Waiting on Wednesday: Two Fantasies and a Dystopian

Posted on Wednesday, March 25th 2015 in Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.

For more books I’m looking forward to, check out the Upcoming page.

 

Fantasy

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (September 2015 – Bloomsbury)

Sarah J. Maas’s New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series reaches new heights in this sweeping fourth volume.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.” Goodreads.

 

City of Fae by Pippa DaCosta (May 2015 – Bloomsbury)

“From the moment Alina touches London’s hottest fae superstar, breaking one of the laws founded to protect all of her kind, her fate – and the fae – close in.

Below ground, the fae High Queen plots to claim the city as her own and places her pawns, ready for the battle to come. A battle she cannot lose, but for one small problem – Alina. There are four ancient keepers powerful enough to keep the queen in her prison. Three are dead. One remains … And to fight back, Alina risks sacrificing everything she has come to love.

This New Adult urban fantasy is packed with action and suspense and will have you yearning for more forbidden fae romance.” Goodreads.

 

 

Dystopian

Rebellion by J.A. Souders (November 2015 – Tor Teen)

“The thrilling conclusion to J. A. Souders’s riveting SF psychological thriller series for teens

In this conclusion to J. A. Souders’s thrilling, twist-filled Elysium Chronicles series, Evie Winters and Gavin Hunter return to the isolated, dangerous underwater city that they fought so hard to escape.

Back in Elysium at last, Evie has finally found her true self hidden under layers and layers of false memories implanted by the woman she knew as Mother. Thanks to the intervention of her father, she knows the horrible truth about Mother and her insidious plans for her city. With the help of the love of her life, Gavin, and her best friend, Asher St. James, she’s determined to free her people from the cruel dictatorship of Mother’s laws. But how do you free people who don’t know they need rescuing?

Working with the growing Underground rebellion, Evie tries to remove Mother from her position by force—with disastrous results. As the body count rises, Evie must find a way to save Elysium before Mother destroys them all.” Goodreads.

Throne of Glass Questions

Posted on Tuesday, March 24th 2015 in Discussion

I have a few questions about the Throne of Glass series since I’ve read each book as it came out and the details aren’t as crisp as I’d like them to be. Warning! If you haven’t read through Heir of Fire (including The Assassin’s Blade) these questions will have some spoilers.

 

Now I already have the answer to the first question thanks to the receptions, but here are my other questions! For more details on each of these, check out my video above.

 

Questions

How do the wyrd marks work? Do you need to have magic in order to use them?
Did Celaena figure out that Arobynn was the one who betrayed her? And if so, when did she?
If Celaena has figured out it was Arobynn, why hasn’t she killed him yet? And why hasn’t she killed Farran?

 

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Fairy Tale Fashions: For Darkness Shows the Stars Dress

Posted on Friday, March 20th 2015 in Fairytale Fashions

A few weeks ago, I was scouring the Internet for Cinderella dresses, and I came across this sparkly gown from 1stdibs that immediately made me think of For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund.

I haven’t read For Darkness Shows the Stars yet, but I really want too. I purchased it a year or two ago and it’s been sitting on my shelf waiting for me to be in the mood for it. Have you read it yet? If you have, should I move it up in my TBR or leave it towards the bottom?

Cinderella Movie Reaction

Posted on Thursday, March 19th 2015 in Movie Reaction

I saw Cinderella last weekend after months and months of waiting. If you’ve forgotten how excited I was, check out my Cinderella inspired dresses for girls and Cinderella inspired dresses for adults posts.

So did it live up to my expectations? Mmmm….not really. If you’re curious as to why, check out my movie reaction movie:

 


 
Have you seen Cinderella yet? Did you like it? What was your favorite and least favorite parts?

Top Ten Books on my Spring TBR

Posted on Tuesday, March 17th 2015 in Top Ten Tuesday

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

It feels like spring is finally here! There is no more snow in the Denver area forecast (or so I’m told) and after a very snowy start to March, I couldn’t be more excited!

 

I’m currently reading A Mad Wicked Folly by Sharon Briggs Walter and Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon. Enjoying both so far! When I’m done I might pick up Without a Summer by Mary Robinette Kowal. It’s the third book in The Glamourist Histories, which I adore (Check out my reviews of Shades of Milk and Honey and Glamour in Glass).

Speaking of series I’m in the middle of, I read Switched by Amanda Hocking over the weekend and now I’m dying to read Torn and Ascend. That’ll definitely happen in the next few months. And now that I’ve finished the first three books of The Mortal Instruments series, I’m going to start Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. I’d also like to read Infinite by Jodi Meadows this spring. I read the first two as they were released, but haven’t picked up the last book yet.

And of course, there are some new series/stand alones that I’d like to read this spring! First up is Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder. This cover is just so spring-feeling to me with all of those pretty flowers. I really liked Snyder’s Study series, so I’m expecting great things! Cinderella’s Dress by Shonna Slayton doesn’t really need an explanation, I love Cinderella (If you do too, check out my Cinderella book tag). And last up is The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West. It has the prettiest cover in the whole batch and the synopsis sounds really cute. Nothing like a cute contemporary romance to keep you entertained as the weather gets nicer!

