Life Update

Hi, Readers!

I am back from the dead. I know I have been gone for a long while and haven’t been posting for the last few weeks. Lot’s have happened and many things have changed in my life that kept me away. Even I have been slacking off on my reading. In fact, I have only read like seven books this year. Which is very low for me. But I am back with strength and will be more focused on Where Stephanie Reads. So why have I been absent?

I got a job and Then Quit

I recently started working at a new grocery store in the month of Lidl and it was a crazy time for me. I learned a lot and met awesome people that I got work with. But sadly recently for personal reasons, I had to leave that job and now I am back to job hunting.

I Left Town

Two weeks ago I went on vacation during my days off. I got to go to Orlando, Fl with my sister. It was super fun and it was the trip I went on without the parents. Which was an interesting experience? I also got to visit Universal Studios and saw the new Harry Potter section which was treated. Plus it was a must go for me. I even got my sister to go on the Mummy ride. Other than that I also got to spend time with my awesome cousins and got to hang out. It was so much fun and I’m sad that I couldn’t stay longer and hang out some more.

If you haven’t been to Orlando yet, I totally recommend visiting because it’s really nice down there. I also really like the chill vibe and didn’t really want to go back to Virginia.

So that is pretty much what is going on with me. Now since I am back and just got back to job hunting, I now have more time to focus on Where Stephanie Reads and also focus on what I want in life and where I want to be.

Token Huntress by Kia Carrington-Russell Book Review

In the near distant future where humanity is at its end. The world has been taken over by a war between Vampires and the Hunters. In Token Huntress, there is a combination of action, vampires, and romance that will keep the story movie as you read it.

  • Title: Token Huntress
  • Author: Kia Carrington-Russell
  • Year Published: 2015
  • Page Count: 222
  • Author Site: Here
  • Buy Book: Amazon

SYNOPSIS:

The Token Huntress takes in the future where humans are scare and the world is taken over but three races of vampires. The Council which is made up of civilized Vampires, vampires that do what they please, and Sabers. Sabers who are beyond saving. In order to protect humans, there are THe Hunters. A race that is part human part Vampire with strong abilities and evenly matches to vampires. They fight to protect humanity from them and vow to fight vampires.

In the book, the story focuses on Esmore who is known as the Token Huntress. Her duty is to lead her guild and to fight all vampire and protect humans and the world. But unlike her hunters, she is born without a gift and has dark eyes. Despite not having a gift. She is a force to reckon because she is the strongest fighter and can outwit vampires. Things take a turn, Esmore meets a mysterious vampire that wakes a darkness within her. Throughout the book, she must discover the reason behind this darkness if she wants to save her kind of vampires. But will the mysterious vampire be a step in the way?

REVIEW:

This book is exciting. When I was reading it I couldn’t put it down. I read it like in two days and just want more from it because it was so good. There is action, a strong female characters, a hot romance and just lots of fighting scenes that held my attention. At first, when I learned that it was a vampire book I expected a typical urban fantasy vampire book but this was totally fresh. I think the end of humanity idea where humans are close to extinction, a world taken over by vampires and hunters at war with them gave it a fresh interesting take on this world. I also like the way the author built the world and history and lets you know why the world is this way and helped paint the picture. As for the main character Esmore, I think she is a strong bad ass. She can fight and doesn’t rely on special abilities except for her skills when it comes to a bow and sword. I actually can’t wait to see what comes next and see how the story continues.

LINKS:

Token Huntress on Amazon:
Author Site

Most Anticipated Books of February 2018

Honor Among Thieves by Rachel

The book is about a girl named Zara who is a criminal. She goes to live on New Detroit and gets caught committing a crime. But instead of getting sent to jail, she gets recruit for the Honor. A team of specially elected humans who will go aboard an alien ship and go one mission across space with the aliens known as the Leviathan. During that time she learns that she is on has its own dark secrets.

Sightwitch by Susan Dennard

Sightwitch takes place one year before Truthwitch. This book focuses on the adventure of the last sightwitch sister named Ryber. Ryber helps a boy who forgot who is a goes and on a quest to help find answers. Let more about Truthwitch.

Hero At the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton

I am stoked with next book in the Rebel of the Sands Trilogy. If you haven’t heard of it. It’s about a girl named Amani who wishes to leave her town and escape the life at Dustwalk where she expected to find a husband be at home. Soon, she pretends to be a boy and takes part in a shooting contest. There she meets the mysterious foreigner who is wanted for treason for being a traitor. Later, she teams up with the foreigner and goes on a journey through magical desert land and learn about the secrets that world has. Learn more about the book.

Everlife by Gena Showalter

Everlife follows the events from the previous book in the Everlife Series.The series is about a girl named Tenley(Ten) who is lives in the future where the afterlife is broken off into two worlds at war with each other. The two worlds Trokia and Myriad. And they both want her two choose their arm to help them win. But Tenly doesn’t want to choose and decides to go on the run. But both worlds want her so they send down agents to help convince her to chose a side. What side will Tenly choose?

Links:

Everlife
Hero At the Fall
Honor Among Thieves
Sightwitch

Paradox Bound by Peter Clines Book Review

Dive into the world of Paradox Bound, and go on the action-packed road through history on the search for the American Dream. This book has a time-travel, a mixture of American history and fast-paced car chase scenes that leave you wanting more. This is a book by Peter Clines and I can’t wait to talk about it.

  • Title: Paradox Bound
  • Author: Peter Clines
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 384
  • Author Site: Here
  • Goodreads: Here
  • Buy Book: Amazon

SYNOPSIS:

Paradox Bound focuses on a boy named Eli, who meets a woman with car trouble. Next thing, you know she vanishes. Years later Eli, is working at a bank and then runs into the woman again. She has a secret. Then she is gone again. Things take a wrong turn when men without faces are looking for her and anyone associated with her are in danger. Eli takes it upon himself to travel across America to find the mysterious woman in the car and finds himself on road trip adventure he never thought possible. Eli and the woman who goes back Harry travel through history in search of the American Dream and also try to avoid falling into the grasps of the faceless men who would stop at nothing to keep them away from the Dream. Throughout the book, Eli learns about the history of America and what makes it great and learns to find the power within himself if he wants to survive in one piece.

REVIEW:

I wasn’t sure how the book was going to turn out when I first put a request on it. At first, I really like the premise and the cover but was afraid that it would disappoint me. But, as it turns out I was wrong. I really enjoyed the book and couldn’t get enough of it. There was time travel or should I say traveling through history, there was a bad ass female character drives an awesome car and there was action at every turn. I really like the story how it brings in the American Dream and how the author came put it in this fresh story. My only issue was that there were some parts that left me a little confused and had a hard time wrapping my mind around but overall I enjoyed the book.

Links:

Buy book

Goodreads

Author Site

Top Books of 2017

It’s finally the end of the year. This year I had the opportunity to read many great books and discovered new authors that now would be some of my favorites. As well, there here was actually a good year for reading and me actually most of what I read. From sequel that did live up to my expectations and the return of author that finally came out with a book. So, in this post, I will be talking about my top books of 2017.

The Video

BOOK 1: Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo

I know this cheating for putting two books in this category but Six of Crows was amazing. This duolgy gave me a taste of the Grishaverse but also awesome characters that make you want to learn more about them. If you are interested in books where a group of misfits comes together to go on a heist than this is a book for you.

BOOK 2: Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

This is was one of the books that I read at the beginning of the year and just fell in love with this time-travel book. When I read the first book in the Passenger duology, it becomes one of my favorites of 2016. From the beautiful cover to the world of time-travel within the book. But with Wayfarer I felt it stepped up the game and brought me a great sequel to the world.

Book 3: The Black Witch by Laurie Forest

I actually was sad to see this book not getting the love it should’ve because when I read it I thought it was amazing. I loved this magical world and enjoyed the world that Laurie Forest built. I also like the fact that the book covered many hidden messages and was right for the current times we live it.

Book 4: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

I actually was looking forward this book all year after reading A Court of Mist and Fury. And Sarah J. Maas didn’t disappoint me in any way and in fact, now she is one of my newest favorite authors. I love the way the book was crafted and the action and world of the fae.

BOOK 5: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

At first, I wasn’t sure about the book but when I read I knew it was an immediate love. This book was both dark but also light-hearted. I also liked the relationship between the characters and Halloween feel.

BOOK 6: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

This book blew me away. I love the world of Shadowhunters and I think Cassandra Clare really stepped up within every book she writes because this world keeps getting better.

BOOK 7: The last Magicians by Liza Maxwell

This was another of my favorites because it was a fresh take on time-travel and throws in fantasy and magic into one book. I also thought it reminded me of the Prestige, and Now You See Me with a little of The Steampunk Chronicles.

BOOK 8: Warcross by Marie Lu

I have been meaning to read a book by Marie Lu. I never read her other books and after seeing her at the National Book Festival I wanted to read this book. This book was fun and different. The book also made me want to play a virtual reality game and see what happens.

BOOK 9: Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

Another sequel that I read this year. I actual marathon both Rebel of the Sands and Traitor to the Throne because I enjoyed it so much. I actually been wanting to read something very Aladdin and got what I wanted. It was fun, romantic and just a splash of magic.

BOOK 10: York by Laura Ruby

Lastly, York was another of my favorites. I thought the book threw me into the world of ciphers, and clues. I am a big fan of Dan Brown books and wanted a book where characters use clues to find out the story behind a mystery. This book also mixes elements of steampunk as well.

Links:

Six of Crows Duology
Warcross
A Court of Wings and Ruin
The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding
Lord of Shadows
The Last Magicians
Traitor to the Throne
York
The Black Witch
Wayfarer

Top Books of Fall 2017

So it’s the end of the fall and soon the winter will be in full swing. Or perhaps it already arrived with the freezing temperatures. During the fall I read many books that I really enjoyed and in this post, I will be looking back at some of my favorites.

BOOK 1: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding

This was a book I read in October and really didn’t think I would enjoy it as much as I did. This is like now one of my all-time favs and one that I will be adding to my spooky reads because it’s quite spooky. This book is about a boy named Prosper, who finds out he has a demon living inside him and seeking revenge on his family after his ancestor broke a pact with the demon. During the book, Prosper must find a way to break the curse before his birthday before the demon comes out and gets his revenge.

BOOK 2: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

This was one of the books that were on my most anticipated lists of this year. In fact, I was excited about John Green’s book coming out and new I had to pick it up. I really enjoyed this book and way it puts you in the perspective of someone dealing with a mental illness. Turtles All the Way Down is about a girl named Aza and her friend trying to find out what happened to a billionaire who ends up going missing in order to get the prize money. During the book, both Aza and her friend must find clues while getting close to the billionaire’s son Davis.

BOOK 3: Warcross by Marie Lu

This book was loads of fun and if you are looking for a gaming thriller to read this is one to check out. I picked this up after seeing her at the National Book Festival in D.C. This book is about a hacker named Emika who gets hacks into the game Warcross and than gets caught. Soon she gets hired by the CEO who created the game and is tasked with going undercover inside the game itself to find an evil hacker who wants to destroy the game.

Book 4: The Magicians by Lev Grossman

This was another book I picked up after seeing Lev Grossman speak at a book festival near me. I was really inspired and wanted to dive into the fantasy world of The Magicians. I found myself enjoying the story so much I didn’t want it to end. This book is about a boy who goes to a college for magicians and learns to be a magician. He also learns about what magic is about and how it affects the world.

BOOK 5: Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine

This is one of the books I been excited about since the last book Paper and Fire. If you have read any of the books from The Great Library do check out Ink and Bone. The series is about a boy named Jess who lives in a dystopian world that is run by libraries. The Great Library is the main keepers of knowledge and books. Jess goes to the academy school in Alexandria to be a scholar as a way to find secrets about the institution and how it works. During this time he meets other friends and learns that The Great Library has secrets that they are hiding.

BOOK 6: The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

The Last Magician caught my eye with its cool cover. I thought the concept itself fascinating and wanted to read it. I actually really enjoyed this book. This book is a combination of The Prestige and time-travel along with fantasy elements. This book is about a thief named Etsa who go on a mission to travel into the past to steal a book from an evil society that wants to destroy those with magic. Etsa ends up getting stuck in the past and must navigate the dangerous past in the early 1900s.

Book 7: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

And finally to finish this list is A Court of Wings and Ruin. I have been watching my library and wait for it to be available to be picked up so I can binge read it. I am a big fan of the A Court of Thorns and Roses world and wanted more fae. If you haven’t picked up this book yet or haven’t read the series I totally recommend checking out.

So that is it for my top fall favs. Let me know in the comments below what your favorite books of the fall were. And let me know if you read any of the books mentioned so far. And until my next post keep on reading.

Links:

The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Warcross by Marie Lu
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell