Sunday, 18 October 2015

Top 5 Books of 2015 (so far)




Hello Everyone,

Since I haven't finished anymore books since my Ruby Circle Booktalk I though it would be fun to do a post on my favorite books of 2015 so far (I mean its nearly the end of 2015). So, in no particular order...

1. Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas



This was an incredible book from a series that is going from strength to strength. One of my pet hates in YA series is that there is always one book where the main love interests have to spend a book apart and it tends to be the slowest book of the series (i'm looking at you New Moon) but not in this case. Thanks to the introduction of Rowan  I think this one might be my favourite book of the series so far. The dynamic between him and Celaena was on point and almost mirrored that of Celaena and Chaol's from the first book. Additionally, the story of Manon and the witches is a plot I'm really enjoying and I can't wait for her and Celaena to finally meet and hopefully work together even if it is just a political alliance. I'll just have to wait and see if Queen of Shadows can top it.

2. The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare


This was just a nice, easy enjoyable read. It is a collection of short stories centering on Magnus Bane and incorporates some of our favorite characters from the Shadowhunters universe. My favorites were probably the two involving Raphael Santiago (Saving Raphael Santiago and Fall of the Hotel Dumort). I am also eagerly awaiting the release Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy which I expect to be equally enjoyable.

3. Lola and the Boy next door by Stephanie Perkins



Now this book is the only contemporary one on this list as its the only contemporary series I've read but I absolutely love this one. However, I'm not sure if its my favorite one of the series because Anna and the French Kiss was just wonderful. I think I'm going to have to say its a tie between the two. Anyway, it was a great read and its a nice deviation from the typical books I read. Its just a fun, warm and fuzzy book to read and I can't wait to read more in this genre. In fact I think one of my next reads might be, My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories, in the run up to Christmas.

4. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black


The fourth book on this list is the second book by Holly Black I've read. I loved this one just like the first one but I think I enjoyed the Coldest Girl in Coldtown just that little bit more. Despite this it was still an enjoyable read and its nice to read a standalone novel once in a while so you can read the whole story at once rather than having to wait years to find out what happens in the end. Furthermore, I think it makes the story a lot more fast paced as it has to tell a complete story with all its twists and turns in one book. Additionally, the book didn't feel to rushed. Ultimately, the only complaint I have is that I want to find out a bit more about what happens to all the characters. In my opinion I could have done with an extra chapter maybe set about 5 years later to see what everyone had gotten up to but, I guess that's the sign of a good story, you don't want it to end. 



The final book in this post is from the new adult genre (I think its called that). This book was a bit of a guilty pleasure for me and I have to admit it was the sex scenes that really got me hooked on the book, to the point when I kept wish for the next one to hurry up and happen already. But, despite those I also really enjoyed the story and the relationship between the two characters as well as the brotherhood members who I am excited to explore in the rest of the books. However, I do have some reservations. I think the series is about 13 books long, and their may even be more in the pipeline, which worries me as the PLL series is ever going and that ended up being tedious, ridiculous and and I just lost my enjoyment reading it. However, in this series each book centers on a different character as the main antagonist while still following the main plot from the first book but it means the author is able to incorporate different plots and backstories centering on the main character of that particular book while keeping the series fresh and making each book stand out for different reasons.

So, that's it folks. I hope you enjoyed this post as I really enjoyed writing it and I think its one of my favorites so far. I would really appreciate it if you would leave me a comment letting me know what you thought of it and what your favorite books you've read in 2015 are. Thanks for reading and until next time. Live. Laugh and Keep Reading!

Lily x

P,S, don't forget you can add me on goodreads. follow me on twitter and why not check out my pinterest!

September Wrap-Up


Hello everyone,

It's only taken me till the middle of October to finally pull my act together and post a very belated September Wrap Up. But hey, its only been a month since my last post so, I think I'm still doing far better than last year. However, I hope this isn't just a gradual decline into the inevitable. So, while I try and override this pessimistic thought, lets get on with my September wrap up.

