Summer Bookish Bingo Wrap Up/Sign up for Holiday Bingo!

This summer I took part in Summer Bookish Bingo hosted by Great Imaginations. I’m thrilled that I completed the card! It really gave me chance to knock off some books from my TBR list, so I’ll definitely be joining in again!

  1. Thirteen Reasons Why- Jay Asher
  2. The Girl Who Walked On Air– Emma Carroll
  3. Two Boys Kissing– David Levithan
  4. The Summer I Turned Pretty– Jenny Han
  5. Rebel Belle- Rachel Hawkins
  6. More Than This– Patrick Ness
  7. Don”t You Forget About Me– Kate Karyus Quinn
  8. Siege and Storm– Leigh Bardugo
  9. Kira-Kira– Cynthia Kadohata
  10. Rooftoppers- Katherine Rundell
  11. Ruin and Rising– Leigh Bardugo
  12. Rump– Liesel Shurtliff
  13. Fire and Rain– Diane Chamberlain
  14. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August– Claire North
  15. Salvage- Keren David
  16. On The Fence– Kasie West
  17. She Is Not Invisible– Marcus Sedgwick
  18. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making– Catherynne M. Valente
  19. Ten– Gretchen McNeil
  20. The Snow Queen– Alana Albertson
  21. Open Road Summer– Emery Lord
  22. Unhooking The Moon– Gregory Hughes
  23. Belle Epoque– Elizabeth Ross
  24. Wake– Amanda Hocking

Here is the card for the Holiday bingo! Will you play along?

Click on the bingo card to get to Great Imaginations!

Click on the bingo card to get to Great Imaginations!

WWW Wednesday #86

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday! To participate in WWW Wednesday, you need to answer three questions.

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

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodread’s page for the book.

What are you currently reading?

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My reading has really slowed this past week as I’ve been so busy at my pre-course placement before I start my postgraduate course on Monday. I’m hoping I can find a better balance between reading and university work. It’s early days though and at least when I start university I’ll have the commute time to read. I’m currently reading The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion. I’m about three quarters of the way through. I aim to finish it tonight! It’s lovely to catch up with these characters once more.

What did you recently finish reading?

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I recently finished The Snow Queen by Alana Albertson. Unfortunately, it wasn’t what I expected. My review can be found HERE.

What do you think you’ll read next?

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I have to admit, I don’t know much about Ten by Gretchen McNeil, so I’m excited to go into it.

What are you reading this week? Feel free to answer the questions or leave your link in the comments! Happy Reading!

The Snow Queen (Novella Review)

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

Five years ago, Cambridge Ballet’s Sugar Plum Fairy vanished after performing The Nutcracker. Despite extensive city and statewide searches, no traces of her, besides her ballet slippers, were ever found. Every year since, another member of the cast has gone missing after closing night: a Spanish Hot Chocolate, an Arabian Dancer, The Dew Drop Fairy, a Flower. Nieves Alba, who as a thirteen-year-old played Clara in the first ill-fated performance, is now cast as the Snow Queen. On closing night, every police officer in Boston surrounds the theater, determined to catch the perpetrator whom they’ve dubbed “The Nutcracker.” Can Nieves break the curse or will she be the next victim of America’s favorite ballet?

Thoughts:

This was an incredibly strange little read and I’m not quite sure what to make of it. The premise really intrigued me so I was excited to pick it up. However, when I started reading it, I wasn’t as gripped as I wanted to be, which shocked me. I’m a massive fan of ballet and I wanted to adore this book, but something didn’t sit right with me. It could possibly because it’s a novella, and I’m not the biggest fan of novellas. I’ll try to explain more though.

The Snow Queen is a novella about the ballet The Nutcracker. Nieves Alba is a member of the Cambridge Ballet. She has always wanted to play the Snow Queen. Strange goings on are occurring within her dancing company. Each year, a different member of the cast disappears. It seems like the disappearances are unrelated but Nieves believes they are. It surely makes sense that they would be connected in some way. When Nieves finally gets cast as the Snow Queen she worries that she will be the next one to disappear, but she’s still desperate to play the role and achieve a dream.

I didn’t realise before I started The Snow Queen that it was a New Adult novel. This of course means there’s more sexual content in the story than you’d get in a Young Adult novel. I don’t have a problem with that, I just went into it expecting something very different. Nieves has an awkward relationship with a character called Misha. Misha was a famous dancer before an injury forced him into becoming a dance critic. He is Nieve’s mentor. He came across as very creepy to me and I really couldn’t see what Nieves saw in him.

I think this novella could have been so much better if it was a full length novel. The problem for me was that it didn’t feel developed enough. It was short and predictable. It could have been incredibly exciting, but because of the length the plot was rushed through.

Would I recommend it?:
It’s not for me!- I wanted to love it because of my love of dance, but unfortunately it felt too rushed for me to fully enjoy.

The Snow Queen has a unique premise but it fell short for me!

Stacking The Shelves #78

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more! (Opens in same window)

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more! (Opens in same window)

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book image to get to the Goodread’s page!

I’ve got a bigger haul than the past few weeks. Blame pay day and my lack of restraint!

Bought:

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Fixing DelilahSarah Ockler– I loved Twenty Boy Summer and I’m hoping to read #scandal very soon. I’ve enjoyed Sarah Ockler’s writing, so I decided to pick this book up. It sounds intriguing.

Me and Earl and the Dying GirlJesse Andrews– I’ve heard so much about this book. I can’t wait to get to it!

RumpLiesl Shurtliff– This is a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin, it sounds amazing!

The Secret Hum of A DaisyTracy Holczer– I think that this is going to be a powerful, emotional read about family.

The Snow QueenAlana Albertson– This is a dance based novella which I can’t wait to read.

On The Fence- Kasie WestI adore Kasie West’s writing and this book looks like a perfect summer read.

NetGalley:

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I’ve seen this book titled as Big Little Lies and Little Lies. Whatever it is, I’m looking forward to reading it after enjoying Liane Moriarty’s book The Husband’s Secret.

Received from author:

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Thank you so much to Becky for sending me a copy of this book!

Ninja Book Swap:

I received a lovely parcel from Jen at Dark Readers with this book inside, a journal and a beautiful bookmark.

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If you want to learn more about the Ninja Book Swap check out this blog HERE

What have you added to your shelves this week? Please feel free to leave a link to your hauls!