I’m Starting YouTube???

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In Monday’s April TBR post, I mentioned that I’ll possibly be starting a YouTube channel. It’s currently in the works, and I’m still practicing editing things and just getting the hang of talking to a camera before I actually upload anything.

In the meantime I want to talk through this decision with you all through a series of questions I’ve compiled myself. This way you can all understand what I’m thinking going into this, and can maybe help me on my journey.

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April 2018 TBR + Potential YouTube Channel?!

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I’m probably going to say this at the beginning of each month, but I seriously cannot believe it’s April already!

I have yet another TBR to share with you, and like last month I have stuck to 4 books and a special theme to help me in choosing these books.

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March Wrap-Up + Huge Book Haul!

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Earlier this month (or it could’ve been last month), I made a post where I listed which books I hoped to purchase in the month of March; and I am proud to say that I purchased 6 out of those 9 books AND MORE!

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March TBR!

Events!

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Obsidio Book Launch Melbourne!

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Last night I went to The State Library of Victoria to attend the book launch for Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman’s new book Obsidio, the third book in the Illuminae files trilogy!

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I dragged my friend Tatiana, and my Dad along to the event that was MC’d by the wonderful girls of TheYARoom Melbourne Book Club – Sarah and Alex (pictured above). Also if you follow @trufflebooks on Instagram, you’ll notice Tracy’s purple hair as she is seated a couple rows in front of me  Continue reading “Obsidio Book Launch Melbourne!”

Melanie Schubert Author Interview

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Before I start I would love to thank Melanie for being so wonderful as to answer some questions for me about her first novel Gregory and The Grimbockle. Melanie has been so open, and I feel like I have learnt more about her as not just an author but as a person and what she has been through to get to where she is today (and you will to by reading this Q&A).

I posted a review of Gregory and the Grimbockle, and can be accessed here, if you would like to read it before reading this Q&A.

I would also like to point out that this Q&A is spoiler free, though I would recommend everyone go read Melanie’s first ever novel! It can be purchased at The Book Depository or in-store.

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Flight Vol. 1 Edited by Kazu Kibuishi | Review

Hey Ho Bookaholics and Humans Alike,

I have returned with another book review. This time I have read a comic book titled Flight. I got this book for a bargain $6 at The Book Grocer, and looking online last night to purchase the second volume, I noticed that these comics retail for almost $35 Australian Dollars! It’s ridiculous no wonder not many people read comics now days.

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Goodreads Summary:

Flight Volume One features stories by professionals and non-professionals alike, all playing on the theme of flight in its many incarnations. From the maiden voyage of a home-built plane to the adventures of a young courier and his flying whale to a handful of stories about coming of age and letting things go, this first volume of Flight is full of memorable tales that will both amaze and inspire.

 

 

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Nevernight by Jay Kristoff | Review

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Today I bring to you a review of the most wonderfully scripted books I have read this year. The characters have stolen my heart, baffled my mind, and gave me a lesson in the history of a place I will (hopefully) never visit thus rendering it useless except for book discussions (so not entirely useless).

When I received this book as a Christmas present from my Best Friend, I read it immediately and was captivated by the elaborate detail and beauty of the writing that I knew it has to be the most perfectly written book ever.

Today, ladies, gents, and those who are neither; I am bringing to you my review of Nevernight by the amazing Jay Kristoff.

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Goodreads Summary:

Destined to destroy empires Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.

Six years later, the child raised in the shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.

But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.

The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student. The shadows loves her. And they drink her fear.

Review

Throughout a good chunk of the first quarter of the book I was mostly lost as to what course the story was taking. In the first chapter especially, I was perplexed as to who the woman was and why she was in bed with an older man, and upon reading further, I deduced that the woman was indeed Mia – and not her mother as I guessed – I am still unsure of why and how that scene came about.

As the story goes on it becomes clear who Mia is and what her motivations are for the actions she takes revealed though scattered flashbacks to her childhood where we learn of the horrors she has witnessed.

When reading, I felt confused and often times lost to the story due to the unfamiliarity of not only the setting – which was assisted by the map at the beginning of the book – but the unfamiliarity of the slang that was oftentimes left unexplained and the meaning had to be deduced entirely from context.

I was very taken aback by the witt of the narrator who I actually imagined as Jay Kristoff and the use of modern references as the aforementioned ‘Hogwarts’. There are also parts in the footnotes where the narrator gets all sassy and it’s a great break from the seriousness and foreignness of the story.

Throughout this book, Jay Kristoff has inspired me to be more descriptive and creative with my writing

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.

