November Wrap Up + December TBR!

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November seemed incredibly long to me. For one, I participated in Nanowrimo (and won!) but I didn’t write as much as I usually do for Nano, which was a bit disappointing. However, I had a lot of fun participating in different blogging events, like The Shelfie Hop, twitter chats, and more! This was a pretty great month overall and I’m looking forward to December! This is my favorite time of year so I’m exciting to see what the end of the year will bring 🙂

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It was a whirlwind month for blogging! I posted 12 posts total, 4 of which were reviews! Here are my posts from the month of November:

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It was a slow reading month, with Nanowrimo taking up so much of my time. This month, I read a total of 5 books, with 3 of those books coming from my November TBR. I read a grand total of 1,963 pages! (and none of these books were below 4 stars! This was a really good reading month!)

 

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin: ★★★★★. This book blew me away, and I loved every second of it! This book is one of my new favorites. Read my full review of it here.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer: ★★★★. This was a reread so I could finally finish the last two books in the series. It was just as good as I remembered it to be! I had a few issues with it, but I still think this book is absolutely amazing!

The Rose Society: by Marie Lu: ★★★★. After the first book in this series, I didn’t have much hope for this book. However, it pleasantly surprised me and I thought it was pretty good! Check out my full review here.

The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry: ★★★★ 1/2. I read this for SST in January, and I can’t say enough about it. This is a book that I know will stay with me forever because it just means so much to me. It’s a wonderful book, and I can’t wait to share my review with you in January!

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner: ★★★★★. Another reread of one of my favorite books ever. It was like falling in love with this book all over again–I can’t wait to reread This Shattered World and then jump into Their Fractured Light! Full review to come 🙂

Total books read so far this year: 47/50

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If you follow me on twitter, you might have noticed that I said I’m only going to reread my favorite series in the month of December, for nostalgic reasons. I’m super excited to go back to the books that I love, and these are just some of the few I’m hoping to read! I might squeeze in a few new books here or there, but I’m mainly going to focus on rereads.

What books did you read in November? Did you participate in Nanowrimo? And what do you hope to read in the last month (holy crap) of 2015? Let me know in the comments below!

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Review: The Rose Society by Marie Lu

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The Rose Society
Author: Marie Lu
Series: The Young Elites #2
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pub Date: October 13, 2015
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Source: Purchased

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Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.

Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.

But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness?

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TITLE: boring | nothing special | pretty good | caught my eye | perfection | music to my ears
COVER: not my favorite | goes well with rest of the series | boring | generic | pretty | series cover change | beautiful | HEART EYES
POV: 1st | 2nd | 3rd limited | 3rd omniscent | multiple POVs | too many POVs
CONCEPT: original as heck | run of the mill in genre | average | has potential | great idea, bad execution
MOOD: dark | hilarious | light hearted | romantic | depressing | suspenseful | fluffy | mysterious
PACING: snail’s pace | couldn’t keep up | mix of fast and slow | slow in the wrong places | fast in the wrong places | what even is pacing?
CHARACTERS: i’m in love | couldn’t connect | too many | well developed (all) | infuriating | annoying | precious babies | underdeveloped (all)| a mix of good and bad | diverse | okay | new favorite characters

(thank you Tamara and Ava for helping me with this new rating system!)

I was a bit hesitant to jump into The Rose Society because I am not the biggest fan of the first book, The Young Elites. I thought the plot was boring and the characters were dull, but I thought there was still a spark in it that would hopefully translate better into the sophomore novel. I’m glad to say that I took a chance on this book, because it was much better than the first and a great read!

Spoilers for the first book after this point!

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Top Ten Tuesday #6: Top Ten Characters I’d Invite to Thanksgiving Dinner

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. There’s a new topic each week and you post 10 things that follow the theme. This weeks theme is Thanksgiving, so I’m going to showcase ten characters/groups that I would invite to Thanksgiving dinner.

1.  First on my list are Blue and her raven boys from The Raven Boys. I swear, this would be one hell of a dinner. Can you imagine Ronan and Blue bickering? Hands brushing gently against each other as they pass the food around. All I know is, I call dibs on the seat next to Gansey.

