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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*drools*

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?

Ten Most Recently Added to Our TBRs!

We’re playing catch up on this week’s Top Ten Tuesday from the Broke and Bookish!

The ten most recent adds to our TBRs, though it was so hard to choose just ten!

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02These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker

The pitch for this book is Jane Austen meets X-Men, with a rise in paranormal and fantasy historical fiction recently I am so ready for this!

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Not much to say, the sure to be heartbreaking, mind-blowing and epic beyond compare conclusion to the Raven Cycle. Can’t wait to read this but at the same time don’t want it to be over.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

This book is going to give me major feels, I can tell. When Cameron’s parents die unexpectedly and she is forced to move to a small town with her ultra conservative aunt. Things get complicated because Cameron likes girls and that is not a part of her master plan to blend in into her new home.

I’ve read a lot of really good reviews of this recently and have that NEED to get my hands on it feel.

Shutter by Courtney Alameda03

About a modern day descendant of Van Helsing (yes you heard that right).  Give me ALL that paranormal fiction!

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

There was lots of buzz leading up to the release of this book and now that it’s out EVERYBODY WON’T SHUT UP ABOUT IT! But seriously, treasure hunt through time? Sounds pretty amazing to me.


 

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Front Lines by Michael Grant

The Book Thief meets Code Name Verity – I AM IN. Basically WWII with women, I love it already!

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Olivia won’t shut up about this… It’s about time I read this!

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

I AM LOVING VICIOUS. So I need to, need to, NEED TO get on this one!

04The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz & Stieg Larsson

Need to catch up on my favourite hacker! And see how this ghostwriting worked out!

Star Above by Marissa Meyer

AHHH! Olivia and I and our dear friend have made some EPIC plans becaaaaaause Marissa Meyer is making a stop on her Stars Above book tour at a bookstore near us! Need to prepare our hearts and our bodies for the amazing human that is Marissa Meyer as we continue to deny the end of the Lunar Chronicles.


A healthy mix of new releases and 2015 releases that just slipped past us – which do we read first?!?!

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!

 

Deadly Doppelgängers: The Unquiet

The Unquiet by Mikaela Everett

22595271 3/5 I received an ARC from Harper Collins in the fall of 2015. I hadn’t heard anything about this book previously but once I got the breakdown of doppelgängers, alternate Earths and trained children assassins I was sold.

This book gave me some major Orphan Black vibes with the layers and layers of conspiracy and moral ambiguities.

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I felt very conflicted about this book; there were elements that I loved and parts that just didn’t do it for me. For example I both like and dislike the cover, it both makes perfect sense but at the same time doesn’t.


Things I Liked:

  • Amazingly unique premise
  • Dark undertones in the novel with war, murder and deception
  • Female led story (YAY)
  • Haunting look into main characters tormented and contradictory thoughts and feelings
  • Killer ending

Things I Didn’t Like:

  • inconsistent narrator
  • choppy timeline and sequence of events
  • all the confusion I felt while reading this book

 

Overall this was an enjoyable read and I think that the often confusing and choppy narration was a device to illustrate how damaged and messed up the main character was by her upbringing. While I can appreciate that, for me it was too much and I was left with many questions and frequently confused as to what was even going on in this story. So mixed feelings for this one but still worth a read if you get the chance.

 

Reading Slumps: the scourge of the booklover

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Friends and fellow book lovers, the worst has happened. I AM IN A READING SLUMP!

I don’t know how it happened, it just sort of crept up on me. At first I thought I was just picking bad books to read but then I realized something more was going on.

Please follow me on my journey to discovering this terrible affliction…

1.DENIAL

Reading Slump? Ya right, there are thousands of amazing books out there. I’ve just been picking some mediocre ones recently. I will find the right book, I’m just super busy right now that’s why I don’t feel like reading as much.


2. ANGER

THIS IS SO STUPID!!! WHY CAN’T I START AND FINISH A GOOD BOOK?!? WHO WRITES THIS STUFF? IS THERE SUCH A THING AS A GOOD BOOK ANYMORE?!? READING SLUMPS DON’T REALLY EXIST. WHY!!!! *flailing of arms* *pacing of room* *grumbling under breath*


3. BARGANING

Maybe if I binge watch all of Sherlock that will get me into the mood?

*lights candles* * burns incense* *casually builds alter of books*

OH DIETIES OF THE PAGES AND WRITTEN WORD PLEASE SEND UNTO ME A NOVEL TO SAVE ME FROM THIS CURSED SLUMP…PLEASE J.K ROWLING PLEASE WRITE ANOTHER HARRY POTTER!!!! 

In paperbacks we trust, AMEN.


4. DEPRESSION

*under the covers*

I will never read a good book again

my reading days are over

I will be in this slump forever, it is not a slump, it is a never ending crevice, a bottomless pit

might as well burn my bookshelves because they are now useless….just like the literary world….


5. ACCEPTANCE

Hello, my name is Olivia and I am in a reading slump. It has been 2 weeks since my last novel but I will not give up! I know the perfect book is waiting for me

Now I can hardly blame any one book, but I have to say the reading Six of Crows and Illuminae so close together may have been a mistake. They were 2 amazing books and I think that now everything else pales in comparison. Anyways if you have any book suggestions to help me escape the dreaded reading slump please send them my way.

READ ON!