Ten Thousand Skies Above You – Claudia Gray

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Title: Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird #2)
Author: Claudia Gray

Year: 2015
Publisher: Harper Teen Australia
Format: Advanced Readers Copy
ISBN: 9780062427892

I always find myself slightly nervous when reading sequels to series I started a year prior and loved. During the wait for the next book there is so much time to anticipate what’s going to happen next, which can ultimately leave you with higher expectations than is realistic. I tried to go into this being cautious and to not get my hopes up, and I’ve now finished this book with feelings of the book being great, but just shy of being as great as the first book. Simply put, Ten Thousand Skies Above You makes for a decent sequel, but falls short of overtaking my love of A Thousand Pieces of You.

If you haven’t heard of this book or series before, perhaps you would be best to start with my review of A Thousand Pieces of You as that way you won’t be confused or spoiled for the first book!

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Perfect Ruin – Lauren DeStefano

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Title: Perfect Ruin (Internment Chronicles 1)
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Year: 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Format: Hardback, 356 Pages
ISBN: 9781442480612

 

Perfect Ruin is quite possible one of my favourite books of all time. It just has something so hauntingly beautiful that makes me fall in love with it every single time I read it. Lauren DeStefano has been gifted with her incredible writing skills, and it is no wonder that she is, and will continue to be an author I automatically buy books she has written, just because her name is on the cover.

Perfect Ruin is set on Internment, a floating city in the sky, and follows the story of Morgan. It is forbidden to leave Internment for the ground, and yet some of the residents still dream about the edge and what may lie beneath them. Morgan’s brother Lex was one of these people, and his attempt at jumping has left him permanently blind and their family somewhat out casted. Morgan should know better than anyone that thoughts about the edge are dangerous, and yet she can’t stop herself from daydreaming about the life that could have been. Then one day a murder occurs, the first murder in over a generation. Suddenly life on Internment is not the safe place that’s always been, and everything Morgan has ever known begins to unravel like never before.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Wishes I’d Ask the Book Genie to Grant Me  

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they provide a topic, and you choose ten book related things to answer the topic. Today’s topic is top ten books wishes you’d like the Book Genie to grant you. This was a fun topic, because there are actually so many bookish things that I wish could happen! Here’s my top ten wishes;

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A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas

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Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Year: 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Format: Paperback 419 pages / Hardback 419 pages
ISBN: Paperback 9781408857861 / Hardback 9781619634442
Price: Paperback $16.99 AUD / Hardback $18.99 USD

Sarah J. Maas has done it again, in proving to me that she is without doubt my favourite author. I love the Throne of Glass series, and when I heard about a new Maas series, words could not describe how excited I was. And then I read ACOTAR, and just fell in love with Maas’s writing all over again. Simply put, A Court of Thorns and Roses is my second favourite read of this year, second only to Queen of Shadows, another Sarah J. Maas book. Does that show you just how much I love her books?

ACOTAR is a loose retelling of the lovely Beauty and the Beast story. If you’ve followed my blog posts for awhile now, you’ll know I suck at writing plot summaries, so here’s the blurb from the back of the hardcover edition of the book (because interestingly enough, the paperback and hardback blurbs are different):

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Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

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Title: Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer
Author: Rick Riordan
Release Date: October 6 2015
Publisher: Penguin Teen Australia
Format: Paperback Advanced Readers Copy, 528 Pages
ISBN: 9780141342429

Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer could quite possibly be my favourite Rick Riordan book ever. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy Riordan’s other books, but because I didn’t grow up reading them, I don’t feel as strongly attached to them as everyone else. The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series is at a reading level I’m too advanced for; the Heroes of Olympus series was much better, but filled with characters (*cough* Jason *cough*) who I didn’t care about but was forced to continue reading about. For me, Magnus Chase was much easier to get into than any prior Riordan book I’ve read before, and came close (but not close enough) to being the first Riordan book to get a 5 star rating from me.

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Today I’m Off To America…For Two Months

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Hello lovelies. Right this very moment, I am on a plane, flying to the beautiful Chicago. I’ll be travelling around the States for basically the next two months (literally I won’t be home until the very end of November). Basically, this post is to let you know what will be happening on my blog and bookstagram whilst I’m away, and just basic information about my trip (assuming you’re interested in reading about that).

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