Bookish Update (Week 39) ~ Currently Reading 7 books

Good afternoon my lovelies! I have been a little absent from here lately as I’ve been working a lot and also getting ready to move to our new house as well as working on my Doctorate application for this year. I honestly don’t know how I’m doing this!

I thought of doing a weekly bookish update so you guys know what I am up to, what I am reading, etc.. I’ve been pretty busy lately so I’ve not had a lot of time to read unfortunately. I am hoping this will change once we move and settle into our new house and the university applications are all done and dusted!

I recently vouched that I will not read any more than 3 books at a time as this is getting so much out of hand right now! No wonder that I’m struggling as on my Currently Reading list I had 7 books, one of which I finished reading today (yey me!). So in no particular order:

35589760Kings of the World by Peter Bailey: On page 127/304. I really like this the way this novel is going and the main character is spot on. I normally struggle with male characters and this novel has two, but it is a fun, smart read, and I am looking forward to find out what Matthew and Jeremy are going to do to stop the Aliens! Thank you ever so much Peter for sending this to me for review consideration!

 

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Realm of Mindweavers- Book One: Tales of Golmeira by Marianne Ratcliffe: On page 120/256. The story built slowly, however the character development was great. I actually hated so much one of the characters that I could compare it with my hate for Jeoffrey from A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin; that good! Now the action has started so I need to make time to finish it as I need to know what is happening. Again, thank you Marianne for the paperback copy!

 

32860355Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz: 52%. I’ve received a copy of this via Netgalley and I didn’t quite know what to expect when reading this book as I wasn’t aware that of the Hamilton musical. It is an ok read, however I keep on comparing it with Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen in my mind and that’s not helping as in comparison I find it a little lacking. What I’ve read so far it felt a little too drawn out for my taste, but I will finish reading it.

 

34874784Seeds of Hatred (Scions Awakened Book 1) by Christian Nadeau 68/506. This paperback copy is amazing and as odd as it may sound, I love the feel of this book in my hands! I haven’t gotten to far into this novel as I find it quite hard to switch POV’s, however once I finish with most of my Currently reading books, I will pick it up and devote all my attention to it as it deserves it.

 

24866317American Gods by Neil Gaiman 11/20 (55%). This audiobook is amazing, however I found that I just struggle with audiobooks. They have their advantages as you can listen to it whilst doing something else, however it seems that I prefer listening to music rather than listening to my audiobooks, so probably will not purchase more audiobook. Anyway, American Gods is really good and I would like to read the physical copy at some point as I think it would be a totally different experience.

30818574The Shadow of the High King (The Weaving Shadows, #1) by Frank Dorrian ; 10%. Frank sent me his book ages ago and I’ve not picked it up in like forever, and I don’t even know why as I really liked it. At this point I would probably have to pick it up from scratch. I find that I am struggling a lot more lately to read e-books, I find it much easier to have a paperback.

 

13519397Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas. I finished reading this one today and I enjoyed it quite a bit. I tried originally to listen to the audiobook and the voice totally ruined it for me and had to pick up the original copy. The voice made Celaena even more annoying than she can be at times, and a lot more conceited. Funnily enough, I didn’t realise that I was almost 80% in when listening to the audiobook so reading felt more like remembering. I am debating of giving it between 3 and 4 stars out of 5.

 

… and this it it! (Ha!)

I am really hoping that next week the list will be a lot smaller, although looking at my TBR I’m getting dizzy! So many books to read, so little time! How do you guys cope with that?

Do you read more than one book at a time or do you prefer to keep it simple and dedicate your time to one book at a time?

Hope you enjoyed this post and I will try to do a Bookish update every Sunday evening!

Stay nerdy,

Jane

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The frozen witch by Odette C. Bell (book review)

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Lilly White opens a strange box which puts her into the path of the God of Revenge himself because the box is not an usual box…

I picked up this book firstly because it has a pretty-pretty cover, and secondly because it features witches. The frozen witch starts with a really good premise when Lilly gets herself in trouble by touching a box owned by the Gof of Revenge and it awakens powers inside of her. In order to pay for her sins now, Lily much work for Vali and bring in other sinners in order to become free again. The story is fast-paced, full of adventures, and although I loved it to bits and read it in one sitting, it feels like sometimes it lacked further development and became too rush in the quest to having things happening sooner rather than later and therefore the plot had to suffer in places. The descriptions were spot on which enabled the reader to immerse into the world. SONY DSC

In terms of characters, sometimes Lilly proved to be quite annoying, especially when she was – quite often – a quivering mess in the presence of brooding Vali. I gather that he is THE Alpha male, full of sex appeal, and manliness, and god-ness (sic!), but surely she could contain herself. The plot however, it was not in Lilly’s favour as she was mainly told to do things and expect to do or die without being explained why and how to do things! She was given a magic gun and wasn’t even told how to use it. Other characters that were supposed to support and guide her more often than not gave half the information she needed in order to achieve her goals. I was quite proud of her for managing to achieve things despite these issues.

Lilly’s relationship with Vali  is obviously strained throughout the story, partly due to her own faults, and partly to the fact that Vali seems to have two alternating personalities, however there is a flicker of romance between the two. Personally I would’ve liked to see more positive interaction between them two which would’ve made the story much better.

Overall I liked the read! I actually gulped it down, then moved to the next book, devoured that one too before finishing book thee as well. happy-jelloFlaws and all, this entire series kept me wanting more, and more.

Book four just got out in February so I am looking forward to see what happens next!

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