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

TBR Tackle Thursday #17!

Hellooooooo, my lovely readers! I’m home from work fairly early today so, wouldn’t you know it, it’s actually coming to you on a Thursday, but it’s time to tackle that TBR!

For those of you who haven’t done this before but need to get rid of some books from your ever-growing TBR list, here’s what to do:

  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!

So, here’s my tackling for the week!



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1. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Synopsis:

Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

Verdict:

You know, I’m not entirely sure if I ever read this synopsis when I added it to my TBR, but it sounds super interesting! KEEPING!


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2. The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

Synopsis:

My name is Chloe Saunders and my life will never be the same again.

All I wanted was to make friends, meet boys, and keep on being ordinary. I don’t even know what that means anymore. It all started on the day that I saw my first ghost – and the ghost saw me.

Now there are ghosts everywhere and they won’t leave me alone. To top it all off, I somehow got myself locked up in Lyle House, a “special home” for troubled teens. Yet the home isn’t what it seems. Don’t tell anyone, but I think there might be more to my housemates than meets the eye. The question is, whose side are they on? It’s up to me to figure out the dangerous secrets behind Lyle House… before its skeletons come back to haunt me.

Verdict:

Meh. Seems like the same old story. REMOVING!


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3. The Dead by Charlie Higson

Synopsis:

The Dead is the second book in Charlie Higson’s jaw-dropping zombie horror series for teens.

Everyone over the age of fourteen has succumbed to a deadly zombie virus and now the kids must keep themselves alive. A terrible disease is striking everyone over the age of fourteen. Death walks the streets. Nowhere is safe.

Maxie, Blue and the rest of the Holloway crew aren’t the only kids trying to escape the ferocious adults who prey on them. Jack and Ed are best friends, but their battle to stay alive tests their friendship to the limit as they go on the run with a mismatched group of other kids – nerds, fighters, misfits. And one adult, Greg, a butcher, who claims he’s immune to the disease. They must work together if they want to make it in this terrifying new world.

But when fresh disaster threatens to overwhelm London, they realize they won’t all survive…

Verdict:

I read the first book a while back and ended up buying it, so I definitely want to continue the series because it’s fantastic and so well written! KEEPING!


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4. The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long

Synopsis:

A darkly compelling mix of romance, fairy tale, and suspense from a new voice in teen fiction

The trees swallowed her brother whole, and Jenny was there to see it. Now seventeen, she revisits the woods where Tom was taken, resolving to say good-bye at last. Instead, she’s lured into the trees, where she finds strange and dangerous creatures who seem to consider her the threat. Among them is Jack, mercurial and magnetic, with secrets of his own. Determined to find her brother, with or without Jack’s help, Jenny struggles to navigate a faerie world where stunning beauty masks some of the most treacherous evils, and she’s faced with a choice between salvation or sacrifice–and not just her own.

Verdict:

Meh. Once again, not really my cup of tea anymore. REMOVING.


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5. Under My Skin by Shawntelle Madison

Synopsis:

Everyone wants to either be a member of the Guild or work for them. Little does the populace know that the Guild hides sinister secrets…

For Tate Sullivan, life in her small, coastal town is far from glamorous. The affluent lives of the Guild members and their servants isn’t something she has ever wanted. But all sixteen year-olds must take a simple test, and Tate’s result thrusts her into the Guild’s world, one where they hide horrible plans for those they select. Tate must fight the relentless General Dagon for control of her mind, body, and soul to keep the one precious thing she has always taken for granted: herself.

Her only ally is the same handsome boy she is pitted against in General Dagon’s deadly game. Quinn desires nothing more than to end the life of General Dagon who has taken over Tate’s mind. While romance blooms between Tate and Quinn, General Dagon plots to eventually take over Tate’s body, and love might end before it even begins.

Verdict:

Once again, I’m feeling underwhelmed and don’t really think this is my cup of tea. REMOVED!


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6. White Witch, Black Curse by Kim Harrison

Synopsis:

Some wounds take time to heal…and some scars never fade.

Rachel Morgan, kick-ass witch and bounty hunter, has taken her fair share of hits, and has broken lines she swore she would never cross. But when her lover was murdered, it left a deeper wound than Rachel ever imagined, and now she won’t rest until his death is solved…and avenged. Whatever the cost.

Yet the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and when a new predator moves to the apex of the Inderland food chain, Rachel’s past comes back to haunt her.

Verdict:

Honestly don’t think I’ll read this one. I like the idea and it sounds interesting, but meh. REMOVING.


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7. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Synopsis:

THE MISTS RULE THE NIGHT… THE LORD RULER OWNS THE WORLD.

FOR A THOUSAND YEARS THE ASH FELL.
For a thousand years, the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years, the Lord Ruler reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Every attempted revolt has failed miserably.

YET SOMEHOW HOPE SURVIVES.
A new kind of uprising is being planned, one that depends on the cunning of a brilliant criminal mastermind and the courage of an unlikely heroine, a Skaa street urchin, who must learn to master Allomancy, the power of a mistborn.

What if the prophesied hero had failed to defeat the Dark Lord? The answer will be found in the Mistborn trilogy, a saga of surprises that begins here.

Verdict:

God, this sounds so good! I actually own this book anyways, so there we go. KEEPING.


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8. The Falling of Love by Marisa Oldham

Synopsis:

You will never forget your first date, your first kiss, or your first love. You will also never forget how it felt when it was torn apart.

Seventeen-year old Grace Hathaway does not give much thought to falling in love, until the day that Ian Taylor, rebel and misfit walks into her math class. From their first conversation, Grace is mesmerized by Ian’s charisma and rock star façade.

Ian Taylor, a seventeen-year old kid from the wrong side of the tracks tries to ignore the feelings he has for Grace, but is captured by her caring, non-judgmental personality from the moment they meet. Grace becomes Ian’s everything and there is nothing he will not do for her. Hurting her was never part of his plan.

“The Falling of Love” will take you on a sweet, emotional journey of two young adults falling in love for the first time, and then tear your heart apart when that love is threatened by dishonesty and betrayal.

Verdict:

I think I would enjoy this. I’m always up for a good contemporary! KEEPING!


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9. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Synopsis:

An ingenious code hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci.

A desperate race through the cathedrals and castles of Europe.

An astonishing truth concealed for centuries . . . unveiled at last.

While in Paris, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is awakened by a phone call in the dead of the night. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, his body covered in baffling symbols. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist Sophie Neveu sort through the bizarre riddles, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci—clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

Even more startling, the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion—a secret society whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Victor Hugo, and Da Vinci—and he guarded a breathtaking historical secret. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle—while avoiding the faceless adversary who shadows their every move—the explosive, ancient truth will be lost forever.

Verdict:

I have been dying to read this one! KEEPING.


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10. Watchmen by Alan Moore

Synopsis:

This Hugo Award-winning graphic novel chronicles the fall from grace of a group of super-heroes plagued by all-too-human failings. Along the way, the concept of the super-hero is dissected as the heroes are stalked by an unknown assassin.

One of the most influential graphic novels of all time and a perennial best-seller, Watchmen has been studied on college campuses across the nation and is considered a gateway title, leading readers to other graphic novels such as V for Vendetta, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and The Sandman series.

Verdict:

I actually own this one too, and I’ve been reading a lot more graphic novels. KEEPING!



*** TOTAL KEPT/ REMOVED: 6/4***

-Laurenxx

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WWW #3!

Herro, lovelies! It’s time for another WWW!

For those of you who don’t know what this meme is, it started over at Taking on a World of Words  and it really just answers a few simple questions.

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?



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What I’m currently reading!

I got the ARC for Shadow of the Fox a couple weeks back and started reading it a couple days ago… it’s so freaking good! I’m hoping to have it finished by today so I can post a review! I grabbed The Hating Game from the library last week because it came highly recommended to me by one of my best friends! And One Dark Throne has been on my TBR since I bought it when it was released last year. About time I read it!


What I’ve finished reading recently.

Some really great books in here! Review for Cinder & Ella here: Cinder & Ella Review and for Furyborn here: Furyborn Review ! A Spark of Light review will be posted on here on October 2nd when the book is released!


 

What I plan on reading next!

Gahhh I’ve got so many books to read and absolutely CANNOT wait to get to these ones!



-Laurenxx

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

Top Ten Tuesday (#8): Top Ten Books By My Favorite Authors That I’ve Yet to Read

It’s Tuesday again! You know what that means? Top Ten Tuesday time!!

If you guys don’t know what it is, it was started by The Broke and the Bookish and they’ve since handed the torch to That Artsy Reader Girl , where it’s currently in the best hands possible!

This week’s theme is totally something I can relate to. You have those auto-buy authors that you just adore and have to buy all their books… but sometimes you’re overwhelmed with everything you’ve got and just don’t get to them all in a timely manner. So, here’s 10 books by some of my favorite authors that I DEFINITELY need to read ASAP.



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1. Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

I flew through Nevernight and haven’t got around to this one, despite it sitting on my shelf for ages.


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2. Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

I adore her writing and anything Sci-fi, so I definitely want to read this book. Again, it’s been sitting on my shelf since its release.


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3. City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Schwab is a writing goddess and even though it was just released, I’m still sad that I haven’t read this one yet.


4+5. Vicious and Vengeful by V.E. Schwab

I know… I know. I haven’t read this because I’ve been dying for the sequel to come out and now that it’s officially released (happy book birthday to Vengeful!) I want to read them both!


6-8. The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan

I bought this trilogy ages ago and haven’t gotten around to reading it, which is so weird, because Egyptian mythology has been my FAVORITE since I was little.


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9. Artemis by Andy Weir

I loved The Martian, so when this was one of the choices for the BOTM, I had to get it. I’m just sad that I haven’t gotten to it yet.


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10. A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

Perhaps the worst of all, I haven’t read this yet and I don’t know why. I’ve been in a slump and just had the worst luck when trying to start certain books. Soon though, I want to read this by the end of the year.



Anyone have any of the same they haven’t read? What’s the worst one for you?

-Laurenxx

Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Informative, Top Ten Tuesday, Young Adult

Top Ten Tuesday (#7): Books on Your Fall TBR

Okay, so first, I’m going to go with the new releases that are coming up that I’m most excited for and that I want to read when they’re released. Then I’ll go with any I haven’t gotten around to that I plan on reading soon! 🙂



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1. Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

Taylor will forever be an auto-buy author for me. I fell in love with Daughter of Smoke and Bone and then just loved Strange the Dreamer so much that I will always want to buy and love her books. :p


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2. Warcross by Marie Lu

I’m so so so glad that I didn’t read Warcross right when it came out and that I caved and read it about a month ago. Because I’m DYING for this book to come out. (happy book birthday to Wildcard) I preordered it as soon as I finished reading the first book and I’m anxiously awaiting its arrival.


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3. Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

I adore this series so much. I absolutely cannot wait to find out how Emma and Jules’ story plays out and how everything is wrapped up.


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4. The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Look at that cover! I LOVE the way she writes and I enjoyed the Lux series (though I read it ages ago), I actually got an ARC for this a couple days ago from Netgalley, so I’m going to knock this out soon!


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5. The Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

Again, look at that cover. I love Kagawa’s writing style as well, and this sounds so freaking interesting. Anything involving Japanese lore and I’m sold. I got an ARC of this from Netgalley next week, so this is actually first on my list to read.


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6. Archenemies by Marissa Meyer

I loved loved loved the first book. Give me more superpowers and villains and I’m freaking stoked. I’m actually going to a signing for this in November and I couldn’t be more excited! The cover is beautiful, I’m ready to have my heart ripped out. Bring it on, Marissa Meyer!


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7. Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

I seriously have been waiting for this book since the 3rd book was released right after I FLEW through the first 2. This has been a long time coming for me.


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8. One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

I fell behind on these, I’m currently reading this one because I’m dying to get my hands on Two Dark Reigns now that it’s out. These books are fantastic and I can’t wait to see how everything plays out!


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9. Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake.

Which brings me to this one. Definitely gotta get to this one as soon as I’ve read the previous.


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10. City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Because I’m a sucker for anything this woman writes. I cannot wait to read this book!



Any of these make your list?? What are you guys excited to read?

-Laurenxx

Fantasy, Informative, Sci-Fi, TBR Tackle Thursday, Uncategorized, Young Adult

TBR Tackle Thursday! Part 16

Hey hey, howdy hey! I’ve got an abundance of energy right now and figured it was the perfect opportunity to knock out this week’s TBR Tackle! I’m feeling good about making some progress through this!

For those of you who haven’t done this before but need to get rid of some books from your ever-growing TBR list, here’s what to do:

  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!


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1. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Synopsis:

Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.

The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature.

A high-action story written with a poet’s hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.

Verdict:

I mean, I’m sure it’s great but this doesn’t sound like a book I’m going to enjoy at the moment, so I’m going to say REMOVING for now!


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2. Maplecroft by Cherie Priest

Synopsis:

Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks; and when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one….

The people of Fall River, Massachusetts, fear me. Perhaps rightfully so. I remain a suspect in the brutal deaths of my father and his second wife despite the verdict of innocence at my trial. With our inheritance, my sister, Emma, and I have taken up residence in Maplecroft, a mansion near the sea and far from gossip and scrutiny.

But it is not far enough from the affliction that possessed my parents. Their characters, their very souls, were consumed from within by something that left malevolent entities in their place. It originates from the ocean’s depths, plaguing the populace with tides of nightmares and madness.

This evil cannot hide from me. No matter what guise it assumes, I will be waiting for it. With an axe.

Verdict:

Nope. Not a big mystery/ thriller person. REMOVING!


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3. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Synopsis:

Although I had never seen him before, I recognized him immediately. I’d have known his voice anywhere. This was the guy I’d seen on my last journey back in time.

Or more precisely, the one who’d kissed my doppelganger while I was hiding behind the curtain in disbelief.

Sixteen-year-old Gwen lives with her extended – and rather eccentric – family in an exclusive London neighborhood. In spite of her ancestors’ peculiar history, she’s had a relatively normal life so far. The time-traveling gene that runs like a secret thread through the female half of the family is supposed to have skipped over Gwen, so she hasn’t been introduced to “the mysteries,” and can spend her time hanging out with her best friend, Lesly. It comes as an unwelcome surprise when she starts taking sudden, uncontrolled leaps into the past.

She’s totally unprepared for time travel, not to mention all that comes with it: fancy clothes, archaic manners, a mysterious secret society, and Gideon, her time-traveling counterpart. He’s obnoxious, a know-it-all, and possibly the best-looking guy she’s seen in any century…

Verdict:

This sounds even better than I’d thought. Plus I own it! KEEPING!


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4. Insanity by Cameron Jace

Synopsis:

After accidentally killing everyone in her class, Alice Wonder is now a patient in the Radcliffe Lunatic Asylum. No one doubts her insanity. Only a hookah-smoking professor believes otherwise; that he can prove her sanity by decoding Lewis Carroll’s paintings, photographs, and find Wonderland’s real whereabouts. Professor Caterpillar persuades the asylum that Alice can save lives and catch the wonderland monsters now reincarnated in modern day criminals. In order to do so, Alice leads a double life: an Oxford university student by day, a mad girl in an asylum by night. The line between sanity and insanity thins when she meets Jack Diamond, an arrogant college student who believes that nonsense is an actual science.

Verdict:

This sounds super interesting and I love Alice in Wonderland! KEEPING!


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5. Unteachable by Leah Raeder

Synopsis:

Maise O’Malley just turned eighteen, but she’s felt like a grown-up her entire life. The summer before senior year, she has plans: get into a great film school, convince her mom to go into rehab, and absolutely do not, under any circumstances, screw up her own future.

But life has a way of throwing her plans into free-fall.

When Maise meets Evan at a carnival one night, their chemistry is immediate, intense, and short-lived. Which is exactly how she likes it: no strings. But afterward, she can’t get Evan out of her head. He’s taught her that a hookup can be something more. It can be an unexpected connection with someone who truly understands her. Someone who sees beyond her bravado to the scared but strong girl inside.

That someone turns out to be her new film class teacher, Mr. Evan Wilke.

Maise and Evan resolve to keep their hands off each other, but the attraction is too much to bear. Together, they’re real and genuine; apart, they’re just actors playing their parts for everyone else. And their masks are slipping. People start to notice. Rumors fly. When the truth comes to light in a shocking way, they may learn they were just playing parts for each other, too.

Smart, sexy, and provocative, Unteachable is about what happens when a love story goes off-script.

Verdict:

Yup. This sounds good and I’m definitely going to check it out soon! KEEPING


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6. To Be Perfectly Honest by Sonya Sones

Synopsis:

Her friends have a joke about her:
How can you tell if Colette is lying?

Her mouth is open.

Fifteen-year-old Colette is addicted to lying. Her shrink says this is because she’s got a very bad case of Daughter-of-a-famous-movie-star Disorder—so she lies to escape out from under her mother’s massive shadow. But Colette doesn’t see it that way. She says she lies because it’s the most fun she can have with her clothes on. Not that she’s had that much fun with her clothes off. At least not yet, anyway…

When her mother drags her away from Hollywood to spend the entire summer on location in a boring little town in the middle of nowhere, Colette is less than thrilled. But then she meets a sexy biker named Connor. He’s older, gorgeous, funny, and totally into her. So what if she lies to him about her age, and about who her mother is? I mean, she has to keep her mother’s identity a secret from him. If he finds out who she really is, he’ll forget all about Colette, and start panting and drooling and asking her for her mother’s autograph. Just like everyone always does.

But what Colette doesn’t know is that Connor is keeping a secret of his own…

Verdict:

I’m torn. I used to love Sonya Sones, but I think I’m a bit beyond this kind of book now. REMOVING.


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7. The 100 by Kass Morgan

Synopsis:

No one has set foot on Earth in centuries — until now.

Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth’s radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents — considered expendable by society — are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life…or it could be a suicide mission.

CLARKE was arrested for treason, though she’s haunted by the memory of what she really did. WELLS, the chancellor’s son, came to Earth for the girl he loves — but will she ever forgive him? Reckless BELLAMY fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only pair of siblings in the universe. And GLASS managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth.

Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind’s last hope.

Verdict:

I’ve been wanting to read this for a while and have even put off watching the show until I’ve read them all. So… KEEPING!


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8. This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Synopsis:

Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac should never have met.

Lee is captain of the forces sent to Avon to crush the terraformed planet’s rebellious colonists, but she has her own reasons for hating the insurgents.

Rebellion is in Flynn’s blood. Terraforming corporations make their fortune by recruiting colonists to make the inhospitable planets livable, with the promise of a better life for their children. But they never fulfilled their promise on Avon, and decades later, Flynn is leading the rebellion.

Desperate for any advantage in a bloody and unrelentingly war, Flynn does the only thing that makes sense when he and Lee cross paths: he returns to base with her as prisoner. But as his fellow rebels prepare to execute this tough-talking girl with nerves of steel, Flynn makes another choice that will change him forever. He and Lee escape the rebel base together, caught between two sides of a senseless war.

Verdict:

Loved the first book for this one! And I won this in a giveaway, so definitely KEEPING!


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9. Frostfire by Amanda Hocking

Synopsis:

Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes.

Set apart by her heritage and her past, Bryn is a tracker who’s determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite King’s Guard to protect the royal family. She’s not going to let anything stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss Ridley Dresden.

But all her plans for the future are put on hold when Konstantin– a fallen hero she once loved – begins kidnapping changelings. Bryn is sent in to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process?

Verdict:

I’ve heard good things about this one, why not? KEEPING!


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10. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven.

Verdict:

Definitely been wanting to read this one! KEEPING



*** TOTAL KEPT/ REMOVED: 7/3 ***

Not too shabby, I would say. At least I removed a few!

-Laurenxx

Book Reviews, Contemporary, Young Adult

Cinder(&)Ella

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Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram

Read: 9.5.18-9.12.18

5/5

This was one of the most enjoyable reads that I’ve read this year! I’ve been dying for a book like this. After books like Anna and the French Kiss and Love & Gelato , it’s been hard for me to find a good, fluffy, contemporary read lately and this was just perfect.

Okay, so not all of it was fluffy, but I kind of (I don’t know if this makes me horrible or not) enjoyed those tragic parts. This book started off horribly depressing but the quote from the beginning completely summed that bit up, “The problem with fairy tales is that most of them begin with tragedy.” It sucked me in within ten pages and I just absolutely LOVED it.

I read Geekerella earlier this year, and can honestly see where that book drew inspiration from in this book. It was almost the exact same story, which made me love this one even more. The characters were much more loveable in this one and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.

I’m a sucker for fairytale retellings, and this was yet another example of an absolutely BRILLIANT one. Ella was one of the most badass contemporary MC’s I’ve ever come across. She was brilliant, beautiful inside and out, fearless (yet able to admit when she was afraid), and witty and I just loved her so much for being herself no matter what.

Ella honestly got the short end of the stick on so many things, her mother dying, being forced to live across the country with a father who abandoned her and his new family who hated her for seemingly no reason, and ending up crippled from what was already the worst day of her life. But watching her grow over the course of this book was honestly amazing. She grew into an even fiercer, brave woman and it was beautiful to watch.

CINDER. I loved that boy so freaking much. He had an amazing growth over the course of the book as well, and it made me so happy. When everything came to fruition with him, I was swooning alongside Ella and his character is so dynamic. I love that boy so freaking much.

Juliette was another character that I loved the growth of. She came such a long way from the beginning of the book and I can see so much potential in her. She’s a great person who got stuck with the wrong crowd all those years because of her twin sister.

Vivian and her dads I just… GAH! They were some of the most amazing side characters ever and I loved them as soon as they were introduced. Vivian reminded me a bit of Lola from Lola and the Boy Next Door and that was kind of awesome. It was like a new take on an old favorite character.

Rob. He was one of the cutest characters ever and honestly just such a great guy. I had friends like that in high school, and he was just one of those genuine guys, I loved him.

This is one of those contemporary books that I will go back to time and time again and I’m already looking forward to a re-read.


-Laurenxx

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TBR Tackle Thursday Part 15

Look at me, posting one on an actual Thursday! I’m proud of myself! xD

For those of you who haven’t done this before but need to get rid of some books from your ever-growing TBR list, here’s what to do:

  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 the last couple I’ve done if you’re curious: Part 12, Part 13, Part 14



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1. The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

Synopsis:

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Isn’t that what they say? But how close is too close when they may be one and the same?

The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it. But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career.

Cia Vale is honoured to be chosen as a Testing candidate; eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the eve of her departure, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies–trust no one.

But surely she can trust Tomas, her handsome childhood friend who offers an alliance? Tomas, who seems to care more about her with the passing of every gruelling (and deadly) day of the Testing.

To survive, Cia must choose: love without truth or life without trust.

Thoughts:

It does sound like it’s got some potential! I tend to enjoy books/ shows with premises like this.

Verdict:

Keeping!


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2. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Synopsis:

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics.

But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.

Nobody fights the Epics…nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

And David wants in. He wants Steelheart — the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David’s been studying, and planning—and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

He’s seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.

Thoughts:

Okay. So, I added this because I happened across a signed copy at B&N and ended up buying it… didn’t read the synopsis but I’d heard good things. This sounds amazing!

Verdict:

Keeping it! I own it anyways. :p


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3. The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

Synopsis:

Michael is a gamer. And like most gamers, he almost spends more time on the VirtNet than in the actual world. The VirtNet offers total mind and body immersion, and it’s addictive. Thanks to technology, anyone with enough money can experience fantasy worlds, risk their life without the chance of death, or just hang around with Virt-friends. And the more hacking skills you have, the more fun. Why bother following the rules when most of them are dumb, anyway?

But some rules were made for a reason. Some technology is too dangerous to fool with. And recent reports claim that one gamer is going beyond what any gamer has done before: he’s holding players hostage inside the VirtNet. The effects are horrific—the hostages have all been declared brain-dead. Yet the gamer’s motives are a mystery.

The government knows that to catch a hacker, you need a hacker.

And they’ve been watching Michael. They want him on their team.

But the risk is enormous. If he accepts their challenge, Michael will need to go off the VirtNet grid. There are back alleys and corners in the system human eyes have never seen and predators he can’t even fathom—and there’s the possibility that the line between game and reality will be blurred forever.

Thoughts:

All these books are the same colors. This sounds kinda like Warcross, I like it!

Verdict:

Keeping! I like Dashner as an author, may as well check it out!


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4. Kissed by an Angel by Elizabeth Chandler

Synopsis:

The unbreakable bonds of love are put to the test in this romantic and suspenseful collection of the New York Times bestselling Kissed by an Angel trilogy.

A love beyond life…a danger beyond doubt.

When her boyfriend, Tristan, died, Ivy thought she’d lost everything, even her faith in angels. But now she’s discovered that he’s her guardian angel — his presence so strong that she can feel the touch of his hand, the beat of his heart. Ivy needs Tristan now more than ever because he knows she’s in terrible danger. Only Ivy’s guardian angel can save her now that his killer is after her.

But if Tristan rescues Ivy, his mission on earth will be finished, and he must leave her behind forever. Will saving Ivy mean losing her just when he’s finally reached her again?

Thoughts:

I think I burned myself out on books like this in high school.

Verdict:

Removing.


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5. Sylo by D.J. MacHale

Synopsis:

Does Tucker Pierce have what it takes to be a hero when the U.S. military quarantines his island?

Fourteen-year-old Tucker Pierce prefers to fly under the radar. He’s used to navigating around summer tourists in his hometown on idyllic Pemberwick Island, Maine. He’s content to sit on the sidelines as a backup player on the high school football team. And though his best friend Quinn tells him to “go for it,” he’s too chicken to ask Tori Sleeper on a date. There’s always tomorrow, he figures. Then Pemberwick Island is invaded by a mysterious branch of the U.S. military called SYLO. And sitting on the sidelines is no longer an option for Tucker, because tomorrow may never come.

It’s up to Tucker, Quinn, and Tori to uncover the truth about the singing aircraft that appears only at night—and the stranger named Feit who’s pushing a red crystal he calls the Ruby that brings unique powers to all who take it. Tucker and his friends must rescue not just Pemberwick Island, but the fate of the world—and all before tomorrow is too late. 

Thoughts:

I love the way MacHale writes, and I think this has potential!

Verdict:

Keeping! I want to read this one.


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6. The Princess in the Opal Mask by Jenny Lundquist

Synopsis:

Every Fairy-Tale Ending Has a Price. . .

Orphaned as a child in the crumbling village of Tulan, Elara is determined to learn her true identity, even if it means wielding a dagger. Meanwhile, in Galandria’s royal capital, Princess Wilha stands out as someone to either worship or fear. Though no one knows why the king has always made her conceal her face—including Wilha herself.

When an assassination attempt threatens the peace of neighboring kingdoms, Elara and Wilha are brought face to face . . . with a chance at claiming new identities. However, with dark revelations now surfacing, both girls will need to decide if brighter futures are worth the binding risks.

Thoughts:

Ehh… I feel like it’ll be like any other story like this.

Verdict:

Removing!


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7. Rosebush by Michele Jaffe

Synopsis:

Instead of celebrating Memorial Day weekend on the Jersey Shore, Jane is in the hospital surrounded by teddy bears, trying to piece together what happened last night. One minute she was at a party, wearing fairy wings and cuddling with her boyfriend. The next, she was lying near-dead in a rosebush after a hit-and-run. Everyone believes it was an accident, despite the phone threats Jane swears were real. But the truth is a thorny thing. As Jane’s boyfriend, friends, and admirers come to visit, more memories surface-not just from the party, but from deeper in her past . . . including the night her best friend Bonnie died.

With nearly everyone in her life a suspect now, Jane must unravel the mystery before her killer attacks again. Along the way, she’s forced to examine the consequences of her life choices in this compulsively readable thriller.

Thoughts:

Meh. I don’t really like thrillers.

Verdict:

Removing.


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8. Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

Synopsis:

In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn’t want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human.

Thoughts:

I love zombies. I’ll give pretty much any zombie book a try!

Verdict:

Keeping it, for sure!


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9. The Moon Dwellers by David Estes

Synopsis:

In a desperate attempt to escape destruction decades earlier, humankind was forced underground, into the depths of the earth, creating a new society called the Tri-Realms.

After her parents and sister are abducted by the Enforcers, seventeen-year-old Adele, a member of the middle-class moon dwellers, is unjustly sentenced to life in prison for her parents’ crimes of treason.

Against all odds, Adele must escape from the Pen and find her family, while being hunted by a deranged, killing machine named Rivet, who works for the President. She is helped by two other inmates, Tawni and Cole, each of whom have dark secrets that are better left undiscovered. Other than her friends, the only thing she has going for her is a wicked roundhouse kick and two fists that have been well-trained for combat by her father.

At the other end of the social spectrum is Tristan, the son of the President and a sun dweller. His mother is gone. He hates his father. Backed by only his servant and best friend, Roc, he leaves his lavish lifestyle in the Sun Realm, seeking to make something good out of his troubled life.

When a war breaks out within the Tri-Realms, Tristan is thrust into the middle of a conflict that seems to mysteriously follow Adele as she seeks to find her family and uncover her parents true past.

In their world, someone must die.

Thoughts:

Well, color me intrigued! This sounds so good! 😀

Verdict:

Keeping it! I’m super excited.


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10. Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith

Synopsis:

Furnace Penitentiary: the world’s most secure prison for young offenders, buried a mile beneath the earth’s surface. Convicted of a murder he didn’t commit, sentenced to life without parole, “new fish” Alex Sawyer knows he has two choices: find a way out, or resign himself to a death behind bars, in the darkness at the bottom of the world. Except in Furnace, death is the least of his worries. Soon Alex discovers that the prison is a place of pure evil, where inhuman creatures in gas masks stalk the corridors at night, where giants in black suits drag screaming inmates into the shadows, where deformed beasts can be heard howling from the blood-drenched tunnels below. And behind everything is the mysterious, all-powerful warden, a man as cruel and dangerous as the devil himself, whose unthinkable acts have consequences that stretch far beyond the walls of the prison.

Together with a bunch of inmates—some innocent kids who have been framed, others cold-blooded killers—Alex plans an escape. But as he starts to uncover the truth about Furnace’s deeper, darker purpose, Alex’s actions grow ever more dangerous, and he must risk everything to expose this nightmare that’s hidden from the eyes of the world.

Thoughts:

I’m sold! It sounds fascinating and it’s got great reviews!

Verdict:

Keeping it!



*** Total Kept/ Removed: 7/3 ***

Not too terrible, I would say! At least I got rid of some that have been on there for YEARS!

-Laurenxx