Waiting on Wednesday…

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. It’s the start of the month, so I thought I’d share some exciting releases for August. There are four books in particular I’m interested in and wanted to share with you guys. No surprise that three out of the four are fantasy books :). Let’s get started.

 

  • City of Ink / book 3 of the Li Du series / Elsa Hart / 21st
  • Blood of the Gods / book 2 of the Ascension Cycle / David Mealing / 23rd
  • Foundryside / book 1 of the Founders / Robert Jackson Bennett / 23rd / ★★★.5
  • Bloody Rose / book 2 in the Band series / Nicholas Eames / 30th

 

 

That’s all for today. I’ve already read one of these but I still wanted to share it with you guys and I’m excited to get to the other three. What books are you excited for in August? I’d love to know what books you’re waiting for. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

 

July Wrap Up and August TBR

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. It’s the end of the month, which means its time for another monthly wrap up post. I lowered my Goodreads reading goal this month to 80 books as I don’t think I’ll be able to read 100 this year. It was nice to go from being behind my goal to being ahead of it. Anyway I’ve read 6 books this month, none of which is rated under 3 stars. I’m also starting to get back into the flow of blogging after my holiday :). Let’s get started.

 

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Redemption’s Blade / Adrian Tchaikovsky / ★★★
*I received a digital copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
What first drew me to this book is that it is set in the aftermath of the big event. So often we see the build up and the resolution right after but we never see what happens after. In this book we see the aftermath of such an event. I really liked this aspect of the book. The characters are quite well written, if a little flat, and I loved the diversity of the world. Throughout the 500 pages, we get to see a wide variety of races as well as reading about different areas of the world. Plot-wise this book is quite light and for me it lacked cohesion at times, but for the most part I found it to be an enjoyable read. Overall I enjoyed this book but I didn’t love it. I would recommend checking it out though, as it is an enjoyable read with an interesting premise.

 

The Clan of the Cave Bear / book 1 of the Children’s Earth series / Jean M. Auel / ★★★
This is a historical fiction book set during the Ice Age. I really liked this setting, as I’ve never read anything like this before. One of my main issues with this book was repetition. There is a lot of it throughout the 500 pages and it gets a little frustrating. At times there was also terms used that I doubt would have been used, or even known, in that time. For example at one point Auel talks about dehydration and hypothermia, but these are clearly medical terms from the modern day and wouldn’t have been used back then. I also got a frustrated at the main villains hatred of the main character – there seemed to be very little reason behind it. One last thing that bugged me a little was Ayla (the main character) and her ability to do just about anything. It’s one of those main characters who is seemingly perfect, if that makes sense. Despite all of these things, I did still enjoy this book. The plot is good, if a little slow at times and generally the characters were well written. If you enjoy historical fiction and/or are interested in this time period, then I would recommend checking this book out.

 

Crazy Rich Asians / Kevin Kwan / ★★★.5
If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you’ll probably realise that this book isn’t the type of book I’d normally read and you’d be right. I picked this up on a bit of a whim, after seeing the trailer for the film, and I actually ended really enjoying it. It’s a little silly and over the top, but it was just the light, fun read that I needed at the time.

 

Soul of the World / book 1 of the Ascension Cycle / David Mealing / ★★★★
*I received a digital copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
This was such a good book. I had it on my radar, and then on my kindle, for quite a while before actually reading. I have a full review of this coming soon, so I’m not going into detail right now. Overall I loved this book and would recommend checking it out, especially if you enjoy epic fantasy.

 

Assassin’s Fate / book 3 of the Fitz and the Fool trilogy / Robin Hobb / ★★★★
I’ve now completed the Realm of the Elderlings series. I thought this was a fantastic conclusion to this series. I mean it’s Robin Hobb, so you know it’s going to be good. My only minor issue was that it was a little repetitive at times but overall this book was fantastic. If you’ve enjoyed her other books, then you enjoy this too and if you haven’t pick up Hobb’s books yet then I highly recommend you do.

 

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The Hyena and the Hawk / book 3 of the Echoes of the Fall trilogy / Adrian Tchaikovsky / ★★★★
This was one of my most anticipated books of this year and it didn’t disappoint. I loved the direction of the plot and thought this was a fantastic conclusion to this trilogy. Once again the writing is great and I don’t want to put the book down once I’ve started it.  I loved being back with these characters and their development in this final book was so well done. Basically I really enjoyed this book. I’m planning on writing a full review so this is all I’ll say about this book for now.

 

 

I’m currently reading Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore. I’m about 100 pages in and I’m liking it so far. In terms of my August TBR, there are a few books I’d like to get to including Iron Gold by Pierce Brown, The Queen of Sorrow by Sarah Beth Durst, The Ice by Laline Paull and Lamentation by C. J. Sansom. I may get distracted by other books though :). There are few book releases in August too. What was your favourite book in July? Have you read any of these books? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

 

Soul of the World / David Mealing

Title / Soul of the World
Author / David Mealing
Publication Date / 2017
Genre / Fantasy
Series or standalone / book 1 of the Ascension Cycle
Page no. / 656
Star Rating / ★★★★.5

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Goodreads synopsis: A brilliant debut epic fantasy with a unique magic system and unforgettable characters.It is a time of revolution. In the cities, food shortages stir citizens to riots against the crown. In the wilds, new magic threatens the dominance of the tribes. and on the battlefields, even the most brilliant commanders struggle in the shadow of total war. Three lines of magic must be mastered in order to usher in a new age, and three heroes must emerge. Sarine is an artist on the streets of New Sarresant whose secret familiar helps her uncover blood lust and madness where she expected only revolutionary fervour. Arak’Jur wields the power of beasts to keep his people safe, but his strength cannot protect them from war amongst themselves. Erris is a brilliant cavalry officer trying to defend New Sarresant from an enemy general armed with magic she barely understands.  Each must learn the secrets of their power in time to guide their people through ruin. But a greater evil may be trying to stop them

