Anticipated autumn releases

It’s so hot right now in the UK but never fear! Summer will soon be over and autumn will swoop in with its gorgeous oranges and browns and falling leaves, and of course, many new book releases! So what books are coming out in September, October and November that I’m excited for?

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The sequel to Carry On is due to be released on October 3rd (it’s October third – get the reference?) and even though I’m a bit annoyed the cover won’t match my copy of Carry On, I’m still excited for this long-awaited sequel.

 

 

 

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A book about vampires? I haven’t really read one since Twilight all those years ago but I absolutely love Renée’s writing. Out October 8th, it’s a perfect book for the month of Halloween.

 

 

 

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The second book of two novellas in the Shatter Me series includes both Shadow Me and Reveal Me which are numbers 4.5 and 5.5 respectively. I have yet to read Defy Me but I love this series and think a reread is on the cards for me soon! Find Me is also out October 8th.

 

 

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Having read the sampler of this from YALC, I know this is going to be a good book. I’ve already read the Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater and Ronan was an awesome character – I can’t wait for this new Dreamer series. Its release date is November 5th.

 

 

 

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The third in The Folk of the Air series sees the ending to this trilogy and while I don’t absolutely love the series, I’m still keen to see how it ends and I’m really hoping a certain person gets their comeuppance. The Queen of Nothing is out November 19th.

 

 

 

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I read the sampler of this from YALC as well and I was completely drawn in to this story about people with gifts called Affinities and a princess on the run. I’ll definitely be getting this on the day its released which is November 21st!

 

 

 

What are some anticipated autumn releases for you? Or have you been lucky enough to read some of these awesome-sounding books prior to their release? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

 

 

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Summer Sweatalong Book Tag

I haven’t been posting for the last couple of weeks because I’m in revision mode at the moment for my exams soon, but I thought I shouldn’t leave it too long to post something! To break up revision, I thought I’d do a quick book tag that I thought of as I went for a sweltering walk –

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I am not a lover of summer. It’s so hot and I feel tired when I go outside, and so stifled indoors! I am a winter baby. I love the cold with snuggly jumpers and blankets – it’s where I belong! So I was thinking of what summery book tag I could do and I came up with the Summer Sweatalong Book Tag which is all about finishing books fast! I hope you enjoy it, here are the rules:

  • link back to the original creator of the book tag (thebookwormdreamer)
  • start off with telling us your favourite season and why it is/isn’t summer!
  • tag five friends to take part
  • enjoy!

So here’s my Summer Sweatalong Book Tag!

Don’t stop! A book you couldn’t stop reading

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To start, it’s a simple one; a book I just couldn’t stop reading the first time I read it was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. It was while I was away with my parents in their mobile caravan (shudder) and I was a stroppy teenager hating every second, but I was reading Harry Potter for the first time and this fifth book was my absolute favourite! I didn’t want to stop and I read it all the way home in the car, went straight upstairs to my room and finished it. I was very antisocial for that trip and as soon as I finished it, I went straight onto The Half-Blood Prince.

 

 

You’re a cheetah – a book you read in just ONE DAY

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There are a few books I have devoured in a day and Everything, Everything is one of them! It’s written in such a way that you can’t help but read it under a day and it’s the perfect size to avoid giving you a headache as well! I loved the sweet romance and the daring risks taken by the main character as she uncovers some truths about herself she didn’t know. It’s a quick and cute read with some depth about grief and loss.

 

 

 

Couldn’t let go – a book you reread straight away

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never reread books as soon as I have finished them but this book gave me a serious book hangover and I just couldn’t let go. I read A Court of Mist and Fury in two days and then had a MASSIVE book hangover so I reread the entire thing the day after. It essentially took me three days to read it twice and it was so worth it. I was utterly lost to that world for three wonderful days and it was amazing.

A Court of Mist and Fury is the second in the A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy.

 

 

Calm it down! A book that got your heart racing

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I’m usually not one for thrillers, but I do like the occasional one to read and The Chemist  was just what I want from a thriller! I was hooked and I read with rapture – it was tension-building and suspense as I tried to guess what would happen. It’s such a good read as we follow an ex-agent on the run from her employers and she unravels a whole new plot we didn’t see coming.

If you’re not one for violence and gore but you love a bit of suspension, then check out The Chemist!

 

 

 

Second best – a sequel you read faster than the first

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The Bone Season series for me has been such a roller coaster. I read the first book and liked it but sort of didn’t get it, then I read The Mime Order and got sucked into it but then when it came to The Song Rising – oh my word! This has definitely been my favourite so far and I raced through the book. I am buzzing for the subsequent sequels but I’m not sure they will manage to take the top spot in this series that The Song Rising is currently residing! I just loved the amount of action embedded into the plot and such character development in the space of one book! So good.

 

 

Books on fire! A series you read straight through

I discovered the Shatter Me series last year and wow are they amazing! I read through the trilogy like I was starved of stories and it was glorious. But then the plot thickened! I found out a new trilogy was being released to follow this series, essentially making a six book series overall so I quickly grabbed up the fourth, Restore Me, and raced through that as well. This is a dystopian series with some seriously amazing characters and I can’t wait to read the last two books.

