September Wrap Up and Book Haul

Hello lovelies,

Long time no see. Basically, life got in the way of my blogging and Instagramming, but I am back now and ready to try and get back into the swing of things.

Wrap Up

The month of September wasn’t my greatest reading month. I read a total of ten books, and the majority of which I didn’t really enjoy. Part of this is because I have been actively making an effort to read some books that I have owned for awhile, meaning that I have lost interest in a lot of them. The couple that I did enjoy, I really enjoyed, and am so glad I could have some standouts this month.

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Their Fractured Light – Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

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Title: Their Fractured Light
Series: The Starbound Trilogy #3
Author: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Year: 2015
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Format: Paperback, 425 pages.
ISBN: 9781743319710

This review has been a long time coming. Actually, just reading this book has been a long time coming. This book has been out since December last year, and I was sent it for review before that. And no matter how many times I went to pick it up, I just couldn’t bring myself to read it. I don’t even know why, because now that I have read this book I majorly enjoyed it and feel silly for putting it off for so long.

If you’re not aware, this is the third and final book in the Starbound trilogy, a trilogy that I’ve enjoyed a lot! This final book follows Sofia and Gideon as they come together with the characters we’ve come to love from the prior two books to take down La Roux Industries once and for all. As it’s the final book in a trilogy, I won’t go into too much detail as to what this particular one is about – I’d rather not spoil you. But if you haven’t read any of this series, basically it’s an epic space adventure that takes place across multiple planets. It’s a fun series, and this instalment was no different.

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Top Ten Tuesday -Books On My Fall TBR List

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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. There are many books I would totally count on my fall TBR  (or spring if you live in the southern hemisphere like myself), but I’ve decided to include only books that I currently own and that are already released. Ten books on my fall TBR are;

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Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Books I’d Buy Right This Second If Someone Handed Me A Fully Loaded Giftcard

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What a fun topic! Seriously, what a fun topic! Can someone actually come hand me this fully loaded gift card now? Pretty please!

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. The ten books I would be buying right this second are;

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Zeroes – Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti

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Title: Zeroes
Author: Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti
Year Published: 2015
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Format: Paperback, 485 Pages
ISBN: 9781925266955

Prior to reading this, the last book I read by Scott Westerfeld was Afterworlds, which was a book I hated (I know Westerfeld is only one of the three authors of this book, but as I have not read any of the other authors’ works, I can’t compare them). I was so incredibly wary in picking Zeroes up, but once I finally did I wish I had picked it up sooner, because Zeroes was much better than I had ever expected. In fact, I was enjoying it so much at the time that I managed to convince my friend to buy the book and read the book before I had even gotten to the end of it.

If you’re not aware, Zeroes is about six teenagers who all have different powers. Together they form the Zeroes. After one of their members accidentally gets involved in a bank robbery, the others are summoned to help get him out of trouble. But their rescue mission ends up spiraling out of control, as they end up facing even more dangerous criminals. As I’m writing this plot summary up, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s actually a really difficult book to try and summarise. It may not sound like anything that interesting, but it really ended up going places I wasn’t expecting. I’m a fan of the tagline on the back of the book;

“One bag of stolen drug money. One bungled bank robbery. Six teenagers. Six unique powers. One action-packed week.”

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Conjuror (Orion Chronicles Book 1) – John & Carole E. Barrowman

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Title: Conjuror
Author: John & Carole E. Barrowman
Date Published: 23 May 2016
Publisher: HarperVoyager
Format: Paperback, 296 Pages
ISBN: 9781781856383

This book was honestly one of the most disappointing reads I’ve had in awhile. The concept sounds fantastic – incredibly unique and fascinating, however, I had many issues with the execution of this novel, and ultimately I was left feeling thrown into the deep end 90 percent of the time. There were so many unanswered questions, and realistically a reader shouldn’t be left feeling confused for the entire book. This is just the beginning of my issues with this book, so read on if you would like to know all the things that hindered me from getting behind this book.

If you’ve not aware of what this book is about, here is the blurb as from the back cover of my ARC:

Sixteen-year-old twins Matt and Em Calder are Animare: they can bring art to life, and travel in time through paintings. They work for Orion – the Animare MI5 – protecting the secrecy of their order and investigating crimes committed by their own kind. It’s dangerous work. But when they are sent to Edinburgh to find a teenage boy who can alter reality with his music, they are drawn into something more dangerous still. For this boy, Remy, is the Conjurer’s Son. And he carries something that could change humanity for ever…

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Passenger – Alexandra Bracken

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Title: Passenger
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Year Published: 2016
Publisher: Hyperion
Format: Hardcover, 486 pages
ISBN: 9781484715772

Beautiful cover, beautiful concept. A bunch of anticipation, and a bunch of hype. Sadly, I did not like this book as much as I thought I would, or as much as everyone else seemed to. This book was a massive disappointment, and this review will be very different from what the majority of people seem to feel about this book.

If you haven’t heard what Passenger is about, it’s basically a treasure hunt through time, as our main characters have the ability to time travel. Etta, is a violin prodigy, and on the night of one of her shows, she is thrust through a passage that ends up taking her to the year 1776. Unknown to her is that she is part of one of four families that have the ability to time travel, and it is her mother who has stolen and hidden something that the other time traveller families are after. They believe Etta is the key to finding the hidden object, and so they force her to travel through time to solve the clues left by her mother. Etta undertakes this journey with Nicholas, a boy who hates his family and decides to help Etta – or so it seems as Nicholas has struck a deal that may see him betray everything Nicholas and Etta are working towards.

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