You know those books that you really want to read but you’ve just never gotten round to it? There always seems to be a new book that I want to read first. Or I just know I can’t purchase the whole series right now, so I buy a standalone instead. Or many other reasons which get in the way of reading particular books. Here’s five that I wish I had started reading yesterday.

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1) Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander, #2) The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1) The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1) The Sword of Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy, #1)

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

This is one of those books that everyone seems to love. I also, really want to love it. It’s currently sat on my TBR pile staring me down, but it’s so intimidating because I have such high expectations. Usually it gets pushed back for a newer book for which I don’t have such expectations.

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

Dragonfly in Amber is on my list because really I should have finished Outlander by yesterday too. Yes, I am still not finished reading it, but at the moment, my Kindle is getting all my attention. Do I have to reiterate why I love my Kindle so much? But yeah, I just haven’t been picking up paperbacks as often recently.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

This is another one of those books where I’ve heard so many good things about it. With Stiefvater though, I know I enjoy her writing as I read Linger when I was younger. But I don’t really know much about this book, so whenever I’m purchasing books it never makes it to the top of the list.

The Final Empire by Brian Sanderson

Sanderson has written so many books, and I really just want to jump in and read them all. I was recommended to read the Mistborn series first so that’s why I want to start The Final Empire.

The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks

Brooks is another author that I want to jump in and read all the books. He’s written so many within the Shannara universe that I got a bit confused trying to hunt down each book, but I should (hopefully) be getting them for Christmas this year.

 

What other books should I have read yesterday?

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Winnie-the-Pooh (Winnie-the-Pooh, #1) The Magic Faraway Tree (The Faraway Tree, #2) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) Five on a Treasure Island (Famous Five, #1) The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)

Winnie the Pooh

I had so many Winnie the Pooh Books, and then the complete collection books too. My Dad bought me all the Disney books when they started being released too. Of course, I also loved the films as well. Anyone else fondly remember The Tigger Movie?

The Magic Faraway Tree

Every summer for years I would visit my aunt in Wales and every year I would read her copy of the Magic Faraway Tree. I eventually got my own copy in an anthology of other Enid Blyton books, but I always loved that original copy.

Harry Potter

I’m pretty sure most people my age would’ve read Harry Potter as a child. I remember my Mum reading the first two to me before bed, and then I was able to read the third one all by myself.

Famous Five

When I was old enough to start reading my Mum handed me down all her Famous Five books from when she was a child. Soon after I was pestering family members into book stores to get the next book and the next book.

The Chronicles of Narnia 

For as long as I can remember I’ve a box set of the Chronicles of Narnia on my bookshelf. I’m not sure who bought me it and I don’t really remember the first time I read it. But since I was young I’ve read them multiple times over and I never get bored of the world of Narnia.

 

What were your favourite books as a child?

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I always get so frustrated when I’m looking for when new books or adaptations are being released. It always seems like I’ve had to visit hundreds of websites just to get the right information I’m looking for of what books are coming out this month, and what genre they are. So since I’m already doing this every month, I decided to write it all down so you lot don’t have to worry about doing it as well.

Upcoming Releases

Contemporary

The Child Finder

5th September

Little Fires Everywhere

12th September

Forest Dark

12th September

Retrograde

26th September

Sci-fi/Fantasy

Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle, #2)

7th September

Autonomous

19th September

Successor's Promise (Millennium's Rule, #3)

21st September

Paradox Bound

26th September

Horror

Sleeping Beauties

26th September

Mystery/Thriller

All the Little Children

1st September

Copycat

5th September

Lie to Me

5th September

Secrets in Death (In Death, #45)

5th September

Best Day Ever

7th September

White Bodies

19th September

Keep Her Safe

19th September

The Blackbird Season

26th September

Don't Let Go

26th September

Historical Fiction

A Conspiracy in Belgravia (Lady Sherlock, #2)

5th September

A Column of Fire (The Kingsbridge Series, #3)

12th September

YA Contemporary

Light Years

5th September

Right Where You Left Me

5th September

The Thing with Feathers

5th September

They Both Die at the End

7th September

Mean Girls: A Novel

12th September

The Date to Save

12th September

Jane, Unlimited

19th September

Speak Easy, Speak Love

19th September

Stolen Secrets

19th September

Starfish

26th September

YA Sci-fi/Fantasy

Even the Darkest Stars (Even the Darkest Stars #1)

5th September

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass, #6)

5th September

The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding (The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding #1)

5th September

Girls Made of Snow and Glass

5th September

5th September

Tarnished City (The Dark Gifts Trilogy Book 2)

7th September

Fireblood (Frostblood Saga, #2)

12th September

Warcross (Warcross, #1)

12th September

Nyxia (The Nyxia Triad, #1)

12th September

The Raven God (Legends of Orkney #3)

12th September

A Poison Dark and Drowning (Kingdom on Fire, #2)

19th September

One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns, #2)

