So, I saw Reading at Teatime’s post of this tag on her blog, you can click here to view her post, and it inspired me to do it myself. This post was originally created by BookTuber Marc Nash, click here to view it. I have been so busy at work that a quick, fun and easy tag was just want I needed. So, let’s jump right in!
The last book you didn’t finish?
The Chosen Twelve by James Breakwell
I got about 60% of the way through this novel before I decided to put it down. This book started off great. I felt that the main characters were set up well and while it was confusing to try and figure out what was going on in this story I was in for the ride! But unfortunately it lost momentum very quickly and I just felt I was waiting around for ages for things to happen. It was a lot of sitting around and talking and not much action at all and that was 60% into the book!
Plot: The last interstellar colony ship is down to its final batch of humans after the robots in charge unhelpfully deleted the rest. But rebooting a species and training them for the arduous task of colonisation isn’t easy – especially when the planet below is filled with monsters, the humans are more interested in asking questions than learning, and the robots are all programmed to kill each other. But the fate of humanity rests on creating a new civilization on the planet below, and there are twelve seats on the lander. Will manipulation or loyalty save the day?
The last book you re-read?
The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
I am currently reading all of Rick Riordan’s written work starting with his Percy Jackson series. I wanted to read it because I never finished his Heroes of Olympus series and wanted to just start all over again. It was a good thing as well because they have announced the TV show adaptation of the Percy Jackson series and the film adaptations of his Kane Chronicles trilogy.
Plot for Book 1: Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse – Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena – Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.
The last book you bought?
Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan
Ok, but how GORGEOUS is this COVER!!! So, I have been loving a lot of East Asian inspired fantasy novels or re-tellings of East Asian folktales/folklore in the last couple of years so when I saw this I KNEW I needed to get it!
Plot: Growing up on the moon, Xingyin is accustomed to solitude, unaware that she is being hidden from the feared Celestial Emperor who exiled her mother for stealing his elixir of immortality. But when Xingyin’s magic flares and her existence is discovered, she is forced to flee her home, leaving her mother behind. Alone, powerless, and afraid, she makes her way to the Celestial Kingdom, a land of wonder and secrets. Disguising her identity, she seizes an opportunity to learn alongside the emperor’s son, mastering archery and magic, even as passion flames between her and the prince. To save her mother, Xingyin embarks on a perilous quest, confronting legendary creatures and vicious enemies across the earth and skies. But when treachery looms and forbidden magic threatens the kingdom, she must challenge the ruthless Celestial Emperor for her dream—striking a dangerous bargain in which she is torn between losing all she loves or plunging the realm into chaos.
The last book you said you read but didn’t?
Ok, so when I drafted this post I had actually never lied about reading or not reading books, I was always very honest. But since working as a bookseller I have realised sometimes you just have to say you have read that book. Most of the times I am honest but sometimes I have pretended…. oop!
The last book you wrote in the margins of?
The Twyford Code by Janice Hallett
You know me, I loved me some Janice Hallett and this book was no exception! This book had me highlighting, drawing, writing everything. And alongside those notes in the book I also had another notebook which I wrote all my theories in! What a book!
Plot: Forty years ago, Steven Smith found a copy of a famous children’s book, its margins full of strange markings and annotations. He took it to his remedial English teacher, Miss Isles, who became convinced it was the key to solving a puzzle. That a message in secret code ran through all Edith Twyford’s novels. Then Miss Isles disappeared on a class field trip, and Steven’s memory won’t allow him to remember what happened. Now, out of prison after a long stretch, Steven decides to investigate the mystery that has haunted him for decades. Was Miss Isles murdered? Was she deluded? Or was she right about the code? And is it still in use today? Desperate to recover his memories and find out what really happened to Miss Isles, Steven revisits the people and places of his childhood. But it soon becomes clear that Edith Twyford wasn’t just a writer of forgotten children’s stories. The Twyford Code has great power, and he isn’t the only one trying to solve it…
The last book you had signed?
Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune
I didn’t even realise at the time it was signed at all. I just bought this book as I heard great things about the author and his previous book so I wanted to try his stuff out.
Plot: When a reaper comes to collect Wallace Price from his own funeral, Wallace suspects he really might be dead. Instead of leading him directly to the afterlife, the reaper takes him to a small village. On the outskirts, off the path through the woods, tucked between mountains, is a particular tea shop, run by a man named Hugo. Hugo is the tea shop’s owner to locals and the ferryman to souls who need to cross over. But Wallace isn’t ready to abandon the life he barely lived. With Hugo’s help he finally starts to learn about all the things he missed in life. When the Manager, a curious and powerful being, arrives at the tea shop and gives Wallace one week to cross over, Wallace sets about living a lifetime in seven days.
The last book you lost?
So, I actually haven’t lost any of my books. I am super lucky. They are all on my bookshelf or in my room.
The last book you had to replace?
Daughters of Night by Laura Shepherd-Robinson
I read this book last summer as an ARC that I received from Netgalley and I always knew I wanted to get a physical copy for my shelves. Last year, I finally found a copy so I replaced my ARC with a very beautiful hardcover.
Plot: London, 1782. Desperate for her politician husband to return home from France, Caroline ‘Caro’ Corsham is already in a state of anxiety when she finds a well-dressed woman mortally wounded in the bowers of the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. The Bow Street constables are swift to act, until they discover that the deceased woman was a highly-paid prostitute, at which point they cease to care entirely. But Caro has motives of her own for wanting to see justice done, and so sets out to solve the crime herself. Enlisting the help of thieftaker, Peregrine Child, their inquiry delves into the hidden corners of Georgian society, a world of artifice, deception and secret lives. But with many gentlemen refusing to speak about their dealings with the dead woman, and Caro’s own reputation under threat, finding the killer will be harder, and more treacherous than she can know . .
The last book you had an argument over?
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Now, I haven’t had an argument with people about this book but I have had a lot of disagreements about the characters within this book. Especially some fans thoughts towards The Darkling. Listen I love a dark hot villain but lets not act like he can do no wrong besties!
Plot: Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee. Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.
The last book you couldn’t get hold of?
Also, since working at a bookshop this happens to me a lot of times. When I am trying to find books for customers and we don’t have stocked it’s so disheartening! I just want people to get the books they want! But for me personally I am really struggling to track down a copy of Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 16-19. Apparently it’s being re-printed but I am worried they have just discontinued it!