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Favourite Reads From 2015

It’s been a great year for reading. I don’t think I’ve ever read as many books in one year as I did this year, and next year it’ll get even better! Since I’ve gotten a Goodreads account my to-be-read pile has stacked up immensely, and I’m really excited for everything that’s waiting for me on there.

There were a lot of great reads over the past twelve months, and since 2015 is coming to a close I thought now was a good time to share my favourite reads with you.

In no specific order:

Summer Reading List Stardust

I’m so glad I finally read a book written by the legend himself! It was everything I’d hoped for and more, cliche as that might be. There was magic, the storytelling was incredible, and it’s left me wanting to read more next year.

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Summer Reading List The Falcon Throne

Karen Miller has been one of my favourite authors for years, and her most recent book has somehow stepped up her game even more. It had everything you’d want from an epic – love, magic, murder, betrayal and deceit – and I can’t recommend her enough.

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TheTimeKeeper

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I came across The Time Keeper in my library. It was short and I wanted something to read on my lunch breaks, but I didn’t expect it would make me cry on said lunch breaks! (pasta does taste better with happy tears!) It won’t take you long at all to read through this, and it’ll be worth it. Just have some tissues handy. And maybe some chocolate.

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Summer Reading List Fiendish

I’ve never hated a villain as much as I hated this one. If he went and burnt in hell, it wouldn’t be punishment enough for this filthy excuse of a human being. Needless to say, I felt for the main character, a lot, and if you read this it’ll be an emotional ride!

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Summer Reading List Evo Nation

Twists at every turn and knowing that you can’t trust anyone to be one of the good guys make this an amazing read. The characters were great and the way it ended has me excited for EVO Shift. Just don’t get attached to people, okay?

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TG3

Terry Goodkind is another one of my favourite authors, and I was thrilled to find out that I wasn’t done with this series after all! It had creepy shadow hounds and a machine which seems to be alive and I couldn’t wait to start the next book, so I’m reading that right now! If you start a new series next year, make it this one.

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What were your favourite reads this year? Is there anything you’d like to recommend?

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Review: Fiendish – A Twisted Fairytale by Meka James

Summer Reading List Fiendish

Fiendish: A Twisted Fairytale by Meka James

“Fiendish is a dark and twisted take on Beauty and The Beast. The story follows the relationship of Calida Alexander and Seth Jokobi. Seth is a man with a very dark nature, one that he hides well from the world. When he and Calida meet, she’s taken in by the ‘mask’ he wears and the two begin a relationship. As things progress his darker side starts to come through and his true nature is revealed. Calida is forced to deal with her conflicted emotions while lying to those around her in order to keep them safe.”

I shall be careful not to give away too much. If you do decide to read any of the ‘reviewed’ books I wouldn’t want to spoil the ending for you, or give away any other major plot twists, so I’ll try to be as vague as possible. However, these won’t be completely spoiler free so if that bugs you stop reading here.

What I thought:

Let me say this first: This isn’t a book you want your kids to read, neither is it something you should read if you don’t like reading about violence, because this gets violent. You have been warned.

Fiendish was recommended to me by a friend, and boy am I glad they did! It’s the début novel of author Meka James and a very good first one at that. As the blurb above reads it’s a dark and twisted story, following two people: Calida/Lee and Seth. They are both very different people and literally bump into each other by accident. Lee is a shy, reserved girl whereas Seth couldn’t be more her opposite. This is where the dark and twisted aspect comes in – Seth is a terrible person who enjoys torturing and murdering women in his basement behind his isolated house in the middle of nowhere (think along the lines of ‘where no one will you hear you scream – even if you did somehow manage to get out and run for miles’). I won’t go into what he does to his ‘pets’ now, because it’s not the main focus but you will see soon enough if you decide to give this a shot. But let me warn you again – it’s very detailed, so nothing for you if you can’t stomach reading about a bit of gore.

Now, as I said, they happen upon each other by accident. Lee gets flustered and Seth decides very quickly that he needs to possess her (yes, like an object). He starts to stalk her to learn her routine (lucky for Lee she doesn’t live alone, she lives with a friend (everyone should have a friend like her, by the way, she’s amazing)) and eventually decides to play with her a little before kidnapping her and slowly taking her teeth out one at a time. But, slowly, he begins to care about her in his own twisted way. He becomes very controlling of her life and every move, and makes sure she knows it when he doesn’t approve.

