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Weekly Round-Up: Not much happened...

IT IS ALMOST MAY. But I'll keep my squeals and screams for tomorrow's monthly wrap-up post. 
Hope you've all had a good week? We  finally had some rain, which we've been DESPERATELY needing. We're currently in the midst of a horrendous drought, and so have been on water restrictions etc. I am so desperate for rain and cold weather it's not even funny. I hate hate hate hate hate the sun.  

Posts of the week:  Book review: SIX OF CROWS Waiting on Wednesday #30 Book Review: CROOKED KINGDOM The Blog Squad - Part 10 Book Review: HEARTLESS

I didn't do much reading this week except for finishing Crooked Kingdom and Six of Crows and reviewing them. I buddy read them with Di and we had so much fun.  

Di and Uma share their Blog Squad posts: Part X and Part 10
Aneta reviews Ever the Hunted

Brittany reviews Fireblood

Di reviews Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom

How's your week been? Are you looking forward to May?  What have you been reading or watching? 

HEARTLESS - by Marissa Meyer

HEARTLESS - Marissa Meyer.
Year Published: 2016 - Macmillan Children's Books.
Genres: Young adult / fairy tale retelling / romance / fantasy
Pages: 450.
Source: Thank you to Pan Macmillan SA for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review!

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen. At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king's marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending…

The Blog Squad: A Blogger Collaboration - Part 10

We are a group of three book bloggers situated on different continents but brought together by our love for books and a penchant for talking about them. We’ve joined our forces to create a collaborative series of posts about book blogging and we hope you’ll enjoy the discussions. 

What is your reading schedule like?

At the moment my reading schedule mainly consists of catching up on ARCs that I requested or was contacted about reading, Read-a-thons, and finally a couple of backlisted books/my own TBR pile when I can slot them in. 
 I’ve pretty much lined up everything that I am reading until the middle of the year keeping in mind the new releases that I’m about to be reading (ACOWAR 2 May!!!!!!!!!) and commitments that I’ve made. 
 I do leave wiggle room in my schedule for unexpected items and books that I just HAVE TO HAVE but my actual goal is to keep a ratio of -  -  1 review book from …

CROOKED KINGDOM (Six of Crows #2) - by Leigh Bardugo

Year Published: 2016 - by Orion Children's Books.
Pages: 536.
Genres: Young adult / epic fantasy / romance
Source: Library.

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off the most daring heist imaginable. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, they're low on resources, allies and hope. While a war rages on the city's streets, the team's fragile loyalties are stretched to breaking point. Kaz and his crew will have to make sure they're on the winning side... no matter what the cost.

I buddy-read this book with the wonderful Di @ Book Reviews By Di. We loved Six of Crows so much that we couldn't resist grabbing up Crooked Kingdom literally as soon as we finished SOC, and although we didn't love it as much as the first book, it was still fantastic. We had such an awesome time chatting about these two books, and definitely plan to read more Bardugo in the futu…

Waiting on Wednesday #30: GIRLHOOD - by Cat Clarke

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme originally hosted by Breaking the Spine and now taken over by Wishful Endings that highlights upcoming book releases we're excited to read. On my blog, I include movies as well.
GIRLHOOD - by Cat Clarke
Publication Date: 4th May 2017. 
Harper has tried to forget the past and fit in at expensive boarding school Duncraggan Academy. Her new group of friends are tight; the kind of girls who Harper knows have her back. But Harper can't escape the guilt of her twin sister's Jenna's death, and her own part in it - and she knows noone else will ever really understand. But new girl Kirsty seems to get Harper in ways she never expected. She has lost a sister too. Harper finally feels secure. She finally feels...loved. As if she can grow beyond the person she was when Jenna died. Then Kirsty's behaviour becomes more erratic. Why is her life a perfect mirror of Harper's? And why is she so obsessed with Harper's lost sister? Soon, H…

SIX OF CROWS (Six of Crows #1) - by Leigh Bardugo

SIX OF CROWS - Leigh Bardugo
Year Published: 2015 - by Henry Holt and Company.
Genres: Young adult / epic fantasy /
Pages: 462.
Source: Bought.

Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he'll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist: Break into the notorious Ice Court (a military stronghold that has never been breached) Retrieve a hostage (who could unleash magical havoc on the world) Survive long enough to collect his reward (and spend it) Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done - and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable - if they don't kill each other first

I buddy-read this book with the awesome Di @ Book Reviews By Di, and we had such a blast with it! It was our first ever time reading Bardugo, and we were both blown away by her genius.
You can read Di's review HERE.

Weekly Round-Up: Reading and reading and more of that

I started school again this week and it's been going pretty well. Apart from maths. Grrr...
I've also been reading a LOT, which has been awesome. Di and I finished Six of Crows, started on Crooked Kingdom,and it's been SO much fun. We're both absolutely loving Bardugo, and as soon as school and blogging's done for the today, I've been letting reading consume me ;)  

Posts of the week: 
Book Review: THE ASSASSIN'S BLADE Waiting on Wednesday #29 Film Review: LION The Blog Squad - Part 9

Di and I raced through Six of Crows and we absolutely loved it! Our reviews will be up tomorrow.   Aneesa and I finished reading Heartless, and our reviews will be up this week. 

Di and I literally grabbed Crooked Kingdom the instant we finished Six of Crows. AND IT'S AMAZING <3 

These two beauties arrived this week, and naturally I'm DYING to read them!  But... *sighs*...I must be patient... 

Di and Uma share their Blog Squad posts: Part IX and Part 9
Angela shares thou…

The Blog Squad: A Blogger Collaboration - Part 9

We are a group of three book bloggers situated on different continents but brought together by our love for books and a penchant for talking about them. We’ve joined our forces to create a collaborative series of posts about book blogging and we hope you’ll enjoy the discussions. 

What do you think is important about blog layout? How did you decide on your particular one?   

I think the most important thing about blog layout is that everything is easy to find - that you can easily navigate from page to page and that things aren’t too crowded or visually messy. The first impression that people have of YOU is your blog design and layout and if your blog isn’t visually attractive, how do you get people to actually READ your content? 
 Another important factor is making your blog easy to FOLLOW - after all, what are we all-important bloggers if we cannot be followed and have our voices heard?