February reading Wrap Up!!

Even thought this month was rather short I still did get some reading done. And I have read a pretty good amount of books and I actually read more contemporary books this month and did read a wide range off genres!!

Current Stats:  5 books   2 audiobooks      1 non-fiction    1 middle grade  1 fantasy 1 thriller

Books I read:

  1. Big Magic (Audiobook): 5 Stars Read!  BTBLC:
  2. The Light Between Worlds: 4 Stars : Beat the Back List
  3. Only a Breath Apart  (4.5 stars) :
  4. Famous In a Small town (3.5)
  5. The Similars (4 stars)
  6. The Adventures Guild (3 Stars) BTBL
  7. Briar Book (4 Stars) (Audiobook) BTBL
  8. Crown Of midnight

Let me know what you read this month!!!

 

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The Lying Woods (ARC) Non-Spoiler Review!!!

The Lying Woods  by Ashley Elston

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Published by Disney-Hyperion on November 13, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary, thriller

Pages: 336

Format: arc

Source: ALA

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Owen Foster has never wanted for anything. Then his mother shows up at his elite New Orleans boarding school cradling a bombshell: his privileged life has been funded by stolen money. After using the family business, the single largest employer in his small Louisiana town, to embezzle millions and drain the employees’ retirement accounts, Owen’s father vanished without a trace, leaving Owen and his mother to deal with the fallout.

My Thoughts:

I really found this book to a prefect read. I really was loved Owen and Noah is a lead characters. It is rather rare to have YA novel focused only on the male POV. I also really enjoyed the duel time line part of the story and found both storylines to be super compelling. I also really liked the balance that Elston created in the various genres between contempoary and thriller. I really found this book to be super compelling. I also thought this book tackled family issues super well. I think the own character really was so well done I would say this book is more of a contemporary novel with hints of mystery but the ending of this book was super shocking and i would def re-read this book in the future.

January reading warp up!!

So like last year I always get sick in January! Always the same week as well. Unlike last year, this year it is not the flu but rather terrible case of laryngitis so if i do film a video for these posts these will be a tad late!

But at the moment I have:

Read 8 books

Listen 2 book

  1. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson:  BBC, PSRC * 4.5 stars
  2. Dream fall by Amy Plum  3 stars
  3. The Burning Maze  5 stars BBC *PSRC
  4. The Resoultions; BBC 4 Stars
  5. Thorne of Glass * Audiobook* BBLC*  4.5 Stars
  6. Girls of Paper and fire* BBLC* PSRC* 4 stars*
  7. Never contentened things * 3.5 stars*
  8. The Me I am meant to be*  3 stars*
  9. Shadow of the Fox  *
  10. Fill in Boyfriend  *4 stars* Audiobook! 

I did get rather sick this  month but I am pretty happy with all the books that I read. Let me know In the comments what are your top reads of the month!

My top reads are

  1. The Burning maze and Shadow of the fox!

Later book lovers!

 

Throne of Glass: Non-Spoiler Review

Throne of Glass  by Sarah J MASS

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Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on August 7, 2012

Genres: Young Adult, fantasy

Pages: 416

Format: audiobook

Source: personally bought

2019 challenge: Beat the blacklist challenge

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I would give this book 4.75 for a review.

Summary!!!

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

My Thoughts:

Very good start to the series! The world building was a bit weak but towards the end i grew to really love it! I really liked the characters and the presence of fantsey world in the future is exciting! I really loved the various POV that we got in this book. I thought the pacing of this book was also super well crafted. I really enjoyed the different types of characters we met in this novel. I thought the world building overall was awesome but thought the world building towards the end was a bit rush. Excited to get my hands on the next one soon!

Top Five Series I want to Start Reading!! (middle grade and adult)

So new year, new books, new series. I sometimes miss the boat on some of the more popular series and really want to get to them. These are series that are out and have at least 2 book out by 2019! So lets get into it!

  1. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  2. The Assassin Apprentice By Robin Hobb
  3. Vicious by Victoria Swab
  4. The Adventures Guild by Clark and Eliopulous
  5. Keeper of the lost cites by Shannon Messanger
  6. The way of kings part 2  by Brandon Sanderson

Let me know in the comments what are your non-spolier thoughts about this series or if any of these series are on your 2019 tbr!

Later book lovers!

 

Prince in Disguise (Non – Spoiler Review)

Prince in Disguise  by Stephanie Kate Strohm.

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Published by Disney-Hyperion on December 19, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary, Holiday Reads

Pages: 320

Format: Hardback

Source: Library

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Someday I want to live in a place where I never hear “You’re Dusty’s sister?” ever again.
Life is real enough for Dylan-especially as the ordinary younger sister of Dusty, former Miss Mississippi and the most perfect, popular girl in Tupelo. But when Dusty wins the hand of the handsome Scottish laird-to-be Ronan on the TRC television network’s crown jewel, Prince in Disguise, Dylan has to face a different kind of reality: reality TV.

As the camera crew whisks them off to Scotland to film the lead-up to the wedding, camera-shy Dylan is front and center as Dusty’s maid of honor. The producers are full of surprises-including old family secrets, long-lost relatives, and a hostile future mother-in-law who thinks Dusty and Dylan’s family isn’t good enough for her only son. At least there’s Jamie, an adorably bookish groomsman who might just be the perfect antidote to all Dylan’s stress . . . if she just can keep TRC from turning her into the next reality show sensation.

 

My Thoughts:

I will admit the first half of this book was okay. I did enjoy it, but it did not wow me. I thought the book overall had very slow pacing and it took me awhile to feel totally connected to the characters but by the end of the book I was totally engaged and loved the characters. I really did liked the reality tav show element and also the over the pond adventure. Dusty took a while to grow on me. I found the end to be such a fun suprise and it def made me enjoy the book a lot more. I would even re-read this book again. I hope to read more this author in the future.

Beat the backlist Challenge 2019!!

I did participate in the beat the backlist challenge last year and was able to meet my goal of reading 50 backlist titles. I am trying to read the same amount of books this year as well!

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I am also a Huffflepufff and we will be Joining that house that is year.

 

I am super excited for the bingo card as well! Here is mine as a proud puff!

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Let me know in the comments if you are participating in this challenge and what house you are rooting for!

later book lovers!

 

Crooked Kingdom: Non-Spoiler Review!!

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Baradugo

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Published by Square Fish  on September 4, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 576

Format: audiobook

Source: personally bought

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Crooked Kingdom is the #1 New York Times-bestselling sequel to Six of Crows.Now in paperback with a brand-new exclusive piece of art, an interview with Leigh Bardugo and a sneak peek of her next book.

When you can’t beat the odds, change the game.

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book much better then book one. I found this book to be much more compelling to book then book one. I liked how we really dived into these characters much more then book 2. I liked also how the interactions between these characters just increased. I also was much more invested in the heist aspect of this novel. I wish we saw a few more characters from the shadow and bone series! I was impressed by this book and really look foward to king of scars next year!

Ruin and Rising: Non-Spolier Review!!!

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

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Published by Henry Holt and Co  First edition on June 17, 2014

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages:  369

Format: Paperback

Source: Personally Bought

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Enter the Grishaverse with Book Three of the Shadow and Bone Trilogy by the #1 New York Timesbestselling author of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom.

Soldier. Summoner. Saint. The nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

The Darkling rules from his shadow throne while a weakened Alina Starkov recovers from their battle under the dubious protection of the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Now her hopes lie with the magic of a long-vanished ancient creature and the chance that an outlaw prince still survives.

As her allies and enemies race toward war, only Alina stands between her country and a rising tide of darkness that could destroy the world. To win this fight, she must seize a legend’s power—but claiming the firebird may be her ruin.

My Thoughts:

I thought that this was prob one of the best book in the series. I keep on loving this world and really think the world was expanded so much in this novel. I found the relationship between Mal and Alina to be the best part of this novel. I really loved how this book focused on the a smaller cast of characters. It was a such a fast pace read. I was really hooked. I like how this book really focused on the hero myth and it did such unique things with the troupe. I thought Nick was the best part of this novel and really can’t wait to read the sequel series to this series.

 

Seige and Storm (Non-Spoiler Review)!!!

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

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Published by  Henry Holt and Co. on June 4, 2013

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 448

Format: Paper back

Source: Personally Bought

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Enter the Grishaverse with Book Two of the Shadow and Bone Trilogy by the #1 New York Timesbestselling author of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom.

Soldier. Summoner. Saint. Alina Starkov’s power has grown, but not without a price. She is the Sun Summoner—hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Shadow Fold. But she and Mal can’t outrun their enemies for long.

The Darkling is more determined than ever to claim Alina’s magic and use it to take the Ravkan throne. With nowhere else to turn, Alina enlists the help of an infamous privateer and sets out to lead the Grisha army.

But as the truth of Alina’s destiny unfolds, she slips deeper into the Darkling’s deadly game of forbidden magic, and further away from her humanity. To save her country, Alina will have to choose between her power and the love she thought would always be her shelter. No victory can come without sacrifice—and only she can face the oncoming storm.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. I loved the new characters that we meet especially the prince. I found this to be a much more complex book but also just really enjoyed all the character dymanics. I found this book to still have predictable moments but I did enjoy this book better then book one! I still loved the world build in this book so much and it def remains the stand out in this novel. I really was so fascinated by Alina character and am really excited to see how this series ends!