want a real life adventure? come to Australia we have spiders bigger than your hand.

I'v been having a serious love affair with books for the last 3 years, its been pretty steamy and hot and i have no plans on slowing down :P

- Imagine.

Reading progress update: I've read 276 out of 542 pages.

Three Sisters, Three Queens - Philippa Gregory The characters are absolutely horrid, vapid and shallow, dumb but ruthless. And yet.... I'm still rather enjoying this book. I'm really interested to see how bad off these characters can get, at the moment Margaret (MC) is in a really bad place, everyone is clearly lying to her and she can't see past getting her jewels and belittling her royal sisters. The writing is excellent.

Breath of Earth

Breath of Earth - Beth Cato

The premise and outline for the story was fascinating, I always wanted to know what happened next which is sadly the only reason I manged to finish this book. Unfortunately for me the characters felt flat, especially the main character. A big problem for me was that I was repeatedly told how incredibly intelligent she was (especially for a female -_-) and yet based on everything I read in this book I have zero proof that she is anything above dumb, which is truly sad. I don't mind dumb characters except when I'm constantly told that they're not (Drives me bonkers!) and in circumstances like these (where men look down on women as the weaker sex) I would much prefer the character to be more than just a special snow flake.

 

2.5 stars. I won't be reading any more of this series.

When Demons Walk

When Demons Walk - Patricia Briggs

I've never really paid that much attention before but thinking back on it Briggs seems to favour slow-burn relationships which is a big part of why I love her books, plus her characters are amazing.

It took me longer to get into this book than the others, mainly because at the beginning I was preoccupied with determining when and where this book was set (somewhere on the other side of the swamp would be my guess) and how it was related to Sianim. Of course I still have no bloody clue even with the hints it dropped here and there.
Anyways after I got over that and just settled into the story I started to really enjoy it. Loved the characters and the overall story, but I missed Aralorn & Wolf.

 

Very enjoyable book. 4 stars

SPOILER ALERT!

Crooked Kingdom

Crooked Kingdom: A Sequel to Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo

Love love love this book. I'm completely devastated there's only 2! I want so much more!

On another note, while I am going to rate this book 5 stars because it was spectacular I did notice during a moment that should have been heart-breaking I was feeling fairly 'meh' about it emotionally. 

 

SPOILER BELOW - not at all annoying that it's not working.

 

 

Apparently I didn't connect with Mattias all that much. Leading up to it I was pretty concerned, but once it actually happened I think I felt more like 'ohhh... oh well' not the best reaction. Personally I think he was the safe choice when it comes to maximum emotional fuckery, Jesper or Inji would be the better choice if Bardugo really wanted to devastate her readers. In saying that I'm so glad the author chose Mattias instead! Haha mean I know but if one had to be sacrificed I choose him too.

 

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4.5-5 stars

The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

The Ghost Bride - Yangsze Choo

The main character was clearly dropped on her head as a child, and I had a lot of other issues with this book. Weirdly I still enjoyed the writing style, enough so that I didn't ditch the book. Which is saying something. The topic was also rather interesting.

 

Still had some major issues, like the MC being insanely shallow. 2 (ish) stars.

Nevernight

Nevernight - Jay Kristoff

4.5 stars

 

I loved this book. I was unsure at the beginning, but I'm so glad I stuck it out. This book is 100% one of my favorites of 2016.
NEED to get my mitts on book 2!!

India Black, Madam of Espionage #1

India Black - Carol K. Carr

India Black was so much more than I expected, I absolutely adored this book. India is a wonderful, sassy, hilarious & brilliant character, plus she has this devil may care attitude which is perfect being that she's a madam.

 

I'll admit I did a little happy dance when I discovered that there is more adventures. Ridiculously excited to get my digits onto those!!

 

4 Stars.

Reading progress update: I've read 34 out of 400 pages.

Breath of Earth - Beth Cato

Goodness BLs is taking FOREVER to bloody load. Giving my the ultimate grumps. Anyways onto more important things.... book status update:

Page 34

 

There is something strange going on with some of the writing in this book. It almost seems as though it was translated, but not super well. Who ever edited this book should have tried again before allowing it to be printed....
:/ 

 

There was also a big WTF moment around page 20, where the MC & her mentor/father-figure/boss are rolling around on the floor laughing hysterically and crying all because the MC pulled a funny face while playing their version of paper-scissors-rock! seriously?
I'm 25, same age as what-ever-her-name-is & I wouldn't find that to be overly amusing. I thought to myself 'hey maybe it's just her time period?' then thought about it again and Nope, It's definitely something someone under 10 would find hilarious (possibly younger) and not a grown ass adult no matter when the story is set.

HAPPY NEW YEAR

2017

Started watching Luke Cage on Netflix last night and they have the most amazing bar/club on the show. If they had a place like this in Brisbane, I swear I would live there..... Anyways that's Where they I heard this guy ^^^

Doesn't he sound incredible? Ignore the film clip, I believe it's from a movie.....

Finished - India Black

India Black - Carol K. Carr

What an entertaining Book. Love the MC and her wicked sense of humor.
Can't wait till I get my digits on the next book!!
4 Stars.

Reading progress update: I've read 18 out of 296 pages.

India Black - Carol K. Carr

Only a few pages in and already I've had a few good chuckles!!

Finished - Nevernight!!

Nevernight - Jay Kristoff

LOVED LOVED LOVED
4.5 stars. Desperately need book 2

Reading progress update: I've read 275 out of 429 pages.

Nevernight - Jay Kristoff

A few are bound to end up dead soon - no everyone else would die except the main few, it is an assassin book after all. I think Hush & Jess will survive. Hush obviously because there's something secretive going on with him & Jess cause she's the only 'villain'.

Reading progress update: I've read 30 out of 429 pages.

Nevernight - Jay Kristoff

I do enjoy how crass & gritty this book is. Very amusing. Here's 2 quotes as examples:

 

'That dubious honor belonged to the Lonesome Rose, a pleasure house in the Godsgrave Docklands frequented by syphilitic lunatics & newly released convicts, run by a Vaanian madam so disease-stricken she affectionately referred to her own nethers as 'The Orphan Makers'.

 

 

'Mia noticed one of his eyes moved slightly before the other, like a child leading a slow cousin by hand!'

Reading progress update: I've read 24 out of 429 pages.

Nevernight - Jay Kristoff

I'll admit I'm confused about the italics part. It appears to be an odd mixture of past history, memories & falsehoods written in a lyrical fashion by someone who loves the MC?

 

 

Who also doesn't appear to believe in full-stops.

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