Anticipated Book Releases // May 2017

Lot’s of different books come out each month, but this year May is STACKED with all the great books. Some of my ALL time favorite authors books come out this month and I am so excited I literally cannot contain it. I literally need to read some of these books the second they come out. I’ve already rambled on for too long but here are some of the book I am really really really excited for this month.

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A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN BY SARAH J MASS MAY 2ND

1Looming 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’ve been anticipating ACOWAR for what feels like a million years although it has only been one. I’ve re-read ACOMAF multiple times and I am dying with anticipation to find out what happens to my beloved characters.

 

THE DARK PROPHECY BY RICK RIORDAN MAY 2ND

3Zeus has punished his son Apollo—god of the sun, music, archery, poetry, and more—by casting him down to earth in the form of a gawky, acne-covered sixteen-year-old mortal named Lester. The only way Apollo can reclaim his rightful place on Mount Olympus is by restoring several Oracles that have gone dark. What is affecting the Oracles, and how can Apollo do anything about them without his powers?

After experiencing a series of dangerous—and frankly, humiliating—trials at Camp Half-Blood, Apollo must now leave the relative safety of the demigod training ground and embark on a hair-raising journey across North America. Fortunately, what he lacks in godly graces he’s gaining in new friendships—with heroes who will be very familiar to fans of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series. Come along for what promises to be a harrowing, hilarious, and haiku-filled ride. . . .

Rick Riordan is one of my all-time favorite authors, I have to read everything he writes. The trials of Apollo series is not my favorite of his series ( that honor goes to the OG Percy Jackson as well as the Magnus chase series), but I do love it all the same.

 

ALWAYS AND FOREVER, LAURA JEAN BY JENNY HAN MAY 2ND

4Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and  P.S I Still Love You were meant to be a duology but last year Jenny Han announced a third book in this now trilogy. I absolutely adored the first two books in these trilogy and I can’t wait to see how it wraps up, I just hope it’s not a flop.

 

FLAME IN THE MIST BY RENEE AHDIEH MAY 16TH

6The only daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has always known she’d been raised for one purpose and one purpose only: to marry. Never mind her cunning, which rivals that of her twin brother, Kenshin, or her skills as an accomplished alchemist. Since Mariko was not born a boy, her fate was sealed the moment she drew her first breath.

So, at just seventeen years old, Mariko is sent to the imperial palace to meet her betrothed, a man she did not choose, for the very first time. But the journey is cut short when Mariko’s convoy is viciously attacked by the Black Clan, a dangerous group of bandits who’ve been hired to kill Mariko before she reaches the palace.

The lone survivor, Mariko narrowly escapes to the woods, where she plots her revenge. Dressed as a peasant boy, she sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and hunt down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she’s within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love—a love that will force her to question everything she’s ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires.

I have yet to finish The Wrath and the Dawn-her previous series-(I started it awhile ago go halfway through and stopped for some reason) but I loved what I had read it and think her writing is amazing. I can’t wait to finally finish The Wrath and the Dawn duo-logy (hopefully this summer) as well get around to reading this sometime soon.

 

THE LOVE INTEREST BY CALE DIETRICH MAY 16TH

7There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.

Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad?

Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.

What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.

This is a sort of Contemporary Romance with slightly evil teenage spy organisations thrown into the mix. This is also supposed to be a LGBTQIA+ book and I’m seriously excited for it!

 

LORD OF SHADOWS BY CASSANDRA CLARE MAY 23RD

30312891Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?

And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear—before it’s too late.

This is another highly anticipated read this year for many people. I can’t wait for this book to come out because Lady Midnight left us with so many questions and I’m really excited to see where she takes the rest of this series.

 

DARK BREAKS THE DAWN BY SARA B. LARSON MAY 23RD

dark-breaks-the-dawn.jpgOn her eighteenth birthday, Princess Evelayn of Eadrolan, the Light Kingdom, can finally access the full range of her magical powers. The light looks brighter, the air is sharper, and the energy she can draw when fighting feels almost limitless.