Throughout this book, Seth puts Lee through hell. He starts off playing it nice but before long he decides to punish her for the most undeserving things, such as answering another man’s harmless question. Like many people in abusive relationships Lee ignores her friend’s warnings but does eventually find the courage to leave him – a move which ‘inspires’ him to kill another poor woman and blame Lee for it (‘if you hadn’t left me I wouldn’t have killed her’). He threatens to hurt her friend if she ever tries to leave him again, and so Lee stays.

By about a third through the book I hated Seth’s guts. Naturally, the man is filthy rich, so Lee can’t just go to the police since any lawyer he could buy would easily win the case for him.

The book ended in the best way possible – in a way I didn’t expect. It was the ending I hoped for, I admit, but I didn’t believe that Lee could bring herself to do something as drastic as she did. But I’m glad that she did. And should you decide to give this a shot you will be glad that she did, too.

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My Summer Reading List

Last Sunday we went into town to buy a few things for our holiday, and I couldn’t resist the temptation of new books! (who can?) I felt like I hardly had any new fantasy stories on my bookshelf, so a day out in town was a great excuse for me to search Waterstones. I’ve got quite a few books which I want to read now, and with all these summer reading lists popping up everywhere I thought I’d do my own! That it’ll help me keep track of what I have yet to read also can’t hurt.

Here are all the books I want to get through (although, not necessarily this summer!) :

Fiendish, A Twisted Fairytale

by Meka James

Summer Reading List Fiendish

Fiendish was recommended to me by a friend with a similar taste in books as me, so I thought I’d give it a try. It’s the book I’m currently reading (See? I’m well into my reading list!), and so far it hasn’t disappointed! It’s about a guy who kidnaps women and tortures them, and a woman who falls head-over-heels in love with him, mistaking him for a perfect gentleman. A role he plays very well to lure in his ‘pets’.

It’s been a great read so far, and I’m looking forward to reading more of it!

The Falcon Throne

by Karen Miller

Summer Reading List The Falcon Throne

Karen Miller is one of my favourite authors of all time, so buying her newest novel didn’t take any consideration-time at all. I saw that it was out, and bought it. I can’t wait to dive into this one, and know that I will love every last letter in this book!

EVO Nation

by K. J. Chapman

Summer Reading List Evo Nation

I admit, I don’t know much about this book other than that my dear blogging-friend K. Chapman has written it. We seem to have a very similar taste in books, so buying this was a no-brainer.

Stardust

by Neil Gaiman

Summer Reading List Stardust

Again I must admit that I don’t actually know much about this book. It’s very hard these days to browse a book store for new fantasy books to read and not notice the name Neil Gaiman pop up everywhere you turn! The last time we bought some books for our kindle my boyfriend suggested this one to me because he knows that I’ve wanted to read something by Gaiman for a while, and now it’s on my reading list! I’ll finally know what all the fuss is about!

The Edge of Reason

by Melinda Snodgrass

Summer Reading List The Edge of Reason

“This has swords and pissing off religious people, it sounds like your kind of book!” My boyfriend knows how to sell books to me. I trust his judgement, and the blurb on the book sounded quite interesting, so I decided to give it a shot. Plus, it’s a series. I like starting a new series, because if I then like the first book I have more to read afterwards!

The Sword of Shannara Trilogy

by Terry Brooks

Summer Reading List The Sword of Shannara Trilogy

I meant every word I just said about series! Crouching on the floor of Waterstones yesterday trying to figure out which order these were supposed to be in was made a bit easier when I spotted this whole trilogy, in one book. A whole trilogy! In one book! What’s not to love? It was hard not to notice all these titles with his name on them – so much promise if I like this first book! I also really like trilogies for some reason. They speak to me, and this was asking me to add it to my reading list.

So these are my eight books for this summer/year. What’s on your reading list? Are there any fantasy books (preferably series, as we’ve just established) which you’d recommend?

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