I have to say it wasn't ever such a successful month as I read one book, one graphic novel and started another book. I was finally able to finish the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead but. I have to say it was more of a relief that I finally finished the book and had one less on my TBR pile rather than an enjoyable read. You can find out in more detail my opinions on the book over on my post, Book Talk: The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead.

The graphic novel I completed was Saga by Brian K Vaughan. It was a nice quick easy read and another book to put towards my reading challenge goal. It was an okay graphic novel, and I liked how there was a couple of different stories running parallel at the minute which you can see will eventually meet up. I was invested enough in the story to order the second book but I have to say I enjoyed the Vampire Academy graphic novel series and the Infernal Devices manga more.

The third read I started was the 4th book in the incredible Throne of Glass series, Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas. I'm about a third of the way through and I'm really enjoying it and I have to say at some points of the book I've been more interested in Manon's story rather than Celaena's. Due to the shift I was on last week I've been on the train for an hour everyday so, it was nice to get some dedicated reading time but, its a hard book to put down. I'll keep you updated on my progress of this book over on my goodreads and I hope to do a review on it once I've finished.

So, it was quite a short update but like I said it wasn't a very successful reading month. Instead of doing an October TBR post I'll just give you a quick run down in this post. I hope to finish Queen of Shadows and Saga Volume 2 and that's about it because I think I might even struggle to do that. However, I do aim to do my October wrap up a lot early in the month than my September one. For my next post I'm thinking of doing a book wish list type post, let me know if that's something you'd like or if not any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

Hope you enjoyed the post and why not post a comment about the book your currently reading/enjoying! Thanks for reading and until next time, Live, Laugh and Keep Reading!

Lily x

P.S. don't forget you can add me on goodreads, follow me on twitter and why not check out my pinterest!



Sunday, 20 September 2015

Book Talk: The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead


Hello Everyone,

Can you believe it, 3 posts in one week, that's a record for me. Plus, I've completed the first book on my TBR pile, The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead. With only 10 days left of September we'll see how far I get in tackling the challenge I set my self for September but, until then I have another post for you. So, without further ado lets get started...

My overall opinion in this conclusion to the series isn't a favorable one. Especially when compared with Last Sacrifice it just didn't match up. However, I think the series for me had gone down hill before this book and just never recovered. Many areas/plots where rushed to a conclusion to quickly and those that weren't I wished had. We seemed to have lots of little different plots that kept flowing into the next one to form the books overall main plot which was to get Jill back, one in which I lacked interest as it seemed to be too similar a premise to Silver Shadows. Furthermore, for the most part I could see where the story was going to go. It was obvious to me after the introduction of Declan that Adrian and Sydney would end up raising him. I even assumed the minute we found out Olive was pregnant that some how it was Neal's. The entire first 1/3 of the book could have been cut down to half the amount and the build up to Alicia fell flat when in minutes they were able to freeze her and then compel information out of her. Additionally, the reveal of Dimitri and Adrian being related didn't sit well with me as I feel like I've seen a lot of similar things to that in YA TV series and it just seemed so random and I just didn't like it. On top of that, despite the one conversation they shared on it, it was never mentioned again. 

Despite all this there was some redeeming qualities. For starters, the whole Wild Pine arc was rather interesting and was a nice detour from the fruitless mission of finding Jill which didn't come into fruition until the final few chapters. But, I digress. It was fun getting to see Rose and Dimitri again working together, I just wished we'ed seen some of Christian and Lissa as they've be rather absent from the whole series. Also, in some ways I liked that there was lots of mini plots that collectively made up the main thread as once I got past the first 1/3 it kept up the momentum of the book. However, the climax seemed to just fall flat. Nevertheless, the epilogue which joins the group a year and a half later was a nice way to end it but, even then I wanted a bit more progression from our characters, new and old. Such as, Lissa and Christian getting married and maybe Sydney and Adrian having a child themselves. This was probably done so that there is areas with which Richelle can expand if she wished. Reluctantly, I have to admit I'm not that sad she doesn't have any plans to carry on writing in this world in the near future because ultimately I don't think she is going to be able to top the Vampire Academy series.

