Pokemon Go Book Tag

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I have seen this book tag going around the internet and while I wasn’t tagged I still thought I would do it because one I love Pokemon and books and two it looks super fun! This book tag was created by Aentee at Read At Midnight!

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First let me state that my main choice is always charmander…. I may be a pyromaniac. Oh man there are so many great books that have started my love of reading… It started with Harry Potter and A Series of Unfortunate Events. These two were series that I absolutely loved and actively went out of my way to read. And in high school it was the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward. Probably not the best thing for a high schooler to be reading but oh well! I read more YA as an adult than I did as a teenager!

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I don’t read many classics but for iconic I would have to go with Harry Potter. I’m pretty sure that this is the choice for most but this was my childhood and I will never forget it.

 

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Hmmm I don’t think that I’ve lost interest in a book because it’s everywhere… If people are talking about a book or are excited about it, I get excited and want to find out why they enjoyed that book so much. And is it worth the hype. Now how far down it is on my TBR is a different story!

 

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I would have to say Talon by Julie Kagawa. Love triangle, evil corporation, fighting for their lives… But I LOVE this series anyways and I really enjoy reading it!

 

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Uhhhh let’s see technically I started this book but haven’t finished the series…. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson! Not only are these books huge, but there’s so far 7 of them. And I think #4-7 focus on a story later down the line. But I would still like to read them. But just to show you how crazy these books are… #1: 541 pages, #2: 590, #3: 572. That’s 1703 pages! There are crazier books out there but these are the craziest on my TBR.

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Oh man I am such an old lady that I really try to stay up late to read and I just end up going to sleep (or watching youtube). But one book I ended up staying up till 5 in the morning to read was Corrupt by Penelope Douglas! It was so good that I didn’t want to stop reading it. And now that I think of it I didn’t even finish it, I had to close my eyes, because they hurt so bad.

 

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*takes a deep breath* ohhhhkay.. Gansey and Blue (The Raven Boys), Adam and Ronan (The Raven Boys), Cress and Thorne (The Lunar Chronicles), Nina and Matthais (Six of Crows), Lia and Rafe (The Kiss of Deception), Juliette and Warner (Shatter Me)… I can go on but I think that’s my top OTPs EVER!

 

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There are so many great reads out there. I think for this one I would choose Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. This one was so stressful and twisty and crazy it was one I couldn’t put down.

 

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I just finished The Raven King and I saw Maggie’s new tweet right here….

and guys this isn’t something I knew I wanted until it was right in front of me. AND now it’s all I want! That and J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I will never get tired of those books!

 

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This book was purely a cover buy because of the last book in the series! So I was happily surprised that I absolutely loved The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson! It’s such an amazing story and world and Lia is my FAV! She is so badass and her comebacks are spectacular!

 

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I am still excited to read Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. I hear so much good things about this book and I started reading the first one, but haven’t finished it. I still plan on reading all of these though.

 

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I absolutely love collector’s edition of books. They’re so pretty… I think one of the books I would choose would be the Harry Potter leatherbound books with horcrux bookmarks! In case you haven’t seen them bask in the glory!

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Aren’t they so pretty! These currently aren’t being sold, but the seller is working on making them available. Here is her Etsy store.

 

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This was harder than I thought it would be! But for this one I would choose Caraval because REASONS (that cover) and Stalking Jack the Ripper because I have a very deep fascination with serial killers and why they did what they did. So I love reading books about them!

 

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I think this list has gotten out of control… Maggie Stiefvater, Laini Taylor, Sarah Dessen, V.E. Schwab, Morgan Rhodes, Danielle Paige, Sara Raasch, Alexandra Bracken, Mary E. Pearson, Gris Grimly, Morgan Matson, Emery Lord, Libba Bray, Leigh Bardugo, Michelle Hodkins, and Michelle Krys.

Guys I have a problem…

 

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I don’t know if this counts as forever but I can’t wait for Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. I mean the way SoC ended (which I read an ARC of) I need to know what happens next. Then there’s Heartless by Marissa Meyer! I mean her Lunar Chronicles series ended.. Although there is going to be a graphic novel and I believe a coloring book! But I am so excited to read Heartless. I have an ARC but I have yet to get to it!

 

Oh man this was a lot harder to pick choices for, but it was super fun! I’m not going to tag anyone, so if you want to do it go do it! It’s fun and you get to talk about books! Have you been playing Pokemon Go?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Shadow Hour Review

27245910 Title: The Shadow Hour

Series: The Girl at Midnight

Author: Melissa Grey

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Publish Date: July 12 2016

Rating: 4 Stars 

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Summary: A battle has been won. But the war has only just begun. 

Everything in Echo’s life changed in a blinding flash when she learned the startling truth: she is the firebird, the creature of light that is said to bring peace.

The firebird has come into the world, but has not come alone. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction, and Echo can feel a great and terrible darkness rising in the distance. Cosmic forces threaten to tear the world apart.

Echo has already lost her home, her family, and her boyfriend. Now, as the firebird, her path is filled with even greater dangers than the ones she’s already overcome.

She knows the Dragon Prince will not fall without a fight.

Echo must decide: can she wield the power of her true nature- or will it prove too strong for her, and burn what’s left of her world to the ground? 

Welcome to the shadow hour.

 

My Review:

 I received this ARC from Emma Print’s ARC adoption in exchange for an honest review.

The Shadow Hour, the second book in the Girl at Midnight trilogy, Echo along with her friends are in hiding from both the Avicen and the Drakharin. While trying to figure out their next move Echo learns that the firebird is not the only thing that came through the door on the night of its release. Now Echo along with Ivy, Caius, Dorian, and Jasper will have to fight the evil before it destroys everything. I was a little apprehensive going into this book, because if you have read my blog posts you know how bad I am with sequels. But I was holding out hope because of how much I liked the first book and Echo as a character. Along with the world Melissa has created. That being said The Shadow Hour did not disappoint. In this book Echo is struggling with not only who she is, but the voices of the firebirds that came before her as well. This is one of the very few problems I had with this book. I couldn’t figure out how many she had in her head. Was it a couple, several, or a thousand. It became clear at the end of the book but it was still a bit confusing. Again only a small problem compared to what I did like.

Like Jasper and Dorian. I was greatly invested in the relationship of these two or lack thereof. To be honest I thought the flow of banter between these two was very natural and the chemistry was amazing. Just wish I would have got more of them before the end of the book. I do like Echo and Caius but I am really not liking this whole love triangle thing. I have never nor will I ever be a fan. One thing I will say is that their relationship is not the main focus of the book. The main focus is the war that’s going on. Now I don’t want to spoil anything so I won’t go into to much detail but I can’t not stop and say something about Tanith… OHHH that girl gets me so angry. I want to hate her but I also feel for her. She’s doing what she thinks is the best thing for her people. But for real she needs to be slapped! And to be honest her future doesn’t bode well for her.

One thing I really liked was a very small glimpse into Echo’s past. Which I for one thought was to short but hopefully that means that we will see it play a bigger part in the third book. Which I think is a real possibility because of the way her childhood has shaped her. She became the person she is because of the bad things and I think it will be very important for Echo to realize that. Also there was a mention of her real name although they don’t actually say it. I think that mention might hint at maybe possibly learning her name. My theory is that she will take back her name or that her name will unleash something. 

Overall I really enjoyed this book. It definitely did not fall in to the sequel curse category. I thought it was well done. There was nothing shoved in for shock value. Everything was done in a way to move the story along. And I for one enjoyed where Melissa is taking this world. I can’t wait to see what happens in the third and final book. Which isn’t out until 2017 and is titled The Savage Dawn. I can’t wait for it to come out and also see its cover! I rated this one 4 stars and really recommend it to those that like fantasy and magic. It’s a great world with funny characters and some pretty stupid hijinks that somehow get pulled off! 

Waiting on Wednesday

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“Waiting on” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted over at Breaking the Spine. Waiting highlights the book and/or books we are

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I haven’t done one of these in a long time but I thought there are so many great books coming out that I can’t wait for I thought I’d throw one up! This week my choice is

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by Mary E. Pearson

Summary: 

Lia and Rafe have escaped Venda and the path before them is winding and dangerous – what will happen now? This third and final book in The Remnant Chronicles is not to be missed.

Bestselling author Mary E. Pearson’s combination of intrigue, suspense, romance and action make this a riveting page turner for teens. 

 

 

 

I was completely late to this party and didn’t read this book until last month. And I am so glad because I bought these just because of this cover. I mean look at how beautiful it is! Also I was getting them signed. And I am so glad that I did because the first book was EPIC! Well that was my choice for this week! I am so excited for this book!

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every Tuesday The Broke and The Bookish pick a topic and you make a list of you top ten picks! Easy right and fun! This week is Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want to do or Learn About After Reading Them.

So here is my list!

 

  1. Learn the Violin: Reading This Savage Song has made me want to learn the violin… I have always wanted to play this instrument but now even more so.
  2. Work as a dog walker: I love animals all around and walking. So Andie from The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson her job as a dog walker seems like a dream come true.
  3. Solve Crimes: I mean I don’t know if I would be any good at it, but criminal minds and A Madness so Discreet by Mindy McGinnis are my shit. So solving crimes would be so freaking awesome!
  4. Commit a heist: I know I know this isn’t an actual thing you can learn or do (I mean you could, but you shouldn’t) but it would still be freaking legit to pull one off like in Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  5. Shoot a bow: Archery is freaking awesome. After watching Brave and reading A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas it just makes me want to be a badass with a bow!
  6. Become a hacker: Cress by Marissa Meyer made me want to learn how to become a hacker. Like how cool would that be. To be able to hack into your enemies websites and wreak havoc!
  7. Get a pen pal: I have always loved letters and getting to know people from other countries. So reading books with pen pals, like Dear Mr. Knightley, always gets me super interested in starting a pen pal program or something.
  8. Learn to ride a horse: Reading The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, makes me want to jump on a horse and race. Like I said before I love animals, and one animal I have always been obsessed with was horses. So learning to ride one would be a dream come true. And if I just so happened to shoot a bow from horseback that would be cool too!
  9. Work at a radio station: My dad always said I had a good voice for radio and reading Just Listen by Sarah Dessen made me want to intern or work at a radio station! I just think it would be such a great and cool experience. Plus I’d love to play something other than the 5 songs they constantly play!
  10. Work at a catering job: Honestly Sarah Dessen makes you want to work some interesting jobs! Like in The Truth About Forever Macy’s catering job sounds crazy fun to me. It would be stressful but fun.

 

Ooookayyy! So my list looks like I would commit a crime if I learned all these skills and then I would turn around and “solve the crime” and lead the detectives on a wild goose chase. MWHAHAHAHA… I swear I’m not evil. *takes me away in handcuffs*

 

Savage Review

23299512 Title: This Savage Song

Series: Monsters of Verity #1

Author: Victoria Schwab

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Publish date: July 5 2016

Rating: 5 Stars

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Summary: 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 villians-and friends or enemies-with future of their homes 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 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.

 

My Review:

Okay honestly what do I even say about This Savage Song, because all I really want to do is go outside (not normal) and scream at people about this book (normal). This will be the 5th book I’ve read by Victoria and I am just in love. I mean at this point my obsession with her knows no bounds. She doesn’t even need to tell me what her new books are about, I’ll just buy them. Even though a girl falling in love with the Devil over 300 years sounds pretty damn interesting! That being said let’s focus on This Savage Song. This book follows Kate Harker, a human who wants to be a monster and August Flynn, a monster who wishes to be a human. They live in a world where acts of violence breeds monsters. The Corasi who eat anything and everything, the Malchai who eat everyone, and the Suni who can only eat those who have committed acts of violence. What I find so fascinating about the worlds Victoria creates is the fact that it’s not good against evil. The lines are so blurred and what one person thinks is the right thing to do, may be the worst thing they can do. I love reading Victoria’s questions and how far she’s willing to push them. It’s that moral compass and I love how twisted Victoria makes it.

One thing I find when reading a Victoria book is that the first book is always really rich in detail. She really sets the scene for her books. Let’s us dive in and get comfortable before she starts maiming people. For me I love the slow build. I love getting to know a character. Really get a sense of who they are before shit starts happening. Honestly, for me, Victoria’s books always pull me in. She makes me feel things for characters I normally wouldn’t like and she makes you question the way you think. Her style of writing really flows off the page for me and it keeps me turning page after page. I am extremely interested to see how Our Dark Duet is. And I love that it’s going to be a duology. It’s going to be crazy!

When I first read the summary on goodreads, I was confused. I wasn’t sure quite what this book was about other than, monsters and humans. But the element of surprise was what worked. Not to mention the writing in this novel. Victoria really delivers this gritty and dark sense of the bad things people do. That line between good and bad is what always draws me to Victoria’s writing. She has this amazing ability of being able to push someone to their limit. To see how far her characters will go and it is just amazing to me the type of result her stories get. Not to mention the characters. Kate who is a badass and tries very hard to prove to her father that she is a Harker. And I love it because on the outside we see this girl who acts like nothing affect her. She’s unbreakable. But inside she doesn’t like doing the things she’s doing. She doesn’t like the blood or the killing and watching her struggle to come to terms with the things she has to do and the world she has to live in, is part of the reason I am so drawn to this book and to Kate as a character. One of my biggest things is getting in the mind of someone. Seeing why they did what they did. What pushed them that far. And so I loved getting more and more into why Kate was the way she was. Why she thought she had to be ruthless. This Savage Song delivered so well for me.

Then there’s August who doesn’t want the power he’s been given. He struggles with being a monster and wanting to be a human. One of the most interesting aspects was going dark. If the Sunai do not feed they end up going dark and as a result they lose a part of their humanity. Which was such a fascinating thing to see in August because all he’s ever wanted was his humanity. So he eats and proves he’s a monster or he doesn’t and goes dark and loses the very thing he’s always wanted. Both Kate and August’s struggle was so similar but very different. We see these characters who just want to do right by those they love. Even if as a reader you see that it’s the wrong decision. I did love the interactions between both Kate and August. It was probably my favorite part of the whole book. I loved that they kind of just connected with each other, but that they didn’t fall in love. The story was much bigger than that and I love that Victoria did such a wonderful job.

Overall This Savage Song was a dark and beautifully told story of the line between human and monster and what makes someone make certain choices. I would most definitely recommend this to anyone and everyone. I was going to compare it but I honestly don’t think there is anything out there to compare it too. It’s really uniquely different. Also as a little note I know people have given up because the first half moves a bit slow, but I promise you that it is worth it. You won’t be disappointed with this book.

I can’t believe I have to wait a year for Our Dark Duet and THAT TITLE

*DIES A LITTLE BIT INSIDE*

I’m also about 99.9% sure Victoria Schwab sold her soul to get amazing titles and covers!

 

Did you guys read this one? What did you think?

ARC August sign-up

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I am so excited to sign up for the 2016 ARC August. ARC August is a monthlong event, hosted by Shelly and Octavia over at Read. Sleep. Repeat., where you try and read as many ARCs as possible. Whether they’re physical or eARCs. I am so excited to participate in this event because I have accumulated quite a few ARCs and this is the perfect motivation to get on top of the pile!

Now as for my list of books, I am going to be putting a lot of ARCs up, I most likely will not get to all of them, and some of them are priority, but I’m hoping to get a good chunk of them and reviews for them out of the way! Here is my TBR for the month of August.

 

 

Absolutely excited for next month! I can’t wait to read and review a good chunk of these and make a dent in my pile! I hope you guys are going to be joining in, it’s going to be a lot of fun!!

The Kiss of Deception Review

16429619Title: The Kiss of Deception

Author:  Mary E. Pearson

Series: The Remnant Chronicles #1

Publisher: Henry Holt

Publish Date: July 8th 2014

Rating: 5 Stars

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Summary: A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day. 

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive-and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets-secrets that may unravel her world-even as she feels herself falling in love. 

 

My Thoughts:

I just finished reading The Kiss of Deception and I am totally hooked. These books (the first two) were purely impulse buys! All I knew about this book was princess runs away from arranged marriage, an assassin and a prince go after her but you don’t know which is which. I had heard such great things and each book has 4 star average on Goodreads, the cover for the third book was released and I fell in love, and the author was going to be at Yallwest. So I just bought both of them because I thought why not and then before I even read them I had them signed to me personally. Sometimes a leap of faith regarding books works. I am so in love. I am currently participating in the TRC Read-along and I am having so much fun. I haven’t been keeping up with it because of all the review books I have that I need to read, but I am still joining in when I can. The Kiss of Deception is the first book in The Remnant Chronicles series. There are three books and the third one will be coming out in August! I CANNOT WAIT!

The Kiss of Deception follows Lia who is being forced into a marriage to some man she doesn’t know. She decides with her best friend Pauline, to turn her back on her kingdom and title and run away. Little does she know that an assassin has been sent to kill her and the prince she was supposed to marry are coming to find her. I LOVED this book.The characters, Lia especially was so relatable, aside from the whole princess thing. Although I’m still not convinced that i’m not secretly a princess. But I fell in love with her. She was funny and badass. And then the boys show up. What I absolutely loved and was blown away by was the fact that Mary completely tricked me into who was who. I didn’t even see it coming. I remember thinking, I thought we didn’t know who was who, and then I thought maybe it’s only Lia that doesn’t know. And then the scene with the reveal completely took me by surprise! I loved it. I loved that I didn’t actually know who was who.

Now the characters are something I love. Although i’m not a very big fan of Kaden. He just bothered me. I can’t really put my finger on it, maybe it was because I love Rafe more. I mean I LOVE Rafe. He and Lia were adorable and worked so well together. I felt a bigger connection to them then I did with Lia and Kaden. I can’t wait to see what happens next in the series. If I wasn’t participating in this read along I would be jumping all over The Heart of Betrayal. Lia was a badass. She wasn’t afraid to stand up for her friends. Lia is determined not to have her fate decided for her and I admire her decision to run away from everything she’s ever known.

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Pauline was Lia’s best friend and she was absolutely loyal. I loved that she was absolutely willing to jump on a horse and run away with her friend, without question. She knew this was what Lia wanted and she accepted it. I love reading stories with great female friendships. It makes me fall even more in love with the book. Rafe, oh man what do we say about Rafe! Other than he was amazing. I loved him so much. I don’t want to say too much and give anything away, but I love the things he was willing to do for Lia. Kaden on the other hand bothered me. Maybe it was just because I thought I had him figured out, and was already rooting for a certain character, but I find him to be quite annoying and childish. But that’s just me because I know some people love him. In the end though I think all the characters are amazing and do amazing in this story. I can’t wait to get into them more in the second book. I do love that this series is told in multiple points of view which I am becoming very fond of. Especially with this series. It is done so well and we really get a good sense of each character. Not once was I confused as to who was speaking, nor did I have to go back and read who this chapter was focusing on. One thing that I didn’t notice was that when they do the chapter for the assassin or the prince, they don’t use their names. It didn’t even occur to me that it was happening, because I thought I had them figured out. So it wasn’t until the reveal that I went back and looked and realized what had happened. It was just so subtle and was a complete surprise. I loved it. This isn’t a series I had been paying much attention to, other than the covers, because they are beautiful, but I went in knowing very little and I definitely suggest reading these books that way. But even if you do know what’s going on, reading this will still be an awesome read!

That ending as well! OH MAN! That was such a great ending and I am so glad that I can binge read this series because if I had to wait a year to figure out what was going on I would totally flip out. It’s a great story, with great characters and a story that is full of surprises! I definitely recommend reading this one! Especially if you like assassin’s and princes and mystery.

I am going to be talking about the sequel and what I hope will happen next so if you don’t want spoilers please don’t read this!

What I hope for the sequel:

-More Rafe and Lia
-Lia becomes friends with the barbarians, and they trust her
-She learns more about herself and her kingdom
-answers: what are her powers? How powerful is she? What can she do with it?

What I hope doesn’t happen:

-Love triangle (please don’t do this to me)
-Kaden gets over it
-People die