Thursday, September 29, 2016

My Thoughts: Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson
Like a River Glorious
(The Gold Seer Trilogy #2)
by Rae Carson
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Publication Date: September 27th 2016
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9780062242945
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Historical Fiction
Source: Edelweiss / Own

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After a harrowing journey across the country, Leah Westfall and her friends have finally arrived in California and are ready to make their fortunes in the Gold Rush. Lee has a special advantage over the other new arrivals in California—she has the ability to sense gold, a secret known only by her handsome best friend Jefferson and her murdering uncle Hiram.

Lee and her friends have the chance to be the most prosperous settlers in California, but Hiram hasn’t given up trying to control Lee and her power. Sabotage and kidnapping are the least of what he’ll do to make sure Lee is his own. His mine is the deepest and darkest in the territory, and there Lee learns the full extent of her magical gift, the worst of her uncle, and the true strength of her friendships. To save everyone, she vows to destroy her uncle and the empire he is building—even at the cost of her own freedom.

The second epic historical fantasy in the Gold Seer trilogy by Rae Carson, the acclaimed author of The Girl of Fire and Thorns. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

Like a River Glorious is definitely one of my most anticipated reads of 2016. I read Walk on Earth a Stranger last year, and really, really enjoyed the unique and captivating story, and I was dying to know what was going to happen next for Leah and her crew. This sequel was great, and I'm thrilled to add it to my collection!

Leah has been a character that I have loved since I first met her in Walk on Earth a Stranger. She's such a strong, well written young lady, and I swear her character just grows more and more as the story goes along. And not just as a person, but with her ability as well, which is just amazing. She's definitely a fave character of mine, as are SO many of the secondary characters in the story. There are a LOT of them, and I really love them all!

Even though this book is 400+ pages, I devoured it in just a few hours time. It seriously felt like I was flying through the pages, and I just couldn't get enough of it. Unfortunately I do not have any other books in my collection that are set in the same time period as this book, or have the same setting. That needs to be fixed, because both are completely fascinating, and leave me wanting more. Although, as with a lot of our history, there were some things in the story that made me sad, and ANGRY. The sexism towards women made me rage, but it was the treatment of Chinese immigrants and Native American's that was completely horrific and heartbreaking. I cannot imagine living during this time period. At all. And not only because of this treatment, which is bad enough, I'm just not sure I could survive the hardships that these people faced. I'm glad there are people willing to tell us the story, so that we will know, and never forget.

Overall; Like a River Glorious is a wonderful sequel to Walk on Earth a Stranger! I'm not even more excited to get my hands on the third book, which is going to release in 2017! THAT is a book that I will be preordering as soon as possible. If you've not yet read this series, and are curious about the Gold Rush time period, you should definitely check out The Gold Seer Trilogy!!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #253 - Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
Always and Forever, Lara Jean
(To All the Boys I've Loved Before #3)
by Jenny Han
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Publication Date: April 4th 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9781481430487

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Lara Jean’s letter-writing days aren’t over in this surprise follow-up to the New York Times bestselling To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You.

Lara 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? (Goodreads)
OMG, is this cover GORGEOUS, or what??
I'm so excited to this follow-up,
I've had it preordered from the moment I heard about it!
I ADORE To All the Boys I've Loved Before.
So I'm sure this one will be awesome as well.
If you've not yet read it, YOU SHOULD!!

**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Fall TBR List

September 27: Books On My Fall TBR List

1. A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray - This book is one of my most anticipated reads for 2016, and I can't wait to get my hands on it already!! Although, I really, REALLY don't want this series to end, I'm curious to see what's going to happen next.

2. Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch - This book has been sitting on my shelf for a few days now, just waiting for me to find time to start it. And start it I will, as soon as possible!!

3. Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson - I actually just started this book, and like the first book, I am enjoying it SO MUCH! This sequel is proving to be just as good as the first book! I love it. :)

4. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo - I haven't yet started this series yet, but now that both books are out, I'm excited to read them both together, and I'm hoping to start them soon!

5. The Fever Code by James Dashner - I've been waiting for this book for a while now! If you follow the blog, or me on Twitter, you'll know that I've been participating in the #DashnerDash for the past few months, which is a binge read of the Maze Runner series in preparation for the The Fever Code release. I can't wait to finally read this.

6. Replica by Lauren Oliver - I have to admit, I'm SUPER curious about this book! I'm a huge fan of Lauren's work, and I'm super excited to finally start this!

7. Iron Cast by Destiny Soria - I received this book in the mail a few weeks ago, and I'm dying to start it already!! It sounds SO good, and that cover is gorgeous!!

8. Heartless by Marissa Meyer - I've only read one book my Marissa Meyer so far, and I still need to finish the Lunar Chronicles series, but I'm really excited to add Heartless to my collection!

9. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon - I enjoyed reading Nicola's Everything, Everything earlier this year, so I'm excited to read her newest as well! Also, that cover is pretty awesome!

10. What Light by Jay Asher - Another book that I'm super in love with the cover for. It's so festive! It's been a while since I've read a book by Jay Asher, so I'm excited to read something new!

These are just a FEW books that are on my Fall TBR!!
I'm also working on a Halloween TBR that I'm super excited to get started on.
There are SOOOOOO many books I want to read,
and I hope I have time to get to them all. :)

That's all for me. What's on your Fall TBR??

Monday, September 26, 2016

My Thoughts: Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige
Stealing Snow
(Stealing Snow #1)
by Danielle Paige
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Publication Date: September 20th 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9781681190761
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Retelling
Source: ARC/Own

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First kisses sometimes wake slumbering princesses, undo spells, and spark happily ever afters.

Mine broke Bale.

Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent her life locked in Whittaker Psychiatric—but she isn’t crazy. And that’s not the worst of it. Her very first kiss proves anything but innocent…when Bale, her only love, turns violent.

Despite Snow knowing that Bale would never truly hurt her, he is taken away—dashing her last hope for any sort of future in the mental ward she calls home. With nowhere else to turn, Snow finds herself drawn to a strange new orderly who whispers secrets in the night about a mysterious past and a kingdom that’s hers for the taking—if only she can find her way past the iron gates to the Tree that has been haunting her dreams.

Beyond the Tree lies Algid, a land far away from the real world, frozen by a ruthless king. And there too await the River Witch, a village boy named Kai, the charming thief Jagger, and a prophecy that Snow will save them all.

My Thoughts...

Stealing Snow is the first book I've read by Danielle Paige, even though I have all of her Dorothy Must Die series sitting on my shelf, just waiting for me to start them. I was excited that I could finally read something by Danielle.

I want to say first that for some reason I went into this book thinking it was a retelling of Snow White, and it did have some things from Snow White in it, but it is actually a retelling of The Snow Queen, which I have honestly not read much about, other than the movie Frozen. *grin*

There were a lot of fascinating characters in this story, including Snow, who had a really interesting back story, especially as it starts off with her in an insane asylum. (This had me a little confused at first, because I was expecting a completely different story. *blush*.) There are also some really interesting secondary characters in the story as well, and it's hard to pick just one favorite, but if I HAD to, it would probably be Gerde, who was so sweet and had me completely captivated with her story. I'm curious to read more about all of the characters in the novel when the sequel is released.

The book was very quick paced, almost a little too quick at times. I was surprised at how quickly the story jumped from one thing to another. There were quite a few twists and turns throughout the story, and since I didn't know much about the original tale, I didn't see those twists coming at all, and a few caught me by surprise. I really enjoyed the snowy setting in the book, as it feels like I'm living in the summer that will never end at the moment, and I LOVE snow. The descriptions of the snow world were great.

Overall; I'm thrilled that I can finally say I've read a book by Danielle Paige! I thought Stealing Snow was an interesting read, and I'm curious to see what's going to happen in the sequel, due to release in 2017. And now I need to find time to read her Dorothy Must Die series as well. *wink*

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

My Thoughts: The Graces by Laure Eve
The Graces
(The Graces #1)
by Laure Eve
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Publication Date: September 6th 2016
Publisher: Amulet Books
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9781419721236
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Magic
Source: ARC

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Everyone loves the Graces.

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

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

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

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

My Thoughts...

The first thing that drew me to The Graces was the super gorgeous cover. Seriously, I have a weakness for books with awesome covers, and the story sounded pretty cool, so I was really excited to get started on the book.

This book took a lot longer for me to get through than I expected. I found the characters interesting at first, but the more I read, the more irritating they became. And this is not just the main character, but ALL of the characters. I just couldn't connect with any of them for some reason.

Then there was the storyline. It really had a lot of potential which made me really excited going in, but as the story went along, I found myself losing interest pretty quickly. I did push through and finished the book, as I kept feeling like things would eventually pick up, but they never really did. We do get some answers at the end of the book, finally, and the books ends in a way that will have you wondering what is going to happen next. I am currently undecided on if I will be picking up the sequel for the book.

Overall; I really wanted to like The Graces, as it had so much potential, but unfortunately, I just could not connect with the book. Don't let this stop you from reading it, however, as you may like it more than I did. :)

Waiting on Wednesday #252 - The Fever Code by James Dashner
The Fever Code
(The Maze Runner 0.6)
by James Dashner
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Publication Date: September 27th 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press
ISBN: 9780553513097

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Once there was a world’s end.

The forests burned, the lakes and rivers dried up, and the oceans swelled.

Then came a plague, and fever spread across the globe. Families died, violence reigned, and man killed man.

Next came WICKED, who were looking for an answer. And then they found the perfect boy.

The boy’s name was Thomas, and Thomas built a maze.

Now there are secrets.

There are lies.

And there are loyalties history could never have foreseen.

This is the story of that boy, Thomas, and how he built a maze that only he could tear down.

All will be revealed.

A prequel to the worldwide Maze Runner phenomenon, The Fever Code is the book that holds all the answers. How did WICKED find the Gladers? Who are Group B? And what side are Thomas and Teresa really on? Lies will be exposed. Secrets will be uncovered. Loyalties will be proven. Fans will never see the truth coming. (Goodreads)

For the past few months I've been participating in the #DashnerDash,
a binge-read of the Maze Runner series by James Dashner.
I read the books a few years ago, but have really enjoyed rereading them as well!
I'm currently working on The Kill Order, and I can't wait to get my hands on
The Fever Code when it's released. :)
**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**

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