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Goodreads Monday (6/25/2018)

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:  A Crown of Wishes (The Star-Touched Queen #2)

Author: Roshani Chokshi (Goodreads Author)

Published: March 28th 2017 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Goodreads Summary:

From the author of The Star-Touched Queen comes a beautiful lush fantasy, Roshani Chokshi’s A Crown of Wishes.

Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes – a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.

Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels.

Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

I just finished The Star-Touched Queen last night, and I loved it! One of the best books I’ve read so far in 2018, and as I’ve only read 9 books there hasn’t been much competition. In the first book we got a small glimpse of Gauri and what she is up to, so I am very excited to read a book just on her journey! I do hope that Maya and Amar show up at some point!

What is on your TBR shelf this week?

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Waiting on Wednesday (6/20/2018)

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…


thewickedking

Title:  The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2)

Author: Holly Black (Goodreads Author)

Expected Publication: January 8th 2019

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Goodreads Summary:

The enchanting and bloodthirsty sequel to the New York Times bestselling novel The Cruel Prince.

You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

I just finished The Cruel Prince last night, and I am so ready for book 2 to come out! How convenient that it comes out on my birthday! Hubby has no excuse to not get me a great birthday gift!

What are you looking forward to this week?

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Goodreads Monday (6/18/2018)

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:

windwitch

Title:  Windwitch (The Witchlands #2)

Author: Susan Dennard (Goodreads Author)

Published: January 10th 2017 by Tor Teen

Goodreads Summary:

Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies…

After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.

When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her—yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first?

After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge—especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.

I really loved the first one, and unfortunately this one has been sitting on my shelf ever since I got it last year! I also got the prequel earlier this year, and guess where that one is as well. There is supposedly 3 more books in this series before it is finished, and I may just wait until they are all out and binge read them all.

How do you like to read series? Wait for them to all be released or read them one at a time as they are released?

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Wintersong Book Review

Wintersong (Wintersong #1) by S. Jae-Joneswintersong

Published: February 7th 2017 by Thomas Dunne Books

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

It took me a very very very long time to finish this book. I started it back in the middle of January and just finished it a few days ago (edited to add that I started this blog post in February, and it is now June…safe to say that it took me a very very very long time to finish this review as well). To say that this story moved slow is an understatement, but I pushed through and I am glad that it’s finally done!

The writing in this story was great, it was probably the only aspect about this book that I enjoyed the most! I thought the book was very well written,  and I think what makes me dislike this book is the main character and the very slow moving plot. Since the plot moved so slowly, the world building was fantastic. I could visualize exactly where Liesel was (it also helps that she is underground in a cave, so not much is really needed for that).

What bothered me the most was Liesl, the main character in this story. She was constantly being described as the not so pretty sister, that was very hard working, and had to be the one who kept everything together or nothing would get done. It annoyed me a little bit when Liesl would use this as a reason to try to get her way. But on the flip side,  I liked that there wasn’t a fairy godmother to give her a makeover to get the guy in the end. Liesl also had a tendency to flip back and forth with her decisions on whether or not she wanted to be with the Goblin King, queen of the underworld, and basically almost everything.

I could go on, but then I think at that point I’ll just be rambling. I’ll end on an aspect that I enjoyed about the book. I liked that this book didn’t have a traditional relationship or one that necessarily ended with everyone having a happily ever after. It’s nice to see that not every YA book has to follow what has become a cliche. I didn’t feel like I could connect with Liesl and the Goblin King as a couple, but I could definitely understand his reluctance on a lot of things.

If you can handle slow moving plots, and indecisive main characters then I would definitely suggest you pick up this book. It’s definitely not for everyone, but if you don’t mind waiting and just totally emersed yourself with Liesl and her story then you will enjoy this book.

 

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Goodreads Monday (6/11/2018)

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:

witch's pyre

Title:  Witch’s Pyre (Worldwalker #3)

Author:  Josephine Angelini (Goodreads Author)

Published: September 20th 2016 by Feiwel & Friends

Goodreads Summary:

Lily Proctor has come a long way from the weak, sickly girl she used to be. She has gained power as a witch and a leader, found her way home, chosen to face battle again, and (after losing her first love and being betrayed by her new love) she has learned more about loss and grief than she ever wanted to know.

Thrust once again into a society different from anything they have ever seen, Lily and her coven are determined to find answers―to find a new path to victory, a way to defeat the monstrous Woven without resorting to nuclear weapons or becoming a tyrannical mass murderer like her alternate self, Lillian. But sometimes winning requires sacrifices . . . and when the only clear path to victory lies at Lillian’s side, what price will Lily be willing to pay?

Internationally bestselling author Josephine Angelini takes us on another emotionally wrenching thrill ride in the stunning conclusion to her Worldwalker Trilogy.

I got this for Christmas two years ago now…Eventually I should take it off of my TBR shelf and actually read it and finish the trilogy! I really enjoyed the first two books, and I would really like to know how it finishes!

What is on your TBR shelf this week?

 

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Waiting on Wednesday (4/4/2018)

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…


 thefatesdivide

Title:  The Fates Divide (Carve the Mark #2)

Author: Veronica Roth (Goodreads Author)

Expected Publication: April 10th 2018

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Goodreads Summary:

In the second book of the Carve the Mark duology, globally bestselling Divergent author Veronica Roth reveals how Cyra and Akos fulfill their fates. The Fates Divide is a richly imagined tale of hope and resilience told in four stunning perspectives.

Fate brought them together. Now it will divide them.

The lives of Cyra Noavek and Akos Kereseth are ruled by their fates, spoken by the oracles at their births. The fates, once determined, are inescapable.

Akos is in love with Cyra, in spite of his fate: He will die in service to Cyra’s family. And when Cyra’s father, Lazmet Noavek—a soulless tyrant, thought to be dead—reclaims the Shotet throne, Akos believes his end is closer than ever.

As Lazmet ignites a barbaric war, Cyra and Akos are desperate to stop him at any cost. For Cyra, that could mean taking the life of the man who may—or may not—be her father. For Akos, it could mean giving his own. In a stunning twist, the two will discover how fate defines their lives in ways most unexpected.

I just found out that this series is a duology (I don’t know how I went all year after the first book was released not knowing this!) So that means I can buy both books and just binge read them both and not have to suffer from book hangover!

What are you waiting for this week?

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Goodreads Monday (4/2/2018)

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:

ourdarkduet

Title:  Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2)

Author: Victoria Schwab (Goodreads Author)

Published: June 13th 2017 by Greenwillow Books

Goodreads Summary:

THE WORLD IS BREAKING. AND SO ARE THEY.

KATE HARKER isn’t afraid of monsters. She hunts them. And she’s good at it.

AUGUST FLYNN once yearned to be human. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

THE WAR HAS BEGUN.

THE MONSTERS ARE WINNING.

Kate will have to return to Verity. August will have to let her back in. And a new monster is waiting—one that feeds on chaos and brings out its victims’ inner demons.

Which will be harder to conquer: the monsters they face, or the monsters within?

Happy day after Easter! I hope yours was spent having fun with family whether you celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ or not! We went to church and saw so many cute babies (so I didn’t have to worry if mine started talking during the service, I could just blame another one lol). We then gave baby S her very first Easter basket full of goodies, and she enjoyed playing with the plastic eggs filled with nothing more than her new toys. Oh well, what can you do. Our night ended with the hubs grilling, so overall we had a pretty good day.

This week I chose Our Dark Duet because it has been sitting on my shelf since last summer! I need to finish this duology ASAP, even if that is so that I can only clear off some space on my ever growing TBR shelf.

What did you do yesterday? What is on your TBR shelf this week?

Here’s a pic of one of my pups celebrating Easter =)

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Waiting on Wednesday (3/21/2018)

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…


 toil&trouble

Title:  Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft

Author:Tess Sharpe (Goodreads Author) (Editor)Jessica Spotswood (Goodreads Author) (Editor)Brandy Colbert (Goodreads Author)Zoraida Córdova(Goodreads Author)Andrea Cremer (Goodreads Author)Kate Hart (Goodreads Author)Emery Lord (Goodreads Author)Elizabeth May (Goodreads Author) ,Anna-Marie McLemore (Goodreads Author)Tehlor Kay Mejia (Goodreads Author)Lindsay Smith (Goodreads Author)Nova Ren SumaRobin Talley(Goodreads Author)Shveta Thakrar (Goodreads Author)Brenna Yovanoff(Goodreads Author) 

Expected Publication: August 28th 2018

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Goodreads Summary:

A young adult fiction anthology of 15 stories featuring contemporary, historical, and futuristic stories featuring witchy heroines who are diverse in race, class, sexuality, religion, geography, and era.

