TBR Tackle Thursday

TBR Tackle Thursday #11

Once again, join me for some TBR Tackling! If you’re like me and have wayyyy too many books on that pesky TBR list (whether written physically, a shelf on Goodreads, etc.) and want to get rid of some of them, follow my lead!

  1. Go to that list of yours wherever it’s at.
  2. Go to the OLDEST stuff listed.
  3. Pick a chunk (5,10,15, 25, however many you want to go through) of books.
  4. Read the synopsis, and decide if you’re going to keep it on that list or if it’s one of those books that sounded good at the time.
  5. Post your list and your verdicts!

Here’s my previous ones:

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10


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1. The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Synopsis:

Girls started vanishing in the fall, and now winter’s come to lay a white sheet over the horror. Door County, it seems, is swallowing the young, right into its very dirt. From beneath the house on Water Street, I’ve watched the danger swell.

The residents know me as the noises in the house at night, the creaking on the stairs. I’m the reflection behind them in the glass, the feeling of fear in the cellar. I’m tied—it seems—to this house, this street, this town.

I’m tied to Maggie and Pauline, though I don’t know why. I think it’s because death is coming for one of them, or both.

All I know is that the present and the past are piling up, and I am here to dig.I am looking for the things that are buried.

From bestselling author Jodi Lynn Anderson comes a friendship story bound in snow and starlight, a haunting mystery of love, betrayal, redemption, and the moments that we leave behind.

Thoughts:

I mean, it sounds decent, and totally a unique perspective. I just don’t know if it would actually live up to the expectations I’d have for this story line.

Verdict:

Removing.

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2. Tease by Amanda Maciel

Synopsis:

Provocative, unforgettable, and inspired by real-life incidents, Amanda Maciel’s highly acclaimed debut novel Tease is the story of a teenage girl who faces criminal charges for bullying after a classmate commits suicide. With its powerful narrative, unconventional point of view, and strong anti-bullying theme, this coming-of-age story offers smart, insightful, and nuanced views on high school society, toxic friendships, and family relationships.

Emma Putnam is dead, and it’s all Sara Wharton’s fault. At least, that’s what everyone seems to think. Sara, along with her best friend and three other classmates, has been criminally charged for the bullying and harassment that led to Emma’s shocking suicide. Now Sara is the one who’s ostracized, already guilty according to her peers, the community, and the media. In the summer before her senior year, in between meetings with lawyers and a court-recommended therapist, Sara is forced to reflect on the events that brought her to this moment—and ultimately consider her own role in an undeniable tragedy.

And she’ll have to find a way to move forward, even when it feels like her own life is over.

Thoughts:

I mean… eh. I get why I added it. But I don’t think I’d pick it up just ’cause. Plus, I’m not a big mystery person.

Verdict:

Removing.

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3. The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna

Synopsis:

Eva’s life is not her own. She is a creation, an abomination—an echo. Made by the Weavers as a copy of someone else, she is expected to replace a girl named Amarra, her “other”, if she ever died. Eva studies what Amarra does, what she eats, what it’s like to kiss her boyfriend, Ray. So when Amarra is killed in a car crash, Eva should be ready.

But fifteen years of studying never prepared her for this.

Now she must abandon everything she’s ever known—the guardians who raised her, the boy she’s forbidden to love—to move to India and convince the world that Amarra is still alive.

What Eva finds is a grief-stricken family; parents unsure how to handle this echo they thought they wanted; and Ray, who knew every detail, every contour of Amarra. And when Eva is unexpectedly dealt a fatal blow that will change her existence forever, she is forced to choose: Stay and live out her years as a copy or leave and risk it all for the freedom to be an original. To be Eva.

From debut novelist Sangu Mandanna comes the dazzling story of a girl who was always told what she had to be—until she found the strength to decide for herself.

Thoughts:

Why I didn’t pick this up right when I found it, I have no freaking clue.

Verdict:

Keeping.

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4. Sleep No More by Aprilynne Pike

Synopsis:

The blockbuster film Inception meets Lisa McMann’s Wake trilogy in this dark paranormal thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike. This supernatural young adult novel is perfect for fans of Kelley Armstrong, Alyson Noël, Richelle Mead, and Kimberly Derting.

Charlotte Westing has a gift. She is an Oracle and has the ability to tell the future. But it doesn’t do her much good. Instead of using their miraculous power, modern day Oracles are told to fight their visions––to refrain from interfering. And Charlotte knows the price of breaking the rules. She sees it every day in her wheelchair-bound mother and the absence of her father. But when a premonition of a classmate’s death is too strong for her to ignore, Charlotte is forced to make an impossible decision: continue following the rules or risk everything—even her sanity—to stop the serial killer who is stalking her town.

Thoughts:

Again, not a big mystery person or serial killer kind of person… It sounds interesting but I’m not entirely sure about some aspects.

Verdict:

Removing.

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5. The End Games by T. Michael Martin

Synopsis:

It happened on Halloween.

The world ended.

And a dangerous Game brought it back to life.

Seventeen-year-old Michael and his five-year-old brother, Patrick, have been battling monsters in The Game for weeks.

In the rural mountains of West Virginia, armed with only their rifle and their love for each other, the brothers follow Instructions from the mysterious Game Master. They spend their days searching for survivors, their nights fighting endless hordes of “Bellows”—creatures that roam the dark, roaring for flesh. And at this Game, Michael and Patrick are very good.

But The Game is changing.

The Bellows are evolving.

The Game Master is leading Michael and Patrick to other survivors—survivors who don’t play by the rules.

And the brothers will never be the same.

T. Michael Martin’s debut novel is a transcendent thriller filled with electrifying action, searing emotional insight, and unexpected romance.

Thoughts:

Now this sounds right up my alley! It’s like Jumangi meet Supernatural and I’m so excited!!

Verdict:

Keeping.

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6. Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Synopsis:

Embrace the Forbidden

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

Thoughts:

The premise is super interesting. Fully expecting it to be cheesy, but that’s okay.

Verdict:

Keeping.

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7. Radiant Darkness by Emily Whitman

Synopsis:

He smiles. “Hello.”

It’s a deep voice. I can feel it reverberate in my chest and echo all the way down to my toes.

I know I should leave, but I don’t want to. I want to keep my senses like this forever. I’m all eye, all ear, all skin.

Persephone lives in the most gorgeous place in the world. But her mother’s a goddess, as overprotective as she is powerful. Paradise has become a trap. Just when Persephone feels there’s no chance of escaping the life that’s been planned for her, a mysterious stranger arrives. A stranger who promises something more—something dangerous and exciting—something that spurs Persephone to make a daring choice. A choice that could destroy all she’s come to love, even the earth itself.

In a land where a singing river can make you forget your very name, Persephone is forced to discover who—and what—she really is.

Thoughts:

Goddesses and Persephone? Yes, please!

Verdict:

Keeping.

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8. The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

Synopsis:

Every girl who had taken the test has died.

Now it’s Kate’s turn.

It’s always been just Kate and her mom—and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate’s going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won’t live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld—and if she accepts his bargain, he’ll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he’s crazy—until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she’ll become Henry’s future bride and a goddess.

If she fails…

Thoughts:

Definitely has an interesting premise, but I don’t know if I could handle this one.

Verdict:

Removing.

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9. No Time To Die & The Deep End of Fear by Elizabeth Chandler

Synopsis:

Secrets taken to the grave don’t always stay buried.

In No Time to Die, Jenny is devastated by the recent death of her sister, Liza. Looking for a sense of closure, she secretly signs up for the drama camp where Liza died. Jenny knows that someone here holds the key to what really happened to Liza that night, but if she doesn’t find out the truth soon, she may become the next victim.

In The Deep End of Fear, Kate has tried to bury the horrible memories associated with the Westbrook estate. After her best friend Ashley drowned on the estate, Kate vowed never to return. But now, twelve years later, she is drawn back towards the house and that fatal icy pond. There, Kate still feels Ashley’s presence and the past seems to be pulling her back towards Ashley’s life-threatening dares.

Thoughts:

I did like the first book for this series, so I’m sure that I’ll enjoy this one.

Verdict:

Keeping.

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10. Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon

Synopsis:

On the morning of her sixteenth birthday, Renée Winters was still an ordinary girl. She spent her summers at the beach, had the perfect best friend, and had just started dating the cutest guy at school. No one she’d ever known had died. But all that changes when she finds her parents dead in the Redwood Forest, in what appears to be a strange double murder.

After the funeral Renée’s wealthy grandfather sends her to Gottfried Academy, a remote and mysterious boarding school in Maine, where she finds herself studying subjects like Philosophy, Latin, and the “Crude Sciences.”

It’s there that she meets Dante Berlin, a handsome and elusive boy to whom she feels inexplicably drawn. As they grow closer, unexplainable things begin to happen, but Renée can’t stop herself from falling in love. It’s only when she discovers a dark tragedy in Gottfried’s past that she begins to wonder if the Academy is everything it seems.

Little does she know, Dante is the one hiding a dangerous secret, one that has him fearing for her life.

Dead Beautiful is both a compelling romance and thought-provoking read, bringing shocking new meaning to life, death, love, and the nature of the soul.

Thoughts:

Meh. I wish I could say more than that, but I really can’t. It doesn’t sound interesting to me.

Verdict:

Removing.


*** Total Kept/ Removed: 5/5 ***

Overall, I’d say this week was successful! 😀

-Laurenxx

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WWW Wednesday!

Alright, another bandwagon to jump on for me! (hooray!!)  This one is hosted by Sam over at: Taking On a World of Words

Basically, you answer the three W’s each week, which are:

-What are you currently reading?

-What have you recently finished reading?

-What do you think you’ll read next?


So, without further ado, here’s mine:

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These are my current reads.

Zodiac by Romina Russel

I set it down about a week ago, I’m about 44% of the way through, but I was struggling to actually get attached to any of the characters. I’ve heard so many good things though, I don’t want to give up and I picked it back up this morning so I could finish it soon. *fingers crossed*

-The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E Pearson

I’m fresh of a re-read of The Kiss of Deception , I hadn’t read it since it was released, so now that I’m finally reading this one, I’m stoked. I adore Lia, I think she’s very intuitive and rational. She’s got a great mind and a huge heart, and I’m loving the story so far. I’m about 20% of the way through this one, and can’t wait to finish it!

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What I’ve finished recently!

Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare

I don’t know if any of you guys have read this one, but man. The story line for this one was so interesting, and I still can’t get over how brilliant the world building was. I definitely loved the main character and cannot WAIT for the sequel.

-The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 2: Fandemonium by Kieron Gillen

If you guys are interested in graphic novels, these are worth checking out. They’re definitely geared more towards NA/ Adult readers, but here’s the synopsis:

Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. The team behind critical tongue-attractors like Young Avengers and PHONOGRAM reunite to create a world where gods are the ultimate pop stars and pop stars are the ultimate gods. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever.

The story line is amazing though, and the artwork is beautiful! I’ve been picking them up from the library and I’m planning on grabbing the next one when I return this.

-The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson

Need I say more? If you haven’t read this book yet, do yourself a favor. I love the fantasy elements and the world building and, as I said before, I adore the main character. Plus, Pearson is good at keeping secrets when it comes to certain parts of the story line and it’s just absolutely wonderful.

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What I’m hoping to read soon.

Not going to go into each one on this, I’ve got some library books (I tend to mostly borrow manga and graphic novels from there) and then some others I’ve had either for a while or just want to get to soon! See any of your favorites? Let me know down below!

-Laurenxx

Fantasy, Informative, Sci-Fi, Top Ten Tuesday, Young Adult

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Reads of 2018 (so far)

Well, everyone. In the interest of making sure I’m staying active on here, I’m jumping on the awesome bandwagon that is Top Ten Tuesday!

For those who don’t know or haven’t checked out where this all started, head on over to where TTT was created at The Broke and the Bookish and then head on over to its new home at That Artsy Reader Girl !!


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Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

I don’t know how it took me so long to finally read this book, but I am so thankful that I did. Such amazing characters and a wonderful fantasy world. Then you get the footnotes from Kristoff and, well, absolute perfection.

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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Kinda cheating with this one, because it’s a re-read, but I’m okay with that! I love love love these books when I’m in the mood for a lighter read, and they never fail to deliver.

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

Again, another re-read, but I love the introduction to this series so much. I love Celaena and the introduction to this world because it just builds from there.

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The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson

Shh… totally not another re-read. I read this YEARS ago though so this was like reading it for the first time.

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Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Williams

Goodness, did I adore this one. Part road-trip. Crazy adventures through Ireland and so so so many amazing characters. Definitely liked this one a lot more than I thought I was going to!

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Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amy Kaufman

Oh my goodness. This book was just amazing. It was the perfect way to wrap everything up for this trilogy. I absolutely LOVED it.

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Legendary by Stephanie Garber

Man… I LOVED Caraval. Like, absolutely loved it. But I loved this one even more and I loved that this one was from Tella’s POV!

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Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amy Kaufman

I know, I know… another re-read. This one is my favorite of the trilogy though, I absolutely LOVED this one. And the color! Aghhh

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Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Again, yes, a re-read… I’m horrible about that. But this is my favorite of the girls and I love Isla and Josh so much!

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Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare

Such. A. Good. Book. For whatever reason it doesn’t seem to have the reviews or the following it should, it was so interesting! The world building was AMAZING. And I actually loved the MC.


 

Currently Reading:

Heart of Betrayal (page 50)

-Laurenxx

Book Reviews, Fantasy, Young Adult

A Court of Meh.

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A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

3/5 for this one.

Read: 5.11.18- 5.13.18

I can’t be the only one, can I? I mean… I liked that it was kinda nice in the sense that we got to see what happened in the aftermath of the events in ACoWaR and it was a good bridge between that and the next books.

What was up with all the character development that happened in the last book?! I’m so angry because some of the characters had made great strides in getting to a place that was better for them, and now they regressed so much.

MONEY! Feyre is constantly complaining about the money and not wanting to spend any of Rhy’s money because it belongs to the court… and then they make these huge purchases and it is just so beyond inconsistent.

Feyre starts making decisions that go against everything she’d been talking about and it irritates me to no end.

The sex scenes… what. I don’t mind a nicely done sex scene in my fantasy books (hello, Jay Kristoff) but the sex scenes in this book were beyond cringe-worthy. My friend and I were literally texting quotes from those scenes back and forth because we couldn’t stop laughing/ cringing.

I will say, I was happy to see all the characters again and see where the rest of the series was headed, so I’m super excited about that.


Currently Reading:

Heart of Betrayal (page 30)

-Lauren xx

Adult Fiction, dystopian, Fantasy, Informative, Sci-Fi, TBR Tackle Thursday, Young Adult

TBR Tackle Thursday (#10)

Well, it’s certainly odd to think this is already the 10th time I’ve sat down to do this, but I’ve gotten rid of so many books that just don’t hold my interest anymore. So, all in all, it’s been quite the success so far! Let’s see how it fairs from here out. :p

For those who haven’t seen the previous parts and would like to, here they are:
Part 1 , Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9

For those of you keeping up with me, thank you! (: A big thank you to all my readers. You guys rock!


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1. The Marked Ones by S.K. Munt

Synopsis:

Mermaids have three rules to abide by: To breed, to protect the environment, and to keep their existence a secret, at any cost. Princess Ivyanne has been saving herself for an arranged marriage that’s never eventuated since she came of age, to best cultivate her unique bloodline. And when the time comes for her to choose a new mate, the mer and human worlds collide as the race for her hand begins.

Thoughts:

Honestly, I’m a sucker for any mermaid book. I always want to at least try them out to see if it’s something I’d enjoy.

Verdict:

Keeping it! I’m excited all over again for a mermaid book!

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2. The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she’s beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.

Thoughts:

Definitely another fluffy romance, and I’m totally good with that. I’ve enjoyed the Kasie West books that I’ve read so far. And it sounds like a nice palate cleanser when I need it.

Verdict:

Keeping it!

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3. Once: Before Midnight/Golden/Wild Orchid by Cameron Dokey

Synopsis:

In this value-priced bind-up of three beloved retellings, readers will journey to faraway fairy tale lands. Before Midnight revisits Cinderella’s story in France, Golden puts a new spin on Rapunzel’s romance, and Wild Orchid reimagines the Chinese tale of Mulan. With so much real-life drama in today’s busy world, Once allows readers to escape into whimsical realms where every story has a happily ever after.

Thoughts:

I love retellings, I really do, but this just doesn’t make me want to read it. It just doesn’t capture my attention, the description tells you as little as possible.

Verdict:

Removing it. As gorgeous as that cover is and as much as I love retellings, this is one that I think I can survive without.

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4. Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Synopsis:

A hidden truth.
Mortal enemies.
Doomed love.

Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki, a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.

Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will’s dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away;if it dies she will be left as a human forever. She’ll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.

Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.

Thoughts:

I mean… it doesn’t sound bad, and dragon descendants who can shift into human form? Sounds fantastic! But… it also sounds quite cheesy.

Verdict:

Removing. I don’t think I’d actually choose to read it.

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5. Partials by Dan Wells

Synopsis:

Humanity is all but extinguished after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island. But sixteen-year-old Kira is determined to find a solution. As she tries desperately to save what is left of her race, she discovers that that the survival of both humans and Partials rests in her attempts to answer questions about the war’s origin that she never knew to ask.

Playing on our curiosity of and fascination with the complete collapse of civilization, Partials is, at its heart, a story of survival, one that explores the individual narratives and complex relationships of those left behind, both humans and Partials alike—and of the way in which the concept of what is right and wrong in this world is greatly dependent on one’s own point of view.

Supports the Common Core State Standards.

Thoughts:

I’ll be the first to admit, I’m a sucker for post-apocalyptic stories, and I always have been. This sounds like it has an interesting spin on it, not the usual zombie story or anything either, so it’s piqued my interest!

Verdict:

Keeping it! I would actually like to read this the next time I’m in the mood for a little end of the world action.

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6. Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong

Synopsis:

In the Forest of the Dead, where the empire’s worst criminals are exiled, twin sisters Moria and Ashyn are charged with a dangerous task. For they are the Keeper and the Seeker, and each year they must quiet the enraged souls of the damned.

Only this year, the souls will not be quieted.

Ambushed and separated by an ancient evil, the sisters’ journey to find each other sends them far from the only home they’ve ever known. Accompanied by a stubborn imperial guard and a dashing condemned thief, the girls cross a once-empty wasteland, now filled with reawakened monsters of legend, as they travel to warn the emperor. But a terrible secret awaits them at court—one that will alter the balance of their world forever.

Thoughts:

Oh my gosh. I don’t even remember reading this synopsis which tells me I saw the cover and loved it so I added it, but I DEFINITELY want to read this now.

Verdict:

Keeping it!

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7. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

Synopsis:

Rule #3: Don’t stare at invisible faeries.
Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty – especially if they learn of her Sight – and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.

Rule #2: Don’t speak to invisible faeries.
Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.

Rule #1: Don’t ever attract their attention.
But it’s too late. Keenan is the Summer King, who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost — regardless of her plans or desires.

Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything.

Faery intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr’s stunning twenty-first-century faery tale.

Thoughts:

I really don’t know… on the one hand, all the faery stuff sounds super interesting. On the other, I feel like it’s going to be a tad more juvenile than I would care for.

Verdict:

Removing. No need to waste any sleep over it, it’s not one I feel like I would LOVE.

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8. The Lying Game by Sara Shepard

Synopsis:

I had a life anyone would kill for.

Then someone did.

The worst part of being dead is that there’s nothing left to live for. No more kisses. No more secrets. No more gossip. It’s enough to kill a girl all over again. But I’m about to get something no one else does–an encore performance, thanks to Emma, the long-lost twin sister I never even got to meet.

Now Emma’s desperate to know what happened to me. And the only way to figure it out is to be me–to slip into my old life and piece it all together. But can she laugh at inside jokes with my best friends? Convince my boyfriend she’s the girl he fell in love with? Pretend to be a happy, care-free daughter when she hugs my parents goodnight? And can she keep up the charade, even after she realizes my murderer is watching her every move?

From Sara Shepard, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars books, comes a riveting new series about secrets, lies, and killer consequences.

Let the lying game begin.

Thoughts:

This sounds quite intriguing, actually. I love the whole life-swap thing, though this does have the darker twist with the one sister being dead.

Verdict:

Keeping it, ’cause why not? I think I would thoroughly enjoy this one.

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9. Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block

Synopsis:

This could be a book about cheap cheese and bean burritos, slinkster dogs, lanky lizards and rubber chickens …Or strawberry sundaes with marshmallow toppings, surfing, stage-diving and sleeping on the beach …It could even be a book about magic. But what it’s definitely about is Weetzie Bat, her best friend Dirk and their search across L.A. for the most dangerous angel of all …true love.

Thoughts:

Color me intrigued. I love stories like this, I’m a sucker for journey/ adventure books.

Verdict:

Keeping it!

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10. For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

Synopsis:

It’s been several generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.

Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family’s estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot’s estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth–an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go.

But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret–one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she’s faced with a choice: cling to what she’s been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she’s ever loved, even if she’s lost him forever.

Inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion, For Darkness Shows the Stars is a breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it.

Thoughts:

I mean, look at that cover! And a book that’s inspired by Jane Austen, I’m in!

Verdict:

Keeping it!


*****Total kept/removed: 7/3 *****

Not too shabby, still got rid of a few, and made up for those I may have added more recently. ;p


Currently Reading:

Kiss of Deception (page 80)

-Lauren xx

Adult Fiction, Book Reviews, Fantasy

Mister Kindly Fan Club

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Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

5/5 for this one, without a doubt.

“The books we love, they love us back. And just as we mark our places in the pages, those pages leave their marks on us. I can see it in you, sure as I see it in me. You’re a daughter of the words. A girl with a story to tell.”

I don’t have any idea why I put off reading this book for as long as I did. Holy. Crap. I’ve had this sitting on my shelf for more than a year now and for whatever reason, started reading and only got about 50 pages in the first time and just hadn’t been in the mood. But a special thank you to the lovely Allison for volunteering to do a buddy read with me because we’d both been wanting to read it.

The world building in this book was absolutely amazing and the CHARACTERS. Oh my goodness, I was absolutely dying. I love the idea of there being a super intense school to train assassins. It was like reading about Hogwarts but on a whole different level. My goodness though, the classes at the Red Church take things to a whole new level.

Mia had one of the most incredible journeys, even though just this first book. Watching her father die, and the events that passed after that. Finding out she’s a Darkin and having to learn everything that comes with that… and everything that happened once she finally made it to the Red Church. Ugh.

Tric. She met him on the way to Red Church and I immediately loved the kid. He’s sassy, resourceful, smart, and I absolutely loved him as a character.

I want to go into all of the classes that they have to endure, but I don’t want to give anything away. Because, wow.

MISTER KINDLY. This review is so disorganized, but I don’t even care. It sums up my thoughts on this book perfectly, because it was absolutely insane.

Last thing before I end this non-flowing and just all-around mess of a review- I LOVED the footnotes. Loved them. I think it’s honestly one of the biggest complaints I see about this book, but they were fantastic. Kristoff is hilarious and I feel like so much of the footnotes were really just his inner ramblings as he was writing about certain things, and I loved that. I felt like we got some more insight to the amazing author and the way his mind works, and I think it was done beautifully.

Kristoff, thank you for this masterpiece and the amazing queen that is Mia.


 

Currently Reading:

Zodiac (page 132)

-Lauren xx

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Up and at ’em

Alright, so I know that I haven’t been active on here, but it’s about to change now! I’m making a promise to myself to post on here AT LEAST 3 times a week. Hopefully that’ll be a higher number here soon once I get in the routine.

I don’t care if they’re short posts or long ones. Whether it’s ranting about something or talking about how excited I am for a new release, whatever it may be.

But you guys will be seeing a lot more from me from here out.

You guys can definitely expect another post here at some point today, so I look forward to seeing you guys more often! (:

-Laurenxx