Tuesday, January 22, 2019

My Thoughts: Slayer by Kiersten White

(Slayer #1)
by Kiersten White
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Publication Date: January 8th 2018
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 404
ISBN: 9781534404953
Genre: Young Adult | Paranormal | Fantasy
Source: Review Copy / Own

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Into every generation a Slayer is born…

Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, are far from normal. It’s hard to be when you grow up at the Watcher’s Academy, which is a bit different from your average boarding school. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers—girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. But while Nina’s mother is a prominent member of the Watcher’s Council, Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic.

Until the day Nina’s life changes forever.

Thanks to Buffy, the famous (and infamous) Slayer that Nina’s father died protecting, Nina is not only the newest Chosen One—she’s the last Slayer, ever. Period.

As Nina hones her skills with her Watcher-in-training, Leo, there’s plenty to keep her occupied: a monster fighting ring, a demon who eats happiness, a shadowy figure that keeps popping up in Nina’s dreams…

But it’s not until bodies start turning up that Nina’s new powers will truly be tested—because someone she loves might be next.

One thing is clear: Being Chosen is easy. Making choices is hard. (Goodreads)

I am always super excited when an author that I like comes out with a new book, and when I discovered Slayer by Kiersten White, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it! Not only because I love Kiersten’s writing style, but also because this book was inspired by Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which happened to be one of my most watched movies of the 90’s. Because of that, I couldn’t wait to dive into this. It was so good!

There are SO many things that I enjoyed about this book, including the main character, Nina, who I love. Nina has been in training to become a healer for years, but instead becomes The Chosen One, and also the very last Slayer ever. (This is not a spoiler, it’s literally in the summary for the book.) Watching her transition and come into her powers as a Slayer was definitely interesting, though it did feel a bit rushed at times. I love Nina, she’s really awesome, and I can’t wait to see more of her in the rest of the series. Also, I really love all of her friends as well, and quite a few of the other secondary characters as well.

I also really enjoyed the storyline for the book as well! It references both the original movie and the television show, which was cool, though I did feel a bit confused a few times because I never finished the show way back when. This is something that I definitely want to try to do before the next book in this series is released, and I’ll definitely be re-reading this book before that one is released, so I can actually understand the references.

The last thing that I want to mention is about those last few pages of the book. I am totally not going to spoil anything, but I just have to say, SO many things happen in the last few pages of the book really that really surprised me! Those who have read the book will totally know what I am referring to, and if you haven’t read the book, you should just so you can see what I’m talking about. It definitely left me curious to know what’s going to happen next!

Overall; I really enjoyed Slayer by Kiersten White, and I absolutely can’t waiting to get my hands on the next book in the series, which is currently untitled and with no release date. (Hopefully we will have some information for it soon!) Fans the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movies and tv show, do check out this first book in this brand new series, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Meant to Read In 2018 but Didn’t Get To

January 22: Books I Meant to Read In 2018 but Didn’t Get To

2018 was a pretty great reading year for me, and though I managed to read a LOT of books, there were still SO MANY that I wanted to get to, but didn't! I have all of these (and more) on my TBR this year, and I'm determined to actually read them this time!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32505753-ash-princess?from_search=true https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34722429-the-diviners

Ash Princess by Laura Sebatstian
The Diviners by Libba Bray

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12954620-falling-kingdoms?from_search=true https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33958230-forest-of-a-thousand-lanterns?from_search=true

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10874177-etiquette-espionage?ac=1&from_search=true https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13356706-the-fellowship-of-the-ring

Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32620332-the-seven-husbands-of-evelyn-hugo?from_search=true https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31434883-eleanor-oliphant-is-completely-fine?from_search=true

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33815781-the-wedding-date?from_search=true https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35226186-providence?from_search=true

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
Providence by Caroline Kepnes

These are just a few of the books I picked up at some point last year but never got to actually read, but I'm really hoping that I can get to them this year!!

What about you??

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Weekly Wrap Up & Book Haul • Week 3

Happy Sunday, Bookworms!!

Welcome to my weekly Weekly Wrap Up & Book Haul post!

Here I'll be sharing what books I read over the past week,
and what books I bought, borrowed, and received for review as well.

Check back every Sunday for new updates!
I purchased these three books this week after I made a list of series that I wanted to read this year, and realized that I didn't have copies of these. I'm super excited to read them all!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29456569-lifel1k3?ac=1&from_search=true https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20821111-the-young-elites?from_search=true https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23719270-vengeance-road?ac=1&from_search=true

LIFELIK3 by Jay Kristoff
The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

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This book arrived in my mailbox this week from Flatiron Books, and I'm really enjoyed it so far!
(I'm also giving away a copy of Instagram this weekend, so check that out!)


Enchantee by Gita Trelease

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And I borrowed these two books from the library this week after hearing lots of talk about both books, and they both sound super good!!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32718027-the-city-of-brass?from_search=true https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35604686-the-astonishing-color-of-after?ac=1&from_search=true

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

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And lastly I added a few new e-ARCs to my collection as well! (SUPER excited to start these!)

House of Salt and Sorrow by Erin A. Craig
Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
One Summer in Paris by Sarah Morgan
The Golden Hour by Beatriz Williams
The Plus One by Sophia Money-Coutts

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It wasn't my best reading week this week, but I did finish up two books, and both were really great! I am hoping to have my thoughts for both of these books up on the blog this week.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34723130-slayer https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39863515-an-anonymous-girl?from_search=true

Slayer by Kiersten White
An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

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That's all for me this week! How was your week??

Thursday, January 17, 2019

My Thoughts: Evermore by Sara Holland

(Everless #2)
by Sara Holland
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Publication Date: December 31st 2018
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780062653697
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Source: Edelweiss / Own

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The highly anticipated sequel to New York Times bestseller, Everless!

Jules Ember was raised hearing legends of the ancient magic of the wicked Alchemist and the good Sorceress. But she has just learned the truth: not only are the stories true, but she herself is the Alchemist, and Caro—a woman who single-handedly murdered the Queen and Jules’s first love, Roan, in cold blood—is the Sorceress.

The whole kingdom believes that Jules is responsible for the murders, and a hefty bounty has been placed on her head. And Caro is intent on destroying Jules, who stole her heart twelve lifetimes ago. Jules must delve into the stories that she now recognizes are accounts of her own past. For it is only by piecing together the mysteries of her lives that Jules will be able to save the person who has captured her own heart in this one. (Goodreads)

Evermore by Sara Holland is the much-awaited sequel to Everless, which I read when it first released last year and really enjoyed. After reading the first book last year and being really drawn by the story, I couldn’t wait to see what would happen in this sequel, especially since this is was the final book in the duology. I was definitely not disappointed!

The thing that drew me to Everless, (besides the gorgeous cover), was how unique the story was. I don’t think had ever read anything like it before, and I was instantly hooked as I turned the pages. The ending, of course, was a cliffhanger, and it left me pining away to get my hands on the sequel. Since I have read many books after the first read of Everless, I ended up re-read it before starting Evermore, just to give my brain a little refresher before starting the sequel, and I’m so glad I did. There was so many little details to the story that I had forgotten, and I’m glad I could re-read to remember those again.

That being said, I seem to feel a bit different about the sequel. I enjoyed the story very much, and loved that a lot of my lingering questions from the first book were answered, but… this book just seemed to have a slightly different feel to it than the first book did. And I’m not even sure why, to be completely honest. There were a few things that felt a bit rushed, and a few things that were a bit confusing as well. I probably need to re-read the book again to figure out where things went wrong for me.

The characters were still great, and I enjoyed getting to know more about Jules and Caro, and some of the secondary characters as well. I love Jules for her strength, and getting to know more of her backstory was really interesting. I do wish she had been a little less indecisive throughout the book, as she seemed to change her mind about things quite a bit throughout the story. Otherwise, I really enjoyed the storyline, and I definitely need more books with sorcerer’s and alchemist in my life!

Overall; Evermore was definitely an interesting follow-up to Everless, and having finally read the book, I’m kind of sad to see it end. This definitely could have been a longer series, but I’m happy with the way things wrapped up in the end. I’ll definitely be keeping my eye out for more books by Sara in the future!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday: Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss & On The Come Up

Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss
by Kasie West
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Publication Date: February 5th 2019
Publisher: HarperTeen
ISBN: 9780062675798

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Lacey Barnes has dreamt of being in a movie for as long as she can remember. However, while her dream did include working alongside the hottest actor in Hollywood, it didn’t involve having to finish up her senior year of high school at the same time she was getting her big break. Although that is nothing compared to Donavan, the straight-laced student her father hires to tutor her, who is a full-on nightmare.

As Lacey struggles to juggle her burgeoning career, some on-set sabotage, and an off-screen romance with the unlikeliest of leading men, she quickly learns that sometimes the best stories happen when you go off script. (Goodreads)

Is anyone else SUPER excited for the new Kasie West book??
It sounds super cute, and I can't wait to read it!!

On the Come Up
by Angie Thomas
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Publication Date: February 5th 2019
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
ISBN: 9780062498564

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Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri’s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it.

On the Come Up is Angie Thomas’s homage to hip-hop, the art that sparked her passion for storytelling and continues to inspire her to this day. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; of the struggle to become who you are and not who everyone expects you to be; and of the desperate realities of poor and working-class black families.

This is another book that I'm super excited for! I read The Hate U Give last year,
and really enjoyed it. I can't wait to read Bri's story next!!

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

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-Me Authors I Read In 2018

January 15: New-to-Me Authors I Read In 2018

2018 was a great year for discovering new-to-me authors, and I had the pleasure of finding quite a few awesome new ones! Here are just a few new-to-me authors that I can't wait to read more of!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28954189-scythe https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9969571-ready-player-one

Neal Shusterman
Ernest Cline

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26156203-the-crown-s-game. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26156203-the-crown-s-game

Evelyn Skye
Angie Thomas


Cora Carmack
Heidi Heilig


Kevin Kwan
Claire Legrand

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27213238-the-hating-game https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38255337-one-day-in-december

Sally Thorne
Josie Silver

There you have it! That's my list of just a few of the authors I discovered in 2018! I'm definitely looking forward to reading more by them as soon as possible, and discovering more authors as well!!

What authors made your list this week?? Leave your links in the comments so I can check out your post as well!!

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