December TBR

Books I’m Planning to Read by the End of 2016.

WOOP WOOP! 

We are officially here guys! We have made it to December, and we are still somewhat okay! YAY! Okay, but to be real this year has been hectic and horrible… I thought 2016 was going to be my year but it slipped through my fingers like sand. It’s… pretty shocking and… it… I just wasn’t expecting it to go by so quickly. Now, that I know that the years are going to pass by in the speed of light I’m going to have to do things much quicker for 2017. I GUESS THAT MEANS NO SLEEP FOR ME! 

Anyway, let’s move on. I have a pretty ambitious TBR for this month so let’s get to it! (Ambitious for me anyway…)

What I Hope to Read this December

195428411. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again–but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.

When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.

Why does happiness have to be so hard?

131886762. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

The heart-stopping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, which Ransom Riggs, bestselling author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, called “a thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love.”

With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world . . . but that’s not all he wants with her.

The Shatter Me series is perfect for fans who crave action-packed young adult novels with tantalizing romance like Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Legend by Marie Lu. Tahereh Mafi has created a captivating and original story that combines the best of dystopian and paranormal, and was praised by Publishers Weekly as “a gripping read from an author who’s not afraid to take risks.” Now this final book brings the series to a shocking and satisfying end.

258121093. The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it. When her older sister, Anna, was murdered three years ago and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best. The language of violence.

While her crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people, even in her small hometown. She relegates herself to the shadows, a girl who goes unseen in plain sight, unremarkable in the high school hallways.

But Jack Fisher sees her. He’s the guy all other guys want to be: the star athlete gunning for valedictorian with the prom queen on his arm. Guilt over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered hasn’t let him forget Alex over the years, and now her green eyes amid a constellation of freckles have his attention. He doesn’t want to only see Alex Craft; he wants to know her.

So does Peekay, the preacher’s kid, a girl whose identity is entangled with her dad’s job, though that does not stop her from knowing the taste of beer or missing the touch of her ex-boyfriend. When Peekay and Alex start working together at the animal shelter, a friendship forms and Alex’s protective nature extends to more than just the dogs and cats they care for.

Circumstances bring Alex, Jack, and Peekay together as their senior year unfolds. While partying one night, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting the teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.

288183134. Iron Cast by Destiny Soria

In 1919, Ada Navarra—the intrepid daughter of immigrants—and Corinne Wells—a spunky, devil-may-care heiress—make an unlikely pair. But at the Cast Iron nightclub in Boston, anything and everything is possible. At night, on stage together, the two best friends, whose “afflicted” blood gives them the ability to create illusions through art, weave magic under the employ of Johnny Dervish, the club’s owner and a notorious gangster. By day, Ada and Corinne use these same skills to con the city’s elite in an attempt to keep the club afloat.

When a “job” goes awry and Ada is imprisoned, she realizes they’re on the precipice of danger. Only Corinne—her partner in crime—can break her out of Haversham Asylum. But once Ada is out, they face betrayal at every turn.

232070275. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.

288183696. The Graces by Laure Eve

Everyone loves the Graces.

Fenrin Grace is larger than life, almost mythical. He’s the school Pan, seducing girls without really meaning to. He’s biding his time until someone special comes along. Someone different, who will make him wonder how he got along all this time without her. Someone like me.

Fenrin’s twin, Thalia, is a willowy beauty with rippling, honey-colored hair. Wherever she goes, Thalia leaves behind a band of followers who want to emulate her. She casts spells over everyone she encounters, just like Fenrin—even if they both deny it.

Then there’s Summer. She’s the youngest Grace, and the only one who admits she’s really a witch. Summer is dark on the outside—with jet-black hair and kohl-rimmed eyes—and on the inside. It was inevitable that she’d find me, the new girl—a loner with secrets lurking under the surface.

I am River. I am not a Grace. But I’ll do anything to become one.

160690307. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Winning what you want may cost you everything you love…

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

222997638. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.

