Moroda* by L L McNeil

I was sent this stunning debut novel by the author, Lauren McNeil. I’m so excited to read a good fantasy book as recently I’ve been reading so much contemporary.

Outlander* by Dianna Gabaldon

I started reading Outlander so long ago now. The problem was life got in the way and it ended up being left at my Dad’s house. Now I’ve finished exams, I’m moving home for a month and will be able to finally finish it. Hopefully I will be able to buy and read the second in the series as well.

Little Black Books by Penguin

When I’m drunk I don’t do stupid yet hilarious things which I can tell stories about at a later date. Instead, I buy things on Amazon. I ended up ordering 25 of Penguin’s little black books to add to the collection I already I had. Fortunately, they’re great books to just pop in a handbag. Consequently, I’m probably going to be able to read quite a few of them in June.

Lady Midnight* & Lord of Shadows* by Cassandra Clare

After reading all TMI Series I’ve decided to read more into the world. I bought the Lord of Shadows book from Waterstone’s and should be getting Lady Midnight in the post soon.

 

What are you reading next month?

 

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After having such successful months for reading, I decided to give myself a challenge and publicise what I want to read this month. This is because I want to push myself to continue reading, and as you guys can see what I’m reviewing you’ll be able to tell if I’m reading what I said I would. These TBR books are all currently e-books waiting for me on my Kindle.

The Suffering Tree

‘Tori Burns must unravel the Slaughter family’s oldest and most guarded secrets. But the Slaughters want to keep them buried at any cost.’

I’ve read about 2 chapters of The Suffering Tree already and I am just so intrigued! I got side tracked by assignment and my paper books that I’ve been reading, but I’ll be picking this back up again ASAP.

The Undying

‘When fate places a newborn boy in her care, Jeanie will stop at nothing to keep the infant safe and get out of Paris—even if it means facing off against the moribund and leaving Ben—and any hope of rescue—behind.’

This is a zombie kind-of book which is really out there for me. I’m not usually one to read about zombies and apocalyptic futures but this premise just made me want to read it so much.

All that Remains

‘The old world is dead, and humanity struggles to survive in the shadows of the new one. Kyle, Sara, and Tim are scavengers, hiding in the remains of human civilization from the hungry things that destroyed it.’

This dystopian book looked so interesting and as you can see from the cover, it’s just beautiful.

One of Us is Lying

‘Five students go to detention. Only four leave alive.’

I have heard so much about this book and I cant wait to read it. It’s apparently a breakfast club slash murder mystery which is just so new and I can definitely get on board with that.

The House of Mountfathom

‘Luke Mountfathom knows he is special and odd. He is told so by everyone he knows. His parents are special and odd too – they are the keepers of the House of Mountfathom.’

That book cover is just so stunning that I immediately wanted to read it. Yes I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover (but everyone still does it right?). I also really want to get into because it seems to have a fantasy edge that most of my other TBR’s dont seem to have this month.

The Idea of You

‘What does it mean to be a mother in today’s hectic world? And what if it’s asking too much to want it all?’

I’m still not fully sure if I will enjoy this book as I normally dislike books about mothers/wives etc as I just cant relate. But I’m going to give it a go as I’ve heard good things about it.

Do you guys have any suggestions as to what else I should add to my TBR?

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City of Lost Souls is the penultimate book in The Mortal Instruments Series. It was also the first book in the series where I just couldn’t put it down. I finished this book in one day because I was just constantly wanting to know more.

City of Lost Souls* lacks many action scenes which were prevalent in previous installments. It makes up for this by being focusing on the desires, motives and overall personalities of the characters. I really enjoyed how Clare has seemed to sit down and flesh out all the main characters  to the point where you can fully understand them.

Another point was that you got to spend time with the antagonist, Sebastian, throughout the book. I love being able to second guess and try and understand the villains in books. It just brought a bit more depth and substance. Especially after the previous book took so long to even introduce the main villain.

The main issues were an overall theme of the characters making stupid decisions. But there is the case of the characters mainly being 16-18 year old’s. Therefore acting fairly in character for a teenager. The same sentiment goes for the romance. Most 16 year old’s think that their whole world revolves around their significant other. Explaining, somewhat, how Clary is written throughout the series.

I haven’t actually read the Infernal Devices series yet, but I know there were quite a few references dotted around. I would probably need to reread it after I read the prequel trilogy to find and understand them though.

I’m so happy there wasn’t another cliffhanger. Yes, the ending makes me want to read the next book, but it didn’t make me want to throw the book across the room in fury. Similar to CoFA, City of Lost Souls was an overall entertaining read.

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Going back into a story which has been ‘finished’ was strange so City of Fallen Angels took me the longest to read. This was because I put it down after 3 or 4 chapters, and then didn’t pick it back up for  a while. By that I mean I read three other books in that time period. This also meant I forgot a lot of information from those first chapters.

City of Fallen Angels TMI book

It took a long time to pick up the pace in City of Fallen Angels, which is probably why I put it down. The first half maybe? Is a lot about the relationships between characters and how they have or haven’t evolved since City of Glass. Because of this, there’s very little action within the story as a whole. I think we only see 2 demons in the entirety of the book? Which was different, especially after City of Glass.

I was meant to be revising when I read City of Fallen Angels*, so wasn’t as focused when reading. I didn’t pick up on a lot of the ‘hints’ towards the bigger plotline. In hindsight, the different aspects all slot together at the end really well. I just didn’t manage to slot them together before the big reveal. Seeing as the antagonist was part of the big reveal, this was not good.

One of the aspects I enjoyed most was that we weren’t following Clary as much as the previous books. I found Simon and Isabelle’s storylines to be much more interesting to read. I also loved that we got to explore each individual character, as there was a lot more character depth.

The cliffhanger ending was shocking. I’m going to grab my copy of City of Lost Souls after finishing this review. This was not one of Clare’s best books, but it was entertaining. And that’s why we all read, right?

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Regardless of whether you’re in a career, have a job or are a student. LinkedIn can be a vital resource for networking and helping you achieve your professional goals. Even if you’re unsure of what those goals are right now. Your LinkedIn profile is a place to show off all your achievements and successes. I often use it to update what work I’m doing when interning – so when recruiters look at it, they can see exactly what I’m doing.

Who are you?

LinkedIn is first and foremost, a social network. This means you can use the platform to show who you are in a professional capacity. You can post about what you’re doing in life, whether that’s a job, internship or volunteering. There’s also spaces for projects and you can add media and links. Any recruiter who looks at your profile, should be able to find out about what kind of person you are from your profile.

Network

Whenever you have a new job, new internship or go volunteering you’re going to meet new people. These people are great for you to keep into contact with, as in the future you might be able to help them, or they may be able to help you. You can also see who your connections know and ask to be introduced to others who may be able to help you in your career goals.

Visible

It’s always important to be visible online. So many people now will search you before you even get an interview. Being able to show your achievements online means that you always a presence for when you do want to start looking for a job. I’ve had some people already contact me on LinkedIn about future career possibilities so it is really useful.

Up To Date

Keeping it up to date is vital. That CV you sent out 3 months ago might already be out of date. You may have gotten an internship, a part-time job, started volunteering. Anyone who has the link to your profile will see what you’ve done since you’ve sent your CV.

Business Knowledge

There’s groups on LinkedIn and you can also follow people within the sector you want a career in. This means a lot of information can be gained directly from people or through discussions. You can also reach out to ask questions. Increasing your knowledge of the sector will ultimately help you when you graduate.

My LinkedIn

You can check out my profile here.

Rebecca Armstrong LinkedIn

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