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Monthly Recommendations – Science Fiction

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Monthly Recommendations is a group on Goodreads created by Kayla and Trina.
Every month there is a new theme for the recommendations.
This months theme is…

Science fiction

Here are my top five science fiction recommendations and a quick blurb about each!

  1. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – If you haven’t been convinced by the masses to try this one then Im not sure there is much I can say to change your mind. The story is worth the hype and the innovative way that they tell it is worth experiencing.
  2. Enders Game by Orson Scott Card – I read this one when I heard they would make it into a movie. I had never read anything set in space and there were other aspects that set it outside my comfort zone. I’m really glad I took the chance though because I think it was amazing. When I was reading I was able to picture everything with ease; often in science fiction the jargon takes away from my ability to visualize. 10535458If you enjoyed books like Illuminae and Divergent I would recommend Enders Game.
  3. Origin by Jessica Khoury – Here’s a standalone for you and this one also has  a little romance too! A fast paced plot, secret labratory, vivid setting and eternal life?! What more could you want in a science fiction?
  4. Arclight by Josin L McQuien – This is perhaps one of the most unusual dystopian novels I’ve ever read. The cover is what caught my eye but the intrigue is what kept me reading. It is a unique story of light vs dark and has some creepy, ominous feels as well (I’m a big wuss when it comes to creepy so this was just enough for me) I loved the strong-willed MC and would recommend to anyone looking for a dystopian that isn’t run-of-the-mill.
  5. Glitch by Heather Anastasiu – IMO I saved the best for last. Chosen One? Check. Girl realizes all she has ever known was a lie? Check. Rebellion? Check. Love Triangle? Check. I loved this dystopian because it had all the typical tropes and then broke them. Glitch is the first book in a 3 book series centered around Zoe, a girl living in a computer chipped, zombie like society, who discovers she isn’t like all the rest. Frightened and panicked she tries to hide her abilities, for fear of being deactivated, only to discover she may not be the only one who’s unique. If you enjoy rebellion and x-men then this is the one for you!!

 

Thats All Folks!

But now I would really love to hea YOUR recommendations because I need some more science fiction on my TBR to balance out all the fantasy. Happy Reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Audiobooks!

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week there is a new bookish topic. For more details, and to participate, click the link above.

Audio books !!

I have been waiting for this one you guys! This year I have really discovered a love for audiobooks, firstly because I can listen while I do chores or color and secondly because I read so much more this way. In fact I have listened to a total of 26 audiobooks so far this year! And now I would like to recommend ten of my favourites to you.

      1. Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery. I think listening to it was better than reading it would have been because the narrator gave Anne a sass I wouldn’t have.
      2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I read this and listened to it at the same time depending on what I was doing. I LOVED this book and the Carry On parts were done really well. Do you have a long commute? Try Fangirl and the time will fly!
      3. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I know that you miss out on some of the books visuals when you listen to the audiobook, but the different sounds and voices add to the sci-fi atmosphere of the story. It was incredible!
      4. Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Why did it take me so long to read this series? It’s amazing, and the narrator did an fantastic job giving each character a unique voice. Often I don’t enjoy when a female narrator reads male parts and visa versa but that was not the case here.
      5. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas. I wasn’t sold when I first started listening but I quickly changed my mind when I realized I could focus on visualizing the story. Plus I could listen to all the shenanigans Feyre was up to while I did the dishes; suddenly chores are awesome!
      6. We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach. The #1 thing I hate about some audiobooks is one narrator doing all the voices and doing a poor job. This however has a different narrators for each of the 4 main characters and it really brought the book to life. If I had read the book myself I feel I would have missed out.
      7. These Broken Stars. Another fantastic story that used sounds and two different voice actors to make it vivid and addicting.
      8. The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater. Okay so the voice actor – some love his voice and some hate it. I understand because I was hesitant too but now that I’m on to The Raven King I just can’t imagine anyone else bringing these characters to life! This series has left such an impression on me and I know that no one else could have read these characters like Will Patton.
      9. Walk On Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson. Again, another story with a narrator that went above and beyond. You really feel like Lee is telling you her story while you can smell the horses and feel the dust on your skin! I HIGHLY recommend this one.
      10.  And what would this list be without Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo!! I read the book originally but I bought the audiobook and always put it on after a rough day or when I can sleep. Not that it’s boring! It’s just that hearing these characters that have become so familar, banter with one another is soothing.

 

Please leave your recommendations in the comments !!

 

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Page 394

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Page 394 is an original meme that began here at Novelcravings. The meme is simple, turn to page 394 in your current read or a favourite book, find a passage you love and share it with us! Everyone is welcome to join. Please remember to link back to this page and share the link to your blog post in the comments below. The meme happens on the 14th of every month.

This week I will be quoting Cress by Marissa Meyer 

  “Before the sun set again, she would know the outcome of all their planning and preparations. Either they would succeed today or they would all become prisoners of Queen Levana”

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I only started this series this year and part of me wishes I had started sooner because I LOVE these books! However, I also enjoy that now I can read all of them back to back. In fact I’m reading Winter right now, it’s so intense and I’m only half way! I have no idea whats going to happen. Marissa Meyer is an amazing writer because she gives such life to her characters and they stay true to their nature throughout the books despite the number of main characters. I think that’s pretty talented. My favourites are Iko and Thorn and I can’t wait for Wires and Nerve next year!

What is on your Page 394?

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#readthemallthon Wrapup

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So funny story, okay not so funny but I thought the #readthemallthon ended today. Turns out it ended on Sunday, and at the time I had family in town so my reading took a hit. So, I didn’t get all the badges but I really enjoyed the challenge and that’s the point! I was also a week late in joining so next time I will be prepared. I really hope the host Aentee of ReadatMidnight does another pokemon related challenge. I started with the adorable Noibat this round and here’s how we did…

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Badges Earned:

Cascade Badge – Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Thunder Badge – Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Steifvater
Rainbow Badge – The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
Marsh Badge – Cress by Marissa Meyer
Earth Badge – Flashfall by Jenny Moyer

CP Calculation:

Noibat starts at 10 CP
5 Badges (20CP per badge) = 100 CP
0 Reviews (20 CP per review) = 0 CP
2136 total page (1CP per 10 pages) = 213 CP
1 Evolution (50 CP per evolution) = 50 CP
9 #readthemallthon Tweets (2CP per Tweet) = 18 CP

Noibats total = 391 CP 
…so my Noibat evolved into a Noivern!!

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I want to thank ReadatMidnight for hosting such an awesome read-a-thon, I think this is the best reading challenge I’ve done all year. Next time hopefully I have more time to read!

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Waiting on Wednesday – The Alchemists Of Loom

find-your-guildI don’t often do Waiting On Wednesday posts but every now and then there is a book that I feel deserves more attention. This week that book is The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova. This is the same author that brought us the incredible Air Awakens series, and her new Loom series has dragons! DRAGONS you guys!! To make the wait more fun (and bearable) you can participate in The Guild Games; join a guild and participate in challenges to unlock rewards from The Alchemists of Loom. Not sure which guild you belong in? Take this quiz.

This beautiful book, published by Keymaster Press is due to release January 10th 2017, so mark your calendars folks!

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Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.

Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne. His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragons’ society for far too long. The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins.

When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.

He offers her the one thing Ari can’t refuse: A wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the Alchemists of Loom.