Saturday, 30 August 2014

Monthly Wrap Up: August

August has been a pretty good month, it wasn't too busy, but there were enough things happening to ward the boredom away, and now its all over and school is starting again. Sigh. I'm having very mixed feelings about going back to school at the moment because a) I'm actually looking forward to going back to school and b) I have my Mocks and iGCSE's coming up within a matter of months and that's all very... stressful. On the bright side Halloween, Christmas, and my birthday are all coming up. Y'all can just buy me books.


Bout of Books was something that happened this month, it was my first time participating in one so I didn't really know what to expect but it was pretty awesome and I got through a few books on my TBR that dreadfully needed reading. Out of the books I read, one that really stood out was Red Rising by Pierce Brown -- I freaking loved that book. You need to buy it and read it. What other awesome things happened this month? Only that the awesome malevolent Sandra got two of my Throne of Glass books SIGNED by Sarah J. Maas! Speaking of Maas, who's excited for Heir of Fire releasing in September? If you're not excited for HoF I'm afraid we can't be friends. [Psst, you can check out my review of Heir of Fire here ;)]

I went on holiday to Malaysia at the beginning of the month and bought books, ten books to be exact. I've read most of them already and most of them were really good, apart from Every Day... I didn't really connect with that certain book - and you can read why in the review graphic I made! Other books I shared my thoughts on this month include; I Predict a Riot by Catherine Bruton, Take Me On by Katie McGarry, Take Back the Skies by Lucy Saxon, and Zoe reviewed Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan! Also, my Special Collectors Edition of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell finally arrived.


More books I got this month --

Received:
The Boy with the Tiger's Heart by Linda Coggin
Terror Kid by Benjamin Zephaniah
This book Is Gay by James Dawson
The Memory Keepers by Natasha Ngan
[thank-you Hot Key Books for these!]
Win the Rings by K.D. Van Brunt
[thanks to the author for this review copy]
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
The Walled City by Ryan Graudin
[via NetGalley, thank-you Hodder & Stoughton and Indigo!]

Bought:
The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Sabriel by Garth Nix
The Manifesto On How to Be Interesting by Holly Bourne

Gifted:
Around the World in Eight Days by Jules Verne
Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Apart from that nothing else really happened during August. It was mostly me lazing about and sleeping - I did do something constructive and managed to buy the two Hobbit dvd's. My collection is nearly complete. Oh yeah, did I mention that the new series of Doctor Who premiered at the end of this month too? I personally haven't watched it yet because its not available here yet. Sad face. But for those who did get to watch Deep Breath - HOWWASIT? WASITAMAZING? [Update: I have now watched Deep Breath and it was pretty brilliant. I really like Capaldi as the Doctor and the end of the episode made me tear up.] And new editions of Harry Potter came out (again...), I prefer the original Bloomsbury covers but the new ones do look pretty fine.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

LET'S GET GRAPHIC... Geek Girl by Holly Smale

Loads of people have been telling me to get on and read Geek Girl (including: Zoe, the other Zoe, Lucy, and Georgia) for a while now; even though its been sitting on my shelves I never really had any inclination to read it until a couple of weeks ago when I hit a slump, at the point I wasn't expecting to remotely like the book (sorry...) but surprisingly it was really enjoyable and I'm excited to get my hands on the other two books!

Title: Geek Girl (Geek Girl #1)
Author: Holly Smale
Publisher: HarperCollins, February 28th, 2013
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback, 378 pages


Blurb ---
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 the 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?
Rating = 4 Bookish Birds

Monday, 25 August 2014

Bout of Books 11.0 - Day 7 Update


Bout of Books is unfortunately over -- but I had a great time and I hope everyone else did too! I met most of my goals and am pretty proud of myself! Below are the Goals and TBR Pile I posted previously! I've crossed out the goals I managed to achieve and the books I managed to read!

MY GOALS
  1. Read five books.
  2. Read at least 1000 pages.
  3. Try to comment on all of my favourite blogs.
  4. Participate in one (or more) of the Bout of Books challenges.
THE TBR PILE
  • Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
  • Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
  • After the End by Amy Plum
  • Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Burial Rites by Hanna Kent
  • More than This by Patrick Ness
  • Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill
  • If You Find Me By Emily Murdoch
In addition I also read Red Rising by Pierce Brown which was not on my TBR! :)

I managed to read 4 and a half books, completed three of my goals, and read a grand total of 1,749 pages! Although I didn't meet my goal of finishing five books I am still really happy with what I managed to achieve! I can honestly say that my first Bout of Books was a success and I can't wait to participate in Bout of Books 12 [which starts on January the 5th, people!] -- I definitely had fun and I hope everyone else managed to enjoy themselves as well!

Monday:
Number of pages read today: 45
Number of books read today: 0
Number of pages read in total: 45
Number of books read in total: 0

Tuesday:
Number of pages read today: 0
Number of books read today: 0
Number of pages read in total: 45
Number of books read in total: 0

Wednesday:
Number of pages read today: 413
Number of books read today: 1
Number of pages read in total: 458
Number of books read in total: 1

Thursday:
Number of pages read today: 663
Number of books read today: 2
Number of pages read in total: 1,121
Number of books read in total: 3

Friday:
Number of pages read today: 478
Number of books read today: 1
Number of pages read in total: 1, 599
Number of books read in total: 4

Saturday:
Number of pages read today: 35
Number of books read today: 0
Number of pages read in total: 1, 634
Number of books read in total: 4

Sunday:
Number of pages read today: 115
Number of books read today: 1/2
Number of pages read in total: 1,749
Number of books read in total: 4 1/2

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Bout of Books 11.0 - Day 6 Update


As you can see yesterday was a terrible reading day for me, sadly I just wasn't really fussed yesterday -- I wasn't in the greatest of moods, and I hate reading books when I'm not committed to them because that then makes me biased  towards my opinion of whether the book was good or now... but as we all know, THE END IS IN SIGHT, today is the last day of Bout of Books and I fully intent on reaching my goal of having read five books.

Monday:
Number of pages read today: 45
Number of books read today: 0
Number of pages read in total: 45
Number of books read in total: 0

Tuesday:
Number of pages read today: 0
Number of books read today: 0
Number of pages read in total: 45
Number of books read in total: 0

Wednesday:
Number of pages read today: 413
Number of books read today: 1
Number of pages read in total: 458
Number of books read in total: 1

Thursday:
Number of pages read today: 663
Number of books read today: 2
Number of pages read in total: 1,121
Number of books read in total: 3

Friday:
Number of pages read today: 478
Number of books read today: 1
Number of pages read in total: 1, 599
Number of books read in total: 4

Saturday:
Number of pages read today: 35
Number of books read today: 0
Number of pages read in total: 1, 634
Number of books read in total: 4

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Bout of Books 11.0 - Day 5 Update


Friday was a pretty good reading day, I suppose, I started and finished Red Rising by Pierce Brown (massive thank-you to Hodder and Stoughton, Bookbridgr, and NetGalley!) and continued with my read from the night before which was More than This by Patrick Ness. So far, I'm actually really pleased with the books I've been able to read for Bout of Books mainly because they have all been good, and if not good then brilliant! :)

Monday:
Number of pages read today: 45
Number of books read today: 0
Number of pages read in total: 45
Number of books read in total: 0

Tuesday:
Number of pages read today: 0
Number of books read today: 0
Number of pages read in total: 45
Number of books read in total: 0

Wednesday:
Number of pages read today: 413
Number of books read today: 1
Number of pages read in total: 458
Number of books read in total: 1

Thursday:
Number of pages read today: 663
Number of books read today: 2
Number of pages read in total: 1,121
Number of books read in total: 3

Friday:
Number of pages read today: 478
Number of books read today: 1
Number of pages read in total: 1, 599
Number of books read in total: 4

In my last update I mentioned about participating in the Red Rising read-along and I finished the book last night and I will tell you exactly what I told twitter --

Friday, 22 August 2014

Bout of Books 11.0 - Day 4 Update


Thursday was definitely one of my better days, I finished reading After the End by Amy Plum, then I read Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige, and last I started the first few chapters of More than This by Patrick Ness - overall I am super happy because not only am I caught up, I passed my goal of reading 1000 pages! :)

Monday:
Number of pages read today: 45
Number of books read today: 0
Number of pages read in total: 45
Number of books read in total: 0

Tuesday:
Number of pages read today: 0
Number of books read today: 0
Number of pages read in total: 45
Number of books read in total: 0

Wednesday:
Number of pages read today: 413
Number of books read today: 1
Number of pages read in total: 458
Number of books read in total: 1

Thursday
Number of pages read today: 663
Number of books read today: 2
Number of pages read in total: 1,121
Number of books read in total: 3

This weekend I'm participating in the Red Rising Holiday Read-along during Bout of Books, which is being organized by the book's publisher, the lovely Hodder, and I'm so excited to finally start my arc! I hope every one else is doing well with their Bout of Books goals!

