July Book Haul!

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Not only has July ended, but so has my uni holidays 😦

Unlike when I first started this blog, every month I have been acquiring more and more books; and trust me when I say that I am in no way disappointed by this. Rather I am quite thrilled that I have been able to work hard to gift myself these books, and on most occasions find bargains to save myself money for other things.

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Here are 5 of the 6 books I bought this month, not in order of purchase date, but in order of size.

I read Release by Patrick Ness for the BookTubeAthon 2017 and posted a spoilerish review on Monday, which can be viewed if you click this link or on the word above.

I also have a post of mini reviews for the Harry Potter series which includes my thoughts on The Prisoner of Azkaban, which I published a while ago, which can be accessed via this link or the link above.

And the last book I bought, but don’t anticipate to read for a long while is;

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  • The Trials Of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan

I purchased this one from K-mart, because it is a large paperback and they dissapear after being on the shelves for a couple of months, also it matched my equally unread copy of The Hidden Oracle I purchased last year.

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Stay Happy, Healthy, and have a Lovely Week!!

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Thank You so much for reading! I hope to see you all back Monday for another review 🙂
BREE XOXO


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Release by Patrick Ness | Spoilery Review

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For the first day of the BookTubeAthon I read Release by Patrick Ness, a book that I’d been dying to pick up ever since its release earlier this year.

Release by Patrick Ness Book Cover .jpgGoodreads Summary:

Inspired by Mrs Dalloway and Judy Blume’s Forever, Release is one day in the life of Adam Thorn, 17. It’s a big day. Things go wrong. It’s intense, and all the while, weirdness approaches…

Adam Thorn is having what will turn out to be the most unsettling, difficult day of his life, with relationships fracturing, a harrowing incident at work, and a showdown between this gay teen and his preacher father that changes everything. It’s a day of confrontation, running, sex, love, heartbreak, and maybe, just maybe, hope. He won’t come out of it unchanged. And all the while, lurking at the edges of the story, something extraordinary and unsettling is on a collision course.

Continue reading “Release by Patrick Ness | Spoilery Review”

BookTubeAthon TBR!

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The BookTubeAthon starts tomorrow at Midnight! My friend Tracy (@trufflebooks) dragged me into this and now I’m going to attempt to read 7 books in 7 days!!

The prompts for the books are as listed below:

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So with the Tracy’s help, I managed to chose 7 books which I hope to, but  most likely will not finish within the seven days of the challenge.

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How To Read The Shadowhunter Books!

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If you are new to the Shadowhunter fandom, there are some basic facts about the series you must know before you start;

  • There are currently 3 series (as at July 2017)
  • 2 short story bind ups
  • There are also many companion books, including:
    • Shadowhunters & Downworlders edited by Cassandra Clare
    • The Shadowhunters Codex by Cassandra Clare and Joshua Lewis
    • An Illustrated History of Notable Shadowhunters and Denizens of Downworld by Cassandra Clare, illustrated by Cassandra Jean
    • Shadowhunters Colouring Book illustrated by Cassandra Jean
  • There is a movie titled ‘City Of Bones’ staring Lilly Collins and Jamie Bower Campbell.
  • A t.v. show titled ‘Shadowhunters’ aired last year. I advise against watching it as it is nothing like the storyline of the books, especially if you are truly wanting to immerse yourself into the shadowhunter world.
  • You will ship incest (don’t even try to deny it).

Continue reading “How To Read The Shadowhunter Books!”

A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. Maas | Spoilery-ish Review

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So after much nagging from Tracy (@trufflebooks in Instagram), I have started this series and well let’s just say that I was warned and it truly was a rollercoaster.

A Court Of Thorns And Roses Book CoverGoodreads Summary:

Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

Continue reading “A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. Maas | Spoilery-ish Review”

Books Summarised Into Gifs!

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I’m so  excited to make this post! I saw another blogger do a version of this and it’s a super cool way for me to express my feels and tell you all about my favourite books without having to spoil anything.

I have chosen 8 of my favourite books and summarised them into a one or more gifs each. I hope you can relate.


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right in the feels

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The Things We Promise by J. C. Burke | Non-Spoiler Review

I was sent this book from Allen & Unwin in exchange for an honest review. It was published on the x of March 2017.

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I stayed up for 5-ish hours (with phone breaks) to finish reading the last 300 pages of this soul crushing book, just so I could bring you this review today as promised.

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Goodreads Summary:

There are two things you need to know about me. The first is that I remember life by what I was wearing. The second is that I think too much.

It’s the early 1990s and all Gemma can think about is looking perfect for her first school formal. Gemma’s brother Billy – New York’s up and coming hair and make-up artist – has made her the ultimate promise: he’s returning home especially to ‘create magic’ on her and two friends for their end-of-year formal. Gemma’s best friend, Andrea, is convinced it’ll be their moment to shine; Gemma hopes it’s the night Ralph will finally notice her.

