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 feel free to add your link to the comments so that others can see what you picked.

Hey guys! I hope you all had a great weekend! It has been raining most of the time and my husband has given me his cold! So please excuse any typos you might find!

The traitors kiss

The Traitor’S Kiss by Erin Beaty

Published May 9th 2017 by Imprint

An obstinate girl who will not be married.
A soldier desperate to prove himself.
A kingdom on the brink of war.

With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a lady―which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances. She spies on the girls―and on the soldiers escorting them.

As the girls’ military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust―and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom.

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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 feel free to add your links to the comments.

Hey guys! I hope you all had a great weekend! This weeks pick for me is the first book in a series that I have been eyeing up for a while now! It sounds really interesting and I hope I can get to it soon!

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Jackaby by William Ritter

Published: September 16th 2014 by Algonquin Young Readers

“Miss Rook, I am not an occultist,” Jackaby said. “I have a gift that allows me to see truth where others see the illusion–and there are many illusions. All the world’s a stage, as they say, and I seem to have the only seat in the house with a view behind the curtain.”

Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary–including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police–with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane–deny.

Doctor Who meets Sherlock in William Ritter’s debut novel, which features a detective of the paranormal as seen through the eyes of his adventurous and intelligent assistant in a tale brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre.

 

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E Schwab

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

Published: February 27th 2015 by Titan Books

Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

I have seen the hype surrounding these books for absolutely ages now. I bought all three of them from amazon at the same time because I was absolutely expecting to love it – I had heard so many amazing things before hand, I wondered how I couldn’t?!? However… I ended up dnfing it *ducks*. I really didn’t enjoy it, to the point where I was forcing myself to pick it up. So, unpopular opinion is abound, people!

I think my biggest issue was that I wasn’t feeling any kind of connection to any of the characters. I often felt like they were superficial and I really struggled to actually care about what was going to happen to them – much less like them. I didn’t like the chopping and changing between the character arcs because I often felt like none of them had their own voices. To me, they all sounded pretty similar. For me, it is really important (especially in fantasy books) to have that connection to the characters because that is a large part of what makes me pick the book back up. When I am invested in the character’s well being, I obviously have to know what happens to them and if they make it to the end of the books/series. I wasn’t feeling that with Kell, Lila and Holland. I just didn’t really get it.

I also felt like the plot was slow and dragged. Maybe book one is used to set up the rest of the series? I don’t know, but I often felt bored and I would end up having to re read passages of the book because my mind had wondered to different things and I had forgotten what I had just read. I found it too easy to put the book down and pick it up again at a later time. The plot could have had a little sprucing up and been made a little more fast paced… or even have something of interest happen in the first part of the book.

I also felt like aspects of the magic system that were being created were a little too coincidental. Like the magic sword that Kell enchanted himself to stop magic users from being able to use just that. I felt like Schwab sort of bent certain aspects of it to fit into the plot that she was trying to write and I just didn’t really enjoy it.

All in all, I was expecting to love these and I just… didn’t. I feel a lot like I felt after This Savage Song, in the sense that it was missing something that should have kept me hooked throughout. I’m thinking that maybe Schwab’s writing just isn’t for me… I gave this book 1/5 stars.

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 me up in the comments so that I and others can see what you picked! 

Hey guys! I hope you all had a fab weekend! I am writing this post Monday morning rather than sunday evening (as is my usual ritual) because I was reading last night and got so into the book that I was reading, that I actually forgot to write this post! *Facepalm* So… better late than never!

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Freeks by Amanda Hocking

Published: January 3rd 2017 by St. Martins Griffin

In a world of magical visions and pyrokinesis, Mara just wants to have a normal life. But is that possible?

Mara has become used to the extraordinary. Roaming from place to place with Gideon Davorin’s Traveling Carnival, she longs for an ordinary life where no one has the ability to levitate or predict the future.

She gets her chance when the struggling sideshow sets up camp in the small town of Caudry and she meets a gorgeous local guy named Gabe. But before long, Mara realizes there’s a dark presence lurking in the town that’s threatening the lives of her friends. She has seven days to take control of a power she didn’t know she had in order to save everyone she cares about—and change the future forever.

