I’VE MOVED!

Hi everyone! I’ve moved my blog over to a new host, so I won’t be using this one anymore 🙂

You can find me at:

http://coolgirlsreadtoo.com

Don’t worry- nothing has changed and everything has been transferred over, but it would probably be easier for me to keep in touch with you all over Bloglovin’ or RSS feeds. 🙂 The reason I moved was because Creative Whim offers a much more comprehensive book review format and is much more customisable. The commenting system there is still WordPress, and everything else is pretty much the same!

See you all there! 😀 ❤

Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

heiroffireRating: 5stars
Type: Fantasy
Series: Book 3 in Throne of Glass
Number of Pages: 565

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Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?

 

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HOW DO I EVEN BEGIN? I seriously scorn myself for not starting this sooner. This book has been the best thing that has happened to me this month, and I’ve had a pretty awesome month if I do say so myself – that’s putting into perspective how totally freaking amazing this book is. I loved this book as much (if not more) than the previous ones, and I wasn’t even sure that was possible!

Warning: this review is obnoxiously long, and I can’t bring myself to shorten it.
I’m currently going through a major book hangover, so this review is full of pointless totally necessary gifs, and some fan art. 😛

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** This review contains some slight spoilers from the previous two books **

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Thoughts & Discussions: Book Hangovers

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BOOK HANGOVERS

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We’ve all been there. Right? Okay, maybe not (liars) – but I definitely have. ^^’
This idea came to me after reading a hilarious article on Buzzfeed: 21 Signs You’re Suffering From A Book Hangover, and after I read an article on it by Cait at Notebook Sisters.

Buzzfeed highlighted some excellent points, as you can see:

  • Point 1: You’ve started to take your lingering feelings for the hero a little too seriously. 
    ALL. THE. FREAKING. TIME… Somebody save me from myself.
  • Point 2: And you realise that all your crushes are now based on peoples’ similarities to that fictional character.
    I’m still waiting for my Daemon, Jace, Haden, Ayden, Chaol/Dorian, Ryder, etc, etc, etc (the list goes on and on and freaking on). Yes, I know I have issues.
  • Point 3: You find yourself casually using the fake slang from the book in your real-life conversations.
    Not necessarily slang, but certainly phrases. After reading Throne of Glass books I’ve started saying “Gods“. Gods, uni is boring. Gods, I’m going to be late. Gods, I’m hungry. Gods, Gods, Gods. My friends are wondering what the heck is wrong with me… Gods, if you’d read the books you’d understand, okay? It’s not weird. It’s definitely kind of weird.
  • Point 11: You feel irrationally jealous of people who haven’t read the book yet.
    You don’t even know what kind of magical, beautiful adventure you have in store for you. You don’t even know.

After reading a really good book, I need to go into a healing process (and no, I’m not being overdramatic). To begin with I’ll obsess about it in every way possible – I’ll read everything I can about the book and then see what other bloggers think of it and so on. Then I try to find a book similar to it, either through Goodreads or Amazon, and keep trying until I either:
A. Find a similar book, which means my book hangover won’t be so bad (yay), or
B. Don’t find a similar book and become erratic for a few days until I can fathom reading another book

Some book hangovers are worse than others, so those aren’t as bad XD

Do you get book hangovers?
How do you get over them?

The Liebster Award (2 parts)!

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I was nominated twice this week for The Liebster Award, thank you so much to Sumaira at Hyper About Books and Kirsten at Reading My Reality. This is a bit of a long post as I’m answering two sets of questions. There are so many tags going around lately, and I love them! It’s been so busy since uni has started that I haven’t had time to post in a while, but I’m getting back to it now! 😀

As Sumaira did, I’m going to stick to the rules by 52lettersinthealphabet, and only change one! They are as follows:

1. Link to and thank the blogger who nominated you
2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator gives you
3. Tag 11 other bloggers who have 200 or less followers. I’m only going to tag 5 blogs because I don’t actually know that many others (and I tag anyone who reads this post and wants to participate!)
4. Ask the 11 bloggers you nominated 11 questions and let them know you nominated them!

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Review: Demons at Deadnight (Book 1) by A&E Kirk

demons at deadnightRating: 4stars
Type: Paranormal
Series: Book 1 in Divinicus Nex Chronicles
Number of Pages: 404

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For seventeen-year-old Aurora Lahey, survival is a lifestyle.

DEMONIC DESTINY
Aurora has the crappiest superpower on the planet. And it’s just unleashed a hit squad from hell. Demons are on the hunt, salivating to carve her carcass into confetti.

CHARISMATIC KILLERS
The Hex Boys–mysterious, hunky, and notorious for their trails of destruction–have the answers Aurora needs to survive. But their overload of deadly secrets and suspicious motives makes trusting them a potentially fatal move.

