Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Review - Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff



by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

The first book in the Illuminae Files series | Published on      20th October 2015 | Young Adult | Sci-Fi 
Source - Jonathan Ball Publishers SA

My Rating - Really liked it
This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.
Illuminae was a book that I've been wanting to read since it came out. Everyone and their mother had seemed to have read and loved Illuminae and it's unique type of narrative. I'm happy to say that the book did not disappoint.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Review - Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1) by Alwyn Hamilton


Rebel of the Sands

By Alwyn Hamilton

Book 1 in the Rebel of the Sands trilogy | Published 8 March 2016 | Young Adult | Fantasy

My rating: Really like it.

"Tell me that and we'll go. Right now. Save ourselves and leave this place to burn. Tell me that's how you want your story to go and we'll write it straight across the sand."
Dustwalk is an unforgiving, dead-end town. It's not the place to be poor or orphaned or female. And yet Amani Al'Hiza must call it 'home'.
Amani wants to escape and see the world she's heard about in campfire stories.
Then a foreigner with no name turns up, and with him she has the chance to run.

But the desert plains are full of dangerous magic. The Sultan's army is on the rise and Amani is soon caught at the heart of a fearless rebellion...
An epic story of swirling desert sands, love, magic and revolution.

I've been seeing Rebel of the Sands everywhere since it's release date and along with it, the many positive reviews. So of course when I saw this at my local book shop I had to go and purchase it because also THAT COVER is absolutely stunning, how could I not get it?! 

Monday, 11 April 2016

The Bookshelf Tag

I'm not sure who created this tag but I saw Cait from Paperfury do this a couple months back and I've been meaning to do it ever since.

I thought The Bookshelf tag was a great way of doing an almost bookshelf tour. I'm stupidly excited to do this for you as I've just finished putting up my new bookshelves with the help of my dad! My babies no longer have to sit on the floor! EEP, SO HAPPY. *flails*

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Stacking the Shelves #3 - March Book Haul and a Month Full of the Best Book Sales

In the duration of March I picked quite a few books, all that I'm super excited to read. March was definitely the month of some great book deals so I just couldn't help myself. 

Friday, 8 April 2016

Review - Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare


Lady Midnight

By Cassandra Clare

Book 1 in the Dark Artifices series | Published 8 March 2016 | Young Adult | Fantasy | Paranormal

My rating: A new favourite (If I could rate this higher than 5 stars I would)


It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.
Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…
Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

EDIT: I'm busy editing this review right now and I apologize for my unorganized and chaotic thoughts *faceplam* It's Cassandra Clare so it's impossible to speak coherently and collect my thoughts properly okay. So just bare with me people. ;)

Once again Cassandra Clare has left me in a puddle of tears and feels. To be honest I don't really know what to tell you about this book other than the fact that you need this book in your life, but I will try my best to elaborate on the things that I loved about Cassandra Clare's first book in the Dark Artifices trilogy. 

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Why You Shouldn't Hesitate To Re-read Your All Time Favourite Book or Series

I recently re-read the whole of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series, now if you've been reading my posts regularly you might remember that I've mentioned that this is the series that got me started in reading, it's the series that shaped me as the bookworm I am today. 

Going into this series all over again was nerve-wracking to say the least. I had so many thoughts plaguing my mind, the main one was that I was absolutely TERRIFIED that I wouldn't enjoy it as much as I did the first time or that I wouldn't even like the books at all. Why did I think this? Mainly because I've been seeing some mixed reviews on this series saying how they didn't like her writing or it was to cliche etc. Now you must remember that The Mortal Instruments was the first series I EVER read/fell in love with and since then I've grown as a reader, my tastes have changed since then, so it was definitely possible that I might not like this series if I was to read it again. And if this happened I would have an identity crisis and the world would end.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #16 - My Favourite Bookstagrammers

Hosted by the lovely people over at the Broke and Bookish.
This weeks topic: Top ten bookish people aka bookstagrammers, booktubers etc.

Bookstagram is one of my favourite things as of right now, there's just something about looking at aesthetically pleasing pictures of books that make me incredibly happy. So here are some bookstagrammer recommendations to fill your Instagram feed.

Also I'm just gonna go ahead and shamelessly self-promote my bookstagram account because I'm Kristin and I like to take pictures of books, HI. *smiles awkwardly* (Click on Instagram names to go to link)

Monday, 4 April 2016

March's Monthly Rewind and other Shenanigans

1. I went on holiday: School holidays started during the middle of March and my brother, my dad and I all went away on vacation to a place called Hoekwil which is in the Wilderness (not literally. It's an actual place, haha) and IT WAS SO MUCH FUN. We stayed in a little cottage that overlooked some beautiful mountains, it was the perfect reading spot. We went on an obstacle course that was placed on the top of the trees. Literally. It was pretty nerve wracking but it was a lot of fun with the adrenaline coursing through me. We went on a short walk into a forest to find this 800 year old tree which was freaking huge, I took some bookstagram pictures there as well, it felt like a fairy haven in that forest, it also reminded me a little bit of Idris in a way? I was re-reading The Mortal Instruments at the time if you couldn't tell. ;)

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Review - All the Rage by Courtney Summers

26098396Title: All the Rage
Series: N/A
Author: Courtney Summers
Genre: Contemporary, young adult
Format: Paperback, 321 pages
Source: Pan Macmillan SA (Thank you:))
Rating: 4/5 Stars


Kellan Turner is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. But when she speaks up, she is branded a liar. Telling the truth has cost her everything, because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town.

But when news of Kellan assaulting another girl gets out, the cost of staying silent might be more than Romy can bear.
All The Rage examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women in a culture that refuses to protect them.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #16 - Ten books On My Autumn TBR

Hosted by the lovely people over at Broke and Bookish. 
This weeks topic: Ten books on your Spring/Autumn TBR

It's Autumn and it's' glorious! Its the season for snuggling under warm, cozy and fluffy blankets with your hot water bottles and of course a book. Autumn/Winter is my favourite season if you didn't already know. I mean it's basically a season that gives you the excuse to stay at home all day and do nothing. Well not nothing because unfortunately life happens, but still, good excuse. SO here is to trying to stick to TBR's this season. Key word here, trying.

Monday, 14 March 2016

Stacking the Shelves #2 - Christmas/New Year/Early March Book Haul

Hosted by the wonderful blog Tynga's Reviews

I've been meaning to do a Stacking the Shelves post for so long, particularly since end of December kind-of-long. Yeah that happened. So this book haul is a mixture of books I've accumulated since Christmas, don't worry it's not huge, so you won't be here forever as I actually haven't been buying a lot of books until recently.  

Friday, 4 March 2016

Review - Model Misfit (Geek Girl #2) by Holly Smale


Model Misfit

By Holly Smale

Number 2 in the Geek Girl series | Young Adult Contemporary | Published 26 September 2013

My rating: A new favourite

“My name is Harriet Manners, and I am still a geek.”
Harriet knows that modelling won’t transform you. She knows that being as uniquely odd as a polar bear isn’t necessarily a bad thing (even in a rainforest). And that the average person eats a ton of food a year, though her pregnant stepmother is doing her best to beat this.
What Harriet doesn’t know is where she’s going to fit in once the new baby arrives.
With summer plans ruined, modelling in Japan seems the perfect chance to get as far away from home as possible. But nothing can prepare Harriet for the craziness of Tokyo, her competitive model flatmates and her errant grandmother’s ‘chaperoning’. Or seeing gorgeous Nick everywhere she goes.
Because, this time, Harriet knows what a broken heart feels like.
Can geek girl find her place on the other side of the world or is Harriet lost for good?

Friday, 26 February 2016

Review - The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Title: The Wrath and the Dawn
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn #1
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Genre: Young adult, Fantasy
Published: 12 May 2015
Format: Hardcover, 395 pages
Source: My own
Rating: 5/5 Stars

One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad's dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph's reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she'd imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It's an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid's life as retribution for the many lives he's stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?


Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #15 - Books that I Didn't Expect to Enjoy as Much as I Did

Hosted by the lovely people over at The Broke and Bookish.
This weeks topic: Ten Books I Enjoyed Recently (last yearish) That Weren't My Typical Genre/Type of Book (or that was out of your comfort zone) I'm just editing this weeks topic a little bit. ;)

Monday, 22 February 2016

Series Review - The Kanin Chronicles by Amanda Hocking

The Kanin Chronicles

By Amanda Hocking

A trilogy consisting of Frostfire, Ice-kissed and Crystal Kingdom | Young Adult | Fantasy 

*I received this from Pan Macmillan SA in exchange for an honest review*

My Rating: Not my cup of tea

Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes.Set apart by her heritage and her past, Bryn is a tracker who's determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite King’s Guard to protect the royal family. She's not going to let anything stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss Ridley Dresden.But all her plans for the future are put on hold when Konstantin– a fallen hero she once loved – begins kidnapping changelings. Bryn is sent in to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process?

