February Wrap Up

So this was an ok reading month for me especially when I ahve a lot going on. I managed to read a couple of big books so that’s a positive.

Traitor to the throne by Alwyn Hamilton (Rebel of the Sands #2) 570 pages Review

So I loved this, it was such a good sequel and I can’t believe the character and world growth that was a part of it. It had so many good twists and turns and I can’t wait for the finale next year.

A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan (The Memoirs of Lady Trent #1) 334 pages

I originally picked this up for the cover because it’s stunning and then when i read the synopsis it felt like a non-fiction where dragons exist and our main character wants to study them. It feels like a reflection of the Victorian era where explorers went out to learn about natural history and discover the world but set in a parallel universe.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (The Nevernight Chronicle #1) 580 pages

Oh man was this hard, I got about a quarter of the way through and was all ready for giving up until my book buddies told me that I had to keep going because it got so much better. And they were right. After we actually get to the assassin’s school things actually become interesting and good but it has a lot of problems for me. I will continue on in the series but I would not recommend it to anyone in all honesty.

Flying Lessons & Other Stories edited by Ellen Oh 240 pages

I’m not normally one for anthologies and I don’t know what made me pick this up but I did enjoy it and hope to give more time to anthologies in the future as it really broke my readin up. That being said, I did fly through it. My only issue is that for a diverse book it was pretty much primarily base on race diversity and I would have liked a little bit more variety.

The Tropic of Serprents by Marie Brennan (The Memoirs of Lady Trent #2) 331 pages

This follows Isabella again into her discovery of dragons but where she is like a lead explorer and all the struggles she has to face. This had a lot of politics in it as well as a great deal more cultural struggle but also community integration. Learning about the different races and communities and way of life is my favourite part of these books apart from the dragons.

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys 391 pages

So I loved this, it is an incredible and beautiful portrayal of an unknown tragedy. I absolutely flew through this because I didn’t want to put it down. This is a must read for everyone because it is a beautiful story that will educate you and although the characters aren’t real people you will feel a kinship to them and their plight.

Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza (Empress of a Thousand Skies #1) 320 pages

I won’t lie, this was kind of a disappointment. I was so looking forward to it because it sounded so interesting and like a lot of cool and original things could go on. However, although the ideas were great the execution really let it down. It was like a mix of Illuminae and The Lunar Chronicles but not as good as either. I will give it some leeway due to it being a debut and will pick up the sequel to see how the author develops. I want this to be good because it has so much potential to be an incredible story. I would hold off on this to see how the sequel turns out before picking up this series.

This Months Recommended Read


My Favourite Read of the Month


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Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza (Empress of a Thousand Skies #1)


The only surviving heir to an ancient Kalusian dynasty, RHEE has spent her life training to destroy the people who killed her family. Now, on the eve of her coronation, the time has finally come for Rhee to claim her throne – and her revenge.

ALYOSHA is a Wraetan who has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a DroneVision show. Despite his popularity, Aly struggles with anti-Wraetan prejudices and the pressure of being perfect in the public eye.

Their paths collide with one brutal act of violence: Rhee is attacked, barely escaping with her life. Aly is blamed for her presumed murder.

The princess and her accused killer are forced to go into hiding – even as a war between planets is waged in Rhee’s name. But soon, Rhee and Aly discover that the assassination attempt is just one part of a sinister plot. Bound together by an evil that only they can stop, the two fugitives must join forces to save the galaxy.

320 pages

Released 7th February 2017

Try It – 3 stars

Read from 23rd to 27th February

So, I’m not gonna lie, this was a huge disappointment for me. It was such an interesting and coll concept for a ya si-fi which is so rarely done well and I thought this was going to be one of the good ones. It started out feeling like a mix of Illuminae and the Lunar Chronicles but it just fell flat.

As a general consensus I did like the story and the elements to it but the plot was just so poorly done and had so many holes and change of heart so abruptly that it just felt so stupid at some points. The saddest part was how much I didn’t like the characters, there were just so few of them and everyone else was in their past and were done through memories that it made it really hard to connect with anyone. Rhee and Aly were not my type of characters, there was a lot of backstory and history but at the same time they felt so thin and everything about them was just built from the past that nothing present really felt like it was going on.

Everything did fell like the past and it was so tied up in memories that when they were taken away that was all they were focussed on and it just really took me out of the story. This didn’t feel like original ideas but it was done in a really interesting and unique atmosphere and world that really utilised these well. All of the foundation is there to be great; the plot just has to be firmed up to make everything just a solid good story.

I had a huge problem with how Rhee should have been this really strong person because of the whole training regime she had been through but she just still felt so weak and it was kind of strange to me. Her character overall wasn’t of strong will but rather stubbornness and stupidity that out her into the situations that she couldn’t get out of.

Another problem was the terrible foreshadowing. I respect foreshadowing as a plot device but it was so blatant and brazen in this that meant there were no plot twists. Everything was plainly in your face that the foreshadowing didn’t give air to what would happen but instead just told you especially as something would be said at the end of a chapter, turn the page, and BANG there it is. That is not how it is used in my world and perhaps I’m just too old for this but I don’t think so when you consider the age of the other characters.

This really does have some good ingredients but the execution just needs to be a bit stronger to bring it all together and make a really good story and series out of it.

I would not recommend picking this up but rather wait until the sequel comes out and then see how that develops before trying the series.

Do you pick up new release debuts for yourself or wait to hear other peoples opinions?

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Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett (Discworld #3/ Witches #1)

equal-ritesOn Discworld, a dying wizard tries to pass on his powers to an eighth son of an eighth son, who is just at that moment being born. The fact that the son is actually a daughter is discovered just a little too late. The town witch insists on turning the baby into a perfectly normal witch, thus mending the magical damage of the wizard’s mistake. But now the young girl will be forced to penetrate the inner sanctum of the Unseen University–and attempt to save the world with one well-placed kick in some enchanted shins! Reissue.

285 pages

Published 1987

Try It – 3 stars

Read from 18th to 28th January (I took a bit of a break)

So I have been enjoying this series and been waiting to get to the Witches story, which I was informed was the best part probably. I was disappointed. Out of the three books I’ve read this was my least favourite.

I found it to be quite boring and confusing. I struggled to understand what was going on and why. I really am struggling without chapter breaks. I found the first book much easier because it was still fairly continuous but those four separations really helped me. I also preferred Rincewind’s second story to the first because it got the introduction and scene setting out of the way so I may find that I prefer book six and enjoy the witches.

So I did like that it was introducing Witches as an alternative to Wizards and the magical differences between them. However, it did it in quite a difficult way. I think the magic system and world are so unique that flinging the comparison between the two in by trying to create a female Wizard really threw me off. This may just be down to my lack of experience in the Adult Fantasy world; however, I have never struggled with any other adult books I’ve read.

I didn’t really enjoy or connect to any of the characters and that’s often the hardest thing about reading a book where that is the case for me. I didn’t really find the story enjoyable. It seemed like an interesting premise but I wasn’t really enjoying the way in which it was carried out. I really wanted to like this book but it was just fairly average for me. I want to continue on in the series but I think I’ll take a break for a while.

I apologise for this being so short but there isn’t much I can’t hate or gush over so it makes it hard to write a lot about it.

Did anyone else feel the same?

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WWW Wednesday 22nd February

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words. Simply answer the following questions:

  • What have you recently finished reading?
  • What are you currently reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Just Finished

So I finally made it through Nevernight and in the end I enjoyed it overall even though it has a lot of problems. I liked this and will continue on in this series but I can’t say I would recommend it to anyone.

I don’t know why I picked up Flying Lessons & Other Stories because I’m not really that into anthologies but this was actually pretty good. The only criticism I had with it was that is was about diversity but focused pretty much exclusively on race.