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Bout of Books 11.0 - Day 3 Update


I made myself knuckle down last night to try and get out of this slump and I was rewarded with finishing my first book of Bout of Books; Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas, which was... wow. I'm currently reading a dystopian - After the End by Amy Plum.

Monday:
Number of pages read today: 45
Number of books read today: 0
Number of pages read in total: 45
Number of books read in total: 0

Tuesday:
Number of pages read today: 0
Number of books read today: 0
Number of pages read in total: 45
Number of books read in total: 0

Wednesday:
Number of pages read today: 413
Number of books read today: 1
Number of pages read in total: 458
Number of books read in total: 1

Things aren't going as well as I hoped but I'm going to make sure I reach my goal of reading 1000 pages! Excuse me whilst I crawl into my reading cave, thank-you.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Bout of Books 11.0 - Day 2 Update


Tuesday was a pretty terrible truly awful reading day, I fell into a slump, which I was really frustrated about because I had just gotten out of a massive slump just a few days before. I didn't read at all on Tuesday. Or do much at all actually... unless watching continuous movies counts? *hopeful smile*

Monday:
Number of pages read today: 45
Number of books read today: 0
Number of pages read in total: 45
Number of books read in total: 0

Tuesday:
Number of pages read today: 0
Number of books read today: 0
Number of pages read in total: 45
Number of books read in total: 0

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Bout of Books 11.0 - Day 1 Update


Bout of Books has been super fun so far - unfortunately I wasn't able to make it to yesterday's chat, but I'm hoping to participate in one soon! I also completed one of my goals and participated in one of yesterday's challenges! The only downside is that I didn't get a chance to read that much yesterday :(

Monday:
Number of pages read today: 45
Number of books read today: 0
Number of pages read in total: 45
Number of books read in total: 0

The book I read was Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas and I'm genuinely disappointed that I didn't get to read more because so far its such a good book! Hopefully, I do better today :)

Monday, 18 August 2014

Naomi & Ely's No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Book Title: Naomi & Ely's No Kiss List
Author: Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Publisher: Electric Monkey, July 3rd, 2014
Source: Bought!
Format: Paperback
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | The Book Depository
Naomi and Ely have been best friends forever. Naomi loves and is in love with Ely, and Ely loves Naomi, but prefers to be in love with boys. So they create their "No Kiss List" of people neither of them is allowed to kiss. And this works fine - until Bruce. Bruce is Naomi's boyfriend, so there's no reason to put him on the list. But Ely kissed Bruce - and the resulting fallout is going to shake up the world! 
I really enjoyed this book! The characters were just so real. Naomi and Ely both have major flaws, and that makes the book just that little bit more realistic and human. I took my time, but I fell completely in love with the characters and the plot.

Sexuality is such a large part of this book. Obviously Ely is gay, and as you read the book, you will see a few other characters are as well. I always think of David Levithan as being a writer of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) characters, so I could see a lot of his contribution to the story.

I do, however, have a small complaint with the story. There was a lot of points of view. Now because this is a co-authored novel, I expected two. Maybe three. But not about eight. Now, for the most part I could understand why this character had a POV. But at least two, I thought were just filling the book. Especially when they only had one chapter each. I will say each point of view was written differently somehow. For example, Naomi's includes what I think are little colourless emoji's. But, still, too many POV's for me personally.  

Rating = 4 Bookish Birds

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Bout of Books 11.0 - Goals


At the end of my BoB sign-up post I said that I would talk about why I changed my mind and decided to participate and also a few other things that I'd like to talk about that wouldn't necessarily make it into a full post on their own. But first off, lets talk about my Bout of Books goals!

MY GOALS
  1. Read five books.
  2. Read at least 1000 pages.
  3. Try to comment on all of my favourite blogs.
  4. Participate in one (or more) of the Bout of Books challenges.


THE TBR PILE




As you can see I have more than five books on my TBR, there's two reasons for this; 1) I'm hoping to pass my goal of five books, and 2) I'm a major mood reader so I like to some range/selection to what I can read. Funnily enough, this actually wasn't my original Bout of Books TBR, I had another pile but accidentally read all of them in the days leading up... hehe.

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Saturday, 16 August 2014

LET'S GET GRAPHIC... Every Day by David Levithan

*sings* The review graphics are back, they're back, oh yeah. *80's dance moves*

In case that little tidbit up there ^^ didn't make it obvious, I'm back with another review graphic. Oh what fun I had with this one. Actually, it took sweat, and blood, and tears. So y'all better appreciate it. 

*whispers* I'm joking. A little. On to the serious stuff...

I had high expectations when opening the first pages to Every Day, because literally everyone had told me how amazing it was, and I just didn't see it. When I was trying to put my thoughts together I ended with a frustrated mess of words. I was angry at the book for not being this beacon of emotions etcetera etcetera. Of course, I've sorted myself out and know that that was (mostly) completely illogical. The book itself is well written, it just didn't meld with me like it seems to have done with other readers.

Title: Every Day (Every Day #1)
Author: David Levithan
Publisher: Ember, September 10th, 2013
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback, 322 pages


Blurb ---
Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl. There's never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere. It's all fine until the morning that A wake up in the body of Justin and meets Justin's girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with - day in, day out, day after day.
Rating = 3 Bookish Birds

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Bout of Books 11 Sign-Up Post!


I have never participated in a Bout of Books read-a-thon before so this should be fun... I honestly wasn't even thinking about participating in Bout of Books 11 until Kyra (Blog of a Bookaholic) sent me a tweet asking if I was participating. So, I made a split second decision and here I am writing my sign up post.

This is basically what Bout of Books entails:
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team.
 I'll talk a bit more about why I decided to sign-up for Bout of Books 11 and my goals in another post!

Monday, 11 August 2014

Take Me On by Katie McGarry and Take Back the Skies by Lucy Saxon

These were both reads that I was super excited for and when I received e-ARC's for both I was over the moon, safe to say neither of them disappointed.

Book Title: Take Me On
Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: Mira Ink, June 6th, 2014
Source: e-ARC via NetGalley
Format: E-book, 544 pages
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | The Book Depository
Champion kickboxer Haley swore she'd never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can't stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West id everything Haley promised herself she'd stay away from. Yet he won't last give seconds in the ring without her help. West is keeping a secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping him fighting for her is a shot at redemption. Especially since it's his fault her family is falling apart. He can't change the past, but maybe he can change Haley's future. Haley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they'll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.
Being a hardcore Katie McGarry fan receiving Take Me On before it was published is like... its like being allowed to have two extra brownies after your initial allowance. Which is a good thing. When I found out that the Pushing The Limits series was getting another novel, and read the blurb I was so excited, whilst reading Crash Into You apart from Rachel and Isaiah, West was a secondary character I was interested in - and now he gets his own story! Admittedly the GR blurb doesn't do the book justice, if anything it makes it sound cliched, knight in shining armor, etcetera, but its really not.

Take Me On takes place at the end events of Crash Into You, the previous book in the series, and I think McGarry worked with West's guilt at his sister's, Rachel's, accident, really well and made it quite a tangible part of the story. Whilst I loved West's character and how he matured under his circumstances, Haley is my favorite, I mean, female kickboxing badass protagonist? Yes, please! But not only that, Haley hasn't got the perfect life, far from it, she has family issues and other personal issues that give her character depth.

As always the accuracy of McGarry's story-lines are impeccable, due to a lot of research I'm sure - it just shows how much effort goes into something like this. With her usual trademark emotional twists and turns, and general gritty, urban, feel, McGarry did not disappoint with the latest installment; I loved it!

*I also mentioned Take Me On as my YA Romance pick over on Reading with ABC, for their Best Book I Ever Read feature, which you can see here*

Rating = Four Bookish Birds

Book Title: Take Back the Skies
Author: Lucy Saxon
Publisher: Bloomsbury UK, June 5th, 2014
Source: ARC from publisher
Format: Paperback, 378 pages
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | The Book Depository
Catherine Hunter is the daughter of a senior government official on the island of Anglya. She's one of the privileged - she has luxurious clothes, plenty to eat, and is protected from the Collections which have ravaged families throughout the land. But Catherine longs to escape the confines of her life, before her dad can marry her off to a government brat and trap her forever. So Catherine becomes Cat, pretends to be a kid escaping the Collections, and stows away on the skyship Stormdancer. As they leave Anglya behind and brave the storms that fill the skies around the islands of Tellus, Cat's world becomes more turbulent than she could have ever imagined, and dangerous secrets unravel her old life one and for all...
Now I'm not usually one for fantasy, but Take Back the Skies seemed right up my street and then... well, I'm having a very Fire and Flood like dilemma now, if you read that review you'll know that I really enjoyed the book but I could see plenty of flaws, same thing here. 

Whilst I think that the story and world was brilliantly thought of and the start of the book was very promising there were flaws... Flaw number 1) Fox, just... I was conflicted about Fox as he reminded me a lot of a once close friend, but those mood swings, honestly, I couldn't take it - and then there's the romance, its pretty obvious that Cat and Fox will get together eventually, and they do, and its terrible. You have a 17/18 year old and a 14/15 year old (the same age as me) saying they love each other and won't love anyone else, blah, blah, blah please, just no. Flaw number 2) Cat's 14/15, she basically tell's the crew, oh you know what let's overthrow a government, we don't even need to wait, we'll do it tomorrow, and all the adult, they're just like, yep, yeah, brilliant, we'll do that. I'd understand if you was at least 17 or 18, nearing adulthood, but just turned 15? No. Flaw number 3) No build up, there was no build up to decisions, no transition, everything was done with words and very conveniently so. Flaw number 4) Take Back the Skies reads like more of an MG novel than YA, perhaps if I was eleven I would have enjoyed this much more and the flaw's wouldn't have irritated me as much. 

Now, even I know that previous paragraph sounded pretty harsh, but, yes there's a but, I really did enjoy Take Back the Skies when I just read instead of analyzed. It was well paced and a fun read, Cat's character is pretty much perfect for the story-line; rational and isn't afraid of calling other people out and making her own point - I find that she was easy to sympathize with and quite likable, I just felt that she was a bit immature at times. In short, on one hand I loved Take Back the Skies, and will definitely read any upcoming sequels or other novels by the author, but it needed a bit of fine tuning.

Rating = 3 Bookish Birds

*Thank-you to Mira Ink for the e-ARC of Take Me On, and thank-you to Bloomsbury and the Take Back the Skies team for my various ARC's of TBTS!*

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Book Title: Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury UK, September 2nd, 2014
Source: Uncorrected Proof from Publisher
Format: Paperback, 530 pages
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | The Book Depository
Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien's only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan's Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King'd Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan's biggest threat - and his own toughest enemy. While Celaena learns of her  true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?
Sarah J. Maas has enchanted me yet again with the latest installment in the Throne of Glass series. I honestly didn't think that these books could get any better, and boy was I wrong. With Heir of Fire Maas had taken the series to a whole new level of awesome. I love this book so much that it hurts, literally, its like someone is squeezing my internal organs and I like it... I'm not good with the metaphor thing. Sorry.

I can barely form the words to relay how brilliant this book was.

I've always had issues with writing reviews for any books in this series because they will inevitably always fall short of explaining how much I loved them, and that can be very frustrating – with Heir of Fire not only am I required to review it since it’s a Proof from Bloomsbury, but I want to.

I really, really, want to. Because, whilst I loved all the other books, Heir of Fire has quickly become my favourite, so far. I need to share my thoughts with the world, and you need to read this as soon as it is out. Throne of Glass fans will not be disappointed. I’m slightly in awe of Maas, it’s like she’s a female George R.R. Martin with fewer deaths – of course that’s only my personal opinion.

The world building is just as amazing as in the Game of Thrones books, and the characters just a memorable. If you’re a fan of GoT I can pretty much guarantee you’ll like ToG. Er… don’t quote me on that though.

This is a relatively short review because I don’t want to spoil the book for anyone, and believe me, you are going to squeal with delight when you pick this book up and read it. I could go on for about an hour telling you every single detail in HoF that made me love it…We have more Chaol, more Celaena, more Dorian and brand new characters. A new scene. More badass-ery. JUST EVERYTHING. AND ROWAN. ROWAN IS LIFE <333

Okay, confession, I totally shipped Celaena and Chaol but HoF changed my views on that’s, definitely, I have a new OTP. I’m squirming so much right now because I just want to tell you everything, but I won’t, I’m restraining myself. HoF itself is not as action-ey as the previous two books; it definitely focuses more on developing certain *things* (trying not to spoil so much right now) and whilst I can understand how this might not sit well with people, I just loved the quieter atmosphere and the overall effect it had on the book.

Maas’ writing style is just as captivating and sincere as ever, from the first page of Heir of Fire I was drawn right into the Throne of Glass world, it was like I had never left – even though it had been a good seven months since I read the last book (Crown of Midnight); which in itself is something that I value in a series, and that I praise Sarah for. I feel like I've rambled a lot in this review, but this book deserves it. I really love it, and my hands are aching to get book four. This is without a doubt one of my favourite reads of 2014.

Now a compilation of GIFs that accurately describe my reading experience in relation to Heir of Fire... ENJOY.







Rating = 5 Bookish Birds

*A massive thank-you to Bloomsbury UK for the proof of Heir of Fire, I could hardly believe it when I actually got one, it’s just amazing. Really, thank-you Bloomsbury!*

Note: I will most likely post an updated review after Heir of Fire has been published, including spoilers so I can give you all a more in depth review!