Readathon VLOG!!

So this is flashback post 🙂 But at the start of the year, I did a mini readathon to end 2018 and start 2019!.

I was able to finish one total book during this mini readathon and had a rather successful first week of the year!!

Let me know how your reading has been in 2019 so far!

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January books I want to read!!

So I am going to start this feature every month! Here are the top five (new books) I want to be able to read this month, that come out this month!

  1. The Me I am meant to be by Sophie Jordan:

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Summary: Girl Code: Never date a friend’s ex. Willa Evans has no intention of breaking the code. So what if she’s always secretly loved her next-door neighbor Zach? As her best friend’s boyfriend, he was always off-limits and it needs to stay that way, even though they just broke up. Even though every time she turns around he’s there, tempting her…
No keeping secrets from your bestie. Flor Hidalgo has a lot on her plate: her breakup with Zach, her dad’s new dating life, and her struggling grades. So why can’t she stop thinking about her hot, know-it-all tutor? At least she’s got Willa, her constant in the chaos.Breaking the code breaks friendships.

2. Girl King by Mini Yu:

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Summary: Two sisters become unwitting rivals in a war to claim the title of Emperor in this richly imagined, Asian-inspired fantasy for fans of RenĂ©e Ahdieh and Sabaa Tahir.Sisters Lu and Min have always known their places as the princesses of the Empire of the First Flame: assertive Lu will be named her father’s heir and become the dynasty’s first female ruler, while timid Min will lead a quiet life in Lu’s shadow. Until their father names their male cousin Set his heir instead, sending ripples through the realm and throwing both girls’ lives into utter chaos. Determined to reclaim her birthright, Lu has no choice but to go on the run, leaving Min to face the volatile court alone. Lu soon crosses paths with Nokhai, the lone, unlikely survivor of the Ashina, a clan of nomadic wolf shapeshifters. Nok never learned to shift–or to trust the empire that killed his family–but working with the princess might be the only way to unlock his true power. As Lu and Nok form a shaky alliance, Min’s own hidden power awakens, a forbidden, deadly magic that could secure Set’s reign . . . or allow her to claim the throne herself. But there can only be one emperor, and the sisters’ greatest enemy could very well turn out to be each other. This sweeping fantasy set against a world of buried ancient magic and political intrigue weaves an unforgettable story of ambition, betrayal, and sacrifice.

3. Song of the dead by Sarah Green Marsh

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Summary:  Karthia is nothing like it used to be. The kingdom’s borders are open for the first time in nearly three hundred years, and raising the dead has been outlawed. Odessa is determined to explore the world beyond Karthia’s waters, hoping to heal a heart broken in more ways than she can count. But with Meredy joining the ocean voyage, vanquishing her sorrow will be a difficult task. Despite the daily reminder of the history they share, Odessa and Meredy are fascinated when their journey takes them to a land where the Dead rule the night and dragons roam the streets. Odessa can’t help being mesmerized by the new magic–and by the girl at her side. But just as she and Meredy are beginning to explore the new world, a terrifying development in Karthia summons them home at once. Growing political unrest on top of threats from foreign invaders means Odessa and Meredy are thrust back into the lives they tried to leave behind while specters from their past haunt their tenuous relationship. Gathering a force big enough to ward off enemies seems impossible, until one of Queen Valoria’s mages creates a weapon that could make them invincible. As danger continues to mount inside the palace, Odessa fears that without the Dead, even the greatest invention won’t be enough to save their fates. In this enthralling, heartrending sequel to Reign of the Fallen, Odessa faces the fight of her life as the boundaries between the Dead and the living are challenged in a way more gruesome than ever before.

4. Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Sky

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Summary: Sora can move as silently as a ghost and hurl throwing stars with lethal accuracy. Her gemina, Daemon, can win any physical fight blindfolded and with an arm tied around his back. They are apprentice warriors of the Society of Taigas—marked by the gods to be trained in magic and the fighting arts to protect the kingdom of Kichona. As their graduation approaches, Sora and Daemon look forward to proving themselves worthy of belonging in the elite group—but in a kingdom free of violence since the Blood Rift Rebellion many years ago, it’s been difficult to make their mark.So when Sora and Daemon encounter a strange camp of mysterious soldiers while on a standard scouting mission, they decide the only thing to do to help their kingdom is to infiltrate the group. Taking this risk will change Sora’s life forever—and lead her on a mission of deception that may fool everyone she’s ever loved.

5. The vanishing Stair:

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Summary: The Truly Devious case—an unsolved kidnapping and triple murder that rocked Bellingham Academy in 1936—has consumed Stevie for years. It’s the very reason she came to the academy. But then her classmate was murdered, and her parents quickly pull her out of school. For her safety, they say. She must move past this obsession with crime. Stevie’s willing to do anything to get back to Ellingham, be back with her friends, and solve the Truly Devious case. Even if it means making a deal with the despicable Senator Edward King. And when Stevie finally returns, she also returns to David: the guy she kissed, and the guy who lied about his identity—Edward King’s son. But larger issues are at play. Where did the murderer hide? What’s the meaning of the riddle Albert Ellingham left behind? And what, exactly, is at stake in the Truly Devious affair? The Ellingham case isn’t just a piece of history—it’s a live wire into the present.

Let me know in the comments if any of these books are on your on your buying list this month!

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Snow in Love (Short Story Collection)

Snow In Love  by Mellissa De La Cruz, Nic Stone,  Amiee Friedman, Kasie West.

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Published by Point on October 30, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary, holiday reads

Pages: 272

Format: paper back

Source: personally bought

2018 challenge:

Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

What’s better than one deliciously cozy, swoon-worthy holiday story?

Four of them, from some of today’s bestselling authors.

From KASIE WEST, a snowy road trip takes an unexpected detour when secrets and crushes are revealed.

From AIMEE FRIEDMAN, a Hanukkah miracle may just happen when a Jewish girl working as a department store elf finds love.

From MELISSA DE LA CRUZ, Christmas Eve gets a plot twist when a high school couple exchange surprising presents.

From NIC STONE, a scavenger hunt amid the holiday crowds at an airport turns totally romantic.

So grab a mug of hot cocoa, snuggle up, and get ready to fall in love…

Individual Stories:

West: Loved it!!!!! Such a fun read! 4.5

Cruz:  Adored it!!! Such a fun read 4

Freedman: 4  reads!

Stone: 4 stars

My Thoughts:

I really loved this holiday themed short story collection. I found them to but such fun reads and I flew through them. These stories put me in the holiday spirt. I thought these stories were connected to stories types that are just fun to reed about like snow storm, a fun holiday job, holiday gifts suprise and scavenger hunt themed stories. I think my favorite story was Kassie west and Mellissa de la cruz. I also liked the various types of characters that were featured in this story. These stories put a smile on my face and i really rec. this holiday reading collection!

 

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

Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

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!

Waiting on Wensday:: Slayer!!!!

So I have this book in my pile of books I really want to read! I am so excited to finally read this book and ventrue back to the world of buffy the vampire slayer!!!!

Book Cover!!

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Summary!!

From New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes a brand-new series set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer that introduces a new Slayer as she grapples with the responsibility of managing her incredible powers that she’s just beginning to understand.
Into every generation a Slayer is born…
Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, are far from normal. It’s hard to be when you grow up at the Watcher’s Academy, which is a bit different from your average boarding school. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers—girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. But while Nina’s mother is a prominent member of the Watcher’s Council, Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic.
Until the day Nina’s life changes forever.Thanks to Buffy, the famous (and infamous) Slayer that Nina’s father died protecting, Nina is not only the newest Chosen One—she’s the last Slayer, ever. Period.As Nina hones her skills with her Watcher-in-training, Leo, there’s plenty to keep her occupied: a monster fighting ring, a demon who eats happiness, a shadowy figure that keeps popping up in Nina’s dreams…
But it’s not until bodies start turning up that Nina’s new powers will truly be tested—because someone she loves might be next.One thing is clear: Being Chosen is easy. Making choices is hard.

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Let me know if this book is on your TBR!!!

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The Magic Misfits: The Second Story: Non-Spoiler Review!!

The Magic Misfits: The Second Story by  Neil Patrick Harris

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Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on September 25, 2018

Genres: Middle Grade, Adventure story

Pages: 36

Format: ARC

Source: BEA

2018 challenge:

Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 4  for a review.

Summary!!!

Growing up in an orphanage, Leila was bullied for being different. She turned her hardship into skill by becoming an escape artist–a valuable trait when belonging to a group of magical best friends. But when a famous psychic comes to town, Leila and her pals won’t be able to escape the big mystery heading their way. Whether chasing mad monkeys or banishing ghosts from haunted hotels, these six friends will do their best to keep Mineral Wells safe–but can they still protect themselves in the process?
Join the Magic Misfits as they discover adventure, friendship, and more than a few hidden secrets in this delightful new series. Whether you’re a long-time expert at illusion or simply a new fan of stage magic, hold onto your top hat!
…have more questions? I thought you might. Here’s some answers:
WHERE? A sleepy town in New England. Within the town is a magic shop, run by the friendly but mysterious Dante Vernon–the gang’s caped and top-hatted mentor.
WHO? Carter, who can make things vanish. Leila, who can escape from anything. Theo, who can make things levitate with the aid of his violin bow. Ridley, who can invent anything. And of course twins Olly and Izzy, who can make anyone laugh.
WHY? Because together, these six magical misfits will discover adventure, friendship, and the town’s long-hidden secrets.
(Psst. Hey, you! Yes, YOU! Congratulations on reading this far down. As a reward, I’ll let you in on a little secret… This book isn’t just a book. It’s a treasure trove of secrets and ciphers and codes and even tricks. Keep your eyes peeled and you’ll discover more than just a story–you’ll learn how to make your own magic!)

 

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. I found it to be so much fun to read. I really enjoyed this book and loved the new character POV that we got to follow. I thought the mystery was a tad predictable at points but really loved again the focus on family and also found family and also on using magic as a art form. I also really loved the focus on friendship!This book just put a really big smile on my face. I really enjoyed reading it!

The Lady Guide to Petticoats and Piracy: Non-Spoiler Review!!

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzie Lee

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Published by Katherine Tegen Books on October 2, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, historical fiction

Pages: 464

Format: Hardback

Source: Library

2018 challenge:

Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

In this highly anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, Felicity Montague must use all her womanly wits and wiles to achieve her dreams of becoming a doctor—even if she has to scheme her way across Europe to do it. A must-have for fans of Mackenzi Lee’s extraordinary and Stonewall Honor-winning novel.

A year after an accidentally whirlwind grand tour with her brother Monty, Felicity Montague has returned to England with two goals in mind—avoid the marriage proposal of a lovestruck suitor from Edinburgh and enroll in medical school. However, her intellect and passion will never be enough in the eyes of the administrators, who see men as the sole guardians of science.

But then a window of opportunity opens—a doctor she idolizes is marrying an old friend of hers in Germany. Felicity believes if she could meet this man he could change her future, but she has no money of her own to make the trip. Luckily, a mysterious young woman is willing to pay Felicity’s way, so long as she’s allowed to travel with Felicity disguised as her maid.

In spite of her suspicions, Felicity agrees, but once the girl’s true motives are revealed, Felicity becomes part of a perilous quest that leads them from the German countryside to the promenades of Zurich to secrets lurking beneath the Atlantic.

My brief Thoughts:

I thought this book was such a fun adventure. I really loved being in felicity head. I really loved how LEE crafted this world. I also loved how many different settings this book included. I also really enjoyed how this book handled the topics of race, women rights and just women kicking but and taking names. I thought the pacing in this book had some slow moments but overall it was a solid read. This book was def a fun read and I really loved seeing former characters as well. I thought the hits of LGBTQ romance was so well done. And I really am curious what book is coming next!

My Extended Thoughts:

Characters: I really loved the trio of girls characters that was the focus of this novel. I also really enjoyed how different these characters were and how the all showed different females at this time period. I also really enjoyed how these characters progressed in the novel and how they interacted with each other. I also really liked seeing some characters from A gentleman guide to vice and virtue.

Pacing: This book was pacing was slow at points but it still captured me for a majority of the book.  I thought towards the middle the pace was slower.

Plot: One of the things I liked about this book was we changed “settings” and parts of the novel so often it kept me excited. This book really also showed me what it was like to be women in this time period.

NEXT BOOK! I really hope we get another book in this series. Let me know If this book is on your TBR or if you read it your thoughts!

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Arc TBR: We set the dark on fire

This is another of my NYCC comic con reads, That comes out early winter! I really am so excited to get to these novels!!

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Summary!!

In this daring and romantic fantasy debut perfect for fans of The Handmaid’s Tale and Latinx authors Zoraida Córdova and Anna-Marie McLemore, society wife-in-training Dani has a great awakening after being recruited by rebel spies and falling for her biggest rival.

At the Medio School for Girls, distinguished young women are trained for one of two roles in their polarized society. Depending on her specialization, a graduate will one day run a husband’s household or raise his children. Both paths promise a life of comfort and luxury, far from the frequent political uprisings of the lower class.

Daniela Vargas is the school’s top student, but her pedigree is a lie. She must keep the truth hidden or be sent back to the fringes of society.

And school couldn’t prepare her for the difficult choices she must make after graduation, especially when she is asked to spy for a resistance group desperately fighting to bring equality to Medio.

Will Dani cling to the privilege her parents fought to win for her, or will she give up everything she’s strived for in pursuit of a free Medio—and a chance at a forbidden love?

Author Information:

Tehlor Kay Mejia is an author and Oregon native in love with the alpine meadows and evergreen forests of her home state, where she lives with her daughter. We Set the Dark on Fire is her first novel. You can follow her on Twitter @tehlorkay.

Product details

  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (February 26, 2019)
  • Publication Date: February 26, 2019
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers

Let me know in the comments, If this book is on your winter TBR!

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Waiting for Wenesday: Girl of Paper and Fire!!

So this book was one of the highlights of my book con experience!! And I really can’t wait to read it!

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Summary!!!

Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It’s the highest honor they could hope for…and the most demeaning. This year, there’s a ninth. And instead of paper, she’s made of fire.

In this richly developed fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class of people in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards for an unknown fate still haunts her. Now, the guards are back and this time it’s Lei they’re after — the girl with the golden eyes whose rumored beauty has piqued the king’s interest.
Over weeks of training in the opulent but oppressive palace, Lei and eight other girls learns the skills and charm that befit a king’s consort. There, she does the unthinkable — she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens her world’s entire way of life. Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.

Author Information:

Natasha Ngan is a writer and yoga teacher. She grew up between Malaysia, where the Chinese side of her family is from, and the UK. This multicultural upbringing continues to influence her writing, and she is passionate about bringing diverse stories to teens. Natasha studied Geography at the University of Cambridge before working as a social media consultant and fashion blogger.

She recently moved to Paris, where she likes to imagine she drifts stylishly from brasserie to brasserie, notepad in one hand, wineglass in the other. In reality, she spends most of her time getting lost on the metro and confusing locals with her French.

She is represented by Taylor Haggerty at Root Literary. Her YA novels THE ELITES and THE MEMORY KEEPERS are out now from Hot Key Books, and GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE will be published in November 2018 by Little Brown.

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

Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

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 Times–bestselling 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.