Update & Giveaway of Red Rising [INT]

Hey everyone, I hope you're all keeping well! I'm slowly feeling like I'm becoming human again; still not 100%, but at least I'm back reading (at a snail's pace, but I'm enjoying it which is the main thing) and thinking of future reviews. I'm making my way through The Walled City at the moment and I hope to review it and get back to blogging soon. I miss the blog and talking with you guys!

Anywho, even though I'm not active in the blogosphere, I've been scrolling through Instagram every day to see what everyone is reading and what they've hauled - which is why I've decided to host a giveaway on there. 
Thanks to the kindness of a fellow reader, Red Helldiver, I have a copy of Red Rising by Pierce Brown to give away. I thoroughly enjoyed Red Rising (I still need to finish off my review! SOON.) so I'm super excited to share the awesomeness with one of you.

If you'd like to enter the giveaway, you can do so here or find me through the Instagram app at @booksunderblankets :)


Personal | Taking a Break

Hey everyone. Sorry for the lack of posts I had planned for last week. Unfortunately, I suffer from poor health at the best of times, but this past week has been much worse than usual; I just can't get my brain into gear to put together any sort of coherent post, or find the time and energy to enjoy reading while feeling this unwell.
The last thing I want to do is put up half-assed posts just for the sake of posting, so I'll be taking a break until I get back on form.
Hope you're all keeping well 

"Waiting On" Wednesday | A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

My pick of the week is:

Bloomsbury Children's
May 5, 2015

From Goodreads:

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world. 

 As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

I've been excited about this book even before I knew anything at all about it. Sarah J. Maas is one of my favourite authors; whatever she publishes, no matter the genre - I'm sold. When I found out A Court of Thorns and Roses was a unique twist on Beauty and the Beast but with fae, I was even more sold. I cant wait to get my hands on it!

What releases are you excited for?

The Avenged Sevenfold Book Tag

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Inspired by the Taylor Swift book tag, originally posted by The Book Life

The Songs

• Nightmare - your favourite horror book
• A Little Piece of Heaven – a book you have a love/hate relationship with
• Not Ready to Die– a series you don’t want to end
• Burn it Down – a book you hated that everyone else loved
• Hail to the King – your favourite author
• The Wicked End – a book with a killer cliffhanger
• Seize the Day – a book that made you thankful for your life
• Until the End – your favourite BFFs
• Danger Line – a book with a lot of action
• City of Evil – your favourite dystopian
• Shattered by Broken Dreams – a book that crushed your soul
• Darkness Surrounding – a book with a dark MC or antihero

My Picks

Your favourite horror book

This is one of the first books that really got me interested in sci-fi novels with horror thrown in. It's creepy. Some of the scenes literally had me with palpitations, and tears in my eyes.

A Little Piece of Heaven
A book you have a love/hate 
relationship with

I love the idea of this book; I love the plot, I love the setting, I love the Indian mythology. Aesthetically speaking, I also love the covers of every single book in the series. However, I absolutely hated the finished product of Tiger's Curse. 

Not Ready to Die
A series you don't want 
to end

The Raven Cycle is, without a doubt, my favourite YA Paranormal series. Now that we have the title and release date for The Raven Cycle IV, The Raven King, the end feels so near AND I AM NOT PREPARED.

Burn it Down
A book you hated that 
everyone else loved

Everyone I've seen mention this has loved it. I, on the other hand, thoroughly did not. I love Epic Fantasy -it's probably my all-time favourite genre- but even though it has potential, Falling Kingdoms just felt like a waste of what could've been a good story. To me, it felt too childish and predictable.

Hail to the King
Your favourite author

George R.R. Martin has ruined my life on more than one reading-occasion. I pretty much binge read the first five books over the space of two months; I just couldn't stop. I'd never read anything on such an epic scale before. Even though I felt personally tormented by most of the character deaths, the life-ruiner himself fast became my favourite author.

The Wicked End
A book with a killer 

I don't know if you could call the way this ended a "cliffhanger" but, honestly, I was so distraught. I read this in December of 2013 and then, even though the final book was already out, I had to wait until January of this year for it to be translated into English. That was definitely one of the most painful waits for a book.

Seize the Day
A book that made you
thankful for your life

While I don't remember every detail of this book -like the whys and hows- I do remember feeling extremely moved by it. It's one of the few books that got me crying, and just feeling glad that I have what I have. I definitely need to reread this.

Until the End
Your favourite BFFs

The friendship between Karou and Zuzana just, simply, warms my heart. I love their understanding of each-other and how they always have each-other's backs. I want a friendship like this.

Danger Line
A book with a lot of

I read this last month and, to me, it was the perfect book. There's a lot of action but it's really well done.

City of Evil
Your favourite dystopian

Partials has been my favourite post-apocalyptic dystopian since I first read it. I love the world and I love the characters. It's awesome.

Shattered by Broken Dreams
A book that crushed
your soul

I don't care if this is a cliche answer to give because, seriously, this book hurt me like no other. I've never sobbed as much reading a book as I did with TFIOS; I was a mess.

Darkness Surrounding
A book with a dark MC
or antihero

I don't even know what to say about this book other than : If you haven't read it already, go do so. It's wonderful and dark, and messed up.

Sunday Post #3

The Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap this past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

It's been another relatively quiet week for me. I can't even remember what went on at the start of the week; clearly nothing exciting, then!
I spent Friday and Saturday up in Dublin with my friend who came down to visit and that was great as we don't see each other very often. Not only that, there was a lot of shopping involved - MANY BOOKS! I wasn't able to find The Darkest Part of the Forest or Fairest so they must not be released here yet :( I did end up getting a few other books I'm really excited about, though, so it was a nice end to the week!
Next week, I'm back off to Dublin again for two concerts, so there's good times to look forward to!
I hope you're all keeping well :3

Last Week On The Blog

Next Week On The Blog

 The Avenged Sevenfold Book Tag

 Top Ten Tuesday | Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike When It Comes To Romances In Books

 Waiting On Wednesday

 Review | Red Rising - Pierce Brown

 Feature + Follow Friday

 Stacking The Shelves

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Stacking the Shelves [4]

Stacking the Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks.
Stacking the Shelves is hosted by  Tynga's Reviews.


Young Adult
Golden Son - Pierce Brown
Looking for Alaska - John Green
Lament - Maggie Stiefvater
172 Hours on the Moon - Johan Harstad
We Were Liars - E. Lockhart

Legion and The Emperor's Soul - Brandon Sanderson

Graphic Novels
Seconds - Bryan Lee O'Malley

Received for Review
In Search of Lost Dragons - Élian Black'mor

Mug Cakes - Lene Knudsen

I managed to accumulate all but one of these since yesterday - I'm lethal when I go book shopping in Dublin :| I have read a couple of these already as eBooks, but seeing as 172 Hours on the Moon was on sale at €1.99 (how even?!) and We Were Liars was a cheap secondhand copy, I couldn't resist.
I'd also been looking for that 10th Anniversary copy of Looking for Alaska since I first saw it online and was very nearly giving up on ever finding it locally, but today I found it; I couldn't believe it! It's gorgeous and I'm so glad I finally got my hands on it.

What did you get this week?

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