Saturday, 29 June 2019

July 2019 TBR + The Book Junkie Trials


How is it nearly July already?? We're now nearly 7 months into the year and I just don't know where the time is going, I feel like it was Christmas only a couple of weeks ago. Anyway, a new month means a new TBR. I didn't quite manage to read all of the books on my June TBR, you can find that post here, as I had a bit of a slow reading week near the beginning of the month so I didn't manage to read my classic or my non-fiction book of the month, as well as one of the books from my TBR box and an ebook. I've decided that whatever I don't manage to read from my TBR posts will just get put straight into the next months TBR and will be prioritised.

Library Books

Teenage: The Creation of Youth Culture by Jon Savage
All The Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

Owned Books

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Sisters Red by Jackson Pierce

Ebooks 

100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons
What She Found In The Woods by Josephine Angelini
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green   
 


The Book Junkie Trials  

Also this month I'm going to be participating in my first readathon! Over on booktube Rachael Marie has created The Bookie Trials, which is a month long readathon/event where you're sorted into teams and you essentially go on a quest. You have to read a book based on the prompt for each section of the map your team visits. Each team also has a strength and a weakness that have to be applied to what you're reading as well as participating in micro challenges that will be set throughout the month! I'm going to be participating on Team Bard and I'm super excited for it to start. If you want to join there's still a few days until the cut off, you can find the announcement video here with all the information you need. You can find my TBR for The Book Junkie Trials below along with all the challenges I'll be completing and the map.



The Elven Guard are suprised by your visit and are immediately on the offensive: Read a book with war, military or political themes to learn how to calm the situation. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

On The Hallow Isle, lurk incorporeal monsters and the ghosts of your past: Read an atmospheric or horror book to pass this test of nerve. Carrie by Stephen King.
Empty Barrel Inn, every bard deserves a swig or two, some say it even aids warming up those vocal cords: Enjoy an indulgent read.The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton.
Giant Squid, a fearsome fellow: Read a book that intimidates you and this foe shall be a doddle.The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.
The Bookie Grail, here you find a lost manuscript, delivered on this forgotten island by a fallen star: Read the group book.Stardust by Neil Gaiman. 

What are you planning on reading in June? Have you read any on my TBR? Leave a comment or link your own June TBR's for me to check out!  
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Thursday, 27 June 2019

Series Review | The Cogheart Adventures by Peter Bunzl

 

Title: Cogheart Adventures series (Books 1,2 & 3) 
Author: Peter Bunzl
Publisher: Usborne
Format: Ebooks via Scribd
Target Audience: Middle Grade

Synopsis

Cogheart -

Lily's life is in mortal peril. Her father is missing and now silver-eyed men stalk her through the shadows. What could they want from her? With her friends - Robert, the clockmaker's son, and Malkin, her mechanical fox - Lily is plunged into a murky and menacing world. Too soon Lily realizes that those she holds dear may be the very ones to break her heart...

Moonlocket - 

Storm clouds gather over Lily and Robert's summer when criminal mastermind the Jack of Diamonds appears. For Jack is searching for the mysterious Moonlocket - but that's not the only thing he wants.

Skycircus - 

When a travelling skycircus arrives in Brackenbridge, Lily and Robert can't wait to step aboard... But there's something sinister about the hybrid children who appear as part of the act. And before Lily and Robert can do anything, they're captured by shadowy figures and whisked off in the mysterious flying circus to somewhere far, far away...

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Wednesday, 26 June 2019

WWW Wednesday | 26/06/2019


WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words that highlights three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


What did you recently finish reading?

I finished The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth, the second book in the Carve The Mark Duology. I ended up giving this book 3 stars, the same rating as the first book, as I thought it was just ok but nothing that really wowed me. The writing style was probably what I enjoyed the most and I did like Cyra and Akos's characters for the most part. I was just really confused throughout most of this book. There are so many POV's and character names and places and the names all looked really similar and eventually my brain was hurting from trying to figure out who was who.

What are you currently reading?