But when Billy arrives home from New York, Gemma’s life becomes complicated. Her family’s been keeping secrets; friendships are forged and broken; and suddenly the length of her formal dress is the least of her worries.

Set in a time of uncertainty and fear, The Things We Promise is a beautifully told novel that sings with emotion, humour and heartbreak.

Continue reading “The Things We Promise by J. C. Burke | Non-Spoiler Review”

Netflix Book Tag

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I’ve been so good with my blog post schedule, it’s making me so happy and I come to you all with another post; this time a Book Tag!

Since the website I use to stream videos has stopped working for me I’ve been using Netflix for the first time, so it is only fitting that I have chosen to do the Netflix Book Tag. I found this tag on BookTube a while ago, then again on A Booklovers Playlist, where I found the questions. According to Keyleigh (A Booklovers Playlist), the origional video was made by A Darker Shade of Whitney and can be watched here.

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1. Recently Watched
The last book you finished reading:

Lord Of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. I posted a non-spoiler review for this book on Monday which I am very proud of and I would love for you all to read it.
2. Top Picks
A book/books that have been recommended to you based on books you have previously read:

My friend Tracy – who was featured in my LOS review as ‘Paperback Rep’ – recommended I read Strange The Dreamer by Lani Taylor; partly because I was reading the Shadowhunter books, and partly because she was – and I quote – “so shattered by the book that [I] must read it”.
3. Recently Added
The last book you bought:

Damn lucky I went book shopping on Thursday before I enforced my strict spending budget (which will sadly not hold). I purchased two books that day, Release by Patrick Ness and Trials of Apollo Book 2 by Rick Riordan.
4. Popular on Netflix
Books that everyone knows about (series you’ve read and a series you have no interest in reading):

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare (duh!), I’ve read this series 3 times over and loved it even more every single time!
Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Mass is a series I – not so much have no interest in reading – I just don’t want to pick up the series because of all the hype over it has just put me off reading the books even though I know how amazing they must be.
5. Comedies
A funny book:

All the books I read aren’t full comedy but have their sarcastic and funny moments. But I found myself full out giggling while reading Magnus Chase and The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan. This book was equal parts comedy to action and it was a good balance.
6. Dramas
A character who is a drama queen/king:

Alec Lightwood is a drama queen! OMG I swear if anyone was a bigger drama queen than him when it came to thinking he was going to lose any chance at being with Jace, I would give the other persona gold medal. This is more the Alec we see in City of Bones, but he will always be a drama queen to me.
7. Animated
A book with cartoons on the cover:
Girl In Between by Anna Daniels is the only book I own with a cartoon style artwork on the cover. I haven’t read this one yet but I was sent it for review from Allen & Unwin.
8. Watch It Again
A book/book series that you want to re-read:

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare for the third (or fourth) time. Nuff said.
9. Documentaries
A non-fiction book you’d recommend to everyone:

I don’t think I’ve actually read through a non-fiction book (that I remember), though I would recommend everyone at least have a flick through Ed Sheeran’s Autobiography. It’s a beautiful green book with amazing drawings and a wonderful story about his rise to stardom.
10. Action and Adventure
An action packed book:

Nevernight!!! Jay Kristoff just manages to keep you hooked with this book, and in the parts where the level of action decreases you as the reader begin to feel more on edge; the feeling that something is coming is always there with this book, and until that thing comes you are left hooked hanging on to every word.
11. New Releases
A book that just came out or will be coming out soon that you can’t wait to read:

Magnus Chase and The Ship of The Dead by Rick Riordan comes out in October and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy as soon as it is released!!
12. Max: Tag some people!!
I tag everyone and anyone who has read been so kind as to have read this post. Enjoy.

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Stay Happy, Healthy, and have a Lovely Week!!

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Thank You so much for reading and I hope to see you all back here Monday for another book review 🙂
BREE XOXO


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Storytime Wednesday: Revisiting My Childhood

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I hope you all enjoyed my passionate Lord of Shadows book review I posted two days ago. It is, in my opinion one of my best book reviews on this blog and if you haven’t already read it I recommend you do (you have no excuse because it’s non-spoiler!).

But today we discus the not often mentioned creatures of the deep; Mermaids, and how there are very few of them as the focus in Fantasy novels of today.

Ingo Boo CoverThis post was inspired by (but in no way sponsored by) Ingo by Helen Dunmore. The book was published in 2006 by Harper Collins Children’s Books and is the first in a series of four books that revolve around a girl who finds out her family has a deep connection with the ocean. Continue reading “Storytime Wednesday: Revisiting My Childhood”

Lord Of Shadows by Cassandra Clare | Non-Spoilerish Review/ Rant

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Feels Alert!

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Goodreads Summary:

Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.

Continue reading “Lord Of Shadows by Cassandra Clare | Non-Spoilerish Review/ Rant”