Thursday, April 28, 2016

Review: Reign of Shadows (Reign of Shadows #1) by Sophie Jordan


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Summary from Goodreads:

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.

With lush writing and a star–crossed romance, Reign of Shadowsis Sophie Jordan at her best.
 

My Review:

My fantasy expectations fell flat, I wanted magic, different creatures or world building but did not get that in this short novel.

It was basically a zombie novel in medieval/fairy tale world but with a heavy lack of the magic I was expecting.

The best aspects, aside from the fantasy ones, were the characters, and the romance between the two leads was okay.

I recommend this as a fun quick read but not as a fantasy novel.

My Rating:

Three Stars Out of Five Stars

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Wishlist Wednesday # 95



Wishlist Wednesday is where you show a book that has been on your wishlist/TBR list for a while, the meme is hosted by Pen to Paper.

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Summary from Goodreads:

In this dark, action-packed third book in the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die series, Amy Gumm—the new girl from Kansas—must do everything in her power to save Kansas, kill Dorothy, and make Oz a free land once more.

Amy Gumm’s mission to take down Dorothy Gale is not going according to plan. Dorothy has found a way to bridge the worlds of Oz and Kansas, and if the power-hungry dictator of Oz has her way, Kansas will be destroyed forever. Now, Amy has to team up with the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked to save her home, restore the balance between the magic and nonmagic worlds, maybe get the guy—and kill that not-so-sweet Kansas farm girl once and for all.

In the third installment of the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die series, Danielle Paige’s twisted versions of beloved Oz characters are back, including the biggest, baddest, most famous of all: the Wicked Witch of the West.

Welcome to the other side of the rainbow. Here there’s danger around every corner, and magic shoes won’t be able to save you

My Notes:

I have the book waiting for me on my kindle :)

Waiting on Wednesday # 95



"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, where you pick a book that is coming out soon that you want to read.


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Summary from Goodreads:

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

My Notes:

I loved her first novel, Everything, Everything, and can't wait for this one.

Monday, April 25, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #100

THIS MEME COMES NOW COMES FROM THE BOOK DATE




Books I Read Last Week:

Clockwork Prince (#2) by Cassandra Clare (4 Stars)
Lemon Meringue Pie Murder (#3) by Joanne Fluke (4 Stars)
Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan (3 Stars)

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Number of Pages: 1,158

Films Watched (I'm a Film Minor):

Before We Go (2014)

Currently Reading:

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Stacking the Shelves/Weekly Update #95

Stacking the Shelves



Reviews:

Clockwork Prince (#2): Review
Everything, Everything: Review
Blueberry Muffin Murder: Review
Clockwork Angel (#1): Review
Bossypants: Review



For Review:

Review: Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare


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Summary from Goodreads:

In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.

With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, but her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?

As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.
 

My Review:

I'm surprised that it took me this long to finally read this sequel, I loved the first one back in 2010 when I was in high school and also a reading the Mortal Instruments series.

The best aspect, besides the interesting plot, was the characters, I love Jem, Tessa, Sophie and Henry/Charlotte, and the villains (like Nate and others, no spoilers) are well done.

I'm enjoy the plot build up and cannot wait to get answers in the final novel.

The only aspect I'm not a fan of is the love triangle, personally I love Jem and want him to end up with Tessa.

I recommend checking out this series I'm glad I finally did. I will be finally finishing this series soon! :)

My Rating:

Four Stars Out of Five Stars

Friday, April 22, 2016

Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon


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My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

My Review:

This was a cover buy (it was only $3.50, so that helped) because it is one my favorite covers of last years.

I adored the style of the novel, the mixture of regular prose, images, and the shortness of the chapters.

It was a breeze to read, it did not drag at all but the story was brilliant and the characters were easy to connect with and the reader is rooting for them.

The twist was mind-blowing and I did not see it coming!

I recommend checking this out if you enjoy interesting plots and cute contemporaries.

My Rating:

Five Stars Out of Five Stars

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Friday Meme: Books/Movies/Games Coming Out Next/This Week That I Want To Read/See/Play # 28

Books:

The Raven King (#4) by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4)



Games: 

The Walking Dead: Michonne -- Episode 3: What We Deserve

Review: Blueberry Muffin Murder (Hannah Swensen #3) by Joanne Fluke


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Summary from Goodreads:

Bakery owner Hannah Swensen is back--and the cookies are crumbling--as acclaimed author Joanne Fluke serves readers another helping of murder, mayhem, and mouthwatering mystery. . .
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Preparations are underway for Lake Eden, Minnesota's annual Winter Carnival--and Hannah Swensen is set to bake up a storm at her popular shop, The Cookie Jar. Too bad the honor of creating the official Winter Carnival cake went to famous lifestyle maven Connie Mac--a half-baked idea, in Hannah's opinion. She suspects Connie Mac is a lot like the confections she whips up on her cable TV cooking show--sweet, light, and scrumptious-looking, but likely to leave a bitter taste in your mouth.
Hannah's suspicions are confirmed when Connie Mac's limo rolls into town. Turns out America's "Cooking Sweetheart" is bossy, bad-tempered, and downright domineering. Things finally boil over when Hannah arrives at The Cookie Jar to find the Winter Carnival cake burnt to a crisp—and Connie Mac lying dead in her pantry, struck down while eating one of Hannah's famous blueberry muffins.
Next thing Hannah knows, the police have declared The Cookie Jar's kitchen crime scene off-limits. She's a baker without an oven--and the Carnival is right around the corner. Hannah's only alternative is to cook up a plan to save her business--by finding the killer herself. . .
Includes seven original cookie and dessert recipes for you to try! 

My Review:

This series always makes me hungry and brings out my baking side (which rarely comes out), I love all of the recipes.

I'm doing some heavy reading for my classes (Mallory and Chaucer) and I love just reading about Hannah and her cat before I head to sleep. Despite the various murders it is such a cute series.

However, I did take off one star because of the love triangle, ugh, I hate love triangles and a lot of novels right now have them (Clockwork Angel). I'll be happy when she finally picks one of them or goes for someone else.

I cannot wait to read the next book in the series! :)

I recommend checking out this fun series.

My Rating:

Four Stars Out of Five Stars

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Wishlist Wednesday # 94



Wishlist Wednesday is where you show a book that has been on your wishlist/TBR list for a while, the meme is hosted by Pen to Paper.


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Summary from Goodreads:

The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule the world. To commemorate their Great Victory over Britain and Russia, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor's ball.

Yael, who escaped from a death camp, has one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year's only female victor, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele twin's brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael's every move. But as Yael begins to get closer to the other competitors, can she bring herself to be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and complete her mission?

My Notes:

I've been trying to get my hands on this from the library but someone has renewed it two times, lol.

Waiting on Wednesday # 94



"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, where you pick a book that is coming out soon that you want to read.

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Summary from Goodreads:

A Torch Against the Night takes readers into the heart of the Empire as Laia and Elias fight their way north to liberate Laia’s brother from the horrors of Kauf Prison. Hunted by Empire soldiers, manipulated by the Commandant, and haunted by their pasts, Laia and Elias must outfox their enemies and confront the treacherousness of their own hearts.

In the city of Serra, Helene Aquilla finds herself bound to the will of the Empire’s twisted new leader, Marcus. When her loyalty is questioned, Helene finds herself taking on a mission to prove herself—a mission that might destroy her, instead.
 

My Notes:

I loved the first novel and I cannot wait for this one to come out.



Reread: Clockwork Angel (#1) by Cassandra Clare


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Summary from Goodreads:

In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Timesbestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them...

My Review:

I don't tend to reread unless it is for class or I've forgotten the first book in a series, I read Clockwork Angel back when it came out in 2010 and now I'm finally finishing the series! I decided to do a big reread of the Mortal Instruments Series as well (I left off at book 4) so I decided to start off with this series first!

I'm listening to the audio books and enjoying them while walking all over my campus. :)

I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed it the first time around and I don't know why I did not keep up with the series.

The characters (compared to the other series) are the best aspect of the novel, however, the plot is good as well. My favorites are Tessa and Jem so far but I love the side characters too.

I'm very excited to see how the plot and character story lines play out.

I recommend checking out this interesting and action packed series.

My Rating:

Four Stars Out of Five.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Review: Bossypants by Tina Fey


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Summary from Goodreads:

Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV.

She has seen both these dreams come true.

At last, Tina Fey's story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon -- from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.

Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we've all suspected: you're no one until someone calls you bossy.

My Review:

It took me way too long to finally read this book, I love Tina Fey, she is one of my favorite female comics.

I read Amy Poehler's novel last year and loved that one so I finally picked up Bossypants.

Some parts were okay/dragged but the majority of the novel was hilarious. I loved the parts that focused on her life before SNL, her family and childhood. I would have enjoyed a lot more of that.

I recommend checking out this great comedy memoir along with Poehlers.

My Rating:

Four Stars Out of Five

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books That Will Make You Laugh #86




1. We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson 
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2. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green 
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3. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson #1) by Louise Rennison
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4. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
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5. Sloppy Firsts (Jessica Darling #1) by Megan McCafferty 
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6. The Martian by Andy Weir. 
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7. Bossypants by Tina Fey
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8. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
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10. Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
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Monday, April 18, 2016

Stacking the Shelves/Weekly Update #94

Stacking the Shelves



Reviews:

Rebel Springs: Review
Gathering of Darkness: Review

Library:

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For Review:

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #99

THIS MEME COMES NOW COMES FROM THE BOOK DATE


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Books I Read Last Week:


A Gathering of Shadows (#2) by V.E Schwab (4 Stars)



Number of Pages: 512


Films Watched (I'm a Film Minor):


The Intern (2015)
Taste of Cherry

Currently Reading:

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