I'm currently reading Genuine Fraud by E. Lockheart and whilst it's slightly confusing and I haven't quite worked out what's happening plot-wise, it's also incredibly gripping. I'm enjoying reading a novel written backwards and seeing all the events unfold that led up to the opening chapter.

I've also just started The Strangers Guide To Talliston by John Tarrow which is an eARC I received through Netgalley and have heard absolutely nothing about. It's actually only got one rating on Goodreads so far. The premise sounds interesting though as it follows a boy who enters a house with thirteen doors which each lead to a different realm and you have to work out a puzzle to unlock the next door. I'm only a couple of pages in but I'm very excited to read on.

What do you think you'll read next?

I have a feeling I won't be able to read all the books on my June TBR post so right now I'm focusing on my library books and trying to get them read before they're due back. I'm going to read The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury next which reading the synopsis actually sounds quite similar to Carve the Mark so we will see how my opinions differ between books once I've read it.

Sixteen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she's engaged to the prince, no one speaks to her. No one even looks at her. Because Twylla isn't a member of the court. She's the executioner. As the goddess-embodied, Twylla kills with a single touch. So each week, she's taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love her. Who could care for a girl with murder in her veins? Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to her touch, avoids her.

But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose playful smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he's able to look past Twylla's executioner robes and see the girl, not the goddess. Yet a treasonous romance is the least of Twylla's problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies-a plan that requires an unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?
  

Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts? What are you currently reading and hoping to pick up next? Leave a comment or link your own WWW Wednesdays below for me to check out! 
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Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Top Ten Tuesday | Books On My Summer TBR


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature that highlights ten books that all relate to a certain topic and is  hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This Weeks Topic Is... 

Books On My Summer TBR. When I think of what I want to read during summer it's always generally lighter content and more geared towards romance and contemporary (although, yes I do read those all year round as well!) as they just represent summer for me. I love reading about summer vacations, road trips and summer romances whilst it's hot outside and I don't have to worry about school until September. These are the ten books I want to read this summer, the majority are contemporaries but there are some others in there to mix it up a bit...


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Monday, 24 June 2019

ARC Review | Beau and Bett by Kathryn Berla

Title: Beau and Bett
Author: Kathryn Berla
Publication Date: 16th July 2019 by Amberjack Publishing
Format: ARC via Netgalley
Target Audience: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Goodreads


 Trigger and content warnings: Mentions of sexual assualt.

Synopsis

After Beau LeFrancois's mother wrecks Bett Diaz’s luxury SUV, his family faces an impossibly large bill—with no car insurance to help pay it. To pay off the debt, Beau spends his weekends working at the Diaz Ranch.

Beau’s prepared to work, but he’s definitely not prepared for the infamous temper of Bett Diaz, also known as "The Beast" at school. As Beau learns the secrets behind Bett’s tough exterior, he finds himself falling for her . . . until he catches Bett in a lie.

Rating

 

 

My Thoughts

"And in every beast, there's a human heart with a story of how it got to that place. A story waiting to be changed with understanding. A story waiting to be changed with just a kiss." 

I'm gonna start off by saying that I really didn't enjoy this book. I was expecting a really fluffy and cute Beauty and the Beast retelling but there was just no substance to any of the elements to this story.

The fairytale is modernised so it's now set in California and we follow two teenagers, Beau, who comes from a Cajun family and Bett, who is the daughter of a wealthy ranch owner. The main plotline is that after Beau's mother damages Bett's car, Beau has to work off the debt on the ranch and whilst there he develops feelings for this girl that everyone has told him to stay away from. And that's it. That's all that happens.

There was just zero development in this novel. I felt like the story was happening so quickly but nothing was actually happening that had any purpose. There was literally a sentence explaining to us how he rinsed out a soapy bucket; "I emptied the soapy water out of the bucket and rinsed the sponge and bucket, then squeezed the water from the sponge and set it on top of the wall to dry". Do we really need a step by step of this?

Both characters were infuriating and just so boring. Beau has slightly more characterization but that's mostly because we're seeing everything from his point of view but he's just so obsessive and kind of creepy. He has a big crush on this girl at his school, who's name I can't even remember, but all that he likes about her is her hair and her 'sexiness' and he keeps on asking about whether they'll fall in love and break up within a week like she did with her last boyfriend. Beau just really needs to get a grip.