LETHAL ALLIES
The battle to save her family, herself, and stop demonic domination may cost Aurora everything worth living for, and force her to reveal her own dark secrets. But no worries. She needs the Hex Boys to pull this off, and, chances are, teaming up with these guys will get her killed anyway.

 

 

My Review

I was really excited to read Demons at Deadnight! How nice is the book cover? It’s been a while since I’ve read a YA book and the story was pretty unique so I had high hopes. I wasn’t disappointed. The story follows Aurora, a girl that can see demons and makes friends with 6 delicious demon hunters: Ayden, Blake, Jayden, Logan, Matthias and Tristan… Or also known as, The Hex Boys.

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Thursday Thoughts: Audiobooks

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Thursday Thoughts is a weekly meme hosted by Ashley at Ok, Let’s Read. This is the first time that I’ve done it and came across it through Kaja’s awesome blog Of Dragons and Hearts, which you should check out! 🙂 This week’s topic is Audiobooks.

Source: Bills DealsI’ve never actually tried an audiobook before, but I really want to. I’ve just recently bought so many new books on my Kindle that I can’t quite justify buying an audiobook yet (though do I plan to buy my first one beginning of next week – what? I’m kind of setting myself restrictions aren’t I?).

Living in London, I spend have to spend a lot of time travelling around on the tube (the underground) or buses to get around and I can’t read when I’m moving about because it’s always so cramped or by the time I’d start reading a page I’d have to change lines or something (I know, life is hard 😛 ). So, listening to an audiobook whilst I bumble about would be perfect – especially since I get so bored of my music sometimes!

I saw on Kaja’s blog that she listens to audiobooks whilst cooking and I thought that wow, that must be so therapeutic! I would definitely enjoy that.

There’s a few things that I’m worried about though…
What if I didn’t like the narrator’s voice?
Or what happens when a sexy scene comes on?

I mean, it’s one thing to read those scenes but (okay, I’ll be honest) I think if I heard them described out loud I’d roll around on the floor laughing like a 5 year old. ^^’ I’ve seen that a few audiobooks give you a choice for narrators, but that’s only for the very well-known books.

Have you listened to an audiobook?
What do you think of them?

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ARC Review: Braving the Darkness by Melynda Price

Braving the Darkness

Rating: 3.5stars
Type: Paranormal
Series: Redemption Series
Number of Pages: 328

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All have sacrificed, but one will sacrifice all…

Just when Olivia thought she’d finally have everything she always wanted, she was never closer to losing it all. Haden rocked Olivia’s foundation when he professed his love for her, and then turned himself in to the High Court. Although it was for the best, watching him walk out of her life was one of the hardest things she’d ever done.
Liam has always been the angel that holds her heart. But nothing will test the bonds of that love more than when a sick twist of fate brings all their lives crashing back together again.
Bitter enemies in love with the same woman, Liam and Haden must put their differences aside to battle an evil whose reach is far greater than either of them ever imagined. It will take all their strength to protect Olivia from an enemy that’s come to claim her and usher in a power-play to overthrow the High Court.
Love, sacrifice, and betrayal… It all comes to a heart-stopping conclusion in Braving the Darkness.

 

My Review

If you’ve been following my blog for some time, you’ll know that I absolutely love the Redemption series by Melynda Price (hello, love triangles and angels? So up my street) and that I’ve been waiting months for Braving the Darkness, the fourth and final book in the series to come out. Last night I got my ARC (huge thank you to Melynda Price and 5 Prince Publishing) and was so excited to start reading it! I was so nervous to find out how it would end. It’s so difficult to write this review without any spoilers but I’m going to try my best… Okay, let’s do this.

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The Harry Potter Spell Book Tag!

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I’ve finally managed to sort out all the things I needed to before my next semester at uni starts, so I’ve now got time to get back to all my books and blogging! 🙂 So much has been happening the last few days so it’s great to get some time to curl up on the couch on this typically rainy London day with a hot cocoa, my Kindle and my laptop. I stumbled across the Harry Potter Spell Book Tag on LittleOnion’s blog (whom you should check out, her blog is awesome!), and of course I decided I needed to get in on this!

I’M TAGGING:
Sumaira @ Hyper About Books
Allie @ Little Birdie Books
Appletaile @ Twist in The Taile
Eileen @ Bookwormstothemax
And anybody else that reads this post!
Sorry if you’ve already done this tag, and even if you haven’t don’t feel obliged to do it! 🙂

 

1. Expecto Patronum — A childhood book connected to good memories.

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All of the Harry Potter books remind me of great times in my childhood – I was completely obsessed with the series! I preferred the first four books, after Goblet of Fire it started to get a bit too dark for me but I still loved them.

2. Expelliarmus — A book that took you by surprise.

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Just like it did with LittleOnion, Obsidian and the Lux series totally took me by surprise! I mean, it’s about aliens. Aliens. Hot smoking aliens – did you think it could be possible? Neither did I… But oh, it most certainly is. I read the entire book in one sitting! If you haven’t already read it, you definitely should!