Are you a good witch or a bad witch?

Glinda the Good Witch. Elphaba the Wicked Witch. Willow. Sabrina. Gemma Doyle. The Mayfair Witches. Ursula the Sea Witch. Morgan le Fey. The three weird sisters from Macbeth.

History tells us women accused of witchcraft were often outsiders: educated, independent, unmarried, unwilling to fall in line with traditional societal expectations.

Bold. Powerful. Rebellious.

A bruja’s traditional love spell has unexpected results. A witch’s healing hands begin to take life instead of giving it when she ignores her attraction to a fellow witch. In a terrifying future, women are captured by a cabal of men crying witchcraft and the one true witch among them must fight to free them all. In a desolate past, three orphaned sisters prophesize for a murderous king. Somewhere in the present, a teen girl just wants to kiss a boy without causing a hurricane.

From good witches to bad witches, to witches who are a bit of both, this is an anthology of diverse witchy tales from a collection of diverse, feminist authors. The collective strength of women working together—magically or mundanely–has long frightened society, to the point that women’s rights are challenged, legislated against, and denied all over the world. Toil & Trouble delves deep into the truly diverse mythology of witchcraft from many cultures and feminist points of view, to create modern and unique tales of witchery that have yet to be explored.

Continuing on my trend of anthologies, I found this one that’s coming out in August the other day and thought it would be great for this weeks WOW. I just finished a YA anthology (be on the look out for a review soon) and now I just want to read more!

Do you have a favorite YA anthology that I should check out?

What are you waiting for this week?

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Waiting on Wednesday (2/7/2018)

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…


 sightwitch

Title:  Sightwitch (The Witchlands, #0.5)

Author: Susan Dennard

Expected Publication: February 13th 2018

Publisher:  Tor Teen

Goodreads Summary:

Set a year before TruthwitchSightwitch follows Ryber Fortiza, the last Sightwitch Sister as she treks deep underground to rescue her missing best friend. While there, she encounters a young Nubrevnan named Kullen Ikray, who has no memory of who he is or how he wound up inside the mountain. As the two journey ever deeper in search of answers, and as they brave one close call after another, a tentative friendship forms between them—one that might one day grow into something more.

Sightwitch is told through Ryber’s journal entries and her sketches, as well as through supplementary materials (such as other journals, pieces of songs, clippings from history books, flashbacks, etc.). Though meant as a companion novella, this story serves as a set up to Bloodwitch as well as an expansion of the world.

Susan Dennard is coming to south Texas on the 20th, and she is still 5 hours away from me ='(….why must Texas be so darn big?!

I loved Truthwitch, and I have Windwitch on my TBR….but I am thinking of waiting and start it after I get my hands on this book! Mainly so I can just stay in that universe a bit longer than one book.

What are you waiting for this week?

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Goodreads Monday (2/5/2018)

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:

aconjuringoflight

Title:  A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3)

Author: V.E. Schwab

Published: February 21st 2017 by Tor Teen

Goodreads Summary:

Witness the fate of beloved heroes – and enemies.

THE BALANCE OF POWER HAS FINALLY TIPPED…
The precarious equilibrium among four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise.

WHO WILL CRUMBLE?
Kell – once assumed to be the last surviving Antari – begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. And in the wake of tragedy, can Arnes survive?

WHO WILL RISE?
Lila Bard, once a commonplace – but never common – thief, has survived and flourished through a series of magical trials. But now she must learn to control the magic, before it bleeds her dry. Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery of the Night Spire collects his crew, attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible.

WHO WILL TAKE CONTROL?
And an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown while a fallen hero tries to save a world in decay.

Ah, can’t believe that we are already 5 days into February!!!! I feel like I have been seriously slacking already this year on my blog, and hopefully this month I’ll be able to turn that around!

What is on your TBR shelf this week?