Bett is just the absolute worst. She's spoiled and entitled and so incredibly rude to everyone. When she first meets Beau she tries to trick him into doing the dishes for her when she promised her grandmother that she'd do them herself. I get that she's supposed to be the beast character but my god she didn't possess any manners whatsoever. She explains her behaviour away by saying that she's an introvert and she doesn't trust people easily but I'm an introvert and I definitely don't treat people like crap until I get to know them better like she does. There is a further reason why she is the way she is but I also felt that wasn't developed well, it was only revealed within the last few pages so we weren't really able to get any further understanding about the situation.    

As for the writing style, I didn't like how short the chapters were. They felt very jarring and very stop and start, they also ended in really odd places so the pacing of the entire book wasn't great. I also felt that the dialogue was a little too cheesy and a lot of the times just did not make sense within the context.    

If I had to say I liked anything about this book it's probably the fact that it's a gender-swapped retelling of Beauty and the Beast which is what intrigued me about the book in the first place. I liked the idea of the boy being the sweet and innocent character whilst the girl is more standoffish and icy. Unfortunately this book just didn't deliver for me and was just an overall massive disappointment.


·       * I received an ARC copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Any quotes included in this review are subject to change.
 
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Saturday, 22 June 2019

Book Review | The Girl Who Came Out Of The Woods by Emily Barr

Title: The Girl Who Came Out Of The Woods
Author: Emily Barr
Publication Date: 2nd May 2019 by Penguin
Format: ARC via Netgalley
Target Audience: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary
Links: Goodreads, Amazon, Waterstones

Synopsis


Arty has always lived in the Clearing, a small settlement in the forests of south India. But their happy life, hidden from the rest of the world, is shattered by a terrible accident. For the first time in her sixteen years, Arty must leave the only place she's ever known, into the outside world she's been taught to fear. 

Her only goal is to get help from a woman called Tania, who used to live in the forest, and the Uncle she knows is out there, somewhere. As she embarks on the terrifying journey, pursued by an enemy she can't fathom, Arty soon realises that not everyone is to be trusted. She's looking for answers, but what she'll learn from Tania and Uncle Matthew is a shocking truth about her past. 

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Thursday, 20 June 2019

ARC Review | Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer

Title: Call It What You Want
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Publication Date: 25th June 2019 by Bloomsbury YA
Format: ARC via Netgalley (384 pages)
Target Audience: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

Synopsis

Rob had it all – friends, a near-guaranteed lacrosse scholarship to college and an amazing family – but all that changed when his dad was caught embezzling funds from half the town. Now he's a social pariah.

Maegan always does the right thing. But when her sister comes home from college pregnant, she's caught between telling their parents the truth about the father and keeping her sister's trust.

When Rob and Maegan are paired together for a project, they form an unexpectedly deep connection. But Rob's plan to fix his father's damage could ruin more than their new friendship …


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Wednesday, 19 June 2019

WWW Wednesday | 19/06/2019


WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words that highlights three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


What did you recently finish reading?

I finished The Life and Death Parade by Eliza Wass which despite having no expectations towards this book - it just ended up being a massive disappointment. I picked this up in the library cause I liked the sound of the brief synopsis and it was also quite short, around 250 pages, so thought it would be a quick read. It follows Kitty who is attempting to find ways to communicate with her dead boyfriend and she meets a psychic who says he can help. I didn't end up liking any of the characters, the plot just didn't interest me at all and yeah, wasn't a big fan of this one.

What are you currently reading?

Stolen by Lucy Christopher, which I have actually read before but it was like nine years ago and so I wanted to re-read it and see how I felt about it now.
This was actually one of my random picks from my TBR box for the month and so I was pretty happy that I picked this one out. If you don't know, it's about a young girl who is kidnapped and taken to the Australian outback and it's basically written in the form of a letter to her captor detailing what happened. Although I know how the book ends already, I am really enjoying revisiting this book.

