Top Ten Tuesday - Read In One Sitting

So I'm back *gasp*. It's been a long time - a very long time, to the point that I no longer even receive books for review. But nonetheless, I'm finally at a point in my life (now at uni) where I feel I am on top of things enough to try and do this again. And hopefully stay active this time, so fingers crossed.

I figured I'd kick it off with a Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish - you should got an check out their page if you'd like to do this also. This weeks theme is books Read in One Sitting. Now honestly I haven't got many books for this, because simply, my lifestyle doesn't allow me a large chunk of time to sit and do nothing but read - but thankfully this was clarified as to include ten of the shortest books I've read, top ten books I read in one sitting, ten books to read when you are short on time, top ten books that will make you read the whole day away, etc.

The Tragedy Paper - Elizabeth Laban
I'll be honest - I can't remember too much of reading this one. All I can is that it was a gloomy, miserable day and that I sat down in the morning with this book and that by the evening I was done. And I was so satisfied. The book painted this whole new world or mystery and university (I think?!) and it was so atmospheric that it just drew you in. I just got so lost in this book and could not put it down.
Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (Or any Harry Potter book) - J.K. Rowling
Need I say more? The whole serious is Un-put-downable and will keep you engrossed and reading both all day and all night. I've chosen book 1 for this list as it's the shortest and the most realistic option to finish in one day, but let's be honest, we all finished Deathly Hallows the day it came out. I'm not going to say too much because 1. this is a no brainer and 2. there is too much for me to say about why i love this series and that's a blog post for another day.
The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins
This is not the shortest book, I'll admit. But riveting, it is. So much hype had been heard around this and thus I put it off for a long time, but one day on a long train ride to London I decided to pick  it up - and boy am I glad I did. This book is so filled with suspense, mystery and thrill, that you speed through it so quick and it barely feels a fraction of it's size. It's over before you know it. I finished it in two days of broken reading, so I think you can finish this in a day and it would definitely make you read the whole day away.
A court of Mist and Fury - Sarah J Maas
This would be a challenge to finish in a day. Honestly this book is huge, but read your day away you will, with this one. I chose book 2 because book 1 simply didn't have the same effect in me, but this book, the characters, the magic and the world building will captivate you. Such intricate plot filled with everything you could want: drama, magic, mystery, romance and deceit - it's really just a beautiful magical book and you'll be reading from dawn till dusk.
Dorothy must Die - Danielle Paige 
This is an incredible books - part of what makes you read the day away with this is that for many the wizard of oz is a classic, a book or film which we consumed countless times as a child. Paige builds and expands on this classic, weaving in a new a fantastic plot, filled with magic, mystery and a new take on people that we already know - which is part of what I think makes this so captivating.
A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness
There's been a lot of hype around this one recently, and it's definitely worth it. Easily this could be finished in once sitting, especially if you get the version with the beautiful illustrations. The story is short yet deep and very poignant. The writing is also incredible and the way it builds the story will draw you in and have you reading till you've finished this one. Personally, I didn't let myself finish it in one night because it was so beautiful and I didn't want it to end - so I spread it over two nights.
Tinder - Sally Gardner
This one is small but feels long, in a good way. A somewhat new / retelling of a fairy tale, it feels as though there is so much crammed into this story. Filled with so much magic, morals and what feels reminiscent of a grimes and anderson fairy tales I found myself wondering who would read this and it really is everyone. Children, teens and adults, this is a beautiful timeless tale for all and perfect if you're looking for something to curl up with the in the midst of winter and get lost in a magical world.
Coraline - Neil Gaiman
This one I remember reading with my friends, in prep for halloween, and we all finished it in one night. Witty and page turning, whilst also having just the right amount of creep and almost a level of magical realism, what I really loved about this is it re-ignited the child in me. The story took me back to the like of harry potter and the narnia stories - I really wish I had been able to read this when I was a younger child. Definitely worth it, but I'd say make sure you read it at the right time of the year - it really will make a difference.
The Magicians Elephant - Kate DiCamillo
Again, this one is super short and one of the most charming books I have ever read. A heartfelt and warming tale, partnered with beautiful illustrations and set against the backdrop of what feels like a mix of victorian london and paris, this novel took me away. Again reminiscent of a children story for adults, it's magical, heart wrenching and (i'm starting to sound like a broken record) perfect for the winter. It's one that I read so long ago and keep meaning to come back to and maybe this winter I finally will.

