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Waiting on Wednesday (5/10/2017)

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 Crown’s Fate (The Crown’s Game #2)

Author: Evelyn Skye

Expected Publication:  May 16th 2017

Publisher:  Balzer + Bray

Goodreads Summary:

Perfect for fans of Shadow and Bone and Red Queen, The Crown’s Fate is the thrilling sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Crown’s Game, an atmospheric historical fantasy set in Imperial Russia.

Russia is on the brink of great change. Pasha’s coronation approaches, and Vika is now the Imperial Enchanter, but the role she once coveted may be more difficult—and dangerous—than she ever expected.

Pasha is grappling with his own problems—his legitimacy is in doubt, the girl he loves loathes him, and he believes his best friend is dead. When a challenger to the throne emerges—and with the magic in Russia growing rapidly—Pasha must do whatever it takes to keep his position and protect his kingdom.

For Nikolai, the ending of the Crown’s Game stung deeply. Although he just managed to escape death, Nikolai remains alone, a shadow hidden in a not-quite-real world of his own creation. But when he’s given a second chance at life—tied to a dark price—Nikolai must decide just how far he’s willing to go to return to the world.

With revolution on the rise, dangerous new magic rearing up, and a tsardom up for the taking, Vika, Nikolai, and Pasha must fight—or face the destruction of not only their world but also themselves.

I read the first book in this series a few months ago, and remember not being very impressed with it. Until the end, when it left on a major cliffhanger, and now I am dying to know what happens next for Vika and Nikolai.

What are you waiting for this week?

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Goodreads Monday (5/8/2017)

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: A Thousand Nights (A Thousand Nights #1)

Author: E.K. Johnston

Published: October 6th 2015 by Disney Hyperion

Goodreads Summary:

Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.

And so she is taken in her sister’s place, and she believes death will soon follow. Lo-Melkhiin’s court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments. She sees everything as if for the last time. But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead. Night after night, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong.

Far away, in their village, her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air.

Back at the palace, the words she speaks to Lo-Melkhiin every night are given a strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster.

I met E.K. Johnston last October at the Texas Teen Book Festival in Austin, and I am a little upset with myself that I didn’t get this book then! My friend is a little obsessed with her (mainly because she wrote a book for the Star Wars universe, and it’s his favorite), but he has nothing but good things to say about Johnston as an author. He has actually read this book and I believe its sequel and enjoyed it a lot. Now I’ll have a little more time to read, and hopefully I’ll be able to get this one off of my TBR shelf!

What is on your TBR shelf this week?

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Waiting on Wednesday

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:  A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Expected Publication:  May 2nd 2017

Publisher:  Bloomsbury Childrens Books

Goodreads Summary:

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

I can’t believe that this book finally comes out next week!!!! I am so excited! I still need to read the second book in this series, but I think I’ll just wait until next week and then binge read the three books together!

What are you waiting for this week?

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Goodreads Monday (4/24/2017)

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: The Shadow Hour (The Girl at Midnight #2)

Author: Melissa Grey

Published: July 12th 2016 by Delacorte Press

Goodreads Summary:

A battle has been won. But the war has only just begun.

Everything in Echo’s life changed in a blinding flash when she learned the startling truth: she is the firebird, the creature of light that is said to bring peace.

The firebird has come into the world, but it has not come alone. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction, and Echo can feel a great and terrible darkness rising in the distance. Cosmic forces threaten to tear the world apart.

Echo has already lost her home, her family, and her boyfriend. Now, as the firebird, her path is filled with even greater dangers than the ones she’s already overcome.

She knows the Dragon Prince will not fall without a fight.

Echo must decide: can she wield the power of her true nature—or will it prove too strong for her, and burn what’s left of her world to the ground?

Welcome to the shadow hour.

This is probably the most recent addition to my Goodreads TBR pile. I just finished the first book last week, and I really enjoyed it a lot. I just posted my review two days ago, so definitely check it out if you are interested in this book.

The first book has strong similarities between The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor and The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. Hopefully, this book will deviate and stand out on its own.

Whats on your TBR pile this week?

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The Girl at Midnight Book Review

The Girl at Midnight (The Girl at Midnight #1) by Melissa Greythegirlatmidnight

Published: April 28th 2015 by Delacorte Press

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

Magic lives in our darkest corners.

Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she’s ever known.

Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she’s fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it’s time to act.

Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, though if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it’s how to hunt down what she wants…and how to take it.

But some jobs aren’t as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.

I haven’t heard of this author before, and decided to buy this book on a whim from Book Outlet. I am so glad that I did! I really enjoyed this book, and although it is similar to Daughter of Smoke and Bone I felt like the book was original enough to stand out on its own.

…I like to be around all these books. They’re very good at making you forget your troubles. It’s like having a million friends, wrapped in paper and scrawled in ink

This started off with a 7 year old girl pick pocketing who she thought was a woman in the library late at night. The prologue was so well written that I was hooked after the first few pages. Who was this little girl? Why is she living in the library? Why was the woman that she tried to steal money from have feathers? So many questions, and I just had to read the rest of the book to find out the answers.

I loved the pacing of this book. There was plenty of action and they were spaced out very well. I also liked how the author put a really huge emphasis on friendship and didn’t really focus that much on the romantic aspect of Echo’s life. Yes, there was some very cheesy moments in the beginning with her boyfriend Rowan. When Caius showed up there was a brief moment that seemed as if there was going to be a love triangle, but thankfully the author didn’t put too much emphasis on it. I didn’t like how Echo thought oh well I screwed up so Rowan isn’t going to like me anymore, guess I’ll just like Caius instead. It wasn’t really that quick, but it felt like it a little bit.

The young always think they’re invincible, right until the moment they learn otherwise. Usually, the hard way

I knew going in that this was going to be a series, because lets face it no one does just standalones anymore it seems, so I was waiting for them to get almost to the firebird and we be left with a cliffhanger. Thankfully, this novel didn’t end on one! Yes, you know that there is still a war going on, but they found the firebird and lines have been drawn.

But think carefully on it. Names are not a thing to be rushed. There’s power in names.

The only aspect that I had a problem with in this novel, was the fact that no one really knew how the war between the Avicen and the Drakharin started. I felt like it could be flushed out a little bit more, or maybe the truth will come out in the second or third book. For this one, it just seemed like a scapegoat that each side just blamed the other for starting it.

I did enjoy that there were LGBT characters, and that they didn’t seem awkward or just randomly placed into the story. They were involved for most of the book, and they weren’t just thrown in to have a LGBT aspect. (These characters and the friendship between Dorian and Caius, is how I can see that this book reminds people of The Mortal Instruments). 

Overall, I enjoyed this book and how strong and independent the main character is. I can’t wait to get the second book to see how their stories continue.

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Vassa in the Night Book Review

Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porterimg_1572

Published: September 20th 2017 by Tor Teen

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

In the enchanted kingdom of Brooklyn, the fashionable people put on cute shoes, go to parties in warehouses, drink on rooftops at sunset, and tell themselves they’ve arrived. A whole lot of Brooklyn is like that now—but not Vassa’s working-class neighborhood.

In Vassa’s neighborhood, where she lives with her stepmother and bickering stepsisters, one might stumble onto magic, but stumbling away again could become an issue. Babs Yagg, the owner of the local convenience store, has a policy of beheading shoplifters—and sometimes innocent shoppers as well. So when Vassa’s stepsister sends her out for light bulbs in the middle of night, she knows it could easily become a suicide mission.

But Vassa has a bit of luck hidden in her pocket, a gift from her dead mother. Erg is a tough-talking wooden doll with sticky fingers, a bottomless stomach, and a ferocious cunning. With Erg’s help, Vassa just might be able to break the witch’s curse and free her Brooklyn neighborhood. But Babs won’t be playing fair…

I got this in one of my Uppercase subscription boxes a few months ago, and I can’t believe it has taken me this long to finally read it! Although it did take me a few chapters to really get into the book, but once I did I enjoyed it immensely.

You don’t have to be human to be a person. I mean you don’t have to be human to be somebody. I don’t know you that well, but you seem like way more of a somebody than lots of humans I know! Really 

This story is based upon the Russian folklore Vassilissa the Beautiful, and after reading a few chapters I just had to go and brush up on what the folklore was all about. Once I did, I could see a few aspects lining up, and then I just tried to guess what would happen next and I was wrong on every account. This book is strange, and you think it’ll go one way but then the author will take you on a totally different path.

This book had talking wooden dolls (who was very sassy), dancing stores, moving hands, and strange dreams. It is also very dark at moments, sometimes gory, and just the right amount of snark. Sometimes I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Vassa and her situation, and other times I just couldn’t believe she did that to herself.

The book is centered around Vassa going to the convenience store to get light bulbs, only to be framed for stealing by one of the hands. Now she has to survive three nights in the shop to prove her innocence. While there she begins to solve the mystery of why night time seems to last so long, all while trying to keep her head attached to her body. The tasks that Babs puts her through are very ridiculous and for Vassa they all were very overwhelming. She makes friends along the way and they help her through each situation and to come to terms with certain truths she rather keep in the dark about herself.

If you enjoy retellings and weird, whimsical books, then I definitely suggest you check out this book!

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Waiting on Wednesday (4/19/2017)

It’s that time of the week again, another WoW!!! I know I’ve been a little MIA lately, and I keep saying that I’ll do better but honestly I probably won’t be consistent again until after I finish writing my thesis this summer….[insert nervous looking emoji here]

With that being said on to WoW….

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…


Legion

Title:  Legion (Talon #4)

Author: Julie Kagawa

Expected Publication:  April 25th 2017

Publisher:  MIRA Ink

Goodreads Summary:

The legions are about to be unleashed, and no human, rogue dragon or former dragon slayer can stand against the coming horde. Book 4 of 5 in The Talon Saga from New York Times bestselling author Julie Kagawa.

Dragon hatchling Ember Hill was never prepared to find love at all–dragons do not suffer human emotions–let alone the love of a human and a former dragonslayer, at that. With ex-soldier Garret dying at her feet after sacrificing his freedom and his life to expose the deepest of betrayals, Ember knows only that nothing she was taught by dragon organization Talon is true. About humans, about rogue dragons, about herself and what she’s capable of doing and feeling.

In the face of great loss, Ember vows to stand with rogue dragon Riley against the dragon-slaying Order of St. George and her own twin brother Dante–the heir apparent to all of Talon, and the boy who will soon unleash the greatest threat and terror dragonkind has ever known.

Talon is poised to take over the world, and the abominations they have created will soon take to the skies, darkening the world with the promise of blood and death to those who refuse to yield.

I haven’t read the third book yet, but after finding out that there will be 5, I will probably wait until they are all out and binge read the whole series. I really enjoyed the first two books and I can’t imagine not liking the last 3. Although, when did trilogies stop being a thing? Why does series these days have to be 4+ books? Depending on the series it’s okay with me, but some series should have stopped at just one! Which series would you recommend and which would you not?

 

 

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Crystal Kingdom Book Review

Crystal Kingdom (Kanin Chronicles #3) by Amana Hockingcrystalkingdom

Published: August 4th 2015 by St. Martin’s Press

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

The kingdom she loves has turned against her. Can she save it before it’s too late?

Bryn Aven—unjustly charged with murder and treason—is on the run. The one person who can help is her greatest enemy, the gorgeous and enigmatic Konstantin Black. Konstantin is her only ally against those who have taken over her kingdom and threaten to destroy everything she holds dear. But can she trust him?

As Bryn fights to clear her name, the Kanin rulers’ darkest secrets are coming to light…and now the entire troll world is on the brink of war. Will it tear Bryn from Ridley Dresden, the only guy she’s ever loved? And can she join forces with Finn Holms and the Trylle kingdom? Nothing is as it seems, but one thing is certain: an epic battle is under way—and when it’s over, nothing will ever be the same…

Crystal Kingdom (Kanin Chronicles, #3)

I have to say I enjoyed this book immensely more than the second book. This one for one actually had a plot that advanced very quickly and there was hardly any grammatical errors. The plot itself while not spectacular was just alright, but 8 times better than the second book.

This book basically starts off right where the second book ended. Konstantin shows up where Bryn is hiding and he offers her friendship. They go off to try to get support for their cause and to try to clear Bryn’s name. For the most part, I don’t see why Konstantin is always trying to help out Bryn when she doesn’t even appreciate everything he did and just questioned every single motive.

Byrn still annoyed me in this book, but I am very happy that Konstantin is there to basically slap some sense into her. Every time she demanded something “for the good of the people”, he was there to remind her that this was a war and one person can’t come before the good of the many. It also annoyed me that she was ok if the war was happening anywhere except Doldastam, but as soon as it was suggested to bring it to them everyone there was an innocent bystander and shouldn’t be brought into the war. I think she is seriously missing what the idea of a war is.

The addition of Konstantin helped a lot in the book. He just added something that was missing from the first two books. It also seems as if he is the most flushed out character for one that just became one of the cast. One aspect I did not like was the addition of a love triangle between him, Bryn, and Ridley. Thankfully though the love triangle was a little more one sided until the end (but I won’t spoil it for you).

If you could just read the first book and this one, I think for the most part you will enjoy the series. If of course you can ignore all the parts where the author says that a character does something because they are a troll and it’s the troll thing to do. Overall, I give this trilogy a 3 out of 5 stars (the second book really dragged it down for me).

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Ice Kissed Book Review

Ice Kissed (Kanin Chronicles #1) by Amanda Hockingicekissed

Published: May 5th 2015 by St. Martin’s Press

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

In the majestic halls of a crystal palace lies a secret that could destroy an entire kingdom…

Bryn Aven refuses to give up on her dream of serving the kingdom she loves. It’s a dream that brings her to a whole new realm…and the glittering palace of the Skojare.

The Skojare people need protection from the same brutal enemy that’s been threatening the Kanin, and Bryn is there to help. Being half Skojare herself, it’s also a chance for her to learn more about her lost heritage. Her boss, Ridley Dresden, is overseeing her mission, but as their undeniable attraction heats up, their relationship is about to reach a whole new level—one neither of them is prepared for.

As they delve deeper into the Skojare world, they begin to unravel a long-hidden secret. The dark truth about her own beloved Kanin kingdom is about to come to light, and it will change her place in it forever…and threaten everyone she loves.

Ice Kissed (Kanin Chronicles, #2)

Reading this book, I realized that I should have reread the first book before diving in. I remembered some aspects of the first book, but I forgot a lot of it. It might have helped me enjoy this book more, but realistically I don’t think it would have helped.

I really wish the blurb matches the actual book. There is an impression that there is some deep long-hidden secret/mystery, but in reality that isn’t the case until about the last chapter of the whole book! This book it seemed really suffered from the middle book syndrome. The plot didn’t move that much, and the tension didn’t rise until the end. The ending is what really helped the book get another star rating than what I would have given it.

Byrn didn’t grow at all as a character in this book. She took everything as someone else’s fault (if she didn’t blame herself for something that wasn’t even her fault), and it was either her way or the high way. I really don’t know why so many people listened to her when her partner was of higher rank. (Also, I would like to note that the blurb says Ridley was in charge of the mission, but he wasn’t even in Skojare. So no heating up of anything).

One aspect that bothered me throughout the book was the lack of editing. There was typos everywhere!!! Normally, one or two don’t bother me, but this one had a bunch. Words were missing, words were duplicated, or there was missing punctuation. Which this isn’t the authors fault, but her editor should have caught almost all of these before print.

I could go on and on about the negatives of this book, but I think I’ll just stop here. Thankfully the book wasn’t that long or I would have probably DNFed it, but I wanted to read the third book so I pushed my way through.

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Goodreads Monday (3/27/2017)

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: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Published: May 3rd 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Goodreads Summary:

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

It’s sad to say that I have not read this book yet, even though I have had it on my shelf since it first came out. I think at this point I will have to reread the first book before picking this one up. I guess it can all be in preparation for the third book that is coming out this May! I loved the first one, so I have high expectations for this one. Especially with all of the rave reviews that have been going around since it came out!

What is on your Goodreads TBR shelf this week?