Thursday, August 28, 2014

Review: Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor





Title: Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Author: Laini Taylor.
Series: Yes. #1
Pages: Paperback. 418.
Source: Shelf.
Genre: Fantasy | Paranormal | Young Adult
Published Date:  September 27th 2011
Publisher: Little, Brown Books

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Summary:

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands", she speaks many languages - not all of them human - and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?



My Thoughts:

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. I loved this book. Really I truly did. It took me a while to actually pick this book up since I wasn't too sure if I would like it. It actually took me quite a while to pick up this book. There were a bunch of mixed reviews, and it was either you really loved it or you really hated it; it seemed like there wasn't any in between.This is what stopped me from picking up the book at first. Another thing that originally stopped me was the knowledge that there were angels in the story. I'm not a huge fan of angel books, for some reason they never seem very well written or properly executed, but Laini Taylor's portrayal of them is, in my opinion, brilliant. They're these hauntingly beautiful creatures with a terrifying fierceness to them. This is a book about angels and demons, but figuring out who the bad guys, and who the good guys are isn't as simple as it may seem. 
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"Once upon a time, an angel lay dying in the mist. And a devil knelt over him and smiled."        
                   -Laini Taylor
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Another thing I really loved about this book were the intriguing characters encountered throughout the story. My favorite Probably has to be Zuzana. She is funny, loyal, and very feisty despite her small stature. All she needs is honesty and in return she gives her heart. It makes me jealous. I wish she was real so that we could be friends forever. I also love Karou. Karou isn't your typical YA main female character. She's not the usual innocent little Mary Sue and I really value that about her.

Laini Taylor's writing, though I will admit it can be a bit confusing and hard to get into, is very unique and detailed. I enjoyed the fact that there was mystery mixed in with the fantasy, that things were not always as they seemed, and there was even a hint of science fiction involved in the book's overall creation. I really appreciated each of these aspects as they were introduced into the story. This book, in my opinion, doesn't get the credit I believe it should. I love this story, the dialog, the world, and the characters. It may have some tiny faults but that just makes it all the more special to me.
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“Have you ever asked yourself, do monsters make war, or does war make monsters?”  
                     -Laini Taylor
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #4

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created to discuss the upcoming releases of books we're dying to call our own; hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.


Red Queen
by Victoria Aveyard

Expected Publication: March 26, 2015
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Synopsis:
Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood—those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own—an ability she didn't know she had. Except . . . her blood is Red.

To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard—the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince—and Mare against her own heart.

From debut author Victoria Aveyard comes a lush, vivid fantasy series where loyalty and desire can tear you apart and the only certainty is betrayal.



I think the synopsis explains well enough why I have my eye on this book. I'm more than intrigued to see what happens in this story. Not only that, but can we take a look at that cover? Beautiful and it leaves me curious. The only problem I have is that it's going to be so long until it comes out!! I'm way too impatient to wait.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Bout of Books 11.0 | Wrap Up


The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is  low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team


Number of Pages Read Today:
157 pgs

Total Number of Pages: 
710 pgs

Books:
Currently Reading Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
Finished PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives

Thoughts/Ramblings:

That's it everyone. Bout of Books is over until January. I didn't get to finish Days of Blood and Starlight, but I'm close, and there's no way I'm stopping now. Depending on if I get busy or not I should be able to finish the book within the next two days. I know, I can be a ridiculously slow reader sometimes; I'm ashamed. I didn't get to finish many books this week but what I did get to read was great and I had a lot of fun doing so. Even though I didn't get the outcome that I wanted by the end of this, I'm still proud of what I was able to complete. How about you? Are you proud of what you accomplished in the read-a-thon? I hope y'all read many brilliant things.


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Bout of Books 11.0 | Day 6 Update

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is  low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team



Number of Pages Read Today:
276 pgs

Total Number of Pages: 
553 pgs

Books:
Currently Reading Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
Finished PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives

Thoughts/Ramblings:

It's so upsetting that the read-a-thon is close to an end. Today I got a good bit of reading done, but I took a step back from Days of Blood and Starlight, just for today, to prepare my emotions for the rest of this book. It's a heavy read and I get the feeling that the second half of the book is going to be even heavier. I need to be ready for such feels. PostSecret was a fun little book. I'm not sure yet if I'm going to write a review on it, but I definitely liked it. One more day of Bout of Books. Are you sad it's almost over too?
 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Bout of Books 11.0 | Day 5 Update

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is  low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team


Number of Pages Read Today:
109 pgs

Total Number of Pages: 
277 pgs

Books:
Currently Reading Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Thoughts/Ramblings:
 
Today was a better reading day than earlier days in this week. I'm a little more than halfway through Days of Blood and Starlight and it's going great. I'm loving the storyline and the world development that happens in this book. Thus far I'd say this is a great sequel to Daughter of Smoke & Bone.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Bout of Books 11.0 | Day 3 Update

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is  low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team


Number of Pages Read Today: 
22 pgs

Total Number of Pages: 
168 pgs

Books:
Currently Reading Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Thoughts/Ramblings:

Well today was a bit of a flop. I couldn't get much reading done thanks to being too busy with other things. I'm kinda annoyed I didn't get much more read, I'm dying to find out what happens later in the story. But thankfully there's still a few more days in the read-a-thon and I'm not planning on letting them all go to waste. I hope your reading is faring better. (:

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #3

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created to discuss the upcoming releases of books we're dying to call our own; hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

The Retribution of Mara Dyer
by Michelle Hodkin
Expected Publication: November 4, 2014

Synopsis:
Mara Dyer wants to believe there's more to the lies she’s been told.
There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She should.

She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now.

Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.
Retribution has arrived.
This book is going to be crazy. I already know. I'm both excited and totally freaked out about what's going to happen. But I'm praying, with all my might, for a good ending. I won't lie however, I'm a little nervous.

Bout of Books 11.0 | Day 2 Update

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is  low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team


Number of Pages Read Today: 
93 pgs

Total Number of Pages: 
146 pgs

Books:
Currently Reading Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Thoughts/Ramblings:

I got more pages read today than yesterday which I'm happy about. The farther into this book I get the more I enjoy the story. I like how things are developing and I'm very curious to see how everything will turn out. I'm also kinda nervous. I managed to do the day's OTP challenge and commented on a few blogs. Overall today was definitely better than yesterday was, so I say, small mission accomplished.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Bout of Books 11.0 | Day 1 Update







The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is  low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team


Number of Pages Read Today: 
53 pgs

Total Number of Pages: 
53 pgs

Books:
Currently Reading Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Thoughts/Ramblings:
This first day of the read-a-thon didn't start off with the bang I was hoping it would, but I wouldn't consider it an overall flunk, at least I read a little bit. I totally blame my new unhealthy addiction to The Vampire Diaries show. Considering how this is the first day of the read-a-thon however, I'm going to relax and hope for a better day tomorrow. How did you fare on the first day? Am I the only one who got so distracted?


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Review: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken





Title: The Darkest Minds.
Author: Alexandra Bracken.
Series: Yes. #1
Pages: Hardcover. 488.
Source: Shelf.
Genre: Young Adult | Dystopian | Sci-Fi
Published Date:  December 18th 2012
Publisher: Disney Hyperion

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Summary:


When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.






My Thoughts:

This book was absolutely crazy. Insane. Practically never offering a moment of peace. As I was reading there was always the question, "What's going to happen next?" I was so intrigued with the plot line. However, I will admit that the first 100 pages or so were a bit slow-ish. Not outrageously so, but enough that it took me a little while too get into. After those first few chapters though, I was hooked; everything was so wild and every second I worried that something bad was going to happen. It's been quite some time since I've been on an emotional roller coaster like this book put me though. And the ending? Ugh. That cliffhanger. For a good while I didn't know what to do with my life. So many feels that I thought I was going to go crazy.
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“The most important thing you ever did was learn how to survive. Do not let anyone make you feel like you shouldn't have.” 
         - Cate to Ruby (pg. 71)
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I loved the main characters of this book. I love the sass. I love the trust and companionship that builds between each of them. However there were some decisions of Ruby's that succeeded only at annoying me. I got frustrated with Ruby's development even though, at the same time, I understood her reasoning's. Perhaps that was just me. Maybe I'm a little picky about things. But even my finicky attitude couldn't deny the epicness of this story. One thing about the book did throw me off. I read the synopsis before starting the book, something I don't always do, and as I read I realized how different the story was compared to what I expected it to be. I really appreciate when an author can surprise me. I'm the type of person who will make all sorts of deductions while I'm reading. 
And sometimes, when I'm really on a roll, I'll get some guesses right which will turn out to be slightly depressing. But with this book that never happened. It was exhilarating. I couldn't even being to guess what would happen next. I feel a round of applause is in order. There were times, while I was reading the book, that the writing style would confuse me a bit. On occasions I found myself having to reread things in order to understand what was going on, but even with it's semi-confusing writing style, I still really enjoyed reading this book. I'm both excited and terrified to pick up the second one. I'll have to prepare myself mentally and emotionally for all the feels I know it's going to give me.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell





Title: Fangirl.
Author: Rainbow Rowell.
Series: No.
Pages: Hardback. 438.
Source: Shelf.
Genre: Contemporary | Romance | New adult
Published Date: September 10th 2013
Publisher:  St. Martin's Griffin

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Summary:


In Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl, Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories? Open her heart to someone? Or will she just go on living inside somebody else’s fiction?


 

My Thoughts:

Oh my, this book, these characters... words! I just don't have them. I love this book, this has probably made it's way up into my list of favorites. I can't believe it took me so long to get my hands on this beauty. But first, before I go on my rant of love, I need to just point out to everyone the beauty of this cover. It's simple, but it's wonderful, and it practically sums up the book perfectly. Both Levi, and Cath, and her laptop. It's just... brilliant. My only problem is... I need more!! I want a second book, or something, anything. I feel like I'm still not ready to give those characters up. There's just too many feels.

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“You’ve read the books?”
“I’ve seen the movies.”
Cath rolled her eyes so hard, it hurt. (Actually.) (Maybe because she was still on the edge of tears. On the edge, period.) “So you haven’t read the books.”
“I’m not really a book person.”
“That might be the most idiotic thing you’ve ever said to me” 
            - Cather and Levi (pg. 122)
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When I first picked this book up I wasn't sure what to expect. Of course there was a lot of hype around it, when is any of Rainbow Rowell's books ever not hyped, but it still took me a little while to actually pick up the book. I fell in love within a matter of a few pages. The characters were amazingly written and developed beautifully throughout the novel. I found that I related a lot to Cather which made reading Fangirl a very exciting experience. Especially while reading a scene with Levi in it. Woo. Can we say "swoon"? I loved every moment of this book, a  wonderful coming of age story that gave me all the massively gooey feels. When I actually finished the book, I had a strong urge to read copious amounts of fan fiction; so I did. It was wonderful.

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“I'm scared of everything. And I'm crazy. Like maybe you think I'm a little crazy, but I only ever let people see the tip of my crazy iceberg. Underneath this veneer of slightly crazy and mildly socially retarded, I'm a complete disaster."
         - Cather to Reagan (pg. 184)
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At the end of this book there were a few things I still had some questions about. A few points that I felt had been left unanswered or forgotten about. I'm not sure if it was done on purpose or what, but I personally would've liked a little more explanation. Maybe simply an extra chapter would've sufficed, but if it were up to me, I'd like to have a whole second book. That would be even more amazing.

Moving onto the characters... what can I say that hasn't already been said? Cather, Levi, and Reagan were some of the greatest characters I've ever read. So much sassy wit flies back and forth between these three that I always found myself laughing at something. There were also some other characters that I had a little bit of an issue with. For example, Wren, but they didn't diminish the story at all. In fact they added more spice to the novel. I love this book so much and I encourage anyone who hasn't picked it up yet to give it a try. I doubt you'll be disappointed.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #2

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created to discuss the upcoming releases of books we're dying to call our own; hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.


The Blood of Olympus
by Rick Riordan

Expected Publication: October 7, 2014
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Synopsis:
Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them—and they're stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake.

The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it "might" be able to stop a war between the two camps.

The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea's army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.


I have been a diehard fan of Percy Jackson ever since I picked the first book up. I was late to the bandwagon, but that doesn't mean I love the series any less. I've been waiting for this last book for ages. As soon as I can get it, this beautiful baby shall be mine. I'm so excited but also terribly sad it's almost over!! It's going to be EPIC.

Bout of Books 11.0 Goals

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

Goals

I'm hoping to read at least two or three books during this read-a-thon. I don't want to make my TBR outrageous, and set myself up for failure like I did last time, so I'm simply going to keep my pile light.

I want to visit at least 5 new blogs everyday and leave comments on those. I'm hoping to participate in a few challenges since they look like they'll be a lot of fun; my progress will be updated on Twitter with: #boutofbooks

Books


  1. Days of Blood and Slarlight by Laini Taylor
  2. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
  3. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Friday, August 8, 2014

Bout of Books 11.0 Sign Up

Oh yes my friends it's about that time of the year again and I'm so stoked. I can't wait for this read-a-thon to get started and under way. Don't know what Bout of Books is? No worries, this is what I'm here for:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

In a few days I'll be posting my goals and whatnot for this read-a-thon. Keep an eye out for that and let me know what you plan on reading; if you're planning on joining that is. Are you as excited for BoB as I am? Come bask with me in the hype!!


Friday Reads (8.8.14)



Currently I find myself working my way through The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin for the second time. A refresher before I pick up The Evolution of Mara Dyer. Though I haven't decided yet if I'm going to pick it up as soon as I finish The Unbecoming, or if I'm going to wait a bit; perhaps first I'll finish (or at least get through a good chunk) of the other book I'm also reading. The Mara Dyer series is creepy, but a good creepy, it's hard to put down the book once you've started it. It's about this girl who wakes up in the hospital with no memory of the accident that put her there. Being the only one out of all her friends to survive, her family decides to move to Florida to escape the fallout. There's a mysterious boy that seems to know more about her past than she does, but not only that, Mara struggles with the possibility that she could be losing her mind. All in all, this is a very freaky read, but completely worth the experience; unless you're too weak of heart.
The other book I'm currently working through is A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin, the second book in the Song of Ice and Fire series. I don't want to say what this book is about because of spoilers. No body likes spoilers. But I will say that I'm about 240ish pages in and I am LOVING this book. It's so good, intriguing, and I just love the characters. I'm so happy to be back with some of the characters I loved in the first book and I can't wait to see what happens with them. Though if I'm going to be totally honest, I'm also a little scared, George is known for his brutality. I know the feels shall be massive. I just hope I'm prepared enough for them. Fingers crossed.

I have a few ideas of what I may what to pick up next. I have a pile of 3 or 4 books that I really want to get too soon. We'll just have to see what happens. Lucky for me I Bout-of-Books 11.0 is coming up soon. I shall have to take full advantage of this read-a-thon for sure. Anyways, now you know what's on my reading to-do list. What about you? What are you planning on reading this weekend?


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #1

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created to discuss the upcoming releases of books we're dying to call our own; hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

A Darker Shade of Magic
By V.E. Schwab

Expected Publication: February 24, 2015


Synopsis:
From V.E. Schwab, the critically acclaimed author of Vicious, comes a new universe of daring adventure, thrilling power, and parallel Londons, beginning with A Darker Shade of Magic.

