What have I been up to?

After two months of meaning to post and never getting round to it I have finally been able to get back to my blog!

A massive amount has taken place over the past couple of months and has put a stopper on the amount of reading, writing, and reviewing I have been able to do.

For the majority of August I was out and about with my family and friends. Most prominently, walking the Pembrokeshire Coast Path (at least part of it!) with my dad. We have walked almost half of the 186 mile walk around the coast of Pembrokeshire. I am going to be starting a feature on this soon, with plenty of pictures of the beautiful landscape.

As per usual, the summer comes to a quick end and I had read a grand total of about 5 books (although one, A Court of Mist and Fury, I did read about 5 times cause it’s just that good). Results Day rolls around and I did really well! I got 4 A’s, 4 B’s and a C!

I then had to enroll for 6th form to study Performing Arts, English, History and Media. So far it’s been hectic and is so much harder than GCSE’s. However, I love all my subjects so I’m getting the work done. The only downside is that I now have to read In Cold Blood which means everything I actually want to read is getting pushed backwards yet again.

I have lots of review books I need to get read, and to the authors waiting, They will get read but please bear with me.

So that brings us up to now, I have some reviews to write, some blog posts to create and a scedule that I entend to keep to. Hopefully, nothing else gets in the way.

REVIEW: Everyone Dies at the End by Riley Westbrook

everyone dies at the endEveryone Dies at the End
Published: 16th March 2016
E-book, 87 pages
Genre: YA, Horror, Paranormal
Rating: 4/10
Goodreads | Author Website

Thanks to the author for sending me a e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I have serious mixed feelings about this book. I loved the concept, however it all got a bit complicated and confusing towards the end.

Who knew the zombie apocalypse would be caused by something we all know is deadly…but that is also all around us? Two stories intersect as the world delves into chaos – Earl, a drugged out heroin addict constantly in search of his next fix, and a family struggling with the dramas of everyday life, get no reprieve during this zombie outbreak. Can any of them survive the deadliest game of all – survival against undead, each other, and the world around them?

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REVIEW: Hills and Valleys by Helen Jones

hills and valleysHills and Valleys(Ambeth Chronicles #3)
ISBN: 9781533267863
Published: 25th May 2016
Paperback, 283 pages
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Magic, Adventure
Rating: 7/10
Amazon | Goodreads | Author Website

This review may contain spoilers from the other books in the series, Oak and Mist and No Quarter.

Thanks, once again, to Helen for sending me a paperback copy of Hills and Valleys in exchange for an honest review.

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Once again I have been transported back into the world of Ambeth (which I dearly love), as well as being able to stay in a place which I hold close to my heart, the beautiful Welsh countryside.

After the events of the Harvest Fair, Alma is finished with Ambeth – they can find the missing Cup and Crown without her. But Ambeth is not finished with her. First the mystery of her dead father comes back to haunt her, then the Dark reach out, hoping to trap her once more.

And then there’s the strange power she seems to have…

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REVIEW: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

city of ashesCity of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
ISBN: 9781406307634

Published: 7th July 2008
Paperback, 411 pages
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Rating: 8.5/10

GoodreadsAmazon | Waterstones | Book Depository

WARNING: This review may contain spoilers from the first book in the series City of Bones.

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By the Angel! Everything kicks off in the second installment of The Mortal Instruments series. Vampires, Werewolves, Shadowhunters and Demons make for a fantastic fantasy world. The plot was well paced and moved on seamlessly.

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? Clary would love to spend more time with her best friend, Simon. But the Shadowhunters won’t let her go–especially her handsome, infuriating newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil–and also her father. When the second of the Mortal Instruments is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor suspects Jace. Could Jace really be willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

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Summer, Summer, Summer!

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Summer had finally arrived! I’ve finished my exams and compulsory education (which is actually really scary come to think of it).The last five years have gone so fast, yet, they have been filled with copious amounts of fun.

My ‘official’ last day of school was the end of the last half-term but really I still had to come in and sit 9 more exams (out of a total of 15). I finished these last Friday and was so happy that they were over with. Yesterday, I had my Record of Achievement ceremony in which I won two awards, drama and for my contribution to the library (for which I received a signed copy of Frances Hardinge’s The Lie Tree). I have to say that yesterday was a fantastic day with everyone celebrating the final time were all going to be together as a year group.

Thankfully know that I’ve finished school I can get on to reading all the books that I’ve had to put to one side because of exams. I also have reviews for City of Ashes, Throne of Glass and A Court of Mist and Fury that I need to write.

I feel like this is going to be a great summer!

