REVIEW| Dan and Phil Go Outside

Dan and Phil Go Outside
Dan Howell, Phil Lester

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A personal collection of candid photos and insightful stories from Dan and Phil’s adventure ‘in the real world’

Dan Howell and Phil Lester, avoiders of human contact and direct sunlight, actually went outside. Travelling around the world on tour, they have collected hundreds of exclusive, intimate and funny photos, as well as revealing and captivating side notes, to show the behind-the-scenes story of their adventure.


The Cover:

This cover just embodies Dan and Phil. 

And if you're not familiar with who Dan and Phil are; well they're Youtubers. They make video content, that is both relatable and humorous over on their channels: danisnotonfire and amazingphil.

And this cover just represents them. It's perfect ? 

Their choice at creating this visual explosion works both at enticing people who may not know who the hell they are to read it and enough for the Youtube community to spot all the little easter eggs from their channels and of their recent stage show.

Bold, enticing and enough to keep my eyes feasted on this cover for hours!

The Content:

Unlike their first book: The Amazing Book is Not on Fire this one is just a giant photo album/book of the events of the past year, with some captions and maybe a few inserts of random events peppered throughout. Something that both my childish teenage side and my matured "ADULT" side did appreciate.

I'm pretty sure this book came about because Dan likes his physical memories so they ended up shoving everything into a book that he could stroke in bed when Tumblr finally lets him escape. So now we all get one!! WHOOP! I say shoving like this this wasn't carefully laid out and not visually stunning. That would be completely incorrect. It felt informal and straight from the horses mouth (SORRY PHIL!!)

Anyway, the reason I gave this five stars is similar to why I gave their last one five stars. This book is supposed to be a celebration as to what these two internet nerds have managed to achieve. And that is definitely what I got whilst I speed through this. 

Whole heartedly, if you just want something that will make you laugh out loud and you enjoy their videos then this book and TABINOF is something you might want to just pick up. Whenever I'm down and have no internet, this is what I always go and grab off the shelf. 

Waiting on Wednesday| Windwitch

Waiting On Wednesday is a book meme set up Breaking the Spine where all those who participate share weekly those book releases we are dying to get our hand on as soon as they are released.

This week's WoW post is:

Windwitch (The Witchlands #2)
Susan Dennard

UK Tor (Pan Macmillan imprint)

January 12th, 2016

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Sometimes our enemies become our only allies
The Windwitch Prince Merik is presumed dead, following a lethal explosion. He's left scarred but alive and determined to expose his sister's treachery. Yet on reaching the royal capital, he's shocked to find it crowded with refugees fleeing conflict. Merik haunts the streets, fighting for the weak. This leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.
Hunted by the Cleaved, Iseult is struggling to stay free while she searches for her friend Safi. When the Bloodwitch Aeduan corners Iseult first, she offers him a deal: she'll return what was stolen from him, if he locates the Truthwitch. Yet unknown to Iseult, there's a bounty on her head - and Aeduan intends to claim it.
After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. They find themselves amongst pirates, where a misstep could mean death. And the bandits' next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.

If you didn't already know I was a part of the Truthwitch Street team last year in the lead up to the release. And have somehow said to yes to staying for Windwitch
Well even though I'm busy with a lot of things, Truthwitch still remain up there with the best books I have read this year. (You'll have to wait to read the Top 10.) And so I WANTED to stay. It's the most fun I've ever had!
Saying that, I am just super pumped to jump straight into the next one! More so than I was with Truthwitch. 
Seriously, if you haven't checked Truthwitch out yet. Please do. 


TBR| Tome Topple 2.0

If you missed the it Sam, over at ThoughtsonTomes, made the announcement that TomeTopple will be coming back for a 2.0. 


That's right- from the 18th Nov til the 1st Dec get those big books ready because it's time to tackle those monsters!

During the debut round, I was unable to participate due to it being the time of year where ALL my coursework deadlines decide to play ball so, naturally, I had no time to actually read.

This time: I am in Wales "studying", and have more free time then I would like.

Here is my list of possible maybe's that I will be reading from this upcoming Friday. If you see any here that interest you and you want to read too- TRACK ME DOWN OVER ON TWITTER! @ACityofBooks

Anyway, let's begin:

The Shadow of What Was Lost (The Licanius Trilogy #1)
James Islington

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Page Count: 602

I requested this to review from the publisher and after receiving it all I have done is put it off. ITS HUGE?!

This one is definetly what I am starting this read-a-thon with. I feel guilty for not having read and reviewed it yet. 

It is already out in all good bookshop and online retailers. 

If and when I finish this beast of a book, these are my options to move on to. 

I will say that if anyone wants to buddy read any of these, please let me know and we can set it up. I can read two books at once.

The Red Knight (The Traitor Son Cycle #1)
Miles Cameron

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Page Count: 764

I've noticed that a lot of people are reading books that are around the 500-600 page mark. 

Pfft. When I got over 500 pages, I seem to go to the extreme.

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (The Song of the Shattered Sands #1)
Bradley Beaulieu

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Page Count: 580

Starting to notice how so many of these books I have accumulated within the past couple of months. 

It's like Sam knew what I've been buying and that I would need help in actually motivating myself to read these giants.


Elantris (Elantris #1)
Brandon Sanderson

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Page Count: 608

I'm holding off from finishing the Mistborn Trilogy until I am back in the home comforts of London with my cats.

So this is the next best thing. Was sent this by the publisher in celebration of the recent news about a certain movie deal. 

And that's all my choices. I'm on a mild book buying ban so I wouldn't be able to read any Scott Lynch books because I still don't own any. Or of Brent Weeks' work. First World Problems- I know!

What are all ya'll be reading during the #TomeTopple read-a-thon?

Follow the official Twitter page and join the Goodreads page if you want to get in on this. (HINT: You would want to, trust me,)

REVIEW| Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter #8)
J.K. Rowling

2 star

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It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.


The Cover:

I don't understand this cover. Nope. Not even after forcing myself through this. I guess you could say that the child inside the weird snitch nest is the centre of the fragility of the time that the snitch is most relevant to the Harry Potter-verse?

I have no clue. I'm just making this up as I go along. It does nothing for me except tying it to the stage play that is currently still (?) going on in the West End in London.

The Content:

If you want my real emotion while reading this, how about this: A constant stream of cringe attacks.

I didn't feel like I was reading the next 'story' and adventure in the Potter-verse but rather semi-decent fanfiction on AO3. The whole time. It made me cringe so much I had to put this book down until I forced myself to finish it- it was irritating me for just being on my Currently Reading list on Goodreads.

This whole thing just had so many plot holes. I'm still confused about the entirety of events that went down. I understand that this isn't a novel but, the script of the stage play and so it's a lot harder to judge. Yet, if this was a fantastic script, there I shouldn't have these problems?

BOOK HAUL| Sept-Oct '16

I haven't done a book haul since June?! How? remains the question I pose to myself to answer.

A lot of things have changed.  For example, if you haven't heard I'm 300 miles away from my usually comfy bed, cats and bookshops in order to go and study creative and professional writing in the grandeur that is Bangor.

Since being here I have felt low at times and others extremely happy, books have had a great input in that:

As you can see this is the stack at a current moment of writing this entry is pretty huge!

So I thought I would do a quick little haul from September to mid-October.

EDIT: Since I originally wrote this sentence I have yet received a lot more books. Thanks to my suffering bank account and the generosity of publishers who are willing to send me books and let me review them to you lovely people!

The very first book that came out in September was:

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5)
Sarah J. Maas

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At this point, I have finished this book and all I'm going to say is I thought I was going to hate it in its entirety after reading 400 pages and feeling it was predictable. Then those final 150 pages hit me.

I will be writing a review and will be included in my Sept/Oct wrap-up at the end of this month. Stay tuned.

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1)
Cassandra Clare

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I know. I know. I already own way too many copies of CoB, but I found this in a charity shop for 50p. AND it is a first edition. This cover is DISGUSTING and depicts how far these have gone in terms of marketing and publicity at both Walker Books and S&S.

Good job guys.
The Magic Toyshop
Angela Carter

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This is one of my required reading texts for my Studying Literature class, Thankfully I have already done Carter's The Bloody Chamber short story collection for my A-Levels and rather enjoyed Carter's spin of forms of fairy tales.

This is going to be rather interesting.

Heart of Darkness
Joseph Conrad

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Aaaaaand another one that I had to buy for my one module of Literature on my Creative and Professional Writing. I think I will be doing some sort of Post-colonial criticism of this one.

We'll see how I'll feel about this one.

Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1)
Kendare Blake

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This one is being hyped up quite a bit. It was doing it's rounds within the book community. It sounded so dark and something that I may enjoy, I managed to get a copy for like £4 out of Morrisons (there are other supermarkets out there).

Twelve Kings (The Song of Shattered Sands #1)
Bradley Beaulieu

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I remember seeing this in Waterstones a while back and being so intrigued by the premise of the story. But, alas I was poor and couldn't afford to be buying books in general.

Then the first week of Uni happened and I needed a pick me up. So I splurged a bit and now it's sat on myself for all of time.
Falling Kingdom (Falling Kingdom #1)
Morgan Rhodes

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I have heard nothing but great things from this series. Then I buy a copy after a constant stream of recommendations- and now I hear a lot of mixed things.

I still would really like to try and read this series in order to make up my own mind on how I feel, as it gets better as time goes on?

Lirael (Abhorsen #2)
Garth Nix

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My mum bought me a copy of Sabriel for my 18th birthday- and like a good crazed book buying fanatic I am, I bought these in a charity shop.

Stop judging me. I can feel you all judging me.

Abhorsen (Abhorsen #3)
Garth Nix

Found this one in a similar fashion. Now I can just binge read this trilogy, before I move on to the prequel and sequel?

Of Sands and Malice (The Song of the Shattered Plains 0.5)
Bradley Beaulieu

I request this one from the publisher as it has been recently been released.

They were kind enough to send me a copy.

I may read this as a prequel to Twelve Kings, just as a nice way into the world building and our main character.

Siege and Storm (The Grisha Trilogy #2)
Leigh Bardugo

This book series was on my Summer TBR, I would really like to be able to just binge the rest of the series so that I can say I read them and move on to the Six of Crows duology.

Ruin and Rising (The Grisha Trilogy #3)
Leigh Bardugo

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Why buy one when you can buy both?

A.G. Howard

I read the first two books of A.G. Howards splintered trilogy and never finished them due to being spoiled for the ending-- just, like the ending of Allegiant. Damn the internet.

Abrams books were very generous and sent me an ARC ahead of the January release of Howard's Phantom of the Opera retelling.

(I totally don't have a signed and dedicated book plate from A.G. Howard to stick in it when I'm back for Christmas.)


Marissa Meyer

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Remember I highlighted this a few weeks back on one of my Waiting on Wednesday and said that it wasn't coming out til the beginning of November.


The UK have it in even worse because all you British folks may need to wait 'til February if you can't afford the US hardback.

I managed to snag myself a GORGEOUS ARC from Macmillan Children's.
Thank you so much to the team over there!!

The Red Knight (The Traitor Song Cycle #1)
Miles Cameron

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I heard this book has dragons in it and I'm already sold.

The fourth book to this series "A Plague of Swords" has been released this month. And because I asked kindly, Gollancz sent me the first book in the series in exchange for a review.

Bless you.

The Shadow of What was Lost (The Licanius Trilogy #1)
James Islington

This one has been getting a lot of love as a book that fans of Brandon Sanderson and Robert Jordan would enjoy.

Orbit books, amazingly, sent me both a review copy and a finished copy to read a review- I want to get to it during the next round of Tome Topple happening next month.

Gemina (The Illuminae Files 0_2)
Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

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October wouldn't be complete if I didn't haul Gemina.

I honestly thought I wouldn't be able to get a copy due to my poor back statements. Turns out I pre-ordered this book months ago. It just took an age to get to me.

I can't get enough.

Is it 2017 yet?

I want book three, now, please?

Waiting on Wednesday| Carve the Mark

Waiting On Wednesday is a book meme set up Breaking the Spine where all those who participate share weekly those book releases we are dying to get our hand on as soon as they are released.

This week's WoW post is:
Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark #1)
Veronica Roth

17th Jan, 2016

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On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not — their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuve, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive — no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive — or to destroy one another.


Slowly I am falling into the pit of putting Veronica Roth on Auto-buy-ship. I really didn't like the ending of Allegiant and am hesitant to trust Roth with my heart again. BUT, I would really like to remove the two images of Divergent = V.Roth.

This book has been likened to Star Wars. And for that alone, that raises some expectations because STAR WARS?!

I want to see how she pushed herself as a writing who has become rather successful as a woman writer.

So, for that Carve the Mark has earned its place on this week's Waiting on Wednesday post.

WRAP UP| Sept&Oct '16

Where do I even begin? 

Reading has just been all over the place, either because I burned out and got into a reading slump or because I have just been too busy to just sit down and read for longer than two minutes at a time.

Uni sucks in that way. But, as the weeks have been passing by I too have been setting myself into an almost routine (insomnia is a killer, surely). 

But here are the books that I have managed to read over the past two months.

Sept '16:

A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2)
Sabaa Tahir

My Review

Received this as an ARC from the UK publisher HarperVoyagerUK. Loved this one a hell of a lot more that An Ember in the Ashes. This is building for something great- I can feel it.

Alice Through the Zombie Glass (Alice in Zombieland #2)
Gena Showalter

This was the part of the month where I realised that I wouldn't be able to bring a crap tonne of books with me, so I thought it would be a better idea if I were to try and focus on those books that I have bookmarks in and finish them before leaving.

Persepolis: The Story of Childhood (Persepolis #1)
Original text:  Marjane Satrapi
Translation: Mattias Ripa

This one I won't review because I read this as part of my Creating Narratives module.

This is a biopic graphic novel based on growing up in Iran during the 1980's. It was moving and an eye opener. Glad I decided to do the reading for this one. 

Oct '16:

The Bone Clocks
David Mitchell

I started this around about this time last year? And put it down because I got distracted by newer and shinier books. 


I have written a review so go check it out- link is above.

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5)
Sarah J. Maas

My Review

I wish I could say that I loved this like I did with Queen of Shadows. But I had several issues with this one.

Check out my review if you wish to know more.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter #8)
J.K. Rowling

Review to come...!

This went from one of my highest anticipated reads of 2016 to my most hated read of 2016?

Why did I bother with this one? Who knows. Look out for a full review some point in November.

Siege and Storm (The Grisha Trilogy #2)
Leigh Bardugo

Review to come!

Enjoyed this one a lot better than the first book Shadow and Bone.

Like the rest of the books on this list, keep tuned for a review being posted some point around November.

Gemina (The Illuminae Files 0_2)
Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

Review to come!

I have been on a real Jay Kristoff kick this year, haven't I?

But, that's just because everything he seems to write AND CO-WRITE is just amazing stuff. Seriously.

I should mention that Amie Kaufman is fantastic too. These two have created the most, unique YA Sci-fi book that I have come across so far.

If you are interested in my opinions of the books mentioned above that I haven't provided a link for- will eventually have a link soon. To keep on top of that use the buttons on the left to follow either via Bloglovin' or via Email.

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