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. ;)