Ten Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In Reading

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together.

This week’s list is all about books that we no longer want to read. I feel kind of bad making this list. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the author or their efforts in writing the book. It’s just not for me anymore.

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)

Initially I was really excited about this book, but I’ve heard such mixed things and think I need a break from the genre.

The Heir (The Selection, #4)

After reading The One, I totally didn’t feel the need to continue.

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)

I tried to start this series, but I totally lost interest.

Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars, #1)

I’m working on watching the TV show at the moment (late I know!) and I’ve always had the book series on my radar. I’m not sure I want to commit to it.

Red Rising (Red Rising, #1)

I’ve heard mixed things about this series!

Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark, #1)

I enjoyed the Divergent trilogy, but I’m not that sure I want to read this one!

This Shattered World (Starbound, #2)

I really loved the first book in the duology but I think I’ve left it too long before reading this one, meaning I’m not really that bothered about it.

Jackaby (Jackaby, #1)

I initially really wanted to read this, but reviews have put me off it slightly.

The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die, #2)

I didn’t love the first book, so I’m not compelled to read the next one!

Miss Mayhem (Rebel Belle, #2)

I’m not intending to carry on as I didn’t love Rebel Belle as much as I wanted to!

Do you think I should give any of these books a go? Convince me!

Let me know about the books you’ve decided not to read!

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Stealing Snow (Stealing Snow #1)

Stealing Snow (Stealing Snow, #1)

How did I get it?:
I received a copy, unsolicited from the publisher.

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Dorothy Must Die

Synopsis:

First kisses sometimes wake slumbering princesses, undo spells, and spark happily ever afters.

Mine broke Bale.

Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent her life locked in Whittaker Psychiatric—but she isn’t crazy. And that’s not the worst of it. Her very first kiss proves anything but innocent…when Bale, her only love, turns violent.

Despite Snow knowing that Bale would never truly hurt her, he is taken away—dashing her last hope for any sort of future in the mental ward she calls home. With nowhere else to turn, Snow finds herself drawn to a strange new orderly who whispers secrets in the night about a mysterious past and a kingdom that’s hers for the taking—if only she can find her way past the iron gates to the Tree that has been haunting her dreams.

Beyond the Tree lies Algid, a land far away from the real world, frozen by a ruthless king. And there too await the River Witch, a village boy named Kai, the charming thief Jagger, and a prophecy that Snow will save them all.

Thoughts:

When I added this book to Goodreads, I noticed its low rating and have to admit, I went into the book with low expectations. I wasn’t a big fan of Dorothy Must Die. I thought it was okay, but it didn’t blow me away like I wanted it to. However, I did enjoy reading Stealing Snow. I’m pleased it was sent to me, as I don’t think I would have considered it after being slightly underwhelmed by the slower elements of Dorothy Must Die. 

Stealing Snow centres around Snow who has spent a huge part of her life in a psychiatric home named Whittaker. She is treated as if she is crazy and is on a cocktail of medication. Snow has a developing relationship with Bale, but during their first kiss, Bale hurt Snow and hasn’t talked since. Snow knows that Bale would never intend to hurt her, but before she can sort things through Bale is taken away. Snow manages to leave the psychiatric home and finds herself drawn into a strange world which is far from the real world. Snow learns things about herself that she would have never expected. There’s witchcraft and a prophecy, as Snow begins her quest to find Bale.

I do have mixed feelings about this book, so I can certainly see where some of the low ratings are coming from. I thought it was so intriguing to begin with. I really liked the fact that it was set in a psychiatric ward. It was unique. I did really enjoy the magical element of this story and think that this was one of the most powerful elements. I didn’t feel like the story was as fleshed out as it could be and I would have loved to have known more background on Snow. I don’t feel like I connected with her right from the start. She wasn’t a bad character, there just wasn’t much about her, in my opinion.

I’m a massive fairy tale retelling/imagining fan and whilst this book isn’t perfect, I think it’s worth giving a go to see if you can connect with it.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Not the strongest reimagining out there, but a decent world to explore nonetheless!

Top Ten Book Releases For The Second Half of 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten books releases for the second half of 2016. How are we already in June!? Crazy!

As ever, click on the book image to get to Goodreads!

June

My Lady Jane- Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows

My Lady Jane

I am really excited about reading this book. I love the topic and I adore Cynthia Hand and Brodi Ashton!

Always With Love- Giovanna Fletcher

Always With Love

I really enjoy Giovanna Fletcher’s writing and I’m looking forward to reading the sequel to her debut novel Billy and Me. 

July

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child- J.K Rowling

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

As a huge Potter fan, I’m very much looking forward to this!

P.S. I Like You- Kasie West

P.S. I Like You

I really enjoy Kasie West’s contemporaries and summer is the perfect season to read them in!

On The Other Side- Carrie Hope Fletcher

On the Other Side

I’m intrigued by the synopsis of this book. I am looking forward to getting stuck into it!

Nothing Tastes As Good- Claire Hennessey

Nothing Tastes As Good

Another one I’m intrigued about. This book tackles mental illness. I’m very curious.

All About The Hype-Paige Toon

All About the Hype (Jessie Jefferson, #3)

Paige Toon’s YA spin off series is such fun. Perfect summer reads!

The May Queen Murders- Sarah Jude

The May Queen Murders

Love this cover. I’m excited about this story.

October

Stealing Snow- Danielle Paige

Stealing Snow (Stealing Snow, #1)

I have to admit that I wasn’t aware of this book until I was sent an ARC a few weeks back. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Dorothy Must Die but I shall give this book a try.

November

Heartless- Marissa Meyer

Heartless

Very excited to read more from Marissa Meyer! Especially excited that this book involves Alice in Wonderland!

What releases are you looking forward to for the next part of the year? I feel my TBR growing already…Feel free to leave a link to your posts!

Luna’s Picks 2014: The Books Are Now Reviewed!

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My good friend Luna at Luna’s Little Library recommended some awesome books for me. Each month of 2014 she gave me a selection of choices out of her collection of books. I picked one and then I left it to readers to decide my next read. Here are the books that I reviewed over the year.

January

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February

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 March

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 April

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May

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May brought me the first book that I didn’t agree with Luna with. That is Riot. Please check out my review if you’re interested in why I didn’t enjoy it as much. You’ll find a link there to Luna’s review so you can read a differing opinion.

June

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August

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 September

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October

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November

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December

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As you can see, I had an amazing year with the books Luna recommended! I have found some authors that I will certainly looking out for in the future. Luna’s Picks will return again, but not this year as both Luna and I are incredibly busy! Thanks once again to Luna for providing this wonderful feature for me!

Dorothy Must Die

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.

But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still the yellow brick road, though—but even that’s crumbling.

What happened? Dorothy.

They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I’m the other girl from Kansas.

I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.

I’ve been trained to fight.

And I have a mission.

Thoughts:

I have been wanting to read Dorothy Must Die for quite some time now, so when Luna picked it as a suggestion for my July reads, I snapped it up! Dorothy Must Die is an intriguing read set in Oz, but not the Oz we know. It’s no longer full of wonder. It’s hellish. Oz is ruled by Dorothy, but not Dorothy as we know her. There are also some other familiar characters that have radically changed in this strange but creative version of Oz.

I loved how in this reimagining of Oz, Dorothy was a completely different character. The laws she has laid down are ridiculous and Oz isn’t the magical place it’s known for.  Our main character, Amy Gumm trains with the Revolutionary Order of The Wicked in order to be ready to assassinate Dorothy. There’s a love interest in the form of Nox. Whilst it’s not the most ‘real’ romance, it’s enjoyable enough. I do think that Dorothy Must Die was a book that didn’t necessarily need a love interest in order for it to be successful.

I thought the characters were well imagined. They’re very realistic. It was intriguing to read about Dorothy in a completely different light. At times I thought she came across as a bit bratty rather than evil though, but the evilness could develop more in the next instalment.

Dorothy Must Die isn’t a small book. It’s quite a chunky story in fact. I did find the middle section, where Amy is training a bit slow. However, there are some very exciting moments during the book and it’s definitely worth checking out.  I feel in some ways that Dorothy Must Die seemed to be focussed on setting up for the sequel. The ending was particularly promising, so it’ll be interesting to see how the story unfolds.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!- 3.5 stars

A very intriguing dive into a different Oz! Perfect for fans of reimaginings!

WWW Wednesday #79

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

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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I’m currently almost half way through Dear Thing by Julie Cohen. I’m really enjoying this book so far, but I haven’t had much time to read so far this week, otherwise I’m sure I would’ve finished it by now. Not to worry though, after today I have six whole weeks off work! Yippee! This book will be reviewed with my sister Beth for part of our ‘Talking About…’ review feature.

What did you recently finish reading?

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I’ve recently finished Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige. I read this for two reasons 1. I really wanted to read it 2. It was my choice of Luna’s Picks. My review is coming up tomorrow!

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Next up for me is the reader’s choice of Luna’s Picks, Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens. I don’t know a lot about this book, so I’m looking forward to going into it not knowing much!

What are you reading this week? Please feel free to answer the questions or leave your link in the comments below. Happy Reading! 🙂

Stacking The Shelves #66

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

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!

Bought:

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I have been very good this week as I’m going to see Luna this week from Luna’s Little Library with my sister Beth. I’m pretty sure I’m going to come back with lots of books…so next week’s haul might be…interesting!

I’m so intrigued to read Dorothy Must Die. I’m probably going to bump it up the TBR pile as soon as I can.  My mum bought me Susan Lewis’ Never Say Goodbye. She had heard that it was an emotional, good read, so hopefully I’ll get to it soon.

So there it is, my very small haul this week! What did you add to your shelves? Please feel free to leave a link and I’ll come and visit your blog after I get back from Luna’s!