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.Dreaming of Wonderland : Living in reality.

Currently reading

The Picture of Dorian Gray
Oscar Wilde, Irvine Welsh
Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales
Jacob Grimm
Progress: 439/844 pages

.What I'm Reading | February 2017.

This post can originally be found at MissKatiEllen.

 

Although slightly later than usual I bring you my reads from February. I didn't get to finish as many as I would have liked, but that's what happens when you take a week off work for your birthday. As it was my birthday I decided that it only be right by picks were Disney related.

 

 

The first book I finished was Poor Unfortunate Souls by Serena Valentino. This is unfortunately the last in her villains series, which I'm absolutely gutted about. I love the world she's created, the references to other Disney Kingdoms, how some characters lives are already entwined. This story was about Ursula, but due to this amazing world that's been created I felt her story lacked compared to the previous two books. The story was kept interesting changing from different people's POW but I felt like there was so much more being hinted at, begging to be explored.

 

The second book I finished was Once Upon A Dream by Liz Braswell. This is her second Disney 'what if' retelling, this is completely unlike her first book. Due to the nature of Aladdin the beginning was quite literally the film and things only changed when Jafar got the lamp, whereas in this book we are in the dream world that Aurora thinks is real and we got chapter versions of what happened and 'what happened'. This book is much slower by comparison, A Whole New World was filled with constant fighting and things happening.  Aurora getting to grips with the dream, with herself, coping with two sets of memories. Discovering so much was a lie in both worlds. The books downfall is that you will her to be this strong girl but she keeps pulling this poor me routine, her life was a lie, she was abandoned, she grew up in the woods away from her family. Thank God Prince Phillip is there to throw in his point of view, growing up as a royal isn't everything either.

 

My final book was Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. I loved this book, I don't know what I was expecting but it certainly wasn't this; and that's not a bad thing either. What I enjoyed the most about this aside from the whole thing is her relationship with Zuanna. Their friendship is so believable, even if Zuannas over the top personality isn't. Although Karou never technically lies to anyone, flashing that smile she has and everyone shrugs off the weird things and chalks it up to it just being Karou. And Zuanna is like that too, but everyone has a breaking point and pushes the issues. Where does she go, what are these errands Karou is always disappearing on?? There is only so much a friendship can take until a smile no longer makes the cut. It's hard to talk about this book without giving anything away. Two worlds, one consisting of Angels and part human part animal, the other the world as we know it. Both as real and as the other.

Originally posted on MissKatiEllen.

 

It’s official, we are already one month down into this crazy year, and this month I managed to pack in a crazy amount of reading!! If you haven’t already I would really recommend picking up Sally Greens series, I cannot wait to start reading the third. Completely hooked.

 

 

Now I’m a sucker for a book with a beautiful cover, guilty as charged, and when I saw these new covers in Waterstones I had to do it. These editions are by Coralie Bickford Smith, The Fox and the Star, and are gorgeous. They retail at £20, I bought Jekyll and Hyde for myself and the other for my mum as a birthday present. I also plan to buy her Withering Heights.

 

 

I really don’t remember buying this many books but clearly I did. Poor Unfortunate Souls is the last book by Serena Valentino, which I’m gutted about because I love the world she has created. With only two more books left to come in the Throne of Glass series, the final and a novella, I picked up the assassins bind up of the first 5 novellas. Also thought I’d grab the first in her other series, although I won’t start reading that for a while.

 


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.Reading Habits Tag.

