Waiting on Wednesday #4: Whisper by Lynette Noni

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Breaking the Spine, and is a way to showcase our never-ending list of eagerly anticipated upcoming releases. This week I’m waiting on..

whsiperaus.jpgWhisper by Lynette Noni

Book 1 of Whisper
Releasing on
 May 01, 2018 by Pantera Press

If you’ve followed me on instagram long enough, you’ll have heard me scream the highest of praises for Lynette Noni’s Medoran Chronicles on many different occasions. The series gives me life, I swear.

So imagine how I felt when Lynette announced a brand new series and labelled it as Stranger Things meets Divergent. Ummmmmmm, YES PLEASE!!!

And what’s even more exciting? Whisper is getting published in the US and Canada, so you can all keep your eyes out for this one!Read More »

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The (X-Crutiating) Edge of Everything [REVIEW]

aboutthebook9781408869079.jpgThe Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
Published
February 9, 2017 by Bloomsbury
ISBN13 9781408869079
RRP $16.99
Young Adult Paranormal
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

For the perfect love, what would you be willing to lose?

It’s been a shattering year for seventeen-year-old Zoe, who’s still reeling from her father’s shockingly sudden death in a caving accident and her neighbors’ mysterious disappearance from their own home. Then on a terrifying sub-zero, blizzardy night in Montana, she and her brother are brutally attacked in a cabin in the woods—only to be rescued by a mysterious bounty hunter they call X.

X is no ordinary bounty hunter. He is from a hell called the Lowlands, sent to claim the soul of Zoe’s evil attacker and others like him. X is forbidden from revealing himself to anyone other than his prey, but he casts aside the Lowlands’ rules for Zoe. As they learn more about their colliding worlds, they begin to question the past, their fate, and their future.

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whatithoughtIf this book had been released back when I was 14 and still obsessed with Twilight, then this book and I probably would have gotten along really well. But sadly, times have changed, and that’s no longer the case. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good paranormal romance, but only if they’re done right. The Edge of Everything was not.

Basically, it’s the love story of a teenage girl named Zoe, and a bounty hunter from hell named X. Zoe meets X after a run-in with this creep-man named Stan who murdered Zoe’s elderly neighbours. X is tasked with bringing Stan back to the Lowlands with him to be punished, and boy does shit get weird really quickly. Whilst X is showing Stan a movie (on his back!??) of the sins that he’s committed, Zoe decides to take a picture of the whole show and upload it to instagram (creep much?). Aaaaaand the insta-love starts there. Aaaaaaand it never stops. #ImOut.Read More »

Waiting on Wednesday #3: Inferno by Julie Kagawa

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Breaking the Spine, and is a way to showcase our never-ending list of eagerly anticipated upcoming releases. This week I’m waiting on..

17342753.jpgInferno by Julie Kagawa

Book 5 in The Talon Saga
Releasing on
 April 23, 2018 by HQ Young Adult

I honestly picked this series up purely because of the dragons, but I never actually thought I would get much enjoyment out of it.

The first book left me feeling a bit underwhelmed yet intrigued as to how the rest of the series would pan out.

After reading book 2, it turns out that I actually LOVE this series, and now it’s all coming to an end. I am scared and excited and CANNOT WAIT to see what will happen!Read More »

From the Cave #4: Uhhhh

From the Cave is a monthly update post to showcase my monthly reading achievements, TBR, and any new books I’ve acquired. This is my way of sharing bookish news and updates from the life of your friendly neighbourhood Reader Dragon.

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I know, I know. I said last time that I was back, but I lied. I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me at least a little. My life has been pretty full on since my last post, aaaand I’ve been stuck in a pretty heavy reading slump since then too, so that’s why I sort of vanished from the face of the blogosphere. Well that, and I got a puppy!

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From the Cave #3: Guess Who’s Back

Back again. The Reader Dragon’s back. Tell a friend. wow that was embarrassing.

From the Cave is a fortnightly update post to showcase any new books I’ve acquired and what I’m planning on reading next. This is my way of sharing bookish news and updates from the life of your friendly neighbourhood Reader Dragon.

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I’ve been in a bit of a funk lately, what with having an existential crisis and all (yay, adulthood!). I’m all good now, and am actually currently contemplating studying a Cert IV in Library and Information Services. I’ll probably just end up going for it, because even if I don’t immediately enjoy it, it will probably lead to a job that can offer me financial stability, and there’s nothing stopping me studying something else further down the track. If you’ve studied (or are currently studying) Library and Information Services, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!