So there you go! That's my top *9* (I couldn't think of a tenth) books to read in one sitting and I would honestly recommend you to pick up any of them and have the promise of enjoyment.

A COURT OF MIST AND FURY - SARAH J MAAS - REVIEW

Book:  A court of mist and fury
Author: Sarah J Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Kids
ISBN: 9781408857892
Rating: A

Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court – but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms – and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future – and the future of a world cleaved in two.

It has been a long time since I've loved a book as much this. A court of mist and fury is by far the best book that I have read in 2016 so far, and easy surpassed it's predecessor a court of thorn and roses.

The plot of this was so incredibly perfect - it was no secret that this was going to be based of the classic tale of hades and persephone but I was not expecting what this novel gave me - and in a good way. Whilst still retaining the classic elements of the grecian tale, it fused it with twists and turns that you were honestly not expecting. Maas mastered making you believe one thing whilst, in fact, the complete opposite was happening, thus making this a riveting read that I found I genuinely could't put down, even when my studies were calling to me. Furthermore getting to explore the Night Court was something I had been looking forwards to since I read book 1, and Maas did not disappoint, creating a rich and deep world which was all too easy to get lost in. Paired with her whimsical and descriptive writing, that seems ever improving with every novel, I found myself becoming one with the story and has made A court of mist and fury linger in my thoughts, even now after I have finished the novel.

As mentioned above Maas's writing improves with every novel that she writes, and a court of mist and fury was no exception to the trend. Part of what I loved about a court of thorns and roses was the rich and descriptive style, the way visuals, world and characters were built up around me and Maas took that to a new level with this book. Taking what could have been an incredibly dark landscape and episode of the series and pairing her descriptive prose with witty and 'banterous' dialogue, Maas succeeded in finding a balance that made the novel not too heavy, not too airy and all the more enjoyable.

In fact it was the world building in this novel, that I felt, really showed the excellence and skill of Maas. Using her immersive and detailed language she managed to construct a night court that both gave the atmosphere and visuals she intended whilst still allowing the reader to interpret the court in their own way, building on their prejudged image from book 1, thus making the night court more magical and real for themselves.

Character development... lets just say that Maas, in my eyes, is now the queen of character development. Having hinted at this at the end of book 1, she took everything we thought we knew and felt about these characters and turned it on their head. The people we loved, we now hate, a new perspective and situation exposing their aggressive and harsh qualities. The people we thought not trust Maas makes us understand and begin to love. She has such a way of weaving context and history of the characters into the enthralling storyline that you don't even notice the shift until Feyre is in a situation that you find yourself rooting for the once bad guy. Feyre, herself, was also someone who I enjoyed the character progression on. For someone who had struggled to accept the fae world and ended up with a major life change at the end of book 1, I felt Maas guided her to really come into her own in this book. She embraced who she was and channeled that into becoming a stronger and more independent characters who was all the more pleasant to read than the meek and reliant Feyre of a court of thorns and roses.

This book was an absolute gem. Maas has somehow managed to make this even better than the initial novel in the series and yet still leave me craving more. From page one I was clawed into the night court, gripped by Feyre and Rhysand's story and the tensions arising amounts the characters. A court of mist and fury really is as magical as it sounds and a book you will struggle to forget.

Apologies and Explanations

Photo from my instagram @arjunthakrar
Okay guys, we need to talk and by that I mean I have some apologies and explaining to do to you. So as you've more than obviously noticed I've been extremely inactive this year, even after promising I'd try to be more active. So now I'm going to explain why. By no means have I abandoned the blog nor do I want to. I seriously love this blog so much and connecting with you all and sharing my love for books and reading with you all. In fact it's really frustrating for me to be unable to devote the amount of time I'd like to to this blog. So to reader, authors and publishers, I'm insanely sorry for my lack of presence. Anyway apologies aside let me explain why it's been this way. Last September I started my first year of A levels and quite honestly I had no idea the amount of time they'd take up in my life and they did take up way loads of time. I found that not only did I have no time write blog posts but I had no time to read either, unless you count textbooks and revision guides. Anyway, the issue of time has only increased as the year has progressed, the A Levels becoming much heavier and more time consuming. Anyway I'm at the point now where my exams are in 6 weeks and I have literally no time to do anything except revise. Taking the time out to write this post, I still have revision in the back of my mind, however I've been so consumed by guilt over my inactivity on this blog both for the reader and the publishers that I felt I needed to take the time out to write this post and at least explain to you why. Henceforth for the next 6-10 weeks, unfortunately, this blog will continue in this horrible state of inactivity - HOWEVER, as soon as my exams are over I promise to god, I'm going to post so much on here you won't know whats hit you. By no means do I want to call quits and once exams are over I will be reading everything and posting so much on here. In the mean time I'll try to maybe get some stuff up but if I don't I'm really sorry and I hope you guys understand. I feel really bad guys, but I'll be back soon!!!

THE MIME ORDER - BLOG TOUR - MUSIC

So guys this is the final part of my Mime Order blog tour and after reading the book, I decided for my final post I wanted make almost like a playlist for the book with some music that I really felt suited the story, the world and the relationships, so without further ado here are my choices.

Hearts Without Chains - Ellie Goulding

I picked this because not only does it have a slow and slightly haunting feel to it but it also has this rough yet soft and tender side to it and just listening to the lyrics I feel like they sum up Paige and her situation in a whole song, and I feel there is no better representation for her than this song.




Everybody's Watching Me - The Neighbourhood

This song, I felt fitted, because it's about always being watched by so many people and feeling like you need to get away and hide, and for Paige that is this book. Also the song has very rough and dark vibes that match the slightly darker tone to this book.




A World Alone - Lorde

I picked this, because whilst it doesn't describe the whole setting in this book, I feel like it describes Paige's personal world or feeling alone and being in constant fear, whilst still getting those rare and scarce free breathless moments.




I know places - Taylor Swift

I picked this one because I feel like the lyrics and song sum up the relationship between Warden And Paige. It's this forbidden relationship, that once people find out there will be people ready to hunt them. Also how they only get brief moments with each other but when they do they're always in moments of fear or chaos. I think the vibe and tone of the song is also kind of dark and hypnotic, basically like Warden and Paige!

Sorry there's no video of this song because youtube won't allow it due to copyright.


Animals  - Maroon 5

I think this song is perfect for Paige's situation of being on the run and being hunted by so many people. The lyrics represent her having to hide and run and yet still have so many eyes on her at the same and only being able to find a little solstice in Warden.



So there you have it!! They are my five songs that I've picked so I hope you like them and comment on whether you agree or disagree that they fit the story!?

Also I finally want to give a massive thank you to bloomsbury for letting me be a part of this amazing blog tour and a part of the release for the Mime Order!!!

THE MIME ORDER - SAMANTHA SHANNON - REVIEW

Book: The Mime Order
Author: Samantha Shannon
Publisher: Bloomsbury
ISBN:
Rating: 10/10

Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still missing and she is the most wanted person in London. As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city's gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take centre stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner. Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided. Will Paige know who to trust? The hunt for the dreamwalker is on.

Breathless. That's how I felt after finishing this book. A year I waited for this book and for something I waited so long for, I finished so quick and now I'm waiting for the next one... already.
But seriously, The Mime Order utterly blew me away. Phenomenal doesn't even begin to describe it.

The story. Whilst I knew vaguely where the story would go after the massive cliffhanger that was 'the Bone Season' I had no idea it would go the way it did. This story and world is already so unique and special, as it is, and Shannon has succeeded in penning another riveting and twist filled plot that will keep you up till the dead of night, turning the pages until there none left to turn.
I love how we saw the story progress through this novel and how we followed Paige as she travelled through London as well as being on the run from everyone. No joke, everyone is after Paige (she doesn't really catch a break in this book) and that's why this is just such an insane, action packed book, that I just couldn't put down.
The story, I found, flowed, well. It was never slow in any way, but the further you read the more the pace picked up and the more riveting it became, to the point where I was locked to it and could not put the book down. Shannon has masterfully created this plot and whilst it gave me everything I wanted it left me wanting so much more. (I know this is kinda vague around the plot but I really don't want to give anything away guys, you really have to read this is experience how perfect this book is)

