Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #336 -

The Cursed Sea
(The Glass Spare #2)
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Publication Date: December 18th 2018
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
ISBN: 9780062491350

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The second in an exciting fantasy duology about a princess cursed to turn any living thing she touches into gemstone from Lauren DeStefano, the bestselling author of the Chemical Garden series. Perfect for fans of Shannon Hale and Renée Ahdieh.

Wil, the exiled princess of northern Arrod, must do what she never thought possible: return home to discover the origins of her own curse.

But home is very different from how she left it—Wil’s unpredictable elder brother Baren is now king, leading a war against the Southern Isles. And with time running out, Wil must navigate the dangerous secrets within her family to find the truth.

Nothing goes as planned, and suddenly Wil and her allies are fighting for their lives as the Southern king is out to ensure neither of his children will survive to take the throne. Traveling across cursed seas and treacherous kingdoms, Wil and Loom must make peace with their pasts if they hope to secure the future of their world.

But when their plans lead them right back to evil marveler Pahn, and to Baren—who is more dangerous than ever—can Wil and her friends outsmart their enemies, this time for good? (Goodreads)

Confession: I have not started this series yet!
BUT, I've had the first book on my TBR for forever,
and I just purchased a copy of it last week,
so I plan to read both books as soon as this new book is released!
I can't wait!!


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Once a King
(Clash of Kingdoms #3)
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Publication Date: December 4th 2018
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9781328949974

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Aodren: A lonely, young king, searching for a way to dismantle his father’s dark legacy.

Lirra: A girl with the power to control the wind, torn between duty and following her dreams

For twenty years, Channelers—women with a magical ability—have been persecuted in Malam by those without magic. Now King Aodren wants to end the bloody divide and unite his kingdom. But decades of hatred can’t be overcome by issuing decrees, and rumors of a deadly Channeler-made substance are only fueling people’s fears. Lirra has every reason to distrust Aodren. Yet when he asks for help to discover the truth behind the rumors, she can’t say no. With Lirra by his side, Aodren sees a way forward for his people. But can he rewrite the mistakes of the past before his enemies destroy the world he’s working so hard to rebuild? (Goodreads)

Confession #2: I have not read this series yet either!!
I do own the first book, and I am hoping to read it and the second book soon.
And I'm super glad that I waited so I can read all of these together!!

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


Tuesday, November 6, 2018

My Thoughts: Legend by Marie Lu (Series Review)

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Legend
by Marie Lu
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Publisher: Speak
Genre: YA | Fantasy | Sci-Fi | Dystopia

Legend (Legend #1)
November 29th 2011 • 305 Pages
ISBN: 9780141339603

Prodigy (Legend #2)
January 29th 2013 • 371 Pages
ISBN: 9780399256769

Champion (Legend #3)
November 5th 2013 • 369 Pages
ISBN: 9780399256776

In a violent, futuristic, half-flooded Los Angeles governed by martial law, fifteen year old Day lives on the streets as the country's most wanted criminal. When a murder forces him to cross paths with June--a wealthy, brilliant fifteen year old girl loyal to the state--the two are thrown into direct opposition and combat. But are they truly meant to be enemies? Or is there more to their society than meets the eye? (Marie Lu)


I was more than a little late to jump on the bandwagon for Marie Lu’s Legend series, but the series had been sitting on my bookshelf for THE LONGEST, and I was determined to finally read it, (as well as the Warcross series), this year. Now that I’ve finished the series, I’m totally kicking myself for not having read it sooner!! Here are my thoughts on the books!

(I thought about reviewing each book individually, but decided instead to try something new, and review the WHOLE series together. This is my first time doing this for a book series, if I remember correctly, so bear with me during this new process!!)

I went into Legend not really knowing what to expect, because even though the series is super popular, I never really looked up to see what it was about. I’m actually glad that I did this, because I went into the first book completely clueless to the storyline, and I just settled in for the ride.

