Ten Books On My Spring TBR

I am extending this to Spring/Summer TBR and also books that are already out because reasons. Yay for more books! So here we go out top picks on our spring TBR brought to you by the Broke and the Bookish !

 

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This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab June 7th 2016

Anything by V.E. Schwab has now become an auto-buy. This first book in a new series by her will have monsters and magic. SOLD.
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The Shadow Hour by Melissa Grey July 12th 2016

I enjoyed the first book in this series and I am excited to see what direction book #2 will take. I have a weakness for her beautifully described bird people aka the Avicen. With other races living in alternate universes from the human world this series has a definite City of Bones vibe going on.

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater April 26th 2016

The sure to be epic conclusion the the Raven Cycle I AM COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS!!images

The Keeper of the Mist by Rachel Neumeier March 8th 2016

An interesting new fantasy who’s cover is so pretty ❤

The Flame Never Dies by Rachel Vincent August 16th 2016

Absolutely love the Stars Never Rise and I am ready for more awesome demons and corrupt systems and exorcist action.

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A Tyranny of Petticoats editted by Jessica Spotswood  – March 8th, 2016

This one has a mish-mash of favourite authors and some I’ve yet to try. I’m in the short story/anthology mood these days.

Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman – August 18th, 2015 (an oldie but I still want to read it!)

A solid YA fantasy, or so I’ve heard with on point world-building – my fave!

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton – March 8th, 2016

Another Arabian Nights retelling that I can’t wait to start because #DIVERSITYINYA RESPRESENT.

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A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab – February 23rd, 2016 (again, it’s already past but still haven’t read this!)

I feel the whole world has read this while here I am… reading things for school…

The Rose and The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh – May 3rd, 2016

I ABSOLUTELY CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS SEQUEL TO COME. READ MY FEELZ HERE.

Characters Everyone Loves But I Just Don’t Get and Characters I LOVE But Others Seem To Dislike

Top Ten Tuesday from those wonderful bibliophiles at The Broke and the Bookish left us feeling conflicted. So here goes : Characters Everyone Loves But I Just Don’t Get AND Characters I LOVE But Others Seem To Dislike

These are some badass characters that we love, love, loooooooooooooove to LOVE. But no one seems to agree with us )’:

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LEVANA from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

I feel that Levana just gets such a BAD rep for being the badass b*tch that she is but I feel it’s 100% warranted due to the horrible life she had! Everyone needs to read Fairest and then they’ll see the light.

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DOLORES UMBRIDGE from Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix by J.K Rowling

I know you must be confused, how could I love the despicable Dolores Umbridge who caused misery with every pink encrusted step of her toady person? That’s just the thing…I despise her, but that is what makes me love her as a character. I often quote Umbridge as being my favourite character from HP because I have never come across a fictional character whom I have hated more. She is evil to her core but with a sickly sweet shell. Her evil is a special brand because she isn’t the dark lord incarnate, she’s just a nasty person so everything she does feels personal. So in summary, I love how much I hate her.


 

Aaaaand are some characters that we hate…

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MIA from If I Stay by Gayle Forman

I did not enjoy this book but I particularly hated the main character Mia. I just couldn’t connect or relate to her at all. I feel like everyone loved her and this book but here I am just hatin’.

TAMLIN from A Court Of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I did not fall for this frustrating character. I think what really killed me the most was the cringe worthy romance between him and Feyre. I DON’T GET IT GUYS!!

MARE from Red Queen (specifically Glass Sword) by Victoria Aveyard

She was fine in book number one but in Glass Sword Mare really grinds my gears. She gets so whinny and self-absorbed. She won’t take help from those around her and honestly I feel she is 100% to blame for basically everyone who died in that book. GET OVER YOURSELF MARE AND START TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!

(*Sidenote: Risabella is dying because I love Mare, FLAWS AND ALL, HAHA.)

ADAM from The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

Don’t get me wrong these books are all amazing and I do love all the characters…but Adam freaking Parish in the Dream Thieves was the most annoying, self-deprecating creature I have ever encountered. He is too proud to ask for help from his friends who want to, and are able to help him and he only has himself to blame.

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ROSIE from Love, Rosie by Cecilia Ahern

I ABSOLUTELY HATE ROSIE. This cover gives off the impression of a happy, cutesy, chick-lit along the lines of PS. I Love You or perhaps, Leap Year. NOPE. Rosie is a horrible protagonist with ZERO no backbone. She accepts defeat at every turn of life AND DOES NOTHING ABOUT. The love of her life is engaged to a horrible woman, what does Rosie do? Nothing. Rosie doesn’t want to move in with old-guy-she-is-dating-who-is-ten-years-older-but-is-afraid-of-living-alone, what does Rosie do? MOVE IN WITH HIM. UGH. Her decisions about life are just SO POOR. She’s never open with her feelings, doesn’t do anything she WANTS and blames everyone else for everything. I could not STAND her.

