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WWW Wednesday (October 18th 2017)

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the following three questions in a post and then put a link to that post in the comments over at Taking on a World of Words.29102896

The questions are:
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading –
We started reading ‘Bad Romance’ by Heather Demetrios a couple of weeks ago however, we have just been so stressed about school/university assessments that we haven’t done as much reading as we would have liked. We are hoping to get further into this book this week and hopefully finish it!

Recently Finished –  34593693

We finally finished ‘The Pearl Thief’ today! We haven’t had the chance to pick up any any other books between Bad Romance and The Pearl Thief so this week’s WWW Wednesday post is going to be quite short.

We really didn’t know what to expect with ‘The Pearl Thief’ however, we actually really enjoyed it. We will hopefully be reviewing this soon!

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We are planning on picking up ‘Zenith’ by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings next. We received this arc a couple of days ago and we are just so excited to start reading it! It is definitely on our highly anticipated reads for 2018.

What are you reading this week? We would love for you to leave a comment below and let us know 😊.

 

 

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‘Landscape with Invisible Hand’ by M.T. Anderson Mini Review.

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Publisher: Walker Books.

Published: September 12th 2017.

Page Count: 160 Pages.

Genre: YA, Science Fiction.

ISBN: 9780763699505.

RRP: $16.99.

Synopsis:

National Book Award winner M. T. Anderson returns to future Earth in a sharply wrought satire of art and truth in the midst of colonization.

When the vuvv first landed, it came as a surprise to aspiring artist Adam and the rest of planet Earth – but not necessarily an unwelcome one. Can it really be called an invasion when the vuvv generously offered free advanced technology and cures for every illness imaginable? As it turns out, yes. With his parents’ jobs replaced by alien tech and no money for food, clean water, or the vuvv’s miraculous medicine, Adam and his girlfriend, Chloe, have to get creative to survive. And since the vuvv crave anything they deem “classic” Earth culture (doo-wop music, still-life paintings of fruit, true love), recording 1950s-style dates for the vuvv to watch in a pay-per-minute format seems like a brilliant idea. But it’s hard for Adam and Chloe to sell true love when they hate each other more with every passing episode. Soon enough, Adam must decide how far he’s willing to go – and what he’s willing to sacrifice – to give the vuvv what they want.

Review:

Thank you so much Walker Books Australia for sending us a copy of this novel to review!

“We are tiny figures, faceless, pointing at wonders, provided for scale, no lives of our own, surveying the landscape that has engulfed us all”.

After hearing so many great things about the author M.T. Anderson, we were just so excited to be asked to review ‘Landscape with Invisible Hand’. This is the first novel we’ve read by the author and we are just honestly glad to say that we were pleasantly surprised.

This novel has so many important and inspirational key messages. One of our favourites was that a line was clearly drawn to try and outline the differences between different types of art and how you can find art in general to be inspirational.33281801

This message is portrayed throughout the novel through the main character, Adam’s life. Adam was torn between following his dream and entering his artworks in a Vuvv art competition. In particular, Adam was confused and torn between entering artwork that he knew the judges would love or entering his pieces that he knows is true to himself.

This novel takes place when Aliens invaded or rather colonized Earth. With new technology and other advancements, the Vuvv also known as ‘aliens’ are allowing for fewer jobs and higher pricing within the economy, creating Earth to be a really hard planet to live on. Following this plot line, the main character Adam struggles to support his family financially whilst being true to himself. He constantly struggles with an embarrassing disease and art is the only thing that gets him through each day.

M.T. Anderson wrote this novel to be a new viewpoint that is unflinching and honest to outline the truth to being yourself and fighting for everything you possibly believe in. Overall, we did enjoy this novel as we loved the novel’s messages which were quite inspirational.

Book Rating: 4/5 Stars.

 

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‘Heart of Mist’ by Helen Scheuerer

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Publisher: Talem Press.

Published: August 31st, 2017.

Page Count: Pages.

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy.

ISBN: 9780994165541.

RRP: $9.93 AUD – ebook price. Buy your copy here!

Synopsis:

In a realm where toxic mist sweeps the lands and magic is forbidden, all Bleak wants is a cure for her power.

Still grieving the death of her guardian and dangerously self-medicating with alcohol, Bleak is snatched from her home by the Commander of the King’s Army, and summoned to the capital.

But the king isn’t the only one interested in Bleak’s powers.

The leader of an infamous society of warriors, the Valia Kindred, lays claim to her as well, and Bleak finds herself in the middle of a much bigger battle than she anticipated.

Heart of Mist is the gripping first book in The Oremere Chronicles, a fantasy series of epic proportions

Review:

We received a paperback copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much Helen!

Okay, how do we even begin to write this review? We are honestly still just lost for words! When we first picked up this novel, we had no idea what the ploy was going to be about as we just didn’t now what to expect. We are both huge fans of everything fantasy which was one reason why we were just so excited to pick up this novel.

We were just blown away by the characters and plot. We completely fell in love with the story line. From the very first page of this novel, we were hooked and we couldn’t put the novel down!heart

The story line was mysterious, addicting and enchanting which did help to keep us hooked.

We also really loved the characters which were introduced to us throughout the novel. We really liked the main protagonist Bleak, who is 19 years old. She is often described as the town drunk however, she is really strong and independent. She does struggle to form relationships but like anyone, we all have a past and in this case, Bleaks past often haunts her.

We really enjoyed reading about Bleaks power. Although at one stage, she did think of it as a curse rather than a gift whilst she was looking for control. As she trained to control her ability, she really grew within herself, portraying her caring and gentle heart.

One of our favourite characters besides Bleak would have to be Henri who is from The Valia Kindred. She is from a Warrior Tribe that lives life very differently. They all have a strong sense of right and wrong and a strong sense of both leadership and duty. Henri is actually the tribe’s warrior leader. She is strong, both mentally and physically and she cares for her people greatly. She would die fighting to protect them.

You all just need to read this!

Helen’s writing is just beautiful. She has created and formed an amazing and fantastic world with so many legends and even tribe spiritual ancestors. Can you imagine a world that is rich and enchanted in magic to be stolen by mist? We now can! Helen’s writing is descriptive and suspenseful and we can’t wait to read more!

The ending almost destroyed us! It was just like a rollercoaster ride of thrills, turns, twists and excitement. What will happen next? We don’t know when the sequel will be released but we would absolutely recommend this novel for everyone to read!

Rating: 5/5 Stars.

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WWW Wednesday (October 4th 2017)

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The questions are:
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading –

We started reading ‘Bad Romance’ by Heather Demetrios a couple of days ago! We have been reading this novel really quickly as we are just finding it really interesting.

This novel follows a girl named Grace who feels trapped in the life she lives. Living with her mother and stepfather constantly wields her fear like she lives in a prison of sorts. Her biggest wish is to leave that house behind as well as the state of California where she lives. When she meets Gavin she starts to feel free until she feels like its too good to be true and she just has to escape. 34593693

We also started reading ‘The Pearl Thief’ by Elizabeth Wein today! We havn’t gotten too far into this novel yet but so far it has been enjoyable.

Recently Finished –  

We recently finished reading ‘Heart of Mist’ by Helen Scheuerer! This was such a fast read which we just absolutely loved! We ended up rating this novel 5/5 ⭐️.

This novel followed a girl named Bleak who lives in a world where magic is forbidden. As she explores her options to find a cure for her power, all she wants is to find a way to be normal and just like everyone else. As the story continues, Bleak finds herself right at the center of a battle between a society of warriors called the Valia Kindred and a King whom is the ruler of where Bleak was raised.heart

Reading Next – 

We are thinking of picking 35151200up ‘Sparrow’ by Scot Gardner  next. This was actually on our TBR last month so it’s about time we read it 😊

What have you read recently?

~ Georgia & Morgan.

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September Wrap Up & October TBR

We are now in the month of October so it’s about time we wrapped up our September reading month. We are actually quite happy with the amount of books we read during September as we are 1 book away from completing our goodreads goal.

We managed to read 8 books during September. We have just returned to school after two weeks of holidays so hopefully our assessments this term aren’t too hectic.

Books Read in August:

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October TBR:

  • ‘Nevernight’ by Jay Kristoff
  • ‘The Pearl Thief’ by Elizabeth Wein
  • ‘Bad Romance’ by Heather Demetrios.
  • ‘Saints For All Occasions’ by J.Courtney Sullivan
  • ‘Sparrow’ Scot Gardner.
  • ‘The Traitor and The Thief’ by Gareth Ward
  • ‘Moxie’ by Jennifer Mathieu

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What are you planning to read this month?

~Georgia and Morgan

 

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September Book Haul – 2017.

We hope you all had an amazing month during September! We actually don’t know where this year has gone! We are already in term 4 at school and university! Time just keeps flying  by! Anyway, getting into our September Book Haul, we managed to somehow haul a total of 14 books!

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Did you have a great reading month? What books did you haul? Let us know in the comments!

~ Georgia and Morgan.

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‘Daughter of the Burning City’ by Amanda Foody review.

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Publisher: Harlequin Teen.

Published: August 1st 2017.

Page Count: 416 Pages.

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy.

ISBN: 9781489242068.

RRP: $14.99 AUD – Buy your copy here!

 Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.

Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear.

Review:

Thank you, Harlequin Teen for sending us a copy of this novel to review.

Whilst reading this novel, we were firstly a little confused. This novel follows the main character Sorina, who has no eyes but yet she can still see things clearly and in detail due to magic. Sorina is known for her illusion work. This particular talent allows her to create all different types of illusions. In particular, she can create human beings however, she does make them unique with magical abilities alike her own. She designs these illusions to play the role of being her family. Although, they aren’t quite real. They are independent and they do exist (hint why they often speak their mind). However, they are all created within the midst of Sorina’s imagination. So, it was a huge surprise to read that one was savagely murdered.

The murder mystery within this novel really did have a role to play with keeping us both intrigued. Although with the character Sorina, we were honestly really confused! She doesn’t have eyes yet she is always described to be eyeing things. We don’t really know how she could eye somebody or something if she has no eyes to begin with?

We did however, enjoy all the diversity around the characters. The novel explored sexuality and learning to find acceptance in one’s self. Whether that be a) through sexuality or b) through their own appearances. We really did enjoy this aspect of the novel as more Young Adult novels should express teenagers being more accepting of themselves.

We have to say we also really enjoyed the whole mystery behind the killer. We didn’t find this to predictable at all which was quite unique for us. Although, we did find ourselves trying to become our own ‘Sherlock Holmes’ to discover all clues to this murder mystery!

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We didn’t mind Sorina as a main character however, she isn’t our favourite protagonist. She seemed to cope with the grief of her family well although she did often rely on others a lot. She seemed to rely most on her adoptive father and other bad types of people such as the thieves of the carnival

Overall, we did enjoy this novel. In particular, we loved the carnival aspect the most rather than the characters. This was actually our first ever carnival book which we have picked up so we do look forward to picking up more in the future.

If you like murder mysteries or diverse books, please do pick this novel up. We would love to hear your thoughts 😊

Book Rating: 3/5⭐️

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WWW Wednesday (September 27th 2017)

The questions are:
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading –

We started reading ‘Heart of Mist’ by Helen Scheuerer today! We have been reading this novel really quickly as we are just finding it really interesting.

This novel follows a girl named Bleak who lives in a world where magic is forbidden. As she explores her options to find a cure for her power, all she wants is to find a way to be normal and just like everyone else. As the story continues, Bleak finds herself right at the center of a battle between a society of warriors called the Valia Kindred and a King whom is the ruler of where Bleak was raised.

Recently Finished –  

We recently finished reading ‘Daughter of The Burning City’ by Amanda Foody. This novel had such a unique concept however, we did struggle to really get into the novel due to some things being under developed.dbc

This novel followed a sixteen-year-old girl named Sorina who is an illusion-worker! She can create illusions that others can see, feel and touch with each of their own personalities. She didn’t believe they were real as yes, they are only illusions until one of them is murdered. Our  thoughts about this novel will be posted very soon 🙂33281801

We also recently finished ‘‘Landscape with Invisible Hand’ by M.T. Anderson. This novel follows an aspiring artist Adam with how he deals with a alien invasion. This novel was actually quite short so we will hopefully share a post of our review soon. 


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We are thinking of picking up ‘Bad Romance’ by Heather Demetrios next. We have been wanting to read this for a little while so we are glad to be able to finally start reading it!

~ Georgia & Morgan.

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WWW Wednesday (September 20th 2017)

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the following three questions in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.33281801

The questions are:
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading –

We started ‘Landscape with Invisible Hand’ by M.T. Anderson a couple of days ago. We haven’t gotten too far into the novel yet but from what we have read, we are really liking it so far. We actually started this novel for a readathon which was really fun.

We started reading ‘Daughter of The Burning City’ by Amanda Foody today! We have been reading this novel really quickly as we are just finding it really interesting. This novel follows a sixteen-year-old girl named Sorina who is an illusion-worker! She can create illusions that others can see, feel and touch with each of their own personalities. She didn’t believe they were real as yes, they are only illusions. Until one of them is murdered.21912843_696020087258056_715465775_n

Recently Finished –  

We recently finished ‘Song of The Current’ by Sarah Tolcser which we just loveeeddd! We really enjoyed the whole concept to this novel it just had it all pirates, privateers, Gods, a bit of romance and strong independent feminism. Check out our review here!21698268_695047084022023_1100801937_n

We also recently finished reading ‘The Crowns of Croswald’ by D.E. Night which just blew us away! It was such a magical adventure and we loved every part of it! Fingers crossed the author writes a sequel for the series. Check out our review here! 

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We are thinking of picking up ‘Heart of Mist’ by Helen Scheuerer next. We have been reading lots of Young Adult Fantasy lately so hopefully we enjoy this too 🙂

What have you read recently?

~ Georgia & Morgan.

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‘Song of The Current’ by Sarah Tolcser

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Publisher: Bloomsbury Australia.

Published: June 8th 2017.

Page Count: 384 Pages.

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy.

ISBN: 1408889005.

RRP: $16.20 Buy your copy here!

“We’re all calling out to the world and magic is the world calling back”.

Synopsis:

Caroline Oresteia has always been destined for the river. Her father is a wherryman, as was her grandmother. All Caro needs is for the river god to whisper her name, and her fate is sealed. But at seventeen, Caro may be too late.21905658_696020077258057_656630347_n.png

So when pirates burn ships and her father is arrested, Caro volunteers to transport a dangerous cargo in exchange for his release. Secretly, Caro hopes that by piloting her own wherry, the river god will finally speak her name.

But when the cargo becomes more than Caro expected, she finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies. With much more than her father’s life at stake, Caro must choose between the future she knows, and the one she never could have imagined.

Review:

A huge thank you to Bloomsbury Australia for sending us a copy of this novel to review!

‘Song of The Current’ is such an amazing novel. It has so much adventure exploring the high seas! This is actually our first novel that we have read which relates back to pirates and we honestly just loved everything that this novel had to offer!

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The main character, Caroline (Caro) Oresteia has a passion of sailing the sea. Caro awaits the day that the River God calls her name to lead her to her destiny. However, it hasn’t happened yet. As she strains herself to listen to the smaller things around her to try and communicate with the Gods, she begins to question her hearts desire to sail upon the waterways of where she has grown up.

Although, she continues to sail alongside her father, fulfilling contracts to smuggle all different types of items (both legal and illegal). Caro is forced to take the wheel and fulfill a contract her father refused to accept to allow him freedom from his imprisonment. Caro will soon realize that not everything is as it seems. This story follows her on an adventure of a lifetime into the endless temperamental ocean where only the bravest venture.

This novel has it all, pirates, privateers, Gods, a bit of romance and strong independent feminism.

We really enjoyed the characters. We found that we could really relate and follow along with Caroline’s character as she struggles to find her place in the world. Through her independence, strength and individuality she truly follows her own definition of fate by listening to herself and her own capabilities.

We also really enjoyed the world building of this  novel, it was just amazing! The writing really connected to us we could hear the flow of the water, taste the salt in the air and feel the wind on our faces! Image result for pirate ship gifs

Overall, we honestly just loved this novel and we would recommend it to you all!

Have you read this, if so what are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments!

Book Rating: 4/5 Stars.