Friday, October 20, 2017

Glass Sword (Red Queen #2)

                Hello happy readers.  I hope all has been going well on your end.  The weather has taken a turn, finally, to not sweating just stepping foot outside and was actually cool for a couple of days. I'm excited though the 90 to 60 sudden drop wrecked havoc on my sinuses.  I also tried a new recipe, Caramel Apple Bread which seems to be a hit!  I have been able to finish a book from my TBR I’ve had for some time, Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard.  I reviewed book one back in March of 2015 here so it had been a while but when I started the audiobook of the sequel it all came back as I listened.  It picks up where Red Queen left off so spoilers.

Rating: 5 Stars

                So it has been some time since I read Red Queen.  I dove right in.  Mare and Cal are on the run with the Red Guard but being a silver, Cal is not treated with the best care.  Mare is a red with silver abilities, the lightning girl.  She thought she was an anomaly but finds there are others like her, new bloods.  The king is dead at Cal’s hand.  His hand forced by the Queen, using her ability against him to dispute him and put her traitors son Maven on the throne.  He is not the man either of them thought him to be, just a puppet playing the part that would make them both care for him.  Now Mare must fight but the cost is high and all of the treachery and betrayal have taken their toll and changed her.

                The action and intrigue of this series picks up at the first page and doesn't let you down.  There is so much happening from escaping without dying and oh yeah convincing the people you're with Cal isn't just an evil silver but an ally.  I loved throughout the book there is always more than one thing happening.  The constant struggle between the reds and silvers and now new bloods, never knowing where one stands as we are constantly reminded that anyone can betray you at any time.  Oh and the political issues of being on the run as Maven takes over as king.  It's one hit after another and we just keep rolling with the momentum never slowing down.

                The pacing of the book keeps it moving along for sure.  Still there is lots of character development with all out characters.  There is no clear right and wrong anymore everything seems to be shades of grey.  Mare, everyone really but her especially, has to deal with so much.  Blaming herself.  Wanting to save people like her, save everyone and fix the world into something better.  She wasn't trained to be a leader, she never wanted to be one but despite everything people keep looking to her to lead.  Watching her struggle with all of her issues throughout the book was grounding.  There was one part in which case I was so glad I was parked when it happened because I just stared at my car display in shock.  You go through the emotional ringer with these characters that's for sure.

"If I am a sword, I am a sword made of glass, and I feel myself beginning to shatter."

                One of my favorite parts was getting to meet all the new characters.  Some good and some bad.  I especially enjoyed our new bloods and learning all their new powers as some were so much fun to imagine.  I enjoyed the difficult position each one was in and how real everything felt.  Not everyone is saved all the time.  This is a war and they are rebels and that means they are the underdog.  Farley was by far a favorite for me, the accent the narrator did for her was spot on as well, I loved how she could be surrounded by people with special abilities and be severely out matched but still hold her own with her tricks and skills.

                There is some small pieces between Mare and Cal but given everything that has happened it is very small and sedate.  They both are struggling with Maven.  Yes he is a monster.  He has done and continues to do horrible things to people.  Still that is not the Maven they knew and loved and even knowing that their Maven was "real" is still a hard thing to reconcile with the monster that is out to get you.  I love that they both are struggling with that and their places in this new war.  They both have beliefs and hard wired instincts they have to work on with everything flipped around.  I thought the reactions to it all was rather true to the characters and I enjoyed it. 

                Overall I really enjoyed this story and am glad I don't have to wait long to start the next book and then even less time for the final book to come out.  As much as I want to dive right in given that ending…and yes that ending hurt me…I also want to be fresh for the final book to come out.  And I have a few other books I have to get to this month!  I am caught up in this story and even waiting close to 2 years between reading without any catch up I fell right back into things with no problem because the author wrote such a unique and interesting world it was transfixed in my head! 

                Until next time…

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

~Waiting on Wednesday~ The Belles (The Belles #1)

                “Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.  Basically books that are not yet out that we are dying to get our hands on.  This week’s pick is:

The Belles (The Belles #1) by Dhonielle Clayton
Out:  2/20

From Goodreads:
                Camellia Beauregard is a Belle.  In the opulent world of Orleans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else.  In Orleans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful. 

                But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle.  She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orleans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land.  But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be.  Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined.  And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces and impossible decision.

                With the future of Orleans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide—save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles—or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.

Why I’m Waiting:
                This sounds like an interesting concept.  Being born gray and damned with some having special power and beauty being a power…huh.  I’ve seen many tales where beauty is used like a weapon or distraction but this is new.  Color me curious.

                What are you waiting on?  Tell me below what you think of this title and leave a link to your WoW as well so I can check it out.

Friday, October 13, 2017

~Stacking the Shelves~

                Welcome to Stacking the Shelves was created by Tynga and the full details can be found on her page.  Basically you showcase the books you bought or received each week.  Little, or not so little, weekly book hauls.