  1. Do you have a certain place in your home for reading?? Normally in my room on my bed, sometimes in the living room in the armchair. 
  2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?? Bookmark always, although I tend to use train tickets for my magazine. 
  3. Can you  just stop reading or do you have to stop reading after a chapter / certain number of pages?? I prefer stopping at the end of a chapter but at work that's not always an option, when times up, it's up.
  4. Do you eat or drink while read?? Oh yes, I do a lot of reading at work in my lunch. Surprisingly my books are quite clean. 
  5. Multitasking: music or TV while reading?? Either or, if I'm at home I tend to have something on but if I'm on a train I'll have music playing as well. 
  6. One book at a time or several at once?? Several, from about 11/12 I would read at least two maybe three books swapping every week. I now swap monthly.
  7. Reading at home or everywhere?? Anywhere really.
  8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?? In my head, but I have in the past read out loud when I've struggled to get to grips with a book. 
  9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?? Nope, nope, nope.
  10. Barking the spine or keeping it like new?? Keeping it like new.
  11. Do you write in your books?? Heck no!! Are you insane?!

 

Originally posted on MissKatiEllen.

 

Welcome to 2017 everybody, and to my first post of the year all about last year!! In todays post we’ll be looking at what I read in the last two months, my favourite and recommendations of the year and what’s on my reading list for the year.

 

In no particular order here are my favourite reads of 2016, all of which I would highly recommend. Not pictured is here is the fairy tale retelling series by Jackson Pearce as a friend is currently borrowing them.

 

 

  • The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford Smith, although not a long book it’s a cute story of filled with stunning illustrations.
  • The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, I have never enjoyed a series so much!! A wonderful fairytale retelling, definitely a winner. Would also recommend the novellas too.
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, this was probably one of the first ‘chosen one’ series I’ve read since Harry Potter. What I loved, aside from the great story, was the fact the romantic aspect wasn’t the driving force of this. Yes it was the but had to take a backseat to more important things.
  • The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave, this was a nice little read about a girls journey through her forbidden home where myth and reality become one.
  • Fairest by Serena Valentino, I didn’t realise how long this book had been sat on my list and om glad I’ve finally read it. This was such a great portrayal of the Evil Queen, everything her past to her present. The second book is based Beauty and the Beast, and the third to be released is about Ursula.
  • Harry Potter by J.K Rowling, I’ve loved rediscovering this series, so much went over my head as a child. I’ve discovered a whole new love for this wizarding world.

 

So that was last year, since November I’ve been thinking about what I want to read in 2017. I want a balance between books I haven’t read in forever, books that have been on my list since the dawn of time and have forgotten about and books that are new and I’m itching to read. To see what’s made it onto my list check out shelf on either Goodreads or Booklikes.

It’s quite frightening to think it’s now November, which means before you know it it’ll be Christmas!!

 

It’s safe to say I was rather determined to finish more books after last month. At the start of the month I had read 21 out of the 30 books I wanted to read this month.

 

In this post I wanted to share with you some of my favourite books not only perfect for Halloween, but perfect for the winter months drawing closer. There are the classics like Frankenstein and Dracula, or you could go for a short story such as The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories by Tim Burton. This is such a quickly little book filled with illustrations just as wonderfuly bizarre.

 

Or for something to really sink your teeth into try Anna Dressed in Bloodby Kendare Blake (review) and the sequel Girl of Nightmares (review). I won’t lie I was a tad nervous about reading these as I don’t do “scary” books, but I really loved these. But let’s not talk about what happened in the basement or the forest.

Perfect for Halloween

.Anna Dress in Blood Book Review.

Reblogged from MissKatiEllen:
Anna Dressed in Blood  - Kendare Blake

I devoured this book. I threw caution to the wind and read something I wouldn't normally. How I loved this book!! First off this isn't that scary or gory, trust me with this. I don't do that sort of thing, so I decided this would be my daytime book and that way I wouldn't have the poop completely scared out of me. Blake has a real talent at bringing the house and the dead to life. Let's not discuss the basement.

Where to begin, I guess with Cas. This is the first book I've read from a male POV, the friend I went away with on holiday saw the cover and the title and assumed it was about her and from her POV. I'm glad I've finally read something guy orientated. The book begins by chucking you straight into his world, on a hunt. No slowly introducing you to what he does and what his father did before him, oh no it's straight to it. Because of the type of life he leads he is used to having to adapt all the time, moving from school to school following the latest job. Via this we see how he works, how he gathers info on the ghost and if it's just town legend or something more. Cas is witty and funny, and knows how to work people to get what he wants. At first I thought the introduction of queen bee Carmel might have challenged this, but I guess the idea was to see how he can easily integrate with people to get what he needs.

I must admit I am rather find of Carmel, I was preparing myself for awful human being you hope gets torn to bits as soon as you meet her, but she's actually the opposite. With her it's all an act, she is our human voice, the person who has no connections to the supernatural, and instead of wadding in and throwing a hissy fit to get involved in what's going on, and potentially ruining things she gets on with it. At one point she takes things into her own hands, she follows Cas to see what he's really up to and is up front with him that she wants to help. Although at one point she questions what she is doing there, as after all she has no talents when it comes to this sort of thing. Carmel can hold her own, when it comes to it she is not afraid to get in there and swing a baseball bat at Anna.
 
Due to Cas's upbringing he doesn't really do friends or help, and this job proves to be unlike any other. Sure he has his contacts who he can call on for help, advise and research but Carmel and Thomas prove to actually be friends, people you would trust to help you. Cas doesn't let his pride stand in the way, he takes them out and shows them what is world is really like before tackling Anna.
 
Anna. At heart she is just a vulnerable child with a lot of power, but she is unlike anything he has ever faced. Not just power wise. She challenges everything he has ever known and thought when it came to the supernatural world. I would love to have read this from her POV, how it feels when the power takes over and she kills, what it's like to try and control it and not hurt Cas. Realising it is going to tougher to despatch Anna than he thought Cas has to try a different route, finding out whats made her so strong. But his takes time, which means he is free to visit Anna, get to know her and fall for her. Before now he never considered where he sent them once he 'killed' them.
 
One thing I am happy about is that is that it wasn't them falling in love and being about that, Cas doesn't really realise his feelings for her, he's more wigged out by the fact he doesn't want to hurt her, to find another way. It really wasn't your typical romance novel. Hurrah!! But during this there is a bigger force at work, once Anna is free killings are still happening and all fingers turn to her. With the killing of his father still fresh, things are coming to a head quicker than Cas can be prepared for.
 
This was utterly a fantastic read, I struggled to put it down whilst on holiday. I cannot wait to devour the sequel.
Happy reading.
xx

.Serpent's Kiss Book Review.

Serpent's Kiss  - Melissa  de la Cruz

 

This review can also be found at MissKatiEllen.

 

Everything is perfect in the magical, off-the-map New York town of North Hampton. And the equally magical women of Beauchamp family intend to keep it that way. Or is something darker waiting for the witches of east?

 

If I’m going to be honest this book is pretty dull, not a awful lot happens. It very much feels like a middle book, unfortunately paving the way for things to come in the final installment. I was hoping this book would have move drive to it compared to the first book Witches of East End,which again felt like it leading to bigger things to come. But I keep asking myself, when the heck are these things coming?! 

 

After the events of the last book Freya is living happily with Killian, until her twin brother escapes from his banishment claiming it was Killian who destroyed the Bridge not him. With this seed of doubt planted Freya finds herself questioning the man she loves, but there is no sense of real urgency. Her and Freddie are keeping his return a secret whilst she discovers the truth to his downfall, but it almost feels like his return is hindrance not a god send.

 

Ingrid is finally embracing a love life, but it almost seems like the smallest thing and she doubts everything by the, which if I’m honest will get annoying. Matt is willing to go as fast or as slow as she wants and is happy to share his life with her when she’s ready. You just want to shake Ingrid and get her to embrace this moment and charge at it head on.

 

Joanna too has things going on with her love life, and whilst dealing with the two gentlemen in question she is also trying to contact a witch hanged during their time in Salem who is making her presence noticed.

 

There is so much in this book that would make for a kiss-arse book, one that proved reading the first would be worth it, but unfortunately it falls short. It is desperately in need of a kick up the bum and some much needed oomph.

