Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein is a historical novel set in WW2. I recently reread this book, and it was as heart wrenching as I remember. A tale of friendship and tough situations that I recommend you all read.
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin is an alternate history novel with fantasy twists that considers what would have happened if the Nazis won WW2. Yael is a part of the resistance with a fantastical ability. This review will be spoiler free, and just a hint that I really recommend reading this book.
There are a lot of things that people can say when describing a book that will make me HAVE to read that book. People who know me are able to use these buzz words to get me to read pretty much any book. It’s kind of a problem because sometimes that means I go into the book with vastly different expectations from what the book is actually about. It can also mean that I like the book far more than other people do because it has a theme or trope that I like. This is the top ten tuesday topic of the week (from The Broke and The Bookish) so read on to learn more what you can say to get me to read a book.
I am jumping on the bandwagon and doing The Perpetual Page-Turner‘s annual end of the year bookish survey. I can’t believe I have made it to the end of the year with this blog and we will be celebrating a one year anniversary soon. If you have any ideas of how I should celebrate that let me know. Now let’s get into the survey, and beware this is an incredibly long post because when it comes to books I am so bad at making choices. Legit this post is 4-5x longer than most of my other posts… have fun.
Note: I am sorry for all the shameless plugging for my reviews in this post, I couldn’t stop myself.
A few weeks ago I read Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood which is a novel set in a fantasy version of the early settlements of America. It was a refreshing, cute read that was quick and fun. This is the first book in a trilogy that I would very much like to get my hands on and revolves around some witches in this small country town.
I have seen this tag going around in the blogging community and thought I would give it a go. A lot of my friends have been playing Pokemon Go recently and although I don’t play it myself I think it is a great game. The tag and accompanying graphics were created by Read at Midnight
I never actually played the origional pokemon, so these three were never my starters. I think if I had to pick now I would choose Charmander because look how cute he is. My bookish starter is going to be The Fairy’s Return and Other Princess Tales by Gail Carson Levine. These were some of my first books and I absolutely love them. They are interesting take on common fairy tales.
Ahhh Pikachu. He really is a classic, although a hard to obtain one. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.This is one of the first classics that I think I read when I was seven or eight. They have some great themes that are applicable to all age groups.
I don’t think that there are books I have lost intest in purely because it is everywhere. However a book that I have rethought my opinions on is the Hunger Games. This book was everywhere four or five years ago and although I enjoyed it, I’m not sure it was deserving of that much hype.
For me this book is the Trylle trilogy by Amanda Hocking. I feel like this series is similar to other fairy/changling stories and I swear I have read something similar before. I did however really enjoy reading the story. All the characters felt real and I loved the world that was created.
I am going to have to pick theLord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien. I haven’t read these yet because there are so many and they are so big. Everyone I know who has read them loves them and Middle Earth is one of the staple fantasy worlds so I need to do this.
I used to read at night all the time but recently I have been reading more throughout the day and in the early hours of the morning. However there was a book that made me push through my tiredness and that book was Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood. I loved the quaint nature of this book and how easily everything fell into place.
I must admit that I was never really one to get into bookish OTPs, I tend to just ship whoever is a canon but some that I have a lot of love for include Cate and Finn from the aformentioned Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood, Dex and Sophie from the Keeper of the Lost Cities series (my review here) and Elspeth and Rushton from the Obernewtyn Chronicles
Ahh Rapidash was one of my favourite pokemon. There are many ways to defind a fast paced read but I am going to go with Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld. I read this in a day or two and I could not put it down. I even tried to read it during my PE lesson at school… my team still won so I count it as a success.
I could choose nothing less than the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. This was one of the series that pushed my reading into highschool where my friends were all obsessed with the books. For as long as I can remember there have been more of Rick Riordan’s books coming out and I have a very strong emotional attatchment to the characters. I need to know more of their lives, so I will always accept new spin offs.
Across the Universe by Beth Revis fits this perfectly. I picked this up because the synopsis was interesting then didn’t read it because the cover put me off and I had other things to be reading. Roughly a year later after a recommendation from a friend I picked the book up again and loved it. I haven’t read the rest of the series since I read the first one a year and a half ago but I do want to. Despite the cover the majority of the books wasn’t romance focused which was the main thing making me not want to read it.
This one has to be the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I still haven’t read this series and there is so much hype out there about them, but I am still so ready to read them just as soon as they become avaliable at my library, or as soon as I see them in a bookstore and make a (possibly rash) purchase.
