Top 5 Wednesday- Top Unread Authors

Wednesday, 19 February 2014
This is a tag (of sorts) that I've seen a lot on BookTube and I thought it would be a fun thing to introduce to the blog.
In this post I'm going to list my top unread authors, these are authors that I really want to read something from, but haven't got to any of their books yet.
Number 1 on this list is Neil Gaiman. I really love the episodes he writes for Doctor Who and I have been desperate to read one of his novels. I actually have some of his novels on my Kindle when they were on offer on Amazon, I have Smoke and Mirrors, Stardust, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book, American Gods and Neverwhere. Hopefully I get to read something by him soon.
Another author I really want to check out is Terry Pratchett. He is probably best known for his Discworld series, which is a very well known series. I love fantasy novels and this is an author I am really excited to check out. I own the first and eighth book in the Discworld series, so hopefully I'll get to them sooner rather than later.
The next author on this list is Stephen King. I have looked at so many of his novels in shops, and I'm always so tempted to purchase them all. The only one I own is 11/22/63 but the rest seem creepy and thrilling, so I'm excited to read his novels.
The 4th author on this list is Jane Austen. I really want to get to her books, I've read Pride and Prejudice, which I thought was ok but not great, and partly read Northanger Abbey, but I want to get to all her other classics too. These books are available for free on ebook, so I really have no excuse.
The last author in this list is Phillipa Gregory, who writes historical fiction novels. I really like historical novels, so these should be perfect for me. I don't own any of her novels, but I'm really keen to read them.

Thanks for reading guys, feel free to comment your top unread authors below!

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Teaser Tuesday #10

Tuesday, 18 February 2014
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I'm reading Partials by Dan Wells at the moment. I wasn't really sure about this novel, and at this stage it has yet to make me believe it is any better than the other dystopian novels out there.
"Replacing a senator is one thing- they retire and we elect a new one, it happens- but replacing the entire government is revolution. It's also suicide: do you realise how vulnerable this city would be if the Senate weren't around to organise the Defence Grid and keep the peace?"
Hopefully this novel picks up soon, there's been very little action so far!

Book Review- Burn

Thursday, 13 February 2014
Burn (Pure, #3)Title: Burn
Author: Julianna Baggott
Published: February 4th 2014
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Pages: 418
Genre: Dystopian, Post Apocalyptic,
Series: Pure #3

Rating: 5/5

Inside the Dome, Patridge has taken his father's place as leader of the Pures. His struggle has led him here, intent upon bringing down the Dome from the inside, with the help of a secret resistance force. But things are not as simple from his new position of power and he finds himself tempted by his father's words: perhaps if the world is to survive it needs the Dome - and Partridge - to rule it...
As Partridge's resolve weakens, Pressia and Bradwell continue piecing together the clues left to them from the time before the Detonations. It is their hope that they will be able to heal the Wretches, and free them from their monstrous fusings and the Dome's oppression once and for all. But everything depends, too, on Partridge. Separated by distance and history, can they still trust their friend and ally? Or is the world doomed to an eternity of war and hardship?- Goodreads

This is a review of the final book in a trilogy. Although this is a spoiler free review, feel free to check out my review of the first book (Pure) here.