185848559. Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

599615310. Blood Promise by Richelle Mead

Rose Hathaway’s life will never be the same.

The recent attack on St. Vladimir’s Academy devastated the entire Moroi world. Many are dead. And, for the few victims carried off by Strigoi, their fates are even worse. A rare tattoo now adorns Rose’s neck, a mark that says she’s killed far too many Strigoi to count. But only one victim matters … Dimitri Belikov. Rose must now choose one of two very different paths: honoring her life’s vow to protect Lissa—her best friend and the last surviving Dragomir princess—or, dropping out of the Academy to strike out on her own and hunt down the man she loves. She’ll have to go to the ends of the earth to find Dimitri and keep the promise he begged her to make. But the question is, when the time comes, will he want to be saved?

Now, with everything at stake—and worlds away from St. Vladimir’s and her unguarded, vulnerable, and newly rebellious best friend—can Rose find the strength to destroy Dimitri? Or, will she sacrifice herself for a chance at eternal love?

Books I’m Planning to Continue…

1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon 
2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
3. The Walking Dead: Compendium #3 by Robert Kirkman


Wow, am I being too ambitious?! I guess we’ll have to find out next year!

Okay guys, so this is it for today’s post. I hope that you guys are having a wonderful wonderful day, and I will see you guys again soon! 

Bye!

November Wrap-Up!

Hello everyone!

How many of you are surprised that it’s already December!? Because I know I am, it literally feels like 2016 started yesterday! I can’t believe a whole year has gone by, we’re already at the end guys… at the end of 2016! Amazing! Though I am very excited, December is always a really good reading month, I think for everyone. It’s just so cozy and relaxing. 

So, without further ado, let’e begin this wrap-up shall we?

This month I read five books, or four and a little bit of another one, if you want to be more precise. 

What I Read:
  1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon | I got about 200 pages in.
  2. Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts | ★★★★
  3. Blood Magick by Nora Roberts | ★★★★
  4. Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts | ★★★
  5. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling | ★★★★★

 

You know, considering that I thought I was only going to get through 2 books this months, I think I did quiet well for myself this month. So, I’m really proud. 

Good job Arianny!

Alright, so I will see you all tomorrow, and I hope that you are all having a lovely day! 

Bye-Bye!

Tuesday Talks | Interesting Book Titles!

November 29 – Most interesting Book titles that you have seen?

Well, Hello Everybody!!

I hope everyone’s week is going swell. I hope your wallets are recovering okay from Black Friday and Cyber Monday, I know mine is still very angry at me! But enough of that. Today’s post will be a Tuesday Talks, and this one has an amazing topic. Book Titles!

Now, I’ve been writing since I was sixteen years old. Throughout all these years, what I have always struggled with most is giving titles to my works. I really just suck with coming up titles, be it the book title or the chapter titles… I mostly just end naming it something that has context from whatever I’m working on. Which I guess works… 

So, before I go off on a never ending tangent about how much I suck at coming up with book titles how about I list some of the ones I love! Yeah, okay then, let’s begin.


The types of titles that I love are the ones that consist of two words. You know, quick easy, straight to the point.

I really love the Shatter Me series titles. The titles are simple and they capture your attention, and the covers are beautiful.

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I know this is going to sound cheesy, but I love the House of Night series titles. I think that the one word title… just has this kind of kick to it, especially if you do it right. Which I feel this series has done. Even though, it’s not the best series in the world, it has a very good

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Now, I’m just going to show some of the titles that I love and the series that they belong too.

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And because I feel like I can’t do anything without adding this series to anything in my life. Here it is.

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That is all for today guys, I hope to see you again tomorrow! 

Bye-bye!

Diversity Spotlight Thursday!