2. The Six of Crows gang! I loved all these characters so much, and I think that their chemistry would make one interesting dinner. I think it’d be good for all of them to sit down at a table and realize that they have a family–each other 🙂

3. Eric from Crimson Bound. This book was amazing and so much better than Cruel Beauty, in my opinion. Eric’s character was by far my favorite thing in the book. His charismatic attitude is just so inviting, I’d love to see what a dinner with him would be like *wink*

4. I have to invite my favorite character of all time, Celaena Sardothien/Aelin Galathynius. And something tells me her choice in food would make the dinner very delicious.

5. Kestrel Trajan from the Winner’s trilogy. She’s one fierce lady, and I’d love to pick her thoughts over Thanksgiving dinner.

  

6. I’m going to pick another character from Throne of Glass and invite Chaol Westfall. Everyone hates on him–and I admit, sometimes he isn’t the best person around–but I want to invite him to dinner so I can remind him that I still love his character and remind him that he deserves happiness.

7. Some may question this next choice, but I have to extend an invitation to my favorite villain ever, the Darkling from the Grisha trilogy. I’m completely infatuated with his character, and this would almost certainly get me killed, but I’ll take that chance.

8. Noah Elliot Simon Shaw. Does this really need any explanation?

9. Lila Bard from A Darker Shade of Magic definitely deserves a seat at the table, simply because she is one incredible character and her wit would serve for some seriously great entertainment.

10. The last spot is going to have to have to go to one of my first and favorite book boyfriends of all time, Evan Walker from The 5th Wave. I saw him briefly in the trailer for the movie when I saw Mockingjay Part 2, and that was enough to remind me of my love for him.

Would you join any of these characters at Thanksgiving dinner? Who would you choose to sit at your table? Let me know in the comments below!

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“Magic and Mayhem” Tour Recap + Game!

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On November 17th, Leigh Bardugo’s Magic and Mayhem came to Barnes and Noble near me. This was the tour for Leigh’s newest book, Six of Crows, which I absolutely loved to death (you can read my review here!) I went with my mom and my friend to see Leigh in person, and let me tell you, it was an awesome night!

First, Leigh treated us to a delightful reading from a story she wrote when she was younger, which was incredibly entertaining and earned a few laughs. Then she took questions, and here are some of the things she said.

 
  1. She talked about the writing process a lot.

    She reminded writers that you shouldn’t put so much pressure on yourself to have a perfect first draft, because that’s not reality. Authors have tons and tons of revisions before getting to the final draft. The writing really gets good during those middle steps, she said. Another big thing she talked about was writing no matter what. There will inevitably be bad days where you feel like a fraud, but that’s the days where the real magic happens.

  2. Six of Crows is her favorite of her books.

    Leigh said that she feels as though it’s her best book yet, and is therefore her favorite.  The next book is always the best in her mind, and you can definitely see it in the writing–her stories have only gotten stronger as she goes farther in her career. She told us that she wouldn’t have been able to write Six of Crows if it was her first book. I can totally see how that’s true; Six of Crows is so complex and intricately weaved together, it takes a true master of the writing craft to be able to pull it off so perfectly.

  3. The two Grisha settings are very different.

    There are many glaring differences between the two places in the Grisha verse. For one, Kerch is practically rolling in wealth; Ravka, however, is very poor. Another big thing is how the Grisha are treated–in Ravka, they are held in high regard, but in Kerch they are persecuted for who they are. Leigh said she was conscious of this as she wrote Six of Crows, and found it fun to write a book that was very different from Shadow and Bone.

I also got all of my books signed by Leigh–including an ARC of Shadow and Bone that I got the same day as the signing!! Perfect timing, right? It’s a book I’ll treasure forever.

 

Did you notice something odd in the second picture? ….A second signed copy of Six of Crows perhaps? That’s right! You can be the proud owner of this beautiful baby:

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I’m running a giveaway on my blog for a signed copy of Six of Crows. It’s US only (sorry international friends!) and you can find more details here. So if you’d like to own this beautiful piece of signed literature, go ahead and enter the giveaway!