But while her mother, the queen, remains busy at the war front, in the Dark Kingdom of Dorjhalon, the corrupt king is plotting. King Bain wants control of both kingdoms, and his plan will fling Evelayn onto the throne much sooner than she expected.

In order to defeat Bain and his sons, Evelayn will quickly have to come into her ability to shapeshift, and rely on the alluring Lord Tanvir. But not everyone is what they seem, and the balance between the Light and Dark comes at a steep price.

I loved Sara B Larson’s other books and so I’m sure I’ll really like this one too. From the blurb, it seems really high fantasy-ish and I’ve been feeling the urge to read more of that genre so I’ll hopefully be reading this sometime soon.

 

These are some of the books I am really anticipating their release! Are you looking forward to any of these books? Is there another book you’re anticipating that isn’t on here? I’d love to know!

Happy Reading!

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The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan // Review

26252859.jpgThe Hidden Oracle
(The Trials of Apollo #1)
by Rick Riordan

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Adventure
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publish Date: May 3rd 2016
Pages: 376

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

My Rating: ★★★★

How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.

But Apollo has many enemies—gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go… an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

 

 

The book starts off six months after the ending of The Blood of Olympus, the last book in the Heroes of Olympus series. It follows the god Apollo, who was cast out of Olympus because he angered his father Zeus, and now he has to complete some trials as a mortal teenager to win back his position as a god. (Reading the Percy Jackson and the Heroes of Olympus books before this one is not necessary but highly recommended.)

 

The book had Rick’s signature humour, although it took me a while to really appreciate it. The beginning was a bit weak, and the story only really started to take off once Apollo and Meg got to Camp Half-Blood and we met all the new and old campers. I loved the new characters we were introduced to, especially Apollo’s kids – I wasn’t a big fan of Meg though. She annoyed me and I felt like she didn’t really stand out as a memorable character. Apollo on the other hand was great – I really liked him from the start. Every review I read kept saying how much of a jerk he was, but honestly I thought he was surprisingly nice. He was very self-centered, but he was also kind and actually pretty adorable.

Like all of Rick’s books, this one had some very sad moments as well. He’s incredible at writing sadness into a fun story without seeming cheesy or over the top. There are always a few moments in his books that make me tear up.

The book was also action-packed and fast-paced, just like his other novels, which I always enjoy. There are books that benefit from being slower, but Rick’s books work really well with lots of action and stuff going on at all times.

But now onto my favourite thing about this book: SOLANGELO. I’m not gonna explain what Solangelo is in case you haven’t read the Heroes of Olympus series, but HOLY SHIT IT MADE ME SO HAPPY. When I finished The Blood of Olympus and Rick announced The Hidden Oracle I hoped, alongside lots of other fans, that Solangelo would be a part of this series, and YES IT IS. THANK YOU SO MUCH RICK I’M SO HAPPY. I was so overwhelmed by the cuteness I couldn’t even breathe at times. I WANT MORE.

Another small thing I really loved about this book was the instance of emotional manipulation and victim-blaming. I think Rick handled that incredibly well. I’m not gonna go into any details (because spoilers), but reading that scene made me very happy because of how Apollo reacted to it.

Now a few things I didn’t like so much. Firstly, I thought that Apollo’s internal love-is-love monologue was a bit strange. It felt to me like Rick was trying too hard to say that it’s okay to be gay. It’s one of those moments when I think show don’t tell went wrong – more show, less tell, please. But I quickly got over that awkward attempt at showing acceptance; I was scared that Rick was just going to write that monologue down and then ignore it for the rest of the novel, but he actually handled the fact that Apollo is bisexual incredibly well. His sexuality was mentioned here and there (Apollo finds a lot of people very attractive), but it wasn’t overdone. So in the end it felt just right. Good job, Rick. (ALSO SOLANGELO.)

