The Mortal Song REVIEW

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the author in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own. 

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Author: Megan Crewe

Publication date: September 13th 2016

Synopsis:

Sora’s life was full of magic—until she discovered it was all a lie.

Heir to Mt. Fuji’s spirit kingdom, Sora yearns to finally take on the sacred kami duties. But just as she confronts her parents to make a plea, a ghostly army invades the mountain. Barely escaping with her life, Sora follows her mother’s last instructions to a heart-wrenching discovery: she is a human changeling, raised as a decoy while her parents’ true daughter remained safe but unaware in modern-day Tokyo. Her powers were only borrowed, never her own. Now, with the world’s natural cycles falling into chaos and the ghosts plotting an even more deadly assault, it falls on her to train the unprepared kami princess.

As Sora struggles with her emerging human weaknesses and the draw of an unanticipated ally with secrets of his own, she vows to keep fighting for her loved ones and the world they once protected. But for one mortal girl to make a difference in this desperate war between the spirits, she may have to give up the only home she’s ever known.

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I’m a Bone Season Advocate!

Hey everyone! I have some super exciting news. I’m officially a advocate for The Bone Season yay! 

I applied to be an advocate a couple of weeks ago and today I received an email that I was chosen to become one. I am truly honoured to have the opportunity to become an advocate for this incredible book series. In all honesty, I’m still in shock.
So, you may or may not be wondering what this means.

As an advocate, I get to share special information along with many other exciting things right here on this blog, as well as on my other social media sites.

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That’s all that I wanted to share. This post is short but I am so excited about becoming an advocate for this series. Stay tuned for more information in the coming days.

Thank you for reading this post and I hope you have a wonderful day:)

Waiting on Wednesday #13

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by  Jill from Breaking The Spine that shows the upcoming books that many of us are anticipating! This week, I’m waiting for…


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Author: Stephanie Garber

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Publication Date: 31st of January 2017

Synopsis:

Before you enter the world of Caraval, you must remember that it’s all a game . . .

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their ruthless father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the legendary, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

Then, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation to Caraval finally arrives. So, Tella enlists a mysterious sailor’s help to whisk Scarlett away to this year’s show. But as soon as the trio arrives, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nonetheless soon becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with her sister, with Legend, and with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.


Which books are you anticipating this week?

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Pokemon Indigo League Read-a-thon #ReadThemAllThon

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Hey everyone! I’m going to be taking in the Pokémon Indigo League read-a-thon! This read-a-thon was created by Aentee @ readatmidnight  who is also the creator of the Pokémon book tag. In this read-a-thon, there are 8 challenges which are based on the 8 gyms Indigo League. There is aslo a little competition of sorts that is optional but I’m not going to take part in thatat.

Without further a do, here are the challenges and the books that I’m going to read. Please note that I might not stick to the tbr but I’ll try my best:)


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For this challenge, I will be reading Spark by Rachael Craw. This book has been on my Tbr pile for a while now and since the last book in series comes out at the end of August, this is the perfect opportunity to finally read it!ReadThemAllThon-Badge02-Cascader

For this one, I will be reading A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir. After the ending of An Ember in the Ashes, I can tell that I will cry during some point in this book.ReadThemAllThon-Badge03-Thunder

For this one, I’ll be reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. In all honesty, all her books are pretty hyped but out of all her books, I feel like Fangirl is the most hyped. This book has been sitting on my bookshelf for a long time so I’m excited to finally read it!ReadThemAllThon-Badge04-Rainbow I will be reading the Sidekicks by Will . From what i have heard, this book involves a little diversity when it comes to sexuality. I have heard incredible things about this book so I am super excited to read this!ReadThemAllThon-Badge05-Soul

For this one, I will be reading Happily Ever After by Keira Cass. I have read all the books in the Selection series but for some reason, I never read this book. I’m glad that I will finally be reading this book so I can finish this series.ReadThemAllThon-Badge06-Marsh
I will be reading Raelia by Lynette Noni. I have read this but it was a rushed read so I want to read this again so that I can take everything in.ReadThemAllThon-Badge07-Flame

For this challenge, I will be reading Stray by Rachael Craw. This is the 2nd book in the Spark Series/trilogy. I have included the first book in the read-a-thon so that when third book comes out, I’ll be able to read it.ReadThemAllThon-Badge08-Earth

For this one, I will be reading The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey. I tried reading this book earlier in the year but I struggled to get into it… Hopefully this time I’ll be able to get into it.


So, that is my TBR for the for the Pokémon Indigo Read-A-Thon. Are any of you joining in? If you are, comment the link to your post so I can check your post out! Thank you for reading this post! I hope you all have a wonderful day:)

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Aussie YA Blog Hop #LoveOzYA

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This week, Genie in a Book, Loony Literate, Thoughts by J, My Life in Books and Happy Indulgence Books are hosting a Aussie YA Blog Hop, which was created to share our love of Aussie YA books and authors. Unfortunately, I haven’t been a huge reader of Aussie YA *GASP*. It’s okay though. Hopefully through this blog hop, I’ll find some great recommendations and I’ll be reading more Aussie YA in no time.

