Recent Book Haul

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt is my most recent additions to my shelves. So these are the last 10 books that I have purchased and added to my collection!

A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer

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Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

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The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye

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Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin

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Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes

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Gumiho: Wicked Fox by Kat Cho

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Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen

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Starsight by Brandon Sanderson

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Sadie by Courtney Summers

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Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan

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Lock Every Door Review

*Spoilers Below*

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Lock Every Door follows our main character Jules over the course of 5 days after she is accepted as an apartment sitter for a very prestigious building in New York where some weird things start to occur.

Jules is very easy to relate to and empathise with. We learn a lot about her character over the course of the book and what she has had to endure not just in the last few weeks but also throughout her life with her family. These experiences definitely play a role in her decision making throughout the course of the plot and it makes sense why she chooses to do certain things. Not giving up on Ingrid after what happened to her sister and wanting to do whatever it takes to find out what happened.

I definitely didn’t trust any of the characters that live at the Bartholomew. Even when Jules started to talk to them all and make connections with them, there was just something about them all that felt off. 

When Jules started putting two and two together through her search for Ingrid and finding these clues and uncovering secrets I was highly invested. When she came up with what she thought was the reasoning behind all of the disappearances I was completely on board with her theory. It made sense, especially since David went missing shortly after. Then when the actual reason is uncovered and Jules finds out the truth it is even more shocking as it has nothing to do with any otherworldly, satanic rituals. 

The pacing was very well done, I thought the premise was very original and captivating. The steady rise in tension throughout the plot kept me on the edge of my seat and the mystery aspect kept my highly entertained!

⭐️4/5 stars Suspenseful, tense, shocking!

The Ten Thousand Doors of January Review

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The Ten Thousand Doors of January is about a young girl called January who stumbles across a doorway to another world, setting off a chain of events that will change her life forever!

At first the story was a quite dry and hard to get into. It was a little on the slower side and it wasn’t gripping my attention as much as I wanted it to. It was a kind of info dumpy at the start and it was hard to focus on what was going on. Though, as the story continues and the dual timelines start to come into play, I became really invested in the story. 

I didn’t really like January’s character at the start of the book. She was very placid and didn’t stand up for herself enough for me. In hindsight it does make sense why she would just do nothing but it was sooo frustrating in those moments when I felt like she just didn’t even try.

I was really invested in Adelaide and Eul’s story! I kind of wanted the focus to be more on them and less on January to be perfectly honestly. I would have loved to follow Adelaide more closely as she traveled the world trying to find the right door. She was tenacious and driven and would do absolutely anything to get to her goal, which contrasts quite starkly with January.

The inclusion of the ‘vampires’ was a little strange to me. It didn’t go into enough detail as to what the creatures actually were and they felt like a last minute addition to create an antagonist for January to be running from. Even though the overall story was fantastical that element seemed a little too supernatural and was quite jarring for me.

Overall I did get swept away into the story! The characters were all very distinct and interesting. The few plot twists that were thrown in did take me by surprise and in the end it was entertaining!

⭐️3/5 stars Good, could of been great!

New Year Resolution Book Tag 🏷

I seen this tag over on Kristin @ Kraves Books blog and I figured it was the perfect tag to start off the new year!

Picture1Anna-Marie McLemore – I’ve heard great things about their books and they have a new release coming out later this month that I would like to pick up!

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Picture2The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye

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Picture3Classic’s honestly don’t interest me, so probably none 🤷🏾‍♀️

Picture4I would like to reread Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi before I read the sequel Children of Virtue and Vengeance

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Picture5Fire by Kristin Cashore – I loved Graceling when I read it a few years ago and I have been meaning to read this book ever since but haven’t gotten around to it

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Picture6A big book I would like to read is A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos

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Picture7Libba Bray – I’ve only read Beauty Queens so far and she has so many more books I’m interested in.

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Picture8I was gifted The Burning White by Brent Weeks but I actually still haven’t even started the series so I definitely need to read The Black Prism!

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Picture9The Red Rising series by Pierce Brown

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Picture10I want to finish the Falling Kingdom series by Morgan Rhodes!

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Picture11I would like to read at least 100 books again this year!