What do you think you'll read next?

I'm planning on picking up The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth which is the second book in the Carve the Mark duology. I didn't completely love the first book, I think I gave it 3 stars, but I spotted this in the library and the first book intrigued me enough to pick it up. I know these books have divided a lot of readers but I'm just happy that I'm gonna actually finish a fantasy series for once!

The lives of Cyra Noavek and Akos Kereseth are ruled by their fates, spoken by the oracles at their births. The fates, once determined, are inescapable.

Akos is in love with Cyra, in spite of his fate: He will die in service to Cyra’s family. And when Cyra’s father, Lazmet Noavek—a soulless tyrant, thought to be dead—reclaims the Shotet throne, Akos believes his end is closer than ever.

As Lazmet ignites a barbaric war, Cyra and Akos are desperate to stop him at any cost. For Cyra, that could mean taking the life of the man who may—or may not—be her father. For Akos, it could mean giving his own. In a stunning twist, the two will discover how fate defines their lives in ways most unexpected.

Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts? What are you currently reading and hoping to pick up next? Leave a comment or link your own WWW Wednesdays below for me to check out! 
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Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Top Ten Tuesday | Most Anticipated Releases July-December 2019


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature that highlights ten books that all relate to a certain topic and is  hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This Weeks Topic Is... 

Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019 and my god was it hard to wittle this down to ten. There are so many good books being released in the upcoming months but these are some that I'm extremely excited for.

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Friday, 14 June 2019

Mini Book Review | A Little Princess by Frances Hodgeson Burnett

Title: A Little Princess
Author: Frances Hodgeson Burnett
Genre: Children's Classic
Links: Goodreads, Amazon

Synopsis

Sara Crewe seemed just like a real princess... When Sara Crewe arrives at Miss Minchin's London boarding school, she seems just like a real little princess. She wears beautiful clothes, has gracious manners, and tells the most wonderful stories. Then one day, Sara suddenly becomes penniless. Now she must wear rags, sleep in the school's dreary attic, and work for her living. Sara is all alone, but keeps telling herself that she can still be a princess inside, if only she tries hard enough.






Rating

 



My Thoughts

Suprisingly I didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I was going to. I absolutely adore the film and I just thought this would be a nice little heartwarming story but in the end I think it translated a lot better onto the screen. Maybe it's because I grew up with the 1995 film version and I'm so familiar with the story that it stopped me from being able to see the plot through new eyes.

A lot of it is pretty similar, the characters and the setting and most of the major plot points are there. It still has that kind of magical childlike wonder about it and I still love the message behind it. Sara was so resilient throughout, she made the best of every situation and she never stopped being kind or hopeful.   

One thing I did dislike about it was how different the ending was. I loved the ending of the film but the original is slightly different and it disappoint me a little. It did work with the story but the version in the film is so uplifting and beautiful that I was surprised when it didn't play out like that in the book. I also miss Sara telling all the other girls at the academy her imaginative stories set in India, I just remember them being so vibrant in the film.  

Overall a little disappointing but it's a classic for a reason and I'm sure the story will live on for a long time.  
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Wednesday, 12 June 2019

WWW Wednesday | 12/06/2019


WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words that highlights three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What did you recently finish reading?

I've had a pretty slow reading week so I didn't get as much reading done as I would have liked. I just finished Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson yesterday and I enjoyed it so much. It's definitely one of my favourite books I've read this year (so far at least!), I loved the writing style and the characters and I especially loved how cleverly everything unfolded. It did end on a massive cliffhanger and actually not much got resolved so I'm really excited to pick up the next book - The Vanishing Stair.

What are you currently reading?

I've hardly made any progress with Skycircus by Peter Bunzl which is a shame cause I am enjoying it but I've just been so busy and I've been more focused on reading Truly Devious. I'm only about 30% in and it's not pulling me in as much as the first two books but I'm
going to try to get a big chunk read today.

What do you think you'll read next?

I'm going to be picking up The Life + Death Parade by Eliza Wass as my next physical book. It's quite short, just over 200 pages, so I'm hoping I'll speed through this and get back on track with my TBR for the month.

