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Summer Holidays 2014 Wrap-Up

This is the first Summer Holiday Wrap-Up on Bonfire Books, and I hope to be able to repeat it next year and the next and so on. I love to challenge myself, and for the 6 weeks summer holidays I challenged myself to read at least 30 books. Below I am going to list ALL the books I read. I have been a bit cheeky and counted novellas towards my tally- they count right? Surely they must 😉

My school broke up at 12:30pm on Wednesday 23rd of July and I went back on Monday 8th of September. So just to confuse you I’ll be counting books read from the 24th of July until the 7th of September.


Blood Entwines queen of someday Obsidian Onyx Opal Origin the winter people Opposition rebel heart Devices planet urth Black Ice These Broken Stars daughter of smoke and bone  the assassin and the pirate lord the assassin and the healer1 the assassin and the desert the assassin and the empire the assassin and the underworld Throne of glass Crown of Midnightwe were liars the bone season heroes melt pushing the limits the 5th wave to kill a mockingbird tremors

Overall I read a total of 31 books including the 6 novellas and it was a total of 8,766 pages!! I am literally so proud. It’s my new favourite number 😉

Well, that’s it. Sorry if you were hoping for more. I’m only one person after all. Like I said before, I hope to do this next year and cant wait to see how many books I can read. I’ll also get study leave this year, starting in May; so hopefully I can read a lot of books. And revise, of course! Until then, Tschüß!


August Mini Wrap-Up

I’m so sorry that this is so late, but I have been really busy moving house and going back to my last year at school. But August marked a really good reading month for me; possibly one of my best ever! I read a total of 14 books and 5 novellas!!!

So, this is going to be a long list. But lets start with what I did read this month:

the winter people Opposition rebel heart Devices planet urth Black Ice These Broken Stars daughter of smoke and bone the assassin and the pirate lord  the assassin and the healer1 the assassin and the desert the assassin and the empire the assassin and the underworld we were liars the bone season heroes

Books I re-read in August:

Origin Throne of glass Crown of Midnight

I am currently reading:

the kiss of deception

I probably bought books in August, but I really can’t remember lol. Here are a few I got for my birthday:

These Broken Stars four we were liars

Although we are currently half way through September, these are the books I want to read before the month is out:

partials the coldest girl in coldtown

So yeah, those are the books I read in August. Pretty good I think, it definitely brought my book count for this year up. By the end of August I was at 79 books. I’m aiming for 100 before December 31st and really hope I get there. I’m just about to do my Summer Holidays Wrap-Up, where there will be a lot MORE books listed. Wish me luck!:)

REVIEW: Queen of Someday (Book 1) – Sherry D. Ficklin

queen of somedayQueen of Someday*

Sherry D. Ficklin

Book 1

Paperback, 262 pages

Expected publication 7th October 2014 by Clean Teen

ISBN: 978-1-94503-490-9

– 5.0 stars


Before she can become the greatest empress in history, fifteen-year-old Sophie will have to survive her social-climbing mother’s quest to put her on the throne of Russia—at any cost.

Imperial Court holds dangers like nothing Sophie has ever faced before. In the heart of St. Petersburg, surviving means navigating the political, romantic, and religious demands of the bitter Empress Elizabeth and her handsome, but sadistic nephew, Peter. Determined to save her impoverished family—and herself—Sophie vows to do whatever is necessary to thrive in her new surroundings. But an attempt on her life and an unexpected attraction threatens to derail her plans.

Alone in a new and dangerous world, learning who to trust and who to charm may mean the difference between becoming queen and being sent home in shame to marry her lecherous uncle. With traitors and murderers lurking around every corner, her very life hangs in the balance. Betrothed to one man but falling in love with another, Sophie will need to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice in order to become the empress she is destined to be.

In a battle for the soul of a nation, will love or destiny reign supreme?”

Wow! I have no idea where to begin with this book. This is one of my first YA historical fiction novels and I can it did not disappoint . I was gripped right from the kick-ass opening scene, right until the mysterious yet brilliant ending. I was caught hook, line and sinker with this novel about a young girls battle in a world that seems perfect on the surface but is sinister and twisted underneath. I think one of the reasons I loved this book so much is because there was no fantasy or paranormal element the book. I would have loved it just if there had been, but to see that somewhere seemingly so safe can be so deadly without a hint of magic or witchcraft was so haunting.

I really liked Sophie by the end of the book. She definitely grew on me over the course of the story. At the beginning I thought she was a bit predictable pulling the im-not-your-typical-princess act, but as the tale unfolded I really felt compelled to read on and see how Sophie dealt with the situations she had to face. I also enjoyed learning that Sophie’s character is based on Catherine the Great. The romance in this book was definitely well balanced too. When more romance presented itself in the book I thought it would get a bit eye-roll worthy; but again, the book took a different turn and left me stunned. It was definitely the opposite of predictable, put it that way.

I would definitely recommend this book without a doubt. However, because of the mature themes that are explored in Queen of Someday, I wouldn’t recommend it to younger readers. I thoroughly enjoyed submersing myself into Sophie’s world and I am so excited for the next book, even though I have no idea where we’re going to end up. But I have no doubt that it will be epic. If you enjoyed Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series, you should definitely check this out when it’s published in October- it won’t disappoint!

Thanks for reading. Please like and comment below if you have read this book, you want to buy this book but need more persuading or if you agreed/disagreed with my review. I’d love to hear from you! Or you can contact me here.

* This book was sent to me by a publisher in return for an honest review.

REVIEW: Shadow and Bone (Book 1) – Leigh Bardugo

shadow and boneShadow and Bone

Leigh Bardugo

Book 1

Paperback, 308 pages

Published June 6th 2013 by Indigo

ISBN: 978-1-78062-141-8

 4.8 stars

The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite – the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?
The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfil her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.
But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?

Glorious. Epic. Irresistible. Romance.”

This is the start of the Grisha trilogy, of which, I knew absolutely nothing about. I knew it was set it Russia and that was about it. But it took me only about 20 pages to be truly, irreversibly hooked on this book. I honestly didn’t think I would like it as much as I did. It opens just before Alina is about to cross the Shadow Fold and we see the dangers that presents. As she and her team are crossing the Shadow Fold, they are viciously attacked by volcra. Alina faints, but when she awakes people are afraid of her; but more importantly she has drawn the attention of the Darkling. And he isn’t going away.

I think the pivotal reason why I loved this novel so dearly was the setting. I have never read something set in Russia before, and it completely blew me away. It was just so different from anything I have ever read before and kept me enticed throughout the whole book. The book gave off really great tones. For the first half it was very dark and felt almost like you were seeing things through a black and white lens. But as it progressed the colours got richer and richer and it was such a stark contrast from the beginning. I loved it! I also loved the mystery maintained in Shadow and Bone, and there was a lot of mystery. Namely the Darkling. I had a hard time figuring him out; I wanted to trust him, but at the same time I really didn’t feel that he was the trust-worthy type of person. And I completely connected to Alina’s inner battle about the Darkling.

Shadow and Bone was written from Alina’s point of view, in the first person except from the “Before” and “After” chapters which are placed before the story begins and after (basically, a prologue and an epilogue). These are written in the third person. And I feel that they add mystery at the beginning and hold the suspense at the end; effectively making the reader want to run to the bookstore to buy the next book. Something I will definitely be doing soon!

All in all, I loved the characters and can’t wait to find out more about them. Alina was realistic and I felt that I could connect to her. We didn’t really find out masses about her or any other characters, as this book is mainly a starting point for world building and setting the plot. I did feel however, that there were a lot of characters and sometimes it was a little hard to keep up with who was who. In the next book Siege and Storm I would like to see more character development, so that they become more distinguishable and unique. I also can’t wait to see how Alina overcomes the Darkling and the struggles she faces.