I received an ARC copy of this novel from Net Galley in return for an honest review.
This is the final book in the Pure trilogy and if you have been reading my posts for any length of time you may be aware that this is my favourite dystopian trilogy I have ever read. 
This was an amazing final novel for the trilogy, it didn't disappoint as some finales tend to do. The author gave the readers an ending with a sense of finality but with enough to keep us thinking. I liked this, it meant that there were still parts for me to mull over, and make my mind up on what happened next.
This novel picks up a little later from where Burn leaves off, this is a spoiler free review so I won't go into any specifics but the action and pace of the plot picks up immediately, with us wondering what's going to happen to the characters in their current situations.
The characters in this novel are some of the most diverse and unique that I have ever had the pleasure to read about. The relationship between Pressia and Bradwell is stretched in this novel after what happened in the end of Burn, (I have never wanted to force a couple to talk about their problems so much!!) but their paths force them to decide what their priorities and plans are. I still absolutely love Pressia, she's so strong and brave, but has a human need for perfection, and her wish to save the Wretches and her secret wish to become Pure made me love her even more. 
Another character that has a special place in my heart is El Capitan and Helmud. I love the combination of the two brothers, how they experience the same things, I always wondered if Helmud feels the same way El Capitan does, It was interesting to see El Capitan come to terms with the person he was in Pure, I wondered when this would happen, and what sort of effect it would have on him.
I also enjoyed seeing the different struggles and problems Partridge and Lyda faced in the dome, it contrasted with what the others were going through outside. Seeing Lyda's descent into something close to madness was heartbreaking, I wanted to see the Lyda from Burn, when she was kick ass. I also missed Partridge, the effect of being leader of the dome seemed to suck so much out of him. He seemed to start to doubt himself and become confused about his feelings and ideas on everything.
The author cleverly uses a changing P.O.V to keep track of the different strands of the story. It meant that I felt equally invested in every character,and caused lots of tension and suspense as you waited to read the conclusion of a certain characters struggle.
Baggott's creativity is some of the most diverse and brilliant I have ever come across. The ideas are unique but work so well and seem possible, this is one of my favourite aspects of the series in general.
I am completely in awe of Baggott's world building through-out this trilogy.The creatures and buildings have become so familiar to me and I will miss the gritty, sand-filled world and the characters that inhabited it now the series's over.

February TBR

Tuesday, 4 February 2014
I'm hoping to read a few more books this month than I read in January!
The first book that I'm hoping to read is one that I started in January and that's Burn by Julianna Baggott. This is the final novel in the Pure trilogy, one of my favourite dystopian series ever! I received a copy of this novel from Net Galley.
The first novel that I hope to pick up in February is Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane. I watched the movie with Leonardo DiCaprio not long ago, and I'm excited to check out the novel.
The next novel I hope to read is Partials by Dan Wells. I bought this on my Kindle after hearing some good reviews on it.
I also hope to finish City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. I started this book a little while ago and hopefully I will finish it in February.
The last book I want to get to is Peregrine Harker & The Black Death by Luke Hollands. I was given a review copy from Net Galley.

Happy Reading!!

New Release Sunday #10

Sunday, 2 February 2014
Today's newly released book is The Fearance by Rob Badcock. This is the second book in The Meskitoe Trilogy. you can read my review of the first book here. This book is described by the author as featuring cowboys, Vikings in space!
The Fearance (The Meskitoe Trilogy)

The blurb reads:

It is the year 2043. A space shuttle crash-lands on Tycho, the clone planet of mother earth. Rib Meskitoe – one of the few survivors of the watershed, steps out to start a new life in the frontier town of Stonyville. The Fearance is a mysterious force that scrambles all man-made technology. Rib becomes sucked into a quest for the Fearance , to an alien land of ice & fire: A violent world of Berserks & blood feuds. It is a Viking hell from which he must escape.

Check out the book on Goodreads here
Buy it here

January Wrap-Up

Saturday, 1 February 2014
This month I only got 2 books read, which is less than I hoped for but I'm sure February will be better.

The first book I read in January was The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien. I have read this book before, but I was given a lovely box set of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogy for Christmas and I really wanted to read one. I gave it 4/5, I really enjoyed the story, the descriptions Tolkien uses are wonderful.
The second book I read in January was Zom-B by Darren Shan. I've had this book on my Kindle for ages, I finally got around to reading it this month. I thought this was quite a good book, its got enough gruesome and gory zombie action to keep me happy, but also has a rather big twist towards the end of the novel, which felt a little gimmicky but it was entertaining nonetheless. I gave this novel 3.5/5.

Check out The Hobbit on Goodreads here

Zom-B on Goodreads here

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