Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Glitter|Waiting on Wednesday

A HUGE thanks to Jill at Breaking the Spine for hosting an incredible meme. It is fantastic that everyone can communicate and enjoy these posts by creating their own and sharing others.

Glitter hits the shelves October 25th, 2016.

"Outside the palace of Versailles, it’s modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it’s the eighteenth century—with the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it’s about to become a very beautiful prison.
When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates.
Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed.
But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret—falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls—is one risk she has to take."

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Favorite Books I Read in School|Top Ten Tuesday

Hosted by the lovelies over at The Broke and the Bookish! I love their amazing ideas and seeing how many people participate each week!

Today's Top Ten is:

The books below are just a few of my favorites I was assigned to read in school.

5th Grade

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade

10th Grade

11th Grade

12th Grade

What books did you have to read in school?

Monday, August 29, 2016

New Releases|August 30th, 2016

Here are a few books that I am most looking forward to buying that are being released this week! There's quite a few this week.

"As a lethal plague sweeps through the land, Ani Mells is shocked when she is unexpectedly captured by the governor's wardens and forced to submit to a test for the deadly Scourge. She is even more surprised when the test results come back positive, and she is sent to Attic Island, a former prison turned refuge -- and quarantine colony -- for the ill. The Scourge's victims, Ani now among them, can only expect to live out short, painful lives there. However, Ani quickly discovers that she doesn't know the whole truth about the Scourge or the Colony. She's been caught in a devious plot, and, with the help of her best friend, Weevil, Ani means to uncover just what is actually going on. 

But will she and Weevil survive long enough to do so?"

"Nothing in Owen's life has been right since his father died in prison, accused of a crime Owen is certain he didn't commit. Monroe, the IT guy at school, might finally bring Owen the means to clear his father's name by letting him use an Animus — a device that lets users explore the genetic memories buried within their own DNA. The experience brings Owen more than he bargained for. During a simulation, Owen uncovers the existence of an ancient and powerful relic long considered legend — the Trident of Eden. Now two secret organizations will stop at nothing to take possession of this artifact — the Brotherhood of Assassins and the Templar Order. It soon becomes clear to Owen that the only way to save himself is to find the Trident first.

Under the guidance of Monroe, Owen and a group of other teenagers enter a simulation of memories they all share within their DNA: the 1863 draft riots in New York City. Owen and his companions will find themselves tested on the gritty streets of New York, and their experiences in the past will have far-reaching consequences in the present."

"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."

"There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn't miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it's been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she's about to embark on one to find the other.

But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she'll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is a boy named Oliver whose own magical ability is based in lies and deceit--and with a liar by her side in a land where nothing is as it seems, it will take all of Alice's wits (and every limb she's got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself--and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss."

"Bristal, an orphaned kitchen maid, lands in a gritty fairy tale gone wrong when she discovers she is an elicromancer with a knack for shape-shifting. An ancient breed of immortal magic beings, elicromancers have been winnowed down to merely two - now three - after centuries of bloody conflict in the realm. Their gifts are fraught with responsibility, and sixteen-year-old Bristal is torn between two paths. Should she vow to seek the good of the world, to protect and serve mortals? Or should she follow the strength of her power, even if it leads to unknown terrors? She draws on her ability to disguise herself as a man to infiltrate a prince's band of soldiers, and masquerades as a fairy godmother to shield a cursed princess, but time is running out. As an army of dark creatures grows closer, Bristal faces a supernatural war. To save the kingdoms, Bristal must find the courage to show her true form.

Building on homages to Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Jane Austen’s Emma and the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, Hannah West makes a spectacular debut."

What books are you most looking forward to reading this week? 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Stacking the Shelves|August 2016 Book Haul

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly or monthly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where you can share your recent book purchases, giveaway wins, and books received from publishers.

I don't really have a category for the following books. A local bookstore received these books from the publishers and allowed my friend and me to take a few. 


NetGalley Reviews:


What books did you get this month?

Thursday, August 25, 2016

In The Afterlight By Alexandra Bracken|Review

In The Afterlight (The Darkest Minds #3)
Published by Disney-Hyperion on October 28th, 2014
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Pages: 535
Format: Hardback
Rating: ★★

Ruby can't look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government's attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. With them is a prisoner: Clancy Gray, son of the president, and one of the few people Ruby has encountered with abilities like hers. Only Ruby has any power over him, and just one slip could lead to Clancy wreaking havoc on their minds. They are armed only with a volatile secret: proof of a government conspiracy to cover up the real cause of IAAN, the disease that has killed most of America's children and left Ruby and others like her with powers the government will kill to keep contained. But internal strife may destroy their only chance to free the "rehabilitation camps" housing thousands of other Psi kids. Meanwhile, reunited with Liam, the boy she would and did sacrifice everything for to keep alive, Ruby must face the painful repercussions of having tampered with his memories of her. She turns to Cole, his older brother, to provide the intense training she knows she will need to take down Gray and the government. But Cole has demons of his own, and one fatal mistake may be the spark that sets the world on fire.

My Thoughts

For most series, the last book tends to hold the most outlandish plot twists, stakes that will leave you on the edge of your seat, and the final resolution. Though In the Afterlight does meet all of these key aspects; however, there are a few exceptions. In all honestly, I was completely disappointed with this book. The vast majority of the book was lying and waiting for something, anything to happen. I felt confident in the first few chapters, but after reading 200 pages, I wondered if anything new and exciting would occur. There were a few spurts of action but only to the frighten the character more than the readers. During this long, dull period of time, the characters experienced an endless amount of teenage angst. The teenage rebellion between characters grew quite annoying and ridiculous quickly. I never expected to find myself hating Ruby. Whenever she did anything remotely dangerous or went behind Liam's back, the other characters pushed it aside as if it were nothing. But when the situation is flipped around, Ruby explodes. I understand that she is just trying to protect her friends, but could she be any less of a hypocrite? I had to put the book aside for a few days just so my brain could breathe. Ruby was exhausting. It was no surprise that the last two chapters contained the most action since Never Fade's conclusion. I felt cheated when other characters, such as Viva and Chubs, went out on their own missions. Instead of tagging along, we were forced to withstand Ruby's internal tirade. It would be a few chapters until the missions were either deemed successful or a complete failure. Not only are the characters faced with new challenges, they also obtain answers. Answers that have been withheld since the very beginning. I guess since my expectations were so high for this book, I was hoping for a better explanation than (see Goodreads my complete spoiler review). The ending felt incredibly rushed and convenient. If anything, In the Afterlight gives off a series case of Second Book Syndrome. I did enjoy a few aspects, such as the final sentence. I don't mean that in a sarcastic way, I mean it in a remember-Jude-forever-way.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Frost|Waiting on Wednesday

A HUGE thanks to Jill at Breaking the Spine for hosting an incredible meme. It is fantastic that everyone can communicate and enjoy these posts by creating their own and sharing others.

Frost hits the shelves October 11th, 2016.

"Cinder meets The Walking Dead in a chilling futuristic fairy tale that will reboot everything you thought about family, love, and what it means to be human. 

Sixteen-year-old Frost understands why she's spent her entire life in an abandoned apartment building. The ruined streets below are hunting grounds for rogue robots and Eaters.

She understands why she's never met a human besides her father. She even understands why he forbids her to look for medicine for her dying pet. But the thing is, it's not her real father giving the orders . . .

It's his memories.

Before he died, Frost's father uploaded his consciousness into their robot servant. But the technology malfunctioned, and now her father fades in and out. So when Frost learns that there might be medicine on the other side of the ravaged city, she embarks on a dangerous journey to save the only living creature she loves.

With only a robot as a companion, Frost must face terrors of all sorts, from outrunning the vicious Eaters . . . to talking to the first boy she's ever set eyes on. But can a girl who's only seen the world through books and dusty windows survive on her own?"

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Books That Have Been On My TBR From Before I Started Blogging That I STILL Haven't Read Yet|Top Ten Tuesday

Hosted by the lovelies over at The Broke and the Bookish! I love their amazing ideas and seeing how many people participate each week!

Today's Top Ten is:

I've only started blogging in December of 2015 so my TTT mostly contains recently published books.

1. The Exiled Queen

by Cinda Williams Chima

2. The Gray Wolf Throne

by Cinda Williams Chima

3. The Crimson Crown
by Cinda Williams Chima

4. Red Rising
by Pierce Brown

5. Beastly Bones
by William Ritter

6. Passenger
by Alexandra Bracken

7. Rebel of the Sands
by Alwyn Hamilton

8.  Flamecaster
by Cinda Williams Chima

9. Never Missing, Never Found
by Amanda Panitch

10. Ruined
by Amy Tintera

What books do you still have to read?

Monday, August 22, 2016

New Releases|August 23rd, 2016

Here are a few books that I am most looking forward to buying that are being released this week! There's quite a few this week.

"Jenny Cavanaugh, the ghostly lady of 926 Augur Lane, has enlisted the investigative services of her fellow residents to solve a decade-old murder—her own. Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer, Detective R. F. Jackaby, dive into the cold case, starting with a search for Jenny’s fiancé, who went missing the night she died. But when a new, gruesome murder closely mirrors the events of ten years prior, Abigail and Jackaby realize that Jenny’s case isn’t so cold after all, and her killer may be far more dangerous than they suspected.

Fantasy and folklore mix with mad science as Abigail’s race to unravel the mystery leads her across the cold cobblestones of nineteenth-century New England, down to the mythical underworld, and deep into her colleagues’ grim histories to battle the most deadly foe she has ever faced."

"Three friends find themselves plunged into a world of quantum physics, a rare disease, and a mysterious fact about a real-life global catastrophe.

Twelve-year-old Zak Killian is hearing a voice. Could it be a guardian angel? A ghost? No, that's crazy. But sometimes the voice is so real. . . . It warns him of danger.

One day Zak is standing on the subway platform when the tunnel starts to fill with water. He sees it before anyone else. The voice warns him to run. His friends Moira and Khalid believe this is more than a premonition, and soon all three find themselves in an alternate universe that is both familiar and seriously strange. As Zak unravels the mystery behind the voice, he faces decisions that may mean the end of their world at home--if they can even get home!

In his most propulsive and heartfelt book yet, acclaimed author Barry Lyga explores the depths of friendship, the bonds of family, and the nature of the universe itself."

What books are you most looking forward to reading this week? 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Never Fade By Alexandra Bracken|Review

Never Fade (The Darkest Minds #2)
Published by Disney-Hyperion on October 15th, 2013
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Pages: 512
Format: Hardback
Rating: ★★

Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster. When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children—and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts—has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flash drive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future—and who now wouldn’t recognize her. As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam—and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart—she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?

My Thoughts

I won't say that Never Fade was better than The Darkest Minds; however, the spark continued throughout this thrilling sequel. Characters: By far, the best series to perfectly capture the struggle of true teamwork. Each of Bracken's characters is distinctly unique. Whether it be by their powers or by their personalities, there is always someone or something there to create a situation. Besides the returning characters, I'd have to say my favorite character was Jude. Honestly, at first, I thought because of his simplistic descriptions and nervous personality he would become quite the expert at royally screwing plans up. Fortunately, that was not the case, most of the time. I enjoyed Jude's character because I found his neurotic personality very genuine. His flawless ability to take on the entire groups doubt it not only realistic but relatable. It has been a while since I last read one of Alexandra's books so accounting for a new plot twist every few chapters definitely keep my attention. There were a few dry moments; however, they only lasted for a chapter at the most. I don't know why it took me so long to read Never Fade. This book was fantastic! I won't make the same mistake of waiting two years before picking of up In the Afterlife.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Hammer of Thor|Waiting on Wednesday

A HUGE thanks to Jill at Breaking the Spine for hosting an incredible meme. It is fantastic that everyone can communicate and enjoy these posts by creating their own and sharing others.

The Hammer of Thor hits the shelves October 4th, 2016.

"Thor's hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon--the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn't just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can't retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer's return is the gods' worst enemy, Loki--and the price he wants is very high."