Goodreads Monday

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted here. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off! Don’t forget to link back here and link up to the inlinkz below so others can see what you picked!

Hey guys!! This weeks pick for me is a book that I have had on my TBR for YEARS!! Quite literally! I will (hopefully) be able to order a copy this week… so I’m hoping to get to this soon!

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Black City by Elizabeth Richards

Published: November 13th 2012 by G. P. Putnam’s Sons BYR

A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war.

In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-old Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable—they fall in love. Bonded by a mysterious connection that causes Ash’s long-dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they’re caught, they’ll be executed—but their feelings are too strong.

When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their deaths.

I absolutely adore the cover and I cannot wait to get my hands on it!

Rebel’s Blade by Frost Kay

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Rebel’s Blade by Frost Kay

Published: March 8th 2017 – Self Published

NOTHING IS BLACK AND WHITE

Secretly trained, swordsmith Sage Blackwell steps up to run her family’s forge when her father falls ill. Sage desires to help the neglected Aermians but is bound by duty to provide for her own… Until, that is, she’s offered a chance to make a difference.

THE REBELLION

Sage knows the risks; imprisonment or death, and yet, she’s still willing to take them to protect her family. But when plans unravel, Sage finds herself facing the devils themselves, her sworn enemies, the princes of Aermia.

THE CROWN

Tehl Ramses is drowning; crops are being burned, villages pillaged, and citizens are disappearing, leading to a rising rebellion. As crown prince, and acting ruler, Tehl must find a way to crush the rebellion before civil war sweeps through his beloved kingdom. He’ll do whatever is necessary to save his people. Yet, his prisoner is not at all what he expected.

ONE STORY. TWO SIDES. ONE GOAL: SAVE AERMIA. 

Note: I received an ARC of this from the author. This in no way influences my opinion.

Unfortunately, this was a DNF for me. Which is a shame, because the plot itself was actually pretty good as far as I got (about 55%) – however, my issues mostly lay with the characters, which is, ultimately, why I DNfed.

I want to start with the good. I enjoyed the plot as far as I got. It was fast paced, it kept me on my toes and there was always something going on. I do feel like it sort of slowed down towards where I stopped reading, but I imagine it picks back up. I was told the ending by someone else who has read it (mostly because everyone was raving about the ending and I was just being a nosey tyke really) and I just… wasn’t all that impressed? Not sure if it was because I missed a beat by not reading the rest or whether it’s because I have high expectations because I read A LOT of fantasy, but it just didn’t wow me like it did others who finished this book.

My major issue with this book (and the ultimate reason for me putting it back down) was the characters. For me, it is really important that I form some kind of bond with the characters and, as a result, empathise with them. Unfortunately, I didn’t form this bond with the characters, despite the multiple POVs that were shown. I didn’t really care what happened to the characters and who lived or who died – so I found it really easy to just put the book down and do something else.

My other issue with the characters was that the multiple POVs began to bleed together after a time so, when I did put the book down to do something else, I had to try and remember whose perspective I was reading – which I mostly did through the interactions with the other characters. Whilst they were separate at the beginning – they did sort of change throughout and became too similar for me.

All in all, I actually quite enjoyed the plot (mostly) but my issues with the characters led me to stop reading the book. I gave this book 2/5 stars.

Dark Dreams and Dead Things by MartinaMcAtee

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Dark Dreams and Dead Things by Martina McAtee

Published: July 15th 2016 – Self Published

17-year-old November Lonergan spent her whole life feeling like an outsider. She was right. She’s a reaper like her mother; like her two cousins, Kai and Tristin. The supernatural world believes they are part of a prophecy to save them from an evil known as the Grove. Ember just wants to survive high school and fix the fallout from bringing back her friend. 

Old enemies are lurking; waiting for their opportunity to strike but the pack has a new problem. A group of legendary hunters has resurfaced, threatening the reapers and anybody who stands with them. They are making good on their threats too; attacking those closest to the pack.

Their only hope of defeating the Legionaries involves trusting a stranger to perform a dangerous spell to advance Ember and her cousin’s powers. But Ember has a secret; a secret she can’t tell the pack. One that leaves the pack vulnerable.

An attack on pack allies, leaves one member of the group injured and another missing, along with a mysterious girl named Evangeline who may play a bigger part in this than any of them realize. As the Legionaries are closing in, the pack must trust their enemies, enter hostile territories, and play a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a psychopath. Their entire plan lynches on a dangerous bargain, but rescuing one member of the pack could mean losing another in their place…possibly forever. 

DDDT is the second book in the Dead Things series and basically starts off where the previous one ends! I enjoyed this book as much as the previous and I cannot wait for the next instalment!

What I really enjoyed about this book was that it started where the previous one ended. There was no time lapse between events and I think it was done pretty smoothly! It also has a list of who the main people are, who they are connected to, what their powers are and who they are allied with. This was extremely useful because it helped to keep everyone straight.

I liked Ember in this book just as much as I liked her in the previous one. She remains an extremely relatable character and I think the author has done a good job of showing her long term reaction to what has happened and how it affected her mentally and physically! It definitely makes her even more relatable in this sense.  I still didn’t ship the ship that appears to be sailing where Ember is concerned and I just… I want someone else for her! I just don’t know who yet!

I was also really glad that we got to know more about Mace! In the first book, he was an extremely enigmatic character and we didn’t really find out much about him or his past in the first book! I am so glad we got to explore some of his past in this book because the mystery was killing me! I definitely think this insight into his character made him all the more relatable and definitely likeable in a different sense because you begin to sorry for him as a reader!

As a reiteration of my review of book #1, I TOTALLY SHIP THE SHIP!!! Kai and Rhys are even MORE adorable in this book because of RJ!!!!!!!!!! I love them and I always look forward to seeing more from them within the book and … let’s just say… I am waiting for the Sexual Tension (Yes it deserves caps) to finally be addressed because I SHIP IT!!! AND I WANT IT AND I SHIP IT… ugh

Ok, there is something that needs to be addressed here. Silas. If anyone who is reading this has read the books or is part of Martina’s Deadlings on fb, you will understand the ongoing feud that is Silas. If anyone was wondering on which side of the spectrum I fall, it would be #TeamSilas. I really really liked his character and I definitely view him as someone who is misunderstood! I cannot wait to see more of him in the next book!

I loved the introduction of all the new characters! They all brought something new and unique to the table and I am really looking forward to seeing how their characters develop as the series goes on…

The Plot of this book also kept up with the character development that happened. There was always something happening and it was just one thing after another and it really helped to keep me on my toes and to keep me turning the pages just to see what was going to happen next!

All in all I really enjoyed myself reading this book and I am definitely looking forward to the next instalment – especially after that ending!! I gave this book 5/5 stars.

Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted at Breaking the Spine

Hey guys! It is time for another WoW! This weeks pick for me is an author who I actually really like, but haven’t read all of her books! I have been meaning to, but you know how it is!

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The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano

Expected Publication: October 24th 2017 by Balzer+Bray

A banished princess.
A deadly curse.
A kingdom at war.

Wil Heidle, the only daughter of the king of the world’s wealthiest nation, has grown up in the shadows. Kept hidden from the world in order to serve as a spy for her father—whose obsession with building his empire is causing a war—Wil wants nothing more than to explore the world beyond her kingdom, if only her father would give her the chance.

Until one night Wil is attacked, and she discovers a dangerous secret. Her touch turns people into gemstone. At first Wil is horrified—but as she tests its limits, she’s drawn more and more to the strange and volatile ability. When it leads to tragedy, Wil is forced to face the destructive power within her and finally leave her home to seek the truth and a cure.

But finding the key to her redemption puts her in the path of a cursed prince who has his own ideas for what to do with her power.

With a world on the brink of war and a power of ultimate destruction, can Wil find a way to help the kingdom that’s turned its back on her, or will she betray her past and her family forever?

I absolutely adore this cover and the blurb sounds really interesting as well! I have been meaning to finish her Chemical Garden Trilogy and hopefully I will do that before this release! I also have the Internment Chronicles on my TBR!

Illusionary by Desiree Williams – Cover Reveal

Hey guys!! I have a cover reveal for you today!! As soon as I read the blurb, I knew I had to add this to my TBR and I cannot wait to have it in my hands! This cover reveal is being hosted by Xpresso Book Tours and the cover itself was designed by Emily Wittig Designs. There is also a giveaway going on, so be sure to check that out! Anyway, without further ado:

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Illusionary by Desiree Williams

Expected Publication: April 4th 2014 – self published

Dorothy got sucked into a tornado.
Alice fell down a hole.
Wendy flew to Neverland.
Kamryn? She tripped down the stairs.
Now, Kamryn Kensington finds herself in a strange new world. Within minutes of her arrival, she dodges an archer’s arrow and avoids getting sliced up by a cosplay reject holding a dagger to her throat. And that’s before the storyteller’s breath brings stories to life.
Home is the mission—to return to her family and pursue her life’s dream of art and travel. Yet the longer she’s in the Land of Ur, the harder it is not to feel for the people she meets. Even her artistic side can’t help but breathe in the beautiful wonder and magic of this new world. So when the Oracle hands her a different quest, she takes it on the condition he sends her home afterward.
No one thought to warn her of a jealous queen and her dragon minions. Or that, by helping her, the cute storyteller would go crazy. Or that her heart would rip in two when she left. Those would’ve been great facts to know ahead of time.
Considering that nothing in Ur is what it seems, the mission proves to be more than she ever imagined. But more than her own future will be in jeopardy if Kamryn doesn’t succeed.

Author Bio:

Desiree Williams is a dreamer by day and chocoholic by night. She lives in the beautiful state of Kentucky with her husband and daughter, where she juggles life as a wannabe supermom. Desiree is a lover of food and avoider of dirty dishes. She delights in making people laugh and strives to bring hope and love with her wherever she goes.

You can find out more about Desiree and her books at www.desireewilliamsbooks.com

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and Bookish

Hey guys! TTT is still on hiatus and the list hasn’t been updated yet (which we don’t mind because everyone deserves a break!), so I thought that I would do another past theme that I quite like and never did. So, I’ve decided to do top ten books that I HAD to buy, but haven’t actually read yet! so without further ado and in no particular order, here are the books sitting on my shelves, laughing at me:

10: ice like fire Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch – I actually have a copy of this on my kindle and have done since the end of 2015!! This is a painful amount of time to have a book and not have read it!

9. rebel of the sands Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton – Again, I have this on my kindle and downloaded it sort of middle of last year? After all the good things I heard about it, I just couldn’t resist and I just haven’t picked it up yet!!

8. the-thousandth-floor The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee – I have a beautiful hardback copy of this book and I have been meaning to get to this for AGES!! I can’t believe I haven’t yet!

7. the winners kiss The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski – I really enjoyed the first two instalments of this series and I have had this book on my shelf for a while now… I really should finish this series off!

6. replica.jpg Replica by Lauren Oliver – I have a paperback of this on my shelf and it is so beautiful! I have heard such amazing things about this and I just NEED TO PICK IT UP! However, every time I think about picking it up, my brain goes into overdrive with all the possibilities of how to read it…

5. the kiss of deception Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson – Ok, before you chase me with a frying pan, I have a copy of this on my shelf! I have heard so many amazing things about this book – however, I have the paperback and it is so floppy and difficult to hold… and the paper is like bible paper, so I’m thinking about ordering a hardback before reading it!

4. The Diabolic.JPG The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid – I have heard fantastic things about this book and I can’t believe I haven’t even picked it up yet!

3. court of fives Court of Fives by Kate Elliott – I can’t actually remember when I downloaded this onto my kindle? I just know that it has been ages since and I haven’t picked it up yet because I need to be kicked…

2. the lie tree The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge – I’ve had a paperback of this for ages now and I keep saying that I will get to it and I even posted on instagram that I would get to it… and I just haven’t. I WILL GET TO IT!! *Ahem*

1. rebel spring Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes – I really enjoyed Falling Kingdoms and I did actually start this at one point, but I think I fell ill or something and then I fell into a reading slump, so I decided to stop before I ruined the book for myself! I need to pick it up again! 😀

I definitely feel guilty about not having picked these up yet because I have definitely heard some amazing things about all of these! I solemnly swear that I will pick these up!

Goodreads Monday

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted here. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off! Link back here and link up to the inlinkz at the bottom so others can see what you picked!

Hey guys!! I’m writing this really quickly because I forgot to do it Sunday evening! It was one of those weekends and then I crashed last night, so I’m writing this now! Anyway, this weeks pick for me is a book that I am really excited to get a copy of because I absolutely adored The Dead House! I am definitely looking forward to this one…

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The Creeper Man by Dawn Kurtagich

Published: July 14th 2016 by Orion Children’s Books

When Silla and her little sister, Nori, escape London and their abusive father, Aunt Cath’s country house feels like a safe haven. Leaving the smog and fear behind, the girls have the love and freedom they never had in their violent home. But slowly, ever so slowly, things begin to unravel.

Aunt Cath locks herself in the attic and spends day and night pacing; every day the surrounding forest inches slowly towards the house; a mysterious boy appears from the enclosing wood offering friendship, and Nori claims that a man watches them from the dark forest. A man with no eyes who creeps ever closer. 

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Published: January 31st 2017 by Flatiron Books

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Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world . . .

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever. 

Can I just say that this book is pure magic? From start to finish, this book had me turning the pages and it was fantastic in every sense! I didn’t know who to trust, what was part of the game and who was who! I definitely got swept away in the game and I cannot wait to revisit this world with book 2!

I felt like I could empathise with Scarlett from the very first page! The beginning of the book is shown through letters and it was a little girl wanting to believe in something – which I can understand when you get to know her throughout the book and everything she went through! I felt like I could empathise with her on a personal level because I am also the eldest sibling and I am also the one that has to try and stop my brother from doing something really stupid if he is that way inclined! I could definitely feel the love that Scarlett had for her sister and just how far she was willing to go to protect her!

I also really liked Tella! She was the complete opposite of her sister which made her unique – but it also showed the typical sibling bond that I think a lot of people have themselves in real life. I definitely think that the younger siblings are usually more like Tella so I feel like both sisters and the bond itself could definitely relate to all readers in a different way. What I loved about Tella was the fact that she was the opposite of her sister! she was whimsical, prone to running off and taking chances and generally doing the stuff that, really, she shouldn’t be doing. The only real issue I had with Tella (Donatella) is the fact that her nickname was too close to the German word for plate…

I had my doubts about Julian from the very beginning. I had a sort of hunch about who he was and everything he did seemed to play into that kind of hunch… which I guess was part of the game! Whilst I wasn’t entirely right, I was pretty close! I loved the way his identity kept twisting and turning as the plot continued and the way his character began to change as a whole throughout!

The world building in this was absolutely fantastic! I think the most iconic quote from this book is “Remember, it’s only a game…” and I think with the world building and the certain characters who come into play etc. It is really important for the reader to remember this as well, not just the characters! I got so swept up in this book and I feel like it took me absolutely no time at all to read it! It was one of those books where, 5 minutes later, your on the epilogue and you’re wondering what happened to all those pages… when in actual fact it’s been four hours and you haven’t done anything you were really supposed to do. I got so sucked into this world and the way that it was described etc, that I could have easily imagined myself being there! Who were the players, who were the observers, and who were the performers?? I think the only obvious people were the players who we met, whether in length or briefly. The world building was extremely rich and I just want more!

The dad. What. A. Douche. I don’t really want to go too much into it because I don’t want to give the game away, BUT I absolutely detested him! He is one of those characters that I could happily murder and I would feel no remorse whatsoever because he deserved it!

All in all, I loved this rich, enchanting world that Garber has presented with us with! Each and every character had their own twist and turns and history and every page brought something new to the table! I loved the world building and the way that everything was different in a way that was magical that you really don’t find as often as you would like in a book! I cannot wait for the next instalment and I gave this book 5/5 stars!

February Wrap Up!

Hey guys! I have the feeling that February has gone REALLY slowly despite it only being 28 days! Or is this just me? Anyway, I feel like I definitely had a better month than January… so without further ado:

Read:

A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess – 3.5/5 stars

Heir of Thunder by Karissa Laurel, review request – DNF

Proof of Lies by Diana Rodriguez Wallach, ARC – 4/5 stars

Shooter by Caroline Pignat – 2/5 stars

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – 5/5 stars

King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard – 4/5 stars

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – 5/5 stars

Follow Me Back by A. V. Geiger, ARC – 4/5 stars

Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney, Review Copy – DNF

Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things by Martina McAtee – 5/5 stars

Started Reading:

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Bought/Acquired:

FrostBlood By Elly Blake

Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things by Martina McAtee

Shooter by Caroline Pignat

Heir of Thunder by Karissa Laurel – Review request

Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney – Review copy

Follow Me Back by A. V. Geiger – ARC received through Netgalley

Caraval – Stephanie Garber

King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Windwitch by Susan Dennard

The Bear and the Nightingale by – Katherine Arden

Special Posts:

Eternity Fades by Katelyn Anderson – Cover Reveal

Frozen Flames by Lara Whatley – Cover Reveal

Goodreads Monday: 

FrostBlood by Elly Blake

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

That is it from me (Thank goodness) – I think anymore and I would have writers cramp! I definitely think I achieved a lot in 28 days and I cannot wait to see what March brings me!

Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted at Breaking the Spine

Hey guys! It is time for another WoW! This weeks pick for me is something that I think could be really interesting and unique if it is done right! Especially because of today’s society… we are not the extreme… yet! But it’s a possibility!

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All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis

Expected Publication: August 29th 2017 by Harlequin Teen

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In a world where every word and gesture is copyrighted, patented or trademarked, one girl elects to remain silent rather than pay to speak, and her defiant and unexpected silence threatens to unravel the very fabric of society.

Speth Jime is anxious to deliver her Last Day speech and celebrate her transition into adulthood. The moment she turns fifteen, Speth must pay for every word she speaks (“Sorry” is a flat ten dollars and a legal admission of guilt), for every nod ($0.99/sec), for every scream ($0.99/sec) and even every gesture of affection. She’s been raised to know the consequences of falling into debt, and can’t begin to imagine the pain of having her eyes shocked for speaking words that she’s unable to afford.

But when Speth’s friend Beecher commits suicide rather than work off his family’s crippling debt, she can’t express her shock and dismay without breaking her Last Day contract and sending her family into Collection. Backed into a corner, Speth finds a loophole: rather than read her speechrather than say anything at allshe closes her mouth and vows never to speak again. Speth’s unexpected defiance of tradition sparks a media frenzy, inspiring others to follow in her footsteps, and threatens to destroy her, her family and the entire city around them.

This sounds so good and I can’t wait to see how the author has interpreted this and done it!