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Aylandra

Aylandra

Joined September 2016

"A mind needs books like a sword needs a whetstone" - Tyrion Lannister
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A Mother's Choice by Val Wood
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Inheritance by Christopher Paolini
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Aylandra

Have had to give up on The Raven Boys for now. I like the book, I just can't seem to get into it at the moment. From what I've read so far I like it, but I'll need to come back to it at a later date.

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A good book to get a general overview of the third Reich in my opinion.
I especially like how at the end of each chapter it lists the sources for that chapter for further study.
It's a pretty balanced book, not holding back on condemning the crimes of the time, but also not putting the blame solely on one person or groups shoulders.
It shows how a lot of factors contributed to the rise of the Nazi regime and how it lead the world into a world war.

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The best one yet.
Similar to previous books, we take the perspective of one of the dragonets. But this book is intense, quite a few twists and turns and even a few out of the blue moments.
Absolutely loved it
Just waiting for my library on Libby to get the next one.

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Gonna start nice and blunt.
Racism is bad, there is no argument there, but the level seen in this book is outside any experience I have ever had in my lifetime, so truly understanding the world and characters that Harper Lee created was a slow and steady process.
The book is good, but it took time for the world to feel real to me, but it certainly stuck with me once I finished.

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The Crown of Ptolemy | Rick Riordan
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Muuuch better.
Best book of the 3.
This book is where the cross over really picks up steam, with some pretty cool results.
Worth slogging through he first two, which weren't that great, bit provide a set up for this one, which is good.
Still too short for my liking, but that's only because I love the idea of the crossover of Greek and Egyptian characters.

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The Staff of Serapis | Rick Riordan
Mehso-so

I've got the idea now, these cross overs are short stories.
I liked this one a lot better than The Son of Sobek.
It didn't feel as rushed, felt more natural.
Still too damn short.

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The Son of Sobek | Rick Riordan
Mehso-so

Cool idea, way too short.
Percy Jackson and Carter Caine cross over, Greece and Egypt.
Great idea, bit his book is real short, luckily there are more books, but they look pretty small too.
Kinda dissapointed, so far.

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Mehso-so

Oooh I was looking forward to this one...
Unfortunately it was messed up a bit when the big moment was as cliché as you can get in stories like this.
I saw the line leading up the the big moment, and just though "please tell me this isn't where this is going" but it did.
The story didn't quite match the build up from the previous books
Everything happened and then resolved really quickly.
Not the best Rick Riordan has written, but still not bad

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One thing I need to mention about Rick Riordan's books is that the different series can overlap or influence each other, so don't be a dummy like me and have major plot points RUINED before you get to them in the relevant series.
Check a read order chart or something before you start, because as a result of being dumb, I had a few books where they were still good, but I knew what was coming and there was no tension at all.

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This book goes even deeper into Norse mythology, and is a great book.
Definitely a few twists and turns, as well as plans that don't become clear until later.
Definitely a fun read.

chaoticgoodhufflepuff I think this trilogy is my favorite of his! ❤️ 3mo
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Gotta admit. I'm pretty sketchy with my Norse mythology.
But I loved this book, certainly a fresh take on being a demigod.
A good addition to Rick Riordan's mythologically based stories :)

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Oh boy..this book is a doozy.
Trials is a perfect word for this book, because damn does a lot happen in this one. None of which benefit our former immortal god.
Be prepared for some rather jarring surprises in this one, especially if you've read the other series Rick Riordan had written.

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I thought the first book was good...
This one is even better, lots of twists and turns in a series with a surprisingly unhelpful protagonist who is still coming to terms with being mortal.
Stakes ramp up real quick in this one.

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Great book.
Immortal god becomes mortal teenager. And every enemy he had as a God wants a piece of him.
Not gonna spoil anything, but it's a pretty good start to this series, and really ramps up the stakes for a former immortal, as he realises how little power he now has.

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Absolutely loved the concept of these books :).
Making a storyline out of the Roman/Greek god overlap and running with it.
Absolutely brilliant.
If you like any of Rick Riordan's other works, do not pass this series up, it is an absolute gem.

