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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.

 

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‘The Crowns of Croswald’ by D.E. Night

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Publisher: Stories Untold Press.

Published: July 21st2017.

Page Count: 310 Pages.

Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy.

ISBN: 9780996948647.

RRP: $10.99 Buy your copy here!

Synopsis:

In Croswald, the only thing more powerful than dark magic is one secret…

For sixteen years Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken. Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald’s mysterious gems. When Ivy’s magic––and her life––is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever

Review:

We would just like to firstly say a huge thank you to JKS Communications for sending us this novel to review!

We are  so glad we picked up this Middle Grade Fantasy novel to read as we both just really enjoyed this novel! It was a really quick read and the plot itself was just so easy to dive into.

The magical adventures that took place really grabbed at us as soon as we started reading this novel! Although, we do wish it was a little bit more action packed and that the characters relationships had a little more detail. However, we will definitely see more detail in a second novel if one is released due to the whole mystery behind this novel. Overall, we really can’t complain as we really loved this new fantasy novel!

We were honestly just blow away! The whole concept to this plot was just so unique and extraordinary. We loved the mystery that consumed the characters. In particular, we loved the main character, Ivy. We really learnt a lot from her, to pursue what you think is right, to believe in yourself and most importantly, to not let anyone make you feel inferior.

This novel follows the leading character, Ivy Lovely, who has been hidden behind a magical boundary to separate the mundane from the magical who possess certain abilities and magic. When Ivy crosses the boarder, powers awaken which have been locked inside her. A certain mystery leads her to the Halls of Ivy, a school where magic is learnt to be controlled. Throughout the novel, Ivy is swept away in a series of adventures where she learns to accept and unlock her true potential.

We were actually really surprised by the Halls of Ivy. The school reminds us of Hogwarts with its magic and adventure concepts. The author has done a remarkable job to capture this world’s true beauty. We know we would love to study at this school! The classes are really intriguing, especially the ‘Art of Ink’ and ‘Memory class’!

The characters were also really amazing! We loved how Ivy treasured all her relationships with students and teachers! We thoroughly enjoyed the mystery and curiosity she always carried. It was lovely to see loyal friendships being made.

Overall, we really enjoyed ‘The Crowns of Croswald’! We highly recommend it to you all! It’s such a magical read with so much mystery!

We loved it!

Book Rating: 4.5/5 ⭐️

~ Georgia & Morgan.

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‘IDA’ by Alison Evans Book Chat!

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Publisher: Bonnier Publishing.

Published: January 1st 2017.

Page Count: 244 Pages.

Genre: YA, Fantasy.

ISBN: 1760404381.

RRP: $19.99 AUD.

Synopsis:

How do people decide on a path, and find the drive to pursue what they want? 

Ida struggles more than other young people to work this out. She can shift between parallel universes, allowing her to follow alternative paths.

One day Ida sees a shadowy, see-through doppelganger of herself on the train. She starts to wonder if she’s actually in control of her ability, and whether there are effects far beyond what she’s considered.

How can she know, anyway, whether one universe is ultimately better than another? And what if the continual shifting causes her to lose what is most important to her, just as she’s discovering what that is, and she can never find her way back?

Review:

Thank you so much to Bonnier Publishing for sending us a copy of this novel to review❤️.

It’s not very often that you find a novel which features a great range of diversity, hidden within its cover! Also featuring a unique and fascinating plot about time travel, ‘IDA’ portrayed gender fluid characters and one character’s different personalities and events across parallel universes.

This novel was just spectacular with how it features different perspectives! We honestly just loved how diverse this novel was, giving each character their own individual voice.

We were just so excited to read this novel as we continue to hear positive thoughts and reviews from our friends and fellow readers! We were especially excited to pick up this novel to help share some #loveozya.30720860

Although we really did enjoy this novel, we did find ourselves confused within some parts of the novel. This could be due to the amount of gaps we found, or just how fast paced we found this novel to be. We would have loved a bit more detail however, we did enjoy this novel.

The writing style in particular jumped head first straight into action! We found this to be good in a way to help make the overall plot and characters really intriguing however, we also just felt like by doing this we couldn’t really grasp a good handle on the novels world building.

We actually found ourselves really loving the time travel concept to this novel! Ida portrays a really interesting and unique ability to transport herself across parallel universes, creating changes to situations and the order of her life. She often finds herself using her ability for small things such as to change her shampoo, to change what she may have said in any situation or even to change any predicament she found herself in of which she didn’t particularly like. Due to her frequent shifting of time a paradox is created, which is one result of her time travelling ability.

We found this novel to be quite intriguing in regard to Ida’s ability as well as her journey to find her way back to her own time and family. We did find this novel to have gaps and loose ends however, we really did enjoy this novel so we would absolutely recommend it to you all!

Book Rating: 3.5/5 Stars⭐️

 

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WWW Wednesday (September 13th 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.

