Wednesday, September 21, 2016

My Thoughts: The Graces by Laure Eve

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28818369-the-graces
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

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23267628-the-fever-code?
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.**


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

My Thoughts: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23207027-three-dark-crowns
Three Dark Crowns
(Three Dark Crowns #1)
by Kendare Blake
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Publication Date: September 20th 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 398
ISBN: 9780062385437
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Magic
Source: Review Copy | Own

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Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.
(Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

I was super excited to finally start reading Three Dark Crowns, as I'm a huge fan of Kendare Blake. Her Anna series is one of my favorites, and while I've had her Goddess War series on my TBR for quite a while now, I haven't yet had the chance to read it. But I was really, really looking forward to reading something new by her, and I definitely was not disappointed!

There were a lot of characters in the novel to keep up with, but I found myself having quite a few favorites. The three triplet queens were all interesting, and each so different from each other, which I loved. My favorite character in the novel is, in fact, not one of the queens at all. Jules is really, really awesome, and I really hope we see even more from her in the next book. I have high hopes to, anyway!

The storyline for the book was a lot darker than I expected, but I really enjoyed that, and there were some bright spots as well. I setting and the descriptions in the book were so well written, I could picture everything so perfectly. The book ends in a way that leaves me very much wanting to get my hands on the next book. I have SO MANY questions, and I really, really need the answers.

I'm super curious to know if this series is going to be a duology, or a trilogy. I'm hoping for a trilogy, since there are, in fact, three queens, but would be happy with a duology as well!

Overall; I enjoyed Three Dark Crowns so very much, and I need to get my hands on the next book ASAP! I need to know what's going on, and what's going to happen next. 2017 just can't get here soon enough! If you're in the market for a dark-reading fairytale story, definitely check out Three Dark Crowns!



Top Ten Tuesday: Audiobooks I Want to Listen To




September 20: All About Audio freebie - Top Ten Audiobooks I Want to Listen To

I've been a fan of audiobooks for a while now, and I just love them!
There's nothing like plugging in and listening at times when I can't actually
sit down and read.

Thanks to my local library, I have TONS of audiobook options to choose from.
Here are a few that I'm looking forward to listening to soon!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12558285-splintered https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19547856-simon-vs-the-homo-sapiens-agenda

1. Splintered by A. G. Howard - I've been wanting to start this series for a really long time now, and my library has ALL the book in the series in audiobook format! I can't wait to listen to them!

2. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli - I've had this book on my TBR for way too long, and I know it has to be great, because I see praise for it everywhere! I'm actually torn between listening to the audiobook and reading the actual book, so I'll probably do both!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13406425-burn-for-burn https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23171368-the-good-girls

3. Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian - I've been wanting to read a new Jenny Han book for a while now, and I've heard really good things about this series!

4. The Good Girls by Sara Shepard - I've been meaning to finish this sequel for a while now! I really enjoyed the first book, The Perfectionists, so I'll probably listen to it as well!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18660447-the-fill-in-boyfriend https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7736182-the-lost-hero

5. The Fill-in Boyfriend by Kasie West - My library has quite a few Kasie West books, and I have two of them on my list to listen to this month! I can't wait to get started on them!

6. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan - I listened to the Percy Jackson audiobooks way back when, and I keep meaning to start the Lost Hero series audiobooks as well. I need to get to them soon!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18090161-be-with-me https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26721568-the-problem-with-forever

7. Be With Me by J. Lynn - I just finished the audiobook of the first book in this series, Wait for You, last week, and I can't wait to dive into Be With Me next!!

8. The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout - I've loved all the books I've read so far from Armentrout, and I'm excited that my library has this book on audiobook as well!!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15507958-me-before-you https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30002998-two-by-two

9. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes - I LOVED this as a book, and actually started the audiobook early this year, but never got to finish it. The parts I did get through were great, and I'm really looking forward to finishing it soon.

10. Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks - The last few books I've read by Sparks have been audiobooks, and I've really enjoyed them. This new one sounds like it will be a good one as well. :)



I should also add that I'm really looking forward to listening to the Harry Potter
audiobooks again, once I finish my reread of the actual books!!

As I mentioned above, my library has an amazing assortment of audiobooks!
I have about 400+ on my list to listen to, and I can't wait to get started on them all. :)

What audiobooks are you most excited to listen to??
Or, what are your most favorite audiobooks?

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

My Thoughts: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
(Harry Potter #1)
by J.K. Rowling
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Publication Date: June 26th 1997
Publisher: Scholastic
Pages: 309
ISBN: 9780545582889
Genre: Young Adult | Fiction | Magic
Source: Own

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Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He's never worn a Cloak of Invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry's room is a tiny cupboard under the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in ten years.

But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that's been waiting for him... if Harry can survive the encounter. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

One of my goals for 2016 was to read the Harry Potter series from the beginning to end. I have read books one through four in the past, but never had a chance to finish the series, or watch the movies, and that was something I really wanted to fix this year. And once again, it took me too long to find time to actually do this, and I was worried that this goal would, once again, slip by without completing it. But, I was determined to get started on this series, and I FINALLY DID!!

Technically, this is my second time reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, with the first time being when I listened to it on audiobook way back before I first started blogging. I was super excited to start the series over again from the beginning, and I found that I enjoyed the book even more this time than I did the first time!

There are so many characters in this book that I love -- Harry, Ron & Hermione, of course, because they are all awesome and have the BEST friendship ever. But also Neville, Hagrid, Dumbledore, McGonagall, the Weasley family, and so many more. They are all so well written, and I'm really looking forward to seeing all these characters again as the series goes along.

The storyline for this book was magical and completely captivating. Once again, I was drawn into this story in different way than I did when I listened to the audiobook before. I guess because I was actually paying more attention this time around.  I loved the setting and all the talk of magic throughout the story. It definitely kept me interested. This book was a really fun, and super quick read. I read this first book in just one days time, and I can't wait to get started on the next book ASAP!

The movie for this book is also the only movie I've seen so far. I rewatched it again with the kiddos after I finished my reread, and I really, really liked the movie. The characters are so great, and while there were some changes from the book, they really didn't bother me. I totally understand that they have to do some changes. I'm excited to watch the rest of the movies now, and plan to watch each of them as soon as I finish their book!

Overall; I really didn't think it would be possible to enjoy Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone as much the second time as I did the first, but I totally did. I'm super excited to continue with the rest of the books, and the movies! And, hopefully, I will have them all finished before the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie is released in November, so I can actually a J.K. Rowling movie in the theater. *smile*
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Waiting on Wednesday #251 - Blood Red Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27414397-blood-red-snow-white
Blood Red Snow White
by Marcus Sedgwick
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Publication Date: October 25th 2016
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
ISBN: 9781626725478

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27414397-blood-red-snow-white

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Russia wakes from a long sleep and marches to St Petersburg to claim her birthright. Her awakening will mark the end for the Romanovs, and the dawn of a new era that changed the world. Arthur Ransome, a journalist and writer, was part of it all. He left his family in England and fell in love with Russia and a Russian woman. This is his story. (Goodreads)

So, I kind of love everything about this book!!
The cover is STUNNING, and I love the title,
AND the story sounds really awesome.
I have an ARC of this and I'm really excited to be starting it soon!!
**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
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