Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Spring 2019 TBR

Spring is here so I thought I'd show some of the books that I plan on reading this spring and this is also the Top Ten Tuesday (a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) topic this week.  There are a lot of new releases in spring that I want to read also but I thought I'd keep this list short and only list the ones that are already out.

A Girl Called Shameless (The Exact Opposite of Okay book 2) by Laura Steven
Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle book 2) by Jay Kristoff
Goodbye, Perfect by Sara Barnard

A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic book 2) by V.E. Schwab
The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air book 2) by Holly Black
Wildcard (Warcross book 2) by Marie Lu

What books do you plan on reading this spring?

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Top Ten Tuesday- Standalone Books That Need a Sequel

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's topic is: Standalone Books That Need a Sequel. 

Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer
I really liked this book and would have loved to read more about the characters and their friendships with each other.

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
I read this book at the beginning of last year and loved it so much.  I loved the writing and the characters and really wish I could read more of both.

I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman
I loved this book.  The characters and story were great, I would love to read more books about them.

The Wicker King by K. Ancrum
I finished this book just this month and I enjoyed most of the book but I didn't like the ending that much so I wish there was another book to wrap things up.

I thought it would be easy to choose books for this topic but I realised that I'm happy that most of the standalones I read ended as standalones.
What standalones do you wish had a sequel?

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Top Ten Tuesday- Characters I’d Like To Switch Places With

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's topic is: Characters I’d Like To Switch Places With.  I only chose a few characters for this week's topic since it was hard to choose because most characters go through some very bad times.

Clary (The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare) - I know a lot of people don't like Clary's character but I do and I loved reading about how she became introduced to the Shadowhunter World and I think she'd be a good character to switch with because then you'd get to experience that firsthand.

Angel (I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman) - I'd like to switch places with Angel because in the book she meets her favourite boy band and that would be great to experience. (Totally not imagining myself meeting GOT7 or BTS right now).

Lou (A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood) - A Sky Painted Gold in set in the 1920s and Lou attends some great summer parties.

Harry Potter (Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling) - Harry Potter goes though a lot over the HP series but I think it would be interesting to experience all that magic.  From learning he's a wizard, practising magic and attending Hogwarts, would all be amazing.  

What character would you like to switch places with?

Monday, 4 March 2019

Book Review: Song of Sorrow (Sorrow #2) by Melinda Salisbury

Book: Song of Sorrow
Series: Sorrow book 2
Author: Melinda Salisbury
Genre: YA fantasy

{I was sent a free copy of this book by the publisher but all thoughts and opinions are my own}

Sorrow Ventaxis has won the election, and in the process lost everything... 
Governing under the sinister control of Vespus Corrigan, and isolated from her friends, Sorrow must to find a way to free herself from his web and save her people. But Vespus has no plans to let her go, and he isn't the only enemy Sorrow faces as the curse of her name threatens to destroy her and everything she's fought for.

My Rating: 5 STARS

My Review:
I loved Song of Sorrow, it was such an exciting read.  Song of Sorrow begins with Sorrow trying her best to hold Vespus off on his plans whilst also trying to protect her friends and from the very start, where we see the fallout of the ending of State of Sorrow until the end where everything is wrapped up, I was so engrossed in the story.

I was already so attached to the characters in the first book but I loved them more in this one.  I loved how we got to see all of Sorrow's friends interacting together and I thought those scenes were so fun to read.  Sorrow and Irris's friendship was still heavily focused on in Song of Sorrow which I was glad to see because I love their friendship.  We also see more of Luvian and his family in this book and I loved reading more about him.

There are so many great characters in this duology and I loved how well written they all are.  I liked how much Sorrow grew from the beginning of this book and where she is at the end, her character journey was so nice to read about.

The plot was full of surprising twists and turns like the first one and I loved how in Song of Sorrow you could really feel the stakes were raised.  

Overall I loved Song of Sorrow and I think it's a great ending to the duology.  If you liked the political intrigue in the first, you will love this one.  I thought it was an exciting read from start to finish with amazing characters that I'm going to miss reading about. 

Friday, 1 March 2019

February Wrap Up 2019

What I Read:

Nana vol 1 by Ai Yazawa - 3 STARS 
Nana vol 2 by Ai Yazawa - 3 STARS 
I did like the first two volumes but I don't feel fully connected to this series yet but I definitely think it's a series where the characters grow a lot as the series goes on so I'm hoping I'll love the next few volumes more.

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman - 4 STARS
Starfish is one of those hard hitting emotional books that talks about a lot of heavy topics so at times it was tough to read but I'm really glad I did read this book.  I loved the writing and I really liked the way the author described anxiety in this book.

Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid - 4 STARS
I liked the overall plot of this book and the premise of how your life could be different had you made another choice.  I loved the writing, it felt so easy to read and flowed really well, I quickly flew through the book.

