2016: reviews and house-moves and TBRs – oh my!

2016 was a weird year. It was definitely a year that went out kicking, screaming and flailing its fists.

The biggest thing that happened was easily moving into my new home with my fiance. They’re not kidding when they say that buying a house is one of the most stressful things to do. They’re really not. But we moved and that’s the important thing.

I did manage to achieve a few personal blogging goals last year. I did 29 blog posts and took part in my first weekly meme (The Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday). I also branched out a little from just reviewing, with posts on my love for Gail Carriger’s books, musings on re-reading old favourites, and I even posted a basic cake recipe. (more…)

Review: The Night Itself


Title: The Night Itself

Author: Zoë Marriott

Series: The Name of the Blade (book one)


Who’s it for? Teens


What’s it about? When fifteen-year-old Mio steals the katana – her grandfather’s priceless sword – she just wants to liven up a fancy-dress costume. But the katana is more than a dusty heirloom, and her actions unleash an ancient evil onto the streets of modern-day London. Mio is soon stalked by the terrors of mythical Japan and it is only the appearance of a mysteriously familiar warrior boy that saves her life. Mio must learn to control the katana’s legendary powers fast or she risks losing not only her own life…but the love of a lifetime.

[Blurb taken from book]


Photo by Brandi Redd on Unsplash

Review: Scarlet

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)

Title: Scarlet
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles (book two)

Who’s it for? Teens

What’s it about? Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. The police have closed her case. The only person Scarlet can turn to is Wolf, a street fighter she does not trust, but they are drawn to each other.

Meanwhile, in New Beijing, Cinder will become the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive – when she breaks out of prison to stay one step ahead of vicious Queen Levana.

As Scarlet and Wolf expose one mystery, they encounter Cinder and a new one unravels. Together they must challenge the evil queen, who will stop at nothing to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner…

[Blurb taken from the book]

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Review: Cinder

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

Title: Cinder

Author: Marrisa Meyer

Series: The Lunar Chronicles

Who’s it for? Teens

What’s it about? Cinder, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.

Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth’s future.

[Blurb taken from the book]


Review: Illuminae

Title: Illuminae

Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Series: The Illuminae Files

Who’s it for? Teens

What’s it about? The year is 2575 and two mega-corporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice covered speck.

Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Ezra and Kady have to make their escape on the evacuating fleet. But their troubles are just beginning. A deadly plague has broken out on one of the spaceships and it is mutating with terrifying results. Their ship’s protection is seriously flawed. No one will say what is going on.

As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her. Ezra. And the only problem with that is they split up before all this trouble started and she isn’t supposed to be talking to him.

[Blurb taken from the book]


My TBR pile for 2016

In the course of January spring cleaning I decided to clean my books and…well…turns out my TBR (to be read) pile is waaaaaaaaaaay bigger than I thought it was. Mostly because it was contained in several small TBR piles around the room.

I’m really bad for seeing pretty books in store, getting all excited, buying them with the intention of reading them IMMEDIATELY…and then getting sidetracked by something else. I can’t be the only one that does this right? Right?

I’m ashamed to say I’ve had some of these books for, uh, a couple of years. Whoops! So there’s a definite mix of old and new in the pile (some of them you might recognise from my new year post).

My plan for 2016 is to get through all these books – I’ll undoubtedly add books to the pile as the year goes on, but the books I’ll list below will be the books I aim to read. We’ll see how far I get! At the end of the year I’ll do an update post to see how I did and each one I read and review will be tagged with #TBR2016.

On to the list!