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Never Flinch, Never Fear, uhhh.. Nevermind. [REVIEW]

aboutthebook34503674Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1) by Jay Kristoff
Published
 August 09, 2016 by Harper Voyager
ISBN13 9780008179984
RRP $19.99
High Fantasy
Source: Booktopia

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?
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whatithoughtI’ve had this book sitting on my shelf since just after it was first released. I honestly was a bit skeptical about it and only bought it because I found a signed copy for a great price (it’s a problem, I know). After it was then muuuuuch later recommended to me by a few trustworthy sources (my boyfriend being one of them), I decided to finally pick it up. And, well, basically I don’t know if I can trust those sources anymore. (I’m kidding, it wasn’t actually that bad.)

To put it simply, this book wasn’t exactly for me. Or perhaps I should say it almost was. Whilst I haven’t read a whole lot of high fantasy in my reading lifetime, whatever relationship we have has always been a bit rocky. Usually I either can’t wrap my head around the politics that govern the world, or – like in Nevernight‘s case – they’re just too damn descriptive.

Jay Kristoff has a real knack for world-building, I’ll give him that. The world in which Nevernight is set is so incredibly intricate and it completely blows my mind (I MEAN HOW DOES HE DO IT????). Buuuuut in the end, it was this heavily detailed world that ruined it for me. Read More »

It’s Time to Bring that TBR Down!!

For roughly the last five years, I’ve allowed my TBR pile to grow unchecked. A mix of both my job and my inability to control myself has led to an overflowing bookshelf, and I’ve decided that it’s time to do something about it.

I’ve gone through my bookcase a number of times and culled piles of books that I no longer feel relevant to my reading interests, and those that I am truly unlikely to read in a physical format (I may come back to them in either ebook or audiobook form), but this still has left me with an uncontrollable amount of unread books. Let’s fix that.

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Turning the Page: 2018 Reading Resolutions

HEY HI HELLO AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!!!

I always love the start of the year, because it feels so promising, ya know? I am so excited to get this year underway because I have so many things I want to work on. As cliche as it probably sounds, I want to get out and explore more. I want to be more comfortable with who I am and have more confidence in myself. I want to live (lol jk that shit is waaaay too corny).

I don’t know about you guys, but 2017 was a bit of a shitfest for me and my reading really suffered for it. General life really took over this year, and as a result of that and my younger sister having a very serious health scare (don’t worry, she’s okay now!!!), I roughly lost a collective 2-3 months of reading time.

To help make up for that lost time, and to help manage my reading (and my bookshelves!!!!), I thought it might be fun to set a few bookish goals for myself to work through over the course of the year:

1. Complete the Goodreads Reading Challenge (read at least 60 books).

WelpThis sounds super daunting, because I didn’t even scrape 40 last year (I got so close though!), but I know that 60 books is 100% possible because I managed it back in 2016. Sure, that count included a number of comics and whatnot, but I’m hoping to hit this goal just using novels.

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Looking Back: Best & Worst Reads of 2017

I know we’ve still got nearly two weeks left in the year, but if I don’t get this post out now, I’m not going to have the chance because I know the coming few weeks are going to be pretty hectic with work.

Whilst 2017 hasn’t been an altogether bad year, it’s been a bit of a messy one. As a result, it hasn’t been an overly productive year of reading for me. I’d originally hoped to be able to smash out at least 60 novels over the course of the year, but have since had to knock my goal back once to 50, and again to 45, and unless by some miracle, I am not going to make that goal either.

But hey, that leaves a lot of room for improvement next year, doesn’t it?

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The Good (5-Star Reads)

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From the Cave #2: Taking a Short Break

From the Cave is a fortnightly update post to showcase any new books I’ve acquired and what I’m planning on reading next. This is my way of sharing bookish news and updates from the life of your friendly neighbourhood Reader Dragon.

lifeupdatesHello friends! Not a whole lot has happened since I last checked in, except for my birthday last weekend! I turned 23 for anyone that’s curious. Other than that, I’ve been working pretty non-stop and trying to fit reading in during my downtime.

I’m so far behind on my Goodreads reading challenge, so I’m going to try my best over the next two weeks to reach my goal. I might have to cheat a little and read some manga, but hey, it all counts!

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I also wanted to let you guys know that I’ll be taking a short hiatus until the new year. I’m just so swamped with work and I don’t have the brain capacity to blog at the moment. I’ve got one post scheduled to go up within the next week, but after that you won’t hear a peep from me until New Year’s Day. Don’t fret though, because I will be back!Read More »