Author: Jessica

AYE, YOU SHOULD READ THESE BOOKS!

Posted July 19, 2017 by Jessica in top 5 wednesday, Uncategorized / 2 Comments

I am sure most people can agree, but I am tired of reading books set in the western world. Like, don’t y’all realize how big the world is? I’d like to start with a disclaimer saying that I have not read ALL of these books, but the reviews for them are incredible and I need to read them as soon as possible. Some of these are books that I have LOVED and some that I have started and loved what I read. All of these books are also by authors of color, and I just rec y’all to check these out!

001. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
Necromancy,  elemental magic, witches…  who could want more? This is a book I started but put down due to being busy and just haven’t had the chance to pick it up, but I absolutely loved what I read!

002. Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
Set in feudal Japan with Mulan elements, this book sounds incredible! I have yet to actually read this one and I definitely plan to do so soon! Renee has incredible writing and world building, so I know that I will love this!

003. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Another rec from this amazing author, no surprise here! I binge read this duology in a matter of days because her writing is so addicting! This is a 1001 Arabain Nights retelling and I just…  highly recommend you all read it!

004. The Fifth Season by N.K Jemison
I have seen this rec’d on book twitter and decided to just check it out myself and see what it’s all about! The synopsis on the back instantly grabbed me. This is another book I started but put down due to being busy, but this is such a unique dystopian and the way the book is being told is just… READ THIS!

005. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
And my final rec is this beautiful book. This is one of my all time favorite books. It is sort of hard to explain what this book is exactly about cause I don’t really want to give anything away. Just go and get yourself a copy, you will not regret it.

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To all the books I haven’t read…

Posted July 12, 2017 by Jessica in discussions, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

I have no idea if people like to read these kinds of things but I thought it might be interesting to show you guys in case people were curious. I am getting new shelves within the next few days and I think I am actually going to have a TBR shelf! That way it would help me figure out what books I need to read and if the shelf fills up, that means no more buying books! (RIGHT, hold me up to this) Once I get my shelves I will do a bookshelf tour/how I organize my books type of post.

So without further ado, here are all the PHYSICAL books I need to read!

A Gathering of Shadows, A Conjuring of Light by V.E Schwab
Mark of the Thief, Rise of the Wold by Jennifer Neilson
The Valiant by Lindsey Livingston
Now I Rise by Kiersten White
Illiad + Odyssey by Homer
Greek Mythology by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
Demon King, Exiled Queen, Gray Wolf Throne, Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima
Rose Society, Young Elites by Marie Lu
Song of the Current by Sarah Tolscer
Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis
The Assassins Blade by Sarah J Maas
Peter Darling by Austin Chant
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau
The Queens Poisoner by Jeff Wheeler
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
The Orphan Queen, The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows
Red Rising, Golden Son by Pierce Brown
Alive by Scott Sigler
Legend, Prodigy, Champion by Marie Lu
Unite Me, Unravel Me, Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
New World Rising by Jennifer Wilson
Ninth City Burning by J Patrick Black
Please Don’t Tell by Laura Tims
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertali
Fangirl, Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Follow Me Back by A.V Geiger
The Third Twin by C.J Omololu
The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy
Kisses + Curses by Various
The Diviners by Libba Bray
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
This Monstrous Thing by McKenzie Lee
COG, COLS, COFA, COHF, Bane Chronicles, Lady Midnight by Cassie Clare
Raven Boys, Dream Thieves, Blue Lily Lily Blue, Raven King by Maggie Steifvater
Winterviel by Jenna Burtenshaw
Zodiac by Romina Russel
Unbooked by Lisa Maxwell
Never Never by Briana Shrum
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
All the Truth that’s in Me by Julie Berry
Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker
Nemesis by Anna Banks
Nightfall by Jake Halpern
The Crowns Game by Evelyn Skye
The Fill in Boyfriend by Kasie West
The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khourey
Walk on Earth with a Stranger by Rae Carson

 

So yeah, 71 books that I own and have yet to read! Definitely more than I had anticipated but hopefully by the end of this year I hope I can knock some books off this list! (Even though i’ll MOST likely add more)

So if you’ve stayed till the end of the post, thank you so much! How many books do you have on your tbr??

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JULY GOALS 2017 (belated but I’m finally back on track)

Posted July 10, 2017 by Jessica in monthly tbr, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

This post is a lot later than I had anticipated, and I was not going to post it, but since I already have it written, why not!I had a pretty good reading month in June. I read so many good books and finally (hopefully) have established myself on a schedule but I want to actually MAINTAIN that schedule instead of you know… drifting off and forgetting about it? I’ve just been super lazy and sort of unmotivated to really do anything but you know… sometimes you have to push yourself to do things. Also, since I read seven books in June, I think I am going to shoot for eight!

Anyway, I had a pretty good reading month in June. I read so many good books and finally (hopefully) have established myself on a schedule but I want to actually MAINTAIN that schedule instead of you know… drifting off and forgetting about it? I’ve just been super lazy and sort of unmotivated to really do anything but you know… sometimes you have to push yourself to do things. Also, since I read seven books in June, I think I am going to shoot for eight!

Last month I didn’t really read all the books I listed on my TBR which leads me to believe that I am a mood reader and makes me wonder why I even post these things, but I figured I’d start listing a FEW of the books I hope to get to even if I squeeze in some that aren’t even listed. So without further ado, these are the books that I would like to read this month!

Now I Rise by Kiersten White
I’m not going to say what this is about because uh, spoilers but this is the second book in the Conquerers Saga. I got an arc of the first book last year and really loved it, so I’m quite excited to see what happens!

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E Schwab
Once again, not giving a synopsis because this IS a sequel in the Shades of Magic trilogy. I adored the first book and can’t wait to dive into the second!

Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson
This is a dystopian novel in which a group of people called the Wolfpack runs the earth and you know how dystopian goes, they’re not the good guys and they took everything away from the main character Eden. Refusing to die by the hands of the Wolfpack she escapes to a place called Sanctuary Island which is the only place in the world untouched by the Wolfpack. Things are great on the island, but soon one of Eden’s new friends go missing and the island just might be deadlier than what Eden left behind. I haven’t read a good dystopian novel in a long time, so I’m hoping this will be good!

Roar by Cora Cormack
This takes place in a land ruled by storms and I don’t know, the synopsis is a little confusing to me but I suppose it is about a girl who does not have the magic she needs to protect her people and if she wants that magic she needs to steal it. it sounds super intriguing so I hope to give it a go!

Snow Like Ashes by Sarah Raasch
I haven’t heard very many people talk about this book besides just a few videos on youtube. But what caught my eye are these covers. This seems like it is a story about kingdoms based on seasons? I don’t know but it sounds pretty darn cool.

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh.
I love Renee’s writing and the worlds she creates. This is SORT of like a Mulan retelling? But not really. I mean it has some Mulan elements in the idea of a woman disguising herself as a man to infiltrate. This is also set in feudal Japan so I can’t wait to see what happens!

Zero Repeat Forever by G.S Prendergast
This is actually an arc that I need to get through ASAP, but I feel like this is another dystopian novel? I am not too sure because I don’t want to give away much but,  from what I have heard this book is a sci-fi Beauty and the Beast retelling which is awesome!

Because You Love to Hate Me by Ameriie
This is the anthology everybody is talking about where a bunch of booktubers collabed with authors and wrote villainy short stories! I adore villains, so I can’t wait to have this!

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
I am not exactly sure what this is about, but what I gathered is that it is about a traveling carnival that caters to the strangest dreams and desires. This book just sounds so cool and I can’t wait for this! (i can’t wait for all of these books, to be honest)

Wings Unseen by Rebecca Gomez Farrell
This is actually an arc so I will hopefully prioritize this one above all the other books. I’m not going to lie, the synopsis sounds super confusing and I don’t know how to translate it into words… I mean, I don’t want to just copy and paste the entire thing so here is the link to the Goodreads page!

Ekata: Fall of Darkness by Dominique Law
Another arc that I will hopefully prioritize but… we’ll see. This takes place in a utopian world where violence is unthinkable but our main character Asher, has had visions of darkness since he can remember. When he turns 18, he finds out a prophecy that is a threat to his world as well as earth. This sounds super cool and unique for a dystopian novel, so I can’t wait to dive in!

 

And as for some blogging/bookstagram goals:

BOOKSTAGRAM

  • Since most of my photos are monthly challenges, I want to start being more…”original” per say. What I mean is that I want to start posting pictures from inspiration and I have zero clues how to word this so hopefully, Y’all understand!
  •  finally changed up my theme for my bookstagram. I had been thinking about it for such a long time but was hesitant and I just decided to finally do it! The photo above is my new theme, and I actually got the background from minibackdrops.com! They provide so many backgrounds and the paper is amazing quality. I suggest you check them out!
  • I also want to be more consistent in my posting, either I’ll post every day or every other day!

BLOGGING

  • I have so many books I need to review as soon as possible, so I do hope to get all of them done this month! At this rate, I am reading more than I can review which honestly isn’t a bad thing.
  • I keep saying I won’t fall off the wagon of blogging, and yet I do it every time. But since school is starting up next month and I want to keep active on this blog, I need to find a set schedule for myself.
  • I also want to start a few discussion posts!

So that’s it for my belated July goals. This month is super busy for me at work, and I realize all of this IS a little ambitious, but, I will do my best!

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MY FAVORITE BOOKS WITHOUT ROMANCE…?

Posted July 4, 2017 by Jessica in top 5 wednesday / 4 Comments

I actually did not realize how hard this topic would be because now that I think of it, almost all of the books I have read have romance as the main theme in them which is super annoying because sometimes I just wanna read a good SFF with zero romance and have friendship take the main… course… you get it right? So instead of listing books without romance, I’m going to list some books where romance takes the back burner of the story and isn’t like in your face oh my gosh this is too much.

001. A LIST OF CAGES by ROBIN ROE
Okay if you have read this, YES I KNOW, there is a romance but I felt like that wasn’t really important to the story at all. This is about a friendship between two boys and how important it is to be kind to one another. It’s a hard thing to explain but this book made me cry so hard and it was just amazing. You all should read it okay.

002. NYXIA by SCOTT REINTGEN 
This is a science fiction book that comes out in September. I was super lucky to get an arc of this incredible book. This is like a competition but in space to get the chance to go to Eden (I think) which is a planet that was found and already has life on it. There is this substance Nyxia that is supposedly super awesome. Again hard to explain because I don’t want to give much away but there is basically no romance and I can’t wait for you all to read this!

003. OUR DARK DUET by V.E SCHWAB
Or just the Monsters of Verity duology to begin with. This is kind of a dystopia where something happened and monsters are being made from acts of violent deeds. There is absolutely no romance in this duology which is super super refreshing because you know usually you find romance in dystopia books but this? Had none and I was living for it.

004. QUEEN OF BLOOD by SARAH BETH DURST
Another amazing fantasy… ADULT fantasy with no romance. This is set in a fantasy world where there is a spirit in everything you could possibly imagine and nothing is safe. The queen is the one who can control the spirits and protect the citizens. Basically, this is about a girl named Daleina who is in competition to be Queen while trying to find out why in the world the spirits are going haywire. My favorite thing about this book was the friendship between Daleina and her mentor Champion Ven. It was such a perfect friendship/fatherly type thing.

Alright. I tried but I could only think of four books because literally most of the books that I read have some element of romance in them, so yeah, here we have it!

What are some of your favorite non romance books?

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THE LOVE INTEREST BY CALE DIETRICH

Posted July 2, 2017 by Jessica in reviews, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

THE LOVE INTEREST BY CALE DIETRICHThe Love Interest by Cale Dietrich
Published by Feiwel & Friends on May 16th 2017
Genres: contemporary
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover
Goodreads
five-stars

There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.
Caden is a Nice: the boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: the brooding, dark-souled guy who is dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose the Nice or the Bad?
Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be—whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.
What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.

It has been a long time since a book has made me literally laugh out loud, tear up and felt fuzzies in my heart all at once. I cannot express how much I loved this book like I just… my heart. This is Cale Dietrich’s debut novel and I am just so impressed with this because this book was absolutely incredible! Now before I get onto gushing about how much I loved this book, I did have a few issues with it. Also, beware there are spoilers. I’m not sorry I just need to talk about this book.

 

Honestly, the only gripe I had with this book is towards the end was how LIC was destroyed. I thought that it was rushed and happened too quickly and easily for my taste.

 

NOW. Time to gush.

I am not a big fan of contemporary and I was worried that I wouldn’t like this and it would put me off contemporary forever, but I was wrong! I am absolutely impressed that this is Cale’s debut novel. I felt that the writing was strong and the characters were well developed. The plot was on another level and it had me on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next and it was just… I really loved this book and I ate it all up in a matter of days. I loved it.

One of the scenes I really loved was Caden’s realization that he is gay and the relationship between him and Dylan was the CUTEST. I rooted for them when they first interacted with each other because they have so much chemistry is unbelievable. Each time these two were on the page interacting with each other my heart was like YAAAS and my brain was like YAAAS. MY PRECIOUS. I even put the book down at times because I couldn’t take how amazing they are together.

 

“Thanks for the apology, Caden, really. Anyway isn’t it pretty normal for a straight girl to fall for a gay guy? All the sitcoms treat it like a rite of passage, something all girls must go through. You’re pretty and kind and way too good to be true. At least I’ve ticked that box now.”


“I…” I don’t exist to teach her a lesson, and it irks me that she thinks labeling me is okay now. Like but liking guys, I automatically take on that role in her life. That I’m suddenly a supporting character in her story rather than the hero of my own.”

So yeah, not really a super critical review because I absolutely loved this book. I do recommend this book to people who are looking for something cute and… honestly, I recommend this to everyone. I can’t wait to see what else Cale has planned!

five-stars
Rating Report
Plot
three-half-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
five-stars
Worldbuilding
five-stars
Cover
five-stars
Overall: four-half-stars

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • DIVERSE READS 2017
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JUNE WRAP UP 2017

Posted June 30, 2017 by Jessica in monthly book haul, monthly wrap-up, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

 

I can’t believe June is already over! The past two months I was in a really bad reading slump, especially in April I only read I believe… two books? Slowly but surely I am getting out of my reading slump and blogging slump. During the month of June, I read a total of six books. I had such a great reading month, most of my books were five-star reads and they took me completely by surprise. I believe there was only one book that I did not enjoy. But you know, I read a total of seven books. SEVEN. I have not read that many books in a month since last July and that was incredible.

Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sarah B Larson. 1/5 stars.
I have a review on this on my blog, and here is the link but… gosh I disliked this book. I found it to be boring and the worldbuilding was so poor and I didn’t like any of the characters. Also, this book is supposed to be a swan lake retelling? I don’t know, I didn’t care much about the book to look up what retelling it is.

Queen of Blood by Sarah B Larson. 5/5 stars.
I went into this not expecting much at all, and it took me by surprise. This is a book about a competition to find the right Queen who can control spirits that are literally in everything and will kill you. I read this in a matter of two days and it was just incredible.

Wintersong by S. Jae Jones. 5/5 stars.
I don’t know why it took me so long to read this book, but I finally did it! This is sort of a retelling of the Labyrinth and the Goblin Market? I am not TOO sure but I really loved this book. I love books where music is the main focus and the main character has a connection with it. I need the sequel now.

Our Dark Duet by V.E Schwab. 5/5 stars.
This is the sequel to This Savage Song and the last book in that duology. All I am going to say is that this book destroyed me.

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen 5/5 stars. 
This is actually an arc and it comes out September 12 of this year. This is an incredibly diverse sci-fi read with characters from all parts of the world that you can imagine. It is a competition in space and that is all I can say right now until my review is posted closer to the release date! I just really loved this book!

Reign of Serpents by Eleanor Herman
I literally read this in the span of four hours. Granted it was shorter than I had expected, but it was incredible. I mean… things I wanted to happen didn’t happen, but you know what? I really liked what she did and especially all the little historical events she included! Kind of bummed I have to wait an entire year for the next book!

A List of Cages by Robin Roe
I feel like I always say this while reading a new book, but I have seriously… I mean, this was the most incredible book I have ever read.  This was so heart wrenching and emotional, I can’t wait to write a review on it and tell you all my thoughts!

And now for my book haul in which I uh… hauled a lot of books.

                                                                            I have ZERO impulse control.
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau
Song of the Current by Sarah Tolscer
Our Dark Duet by V.E Schwab
Rosemarked by Livia Blackburn (ARC)
Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olsen
New World Rising by Jennifer Wilson
Roar by Cora Carmack
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
A List of Cages by Robin Roe
Reign of Serpents by Eleanor Herman
Now I Rise by Kiersten White
Zero Repeat Forever by G.S Pendergast (arc)
Ninth City Burning J. Patrick Black (arc)
Wings Unseen by Rebecca Farrell (arc)
Dark Intercept by Julia Keller (arc)
Ekata: Fall of Darkness by Dominique Law (arc)
The Witch’s Kiss by Elizabeth and Katharine Corr (arc)

 

 

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MID YEAR FREAK OUT BOOK TAG!!

Posted June 29, 2017 by Jessica in book tags, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

It’s hard to believe that it is already the middle of the year, we’re halfway through 2017! It seems like just yesterday I was writing my 2017 goals back in January and now I am doing this tag. I’ve seen this floating around book tube and I have always wanted to do it, so here we go! This tag was created by Chami at readlikewildfire and Ely at Earl Grey Books!

001. Best book you read so far in 2017?
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. I absolutely loved this book. It was incredibly beautiful and heart-wrenching, it is definitely my favorite read of the year as of yet! Honestly, this was a super hard question because I’ve been loving most of the books I have read! Actually, I can’t just pick one, Wintersong by S Jae Jones is a close tie!
002. Your favorite sequel of the year?
Our Dark Duet by V.E Schwab. She continues to blow me away with her incredible writing and characters, this book wrecked me. I loved it,
003. New release you haven’t read but really want to
Gosh, I have so many new releases I want to read but have not gotten to. The first book in my mind is The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco. I have heard so many amazing things about this book and this cover is one of the most beautiful I have seen. Also The Hate U Give,  Eliza and Her Monsters… half my bookshelf honestly.

004. Your most anticipated release for the second half of the year
I have so many! But the top two that I just cannot wait for is 27 Hours by Trishana Wright and City of Brass by C.K Chakraborty. I have heard raving reviews for 27 Hours and I can’t wait to read it, and the City of Brass sounds phenomenal!

005. Your biggest disappointment
Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sara B. Larson. The cover for this book is stunning, however, the inside… just no. Honestly, this book was so disappointing and I have a full review up on it already if you would like to see more of my reasons why!

006. Your biggest surprise of the year
Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst. After reading Dark Breaks the Dawn I went into this with low expectations and finished it incredibly surprised. I really loved this book and I have a review up for this as well!
007. Favorite new to you or debut author
S Jae Jones. I fell in love with Wintersong. I fell in love with her writing it is just so lush and poetic, I loved it.
008. Your new fictional crush
I feel like I get a new fictional crush everytime I read a new book. But my newest crush is The Goblin King from Wintersong.
009. New favorite character
Champion Ven from Queen of Blood. He is so precious to me, I love him. Literally, though, I have a new favorite character in every book I read.
010. A book that made you cry
Our Dark Duet by V.E Schwab. If you read the book then you know because V.E Schwab literally wrecked us. But it was incredible and sad.
011. Book that made you happy
The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich. It has been a long time since a book has made me laugh. I just absolutely adored this book, it was everything that I wanted it to be.
012. Your favorite book to movie adaptation you’ve seen this year
I actually do not watch a lot of movies and I have not seen any book to movie adaptations this year… I have absolutely no intention to watch any.
013. Your favorite review you have written this year.
I really like the review that I wrote for Dark Breaks the Dawn. It was quite angry because damn it made me MAD and I feel like I effectively got all my feelings out. Even though I am still quite made about this horrid book.
014. The most beautiful book you have gotten or received this year
Greek Mythology by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I have been eyeing this book at Barnes and Noble for a long time and last month I caved and I bought it. The Cover is so beautiful ad it has golden edges.
015. What are some books that you need to read this year.
Everything on my shelf that is unread? I have over 50 books that I own and have not read and honestly, I’m going to try to read all the books I have listed for my book challenges!

 And here is a shelfie!!
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BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ IN 2017… So far.

Posted June 27, 2017 by Jessica in top 10 tuesday, Uncategorized / 2 Comments

This year has been SUCH an incredible reading year for me. I have read some pretty good books this year and I have a feeling it is going to get even better! There are just so many new releases and sequals coming out, I’m just really excited about reading right now okay.

001. Windwitch by Susan Dennard

002. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

003. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas

004. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab

005 The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

006. The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst

007. Wintersong by S. Jae Jones

008. Our Dark Duet by V.E Schwab

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ANTICIPATED RELEASES SUMMER 2017 ADDITION

Posted June 21, 2017 by Jessica in discussions, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

Yes, it is Summer! I have a love/hate relationship with Summer, but you know what? I will manage to survive it! Also, so many amazing books are coming out during the season, I can’t express how excited I am! I will give a short background on the book as well as the dates it is published! Also, as far as I know, Spring starts June 20 and ends September 22, correct me if I am wrong but that is what I am going off of. I won’t be giving any

I won’t be giving any descriptions for any of these books because I don’t know much about these books and I’d like to keep it that way until I actually read them!

JUNE

Now I Rise by Kiersten White. This comes out on the 27th
I’m not going to talk about what this book is about because it is the sequel to And I Darken which is a retelling of Vlad Dracul (the Impaler) as if he were a girl. The first book was incredible and I can’t wait to find out what happens!

Reign of Serpents by Eleanor Herman. This comes out on the 27th.
This is literally my most anticipated read of the summer season… the year, even. I can’t tell you how excited I am for this book. This is the third book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series so I won’t be telling you what this one is about, but it is a historical fantasy centered on Alexander the Great as he was a teenager. Only a few more days I cannot wait.

JULY

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody. This comes out the 25th.
This is a debut novel and at first glance of the synopsis it didn’t seem really interesting but once I actually read the synopsis as one should do. This is about a girl named Sorina who lives within the borders of the Gomorrah festival. She has a rare talent in which she can create illusions that can see, think, and feel and have their own personalities. As lifelike as they seem they are just illusions and they are not real. Until one of them is murdered. This just sounds insanely creepy and incredible I cannot wait to read this.

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell. This comes out on the 18th.
I’ve been wanting to read a time travel book or a book that has some time traveling in it, so this sounded pretty cool. It’s about a girl named Esta who is a great thief. She has been raised to steal artifacts from an evil order that created this barrier that traps anyone with magic in modern day Manhattan. She has to travel to the past and steal a book that contains the secrets to the order and the barrier itself. But nothing is as it seems and to save the future, Esta may have to betray everyone in the past.

Because You Love to Hate Me by Ameriie. This comes out on the 11th.
This is an anthology consisting of stories by some epic authors and booktubers. But what I am MOST excited about is that it is an anthology about villains. VILLAINS. Each story is an unconventional spin on classic tales like Medusa and whatnot. I’m just super stoked to read this.

AUGUST

Wicked Like Wildfire by Lana Popovic. This comes out the 15th.
This is about two sisters who have a magical ability to manipulate beauty. They are not allowed to share their music with anyone and they are not allowed to fall in love. Their mother is mysteriously attacked they must discover the truth their mother has hidden from them and they discover a curse that will tear them apart. This just sounds super cool and the cover looks amazing.

See What I Have Done by Sara Schmidt. This comes out on the 1st.
The title alone is what made me want to read this book. This is about Lizzie Borden who may or may not have killed her family. I don’t know much else about this, but it sounds super interesting!

The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski. This comes out on the 1st.
This is about a girl who’s father goes missing in the woods that her family patrols. What intrigued me about this book is the whole ‘The woods are turning sinister.’ Which sounds super eerie and creepy and a perfect Halloween read!

 

SEPTEMBER

Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett. This comes out on the 5th.
This is about a girl who is hired by the greatest explorer ever known. While her sister is hired by the rival to climb this very dangerous summit. This book is hard to explain but it sounds so good and the cover is beautiful!

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas. This comes out on the 6th.
An entire book about Chaol Westfall? Sign me up please! I’m so excited that he finally gets his chance to shine and I can’t wait to see what is in store for him!

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust. This comes out on the 5th.
This is said to be a reimagining of Frozen meets the Bloody Chamber (I have no idea what this is) mixed with Snow White? I’m not too sure but it sounds incredible!

Odd and True by Cat Winters. This is out on the 12th.
I am lucky enough to have an arc of this book so I definitely need to read this as soon as possible!

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller. This is out on the 5th
I also have an arc of this as well and I have heard nothing but GREAT things about this book!

 

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SERIES TO START (I sort of cheated)

Posted June 20, 2017 by Jessica in top 10 tuesday, Uncategorized / 2 Comments

So as the title says, I sort of cheated with this topic. As I was looking at my shelves I realized that I actually do not have a lot of series that I haven’t read with the exception of one full completed series that I hope to get to soon. So, honestly, I am just going to list the series, trilogies, and duologies that I own and need to get to.

001. The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima.

The reason I have yet to read this is that honestly? I am pretty darn intimidated by this. Even though I am an avid reader and lover of this series, there is just something that puts me off about this. I’ve heard that it is quite phenomenal and that Cinda Williams Chima is an incredible writer, so hopefully, I can at least start this series this year.

002. The Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu

I have had this trilogy for two years now because two years ago I wanted everything and anything Dystopia. I’ve read Marie Lu’s other book TYE and love her writing style and will definitely at least pick up the first book this year!

003. The Darkest Minds Trilogy by Alexandra Bracken.

Can someone please tell me why these books are so heavy? I mean for a paperback book, I’m a little confused. I have yet to read this because I am also intimidated by these books.

004, The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

I actually got an arc of the second book but ah, I’ve never even heard of the duology when I got it. But it seems right up my ally and I do hope to start this soon!

005. Snow Like Ashes trilogy by Sara Raasch

I actually have not heard much about this book other than what I’ve seen in a few book tube videos, but this trilogy sounded super intriguing and for Christmas, I asked my mom for the first book and she surprised me by buying me all of them!

006 Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater

This series is beyond hyped I almost don’t want to read it but at the same time it sounds right up my alley and perfect for the fall time! All I can say is that I hope that this lives up to what everyone is saying!

007. Kingfountain series by Jeff Wheeler

This is one of those books that you see all the time and you’re like oh my gosh it’s so pretty I need it and that was the case for this book. However, I DO intend to actually read this… sometime in the future.

008. The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare

Okay look, I actually have yet to finish the Mortal Instruments but I really really want to start this trilogy because word across the grapevine is that this is the best of her series and I just really want to read this soon but I still have TMI to finish.

009. The Diviners by Libba Bray

Kind of bummed I don’t have the version with the super nice cover, but… it’s what is on the inside that counts right? This is another thing that I have heard nothing but fantastic things about and I actually bought this with the intention of reading it LAST fall which uh, obviously did not happen.

010. Wintercraft by Jenna Burtenshaw

This is actually kind of a funny story, well, to me it is. I bought this off book outlet because the synopsis was like WHOA I need this now. I go to Goodreads to log it as ‘to read’ and come to find that it is the third book in a trilogy and now I need to actually buy the first two books and I’ve also spoiled myself.

So that was my mixture of series, trilogies, and duologies that I just need to read and I aspire to read sometime in the near future! What are some series that you are looking forward to starting?

 

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