So, without further a due, lets get onto the questions.

1.  What you love about Aussie YA

I love how Aussie YA explores different ideas that aren’t always explored by the majority of authors in the YA genre. I love the diversity of each and every one book from the Aussie YA books. As a reader, you definitely appreciate the effort that is put into creating such a diverse and creative story.

2. Favourite Aussie YA authors

This is such a hard one! I’ll probably have to say Lynette Noni, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I love absolutely love their writing styles and I cant wait to read what they publish next.

3. The Aussie YA book you grew up with

Unfortunately, I didn’t really grow up with Aussie YA. I only really began reading young adult books in the past 2-3 years, let alone Aussie YA. I probably only began Aussie YA at the beginning of this year and since I am turning 18 in November, I don’t think that couts as growing up with Aussie YA books…

4. Favourite Aussie YA book released in 2016

My Favourite Aussie YA book that was released this year has to be Raelia by Lynette Noni. I love her writing and all the characters in this book. She is an incredible author and her writing is seriously underrated.

5. Aussie YA Debut you are looking forward to

I actually don’t know any Aussie YA debut books. I really need to pay more attention to Aussie YA because I’m starting to feel almost ashamed at how oblivious I am to what happens in this community… If you have any that you are looking forward to, please comment on this post!

6. Favourite Aussie YA series

This is such a hard question because there are two series that I really love which are the Medoran Chronicles by Lynette Noni and the Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Both series are both so wonderful and creative! If you haven’t read either of these series, I highly recommend that you pick them up straight away!

7. Unexpected Aussie YA surprise

A unexpected Aussie YA surprise was The Midnight Society by Rhonda Sermon. While it isn’t my favourite book ever, I really enjoyed it which was quite surprising for me. It was definitely a unique, captivating and interesting story. I’m really looking forward to when the next book comes out in December 2016. Hopefully it will be as good as the first book.

8. Aussie YA Book you always recommend to others

It should be no surprise by now that I always recommend Akarnae by Lynette Noni. This series such a wonderful and fun series! I love the storyline and the friendship that Noni has built between the three main characters, plus there’s a magical library and who doesn’t like a magical library!

9. An Aussie YA book on your TBR

Black by Fleur Ferris. I recently got this book from Dymocks since they had the sale on Aussie YA. I’m not a huge fan of thriller type books usually but the synopsis sounds so interesting so I had to pick it up. Hopefully I’ll be able to read it soon.

10 . Recommend your favourite Aussie YA Bloggers!

I am still newish to the book blogging community since I have only been blogging for about 4-5 months now, so I don’t have many favourites right now but here a couple of my favourites:

  1. Anetee @ Read at Midnight – I love her blog so much! The content is amazing plus she’s a wonderful person. I haven’t talked to her much but every time I have, she’s been wonderful to me.
  2. Kristy @ Book Nerd Reviews– I recently came across Kristy’s blog when I found her on Twitter. Once again, I love the content on her blog and it’s a plus that she is a fellow Tasmanian as well.
  3. Julia @ Picnic Reads – I also only came across Julia’s blog in the past month or so when I came across her twitter account. I haven’t talked to her all that much, mainly because I’m still awkward with talking to people online but she’s been nothing but lovely to me when we have talked.

Thank you to the moderators for hosting this wonderful blog hop. On Sunday the 14th of August (this coming Sunday) at 6pm, they will be hosting a #AusYABlogChat on Twitter. I cant wait to chat with you all!

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Waiting on Wednesday #12

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by  Jill from Breaking The Spine that shows the upcoming books that many of us are anticipating! This week, I’m waiting for…


Title: Shield25857262

Author: Rachael Craw

Publisher: Walker Books Australia

Publication date: 1st of September 2016

Synopsis:

“This is the Affinity Project – where freewill is turned to ash.”

Evie is out of options. She must comply with the Affinity Project – obey their rules, play their deadly games, give up Jamie. And her losses keep growing…

When she decides to help a small group of Shields trying to affect change, Evie finds herself in the firing line. Counsellor Knox is intent on revealing her secrets and shackling her to the Affinity Project for life. To protect her family, Evie must betray those closest to her.

The odds of success – let alone survival – are slim.

The final thrilling conclusion to the Spark series.


What books are you anticipating this week? ~Ellie

Reading Slumps and How To Get Rid of Them.

I recently went through a mini reading slump😦 However, my reading slumps are never more than a week long nowadays mainly because I’ve created a mini system on how to get out of them. Today I decided that I will be sharing my system of getting out of the dreaded reading slump.