Rating:  ***

Let me know your opinions in  the comments below and which series did you prefer, Vampire Academy or Bloodlines? Thanks for reading and until next time, Live, Laugh and Keep Reading!

Lily x

P.S. don't forget you can add me on goodreads, follow me on twitter and check out my pinterest!


Saturday, 19 September 2015

Paperback vs. Hardback


Hi all,

A quick mini update, I've so far read about 200 hundred pages of The Ruby Circle so, only 150 pages to go, woop woop :)
Now, back to business, I've watched a lot of videos debating this issue and so I thought it would be fun to do a blog post on my opinion on which is better, hardback or paperback. So, lets get started;

PAPERBACK PROS

  • Lighter than a hardback for traveling and shipping. You can take more paperbacks with you on holiday than you can hardbacks.
  • If you read them enough they get that well read worn look which some people don't like but it makes me smile every time I see my tattered copy of Twilight because it shows how much I enjoyed the book. 
  • Cheaper
  • Doesn't have a slipcover that slips off, tears and just gets in the way when reading the book.
  • More flexible than a hardback so makes for more comfortable reading. 

HARDBACK PROS
  • Sturdy, so harder to damage.
  • Looks nicer on my bookshelf with the nice rounded spine. 
  • In some cases a book comes out in hardback quite a while before it does in paperback.
  • They have a fancy design/cover on both the book and the slip cover.

As a couple of extra points I thought I'd throw e books and audio books into the mix as well. 

E BOOK PROS 
  • They're rather inexpensive.
  • You can purchase and receive them immediately and all in the comfort of your home.
  • You can alter the size of the text to suit you.
  • You can fit your entire library on your device and take as many books as you want abroad without it affecting the weight of your luggage.

AUDIO BOOK PROS
  •  You can listen to them on the go or while cleaning, to make it a  little more bearable, really in any situation that you could listen to  music in, you could listen to an audio book instead.
  •  Some have multiple voice actors and sounds so its almost like your  listening to a re-enactment of the book. For instance, The Bad      Beginning (A Series Of Unfortunate Events) by Lemony Snickett.


In conclusion, I always used to prefer paperbacks as they were cheaper, more flexible to read and in my Waterstones its easier to obtain a book in its paperback form than its hardback form unless, its a new release. Regarding audio books I  like to listen to them if I've cleaning to do or want to do a bit of orgainsing, just to keep me going. Sometimes, if I'm struggling to get through a book and don't have the urge to pick it up I'll listen to its audio book to help me get my through the slump. In relation to e books, I bought a kindle e-reader a few years ago and for me it was a waste, I've used it maybe a handful of times just so I could read a book the day it came out or because it was only out in ebook form.Ultimately, I love reading a solid book, I like having a book shelf with my collection on that I can look at everyday, I like the feel of a book and just the experience of buying one. At the minute I'm loving hardbacks, as I think they just look prettier than their paperback counterparts and I can find them in some case for the price of a paperback but, my shelf is predominantly paperback. 

So, that's my opinion but, I'd love to know yours. Drop me a comment and let me know which form of reading you prefer and maybe even why. Thanks for reading and until next time, Live Laugh and Keep Reading!

Lily x

P.S. don't forget you can add me on goodreads and check out my pinterest!





Wednesday, 16 September 2015

September TBR



Hello everyone,

I think I'm just going to give up apologising for never posting  and vowing to start posting on a regular basis because its just not going to happen. Nevertheless, here is my annual 3 month post and I have decided to go with my TBR list for this month. Lets see if I can do a follow up at the end of the month (fingers crossed). With out further a do. lets get started.



