Happy Book Birthday To… (#17)

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“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 Crown’s Game

The Crown's Game

Author: Evelyn Skye

Series: The Crown’s Game #1

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 416

Synopsis: Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love… or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear… the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

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Summer Days & Summer Nights

Summer Days & Summer Nights

Edited By: Stephanie Perkins

Series: N/A

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 400

Synopsis: Maybe it’s the long, lazy days, or maybe it’s the heat making everyone a little bit crazy. Whatever the reason, summer is the perfect time for love to bloom. Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories, written by twelve bestselling young adult writers and edited by the international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins, will have you dreaming of sunset strolls by the lake. So set out your beach chair and grab your sunglasses. You have twelve reasons this summer to soak up the sun and fall in love.

Featuring stories by Leigh Bardugo, Francesca Lia Block, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Brandy Colbert, Tim Federle, Lev Grossman, Nina LaCour, Stephanie Perkins, Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, and Jennifer E. Smith.

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Some Kind of Happiness

Some Kind of Happiness

Author: Claire Legrand

Series: N/A

Publisher: Simon & Shuester

Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy

Pages: 374

Synopsis: Things Finley Hart Doesn’t Want to Talk About: Her parents, who are having problems (but they pretend like they’re not), being sent to her grandparents’ house for the summer, never having met said grandparents, and her blue days—when life feels overwhelming, and it’s hard to keep her head up (this happens a lot).

Finley’s only retreat is the Everwood, a forest kingdom that exists in the pages of her notebook. Until she discovers the endless woods behind her grandparents’ house and realizes the Everwood is real–and holds more mysteries than she’d ever imagined, including a family of pirates that she isn’t allowed to talk to, trees covered in ash, and a strange old wizard living in a house made of bones.

With the help of her cousins, Finley sets out on a mission to save the dying Everwood and uncover its secrets. But as the mysteries pile up and the frightening sadness inside her grows, Finley realizes that if she wants to save the Everwood, she’ll first have to save herself.

Reality and fantasy collide in this powerful, heartfelt novel about family, depression, and the power of imagination.

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

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Friday Finds #28

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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May TBR

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Hey everyone! This is a bit late, but I wanted to make a post talking about the books I want to read this month. Now that school is almost done (my last day is tomorrow), I’m going to have more time for reading. There are so many books I would like to read so I’m setting a pretty ambitious TBR for the month. I’m curious to see how much I’ll actually be able to read!


1. Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

Confessions of a Shopaholic

I actually already finished this book! However, I still wanted to include it in this list because I’m late in getting my post up and this book was part of my mental TBR. At least this way I know I’ve read at least one book from my TBR!

2. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

The Unexpected Everything

I’ve been dying for this book to come out since 2014 when I read Morgan Matson’s other books. Now that it’s finally out, I can’t wait to read it! I’ll definitely be starting with this one, especially because I’m going to be attending one of Morgan’s book signings later this month!

3-4. The Wrath and the Dawn & The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh

The Wrath and the Dawn duology

I’m so excited to read The Rose and the Dagger, which just came out a couple of weeks ago. However, since I read The Wrath and the Dawn around a year ago, I don’t really remember everything that happened. That being said, I’m planning on rereading the first book before diving into the sequel. I’m so excited to see how this duology ends!

5. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury

Since this is a sequel, I might end up rereading the first book to refresh my memory. On the other hand, I might just look up a detailed summary of the first book so I can just dive on in! I’ve already read some slight spoilers (not on purpose) so I want to start reading it before I get spoiled even more!

6. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

The Star-Touched Queen

I’ve been wanting to read this book for awhile now so I hope I’m able to get to it this month! I’ve heard nothing but good things about it so I’m hoping I’ll like it as well!

7-11. The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

The Heroes of Olympus series

This one is a maybe for now but I still wanted to include it. Since the first book in the continuation/spin-off series of the Heroes of Olympus series, The Hidden Oracle, just came out, I’ve been thinking about rereading this series. I know it’s probably not necessary to do before reading the new book, but I really loved the Heroes of Olympus series and I might want to reread it!

12. The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

The Hidden Oracle

I definitely want to read this book really soon! Like I’ve previously stated, I loved the Heroes of Olympus series and I’m dying to continue with this new series featuring some of my favorite characters. Even if I don’t end up rereading the Heroes of Olympus series, I really hope I’m able to get to this book sooner rather than later!

13. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows

My Lady Jane

I currently have an ARC of this book on its way to me so I’m thinking of maybe reading it sometime this month! It comes out next month so I’m hoping to possibly finish it before its release date. I don’t know too much about it, but it sounds like it’s going to be a good book!


That’s it for my super ambitious TBR! What do you plan on reading this month? Let me know in the comments or link me to your May TBR post!

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April Wrap Up

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The month of April was an alright reading month for me. I didn’t read as much as I would have liked to because of school, but that’s alright! I ended up reading a total of 4 books and 1,987 pages (the page count includes the books I didn’t finish). Since the semester ends next week, I’m looking forward to reading tons in the month of May!


Books Read in April

1. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

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Rating: 4.25 stars

The first book I read in April, A Gathering of Shadows, was my favorite book of the month (with Into the Dim as a close second)! I read the first book to AGOS in January and I’ve been eager to read the sequel since its release in February. I was so glad I was finally able to! I’m really enjoying this series and I’m so excited (and a bit scared) to see how it ends! February 2017 can’t come soon enough.

2. Starflight by Melissa Landers

Starflight

Rating: 3.5 stars

The second book I read, Starflight, was a really fun sci-fi novel that was full of action and adventure. It was a quick and entertaining read, but I wasn’t able to give it higher than a 3.5 star rating because I had a hard time connecting with the characters. I liked them enough, but I didn’t have any emotional connection with any of them.

3. In Real Life by Jessica Love

In Real Life

Rating: 2 stars

In Real Life was unfortunately not that great in my opinion. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I was going to mostly because the characters were so annoying – especially the main character, Hannah. Fortunately, the book was short so I was able to finish it in one day and it helped boost my Goodreads goal!

4. Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor

Into the Dim

Rating: 4 stars

I surprisingly really enjoyed my final book of the month, Into the Dim. I had been reading mixed reviews for the novel so I really wasn’t sure if I was going to like it. While it started slow, I ended up really liking the book! The time travel aspect was really well done and I came to really like the characters as well. While some things were predictable, I still had a great time reading this book!

Book I Started But Didn’t Finish

Confessions of a Shopaholic

I was only able to read 150 pages of this book in April because soon after I started it, I became swamped with papers, tests, etc. and couldn’t pick it back up. I’m planning on finishing it in May! (I actually just finished it yesterday, May 3rd.)

Book I DNF’d

And I Darken

I hated that I ended up DNFing this book because it was one of my anticipated releases for 2016! Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to connect with most of the characters (apart from Radu who was the sweetest) and the plot wasn’t holding my interest either. I don’t think that this is a bad book at all – I think it’s just not for me.


Reading Challenge Progress

This year I’m participating in 5 reading challenges! To track my progress, I have a page on my blog but I would also like to share my progress with you all. That being said, my monthly wrap ups will all include updates on my progress. For more information on the reading challenges mentioned below, click here.

1. Goodreads Reading Challenge

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My Goal: 70 books

Completed in April: 4

Total for 2016: 24

2. Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

Goal of the Challenge: To read a book starting with each letter of the alphabet (“The” can be skipped; the first word after that will be counted)

Completed in April: 0 letters

Total for 2016: 11 letters (A, B, F, G, I, M, N, O, R, S, and T)

3. Full House Reading Challenge

Full House Reading Challenge

Goal of the Challenge: To read a book for each of the prompts found here

Completed in April: 4 prompts

Total for 2016: 15 prompts

Prompts Completed in April

  • Book you bought – A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
  • Book read in a day (self challenge) – In Real Life by Jessica Love
  • You’d like to change the cover – Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor
  • Library book – Starflight by Melissa Landers

4. I Love Libraries Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 36 books from the library

Completed in April: 3 books

Total for 2016: 11 books

5. Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge

Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge

My Goal: Read 40 fantasy books

Completed in April: 2 books

Total for 2016: 9 books

 


How was April for you in terms of your reading? Are you making progress on any reading challenges you’re participating in? Let me know in the comments or link me to your April wrap up!

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Happy Book Birthday To… (#16)

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 Unexpected Everything

The Unexpected Everything

Author: Morgan Matson

Series: N/A

Publisher: Simon & Shuster

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 528

Synopsis: Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks)

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing – if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?

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The Hidden Oracle

The Hidden Oracle

Author: Rick Riordan

Series: The Trials of Apollo #1

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Mythology

Pages: 384

Synopsis: How do you punish an immortal? By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.

But Apollo has many enemies – gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

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A Court of Mist and Fury

A Court of Mist and Fury

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #2

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 624

Synopsis: Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court–but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms–and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future–and the future of a world cleaved in two.

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Ruined

Ruined

Author: Amy Tintera

Series: Ruined #1

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 368

Synopsis: Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war. She lacks the powers of her fellow Ruined. Worst of all, she witnessed her parents’ brutal murders and watched helplessly as her sister, Olivia, was kidnapped.

But because Em has nothing, she has nothing to lose. Driven by a blind desire for revenge, Em sets off on a dangerous journey to the enemy kingdom of Lera. Somewhere within Lera’s borders, Em hopes to find Olivia. But in order to find her, Em must infiltrate the royal family.

In a brilliant, elaborate plan of deception and murder, Em marries Prince Casimir, next in line to take Lera’s throne. If anyone in Lera discovers Em is not Casimir’s true betrothed, Em will be executed on the spot. But it’s the only way to salvage Em’s kingdom and what is left of her family.

Em is determined to succeed, but the closer she gets to the prince, the more she questions her mission. Em’s rage-filled heart begins to soften. But with her life—and her family—on the line, love could be Em’s deadliest mistake.

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Traitor Angels

Traitor Angels

Author: Anne Blankman

Series: N/A

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction

Pages: 400

Synopsis: Six years have passed since England’s King Charles II returned from exile to reclaim the throne, ushering in a new era of stability for his subjects.

Except for Elizabeth Milton. The daughter of notorious poet John Milton, Elizabeth has never known her place in this shifting world—except by her father’s side. By day she helps transcribe his latest masterpiece, the epic poem Paradise Lost, and by night she learns languages and sword fighting. Although she does not dare object, she suspects that he’s training her for a mission whose purpose she cannot fathom.

Until one night the reason becomes clear: the king’s man arrive at her family’s country home to arrest her father. Determined to save him, Elizabeth follows his one cryptic clue and journeys to Oxford, accompanied by her father’s mysterious young houseguest, Antonio Vivani, a darkly handsome Italian scientist who surprises her at every turn. Funny, brilliant, and passionate, Antonio seems just as determined to protect her father as she is—but can she trust him with her heart?

When the two discover that Milton has planted an explosive secret in the half-finished Paradise Lost—a secret the king and his aristocratic supporters are desperate to conceal—Elizabeth is faced with a devastating choice: cling to the shelter of her old life or risk cracking the code, unleashing a secret that could save her father…and tear apart the very fabric of society.

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

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