Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Top Ten Tuesday- Books On My Spring 2018 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's topic is: Books On My Spring TBR.

Obsidio (The Illuminae Files book 3) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson book 10) by Patricia Briggs
Heart of Mist (The Oremere Chronicles book 1) by Helen Scheuerer

I decided to keep my list short because there are so many new releases coming out in the spring months that I plan to read as well as these five books.  What books are on your Spring TBR?

Friday, 9 March 2018

UKYA Books I Would Like To Read This Year

This year I've decided that I would make a goal to read more UKYA.  Recently I've realised that although I am from the UK the vast majority of the books I read are not.  When I decide to read a book I don't check where the author is from I just go by the blurb.  If I like the blurb, I'll read it.  Simple.  And although that is a thing I would like to maintain I would also like to be more aware of some UKYA books that have been/are being published.  I've listed here some of the UKYA books that I would like to read this year.  

The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury
A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven
Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron (Release date: 22nd March)
I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman (Release date: 3rd May)
We Are Young by Cat Clarke (Release date: 3rd May)

Have you read any of these books? What do you think of them? Do you have any UKYA recommendations?

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Top Ten Tuesday - Favourite Book Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic is: Favourite Book Quotes.  

'She feels upturned, emptied, all the stardust of the past flying out of her pockets and away on the breeze.' - Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer

'I spent my life folded between the pages of books.
In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association.'  - Shatter me by Tahereh Mafi

'One must always be careful of books and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.' - Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

'I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.' - The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

'Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?' – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling

'Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.' – The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

'You are all the colours in one, at full brightness.'  – All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

'The madness of youth made me unafraid.' – Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano

'To the stars who listen- and the dreams that are answered.' – A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

'You could rattle the stars.' – Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas 

These are just some of my favourite book quotes.  What are some of yours?

Thursday, 1 March 2018

February 2018 Wrap Up

In February I read four books.  Here is a list of them and some of my thoughts on them.

The Girl from the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún Volumes 1 & 2 by Nagabe - Both 4/5 STARS
I enjoyed these two volumes and I really loved the artwork of it. It has a very dark and mysterious quality to the story and I love that about it.  

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air book 1) by Holly Black - 4/5 STARS
I loved how much this book centred on faerie politics and I liked the twists and turns throughout it. You can find my review of it here

Into the Drowning Deep (Rolling in the Deep book 1) by Mira Grant - 4/5 STARS 
This book is about killer mermaids!  And although I did find some of the scientific and marine research parts of the book went over my head, the book is certainly memorable and the last half of the book is very thrilling.

Those were all the books I read in February.  I also watched Jessica Jones and I really loved it.  It's a great series and I can't wait to see where season 2 goes but first I have to watch the other Marvel series on Netflix.  I also started watching the k-drama Pinocchio.  I'm only around halfway through it but its soo good!

Here are some of my Bookstagram pictures I posted in February.  You can find me at xo_reader_kyla.

What did you read or watch in February? 

Friday, 23 February 2018

Book Review: The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black

Book: The Cruel Prince
Series: The Folk of the Air book 1
Author: Holly Black
Genres: YA, fantasy

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever. 
And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe. 
Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. 
To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences. 
In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself. - Quoted from Goodreads

My Rating: 4/5 STARS

My Review:
I enjoyed The Cruel Prince a lot.  Before reading I was interested in this book but the blurb made it sound like it was centred on a typical YA romance between a cold hearted boy and a girl who just can't seem to stay away and that the rest of the story was in the background and that made me feel a bit wary of it but I was pleasantly surprised that the political intrigue and twisted court life that is mentioned briefly in the blurb is what the book is mostly centred on instead, which is great.

I really enjoy reading books about the fae.  I find faeries so interesting to read about and I love to see how an author makes a unique spin on them.  I was really dragged into the story at the beginning with the opening scene of Jude's (the main character) parents being murdered and her being forced to go to faerie and the story continued to be interesting.  It was full of twists and turns and I loved how embroiled Jude became in all the political aspects of faerie.  I liked how she made her own choices and decisions.

I liked how complex all the characters were.  A lot of them were so fun to read about because they were very morally grey and unpredictable.  Jude was an alright character, I didn't really feel fully connected to her.  I found Madoc to be the most interesting character and was so intrigued by his relationship with Jude and her sisters.  I didn't really care for Jude's twin sister, Taryn.  I thought she was a very weak character and I didn't feel much of a bond between her and Jude which was a bit of a disappointment.  I didn't like Cardan either.  He's too much of a cliched tortured bad boy stereotype for me and he did a lot of bad things in this book that I don't think I can look past.  I did find the ending interesting and I'm excited to see where the story will go next.

Overall I enjoyed The Cruel Prince.  I liked how it centred on faerie politics and how twisted that became.  There were some typical YA cliches, mainly in the romantic aspects of the book, but apart from that I think it's a good read and the ending really makes me wonder what is in store for the next book. 

Friday, 9 February 2018

Book Review: Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

Book: Spellbook of the Lost and Found
Author: Moïra Fowley-Doyle
Genres: YA, LGBT, Mystery, Magical Realism
One stormy Irish summer night, Olive and her best friend, Rose, begin to lose things. It starts with simple items like hairclips and jewelry, but soon it's clear that Rose has lost something much bigger, something she won't talk about, and Olive thinks her best friend is slipping away. 
Then seductive diary pages written by a girl named Laurel begin to appear all over town. And Olive meets three mysterious strangers: Ivy, Hazel, and her twin brother, Rowan, secretly squatting in an abandoned housing estate. The trio are wild and alluring, but they seem lost too—and like Rose, they're holding tight to painful secrets.
When they discover the spellbook, it changes everything. Damp, tattered and ancient, it's full of hand-inked charms to conjure back things that have been lost. And it just might be their chance to find what they each need to set everything back to rights.
Unless it's leading them toward things that were never meant to be found... ~ Quoted from Goodreads

My Rating: 5/5 STARS

My Review:
I didn't expect Spellbook of the Lost and Found to be as captivating to read as it was, I loved this book.  Spellbook of the Lost and Found is a hard book to describe without spoiling it.  It's told from three different points of view and it's centred on a mysterious spellbook that shows up suddenly.

The plot is very mysterious and really keeps you wondering and questioning throughout the book.  I liked the pace of the story, it starts off very simple but really builds up to become this complex entwined story.

I loved that the setting of this book is Ireland, which is where I live.  It made me feel so much more connected to the story and characters.

Since the book is told from three different points of view and each point of view introduced other characters, I thought I might get confused and have trouble differentiating between all the characters but I found it pretty easy to remember each one and I thought all the characters personalities really stood out.  

I loved the friendships in Spellbook of the Lost and Found, they felt real and I loved how friendship was one of the main themes of this book.

The writing of Spellbook of the Lost and Found was another thing I loved about it.  I really loved the poetic descriptiveness of it.  The writing has such a rich, magical quality to it that went really well with the overall story.  It's a writing style that leaves a lasting impression on you and makes you want to seek out more books by the same author.

Overall it's a beautiful book about losing and finding yourself, ever growing friendships and has a great plot that is so full of mystery that it makes you just want to keep reading and reading.  I thought Spellbook of the Lost and Found had great diverse characters and I would highly recommend reading it. 

Friday, 2 February 2018

January 2018 Reading Wrap Up

I can't believe January is over already! I'm very happy with my reading in January.  I read 7 books and I started the year off with reading a book that I'm sure will make it into my favourites list for this year.

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle - 5/5 STARS
I loved this book! The writing, characters and story were all fantastic.  Spellbook of the Lost and Found is centred on a mysterious spellbook and how it affects the large cast of characters within this book.  I would really recommend reading this book and I'll be posting my full review of it here in the next few days.

Giant Days vol 2 by John Allison and Lissa Treiman - 3/5 STARS
I like the characters and the artwork of this series but I felt this volume wasn't as strong or exciting as the first volume.

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer book 1) by Laini Taylor - 4/5 STARS
I liked this book and I liked how interesting and unique the story was.  The storytelling felt so rich and vivid. 

Dreamin' Sun vol 1 by Ichigo Takano - 4/5 STARS
I enjoyed this manga volume and I thought it was a nice, fun read.  

Dreamin' Sun vol 2 by Ichigo Takano - 3/5 STARS
I didn't enjoy this volume as much as the first because I felt most of the volume was about the main character pining after one of the guys in the series.  I expected there to be a bit more to the story than that.

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James - 2/5 STARS
The premise of this book was really interesting and the second half of the book was thrilling to read but during the book and even after finishing the book I found it hard to see the motivations behind everything that went on.  I felt there was no reason for most of what happened and therefore I didn't feel as connected to the book.

Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson book 9) by Patricia Briggs - 4/5 STARS
I haven't read a Mercy book in so long and it felt great to be sucked right back into the world.  I enjoyed this book and it had all the excitement and adventure a Mercy Thompson book usually has.

What books did you read in January?