top ten tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday – Colourful Book Covers

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and this week’s topic is: Colourful Book Covers. Below I’ve listed books I’ve read that I think have colourful book covers.

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The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune
The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven
Three Mages and a Margarita (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #1) by Annette Marie

Under a Dancing Star by Laura Wood
Warcross by Marie Lu

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Paper Girls volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth
Loveless by Alice Oseman
The Love Hypothesis by Laura Steven
Extras (Uglies #4) by Scott Westerfeld

Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts on them?

book tag

Spring Cleaning Book Tag

I saw this tag first on dinipandareads and I love doing seasonal book tags so I thought this would be fun to do. The original creator for this tag is BetweentheShelves. Now onto the questions!

Questions:

1) Getting started: A book series you’ve been wanting to start

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The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells – This series sounds so good and I’ve heard only good things about it.

2) Cleaning/organising the closet: The best way to organise books

I don’t really organise my books well. I just put them wherever there’s a gap on my bookshelf, Tetris style!

3) Getting rid of unnecessary things: Book/series you no longer need

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The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater – I’ve read the first three books in this series and I thought they were slow and I didn’t really care for them, I know I won’t reread them so I probably don’t need them anymore.

4) Get some air: Your favourite light-hearted read

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Beetle and the Hollowbones by Aliza Layne was such a fun graphic novel and I loved the artwork.

5) Clean out the kitchen cupboards: Favourite food-related read

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I couldn’t think of a book that was majorly food-related so instead I chose a book cover with a food item on it (which was equally as hard to find). The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven has a lot of things on the cover and if you look closely there are some food items too.

6) Dust the shelves: What’s the fifth book on your bookshelf?

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Specials (Uglies #3) by Scott Westerfeld.

7) Wishing for the end: A 2021 release you’re really excited about

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Redemptor (Raybearer #2) by Jordan Ifueko – I loved Raybearer so much and I can’t wait for Redemptor.

8) Long but satisfying: The longest book series you’ve read

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The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward – This book has 18 main books in it so far but it also has some novellas and even some full lengths books in between as well as spin off series set in the same world and feature a lot of the main characters so if I include all those books I’ve read nearly thirty books set in the BDB world.

Have you read any of these books? What would be some of your answers to these questions?

book review

Book Review: The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

thitcsBook: The House in the Cerulean Sea
Author: T.J. Klune
Genre: Fantasy

My Rating: 5 STARS


My Review:

The House in the Cerulean Sea is such a uniquely whimsical book that makes you fall more in love with it as you turn each page. The book starts off with Linus Baker, an everyday person working an everyday job. You see the basic ins and outs of his life whilst also getting a feel for the world. It’s a contemporary setting but magical beings and people with magical powers are known to exist in society and are monitored by the place where Linus works. Linus is a caseworker who gets sent out to investigate different orphanages that are home to magical children.

I truly began to love this book when Linus goes to the house in the cerulean sea. I loved reading about Linus meeting the children and I loved finding out more of their personalities as the book went on. I really liked Linus’ and Arthur’ relationship and how they slowly come to understand each other.

I didn’t expect this book to be as deeply profound with its themes as it was and that was what I loved most about it. The focus on these magical children who have all been hurt in the past by the actions and judgments of other people and are now trying to be happy and heal was so wonderfully written and I loved it. I loved how Linus’ character grew over the course of the book and I really enjoyed reading about not only the affect he has on the children but also the affect they have on him.

Overall I loved this book especially when Linus meets the children and Arthur and I thought the writing and morals of the story were amazing, I think it’s a great book for all ages.

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My Most Anticipated Book Releases for April, May and June 2021

There is too many book releases that I’m most excited for and I haven’t even read all of my most anticipated releases from Jan, Feb and March yet but I’m still very excited to get to the books listed below so here are my most anticipated book releases for April, May and June.

April:

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The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman
The Crown of Gilded Bones (Blood and Ash #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Malice by Heather Walter
Witches Steeped In Gold by Ciannon Smart
Destination Anywhere by Sara Barnard

May:

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Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Girl With Stars In Her Eyes by Xio Axelrod

June:

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Monstrous Design (Battalion of the Dead #2) by Kat Dunn
Darling by K. Ancrum
This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron

What books are you anticipating to be released in April, May and June?

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March Wrap Up 2021

What I Read In March:

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Reclaimed (Shadow Beast Shifters #2) by Jaymin Eve – 5 STARS

I loved Reclaimed, I loved the chemistry and banter between Shadow and Mera and I loved that this book focused on the shadow realm instead of on Mera’s pack. I really enjoyed reading about Mera in this book and loved how open her personality is, I can’t wait for the next book.

Guard Your Heart by Sue Divin – 3 STARS – {I was sent a proof copy of this book by the publisher}

Guard Your Heart is set in modern day Northern Ireland and is a YA contemporary that focuses on the political history of Northern Ireland and shows the effects of it on two teenagers from opposite sides who start up a friendship with each other. I liked the first half of Guard Your Heart but I felt the second half was a bit rushed and had some drama that wasn’t really needed in the story.

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune – 5 STARS

The House in the Cerulean Sea was just as wonderful as all the hype said it was. I loved this book, I loved how it gradually built up this beautiful story that not only had interesting characters but also amazing themes and messages to it. I loved the writing and think it’s a great story for all ages.

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The Lost Book of the White (The Eldest Curses #2) by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu – 3 STARS

I’ve been a bit disappointed with this series so far. I love the overall Shadowhunter world and I love Magnus and Alec but this book and the first book in the series felt boring to me. They don’t really feel like a full story, more like short stories and they don’t feel that important to the overall Shadowhunter chronicles. Saying that, I still love the characters and their interactions so that’s why I’ve given it a 3 star.

Queen of Coin and Whispers by Helen Corcoran – 2 STARS

I was intrigued by this book in the beginning but I gradually grew a bit bored of it and felt like nothing really happened in it. I don’t think this is a bad book, I just didn’t connect with it.

Blog Posts I Did In March:

The Anticipated Releases Book Tag 2021

Easter Readathon TBR 2021

Rejected (Shadow Beast Shifters #1) by Jaymin Eve Book Review

Reclaimed (Shadow Beast Shifters #2) by Jaymin Eve Book Review

Shades of Allegiance (Anomaly #3) by Sandy Williams Book Review

Venandi by K.C. Luck Book Review

Books On My Spring TBR 2021

New Beginnings

Interesting and Unique Fictional Jobs

February Wrap Up 2021

My March Bookstagram Pictures (KylasLibrary):

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What books did you read in March? Have you read any of the books I mentioned?

Readathon

Easter Readathon TBR 2021

I’ve participated in the Easter Readathon for the last few years and this year it’s back again. It’s a readathon hosted by Kate from ReadingThroughInfinity and you can find more details on the readathon here. It takes place from the 2nd of April through to April 5th and there are a few reading challenges/prompts to go along with it but you don’t have to do the reading prompts if you don’t want to.

The reading challenges/prompts are:

1) Read a book that gives you spring vibes
2) Read a book about new beginnings
3) Read a book that’s under 250 pages
4) Read a book with a pastel cover

My TBR:

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Forever Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid
(This is my book choice for prompts 1, 2 and 4)

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The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo
(This is my choice for prompt 3)

Hopefully I can manage to read these two books during the readathon especially since one is under 150 pages. I always enjoy participating in this readathon and I can’t wait to participate again this year.  I’ll be updating my progress on my Twitter (KylasLibrary) so follow me there for updates.  Are you participating in the Easter Readathon this year?