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Goodreads Monday (6/26/2017)

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Lauren @Page Turner,  and the idea is to post a book that’s on your TBR pile and show it off. This is a great way to show off books I have not yet managed to read!


This week I have chosen:

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Title: Stealing Snow (Stealing Snow #1)

Author: Danielle Paige

Published: September 20th 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Goodreads Summary:

First kisses sometimes wake slumbering princesses, undo spells, and spark happily ever afters.

Mine broke Bale.

Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent her life locked in Whittaker Psychiatric—but she isn’t crazy. And that’s not the worst of it. Her very first kiss proves anything but innocent…when Bale, her only love, turns violent.

Despite Snow knowing that Bale would never truly hurt her, he is taken away—dashing her last hope for any sort of future in the mental ward she calls home. With nowhere else to turn, Snow finds herself drawn to a strange new orderly who whispers secrets in the night about a mysterious past and a kingdom that’s hers for the taking—if only she can find her way past the iron gates to the Tree that has been haunting her dreams.

Beyond the Tree lies Algid, a land far away from the real world, frozen by a ruthless king. And there too await the River Witch, a village boy named Kai, the charming thief Jagger, and a prophecy that Snow will save them all.

Stealing Snow (Stealing Snow, #1)

I started reading this book earlier this year, and stopped for awhile (mainly because it was an ebook from the library and I was just a little lazy in checking it back out again). I really enjoyed the first half that I read, so I need to finish the book before apparently the second book comes out next year.  I don’t know why I thought that it was just a standalone book. Have you read this book? What did you think of it?

What is on your TBR shelf this week?

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Waiting on Wednesday (3/8/17)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by  Jill from Breaking The Spine that shows the upcoming books that many of us are anticipating! This week, I’m waiting for…


 

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Title:  The End of Oz (Dorothy Must Die Series #4)

Author: Danielle Paige

Expected Publication:  March 14th 2017

Publisher:  HarperCollins

Goodreads Summary:

In this high-octane fourth book in the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die series, Amy Gumm must do everything in her power to save Kansas and make Oz a free land once more.

At the end of Yellow Brick War, Amy had finally defeated Dorothy. Just when she and the rest of the surviving members of the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked thought it was safe to start rebuilding the damaged land of Oz, they realized they’ve been betrayed -by one of their own. And Dorothy might not have been so easily defeated after all.

In the fourth installment of the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die series, the magical Road of Yellow Brick has come to the rescue, and whisked Amy away -but to where? Does the Road itself know where she needs to go to find the help that she needs?

Welcome to the other side of the rainbow. Here there’s danger around every corner, and magic shoes won’t be able to save you.

Hello, my fellow bloggers! I realize that I have been seriously slacking lately in my blog posts and haven’t posted in about 2 weeks!!! Oops. I promise that this month will be a better month for me as hopefully I’ll be gaining more energy after passing the first trimester. Man growing a baby is so exhausting. Do any mommy bloggers have any tips?

I have only read the first two books, and I have enjoyed them immensely. I did the mistake of reading the first novella and it kind of turned me away from this series. I do own the third book, so hopefully it will redeem the series for me. I also hope that this is the last book in the DMD series.

Side note: who wrote this synopsis? Does it really need “4th installment of the NYT bestselling Dorothy Must Die series…” twice?!

What are you waiting for this week?

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Dorothy Must Die Stories Vol. I Review

Dorothy Must Die: Stories Vol. I by Danielle Paigedorothymustdievol1

Published: March 3rd 2015 by HarperCollins Publishers

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

Long before Amy Gumm got swept away from a Kansas trailer park…Dorothy Gale received a package on the night of her 16th birthday: a pair of red high-heeled shoes. Dear Dorothy, the note read. I thought about silver to match the ones you lost, but in the end I decided that red was more your color. I think you know what to do with them.

And with a knock of her heels, Dorothy returned to the magical land that made her a star—and Oz would never be the same again.

This bind-up of three prequel novellas to the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die series follows Dorothy Gale as she transforms from good girl to Wicked Witch. Kiss the land where troubles melt like lemon drops goodbye. Here there’s danger around every corner, and magical shoes won’t be able to save you.

Dorothy Must Die: Stories (Dorothy Must Die, #0.1-0.3)

This volume has short stories #0.1-0.3. The first one is Dorothy’s story on how she got back to Oz and into power, the second one is all about Glinda the Good Witch, and the third one is about the Wizard. I think I’ll break down my review by each story.

