Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Top Ten Tuesday- My Summer TBR 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's topic is: My Summer TBR.


Scythe (Arc of a Scythe book 1) by Neal Shusterman
Clean by Juno Dawson
Vicious (The Villains book 1) by V.E Schwab



Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Thief (Black Dagger Brotherhood book 16) by J.R Ward



I'm so excited to read these books over summer, what books are on your Summer TBR?

Friday, 8 June 2018

Aesthetically Pleasing Books

The Aesthetically Pleasing Book Tag is a tag I seen going around on Booktube.  The original video can be found here.  This book tag is all about the physical aspects of books and it seemed fun so I thought I'd join in.

The Questions:


1. Best colour combo on a book cover: I love the colour combos of all the Paper Girls volumes, they all look so eye catching. 
2. Best typography/font on a book cover: There are a lot of pretty fonts on books but I really liked the look of the font on Proof of Forever.


3. Best simple cover: I chose Beautiful Broken Things for this question because I think the cover is simple but still very striking.
4. Best endpages: I like the colour and patterns on the end pages of Sylvia Plath's Ariel.


5. Best map: It's hard to chose just one map because there are so many beautiful ones out there so I chose a book I read this year and enjoyed, which was The Cruel Prince by Holly Black.
6. Best naked hardback: I think Rainbow Rowell has some of the best covers and naked hardcovers of her books, they're all so pretty.


7. Best back cover: I chose the Puffin Chalk edition of Peter Pan for this.  I love the typography and the quote. 
8. Best chapter headers: I like these cute but kind of sinister smileys chapter headers in More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera.


9. Best illustrations: Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick has some of the best illustrations I've seen in books.
10. Best spine: Landline by Rainbow Rowell has such a pretty book spine.


11. Favourite cover on your shelves:  For this I chose two books.  I chose Wither by Lauren Destefano which has been one of my favourite covers for years, it very beautiful and suits the book so well. And I also chose We Are Okay by Nina LaCour because I love the artwork and colours used on the cover.


What do you think of my choices? What would be some of your answers for this tag? 

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Book Review: To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Book: To Kill a Kingdom
Author: Alexandra Christo
Genre: YA, Fantasy

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever. 
The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

My Rating: 3/5 STARS

My Review:
To Kill a Kingdom is about Lira, a blood thirsty siren who kills a prince every year and takes his heart and Elian, a prince who is also a pirate that hunts down sirens.  It's about the two of them being thrown together and each seeking their own revenge.

I really liked the beginning of the book.  I liked the atmosphere and how the author described Lira and the rest of the sirens and mermaids.  I found that part of the story really interesting and because of that I thought Lira's chapters were intriguing at the beginning of the book and I was interested in where her character arc was going to go.  
Without going into spoilers, I was disappointed at how her character changed into who she became.  It felt like she lost a lot of originality as a character.  I felt the main reason for her loss of originality was because of the romance angle of the story which was another thing that disappointed me about this book.  

I really wish there hadn't been a romance, it felt forced.  There was hardly any chemistry between the characters and because of the nature of both their backstories I found the romance to be unbelievable.  When the romance angle of the storyline came more to the forefront, I felt, that the characters own characteristics and what defined them took a backseat whereas I would've preferred there to be no romance and have the characters actually explore their own morals and reasoning's.

Elian was an okay character but he didn't really stand out.  I did like his relationship with his crew.

Overall I was disappointed by this book.  Although I did like and enjoy some parts of the story I also found the ending to be anti-climatic.

Friday, 1 June 2018

May 2018 Wrap Up

What I read in May:


The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven - 5/5 STARS
I loved this book so much, definitely one of my favourites of the year! It has a powerful message and the main character is hilarious.  You can find my full review of it here.

A Court of Frost and Starlight (ACOTAR novella) by Sarah J Maas - 3/5 STARS
I was really disappointed in this book.  I thought I would love it but I didn't.  It's hard to say why I didn't like it without spoiling it but it felt like this book backtracked on some of the character development that had happened throughout the series.

Omens (Cainsville book 1) by Kelley Armstrong - 4/5 STARS
This was a reread and although I did like Omens just as much as I first read it I realised I wasn't as invested into the story as I hoped.  I know that sounds confusing because I still rated it 4 stars.  What I mean is although it was an interesting read I don't really feel that inclined to continue with the rest of the series.

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo - 3/5 STARS
I really enjoyed the beginning of this book but as the story progressed I grew disappointed with it.  I wasn't a fan of the romance in this book as I felt it didn't suit the characters personalities.  I plan to have a full review of it up within the next few days.


Here are some of my bookstagram pictures for May.  You can find me at: xo_reader_kyla



The 100 started back in the UK in May (we're currently on episode 4) and I really feel that this is one of the best shows on TV.  I'm also currently watching an anime called Violet Evergarden and I really like it as well, I'm only halfway through it.  Also in May was BTS' comeback, which was amazing! I'm really loving the new album.  Fake Love was great and I can't stop watching their live stages especially Anpanman.  I can't wait for the Festa in a few days!


What books did you read in May? What did you watch and listen to?

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Top Ten Tuesday- Book Worlds I Would/ Would Never Want To Live In

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's topic is: Bookish Worlds I'd Want to/ Never Want to Live In.  I've picked three bookish worlds I would want to live in and three worlds I wouldn't want to live in.

I WOULD Want to Live In:


Warcross by Marie Lu - I was torn between putting this or Ready Player One on this list.  I chose Warcross because the virtual reality has a more modern feel to it, and I really liked the VR in it.

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare - I really like the Shadowhunter world that Cassandra Clare has established and I think it'd be great to be a shadowhunter.

Harry Potter by J.K Rowling - How can this list be complete without Harry Potter? I think everyone, no matter what age, has probably imagined themselves living like a Hogwarts student.


I WOULD NEVER Want to Live In:


The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - An obvious pick for this topic because, seriously, who would want to live in this world?

Unwind by Neal Shusterman - A world where teenagers get harvested for their body parts is a very scary world.  It really chills me to imagine living in this world.

The Passage by Justin Cronin - A post apocalyptic series where humanity is on the brink of extinction because of a deadly virus that turned people into these rabid vampire things.  This would be another scary world to live in. 


What book world would you want to live in? Or what one would you never want to live in? 

Friday, 25 May 2018

Friday Book Excerpts: To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Today I'll be sharing some book excerpts with these bookish features:
➢Book Beginnings is a weekly feature (hosted by Rose City Reader) where you post the first sentence of the book you're currently reading. 
➢The Friday 56 is a weekly feature (hosted by Freda's Voice) where you get a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% on ereader) then post a interesting sentence from that page with no spoilers. 

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Blurb:
Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?


Beginning:
I have a heart for every year I've been alive.


Friday 56 (page 56 on my ereader):
"Look at you," he whispers. "My monster, come to find me."


My Thoughts:
The opening line definitely hooked me into this book, it's so intriguing.  I'm currently around halfway through this book and I like it so far.



Have you read To Kill a Kingdom? What are your thoughts on the quotes from it?

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Top Ten Tuesday- Book Titles With Character Names In Them

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's topic is: Best Character Names.  I decided to put my own spin on the topic by doing Books With Character Names in the Title. 



Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer book 1) by Laini Taylor
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles book 1) by Marissa Meyer
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
State of Sorrow (Sorrow book 1) by Melinda Salisbury

Thinking of the books for this topic made me realise there are a lot of book titles that feature the character's name.

What do you think of these book titles with the characters names in them?