WWW Wednesday #2

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?


 

I recently ordered quite a few books and they all came in this weekend so I have a lot to look forward to. I usually read on my kindle because it is more convenient and typically cheaper but I miss having a physical copy of books! I realized that a lot books are actually the same price (or even cheaper) on Amazon for the actual book, so I put some in my cart to buy at a later time…..and “accidentally” ordered them all 🙂 So here we go!

Currently Reading:

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I started Daughter of Smoke and Bone over the weekend and actually just finished it last night. I was in one of those obsessive reading states where I sat down after work to read a little, then looked up at the clock and 6 hours had passed and I finished the book. I seriously couldn’t put it down. I was very pleased! I understand now why everyone was telling me about the 50% slump, but overall, I really enjoyed it. I will publish my review sometime next week.

I also started reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Monday (yay!). I like it so far, and I am trying to go in with an open mind. This is a Harry Potter story but it is not solely written by J.K. Rowling and its not really part of the original Harry Potter series. However it is quite special to return to the wizarding world for a while :). I am trying to savor it so I don’t read it all in one sitting!

 

 

Recently Finished:

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I finished Six of Crows last week and it was magical. I absolutely loved it. It was such a unique, exciting story with wonderful characters. I will publish my review later this week!

I also read The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett over the weekend. This book is my first NetGalley read so I was excited to start! It was definitely a strange read. I enjoyed it and absolutely adored some parts of it, but this is a book I will have to let sit for a few days before writing a review. It also isn’t released until January 2017 so I will probably wait a few months before publishing the review 🙂

 

What I’ll Read Next:

I don’t know yet! Here is my book haul that came in over the weekend:

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Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

After loving Six of Crows, I decided to finish up with the Grisha trilogy. I’ve heard some good things about this second book so we will see if I enjoy it.

Legend by Marie Lu

I’ve seen reviews about her Young Elites series but I’ve never read the Legend trilogy so I thought I would start there!

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I have heard SO many great things about this book and I am leaning towards this one next. I am very happy to have a physical copy of the book!

Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen 

This series has been on my TBR for a while and I’m always looking for good fantasies. Queens, princesses, magic, romance, adventures? Sounds like a book I might enjoy.

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

My friend recently gave this book to me and while it is not a YA book or a fantasy, I still wanted to include it here. This book is a memoir about a neurosurgeon who was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. As someone who works in the medical field and as an aspiring PA student this has been on my TBR for a while! While I’m sure it will be a heavy read, I’ve heard so many great things about it.

I’m also starting to get approved for more books on NetGalley and I can now see why maintaining the ratio is so difficult. I’m excited, but they are starting to pile up!

Teaser Tuesday #4

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


 

Here is my teaser from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. It is a strange (but good!) book so far. I love the setting in Prague and the imagery is wonderful. I am already captivated by Karou’s world. 

 

“In all the world, there was only one place humans could get wishes: Brimstone’s shop. And there was only one currency he accepted. It wasn’t gold, or riddles, or kindness, or any other fairy-tale nonsense, and no, it wasn’t souls either. It was weirder than any of that.”

Page 33

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In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages–not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When one of the strangers–beautiful, haunted Akiva–fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?”

What are you reading?

Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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Image and synopsis from Amazon:

“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. There, 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.

This sweeping story of palace intrigue, class hierarchy, and deception will keep readers hurtling along, desperate to find out Mare’s fate. Her honesty and determination, quick wit, and no-holds-barred attitude will surely make readers fall in love with her.”

Continue reading “Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard”

Review: The Sister by Louise Jensen

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” “I did something terrible Grace. I hope you can forgive me …”

Grace hasn’t been the same since the death of her best friend Charlie. She is haunted by Charlie’s last words, and in a bid for answers, opens an old memory box of Charlie’s. It soon becomes clear there was a lot she didn’t know about her best friend.

When Grace starts a campaign to find Charlie’s father, Anna, a girl claiming to be Charlie’s sister steps forward. For Grace, finding Anna is like finding a new family, and soon Anna has made herself very comfortable in Grace and boyfriend Dan’s home.

But something isn’t right. Things disappear, Dan’s acting strangely and Grace is sure that someone is following her. Is it all in Grace’s mind? Or as she gets closer to discovering the truth about both Charlie and Anna, is Grace in terrible danger?

There was nothing she could have done to save Charlie …or was there?”


 

Continue reading “Review: The Sister by Louise Jensen”

WWW Wednesday #1

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?


Currently reading:

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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I’ve been pretty busy this week so I haven’t have had much reading time which is a shame because this book is AMAZING! I’m also not sure I want it to end because I know I will have such a hard time waiting for Crooked Kingdom.

Recently Finished Reading: 
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The Sister by Louise Jensen and Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

I recently posted my review of Shadow and Bone. You can read it here. I enjoyed this book, but overall it was so-so for me. The Sister was definitely an exciting read and now I want to read more psychological thrillers! That review will be coming sometime this week.