Firstlife by Gena Showalter

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Firstlife by Gena Showalter

Published: February 23rd 2016 by Harlequin Teen

ONE CHOICE.
TWO REALMS.
NO SECOND CHANCE.

Tenley “Ten” Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she’ll live—after she dies.

There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.

In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, longtime enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten, including sending their top Laborers to lure her to their side. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war between the two realms who will do anything to win the right to her soul. Who can she trust? And what if the realm she’s drawn to isn’t home to the boy she’s falling for? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision…

I have had this on my TBR for ages! It was actually a highly anticipated read for last year and I just never got around to it! However, I wish I had gotten to it sooner because I absolutely loved it!

Tenley (Ten) is our MC who is currently stuck in Prynne prison because she refuses to sign with Myriad. I enjoyed her as a character. I loved her strength of mind despite everything that she went through – if anything, her experiences actually made her stronger. She doesn’t trust easily and she usually follows her gut instinct, which I quite like about her. I like the way that she began to open up throughout the book and become more trusting with both the boys and also the way that her relationship grew with Sloan, who is someone that she hates from the prison.

I think between Killian and Archer, Killian was my favourite. He has his own issues, like Ten does, but he manages to see past his past mistakes and begins to also open up with Ten like she does him. It doesn’t come to him easy, but he begins to see what Myriad truly is and he begins to make decisions based on what he thinks is best for her rather that purely getting her to sign with Myriad. I did like Archer too, but he is a lot more open with her and I feel like he is more the big brother role.

The premise of this book is really intriguing. I like the idea of having an Everlife after your normal human life and the idea that you can choose between two realms – or if you don’t choose, you go to a hellish sort of place called Many Ends. I also really liked the way that both realms are completely opposite, Troika being light and Myriad being dark. The realms are pretty mysterious and that remains throughout the whole book. No one really knows what the realms were like until you died, which made the decision of who to choose even more difficult. From what I had read, I would have chosen Troika – I don’t think I’m cut out for Myriad.

Can I also just mention the end!! :-O I mean, I guess it was foreshadowed thanks to Loony Lina, but I still was not expecting it to happen the way that it did! I don’t want to give too much away because spoilers, but I was extremely upset and I felt betrayed. It was a character that I really grew to like throughout the book and I was really upset when she did what she did.

I will say, though, that I definitely feel like Ten was sometimes a little too strong a person, if that makes sense? I know we all like strong female leads, but I feel like everyone has a breaking point and I don’t feel like she ever really reached that breaking point – either mentally or physically. It would have been nice to see some form of weakness, even when she was injured.

All in all, I really liked this book. The plot kept me intrigued and on my toes because you never knew what was going to happen next. I absolutely cannot wait to get a copy of the next book! I gave this book 4/5 stars.

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 add your link in the comments so that others can see what you picked! 

Hey Guys! I hope you all had a good weekend 🙂 The weather here has been a bit on and off, so it’s been a bit iffy! But a lot more time to read 😛 Anyway, this weeks pick for me is the second book in a duology – I wasn’t really blown away by the first, but I’m still interested to see where the series is going to go – and whether all the points can really be wrapped up in the second book! Also, quick note, I am going to stop putting inlinkz at the bottom because there aren’t really enough people linking up to put it in every week – despite the number of people that participate!

The crowns fate

The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye

Published: May 16th 2017 by Balzer + Bray

Russia is on the brink of great change. Pasha’s coronation approaches, and Vika is now the Imperial Enchanter, but the role she once coveted may be more difficult—and dangerous—than she ever expected.

Pasha is grappling with his own problems—his legitimacy is in doubt, the girl he loves loathes him, and he believes his best friend is dead. When a challenger to the throne emerges—and with the magic in Russia growing rapidly—Pasha must do whatever it takes to keep his position and protect his kingdom.

For Nikolai, the ending of the Crown’s Game stung deeply. Although he just managed to escape death, Nikolai remains alone, a shadow hidden in a not-quite-real world of his own creation. But when he’s given a second chance at life—tied to a dark price—Nikolai must decide just how far he’s willing to go to return to the world.

With revolution on the rise, dangerous new magic rearing up, and a tsardom up for the taking, Vika, Nikolai, and Pasha must fight—or face the destruction of not only their world but also themselves.

 

July Wrap Up

Hey guys! 🙂 This post is coming a couple of days late – but better late than never! I hope you all had a great July. So without further ado, let’s jump into it.

Read:

Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee by Mary G. Thompson – 5/5 stars

The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon – 5/5 stars

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton – 4/5 stars

Ok, I had a pretty terrible reading month! I am hoping that I am finally coming out of the slump that I have been in for AGES!!

Book Haul:

Bought:

Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley

Nemesis by Brendan Reichs

A Darker Shade of Magic Trilogy by V. E. Schwab – I bought all three at the same time

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson

Now I Rise by Kierstin White

ARCS/Gifted:

The Border by Steve Schafer – ARC (Sourcebooks Fire)

Wicked Fallout by Kelly Charron – Copy sent to me via the author

Goodreads Monday:

The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson

Nemesis by Brendan Reichs

The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon

So, that’s it! I did not have the best of months, but I was in a bit of a slump. However, I definitely think I am coming out of it, so here is fingers crossed to a better August! Hope you all have a great month 🙂

 

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 that others can see what you picked. 

Hey guys! I hope you all had a great weekend! 🙂 I just want to start out by wishing the most amazing husband in the world a happy birthday! :-*

Anyway, my pick for this week is a book mid series that I am extremely excited about picking up because I absolutely loved the first two books!

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The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon

Published: March 7th 2017 by Bloomsbury USA

The hotly anticipated third book in the bestselling Bone Season series – a ground-breaking, dystopian fantasy of extraordinary imagination

Following a bloody battle against foes on every side, Paige Mahoney has risen to the dangerous position of Underqueen, ruling over London’s criminal population.

But, having turned her back on Jaxon Hall and with vengeful enemies still at large, the task of stabilising the fractured underworld has never seemed so challenging.

Little does Paige know that her reign may be cut short by the introduction of Senshield, a deadly technology that spells doom for the clairvoyant community and the world as they know it…

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

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Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Published: March 8th 2016 by Viking Books for Young Readers

She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him… or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

I have had this book on my TBR for AGES now! I literally had it on my kindle for the longest time before deciding to actually buy a physical copy. I cannot even believe that it took me this long to get to it, because I absolutely loved it! It was such a fun and fast paced book!

I think my favourite thing about this book was the ease between Jin and Amani. The relationship between them was easy going and natural even before they really started to help each other out and started to go on the same path. They had their issues and difficulties, but the relationship was never really extremely awkward and was always reparable. I don’t feel like things were rushed between them and I loved watching the relationship between them develop.

What I also enjoyed about this story was the way that the desert stories had truths and exaggerations within them and the way that the truths started showing up throughout the story and the way that the exaggerations started making themselves shown as the book carried on. I enjoyed watching the magic weave itself into the story and felt like I was actually there. The world building was rich and descriptive and I also liked the way that the author took in various aspects of the culture and wove them in as well.

The plot itself was fast paced and easy to follow, whilst still keeping the reader on their toes. I didn’t feel like either the plot or character development suffered for the other, rather that they went hand in hand – one thing affected the other. I loved some of the plot twists that came around and I cannot wait to see how these are explored further in book 2. I felt like the plot developed naturally and the events made the book fast paced.

All in all, I really enjoyed this book and I cannot wait for the next book. I would have liked to have gotten to know some of the other characters better, but I am hoping that this happens in book 2! This was a fast paced, action filled book with fun and sassy characters! I gave this 4/5 stars.

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 that others can see what you picked.

Hey guys! I hope you all had a great weekend. My pick for this week is a book that has been out for a while, but I waited for the paperback release because it has red sprayed edges! It released this month and arrived the other week and it is so pretty!

Nemesis

Nemesis by Brendan Reichs

Published: March 21st 2017 by G. P. Putnam’s Sons books for Young Readers

He killed me. He killed me not. He killed me.

It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown—alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased.

Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink.

For the planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for two troubled teens. Yet on her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers in her bedroom, hoping not to die for the fifth time, Min has had enough. She vows to discover what is happening in Fire Lake and uncovers a lifetime of lies: a vast conspiracy involving the sixty-four students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders.