Sisters’ Fate (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #3)

Sisters' Fate (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #3)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Born Wicked
Star Cursed

Synopsis:

A fever ravages New London, but with the Brotherhood sending suspected witches straight to the gallows, the Sisters are powerless against the disease. They can’t help without revealing their powers—as Cate learns when a potent display of magic turns her into the most wanted witch in all of New England.

To make matters worse, Cate has been erased from the memory of her beloved Finn. While she’s torn between protecting him from further attacks and encouraging him to fall for her all over again, she’s certain she can never forgive Maura’s betrayal. And now that Tess’s visions have taken a deadly turn, the prophecy that one Cahill sister will murder another looms ever closer to its fulfillment.

Thoughts:

I always dread writing final book in the series reviews, because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone that hasn’t started or is midway through the series, so I shall try to bring my thoughts together without spoiling it at all for anyone else!

I have enjoyed The Cahill Witch Chronicles much more than I anticipated. I think it’s a fantastic read. It’s one of those series that it doesn’t matter if you have a gap between reading the books, because you never feel too lost at the beginning of the next book.

Sister’s Fate was a fantastic finale to the trilogy. All too often I am disappointed by final books, but I thought Sister’s Fate was absolutely brilliant. The characters I have grown to love or love to hate are so well developed. I loved catching up with them and seeing how their story was going to progress.  I also really enjoyed how the prophecy played out. The trilogy was well thought out with a good pace which never felt like it lagged.

Jessica Spotswood is a fantastic writer. I loved that she dedicated so much time for the characters and didn’t just throw in new characters for the sake of it. I really felt invested in the characters, even if I didn’t particularly like them.

The Cahill Witch Chronicles is such an easy to read trilogy. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course! 4.5 stars

Perfect for fans of witch stories and prophecies!

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End of Year Survey 2015

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This is one of my favourite surveys to do, by one of my favourite bloggers, Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner/The Broke and The Bookish. For some reason, I hadn’t noticed her post this year, but was pleased to see another blogger do the tag, so of course I jumped on board.

The links either go to my review of the book or Goodreads if I haven’t reviewed it already!

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Number Of Books You Read: 144
Number of Re-Reads: 8
Genre You Read The Most From: Young Adult

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1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

Simon Versus The Homo Sapiens Agenda– Becky Albertalli. This book warmed my heart. I can’t speak highly enough for it!

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

What We Left Behind by Robin Talley. After devouring her debut, I really wanted to like her sophomore novel. I didn’t. I was very disappointed.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?

I didn’t expect to like Cruel Beauty as much as I did. I had heard so many bad things about it that I was expecting not to like it.

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

Still Me Before You. I will ALWAYS push that book.

 5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?

Started: Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Sequel: The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E.Pearson

Series Ender- Winter by Marissa Meyer

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

Becky Albertalli!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

Lighter Than My Shadow– Katie Green. My second graphic novel of the year.

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

I Let You Go– Clare Mackintosh

 9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I’m not so sure I’ll re-read a book so soon. I tend to leave it a while in-between!

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

Simon (from Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda). I’m totally the heart emoji over that.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

My Heart And Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga. I really resonated with this book!

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?

Reasons To Stay Alive– Matt Haig

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read? 

Rites of Passage– Joy N.Hensley

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?

“White shouldn’t be the default any more than straight should be the default. There shouldn’t even be a default.” – Err… Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda (again, sorry!)

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

Shortest: Dream A Little Christmas Dream by Giovanna Fletcher- 69 pages

Longest: Winter by Marissa Meyer- 824 pages

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

The Ice Twins– S.K Tremayne

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

I’m sorry not sorry- Simon and Blue- Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

I’m going for friendship and I adore the friendship in The Ladybirds series by Jenny McLachlan

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Ensnared by A.G Howard

21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

The Last Leaves Falling– Sarah Benwell. I’m not sure this book would’ve been on my radar otherwise.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?

I don’t have one! Sad times.

23. Best 2015 debut you read?

Simon Vs…. you get the idea!

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

I’m loving the worldbuilding in the Throne of Glass series. I read Queen of Shadows this year.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Lily and The Christmas Wish– Keris Stainton. All the cuteness.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?

The Last Leaves Falling- Sarah Benwell

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Boy In The Tower- Polly Ho-Yen

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman. Highly intriguing but it made such an impact.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

Born Weird- Andrew Kaufman. It totally lives up to its title!

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Hmmm… Those Girls by Lauren Saft. This book just really didn’t sit right with me. At all.

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?

I haven’t discovered many new book blogs this year, but I need to get on that. I’m looking forward to seeing how Outlook on a Book grows.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?

I liked how I did Reasons To Stay Alive.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

Unhauling Books. I need more discussion posts this year!

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

YA Shot by far. I loved being part of a blogger workshop.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?

Continuing to blog even though my life got a hell of a lot busier.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Balancing it with teaching. I had one day where I almost forgot to schedule a post.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Top Ten Books For Readers That Like Plot Twists.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Gracefully Grayson– Ami Polonsky

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I haven’t really discovered much bookishness this year. A goal for next year?

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I’ve read more of the series that I wanted to and I think by 31st December I should have completed my Goodreads challenge. Fingers crossed!

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?

The Accident Season by Moira Fowley Doyle

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?

When We Collided by Emery Lord

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Underwater by Marisa Reichardt

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?

A Court Of Mist and Fury– Sarah J Maas.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?

Find some sort of schedule that I can keep to for visiting other blogs.

6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

This Is Where It Ends– Marieke Nijkamp!

Feel free to leave me a link to your survey if you’ve done it too. I love reading these!

Top Ten New-To-Me Favorite Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten New-To-Me favourite authors discovered in 2015!

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

Claire Kendal- The Book Of You

The Book of YouI really enjoyed this pyschological thriller. I’m not keen on books being compared to Gone Girl, but this book is good in its own right!

Sarah Benwell- The Last Leaves Falling

The Last Leaves Falling

This book is an absolutely beautiful read. I can’t recommend it highly enough!

Sarah Rees Brennan- Unspoken

Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)

I adore this trilogy! I find Sarah Rees Brennan’s writing style so easy to read. I adore the main protagonist too! 🙂

Brandy Colbert- Pointe

Pointe

This book is easily one of my favourite reads of 2015. I thought it was so beautifully written.

Lois Lowry- The Giver

The Giver (The Giver, #1)

I adored The Giver. I devoured it!

Louise O’Neill- Only Ever Yours

Only Ever Yours

Louise O’Neill has quickly become one of my favourites. I loved Only Ever Yours and her most recent release Asking For It.

Jessica Spotswood- Born Wicked

Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #1)

I think this cover is incredibly cheesy, but I absolutely love the story inside.

Mary E.Pearson- The Kiss of Deception

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)

I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did. It blew me away!

Rosamund Hodge- Cruel Beauty

Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe #1)

This was another book that I was surprised that I liked so much. I know it’s got its flaws but I really enjoyed it!

Becky Albertalli- Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

I have SO much love for this book. I highly recommend it.

What authors have you discovered this year? Feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten posts and I’ll stop by!

This Week In Books #21

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Click on the book image to get you to Goodreads!

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2) Sisters' Fate (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #3)

NOWWinterMarissa Meyer– I am currently just over halfway through Winter.  This book is huge at 824 pages long, and I don’t have a lot of time to read during the week, but I’m managing to find time for it at the moment.

THENThe Heart of BetrayalMary E.Pearson– I read the second book in the Remnant Chronicles. I enjoyed this story, but not quite as much as the first book in the series The Kiss of Deception. 

NEXTSisters’ FateJessica Spotswood– You might have recognised a theme here, I’m working on series this month! This book is the concluding book in the Cahill Witch chronicles. I don’t want it to end!

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave a link to your posts or tell me in the comments below! Happy Reading! 🙂

 

Stacking The Shelves #130

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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 Goodreads page!

Lighter than My Shadow

I saw this beautiful graphic novel in Foyles. It’s huge! I’m really intrigued. It is about a girl’s battle with anorexia.

Messenger (The Giver, #3)

This is the third book in The Giver quartet. I’m intrigued to see what this book is like.

Sisters' Fate (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #3)

I am very excited to see how this trilogy ends with Sisters’ Fate.  I have enjoyed this trilogy much more than I anticipated.

Girl of Nightmares (Anna, #2)

I have been meaning to read this book for a while now after enjoying Anna Dressed In Blood. I’m trying to finish off some series before the end of the year. Fingers crossed!

Strange and Ever After (Something Strange and Deadly, #3)

I’ve been putting off this book for ages now as I don’t want the trilogy to end!

Unmade (The Lynburn Legacy, #3)

This is yet another trilogy that I’m hoping to complete!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave a link to your haul and I’ll stop by!

Star Cursed (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #2)

Star Cursed (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #2)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Born Wicked

Synopsis:

With the Brotherhood persecuting witches like never before, a divided Sisterhood desperately needs Cate to come into her Prophesied powers. And after Cate’s friend Sachi is arrested for using magic, a war-thirsty Sister offers to help her find answers—if Cate is willing to endanger everyone she loves.

Cate doesn’t want to be a weapon, and she doesn’t want to involve her friends and Finn in the Sisterhood’s schemes. But when Maura and Tess join the Sisterhood, Maura makes it clear that she’ll do whatever it takes to lead the witches to victory. Even if it means sacrifices. Even if it means overthrowing Cate. Even if it means all-out war.

In the highly anticipated sequel to Born Wicked, the Cahill Witch Chronicles continue Cate, Maura and Tess’s quest to find love, protect family, and explore their magic against all odds in an alternate history of New England.

Thoughts:

This book is the second instalment in The Cahill Witch Chronicles which starts with Born Wicked. A book I devoured. I liked it much more than I expected. This book doesn’t suffer from middle book syndrome. It’s awesome.

In Star Cursed we return to New England and the world of witches and prophecies. It’s so full of intrigue, betrayal with a slice of romance on the side. It definitely makes me want to read the last book ASAP and find out how it’s all going to finish! Star Cursed centres arounds Cate again, who is now a member of the Sisterhood. The Sisterhood are a group of witches who are pretending to be nuns in order to disguise their real selves. Cate and her sisters are now reunited and Finn is close by too. Star Cursed involves prophecies, romances, betrayal and friendships. It packs a lot into the book, but it never feels too rushed. The pace is perfect.

Cate is such a fantastic character and I love her relationship with her sister Tess. I also really like Maura, but because she’s a great character to dislike. You know… those characters you love to hate? She’s definitely one of them.

As this is a middle book, I don’t want to say too much and ruin it. I highly recommend you pick up this series though, especially if you’re into witch/prophecy/paranormal reads!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A fantastic sequel to a gripping series!

Ten Finished Series That I Have YET To Finish

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are our Top Ten finished series that we have yet to finish. I have a few of these… but I must admit that I’m getting much better at catching up with series, and a lot of the series on my TBR at the moment are unfinished!

In no particular order (book images go to Goodreads):

The Cahill Witch Chronicles

Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #1)

I only have one more book left in this trilogy and I’m looking foward to finishing it ASAP. I’m very much enjoying it, much more than I had anticipated!

Lynburn Legacy

Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)

This is another series which I only have one left to read! I love Kami, the main protagonist in this series!

The Giver

The Giver (The Giver, #1)

I’ve read The Giver and Gathering Blue. I’m intrigued to read more of the books!

Anna

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)

Yet another book where there’s only one pending for me! I look forward to reading the next book.

Something Strange and Deadly

Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly, #1)

I have just got the final book to go. I don’t want to complete this series as I love it so much! Totally holding out on reading the final book.

Awaken

Awaken (Awaken, #1)

I’m not sure that I’ll love the next book as I thought this book was just okay, but I’m willing enough to give it a try!

4 finished series that I want to start

Fire and Thorns

The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)

I’m really looking forward to reading this book. It’s been on my radar for a while now.

If I Stay

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)

I have had this book for ages, but the hype surrounding Gayle Forman worries me.

Goddess Test

The Goddess Test (Goddess Test, #1)

This book doesn’t have the best reviews but I’m intrigued!

The Syrena Legacy

Of Poseidon (The Syrena Legacy, #1)I haven’t read many books like this. I’ve been put off by the reviews, but I think it’s time to form my own opinion!

What finished series are you yet to complete? Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!