Waiting on Wednesday #14

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: The Fever Code23267628

Author: James Dashner

Publisher: Chicken House Ltd

Publication Date: 27th of September 2016

Synopsis:

Once there was a world’s end.

The forests burned, the lakes and rivers dried up, and the oceans swelled.

Then came a plague, and fever spread across the globe. Families died, violence reigned, and man killed man.

Next came WICKED, who were looking for an answer. And then they found the perfect boy.

The boy’s name was Thomas, and Thomas built a maze.

Now there are secrets.

There are lies.

And there are loyalties history could never have foreseen.

This is the story of that boy, Thomas, and how he built a maze that only he could tear down.

All will be revealed.

A prequel to the worldwide Maze Runner phenomenon, The Fever Code is the book that holds all the answers. How did WICKED find the Gladers? Who are Group B? And what side are Thomas and Teresa really on? Lies will be exposed. Secrets will be uncovered. Loyalties will be proven. Fans will never see the truth coming.

 


Which books are you anticipating this week?

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Life Updates: Reading, Writing and More!

Hey everyone!

Since I started this blog in February this year, I haven’t really posted anything personal on here. Everything I have posted has been pretty formal but I really want to have the chance to have a discussion with you all, so I thought, what better than to do a life update sort of post. If you guys like this post, I’ll post a similar post everything couple of months, giving updates on my reading, writing and any other bookish and non-bookish things that are happening in my life. The main point of this point is so that I can talk to you all and hopefully make a couple of friends. I’m not the best at making friends so hopefully this will make things easier for me to do so.

1. Reading:

So, currently at the time of writing this (30/8/16), I have read 50 books this year! My reading goal is 52 books so I am doing pretty well. According to Goodreads, I am 16 books ahead of schedule Yay! How are you all doing with your reading goals?

I am also taking part in a read-a-thon! The Pokémon Indigo League read-a-thon, is a read-a-thon where there are 8 challenges, leading to a total of 8 books being read. I’m onto my 4th book and I only have until the 4th to finish all 8. Luckily I have thw whole day on Friday to read  🙂

2. Writing:

I am currently writing two books. One of the books is a science-fiction/dystopian book, while the second book is a fantasy book. The first book is set around 10-11 years after the occurrence of World War 3. A small population escape to another planet to settle down, but things aren’t what they seem. I am still in the early stages of writing this book, so stay tuned for more information. The second book, involves a world where it is divided into 8 kingdoms, four seasons and four elemental kingdoms. Each element and seasonal kingdom match, so no kingdom can have full power of their season or element power. One day, an element attacks a season and chaos breaks out. I am still in the early stages of planning this book as you can tell but I am excited to continue on planning this book.

3. School

I don’t really talk much about school on here or on my other social media accounts but it is a huge part of my life just like it is for a large number of you. I am currently at the end of Year 11 with only 8 weeks of school left before my end of year exams. Since we are so close to the end of the year, things are pretty hectic which means that I am struggling at times to keep up with blogging and taking photos for my bookstagram. Luckily my holidays are coming up soon at the end of September so I will be able to take a heap of pictures as well as writing a couple of blog posts.


Well, that is a little update of my life. If you happened to like this post, comment below so I know whether to do these type of posts or not.

Anyway, I hope you are all having a wonderful week and I shall talk to you all later 🙂

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The Versatile Blogger Award!

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I got nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award! A huge thank you to Alice over at Read It and Leap for nominating me! It means so much that you did 🙂

So, before I start rambling on like I usually do, here are the rules:

The Rules

  1. Show the award on your blog (image widget)
  2. Thank the person that has nominated you.
  3. Share 7 different facts about yourself
  4. Nominate 15 blogs of your choice *gasps*
  5. Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination(hyperlink)

7 facts about me:

  1. I am currently writing two books! However, since I am in year 11 at school, I don’t have much time to write so I haven’t done much writing… Luckily my holidays start at the end of November so I will have two months to do as much writing as I want 🙂
  2. I have never met an author… Hopefully next year I will have the chance to go to Supernova as well as some other events since I will be able to book flights and accommodation for myself once I turn 18.
  3. When I finish school, I am either going to study History or some sort of English at university.
  4. I am only 17 years old. I am turning 18 on November 25th. I am a bit nervous about becoming an adult but it should be fine.
  5. Sometime in my lifetime, I would love to visit England and New Zealand. I want to visit England because of the historical landmarks. I would love to visit New Zealand to see where the Lord of the Rings was filmed.
  6. I am a huge fantasy reader. I struggle to read other genres 90% off the time.
  7. At this current time, I am a gymnastics coach. I really enjoy my job but at the moment it is hard to do since I have a troublesome group of children. Overall, it is a rewarding job.