One year ago, Kitty's boyfriend Nikki Bramley visited a psychic who told him he had no future. Now, he's dead.

With the Bramley family grieving in separate corners of their home, Kitty sets out to find the psychic who read Nikki his fate. Instead she finds Roan, an enigmatic boy posing as a medium who belongs to the Life and Death Parade--a group of supposed charlatans that explore, and exploit, the thin veil between this world and the next. A group whose members include the psychic... and Kitty's late mother.

Desperate to learn more about the group and their connection to Nikki, Kitty convinces Roan to return to the Bramley house with her and secures a position for him within the household. Roan quickly ingratiates himself with the Bramleys, and soon enough it seems like everyone is ready to move on. Kitty, however, increasingly suspects Roan knows more about Nikki than he's letting on. And when they finally locate the Life and Death Parade, and the psychic who made that fateful prophecy to Nikki, Kitty uncovers a secret about Roan that changes everything.
 
 

My next Ebook will be Beau and Bett by Kathryn Berla which was available to read straight away through Netgalley. This is a beauty and the beast retelling and whilst I generally prefer my retellings to be a bit darker, this seems like it could be a nice fluffy contemporary romance.

After Beau LeFrancois's mother wrecks Bett Diaz’s luxury SUV, his family faces an impossibly large bill—with no car insurance to help pay it. To pay off the debt, Beau spends his weekends working at the Diaz Ranch.

Beau’s prepared to work, but he’s definitely not prepared for the infamous temper of Bett Diaz, also known as "The Beast" at school. As Beau learns the secrets behind Bett’s tough exterior, he finds himself falling for her . . . until he catches Bett in a lie.

Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts? What are you currently reading and hoping to pick up next? Leave a comment or link your own WWW Wednesdays below for me to check out!
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Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Top Ten Tuesday | Unpopular Bookish Opinions


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature that highlights ten books that all relate to a certain topic and is  hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This Weeks Topic Is... 

Unpopular Bookish Opinions and I'm not gonna lie, I actually found this topic quite difficult to begin with. I didn't really think I had that many opinions that would be deemed unpopular but I did a little research and then when I started I couldn't stop!

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Monday, 10 June 2019

ARC Review | Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay

Title: Patron Saints of Nothing
Author: Randy Ribay
Publication Date: 27th June 2019 by Stripes
Format: ARC via Netgalley (352 pages)
Target Audience: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary
Links: GoodreadsAmazonBook DepositoryWaterstones


Trigger and content warnings: Grief, references to sex trafficking, references to sexual abuse, drugs and addiction.
Rep: Filipino-American Own Voices, lesbian side character.

Synopsis

Jay Reguero plans to spend the last semester of his senior year playing video games before heading to the University of Michigan in the fall. But when he discovers that his Filipino cousin Jun was murdered as part of President Duterte's war on drugs, and no one in the family wants to talk about what happened, Jay travels to the Philippines to find out the real story.

Hoping to uncover more about Jun and the events that led to his death, Jay is forced to reckon with the many sides of his cousin before he can face the whole horrible truth -- and the part he played in it.


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Thursday, 6 June 2019

ARC Review | The Switch Up by Katy Cannon

Title: The Switch Up
Author: Katy Cannon
Publication Date: 13th June 2019 by Stripes
Format: ARC via Netgalley (320 pages)
Target Audience: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary
Links: Goodreads, Amazon, Waterstones



Source

Synopsis

WILLA
Drama queen
Fashion guru
Spontaneous
Looks like Alice

ALICE
Bookworm
Allergic to fashion
Planner
Looks like Willa

LAX Departure Lounge. Two girls board the same flight to London as complete strangers. When the plane touches down, it’s the beginning of the craziest plan ever. Can Willa and Alice really swap lives for  the summer?

Things are going to get complicated...


Rating





Review

Willa and Alice are two complete strangers trying to escape their controlling parents and who happen to look almost identical. After meeting in an airport they decide to swap lives for the summer and of course mayhem ensues...