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Midnight madness – a book that kept you up late

Image result for the dark vault bookThere are so many books that have kept me up past the midnight hour but one I read recently that I couldn’t stop reading well into the night was The Dark Vault by V E Schwab which is all about a girl doing her job – and that job is essentially putting restless spirits back to sleep. It’s two books in one and the second was brilliantly done and didn’t go the typical way I thought it might. There are fantastic characters in this book and it promises so much and gives even more.

 

 

 

And there you have it! Sometimes finishing a book feels like you’ve just ran a race and you’re left breathless and your heart’s pounding. Who needs exercise when you have books? I hoped you’ve enjoyed this Summer Sweatalong Book Tag, I now tag The Paperback Piano, Bookishly Brittknee, BooksNest, Jill’s Book Blog, and Bookmark Your Thoughts!

Feel free to participate in the book tag if you want to, I can’t wait to see everyone’s responses! ♥

The Shatter Me trilogy and why I can’t believe I waited so long to read it

We all have some book series on our TBRs, a series you’ve heard amazing things about and you keep telling yourself that you need to read it, but of course the time just never comes for some reason and before you know it, it’s months and maybe years later until you finally pick it up.

I had such an experience with the Shatter Me trilogy. It’s been on my TBR list for ages but I just never got round to reading it! Plus, whenever something is really hyped up, it sort of puts me off sometimes because I think I might go into the story expecting too much from the book and if it doesn’t deliver, it’s always a bit disappointing. Hype over books can be a good and a bad thing.

But why oh WHY didn’t I pick up Shatter Me sooner?! It’s a brilliant dystopian written from the perspective of Juliette, a person with the power to kill just by her touch which has resulted in her being locked up in an asylum. The world is in chaos and the Reestablishment has taken over who, incidentally, want to use Juliette as a weapon. The characters are absolutely amazing – each and every one of them, but the writing my god is so moreish! I couldn’t stop reading and I just wanted to start the next chapter and the next and the next and the next. The writing flowed so well and it has the quality of literally reading Juliette’s thoughts, so if she thinks something but decides she didn’t want to really say that (though she meant to) it’s crossed out. It fits in perfectly with her character and shows some honest truth that even her, the narrator, wants to hide from herself.

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And not only is the writing beautiful, but so are the covers! I love everything about these books and I was psyched to see that there are two little novellas slotted into this series, one from Warner’s perspective (omg Warner) and Adam’s perspective. My feelings for the characters in this trilogy changed over the series, and I always like it when that happens – when a character isn’t quite what they first appear or may seem to the protagonist – it makes for a far more interesting and gripping story to read!

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These two novellas are combined into a paperback book called Unite Me.

 

So the series goes in order: Shatter MeDestroy MeUnravel MeFracture MeIgnite Me. BUT there was some exciting news relatively recently that Tahereh Mafi was going to write a new trilogy to add to the Shatter Me series and the first book was released last month called Restore Me! I ordered it as soon as I finished Ignite Me but unfortunately it hasn’t arrived yet despite ordering it two weeks ago, but it has finally been dispatched so hopefully it will arrive next week and I can be up to date with the series!

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This series definitely took over my life in the few days that it took me to read the whole trilogy. I rarely read an entire book in a day, one because it just physically hurts my head to do that, and also because I rarely have the time or a book that grips me that much that I cannot put it down. This series was actually unputdownable and I will recommend it to anyone and everyone. There are some truly beautiful quotes in these books and some wonderful characters that I’m glad I’ve met. Seriously, what are you waiting for?! This is a five star book series and won’t disappoint if you’re looking for some gorgeous writing, incredible story-telling, a dazzling romance and a set of brilliant and fearless characters.

“I spent my life folded between the pages of books.
In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together. I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction.”

-Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

March wrap-up & April TBR

Hello everyone! Sorry I haven’t been posting much (again!) but I’ve just started my rotation year at vet school which is where I basically do loads of different placements at different vets and farms so I’ve been quite preoccupied! I’ve already done 7 weeks of my rotations out of about 50ish and I can’t believe how quick time goes by! It’s kind of scary but I am enjoying it. I’ve gotten to castrate and spey some cats, do my first consults where I talk to owners and try to diagnose and treat their pets and it has been a crazy but brilliant experience so far!

So what am I up to now? I’m currently on Easter break and I’ve come back home to do a placement at the local vets I use for my cats. March has been an okay month overall, but unfortunately we had to say goodbye to my one cat, Bobby, less than two weeks ago. I miss him and it’s weird not having him around, but he was suffering with a mass in his abdomen which was pushing up on his diaphragm and lungs so it was time to say goodbye forever. It was really quite sad because I was still at uni at the time and my mum phoned to tell me what happened; while it would have been nice to be there with him, I’m glad he is no longer suffering and I’ll miss him greatly.

