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Review: The Earth Key: The Elementals Book 2 by Jennifer. L. Kelly

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Author: Jennifer . L. Kelly

Publication date: 6/12/2016

Goodreads description: In book two, Ka’s journey continues as she travels to the Land of Earth to retrieve and destroy the Earth stone. Her mother went to great lengths in order to protect her from the imminent darkness, but there are consequences for hiding the truth. Someone has lied and someone will die as the imminent darkness grows stronger in its quest for retribution.

I was sent an electronic copy of this arc in exchange for an honest review. I was super excited to read the next instalment of this series after having read the first book ‘Army of Fire.’ As mentioned in the Goodreads description, the book continues where the last book left off. Ka is searching for the next elemental stone to destroy in order to return these traits back into her own personality. This book was very family focused and I was able to learn a lot about Ka’s mother and father and why they are such important characters within the story and how they personally impact Ka’s life. This book also delve into the specific details of the imminent darkness and how it can transform into whatever it needs to be. I found that the book was well written (not overly descriptive) and majority of the story was primarily focused on Ka retrieving and attempting to destroy the Earth stone. What I really enjoyed about this book was that it wasn’t primarily focused on the main characters love interest and really highlighted her value in having her friends and family by her side constantly supporting her. There were instances though throughout the book where scenes became rushed and there was a lot of travelling in this book (moving from Xon 9 to the elemental Abyys) so I tended to get abit lost whilst I was reading. I think anyone who loves a book about adventure, fantasy, importance of friends and family and the need to conquer evil and restore peace will thoroughly enjoy this series. To conclude this review I gave the book 4/5 stars and I’m excited to see how the rest of the series pans out, especially with all the pressure on Ka as she attempts to retrieve the last three elemental stones with the ever growing imminent darkness close on her trail.

Review: The Secret of Metal (book 5 in the Elementals book series) by Jennifer.L. Kelly

IMG_9935.JPGI was given a copy of this e-book by the author, in exchange for an honest review.

Book 5 in the Elemental book series begins where book 4 left off, having Ka just loosing a friend very dear to her she must move forward and plan how she will retrieve the fifth and final stone in order to restore her true self. The only challenge with this is that the last stone is metal and metal can be unpredictable and ever changing. Metals can also be described as unbalanced and this causes their personalities to be somewhat dangerous.

I really enjoyed the conclusion to this series and felt like the bond and friendship Ka made over the course of her journey was really highlighted in the book through the loyalty that She showed to her friends as well as the loyalty they showed her. The adventure to the land of metal was a journey of self discovery but also a journey of overcoming difficulties that seemed to arise as they travelled to retrieve the stone. Ka’s personal growth was very evident in the book, she put herself first and really stepped up in regards to her leadership skills and her continual selflessness. I really respect her as a character, especially the decision she makes in the end (which I won’t spoil!).

 

Jennifers writing as usual was both descptive and easy to follow. I found myself flying through this book and being completely emersed in the story. I did find the ending to be abit lacklustre in the fact that it ends quite abruptly. I feel like the ending could have been wrapped up with more questions answered surrounding the imminent darkness and cassusmortem.

Overall this series was really enjoyable and I recommend to anyone who is a lover of adventure, self growth and dystopian elements

4/5 stars!

The Water Queen (The Elementals book 2) by Jennifer. L. Kelly [Review]

disclaimer: I was sent an electronic copy of this arc from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The forth instalment of the elementals series, ‘The Water Queen’ follows Ka as she ventures out into the land of water to search for the water stone in order to restore that part of herself that she lost as a child. On this adventure she must deal with an aunty that is not so keen to see her succeed in collecting all the stones, as well as the ever growing imminent darkness that is planning its attack on the colonists of Xon 9.

This book was such a thrilling ride from beginning to end and I’m so thankful to Jennifer for giving me the chance to continue to follow Ka’s journey and personal growth throughout the series. I like the direction the series is going in and how evil the imminent darkness is becoming, especially because you truely realise that no character is safe from harm in this book. The only thing that I felt this book needed was a bit more clarification on how the council are being corrupted by this evil and how they become corrupted in the first place but I guess this will be more addressed later in books as it wraps up the series. I’m excited to see what happens in the next book and love how relatable all the characters are. In particular Ka who isn’t a perfect person and does make mistakes, but does know when to accept these mistakes and push forward. I feel like this is a really admirable quality to have in a character because who is perfect? no one is perfect, we all slip up and sometimes make mistakes so thank you Jennifer for developing such a realistic, brave, witty, loveable character like Ka.

I gave this book a 4.5/5 stars and really enjoyed how action packed this book was! I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves a mix of sci-fi or dystopian with themes of adventure, loss, personal growth, friendship and family.

