Sunday 3 April 2016

Weekly Highlights: the 'April TBR' edition

Weekly Highlights is a feature borrowed from Faye of A Daydreamer's Thoughts, where I get to highlight my posts of the week, show you my new books and talk about bookish things!

So, I'm thinking this "weekly" highlights might need re-naming! Anyway, same old news: still working loads, still super tired, still trying to balance life and reading. Good news is that I've got most of this fortnight off for Easter - I do love term-time only contracts! So I'm catching up on reading and online stuff, I've been to the cinema to see Zootropolis (pretty cool!), shopping, and a random road trip to Weston Super Mare. 

On The Blog
Lots of reviews this month, including some of my favourites: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen; Midnight Bites by Rachel Caine; and Radio Silence by Alice Oseman. I was also part of the blog tour for Crush by Eve Ainsworth. 

Currently Reading
As I'm writing on Friday, I'm about halfway through Pride and Prejudice but hopefully I'll have finished it this weekend. Next up is Legend by Marie Lu.

On My Bookshelf
Passenger (Passenger, #1)Passenger by Alexandra Braken
In one devastating night, 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 travelled not just miles but years from home.

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. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, his passenger, can find.

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

Paper ButterfliesPaper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield
June's life at home with her stepmother and stepsister is a dark one – and a secret one. She is trapped like a butterfly in a net. 
But then June meets Blister, a boy in the woods. In him she recognises the tiniest glimmer of hope that perhaps she can find a way to fly far, far away from her home and be free. Because every creature in this world deserves their freedom . . . But at what price?

These two are from Netgalley, both of which I am very excited about! Thank you Netgalley!

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Dustwalk is an unforgiving, dead-end town. It's not the place to be poor or orphaned or female. And yet Amani Al'Hiza must call it 'home'.

Amani wants to escape and see the world she's heard about in campfire stories.

Then a foreigner with no name turns up, and with him she has the chance to run. 

But the desert plains are full of dangerous magic. The Sultan's army is on the rise and Amani is soon caught at the heart of a fearless rebellion...

The Novice by Taran Matharu
When blacksmith apprentice Fletcher discovers that he has the ability to summon demons from another world, he travels to Adept Military Academy. There the gifted are trained in the art of summoning. Fletcher is put through grueling training as a battlemage to fight in the Hominum Empire’s war against orcs. He must tread carefully while training alongside children of powerful nobles. The power hungry, those seeking alliances, and the fear of betrayal surround him. Fletcher finds himself caught in the middle of powerful forces, with only his demon Ignatius for help.

As the pieces on the board maneuver for supremacy, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of an empire is in his hands. The Novice is the first in a trilogy about Fletcher, his demon Ignatius, and the war against the Orcs.

And these two were a treat to myself when I bought Sarah's birthday present (A Court of Thorns and Roses, by the way). I'm really excited about these, I've heard great things about both of them. 

Think Twice by Sarah Mlynowski

What's worse than having telepathy in high school? Having telepathy in high school, and then losing it. When class 10B got their flu shots and developed the unexpected side effect of telepathy, it seemed like the worse thing ever. But two years later, they've got used to their powers. They've even come to like them. And as they prepare to leave school, they're all making exciting plans - plans that involve them being Espies. So when one by one they suddenly begin to lose their powers, they know they can't let it happen. Can they save their telepathy before it's too late? Or will they have to learn how to survive without them once again? 

This was a pure fluke find on a trip into town, but I loved the first book so of course I swooped it right up! 

Then I had a lovely day out in Bath with Sophie and Sara, and we hit all the book stops and this happened. 

Pictured is Never Evers by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison, Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, Banished by Liz De Jager, Vixen by Jillian Larkin, and The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud.

April TBR
First up is the next Classic Challenge book: The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien. Then it will be Passenger, due out over here on the 7th. And then I have a few read-for-pleasure books that I really fancy, mostly Never Evers and Think Twice. Is there anything that I've bought this month you think should be pushed to the top of my TBR?

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