I was very apprehensive going into this book as I didn't realise just how young the characters were. They're both fourteen (I'm almost 23) so I was worried that I would feel no connection to anyone and it would be one of those cringe inducing books where the characters are all frustratingly immature. Honestly it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be though. I hardly remember what I was like at fourteen but I think Katy Cannon did a great job with making both girls as realistic as possible. There were a few times when it got a little juvenile such as Alice with her crush and Willa acting like a total brat but I was probably the exact same at fourteen so I can't complain too much. The plot is very straightforward, predictable but fun.

I definitely preferred Alice to Willa. Alice was pretty much me as a fourteen year old, quiet, very organised and constantly with her nose in a book. She seemed very reasonable about the whole situation and her sections of the book were my favourite parts. Willa was a bit too spoiled and careless for me to like her, I just never really warmed up to her and that stopped me from enjoying her storyline. Alice's summer in Italy was a really great setting. The farm and village she stayed at sounded adyllic and so peaceful. I honestly wouldn't  have minded if the entire book had just been about Alice and her summer rather then switching between the two.

The Parent Trap is one of my all time favourite childhood movies so I got a bit of a nostalgia kick from the similarities between the two. It didn't stop this book from being incredibly unrealistic though. The whole 'swap summers cause we're practically twins and no one will realise' is very far fetched. However, I can't completely hate it cause I know that as a fourteen year old it would've been my dream to do something like this and have an adventure in Italy for the summer. I admit I did have fun with this book, it wasn't amazing but it was a pretty cute read that would be perfect for younger readers just starting to transition to young adult.

Read if you like: The Parent Trap (obviously!), middle grade or younger characters, summer vacations and adventures.

* I received an ARC copy via Netgalley in return for my honest opinion.     
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Wednesday, 5 June 2019

WWW Wednesday | 05/06/2019


WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words that highlights three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

 What did you recently finish reading?

I've just finished reading Eve of Man by Giovanna and Tom Fletcher which is a YA dystopian about a girl called Eve who is the first girl born in fifty years and is therefore humanity's last chance at survival. The story follows her and a boy called Bram who controls her AI friend 'Holly' and they basically fall in love and try to overthrow the people controlling them as happens in every dystopian novel ever. I had mixed feelings about this, I only really got into it 100 pages from the end when the action picked up a bit but there was next to no world building and it just felt very recycled in terms of the plot and characters.

What are you currently reading?

I'm about 25% off finishing Moonlocket by Peter Bunzl which is the second book in the Cogheart Adventures series. This one follows Lily and Robert (and Malkin of course) as they go on an adventure to track down Robert's mother. I'm really enjoying these books, I never thought I'd be a fan of middle grade but these ones are so much fun and I really love the sci-fi and steampunk elements, it makes everything feel very whimsical.

What do you think you'll read next?

I'm going to be finishing off the Cogheart series by reading Skycircus by Peter Bunzl and it sounds just as fun as the other books as there's a freakin' flying circus in this one!

When a travelling skycircus arrives in Brackenbridge, Lily and Robert can’t wait to step aboard… But there’s something sinister about the hybrid children who appear as part of the act. And before Lily and Robert can do anything, they’re captured by shadowy figures and whisked off in the mysterious flying circus to somewhere far, far away…

I'm also planning on starting Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson today. I've been wanting to read this for a while as it's a murder mystery set in a boarding school which is exactly the kind of thing that I like so I have high hopes for this one.

Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. "A place" he said, "where learning is a game."

Shortly after the school opened, his wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym, Truly Devious. It became one of the great unsolved crimes of American history.

True-crime aficionado Stevie Bell is set to begin her first year at Ellingham Academy, and she has an ambitious plan: She will solve this cold case. That is, she will solve the case when she gets a grip on her demanding new school life and her housemates: the inventor, the novelist, the actor, the artist, and the jokester. But something strange is happening. Truly Devious makes a surprise return, and death revisits Ellingham Academy. The past has crawled out of its grave. Someone has gotten away with murder.

Have you read any of these? What did you think? What are you currently reading and hoping to pick up next? Leave a comment or link your own WWW Wednesdays below for me to check out!
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