Another thing I didn’t like is the fact that the book was way too short. Seriously, it was over super quickly, and in the end it felt like not much had actually happened. I know that probably sounds a bit harsh, but I just wish the book had been longer. (Technically this is a good thing, because it means I want more – right?)

In conclusion, apart from a few minor things, this was a fantastic book, and I can’t wait for the next one in the series. I think it’s really interesting that this book takes place at the same time as the first Magnus Chase one, and the two series will continue side-by-side. I’m very curious to see how that plays out.

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‘Shadowhunters’ Season 2A Review: An Improvement That Still Needs Some Work

When Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer took over former showrunner Ed Decter, there was this renewed sense of optimism for Shadowhunters following a freshman season that was anything but impressive. The new showrunners promised a more character-focused story while alluding to some stronger book representation.

While Shadowhunters second season has been a significant improvement from its first season, it still needs some work if it’s going to be worthy of its source material. While there was an increased sense of awareness regarding these characters and their relationships, there were still moments in the show that had us flashing back to season 1.

With a full season under Shadowhunters belt – and the new ownership – there seemed to be more familiarity and a sense of comfort for all involved. Even the actors have stepped up their game, which has only added to the improvement of this second season.

But old habits die hard, even when new management is involved.

With the second half of Shadowhunters’ second season set to debut in June, we’re taking a look back at the first half of the season – what worked, what didn’t work, what we wanted to see more of, what we wanted to see less of, and more.

Overall Impression

When you compare this second season to season 1, there have been significant improvements on multiple accounts, ranging from cinematography to dialogue to performances. While some of that has to do with being more familiar with the world and the characters, a big part of that has been the new ownership. But at the same time, there have been some questionable storylines that have left us scratching our heads and wondering if these producers have read these books. There are so many storylines left on the table in that regard. This is, after all, a television show based on The Mortal Instruments.

Look, I’m not asking for the television show to be a carbon copy of the books. But when you have pre-established storylines at your disposal, use them. That was something that we were promised when Slavkin and Swimmer took over showrunner duties. While there have definitely been more references to the books than in season 1, this season has felt more like a mix of the first several books than focusing on a single book like season 1 did for the most part.

One of the better parts of this season has been the focus on the characters and their relationships, ranging from romance to friendship. At the heart of this story – both in the books and the show – are the characters. They’re the reason why we hurt when we watch them suffer. They’re the reason we cheer when we watch them triumph. They’re the reason we care. Season 2 has brought us more developments with Malec – a couple we didn’t get a lot of screen time with last season – and more developments with Clace – a couple that we got a lot of screen time with last season. Even when there were relationships that we weren’t fond of, like Isabelle and Raphael, it was still a character-driven focus.

What Worked

Jace & Alec’s Parabatai Bond | While there was a focus on Jace and Alec being Parabatai last season, we never got to feel the significance of it. The show spent most of the time prancing the idea of Parabatai around, but they never really explained why the bond was important. This season we got an entire episode devoted to exploring and explaining that Parabatai bond with Jace and Alec in what was one of the best episodes of the season and the series, “TITLE.” We saw the concern, the connection, the pain, the relief, the emotion. It was beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time, which is exactly what I’ve been waiting to see.

Progression of Alec & Magnus | The thing that didn’t work with Malec last season is exactly what’s working with Malec this season. Shadowhunters is taking the time to explore this relationship as Alec and Magnus get to know each other, which we forget they haven’t really had a lot of screen time to do that. We’re getting to see them confronted with obstacles; we’re getting to see them face those issues together instead of running away. While it hasn’t been perfect, there’s no denying that right now Alec and Magnus have been one of the more satisfying parts of this second season.

Beginnings of Clary & Simon’s Romance | When Shadowhunters was first optioned, the intent was to focus on one book per season, which makes sense from a storytelling point of view. With season 2 being the season where Clary and Jace grapple with the revelation that they’re brother and sister, this was the year that Clary and Simon finally decided to see if there was something more to their friendship. And the build-up was fantastic. There’s such a beautiful and natural chemistry between Katherine McNamara and Alberto Rosende that made this beautiful friendship leap off the screen. The pacing of it was nice, as well, which provided some opportunities of jealousy for Jace and exploring that three-way dynamic.

Killing Jocelyn | I haven’t been a fan of how Shadowhunters has treated Jocelyn. Jocelyn is a character that has a greater impact down the line in this series than in the beginning of it. And there was nothing wrong with that until Shadowhunters decided to wake her up in the season 1 finale. Sure, we got the good Clary/Jocelyn scenes where Jocelyn struggled to accept that Clary wasn’t the daughter she’d seen last. But after that, there really wasn’t anything for Jocelyn to do. So killing Jocelyn early in season 2 – and providing a good emotional catalyst for Clary – was probably the best thing that Shadowhunters could’ve done at this point with her character. Honestly, it felt like they had no choice but to kill her.

The Performances | One of the strongest aspects of Shadowhunters even in season 1 were the actors bringing these characters to life. It was frustrating last year because it felt like they weren’t given the material needed to really drive home those emotional elements. Season 2 definitely improved in that regard. These actors were given more gritty scripts to sink their teeth into (pun not intended.) Dominic Sherwood and Alberto Rosende especially brought it to another level on the emotional level, which only makes us yearn for these continued emotional arcs where these actors can dig deep.

What Didn’t Work

Isabelle’s Addiction to Yin Fen | This was one of those storylines that felt like it was more about the Yin Fen of it all (considering it’s alluding to The Infernal Devices) and grasping for a storyline for Isabelle rather than delivering an addiction storyline. It might’ve been better had they not tried to drive this Infernal Devices connection, but it also might not have. But regardless, the show has squandered its opportunity with the addiction storyline. There’s been a whole lot of spiraling and a whole lot of absence of awareness on Isabelle’s part. Isabelle is a character who deserves a worthy storyline of her own. There was the perfect opportunity to give Isabelle a storyline with substance, i.e. learning that her father had cheated on her mother per the books (which is something that was instead given to Alec.)

Isabelle and Raphael | While I like both Isabelle and Raphael as individuals, I did not like the romantic pairing that this show forced on us. Part of that reason has to do with Isabelle as an individual. She’s someone who hasn’t allowed herself to be vulnerable, which is why the relationship with Meliorn made sense because it wasn’t about substance at all. But with this addiction storyline, they’re trying to use Raphael in the role that Simon played in terms of getting Isabelle to open up and finally be vulnerable. It’s one of the many reasons that Sizzy is as strong and beloved as it is. Now, I could’ve done with a nice friendship between the two, which is what I’m hoping inevitably happens between the two.

Continuation of Clary & Simon’s Romance | To be upfront, this wasn’t about the actual continuation of the Clary and Simon from a romantic standpoint so much as it was about how the two took the steps to be in that relationship. While Simon’s confession was lovely (and the almost confession in the premiere), it was Clary’s reaction that didn’t feel natural. For someone who hadn’t thought of Simon as anything other than a friend, she as pretty confident about wanting to try out the romance. We didn’t get to see the reflection or the pondering. It’s one of the reasons that the events in City of Bones and City of Ashes flow so wonderfully together. We get to see Simon’s confession and Clary’s shock. We get to see Clary consider the possibility of romance with Simon. We get to see her reaction when Simon “dies” and becomes a vampire. It’s those kind of emotional moments that force you to confront your feelings. We didn’t see Clay have anything like that in Shadowhunters.

That Brother/Sister Resolution | One of the things that has irked me since season 1 has been the inconsistency of storylines and plots from multiple books. One of those storylines was Clary and Jace being brother and sister and that struggle. Sure, we got to see a little bit of that struggle, but we didn’t get to see the really emotional gritty scenes, ala the Seely Court. Clary and Jace really did some personal exploration in that second book due to this revelation, which we didn’t get to see enough of before in Shadowhunters Jace learned that he and Clary weren’t actually brother and sister – and that he wasn’t Valentine’s son. Moving this revelation ahead an entire book also potentially affects certain events, including that huge moment at the end of City of Glass that changes everything.

