Friday, January 6, 2017

Review ~ "Windwitch" by Susan Dennard

Windwitch (The Witchlands #2)Title: "Windwitch"
Series: The Witchlands, #2
Author: Susan Dennard 
 
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Published: January 10, 2017
Publisher: TorTeen
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Adventure
Pages: 400
Format: ARC
Source: I received this arc from the publisher for being a part of the Witchlanders

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Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies…

After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.

When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her—yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first?

After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge—especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Bout of Books 18 1/2-1/8

Bout of Books 18
Bout of Books is a readathon hosted by Bout of Books.

Bout of Books is a readathon that lasts a week, with the goal being to read as much as you possibly can.

My goal is to finish Crooked Kingdom and to start The Star-Touched Queen.

I'll finish adding everything to this post later, I just want to get it posted.

Dumbledore's Army Readathon #DAReadathon



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Dumbledore's Army Readathon is hosted by Aentee at Read at Midnight.

Because I'm a complete mess, I haven't gotten around to sign up for this until now, two days into the readathon. I'd like to blame it all on finals and the holidays, but I'm more than a little forgetful.

I wanted to sign up for this for two reasons. The first is because I LOVE Harry Potter. It's one of my favorite book and movie series, and I am a proud Slytherin. The second is because, to be completely honest, I haven't read many diverse books. This is one of my big goals for this year: Read more diverse books. This has also made me realize that my local library has a very small selection of diverse books and books by #OwnVoices authors. Hopefully I'll find plenty of books to suggest to them! Fortunately they do have a few, and I also had a couple books on my book shelves that fit the criteria!
 
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Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton
As a dancer, it makes me so happy to see dance, specifically ballet here, to be the focal point. And it also shows the dark side that can come with dance, such as mental illness and the lack of diversity.

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 When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
None of the books I've read have featured a transgender character, so I've been looking for books that have a transgender person as a main character. I've also heard that the writing is beautiful!

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 The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
I've heard great things about this book, and time traveling intrigues me, especially after reading Ruby Red and Passengers. Plus Heidi's twitter is amazing and she's done a lot supporting other diverse authors.
 
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 Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
This book features a Chinese musician and a runaway slave heading to California in the 1800s. I was surprised that I really enjoyed Vengeance Road and have been wanting to read more Westerns.
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 More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
I've heard a lot of glowing reviews for this book and I decided that I finally had to read it. I also like that it features a character who's trying to find happiness and figure out who is.
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 Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
The ending of Six of Crows pretty much killed me, so this book I'm definitely reading first. I'm just hoping it doesn't break me any more than the first did!
 
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 The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
 When this book came out, it was all everyone could talk about. I ordered it on Amazon Prime Day and it's been sitting on my shelf since then. It features Indian mythology, something that's new to me, and pieces of the myth of Hades and Persephone, a story that I love!
And here's my badge I'll keep track of my points with!
Let me know what you thought of all these books and what you plan to read! Wish me luck!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #70: Ten Books I Read Because of Recommendations

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
 
This Week's Topic:
Ten Books I Read Because of Recommendations
 
1.
A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)
I was going to Susan Dennard's Truthwitch signing, which included a bunch of Tor authors and Victoria Schwab was one of them. I heard that it was a really good book, so I bought it while I was there and got it signed!
 
2.
Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)
Everyone seemed to love this book, so I caved and bought it. It sat unread on my bookshelf for a while, but I finally read it and really enjoyed it!
 
3.
Starflight (Starflight, #1)
A fellow blogger loved this book and her glowing review convinced me to buy it. Needless to say, I am very happy I read it.
 
4.
Vengeance Road
I never thought Western was my thing, but another blogger told me to give it a chance and I'm happy they got me to read out of my comfort zone!
 
5.
The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)
I had this one on my TBR for a long time, but I finally read it after prompting from a blogger. And now I will forever be in their debt for making me read this book sooner.
 
6.
Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling, #1)
I got this recommendation for Adult Paranormal Romance, and now this series and I are in a committed relationship. I can finish one of these books in one day. I just love them so much.
 
7.
Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy, #1)
This is one of those sad cases where someone encourages you to read a book and you did not like it at all. I didn't expect to love it, but it's still super disappointing.
 
8.
Air Awakens (Air Awakens, #1)
I saw this one all around Twitter and was being told by multiple people to read it. I really liked the first, but, sadly, the second fell a bit flat. I plan to read the third because I hope it goes much better.
 
9.
Riders (Riders, #1)
I finally read this book a couple months ago after being told over and over again that I just had to read it. And I loved it. The cover for Seeker, the sequel, was revealed recently and I love it!
 
10.
The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)
I was told by a couple bloggers that I really should read this series. I read the first book, and I thought it was OK. I've heard the other books are better, so plan to read the others and see if they do get better.
 
I don't typically get too many recommendations, so these are most of them. Some of been hits, others have been misses. But that's inevitable.
 
Do you have any books that you always recommend? Have you read any of these books?

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Review ~ "Sweet Evil" by Wendy Higgins

Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy, #1)Title: "Sweet Evil"
Series: The Sweet Trilogy, #1
Author: Wendy Higgins

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Published: May 1, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 464
Format: ebook
Source: Overdrive

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Fans of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series will be drawn to Wendy Higgins's sexy, thrilling Sweet Evil series.
What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences? This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She's aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but Anna, the ultimate good girl, has always had the advantage of her angel side to balance the darkness within. It isn't until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He's the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.
Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?