In an Absent Dream (Wayward Children book 4) by Seanan McGuire - 5 STARS
This is my favourite book in the Wayward Children series, I loved the other books in this series but I felt a special connection to this one.  I loved Lundy's story, it's so beautiful and bittersweet and I loved the world and the characters Lundy made friends with.  

State of Sorrow (Sorrow book 1) by Melinda Salisbury - 4 STARS
I reread this book for a readalong this month and I enjoyed reading it again.  It's a great fantasy with a lot of political intrigue and interesting characters.

Song of Sorrow (Sorrow book 2) by Melinda Salisbury - 5 STARS {I was sent a free copy of this book by the publisher}
I loved Song of Sorrow and thought it was a great end to the duology.  I was so engrossed in this book and loved reading about all the characters, I'll be posting my full review of it soon.

My Bookstagram pictures for February (xo_reader_kyla):

TV:  I watched some great TV series' in February, like:
Tidelands- I started watching this on a whim, I didn't know too much about it but I really enjoyed it.  It's a series about Sirens and it's full of mystery, I liked a lot of the characters and the last few episodes were full of action and twists.
Strong Woman Bong-soon - This is now one of my favourite kdramas, I loved it so much.  I loved the overall storyline and loved the characters, I didn't want this series to end. 
The Umbrella Academy - This has been getting a lot of hype recently and I have to say it definitely deserves the hype.  I now have quite the obsession with this series.

MUSIC: I loved the comebacks of MONSTA X (Alligator) and Dreamcatcher (PIRI) this month, I've been obsessed with these songs.

I'm happy with my February wrap up, I read and loved a lot of the books and found some favourite TV series in February.  I hope March will bring the same.  What did you read or watch in February?

Monday, 25 February 2019

Book Review: State of Sorrow (Sorrow #1) by Melinda Salisbury

Book: State of Sorrow
Series: Sorrow book 1 
Author: Melinda Salisbury
Genre: YA fantasy

Sorrow all but rules the Court of Tears, in a land gripped by perpetual grief, forever mourning her brother who died just days before Sorrow was born. By day she governs in place of her father, by night she seeks secret solace in the arms of the boy she's loved since childhood. But when her brother is seemingly found alive, and intent on taking control, Sorrow has to choose whether to step aside for a stranger who might not be who he claims to be, or embark on a power struggle for a position she never really wanted.

My Rating: 4 STARS

My Review:

I really liked State of Sorrow and thought it was a captivating fantasy.

I was quickly drawn into the story by the prologue.  It provides an intriguing backdrop to the history of the world in this book and really sets the tone for the overall plot.

I liked the descriptions of the lands in State of Sorrow especially the two main ones, Rhannon and Rhylla.  I liked the contrast of them, Rhylla is described as being full of life while Rhannon being described as a place of dreariness and sadness.

The thing that I loved most about State of Sorrow was how much the book focused on the political side of things, I didn't expect it to be that centred on the politics of ruling a kingdom but I loved that it did.  I felt the political points of the story provided so much to the overall story because it set a lot of things into motion like the motivations of the characters and also the surprising twists and turns of the story.

I liked Sorrow and thought her story was very interesting as she had to navigate the complexities of trying to lead Rhannon while having to learn all the courtly schemes and politics.  I thought all the characters were written really well and I loved reading about Sorrow's friendship with Irris and I also liked Luvian's character a lot.

Overall I thought State of Sorrow was a great fantasy book and I liked the focus on the politics.  The characters were complex and I thought the plot was very intriguing and full of interesting twists.

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Top Ten Tuesday- Books I LOVED with Fewer than 2000 Ratings on Goodreads

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's topic is: Books I LOVED with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads. 

A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood - I loved the descriptions of the summer parties in the 1920s in this book and I loved the sister relationship in it.
The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven - The main character is this book is probably one of my favourites, she is so funny and I love the themes and important topics tackled in this book.
Shades of Treason (Anomaly book 1) by Sandy Williams - The Anomaly series is such a fun action packed sci-fi series with the perfect blend of romance in it.
Shades of Honor (Anomaly book 2) by Sandy Williams  

Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer - This book is about friendships and time travel and those are two of my favourite things to read about so I really liked the combination of both in this book.
Ice Massacre (Mermaids of Eriana Kwai book 1) by Tiana Warner - I loved how female centric this story was and I really liked reading about the conflicts of the war between humans and mermaids. 
Reign of Mist (The Oremere Chronicles book 2) by Helen Scheuerer - This is the second book in the Oremere Chronicles and I loved the first just as much as the second.  This is one of my favourite fantasy series.
State of Sorrow (Sorrow book 1) by Melinda Salisbury - I'm rereading this book now and I'm liking it just as much as the first time I read it.  It's a great YA fantasy with political intrigue.

I've loved all of these books and I'm so surprised that they don't have more ratings.  What are some books you loved that don't have many ratings?