KESTREL from The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

Oh, goodness. Where do I even begin with Kestrel? There is so much to love about her, TRULY. She’s talented, brave, determined, passionate. But what is utterly lacks is COMMUNICATION SKILLS. Kestrel never says what she means and is in a constant state of secrecy from the man she supposedly loves – Arin! I don’t get it. I feel when you’re struggling with a relationship, albeit a tricky, political one, YOU SHOULD TALK ABOUT IT WHEN YOU CAN. So many missed opportunities, Kestrel – PLEASE TALK TO ARIN IN THE WINNER’S KISS OR I WILL LITERALLY BURN YOU ALIVE.


What are some of your favourite or least favourite characters? Do you agree with us at all or are we completely off base?

Unhooked: AKA Attractive Boys in Neverland

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Book: Unhooked

Author: Lisa Maxwell

Published: February 2nd 2016

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Genre: Fantasy-retelling

 

 

 

 

 


 

What’s It About?

Gwendolyn and her best friend Olivia are taken in the night after by shadowy monsters and carried to another world. Neverland. But Gwen soon finds that Neverland is nothing like the stories and becomes caught between 2 beautiful boys, Pan and the Captain in a desperate race to save her friend and get back home.

Filled with lots of action, adventure and dark twists in the beloved children’s classic, this is far from the Disney musical that we all hold so dear. Prepare to become entrapped by Neverland…


 

What I Liked:

  • dark twists on Neverland
  • description of the dangerous fey
  • extra mini story at the beginning of each chapter, beautifully added depth and emotion to the novel
  • THE CAPTAIN
  • Rowan (aka the captain)
  • Hook (aka Rowan)
  • when he calls Gewn ‘lass’
  • EVERY SCENE WITH THE CAPTAIN

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What I Didn’t Like:

  • Olivia was kind of useless until the very end
  • even though Pan and Rowan sound amazingly attractive there was insta-love
  • everything happened so fast, I wanted more details
  • felt incomplete because some storylines were not fully explored IMO
  • I WANTED MORE!!…or a sequel to wrap things up

 

Overall:

3.5/5 A really quick and entertaining read, but I needed more. It should have been longer with more details to fully capture the world and plot lines or there needs to be a sequel. This book is a MUST READ for fans of Once Upon A Time, especially if you like me, have a major crush on Killian Jones (Hook).

 

 

Allow me to leave you with these… *swoons*

 

Lost in Time

This week’s Top Ten is a tough one… The Broke and Bookish prompt us with our favourite historical AND futuristic societies. It’s hard to pin them down because we want to live in all of them!

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For all of these which take place in and around the 18th century, the struggle of being a woman during this time period is touched upon in each novel. While there were pretty dresses and balls and many other grand frivolities, girls had very little power over their own lives and were seen as the ‘inferior sex’, too weak willed and physically inadequate to their male counterparts. A big reason why these historical novels appeal to us is that they have female protagonists who rebel against their unjust society and situations and do something about it. FIGHT THE SYSTEM!

The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

When you find out you are a secret demon hunter but also have to dress up for fancy parties to find a husband… #18thCenturyProblems

These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly

To solve the mysterious death of her father, Jo (an aspiring reporter) takes matters into her own hands and investigates the dark plot surrounding his death doing most un-lady-like things (at the time).

Absolutely LOVE Jo’s gumption, everybody discounts her but she forges her own path with often mixed results.

Mad Miss Mimic by Sarah Henstra

Leonora is from a wealthy family with good prospects but she has a speech impediment that cripples her own voice but allows her to imitate, or mimic, others speech to perfection. This skill or curse is the shame of her family but becomes the key to her accidental involvement in the dangerous opium trade that threatens her city.

Lady Grace Mysteries by Patricia Finney

What I would give to be a lady-in-waiting for Queen Elizabeth I! Lady Grace fulfilled every wish I had to live and breaaaaaathe the Victorian era.

 

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The Ear, The Eye and The Arm by Nancy Farmer

Taking place in the future with super cool technology, three detectives are hired to find three missing children. The Ear, with supersonic hearing. The Eye, with incredible sight. The Arm, with long stretchy limbs. Together these unlikely heroes search for the missing children who get themselves into a series of unfortunate situations.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Virtual reality world sounds amazing where there are no limitations the possibilities are endless!!

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While this series feels like its in medieval times with horses, sword fights and epic struggles for power we get these hints throughout the book that this is actually in the future. They have knowledge of things like cars and medicine but it becomes like a myth to them.

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There are cyborgs, androids, robots, spaceships, and moon people all with fairytale roots and twists…need I say more?

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Starbound by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

SPACE TRAVEL IS POSSIBLE. IN THE STARBOUND UNIVERSE. I need this to be available in my lifetime, TY. Folding space, all the physics I never understood, the space-time continuum and all this living-on-other-planets-businessGOALS.


Thoughts on our favourite times of the past and present? What are some of you favourite reads in a different time?

The Last Place On Earth and the Last Thing I Expected

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Author: Carol Snow

Published: February 23 2016

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co (Macmillan)

Genre: Contemporary Young Adult


What’s It About?