What I’ll read next: 

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor,  The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

Daughter of Smoke and Bone as been on my TBR for a while and with all the great reviews I am excited to get started on that. The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett is my very first ARC approved by Netgalley which I am very excited about! I also pre-ordered a copy of Harry Potter so I will hopefully be reading that next week. I’m trying not to be too excited about this because I don’t know what to expect, buuuut I’m still pretty excited. 🙂

What’s on your TBR?

Teaser Tuesday#3

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


 

Here is my teaser this week from Six of Crows. So far it is fantastic! I can’t believe it took me so long to pick this one up.

“She’d murdered for Dregs, stolen, brought down bad men and good, and Kaz had never hinted that any of the assignments were less than a command to be obeyed. This was the price she’d agreed to when Per Haskell had purchased her contract and liberated her from the Menagerie. So what was different about this job?”

Inej- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, pg 67

 

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“Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction―if they don’t kill each other first.”

 

What are you reading? 

Review: Shadow and Bone (The Grisha#1)- by Leigh Bardugo

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Image and synopsis from Amazon: 

“Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her heart.”

 


Continue reading “Review: Shadow and Bone (The Grisha#1)- by Leigh Bardugo”

What’s Next? #1

 

I decided to try out another meme and since my TBR pile just keeps growing, this one looked fun!  What’s next is a weekly meme hosted by IceyBooks. To participate, select 3-5 books that you want to read (or have to) and have readers help you decide!

 

 

Here are my choices:
51kn2ohb8fl-_sx329_bo1204203200_Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

“This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.
      The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than a speck at the edge of the universe. Now with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to evacuate with a hostile warship in hot pursuit.
     But their problems are just getting started. A plague has broken out and is mutating with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a web of data to find the truth, it’s clear the only person who can help her is the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.
      Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, maps, files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.”
 


 

516kgqh6dml-_sx354_bo1204203200_ Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

“Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages–not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When one of the strangers–beautiful, haunted Akiva–fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?”


 

 

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The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

“David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he’s gay. The school bully thinks he’s a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth: David wants to be a girl.
On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal: to be invisible. Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in his class is definitely not part of that plan. When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy. Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long , and soon everyone knows that Leo used to be a girl.
As David prepares to come out to his family and transition into life as a girl and Leo wrestles with figuring out how to deal with people who try to define him through his history, they find in each other the friendship and support they need to navigate life as transgender teens as well as the courage to decide for themselves what normal really means.”

 


 

 

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Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch (Snow Like Ashes Book#2)

“It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell.

Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron is hopeful and excited—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira knows that the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves?

Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Jannuari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect them from new threats?

As the web of power and deception is woven tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom—and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter but for the world.”

 

 

I also had Six of Crows on here..but I got too excited and started reading it already. What should I read next? I’m so excited to get to all of them!

 

Review: A Faerie’s Curse By Rachel Morgan (Creepy Hollow Book 6)

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Image and synopsis from Amazon:

“A witch’s curse. A world-ending prophecy. A daring rescue mission. Don’t miss the heart-pounding finale to Calla’s story!
On the run from the Guild of Guardians, Calla Larkenwood and her team of fellow outlaws plan a daring rescue operation into the Seelie Court itself. As if that isn’t enough to keep them busy, the power-hungry Princess Angelica has begun preparations for a horrifying prophesied spell that will forever change both the magic and non-magic realms.

When Calla is blindsided by an unspeakable tragedy before the rescue can be carried out, she struggles to remain focused on her mission. She believes she’s reached her lowest point—until a witch reveals the final blow: she has cursed Calla’s magic. With time running out, can Calla save the one she loves and stop the prophecy from being carried out before the curse claims her life? “


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Teaser Tuesday #2

 

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

 

Here is my teaser from this week! Its from The Sister by Louise Jensen. I discovered it from a few other bloggers and so far am enjoying it 🙂

“We all have to carry the consequences of our own actions, no matter how heavy they are. I know better than anyone.”

Pg 42, The Sister

41csvk9nzml-_sx332_bo1204203200_” “I did something terrible Grace. I hope you can forgive me …”

Grace hasn’t been the same since the death of her best friend Charlie. She is haunted by Charlie’s last words, and in a bid for answers, opens an old memory box of Charlie’s. It soon becomes clear there was a lot she didn’t know about her best friend.

When Grace starts a campaign to find Charlie’s father, Anna, a girl claiming to be Charlie’s sister steps forward. For Grace, finding Anna is like finding a new family, and soon Anna has made herself very comfortable in Grace and boyfriend Dan’s home.

But something isn’t right. Things disappear, Dan’s acting strangely and Grace is sure that someone is following her. Is it all in Grace’s mind? Or as she gets closer to discovering the truth about both Charlie and Anna, is Grace in terrible danger?

There was nothing she could have done to save Charlie …or was there? “

 

What are you reading right now?