No Place Like Oz

Dorothy is back in Kansas and she has basically an attitude from the very first page. This short story does nothing except paint a picture of just how selfish and vain Dorothy is. The only difference between Kansas Dorothy and Dorothy in Oz is that she didn’t have magic. After she discovered that she had magic powers she started using them immediately and didn’t think about the fact that there could be any repercussions.

The Witch Must Burn

At first I was a little excited about this one since it was based upon Glinda. We didn’t really see much of Glinda in the series except when she is mining for magic (really I don’t remember much of her in the series, but it’s also been awhile since I read the first 2 books). So a novella based solely on her was just what we needed! The only problem is that her story was just like Dorothys. Glinda was mean, vain, and manipulative, but there was no backstory as to how she got that way. The only plot in this novella was how the MC became involved with the Wicked, and it was a very predictable plot as well.

The Wizard Returns

I kind of thought this would be about the Wizard leaving Oz and then coming back, but it’s really just him loosing his memories and trying to get them back. So I thought that this story just like the other two were kind of just so so. I don’t think they really helped the series at all, especially in getting a better understanding of who the villains really are in this series.

I felt like these short stories were kind of just meh. I am a little hesitant to read vol II just on how I felt about this volume, and I wonder why there will be a vol III out later this month? It seems as if Paige is going to write more novellas for her series than books!

 

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Goodreads Mondays #16 (11/28/2016)

Happy Cyber Monday!!! It’s also Cyborg-Monday for those of you who are Marissa Meyer fans! She is taking over Fierce Reads Facebook page for a live stream! Definitely check it out if you have a chance!

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Page Turner,  and the idea is to post a book that’s on your TBR pile and show it off. This is a great way to show off books I have not yet managed to read!


This week I have chosen:

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Title: Yellow Brick War (Dorothy Must Die Series #3)

Author: Danielle Paige

Published: March 15th 2016 by HarperCollins

Goodreads Summary:

Once upon a time, there was a girl from Kansas named Dorothy.

You might know her as the Girl Who Rode the Cyclone. She ended up in Oz, where she became friends with the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion. But the temptation of magic was too much for her. She let it change her. Her friends became twisted versions of their former selves.

The magical land of Oz is now a dark and menacing place.

My name is Amy Gumm. Tornadoes must have a thing about girls from Kansas, because I got swept away on one too. I also landed in Oz, where Good is Wicked, Wicked is Good, and the Wicked Witches clued me in to my true calling:

Assassin.

The only way to stop Dorothy from destroying Oz—and Kansas—is to kill her. And I’m the only one who can do it.

But I failed. Others died for my mistakes. Because of me, the portal between the worlds has been opened and Kansas and Oz are both in danger. And if I don’t find a way to close it?

Dorothy will make sure I never get to go home again.

I loved the first two books, and I have had this on my shelf since the summer!!! I really need to read it though before the next book in the series comes out!!

What’s on your TBR shelf this week?

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Goodreads Monday #8 (9/26/2016)

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Page Turner,  and the idea is to post a book that’s on your TBR pile and show it off. This is a great way to show off books I have not yet managed to read!

This week I have chosen:


Title: Stealing Snow 

Author: Danielle Paige

Published: September 20th 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Goodreads Summary:

First kisses sometimes wake slumbering princesses, undo spells, and spark happily ever afters.

Mine broke Bale.

Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent her life locked in Whittaker Psychiatric—but she isn’t crazy. And that’s not the worst of it. Her very first kiss proves anything but innocent…when Bale, her only love, turns violent.

Despite Snow knowing that Bale would never truly hurt her, he is taken away—dashing her last hope for any sort of future in the mental ward she calls home. With nowhere else to turn, Snow finds herself drawn to a strange new orderly who whispers secrets in the night about a mysterious past and a kingdom that’s hers for the taking—if only she can find her way past the iron gates to the Tree that has been haunting her dreams.

Beyond the Tree lies Algid, a land far away from the real world, frozen by a ruthless king. And there too await the River Witch, a village boy named Kai, the charming thief Jagger, and a prophecy that Snow will save them all.

I know I am posting a day late, but I am currently at a conference in Colorado and I didn’t have time yesterday. I will be going home tonight, so I will be able to post more and on time!

I love Paige’s Dorothy Must Die series, so I am super excited to check out her new book! This has been on my TBR shelf since the minute I found out she was releasing a new book outside of her current series. She has quickly become one of my go to authors and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy to start reading!

Are you a fan of Danielle Paige? What do you think of her new book? What is currently on your TBR shelf?