But yes, March, on balance, has been an all right month despite some things, but it’s been great for reading for me. I somehow managed to read a total of 8 books and one novella! I didn’t expect to read this much and most of it is due to discovering a series that was unputdownable. I’ve found some amazing new authors this month and met some absolutely brilliant characters and read some superb writing. There have just been a couple of odd books that were slightly disappointing but mostly, it’s been an awesome month for reading.

Now that we’re all caught up, here’s my March wrap-up!

The Cruel Prince
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Author: Holly Black
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Set in the modern day where fairies are real, Jude is taken away to live amongst them thanks to a mistake made by her mother. But life in Fairie isn’t all that bad, though it doesn’t help being human and Jude soon learns that standing up for herself has consequences in this magical but cruel world as the struggle for power comes to a shocking end in the tumultous world of fairie politics. It was amazing and I loved the plot twists – especially near the end, it is an ultimate favourite twist of mine!

Fire Study

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Author: Maria V Snyder
Publisher: Mira
Rating: ♥♥

The third in the Poison Study series, Yelena must find the Fire Warper and stop a war before it begins between the magical and non-magical peoples. I found this a struggle to read and honestly don’t know how I managed to get through to the end. It definitely disappointed and I can’t say I’m going to bother continuing with this series.

 

The Art of Wall-E

Author: Tim Hauser
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

A book showing the gorgeous concept art from the film Wall-E with some cool facts about the production of the film, including the evolution of an idea and how it went from drawings to the big screen. It was fascinating learning about the original ideas for the film and how these changed as production went on – they even spoke to people at NASA for some parts! And the art is of course amazing – the cover is one of my favourite pictures.

Moondust
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Author: Gemma Fowler
Publisher: Chicken House
Rating: ♥♥♥

Set in the future where the world has run out of fuel, humans have discovered a substance called lumite on the moon so they set up base and mine for it. But Aggie soon realises there is a secret the people at Lunar Inc. aren’t telling the people on Earth, and it’s up to her to enlighten the humans. A quick fairly cute read, I have to say I was expecting more romance in this, but it was still enjoyable, just not a favourite of mine.

Shadowsong

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Author: S Jae-Jones
Publisher: Titan Books Ltd
Rating: ♥♥♥♥

It has been six months since Liesl was allowed to walk free up above, but the barrier between worlds is falling apart and there are some mysterious deaths occurring. Liesel must wake up and find her beloved Goblin King and save the world from destruction. Taking on a significantly different and darker tone than in Wintersong, this book to complete the duology is very strange to read but comes to a satisfying conclusion.

Shatter Me

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Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: HarperCollins
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

We’ve destroyed the world and the Reestablishment has had to take over and take control. Birds don’t fly and there’s barely enough food left anymore. But Juliette has been locked up in an asylum for just under a year for having a power that if you touch her, you can die. She has the power to kill and the Reestablishment wants her. Shatter Me has been a series I’ve been wanting to start for ages, and I am SO glad I finally did because oh my goodness is this book brilliant.

Destroy Me

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Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: HarperCollins
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

We get to see things from Warner’s perspective in this delicious little novella. He’s pristine, clipped and disciplined and he’s well and truly falling for Juliette. It’s a glimpse into his mind and it’s brilliant.

 

Unravel Me

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Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: HarperCollins
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Juliette has escaped Warner’s clutches and discovered there’s more to her power than she first thought. There are others like her, and they want to fight back against the Reestablishment. This thrilling sequel is absolutely one of the best sequels I have ever read, packed full of non-stop action and drama with twists sneaked in amongst breath-taking writing and description. It well and truly did what it says on the cover.

Ignite Me

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Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: HarperCollins
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Revenge against the Reestablishment, revenge against the supreme and wanting for a better world, unlikely alliances are made and further still are relationships developed as Juliette and her friends fight for their lives. It’s epic and again, full of brilliant writing and characters I wish I could meet. It’s unputdownable and amazing. I’m only glad this isn’t the end!

 

I think it’s obvious that my favourite read was all of the Shatter Me series, my favourite being Unravel Me. I can’t believe I didn’t pick up this series sooner!! I read them in less than a week thanks to the quick shipping from Wordery with the sequels I ordered immediately after finishing the first, and I have a serious book hangover now. I’m just so glad there’s a fourth to read and of course I have ordered Restore Me and I’ll be reading it ASAP. I also loved The Cruel Prince but was mildly disappointed with Shadowsong, however Fire Study was definitely my least favourite with its deteriorating storyline and meek storyline. I had a great month reading some fantastic books though overall!

So it goes without saying that I will be reading Restore Me in April as soon as Wordery delivers it along with the novella Fracture Me from Adam’s perspective. I also want to read some new books I recently purchased including City of Brass and Children of Blood and Bone which I’ve heard great things about. I’m currently reading The Siren which is a cute little fluffy sort of read but after finishing the Shatter Me series, I think I need some more epic stories to get over my book hangover!

What books did you read this month? And if any of you have read the Shatter Me series then do please comment so I can fangirl to you over it!

Happy Easter bookworms ♥