DIVERSITY SPOTLIGHT THURSDAY IS A WEEKLY MEME HOSTED BY AIMAL OVER ON BOOKSHELVES AND PAPERBACKS. FOR THIS MEME YOU MUST COME UP WITH ONE BOOK IN EACH OF THREE DIFFERENT CATEGORIES: A DIVERSE BOOK YOU HAVE READ AND ENJOYED, A DIVERSE BOOK ON YOUR TBR, AND ONE THAT HAS NOT YET BEEN RELEASED, ONCE A WEEK. THERE IS A POST THAT YOU CAN CHECK OUT  FOR ALL OF THE RULES AND FOR MORE INFORMATION.

[ THE ANNOUNCEMENT POST ]

 

Hello Everybody, and Happy Thanksgiving to all! (of those that do celebrate the holiday!)

Today, I am back with a meme that I have been wanting to participate in since I found out about it a few months ago, but lazy me wouldn’t allow it for some reason. Anyway, I love Diversity in books. It fills me with such joy and excitement when I discover a book that that is actually told from the point of view of a POC or LGBTQ+ person that I just want to devour the book. I also, find such importance in displaying all kinds of nationalities/ethnic backgrounds/sexualities in literature especially in Young Adult literature since young adults are the future of our civilization and they should be as aware and informed of the world as much as possible, since they will be running it one day… hopefully.

Okay, I won’t be morbid, but a lot of us must be wondering if we’re even going to have a world to worry about since these days kind of feel like we’re getting close to the end. Okay, I’ll stop now.

If you like this meme and feel an itch to participate, as I did, then follow the announcement link at the top and participate to your hearts desire!

Let us begin!



A BOOK I HAVE READ!

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Title: Eon: Dragon Eye Reborn
Author: Alison Goodman
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

Synopsis:

Also Known As: Two Pearls of Wisdom, Eon: Rise of the Dragoneye, and Eon (All the same book just published with different publishers)

Swordplay, dragon magic–and a hero with a desperate secret

Twelve-year-old Eon has been in training for years. His intensive study of Dragon Magic, based on East Asian astrology, involves two kinds of skills: sword-work and magical aptitude. He and his master hope that he will be chosen as a Dragoneye–an apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune.

But Eon has a dangerous secret. He is actually Eona, a sixteen-year-old girl who has been masquerading as a boy for the chance to become a Dragoneye. Females are forbidden to use Dragon Magic; if anyone discovers she has been hiding in plain sight, her death is assured.

When Eon’s secret threatens to come to light, she and her allies are plunged into grave danger and a deadly struggle for the Imperial throne. Eon must find the strength and inner power to battle those who want to take her magic…and her life.

I remember the first time I saw this book, I really still do! It was in the ‘NEW’ section of my public library where all the new Young Adult novels were usually arranged. To me, at that stage in my life the book seemed massive, five-hundred and thirty-one pages,my goodness. I didn’t think that I could actually read it, I was very intimidated by it, but one day I just decided to take out and read it. I am so glad I did. I read in two days, which is my average for all books, I am a student and have a life and can’t just read 24/7! But, I was so proud of myself in that moment. I couldn’t believe I’d done it, I’d read the whole thing. That wasn’t the best part. What really excited me about this novel was the fact that the main character was of Asian decent. She was an Asian girl (pretending to be a boy), something that I had never read about in novels before, for the first time I got to explore Asian culture and mythology. It was amazing. I really do recommend this book to anyone who loves mythology and who loves fantasy. It’s an amazing, solid read.



A BOOK ON MY TBR

19542841Title: More Happy Than Not
Author: Adam Silvera
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: Soho Teen

Synopsis:

In his twisty, gritty, profoundly moving debut—called “mandatory reading” by the New York Times—Adam Silvera brings to life a charged, dangerous near-future summer in the Bronx.

In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again–but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.

When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.

Why does happiness have to be so hard?

Ugh! I have heard so much about this book. So many good things, and I’m so excited to finally get to it… yet I haven’t. I have no idea why I haven’t read it, actually that’s a lie. The reason why I haven’t read it is because I am afraid of not liking it as much as I want to like it. As you may have realized already, I don’t read much Contemporary but when I do. I choose the books that I know are going to change my life somehow. I like that about Contemporary, that they have these stories that can teach you something, be that something about yourself, or something about life. I love that, so I don’t read silly Contemporary novels (very often). This one doesn’t feel like a silly Contemporary, it sounds like a book that can change something about the way I see the world, and I don’t want it to let me down.