What We Wanted More Of

Book Storylines & Consistency | I understand and respect that Shadowhunters is a show based on the books. I understand and respect that Shadowhunters is a different medium than the books. But when you have a plethora of knowledge and storylines at your disposal – ones that your intended audience has read, loved, and embraced – why aren’t you using that to your advantage? While the second season has resembled the books more than the first season, it could’ve done a lot better. Most notably, the storylines involving Clary and Jace’s brother/sister struggle and Clary and Simon’s blossoming romance. The resolution was too quick and didn’t give the characters the time to explore their feelings on these matters. There was a constant struggle of conscious that allowed these characters to make mistakes, learn from them, and move forward. I feel like we’ve been denied that.

Clary & Jace | In Shadowhunters’ first season, the story seemed to slack when it came to Clary and Jace, even though there was extensive time spent on the two’s budding relationship. There was something missing that wasn’t evident in the writing. Because when given the opportunity to play with real emotional storylines, we’ve finally seen that chemistry that we’ve been missing between the two. Granted, it was something that we would’ve liked to see much more of (and are hoping to see more of in 2B). But it’s a relief to see that this show is capable of bringing us that epic Clace romance that the books have so eloquently delivered.

What We Wanted Less Of

Victor Aldertree | Seriously, his character was a complete waste of space and television air time. They took a storyline that should’ve gone to Maryse and gave it to a new character that came off as jarring more than intriguing. He’s not the antagonist we deserve.

Isabelle and Raphael | Shocking, one of the things that hasn’t worked this season is something that we definitely wanted to see less of. Isabelle and Raphael’s forced romance is something has felt so awkward an infuriating, which is a shame because as individuals they’re great characters. I like the idea behind Raphael becoming a more pronounced character in the show, but there are other ways to do that than to force a romance that most of the fans despised just in order to keep Simon and Isabelle apart.

Favorite Episode

Parabatai Lost (2×03) | This was one of those episodes that had all of the emotions I’ve come to expect from the books so beautifully woven into an hour of television. Getting that focus on Jace and Alec’s parabatai bond and that relationship in general was so important and was the emotional catalyst for the episode.

Least Favorite Episode

Dust and Shadows (2×05) | I wish I could wipe this episode from my brain – minus the Simon coming out to his mother part. That whole demon impregnation storyline with Iris and how Clary was almost raped. This was just terrible and disgraceful.

Midseason Finale Impression

As an episode of television, “By the Light of Dawn” was an action packed hour that delivered some big moments and set the stage for season 2B. There were moments that made your jaw drop and moments that left you asking questions about: What next?

But there were definitely some missed opportunities at paying homage to the book that this episode missed out on. For example, I’m more than thrilled that we’re going to be exploring Simon as a Daylighter, but there was a missed opportunity to make this an even more emotional scene. Alberto Rosende brings the emotion in every scene he’s in, but it could’ve been even better if Clary had been with him and there was a viable reaction to the possibility of Simon dying. That’s what made the moment so impactful in the books.

But “By the Light of Dawn” did what a midseason finale should do: It delivered big moments, teased what’s to come, and left the audience asking questions about what comes next.

Season 2B Speculation

The midseason finale certainly left us with more questions than answers, even though it provided us some answers. And that’s exactly what it’s supposed to do.

With Jace learning that he and Clary are in fact not brother and sister, what happens next? Will we see Jace tell Clary immediately? What happens when he tells her the truth, now that she’s dating Simon? But also, Jace isn’t Valentine’s son, so who is he? Books fans know the answer to this – and they’d better stay faithful to that. But how is the show going to answer that question without Inquisitor Herondale present?

Simon is now a Daylighter, which we know is something that puts a literal target on his back. How are the vampires going to react to that? How is this show going to present the significance of this storyline?

We also know that Sebastian is coming to the show in the back half of season 2, which leaves us with more questions than answers. Who is Sebastian going to be? Is he going to be Sebastian Velac per City of Glass? Where are we going to meet him? Alicante? New York City? How does he actually play into this second season? Are we going to see interactions between him and Valentine? Sebastian’s arrival brings all the questions and none of the answers.

What were your thoughts on Shadowhunters season 2A? What did you love? What did you hate? What do you want to see more of? Less of? Sound off in the comments!

Shadowhunters returns for season 2B on Monday, June 5 at 8/7c on Freeform.

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Books You Want to Finally Read in 2017

Hey guys! This weeks topic is focusing on older books that deserve some love too! It can be books you meant to read in 2016 or 2015 or 2014 and never got around to. These are books that have been sitting on your TBR for a while, and you really want to get to!

This group was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey) and is hosted by Sam (ThoughtsOnTomes). If you want to participate, check out the link on Goodreads here.

I honestly don’t even know where to start with this… I have that many books to read it’s painful and they are all begging to be read but I just don’t have enough time! Too many books and not enough time is my problem. I’m going to have to be harsh and pick favourites for this post so lets just get into it.

In no particular order… These are the books I would love to finally read!!!!

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30969076Nevernight
(The Nevernight Chronicle #1)
by Jay Kristoff

Published July 25th 2016

Destined to destroy empires Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.

Six years later, the child raised in the shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.

But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.

The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student. The shadows loves her. And they drink her fear.

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17675462.jpgThe Raven Boys
(The Raven Cycle #1)
by Maggie Stiefvater

first published September 1st 2012

“‘There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,’ Neeve said. ‘Either you’re his true love…or you killed him.’”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them — not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all — family money, good looks, devoted friends — but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

 

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16096824.jpgA Court of Thorns and Roses
(A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)
by Sarah J. Maas

first published May 5th 2015

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

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

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bittenBitten
(Women of the Otherworld #1)
by Kelley Armstrong

Published September 7th 2004

Elena Michaels is the world’s only female werewolf. And she’s tired of it. Tired of a life spent hiding and protecting, a life where her most important job is hunting down rogue werewolves. Tired of a world that not only accepts the worst in her–her temper, her violence–but requires it. Worst of all, she realizes she’s growing content with that life, with being that person.

So she left the Pack and returned to Toronto where she’s trying to live as a human. When the Pack leader calls asking for her help fighting a sudden uprising, she only agrees because she owes him. Once this is over, she’ll be squared with the Pack and free to live life as a human. Which is what she wants. Really.

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FirstlifeFirstlife
(Everlife #1)
by Gena Showalter

Published February 23rd 2016

ONE CHOICE.
TWO REALMS.
NO SECOND CHANCE.

Tenley “Ten” Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she’ll live—after she dies.

There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.

In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, longtime enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten, including sending their top Laborers to lure her to their side. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war between the two realms who will do anything to win the right to her soul. Who can she trust? And what if the realm she’s drawn to isn’t home to the boy she’s falling for? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision…

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These are only some of the books I have to catch up on!! As you can see I’m jumping on the hype-train. Can’t wait to see if some of these live up to my expectations 😀

Have you read these? What did you think? Are you planning on reading any of these?

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The Marked Girl by Lindsey Kingele // Review

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(The Marked Girl #1)
by Lindsey Kingele

Genre: YA Fantasy, Adventure, Urban Fantasy, Time Travel
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publish Date: June 7th 2016
Pages: 400

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

My Rating: ★★★★★

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away (Los Angeles)…

When Cedric, crowned prince of Caelum, and his fellow royal friends (including his betrothed, Kat) find themselves stranded in modern-day L.A. via a magical portal and an evil traitor named Malquin, all they want to do is get home to Caelum—soon.

Then they meet Liv, a filmmaker foster girl who just wants to get out of the system and on with her life. As she and Cedric bond, they’ll discover that she’s more connected to his world than they ever could’ve imagined…and that finding home is no easy task…

Wow, what a fun read! I really loved the concept to this one. I wasn’t sue what to expect when I started The Marked Girl, but after reading the blurb I knew this was a me-book and I’m glad it didn’t disappoint.

I really got a kick of this story line. It’s such a light, enjoyable and imaginative escape that combines other-world fantasy that collides with the modern world of today. I loved the concept of wraiths, magical transporting portals and hidden scrolls, only to watch with pure amusement how Cedric, Kat and Merek try to figure out LA living. I really loved Lindsey Klingele’s writing and thought it was strong and easy to lose myself within the story. I also loved that we get this in Liv and Cedric’s point of views. With a story like this it’s great to be inside the minds of these characters and see their reactions to the situation and to one another. The story itself is always moving with a lot of action and intrigue and has a lot of twist and turns that thickened the plot up beautifully and kept me guessing till the very end. I also loved the humor and contagious energy laced from the very beginning. The romance was light but I was ok with that.

All of these characters are well thought out and perfectly developed. Cedric is wonderful, confident and courageous. Born Prince and Guardian of Caelum, he was taught to protect the Kingdom from their sworn enemy, the Wraiths. In battle he is completely at ease and sure of himself but in the ‘modern world’ he is anything but. Truly, Cedric is absolutely adorable in childlike-wonder when discovering what this strange dimension entails. I laughed out loud several times and smiled every time he found something as simply as syrup on waffles awe inspiring. But Cedric is more then cute, he’s also quite charming and brave and fiercely determined and it was effortless following him on this…vast journey.

Liv is also a great character. She’s had a hard life since she lost her parents and had to jump around the foster care system most of her life. But you could never tell by the way she acts. She’s got a great voice and a positive personality and I commend her for wanting to do well and make something of her life. It was pretty decent of her to help out Cedric, obviously someone who’s not all there if he believes in magical portals and demon men called wraiths, but eventually Liv can’t deny that something is definitely off and offers to help Cedric and his friends find a way back home. Little did she know that she’s more connected to them then realized.

Shannon and Joe were great supportive characters and someone you’d want on your side. But, I thought Kat and Merek were just ok. Kat was selfish and Merek had a lot of attitude for my taste, but given the circumstances it was easy to give them some slack, still, I wasn’t overly found of them. Even Malquin turned out to be more then I thought he was which was a great plot twist.

Bottom line, I had a lot of fun with this book and I’m greatly looking forward to getting my hands on the next one! We’ve only had a small glimpse of Caelum and I can’t wait to discover it’s secrets. So much fun and a great debut! It’s exactly the escape I was looking for! Well done!

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Book Recommendations

  • Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare – Five years age the Shadowhunters were brought to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is now a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses. Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles. Julian’s brother Mark was captured by the faeries five years ago, but has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it.
  • Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy – When twelve-year-old Stephanie inherits her weird uncle’s estate, she must join forces with Skulduggery Pleasant, a skeleton mage, to save the world from the Faceless Ones.
  • The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson learns he is a demigod, the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea. His mother sends him to a summer camp for demigods where he and his new friends set out on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.
  • Ungodly by Kendare Blake – For the Goddess of Wisdom, what Athena didn’t know could fill a book. So the assault on Olympus left them beaten and scattered and possibly dead. So they have to fight the Fates themselves, who, it turns out, are the source of the gods’ illness. And sure, Athena is stuck in the underworld, holding the body of the only hero she has ever loved. But Hermes is still topside, trying to power up Andie and Henry before he runs out of time and dies, or the Fates arrive to eat their faces.
  • Gone by Michael Grant – In the blink of an eye, everyone disappears. Gone. Except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not a single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Gone, too, are the phones, internet, and television. There is no way to get help.
  • Legend by Marie Lu – In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss’s skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place.

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Series I Won’t Be Finishing!

Every bookworm out there will probably relate with me when I say that there are just some book series that no matter how you loved the first book, for some reason, you can’t be bothered to read the rest.

So for today’s post, I thought it would be fun to share with you some book series that I’ve started, but for one reason or another, I know I won’t be finishing… not now, not ever.