The setting. It was really interesting to see London through Paige's eyes, but in a different way to how she saw it in book 1. In book 1 it was very much a place hide from but now it's her place to hide within, and I loved seeing how she moved around London with all these secret places that only she knew about. Needless to say, I just loved seeing this fantasy ridden London (in the future) and even though I've been to London so many times, I didn't even need to use those images to engross myself because Shannon's writing was so fluid and rich that it just built up the new London so vividly in my mind.
Also, this is a personal thing, but I feel like this story and novel just wouldn't have worked or had the same effect had it been set elsewhere and London and Oxford really were and are the perfect settings for this book and Shannon makes them work beautifully with the story.

Now onto the writing. Shannon's writing wowed from book one and it's done nothing but get better with book 2. The writing has only become more seamless and a pleasure to read. Words flowed easily, building up worlds and characters in my mind with ease. The way Shannon used words to craft this world is on a whole new level of amazing and from page one I slipped into this story, and lived it first hand through this articulate and beautiful prose.

The characters in this were even better than last time. Not only did we get to delve deeper into their mind and not only see them in a different light, responsive to different situations, but we also got to know them and their history better, allowing us to understand them better and their place within the story. However, the two I want to focus on are Paige and Warden, first separately, then together.
Paige, as a character, grew so much in this book and I loved watching it. Even though, really, she's always been on her own, she becomes alone properly for the very first time and we see her come into her own, take control of her life and somehow just about manage to keep it together in the middle of the biggest mess ever. Seeing her develop in this book was exactly what I wanted because now she's a stronger and better character and I can't wait to see her take on everyone in the next book (hopefully).
Now to Paige and Warden. Although Warden isn't in this novel straight away (he comes back about halfway through), the chemistry and electricity between these two characters is off the charts. They're literally the perfect couple together and Shannon has made it this way, so that you can't help but love them together, which also worries me that she's made us love them as a couple so she can do something devastating, however until that happens I can't wait to see them together in the next book.
That's another great point to the book; whilst there is romance and it does have a key role it doesn't ever overwhelm or take over the book, nor does Paige let it become the most important thing in her life. The book still stays strongly focused on the main storyline and Paige says focused on herself and what she needs to.

So overall I can say I am not disappointed at all with this book; It's everything I wanted and more. Whilst it's still a complete mess everything came together in a satisfying way, that's left me needing the next book now. All the aspects of this book have tied together to create a masterpiece, and quite honestly this book is dripping with perfection.

THE MIME ORDER - BLOG TOUR - FANMADE COVER

Hi Guys!!! So today is Friday the 16th and that means today THE MIME ORDER BLOG TOUR HERE ON EXCELLENT READS!!! HOORAY! So anyway, here is my first treat for you guys and it's a fanned cover of the Mime Order that I made a few days after I finished the book. I was actually going to post it earlier but when I found out I would be participating in the blog tour, I thought what better time to post it than today!? So anyway, here it is and I hope you like it!! I tried to go for a more adulty, classic, simple cover!


THE MIME ORDER - NEWS

So guys, The Mime Order, by Samantha Shannon, is nearly upon us and whilst I've had a proof for a good few months I can not wait for it to come out and for all you guys to be able to read it because trust me it is insanely amazingly good! You guys are going to be blown away, and if you haven't started this series yet, then buy yourself the Bone Season and get started now please!!

Anyway as for news: I am going to be part of the Mime Order blog tour!!!! Yes, tomorrow is my stop on the tour so keep your eyes peeled for some awesome posts to do with the mime order, it's going to be great! I am also so honoured to be a part of this books release, especially a series that is so amazing and that I love so much!

So as you can see below is a schedule of all the stops on the tour and all the different blogs and if you scroll a little further down from that you'll be able to see the covers for both the bone season and the mime order, with blurbs!





EVEN A DREAMER CAN START A REVOLUTION Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.

Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London...As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on the dreamwalker, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city's gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take centre stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner.Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided.