Hi there! I’m Kay: an opinionated book blogger enamoured with the world of novels. Reader of Speculative Fiction (the posh word for Sci-Fi/Fantasy) and Young Adult (don’t judge, it’s brilliant). Believer in the many uses of the towel, the science of deduction and other fandom in-jokes.

 

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Recent Reviews

Magic Burns by Ilona AndrewsAurelia by Anne OsterlundUprooted by Naomi NovikShadow Study by Maria V. SnyderThis Shattered World by Amie Kaufman, Meagan SpoonerUnited We Spy by Ally CarterAll Fall Down by Ally CarterEve and Adam by Katherine Applegate, Michael GrantHex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Waiting on Wednesday: The Queen of Bright & Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that are being eagerly anticipated.

The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann AguirreThe Queen of Bright & Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre

Goodreads – Contemp. YA – April 7th 2015 by Feiwel & Friends

Sage Czinski is trying really hard to be perfect. If she manages it, people won’t peer beyond the surface, or ask hard questions about her past. She’s learned to substitute causes for relationships, and it’s working just fine… until Shane Cavendish strolls into her math class. He’s a little antisocial, a lot beautiful, and everything she never knew she always wanted.

Shane Cavendish just wants to be left alone to play guitar and work on his music. He’s got heartbreak and loneliness in his rearview mirror, and this new school represents his last chance. He doesn’t expect to be happy; he only wants to graduate and move on. He never counted on a girl like Sage.

But love doesn’t mend all broken things, and sometimes life has to fall apart before it can be put back together again…

Ann Aguirre is one of my auto-buy authors. She never disappoints! So, while this book would not ordinarily be up my alley (a bit too “teenagers find themselves tragically” for my taste), I am still looking forward to it. What can I say? It’s a magical power of Aguirre’s.

Monday Reading (Jan. 5th, 2015)

monday readingIn this weekly event hosted by One Persons Journey Through a World Of Books where we discuss what we’ve been reading this week (and, occasionally, what we haven’t).

I used to take part in this meme all the time and have really quite missed it! Shall be returning to this meme regularly over 2015.

All fall down by ally carter Emissary by JM Dillard

Currently Reading:

All Fall Down by Ally Carter – I am really, really loving this book! As someone who has read absolutely every Ally Carter book this was no surprise. 😉

Currently Listening to:

Emissary by J. M. Dillard – This is narrated by the fantastic Nana Visitor who played Kira on the show. It is pretty similar to the first episode of the show, but there are some interesting and entertaining differences.

This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner Shadow Study by Maria V Snyder

Up next from my TBR:

This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner – AT LAST. I have been DYING for this book and FINALLY it is in my hands!!! I adored These Broken Stars and highly recommend it.

Shadow Study by Maria V Snyder – I loved Poison Study series (though not the last book, I’m afraid) and am really excited that Snyder has decided to continue with Yelena’s story. Hoping that I won’t be at a disadvantage not having kept up with her other series in the same universe.

queenDeal Me In! update

I’m taking part in the Deal Me In challenge this year, reading a story a week during 2015 as chosen by a deck of cards. See my full list of stories to be read here. My first card of the year was a queen of hearts which gave me an Ally Carter story as well – Huzzah! I read her “A Gallagher Wedding” and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Feed My Reader (6): The Star Trek edition!

Feed my Reader is my excuse to highlight the latest e-book additions (a-la Showcase Sunday/Stacking the Shelves/Mailbox Monday). 

I have gone Star Trek mad these past few weeks. I have always been a trekkie and, during a recent re-watch marathon, started googling for more Star Trek info… at which point I discovered some of the brilliant audiobooks narrated by Star Trek cast members! These were my first audiobook listens EVER and I enjoyed the hell out of them. I think I binge-listened to 5 or 6 during the end of 2014.

Anyhow, that kicked off my interest in the novels! I had always assumed media-franchise books weren’t the best (especially given the fabulous wealth of fanfiction out there – why pay?) but listening to the audiobooks has really changed my mind. They were all fab and some were even written by the Star Trek writers themselves so… that’s practically canon!

With this in mind, here are some recent Star Trek e-books that have invaded my reader. Here’s hoping they are as good as the audiobooks:

Star Trek Haul

  • A Stitch in Time by Andrew J Robinson – I LOVE Garak. He’s one of my favourite DS9 characters. So that there is a book all about him written by the man who played him? Insta buy!
  •  Star Trek Destiny Trilogy by David Mack – This trilogy follows on from the Star Trek: Nemesis movie and unites characters from all the series. I’m a bit worried that I might be starting too far into the new timeline with this series… maybe I should read some of the other post-Nemesis books first? Hmm…
  • The 34th Rule by Armin Shimerman and David George III – Again, here’s one of the actors I love most writing about one of my favourite characters. A good Ferengi tale never goes unwanted. Rule of Acquisition #344. 🙂

Are there any other trekkies out there who have read these? If so, let me know which I should read first!

Novel Challenges of 2015

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I am heading into a whole new world of challenges this year – most of them exploring genres I am very new too! From Audiobooks to Graphic Novels, these challenges cover the whole literary spectrum.