At the end of last year and at the beginning of this year, I went through a horrible reading slump that lasted over three months. To make it worse, it was my summer holidays since I’m from Australia and I missed out on two months where I could’ve been reading. It wasn’t fun.

However, I was able to get through it *YAY* and over the past few months, I have able to create a little system on how to get out of reading slumps, plus I have created a list of recommendations that have helped me. So, lets start with the tips on how to get out of reading slumps:

1.Don’t force yourself to read:

Forcing yourself to read will only make the reading slump worse. If your struggling to read the book your reading, put it down, have a break from reading for a couple of days and when your ready, pick up another book.

2.Have a break from reading:

Sometimes we need a break from reading and that is totally fine. Taking two or three days off from reading can help quite a bit. Put your book down for a little while, do something different like spending time with your family or going for a walk. Eventually you will feel ready to go back to reading.

3.Read what you want to read:

Quite often we get into reading slumps because of the book we’re reading. If you are struggling to read a book and you feel like you’re about to get into a reading slump, stop reading that book! Put the book down and start another one. You can always pick the other book up another time when you’re ready.


And, here are some recommendations for books for those who are in a reading slump. Please note that this is more for fantasy readers. I’m not a huge contemporary reader unfortunately. I might create a list of contemporary books sometime in the near future. Now, onto the book recommendations.

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Throne of Glass:

I would definitely recommend Throne of Glass. This book got me out of a three month reading slump and I am so grateful for that because that reading slump was not fun.

Synopsis:

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

 

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The Luna Chronicles:

The Luna Chronicles are a great book to get you out of a reading slump. The books a wonderfully written but aren’t overally complicated, making them a great way to get out of reading slump.

Synopsis (Cinder):

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

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An Ember in The Ashes:

An Ember in The Ashes is a great book once again to get out a reading slump. It once again is not overally complicated so it would ease you back into the reading process and overall is a wonderful read.

Synopsis:

Laia is a slave.

Elias is a soldier.


Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.


Thank you for reading this post! I hope you all liked it. If you liked this post comment below if I should do more posts like this.

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Waiting on Wednesday #11

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by  Jill from Breaking The Spine that shows the upcoming books that many of us are anticipating! This week, I’m waiting for…


Title: Furthermore

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Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: 30th of August 2016

Synopsis:

There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other.

But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is a boy named Oliver whose own magical ability is based in lies and deceit–and with a liar by her side in a land where nothing is as it seems, it will take all of Alice’s wits (and every limb she’s got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself–and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.


What books are you anticipating this week?

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July Wrap Up!

I cant believe it’s August already! I feel like it was just yesterday that 2016 began. Oh how time flies!

Overall, July was a pretty good month. I read a total of 8 books which is great considering I went through a reading slump at the beginning of the month. I only spent $45.50 on books this month! I still accumulated 13 books but overall I didn’t spend a lot.
Before I start rambling, here is my July wrap up!

 

Books I read in July:

The Lord of The Rings, The Two Towers (J.R.R Tolkien) – 5 stars

The Lord of The Rings, The Return of The King (J.R.R Tolkien) – 5 stars
Illuminae (Amir Kaufman and Jay Kristoff) – 4 stars
An Ember in The Ashes (Sabaa Tahir) – 5 stars
The Industry (Rose Foster)- 3 stars
Zenith (Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings) – 2 stars
Kindred Spirits (Rainbow Rowell) – 4 stars
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne) – 5 stars

 Books I received in July:
For review:
Unknown title* by Megan Crewe – received from author
* title will be announced on August 11th!
My Dear Own Brother (Holly Muller)  – received from Bloomsbury Publishing
From giveaways:
Keep You Close (Lucie Whitehouse– received from Bloomsbury Publishing
The Crowns Game (Evelyn Skye) – received from Rhonda Sermon (author)
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Brought:
Glass Sword (Victoria Aveyard) – brought from Dymocks
Wolf by Wolf (Ryan Graudin) – brought from Dymocks
Linger  (Maggie Stiefvater) – brought from second hand bookstore
An Abundance of Katherines (John Green) – brought from second hand bookstore.
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Other:
Sean (Will Kostakis) – promotion
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne) – My wonderful mum brought it for me:)

So, overall I had a pretty good reading month. I read a good amount especially since I had a reading slump during the first week of the month and I didn’t spend too much on books either which is always good.
How many books did you read this month? How many books did you receive? Please comment below and share your thoughts on this post and the questions that I just asked.
Thank you so much for reading this post! I hope you all have a wonderful day and I’ll talk to you all later:)

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Release!

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child is finally out yay!!


I’ve actually already read it and it was so freaking amazing! It was wonderful to have the chance to delve back into the world that J.K.Rowling created and to have the chance to read about the old and new characters. The book wasn’t what I was expecting but it definitely didn’t disappoint!

Another plus is that the cover is absolutely gorgeous!

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So, have any of you guys read it? Tell me your thoughts!