Kell is one of the last Travelers—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes—as such, he can choose where he lands.

There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, ruled by a mad King George. Then there’s Red London, where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne—a place where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London...but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see—a dangerous hobby, and one that has set him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations, who first robs him, then saves him from a dangerous enemy, and then forces him to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive—and that is proving trickier than they hoped.

I have been waiting on this book for a while now, ever since V. Schwab herself started tweeting little hints about it. The synopsis sounds so fascinating to me and I feel like I am dying without this book. It needs to find it's way into my life. Eventually, however, it WILL happen, and it shall be glorious.

Review: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Title: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Author: C.S. Lewis
Series: The Chronicles of Narnia #2
Pages: Paperback. 189.
Source: Shelf
Genre: Fantasy. Adventure. Middle grade. 
Published Date: January 2nd 1950
Publisher: Harper Collins 

Summary: Goodreads

They open a door and enter a world

NARNIA...the land beyond the wardrobe, the secret country known only to Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy...the place where the adventure begins.

Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor's mysterious old house. At first, no one believes her when she tells of her adventures in the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund and then Peter and Susan discover the Magic and meet Aslan, the Great Lion, for themselves. In the blink of an eye, their lives are changed forever.


My Thoughts:

This book was great. It was so brilliant! I loved it. My favorite Chronicles of Narnia story thus far. I was so surprised how similar the book and the movie were with one another. It made my love for the movie grow a thousand times more, because yes, many will hate me for saying this, but I saw the movie first. However, if I may point out, the movie is practically a perfect rendition of the book. So I think in this instance I should be forgiven.

This story is just so amazing, and I love how in this story we actually get to explore Narnia, more so than we get to in the first novel. There's also a lot more of Aslan's creatures we get to meet and connect with, which for me, successfully pulled me into Lewis' world. It was so much fun and honestly got me sort of in the mood for Christmas (too bad that's still a ways off). In this book we're finally introduced to Lucy, Peter, Susan, and Edmund. Obviously it was easy to fall for some characters and even easier to hate others. C.S. Lewis does a wonderful job in depicting loyalty, betrayal, and many other things, within this one story, and character development was not compromised in the execution. Even with such heavy topics the story as a whole is a very easy read. I managed to finish reading it in one sitting.

I definitely believe this book is acceptable for people of all ages. During the entire period that I was reading this book I felt all kinds of nostalgia, even though this was my first time reading this, I was overjoyed to be back within the world of Narnia. The extra exploration of the world building was greatly appreciated even with the story being so simply written. I will of course be continuing on with the series and becoming more acquainted with the Pevensie children. I'm also hoping Mr.Tumnus will make another appearance, but for some reason I'm doubtful of that happening; one can only hope!




Monday, August 4, 2014

Disappearing Act

It's been a while since I last posted on this blog. It saddens me to say that I have no real excuse for it, I simply have been distracted by other things as of late. I miss my blog however. I miss gushing over all the books I read and love/hate. So I'm writing this to inform everyone, including myself, that I am back in the game. And hopefully this time around things will be better. I've come up with plans of how I'm going to keep posting new and (hopefully) interesting content, now all that's left is the follow through.
 I still don't think I will be posting everyday, but at the very least I'm going to shoot for three posts a week, no matter if they're reviews, TBRs, or whatever. If anyone has any suggestions of something else they'd like to see from me please don't be afraid to let me know. I'd like to hear your thoughts.
So, for the next few days I get the feeling there will be some changes made, big or small I'm not sure of yet, to my blog design and whatnot. Therefore if things get a little confusing for a while don't panic, it'll all be fine. (: I've also been trying to figure out if I want to keep the "spoiler" section in my reviews or just take them out, another suggestion for y'all to consider perhaps? Anyway, I'm off now to do all of the things. Hopefully I'll be hearing from some of you.