2017 Goals

I like to post a New Year’s Resolutions post every year, partly because I enjoy making lists, and partly because it gives me something to focus on. I never actually complete the list or stick to every single thing, but it’s still a fun thing to do. Last year I actually did quite well, as one of my main goals was to start taking driving lessons. Not only did I start, but I passed my test and bought a car! So 2016 was a good year for that. Hopefully 2017 turns out to be just as productive.

1. Travel

I did a tonne of travelling in 2016, and I visited some pretty wonderful places. It’s always been a dream of mine to travel the world, and I’m lucky enough to be in a situation where I can afford to. So this year I want to see some new places, go back to some old ones, and start planning future trips! I’ve already got a few places in mind. In April, my boyfriend and I are going to Carcasonne in the south of France for a long weekend. We’ll be visiting a few nearby places while we’re there. Then later on in the year I’m hopefully going back to Bavaria, Germany, and we’re also looking at Croatia. So that’s two new places, and one “old” one that we can explore.

let's travel

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Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn HamiltonRebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Series: Rebel of the Sands #1
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 8th March 2016
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Source: Bought
Add it: Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there's nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can't wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up "wed or dead," Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she'd gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan's army, with a fugitive who's wanted for treason. And she'd never have predicted she'd fall in love with him... or that he'd help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

I’ve been meaning to gush about this book since I read it last year, but due to the Blogging Crisis of 2016, I wasn’t able to. Well, I was, but I didn’t. Because I suck. But anyway, that’s over now and I’m ready to shout about my ship the book just in time for the sequel to come out. By the way, we’ve recapped Rebel of the Sands over on Recaptains so if you have read the book and are anticipating Traitor to the Throne, you can refresh your memory.

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Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne

Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah JayneTruly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne
Genre: Thriller
Release Date: 2nd July 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: Bought
Add it: Goodreads
Rating: one-star

Sawyer Dodd is a star athlete, a straight-A student, and the envy of every other girl who wants to date Kevin Anderson. When Kevin dies in a tragic car crash, Sawyer is stunned. Then she opens her locker to find a note:

You’re welcome.

Someone saw what he did to her. Someone knows that Sawyer and Kevin weren’t the perfect couple they seemed to be. And that someone—a killer—is now shadowing Sawyer’s every move…

Continuing on with my Crap Book Friday trend (I should probably think up some sort of witty name for this but effort), today I’m reviewing Truly, Madly, Deadly, which turned out to be a truly crappy thriller. There are various reasons for this, but I’m going to keep it brief because I do not have the energy to go into a full blown rant, especially as I don’t think this book deserves that much attention.

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Top Ten 2017 Debuts I Want to Read

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What’s this? A Top Ten Tuesday post on… a Sunday? Yeah, well, I’m slightly behind due to the Great Blogging Crisis of 2016, so I’m playing catch up. And I couldn’t not do this list because debuts are one of my favourite things to talk about. I am, admittedly, very out of the loop when it comes to new releases at the moment. I’m trying my best to catch up, but there are just so many of them. So I’ve gone through Goodreads and picked out the debuts that look most interesting. I’m not sure if they’ve been getting good reviews or if there’s been any buzz about any in particular, but I’ll get there eventually, okay?

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The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda SalisburyThe Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
Series: The Sin Eater’s Daughter #1
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 24th February 2015
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Source: Bought
Add it: Goodreads
Rating: one-half-stars

A startling, seductive, deliciously dark debut that will shatter your definition of YA fantasy. Sixteen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she's engaged to the prince, no one speaks to her. No one even looks at her. Because Twylla isn't a member of the court. She's the executioner.As the goddess-embodied, Twylla kills with a single touch. So each week, she's taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love her. Who could care for a girl with murder in her veins? Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to her touch, avoids her.But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose playful smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he's able to look past Twylla's executioner robes and see the girl, not the goddess. Yet a treasonous romance is the least of Twylla's problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies-a plan that requires an unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?

I’ve decided that Fridays are going to be my negative review day. Why? Because why not. I kind of need motivation to review the books that I don’t want to gush about, whether it’s because they’re dull as hell, or actually just painful. And The Sin Eater’s Daughter gets the honour of going first because it was truly, truly tragic.

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