21st September

The Empty Grave (Lockwood & Co. #5)

21st September

An Enchantment of Ravens

26th September

Freefall

26th September

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic

26th September

YA Horror

Uncanny

5th September

Dreamfall (Dreamfall #1)

7th September

Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #2)

19th September

The Ravenous

26th September

YA Thriller

Genuine Fraud

5th September

Upcoming Adaptations

It

In Cinemas

8th September

Outlander (Outlander, #1)

Season 3

Amazon Prime

11th September 

Victoria And Abdul: The True Story Of The Queens' Closest Confidant

In Cinemas

22nd September

Marvel Knights: The Inhumans 

Season 1

ABC

29th September

 

 

Are there any books or adaptations that I’ve missed out? Let me know!

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For my Kindle First book I decided to pick up Song of Edmon by Adam Burch. Song of Edmon* is set in the fictional future on another planet called Tao. After many wars, genocides and destruction, the human race still lives with prejudice, violence and savagery. Then comes Edmon Leontes, a gentle boy of mixed race who resents his cruel father and the ways of the Nightsiders. Edmon must learn to fight to survive against his better judgment and his love of music.

Song of Edmon (Fracture World #1)

I was in such a book slump and it took me way too long to read Song of Edmon. So I do question whether it was me or the book? But then, if it was a great book maybe it would’ve pulled me out of the slump. Either way, Song of Edmon isn’t terrible, but it’s also not fantastic either. It’s a mere average kind of book.

One of the best things about the book was how many topics that are within it which can be discussed. There’s politics, racism, sexism and many more. The problem was that these topics were not discussed within the book.  I thought the Nightsiders Vs Daysiders racism would come into play with the political undertones of the story. But I was disappointed and it was really a underhanded way to make Edmon the underdog.

Another thing I disliked was that Edmon goes from being weak and the underdog to being way too overpowered. Plus, in this time, I don’t even think he developed that much as a character. Through childhood to adulthood, as he grows and learns to be a fighter, I never really routed for him. I was much more interested in other characters like Lavinia and Phaestion.

Plotwise I really enjoyed the premise. Although I do think there was too much filler getting to the end of the book. Basically, there’s a Combat similar to the Hunger Games, and we spend the whole book training for the Combat. And then when we reach the conclusion, there’s not enough book left.

I liked the brief history that we got throughout the book. Song of Edmon is set in a future where humans have left Earth and colonized different areas of the universe. Burch seemed to enjoy using a lot of myth and legends within the history and it worked well to build the worlds up.

Although the ending sets up for the next book, I can honestly say I’m not intrigued enough  to get it. Song of Edmon just wasn’t a book for me, and I just couldn’t get into it as much as some other people have.

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After years of exile, the Mireces are planning an invasion of Rilpor. Dom, the Calestar, has forseen the messenger of war coming from the borders. When Rillirin, an escaped Mireces slave shows up, the watchers, wolves and ranks of Rilpor must work together to survive to oncoming attacks. The immense battle between faiths in nearly a thousand years has started.

Godblind

The first thing I should point out is that I was not ready to read a big fantasy novel when I read this. I’ve been feeling really tired and I’m usually reading books that are a bit more easy going at the moment. Having to focus really isn’t what I’ve been looking for in my TBR. So Godblind was a bit of a struggle for me. Every time I put the book down I had to read back three pages or so to pick up what was happening.

Godblind throws you into a new world full of an extensive history. The names of people and places are all obscure. Some of the names are confusing as there’s similarities, but overall you do get the hang of who’s who by the end of the book. Stephen’s has built Rilpor and the surrounding areas up from nothing, which I think some details were slightly lacking. But as this is her debut book, I’m sure she will improve in the next installment.

Rillirin felt more important in the blurb than she actually was. At the start she kind of starts of the plot line, but after that I felt she didn’t do that much. She definitely didn’t do more than the other characters surrounding her, and she basically just slotted into the romance subplot.

The format is very similar to the A Song of Ice and Fire series. The point of view of each chapter switches to a different characters perspective. The characters are a mix of the good and bad characters, although they definitely lack being morally grey like ASOIAF’s characters do. Because it was marked so similar to ASOIAF but didn’t quite live up to it, I found it sabotaged Godblind for me.

I really enjoyed the plot. I can’t say much because spoilers, but there were some shocking betrayals that I didn’t see coming. There were a lot of battles throughout, with some political aspects too. (Again, similar to ASOIAF). Thankfully not too much romance, we focus mainly on the upcoming war and different friendships between characters.

The God’s aspect was really interesting as The Red Gods are trying to return to earth through the actions of their followers. Mireces faith was very dark and gruesome in some parts, and I loved seeing it contrast so much from the Rilporeans. Especially when Lanta and Gilda, the two priestesses, come together.

I received Godblind* by Anna Stephens as an e-book from the publisher via Netgalley. This is an unbiased and honest review.

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