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?

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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?

book review

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

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Series: Anomaly #3
Author: Sandy Williams
Genre: Adult sci-fi, romance, space opera

Lieutenant Ramie Ashdyn takes a leave of absence from the Fighting Corps to return to the hellhole that is her home world. With vengeance in mind, she searches for a dangerous criminal who could help her unravel the conspiracy that’s threatening the Coalition. But old enemies sabotage her efforts and jeopardize the lives of the few people she trusts. She will need to be cunning and ruthless to accomplish her mission, and that means scrapping her conscience and burying emotions her adversaries could exploit.

Being cold and heartless would be easier if the Coalition hadn’t sent “Rest in Peace” Rykus to retrieve her. Ash is their only way of detecting the telepaths who have infiltrated the government. Rykus must keep her safe until they can escape the planet, but with secrets between them and Ash determined to contact the Known Universe’s most feared crime lord, staying alive and together might be an insurmountable feat.

My Rating: 4 STARS

My Review:

I’ve been looking forward to this book for a long while, ever since the second book was released in 2016. In Shades of Allegiance we see more of Ash’s background and there were some interesting twists that I didn’t expect in her past which made me very intrigued. The book starts off with Ash on Glory and is filled with action from the very beginning. I did feel like there was a lot of action packed scenes in this book and less downtime for the characters. It felt like Ash was constantly fighting both mentally and physically which made her seem drained throughout the book and not her usual witty self which I missed.

I did love Ash and Rykas’ relationship and how it developed more in this book. I loved how they were both on the same page with their romance in this book and how they each wanted to fight to protect the other. I really like how far their relationship has come since the first book and I loved seeing them be together in this book.

I liked the storyline and how we find out more about telepathy and who’s behind everything but I did think there were a lot of new characters introduced in this last book and it made it difficult to care for their role in the plot. And because there were so many new characters I felt that not every story and plotline was wrapped up.

Overall I liked this book but I did think there was too much action and not enough moments between the characters. I thought the storyline was intriguing throughout and what I loved most about this book and the trilogy overall was Ash and Rykas’ relationship, I loved reading about them.

top ten tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday – Interesting and Unique Fictional Jobs

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Characters Whose Job I Wish I Had. I changed the topic slightly to interesting and unique fictional jobs because some of this jobs would be terrible to have.

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A Scythe (Arc of a Scythe by Neal Shusterman) – I definitely wouldn’t want this job as it entails killing people but I did think it was a very unique fictional job and I found the plot and world of Scythe so intriguing as it revolved around this job.

A Librarian (The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith) – I thought this was such an interesting job in this book because not only does it involve being a librarian but being a librarian to all the books that haven’t been written and have to manage tracking down the characters in them if they escape.

A Superhero (Renegades by Marissa Meyer) – This would definitely be a great job to have but its definitely dangerous in the world of Renegades as there are so many villains as well.

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An Agent (This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone) – I still don’t know the full extent to what the agents in this book do but I thought it very unique anyway.

A Shadowhunter (Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare) – Fighting demons and saving the world sounds very cool but again it’s another dangerous job.

An Assassin (Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas) – Obviously I could’ve picked a lot of books with an assassin in it so it’s not a unique job but definitely an interesting one.

What fictional jobs do you find interesting?

book review

Book Review: Shades of Honor (Anomaly #2) by Sandy Williams

soh.jpgBook: Shades of Honor
Series: Anomaly book 2
Author: Sandy Williams
Genre: Adult Sci-fi, romance, space opera

She won her freedom. Can she win a war?

Commander Rhys Rykus is facing court martial. With his career on the line, he’s ordered to keep his distance from the brainwashed Ash and protect her from afar, but sinister elements threaten her safety. He accepts a new mission that puts them on the same warship, knowing it will take all his self-control to fight his feelings for her.

Lieutenant Ramie Ashdyn is no stranger to fighting for her life. Still under the influence of the Coalition’s brainwashing, she cares little for her own safety. She merely wants to protect the Coalition… and reconnect with Rykus.

Rykus knows how important Ash is to keeping all of them alive, but the target on her back is enormous. Will the growing threat to the Coalition take down Ash and Rip’s only shot at love?

My Rating: 5 STARS

My Review:

I really liked the first book in this series but I loved this one even more. I loved the characters especially the new side characters that were introduced in this book. Sandy Williams is great at writing really likable characters.

