Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The Second Half Of The Year

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My Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The Second Half Of The Year

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

Some of these are pretty obvious, for example, Empire of Storms, since I am a huge Throne of Glass fan. This is in no particular order I am extremely and equally excited for all of these to come out.

 

  • Empire of Storms
    by Sarah J Maas

    Oh my god that ending for Queen of Shadows was insane and I need this right about now.

  • Gemina
    by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

    I liked Illuminae and I’m anxious to continue on with this crazy cool story!

  • A Torch Against the night
    by Sabaa Tahir

    I feel weird that I’m anticipating this, don’t get me wrong I remember that I loved An Ember in the Ashes but I don’t remember anything that happened! I’ll have to reread it before this comes out.

 

  • Crooked Kingdom
    by Leigh Bardugo

    Need. Need. Need.

  • This Savage Song

    by Victoria Schwab
    There are two Victoria Schwab books coming out this year! It’s like Christmas!!
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  • The Cursed Child
    by JK Rowling
    I have a feeling that I will start crying as soon as I am holding this. But the best thing about this 8th installment is the nostalgic it’s bringing out in me, I keep looking back on my other Harry Potter experiences. I went to the midnight showings for the last 4 movies, I remember going to this midnight launch party for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and crying during the car ride home because the series was over. And now my dream has come true, there’s a continuation of the story and its making me so emotional.

 

 

 

  • The Beauty of Darkness
    by Mary E Pearson

    I really enjoyed Kiss of Deception and Heart of Betrayal, both of those left off with crazy cliffhangers and I’m ready to see how this wraps up.

  • The Midnight Star
    by Marie Lu

    Same with Beauty of Darkness, I really want to see where this story goes from where it left off.

  • Heartless
    by Marissa Meyer

    I’ve come to a conclusion that my favorite kind of retellings are Alice in Wonderland retellings, thank god there’s no real shortage of that right, but I’ve always liked the Queen of Hearts character and I’m excited to see her origin story.

 

 

 

  • Crystal Storm
    by Morgan Rhodes

    A. How awesome is that cover? B. I know this is going to be crazy but I can’t wait for this!

  • It Ends With Us
    by Colleen Hoover

    Bring on the heartache! Bring on the Coho!

 

Those are the books I am most excited for, do we have any similar books?

Tome Topple update #1

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Good Morning everyone,

So week 1 of the Tome Topple Readathon is over and I am a little disappointed with myself. I havent read as much as I would have wanted to by now. I’ve read two books and one graphic novel. I have read A Court of Mist and Fury, Lady Midnight, and Lumberjanes volume 3

By this point I was hoping to have also read The Bone Season and All The Light We Cannot See, so that this week I could just focus on A Dance with Dragons and Dragonfly in Amber, but I dont think I’m going to be able to finish everything. It would take some impressive reading skills that I dont think I have. Thankfully I’ve completed most of the challenges.

Challenges completed:

1. Read more than one tome (500+ pages)

A Court of Mist and Fury and Lady Midnight

2. Take a graphic novel break (doesn’t need to be over 500 pages!)

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3. Read a tome that is part of a series

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4. Read over 500 pages in one week

I read both Lady Midnight and A Court of Mist and Fury, together that made 1,292 pages

5. Read an adult novel

So reading an adult novel is all that is left and I am going to read The Bone Season Next and hopefully I’ll have time for All The Light We Cannot See, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Hamilton Book Tag

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So it’s probably no secret by now that I love Hamilton, seriously, I am obsessed, I am addicted, and I regret nothing.

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So if you don’t know what Hamilton is, its a musical about Alexander Hamilton who was one of America’s Founding Fathers. He created out financial system, the Coast Guard, the New York Times Post, and was the first Secretary of Treasury.

So because I am obsessed, I give you…The Hamilton Book Tag!

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The Hamilton Book tag!

The Room where it happens
A book world you put yourself into

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Outlander!
Two words. Jaime. Fraser.

 

The Schuyler Sisters
Share an underrated female character

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Karou from A Daughter of Smoke and Bone.
In general, I think that this series is underrated in general

 

My shot
a character that goes after what they want

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Lila Bard. The girl is seriously motivated

 

Stay Alive
a character you wish was still alive.

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Ned from Game of Thrones. I miss him

 

Burn
Most devastating end to a relationship

I was devastated when my Celaena/Chaol ship sank.

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You’ll be Back
Sassiest Villains

I’ve always thought that Draco Malfoy and Lord Voldemort were pretty sassy

 

The Reynold’s Pamphlet
book with a twist you didn’t see coming

Again I don’t want to spoil anything but City of Bones

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Non Stop
What is a series you marathoned

I read Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress all within 3 or 4 days I loved them so much.

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Satisfied
Favorite book with multiple point of views

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Six of Crows

Who lives, who dies, who tells your story
a book that will go down in history

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Harry Potter


I have no idea who I should tag for this but if you love Hamilton or think that doing this would be fun then consider yourself tagged!

WWW Wednesday June 6th

WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words. Simply answer the following questions:

What have you recently finished reading?

What are you currently reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

 


What have you recently finished reading?

I had a fantastic week of reading! Like seriously it was so good!

Belladonna and Starling by Fiona Paul

I’m a bit bummed because I didn’t end up loving the series. I really enjoyed the first book, and the second book was interesting and it provided a lot of build up, but then the 3rd book felt really rushed and I didn’t like that, most of the wrap up felt like one big coincidence, that and my ship didn’t sail 😦

Never Never parts 1, 2, and 3 by Colleen Hoover and Taryn Fisher

I found most of Never Never to be so addicting! I could not get enough of book 1 and then I flew through book 2 and then book 3 left me feeling a bit deflated, like seriously, what kind of ending was that?!

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The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

I cried…so hard…just sobs. I adored this so much it broke my heart over and over but the ending was so sweet and cute!

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My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

Overall this was okay. It was terrible but it wasn’t the best, I never really connected with either character so the emotional parts didn’t really affect me.

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When We Collided by Emery Lord

Loved loved loved! I have a review posted of this if you want to see my thoughts on it.

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

My  heart! The feels! This is the book that broke me!


What are you currently reading?

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Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

I’m so excited to dive into this! I’m ready for the rollercoaster of emotions.


What do you think you’ll read next?

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon or All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

I haven’t really decided yet but at the moment, I’m kind of leaning towards the Bone Season.


 

What are you reading this week? Do you think I should read The Bone Season or All the Light We Cannot See?

When We Collided review

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When We Collided
by Emery Lord
hardcover
337 pages
my rating 5 out of 5 stars


Synopsis via Goodreads:

We are seventeen and shattered and still dancing. We have messy, throbbing hearts, and we are stronger than anyone could ever know…

Jonah never thought a girl like Vivi would come along.

Vivi didn’t know Jonah would light up her world.

Neither of them expected a summer like this…a summer that would rewrite their futures.

In an unflinching story about new love, old wounds, and forces beyond our control, two teens find that when you collide with the right person at just the right time, it will change you forever.


My thoughts:

I. Am. In.Love.

I don’t want to say that this book was a roller coaster, in a way it was but in the sense that it took my emotions up and then crashed down, so it was like at the beginning of a roller coaster where you slowly make your way to the top but then you crash down. This book started out so cute and light but then there was a gradual turn of events and it became so deep and dark, it was a total 180 but in a slow way. I didn’t see it coming until it was practically under my nose! I freaking loved it, at the beginning I was all giddy with big smiles but at the end I was shell shocked and near tears!

*Side note* this book made me want to cry, like massively bawl like a baby, but it was early in the morning when I was reading this and the BF was still asleep and I didn’t want to wake him up to me crying because of a book. That’s already happened once with I’ll Give You the Sun and I didn’t want to do that to him again, so by some miracle I actually held it together!*

I really enjoyed the writing, the story felt so real like I could step through the pages of it and interact with everyone.

These characters! These wonderful, heartbreaking characters! They felt so real to me and their situations felt so real and I really liked that. I felt like I could step through the pages and give Jonah and Vivi hugs and I wanted to so many times!

I loved Jonah, from the very first page that he is introduced on, I just fell in love with him. He was so heartbreaking and passionate. I have a weakness for the strong silent types and he definitely fit that profile. My heart melted for him so many times.

Vivi was amazing and passionate in a different way from Jonah, she was so full of life and love. I loved her artistic sense, her style, her philosophies on life and how she saw the world.

The only thing that bugged me was that Vivi’s character was so close to Finch from All the Bright Places, I almost felt like they could have been twins in a way. If you’ve read both of these then you’ll probably know what it is that I mean.

This book was everything: adorable, quirky, endearing, heartbreaking, and so much more. I loved every single minute of it and I would definitely recommend it!


Would recommend if you liked:

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All The Bright Places

Outlander Book Tag

*Caution: I don’t think any of the questions are spoiler alerts, I did take out one that I thought would be but if you haven’t read Outlander and you want to and you don’t want to take the risk of being spoiled on anything then please don’t read but I don’t think there’s anything to worry about*

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Outlander book tag:

This tag was created by Sasha a.k.a abookutopia on youtube and since I love Outlander and know that there are a couple people who also love Outlander I thought this would be fun to do.


  1. You touch some standing stones and get transported back in time, what year would you hope to land in?

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My first thought was the Tudor London era

 

  1. Claire is an excellent nurse, what type of skill would you want to have that a fictional character excels at?

Archery for sure! And theres no way I can pick my favorite archer

 

  1. Jamie and Claire are ultimate relationship goals, who is your favorite fictional couple?

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Olicity 4 life!

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  1. The ending of outlander was shocking, what is one book you read that totally blew your mind?

Heir of Fire, that ending almost killed me.

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  1. Scotland has lots of castles and we see quite a few in Outlander, what fictional kingdom would you want as your own (castle included)?

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    Winterfell from Game of Thrones

  2. Outlander has some very steamy scenes, what is your favorite romance novel?

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    the Bronze Horseman

  3. The Jacobite Rising is a huge plot point in the Outlander series, what book has your favorite battle in it?

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    When I saw this question the first thing that came to my mind was in Crown of Midnight, when we first get to see the extent of Celeana’s lethal skills.

    8. Scotland is a beautiful place, what is one fictional world you would love to visit?

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    Probably middle earth

  1. If you could change the past, would you?

    I want to say no but yeah I probably would, I’m not sure what I would change, though if I would go back and make myself go back to school sooner or stop myself from meeting a certain person, it’s hard to say.

10.Tag somebody!

Dee

Ashleigh

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If you want to do the tag feel welcome to do so.

Do you believe in Horoscopes? A Review of the Star Touched Queen

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The Star-Touched Queen
by Roshani Chokshi
Hardcover
342 pages
Book 1 of 2
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis via Goodreads:

Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.


My thoughts:

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Holy perfection, I freaking loved this book so much, I already want to reread it and I just finished it, a favorite of 2016 for sure.

This is a standalone with a companion novel being published in 2017

if you can’t tell by my heavily tabbed book, I couldn’t get enough of this story.

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The first thing that I will say is that the writing is beautiful! I cannot gush about this enough. If you’ve read Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor and liked her style of writing then I would highly recommend The Star-Touched Queen. I cannot get over the writing style, it is pretty. I have no other way to say it that doesn’t do it justice. Pure and simple, the writing is pretty!

The Star Touched Queen is described as a Hades and Persephone story embodied with Indian folklore and mythology. I would definitely second that statement.

A personal recommendation: While reading this I was listening to the Assassins Creed 2 score and I feel like it enhanced my reading experience, it added to the suspense in all the right places and really seemed to go well with the book.

The Star-Touched Queen is about a princess named Maya, at her birth her horoscope predicted a marriage that promised death and destruction, because of that everyone in her father’s palace treated her horribly, people would spit on her shadow and talk about her as if she wasn’t there. Her father arranges a political marriage for Maya, but despite all odds and logic, she decides to run away with this mysterious stranger and marry him.

One thing I really loved was the culture aspects and rituals and that is something I want to see more of in diverse books and I am glad to see that there is a demand for more diversity.

I have two negative points but they didnt change my perspective of the book in anyway.

1.) I don’t want to say that Maya was relatable, I didn’t really connect with her in that way, and at a couple points I found her to be kind of annoying but overall I still liked her.

2.) There is some insta-love, but it didnt really bother me. Thinking back I realize that its an thing that a lot of people dont like.

favorite quotes:

“I know your soul. Everything else is just an ornament.”

“I see only night and smoke, dreams and glass, embers and wings. And I would not have you any other way.”

“I promised you the moon for your throne and stars to wear in your hair,” said Amar, gesturing inside. “And I always keep my promises.”

“My star-touched queen,” he said softly, as if he was remembering something from long ago. “I would break the world to give you what you want.”

“I love you,” he murmured into my hair. “You are my night and stars, the fate I would fix myself to in any life.”

Do you see what I mean? Roshani’s writing is so pretty!

I would recommend this if you enjoyed:

Daughter of Smoke and Bone
The Wrath and the Dawn

Books I want to read in June

An unoffical TBR

What I mean by “unoffical” is that I havent been sticking to TBRs lately but these are books that either fulfill some kind of requirement for the month.

example- book 2 of A Book of Spirits and Thieves comes out at the end of the month, need to read this one before I can get the second one.

I plan on participating in a readathon happening in June Called Tome Topple which is hosted by Thoughts on Tomes and a couple other hosts. Its being held from June 5th to the 19th and the goal is to read big books. I love readathons, they give me a lot of motivation so a lot of my unoffical tbr has the books I’d like to read during the readathon in it. I plan on making another post really soon that explains more about it and the optional challenges in it.

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Hopeless
by Colleen Hoover

CoHo never fails to kill a reading slump for me. I’m tentatively planning to read this after the Tome Topple readathon.

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Lady Midnight
by Cassandra Clare

Its time, I am finally ready to read this, I’ve read the Tales of Shadowhunter Academy ebooks and have mentally prepared myself for heartbreak and all the feels.

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A Court of Mist and Fury
by Sarah J Maas

Similar to Lady Midnight I feel mentally prepped to embark on this emotional rollercoaster adventure that I know ACOMAF is going to take me on.

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All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr

This is one of my goals for books to read in 2016 and I should probably start working on those goals.

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The Bone Season
by Samantha Shannon

I’ve heard amazing things about this series and I’ve been wanting to get to it for so long and no more excuses I’m just going to do it.

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Dragonfly in Amber
by Diana Gabaldon

I’ve been slowly reading this for a couple of months now and its getting ridculous I need to finish this.

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A Dance with Dragons
George RR Martin

Same as above. Just need to finish it already

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The Love that Split the World
by Emily Henry

This is my current read, so its going in June’s TBR

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The Problem with Forever
by Jennifer L Armentrout

I’ve been craving some contemporary reads and this sounds intense and heartbreaking but it also sounds like its going to be really good.

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When We Collided
by Emery Lord

Cover love! I’m hoping itll help keep me from being “slumpy” in June

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Watchmen
by Alan Moore

Not an offical goal but if I’ll be estatic if I can read this and get it crossed off my tbr, I;ve hf it for so long now.

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Starling
by Fiona Paul

The last book in the trilogy, following Venom and Belladonna. I’m also trying to decrease the number of unread trilogies that I have and these have been sitting on my shelf since last Feburary.

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A Book of Spirits and Thieves
by Morgan Rhodes

I’ve been saving this for June since the sequel will be out at the end of the month and I’m happy to finally get to this 🙂

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Odds are, I wont finish everything this month and I will undoubtedly add on different books but I think this a good start.

Have you read any of these? Where should I start?

Tome Topple Readathon

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Hello everyone

I just wanted to post a quick announcement post saying that I will be participating in the Tome Topple Readathon.

*I keep typing out Challenge instead of Readathon. my brain will not cooperate today.*

So Tome Topple is hosted by Thoughts on Tomes over on youtube. The readathon is centered around reading big books (500+ pages)

The readathon starts at midnight June 5th and goes until midnight June 19th.

There are challenges but they are not mandatory but I thought it would be fun

Challenges

1. Read more than one tome (500+ pages)
2. Take a graphic novel break (doesn’t need to be over 500 pages!)
3. Read a tome that is part of a series
4. Read over 500 pages in one week
5. Read an adult novel

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My TBR

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A Court of Mist and Fury *part of a series*

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Lady Midnight

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All The Light We Cannot See *adult novel*

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The Bone Season *adult novel*

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Dragonfly in Amber

I hope to

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A Dance with Dragons

I know I

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Watchmen *graphic novel break*

This has been on my list for a long time now, I think it’s been about a year and a half now so if I can read this throughout the readathon it’ll make me extremely happy.

There’s my TBR for you, I plan on posting two updates, probably weekly and track my progress that way.

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May Wrap Up

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Physical Books:

My Life Next Door
by Huntley Fitzpatrick
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I really really enjoyed this, I ended up falling in love with all the characters and just loved everything about it.

Incarnate
by Jodie Meadow
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

This was a really intriguing read. I really loved the who reincarnation process and thought it made an interesting plot point.

The Crown
by Keira Cass
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I honestly thought that this was a nice wrap up to the Selection series, and one thing that I really enjoyed is that it kept me guessing throughout it the entire time, and everything that I wanted to happen, happened. That’s always a great feeling 🙂

Lady Renegades
by Rachel Hawkins
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I didn’t really care for this at all, which was a huge disappointment because I loved Rebel Belle but I feel like the trilogy went downhill after book 1.

The Rose and the Dagger
by Renée Ahdieh
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this and I almost wish it was a trilogy just so I can have more of Khalid and Shazi.
P.S. Khalid is a precious cupcake, pass it on

The Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I don’t know what I was expecting from this, maybe something a little creepy, but it really wasn’t, but I really enjoyed this! Gaiman has such a unique writing style.

Everything I Never Told You
by Celeste Ng
my rating: 2 out of 5 stars

I finished this book feeling very meh about things, I didn’t like most of the characters and overall just didn’t care about the story.

Rebel of the Sands
by Alwyn Hamilton
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I originally gave this 3 stars, I felt a little underwhelmed when I finished reading it, but, I have been thinking about it non-stop since I finished it. My thoughts keep going back to it and I want more the story. So I upped my rating to 4 stars because if a book has that power to make me think about it weeks later then it deserves the higher rating.

Legend
by Marie Lu
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Holy love! I don’t know what to say, I am ashamed that I had this trilogy sitting on my shelve for a year. I don’t even know what to say about that. I am so glad I finally read this and I fell head over heels in love with the entire trilogy.

Prodigy
by Marie Lu
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This book made me cry! The Day and June feels were so strong!

The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
by CS Lewis
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I wanted to pick up some shorter books and choose this one and oh my love, it refueled my love for Narnia! Aslan is my king!

Peter Pan
by  J. M. Barrie
my rating: 2 out of 5 stars

I did not like this at all, it was so slow and I really pushed myself to finish it.

Champion
By Marie Lu
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

All the stars! This book broke my heart, pieced it back together, stomped on it, and pieced it together again. It was perfection!

Fight Club
by  Chuck Palahniuk
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I liked this well enough, it is dark and twisted and (from what I remember) I think the movie followed it really well.

The Star Touched Queen
by Roshani Chokshi
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

One of my loves! I just finished reading this and I already want to reread it!

Splintered
by A.G. Howard
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I ended up really enjoying this! It started off a bit slow for me but I was trying to fight off a bit of a reading slump, but if you are interested in a kind of dark fairy tale retelling then I would suggest checking this out.

Belladonna
by Fiona Paul
my rating; 3 out of 5 stars

This is the sequel to Venom which I read in April and the second book in a trilogy. I did not like this as much as I liked Venom, there wasnt as much mystery and quite a few parts of the story seemed to lag a bit. Overall it was basically just okay.


 

Ebooks:

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The Mirror and the Maze
by Renée Ahdieh
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Tales from the Shadowhunters Academy books 2-10
overall rating 4 stars

The Lost Herondale
The Whitechapel Fiend
Nothing But Shadows


Evil We Love
Pale Kings and Princes
Bitter of Tongue


The Fiery Trail
Born into Endless Night
Angels Twice Descending

and because I love seeing all of the covers together…I thought I would include this 🙂

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