Physical Books:
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter Illustrated #3) by J.K. Rowling

Geekerella by Ashley Poston (snagged it on Audible Daily Deals)

                That's if for this week.  Share a link below with what goodies you got this week. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Wolves & Roses Tour RSVP

RSVP for the WOLVES & ROSES Tour now…Get a T-Shirt Later

Hello happy readers!  I am beyond excited to share the news of this book and tour with you all.  As all of my followers will know I adore this author and all of her other books and this one has been on my anticipated reads list since I heard about it.  The sampler I got was amazing and I can't wait to get my copy.  I am excited to see a tour is happening though a bit jealous I live nowhere near any of the stops.  That said I am hoping the stops are much closer to you!

WOLVES AND ROSES is the new young adult shifter fairy tale by best-selling author Christina Bauer which “blends magical fantasy, swooning romance, and a bucketful of teenage sass” (Booklist) and is “a fun romp for Twilight fans” (School Library Journal).

And now they’re having a bookstore tour where you can get your copy of WOLVES AND ROSES signed, meet characters from the novel, and even take home a swag bag full of goodies…including a themed t-shirt!  Bottom line?  You don’t want to miss the WOLVES AND ROSES book launch tour.

Be sure to RSVP today and arrive early to the event (links down below) –there’s only a limited amount of swag bags given out on a first-come, first served basis to folks who purchase a new copy of WOLVES AND ROSES.

Barnes & Noble, Prudential Center, Boston, MA
Wednesday, November 1st, 5:00 PM EST

Barnes & Noble, Framingham, MA
Thursday, November 2nd, 7:00 PM EST

Bluestockings, Manhattan
Friday, November 3rd, 7:00 PM EST

Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera, CA
Saturday, November 4th, 12:00 NOON PST


Barnes & Noble, Oakbrook IL
Wednesday, November 7th, 7:00 PM

The Book Cellar, Chicago, IL
Wednesday, November 8th, 7:00 PM CST

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

~Waiting on Wednesday~ The Traitor Prince (Ravenspire #3)

                “Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.  Basically books that are not yet out that we are dying to get our hands on.  This week’s pick is:

The Traitor Prince (Ravenspire #3) by C.J. Redwine
Out:  2/13

From Goodreads:
                Javan Najafai, crown prince of Akram, has spent the last ten years at an elite boarding school, far away from his kingdom.  But his eagerly awaited return home is cut short when a mysterious imposter takes his place—and no one believes Javan is the true prince.

                After barely escaping the imposter’s assassins, Javan is thrown into Maqbara, the kingdom’s most dangerous prison.  The only way to gain an audience with the king—and reveal Javan’s identity—is to fight in Maqbara’s yearly tournament.  But winning is much harder than acing competitions at school, and soon Javan finds himself beset not just by the terrifying creatures in the arena, but also a band of prisoners allied against him, and even the warden herself.

                The only person who can help him is Sajda, who has been enslaved by Maqbara’s warden since she was a child, and whose guarded demeanor and powerful right hook keep the prisoners in check.  Working with Sajda might be the only way Javan can escape alive—but she has dangerous secrets.
                Together, Javan and Sajda have to outwit the vicious warden, outfight the deadly creatures, and outlast the murderous prisoners intent on killing Javan.  If they fail, they’ll be trapped in Maqbara for good—and the secret Sajda’s been hiding will bury them both.

Why I’m Waiting:
                I’m a love this authors other books and I have enjoyed the other books in the series thus far so this is a no brainer for me to buy!  Plus it has the whole gladiator type vibe which I’m digging while also reminding me of an old episode of Wishbone.

                What are you waiting on?  Tell me below what you think of this title and leave a link to your WoW as well so I can check it out.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Fall/Autumn Book Covers

                Hello everyone!  Top Ten Tuesday is just how it sounds, a topic is picked and we put our Top Ten for that in a post and share and check out everyone’s answers.  Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

The top today is:  Books with Fall/Autumn Covers

Looking at my shelves both digitally and physically I had so many books I could have made twenty lists but I narrowed it down to the most yellow/orange/red type colors and even more ones I have actually finished!

Harry Potterand the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) by J.K. Rowling
The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski (review)
Apollyon (Covenant #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout (review)
Season forFireflies by Rebecca Maizel (review)
End of Days (Penryn & the End of Days #3) by Susan Ee (review)
Lola and theBoy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss #2) by Stephanie Perkins (review
Crown ofMidnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas (review)
City ofFallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4) by Cassandra Clare
The Pirate'sWish (The Assassin's Curse #2) by Cassandra Rose Clarke (review)
The Edge ofJuniper (Juniper #1) by Lora Richardson (review)

                 Tell me what you think of my list in the comments below.  Which would you recommend so I know which ones to get first?  Also please link back to your Top Ten as well so I can check out your list and see what I missed!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6)

                Hello happy readers!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  First I'd like to announce the winner of my latest giveaway that closed the other day (Epic Reads tote and signed ARC) and the winner is Meigan.  Congrats!  Today I'd also like to share my thoughts and feels about a relative new release from last month, Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas.  Now this is the 6th book in the series so there will be spoilers for the previous books so read on at your own peril. 