I don’t have many collector’s editions if any, but after looking through some online that needs to change. There are so many amazing ones, but I have to start with this Lord of the Rings box set that has amazingly glossy covers.
Ok well… I tend not to read book for a few years after they come out, but I am going to stay away from some debuts that have come out and I have seen a lot of hype for. One debut that I am excited to read and haven’t seen much hype for are The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
I have been waiting what seems like forever for the release of The Midnight Star by Marie Lu. I need this book in my life NOW.
What books have you been waiting on the release of?
Monthly recommendations is a goodreads group hosted by Trina from Between Chapters and Kayla from Kayla Rayne. This is going to be my first time participating, and luckily this month is a mash up of all their previous topics due to the one year celebration of the group. As always I have tried to include a range of less popular books that I would recommend reading. Without further ado, let’s begin.
The Glass Demon by Helen Grant
This book is a mysterious supernatural thriller that I picked up at a library. On goodreads it is rated 3.5 and has only 1100 reviews in total. I would recommend this to anyone who loves a psychological thriller with a mystery.
Book set in school
H.I.V.E. by Mark Walden
This book is set in a school for villains in training, there are so many heists and plots and challenges. It reminds me of Harry Potter in the amount of drama that happens there, but the kids are so amazing and talented.
Pretty Girl by J C Burke
If you want a book with unexplained murder, kidnapping and college drama then this is the book for you. I read this with some of my friends and we all found it chilling. It was fast moving and stayed with me for years after I read it, although that might just be the inside jokes I had with my friends.
The Paladin Prophecy series by Mark Frost
I haven’t read the whole series but the first book was amazing, and the second one was pretty good. The characters are life like and the settings are amazing. The second book didn’t feel like much of a slump and was a necessary part of expanding the world.
Book others should read before the end of the year
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
I have heard amazing things about her other books, but this is the only one that I have read. I would highly recommend it. The world was real and fantastical, it was a stand alone that didn’t take much time to read. However the characters wants and the life lessons they learnt have stuck with me since I read it.
Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger
I have been following this series since the second book was released three years ago which for me is a long time. This book might be aimed more at middle grade kids and it remains light throughout the series despite the dark plot twists, murders and kidnappings. I think this series will become a staple fantasy novel in the years to come.
(my full review here)
Book with little or no romance
The Novice by Taran Matharu
This book doesn’t need romance to be great. There is an abundance of teenage characters of both the male and female gender but at the completion of the first book there was no hint of romance. I have high hopes for the rest of the series.
(my full review here)
Between the Lives by Jessica Shirvington
I read this at the end of last year and I cried at the end. It is an amazing stand alone by an Australia author who is really good at evoking emotions. The plot leaves you not sure whether it was real or not, but in a good way. It doesn’t take too long to read so you should go do that right now.
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
This book, and the sequel, are very much so what I think of when asked about survival stories. They aren’t set in the wilderness or on some strange planet, instead these books are set in WW2. Not everyone survives these books, making the situation all the more real, and I learnt much about what happened during those years from reading these books. The story is told in an easy to read way and teaches of the life of women in WW2.
Time Riders by Alex Scarrow
The friendship between Liam, Maddy and Sal is great. Despite hardly knowing each other situations soon require them to trust each other, and their skills perfectly compliment each other. They manage to joke around together despite the often dangerous circumstances and are always able to trust that the others have their back. I wish I had friends like this, but then again I doubt I would ever know unless I ran into a situation where I would need to trust others with my life so maybe not.
Set outside of the US
This was by far the hardest category to fill because I wanted to pick something actually set in the real world as opposed to a fantasy one. I finally settled on:
A Waltz for Matilda by Jackie French
This novel is set in Australia, where I am from and I read it when I was younger. It embodies not only the place Australia but also the culture. A great way to get a taste of the land.
Empowering female character
Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody
I have been following this series since I was in year five, and the last book just came out (no spoilers please I have to do a full series reread before I read it). Elspeth Gordie has been a constant role model for me in the past five years of my life, from ages ten to fifteen which are quite impressionable years. Elspeth has romantic interests, but they don’t dominate her life. She stays strong through so many situations where it seems like there is no hope including the loss of many friends and a secret that she has to bear alone. Her strength has impacted me and how I view the world, and for that I am thankful.