Before anything else, though, please be warned that these are, of course, just my personal opinions and preferences. I might mention your favorite series, or at least, series that you really liked, so please know that I don’t intend to offend you or anyone else. I will be explaining my reasons for not continuing with the series, and if you think they’re unwarranted, feel free to tell me why you think so in the comments.

 

Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer

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I tried to read the first book back in high school, but at the time I was already hearing a lot of negative reviews about it, so I just decided not to continue with it. I think I only got to about a hundred pages or so.

 

Matched trilogy by Ally Condie

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I read Matched when it first came out and I honestly liked the premise of the book. (It was back when I still had a thing for dystopian themes). I adored the writing style, the characters, and basically everything about this book. But then came Crossed. To say that I was very disappointed would still be an understatement. Crossed has a different setting from Matched and I don’t like it at all. Not to mention the fact that nothing really happens; I was immensely bored. I can’t really remember much of it now since years have passed since I last read it, but when I try to recall stuff that happened in the book, all I can come up with is walking, lots and lots of walking (which couldn’t possibly be true, but this just shows how boring the book is). I didn’t finish Crossed, and by the time Reached was published, all my love for this series was just lost.

 

Burn for Burn series by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

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I loved Jenny Han’s writing in the Lara Jean duology (is that what it’s called?), so I thought I would check out her other books. I really loved Burn for Burn even though I’m not a huge fan of multiple POVs. I think the authors made it work; they really delivered all points of view pretty well. I love how each of the three main characters has a unique voice and their personalities are well distinguished from each other without the distinction seeming too forced. BUT I had a lot of issues with the plot, especially when I was reading Fire With Fire. I found the sudden plot twist very frustrating, and it made me lost my appetite to continue with the third book.

 

The Testing trilogy by Joelle Charbonneau

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Ergh, another series with a great but totally wasted premise. To be honest, I actually don’t remember much about The Testing anymore – and it was only earlier this year in January 2016 that I’ve read it. I guess that shows how unremarkable the book has been for me. Again, I’ve only read the first book, and it wasn’t good enough for me to read Independent Study.

As I said, this series had a great premise (although a bit overused) but throughout the book, things just kept getting ridiculous by the moment that I was practically cringing through the last chapters.

 

Red Queen trilogy by Victoria Aveyard

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It actually pains me to include Red Queen in this list. The thing is, I absolutely loved the first part of the first book. Only the first line and I was immediately hooked. I kept going on about it on twitter and with my bookish friends. I wasn’t even done reading it but I was already recommending it to anyone who would listen! And then… the ending happened. UGH I cannot express in words how frustrated I was after finishing the book. I don’t know if anyone can relate, but the ending was just totally unexpected – and not in a good way. Still, I figured the second book was at least worth a try since I actually liked Red Queen except for that horrible ending. But, I don’t know… I can’t get through the first few chapters so I just decided to DNF the whole series. I’m honestly still sad with the decision, but not enough to change my mind.

 

Covenant Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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I only read Half-Blood and even skipped the last couple of pages. Reading the blurb now makes me wonder why I picked it up in the first place as it sounds pretty annoying. I figure I just wanted something light and easy. It wasn’t the worst book I ever read and the style of writing was actually pretty good. But the story was too predictable and all of the characters are Standard YA tropes. The rebellious female main protagonist, who is somehow special, a badass, beautiful and an awesome fighter. The smug & arrogant teacher who falls for her and then later the second love interest for the coming books so that we get a love triangle in there somehow. Of course he is also super arrogant at first.

I don’t remember a lot of what happened. There are a few teenie parties, there’s demon fighting, teaching and of course lot of teenage drama. I didn’t feel particularly entertained and was more annoyed of the characters acting stupid. Will definitely not continue with this series.

So… those are some series I have no intention of finishing. Well, if you can convince me otherwise, please do so!

Anyway, let’s talk in the comments: Is there anyone out there who has the same opinions as me? What are some book series you don’t intend to finish?