Now, time for a game 🙂

I’ve compiled fun little facts from the event and some made up ones for a game of Two Truths and a Lie. Below are pictures with three statements. Two of them are true, and one of them is a lie I’ve made up. The answers will be posted at the bottom of this post. Can you guess them correctly?

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Did you see Leigh Bardugo on her tour for Six of Crows? How’d you do on Two Truths and a Lie? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

 

 

 

 

Answers:

Round 1- 2 is the lie
Round 2- 1 is the lie

Review: Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

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Wolf by Wolf
Author: Ryan Graudin
Series: Wolf by Wolf #1
Genre: Young Adult, Alternate History, Fantasy
Pub Date: October 20, 2015
Publisher: Little, Brown
Source: Purchased

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Code Name Verity meets Inglourious Basterds in this fast-paced novel from the author of The Walled City.

The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule the world. To commemorate their Great Victory over Britain and Russia, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s ball.

Yael, who escaped from a death camp, has one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year’s only female victor, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele twin’s brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael’s every move. But as Yael begins to get closer to the other competitors, can she bring herself to be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and complete her mission?

 

For this review, I’m going to do something a little different. I’m going to give you five reasons why you should read this amazing book, which has earned a place on my favorites shelf.

1. The premise is wholly original and intriguing.

Wolf by Wolf is an alternate history book, where Hitler invaded England and won the second world war and now controls most of what was Europe. This in itself is very unique and exciting, but this book has another extra twist that makes it its own; the main character, Yael, can change herself and shapeshift into other peopleWhat??? This crazy fantasy element adds a whole new twist to the book and makes everything much more exciting. There’s definitely no book like Wolf by Wolf, and it makes it a gem among all other alternate history books.

2. Relationships between the characters are complex and well developed

The book’s plot is centered around a race where people from both Germany and Japan race across the continent in one hella long race. Yael is one of the competitors, and she bonds with two others; Luka and Felix. Yael is pretending to be Adele Wolf, the previous year’s victor, and both of these men have a relationship with Adele. Luka is her former love interest who is hot one second and cold the next. I enjoyed his scenes with Yael as you never know exactly what he’s going to do. Another big character is Felix, Adele’s twin brother. He’s very protective of his sister–but little does he know, it’s really Yael masquerading as Adele. He just wants what’s best for his sister, but that gets in Yael’s way as she attempts to work with the rebellion and kill Hitler.

Yael’s past is also revealed bit by bit as the book goes on, and the relationships between her and the ghosts of her past are both realistic and heartbreakingly beautiful. I won’t say much for fear of spoiling anything, but I definitely got a bit misty eyed when reading some of the flashbacks.

3. Yael is a fierce character that you want to root for

Yael is a badass, plain and simple. I think Ryan Graudin did an amazing job of writing a complex woman who isn’t just “strong”. Yael doubts herself, is haunted by her past, and questions every decision she makes, but she is also a fiercely devoted girl who protects those who wouldn’t dare do the same if they knew who she really was. She’s also a pretty damn gifted motorcyclist, which is pretty cool if you ask me. I was rooting for her the entire book.

Have I also mentioned that she’s a shapeshifter?!

This adds a whole new level to Yael’s character. It brings up a bunch of questions about identity and what makes you you. I can honestly say that even though her features were never described, I can tell you a hundred different things about who Yael is.

4. The plot is fast paced and keeps you on the edge of your seat

The race takes up a majority of the book, and let me tell you, this isn’t the kind of race you’d want to be in. It’s a cutthroat competition where sabotage isn’t outright allowed, but if you don’t get caught, you don’t get punished for it. Competitors were constantly trying to get an edge over the other racers, both on and off the track. There’s a couple scenes with Yael racing on the track where she’s in danger of being run off the road, or crashing and possibly killing herself.

Let’s just say that this isn’t a race without serious stakes. The threat of death is constantly looming over the competitors. One wrong move and you’re done for good.

Another interesting thing about the race is the two boys who are constantly by Yael’s side. Luka is her ally one second, her enemy the next. I never trusted him completely; when I picture him, I picture a devilishly handsome blonde boy with a smug smirk on his face almost 24/7. He may be pretty to look at, but I definitely wouldn’t turn my back on him if I was Yael.

The other boy is Felix, Adele’s twin brother. He’s constantly trying to help his sister/Yael by helping her both on and off the track. His driving force is his love for his sister. Everything he does, he does to try and help her win. There are a few things that made me side eye him for a couple chapters, but ultimately, if I was in the race, I’d definitely choose him as my ally. This boy knows how to help a girl out.

5. The ending has an amazing twist that will blow you away

I won’t say much for fear of spoiling, but I’m telling you, you won’t see it coming. I’m still stunned. The last few chapters are just one twist after another. It left me dazed and confused, and when I flipped the last page I just sat there, stunned. Ryan Graudin weaved everything together perfectly, leading up to an amazing reveal at the very end, but I’m still in shock. Just…it’s completely crazy. You won’t be expecting it and it’ll leave you dying for the sequel ASAP!

 

Overall, Wolf by Wolf was amazing in every single aspect. The plot, the pacing, the characters–I loved it all and I recommend it to anyone and everyone who loves a good story. Next October can’t come soon enough! If you haven’t read this book yet…well, what are you waiting for??

 

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Have you read Wolf by Wolf, or are you planning to? What’s your favorite thing about it? Let me know in the comments below!

Waiting on Wednesday #6: Eagerly Anticipated Finales

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine. It highlights eagerly awaited upcoming releases that you’re excited for.

This week, I’m going to highlight a few finales in some beloved series. Prepare yourself, because the feels are coming. (Also, as a fair warning, there will inevitably be spoilers, so read ahead at your own risk.)

The Raven King
Author: Maggie Stiefvater (aka THE QUEEN)
Series: The Raven Cycle #4
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Pub Date: April 26th, 2016
Publisher: Scholastic Press

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The fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from the irrepressible, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.

All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

In a starred review for Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Kirkus Reviews declared: “Expect this truly one-of-a-kind series to come to a thundering close.”

Let me start out by saying this is the most beautiful cover in the entire series. The magic is on full display now, and there’s no denying it. The stag, the fading brushstrokes… I have a terrifying feeling that this will end very terribly for our psychic and her raven boys.

I have never been more sad about a books release date *wails* But I trust Maggie’s judgement and know the wait will be worthwhile (though sometimes it’s hard to look at it that way.) I have never been more terrified for a book. Maggie has promised one thing time and time again: Gansey will die, and this is the book that’ll make her promise come true. I’ve been hoping for over a year now that he can somehow come back (or even better, not die at all) and I really hope he comes back to me ❤

I’m desperate for this book. I never want it to end, but I need to know who will survive. Will Gansey make it? WILL NOAH MAKE IT??? Will Blusey and Pynch finally be a thing? Is the cursed kiss going to occur in this book? So many questions, all waiting to be answered in this final book that’s sure to be a showstopper. I’ve never been more terrified to read a book, and if you know Maggie Stiefvater at all, you know why.

The Winner’s Kiss
Author: 
Marie Rutkoski
Series: 
The Winner’s Trilogy #3
Genre:
Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Pub Date: 
March 1st, 2016
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it, with the East as his ally and the empire as his enemy. He’s finally managed to dismiss the memory of Kestrel, even if he can’t quite forget her. Kestrel turned into someone he could no longer recognize: someone who cared more for the empire than for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she cared for him. At least, that’s what he thinks.

But far north lies a work camp where Kestrel is a prisoner. Can she manage to escape before she loses herself? As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover unexpected roles in battle, terrible secrets, and a fragile hope. The world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and Kestrel and Arin are caught between. In a game like this, can anybody really win?

The second book ended on an extremely wild note, something that I definitely did not see coming. The heartbreak I endured in book one was nothing compared to book two, and I have little doubt that The Winner’s Kiss will also be terrible cruel to my already bruised and broken heart.

Arin and Kestrel have been through so much pain (lets be real: SO HAVE I) and I really hope that they’ll both get the endings they deserve in this final book. My poor girl Kestrel is in a goddamn prison, for heaven’s sake!

You have not known true heartache until you’ve read The Winner’s Curse, and I’d be some serious money that the third book will put both book 1 & 2 to shame with its heartbreaking abilities.

Their Fractured Light
Author: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Series: 
The Starbound Trilogy #3
Genre:
Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Romance
Pub Date: 
December 1st, 2015
Publisher: 
Disney-Hyperion

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A year ago, Flynn Cormac and Jubilee Chase made the now infamous Avon Broadcast, calling on the galaxy to witness for their planet, and protect them from destruction. Some say Flynn’s a madman, others whisper about conspiracies. Nobody knows the truth. A year before that, Tarver Merendsen and Lilac LaRoux were rescued from a terrible shipwreck—now, they live a public life in front of the cameras, and a secret life away from the world’s gaze.

Now, in the center of the universe on the planet of Corinth, all four are about to collide with two new players, who will bring the fight against LaRoux Industries to a head. Gideon Marchant is an eighteen-year-old computer hacker—a whiz kid and an urban warrior. He’ll climb, abseil and worm his way past the best security measures to pull off onsite hacks that others don’t dare touch.

Sofia Quinn has a killer smile, and by the time you’re done noticing it, she’s got you offering up your wallet, your car, and anything else she desires. She holds LaRoux Industries responsible for the mysterious death of her father and is out for revenge at any cost.

When a LaRoux Industries security breach interrupts Gideon and Sofia’s separate attempts to infiltrate their headquarters, they’re forced to work together to escape. Each of them has their own reason for wanting to take down LaRoux Industries, and neither trusts the other. But working together might be the best chance they have to expose the secrets LRI is so desperate to hide.

I am so ready for this book. In just over two weeks, this precious beauty will be mine.

These two ladies make a fierce team, as the first two books in the Starbound trilogy are absolutely amazingThese Broken Stars is one of my favorite books of all time, and my favorite of the series so far (This Shattered World was great too!) I’m eager to see if Sofia and Gideon can top Lilac and Tarver for my favorite book.

They’re certainly got a beautiful cover (have we not noticed how much I love a good cover? I even have a shelf dedicated for my favorite covers on goodreads!) that matches the series beautifully. I’d bet good money that the writing on the inside of the book will be just as beautiful as the cover on the outside of Their Fractured Light.

Which finales are you anxiously waiting for? Do you agree with any of my picks? Let me know in the comments below!

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The Shelfie Hop!

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Welcome to The Shelfie Hop, hosted by Bookiemoji and My Friends Are Fiction. It is an event that takes place on blogs everywhere, where participants post pictures of their shelves–“shelfie”–for everyone to see! To see all the participants and their lovely shelves, scroll down to the bottom of this post.

Without further ado, here are my shelfies!

(Warning: I totally forgot to take pictures until yesterday, when the sun had already set and it was dark out. So please excuse the lighting and crap-quality photos. )

(There’s really only so much an iPhone camera can do, sadly.)

These are my two shelves! They’re my pride and glory, and one of the best things in my room. I love to organize and reorganize them. Right now, the books aren’t really organized in the way I want them to be, but I plan to reorganize them soon when I buy a few more books.

Some people organize their books a certain way. I sort of have a system, but nothing concrete.

I have my big tall bookshelf, which is where my favorites shelf is (can you guess which one?) and most of my series go. My large series like TMI, Vampire Academy, Harry Potter, etc. go on the bottom shelf because they just take up so much space. The middle shelf is where all my favorite books/series go, like Throne of Glass, The Raven Cycle, The Winner’s Curse, etc. I have so many other favorite books scattered on other shelves though, so I think I might need to create a second shelf for my favorite books!

On top I have really old childhood/weird books, and some random things. I have my Magnus Chase shield I got from BookCon, two dolls my grandma gave me, and behind that all I have a framed award I got for a story I wrote a long time ago.

This is arguably my main shelf, the one I’m most proud of (probably because it’s so big and holds so many lovely stories!)

This is my baby bookshelf that I love to death. The top shelf is reserved for books that I still need to read (it used to be smaller, I swear!) There are also a few books on there that I want to reread, so they’re not in their usual spots. It’s gotten a bit unruly, but there are some beautiful titles on there that I can’t wait to get to!

The middle shelf is my mostly contemporary shelf with a bit of overflow. I don’t own many contemporary books (as you can see by ungodly amount of fantasy books.) The bottom shelf is for duplicate books, books that don’t fit anywhere else, and books that are up for trade. As you can see, I’ve started running out of room and stacking books in front of other books. Some people like that, but I love seeing all of my books instead of stacking them in front of each other.

My small but growing collection of Game of Thrones merchandise is on top of the shelf. I’ve got some of the books, my Dany Funko, and one of the wine bottles from the GoT collection.

Those are my shelves! The quality of the pictures is terrible, and they’re horribly organized, but they’re still my favorite things ever.

Don’t forget to check out all of the other participant’s shelves below!

Do you see any of your favorites on my shelves? Tell me what they are in the comments below!

Waiting on Wednesday #5: Spotlight on Victoria Schwab!

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine. It highlights eagerly awaited upcoming releases that you’re excited for.

This week, I’m doing something a little different. instead of highlighting only one book, I’ll be highlighting two forthcoming books by Victoria Schwab!

A Gathering of Shadows
Author: V.E. Schwab / Victoria Schwab
Series: A Darker Shade of Magic #2
Genre: Young Adult, Adult, Fantasy
Pub Date: February 23rd, 2016
Publisher: Tor

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Four months have passed since the shadow stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Rhy was wounded and the Dane twins fell, and the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift, and into Black London.

In many ways, things have almost returned to normal, though Rhy is more sober, and Kell is now plagued by his guilt. Restless, and having given up smuggling, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks like she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games—an extravagant international competition of magic, meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries—a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

But while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life, and those who were thought to be forever gone have returned. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night reappears in the morning, and so it seems Black London has risen again—meaning that another London must fall.

We all know I am a cover nerd, and I have to say this cover is even better than the first one! I’m in love with the cover for A Gathering of Shadows!

I just recently finished reading A Darker Shade of Magic (read my review here!) and I am dying to read more about Lila and Kell! These two were my favorite thing about the first book and I want to read more about them! I live for their humorous banter–it definitely stood out to me in the first book.

Also, there have been some veryyyyyyy interesting snippets being shown on twitter from this book, and I am very intrigued to see who’s involved in these romance bits! (I’m really hoping it’s Lila and Kell! I really wished that there was more between them in the first book, so here’s to hoping it’s in the second!)

This Savage Song

Author: Victoria Schwab

Series: Monsters of Verity #1
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Pub Date: June 7th, 2016
Publisher: Greenwillow Books

The city of Verity has been overrun with monsters, born from the worst of human evil. In North Verity, the Corsai and the Malchai run free. Under the rule of Callum Harker, the monsters kill any human who has not paid for protection. In the South, Henry Flynn hunts the monsters who cross the border into his territory, aided by the most dangerous and darkest monsters of them all—the Sunai, dark creatures who use music to steal their victim’s souls.

As one of only three Sunai in existence, August Flynn has always wanted to play a bigger role in the war between the north and the south. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate Harker, daughter of the leader of North Verity, August jumps on it.
When Kate discovers August’s secret, the pair find themselves running for their lives and battling monsters from both sides of the wall. As the city dissolves into chaos, it’s up to them to foster a peace between monsters and humans.

A unique, fast-paced adventure that looks at the monsters we face every day—including the monster within.

Again, I am experiencing extreme cover lust. That font! Those colors! Ahhhh!

This was the first book I heard about when I first discovered Victoria Schwab’s name. I’m sure you’re wondering how I didn’t know about Vicious or The Archived but I was a naive child before, alright? Immediately, this blurb caught my attention and I was hooked.

I am all for forbidden, love especially if there’s a lovely fantasy/paranormal twist to it. I’m especially a big fan of the whole what makes a monster? idea, as seen in my own writing. I’m really excited to see how Victoria Schwab’s humor translates into something seemingly darker than her usual books. June 2016 can’t come fast enough!!

Are you excited for A Gathering of Shadows or This Savage Song? What do you think about Victoria Schwab’s other books? Let me know in the comments below!

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Top Ten Tuesday #5: Top Ten Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To!

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. There’s a new topic each week and you post 10 things that follow the theme. This weeks theme is Top Ten Book to Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward to!

1.  The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. I really loved this book and the fact that Chloe is in this movie is an extra bonus. The trailer for it looks really good so I have high hopes for this movie!

2. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. I love Maggie’s books, and this was one of her better ones in my opinion. She just recently tweeted about meeting with the movie director so I’m extra excited to see this come to the big screen!

3. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. The end is almost here! I’m both excited and sad to see this franchise come to a close–I’ll miss seeing Jen and Josh together as Everlark!

4. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. Zoey Deutch recently was cast as Samantha, the main character of what I believe is Lauren Oliver’s best novel. I know it’ll be amazing if Zoey’s in it! (I won’t hold Vampire Academy against her haha)

5. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. Honestly, if this movie is anything like the book, it’ll be amazing. I can’t wait to see who they cast as Laia and Elias!

 

6. Legend by Marie LuLegend is my favorite series by Marie Lu so far (I’m not the biggest fan of The Young Elites) but I know Legend would translating amazingly onto the big screen! Can you imagine the actor for Day? *sighs*

7. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Okay, this is technically cheating since it’s being adapted for TV, but HOLY SHIT, can you image how AWESOME this is going to be??

8. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. I only have one thing to say about this: The Darkling.

9. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. This is another TV adaptation but come on!! I’m already imagining the slow burn between Tarver and Lilac that’s bound to happen on a TV show!

10. All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill. Oh, yes please! The rights for this book have been optioned and so far there’s been no new updates, but I still have hope! This would be an amazing time travel movie if done right–can you imagine seeing Em and Marina and they converge into one? Gimme!

 

Which book to movie (or TV!) adaptations are you excited for? Do you agree with any of my picks? Let me know in the comments below!

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Review: Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

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Author: Eleanor Herman
Series: Blood of Gods and Royals #1
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Historical
Pub Date: August 18th, 2015
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: Bought from BAM

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Imagine a time when the gods turn a blind eye to the agony of men, when the last of the hellions roam the plains and evil stirs beyond the edges of the map. A time when cities burn, and in their ashes, empires rise.

Alexander, Macedonia’s sixteen-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world but finds himself drawn to a newcomer…

Katerina must navigate the dark secrets of court life while hiding her own mission: kill the Queen. But she doesn’t account for her first love…

Jacob will go to unthinkable lengths to win Katerina, even if it means having to compete for her heart with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince.

And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander’s unmet betrothed, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.

Weaving fantasy with the shocking details of real history, New York Times bestselling author of Sex with Kings Eleanor Herman reimagines the greatest emperor the world has ever known, Alexander the Great, in the first book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series.

I bought this book on a whim from Books A Million earlier in the fall. I had an English book report to do, and I thought that this would be an interesting book to use for it. Alternate history and fantasy? It’s my type of book! This plot sounded amazing, and I was sure it would be a hit.

I was very, very wrong.

There were so many things I didn’t like about this book. There were too many POVs, for one. You never spent enough time with the main characters in the beginning, so when bad things started to happen to them, I didn’t care at all. They could’ve all died and I wouldn’t have cared a bit, and that’s bad sign, considering I love to fall in love with amazing characters (like in Six of Crows and A Darker Shade of Magic).

The plot never really knew what it was doing. With so many different characters, there were so many different conflicts that I could hardly keep track of. With some of the characters, I didn’t even know what their conflict was. For example, at first, Alexander says he wants to look for the Fountain of Youth, but it’s hardly mentioned throughout the rest of the book. It just got on my nerves and when certain character’s chapters rolled around, I could never remember what they were trying to achieve.

I can’t tell you how much I rolled my eyes when the “twist” was revealed at the end. I saw it coming from a mile away, as the author wasn’t very secretive with her foreshadowing (other readers–do you know what I’m talking about?). It’s probably the most cliche twist in fiction, and I didn’t think it added anything to the story other than cheesiness.

I would’ve marked this as DNF if I could’ve, but I had to finish it for my book report. You can probably imagine what I’m going to say about it.

Legacy of Kings held a lot of potential but it fell flat with its one-dimensional character, too many POVs, and no true conflict in sight. I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone.

Rating: ★

Have you read Legacy of Kings, or are you planning to? What did you think of it? Leave your own thoughts in the comments below!