So, to wrap up, this is an amazing book! I would recommend it to any YA addict, especially fans of The Mortal Instruments. This will definitely pick you up after City of Heavenly Fire! And the good thing is all three books from the trilogy have been released, so you can marathon them without a horrid wait for the last book. The final book Ruin and Rising was released on June 17th 2014, so is still relatively new. I know I’ll be buying the last two books ASAP!

Please like and comment below if you have read this trilogy, you want to buy this book but need more persuading or if you agreed/disagreed with my review. I’d love to hear from you! Or you can contact me here.

Mini May Wrap-up

Hello! I hope everyone has had a great May, I can’t believe it’s nearly June already! I decided this month to do a short, mini wrap-up and will hopefully end up doing one at the end of every month now. I want to start with all the books I have read this month:

Reckoning Crown of Midnight Delirium afterlife

aspen Half Bad: cover of first novel by Sally Green, predicted to be next Harry Potter or Twilight Saga city of lost souls

I am currently reading:

city of heavenly fire

Books that I have recently hauled:

ocean at the end of the lane winger

And, finally, my TBR for June is:

surrender the sky Cuckoo Song branded cinder scarlet Cress


Thanks for reading my mini May wrap-up! See you in June where I will hopefully be posting my review for Half Bad by Sally Green!!


Note: I won’t be posting a review for City of Heavenly Fire because it is the last book in a series that I haven’t reviewed the entirety of. Additionally, I don’t feel I would be able to coherently produce a review that is spoiler free, and I fully respect that some aren’t able to obtain a copy of the book asap, and therefore wish to read the book without me ruining it 😉

REVIEW: Crown of Midnight (Book 2) – Sarah J. Maas

Crown of MidnightCrown of Midnight

Sarah J. Maas

Book 2

Paperback, 415 pages

Published August 15th 2013 by Bloomsbury Childrens

ISBN: 978-1-4088-3494-7

– 4.9 stars

“Eighteen-year-old Celaena Sardothien is bold, daring and beautiful – the perfect seductress and the greatest assassin her world has ever known. But though she won the King’s contest and became his champion, Celaena has been granted neither her liberty nor the freedom to follow her heart. The slavery of the suffocating salt mines of Endovier that scarred her past is nothing compared to a life bound to her darkest enemy, a king whose rule is so dark and evil it is near impossible to defy. Celaena faces a choice that is tearing her heart to pieces: kill in cold blood for a man she hates, or risk sentencing those she loves to death. Celaena must decide what she will fight for: survival, love or the future of a kingdom. Because an assassin cannot have it all . . . And trying to may just destroy her.”

Wow! Where to begin with this story? Ok, begin at the very first page whereCelaena, now the kings Champion, has been sent to behead one of the kings foe’s. This book is probably one of the most action packed, kick-ass, exhilarating sequels I have ever read. The plot twists in this book literally gave my feelswhip lash but have truly sent my love for this series soaring. This book entailsCelaena being sent on assassination missions by the king, but whilst trying to accomplish these horrid deeds she also uncovers some horrendous truths that really leave characters lives in the balance.

The character development in this book is phenomenal and definitely left tears in my eyes. We see a vicious, animalistic side to Celaena that hasn’t been seen before. But also, we see the kind heart side of her explored more too. We also get to know Chaol more in this book and get to know the extent of his feelings for Celaena and how far he’d go to not necessarily protect her but just to make life easier for her. This is another reason why I love Maas’s writing as it is realistic and relatable. Plus, Dorian is also presented with a massive revelation in this book that will change his life forever, and the way he deals with this change is respectable but minimal so hopefully, is more explored in book three Heir of Fire. We were also left we a lot of what I call “Cliffhanger-characters”, where we don’t truly know what happened to them including Kaltain and Roland. My only fault with the characters in this book was Nahemia. I wasn’t able to really connect with her in book one- Throne of Glass- either, because she is so secretive and is very much a closed case kind of person. I personally just felt next to no emotion from her in both books.

This book, like the last, is multiple POV’s. We have the three main protagonists (Celaena, Dorian andChaol) 3rd person POV’s. But there are also very short excerpts from other characters, which add to the mystery and suspense. The character’s thoughts are beautifully capture by Sarah J. Mass and I cant wait to see what is going to unfold later in the series.

Overall, this series is a must read! I understand that some people didn’t particularly enjoy the first book as there wasn’t much world building and action. But this book will definitely change your opinions if you felt like this, I am almost 100% positive about it. The character development is spot on, leaving still some major flaws that the characters will have to meet head on to fulfil their fate’s. There are also, lots of unanswered questions and after the abrupt ending that left me wanting more, I cannot doubt that people will come to adore this series.

Please like and comment below if you have read these books, you want to buy this book but need more persuading or if you agreed/disagreed with my review. I’d love to hear from you! You can comment below or you can contact me here.

P.S I still haven’t wholly decided who I want Celaena to be with. We didn’t get too many Celorian scenes, which foreshadows a major development between the two?! I hope so 😉

REVIEW: Throne of Glass (Book 1) – Sarah J. Maas

Throne of glassThrone of Glass

Sarah J. Mass

Book 1

Paperback, 406 pages

Published 2nd August 2012 by Bloomsbury

ISBN: 978-1-4088-3233-2

– 4.8 stars

Meet Celaena Sardothien. Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.
In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.
Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?”

Wow, this book blew me away. I had heard a lot of great stuff about it but was antsy to read it as I am not a huge fantasy fan, but it is something I do want to become more interested in. And boy, was this a great choice! The synopsis tells you pretty much all you need to know before delving into this book: Celaena was an infamous assassin before she got caught and sent to Endovier- where she was to work until her death, as ordered by the king. But the king’s son Dorian and his friend and Captain of the guard Chaol arrive to take Celaena back tot he king’s castle to take part with other master criminal’s, soldier’s and fighter’s from across the kingdom to fight for the chance to become the king’s ‘Champion’, his ultimate assassin. But Celaena is also offered her freedom if she wins. And she’ll do anything to claim it.

The characters in this book are fantastic. Celaena is just so kick-ass, she has to be one of my all time favourite heroine’s. She’s smart, cunning and beautiful; a perfect cocktail for an assassin. Dorian was so sweet and he created the humour and lightness in this book as he brought the best out in everyone. And Chaol also brought out another side to Celaena. He is more serious than Dorian, but I think in the books to come we will see that something has made him that way and we’ll find out what and why. Hopefully, we’ll find out more about all the character’s pasts, especially what happened to Celaena’s parents. As I think this was a pivotal event in not just her life but will be essential in the story.

This book is written in third person from multiple POV. But don’t worry, it is all clear and I had no problem figuring out whose point of view it was. The description was great in this book and I had no problem in it. However the only thing I had a problem with was I didn’t feel like there was loads of world building, but this is mainly because the duration of this book was spent within the castle grounds. So fingers crossed there is more exploration of this setting during the next books in this series. Series I am so happy this is a series, three books would definitely not have been enough!

To sum up, go get this book! I am not a huge fan of fantasy and I loved it as there was only a small introduction to the fantasy element in this book. So I think I would recommend this book to anyone who likes series, kick-ass characters, romance and mystery. I have already bought book two Crown of Midnight and the novellas The Assassin’s Blade and cant wait to get stuck in. Plus, I’m ready for Heir of Fire which is predicted for release on September 2nd 2014.

Please like and comment below if you have read these books, you want to buy this book but need more persuading or if you agreed/disagreed with my review. I’d love to hear from you! You can comment below or you can contact me here.

P.S (If you’ve read this far) what team are you on? Chaol? Or Dorian? I can’t really choose, but right now this second I think I’m team Dorian.