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Book Review: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Hey my lovelies, welcome to my first book review of the month of May and it is, drum roll please, The Young Elites by Marie Lu. I first read the Young Elites, when it first came out and even though I did enjoy it, I probably wouldn't put it down as one of my favourite books. But after reading it a second time, I definitely found it a lot better. 


Title: The Young Elites
Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: Penguin 
Pub. Date: October 7th 2014
Date Read: 9th April 2017
Pages:  356
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Summary
I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside. 
Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.
Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all. 
Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen. 
Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.
It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

Overview

The Young Elites opens up with a kingdom still recovering from the scarlet plague, which took place years previous. Leaving the adults who contracted it to die and the children marked with the scarlet mark. With these children being known as malfettos, with few being shown to have extraordinary power, with a select few going against the patriarchy and naming themselves the Young Elites. 

Writing

It is beautifully written, for such a short 356 page novel, and the world building is exquisite. Making me really feel as if I am in Kenettra. It was just the little things that I loved, such as the weird royalty laws. Like them not allowing female heirs in Kenettra, unless the female heirs were to marry (like the old British monarchy), whereas in Beldain, they have to have a Queen, with female heirs.

Characters

It is split into three main points of view; Terin, Adelina and Rafaelle. This creates a diverse atmosphere, as it ensures that we are finding out what is going on from all angles. And considering The Young Elites is a fantasy story, I really enjoyed how real some of the characters seemed, and that all of the characters had flaws. 

Adelina was such an amazing character, I love a good antihero, and with the exception of 'And I Darken' by Kiersten White, I don't think I've really read any other books with a female anti-hero, so that was an amazing character she is. I felt anger, when she felt anger, I felt upset, when she felt upset, and I think that is amazing for an author to do, as I don't tend to feel sympathy for characters that often anymore. Adelina's main flaw was probably her jealousy and contempt for her younger sister Violetta, and I truly loved their relationship, in both flashback and when they were together, because their was just something so raw about the pair. Violetta herself, is a great and complex character hiding herself behind naivety and kindness, even if that kindness has a detrimental effect on others. Teren was another complex character, from his love for his Queen, to his insecurities and how they effect him. 

Conclusion

Overall, I really enjoyed The Young Elites, much more than I did the last time I read it anyway. However, it did take me around 2 hours and a half hours to finish it, due to my awful reading slump, which isn't really the best for me. I do have high hopes for The Rose Society now though, which I plan to read as soon as I finish this review. As I really want to learn much more about Queen Guiletta, as I feel like she has the potential to become a much more complex and deeper character. 

Recommend...

I recommend this to fans of YA fantasy, and specifically fans of the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard, Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas and And I Darken by Kiersten White. And I Darken due to Adelina being a strong anti- hero. Red Queen due to the magical powers aspect and Throne of Glass because of the violence and the magic aspect again. 

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April Wrap Up & May TBR!

Hey my lovelies, welcome to this months reading wrap up and I am happy to say that I have finally ended my reading slump. Woop Woop! Which is why I read a grand total of 7 books in the month of April, and pretty much all of them are Marie Lu books.

April Wrap Up

The first book I read in April was a reread and it was The Young Elites by Marie Lu, I first read this book around two year ago and planned to read the other books in the trilogy when they came out, however I never got round to it and now I finally have. I definitely enjoyed it a lot more than the last time, as I am really into reading stories about anti-heroes right now, which you probably would have realised on your own by the end of this wrap up. You can find out more of my thoughts on The Young Elites on the 12th when my review is scheduled to come out.

The second book I read in April, shockingly was The Rose Society by Marie Lu, the second book in the Young Elite trilogy. Again, I really enjoyed this. There was certain things that I would have preferred to of happened, but again it's not really something I have much of a say on, as I didn't read it. And I really wanted to explore Guiletta's character a lot more, and sadly that did not happen. 

The third book I read in April was The Midnight Star by Marie Lu, this is the final book in the Young Elite trilogy, and it did not disappoint. I really like the ending of this series and how all of the loose ends tied up in a little bow. My review of The Midnight Star is expected to be out on the 26th May.

The next series I started and then completed was the Legend trilogy by Marie Lu. After really enjoying the Young Elites, I thought I would finally knock this one of my tbr and gave it ago. Although I have to say I did not enjoy this as much as the other series, and would have preferred it if some things were slightly different, but you can find out what I thought about the entire trilogy in my review of it coming out on the 2nd June.

And the final book I read in April was Half Bad by Sally Green, this was another reread for me, as I really want to finish this series and find out the end of Nathan's story. I read both Half Bad and Half Wild almost two years ago now, and have been planning to read Half Lost for quite sometime and after picking up a signed hardcover, with a small note inside, I've been desperate to find out what it means. 

May TBR

And now onto the books I plan to read in May, but probably won't. And this months TBR is all to do with retellings, due to me picking up Heartless by Marissa Meyer last months and putting it at the top of my TBR pile. 

You can probably guess what the first book on my TBR is, and that is Heartless by Marissa Meyer. I've owned the Lunar Chronicles for round about a year now, and have only ever got round to reading it once, and then I couldn't get passed the first chapter of Cinder, so it didn't go the best. And since then I've been ignoring that section of my shelf, so in order to hopefully get used to her writing styles I am starting off with Heartless. Heartless is a prequel to Alice in Wonderland, following the story of the Queen of Hearts before she even became Queen. All I know of it so far is what I've read on the blurb, and  that alone has me interested. I purchased this due to being Llandudno and felt inspired after seeing all of the statues around the town. 

Another shocking book on my tbr is of cause the first book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Now this is a much loved book series for some people, and other people hate it, and after owning all of the books I really don't want to be a part of the group of people who hate it. But hopefully after reading Heartless, I shall be more accustomed to her writing style, and be able to get on with the rest of the series. All I know about Cinder, is that it's a Cinderella retelling with a scifi twist, and based on the book cover Cinder is in fact a cyborg, or part cyborg. Hopefully after finishing this one then I will be able to move on to Scarlet. 

The third book on my tbr is Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige, I don't really know a lot about this one, only that it is a retelling of the Snow Queen and is set in modern upstate New York, in some sort of mental facility. But other than this I am going into this book completely blind (how I prefer to, in all honesty). 

And the fourth and final book on my tbr is The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige, The Wicked Will Rise is the second book in the Dorothy Must Die series, and I read Dorothy Must Die back in January, and really enjoyed it, and never got round to reading it (are you guys sick of me saying this yet?), however I've been dying to read it, so why not in my very own retelling's month? 

That is it for this months tbr and last months wrap up, I hope you've enjoyed finding out what I've read in April, and let me know what you're planning to read in May, either by commenting, on Goodreads or via Twitter

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The Most Intimidating books on my shelves!

Hey my lovelies, welcome to this weeks monday post and it's about the books I find the most intimidating books on my shelves! 

The first book on my list is A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas, the reason I find the first two books in this series so intimidating is due to the various reviews of the novel. As some people appear to love the first book in the series and then go on to either slate the second book or talk about how some characters were incredibly OOC. And the idea of reading a book like this is why it is currently being just one of my bookshelf warmers rather than being high on my TBR pile. 

The next book on my list is a series and that is A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, I am a huge fan of the Game of Thrones tv show, and due to this purchased the boxset. However, now that the tv show has overtaken the books, it's really not setting a desire off inside of me to read the series, especially not when you take into account the size of each of the novels and that we have no idea when the next novel is to come out (It's expected for this year, but who really knows?). On the other hand, I have not read a lot of books, where the tv show actually surpasses the book in standard, so that is another pro for reading it. 

The third book on my list is another series and another Sarah J Maas book, and is Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas, I own all of the released TOG books, and all of them are sitting pretty next to my ACOTAR books. I read the first book approximately 2 years ago, and enjoyed it, however none of it really impressed me much, which is why even though I own the rest of the series, I never felt the inclination to pick the next book up. However, after going into a Waterstones to purchase Kings Cage by Victoria Aveyard, the woman behind the counter, recommending this series to me, and said it only got better after the second book. But the fact there is already six books released and one(+ a novella) more to come, does not inspire the greatest of confidence within me. 

The fourth book on my list is Cinder by Marissa Meyer, this is like some of the others due to the sheer size of the series, and I know once I commit to the first book, I will have to read the other four books in the series. And as at the moment I am finding it quite difficult to read one book, let alone five or six. And I know if I don't finish the series, it really will grate on me like it does with the various other unfinished series on my shelves.