I nominate the following:

  1. Reading with Jenna
  2. Happy Indulgence Books
  3. Chloes Bookish Blog
  4. Hit or Miss Books
  5. Novel Gossip
  6. Inked in Pages
  7. Hollie Ohs Book Reviews
  8. Picnic Reads
  9. Book Nerd Reviews
  10. Read at Midnight
  11. Kellys Ramblings
  12. Book Nerd Momo
  13. Once Upon a Book Shelf
  14. Mollie The Reader
  15. The Bookish Lounge

If I nominated you and you’ve already been nominated, I apologise about that.

Also, if you aren’t following these blogs already, please follow them right now! These blogs are some of the blogs that inspired me to create my own at the beginning of this year and are the ones that continue to inspire me and my blog today. Thank you to each and everyone of you for writing amazing content! I can’t wait to see what you all post next 🙂


So, that is it for today. Thank you so much for reading this post! I shall talk to you all later but until then I hope you have a wonderful day and week 🙂

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The Song Rising Prelude Reveal!!

So this is me today because as a Bone Season Advocate, I have the prelude of The Song Rising to share with you all!!!

Before I show you the prelude, here is some info about the book.

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Author: Samantha Shannon

Publication date: March 2017

Synopsis:

The hotly anticipated third book in the bestselling Bone Season series – a ground-breaking, dystopian fantasy of extraordinary imagination

Following a bloody battle against foes on every side, Paige Mahoney has risen to the dangerous position of Underqueen, ruling over London’s criminal population. 

But, having turned her back on Jaxon Hall and with vengeful enemies still at large, the task of stabilising the fractured underworld has never seemed so challenging. 

Little does Paige know that her reign may be cut short by the introduction of Senshield, a deadly technology that spells doom for the clairvoyant community and the world as they know it…

You can pre-order the collecters edition of the book at the following shops:

Amazon | Barns and Noble | Book Depository | Bloomsbury | Waterstones


 

BEWARE: THIS EXCERPT CONTAINS SPOILERS!! DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE FIRST TWO BOOKS IN THIS SERIES.


Prelude
2 November, 2059

The lights scalded my borrowed eyes. I was still inside a different body, standing on the same floor, but everything had changed.

There was a smile on his lips. That old gleam in his eye, like I’d just brought him good news from the auction house. He wore a black waistcoat embroidered with interlinked gold anchors, and a scarlet cravat was tied at his throat. One silk-clad hand grasped an ebony cane.

‘I see you have mastered possession at a distance,’ he said. ‘You

are full of surprises.’

The cane’s handle was porcelain, shaped like the head of a white horse.

‘I believe,’ Nashira said, her voice soft, ‘that you are already acquainted with my new Grand Overseer.’

I let out my first breath since laying eyes on him.

He had tried to stop me. The scheming worm had silenced me for weeks, kept me from telling the world about the existence of the Rephaim. Yet here he was, looking as easy with them as he was with his own shadow.

‘Oh, dear. Have you swallowed that pilfered tongue?’ Jaxon let out a deep laugh. ‘Yes, Paige, I am here, with the Rephaim! In the Archon, wearing the anchor! Are you aghast? Are you oh-so-scan- dalised? Is this all a terrible shock to your fragile.

‘Why?’ I whispered. ‘Why the hell are you here, Jaxon?’

‘Oh, as if I had a choice. With you as Underqueen, my beloved syndicate is doomed to self-destruction. Consequently, I have decided to return to my roots.’

‘Your roots?’

His smile widened.

‘You have chosen the wrong side. Join this one, darling,’ he continued, as if I hadn’t spoken. ‘I can’t  tell you how it hurts me  to see you in the pocket of those despicable Rephaim who call themselves Ranthen. Unlike the Rag and Bone Man, I have always believed you could be saved from their indoctrination. From Arcturus’s . . . seduction. I thought you had more sense than to blindly obey the man who was once your master.’

I stared at him coolly. ‘You’re asking me to do that now.’ ‘Touché.’ A fresh bruise cast a shadow on his cheekbone. ‘To

Terebellum Sheratan, you are a convenient pawn in an age-old game. Arcturus Mesarthim is nothing but her lure. Her bait. He took you under his wing in the penal colony on her orders, to entice you into the Ranthen’s net. And you, my darling – you fell for it . . . and everyone but you can see it.’

A chill warned me that something was wrong. Elsewhere in the citadel, someone had touched my body.

‘This is a fight you cannot win. Don’t mutilate the syndicate, O my lovely,’ he purred. ‘It was never meant as a weapon of war, and you were never meant to rule. Step back from the brink. All any of us in the Archon want is to protect you – you, and the wonder of your gift. If we must pull off your wings to stop you casting your- self into the fire, so be it.’ His pale hand reached out. ‘Come to us, Paige. Come to me. All this can be avoided.’

He had shocked me. We both knew it. If he thought he could scare me, he would have to try harder.

Another shiver. I felt myself falling out of the stranger’s dreams- cape, back into the æther’s embrace.

‘I’d rather burn,’ I said.

My brain was liquid, slithering out through my nose and down my front. I had to get out, get air into my lungs . . .

A hand took hold of my arm, but my skin was taut with goose- flesh, excruciatingly sensitive. I clawed off the oxygen mask, got the door open, and spilled out of the car in a jumble of limbs, gasping. The jolt peeled open the stitches in my side, wetting my shirt.

All of my composure fell apart. Jaxon was many things, but I couldn’t believe that he had gone to Scion. He had made his career out of living in their shadow, not their arms.

My wounds from the scrimmage flared, white-hot in my torso, deep and throbbing in my back. I pitched into the night, down the moss-slick steps to the Thames, and fell to my knees at the water’s edge, where I gripped my head between my hands and cursed my own stupidity. How, how could I have not foreseen this? There must have been some clue. Now he would be our most formidable enemy, a vital asset to the anchor.

I will find other allies, he had told me after the scrimmage. Be warned: you have not seen the last of me.

I should have killed him in the Rose Ring. The blade had been against his throat, but I’d been too weak to cut.

A very old ally, Nashira had said. One who returned to me . . . after twenty long years of estrangement . . .

A shout in the distance stopped time, or started it again. I hunched over the water, holding myself.

I have decided to return to my roots.

‘No,’ I breathed. ‘No, not you. Not you . . .’

He had been standing so comfortably alongside the Sargas. Not like someone who had only laid eyes on them for the first time     a few hours ago. And there were other things I had brushed off, that I hadn’t seen from behind the blindfold. He had always been wealthier than other mime-lords. Absinthe alone cost a fortune on the black market, and he drank it almost nightly. How had he leapt from pauper to prince? Surely not just from his writing; there was no money in pamphlets. Then there was the fact that he had spear- headed my rescue from the colony with no exit plan – senseless. It wasn’t in his nature to go blindly into anything. But if he had left the colony once before . . . if he had known there was a way out – or if the Sargas had allowed him to take me away . . .

An old ally. Twenty long years. Those were the only words I needed to work out who Jaxon Hall had once been, and who he was. I had no absolute proof, but I knew – I knew, in my heart, that my instinct was right.

He wasn’t just a traitor. He was the traitor.

The man who had betrayed the Ranthen twenty years ago to buy his freedom from the Rephaim.

The man who had left the scars on Warden’s back.

The man who was responsible for the deaths of every prisoner he had left behind in the colony.

And I had been his mollisher. His right hand.

The sound of footsteps broke through the white noise in my ears. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Warden sink into a crouch beside me.

I had to tell him. I couldn’t carry this knowledge alone.

‘I know who betrayed you twenty years ago,’ I said. ‘I know who gave you the scars.’

Silence. I realised I was shivering.

‘It is not safe out here,’ Warden finally said. ‘We can discuss this at the music hall.’

The thoughts tangled like barbed wire in my head. I was every- body’s puppet, caught in a thousand strings.

Nick ran to the railings above us. ‘Vigiles,’ he shouted. ‘Warden, bring her up here!’

Warden stayed where he was. I was afraid he would lack the ability to read my expression – that I might have to say the name myself – but as the moments ticked past, I watched it dawn on him, just as it had on me. A fire entered his eyes.

‘Jaxon.’


I’m so excited for this book arghhh!! I hope you all liked that little excerpt and stay tuned for any more exclusive news about The Song Rising!

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. 

Title: The Mortal Song30376044

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…


Title: Caraval27883214

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