Every so often there’s a book that is talked about non-stop in the book community. Booktubers, bookstagrammers and book bloggers all rave about the early copies while reader’s eagerly await the release of said book. Everless is one of these books for me. While the book is already released in some parts of the world (actually I feel like it’s released everywhere but here), it only comes out in February for South African bookworms. (Seriously I’m going to move overseas just for books).
Release date: January 4th 2018 by Orchard Books (first published January 2nd 2018)
Synopsis from Goodreads.com:
Time is a prison. She is the key. Packed with danger, temptation and desire – a perfect read for fans of The Red Queen. In the land of Sempera, the rich control everything – even time. Ever since the age of alchemy and sorcery, hours, days and years have been extracted from blood and bound to iron coins. The rich live for centuries; the poor bleed themselves dry.
Jules and her father are behind on their rent and low on hours. To stop him from draining himself to clear their debts, Jules takes a job at Everless, the grand estate of the cruel Gerling family.
There, Jules encounters danger and temptation in the guise of the Gerling heir, Roan, who is soon to be married. But the web of secrets at Everless stretches beyond her desire, and the truths Jules must uncover will change her life for ever … and possibly the future of time itself.
‘Sara Holland is a fierce storyteller. An intoxicating blend of blood, secrets, and haunting mythology, Everless gives new and terrifying meaning to the phrase running out of time.’ Stephanie Garber, New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author of Caraval
I didn’t really enjoy the first two books in the “Throne of Glass” series and I’m not really following it. But like “Game of Thrones” it is impossible to miss any news about this series. And with my order of Crown of Midnight (which I already read and cannot forgive Aelin for- SHE KNEW WHO SHE WAS! HOW DARE SHE NOT SHARE THAT WITH THE READER? I KNEW WHO SHE WAS AND I FELT SMUG THAT SHE DIDN’T KNOW BUT SHE BLOODY WELL KNEW!!! DAMMIT ALL) and Heir of Fire coming in a few days, I’ve begun to feel pretty excited for the release of “Tower of Dawn”. I really liked Chaol and I can’t wait to see his story.
Official Synopsis from Goodreads.com:
In the next installment of the New York Times bestsellingThrone of Glass series, follow Chaol on his sweeping journey to a distant empire.
Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.
His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.
But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined
The day that my mum and I went to the SPCA, we didn’t really get to go to any stores. My dad was off and he needed the car so we just bought books and that was it. So when it was Woman’s Day (August 9) we decided to go back to the Crescent. I accidentally ended up buying some stuff:
“Maybe Someday” and “Unforgiven” were both on sale. However “Maybe Someday” was R70 (part of a buy 3 for R150 deal but I owned all of the other books on sale so I either had to miss out on the bundle price or leave the book behind- obviously I would never do that). “Unforgiven” is part of the “Fallen” series. I thought it was the last book I was missing in the series but I was mistaken. I didn’t own a copy of “Unforgiven” but I also didn’t want it. The book I was missing in the series was “Torment” (which was probably somewhere in the store since several of the “Fallen” books was on sale). Sigh. Oh well. Maybe I’ll get it next month.
I was sure that I was done with books for the month. Until Reader’s Warehouse decided to sell the first three Throne of Glass books for R255. That’s R85 each and a damn good deal. So yeah, I ordered that. And I was so surprised last Friday when I came home and saw this:
My first reaction was glee. New books. And then I felt hurt. Why wasn’t I informed that Reader’s Warehouse was dispatching my books? I have a really unhealthy attachment to that store and I felt like they had dumped me. Until I realised it was way too soon for my books to have arrived. So I inspected the box and realized it was from Penguin Random House South Africa. I had seen Penguin’s releases for August/September and they look amazing! And so were the books inside the package- two books I was sure I would be purchasing soon.
You guys have absolutely no idea how excited I am. “Now I Rise” was one of my most anticipated reads and I’ve been stalking “Final Girls” online because it looks so intriguing. I cannot wait to dive into these books.
What’s on your TBR? Did you cave in and buy books when you weren’t supposed to? I’d love to know below.