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The Graphic Novel/Manga Challenge – Complete (kinda)

The Challenge? To read graphic novels, collected trade editions, manga, comic strip collections, comic books. In print or digital.
The Host? The lovelies over here.
Level? Bronze Age: read and review 24 books during the year
Thoughts? I think I made it through at least 24 last year (during my noobie-comic binge!) so I think I can keep it up this year!

Progress:

  1. Alpha and Omega Volume 1 – DNF! Review to come.
  2. Daredevil, Vol. 7: Hardcore by Brian Michael Bendis – 4 stars
  3. Thor: God of Thunder, Vol. 3: The Accursed by Jason Aaron – 1.5 stars
  4. Bodies by Si Spencer – 4 stars
  5. Saga, Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan – 4 stars
  6. Daredevil, Vol. 8: Echo by David W. Mack – 2.5 stars
  7. Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson – 5 stars
  8. Avengers Undercover Vol. 2: Going Native by Dennis Hopeless – 1 star
  9. Ms. Marvel, Vol. 3: Crushed by G. Willow Wilson – 5 stars
  10. Original Sin: Hulk vs. Iron Man by Mark Waid – 3 stars
  11. Original Sin: Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm by Al Ewing – 4 stars
  12. Captain Marvel, Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More by Kelly Sue DeConnick – 5 stars
  13. Captain Marvel, Vol. 2: Stay Fly by Kelly Sue DeConnick – 5 stars
  14. New Avengers, Vol. 4: Perfect World by Jonathan Hickman – 4 stars
  15. Captain Marvel, Vol. 3: Alis Volat Propriis by Kelly Sue DeConnick – 5 stars
  16. Rocket Raccoon, Vol. 2: Storytailer by Skottie Young – 4 stars
  17. Avengers: Time Runs Out, Vol. 1 by Jonathan Hickman – 3 stars
  18. Avengers World, Vol. 4: Before Times Runs Out by Frank Barbiere – 3 stars
  19. Avengers: Time Runs Out, Vol. 2 by Jonathan Hickman – 3.5 stars
  20. Avengers: Time Runs Out, Vol. 3 by Jonathan Hickman – 4 star
  21. Avengers: Time Runs Out, Vol. 4 by Jonathan Hickman – 3 stars
  22. Gotham Academy, Vol. 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy by Becky Cloonan – 4 stars
  23. Superior Iron Man, Vol. 1: Infamous by Tom Taylor – 4 stars
  24. Superior Iron Man, Vol. 2: Stark Contrast by Tom Taylor – 3 stars
  25. Thor: God of Thunder, Vol. 4: The Last Days of Midgard by Jason Aaron – 4.5 stars
  26. Spider-Gwen, Vol. 0: Most Wanted? by Jason Latour – 4 stars

Audio Book Challenge

The Audiobook Challenge – Complete

The Challenge? To find a new love for audios or to outdo yourself by listening to more audios in 2015 than you did in 2014.
The Host? Book Nympho and Hot Listens
Level? Weekend Warrior (I’m getting the hang of this) 5-10
Thoughts? I listened to a bunch of audio books in the days leading up to the new year (another example of book binging!) – taking me from a “never listened to one before” gal to an audiobook appreciator. I think I can manage another 10 this year for sure!

Progress:

  1. Legends of the Ferengi by Ira Steven Behr – 4.5 stars
  2. Emissary by J.M. Dillard – 3 stars
  3. Warped by K.W. Jeter – 2 stars
  4. The Devil’s Heart by Carmen Carter – 2 stars
  5. Ship of the Line by Diane Carey – 4 stars
  6. Prime Directive by Judith Reeves-Stevens – 3 stars
  7. Star Trek Next Generation: Imzadi by Peter David – 2 stars
  8. Windows on a Lost World by V.E. Mitchell – 3 stars
  9. Star Trek Cacophony: A Captain Sulu Adventure by John Malloy – 3 stars

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Deal Me In! Challenge on hold

The Challenge? To read 52 short stories in 2015
The Host? Bibliophilica
Level? The “Full” Deal Me In challenge – all 52 stories
Thoughts? I am VERY excited about this one! I came across the 2014 sign-up post a few months ago and KNEW I had to take part. I am still tinkering with my list, but one thing won’t be changing: the Spades are all for Sherlock! See my story list here.

 

Goodreads Challenge

2015 Reading Challenge

2015 Reading Challenge
Kay has
read 7 books toward her goal of 75 books.
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Top Ten Reads of 2014!

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Another year, another batch of wonderful book read and adored! Here lie my favourite books of 2014 – many of which are graphic novels, my number one discovery of the year!

Horde by Ann Aguirre Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

1. Horde by Ann Aguirre

2. Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

OutofSightOutofTimebyAllyCarter White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L Armentrout

3. Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter

4. White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor MagicBitesbyIlonaAndrews

5. Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor

6. Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

runaways by brian vaughn Ms Marvel

7. Runaways (First “season”) by Brian K. Vaughn

8. Ms Marvel by G. Willow Wilson

Thor God of Thunder littlehits

9. Thor – God Butcher Arc by Jason Aaron

10. Hawkeye by Matt Fraction

As you can see – I read some fab books this year! Check these all out ASAP if you haven’t already… happy 2015!

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