Top Ten Tuesday | Books That Are Out of My Comfort Zone

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which you give ten answers to the topic for the week. To find a list of upcoming topics, go here. This week’s topic is “Ten Books I Enjoyed Recently (last yearish) That Weren’t My Typical Genre/Type of Book (or that was out of your comfort zone).” Because I couldn’t come up with 10 books for this topic, I’ve decided to split it up: the first 5 are books I already read (and enjoyed) that were out of my comfort zone and the last 5 are books I would like to read that are out of my comfort zone.


Books I Enjoyed That Were Out of My Comfort Zone:

1. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Nimona

It’s out of my comfort zone because… it’s a graphic novel (I’ve only ever read 5 graphic novels)

This is definitely the best graphic novel I’ve ever read. I know because I’ve only read 5 graphic novels in my life that this isn’t saying much. However, I still really enjoyed it! The book was funny and entertaining – and I enjoyed the art style as well!

2. The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian

It’s out of my comfort zone because… it’s an adult science fiction novel (I read more YA sci-fi)

While I didn’t 100% love this book, I still enjoyed it! The main character, Mark, was definitely the best part. He was super hilarious while also being smart and resourceful – which was important given his situation. Also, I still haven’t seen the movie adaptation, but I really want to!

3. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner

It’s out of my comfort zone because… it’s an adult historical fiction novel (I don’t read a lot of historical fiction)

I absolutely loved this book! It was beautifully heartbreaking and wonderfully written. At the time I read this book, I hadn’t read a lot of historical fiction (whether it be adult or YA). I loved the book so much that it made me want to read more in the genre and also more by the author (you’ll see more on that later!)

4. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One

It’s out of my comfort zone because… it’s an adult science fiction novel (again, I read more YA sci-fi than adult)

This is another book I really loved! I was nervous going into it – even though I had heard nothing but good things about it. I was just worried that I wasn’t going to like it because at that time (late 2014), I had never really read an adult sci-fi novel. However, I had nothing to worry about – the book was as fantastic as everyone had said! Even though I didn’t get a lot of the 80’s references, I still completely loved the book!

5. Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella

Remember Me

It’s out of my comfort zone because… it’s a chick lit novel

This was a light and fluffy book that definitely kept me entertained! The concept of it was so highly unrealistic but it was still super fun to read. I definitely want to read more by Sophie Kinsella in the future!

Books on My TBR That Are Out of My Comfort Zone:

1. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

And the Mountains Echoed

It’s out of my comfort zone because… it’s an adult historical fiction novel

After reading and loving Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, I knew I had to read more of his books. Since then, I have already read and enjoyed his other novel A Thousand Splendid Suns. You would think that after reading and enjoying two adult historical fiction novels I would no longer feel that this genre is “out of my comfort zone” – but I still do. However, I’m still really looking forward to reading this novel!

2. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

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It’s out of my comfort zone because… it’s an adult high fantasy novel

I read a lot of fantasy. So much fantasy that I would definitely consider it my favorite genre. However, most of the time I stick to YA fantasy. This is because books like A Game of Thrones are just really daunting – mostly due to their size. A lot of the books in the A Song of Ice and Fire series are 1,000+ pages long and that’s huge! However, I still would like to try reading it so that I can (hopefully) expand my love of fantasy to include the adult genre as well.

3. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind

It’s out of my comfort zone because… it’s an adult high fantasy novel

My explanation for this one is pretty much the same as what I said for A Game of Thrones. Adult high fantasy novels are just really intimidating to me for some reason! While this book isn’t as long as some other adult high fantasy novels, it’s still pretty big at 660 pages. That being said, I’m still very much looking forward to reading it!

4. Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

Jane Steele

It’s out of my comfort zone because… it has a focus on Jane Eyre

I’ve never read Jane Eyre, nor do I know much about it, but this book sounded so intriguing that I just had to put it on my TBR! If you’re interested, check out the synopsis here.

5. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All The Light We Cannot See

It’s out of my comfort zone because… it’s an adult historical fiction novel taking place during World War II

Out of the few historical fiction novels I’ve read, I’ve never read one that focuses on the time of World War II – so this book will definitely be out of my comfort zone! I’m looking forward to reading it though because I’ve heard nothing but good things!


What are some books that were out of your comfort zone that you ended up enjoying? What about some out of your comfort zone books you want to read? Let me know in the comments or link me to your TTT post!

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Happy Book Birthday To… (#12)

Happy Book Birthday To...

“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here.


A Gathering of Shadows

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Author: V.E. Schwab

Series: Shades of Magic #2

Publisher: Tor

Genre: Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 512

Synopsis: Four months have passed since the shadow stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Rhy was wounded and the Dane twins fell, and the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift, and into Black London.

In many ways, things have almost returned to normal, though Rhy is more sober, and Kell is now plagued by his guilt. Restless, and having given up smuggling, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks like she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games—an extravagant international competition of magic, meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries—a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

But while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life, and those who were thought to be forever gone have returned. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night reappears in the morning, and so it seems Black London has risen again—meaning that another London must fall.

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The Forbidden Wish

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Author: Jessica Khoury

Series: N/A

Publisher: Razorbill

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings

Pages: 352

Synopsis: When Aladdin discovers Zahra’s jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn’t seen in hundreds of years — a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra’s very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes. 

But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?

As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of Aladdin from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury.

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Are either of these books on your TBR? If yes, which one are you most excited about? Let me know in the comments!

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Friday Finds #24

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm where you spotlight books that you’ve recently added to your To Be Read list. Shown below are all the books I’ve added to my TBR on Goodreads in the last few weeks!


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What books have you added to your TBR recently? Do we share any of the same books? Comment down below or link me to your Friday Finds post!

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Book Traveling Thursdays #5

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Book Traveling Thursdays is a weekly meme hosted by Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog. Each week there is a different theme and you must pick a book that goes along with that theme. Once you have a book in mind, your post will be centered around the different covers of that particular book. Firstly, you should explain why you think the book you picked goes with the theme. Then you will show the original cover, the cover from your country, your favorite cover, and your least favorite cover. For more information, check out the Goodreads group.

This week’s theme is “Crying is not always bad. Choose a book that made you ugly cry.” I really don’t cry that often while reading books. I’ll sometimes tear up, but that’s usually as far as I go. However, there are a handful of books that made me more than tear up – including the book I’m discussing today: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. I just wanted to say that overall I didn’t love this book (I ended up giving it 2.5 stars) BUT towards the ending, things got all kinds of sad and I couldn’t help but cry.


Original Cover / My Country’s Cover

Original TSOA Cover

There are many US editions for this book, but I believe this is the original. It’s not bad or anything, but it’s definitely not my favorite!

Favorite Covers

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These two are definitely my favorite of all the covers. They’re very similar, but I still wanted to include them both. I like the background color of the one on the left and I also like the font used for the title of the book on both covers! The one on the left is a US paperback edition and the one on the right is a US hardcover edition – both published by Ecco.

Least Favorite Covers

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These two are my least favorite editions of this book. The one on the left is the Hebrew edition and I think it’s just really, really strange. What is that purple thing? A dead flower? Some other weird plant? I have no idea. Also, that guy staring at me makes me uncomfortable. The cover on the right is the German edition. I don’t mind the image itself that much but the font and the color of the font is horrendous. It doesn’t go with the image at all!


What’s a book that made you cry? Let me know in the comments or link me to your Booking Through Thursday post for this week!

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Happy Book Birthday To… (#11)

Happy Book Birthday To...

“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here.


The Girl from Everywhere

The Girl from Everywhere

Author: Heidi Heiling

Series: The Girl from Everywhere #1

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Time Travel

Pages: 464

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Nix Song is a time-traveller. She, her father and their crew of time refugees travel the world aboard The Temptation, a glorious pirate ship stuffed with treasures both typical and mythical. Old maps allow Nix and her father to navigate not just to distant lands, but distant times – although a map will only take you somewhere once. And Nix’s father is only interested in one time, and one place: Honolulu 1868. A time before Nix was born, and her mother was alive. Something that puts Nix’s existence rather dangerously in question…

Nix has grown used to her father’s obsession, but only because she’s convinced it can’t work. But then a map falls into her father’s lap that changes everything. And when Nix refuses to help, her father threatens to maroon Kashmir, her only friend (and perhaps, only love) in a time where Nix will never be able to find him. And if Nix has learned one thing, it’s that losing the person you love is a torment that no one can withstand. Nix must work out what she wants, who she is, and where she really belongs before time runs out on her forever.

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The Shadow Queen

The Shadow Queen

Author: C.J. Redwine

Series: Ravenspire #1

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings

Pages: 400

Synopsis: Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.

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Riders

Riders

Author: Veronica Rossi

Series: Riders #1

Publisher: Tor Teen

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology

Pages: 384

Synopsis: For eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake, nothing but death can keep him from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does.

Recovering from the accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can’t remove. His death has brought to life his real destiny. He has become War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse.

Over the coming weeks, he and the other horsemen–Conquest, Famine, and Death–are brought together by a beautiful but frustratingly secretive girl to help save humanity from an ancient evil on the emergence.

They fail.

Now–bound, bloodied, and drugged–Gideon is interrogated by the authorities about his role in a battle that has become an international incident. If he stands any chance of saving his friends and the girl he’s fallen for–not to mention all of humankind–he needs to convince the skeptical government officials the world is in imminent danger.

But will anyone believe him?

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Are any of these books on your TBR? If yes, which one are you most excited about? Let me know in the comments!

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Happy Book Birthday To… (#10)

Happy Book Birthday To...

“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here.


These Vicious Masks

These Vicious Marks

Author: Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas

Series: These Vicious Masks #1

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Fantasy

Pages: 352

Synopsis: England, 1882. Evelyn is bored with society and its expectations. So when her beloved sister, Rose, mysteriously vanishes, she ignores her parents and travels to London to find her, accompanied by the dashing Mr. Kent. But they’re not the only ones looking for Rose. The reclusive, young gentleman Sebastian Braddock is also searching for her, claiming that both sisters have special healing powers. Evelyn is convinced that Sebastian must be mad, until she discovers that his strange tales of extraordinary people are true—and that her sister is in graver danger than she feared.

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Glass Sword

Glass Sword

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Series: Red Queen #2

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 448

Synopsis: Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

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Reign of Shadows

Reign of Shadows

Author: Sophie Jordan

Series: Reign of Shadows #1

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling

Pages: 304

Synopsis: Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna’s survival depends on the world believing she is dead.

But that doesn’t stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.

With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.

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Where Futures End

Where Futures End

Author: Parker Peevyhouse

Series: N/A

Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Pages: 304

Synopsis: Five teens. Five futures. Two worlds. One ending.

One year from now, Dylan develops a sixth sense that allows him to glimpse another world.

Ten years from now, Brixney must get more hits on her social media feed or risk being stuck in a debtors’ colony.

Thirty years from now, Epony scrubs her entire online profile from the web and goes “High Concept.”

Sixty years from now, Reef struggles to survive in a city turned virtual gameboard.

And more than a hundred years from now, Quinn uncovers the alarming secret that links them all.

Five people, divided by time, will determine the fate of us all. These are stories of a world bent on destroying itself, and of the alternate world that might be its savior–unless it’s too late

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Are any of these books on your TBR? If yes, which one are you most excited about? Let me know in the comments!

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Review: Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

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Stars Above

Series: The Lunar Chronicles

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Retellings

Publication Date: February 2, 2016

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Pages: 369

Synopsis: The enchantment continues….

The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories—and secrets—that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?

With nine stories—five of which have never before been published—and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer’s upcoming novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.

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Since this book is a bind-up of nine different novellas, I’ve decided to separate my thoughts for each novella below. There are no spoilers for Stars Above but there are spoilers for the other books in the Lunar Chronicles series.

The Keeper: This novella follows both Michelle Benoit and Scarlet at the time when Cinder (then called Princess Selene) is brought to Earth by Logan, the Lunar doctor who is also Scarlet’s grandfather. While the main focus is on Michelle, we do get to see a lot of Scarlet as she goes from a child to a young teenager. I really enjoyed reading this story! It was very interesting to see exactly what happened during those years that Cinder was hidden away at the Benoit farm!

Glitches: This novella starts off with Linh Garan bringing Cinder to her new home to meet her new stepmother Adri and stepsisters Pearl and Peony. I had already read this novella on Marissa Meyer’s Wattpad in 2014, but it was fun to read it again! We get to see Cinder adjust to her new life and her new cyborg abilities as well as see her friendship with Peony form. Iko also makes a brief appearance!

The Queen’s Army: This novella follows Wolf (then called Ze’ev or Z) when he was 12 years old and first recruited to Queen Levana’s army. We watch him go through the terrible surgeries to make him more wolf-like as well as watch him adjust to his new life as a soldier. I first read this novella in 2014 as well, but I still enjoyed reading it again!

Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky: This novella follows ladies’ man and budding entrepreneur Carswell Thorne at age 13. This was a reread for me and I enjoyed it as much as I did the first time. It was great to see how far Thorne has come! He definitely still has some of the same qualities as his younger self, but I think he has also matured and become a better person!

After Sunshine Passes By: This is the second new novella of the book that follows Cress when she was only 11 years old. This novella was short (only 18 pages) but it allowed us to see Cress for a brief time when she still lived on Luna and how she came to live on the satellite. It was interesting to see Cress at this time in her life when all she wanted to do was prove her worth to Sibil Mira and Queen Levana. My heart broke for her when she was left all alone on that satellite (even though I knew it was going to happen).

The Princess and the Guard: This novella follows Winter and Jacin over the span of some time – from childhood to their early teenage years. It includes the situation that caused Winter to stop using her Lunar abilities and also when Levana forces Winter to scar her own face. This was definitely one of my favorite novellas! I absolutely loved seeing Winter and Jacin’s friendship over the years. I feel like we got the least amount of these two in the previous novels since they joined the story late so it was great to get a 57 page novella following them exclusively. This novella also showed what a strong and purely good person Winter is. I have a lot of respect for that girl!

The Little Android: This novella follows an android who has a “faulty” personality chip, just like our beloved Iko. The story is a loose retelling of The Little Mermaid in which our main character, Mech6.0 (aka Star), falls in love with a human. I first read this novella only a few months ago, but I decided to read it again. I enjoyed it – especially the brief appearance of Cinder – but the ending was a bit confusing for me.

The Mechanic: This is another new novella that shows Kai and Cinder’s first meeting from Kai’s point of view. I really liked this perspective because we got to see what was going on in Kai’s head during this scene. Kai and Cinder fans will really enjoy this novella!

Something Old, Something New: This was most definitely my favorite novella of the book. I almost read this one first before reading the others, but I decided to torture myself save the best for last. I’m not going to say much because I don’t want to spoil anything, but this novella features Cinder, Kai, Thorne, Cress, Winter, Jacin, Scarlet, Wolf, and Iko. It’s an epilogue to Winter that takes place (I believe) 2 years after the events of that novel. It made me so happy to see all the characters back together again and it was just SO perfect! This novella seriously made my heart super happy!

Bottom Line: This novella bindup was an excellent addition to the Lunar Chronicles series and I highly recommend it to those who have read and loved the previous books!

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Friday Finds #23

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm where you spotlight books that you’ve recently added to your To Be Read list. Shown below are all the books I’ve added to my TBR on Goodreads in the last few weeks!


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*Note: All book titles are linked to Goodreads*

What books have you added to your TBR recently? Do we share any of the same books? Comment down below or link me to your Friday Finds post!

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Book Traveling Thursdays #4

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Book Traveling Thursdays is a weekly meme hosted by Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog. Each week there is a different theme and you must pick a book that goes along with that theme. Once you have a book in mind, your post will be centered around the different covers of that particular book. Firstly, you should explain why you think the book you picked goes with the theme. Then you will show the original cover, the cover from your country, your favorite cover, and your least favorite cover. For more information, check out the Goodreads group.

This week’s theme is “Every book has a special someone! Choose a book with your bookish boyfriend.” I, like many, have numerous book boyfriends. However, I decided to go with someone who’s quite special to me – Captain Carswell Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer! While he is in books 2, 3, and 4 of the series, I decided to go with Cress (book 3) because it’s my favorite in the series.


Original Cover / My Country’s Cover

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Favorite Covers

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The original cover will always be my favorite, but the Czech edition (on the right) is quite stunning as well! I feel like it really represents Cress – the person and the novel.

Least Favorite Covers

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I don’t like either of these covers at all. The one on the left (German edition) doesn’t look like it has anything to do with the book (unless that golden stuff is supposed to be Cress’s hair?). The one on the right (Swedish edition) is just super strange. For some reason, Cress is a naked redhead Barbie doll who’s crying?? It makes no sense at all!


Do you participate in Book Traveling Thursdays? If yes, leave the link to your post below! I would love to check it out.

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Happy Book Birthday To… (#9)

Happy Book Birthday To...

“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here.


Stars Above

Stars Above

Author: Marissa Meyer

Series: The Lunar Chronicles

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Retellings

Pages: 304

Synopsis: The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories—and secrets—that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies? 

With nine stories—five of which have never before been published—and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer’s upcoming novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.

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Assassin’s Heart

Assassin's Heart

Author: Sarah Ahiers

Series: N/A

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 400

Synopsis: In the kingdom of Lovero, nine rival Families of assassins lawfully kill people for a price. As a highly skilled member of one of these powerful clans, seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana has always trusted in the strength of her Family. Until she awakens to find them murdered and her home in flames. The Da Vias, the Saldanas’ biggest enemy, must be responsible—and Lea should have seen it coming. But her secret relationship with the Da Vias’ son, Val, has clouded her otherwise killer instinct—and given the Da Vias more reason than ever to take her Family down.

Racked with guilt and shattered over Val’s probable betrayal, Lea sets out to even the score, with her heart set on retaliation and only one thought clear in her mind: make the Da Vias pay.

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Revenge and the Wild

Revenge and the Wild

Author: Michelle Modesto

Series: N/A

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Steampunk

Pages: 384

Synopsis: The two-bit town of Rogue City is a lawless place, full of dark magic and saloon brawls, monsters and six-shooters. But it’s perfect for seventeen-year-old Westie, the notorious adopted daughter of local inventor Nigel Butler.

Westie was only a child when she lost her arm and her family to cannibals on the wagon trail. Nine years later, Westie may seem fearsome with her foul-mouthed tough exterior and the powerful mechanical arm built for her by Nigel, but the memory of her past still haunts her. She’s determined to make the killers pay for their crimes—and there’s nothing to stop her except her own reckless ways.

But Westie’s search ceases when a wealthy family comes to town looking to invest in Nigel’s latest invention, a machine that can harvest magic from gold—which Rogue City desperately needs as the magic wards that surround the city start to fail. There’s only one problem: the investors look exactly like the family who murdered Westie’s kin. With the help of Nigel’s handsome but scarred young assistant, Alistair, Westie sets out to prove their guilt. But if she’s not careful, her desire for revenge could cost her the family she has now.

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Starflight

Starflight

Author: Melissa Landers

Series: Starflight #1

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Pages: 320

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

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

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Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea

Author: Ruta Sepetys

Series: N/A

Publisher: Philomel Books

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction

Pages: 400

Synopsis: In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are  Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer toward safety.

Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival.

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