I came across a few strong quotes from this magnificent novel, though I read without sticky notes and my phone is typically in the other room so I seldom remember the quotes I loved.

One of the ones I’d mange to capture is:

“Easier to hide in the dark than the limelight.”

I quite like this one as it is very true especially coupled with Mia’s frequent saying “Better to be underestimated.” I’ve thought about this fact even before reading Nevernight, and it’s true in many aspects; though only very useful in things that involve talent and trial, not school.

Rating!

I obviously rate this book a massive five out of five stars! I would give this a higher rating if possible. I’m going to make some comparisons here so you all know how highly I am rating this book, and say that the writing is better than Cassandra Clare’s, which in turn makes the storyline far more intriguing.

I would also like you to all know that I began this book sometime after Christmas in 2016, and have in all you finished it as the clock struck 12midnight on the 21st of December 2017! Almost a year after I had begun it.

Remember;

“When in doubt, it’s best to be polite when dealing with lunatics.”

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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 again Wednesday 🙂

BREE XOXO


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My Life In Book Titles (Book Tag)

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Today I am bringing you a pretty long book tag. I’m not 100% sure where I found this tag but I remember seeing it somewhere, thinking it was the coolest thing ever, wrote down the prompts then forgot about it for a year.

Due to the draft of this post being three pages in my A5 notebook, I won’t ramble for too long. So without further ado, lets begin the tag!

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The Adjustment Book Non-Spoiler Review | by Suzanne Young

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Before I begin, I want to say that the funny thing is, I was going absolutely crazy thinking that I’d already posted this review so convinced that it got deleted; but when I looked back at my blog journal and the notes for this review, I realised I never typed any of it!

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Goodreads Summary:

How do you go back to a life you can’t remember? Find out in this follow up to the New York Times bestselling The Program and The Treatment.

Tatum Masterson never went through The Program. She never had her memory stripped, never had to fight to remain herself. But when Weston, her longtime boyfriend and love of her life, was taken by handlers, she hoped he’d remember her somehow—that their love would be strong enough.

It wasn’t.

Like all returners, Weston came back a blank canvas. The years he and Tatum spent together were forgotten, as well as the week when he mysteriously disappeared before The Program came for him.

Regardless of his memory loss, Tatum fights to get Weston to remember her. And just as they start to build a new love, they hear about the Adjustment—a new therapy that implants memories from a donor. Despite the risks, Tatum and Weston agree to go through the process. Tatum donates her memories from their time together.

But the problem with memories is that they are all a matter of perspective. So although Weston can now remember dating Tatum, his emotions don’t match the experiences. And this discrepancy is slowly starting to unravel him, worse than anything The Program could have done.

And as the truth of their life together becomes clear, Tatum will have to decide if she loves Weston enough to let him go, or to continue to live the lie they’d build together.

Prepare for your Adjustment.

Review

I finished this book last month, and it featured in my October/ November GIANT Reading + Book Haul post, which I advise you all go and check out before coming back and reading this review, as I acquired many many very intriguing books – thanks to both Allen and Unwin and Bloomsbury – that I would never have picked up otherwise.

If you’re new to my blog or just haven’t read many of my posts; I posted an anticipation post for this book a while back after the release of the previous book, The Epidemic.

In that post I spoke about how I expected there to be a lot of struggle between the two main characters with the loss of what was and Tatum especially trying hard to get her old boyfriend back. This isn’t a spoiler as it is almost explained fully in the blurb, due to it being the main cause of all the drama in the novels, and anything an emotionally wrecked person would think to do.
The above is a reoccurring theme in The Program series, though not one that gets old, as it is interesting to see how each couple copes with their losses, and what becomes of it.

Like all the books in the series, this one was a quick but emotionally charged read, inclusive of the giant plot twist that totally changes the readers expectations for the next book.

I found this book quite intriguing as it featured and/or made mention of characters in the previous books which hinted at their true intentions, their place in society now, and the impact their actions left on the town. I found that towards the end of the books answers to questions I had from reading The Treatment were presented.

When the series is finished I would like to read all the books in chronological order to properly understand everything that happens and why, since Young just expertly creates this dystopia that flows on through different time frames, showing cause and effect, and how groups of people with the same beliefs can alter the course of history.

★ Rating ★

I will say tho, that I do rate these books highly but if my 5 stars is going to be Cassandra Clare, Lord of Shadows level, it is only appropriate to award this book ★★★★ 4/5 stars.

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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 again Wednesday for another Storytime!

BREE XOXO


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