I'm currently a third of the way through The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead and I'm hoping to finally get it finished by the end of this month, especially since it came out in February and so far I've managed to avoid spoilers.Its just a shame as I've really enjoyed this series and the previous one but. I'm just struggling to get through this one and the only think keeping me going is the fact I don't like to not finish a series and especially when I've got this far. So, I guess will see.


My second choice is Prince's Gambit by C.S. Pacat which is a part of the Captive Prince trilogy. I was a bit unsure about the series initially but thought I should branch out a bit with my reading choices. By the end I was intrigued enough by the story to keep reading the series, The premises of the story is as follows, a prince's brother kills their father the King and fakes his death by sending him to the rival empire as a pleasure slave for their prince.



My most anticipated book on this list is Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. Its the fourth in a six part series centered on an assassin with a secret who competes to become the King's champion, the same King who had her put in a slave camp for a year. Along the way she grows close to the Captain of the Guard and the Prince. It's a strong series with strong characters set in a Game of Thrones like world with just as many shocking twists and cliff hangers. As you can probably tell I would highly recommend it.



My last pick for this month and the one I'll be highly surprised if I actually get to is, Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward. The second in its nonstop series, is based on a brotherhood of vampires fighting against supernatural vampire hunters while falling in love, overcoming dark pasts and a fair amount of sex (this one is my guilty pleasure).

So, that rounds out the list we will see if I can actually complete any of it and whether or not I actually get round to writing another blog post letting you know. Thanks for reading and until next time, Live, Laugh and Keep Reading!

Lily x

P.S. don't forget you can add me on goodreads and check out my pinterest!


Sunday, 17 May 2015

Book talk: Ruby Red by Kierstin Gier





Hey Guys,

So, on top of failing my New Years Resolutions book tag challenge from last year I have also failed my New Years Resolution for this year which was to start back up my blog. Nevertheless, 3 months has passed since my last post and I'm ready and rearing to go. So, I have decided start my blog again with a review of Ruby Red by Kierstin Gier.

I bought the book a couple of months ago when I was going through books like some do coffees and was looking for something to read that was a little bit different to what I usually picked but, inevitably a reading slump hit just before I got to it. Now what with TV shows airing their finales and a 3 month hiatus until they come back I decide to give it a try, so here is what I thought.

My overall opinion was it was a great book, it was a quick and easy read with the trusted components of young love and adventure. An ordinary girl finds out that she in fact has the time travelling gene that all believed her cousin Charlotte had inherited, which leads to her having to travel through time to acquire blood from some of the previous 10 time-travelers in order to complete the chronograph (a time travelling machine) so its secrets can be unlocked. This all due to the first one being stolen by her cousin and her partner to keep the secrets from being revealed. Along the way their are of-course twist and turns, a few which were predictable, however they were not enough to spoil the book. Probably my most major complaint was I felt there was no big scene near the end to create the impact of the book to keeping you wanting to read more books, yes their was a few shocking reveals throughout and at the end but it just seemed like it was leading up to a climax we never hit and Gwen and Gideon's kiss happened to quickly and suddenly without any building or signs except for the odd look when they had spent most of the book bickering and disliking each other and one argument was even over him kissing Charlotte outside of school less than 24 hours before they professed their love for each other. Ultimately, it just seem very quick and haphazard done with little build-up or planning.

Despite, all this I did enjoy the book and I couldn't put it down and I am excitedly waiting for the second one to arrive in the post. I would recommend the book especially if your stuck in a reading slump as its a quick light read which is perfect for getting you out of one.

Stars; ***

Live, Laugh and Love to Read!
Lily x

P.S. don't forget you can add me on goodreads and check out my pinterest!

