Tackle your TBR read-a-thon

Tackle Your TBR Readathon 2016

I am so excited to participate in this years Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon hosted by Wishful Endings! This event takes place from September 12th to the 26th. That is 15 days to read as many books off your TBR list as you can. And I know for me I have so many books on my TBR. Especially for these next few months and I need as much help as I can get. So this will definitely give me the motivation to get through my stack.

My Goals:
I plan on reading at least 8 books, maybe more. Maybe I’ll read one per day lol. I will also be posting reviews for each of the books I read. And I will try to participate in the each of the challenges!

If you guys want to sign up click the link up above to get more information! It’s going to be fun and hopefully I kick my TBR’s ass! Plus there will be fun challenges and prizes. And you get to read! Nothing better than that. I hope you guys join.

 

Furthermore review

furthermoreTitle: Furthermore

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers

Publish Date: August 30, 2016

Rating: 4 Stars

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Summary: There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other.

But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is a boy named Oliver whose own magical ability is based in lies and deceit–and with a liar by her side in a land where nothing is as it seems, it will take all of Alice’s wits (and every limb she’s got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself–and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss. 

 

My Review:

 

Okay I don’t really know where to begin this review. I’ve restarted it so many times now. So I guess I am just going to jump into it. This will probably be a short review. Furthermore is actually really hard to explain. I enjoyed it which is how I went in to this story. I didn’t really have any ideas about this story or any expectations. Furthermore, like Tahereh’s other books, are rich in detail and inner dialogue. Yes at times it was a bit tedious but I found it really helped when I was trying to picture things in this world. For me Mafi’s books are very hit or miss. I liked Shatter Me, hated Unravel Me, and loved Ignite Me. Futhermore was enjoyable but I didn’t absolutely love it. I did like it enough to preorder it though.

 

 

What I liked:

Alice and her growth throughout this novel really got to me. I loved seeing how much she grows and changes as a person from her time in Furthermore. All she wants right now is to get her task and leave home and find father. After the disappearance of her father, her mother doesn’t have time and is always mad. It’s so sad to see how much she doesn’t think that her family wants her. It’s no wonder her and Oliver become best friends. Oliver is a kid whose talent causes him to get everything he wants. They both just want people who care about them and choose them over everyone else. I liked the dynamic between Oliver and Alice, even if Alice hated Oliver at first. It’s what made it work for me.

I also quite enjoyed the world. It was interesting to see Furthermore and how strange the world was. I thought it did a great job reminding you of the strangeness of Wonderland. The rules and the people who lived there were so strange. First off they ate people. WHAT? And the difference in worlds. Like the paper world or being able to stand on clouds and move downwards through the ground. Not to mention figuring out what the ruler has to do with the story. I loved how each bit of information was brought to light. How you kept figuring things our slowly. Also the mystery that the narrator brought to the story was awesome. There was always a comment from them that caused you to have more questions. I loved it. It was such an interesting way to tell the story and one I haven’t read before.

What left me wanting more:

I did really enjoy this story, but I do wish we got more background in to the kids talents. Why they had them. Where they got them from. It was so interesting to me, seeing that each kid had a special talent. I just would have liked to see more info on them. That being said I did like that they had talents. I thought it was a great touch to the story. And the last thing that bothered me a bit, was the ease with which they got out of Furthermore. They had such a struggle getting through Furthermore and come to find out that the high ups were keeping tabs and looking for them. And they just easily stepped through a door without having to go back the way they came, was a little to easy. Especially since I don’t know if this is a standalone or a series. I would be interested to see the repercussions of Alice and Oliver’s trip to Furthermore and if anyone comes after them. The ending does leave it a bit open to more if Tahereh is going to write more.

Overall, Furthermore was strange and creepy in the best possible way. I loved the characters and the voice this book had. It was a great read for those who want to be entertained. I really enjoyed myself when reading this one. Fans of Tahereh’s books or Alice in Wonderland will definitely enjoy Furthermore. Give it a try. And if you have read it let me know what you think about it.

 

 

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?