Adult Fiction, Book Reviews, Fantasy

Slinger of Guns

The Gunslinger by Stephen King

Read: 1/9/19-1/17/19

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Okay, I’m not willing to give this that 4th star just because this one was so slow for the majority of it. I get that it was more of a prequel than anything and sort of set stuff up for the future, but I found myself bored most of the time.

The ending of this book was really really good though and it definitely made me that much keener to finish the rest of the series. I knew that this one wasn’t going to be the best of the series by any means, but I expected a bit more to it.

I love Roland and I think that I’m going to end up loving him more and more with each book. He’s a very complex character and I feel like we’ve barely scratched the surface of who he is or what he’s been through and I’m excited to see what happens.

I do like the whole western take on a fantasy world and I’m excited to see more of it as the series goes on. I do wish that we’d gotten a bit more world building in this one because it wasn’t nearly enough to get a good idea of what the world is really like.

I’m definitely going to read the next book in this series and I’m hoping that I’ll enjoy them more as the series goes.

-Laurenxx

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Adult Fiction, Book Reviews, Contemporary

The Game of (dis)Like

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

4/5

I love cute, fluffy romance that’s not over the top sexual. Love stories that are actually… feasible? I don’t know what it is, but those sorts of books always get to me. I love the hate to love trope more than just about any other out there when it comes to romance, so this book was definitely right up my alley.

THEIR BANTER. I would quote nearly all their conversations if I could, because they were just so perfect. I loved the dynamic between them ore than I can possibly put into words.

The storyline was amazing. Everything was well-paced and nothing ever felt too forced. The characters had to come to realizations or revelations on their own, and I liked that. People gave both of them pushes here and there, but in the end, everything worked out so well.

I loved Lucy and Josh, especially as we actually got to know them both more throughout the book. And the character progression for them both was so lovely. I just adored this book more than I thought I would.

Now, there were a couple tiny things that bothered me, but because I loved the characters and the overall storyline so much, it was all easy to just let go of. I was so focused on devouring this story, that in the end, none of it mattered.

All that mattered was how everything settled in the end, and I was quite happy with it. I want more Lucy and Josh though. I want to know how everything works out afterwards, but that’s just me always wanting way more than I’ll ever get out of a book.

-Laurenxx

Adult Fiction, Top Ten Tuesday, Young Adult

Top Ten Tuesday (#9): Authors I’d Like to Meet

Hey, it’s Tuesday. Pig ‘n a Poke!

I’ve been watching Supernatural over again, and oddly enough I’m watching the episode with the time loop right now, so it’s quite fitting! But anyways, it really is Tuesday and it’s time for another TTT!

For those of you who haven’t heard of this meme yet, checkout where it started at:

The Broke and the Bookish and where it moved to when the passed the torch over to: That Artsy Reader Girl



This is a whole lot more difficult than I thought, but here are the 10 authors I’d most like to meet. In no particular order.

  1. Sarah J. Maas
  2. J.K. Rowling
  3. Jay Kristoff
  4. Marissa Meyer (going to her book signing next month! eek)
  5. Marie Lu
  6. Laini Taylor
  7. V.E. Schwab
  8. Pierce Brown
  9. Alexandra Braken
  10. Stephanie Garber

There were others I could think of, but a couple of them are dead (Tolkien, Dickens, etc.) and a couple I’ve met before (Stephenie Meyer, Cassandra Clare, Stephen Chbosky)

Who would you like to meet? Do we have any of the same ones on our list?



See y’all real soon!
-Laurenxx

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

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

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