 

*I received a digital copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
This is the first book in a epic fantasy series – I think it may be a duology but I may be wrong. I had this book on my radar for quite some time before actually picking it up. I didn’t know too much about this book going in but I ended up loving it. First off, the plot is well thought out and compelling. The pacing is quite slow, especially at the start, but it never dragged. This is the first book in a series, so of course it’s going to be a bit slow to begin with, because we need to be introduced to the world and characters. It does take some time to reach the pay off of the conclusion but I enjoyed the journey of getting there. However I think some may find that it drags a bit and may be a little too long in length. Personally I enjoyed it very much and had no issues with the slower pacing. I loved the direction of the plot and thought the pacing was well suited to the story. I loved the military aspects of the story and there were some great action scenes. Moving on to the characters. We have three character perspectives in this book and each has a distinctive voice. Although I enjoyed all of the perspectives, I definitely preferred Sarine’s and Erris’s chapters over Arak’Jur, but that’s just my personal preference. All of the characters were well written, including the secondary characters.

 

The magic system is both a strength and a weakness for this book. Basically there are three types of magic – leyline manipulation, a spirit-based system and magic possessed by a small dragon companion called kaas. All of these systems are unique and interesting, however the lack of focus on any of them meant that I didn’t have a full understanding on any of them. There is a lot of magic going on throughout the book but the reader is kind of kept in the dark about the inner details of the magic systems. Having said that, this is an introduction to this world so we may get more information about each system in the sequel. It didn’t really affect my overall reading experience but in hindsight I would have liked some more depth to the magic system. Despite this, I did really like the magic system and I’m looking forward to seeing more of it in the sequel. The world building is another strength of this book.

 

Overall I really enjoyed this debut and I will definitely be checking out the sequel, Blood of the Gods, which is set in be released August 21st. It’s a big book at over 600 pages but it’s well worth the commitment. If you read and enjoy a lot of epic fantasy, I think this is well worth checking it. I highly recommend it. Have you read this book? I’d love to know what you thought. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

5 reasons to read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. It’s time for another 5 reasons to read style review and you can tell from the title that I’m going to be talking about The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I’d been meaning to read this for years before I actually read it and it quickly became one of my favourites. Let’s get started.
  1. If you enjoy historical fiction, then you should definitely check this book out, especially if you are interested in books set during WII. I know this is quite a hyped book but it’s well worth it.
  2. This book is written from the perspective of Death and I loved this unique way of telling this story. The writing is fantastic and I was engaged from the very beginning.
  3. The characters are so well written. I love Liesal as a protagonist. Zusak also does a wonderful job at creating the relationships between the characters.
  4. I think this book was originally marketed as YA but I think it can be enjoyed by a wide of people and ages.
  5. It’s one of my all time favourite historical fiction book and I want to recommend it to everyone.

 

That’s all for today. As you can tell I loved this book. I have I am the Messenger, also by Zusak, on my TBR but I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. I am also excited for his new book to be released later this year. Have you read this book? I’d love to know your thoughts. I think it can be like marmite – you either love it or hate it. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Bookish Deal-breakers

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. Today I thought I’d share some of my bookish deal-breakers. These are things that bug me in books and possibly even make me want to stop reading it. Or things I hear about a book that makes me less likely to pick it up. Now these are things that annoy, but they may not bother you. Let’s get started.

 

  • Love triangles – never a fan. Please just stop.
  • Girl on girl hate when there is no logical reason for said hate.
  • Insta love – again just stop.
  • Repetitive writing.
  • Poorly developed characters, magic system and/or world.

 

That’s it for today’s post. I am sure there are more but right now I’m drawing a blank and so these are the only ones I can think of. What are some of your bookish deal breakers? I’d love to know what you think. Do you agree with mine? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

TTT: Favourite Novellas/Short stories

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.This weeks topic is all about your favourite novellas/short stories. Now I don’t actually read a lot of these but I want to read more and I thought this might help motivate me to read more. Let’s get started.

 

That’s all I have for today. I definitely want to try reading more novellas, so I’d love to know if you have any recommendations for me. What’s your favourite novella or short story? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

 

It’s Monday… What are you reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

 

We’re roughly halfway through July now so I thought I’d update you guys on what I’m reading right now. So far I’ve managed to read 4 books which I’m pretty happy with. I’ve actually just started reading two books. Firstly I started The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel, which is the first book in six book series Earth’s Children. Unless I’m mistaken, this is a historical fiction series set in a prehistoric Europe. I’m not very far in so I can’t comment on it yet but obviously I’ll have a mini review for you guys in my wrap at the end of the month. The second book I’m reading is The Hyena and the Hawk by Adrian Tchaikovsky, which is the third and final book in the Echoes of the Fall trilogy. I am so excited to see how this concludes. I’ve loved the first two books so I have high hopes for this book.
Before I finish this post, I thought I’d share some books on my TBR for the rest of the month. These include The Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore, City of Lies by Sam Hawke, Legend by David Gemmell, Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie, Circe by Madeleine Miller and Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce. Obviously I won’t get to all of these but I’m hoping to read at least a few of them.

 

That’s it for today. Obviously I’ll let you know what I think of each book in my wrap up at the end of the month. What are you currently reading? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa