WWW Wednesday #73

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 have just started The Lovely and The Lost by Page Morgan, so I don’t have much to say about it yet. I’m looking forward to continuing the series after enjoying The Beautiful And The Cursed. I’m kind of hoping that this is a duology though, I’m not sure if it’s got enough scope for a trilogy, but perhaps I’ll change my mind!

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I recently finished Thousand Words by Jennifer Brown. This book explores the implications of sexting when the message/photo goes viral. I thought it was another great read. I’m always impressed by this author’s work!

What do you think you’ll read next?

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Next up for me is Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell. I have heard incredibly mixed opinions about this book, so I’m excited to read it and form my own opinion. It certainly looks good?

What are you reading this week? Please feel free to leave your answers in the comments or the link to your WWW Wednesday post! Happy Reading!

Top Ten Freebie- Top Ten Unread Books waiting for me on my shelves

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a Top Ten Freebie. We can write a top ten list for whatever we like. I always find these lists a bit difficult for some reason. I probably over think them.

Anyway, I’ve decided to pick my Top Ten Unread Books waiting for me to be read on my shelf. Let’s face it. There’s a hell of a lot more than 10 waiting to be read. I’m a book buying addict. I can’t help it.

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More Than ThisPatrick Ness– I have wanted to read this book for SO long. I shall definitely try and fit it in as soon as I can. I hope I haven’t hyped myself up for it!

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Perfect Ruin- Lauren DeStefano– I adore Lauren DeStefano’s writing, so this book I should really try to read soon.

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A Boy Called HopeLara Williamson– This book may have a plainish cover, but it sounds adorable. I really need to make time for this book.

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Maybe SomedayColleen Hoover– I’ve heard good things about this book. I just need to get to it!

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Dead To YouLisa McMann – I was drawn to the cover of this book, and immediately picked it up after reading the synopsis.

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The Lovely and The LostPage Morgan– Yep, that’s right. Another series that I need to continue. There are just SO many.

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Fallen GraceMary Hooper- The cover of this book is simple, but beautiful. Really looking forward to this one.

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A Monster CallsPatrick Ness– I’m working my way through books by Patrick Ness. This one is certainly on my radar.

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FracturedTeri Terry– Oh look, another series that I need to continue! I enjoyed Slated, so I’m looking forward to reading Fractured.

I really need to make time for these books! Have you read any of them? Which would you suggest I prioritise?

Please feel free to leave your link to your Top Ten Freebie post this week. I’d love to see what you’ve done!

Stacking The Shelves #62- Behold the awesome

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 in London:

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I have been wanting to read Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano for so long. I just couldn’t resist it. I’ve heard great things about She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick too. Dead To You by Lisa McCann looked SO good. It had to be mine. Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin was literally thrown into my hands and demanded that I bought it by my friend Rachel. I hope it’s good! Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young has been on my radar for a while now too. Looking forward to reading that! I also really liked the look of The Love Song of Jonny Valentine by Teddy Wayne.

From Hot Key Books (thanks to the lovely Luna!):

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Luna got me a selection of books from the lovely Hot Key Books. I’m particularly looking forward to reading The Lovely and The Lost by Page Morgan and Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira. Really, I’m looking forward to them all, but these two are being bumped up the TBR pile. Luna also kindly lent me her copy of Say Her Name by James Dawson which I’m reading very soon. So excited about it.

What have you added to your shelves this week? Please feel free to link your posts so I can see what you’ve got!

Top Ten 2014 Releases I’m Dying To Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week it is Top Ten 2014 Releases I’m Dying To Read. I could have put so many books on here. Click on the book image to get to the Goodread’s page. I’ve picked my ten… so here we go!

In no particular order:

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Ignite Me- Tahereh Mafi– I have enjoyed this series much more than I expected to, so I’m looking forward to seeing how it concludes!

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Split SecondKasie West– I adored Pivot Point. I’m far too excited about Split Second…

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Cress–  Marissa Meyer– I thought Cinder was ok and was disappointed that I didn’t love it. I read Scarlet and loved it, so my faith in this series was restored. I can’t wait to read Cress!

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The Retribution of Mara DyerMichelle Hodkin- This is one of my favourite series. It’s so messed up. I really, really need to know what’s going on!

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UnhingedA.G Howard– I liked Splintered, so I’m intrigued to see what Unhinged is like!

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The Lovely And The Lost- Page Morgan- I was surprised that I enjoyed The Beautiful and The Cursed as much as I did.

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The Treatment- Suzanne Young– I can’t wait to read this book. I was intrigued by The Program, so I’m looking forward to seeing how the story continues.

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The Impossible Knife of MemoryLaurie Halse Anderson– I am slowly working my way through Laurie Halse Anderson’s books. The Impossible Knife of Memory  sounds brilliant!

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The OneKiera Cass– Guilty pleasure time.. I know that this series isn’t the best, but there’s something about it that I find intriguing. I am interested to see how the story concludes.. so Kiera must be doing something right!

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Take Me OnKatie McGarry- Crash Into You has only just come out (which I loved by the way!) but I’m still so excited for this book!

What releases are you looking forward to in 2014? Please feel free to leave your link in the comments below. I think it’s going to be another week where my TBR pile goes nuts!

Top Ten Sequels I Can’t Wait To Get My Hands On

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us bloggers to fill out. This week the list is the top ten sequels we can’t wait to get our hands on.

I have a bit of a bad habit of starting series, but never finishing them. It’s something that I’m definitely going to work on next year!

As ever, click on the book to take you to the Goodread’s page. In no particular order here are my 10:

15844362 The OneKiera Cass– This book is a total guilty pleasure for me. It’s not the world’s best written series, but there’s something about it that makes me want to read it. The covers have been SO gorgeous as well. I want that dress. I’d look like one of those dolls you can put on a toilet roll, but that’s beside the point!

13188676Ignite MeTahereh Mafi– I can’t wait to read this book, the end of an amazing series. I’m hoping that it turns out how I want it to…

13206828CressMarissa Meyer– I loved Scarlet more than Cinder, so I’m very excited about reading Cress. I hope it lives up to my expectations!

15768409The Retribution of Mara DyerMichelle Hodkin– I absolutely can’t wait for this book. I’m just terrified that I’m not going to like the ending..

17924944The Lovely and The LostPage Morgan– I’m really looking forward to reading this book. I loved The Beautiful And The Cursed much more than I thought I would.

15792316Split SecondKasie West– I can’t wait to read this after thoroughly enjoying Pivot Point.

4 series that I can’t wait to start!

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I have all four of these books waiting on my bookshelf to be read. I can’t wait to get to them!

What sequels do you really want to read? Feel free to link me to your Top Ten posts!

My Summer Challenge: Did I complete it?

Chrissi’s Summer Challenge!

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I work in a school, so I have a glorious six weeks off in the summer. Today I’m back to school. Sad face. Oh well, I can’t complain too much as I have completed my Summer Challenge! On 18th June, I picked 10 books on the top of my to be read pile as part of Top Ten Tuesday. I then decided, that I would actually endeavour to read these books!  So here are my thoughts on my favourites and unfortunately one DNF (Did Not Finish).

If you click on the book image, it’ll take you to the book’s Goodreads profile. Easier to add to your TBR list that way! 😉 If you click on the title of the book, it’ll take you to my review (bar my DNF book).

10. Q- A Love Story- Evan Mandery

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9. Grow Up– Ben Brooks

10830696There was nothing really wrong with this book, it just wasn’t as much my thing as the others on this list. It has extremely strong language and adult content so beware. I’d say 18+ only!

8. Beauty Queens– Libba Bray

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7. Why We Broke Up– Daniel Handler

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6. Attachments– Rainbow Rowell

8909152I found this book incredibly easy to read. I finished it on a train journey. It wasn’t quite Eleanor & Park for me, but it was still a decent read.

5. Under The Never Sky– Veronica Rossi

11594257I loved this book and I’m looking forward to checking out the sequel. This was one of the first of the books I read and I really expected it to be placed higher, but no.. I read much awesomeness.

4. The Beautiful and The Cursed– Page Morgan

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3. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer– Michelle Hodkin

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2. Boundless– Cynthia Hand

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1. Divergent– Veronica Roth

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Have you read any on my list?  If so, what were your favourites?

The Beautiful and The Cursed

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

After a bizarre accident, Ingrid Waverly is forced to leave London with her mother and younger sister, Gabby, trading a world full of fancy dresses and society events for the unfamiliar city of Paris.

In Paris there are no grand balls or glittering parties, and, disturbingly, the house Ingrid’s twin brother, Grayson, found for them isn’t a house at all. It’s an abandoned abbey, its roof lined with stone gargoyles that could almost be mistaken for living, breathing creatures.

And Grayson has gone missing.

No one seems to know of his whereabouts but Luc, a devastatingly handsome servant at their new home.

Ingrid is sure her twin isn’t dead—she can feel it deep in her soul—but she knows he’s in grave danger. It will be up to her and Gabby to navigate the twisted path to Grayson, a path that will lead Ingrid on a discovery of dark secrets and otherworldly truths. And she’ll learn that once they are uncovered, they can never again be buried.

Thoughts:

I didn’t know much about this book before I picked it up. I had seen it across quite a few blogs with mixed opinions. Some people seemed to really love it and some weren’t as positive. I haven’t really read a lot of gothic fiction, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was intrigued though, so I picked up a copy and decided to read it this summer. I’m thrilled I did, because I found The Beautiful and The Cursed to be an intriguing, excited read, that didn’t take me long to read as soon as I started. Page Morgan has done an amazing job with this book. There are so many genres combined within the book including gothic, fantasy, adventure, supernatural with of course, so romance thrown in too.

The Beautiful and The Cursed takes place in Paris in 1899.It opens with two sisters, Ingrid and Gabby arriving with their mother at an Abbey in Paris. Ingrid’s twin Grayson, has found this place for his mother to open a gallery. The Abbey isn’t particularly appealing, it is rather intimidating because of the horrible gargoyles that are outside. After the family arrive, they find that Grayson has gone missing. The sisters are determined to find him, but whilst on their search for Grayson, they find out some secrets and a strange world which they didn’t know existed.

The Beautiful and the Cursed is told in alternate point of view, from Ingrid, Luc and Gabby, with the occasional input from Grayson. I loved all of the characters, even though Gabby took me a while to warm to, as she was quite outspoken. Ingrid is a great characters, she’s determined and open-minded. I loved reading the story from her point of view. Luc’s point of view tells the readers more about gargoyles. I didn’t really know a lot about gargoyles, but I was very much impressed with Page Morgan’s take. The gargoyles are ugly, they hate demons and have an urge to protect humans that live in their territory. Gargoyles have committed a crime against a holy man which turns them into a gargoyle when they did. Gargoyles are kept in line by angels.

I like the pace of The Beautiful and the Cursed, it didn’t feel to slow for me, and once I passed 100 pages I found myself very much engrossed in the world that Page Morgan has built. I found the ending intense, action-packed and very satisfying. The ending is incredibly messy with bad angels, bad demons and traitors. But it’s a good mess. It’s somewhat sorted out but also paves way for the next book in the series.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Beautiful and The Cursed. It’s a refreshing change to have a paranormal read that doesn’t include vampires or werewolves!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course! (4.5 stars)

Reading next:
Burn For Burn- Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian