December Wrap Up + January TBR!

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2015 is finally coming to an end! It was my best month for the blog, both in stats and quality of posts. I met tons of amazing people, hit the 500 followers mark on twitter, received a 100 followers on Fiery Reads (that sound you hear? it’s me screaming in utter joy), and just generally had a pretty damn good time. Alas, the month must come to an end, so I’m here to show you what’s been going on for the past 31 days.

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It was a whirlwind month for blogging! I posted 20 posts total, 4 of which were reviews! Here are my posts from the month of December:

  • Top Ten Tuesday #7: Ten 2016 Debuts I’m Looking Forward To – I started the month off with a  bang and shared the 2016 books I’m dying to get my hands on! Luckily for me, and bookworms everywhere, 2016 is juuuuust around the corner, and the new releases are within sight!
  • WoW #7: The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye – This is one of my most highly anticipated books of next year–it has magic, romance and it’s set in Russia! Honestly, what more could a girl want?
  • The Coffee Book Tag – Gee @ A Book and A Cup of Coffee tagged me for this fun post, and it’s the first ever book tag I’ve done!

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  • Best Books of 2015 – 1st day of the Top 10 of 2015 event; I cheated a bit and put my top 11, which I highly recommend!
  • Best Book Covers of 2015 – 2nd day of the Top 10 of 2015 event; there’s no denying it–I am completely and utterly obsessed with covers, and I shared my favorites of 2015
  • Best OTPs of 2015 – 3rd day of the Top 10 of 2015 event; honestly, I am such shipper trash and I couldn’t be happier with my decisions. See any of your OTPs on here?
  • Best Book Boyfriends of 2015 – 4th day of the Top 10 of 2015 event; *sighs* all of these guys are so incredibly dreamy, and my heart is fluttering just thinking about them all.
  • Top 10 Most Anticipated 2016 Releases! – 5th day of the Top 10 of 2015 event; different from the first post of the month, this post is split up between my most anticipated debuts and new releases.
  • End of the Year Survey 2015! – I am obsessed with stats, and I loved filling out this survey and fitting all of my favorite books into these categories!
  • 2016 Reading Challenges and Goals! – The slytherin in me was definitely what possessed me to sign up for all of these challenges and aim high with my blogging and reading goals.
  • WoW #9: Starflight by Melissa Landers – Sci-fi is one of my new favorite things, and this sci-fi romance sounds right up my alley!

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It was a great reading month, what with winter break and #EOTYRead2015. This month, I read a total of 13 books, with 4 of those books coming from my December TBR. I read a grand total of 5,099 pages! Honestly, I have no idea how I did this, but I’m pretty damn proud!

This Shattered World by Meagan Spooner and Amie Kaufman: ★★★★★ (reread). Full review here.

Legend by Marie Lu: ★★★★★ (reread). I posted a full review of the entire series here.

Prodigy by Marie Lu: ★★★★★ (reread)

Champion by Marie Lu: ★★★★★ (reread)

Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner: ★★★★★ (. Full review here.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi: ★★★★★ (reread)

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi: ★★★★★ (reread)

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi: ★★★★★ (reread)

Jackaby by William Ritter: ★★ 1/2. Full review to come!

Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry: ★★★★ 1/2. Full review to come!

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey: ★★★★★ (reread)

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey: ★★★★. Full review to come!

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer: ★★★★ 1/2. Full review to come!

Total books read so far this year: 60/50

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January is midterms month, so I’m only including 3 books that I really want to get to. Hopefully I can read more, but these are the ones I’m going to shoot for!

What books did you read in December? How was your reading for reading overall? Let me know in the comments below!

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WoW #10: Starflight by Melissa Landers

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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 dying to get your hands on! This week, I’m going to highlight….

Starflight
Author: Melissa Landers
Series: Starflight #1
Genre: YA, sci-fi, romance
Pub Date: February 2nd, 2016
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

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Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She’s so desperate to reach the realm that she’s willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.

When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he’s been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world–and each other–the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe.

Recently, sci-fi has been a huge hit with me (I can thank Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner and Jay Kristoff for this). So, imagine my delight when I ask the twittersphere which books I HAVE to have in 2016 and Alyssa from The Eater of Books! tells me that I have to read Starflight. Of course, I went and looked at the blurb…and I absolutely fell in love with the idea of it! I love the very modern overtones to it and I’m a huge fan of love-hate romances. Solara and Doran already sound like pretty cool characters just from this short description. My love for this book has nothing to do with the fact that I’m obsessed with Friday Night Lights and Doran is a quarterback….no, definitely not. Alyssa’s review of it was glowing, so it’s very safe to say that I’m very eager to read this pretty book! Is it February yet?

What do you think of Starflight? What’s your pick for Waiting on Wednesday? Let me know in the comments below!

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2016 Reading Challenges and Goals!

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2016 is nearly upon us, and that means it’s time to announce all of the challenges I’m participating in for the year! This will be my first full calendar year blogging, so I’m super excited to track my progress for all of these challenges and see how I do by the end of the year.

I acknowledge that I might be going a bit overboard with all of these challenges, but I’m hoping that I can accomplish most/all of them! I’m a mood reader, but lots of these challenges fit books that are in my favorite genres, so hopefully that will help.

Rock My TBR is hosted by Sarah @ The YA Book Traveler. It’s a challenge that aims to help you knock some of those books off your extra long TBR list! I know I’m very guilty of letting books pile up, but I’m hoping that this challenge will help me read some! I’m aiming for 15 books. I don’t have a definitive list, but these are a few I KNOW I definitely want to get to:

  • All That Glows by Ryan Graudin
  • Nil by Lynne Matson
  • Taken by Erin Bowman
  • Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor
  • The Remedy by Suzanne Young

The Debut Author Challenge is hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. The challenge is to read 2016 debut authors (as stated pretty clearly in the name, lol). I’m hoping to read 15+ books for this challenge. Here are a few I know that I’ll definitely be reading:

  • The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
  • Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman
  • The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
  • Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers
  • The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Flights of Fantasy is a challenge hosted by Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books and Chelly @ Hello, Chelly. The goal is to read as many fantasy novels as you want! I’m going to aim for 20 books or more, which shouldn’t be too hard, considering it is my favorite genre. Here are some of the books I hope to read for it:

  • Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
  • Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie
  • Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
  • A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

The Re-Read Challenge is hosted by Belle @ Belle of the Literati, and the goal is to reread as many books as you want. I LOVE to reread books, so I’m going to say that I want to reread 8 books or more. Here are a few that I hope to reread in 2016:

  • The Winner’s Curse and The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
  • Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  • Crash Into You by Katie McGarry
  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

The Retelling Challenge is hosted by Mel @ The Daily Prophecy. The challenge is to read retellings, whether they be from actual fairytales, myths, legends, etc. There’s a bunch of different tiers, but I’m aiming for Goose Girl, or 5-9 books. Here are a few I hope to read for this challenge:

  • Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
  • A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston
  • Cress and Winter by Marissa Meyer
  • Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan

The last challenge I’m taking apart in is A Series a Month hosted by Danielle @ Love at First Page. The goal is pretty straightforward–you read a series a month, and the series has to be at least 2 full length books long. I’m pretty behind on a few series, so I’m eager to start this challenge! Here are a few series I hope to read/finish reading:

  • Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
  • Taken Trilogy by Erin Bowman
  • All That Glows  series by Ryan Graudin
  • The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

I’m also doing the Goodreads challenge. This year, I hit my goal of 50 books and went over it by 8 books (and there’s still 3 days of 2015 left!). For 2016, I’m going to set my goal tentatively at 75. Unofficially, I’m going to try for 100, but 75 is what I’m really going to try for!

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2016 will be the first full calendar year for Fiery Reads, so I want to try and focus on making my blog the best it can be. I don’t want to set goals that I know I can’t meet, but they’re going to be goals that I’m going to try my damned hardest to achieve!

  • Create a new feature that involves me putting up a new discussion post every Sunday. I loved writing my previous two discussion pieces, and I want to try and make a new one every week with relevant, thought-provoking ideas.
  • Go to BEA, meet some friends, and generally have a kickass time! That’s right–my grandma’s christmas present to me this year was a trip to BEA 2016, and I’m so excited I could explode. I cannot wait to go to BEA; it’s been a dream of mine for years, and now it’s finally going to come true.
  • Try and post 2 times a week on the blog. I figure I should start small, and 2 posts isn’t too hard; I usually do that most weeks just with top ten tuesday and waiting on wednesday posts anyways. Hopefully I can stay on top of this!
  • Post a picture to instagram every day. I’m taking apart in a 100 day productivity challenge, and I’m going to try and take up bookstagram seriously during this time. I already have an account, but in 2016 I want to really step up my game.
  • Receive my first print ARC. This, to me, will be one of those really big milestones. When I hit 100 followers (THANK YOU AGAIN!!!), I was over the moon, and I think I’ll feel the same way when I get approved for my first print ARC. Fingers crossed that I can take my blog to this next level in 2016!

All of the reading challenges and my progress for them will be on a new page titled “Challenges” as soon as I can get it up. I’m going to try really hard to beat most of these challenges in 2016; it will be the year of reading, I can feel it!

Have you signed up for any reading challenges, or are you going to? See any books above that you want to buddy read with me? Let me know in the comments!

End of the Year Survey 2015!

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So, 2015 is finally coming to an end. 2015 was an okay year; there was some good, and there was some bad in it, but ultimately, it turned out okay. More importantly, 2015 is the year I started Fiery Reads! Making this blog has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and I couldn’t be more excited to see where this journey takes me in 2016.

Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner is hosting this fun annual end of the year survey, and I thought it would be a great way to see an overview of my year in reading! (All of the graphics used in this post are hers). Continue reading

Top 10 Most Anticipated 2016 Releases!

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I’m taking apart in the Top 10 of 2015 event, hosted by Two Chicks on Books! For five days, I’ll be sharing lists of my Top 10 favorite bookish things. Today’s the last day of this event, and my final list is all about my Top 10 Most Anticipate Reads of 2016!

This list is separated into two different parts: debuts, and sequels/other novels. The pictures of the book link to their goodreads page.

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The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig


I’m so excited for this book!! Everyone has been raving about how wonderful it is, and I have to say, the blurb sounds amazing! Time travel is my weakness, and I’m very much looking forward to following Nix across time and the earth as she goes on her adventure!

Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman


I’ve only heard good things about this book as well, and the whole concept makes me so intrigued! I’ve always been curious about Blackbeard, and now I get a chance to read about his backstory with an almost definitely tragic romance? Yes please! February can’t come fast enough!

Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers


Forbidden romance and vengeance are two of my favorite things to read about, and this book promises just that. Did I also mention that there are families of ASSASSINS???? Hell yes!

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye


Oooh, magic! This book really snuck up on me a few weeks ago, and now I can’t stop thinking about it! Magic, Russia, romance! This book has it all, and I can’t wait for it to be released!!

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The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski


After the ending in The Winner’s Crime, it’s a real struggle to wait soooo long for the last book. I desperately want to know what will happen to Kestrel an Arin, since last we saw of them, they weren’t in the best situations….

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater


This is by far my most anticipated book of 2016. There’s just so many questions left, and I’m deathly afraid of what the answers will be. Will Pynch finally become a thing? Will Noah be okay? Will they find Glendower? Who in the hell did Neeve wake up? WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO GANSEY???

Throne of Glass #5 by Sarah J. Maas


Throne of Glass remains tied with The Raven Boys for my favorite series of all time, and I cannot wait to see what Sarah has in store for us for book 5! I just know this installment will be truly epic–the lost queen has finally returned home, and I’m ready to see what happens will all of my favorite characters after the epic battle in QoS.

The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh


*wails* My precious Khalid and Shazi…after the ending of book 1, I’m surprised I haven’t dropped dead in anticipation of book 2! I just need to know what will happen to my favorite couple–and I’m really excited to see what’s in store for Shazi.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas


Oh man…ACOTAR was just so so so good, and I’m dying to read more about Tamlin and Feyre! I think I can speak for everyone when I say I’m super curious as to what Rhys saw at the end of book 1, and all of these theories in my head are going to drive me crazy! I’m anxiously counting down the days until I can read about my favorite lethal cupcake 😉

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir


An Ember in the Ashes was one of the best books I read this year, and I desperately want to reread it so I can experience its greatness all over again. I’m very, very excited about the journey Elias and Laia will take us on as they begin to work together. Also, I think I’m beginning to like Helene more than I thought I did, so I’m excited to see what’s in store for her too!

These are my most anticipated reads of 2016, and man, was it hard to narrow it down to just 10! Thank you so much for checking out my top 10 of 2015 posts! I had so much fun sharing my top 10 lists with all of you 🙂 But the fun isn’t over yet! Don’t forget to enter my giveaway below!

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I’m hosting a giveaway on my own for an order (or a preorder!) of any book on any of my top 10 lists of 2015. At the end of 5 days, you’ll have 50 books to choose from! And this is open INTERNATIONALLY! (so long as the Book Depository ships to your country)

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Who are your favorite book boyfriends from 2015? Are we going to have to fight over one of my picks above? Let me know in the comments below!

Best Book Boyfriends of 2015

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I’m taking apart in the Top 10 of 2015 event, hosted by Two Chicks on Books! For five days, I’ll be sharing lists of my Top 10 favorite bookish things. Today’s list is all about my Top 10 Book Boyfriends of 2015! All of these books were published in 2015.

This list is in order of when I read these books (beginning of the year first, newest read book last), because I couldn’t possibly rank them in order of favorites! The pictures link to the books on goodreads, and if I’ve posted a review, it’s linked to the title.

Kell from A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab


Kell is a guy with stunning wit, and he’s pretty easy on the eyes too. I really loved him, mostly because of what he was willing to do for his family, and because of some of his whitty quips he exchanged with Lila. I’ll admit, I really like funny guys, so Kell earns a spot on this list, and rightfully so.

Arin from The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski


Arin is just such a gentle person, I love him so much. He’s been through so much and I just want to wrap my arms around him and never let go. And some of the things he’s said to Kestrel…yeah, okay, I’m going to need my own Arin, okay? He deserves to be happy (with me, preferably).

Elias from An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir


I’m a sucker for the rebel soldiers who don’t agree with what the people they’re working for want them to do. Elias is my precious summer child; he’s loyal and brave and intelligent and caring–basically, he’d be the best boyfriend ever, hence why he’s going on this list!

Tamlin from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas


*screams* I don’t know how I can accurately convey my love for Tamlin in just a few simple words. He’s so incredibly dreamy. I’m going to quote Lillie here and describe him as a “lethal cupcake.” My favorite characters are the ones that are hard on the outside and soft on the inside, and Tamlin definitely fits the bill. Plus, have you read the hallway scene between him and Feyre? Holy sh*t.

Khalid from The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh


Precious, precious baby Khalid. Like Arin, I just want to wrap him up in a big hug. He’s so protective and loyal to those he loves, and that makes him 110% more attractive in my mind. That scene when someone is trying to kidnap Shazi and he comes running–oh god, hold me now. There’s also a few ~steamy~ scenes between him and Shazi that make me think he knows exactly how to make a girl happy *winks*

Kaz from Six of Crows by Leigh Barudgo


KAZ IS THE LOVE OF MY LIFE, PEOPLE. Like I said, tortured characters are my favorite, and Kaz Brekker is so tortured and morally grey it’s ridiculous. I can picture him perfectly; impeccable fashion, tousled hair, and eyes that stare straight into your soul. I’d go to hell and back for Kaz Brekker, and I wouldn’t mind it one bit.

Matthias from Six of Crows by Leigh Barudgo


My big teddy bear ❤ Matthias really reminds me of a younger Chris Hemsworth (think Thor), and seeing as Chris Hemsworth is possibly the hottest male out there, it's safe to say that Matthias is handsome as hell. He may have walls of steel around his heart, but once you climb over them he really is just a big softie. Leigh Bardugo really knows how to write male characters, seeing as I have fallen in love with all of them.

Chaol from Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas


My precious captain of the guard, how I love you so ❤ The fandom is pretty divided over Chaol, but I can safely say that he is my favorite love interest from the ToG series and I will defend him until the day I die. He's loyal, he's intelligent, he's brave, and when he falls, he falls hard. I couldn't love him more, and I NEED to know what happens to him in ToG5!!

Aedion from Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas


Aedion really snuck up on me in this series. I wasn’t wild about his character in HoF, but when he was really laid out bare in QoS….man, I love this man! Coincidentally, I also happen to picture him as a young Chris Hemsworth, so I’m sure you can guess a majority of the reason why I like him, lol. Also, loyal and devoted doesn’t even begin to cover this man! I’d have him on my team anyyy day!

Tarver from Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner


I’m finishing my list off with one of my favorite characters, and I’M CHEATING AND I DON’T CARE. Technically, Tarver isn’t the main male in this book, but he’s in it! Tarver Merendensen is in my top 5 book boyfriends of ALL TIME, and I cannot explain my love for him. I love the way he’s protective and loyal and a romantic, plus he reads and writes poetry! POETRY, PEOPLE! *sighs* It’s such a shame he’s already spoken for, because he’s such an incredible character.

Those are my book boyfriends from 2015! Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for day 5, the last day, of Top 10 of 2015!

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I’m hosting a giveaway on my own for an order (or a preorder!) of any book on any of my top 10 lists of 2015. At the end of 5 days, you’ll have 50 books to choose from! And this is open INTERNATIONALLY! (so long as the Book Depository ships to your country)

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Who are your favorite book boyfriends from 2015? Are we going to have to fight over one of my picks above? Let me know in the comments below!

Best OTPs of 2015

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I’m taking apart in the Top 10 of 2015 event, hosted by Two Chicks on Books! For five days, I’ll be sharing lists of my Top 10 favorite bookish things. Today’s list is all about my Top 10 OTPs of 2015! All of these books were published in 2015.

This list is in order of when I read these books (beginning of the year first, newest read book last), because I couldn’t possibly rank them in order of favorites! The pictures link to the books on goodreads, and if I’ve posted a review, it’s linked to the title.

Violet and Finch from All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven


I know I say that a lot of OTPs are painful, but I think I can decisively say that this is the most painful OTP ever. Violet and Finch are just so perfect together, and the way he calls her Ultraviolet is just so cute. I know that their relationship was rough at times, but I couldn’t help but fall in love with both of them.

Lila and Kell from A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab


There wasn’t much romance in the first book, and it’s a damn shame because I loved these two. Their banter was hilarious, and their chemistry radiated off the page. I’m keeping my fingers crossed in hopes that they’ll become a couple in A Gathering of Shadows!

Kestrel and Arin from The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski


THESE TWO. God, I love them both so much. They’re both so in love with each other, but the whole world is trying to tear them apart. Book 2 was especially painful–and DON’T EVEN START WITH THAT ENDING. I just need everything to be okay in the 3rd book, it’s just not an option for them not to be together.

Elias and Laia from An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir


There wasn’t that much romance between the two of them in book 1, but there was enough to get me hooked on them. I love them both as characters, and I think they’re well suited for each other. Here’s to hoping for more romantic developments in book 2!

Erec and Rachelle from Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge


Okay, okay, before you start to judge me, let me just say that I acknowledge that this is a terrible relationship that is in no way healthy, but I just can’t stop myself from shipping them. It’s like the Darkling and Alina; I know it’s bad, but I love them. Erec’s character is so incredible, and I found him a million times more interesting than Armand. His charisma was so infectious, I can’t help myself. I’m in too deep, guys.

Tamlin and Feyre from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas


Okay, so I know the fandom is pretty split between Tamlin and Rhysand, and I have to be honest: I love both of them. However, I don’t necessarily know if I like Rhysand with Feyre, per se, but I did love the relationship between her and Tamlin. He’s just sooooo dreamy, you know? (I bet Lillie gets me).

Shazi and Khalid from The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh


These two are one of my favorite couples of all time. Their growth during the novel was incredible, and some of those steamy scenes…wow. Their romance is so epic, I can’t stand it (and let’s not talk about the ending, because it broke my heart).

Kaz and Inej from Six of Crows by Leigh Barudgo


So many of my new ships this year are from SoC, mainly because this novel is filled with some incredibly amazing characters who have some great chemistry. It’s no secret that I’m in love with Kaz Brekker, and I also happen to love how he feels around the incredible character Inej. The two of them–they may have some shit to work through, but damn am I rooting for them!

Nina and Matthias from Six of Crows by Leigh Barudgo


*screeches* I LOVE NINA AND MATTHIAS! These two are my favorite couple from SoC. I’m a sucker for forbidden romance, and the way they love each other despite everything gets to me. The two of them together are unstoppable, and I love them to death.

Wylan and Jesper from Six of Crows by Leigh Barudgo


Kaz and Inej are doomed, Nina and Matthias are furiously in love with each other, but Wylan and Jesper are just so cute. I loved their playful banter throughout the entire novel, and then that kiss!!!!!! *squeals* I love love love them; they’re the ship I never knew I needed. They bring some much needed lightheartedness to Six of Crows and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for them.

Sofia and Gideon from Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner


These authors never fail to create an amazing couple. Sofia and Gideon are so unlike the other two couples, but they’re amazing in their own right. Gideon’s so funny and Sofia is such a firecracker, and they’re so good together. Watching them fall in love was so much fun to read. I’m so sad I only had one book with them because I really do love them.

Honorary Mention!

Natalie and Beau from The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry


I LOVE BEAU AND NATALIE. Okay, so this one doesn’t technically count because it wasn’t released in 2015, but I thought their love was just too epic for me to leave them off this list. Beau is one of the sweetest, most charismatic characters I have ever read about; I can safely say he’s earned a spot on my list of book boyfriends (sorry, Natalie).  I can picture him perfectly in my mind, and whoo, is this boy gorgeous. The two of them are so good together, and I can’t wait for everyone to read about them in 2016!

Those are my favorite couples from 2015! If you’re interested, you can see all of my favorite otps on my goodreads shelf here. Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for day 4 of Top 10 of 2015!

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I’m hosting a giveaway on my own for an order (or a preorder!) of any book on any of my top 10 lists of 2015. At the end of 5 days, you’ll have 50 books to choose from! And this is open INTERNATIONALLY! (so long as the Book Depository ships to your country)

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Who are your favorite couples from 2015? Do we share any OTPs? Let me know in the comments below!

Best Book Covers of 2015

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I’m taking apart in the Top 10 of 2015 event, hosted by Two Chicks on Books! For five days, I’ll be sharing lists of my Top 10 favorite bookish things. Today is day 2 of the event, and the theme is Top 10 Book Covers of 2015! All of these are books that have been released this year and are books that I’ve read.

This list is in order of when I read these books (beginning of the year first, newest read book last). The pictures link to the books on goodreads, and if I’ve posted a review, it’s linked to the title.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

THEIR FRACTURED LIGHT BY AMIE KAUFMAN AND MEAGAN SPOONER

Those are my favorite book covers from 2015! If you’re interested, you can see all of my favorite book covers (from any year) on my goodreads shelf here. Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for day 3 of Top 10 of 2015!

giveaway

I’m hosting a giveaway on my own for an order (or a preorder!) of any book on any of my top 10 lists of 2015. At the end of 5 days, you’ll have 50 books to choose from! And this is open INTERNATIONALLY! (so long as the Book Depository ships to your country)

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What are your favorite book covers of 2015? Do you agree with any of my choices? Let me know in the comments below!

Best Books of 2015

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My first calendar year of blogging is finally coming to an end! Fiery Reads has only been around since October, but I’ve read some great books all throughout the year. I’m all about sharing my favorite books, so I’m taking part in the Top 10 of 2015 event, hosted by Two Chicks on Books! For five days, I’ll be sharing lists of my Top 10 favorite bookish things. Today’s list is all about my Top 10 Books of 2015! It was just waaaaay too hard to do only 10, so I’ve managed to trim down my list to 11. Even this was a huge challenge!

This list is in order of when I read these books (beginning of the year first, newest read book last), because I couldn’t possibly rank them in order of favorites! The pictures link to the books on goodreads, and if I’ve posted a review, it’s linked to the title.

THIS SHATTERED WORLD BY AMIE KAUFMAN AND MEAGAN SPOONER


This was actually the first book I read in 2015, and man, was it good. I loved reading about Flynn and Jubilee’s story; this was a beautiful second installment to a series that owns my heart entirely. I just recently posted my review, so click on the title and check it out!

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven


It’s no surprise this book won for best YA fiction–it’s an incredibly amazing book. It was beautifully written, and the romance between the two characters was one of the best I’ve ever read. The one downside? This book broke my heart and I’m not sure it’ll ever be the same. Just…lets not talk about the ending, alright? *sobs*

The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski


There’s been a lot of drama surrounding the last book in this series and the recent cover change, but when it comes down to it, this series is one of the best out there, and the second book was absolutely amazing. If I thought the first one was good, then this one was amazing. How many more times can Kestrel and Arin break my heart? The answer: too many.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir


This is an example of a book that lives up to its hype. AEitA was amazing and the wait for A Torch Against the Night might actually kill me. I loved this book to death, and I even got to meet the author when she was on tour!

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas


There will never be a book by Queen Sarah J. Maas that I won’t love. Throne of Glass is my favorite series of all time, and when I picked up ACOTAR, I was afraid it wouldn’t be as good. Now I can safely say that it was awesome and I should never doubt her skills again. Also, this woman knows how to write some great NA! Wowza.

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh


The full weight of this book’s amazingness didn’t hit me until I reread it about a day after I first read it. The romance between the characters is such a great slowburn kind of romance, and damn was it good. Does anyone know where I can buy a shirt that says “I LOVE KHALID”? Because that’s what I need after reading this story.

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge


Do you know those stories that you give 4-4.5 stars to, but they still manage to wriggle into your heart and claim a spot on your favorites shelf? That’s what Crimson Bound did to me. I didn’t care for the romance between Rachelle and Armand, but the story was amazing. Also, Erec *sighs*. Why do I always love the characters that are so bad for me?

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas


Are you surprised, honestly? QoS was a brilliant edition to this series, and my spirit animal Aelin is on a roll. I’m bowing down to both Queens right now–the fictional one, and the author who wrote this glorious book!

Six of Crows by Leigh Barudgo


The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo is one of my favorites–mainly because of the Darkling, my precious summer child–and SoC is no different. The best part of this story was all of the characters and the unique parts that made them them. I have SO MANY new ships because of this book!

The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry


This was the first ARC I received for review purposes, and wow, I’ve never read a book more beautiful than this one. Emily Henry’s debut is the story that I hold closest to my heart–and it’s the first book that’s ever really resonated with me. A lot of people claim some books change their lives, but I hadn’t felt that feeling, until I read this book. It’s so incredibly amazing; look out for my review for it for the Sunday Street Team in January!

THEIR FRACTURED LIGHT BY AMIE KAUFMAN AND MEAGAN SPOONER


I think it’s only fitting that I started and ended my year with this series. Their Fractured Light was a perfect edition to the Starbound Trilogy and I couldn’t be more in love with these books. They hold such a special place in my heart and they mean so much to me, I actually cried when I finished the last book. I’m sad the series is over, but I’m more than excited to see what else Amie and Meagan have in store for us!

Those are my favorite books from 2015! If you’re interested, you can see all of my favorite books on my goodreads shelf here. Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for day 2 of Top 10 of 2015!

giveaway

I’m hosting a giveaway on my own for an order (or a preorder!) of any book on any of my top 10 lists of 2015. At the end of 5 days, you’ll have 50 books to choose from! And this is open INTERNATIONALLY! (so long as the Book Depository ships to your country)

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What are your favorite books of 2015? Do you agree with any of my picks? Let me know in the comments below!

Review and Discussion: Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

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Their Fractured Light
Author: Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Series: The Starbound Trilogy #3
Genre: YA, Sci-fi, Romance
Pub Date: December 1st, 2015
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Source: Purchased

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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.

 

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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 omniscient | 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

 

The end is here. Their Fractured Light  is the last installment in the Starbound Trilogy, and I have been anticipating this book ever since I finished This Shattered World. I heard nothing but good things about this one–and I expected nothing but good things–and I’m happy to report that the finale was just as incredible as the first two books. Our two new narrators, Sofia and Gideon, were entirely their own characters, but they had some similar qualities from the other characters that I loved. The plot was thrilling, the romance was swoonworthy (as usual) and the characters were wonderful. I honestly don’t know if I can properly explain how amazing this book was, but I shall try! The first part of this post will be a review (spoiler free) and the second part will be a discussion (most definitely NOT spoiler free. Be sure to skip over the end part if you don’t want to be spoiled!)

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