3. Prior Incantato — The last book you read.

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Here Be Sexist Vampires was another book that also took me by surprise, I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would! I’m also just about to finish the second book in the series now.

4. Alohomora — A book that introduced you to a genre you wouldn’t have considered before.

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Fighting Destiny was the first adult/erotica book I’ve ever read and definitely opened my eyes to this genre (sex and faeries apparently go very well together). I’ve since added a few others similar to this to my TBR list now too!

5. Riddikulus — A funny book you read.

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I read The Undomestic Goddess a long, long time ago but I remember I enjoyed it so much. Actually, I’ve always loved Sophie Kinsella books (all except the Shopaholic series, funnily enough). This one is my favourite of hers!

6. Sonorus — A book that you think everyone should know about.

You all know my love for this book and series, so of course this would be my first choice! If you don’t know about it (because you live under a rock or some other crazy reason 😛 ), you need to check it out!

7. Obliviate — A book you wish you never read.

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It’s true. *hides* I absolutely loved Divergent and Insurgent, but Allegiant totally ruined it for me. Sure, it evoked strong emotions in me which is hard to do, but it also made me really resent the series 😦

8. Imperio — A book you had to read for school.

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L’Éranger or The Stranger by Albert Camus was a great novel that I had to read in school and I’m so glad that I did.

9. Crucio — A book that was painful to read.

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This book took me two weeks to read, which is totally crazy! I really wanted to like it because I used to love the TMI series… But it just dragged on and on.

10. Avada Kedavra — A book that could kill.

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I really enjoyed this book. I didn’t think I would, but it was extremely heart wrenching and heart warming at the same time. An incredibly well written piece.

 

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Review: Here Be Sexist Vampires by Suzanne Wright

Rating: 4.5stars

Type: Paranormal

Series: Deep in Your Veins

Number of Pages: 279

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Sam Parker is a vampire with a gift so strong and substantial that she is invited to partake in a test for a place in the Grand High Master Vampire’s private army. She finds that not only has the army never included a woman, but it has never included a Sventé vampire; a breed that is regarded by the super strong Pagori breed and the hypnotically beautiful Keja breed to be too tame and human-like. Most refuse to take her seriously, especially a Pagori commander named Jared who she craves in spite of herself.

The Grand High Master, however, sees her potential and offers her the position of Jared’s co-commander to help train the newest squad in time for the impending attack on his home. Sam has to demonstrate to Jared and the squad of chauvinists why it is incredibly foolish to underestimate a wilful, temperamental, borderline-homicidal Sventé female.

 

My Review

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Yes, a million times yes! I loved it! I was not expecting to like the book as much as I did (especially after how much of a let down the last one was), but oh my god yes. XD I pretty much devoured it in one sitting and I can’t wait to read the next one. I don’t know what made me so hesitant to start it… I think it was because I didn’t like the cover so I kept putting it off 😛 I’m generally not such a big fan of vampire-only books, but as far as I’m concerned, these vampires were pretty much witches (only better).

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Review: Dark Light by S.L. Jennings

Darklight by S.L JenningsRating: 1star
Type: Paranormal
Series: Dark Light
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LOVE. SEX. MAGIC.

Before her 20th birthday, Gabriella was pretty much clueless about all three. In love with her best guy friend since the age of 14 and too crass and intimidating for most of the male population of Colorado Springs, love and good sex were virtually a myth.

And then there’s magic. Freakin’ magic. There’s no way that legend could have a place in her less than exciting life. So why after twenty years of utter obscurity do her adopted parents hit her with the ton of bricks that is her true identity? And how the heck is she supposed to accept all this and become what she was truly created to be?

Lucky for Gabs, sexy as sin Dorian is more than equipped to help her embrace these new revelations. And while everything about him feels oh so good, she soon learns that there’s more behind his crystal blue eyes, chiseled body and exotic beauty. Something dark, menacing and downright unnatural. Yet Gabs is in way too deep to even try to turn away from him now.

Dark Light, Book 1 of the Dark Light Series, is the raw, emotional story of a young woman’s journey of self-discovery in a world that was not meant for her. And her scorching hot, lip-biting addiction for the man she can’t deny, no matter the cost.

 

My Review

I COULDN’T FINISH THIS BOOK. I really couldn’t. My first DNF. It’s been on my shelf for a long time (yay I’m sticking to my TBR list for once) and it’s one of the few New Adult books on there, so I was looking forward to reading it. I was expecting it to be so much better. I mean, how long should I give a book before I give up, all the while resisting the urge to throw my Kindle against the wall? Because I gave it a whole 50% and I got absolutely nothing. I couldn’t read anymore. What a waste of my time. The characters, the story, the… Oh jeez, everything was bad.

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