Waiting On Wednesday

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: Stealing Snow28260524

Author: Danielle Paige

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Publication Date: 20th of September 2016

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent the majority of her life within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she’s not crazy and doesn’t belong there. When she meets a mysterious, handsome new orderly and dreams about a strange twisted tree she realizes she must escape and figure out who she really is.

Using her trusting friend Bale as a distraction, Snow breaks free and races into the nearby woods. Suddenly, everything isn’t what it seems, the line between reality and fantasy begins to blur, and she finds herself in icy Algid–her true home–with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai, none of whom she’s sure she can trust. As secret after secret is revealed, Snow discovers that she is on the run from a royal lineage she’s destined to inherit, a father more powerful and ruthless than she could have imagined, and choices of the heart that could change the fate of everything…including Snow’s return to the world she once knew.

This breathtaking first volume begins the story of how Snow becomes a villain, a queen, and ultimately a hero.


What books are you excited for this week? ~Ellie

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Make Me Read It Read-A-Thon

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Hey everyone! In July, I’m going to be doing my first ever read-a-Thon hosted by Val @The Innocent Smiley and Ely @Tea and Titles. This read-a-thon looks amazing and I’m so excited to join it! The read-a-thon begins on the 9th of July to the 16th of July which is perfect because it’s right in the middle of my term break. The rules are down below:

Look at the books you own, either physical, e-book or ones you’ve borrowed from the library and pick out a few you really want to read, or feel like you should read. It’s up to you how many you pick, personally I’d pick a few more than you expect to be able to read in a week. Example: if you think you’ll only read two, pick out five books or if you think you can read seven, pick out ten.

Make a list of these books on your blog, or make a video, or a Goodreads shelf or post a picture on Instagram—whatever is easiest for you. Then get friends, other bloggers/booktubers etc. to vote on which books you HAVE to read.

When the read-a-thon comes along, you read the books in the order of most votes. For example, if one book gets 10 votes—you read that first, then the one that got 7 and so on. If there’s a tie, then it’s your preference. The goal is to read as many as possible.

So those are the rules! I’m going to leave a poll below for you all to vote on. If you’re interested I joining, you only have a couple of days left to join. For more info, check the link to the hosts blogs at the beginning of this blog post. Thank you all for reading this and I hope you all have a wonderful day! Bye for now.

 

 

 

Waiting On Wednesday

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: Marissa Meyer

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Publication date: November 8th 2016

Synopsis:

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.


What books are you anticipating this week? ~Ellie

The Hidden Oracle REVIEW

Title: Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle

Author: Rick Riordan

Synopsis:

How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.

But Apollo has many enemies – gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

My Review:

The Hidden Oracle was a incredible book! The plot was amazing and the characters were written so well! Delving into the Percy Jackson world once more was a incredible experience that was done so well that it’s hard to describe in words

The characterisation in this book was done so well! I loved Meg’s character! She is amazingly kickass and sassy. I loved Apollos character, not only for the humour that his point of view contained but also for the journey he took throughout the book. I loved having the chance to read the novel in his point of view because in the Percy Jackson world, Apollo is one of my favourite Gods so I was so happy to have a series mainly about him. I did find it sad that the old characters from the other series weren’t all included. Percy was included thankfully but I couldn’t help but feel sad that Annabeth wasn’t there, along with a couple of the other characters that we loved. While this was a downer for me at the beginning, it did give us a chance to fall in love with the new characters as well.

The world building was done spectacularly as always. Rick has once again blew me away with amazingness of the Percy Jackson world. Not only getting to see new and old characters, we also got to visit camp half-blood again which was wonderful! Rick has created such a wonderful world in his Greek mythology series and he should really be commended on this.

Overall, this book was an incredible book full of amazing characters, a wonderful group of characters and fantastic world building! If you haven’t picked up this book please pick it up right now and read it! You will not be disappointed! If you haven’t read a Percy Jackson book, what are you waiting for? Go pick one up right now!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Waiting on Wednesday

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: A Shadow Bright and Burning skjkldjsakld

Author: Jessica Cluess

Publisher: Random House

Publication date: 20th of September 2016

Synopsis:

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames.
Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she’s shocked when instead of being executed, she’s invited to train as one of Her Majesty’s royal sorcerers.

Thrust into the glamour of Victorian London, Henrietta is declared the chosen one, the girl who will defeat the Ancients, bloodthirsty demons terrorizing humanity. She also meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, handsome young men eager to test her power and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her.

But Henrietta Howel is not the chosen one.
As she plays a dangerous game of deception, she discovers that the sorcerers have their own secrets to protect. With battle looming, what does it mean to not be the one? And how much will she risk to save the city–and the one she loves?