 

REVIEW: Chewy Noh and the Phantasm of Winter by Tim Learn

Chewy Noh 2Chewy Noh and the Phantasm of Winter
ISBN: 9781505851458
Published: 15th July 2015
Paperback, 301 pages
Genre: YA, Middle Grade, Fantasy
Rating: 7/10

Amazon | Goodreads | Author Website

I didn’t realise how happy all the mythology in this book would make me, but is has, and its spectacular.  And all those gods and mythological beings made me think of this guy.

loki i am a god

Chewy Noh has many problems. Besides his mom becoming a mu-dang-a Korean fortune-teller possessed by his dead grandmother who can read minds-the school bully, Kent, is still on the warpath to get Chewy kicked out of school. With his secret ability to win at everything, none of this bothers him until he starts disappearing for no reason. Meanwhile, a mysterious force attacks his fellow students, and he must scramble to figure out what’s going on before he becomes its next and final victim.

First off, thanks to Tim Learn for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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FREE EXTRACT: Iris by Toni Owen

Thanks to the wonderful Toni Owen, I’m able to share with you an extract of her new Iris Coverbook ‘Iris’. You can find out more about the book, and Tori, by clicking here. You can also buy ‘Iris’ from Amazon or Kobo.

Blurb
‘I flinch. I know she’s not going to hit me, we’ve got in arguments a hundred times before and she’s raised her hand – she’s never hit me in the face. But I flinch anyway.’

I put that because whenever you pick up a book at the shop there’s always a quote on the back, and because I’m trying to put off writing the blurb. I don’t know what to put.

This is just a book about me, Iris, and the things that I do, the friends I make, well, try to make, and everything else that happens to me – good, bad and, uh, very bad.

That sounds really boring but I promise, it’s much more extraordinary. I might seem normal, (well, not normal, a bit weird really), little Iris, but there’s so much more to it than that, more than most people can even begin to understand.

“For goodness sake Iris, I’ve had enough of your clumsy accidents.” Mum sighs, “You can spend the day in your room and think about your attitude. Now I’m going to have a bath, when I come out I expect you to be in your room, having thought about your apology” then she just leaves.

I’m scared to be out of my room when she’s done, but I’m even more frightened off moving. Something is different in my head, I can feel it. I feel hot breath on the back of my neck.

“Iris,” Waltz whispers, I can barely hear him because my ears are ringing, “Are you okay?”

I want to answer with a resounding ‘No’, but I don’t even dare move my mouth.

“Iris,” I can hear Waltz starting to cry, “You’re not dead are you?”

“No for God’s sake.” I say, even though I don’t want to move, I just can’t let him sit there thinking

I’m dead, no matter how stupid it is to think that in the first place.

“Then why aren’t you moving?”

I wish I could answer. I really wish I could identify why my head feels like it’s vibrating, but I have no idea. I can’t taste blood or anything. If there’s no blood how bad can it be really? Maybe I’m just being silly. The fall must have felt bigger than it was.

“I am moving I just need a second.” It feels weird talking, like my mouth has been moved, but it’s still in the same place, I know because I put my hand up to feel it. My face feels normal under my fingers, along my lips, I can’t taste any blood but I pull my fingers away and check them just in case. I open my mouth and feel the inside of my cheeks. Those are fine, but there’s something else missing. I scrabble to the oven on all fours because I thought I felt what it is but on the other hand I’m not sure.

I lie. I am sure, very sure, but I don’t want to be. You know you have those nightmares that you always know in the back of your head is a nightmare, because how can I be at school with no clothes on, or have bugs crawling into my mouth really? This is just like that.

Peering in the oven door like it’s a mirror I can see it isn’t a nightmare, my front two teeth have snapped in half and the tooth to the left of the front has a big chip in and the one next to that has another chip. I feel my teeth, like if I run my hands over them enough they will grow back. Of course they don’t. If I smile with my mouth open you can see them, but if I talk my mouth flashes fast enough you can’t really (yes, I’m trying this all out as we speak). I try a close mouth smile, it makes me look chubby because my cheeks seem to blow out into ginormous balloons, but on the other hand you can’t see my teeth. As long as I’m careful not to let my mouth hang open like a gormless idiot no one should notice. Who’s going to look at my mouth that closely anyway?

I repeat this in my head till my heart has stopped thudding. It’s just I know that once teeth are gone they’re gone, it’s not like skin where it’ll heal over. For one mad second I think I should scrabble around on the floor for the hunks of tooth that must be there somewhere then run to Dad’s man stuff draw and borrow his super glue and try and fix them that way. But I know it won’t work, not really, and just thinking about my teeth I’m getting upset again.