I’m so frustrated at myself over last month, I was dying to finish Winter even though I knew I wouldn’t be able to thanks to my week off work. I’m also annoyed I didn’t get to finish Castle in the Air whilst I was off so I could start the final book. But I guess you can’t help being ill.

 

 

Last month I treated myself to the second installment by Victoria Averyard, Glass Sword and the fifth book in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Mass. Due to my preference to read a series all together I’ve been slowly collecting them, somehow not realising Empire of Storms was the fifth book!! Which means I can finally start reading next year, had I realised sooner I would have started them this year.

 

I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to start reading this month at home. I’ve got a couple of series still on my list I need to start but I’m also toying with the idea of reading some stand alone books. Give myself a bit of a break.

 

Reading progress update: I've read 517 out of 823 pages.

Winter - Marissa Meyer

"Are you afraid of poison?" asked the old woman. "Here, I will cut the apple in two. You shall eat the red half, and I shall eat the white." 

Reading progress update: I've read 339 out of 823 pages.

Winter - Marissa Meyer

"'Your stepmother will soon know you are here,' warned the kindly dwarfs. 'Do not let anyone in.'"

This review can also be found at MissKatiEllen.

 

How in the heck is it September already?! It’s completely insane that Summer is nearly over, but as it’s that time of the month let’s have a look at what I’ve been reading in August.

 

READ THE LUNAR CHRONICLES!! If you love fairy tales and love fantasy then do it, part of me is sad that I didn’t read Cinder when it was first released, but I don’t know how I would have survived waiting a year between each book. This has definitely been a series worth waiting for. But the most important question of all, do I read the latest Harry Potter?? I really have no clue where I stand, I think I’m put off with the idea that it’s a script. I feel like so much magical detail will be missing. If you’ve read it let me know your thoughts, I kind of feel like I should give it a read.

 

 

My latest buys this month are, The Beast Within by Serena Valentino and A Whole New World by Liz Braswell. After reading Fairest of All by Valentino I was delighted to hear she had another two books on the way, the third being based on Ursula the sea witch. I loved Fairest, and what she did with the character and background of The Evil Queen. So I’m really looking forward to sinking my teeth into this one. The second book I bought I discovered when I found The Beast Within. There are three books all based on the idea of what if, in this case; what if Aladdin never found the lamp? I really love the idea of this as it’s different to all the fairy tale based books I’ve been reading.

 

That’s it for August, this month I’ll be starting Castle in the Air by Diana Wynee Jones, the sequel to Howl’s Moving Castle as my main read at home.

Reading progress update: I've read 686 out of 956 pages.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix  - J.K. Rowling

"Harry heard Phineas Nigellus's voice. 'You know, Minister, I disagree with Dumbledore on many counts...but you cannot deny he's got style...'"

Reading progress update: I've read 381 out of 550 pages.

Cress (Lunar Chronicles, #3) - Marissa Meyer

"When Rapunzel saw the prince, she fell over him and began to weep, and her tears dropped into his eyes."

Reading progress update: I've read 275 out of 550 pages.

Cress (Lunar Chronicles, #3) - Marissa Meyer

"The cat has caught the bird, and she will scratch out your eyes as well. You will never see your Rapunzel again."

Reading progress update: I've read 296 out of 956 pages.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix  - J.K. Rowling

"I must not tell lies..."

This post can also be found on my blog MissKatiEllen.

 

I didn’t get a chance to talk more about Vampire Academy as I had so much to cram in. Although I struggled with Rose to begin with I love how she developed and matured, I especially loved that Mead separated Lissa and Rose. It completely changed the game. Rose had to deal with the choices she made, deciding to leave her life behind to track down the man she loved without so much as a explanation could have broken the girls friendship. And choosing to leave meant she could not longer be there to protect Lissa, but being bonded through spirit Rose had to share every moment she couldn’t be there for her. And for Lissa it meant putting her trust in someone who didn’t share a bond, trusting that Rose would come back. Not to mention dealing with the responsibilities and pressures that come with living at Court.