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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 are actually participating in #tbrknockdown24 on the weekend for the chance to set aside some time to knock off a view books on our TBR. We aim to finish  ‘Song of the Current’ by Sarah Tolcser! This novel follows Caroline Oresteia as she comes to terms with her father being arrested for smuggling. Her father is a wherryman so all she needs is the river gods to whisper her name or her fate to be sealed, even though she’s only seventeen.21039932_684960841697314_1303830044_n

Recently Finished –  

We actually finished reading ‘Illuminae’ by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff today. We really enjoyed this novel so we can’t wait to pick up the second novel in the series. We hope to upload our review very soon! 33281801

Reading Next –

Also for our Readathon this weekend, we are aiming  to read ‘Landscape with Invisible Hand’ by M.T. Anderson! We don’t know much about this novel however, from what we have head its about an alien invasion. 34944590

We also aim to start reading ‘The Crowns of Croswald’ by D.E.Night on the weekend for this Readathon also. We are officially on holidays from school/ university on Friday so we can’t wait to take a break and spend some time reading!

Have a great reading week!

~ Georgia and Morgan.

 

 

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WWW Wednesday (September 6th 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.21039932_684960841697314_1303830044_n

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 –

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So we are still currently reading ‘Illuminae’ by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. We started reading this a couple of weeks ago. We hope to finish reading this book this week.

We also started reading ‘Song of the Current’ by Sarah Tolcser today! This novel follows Caroline Oresteia as she comes to terms with her father being arrested for smuggling. Her father is a wherryman so all she needs is the river gods to whisper her name or her fate to be sealed, even though she’s only seventeen.

Recently Finished –  

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We recently finished reading ‘IDA’ by Alison Evans today. This novel was all about the character Ida who can shift between parallel universes and her dealing with the effects of shifting time. This novel was actually quite interesting!

We hope to post our review very soon!

Reading Next –

We hope to start reading ‘Daughter of the Burning City’ by Amanda Foody!

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.

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~ Georgia & Morgan 

 

 

 

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‘Phantom Limbs’ by Paula Garner

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Publisher: Walker Books Australia.

Published: June 1st, 2017.

Page Count: 367 Pages.

Genre: YA, Contemporary.

ISBN: 9781406373219.

RRP: $18.99 AUD.

Synopsis:

In this YA contemporary romance, a sixteen-year-old boy must learn to swim against an undercurrent of grief – or be swept away by it.

Otis and Meg were inseparable until her family abruptly moved away after the terrible accident that left Otis’s little brother dead and both of their families changed for ever. Since then, it’s been three years of radio silence, during which time Otis has become the unlikely protégé of eighteen-year-old Dara – part drill sergeant, part friend – who’s hell-bent on transforming Otis into the Olympic swimmer she can no longer be. But when Otis learns that Meg is coming back to town, he must face some difficult truths about the girl he’s never forgotten and the brother he’s never stopped grieving. As it becomes achingly clear that he and Meg are not the same people they were, Otis must decide what to hold on to and what to leave behind. Quietly affecting, this compulsively readable debut novel captures all the confusion, heartbreak, and fragile hope of three teens struggling to accept profound absences in their lives.

Review:

Thank you so much Walker Books Australia for sending us this incredible novel to review!

“You love someone and they leave, but they never entirely go away. You feel them there, acutely, like an amputated limb”

Where can we begin? Phantom Limbs is just a beautifully written novel that strongly captures grief, personal struggles, growing, moving on and of course love in all of it’s many possible forms.

Going into this novel we weren’t quite sure what to expect or how we should feel about so much grief. However, this novel is truly just breathtaking and heartbreaking at the same time!

As soon as we started reading this novel we found that we automatically connected to the leading character Otis. Despite his many setbacks with trying to take each day as it comes, you really do see his character grow and transform into a completely different person. He learns to accept himself, others and the situations he finds himself in, including the tragedy of losing his little brother.21322951_689732134553518_1682688063_n.png

The characters and plot was also really strong and powerful throughout this novel. After getting to know the two main female characters Meg and Dara, we just felt like we could finally understand the characters and story line a lot better!

This novel made us bawl quite a lot! Meaning blotchy, tear stained faces! But we honestly loved how this novel could do this to us as it made us feel truly connected to how incredibly strong and inspirational this novel is!

Phantom Limbs is an incredibly heartbreaking and inspirational novel so please pick this up as we can’t recommend it enough!

This novel will stay with us for a very long time! We can’t wait to read future novels by this amazing author.

Book Rating: 5/5 Stars.

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August Wrap Up & September TBR

We are now in the month of September so it’s about time we wrapped up our August reading month… We have been absolutely terrible at blogging during August which we apologize for. We have just had such a crazy semester at school/university however, hopefully we will have more time to read this month!

We only managed to read 6 books during August. We have holidays in 2 weeks so we are really looking forwards to having lots of time to read and relax!

Books Read in August:

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September TBR:

  • ‘Song of the Current’ by Sarah Tolcser.
  • ‘Daughter Of The Burning City’ by Amanda Foody.
  • ‘Bad Romance’ by Heather Demetrios.
  • ‘Heart of Mist’ by Helen Scheuerer.
  • ‘Landscape with Invisible Hand’ by M.T. Anderson.
  • ‘Sparrow’ Scot Gardner.
  • ‘The Crowns of Croswald’ by D.E. Night.

We also aim to finish our current reads which are ‘Illuminae’ by Amie Kaufman and ‘IDA’ by Alison Evans.

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Have a great reading month!

~ Georgia and Morgan.

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August Book Haul – 2017

We hope you all had an amazing August! It’s honestly just crazy how fast this year is travelling! Anyway getting into our August Book Haul we managed to somehow haul a total of 8 books!

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What did you haul this month?

~Georgia & Morgan.