Friday, 2 January 2015

New Years Resolution Book Tag 2014: UPDATE




Hey Guys,

I can't believe it's been almost a year since my last post, it feels like it was only a couple of months ago. Nevertheless, due to it being a New Year I'm full of inspiration to start lots of new projects and make this year a bit more successful and productive than the last. Therefore, I have decided to start my blog up again and what better way than to do so with a post reviewing my New Year’s Resolution book tag from 2014.Without further ado, let’s get started:
  1. I cited Alexandra Bracken as an author I would like to read which I haven't ever before, but I have fallen at the first hurdle and not read or purchased anything by her, but I still want to read THE DARKEST MINDS and so that might be in my 2015 New Year’s Resolution list.
  2. YAY! I did complete this one. It was a book you'd like to read and it was CINDER BY MARISSA MYER. However, I was not a big fan. But, I did the stupid task of buying CINDER, SCARLET and CRESS all at once thinking I'd love it so, I'm going to give SCARLET a go and see how I fair as it was more so the character of Cinder and her story that I disliked hence I may prefer Scarlet's.
  3. Another failure. I chose THE GREAT GATSBY as a classic I'd like to read as the movie was coming out at the time, but it was a resolution I had no intention of honouring as the classic genre doesn't interest me as I know most of the stories and what happens so I don't want to read the books.
  4.  "A book you'd like to re-read", I picked THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN as it was one of the first books I actually wanted to re-read as I loved it so much, but I have that many books on my TBR shelf I don't want to waste my time re-reading a book when I could be experiencing and falling in love with a new one.
  5. WOOO! Another completed resolution! I chose THE LYING GAME and UNDER THE NEVER SKY for books I've had for ages and want to read. Let me tell you, there was a reason both books have been on my shelf for a while. For me THE LYING GAME was slow and uneventful because I knew there were a few books in the series and so every time she thought she knew who her sister's killer was you knew it wouldn't be because there was still about 5 other books. UNDER THE NEVER SKY was similar, it was rather slow and the main two characters didn't really speak because the boy didn't like or trust the protaganist and when he did speak it was to yell at her for not doing as she was told. Therefore, with both series I doubt I will be carrying them on.
  6. I picked Melissa De La Cruz as an author I'd like to read more of and while I bought the first book in the WITCHES OF EAST END series I'm yet to read it, however, I love the TV series and due to its cancellation I need something to fill the WITCHES OF EAST END shaped hole in my hear ergo I'm hoping the book will do the trick. 
  7. Didn't get any books for Christmas last year, so couldn't read them.
  8. Partial completion! I finish PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS series, but I didn't read THE KANE CHRONICLES because after reading reviews I lost my interest in that series and it was Percy Jackson and his world, I was most interested in but now I feel like I would like to read them so we'll see what happens this year. My next goal, however, is to read the PERCY JACKSON AND THE HEROES OF OLYMPUS.
  9. Another failure! I wanted to finally finish THE WOLVES OF MERCY FALLS SERIES, but it's been too long since I had read the first two so, I struggled to remember most of the story, except for the fact that I knew I disliked the two main characters so I just looked up what happened in the end and read the last chapter and I can safely say I made the right decision.
  10. I set a reading goal of 30 books for 2014 and due to the fact I had read 12 the previous year I wasn't hopeful but................... I still failed! However, I did read 28 so that's more than double last year’s, so I cite that one as a success.
  11. Sadly, I didn't start book-tubing and probably never will but I hope to have a lot better go at blogging
  12. And finally I cited what I think is now called "New adult fiction" as a genre I would like to branch into and I stated I would do that through starting the BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD SERIES, which I have and I'm thoroughly enjoying it. Success! 

All in all it was a failure with me successfully completing 4 and a half (the half for reading 28 books instead of 30) out of my 12 New Year’s Resolutions, but, I did read a lot of great books in 2014 and there's a lot of good books to look forward to in 2015! I hope your reading year was as enjoyable as mine and let me know in the comments if you completed or failed miserably at your reading resolutions and what you hope to achieve in 2015!

Live, Laugh and Love to Read!
Lily x