WWW Wednesday#9

Hi everyone! Its time for another WWW Wednesday🙂

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam@ Taking on a World of Words.

To participate, all you have to do is answer the following questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


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Review: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.


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Review: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

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There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.
Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.


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WWW Wednesday #8

Hi everyone! Its time for another WWW Wednesday 🙂

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam@ Taking on a World of Words.

To participate, all you have to do is answer the following questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


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Magical Realism…What is it, really?

Today I wanted to share my first discussion post, hooray! This is something I would like to do more often as a way to diversify my content and interact with other bloggers with more in-depth discussions about various bookish topics. In this post I want to discuss a genre of books that I have been noticing more in the bookish community. It certainly seems to be getting more attention, although that may just be my perception and interest that causes me to see it more. I want to discuss the genre of magical realism. What is magical realism? Is it its own genre? A subset of fiction or fantasy? And most importantly, what makes it different than science fiction or fantasy books? I did some research to see if I could clarify some of these questions, but I wanted to write this blog post as a discussion to see if any of you had an opinion or clarification on the matter!

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Review: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

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I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.


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Series Read-Along Challenge for November&December

I decided to participate in a reading challenge for the remainder of 2016, and since I have so many unfinished series I am going to hopefully make a dent in them before the end of 2016! The Series Read-Along Challenge is hosted by YA Buddy Reader’s Corner on Goodreads. Their group is a great way to connect with other bloggers and readers and they have regular reading challenges like this one. So how does this challenge work?

“This is a two month challenge running from the 1st of November to the 31st of December 2016.

The aim of this challenge is to read as many series/sequels as you can, before the new year!

The way this will work is that you will receive points based on what number book in a series you are reading, and because we love to motivate each other, a buddy read will be worth double points. Yes Double!”


I’ve already read a few books in November that qualify:

The Young Elites (#1 of 3) by Marie Lu +1

This Savage Song (#1 of 2) by Victoria Schwab +1

I have quite a few series I would like to continue reading! While this list is probably overly optimistic, I want to be flexible so I can read whatever I am in the mood for. Below is a list of books in a series I have either started already or want to start before the end of the year (and their point values for the challenge):

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments#2) by Cassandra Clare +2

Golden Son (Red Rising #2) by Pierce Brown +2

The Rose Society by Marie Lu (Young Elites #2) +2

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (#1) +1

Days of Blood and Starlight (Smoke and Bone #2) by Laini Taylor +2

Magonia (#1) by Maria Dahvana Headley +1

What do you think of this list? Any suggestions for which book I should dive into next? This challenge also highly encourages a buddy read! If you are interested in buddy reading any of these books with me, let me know! I would be happy to read any of these next 🙂

I’m planning of posting an update post every 2 weeks so you can see where I am in the challenge. I’ve been hesitant to start a reading challenge because I didn’t want to feel forced into reading..but these are all series that are very high on my TBR.

For now, my total is: 2

What are your experiences with reading challenges? Let me know in the comments!

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Review: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

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When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

 

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.


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Buddy Read and Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.


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What I read over the past few weeks..

Hi everyone! I’m sorry for disappearing for a few weeks. I think I needed a break from blogging, but I was also extremely busy with work and life. I felt pressure to finish books I wasn’t very enthused about and I honestly just didn’t feel like writing about it. I am happy to report that I continued reading and read quite a few books! I plan to continue reading and reviewing books, but I think its time I start playing around with the content and appearance of my blog. I’m not entirely sure what I want to do yet, but I know I want to incorporate more reading challenges and discussion posts in addition to my reviews. What do you all think? What kind of bookish posts are your favorite and which ones do you think make your blog unique? 

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