Currently Reading

the-tropic-of-serpentsSo I enjoyed the first book early in the month and they aren’t incredible but they’re something so different. This book has more community integration in it but there’s a lot of stupid stuff going on that just seems like a daft cultural differences but I’m not enjoying them because of those problems. But it’s such an interesting fantasy and I should be finished it soon.

Read Next

So I’m not entirely sure what I plan on picking up next but it will be between these three. I’m hoping to be able to read these by the end of the month but that may be overly ambitious. Next month I’m planning on doing a big book month with books that are over 500 pages and these don’t fit so that’s why I want to get to these soon.

If you have a WWW then leave a link in the comments down below and I’ll check it out. If not what are you all currently reading?

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The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett (Discworld #2 / Rincewind #2)

the-colour-of-magicSomewhere on the frontier between thought and reality exists the Discworld, a parallel time and place which might sound and smell very much like our own, but which looks completely different. Particularly as it’s carried though space on the back of a giant turtle (sex unknown). It plays by different rules.

But then, some things are the same everywhere. The Disc’s very existence is about to be threatened by a strange new blight: the world’s first tourist, upon whose survival rests the peace and prosperity of the land. Unfortunately, the person charged with maintaining that survival in the face of robbers, mercenaries and, well, Death, is a spectacularly inept wizard…

Pages – 292 

Published – January 18th 1985

Rating – Should Read, 4 stars

the-light-fantasticIn The Light Fantastic only one individual can save the world from a disastrous collision. Unfortunately, the hero happens to be the singularly inept wizard Rincewind, who was last seen falling off the edge of the world…

Pages – 292

Published May 1986

Rating – Should Read, 4.5 stars

Read from January 13th to 15th

This book has so many beautifully abstract elements that you can’t help being compelling to continue reading to see the new concepts we are presented with.

I loved this book; I didn’t want to stop reading it. This is such a good story with amazing characters and a great story and world. The one thing about the books I’ve read is that they don’t really have a plot. They are a lovely example of storytelling for the sake of telling people ideas with an incredible world and really compelling characters.

This book just wants to be read and there’s a lovely mix of characters. It just so fun and interesting to read because the characters feel so real, the dialogue is done really well and the humour and sarcasm are great. It does feel very British and is done in that dry way and I felt really involved in it.

Again, I did struggle a bit with the pacing and the switch betweens due to no clear lines. This is usually done with chapter breaks but some books also do it with lines and segregation. It does fly by in this book more as there is more of a central adventure whereas the last book felt a bit broken up. It also did feel like these two books were one in terms of where we left off and the pacing.

I really like how the relationship between Twoflower and Rincewind has grown and developed because they now have this unlikely friendship that I just really want to be a part of. From reading the first book I honestly didn’t imagine growing so fond of the pair. They are still very different people that tackle situations in a completely opposite manner but surprisingly this compliments each other.

This book had a much stronger focus on magic and on the Unseen University – the top wizarding university – and the different levels of wizards. It was nice to see this but was hard to get your head around because it isn’t fully explained. I suppose that’s something that can be said for the whole book. It’s not detailed focussed and things are sort of left out for your to figure out and piece together. It’s not a starter fantasy book but it is in the sense of just wanting a story and an adventure.

I am looking forward to reading the next book and it is sitting on my shelf and I shall be getting to it soon.

Now, I know this is a massive series but I cannot recommend it enough. Just try the first book to get a feel of it and you might find yourself hooked and needing the next book like me.

Does anyone else find it strange reading books published before they were born,a nd 10 years at that?

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WWW Wednesday 15th February

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words. Simply answer the following questions:

  • What have you recently finished reading?
  • What are you currently reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?


Just Finished


I loved this, it was quirky and weird and unique and was just written in a really amazing style. It feels so much like a non-fiction but it’s a fantasy because it has dragons. However, in this story dragons are just like another species and our narrator spent her life studying them and now she’s writing about her adventures and how she came to be one of the most renowned  dragon scientists around. Did I also mention that it feels like it’s set in the Victorian era?

Yeah, people need to pick this up because there is so little mention of it.

Currently Reading


So I’m reading this as part of a buddy read and I hated it for the first fifth of the book. It was just so weird and slow and boring and confusing. I was so close to DNFing it but thanks to my other readers they pushed me to continue because it picked up and they’re so right. I am now loving this and getting so involved in the story and how it is fleshing out. I don’t want to put it down but I’m so busy with other things that I don’t have the choice.

Read Next


I’ve created like a little TBR box to try and spice up my reading and not worry about what I’m reading so much. Set reading will come from new releases and book buddy and book club reads. I actually loved the first book so I’m pretty happy with going back to it. I still can’t believe how beautiful these covers are. They’re probably some of my favourite covers out there. I’m really looking forward to seeing how this story continues especially after how the last book finished off.

Leave your WWW in the comments down below or let me know what you’re currently reading and what you enjoy about it!

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Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes (Falling Kingdoms #2)

falling kingdomsIn the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.

Published: December 11th 2012

Pages: 412

Rating: Must Read – 4.5 stars


rebel-springAfter a bloody siege, Auranos has been defeated, its young queen orphaned and dethroned. The three kingdoms—Auranos, Limeros, and Paelsia—are now unwillingly united as one country called Mytica. But the allure of ancient, dangerous magic beckons still, and with it the chance to rule not just Mytica, but the whole world over…

At the heart of the fray are four brave young people grappling for that magic and the power it promises. For Cleo, the magic would enable her to reclaim her royal seat. In Jonas’s hands, it frees his nation, and in Lucia’s, it fulfills the ancient prophecy of her destiny. And if the magic were Magnus’s, he would finally prove his worth in the eyes of his cruel and scheming father, King Gaius, who rules Mytica with a punishing hand.

When Gaius begins to build a road into the Forbidden Mountains to physically link all of Mytica, he sparks a long-smoking fire in the hearts of the people that will forever change the face of this land. For Gaius’s road is paved with blood, and its construction will have cosmic consequences.

Published: December 3rd 2013

Pages: 401

Rating: Must Read – 4.5 stars

Read from January 7th to 11th

So first off I’m amazed that no one told me that I had to read this sooner. This book is incredible and so fast to get through. The plot and setting and story and characters are amazing. I loved Falling Kingdoms but this was a step up still.

So this picks up straight after the end of Falling Kingdoms with the King of Blood as the ruler of Mytica. This is pretty much the same plot point throughout and it’s what all of our characters are trying to contend with. The Kindred are also a unique plot point that gets really explored and expanded upon throughout. This was a point in the first book but was much more important in this story.

So just like the last book we have the multiple perspectives to show off who our main characters and families are. We don’t really spend time in Limeros which makes things feel a lot more connected as the focus is on Auranos. All the characters tend to have a lot more interaction with each other and a lot of new relationships are afoot. This book also focusses on who the main players are and explains who plays what part in everything. We are also introduced to a few spanners in the works with new characters coming along as well as a new Empire being brought in as well.

The thing about this is that there are a lot of plot points and storylines going on which means the reader knows things that hasn’t been revealed to other characters yet. This is a really good way of engaging the reader and giving them the opportunity to think about possible storylines and how they would all interconnect. It can be incredibly frustrating knowing this though and it being played out for so long. You feel like you’re holding each of the secrets as well.

The Watchers did play a much bigger role in this book but it kind of annoyed me how they were used. We had none and then bang three are on the playing field. I also didn’t like how some of them were used, it just felt all a bit pointless.

Now, moving onto the deaths…. Because there’s a lot! So with a competitive environment that’s expected but it’s not as impactful to the reader as it is to the characters. My problem is that it feels like anyone could die but it doesn’t really pan out that way which feels a little bit cheap. I would be ok with main characters dying in all honesty but I think that’s what makes this a young adult novel because you can’t have that.

I did love this book even if it wasn’t perfect but it was really minor in this. I really want to get to Gathering Darkness which is what I think the next novel is.

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