t worry if it’s original, don’t worry if people will like it. It’s your blog you do what you want to do with it.
  2. Don’t worry too much about your layout and presentation because people will come to your blog eventually, worry about your content first because that is the most important.

No tagging because I’m currently in Florida but you know

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell 

After reading Fangirl it is now my mission to read everything Rainbow Rowell.

Fangirl is basically my life, apart from the romance aspect because I am painfully single (ok maybe not painfully I don’t mind being single). Cath and Wren, identical twins, go to college and Wren has decided that she’s going to take this time to become independent, completely leaving Cath in a new place on her own. Cath has anxiety and struggles with starting college knowing no one and not knowing where to go. She eventually settles in, finding a couple friends,whilst her sister goes off the rails and her dad struggles with his bipolar disorder back home. Ok so it’s not basically my life but I empathised a lot with Cath.

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