The fifth book (series) on my list is another one that I've read the first before, and is the Harry Potter series by J K Rowling. The reason this book intimidates me so much is due to my love of the films. The Harry Potter films are some of my favourite films of all time, and I have been told by various people that the books made them dislike the films, due to the inconsistency's and because of the cutting of various story lines. And after being so disappointed with the Divergent films, I really don't want this to happen to my beloved Harry Potter films. Although despite this I will be still getting one of the new Slytherin editions of books as soon as the first comes out in June (I believe?), because they are stunning, even if green isn't my colour. 

The sixth and final book on my list is The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, this is another book that lots of people claim to love, and then a lot of people hate depending on your writing style preference. I have never read a Maggie Stiefvater book as of yet, and already own the Shiver series, but I am slightly nervous to read this, as I do really want to enjoy these books, and despite what this list has to say about me I do tend to read more contemporary's than fantasy, even if I do own more fantasy. Has anyone else ever noticed that fantasy books tend to have prettier book covers? I am a sucker for a good cover, I have to admit.

That is it for this weeks monday post my lovelies, I hope you enjoyed it, and don't hesitate to let me know what books you find intimidating or even if you think I should change my mind about some of the books on my list. 

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Book Review: The F Student by Xyla Turner

Hey my lovelies, welcome to this weeks book review and it is The F Student by Xyla Turner, this week I am taking part in 'The F Student' blog tour hosted by Xpresso Blog Tours. So a huge thank you to them for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review.

Title: The F Student
Author: Xyla Turner
Publisher: Azina Media
Pub. Date: January 10th 2017
Date Read: 6th February 2017
Pages:  92
Rating:3.6/5 stars
SummaryCassius Rice, A.K.A., Cash has not been doing well in his classes for over a year. With one semester to go, his father cut him off, leaving Cash out of luck. With no other options, he took up an offer that he later regretted. Sleep with his professor and record it, then he would have the money to obtain his college degree. 
Simple enough for Cash. 
What he did not expect was the Professor’s Teaching Assistant to block his efforts nor did he expect the underground fighting world to be so lucrative. All he wanted was to accomplish his quest and graduate. 


The F Student wasn't exactly what I expected. When I first read the blurb I was interested (hence the reason for requesting to be put on the tour), however it wasn't really what I wanted the book to be. The book is from a male point of view, which I have never read a NA book from before, so I'm not really sure if it was just that, but then I wasn't really a big fan of the writing style to be honest. And especially with it being such a short novella really, I expected more, especially because of all the high class short novella's I have read in the last year.

The book follows Cash, an average student at college, however when his brother dies, his life completely changes, causing his only real passion to be his love of older women. And when his father see's his grades dropping, he cuts him off, causing him to have to find a quick way to pay the rest of $20,000 owed before the end of term in order to graduate. Whilst looking for ways to get this income, he is the offered the chance to receive all of the money in return for sleeping with one of his professors and filming it. However, he soon finds the professor's TA is exactly what he needs in his life.

Conclusion

Overall, I believe The F Sudent was an okay read, and if it was slightly longer, I believe it would have allowed us to  connect with the characters a lot more, and given them added depth. 

Recommend?

I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys reading short NA novels, from a male point of view. Who enjoys incredibly short reads. 

Author Bio

Xyla Turner is a USA Today Bestselling and award-winning romance author. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and is a dedicated educator. Outside of reading, Xyla likes to spend time with her family and travel as much as her schedule permits. 
As a teenager, Xyla started to write short stories and essays that won awards and nation-wide competitions. She is from Brooklyn, NY, where she is an educator, innovator and entrepreneur.

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Another huge thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for sending me The F Student in exchange for an honest review.

Thank you for reading my lovelies, this is it for this week, if you would like to see more of what I am currently reading you can check me out on Goodreads,and Twitter

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T5W: Book trends I'm tired off

Hey my lovelies, welcome to this weeks top 5 Wednesday post, and unlike last weeks, this one is actually about books. And it is a list of my least favourite book tropes, that I am completely done with. Completely. Unless of cause, they have a new take on them. 

The top trope on my list is of cause 'The Love Triangle", I am quite sick of badly written, underdeveloped love triangles. Where the author clearly decides which one they want the protagonist to be with and makes the other one out to be the bad guy, whilst only actually developing a relationship between one of the two love interests. Or you will get the absolute worst kind of love triangle, when the author spends the first, two or maybe even three books developing a relationship between two characters, and as soon as the mysterious 'bad boy' comes into town, the author ditches all of the development that the former love interest has had, for this new and exciting guy. Who mysteriously stares off into the distance and broods. Yes, broods. Do I need to say any more? 