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Loved these books. Only read The Lightning Thief for ages, before I got my hands on the rest.
Definitely a great series for those who love adventure and mythology, specifically Greek mythology.
An absolute rollercoaster of ups and downs where your never quite sure if it will all work out, and sometimes it's gets pretty dicey, it will hold you and not let go until it all resolves.

Movies are a bit pants though...

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Dune | Frank Herbert
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Absolutely loved this damn book.
If you want some really good world building, and a literary universe within a single book that has wheels within wheels, give Dune a shot.
It's not known as one of the best sci-fi book ever written for nothing.
I checked it out for myself and absolutely adore it.
Did find it a bit hard to get into at first, as it throws a lot at you, but stick with it and the payoff is worth it.

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Been trying to read this for weeks now.
But i just can't cope with this book in large amounts, it doesn't feel like a book published to put forward a controversial new theory because it's a benefit to science. It feels more like a book published to prove how much smarter he feels he is by proving everyone else wrong.
I'll say more once I get through the dang thing.
Which could take some time.

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In Memory | Joshua Sutton
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Soo...I was at the UK indie lit Fest in Bradford yesterday..
Had a lot of fun, bought a fair few books (swag pictured above) and finally met my good friend and published Author, Joshua Sutton in person.
Very happy :)

RaimeyGallant Nice haul! 5mo
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BFG | Roald Dahl

It has been a long time since I've read a Road Dahl book. I'm pretty sure I've read all of them, but I have decided to re-read them as an adult as while I know some of them well via the films, it's been some time since I read the source material, and the books are better than the films.
Absolutely love Roald Dahl's books :)
I have re-read Matilda and The BFG so far, I plan to read the others soon via Libby.

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Damn. A lot happens in this one, not quite a climax to the series (which it isn't) but certainly a few plot twists that I didn't see coming.
Very enjoyable
Downside is, the app I'm using, Libby, has 1-4 and 7-12 of the series.
5 & 6 are nowhere to be found, even as Kindle versions.
Paperbacks here I come :p

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Pretty good continuation of the story, getting much more of a grasp on the relationships between the different tribes of dragons in relation to each other, through the dragonets experience with them.
I like I a lot, and look forward to reading the next one.

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A pretty good follow up to the previous book. Lessons learned, friends made and enemies detected. Don't want to give too much away so I recommend this book series so far :)

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Pretty interesting book. A story that may well have reflected how our ancestors lived, back when we were just as likely to be prey as predator.
Covers a few things that seem natural to us, but we're probably new and frightening ways to think back then, no spoilers of course ;)
I liked it. It's my kinda thing :)

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Dragonet Prophecy | Tui Sutherland
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I must admit I enjoyed it. It's a pretty interesting setting, with a plot that's easy to follow. A nice engaging read that's not too taxing but enjoyable.
That and dragons.
Because dragons.

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The Dragon Librarian | Marc Secchia
Mehso-so

The book was pretty good, although it took me a small bit to get used the story format at first.
The story itself is pretty good, an amazing world built up within the pages, with a plot that's has many twists and turns.
I overall enjoyed it, but would recommend trying to read it in one go if ya can. I got a bit disoriented at times due to having to drop, and then pick up, the story thread again.
I read the Kindle version.

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The Serpent's Shadow | Rick Riordan
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The best in the series by far for me.
The story is reaching its climax as all the pieces from the previous books fall into place, from the plan to overcome a world ending threat, to smaller threads about specific characters who have problems of their own.
The story really comes together in the end, with some unexpected high and low points, just to keep the tension high.
I'd read the whole series again just to read this book :)

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The Throne of Fire | Rick Riordan
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Better than The Red Pyramid.
The structure is the same, although I was used to it by now, the story is more interesting, and covers some more obscure mythology, fairly well so far as I could tell.
The story itself was a lot more interesting, as it leads on directly after the previous book and focuses on a threat bigger than before, and how the main characters have a plan to overcome the threat.
Overall a good story, with a good plot twist ;)

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The Red Pyramid | Rick Riordan
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Mehso-so

Overall I liked the book, but the format and structure took some getting used to.
One other thing is that Set was referred to as the God of Evil. He isn't. He's the God of Storms and the Desert. He was in character in the book as a chaotic God but being referred to as Lord of Evil threw me off a bit.
It's a bit nit picky, but I did affect my enjoyment of the story overall.
Final word, a pretty good book.

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Just finished reading all 3 books from the Kane Chronicles (on Libby).
Quite enjoyed the story, although the format threw me off a bit, but it wasn't bad enough to ruin the books for me.
Definitely liked it a bit more than Percy Jackson, but I'm biased due to liking stuff about Egypt more ;)

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Currently re-reading the Harry Potter series. It's a slow but steady process of getting out of a huge reading slump, still stopping and starting every now and again, but at least I'm reading again.
TBR pile here I come ;)

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Cameraman | Joshua Sutton
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Two books pictured are published by two of my friends, both now realising their dreams of being published authors :)

One Step Toward Divinity is Jon's debut novel, and Cameraman is Josh's 4th book, the other 3 are In Memory, Shadowborn and Shards of Shaz'uul( a trilogy).

Links provided below if ya want to check them out :) any reviews or even just spread of the existence of these guys would be much appreciated :)

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Alexander: Child of a Dream | Valerio Manfredi
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Found these at a table top sale near my work (on my break) not seen these ones before, anyone read them?

IoCrocco It is an incredible trilogy. Very accurate but fun and entertaining. Highly recommended. 2mo
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Faces | Martina Cole
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I just couldn't get into this one, I've read a book from her before, and the pattern of this one was the same, just different setting. I could pretty much see what was coming in the last one, so there was no tension, this one appears to be the same. I don't normally bail on a book, but I work full time and I don't have time to waste.

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My haul from my local library, just got out of a book slump that's lasted months...time to make up for lost time ;)

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Woot. Found these in a charity shop when out food shopping, only one left to get. :)

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Circe | Madeline Miller

My TBR pile keeps growing(including newly acquired Circe), and my reading slump is such that I start books and just don't finish them (the books are good though, it's all me). I just can't seem to keep focused. Never had this problem before as I love reading, but I've dropped from a few books a week to none for months.
Any ideas?

KristinaRay The last time I found myself in a reading slump I joined Litsy and it shook me out of it. Bookly keeps me motivated as well. But if I can‘t focus enough to read, when I really want to, anxiety or stress is usually the reason behind it for me. So, I‘ll have to deal with that before I can focus. Could it be something like that? 1y
Aylandra Possibly, I do have a job that's stressful at times, maybe I just can't wind down enough to settle and read. I hope I can work something out soon, even old favourites are being ignored. 1y
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Absolutely loved it :). Big fan of Horrible Histories and other books by Terry Deary, this one was new to me, found it in a clearance area of WHSmith. Read it in less than a few hours. I think the best way to describe it is Horrible Histories for Adults. Covers some of the same areas, but is updated in some of its facts as some views have changed since the horrible histories books for Rome.

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I was in my local shopping centre today, popped into Boyes to get some house stuff, turns out Val Woods wss in for a signing of her new book A Mother's Choice. I picked up a copy and got it signed :)
I'm very happy with the book, gonna settle and tuck into it on my days off work.

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Just got this book ordered via Waterstones. A friend picked it up for me as I was working an awkward shift, but looking forward to tucking into it after work today :)

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Firebolt | Adrienne Woods
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A great book and a excellent start to the Dragonian series. its free on kindle, (last I saw) so I would recommend it to anyone. If the book really takes your fancy, you can get the audio on Audible.
Sorry if this sounds like an advert, but I just really like this series and can't help but promote it if I can. I would explain the plot, but the description on kindle would do it better than me ;)

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Horns: A Novel | Joe Hill
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Just finished this book on kindle on the recommendation of a friend. Absolutely loved it :) an interesting narrative that often wrong foots the reader into drawing one conclusion but proves the reverse, although looking back once you are finished you can see the clues that on first read don't seem significant. Haven't seen the film yet, wanted to read the book first and I do not regret it.
(Image is a screenshot of the kindle version I have.)

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just finished this book. Absolutely loved it :) bit choppy in its timeline but that could just be me :) its a book about samurai, what more need be said ;)

Aylandra Sorry >.< still getting used to litsy. Meant this post to be e blurb not a review...my bad 3y
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