Ash is still my favourite character of the series. I liked seeing the more emotional side of her that is dealing with the things that happened in the first book. But what I liked most about her character in this book was that she was still witty and confident whilst trying to handle her emotions. I liked Rykus’ character a lot more in this book because we got to know a lot more about his background and his relationship with his father.

I really enjoyed the storyline, it was just as action packed as the first but this time you get to see more of a political side of things with the relationships of the planets which was really interesting. I feel like I got a better understanding of the universe/worlds in this book. I liked finding out different things about each planet and I’m excited to read more about them.

Overall I loved this book. I think it’s a great sequel and I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

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Julie and the Phantoms Bookish Tag

I watched Julie and The Phantoms last year on Netflix and I loved it, it has amazing songs and I loved the overall story and themes of the tv series. I saw this tag on WordsAboutWords blog and the original creators of the tag are MeeghanReads and Sarah.

NOW OR NEVER
a book at the top of your TBR

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The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune – I’ve heard so many amazing things about this book ever since it was released so I really want to read it.

WAKE UP
a book you were hesitant to read

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The Unraveling of Cassidy Holmes by Elissa R. Sloan – I was hesitant to read this because it has a bit of a low rating on Goodreads but the premise sounded so interesting that I ended up reading it anyway. 

THE BAND IS BACK
a sequel that you waited a long time for

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Shades of Allegiance (Anomaly #3) by Sandy Williams – I’ve waited for this book ever since the second book was released in 2016 and this one was just released last month, I really enjoyed this trilogy.

BRIGHT
a book that took you by surprise

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The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven – The humour and the important themes this book centred on really surprised me, I loved how it was written and I loved the main character.

WOW
an action-packed book

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Polaris Rising (Consortium Rebellion #1) by Jessie Mihalik – This is such an action packed sci-fi space opera. The storyline was very interesting and I loved how each book in this trilogy focuses on a different sibling and I also really liked the romance in each book.

FLYING SOLO
a book with incredible friendships

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House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J Maas – I read a lot of books with incredible friendships but this book immediately came to mind, I loved Bryce and Danika’s friendship.

I GOT THE MUSIC
a book that got you out of a slump

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Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire – This book didn’t get me out of a reading slump but I think it would be a great book to get you out of one since it’s short and less daunting but also has a really intriguing premise and storyline.

THE OTHER SIDE OF HOLLYWOOD
a book with a great ensemble of characters

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The Diviners by Libba Bray – There was a lot of main characters in this series and I loved them all. They all felt individual and had their own storylines that tied up with the other characters in the books. Their personalities were all fully fleshed out and they felt like real people.

ALL EYES ON ME
the prettiest book in your collection

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A Snowfall of Silver by Laura Wood – This has such a pretty cover and I love the silver foiling on it.

FINALLY FREE
a series you wish would never end

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Heart of Mist by Helen Schuerer – Heart of Mist is the first book in a YA fantasy trilogy, the last book has already been released and I’ve already read and loved that too but this is a series where I wish there was more books in it simply because I loved it so much and miss reading about the characters and story.

PERFECT HARMONY
your fave otp

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Kate and Curran (Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews) – Kate and Curran are just one of my many OTPs, I loved how their relationship evolved throughout the series and I loved reading about them together.

EDGE OF GREAT
a book that is (almost) perfect

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The Toll (Arc of a Scythe #3 by Neal Shusterman – I loved The Toll and thought this book was the perfect ending to the trilogy. I don’t know if I was meant to answer this question with a book that I thought needed something more or something changed but instead I chose The Toll which I think is absolutely perfect and wouldn’t change anything from it.

UNSAID EMILY
a book that makes you cry

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The Air You Breathe by Frances De Pontes Peebles – This is such an emotional poignant story and two young girls in Brazil in the 1930s from completely different backgrounds growing up together and wanting to become musicians together, it’s such a beautifully written story.

YOU GOT NOTHING TO LOSE
a villain you love to hate

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Renegades by Marissa Meyer – There was so many interesting villains and heroes within this trilogy and I loved how you it’s not fully clear morally as to who’s a villain and who’s a hero.

STAND TALL
a book that gave you feelings

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid – I feel like I don’t even have to explain why this book gave me all the feelings since everyone knows of this book and has probably read and experienced all those feelings themselves.

Have you watched Julie and The Phantoms? Or have you read any of these books?