So, what did I like about the series?? First, the storyline. I really enjoyed the fantasy and dystopian storyline. It has been a while since I last read a good dystopian, and even though I have read a LOT of them, I’m always curious to start a new one. Sometimes the story can seem so familiar, that I instantly lose interest, but that didn’t happen at all with the Legend series. The storyline was completely fascinating, and I was completely hooked.

Another thing I really liked about the series were the characters. June and Day come from completely different worlds, yet whose paths cross in the most unexpected way, and they end up having to work together, even though it’s the last thing either of them want. I enjoyed watching their relationship grow over the course of the series, and I LOVED their ending when I read the very last chapter of Champion. There are some pretty great secondary characters in the story as well, one of my most favorites being Eden, Day’s brother.

I also want to add that I even though I own all of the books for this series, I opted to listen to it in audio format, and I’m so glad that I did. All of the audiobooks for this series are narrated by Mariel Stern and Steven Kaplan, and they both did such a fantastic job with the voices and narration.

Overall; The Legend series by Marie Lu was on my list of book series to *finally* read this year, and I’m so thrilled that I have finally read it! I really enjoyed the storyline and the characters, and it was a great series all-around. I’m super curious for more info on the newly announced 4th book in the series, which is set to release sometime in 2019! While I wait for more news on that book, I will be working my way through Marie’s The Young Elites series, and then I will be officially caught up on her books!! If you’re a fan of good dystopian, sci-fi stories, do check out the Legend series!!
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Top Ten Tuesday: Backlist Books I Want to Read


November 6: Backlist Books I Want to Read


Today's Top Ten Tuesday post is right up my alley!!
I've actually been working my way through backlisted books all this year,
and I've read SO many that I've been meaning to read!

Here are just a few more that I've been wanting to tackle for a while now!!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17199504-the-bone-season https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22864842-the-queen-of-the-tearling

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10874177-etiquette-espionage https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17331828-talon

Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
Talon by Julie Kagawa

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/99561.Looking_for_Alaska?from_search=true https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20820994-i-ll-give-you-the-sun?from_search=true

Looking for Alaska by John Green
I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22465597-vanishing-girls?from_search=true

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12377535-what-alice-forgot https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25883848-the-hating-game?from_search=true

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne


So yeah, these are just a few of the backlist books that I'd love to read,
and I'm hoping to get to them soon!!

What backlist books made your list today??


Monday, November 5, 2018

My Thoughts: Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Renegades
(Renegades #1)
by Marissa Meyer
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Publication Date: November 7th 2017
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 552
ISBN: 9781250044662
Genre: YA | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
Source: Own

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Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone... except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both. (Goodreads)


I’ve had a copy of Renegades by Marissa Meyer sitting on my shelf since it was first released last year, and for some reason I’m just now getting to read it. (I can’t explain why, just that it kept getting pushed back farther and farther on my TBR for some reason.) BUT, I was determined to finally read the book this year, especially with the sequel, Archenemies, releasing this year as well. I am thrilled to tell you that I finally read the book, and I am now kicking myself for not having read it sooner!!

There are so many things to like about Renegades. I love the storyline, which is all about humans, (both heroes and villains), with all kinds of interesting superpowers and how they use them for both good and evil. I think the superpower parts was one of my most favorite things about the book, as I found them, along with how they were used, to be extremely fascinating. And since the story is told from two different characters’ viewpoints, one who is a Renegade, and one who is an Anarchist, we get to see both sides of the story, which was awesome. The book ends with a pretty massive cliffhanger, and thank goodness the next book is fixing to release, because I really want to dive into it ASAP!

Another thing I really enjoyed about this book were the characters. There are SO many in the story to like! Nova was definitely my favorite, and I totally found her quite relatable at times. I’m super curious to follow her, Adrian, and all the rest of the characters through the rest of this series to see what happens next for them!

Overall; Renegades was a really fun read, and I am seriously kicking myself for having not read the book sooner! I will most definitely be diving into Archenemies right away, and I’m thrilled that I don’t have to wait a for the sequel to be released, because I’m dying to know what’s going to happen next!! Fans of Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series, which I am also reading at the moment, definitely need to check out the Renegades series. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!!
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Week in Review • Week 44



Happy Sunday Monday, Bookworms!!

Welcome to my weekly Week in Review post!

Here I share all the things I've been up to during the past week.
Check back every Sunday for new updates!

It's been a while since I've done a weekly recap, but instead of trying to figure out where I last left off, I am just going to recap for the last week, and hopefully I can do a better job of keeping up from now on!

Now, here's what I've been up to this week!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38212843-every-breath https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25494343-lady-midnight https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14290364-champion https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28421168-renegades

This past week has been a pretty good reading week for me, and I've managed to finish four books! I finished all of these in the last few days of October, and it's amazing how that seems so far away. :)

The new Nicholas Sparks book, Every Breath, was an interesting, and super quick read. I LOVED my re-read of Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare, and I'm super excited to dive into Lord of Shadows soon. I also finished Legend series when I finished up Champion by Marie Lu, and finally started the Renegades series by Marissa Meyer, which I LOVED!!

I'm hoping to share my thoughts for Champion and Renegades on the blog this week!


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As you may have noticed, I have once again gotten behind on my weekly recaps. __ October was not a good blogging month for me, but I'm trying to do a better job this month of staying organized and on track with things. *fingers crossed*!!

I am currently enjoying a small break from Cheer Season for Kid #2, and I'm totally taking advantage of that little bit of free time before it starts back up next week. If I could get ahead on things, that would be awesome!!

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

Friday, November 2, 2018

My Thoughts: A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

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A Very Large Expanse of Sea
by Tahereh Mafi
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Publication Date: October 16th 2018
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780062866561
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Source: Own

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It’s 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped.

Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She’s tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments—even the physical violence—she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day. So she’s built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother.

But then she meets Ocean James. He’s the first person in forever who really seems to want to get to know Shirin. It terrifies her—they seem to come from two irreconcilable worlds—and Shirin has had her guard up for so long that she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to let it down. (Goodreads)


I have read all of Tahereh Mafi’s books in the past, most of them the moment they were released, so of course I was super curious to check out A Very Large Expanse of Sea right away as well! Unlike Tahereh’s previous books, which are mostly fantasy and dystopian, A Very Large Expanse of Sea is a contemporary fiction novel. I think I was the most curious about this, because contemporary stories are my FAVORITE, and I couldn’t wait to get started on the very first one by her. The story did not disappoint.

With A Very Large Expanse of Sea, we get a small look into what life was like for a young Muslim girl, Shirin, a year after the attacks of 9/11. Looking back, I remember it to be quite an unsettling time for our country, but getting to read the story from the perspective of Shirin was an eye-opening experience. Reading about some of things she, and to other people of color, went through in the book were heartbreaking to read, and some parts, unfortunately, are still relevant today.

One thing I really enjoyed about this book were the characters. Shirin was such an interesting girl, and I didn’t really want her story to end once I finished the book. (I would also REALLY love to see her, her brother, and their friends break dance. It sounded awesome!) Ocean was quite an interesting character as well, and I enjoyed watching the relationship grow between he and Shirin.

Another thing that I really enjoyed about this book was the nostalgia! It brought back so many memories from that time period. For instance, I totally remember my first cell phone, and having to watch how many minutes I used, because unlimited was not a thing yet. And text messages were just becoming a thing at that time as well! Also, AOL Instant Messenger. I remember that was the best thing ever at the time!! Hah!

I also want to add that though I have a finished copy of this book, I opted to listen to the audiobook instead, mostly because I listened to a sample of the audiobook before I started the actual book, and I completely captivated by Priya Ayyar’s narration of the story. If you have the opportunity to check out this book in audio format, I highly recommend it.

Overall; I really, really enjoyed A Very Large Expanse of Sea, and I think Tahereh Mafi has another hit on her hands with this book! While parts of the book were heartbreaking to read, I loved the story, and the characters, and I am glad that these stories are being told, because, as I mentioned above, they are definitely eye-opening experiences. If you don’t already have this book on your TBR, definitely add it right away. I hope you enjoy the story as much as I did!!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

My Thoughts: What If It's Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36260157-what-if-it-s-us
What If It's Us
by Becky Albertalli
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& Adam Silvera
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Publication Date: October 9th 2018
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 437
ISBN: 9780062795250
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary | LGBT
Source: From Publisher for Review

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Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?

Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.

Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.

But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?

What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?

What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?

But what if it is?  (Goodreads)


What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera was definitely one of my most anticipated reads for this fall, and I was absolutely thrilled to finally get started on the book! Becky Albertalli is one of my most favorite authors ever, and I was excited to read something new by her. I’ve also wanted to read something by Adam Silvera for the longest as well, so that had doubly excited to read the book. It definitely did not disappoint!!

What if it’s Us is the story of Arthur and Ben, and how they meet one summer in New York. That sentence alone basically sums up the storyline for the book, and if you’re wondering if the story is as cute as it sounds, please know that it totally is. Following along in the story as Ben and Arthur meet, get separated, and find each other again, is completely captivating, and you will find yourself totally engrossed in the story as you fly through the pages to see what is going to happen next. 

And not only is the storyline really great, but this book has an amazing cast of characters as well. Not only were Ben and Arthur completely awesome, but they both had really awesome families, which I LOVE, and friends as well. There are SO many people to like in this book!!

I also really enjoyed the setting of the book. I don’t think I could actually handle visiting New York in real life, but it’s definitely a fascinating place to read about. I loved all of the descriptions of the places Ben and Arthur visit throughout the story.

Overall; What If It’s Us was a quick, fun read, and I enjoyed the story SO much! Fans of Becky Albertalli’s will definitely love this book, and I’m sure fans of Adam Silvera’s will as well! Now that I have finally read something by Adam, I am super curious to check out his previous books, and I will definitely be keeping my eye out for new books by him and Becky as well! If you’re looking for an great contemporary read, do check out What If It’s Us!!

My November 2018 TBR!!


Happy First Day of November, Bookworms!!

Do you know what you're planning to read this month??

I have picked out quite a few books for my November TBR,
but I'm kind of planning to keep it simple this month as well.
I'm hoping to spend the next two months left in the year,
playing the catch-up game on some books I'm currently behond on.

But, my TBR is filled with all kinds of new reads, and re-reads,
and a few older reads as well, and I can't wait to get started on them all.

(And I really hope that I have a better reading month than last month!)

Here's what I'm reading this month...

I'm kicking off my November reading with a reread of The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern! This will be my second time reading the book,
and I've decided to start a tradition of reading it every fall!

That is totally SUPPOSED to be a copy of Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare,
(not Lady Midnight) which I am also re-reading this month 
as I continue along with my Shadowhunters reread to prepare for 
Queen of Air and Darkness next month!!

I meant to read Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor and Archenemies by
Marissa Meyer last month, but didn't get to either of them, so they
are both of my TBR this month as well!

The Reckoning of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin is probably
one of my most anticipated reads of November, and I can't wait to get
started on it ASAP!!

I'm also reading Winter by Marissa Meyer, as I work my way through
The Lunar Chronicles, and I can't believe that I'm am SO close to
finishing this series already!!

And I'm also rereading Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo,
(rereading the series to prepare for King of Scars!),
and rereading Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater as well!!

And I totally forgot to take a picture of Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas,
which I'm definitely hoping to read this month also.

:)

There are also a few new releases that I'm hoping to read this month as well,
most of which I have pre-ordered or on hold at the library.
I'm really hoping for a good month to knock some more books
off my TBR!!

That's it for me this month. What's on YOUR November TBR??

November Bookstagram Challenge • #AlltheBooksNov18

Happy First day of November, Bookworms!!

Do you love photos of books? Are you on Instagram??
Would you like to participate in a fun Book Challenge this month??
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