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned that I’ve been suffering with really bad headaches and my eyes have started hurting because of my glasses. My glasses are old and I just found out that they were the wrong prescription (the trainee who did my eyetest in 2015 messed up somehow and gave me a prescription from my 2013 glasses. So basically my glasses are from a prescription that is FOUR YEARS OLD!!!) Thankfully I have gone back to my regular optometrist and now I have glasses that I can see with (but they still give me headaches because they’re so strong. Just typing this post gave me a headache). Anyway all this is to say that I’m pretty optimistic that August is going to be a great reading month. Here’s what’s on my August TBR:
1) The Internet Made Me Do It (Avery Fowler 2.0 Trilogy Book 2) by Jennifer Ammoscato: I read some of this and it is hilarious. When Avery is fired and cannot find work, she decides to write the next Fifty Shades of Grey. As someone who experienced the stress of job-hunting, I support this idea whole-heartedly.
2) Internet Famous by Danika Stone: I don’t remember what this was about but I know that there’s been ton of praise for this book.
3) The Divine Heart by Danielle Mani: The Divine Heart is my current read and I am enjoying it so very much. I’m not too far into it (the text hurt my eyes but hopefully that isn’t the problem with my new glasses) so I don’t really know where the plot is going but I really liked this series.
4) Lessons in Falling by Diana Gallagher: This is another Netgalley read that I didn’t get to. It seemed like an intriguing romance but then I read a really negative review and now I have mixed feelings.
What are you planning to read it August? I’d love to know.
I absolutely loved “One Dark Throne” by Kendare Blake. The world was dark but compelling and the story stayed with me long after I finished the book. I especially loved all the twist and turns towards the end of the book. The sequel releases in September and I CAN NOT WAIT!!! Official Synopsis from Goodreads.com: The battle for the Crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?
With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.
In this enthralling sequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, Fennbirn’s deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other
Most of my June TBR are ebooks so I thought I’d share with you guys what’s on my eReader (which is actually just an Android tablet but I basically just use it for reading). I’m really excited for these books and I can’t wait to start reading them:
The Internet Made Me Do It (Avery Fowler 2.0 Trilogy Book 2) by Jennifer Ammoscato: This is the second book in the Avery Fowler trilogy which I read a while back and absolutely loved. I can’t tell you what this book is about as I don’t know (I want to go into this book knowing absolutely nothing) but I know it’s definitely a great read if you’re looking for something light and fun.
One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus- Five people walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Tell me you don’t want to immediately track down a copy of this book and find out how it ends.
Internet Famous by Danika Stone- Madi is intenet famous (of course she is, look at this book title) and she has a budding romance play out online which is absolutely adorable…until an online troll threatens it.
Duke with Benefits by Manda Collins- I loved the first Studies in Scandal book and this one is no different. The bluestockings are back with another mystery and this time the focus is on the socially awkward Daphne and the really hot Duke. If you love mysteries or historical romances, I strongly suggest you read this series.
Never Trust a Pirate by Valerie Bowman- I am currently in the middle of this and I don’t want it to end. I basically just follow this series partially for the romance but mainly to see the characters from the other books in this series. It makes me feel like I’m a part of their world and I love it!
Every once in a while there is a book that I absolutely have to have but can’t afford. I rarely buy books at the regular price so sometimes I wait years for books to go on sale before I finally buy them. 2016 was a really great year for books I really wanted. However those books are now just sitting on my bookshelf gathering dust. Here are five books that I really wanted to read but never got around to doing so:
1) City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare- I read the first three books in this series when I was in matric and never got around to finishing the series. I read spoilers online however and now I don’t feel like reading the last three books. This sucks since these books were part of my present and I can’t read any of Cassandra Clare’s other books until I finish this one.
2) Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare- I got a signed copy from Reader’s Warehouse which I never read because I wanted to finish The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices first. So yeah…probably not going to read this any time soon.
3) Soundless by Richelle Mead- I was beyond thrilled when I found this in the bookstore. But I’ve read the first chapter thrice already and it just doesn’t seem to hold my attention.
4) The Jewel by Amy Ewing- I don’t remember what this is about but I know I saw it on Booktube and fell in love. This book came home with me from the bookstore and went straight onto the shelves.
5) The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer- I got this in a mystery book box from Exclusive Books but never read it. I found Twilight difficult to get through during my last rereading so I don’t think I can read any more of Meyer’s work for a while.
Are there any books that you were excited to buy but never got around to reading? I’d love to know below.
As fun and amazing as reviewing the Durban International Film Festival has been, I’m really looking forward to returning to my regular reviews (I promise to post reviews of my DIFF 2016 movies soon). I’m especially excited since my birthday is on July 1st and I’m planning a big book splurge. After all it isn’t everyday that you turn 21. Here are the books I’m most excited to read for my winter vacation:
LOCAL IS LEKKER
Like I said above, I’m planning a huge birthday book splurge. However some of my favourite local authors have made my splurge plans super-easy by giving me ARCs. The local books I’m excited to read are:
1) “A Faerie’s Revenge” and “A Faerie’s Curse” by Rachel Morgan: I love the Creepy Hollow world and the first book in this part of the series (“A Faerie’s Secret”) had a heartbreaking cliffhanger. I literally couldn’t sleep after reading it and I’m dying to find out how it ends.
2) “Refuse” by Joanne Macgregor: The first book in this series, “Recoil” also ended on a cliffhanger so I’m eager to see this. I also love the main guy in this book. He’s Irish. Which I’ve mentioned before but whatever. I love the Irish. That accent *swoon*
3) Guardians of Summerfield series by Melissa Delport: I love love love the world-building in this series and the boxset was recently discounted on Amazon. I know Melissa had her reasons for discounting the boxset but I really feel like she did it for me. Obviously the book universe approves of my birthday book plans. Needless to say this is my birthday present to myself.
Work in Progress (AKA Books I Started Reading and Abandoned for Exams)
1) The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead: I was enjoying this book until I read a negative review which put me off this book completely. I’d love to finish reading it.
2) The Winner’s Curse by Maria Rutkoski: This was another book that I was really enjoying. I’m not too fond of the main characters though who obviously have an attraction between them but don’t seem to do anything about it.
3) Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins: I have no idea why I haven’t finished this book when I loved this series so much. Stephanie Perkins writes such amazing character. Etienne St Clair is boyfriend goals (and I say that despite my hate for using the term “goals”).
I normally save all my book-ish stuff for Fiction Friday (unless I’m too impatient or it’s too good to not share immediately). This is one of those times.
April brings with it a large variety of books from a large variety of sources. I’m calling this post a haul instead of TBR because I’m so behind on campus work I don’t even know if I can make it to read these books. Anyway, here they are:
1) Someone Like You by Jennifer Gracen- I love Jennifer Grace’s work. This is a beautiful romance set in New York. I’ve already read it and I can’t wait for you guys to see my review.
2) The Wild Herald by Ron C Nieto- I won this ARC in a Facebook party. Honestly I don’t know much about it such I’ve only read the first book and this is the third but I really can’t wait to see how it all ends!
3) Summer at Rose Island by Holly Martin- Holly Martin writes light-hearted romance books that are impossible NOT to love. I especially like this series with it’s colourful town and it’s cheerful characters.
4) The List by Siobhan Vivian- I’ve been waiting for this book forever. Every year some mean anonymous person posts a list of the prettiest and the ugliest girl in each grade. This book details how the list changes all of these girl’s lives and not for the better.
What are you looking forward to reading in April? Have you read any of these books?
So many books, so little time. Here are the reads I’m eager to devour now that I’m on break.
1) Insurgent by Veronica Roth- I loved reading Divergent and would have completed the series if I hadn’t read a major spoiler. I’m sure some of you guys know exactly what I’m talking about. Nonetheless I’d love to be able to finally finish the series or even just the second book.
2) Gracie’s Song by Michelle Schlicher- I just got a review copy of this and I really can’t wait to read it! It looks like such an amazing story.
3) Welcome to the Real World by Lauren Berger- I’ve had this book on my TBR for a really long time now and what better time to read it than my senior year of college.
4) Slammed by Colleen Hoover- I read Slammed last year and instantly fell in love with the characters as well as Colleen Hoover’s writing. I’d love to reread it.
5) The Harry Potter Series- okay so I’ve already started on this. Harry Potter calmed me down when I was stressed last year and I’m hoping that a reread this year will have the same effect.