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Saturday 13 October 2018

Weekly Wrap-Up

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kim @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. 

Life Beyond Books 

So we got back from our overnight escape and since then we haven't done much as the weather took a turn for the worse...but we are in a major draught and our Farmers and farm animals are really struggling so I didn't mind it so much.

We had my Hubby's 2 kids for a few days as it's school holidays, and due to the bad weather we really didn't take them anywhere. We did have an All-you-can-eat dinner at Pizza Hut, and the last day they were here we braved it out to Katoomba Scenic Railway which is a Sydney tourist spot that kids and Hubby has never gone to, despite being born and bred in Sydney!!! 

We rode these rides...

This is so steep and goes between 2 mountains, it's kind of like a roller coaster without the speed. I don't recall it being that steep and I nearly lost my grip on my 3 year old, suffice to say the little dare devil loved it.

On this Cable car they had the middle section where you can stand on see-through perspex, which was nice, had it not been foggy and rainy we would have seen so much, but alas we didn't see much, apart from the tree tops below us, but I figured it's a nice experience. We are hoping to go back again another time when it is sunny, so we can see the 3 sisters, which you can all see behind this cableway, those 3 rock formations.

Here was the other ride. The difference is that one just goes across (top) and the other goes up the mountain and back down the mountain. There's a national park connected where you can also go bushwalking. We are wanting to go to this castle ruin, but it's 4 hours trek and we just didn't come prepared...maybe one day soon.

Last weekend I also went to my girlfriend's birthday party. That was great fun catching up with the girls I haven't seen in over a year! We just stay connected on social media, we vow to meet together more often, as the birthday girl only lives about 15 mins drive from me.

So that was my week! My girlfriend sadly lost her furbaby of 8 years, and it's brought up alot of sadness loosing my 14 year old furbaby end of still brings me to tears. 

The Week Gone By 

Weekly Wrap-Up
Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry ~ Review
Waiting on Wednesday
Passengers by Alexandra Bracken ~ Review

Around The Blogosphere

ARCtober @ Elley The Book Otter ~ need extra motivation to get through all those ARCS? Join in ARCtober, it's already begun but it's not too late to sign up!
Dewey's Readathon ~ is coming up October get ready!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!  Will also be linking up to Mailbox Monday. All books are linked to Goodreads, if you want to add to your shelf.
I rarely buy books as I've got so many unread on my shelves, but on Thursday I was soooo excited to have found a pop-up store in a shopping centre located near me, and they are here till Christmas...which, whilst exciting is a BAD thing for my finance. 

So if you've been checking out my Weekly Wrap Up you might remember that I've been slowly purchasing all my paperback books of The Throne of Glass series, but I've been eyeing the hardcover out for AGES, but at nearly $30 EACH at my local bookstore I have decided that it was simply not worth it, so when I found it for $9 each I was beyond and excited and got a bit carried away and bought the entire series. I will be selling my paperback, unread copies soon, I'm just waiting on the release of Kingdom of Ash so I can complete the set. 

I also bought The Cruel Prince by Holly Black, which was also $9 and Stolen by Melissa de la Cruz, which was $7. I love how the latter series has sprayed edges!  

I know my American readers would be thinking, why the excitement as $9 maybe the norm there, but here in Australia the cheapest you can get a paperback for is $12 at places like Target when first released, but in bookstores you have to pay at least $20 for a paperback, and even more for hardback, so $9 is a steal! 

For example QBD bookstore currently has the hardback for sale at $20, and so I've still saved HALF PRICE on their sale price. Full RRP $30.

I also received the Illumicrate box that Mum bought me for my birthday and I am so excited to review it all for you! 

The box is the VE Schwab special edition, and it certainly DID NOT disappoint. It came with a copy of Vengeful; Illumicrate exclusive edition cover, numbered...stay tuned for my review.

Not books but bookish I also received my Ink & Wonder Designs, All Hallows Crate, and this was one of the items. Whilst I won't be playing with spirit boards, I loved the contents and the design are, as per usual perfection. I think I'll be reselling this one though, as I don't really have a use for it, apart from decoration. If you got one, let me know how you'll be using yours?

Thank you Pan MacMillan Australia for sending me the conclusion of The Tales of a New World, Wind Rider by PC Cast! Excited to delve into this series, and stay tuned as this series is part of an upcoming blog tour.

Recently Finished 

One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake 

Currently Reading

Girls of Paper & Fire by Natasha Ngan
Moon Chosen by PC Cast

Up Next

Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

Thursday 11 October 2018

Passengers by Alexandra Bracken - Review


by Alexandra Bracken

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Series: Passengers #1
Released: January 25, 2016
Publisher: Harper Collins Australia
Genre: YA Time Travel

Passage, n. i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home... forever.

Passengers by Alexandra Bracken is a young adult adventure, time travel and historical novel. It follows our main characters; Henrietta (Etta) Spencer and Nicholas (Nick) Carter as they go on a scavenger hunt forced upon them by an evil, world domineering tycoon, and Nicholas' grandfather, Cyrus Ironwood. Etta is thrust into a world of time-travel (that she had no previous knowledge of), deceit, lies and family drama that spans centuries and lifetimes. Can she find this antique relic and family heirloom in time to save her Mother from Ironwood's evil grasp? 

Wednesday 10 October 2018

Waiting on Wednesday

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted at Breaking the Spine.

Monday 8 October 2018

Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry ~ Review

Nowhere but Here

by Katie McGarry

Series: Thunder Road #1
Released: May 26, 2015
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighbourhood. Sure, she's curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn't mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They're the good guys. They protect people. They're…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club's most respected member—is in town, he's gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it's his shot at his dream. What he doesn't count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.

~ Review ~  

Nowhere but Here is such a complex story that I don't even know how to begin. It's beyond a love story, it's a few stories told simultaneously but cleverly and neatly interwoven together in a meaningful and beautiful tale. It's a story of unconditional love and family, and what extent people take to keep family secrets buried to protect those that they love.

Friday 5 October 2018

Weekly Wrap-Up

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kim @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. 


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