The next trope on my list is 'The servant best friend', you know the one. Where they have been best friends for years and have never had a disagreement in all that time. The main character then proceeds to drop said best friends for the new boyfriend at every chance they can get, and said best friend is completely fine with this and even encourages it. 

The third trope on my list is 'The disappearing parent', like seriously, where do they all go? One minute there they are fulfilling their parenting role, and the next 3/4's of the novel, we never see them and they clearly have no interest in what their children are actually doing. Like I'm sure here are some kind off parents that actually do this, but mine certainly aren't one of them. 

The fourth trope on my list is 'The Main Character is a wallflower', I am sick to death of characters not appreciating themselves, and just blending in with the background, with no one really knowing who they are. And whenever I read a book, where the character is not a wallflower, and is either popular or stands out in their own way, they are always blatant 'bitches' for not being wallflowers. Like what is with this YA 'VERSE? 

The fifth trope on my list is 'Instalove', and I don't mean how my twelve year old sister has a weird obsession with the notorious app. How on earth do these characters fall in love so fast? Like I find it difficult to become friends with people in the same time periods, that some of these people get together, move in and get engaged. Plus, the reader see's no actual development between the two, or that they actually like each other, bar a few kissing scenes. 

So that, my lovelies is my top 5 book trends that I'm tired off. I hope you enjoyed it, and if you haven't already check out last weeks Top 5 Wednesday post!  Thank you for reading, and don't forget to check out my Goodreads and Twitter to stay more up to date with what I'm reading. 

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T5W: My Current Favourite Make Up Products

Hey my lovelies, welcome to another top 5 Wednesday post, i wanted to do this post, as I don't really get to talk about non-bookish things really on this blog, and I figured this also gives you guys the chance to get to know me that little bit better. So lets jump right in, here are my current favourite make up products.

The first item on my list is my Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette, I picked this up last September and have been loving it. It is such a versatile palette, allowing me to use the different shades depending on where I'm going. And the pigmentation of the shadows are exquisite. With my favourite shades being High, a white shimmer shade, Armour, a mid grey shimmer, combust; a matte naked shade for all over your lid and whisky; a warm matte brown, perfect for your crease. 

The next item on my list is my Bourjois Liner Pinceau in Ultra Black. This is my go to going out eye liner, as the brush is the perfect length and allows me to do as big of flick as I want. The only problem I have with this eye liner, is as soon as it starts raining you are virtually screwed. It comes straight off, but it gives such an intense black colour, I continue to buy it, just don't wear it when I know it is going to rain. 

The third item on my list, is another eye shadow palette, also coincidentally by Urban Decay (starting to see a theme yet) is their Ultimate Basics matte eye shadow palette. This is the perfect palette if you're just going for a slightly understated look, or if you want to go that little extra combine it with the Naked Smoky Palette. My current favourite shades are; Commando; which is great for all over your lid to hide any veins or blemishes, Extra Bitter; a deep warm brown shade, which is just stunning on, Lethal; a almost plum shade, mixed with grey and brown, and Blackjack; because who doesn't need a matte black?

The fourth item on my list is the Max Factor Colour Elixir in shade Rosewood, in all honesty I have five lipsticks in their Colour Elixir range and I love them all. However, my favourite has got to be Rosewood, due to you being able to wear at any time, no matter what make up you're wearing. 

And the final item on my list is the Barry M Light Reflecting Concealer in shade Light, I don't actually use this in the normal traditional sense, as it has incredibly light coverage, which makes it perfect for lightening up them dark under eye circles  and for highlighting. 

Well that's it for this weeks Top 5 Wednesday post, I hope you enjoyed this little change of scenery, but don't worry next weeks post is already written and is definitely about books. Thank you for reading, and don't forget to check out my Goodreads and Twitter to stay more up to date with what I'm reading. 

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T5W: Underrated Books

Hey my lovelies, this week I decided to try my hand at one of the Top 5 4 Wednesday posts , and this week it is my favourite underrated books. Now this is a topic I could go on and on about. Even before having my blog I used to love undiscovered gems, and having EnglishBlonde has let me find even more, which is why I try to accept as many Indie authors for review as I can. But you can find out more about that on my review policy page. Anyway, back to the post. 

Not necessarily an underated book, but what definitely deserves some more love is the Savant series by Joss Stirling, if you've been following my blog long, then you will already know how much I love this series, and one of this series spin off book's was one of my first ever reviews! But this series is great for anybody simply getting into the YA genre, or enjoys a supernatural read, that's just a bit different. But seriously, if you haven't already you should check it out

The next book on my list, is a seriously amazing book in my opinion, and that is Faceless by Alyssa B. Sheinmel, I posted a review on this a few months a go, which can be found here. Faceless deals with the aftermath of a serious facial disfigurement and deals with the stress and emotional trauma that our MC Maisie goes through by processing what has happened to her and how to effectively deal with it. I go in much more depth in my review, but you should read it, it's an amazing book and really does make you feel appreciative for what you have.

My third book is one that I was actually sent for review and that is the History Major by Michael Phillip Cash. I read this as part of a book tour mid-last year and loved it (You can find my review here). It was such a strange book, not only was it incredibly short (with only 120 pages), it held a ton of character development for the MC and upon till that point and still now I have never read a book like it. To me it was completely original in both plot, philosophical standards and the ending. 

And my final book, is another quite well known book. but it is AMAZING. That is the Hate list by Jennifer Brown. It took me ages, to finally get round to this, but it's great. Would recommend to everyone if I could. The Hate list discusses the hard hitting issue of the before, during and aftermath of school shootings. However, instead of it coming from the shooter or who you would expect the victim to be, it's the shooters girlfriend, who not only blames herself for what went down, but other people also believe she is partially responsible. It is such a great novel, taking you down various twists and turns you never expected to go on, but you are so glad you did(You can find out more here). As it is so important to learn more about these drastic situations that happen far too often. 

And on that slightly depressing (but important) note, that is the end of this weeks Top 5 4 Wednesday post, I am going to try and get some posts done for Wednesdays, but I cannot promise anything, as sometimes the T5W posts, don't take my fancy, but as mentioned in my New Years Resolutions, I'm trying to get 2-3 posts up a week. So I will be trying to do as much as I can. 

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Book Review: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Hey my lovelies, welcome to this weeks review and it is... Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson. If you follow my reading wrap ups, then you will know that I read this book a long time ago (around 6 months), however I never got round to reviewing it, so here we go...

Title: Wintergirls
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Pub. Date: March 19th 2009
Date Read: June 28th 2016
Pages:  278
Rating:4/5 stars
Summary"Dead girl walking”, the boys say in the halls.
"Tell us your secret”, the girls whisper, one toilet to another.
I am that girl.
I am the space between my thighs, daylight shining through.
I am the bones they want, wired on a porcelain frame.

Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the skinniest. But what comes after size zero and size double-zero? When Cassie succumbs to the demons within, Lia feels she is being haunted by her friend’s restless spirit.
Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia’s descent into the powerful vortex of anorexia, and her painful path toward recovery

Before reading this book, I must say this book has various triggers, which may give spoilers to the book. however I would prefer you to be spoiled, and know if the book is suitable for you then, instead of being triggered because of me.  TRIGGER Warning: Selfharm, Attempted Suicide, Mental Illness, Anorexia and Bulimia. 

Wintergirls, was not at all what I expected, but I did definitely enjoy reading it. As I liked the ammount of internal monologue there was with Lia, and how the crossed out words effect on her thoughts, as it shows what she knows as the truth, and what society expects her to see. 

This may be a completely inaccurate interpretation of anorexia, however it has made me feel as if i have a better understanding of the mental state of people who have this illness.However, this entire book makes me feel incredibly conflicted as I know that Lia should go to the hospital, as she has a serious problem, however a part of me is still rooting for Lia, as I feel a lot of sympathy for her.

***Spoiler***Elijah was very wishy washy as he encouraged Lia's visions and then stole her money and pretty much left her there to die. The arse.***End of Spoiler***

Wintergirls, has a very interesting way of having the chapter numbers, with having it shown as a weight scale. Also, if the calorie for each of the items is correct in this book, I believe a huge round of applause should be given to the author, as you can tell a huge amount of research went into this book. 

Conclusion
Overall, I believe Wintergirls was a very powerful and thought provoking book, due to the strong and important issues of the book, which is why it took me quite a while (for me anyway) to get through it. 

Would I recommend this?
I would recommend this to anyone, who wishes to understand the mentality of someone going through the eating disorder illnesses, such as anorexia or bulimia. However, apart from that I really enjoyed it, from the way that it is written and the extra tidbits, which are in there. 

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2017 Anticipated Releases (Part 1)

Hey my lovelies, welcome to my most anticipated reads of 2017, these are all of the books I can't wait to be released in the first part of 2017!

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

Carve the Mark is one of my anticipated releases, as I remember really enjoying reading the Divergent series, however I have various friends who reread the series recently and claim they did not enjoy it. All I know so far is that its a space opera following two people, in a world where everyone has a powers, with theirs being ones that put themselves at risk to others. Sounds interesting, right?

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth is expected to be published on January 17th by Katherine Tegen Books.


Kings Cage by Victoria Aveyard

What Victoria Aveyard fan is not hanging on the edge of their seat waiting for this to be released? I know I am, since I picked up Red Queen almost two years ago now. Kings Cage is the second sequel to the best selling Red Queen book, following Mare, a member of the lower class Reds, who finds she has a power, that only the upper class silvers are claimed to have. I have been waiting for this to be released before I'm allowing myself to pick up Glass Sword. I have to say out of all of the Red Queen, this one by far has my least favourite cover.

 King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard is expected to be published on February 7th by HarperTeen.


By Your Side by Kasie West

I read my first Kasie West book, almost two years ago now, and did enjoy the writing, even if I thought the ending was cut off. But it was still a short and sweet contemporary read, which I am hoping this one will be too.

By Your Side by Kasie West is expected to be published on January 31st by HarperTeen.




Caraval by Stephanie Garber

The first thing that attracted me to Caraval, was definitely the cover, because how stunning is this? It's honestly amazing, and I would purchase this for the cover alone, even if the book ends up being crap.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber is expected to be published on January 31st by Flatiron books.



The Winds of Winter by George R.R Martin

And of cause a book that is featured on many anticipated releases list, with no expected publication date, we have the Winds of Winter! The sixth and hopefully second to last book in the Game of Thrones series.

The Winds of Winter by George R.R Martin is expected to be published by HarperVoyager.




Iron Gold by Pierce Brown

Iron Gold is the first book in the second series taking place in the Red Rising world, even though I have yet to read Red Rising, I am hoping to soon. As a lot of people have recommended Pierce Browns books to me.

 Iron Gold by Pierce Brown is expected to be published on August 22nd by Del Rey.

Don't forget to check out my second part to my 2017 Anticipated Releases coming mid 2017. 

Thank you for reading my lovelies, I hope you checked out my first full week of posts last week, if you didn't you can check out them all now. With my second book review of 2017 coming out on Friday, which is *drum roll* 

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Inkitt for Android has launched!

Hey my lovelies, welcome to today's post on Inkitts new android app! A few weeks ago I was asked by Inkitt, to write this little post on their new release. This post is not sponsored in anyway, I just felt that it would be a great edition to all of my readers phones. They successfully launched the iOS app back in November, which was featured in the Books category of the US app store, for more than 4 weeks and become fan favourites for many people.

If you are completely unaware of what Inkitt is, or maybe you've heard of it in passing, but not sure exactly what it could do for you, here is a short and sweet explanation of what exactly Inkitt is. Inkitt is a platform where aspiring and indie authors can share their novels, and readers can find and read new content. However, Inkitt has a very clever algorithm which allows them to analyse reading behaviour in order to predict and find out the very best future best sellers on their website. So the more the readers enjoy, it the more likely it is to be published. With the readers being able to do this for free!




Inkitt for Android has four key features:

  1. It allows readers to access thousands of novels from a large range of fiction genres (including my favourite YA, of cause). 
  2. It offers readers individualised reading suggestions with hand picked novels based on the readers favourite fiction genres
  3. The app offers a customizable look in order to match the user preferences (e.g different colour combinations and range of font sizes)
  4. And the opportunity for readers to keep and save novels to their offline library in order to access them at anytime.
You may be wondering whether or not Inkitt has published any best selling novels and the answer is yes! Since July 2016, Inkitt has published 7 novels in paperback format, six of these then went on to become best sellers on Amazon.One of which I shall be reviewing next week, for my second book review of the year. And the best thing about the app you may ask? It is absolutely free!

Thank you for reading my lovelies! If you haven't already check out this weeks series of posts including; My 2016: A Year in Review, My 2017 New Years Resolutions, 2017 TBR, December Wrap Up and my first book review of the year Famous Last Words by Katie Alender.

Next Bookish Post: 2017 Anticipated Reads (Part 1)

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