ANNIHILATION BY JEFF VANDERMEER | Spoiler Free Review

25970139Title: Annihilation
Author: Jeff VanderMeer
Series or Standalone: Southern Reach #1
Genre: Adult Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror
Publication Date: February 4th 2014
Publisher: Fourth Estate (HarperCollins)
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★★★☆

“The beauty of it cannot be understood, either, and when you see beauty in desolation it changes something inside you. Desolation tries to colonize you.”

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OUT OF THE ICE BY ANN TURNER | Spoiler Free Review

29372165Title: Out of the Ice
Author: Ann Turner
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Genre: Adult Thriller and Mystery
Publication Date: June 1st 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★★★☆

Out of the Ice follows Laura Alvarado as she ventures to the South Safety Island base in Antarctica. Her mission: to conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment on Fredelighavn, an old whaling station that is now an Exclusion Zone. But this ghostown, a treasure trove of 1950s culture, isn’t as it vacant as it seems.

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EVERY HEART A DOORWAY BY SEANAN McGUIRE | Spoiler Free Review

25526296Title: Every Heart a Doory
Author: Seanan McGuire (Also writes as Mira Grant)
Series or Standalone: Wayward Children #1
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, LGBT+
Publication Date: April 5th 2016
Publisher: Tor
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★★★☆
I’m glad I stayed away from this series for as long as I could, because this reading experience ended up being a wonderfully weird surprise that I devoured rapidly.

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THE DARKEST CORNERS BY KARA THOMAS | Spoiler Free Review

32025253Title: The Darkest Corners
Author: Kara Thomas
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Genre: Young Adult Thriller
Publication Date: April 19th 2016
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★★★☆

 

 

The Darkest Corners had been on my TBR shelf since it’s release and in recent months I had actually taken it off my to read shelf. But when Kara Thomas’ name re-circulated amongst my social media sites (due to her 2018 release The Cheerleaders) it prompted me to search for her books at my library, and I’m so glad I did otherwise I may not have read this book.

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BOOKS & COMICS HITTING THE BIG SCREEN IN 2018 | Part I

As much of I am a reader, I’m a cinephile. Therefore, I get really excited about upcoming book to movie adaptations. Below I’ve compiled a list of movies you can expect to be released in the first quarter of 2018 (and what you can add to your to-be-read piles if you want to read the book before you see the movie!)

I’ve put each film in chronological order of release date in Australia or just under the month they will supposedly release (as not all films will be released in Australia it seems.) I’ve also denoted the ones I’m most excited about and will definitely be seeing in cinemas with an asterisk.

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FORGETTABLE BOOKS

This weeks Top Five Wednesday topic is books we found to be forgettable. These books may be ones you loved or hated whilst reading, but ultimately just don’t remember them. For me, these were books I rated roughly between two to three (out of five) stars. Because books I really didn’t enjoy, I actually remember why (and with a burning passion.) Same goes for the books that I love. However the books I thought were mediocre or below average made this list.

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SIX OF CROWS BY LEIGH BARDUGO | Spoiler Free Review

23437156Title: Six of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series or Standalone: Six of Crows #1
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publication Date: September 29th 2015
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★★★★

Six of Crows was undeniably the best way to kick of my reading year in 2018 and easily became an instant favourite.

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NERVE BY JEANNE RYAN | Spoiler Free Review

SERIES: Standalone
GENRE: Young Adult, Thriller and Mystery
PUBLISHER: Dial Books
PAGES: 304 pages (Hardcover edition)
RATING: ★☆☆☆☆

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Vee doesn’t know if she has the guts to play NERVE, an anonymous online game of dares. But whoever’s behind the game knows exactly what she wants, enticing her with lustworthy prizes and a sizzling-hot partner. With Ian on her team, it’s easy to agree to another dare. And another. And another. At first it’s thrilling as the Watchers cheer them on to more dangerous challenges. But suddenly the game turns deadly. Will Vee and Ian risk their lives for the Grand Prize dare, or will they lose NERVE?

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Warbreaker by Brandon Sander

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Spoiler Free Review

High Fantasy 

Warbreaker #1.0

My Rating: ★★★★☆

This book has truly left an impression on me. I know I didn’t give this book a perfect rating (which I will discuss further on) but rating aside, I believe this is such a sensational fantasy book for many reasons. It has definitely made an impact on my reading and has set the bar pretty high for future fantasy books.

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Introductory Post

After several years of hiding in the shadows of bookish communities (youtube, tumblr, goodreads etc.) I have finally decided to create my own space where I can share my opinions.

In todays post I’ll be adapting questions from Between Chapters ‘New to Booktube’ tag as it’s a really great way to tell you a little bit more about myself and this blog.

  1. Where are you joining us from? Australia
  2. How old are you? 20
  3. Why did you join [the blogging community]? I don’t want to sound like a broken record, so I’ll leave a link to my about me page.
  4. What is the meaning behind your [blog] name? It was inspired by Jess from New Girl in the earlier seasons when she says ‘I hope you like feminist rants cause that’s my kind of thing.’
  5. What types of books do you read/want to talk about here? Namely Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult, Thrillers, Diverse Fiction and LGBT+ related content. (Probably a self help and/or spiritual book here and there.)
  6. Who are some of your favourite authors? At the moment, I am currently obsessed with Brandon Sanderson’s work after recently reading Warbreaker.
  7. What’s the last book you read? Justice League Volume 3: Throne of Atlantis by Geoff Johns
  8. What are you currently reading? Chaos to Calm and Batman: Harley and Ivy
  9. Which do you prefer: Hard cover or paper back? Ebooks or Physical books? Owning or borrowing books? As a frugal person, I absolutely love borrowing books. Preferably in physical form. If I could download library ebooks onto my kindle, I would love that but currently I can only download ebooks onto my laptop and that is a huge
  10. What book or series got you into reading? The Fault in Our Stars (I know, shocking.)
  11. How did you discover [blogging]? I’ve been watching booktube for years now, so I wouldn’t be able to tell you but I guess I just gradually found out about differently online bookish communities through vloggers.
  12. Where else can we find you? Link Up! Tumblr / Goodreads