When Daisy’s best friend Henry, who is basically a 16 year old genius, goes missing one day without a trace her life is turned upside down. Only after breaking into his house to find a note from him: “Save Me” are Daisy’s suspicions of alien abduction or a witness protection program less and less far fetched. In a desperate search for her friend, Daisy traverses into the Californian wilderness following a trail of clues seemingly left by her friend and stumbles upon a discovery that may change her friendship with Henry for ever.


 

What I Liked:

  • Likeable characters
  • appocalypse feel
  • surprising plot twists
  • NO INSTA-LOVE (for the most part)

What I Didn’t Like:

  • The fact that there were no aliens, I was convinced this was going to end up as an alien sci-fi but I was wrong
  • Characters felt somewhat underdeveloped to me
  • pacing was a little off at times
  • all parental figures were complete idiots

Overview:

I truly enjoyed this book, I give it a solid 3.5/5. With a strong protagonist I sped right through this book. The best parts were the surprise twists, they really had me going. My favourite part is a little spoilery so stop reading here if you don’t want to be spoiled !!!

“Is this some kind of cult?” I Asked Henry. His father answered. “Of course not. People in cults are crazy.”

Big thanks to Raincoast Books for the ARC! You are the best!

 

Lessons in Demons and Decorum: The Dark Days Club

The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
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Release Date: January 26th 2016

Publisher: Penguin Random House

3.5/5 The Dark Days Club is the first of a new series for Alison Goodman. Her previous works Eon and Eona are epic tales involving magic and dragons featuring asian mythology and astrology. This being the first book in the new Lady Helen series ,while having a fantasy element, is in stark contrast to her previous works.

 

The Dark Days Club takes place in London during the Regency era in 1812. Our heroine, Lady Helen, is a part of high society and now that she has come of age is effectively being married off for the best match possible by her aunt and uncle as her mother died in disgrace when she was a child.

What appears at first to be a tale much like Pride and Prejudice detailing English society, Lady Helen is soon drawn to the darker underbelly of London where demons lurk unbeknownst to the general population. As her awareness grows we learn of the demon infiltration into every level of society and how she might be an integral part of the fight for humanity.

This book is a wonderful example of a well-written and thoroughly researched historical fantasy that should appeal to lovers of Cassandra Claire’s Clockwork Angel series, and lovers of historical fiction in general with its rich detail.


 

So the reason I only gave this 3.5/5 and nothing higher even though I thought it was a really good book was because for me it was a little slow. Specifically the first half of the book, the pacing was a bit too slow for my liking. The demon storyline takes awhile to weave its way into the plot. I think there is a lot of world building and setting up in this book for the rest of the series.

Goodman brings her beautifully detailed writing and a head strong, independent female lead that tries to remain true to who she is in a time where everything is against her as a woman. In this book you get the drama of high society England, female friendship, some sizzling almost romance and of course demons! So definitely keep an eye out for this one, I predict it will be a wonderful series.

This book is when Pride and Prejudice meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

If this sounds like the book for you, I would also recommend some of these other historical fiction/fantasies I have enjoyed:

 

 

 

Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn’t

Back in full force for 2016 with another Top Ten Tuesday from the Broke and the Bookish .

I weep for those books that got left behind. Those books that I had the best of intentions to read, those books that got shafted somehow and now sit on my shelf taunting me…

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1. Carry On by Rainbow Rowel

Aside from a couple of short stories I have never read any of her books *hangs head in shame* its one of those things I keep meaning to do but it never happened. With the release of Carry On in 2015 I told myself I would first read Fangirl and then devour Carry On, but sadly it just never happened.

2. Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

Loved Snow Like Ashes and was so excited when I bought Ice Like Fire but unfortunately it just sat on my bookshelf most of the year as I read different books.

3. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Was so excited by the premise of this story as I love fairytale retellings. Bought it, was super stoked to read it but just never got around to it. However a friend of mine just read it recently and was singing it’s praises so I have a renewed desire to read this.

4. Golden Son by Pierce Brown

Was such a fan of the brutality of Red Rising but somehow Golden Son slipped out of reach and I never read it. Am hoping to start over and read Red Rising, then Golden Son just prior to the release of Morning Star so it will all be fresh in my mind.

5. Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Heard nothing but good things and was and still am wanting to read this badly but I CAN ONLY READ SO MUCH IN A YEAR WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME!!

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6. Another Day by David Levithan

The companion novel to Every Day which blew my mind, this book I vow will be read someday but the urgency has died down a bit for me.

7. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Upon realizing that I had not read any of Patrick Ness’ earlier works I decided to put this one aside and start with A Monster Calls and the Chaos Walking Trilogy so I would get a better sense of his writing.

8. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

I really wanted to read this one based off of friends reviews but them I went into a fantasy only period and kind of forgot about this one. I endeavour to read this one is 2016 though!

9. Dumplin’ by  Julie Murphy

A much hyped up contemporary novel supposedly with empowering themes that I wanted to give a shot but was reluctant to start it in case it was overhyped, will try and get around to reading if eventually.

10. Walk On Earth A Stranger by Rae Carson

A really cool premise about a girl who can sense gold in the earth that peaked my interest from the beginning. This is one that I simply ran out of time to read in 2015, but look out because I am coming for you in 2016!