“Iris.” I feel Waltz little hand on my shoulder, I’d basically forgotten he was there while I practiced talking to myself, “Are you okay?”

Obviously I’m not, my teeth have fallen out, and I’ve just spent the past five minutes gibbering to myself in the over door, but just saying it is scary so I just shrug, “I’m fine,”

“But your teeth…” Waltz trails off, his eyes are wide and shimmering as he stares at me, and I’m sure he’s about to cry. I don’t know why, it’s not like his teeth have fallen out.

“Teeth don’t hurt silly, no biggie.” I just want to get away from Waltz, the way he’s looking at me is making me want to panic. So I just shrug and walk out. When I get to the hallway I listen. I don’t want to see Mum, I’m already starting to feel ashamed about my outburst. What was I doing? Shouting about groceries when she had them in her hands?

But I can’t hear her, so I scamper up to my room and shut the door as quietly as I can. I choose a book at random and start to read. Words don’t seem to be holding my attention though. The main character spends the entire first chapter moaning about how she wants to go off adventuring. I can’t help but think she doesn’t know what could happen to her, anything could, how stupid do you have to be to want an adventure, I mean a real one? You could get attacked, and your teeth could fall out. You see I keep trying to read but all my thoughts circle back round to my teeth, which is silly because it’s not like it matters, my head isn’t even vibrating any more, and it didn’t hurt.

Where does the time go?

I’ve only just realised that it’s been over a month since I last wrote a post, and that shocks me. I have to say I do love this, it gives me a place to do and be something different and to express how I feel. Yet, that pesky little thing called time always gets in the way.

One thing that time is making me start to panic about exams, especially with my first (and possibly worst) being in 8 days time. It’s scary to think that in 3 weeks time I won’t have to go back to school for lessons but, it’s a relief to know that on the 17th of June all my GCSE’s will be over and I’ll have 11 weeks to catch up on all the reading that I’ve missed.

Time also knocked on my door today to tell me that I’ve been on WordPress for a year, and that is really scary, it doesn’t seem long since I wrote that very first post. Thank you to anyone who has ever stopped by and had a read or even just a glance at this blog, it really means a lot. Maybe even enough for a giveaway? I’ll have to think on that one….

I’m going to try to start posting at least once a week for the next few months with a few things already scheduled in. Hopefully you’ll stick around.

April TBR

I’ve realised that I don’t really stick to the lists I put up as my TBR for the month, so don’t be surprised if something else turns up in my reviews that wasn’t here first. Most of the books I’m going to put up I am already part way through but unfortunately(or not so, depending which way you look at it) The Mortal Instruments series has kinda become my new bookish obsession.


 

Chewy Noh and the Phantasm of Winter
Chewy Noh 2(Currently at 66%) Chewy Noh has many problems. Besides his mom becoming a mu-dang—a Korean fortune-teller possessed by his dead grandmother who can read minds—the school bully, Kent, is still on the warpath to get Chewy kicked out of school. With his secret ability to win at everything, none of this bothers him until he starts disappearing for no reason while a mysterious force attacks his fellow students, and he must scramble to figure out what’s going on before he becomes its next and final victim.

The Lies we Tell Ourselves
Lies we tell ourselves(Currently Reading) It’s 1959. The battle for civil rights is raging. And it’s Sarah Dunbar’s first day of school, as one of the first black students at the previously all-white Jefferson High. No one wants Sarah there. Not the Governor. Not the teachers. And certainly not the students – especially Linda Hairston, daughter of the town’s most ardent segregationist. Sarah and Linda have every reason to despise each other. But as a school project forces them to spend time together, the less their differences seem to matter. And Sarah and Linda start to feel something they’ve never felt before. Something they’re both determined ignore. Because it’s one thing to be frightened by the world around you – and another thing altogether when you’re terrified of what you feel inside.

Everyone Dies at the End by Riley Westbrook
everyone dies at the end
Who knew the zombie apocalypse would be caused by something we all know is deadly…but that is also all around us? Two stories intersect as the world delves into chaos – Earl, a drugged out heroin addict constantly in search of his next fix, and a family struggling with the dramas of everyday life, get no reprieve during this zombie outbreak. Can any of them survive the deadliest game of all – survival against undead, each other, and the world around them?

March Wrap-Up

The only thing I hate about holidays is that all the days turn into one, so that’s why this post is a day late. I haven’t really read much this month (as per usual), I can’t wait until all this revision is over and I get my extra long summer holiday in which I can do whatever I want 🙂 .

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare(Review soon)

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