This is my second Amanda Hocking book that I've read, the first was Switched which was the first book in the Trylle trilogy. When I read Switched I couldn't get into it and I honestly just couldn't fall in love with the characters but I LOVED the world it was set in. So when I heard that the Kanin Chronicles was set in the same world I couldn't wait to give it another try. 

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Review - The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson

6547258Title: The Final Empire
Series: Mistborn #1
Author: Brandon Sanderson 
Genre: Adult fantasy
Published: 25 July 2006
Format: Paperback, 647 pages
Source: My own
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Once, a hero arose to save the world. A young man with a mysterious heritage courageously challenged the darkness that strangled the land.

He failed.

For a thousand years since, the world has been a wasteland of ash and mist ruled by the immortal emperor known as the Lord Ruler. Every revolt has failed miserably.

Yet somehow, hope survives. Hope that dares to dream of ending the empire and even the Lord Ruler himself. A new kind of uprising is being planned, one built around the ultimate caper, one that depends on the cunning of a brilliant criminal mastermind and the determination of an unlikely heroine, a street urchin who must learn to master Allomancy, the power of a Mistborn.


Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

My Thoughts on the Shadowhunter TV Series

As I'm sure most of you know The Immortal Instruments was made into a movie in 2013 but unfortunately it was a complete flop and so they didn't continue on with the rest of the books. My 14 year old self was majorly disappointed that they weren't going to be making a second movie and she silently raged at the producers, but to be honest it was a blessing in disguise because personally those movies didn't give the books any justice as to how amazing the characters are in the books.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Review - Geek Girl (Geek Girl #1) by Holly Smale


Geek Girl

By Holly Smale

Book 1 in the Geek Girl series | Young Adult Contemporary | Published 28 February 2013 | 

My rating: A new favourite


Harriet Manners knows a lot of things.

She knows that a cat has 32 muscles in each ear, a "jiffy" lasts 1/100th of a second, and the average person laughs 15 times per day. What she isn't quite so sure about is why nobody at school seems to like her very much. So when she's spotted by a top model agent, Harriet grabs the chance to reinvent herself. Even if it means stealing her Best Friend's dream, incurring the wrath of her arch enemy Alexa, and repeatedly humiliating herself in front of the impossibly handsome supermodel Nick. Even if it means lying to the people she loves.

As Harriet veers from one couture disaster to the next with the help of her overly enthusiastic father and her uber-geeky stalker, Toby, she begins to realise that the world of fashion doesn't seem to like her any more than the real world did.

And as her old life starts to fall apart, the question is: will Harriet be able to transform herself before she ruins everything?

My best friend had recommended this book to me quite a while ago and she raved about it and I cannot believe I only picked it up now BUT I'm super duper glad that I did. I started this book in the middle of a 3 day dance show that I was doing. Bad decision, you can't put this book down! 

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Top Ten Tuesday # I Don't Know Cause I haven't Blogged in so Long - Books I've Recently Added to my TBR

Hosted by the lovely people at Broke and Bookish
This weeks topic: Ten books I've recently added to my TBR (But I'm editing it to books that I'm planning to read soon and also recently added. This is sort of like the previous TTT, it's basically a mix of last week and this weeks)

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Did I Mention I Need You (DIMILY #2) by Estelle Maskame

26857520Title: Did I Mention I Need You 
Series: Did I Mention I Love You #2
Author: Estelle Maskame
Genre: Young adult, contemporary
Published: 19 October 2015
Format: Paperback, 387 pages 
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Source: Black & White publishing (In exchange for an honest review)

It's been a year since eighteen-year-old Eden Munro last saw Tyler Bruce: her stepbrother…and her secret love. Although they called time on their forbidden relationship for the sake of their family, Eden can't help but feel excited when Tyler invites her to join him in New York City for the summer. 

Anyway, Eden is happy with her boyfriend Dean, and surely Tyler has moved on too. But as they spend a long, hot summer in the excitement of the city that never sleeps, it soon becomes obvious that they aren’t over each other. But can they resist temptation?

In Did I Mention I Need You?, the second volume of Estelle Maskame’s phenomenal DIMILY trilogy, Tyler and Eden must face up to their feelings and decide what to do next. Is their love strong enough to face the challenges that lie ahead?