Rating:  5 Stars

                This book is all about Chaol's journey.  Well him and Nesryn.  I was totally team Chaol in the first three books before I finally moved on but I was happy to do so as the characters grew into different people.  That said I still loved my Chaol.  He has his faults but I adore him and was thrilled this would be his book.  Now timeline wise this book takes place after Queen of Shadows but during Empire of Storms.  Basically while Empire of Storms is happening with the rest of our characters this is what is happening on the other side of the world with Chaol.  I would recommend reading this after Empire of Storms though as parts of it are mentioned and it would ruin things.  So yes read it as book 6 as intended!

                Chaol was nearly killed but some hidden protection and some quick patch work saved his life just not his mobility.  Chaol, former Captain of the Guard, is stuck in a chair, one of the worst kinds of torture for an active man who is used to being able to take care of and defend others.  Dorian has made him part of his new court and his first order of business is to travel to the healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica and seek out help to heal his body.  While there he is also to work with Nesryn to try and convince the rulers in Antica to join their cause and fight with them.  However, as Chaol and Nesryn spend time in Antica they discover the place will change them both and may be more vital to saving Erilea than anyone ever dreamed.

                Chaol being injured and in this chair is hard.  He is such a vibrant, active, and yes proud man and to see him struggling to do basic tasks and need so much help is hard.  Though being in his mind we know its more than the body weighing on him its all that he has witnessed and all that has happened that he was unable to stop.  He feels he has let others down and it weighs on his soul.  He still wants to help his king though and that means keeping up as much as possible and trying to play the games of Antica.  Nesryn has family in town and is eager to see them and see this place she is from but doesn't know as well, but she has a mission.  She spends much time with one of the princes, Sartaq who also commands the Rukhin.  I adored learning all about the Rukhin as well the subsets and how they had their own set of politics was kind of great. 

"Nesryn supposed that was why she liked the queen:  there were plans so long in the making that for someone who let the world deem her unchecked and brash, Aelin showed a great deal of restraint in keeping it all hidden."
"You would be surprised by how closely the healing of physical wounds is tied to the healing of emotional ones." 

                Antica has some very different and unique politics.  The system for heirs is very interesting , and very harsh.  The princes and princesses don't know who will be the next in line.  Some are favorited of course but you never know so everyone plays to keep in favor and power.  All of the siblings were pretty awesome though to read about be it that I wanted to strangle them or I enjoyed them.  Some both at once, it was never dull.  They are currently mourning the loss of one of the princesses who died, or as one of her brothers believes was murdered.  Chaol is asked to help uncover any hidden darkness in exchange for help backing his request for aid.  The search is slow, as is his healing with the spirited and angry healer assigned to help him, Yrene Towers.  Yep you guessed it another resurgence from the novellas.  Can I just take a moment to say how much I love all these novellas coming back into play?  I mean I love how full circle all of this has become. 

                Basically the rest would be spoiler material but lets just say there is lots happening.  Murder, mystery, theft/kidnapping, chases, fights, brewing romance, panic, political balancing act, internal character struggles, and so much more to keep the story going.  I loved the journey we were taken on.  I loved every moment of it.  I didn’t want to stop listening for a second.  We got to see a whole new side of this beautiful world of the South.  The new people both friends and foes and journeys we went on….it was a wild ride.  That isn't all though this book is important to the series in so many ways.  Not only does it tie in the novella again and work on handling Chaol and his healing as it is or just bring in a new force in the battle but the information that we learn is just epic.  Small little pieces throughout that come together and when tied into the larger story just blew me away.  I had to stop at one point to just think about some past books and the experiences within them and have my mind blown as it all came together when you have the right information. 

"What did Aelin promise you?"
 "A better world."

                It was amazing and now I need the next book so much.  Right now.  I have so many thoughts and theories about how things will go down.  I seriously had a dream about one part in particular and how it might play out, it was so vivid I can't wait to see how right I am.  It has to do with a certain meeting.  I am nervous about the coming war/battle because well things are not the best right now (end of Empire of Storms) for some but the coming together of all the different good guys I am beyond excited to see this play out.  Going to be crossing my fingers and listening clutching a pillow to mu chest I'm sure praying for my favorites to make it through.   I'd love to hear what everyone else thought.  None of my friends are currently caught up on this series and its killing me not to talk about it.

                Until next time…