BOOK REVIEW | THE HALF DROWNED KING, BY LINNEA HARTSUYKER

Title: the Half Drowned King

Author: Linnea Hartsuyker

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: August 1, 2017

Genres: Historical Fiction

Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from Hachette NZ in exchange for a honest review.

Star rating:★★★★

Summary: 

Since the death of Ragnvald Eysteinsson’s father in battle, he has worked hard to protect his sister Svanhild and planned to inherit his family’s land when he comes of age. But when the captain of his ship tries to kill him on the way home from a raiding excursion, he must confront his stepfather’s betrayal, and find a way to protect his birthright. It is no easy feat in Viking-Age Norway, where a hundred petty rulers kill over parcels of land, and a prophesied high king is rising.

But where Ragnvald is expected to bleed, and even die, for his honour, Svanhild is simply expected to marry well. It’s not a fate she relishes, and when the chance to leave her stepfather’s cruelty comes at the hand of her brother’s arch-rival, Svanhild is forced to make the ultimate choice: family or freedom.

Drawing from the Icelandic Sagas, The Half-Drowned King takes inspiration from the true story of Ragnvald of Maer, the right hand man of King Harald Fairhair, first king of all Norway, and his sister, Svanhild, as she tries to find freedom in a society where the higher her brother rises, the greater her worth as a political pawn.

PAPERPLUS | WHITCOULLS | MIGHTYAPE

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BOOK REVIEW | UNITED AS ONE BY PITTACUS LORE

Title: United As One

Author: Pittacus Lore

Series Number: 7

Publication Date: June 28, 2016

Genres: YA, Science Fiction

Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book to review from Penguin Random House NZ

Star rating:★★☆

Summary: The seventh and final book in the #1 New York Times bestselling I Am Number Four series! With United as One, this action-packed series comes to a surprising, breathtaking, and utterly satisfying conclusion. The Garde didn’t start this war, but they’ll do whatever it takes to end it once and for all. . . .

The Mogadorians have invaded Earth. Their warships loom over our most populated cities, and no country will risk taking them head on. The Garde are all that stand in the way, but they’ll need an army of their own to win this fight.

They’ve teamed up with the US military, but it might not be enough. The Garde need reinforcements, and they’ve found them in the most unexpected place. Teenagers from across the globe, like John Smith’s best friend, Sam, have developed abilities. So John and the others must get to them before the Mogs, because if they don’t their enemies will use these gifted teens for their own sinister plan.

But after all the Mogadorians have taken from John—his home, his family, his friends, and the person he loves most—he might not want to put any more lives in danger. He’s got nothing left to lose, and he’s just discovered he has been given an incredible new Legacy. Now he can turn himself into the ultimate weapon. So will he risk his life to save the world, or will he realize that power in numbers will save us all?

WHITCOULLS | PAPER PLUS | MIGHTYAPE

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WRAP UP | JUNE, 2016

this post is a little late, but that’s okay. i’ve never done a wrap up type post before, but i felt that since i read and have gotten quite a lot of books this month that it’d be a good way to keep up with everything. i’m enjoying the weekly www post, but i feel like a monthly one keeps everything neat and tidy, and it makes seeing a larger amount of info in one post. plus when uni starts again, i don’t think i’ll be able to post weekly updates. here’s a list of what i’ve read, books i’ve gotten, and what i’m currently watching!

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SOME OF MY FAV FEMALE CHARACTERS

so i’ve decided to blog more about tv shows, because i watch a lot of crap and i just want to talk about it as much as i do books. today, i’ve compiled a list of 20 favourite female characters – ten from books, and ten from tv shows. the lists aren’t in any particular order! and i’ve only picked one person from each thing, otherwise this list would be unending.

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BOOK REVIEW | BLOOD OF HYDRA, MICHELLE MADOW

Title: Blood of HydraBlood of Hydra

Author: Michelle Madow

Series Number: 2

Publication Date: April 18, 2016

Genres: YA, Adventure, Mythology

Where I received the book: I received this book in exchange for an honest review via netgalley.

Star rating:★☆☆

Summary: 

A demigod who can kill with a touch. It’s an ability that must be kept secret from everyone, even from those trusted most.

Finding out that her new school had her in a special homeroom for witches was strange enough, but now Nicole must face the realization that she has the rare power to kill with just a touch. It’s a secret she needs to keep not only from the Head Elders, but from the super-sexy witch Blake, who she’s had undeniable chemistry with even before he broke up with his long-term girlfriend, the vengeful witch Danielle.

Now Nicole and the four others gifted with powers over the elements, including Blake and Danielle, must stop a series of monsters that they previously believed to be dead from rising once again and destroying the mortal world. Three magical items are needed, including the blood of the slain hydra – ingredients that they must journey to the dangerous, mystical islands in Greece to retrieve.

The monsters they face on this journey will be more threatening than anything they’ve encountered yet. But with the fate of the world on their shoulders, it’s up to the Elementals to return home victorious. Will they find the ingredients they need? Can Nicole and her friends pull off this mission while the tension between her, Blake, and Danielle threatens to ruin everything? And how long will it be until Nicole is forced to use her ability to kill in front of everyone, revealing the true darkness of her powers?

AMAZON

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REVIEW | DREAMOLOGY BY LUCY KEATING

Title: Dreamology23466626

Author: Lucy Keating

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: April 12, 2016

Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA

Where I received the book: I received this book from bookrambles during a twitter chat.

Star rating:★

Summary: For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist.

But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. It turns out, though, that Real Max is nothing like Dream Max, and getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.

When their dreams start to bleed dangerously into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough?

AMAZON | BOOK DEPOSITORY

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UPDATE POST | NEW BLOG NAME

second update post in less than a month?? how dare i!

hey, so i’ve been thinking of changing my blog name for a while now, and guess what?? i finally did it!

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i’m now betweenthepages.co! i’m so happy to finally have a bookish name/url, even though i did like my old. i’ve kept my old url so it’ll continue to redirect to this blog if anyone forgets (which i doubt because no one reads my blog, cry)

anyway, i’m more than excited for this new url, hopefully new readers as i’ll post more (i’m so slack, i’m sorry).

and i’m finally reading again! i’d stopped for a but because every book i tried to read i hated! i’m reading dreamology by lucy keating and i’m absolutely enjoying it! (which is weird because it’s a contemporary, and this is the first one i’ve ever read/liked, although i think it has some /urban/ fantasy elements).

also, i’m going to try  this month, the book is Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe! read more diverse books guys.

chelsea

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UPDATE POST | I’VE BEEN GONE AWHILE

oh hey i’m back! i want to try get back into blogging again. i keep coming and going and it’s so annoying. so i left home and uni started yesterday (!!!). anyway, i’m going to try a new typing thing because i feel like it’ll better suit my writing, especially since it’s not too formal anyway.

this blog post isn’t about much in particular, except i want to get into blogging and it’s going to be different from before. i want to add more tv show talk, seeing as that’s a thing i like, and maybe add some writing posts??? i’d like to see what you guys think of my writing and whatever.

i guess i’ll just post some update stuff to start off with.

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TOP FIVE BOOKS 2015

Since it’s the new year, I figured I should compile a list of the top 5 books that I read in 2015! Some were published in 2015, others weren’t. This list isn’t in order from my favourite to least favourite. (Throne Of Glass wins as the best novel I read this year, hands down). Post a comment below listing some of your favourite books that you read in 2015!

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