Exhilarating and gripping, Jessica Cluess’s spellbinding fantasy introduces Henrietta Howel, a powerful, unforgettable heroine, and an entertaining world filled with magic, monsters, and mayhem.


What books are you excited for this week?

The Book Blogger Tag

I was looking at My Little Book Blog and I saw this tag. They tagged anyone who has a L in their first name. Since my first name is Eleanor and I have a L in my first name, I can say that I actually got tagged to do a tag yay! Now, onto the book tag…


What are your top three book pet hates?

1. Love triangles… I find them really unrealistic and annoying..

2. Books that have a rushed ending. I really dislike when books which are building up to a certain event have rushed endings.

3. Long series. Around 7-8 books is the maximum amount of books that I like in a series. I really don’t like when series have 15 or something books. It really puts me off starting the series.

Describe your perfect reading spot:

I have a heap of spots that I love but I have two spots where I love to read at a regular basis. my first one is in my bed, snuggled up in my blankets with a cup of tea or hot chocolate. My other perfect reading spot is in front of the fire in my living room sitting in a bean bag, covered in a blanket with a cup of tea or hot chocolate.

Tell us three book confessions:

1. I  don’t like books written by John Green. I find them really cliche and repetitive. I’ve tried to read about four books of his but they’re so predictable and a bit boring that I can’t finish them… oops

2. I don’t finish a lot of books.. I usually put them off to “read” later but I rarely get back to them…

3.  I haven’t read the lord of the rings *gasp*. I find them really intimidating and my dad constantly reminds me that I need to read the books which makes me almost not want to read them.

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Waiting on Wednesday

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: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Publication date: 6th of September 2016

Synopsis:

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?


What books are you highly anticipating this week?

~Ellie

The Leaving REVIEW

Title: The Leaving
Author: Tara Altebrando
Synopsis:

Six were taken. Eleven years later, five come back–with no idea of where they’ve been.

Eleven years ago, six kindergarteners went missing without a trace. After all that time, the people left behind moved on, or tried to.

Until today. Today five of those kids return. They’re sixteen, and they are . . . fine. Scarlett comes home and finds a mom she barely recognizes, and doesn’t really recognize the person she’s supposed to be, either. But she thinks she remembers Lucas. Lucas remembers Scarlett, too, except they’re entirely unable to recall where they’ve been or what happened to them. Neither of them remember the sixth victim, Max. He doesn’t come back. Everyone wants answers. Most of all Max’s sister Avery, who needs to find her brother–dead or alive–and isn’t buying this whole memory-loss story.

My Review:

The Leaving is a book where six kindergarten children go missing. Eleven years later, only five come back with no recollection of what had happened in the past eleven years. I found the concept behind this story to be quite interesting but for me personally, it was not done as well as I would have liked it.

The writing style is quite unique and intriguing. The only problem is that there are often words that are curled and scatter around the page which can be quite confusing for the reader. This type of format in the book also cut the flow in the writing which greatly impacted the story. It made me feel disconnected to the book at certain points throughout the book where this type of format was used a lot.

The characters that were written were done mostly well. I did find myself wishing that there would be more POVs in the form of the other returning children. I found it to be almost lazy to miss them out. I would have much preferred if there were only three children missing compared to the six, with three children we rarely read about. Having the novel in third person made nearly all the POVs feel the same and made the story feel weaker. Having the story in first person for me personally would have created a stronger story and stronger characters. I enjoyed reading about Scarlett and Lucas but I did struggle to read Avery’s chapters. I understand the difficulty she would be experiences but some of her actions were immature, arrogant and petty like throwing her ice-cream out of the car or treating Sam like he’s some type of object, not a person. If she was younger, I would understand her attitude but for someone who is 15-16 years old, I found it quite irritating that she behaved the way she did. I think that someone in her situation wouldn’t be the person that Avery is. Her character is completely unrealistic and was someone I did not like reading at all.

The ending for me was done quite poorly. Throughout the book, we are on the edge of our seat waiting for the ending. I found it quite disappointing that I was able to guess the ending when I was only halfway through the book. For many people, it might have been a surprise but there were so many blatantly obvious clues that I couldn’t ignore. Usually this wouldn’t bother me but the fact that this way a mystery book made this fact bother me. Another part of the ending that left me bothered was the fact that so little of it made sense. I won’t go into because of spoilers but I felt like everything that happened at the end was unrealistic.

Overall, the book had an intriguing and interesting concept that unfortunately was not done as well as what I was hoping for. The writing style while unique, was quite confusing at times and unflowing and some of the characters were written poorly. If you like mystery, you might like this book but I wouldn’t recommend it honestly.

Rating 2.5/5 stars