 

What books are you looking forward to reading this spring?

Cinderella Book Tag

Posted on Friday, March 13th 2015 in Book Tag

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I’ve always loved Cinderella. Whether it’s the Disney movie or Ever After, if it has Cinderella in it there’s a good chance it’s one of my favorites. Since Cinderella is out in theaters now, I’ve created a book tag to celebrate. The last book tag I created (the Readers Problems tag) is something that I also started on my YouTube channel, but ended up migrating over to the book blogosphere as well. So I’ve decided to post this in both places so everyone can join in on the fun! If you’d like to check out the video I made for this, hop on over to my YouTube channel.

 

Here are the questions:

Evil Stepsisters: a book with characters you just hate

Loving Summer by Kailin Gow. I went on a lovely little rant on this book because the characters irritated me so much. Particularly Summer.

Prince Charming: a book with a gentleman

Outlander! Jamie Fraser. Not always on my good side in the book, but overall a gentleman and pretty nice guy.

Cinderella: a character that is graceful, kind, and defiant

I have two choices for this one. Alera from Legacy and Celaena from Throne of Glass. All three traits apply to both characters and there were certain scenes in Throne of Glass that reminded me of Cinderella.

Fairy Godmother: a character that always has someone looking out for them

Another question where I didn’t just want to pick one. Clary from The Mortal Instruments series (check out my review of City of Bones) and Harry from Harry Potter. Clary should have died several times because she’s pretty rash and Harry was fortunate enough to have both luck and Dumbledore on his side throughout much of the series.

Helpful Creatures: something that makes you happy when you’re sad

If I’m in the mood for a movie Harry Potter, if I feel like reading Outlander.

Ashes: a book you didn’t care for

The Duff by Kody Keplinger. I had a few issues with Bianca and Wesley. Ok, more than a few.

Pumpkin: a character with a transformation

Simon from The Mortal Instruments. He is just not the same person in City of Glass as he was in City of Bones.

Impossible: a book with an ending you didn’t see coming

Twisted Fate by Norah Olson. Mind. Blown. Truly unbelievable.

Just Breathe: something that inspires you to be courageous

Divergent by Veronica Roth. “Be Brave” is one of my favorite quotes from the series. I love it so much, I had a necklace made with that quote on it. I’m actually giving one away if you want a chance to win it!

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Happily Ever After: a book with a perfect ending

Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr. Too perfect in my opinion. But everyone was very happy.

 

You’re turn! If you end up doing the tag, leave me a link so I can check it out. I tag:

Tiff from Mostly YA Lit
Mel from The Daily Prophecy
Nereyda from Mostly YA Book Obsessed
Alexa from Alexa Loves Books
Jenna from Coffee, Books, and Me
Lili from Lili Lost in a Book

Waiting on Wednesday: 3 Contemporarys and a Thriller

Posted on Wednesday, March 11th 2015 in Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.

For more books I’m looking forward to, check out the Upcoming page.

Contemporary

99 Days by Katie Cotugno (April 2015 – Balzer + Bray)

Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything—how I destroyed my relationship with Patrick the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. How I wrecked their whole family. Now I’m serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college, and be done.

Day 4: A nasty note on my windshield makes it clear Julia isn’t finished. I’m expecting a fight when someone taps me on the shoulder, but it’s just Gabe, home from college and actually happy to see me. “For what it’s worth, Molly Barlow,” he says, “I’m really glad you’re back.” Goodreads.

Day 12: Gabe got me to come to this party, and I’m actually having fun. I think he’s about to kiss me—and that’s when I see Patrick. My Patrick, who’s supposed to be clear across the country. My Patrick, who’s never going to forgive me.” Goodreads.

 

Emancipated by M.G. Reyes (May 2015 – Katherine Tegen)

“The good girl, the bad boy, the diva, the hustler, the rock star, and the nerd. Six teens legally liberated from parental control for six different reasons, all with one thing in common: something to hide.

Now they’re sharing a house in Venice Beach, acting like a family, and living their lies. No parents. No limits. No alibis. One witnessed a crime, another might be a murderer—and one’s been spying on them all.

As they cling to a fantasy of freedom and slowly let down their guards, the past creeps up on them. And when one of them gets arrested, everyone’s carefully constructed facade comes crumbling down.

In this steamy, drama-filled series, relationships are tested and secrets revealed as lies threaten to destroy their perfect setup.” Goodreads.

 

How to Be Bad by E. Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski, and Lauren Myracle (April 2015 – HarperTeen)

Three bestselling authors–E. Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski, and Lauren Myracle–bring you on the road trip of a lifetime in this dynamic novel packed with fun, friendship, and feminism.

Jesse, Vicks, and Mel each has her own reason for wanting to get away from their nowheresville Florida town. Add in a hot (and harmless) hitchhiker, an impending hurricane, and a close encounter of the gator kind, and the result is one sizzling road trip where the journey is far more important than the destination. Now in a fresh new package, How to Be Bad will take even more readers along for the ride.” Goodreads.

 

 

 

 

Thriller

Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton (May 2015 – HarperTeen)

Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars in this soapy, drama-packed novel featuring diverse characters who will do anything to be the prima at their elite ballet school.

Gigi, Bette, and June, three top students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet school, have seen their fair share of drama. Free-spirited new girl Gigi just wants to dance—but the very act might kill her. Privileged New Yorker Bette’s desire to escape the shadow of her ballet star sister brings out a dangerous edge in her. And perfectionist June needs to land a lead role this year or her controlling mother will put an end to her dancing dreams forever. When every dancer is both friend and foe, the girls will sacrifice, manipulate, and backstab to be the best of the best.” Goodreads.

 

I am so excited for these books! The cover for 99 Days is really cute and it sounds like the perfect spring time/pool read. Emancipated and How to Be Bad both sound very interesting, and I adore Sarah Mlynowski so I’m really looking forward to her collab with E. Lockhart and Lauren Myracle. The cover for Tiny Pretty Things is simple, but striking. Black Swan was disturbing and “Pretty Liars” is a good show. The two together? I’m in! Are you looking forward to any of these books as well?

A Divergent Giveaway

Posted on Tuesday, March 10th 2015 in Giveaway

Divergent Giveaway

 

Insurgent will be out in theaters shortly, so I’m celebrating with a giveaway! One person will win a paperback copy of Divergent, The Official Illustrated Movie Companion, a Four except booklet, a Divergent series poster, and a “Be Brave” necklace.

While the poster and books are cool, the item I am most excited about is this Be Brave necklace:

 

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Ever since I read the Divergent series about a year ago, I have been looking for a necklace that says “Be Brave.” It’s my favorite quote from the book and just such an inspiration. After a long time of looking and not finding what I wanted, I decided to have my own necklace custom made. And while I was at it, I got an extra to share with one of you! I hope you like it as much as I do :)

 

CONTEST RULES:

  • Open Internationally
  • Must be 13+ to enter
  • Everyone may enter, even if you are not a follower
  • Winner will be notified via email
  • A new winner will be chosen if a response is not received within 48 hours
  • Contest ends April 12, 2015

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Good luck everyone!

Death Marked

Posted on Monday, March 9th 2015 in Review

Death MarkedTitle: Death Marked
Author: Leah Cypess
Series: Death Sworn #2
Publisher: Greenwillow
Date: March 3, 2015
Pages: 400
Format: ARC
Source: For Review
Description: ""A young sorceress’s entire life has been shaped to destroy the empire controlling her world. But if everything she knows is a lie, will she even want to fulfill her destiny? The sequel to Death Sworn is just as full of magic and surprising revelations, and will thrill fans of Leigh Bardugo and Robin LaFevers.

At seventeen, Ileni lost her magical power and was exiled to the hidden caves of the assassins. She never thought she would survive long. But she discovered she was always meant to end up, powerless, in the caves as part of an elder sorcerer’s plan to destroy the evil Empire they'd battled so long. Except that Ileni is not an assassin, and she doesn't want to be a weapon. And, after everything, she’s not even sure she knows the truth. Now, at the very heart of the Empire—its academy for sorcerers—the truth is what she seeks. What she finds challenges every belief she holds dear—and it threatens her fledgling romance with the young master of assassins.

Leah Cypess spins an intricate and beautiful conclusion to Ileni's story. In the end, it may not be the epic decisions that bring down an empire, but the small ones that pierce the heart." "

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I really never thought I’d enjoy reading books about assassins. Throughout the last 5 years, though, I’ve realized that some of my favorite books have murderers for hire in them. The Death Sworn series is such a good fantasy and while it has assassins in it, I just freaking love it.

My favorite part about Death Sworn was far and away the romance. I love the world building and I adore Ileni, the main character, but there was always something about Ileni and Sorin together that just made me so happy.

Since Ileni is no longer at the assassin’s keep and is instead in the heart of the empire, we don’t get to see Sorin as much. That didn’t bother me nearly as much as I thought it would! Ileni’s quest to find out the truth about the world she lives in captivated me. We know what the assassin’s and the Renegai think about the Empire, but I love that Ileni has decided not to trust what she’s been taught and instead decides to seek her own answers.

If you liked Death Sworn, you’ll love Death Marked. And if you haven’t started the series yet, but enjoy a good fantasy than you need to pick this one up. Great characters, fantastic world building, and just a hint of love – Death Marked essentially has everything you need for a good book!

4 Stars

Unboxing

Posted on Sunday, March 8th 2015 in Books and Beauty

I did some book shopping a little while back and picked up some titles that I’m really excited about! Check them out below and let me know if you loved any of these :)

 

Want to add them to your Goodreads List?

Without a Summer by Mary Robinette Kowal
Valour and Vanity by Mary Robinette Kowal
Death Sworn by Leah Cypress
Flame by Amy Kathleen Ryan
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier
The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
Rumors by Anna Godbersen
FML by Shaun Hutchinson
The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas
Falling for You by Lisa Schroeder
Revel by Maurissa Guibord
Vampire Diaries, The Craving by L.J. Smith
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Such Sweet Sorrow by Jenny Trout
Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd
Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi