ARC Review: The Ballroom by Anna Hope

the-ballroom

Title: The Ballroom
Author: Anna Hope
Release Date/Publisher: September 6th 2016 by McClelland & Stewart
Finished: September 17th 2016
Pages: 320-ARC Paperback

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Where love is your only escape ….

1911: Inside an asylum at the edge of the Yorkshire moors,
where men and women are kept apart
by high walls and barred windows,
there is a ballroom vast and beautiful.
For one bright evening every week
they come together
and dance.
When John and Ella meet
It is a dance that will change
two lives forever.

Set over the heatwave summer of 1911, the end of the Edwardian era, THE BALLROOM is a tale of unlikely love and dangerous obsession, of madness and sanity, and of who gets to decide which is which.

What I Thought:

I received a free copy of this in exchange for an honest review from Peguin Random House Canada.

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ARC Mini-Reviews: Aerie + Three Dark Crowns

aerieAerie (Magonia #2)

Author: Maria Dahvana Headley
Publisher/Release Date: October 4th 2016
Pages: 320-eBook ARC-given for review
Finished: June 20th 2016
Goodreads
My Rating: 3.5/5

Review:

  • Enjoyed the book and unique writing style again. It was a good story and so much was revealed and came to a close.
  • I don’t remember if I mentioned it in the last book, but when they do their singing I always kind of got confused. I was never sure if there was words, or just sounds. It gets a little clearer in this book but I also think some of the singing would have been amazing with lyrics so we could feel their emotions even more.
  • I still enjoyed the first book more, most likely because this world was so new at the time, but this was a good addition. People who loved the first book will still enjoy this one!

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three dark crownsThree Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1)

Author: Kendare Blake
Publisher/Release Date: September 20th 2016 by HarperTeen
Pages: 416-eBook ARC-Given for review
Finished: n/a
Goodreads
My Rating: DNF

Review:

  • All three sisters have their own chapters. We get to know them as the story goes on but after a while it starts to get a little dull and nothing much happens.
  • At 42% the main focus is only on two sisters, Katherine doesn’t show up much. And the chapters with Arsinoe seem to focus way more on her friend Jules than the actual girl who is going to fight to be queen, which was kind of weird.
  • It was almost half way into the book and the sisters still hasn’t met. I was hoping they would have gotten to the Beltane a lot quicker so they could start competing against each other. Aside from a love interest for a character who isn’t a queen.
  • I ended up DNFing this book because I lost interest and not much happens. I don’t know if and when it picks up, but I wasn’t enjoying myself and I kept wanting to read other books.

I was given these advanced review copies for free in exchange for an honest review.

Mini-Reviews: The Maze Runner + Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

the maze runnerThe Maze Runner (The Maze Runner #1)

Author: James Dashner
Publisher/Release Date: August 24th 2010 by Delacorte Press
Pages: 392-Paperback-Owned
Finished: August 27th 2016
Goodreads
My Rating: 4/5

Review:

  • Hubby was gifted the series a while back and he actually read them all before me (aside from the sequel). We watched both movies together as well before I even decided to read this series. In a way I’m kind of glad I did it that way. It gave me something to compare when reading this, and I found that I enjoyed the book as well as the movie quite a bit.
  • A lot of stuff was different between the two though! They pretty much kept the basis things but the ending and a lot of other stuff changed. And of course the ending was really good, although a bit sad.
  • The characters and the idea of the maze and trying to solve the puzzle of why they were there was great. Thomas was repetitive with a few things, like things being familiar and his memories in terms first half, but after a while you get used to him.
  • I definitely will be reading the rest of the series soon, as well as the prequel! And getting the new prequel book when it’s out soon.

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harry potter 8Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter #8)

Author: J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
Publisher/Release Date: July 31st 2016 by Little, Brown UK
Pages: 343-Hardcover-Owned
Finished: August 25th 2016
Goodreads
My Rating:3.5/5

Review:

  • Liked it but didn’t love it.  I didn’t go in with big expectations, I was just positive and took my time reading it.
  • I know there wasn’t any huge descriptions so a lot is left to the imagination, which was ok, but I felt like it was still missing some of that emotion.
  • The script format wasn’t hard to read and I got into it pretty easy after a bit. The beginning can be a bit slow but it gets better.
  • I think this would have been so cool to see as a play and I think I would have liked it a lot better that way. Hopefully they release a version for everyone to watch someday!

Mini-Reviews: Betrayals + The Start of Me and You

betrayalsBetrayals (Cainsville #4)

Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publisher/Release Date: August 9th 2016 by Random House Canada
Pages: 400 pages-Hardcover-Owned
Finished: August 1st 2016
Goodreads
My Rating: 4.5/5

Review:

  • The mystery/case they were working on didn’t seem as epic or a big part of the story like it normally did, but I did still enjoy this.
  • The connection between the three main characters was the focus point way more than it has been in previous books. We also find out more about the past and about both groups who want Liv on their side.
  • There are more chapters through the eyes of Ricky and Gabriel and I really liked those! Especially Gabriel, who of course I am rooting for.
  • I really wish I didn’t have I wait a year for the next book because I can’t wait to read it!

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the start of me and youThe Start of Me and You

Author: Emery Lord
Publisher/Release Date: March 31st 2015 by Bloomsbury
Pages: 384-Hardcover-Library
Finished: August 8th 2016
Goodreads
My Rating:5/5

Review:

  • This was my first time reading a book by this author, and also this was August’s pick for Book Club. And I loved it!! I’m really excited to read something else from Emery Lord after this.
  • Paige has three really good friends in this and they are are such great support for her! I really liked that she was willing do anything for them, even if it was outside her comfort zone. I loved seeing the great friendship all of them had, especially with Tessa.
  • Paige and Max were such good characters, I immediately loved them. The romance in this book was super cute and I couldn’t wait to find out how everything ended. If I had a choice I would have stayed home and read it in one day.

#ReadThemAllThon Final Progress

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This read-a-thon is hosted by Read at Midnight! Here’s a little more info about it:

The Pokemon Indigo League #ReadThemAllThon is a 3 weeks long reading challenge based on theKanto’s Indigo League. Long-time fans of the series would recognise this as the first set of gyms Ash Ketchum had to conquer in his quest to become the Pokemon Master. Now you, my friends, will also embark on a journey to become the very best. Instead of fighting gym battles, you’ll be reading books instead! The read-a-thon will run for 3 weeks between Sunday 14th August to Sunday 4th September.

I actually think I did really well for this read-a-thon! You can check out my post I updated while I went HERE.

So, how did I do?

Badges: 6 out of 8

Pages read: 2341

My Pokemon evolved to the third tier and I was so happy! The third week of the read-a-thon I was off work on vacation, and sadly I was sick/wasn’t feeling well most of it. The headache stayed for quite a few days and I wasn’t able to read. I think for the next round (here’s hoping there is one) I would choose shorter books and then just get extra points reading more books. I tried reading a 600+ pager and it didn’t work out! But I did have quite a lot of fun.

Here’s my final trainer card:

trainer card