A BOOK RELEASING SOON

30256109Title: American Street
Author: Ibi Zoboi
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Magical Realism
Publisher: Blazer + Bray
Expected Publication Date: February 14th 2017

Synopsis:

On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life.

But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own.

Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?

So, I feel like this book is so important. Especially right now. We need so many more books like this, not only in YA but everywhere. The subject of immigration has to be spoken about, not something that has to be fixed by building a wall and trying to send 3 million people back to their “country” we really need to broach this subject, and we need to educate our young, that people that come from other countries into this beautiful and amazing country, aren’t stealing anything. 

We need to throw out those kinds of thoughts, and become educated.

 


Woo!

I hope you guys enjoyed that, also I hope that those of you that do celebrate Thanksgiving are having a Happy Thanksgiving, and for those that don’t, I hope you’re having a wonderful Thursday! 

Bye Bye, and see you tomorrow!

Top 5 Wednesday | Books I Want to Re-Read

November 23: Books I Want to Re-Read

– Though it seems like we are all constantly chasing the next upcoming release, let’s take a trip down memory lane and talk about some books that we’d like to re-visit. 


I really love this topic, since re-reading is such a huge part of my reading experience, it’s something that I always do, I re-read my favorite series and books all the time, and I really wish that goodreads had a way for you to input how many times you have re-read a book because that would be awesome!

Let us start!

  1. Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead | I always re-read this series, every year. I haven’t read it again this year, it’s such a shame!
  2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins | I haven’t read these books since the first time I read them in 2009, I really want to re-read them! ASAP!
  3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling | I have already re-read this book this year, but this is the happiest HP book, and I always want to read it, and am always reading for some reason. Like, I just sort of open up my iBooks and read random parts of it. Especially the Christmas scene (Ugh! Wipes tears!).
  4. Marked by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast | Now, I know that people hate this series, and I’m going to be totally one hundred percent honest with all of you, I really did start to hate this series when the seventh book came out, it seemed so unnecessary to me. But, I really do want to re-read the first five books, which are my faves in the whole series. /lesigh
  5. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell | This is probably my favorite book off all time. I read it every year, and it’s the next book that I’m going to pick up. 

What books do you guys feel like re-reading? Do you guys even like to re-read books, I know that the massive size of our tbrs tend to put us off from re-reading, so it’s always an interesting question to ask? 

I’ll see you guys tomorrow! Bye-bye!

November TBR

Whoop! 

Hello everybody and happy Tuesday! Isn’t it a beautiful day? Or maybe I’m just excited for no real reason! But, I think it’s a wonderful day, I managed to make a post, and to do a bit of reading, which always makes me feel great. You want to see me happy, leave me alone with a book for thirty minutes and I’ll be the happiest woman in the world! Trust me.

So, for this post, I want to talk about the books that I want to finish for this month. I have already began reading them, in October actually, but I have decided to put my big girl pants on and finish the darn books! Fight me. 

What I am reading:
  1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  2.  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

It’s so exciting to make this post. I am about half-way through both books, so I know that I will be finish them this month, and I definitely want to write a review for Outlander so that’s also very exciting for me.

I know that two books is basically the least of amount of books that people find they should be reading, but when I finish these two books, I know that I am going to be so proud of myself for actually finishing a pair of books in months. I will get back into reading slowly. I’m not going to push myself, especially since the year is almost over and I do most of my reading in December anyway, so I’m just taking it day by day.

 

Bye-bye guys! I will see you all again tomorrow!

September | October Wrap Up!

Hello Everybody!

I am finally doing my monthly wrap-up! I really debated doing this post, or just not doing it at all simply because I haven’t actually read anything in the past few months. As in, it’s November and I’ve been reading the same two books since September… basically Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Outlander. I am loving both books, but honestly, 2016 hasn’t been my year.

how-is-2016-going-so-far-242549I’m sure it’s been this kind of year for a lot of people too. Sadly, it has affected my reading beyond repair. I don’t think I’m going to be able to catch up on my reading goal, though that doesn’t really bother me as much, since at least I have read a bit this year, but I like setting goals for myself, it makes me feel like I have a sense of order in my life. And it just feels good when you actually reach your goal!

It has also affected my writing, I think honestly that this is what has me the most distraught. I can’t seem to write anything that I like… what can I do though, but keep writing?

So, without further ado, I will let you know the one book that I have read in the past few months!

What I read:

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  1. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas | ★★★★

This is literally the only book I’ve read. I know, I’m ashamed of me too. I have made a review for this book where I explain all of my feeling for it, so if you haven’t checked that out, you should totally go do that… why, I have no idea other than you should! =)

 

Alright guys, so that’s it. I will be back on Tuesday with another post, so please look forward to that!

Book Review | Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) Sarah J. Maas

28260587 (1)Title: Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
Pages | Format: 704 | Hardcover & Audiobook
Source: Target & Audible

Synopsis:

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

Initial Reaction: YAAAAAAAAAAAASS
Final Rating: ★★★★

My Review:

I would really love this review to be like a very long recount of every emotion I felt while reading this book. But sadly, I didn’t take any annotations like I usually do when I read a book specifically for review or for a book that I am planning on reviewing… or you know really want to review eventually. I kind of just jumped into the book. I was so excited for it, I had been waiting so long! I just read it.

Though, I can just tell you all the emotions I felt. You ready, let’s go!

YAAS, TEARS, OOOOOHH, FUCK YOU OLD MAN, YAAAS, UGH, YAAAS, YAAS, OMG, TEARS, UHMM, and, MEH.

So, as you can see the book was definitely entertaining. But I can’t help but have this overwhelming feeling of disappointment. I don’t know why, I just feel like this novel, especially the ending was too similar to ACOMAF… but for some reason ACOMAF was done better, it was definitely better, I don’t know why I guess it just made more sense. For some reason, I wasn’t that into the characters in this novel as I’ve been in the other novels. I mean, I loved Elide and Lorcan, I hated Lorcan in the last two novels but I loved him so much in this one. Surprisingly enough I loved Prince Dorian and Manon (which I didn’t think I would, but come on! Power Couple!!) Also, Lysandra is bae. 

As for the rest, I did enjoy that Aelin wasn’t just loved and accepted as Queen right away, it makes sense that she would have to prove herself. I did enjoy that, but I was a little tired of her wanting to do everything by herself and not telling anyone about her plans, and lying about everything all the time. Enough with the dramatics.

So annoying.

I don’t even want to talk about the ending, because even though there were somethings that were different, like… uh… okay. It was basically all the same. I was so disappointed, I just wish she would have thought of a different way to end the novel… I mean, it’s almost as if she has a check list, and was like getting married in secret (check!) trying to deceive everyone (check!) getting separated from your mate (check!)

smh.

I’m sorry, but I almost want to take two stars, but I did love the book, and I love the rest of the series so much, that I don’t think I can remove two stars. I know I’m weak.

So, fours stars it is, for the fact that the novel was extremely underwhelming.

Plot:

“A storm is coming. A great storm.”
– Sarah J. Maas, Empire of Storms

We start out with the Fantastic Four (Aelin, Rowan, Aedion, and Lysandra) meeting with the lords of Terrasen, trying to get Aelin appointed to her “rightful” place as the long lost Queen of the land. The meeting sadly, and to our entertainment, doesn’t go as planned. And they leave and go for an alternate plan that, Aelin seem to have planned mostly by herself since she doesn’t deem anyone else worthy of knowing them.

Because that is who she is. Because that’s what she does. 

This novel also follows, Elide and Lorcan, as they try to get back to Aelin. Prince Dorian and Manon (the rest of the witches too), who are now a thing… or not. I don’t know what’s going on there. I think Dorian is going through some kind of phase maybe… I don’t know. But I dig it.

The rest of the novel is them just trying to figure out some riddles and trying to gather an army to fight in the upcoming war against the Valg King. 

Yay. 

Characters:

Aelin Ashryver Galathynius

“Aelin had promised herself, months and months ago, that she would not pretend to be anything but what she was. She had crawled through darkness and blood and despair-she had survived.”

Rowan Whitethorn

“Even when this world is a forgotten whisper of dust between the stars, I will always love you.”

I am obsessed with this. The only beautiful thing that came from this book. 

Aedion Ashryver

“One day. I am going to marry you. I’ll be generous and let you pick when, even if it’s ten years from now. Or twenty. But one day, you are going to be my wife.”

And this! /Swoon/

Lysandra

“You and I are nothing but wild beasts wearing human skins.”

Dorian Havilliard

“I’d hate for you to waste away into nothing. It’d be a shame to lose the most beautiful woman in the world so soon into her immortal, wicked life.”

Is this even the same person?

Manon Blackbeak

“I am going to find the Crochans. And I am going to raise an army with them. For Aelin Galathynius. And her people. And for ours.”

Elide Lochan

“Because I am from Terrasen and believed my queen dead. And now she is alive, and fighting, so I will fight with her. So that no other girls will be taken from their homes and brought to Morath and forgotten.”

Lorcan Salvaterre

“Lorcan had been born from and gifted with darkness. Returning to it was not a difficult task.

But letting that glimmering, lovely light before him die out . . . In his ancient, bitter bones, he could not accept it.
She had been forgotten—by everyone and everything. And still she had hoped. And still she had been kind to him.
And still she had offered him a glimpse of peace in the time he’d known her.

She had offered him a home.”

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Did I like it? Yeah… not as much as QoS, but yeah. It was good.
Did I love it? Uhm. I liked it, a lot.
Would I reread it? I would re-read certain parts, not the whole book.
Would I purchase it? To complete the collection, yes.
Would I recommend it? Yeah, it’s a solid series.

Book Review | The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

12813630Title: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
Author: Holly Black
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Horror
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 3, 2013
Pages | Format: 419 | Hardcover
Source: Purchased on Amazon

Synopsis:

Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.

Initial Reaction: Vampires? 
Final Rating: ★★★★

My Review:

Surprisingly enough, I loved this novel! It surprised me because it was released in 2013 and I hadn’t 1. heard of it (I know, sadness) 2. was about vampires and I didn’t know it existed. I remember once upon a time when I made it my business to know about Every vampire novel that was ever released, and 3. … I don’t really have a third reason, but I know that I loved this book, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to read an easy paranormal vampire story. And by easy I mean not full of the angsty I need you in my life or I will die forever, kind of vampire story we’re all accustomed to. 

Really, the story is very refreshing and easy to jump into. Also, it’s a standalone! 

Also, Gavriel.

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Plot: 

“We all wind up drawn to what we’re afraid of, drawn to try to find a way to make ourselves safe from a thing by crawling inside of it, by loving it, by becoming it.”
― Holly Black, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

This novel revolves around 3 main-ish characters. Tana, Gavriel, and Aiden, as they wake up from a party where they are the only survivors. Interesting right! That right there is what hooked me in immediately, gone was the thought that this novel was going to be just another basic vampire book, nope this one is set in a dystopian world where Vampires are the ones that got sick of living in hiding and destroyed it. I love the fact that this story takes vampires back to being what they originally were, dangerous creatures that you should be afraid and run from. Though, like in real life there are people who are stupid enough to run towards danger instead of away from it.

I have never read a vampire novel that was quite like this one, and I’m glad that I chose this to be my first Holly Black novel experience because it really has made me anticipate her other novels.

Characters:

“She was torn between the impulse to run and the urge to curl up like a pill bug, close her eyes, tuck her head beneath her arms, and play the game of since-I-can’t-see-monsters-monsters-can’t-see-me. Neither of those impulses were going to save her. She had to think.”

Tana is a truly magnificent character, she is smart, patient, brave, resourceful, and a little-bit of a badass. She manages to save her ex-boyfriend and a vampire after waking up to a slaughter-house. That’s pretty amazing!

“Allow me to explain how my whole life has prepared me for this moment. I am used to girls screaming, and your screams – will be sweeter than another’s cries of love.”

My favorite vampire of all time, after Adrian of course! Having said that, I think that the reason why I loved Gavriel so much was because he reminded me a little of Dracula and a little of Lestat, he’s the true tortured old vampire that has lived a long and regretful life, and I loved it. 

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Did I like it? Yes
Did I love it? Yes, I did, but if the plot weren’t so slow at times this would have gotten 5 stars!
Would I reread it? Yes.
Would I purchase it? I already did, silly.
Would I recommend it? Yes, to everyone. Read it! Now.

 

Book Review | Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer

13206900Title: Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: November 10, 2015
Pages | Format: 832 | Hardcover & Audiobook
Source: Library & Audible

Synopsis:

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.

Initial Reaction: excitement!
Final Rating: ★★★☆☆

My Review:

Before I start I just want to stat that this book was more of 2.7 than an actual 3 stars. I was sorely disappointed with this book, and I feel like it set the mood for the rest of my reading in the beginning of the year.

Alright, so I read this book in January… and finished it in March. I began this book in physical form, I’d gotten the hardcover copy from the library I was very excited to begin the year with a bang with such a fantastic book, one that everyone kept raving about. I was not one of those people, even as I began the book, I could feel my excitement waning as I read it. I did really like the beginning, the first part, that was awesome. But as I kept reading, I felt like the characters didn’t actually have any growth, I do understand that the series begins and ends in the space of a maybe a year. I don’t remember quiet well, it might be less, but still it’s the authors job to make sure that her characters have believable growth, and I felt that it was opposite. Cinder kept making the wrong decisions throughout the whole novel, either that or she didn’t make decisions at all. I was so stressed out while reading this, that I actually began to get headaches while I read. Which is why, I stopped reading, and just decided that I would continue it later on.

Now, this book put me in my first reading slump of the year. Though, I notice that after this book almost every other book read disappoints me. I think I should have started the year with another book, because this one really screwed me up.

I felt that this book could have been cut down, that it wasn’t necessary for all the things that were allowed to stay in it, actually be in the final edition. There was too much happening, it actually felt rushed in places, especially the end. You can actually hear the deterioration of the authors technique and ideas as the story progressed through to the climax. I wasn’t impressed. I’m not saying that it’s the size of the novel that’s the problem, that’s not it at all, because Cress is probably the best novel in the whole series and that one is pretty massive as well.

Maybe I’m being too harsh (I mean Fairest had pretty much made me gag while I read it) and I was letting other books mar my enjoyment of this one, but I expect more. I expected more character growth, more actual plot line development and a stronger ending.

I don’t think this novel actually achieved any of these.

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Plot:

“My point is that I am going to figure this out, like I always do. First, we’re going to find a way to get into Artemisia. We’re going to find Cress and rescue Cinder and Wolf. We’re going to overthrow Levana, and by the stars above, we are going to make Cinder a queen so she can pay us a lot of money from her royal coffers and we can all retire very rich and very alive, got it?”

Marissa Meyer, Winter

Ugh, don’t even get me started on this “plot” was there any? There must have been a plan… or was this just a random sequence of events that kept on happening. I mean… every page, something insane that made no sense happened. I’m not a big fan. I don’t have much to say other than it could have been laid out better, so that things didn’t make seem like they were just thrown together last minute. I.E. Cress and Thorne making out at a time that was really inappropriate. Seriously, grow up guys. 

Final Thoughts:

Did I like it? Uhm, not very much.
Did I love it? No.
Would I reread it? No.
Would I purchase it? I would just because I love buying books.
Would I recommend it? Sure… if you like the rest of the series, you just read this one to complete it.