Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Top Ten Books on my Winter TBR List


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

1. Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole - I think this book has come up on every TBR post I do.

2. Ensnared by A.G. Howard - Also this one. See a pattern?

3. Fairest by Marissa Meyer - I was sad that Winter got postponed, but I'm excited to learn about the Evil Queen's backstory!

4. A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd - Frankenstein retelling? Yes please! Also, the final book in a trilogy that I LOVE!

5. All That Burns by Ryan Graudin - Just give it to me now!

6. Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier - I really enjoyed her first series that was published in english, and I'm excited to read this one too. If only I could read German...

7. The Return by Jennifer L. Armentrout - This may be New Adult, which I don't read, but I want it!

8. First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen - Another genre that I don't read much of, but I've been waiting for this book for years!

9. The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski - After The Winner's Curse? I'll take this sooner rather than  later!

10. Frostfire by Amanda Hocking - A new book series, and the cover alone has dragged me in!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release: February 10, 2015
Series: Red Queen
Pages: 383 (ARC)
Review: 5 Stars

Synopsis:

Debut novelist Victoria Aveyard's sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king's palace. Will her power save her or condemn her?

Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood--those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play 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 everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard--a growing Red rebellion--even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.

You Can Find it At:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Book Depository
Goodreads

Review:

If you haven't noticed, I've been neglecting the blog a little bit. While there were many factors (one being my extreme laziness) I also have been in a MAJOR reading slump! But I have returned to the world, this time with a wonderful book in tow!

First Impressions:

If you haven't heard of this book, you must be living under a rock. It is definitely one of the most hyped books that come out this winter, and BOY does it deserve it! I had a chance to get this ARC a week or so ago, and I pounced on it. I've been going through a major reading slump, and decided to go with my instincts and read this. I am so glad that I did. It filled a hole in my heart, I'm pretty sure. A hole left by books such as Throne of Glass and The Darkest Minds. Right off the bat, I knew this was the book for me. If the cover isn't enough, I don't know what I'll do about you. Also, the title, unlike some books, makes sense fairly quickly into the story.

Characters

On of the first major points of wisdom in this book is "Anyone can betray you" which has never been more true. While I generally suspected the betrayers ahead of time, Victoria does an AMAZING job of making me doubt myself. One of the best things was that the main character wasn't necessarily perfect. She was willing to do things to keep her family alive, and wanted to help her people, but she was scared. So scared, that instead of sometimes standing up and shouting "What's wrong with you people?", she waits, feeling guilty all the way. It's nice to know that a character can feel guilt. This novel is definitely character driven. While some books rely on outside sources, this is all within. Ever bad thing that happens, a character did it, even if others don't know that. At certain times, I even managed to sympathize with characters that I hated, which I almost never do. There were characters, who I wanted dead, I hated them so much, but when certain stuff happened, it made even me feel their pain.

Writing

The writing was spot on. I am prone to skim reading, but Red Queen has made me want to break that habit. Multiple times, I found myself missing part of a paragraph and going back to read it. Every word is important. Generally, you have to tell a story in as few words as possible, and this book achieved it with shining glory. I savored each word and wouldn't have it any other way.

World-Building

The world building was done in such a way that it leaves a bit to the reader's imagination, at least for now. The reader does not know if it's a dystopian world where abilities and silver blood manifested over time, a magical world with advanced weaponry, or a combination of both. What the reader does know, is that this world has a LOT of history. I really hope that in the next book we get A) a map and B) some background on the world. It was not imperative to this novel, but I'm simply curious! The world has entranced me for sure. I definitely look forward to finding out what happens next to this story and these characters!

Author Bio:

Born and raised in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, a small town known only for its traffic rotary, Victoria grew up painfully normal. The daughter of schoolteachers, she spent most of her time reading books and watching movies, looking for distractions and stories that could take her away. When she was accepted to the University of Southern California, Victoria took her chance and moved cross country. After graduating with a BFA in Writing for Screen & Television, she decided to try her hand at writing a novel. RED QUEEN came out of the terrifying, unemployed year after college.


Currently, Victoria is hard at work editing the second book in the series while pursuing other projects in publishing and screenwriting. She splits her time between Massachusetts, Los Angeles, Target, and Barnes & Noble.

You Can Find Her At:
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (39)


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spines, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week, I'm featuring First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen! (Just note, this is an adult novel. She's the only adult book author that I read.) First Frost is the sequel to Garden Spells that I've been waiting for for years! I don't know how long after Garden Spells this takes place, but I don't care! I'm so excited for this book! I features both a teenage protagonist, as well as two adult women. It's cool, cause it's gonna focus on both family and young love. Just give it to me now! I got to meet Sarah last January, and can't wait to meet her again this January!

Synopsis:

From the New York Times bestselling author of Garden Spells comes a story of the Waverley family, in a novel as sparkling as the first dusting of frost on new-fallen leaves...

It's October in Bascom, North Carolina, and autumn will not go quietly. As temperatures drop and leaves begin to turn, the Waverley women are made restless by the whims of their mischievous apple tree... and all the magic that swirls around it. But this year, first frost has much more in store.

Claire Waverley has started a successful new venture, Waverley’s Candies. Though her handcrafted confections—rose to recall lost love, lavender to promote happiness and lemon verbena to soothe throats and minds—are singularly effective, the business of selling them is costing her the everyday joys of her family, and her belief in her own precious gifts.

Sydney Waverley, too, is losing her balance. With each passing day she longs more for a baby— a namesake for her wonderful Henry. Yet the longer she tries, the more her desire becomes an unquenchable thirst, stealing the pleasure out of the life she already has.

Sydney’s daughter, Bay, has lost her heart to the boy she knows it belongs to…if only he could see it, too. But how can he, when he is so far outside her grasp that he appears to her as little more than a puff of smoke?

When a mysterious stranger shows up and challenges the very heart of their family, each of them must make choices they have never confronted before. And through it all, the Waverley sisters must search for a way to hold their family together through their troublesome season of change, waiting for that extraordinary event that is First Frost.


Lose yourself in Sarah Addison Allen's enchanting world and fall for her charmed characters in this captivating story that proves that a happily-ever-after is never the real ending to a story. It’s where the real story begins.

Release: January 20, 2015

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Top Ten Sequels I Can't Wait To Get


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

Oh dear, this is going to kill me, isn't it? I'm going to be doing actual sequels (as in second books) so that I don't completely die.

1. The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski - Is this even a question?


2. Until the Beginning by Amy Plum - I was a little slow getting into Until the End, but I'm looking forward to this!


3. Deadfall by Anna Carey - A book entirely in second person? Count me in! Especially after the cliffhanger of book one!


4. Snow Like Ashes book 2 by Sara Raasch - There's not a title yet, but I want it!

5. Trail of Tears by Josephine Angelini - She is easily one of my favorite authors, as you can see by my profile picture.

6. The Death Code by Lindsay Cummings - The first book really surprised me with how much I loved it, so I'm really excited for this!


7. Unleashed by Sophie Jordan - The first book was amazing and original, so I'm excited for this!


8. All That Burns by Ryan Graudin - The first book was so amazing that needing the second book isn't even a question!


9. First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen - I loved Garden Spells, the only adult book that I've read, and I'm so excited to FINALLY get a sequel!


10. Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins - Paladins alone are rare in YA, but Paladins who also happen to be cheerleaders? They're nowhere to be seen, until now! So yes, I want this book.


There are a million more, but these are some of the top! What sequels are you looking forward to?

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (38)


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spines, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Welcome to another edition of Waiting on Any-Other-Day-But Wednesday!

This week, I'm featuring Ensnared by A.G. Howard! I am so excited for this book, and have made ALL of the my friends read this series. Yes, all of them. I cannot wait to find out what happens in Ensnared. Team Morpheus forever!

Synopsis:

After surviving a disastrous battle at prom, Alyssa has embraced her madness and gained perspective. She's determined to rescue her two worlds and the people and netherlings she loves. Even if it means challenging Queen Red to a final battle of wills and wiles . . . and even if the only way to Wonderland, now that the rabbit hole is closed, is through the looking-glass world--a parallel dimension filled with mutated and violent netherling outcasts. In the final installment of the wildly popular Splintered trilogy, Alyssa and her dad journey into the heart of magic and mayhem in search of her mom and to set right all that's gone wrong. Together with Jeb and Morpheus, they must salvage Wonderland from the decay and destruction that has ensnared it. But if they succeed and come out alive, can everyone truly have their happily ever after?

Release: January 6, 2015
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