My life in 20 questions tag β˜•οΈπŸ“–

Thought I would give this tag a go and saw @romireads do it in her blog so definitely go ahead and check out her original post!

1. Favourite colour?

Would definitely have to be green! I have loved that colour for as long as I can remember and it represents so many things that I love eg. Christmas

2. Favourite number?

would probably be 9 only because I was born on the 9/9 plus I’ve chosen this number for my jearsey for so many years playing sport!

3. Dream job?

would be to work as a speech pathologist with school aged children. I think it would be such a rewarding job and I can’t wait to finish studying so I can work in my dream job!

4. Where do you see yourself living?

I would love to travel for awhile before I can commit to living anywhere but I would love to be near the beach or somewhere out in the countryside I think that would be so relaxing and peaceful.

5. Favourite way to travel?

I would say travelling by car because I get to go on road trips and blast my music through the stereo but I do love going on the train too because it gives me the chance to pick up a book and read.

6. What do you like to do in your free time?

in my free time I like to read (obviously) and I love to spend time with my friends and family whether this includes dinners or catching up over drinks. I also love to watch movies! I’m a massive movie buff!

7. Favourite clothing store?

not a fan of clothes shopping but I would have to say dotti, they always have some good stuff!

8. What concert do you want to go to?

I would really love to see the jezabels in concert again, I saw them perform live last year and they were incredible or I would love to see Florence and the machine!

9. Favourite tea?

hate tea, love coffee though!

10. Do you collect things?

books! Bookish merchandise! Anything studio ghibli!

11. Can’t sleep without…

I can’t sleep without shutting all the blinds to make the room 100% dark and I can’t sleep without knowing that my phones on charge, especially if I have an alarm set and need to be somewhere the next day.

12. If you had 1 million euros for yourself, what would you do with it?

definitely share it with myself, family and friends and then would donate it to charities, especially the royal children’s hospital in Melbourne because they helped me so much as a child when I had epilepsy.

13. Favourite makeup brand?

don’t wear makeup often because I’ve always had pretty bad skin but I do swear by my EstΓ©e Lauder foundation!

14. Favourite snack?

strawberries dipped in chocolate or a good hot chocolate with marshmallows is the best!!

15. favourite season?

spring! It’s the season I was born in and I love how all the trees and flowers blossom! Makes everything so much more beautiful!

16. Sleep with the door open or closed?

closed 100% need complete darkness when I sleep

17. Why did you start blogging?

I started my Instagram account at the beginning of 2016 and it’s been so much fun! I get to share my love of books with everyone and my addiction to buying books has definitely increased. I really wanted to start my account after I came back from my trip to Japan, I read a book that was 1200 pages in it got me back into my reading and for that I’ll forever be grateful.

18. Are you subscribed to any magazines?

nup

19. What did you do at midnight last night?

watched funny videos on my phone

20. Favourite perfume?

the so sinful range, it was a kinda cheap perfume but I loved it because it brings back so many good memories for me.

 

Book review: ‘A Court of Wings and Ruin’ by Sarah. J. Mass

Finally finished the third book of the ‘Court of Thorns and Roses’ series and absolutely adored every minute of it. The book continues from where the last book left off having Feyre venture back with her ex lover Tamlin to the spring court where she continues to convince him that Rhysand had her under his spell the whole time and she was in fact still in love Tamlin. This book was slow to begin with as it delve into how Feyre was able to crumble the spring court from within and leave Tamlin all alone without his close advisor Lucien. After the halfway mark the book really picked up pace as it began to unravel the beginning of the war between the courts and hybern. The characters as usual were written beautifully and I had so much love for the side characters just as much as I did the main characters. What emotionally killed me the most was the speech Rhys gave to his beloved friends and mate before they were to set foot on the battlefield field. It was definitely a tear jerk moment for me. I really appreciated how we were able to see and learn more about the other courts in this book, as well as learn more about the creatures created years ago such as the bone carver and bryaxis (who terrified me to no end πŸ˜‚). This book though felt like it finished with some questions unanswered, but Sarah did mention that there would be more books in the future that would focus more on the side characters so I really hope that some of these unanswered questions are addressed in these books.

Overall this book for me was incredible and Sarah has such a talent for creating such beautiful and unique worlds. This book as well as all the characters inside will always hold a special place in my bookworm heart ❀️ 5/5 stars!

March book lover mystery box unboxing and review πŸ“¦

The March book lover mystery box was primary focused on LGBT πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ and the theme for the month was ‘love knows no limits.’ I thought the box was set out perfectly and definitely held true to its theme. The postage was very quick considering it was delivered from the top of Australia to the bottom of Australia. One of the reasons I love this book box so much was the presentation. All the books are wrapped gorgeously in brown paper so it continues to hold the mystery of the book until the very last second. This months box also again included the golden ticket. I mentioned in my previous unboxing post that I thought this was a really creative way to help the subscriber win extra prizes and makes the unboxing that bit more exciting by not knowing whether you have the winning golden ticket or not. Inside the March box was:

1. A caramel cookie from @sweet.bookiecookie
2. A knitted willy bookmark πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‰ from the talented @kristyskreativenook and Kelly from ‘well I’ll be darned’
3. Advertisement for the Riveting Reads event in Brisbane
4. The monthly golden ticket
5. A Nic Starr bookmark
6. And two paperbacks πŸ“– 1. Forever you by Laura. N. Andrews (signed plate inside) and 2. Love Me Tomorrow by Ethan Day
7. And a ton of ebooks!!!!!

if you are interested in getting a subscription then head over to the website or check out their Instagram page @book_lover_mystery_box! The April box is available for order but must be done before the 21st πŸ“–

February book lover mystery box unboxing and review πŸ“¦

 

The March book lover mystery box was a Valentine theme and included some lovely items! Inside was:

1. @kristyskreativenook loveheart bookmark
2. Rose soy melts from @island_scents_soy_melts
3. Two signed bookmarks one from Chantal Fernando and the other from J.L Perry
4. Two cookies from @sweet.bookiecookie 😊
5. Three ebooks from Kade Boehme
6. Info on Riverting Reads Australia in Brisbane
7. Golden ticket and booklovermysterybox lip balm
8. Hershey’s chocolate πŸ’•
9. Signed paperback book ‘Hooker’ from J.L Perry

I love the aspect of having the golden ticket in each of the monthly boxes as it allows the individual with the winning ticket to obtain addictional prizes. The idea is both unique and adds an aspect of suspense during the unboxing. One of my favourite items that was included in this box was the cookie from (Sweet Bookie Cookie). They taste amazing and I devour them so quickly! The other item which I have been using consistently which I think is a lovely idea is the book lover mystery box lip balm which smells like cocoanut and vanilla and feels incredible when applied. I highly recommend this book box to anyone and the team at book lover mystery box put so much effort into the development and shipping of all the boxes. Feel free to visit their Instagram page @book_lover_mystery_box for further updates and discount codes.

Book review: Genesis of Wood (The Elementals book 3) by Jennifer. L. Kelly

IMG_8386I was sent an arc of Genesis of Wood (The Elementals book 3) by Jennifer. L. Kelly in exchange for an honest review.

I’ll begin this review by saying that I believe this has been probably my most favourite book of the series so far! In this instalment you continue to follow Ka as she ventures to find and destroy the earth stone in order to restore back apart of herself that she lost. This time round, Ka’s adventure into the woods to collect the stone was action packed and full of obstacles that I really enjoyed. The relationship between Ka and Sloan continues to develop throughout the book and the love they have for each other is clear through all the sacrifices they make. You also get more information in regards to the imminent darkness and clearly see how frightening and unstoppable it really is.

The map included at the front of the book displaying the layout of the different university campuses and Ka’s home really helped to develop a perspective of how the world looks and helped me to follow the characters throughout the duration of the story.

personally the main reason I loved this book so much was the way in which Ka discovered how to destroy the Earth stone and all the self reflection she makes. I feel like she’s an admirable character who is so determined and is yet so loyal to her friends. I also respect and love the fact that the relationship between Ka and Sloan isn’t over the top or lovey dovey! It’s such a strong relationship built on both love and friendship.

overally I loved this book and gave it a 4.5/5 stars and am eagerly awaiting the forth instalment of the series. Please give this series a go if you have the chance! Defiantly worth a read!

Book lover mystery box review!

img_7452If you arn’t already following my bookstagram account @pagesinbetween you may not be aware that I am lucky enough to be a rep for the wonderful Australian based book subscription box service known as ‘Book lover mystery box.’ This book box is run by the lovely Ang who puts so much time and dedication into each of the boxes that are distributed on a monthly basis. Today I’ll be talking about the December box which I received at the beginning of the month. (Items in the December box are pictured above). I thought the December box was amazing and is definitely worth the money that you pay for it. Included in the December box was:

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1. 3 bookmarks from @kristyskreativenook
2. Small gift bag with a tea candle from (splitsugar) an exclusive lip balm from Book lover mystery box and a small message in the bottle
3. Candy canes πŸŽ…πŸ»
4. Book marks and book plates signed by J.L Perry, Margaret McHeyzer, Monica James and Chantal Fernando
5. Exclusive book lover mystery box cookies πŸͺ
6. Book 1. ‘Out of Breath’ by Julie Myerson πŸ“–
7. Book 2. ‘Kiss me Deadly’ by a range of authors such as Becca Fitzpatrick, Carrie Ryan, Maggie Stiefvater and more..
8. Book 3: ‘Mad Meg’ by Sally Morrison πŸ“–

 

Ang has done an incredible job so far and I’m so happy to be repping for the wondeful subscription box! Please head over to their website at http://www.booklovermysterybox.com to see their subscription details and how you can get your hands on their February box. Also featured on the website is their child bookish box which can also be purchased monthly!

 

 

 

Review: Throne of Glass – Sarah. J. Mass

IMG_6742.JPGJust finished reading ‘Throne of Glass’ a little over a week ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. Before I picked up this book, I had previously read a ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ which was the first book in another series also by Sarah. I find her writing style and character development captivating and it’s only ever taken me at most a top of 3 days to read a book of hers. I become so enchanted with the story and completely indulged in the worlds she has created.

Throne of Glass follows the story of a young 18 year old assassin Celaena Sardothian, who is serving a sentence in the gruelling salt mines in Endovia for her crimes. Celaena is approached one day by the prince Dorian who offers her a deal in exchange for her freedom. Celaena is required to return to the kingdom and to Compete in a competition to find the next royal assassin to serve the King. This job would require Celaena to live and work for the king for four years before she is granted her freedom.

The book was a good build up for the series which so far comprises of five books. The fifth book ‘Empire of Storms’ was released early last month. If you love action, playful romance, personal growth and high fantasy than you will love this book! I can’t wait to see how the rest of the series will pan out.

rating: 4/5 stars

Review: Army of Fire: The Elementals Book 1 – Jennifer L. Kelly

IMG_6695.JPGI was given a e-reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review by the author. The story follows a girl named Ka who lives on the planet Xon 9, which was inhabited after the sun died and earth became engulfed in a supernova. Ka is about to undertake her pronouncement which involves her choosing which element she would like to be apart of. There are five elements consisting of mental, wood, earth, water and fire. Ka is having difficulties deciding and doesn’t feel drawn to any particular element. Once an element is chosen this helps the individual decide what their career path will lead to. Without giving away too much of the story, Ka begins to feel drawn to all of the elements and this is seen as unusual by some. The story than follows Ka and the choices she makes which ultimately impacts her friends, family, loved ones and most importantly herself.

I found this book to be very action packed and fast paced from the beginning. You get introduced to the main characters straightaway and are involved in Ka’s thought process to the lead up and on the day of the pronouncement. The idea of choosing elements was a very interesting concept and I loved how each elemental group had their own traits and job careers. The Romance in the book wasn’t overly dramatic and didn’t take over the story which was a positive aspect. The only issue I had was in regards to the world building in the book, I found it hard at time trying to imagine xon 9 and all the complex’s where the elementals lived to study.

Overall I thought this book was thoroughly enjoyable and I feel it will be a strong series. The characters were likeable and I appreciate how realistic and strong Ka is as a main character. Many of the decisions she makes throughout the book are decisions that I could see myself making if I was in her situation. If you like a book about self discovery, friendship, mystery and a book about adventure than you will love this book!

This book was a 4.5/5 star rating for me πŸ™‚

Review: Replica by Lauren Oliver

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I was sent a copy of Replica from netgallery for an honest review. The structure of the book to begin with is so unique. One half of the book is told through the perspective of a girl named Lyra who escapes a research facility (Haven) after it was destroyed as a result of a attack. The other half is told through the perspective of a girl named Gemma who, throughout her whole life was always sick and always thought she didn’t belong. Both characters meet and their stories intertwine to share an even bigger adventure of heartache, discovery and survival. You get to see both characters perspectives and opinions of one another and I loved it! This book was very raw and didn’t hold back on touchy topics. The mystery behind the research facility ‘Haven’ really gets you invested in the book, there’s so much corruption and evil and you realise how hard Lyra’s life has been, growing up between four white walls, never seeing the world for what it truely is. Not to give too much away but I could really relate to Gemma, she was very insecure and negative all because of her image and I feel like I went through similar feelings when going through highschool.

The writing in the book really portrays the characters well and the writing differentiates depending on the characters. Lauren Oliver’s book almost writes like a movie. I recommend this book to anyone who loves an action packed book with themes of corruption, loss, adventure and rediscovery. It was such an enjoyable read for me and I feel like the story is open for a sequel. Overall this is a 4.5/5 star read for me.