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My Top Favorite Books of the Winter

On this weeks post, I decided to look back this year so far and just think of what books I read. But I also wanted to mention what books were my favorites so far. This year so far had a really great start. Especially the releases didn’t leave me disappointed and I also recently discovered some new authors along the way. Below is some of the books I read that I enjoyed reading. Let me know in the comments below if you read any of them and what were your favorite books this year so far. This covers mostly the winter months between December to the middle of March.

BOOK 1: Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerhill

This is a book I just read and I think out of all books I read this year I had the most fun with. I loved it so much it may be one of my favorite books of all time now. The book has a mixture of adventure, mystery, a love story, and magic. To read the review I wrote on the book Click Here.

BOOK 2: Windwitch by Susan Dennard


I was really looking for this book ever since Truthwitch and loved it. It brought back my favorite strong female duo and the handsome prince Merrik. I also enjoyed that in this book it embraced the beauty of friend along with having characters that had special abilities. To read my full review on Windwitch Click Here.

Book 3: Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

I actually enjoyed this book more than Passenger. But Passenger is still my favorite book from last year but this topped it. This book continued where I left off but focused more on the action instead of the romance. I also found myself laughing at some parts because of the funny lines. To read my full review on Wayfarer click here.

Book 4: Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn

This isn’t exactly a book that came out recently but I wanted to mention it because I enjoyed it so much. This book filled me with nostalgia from seeing my favorite Star Wars characters along with taking me on a ride through the galaxy.

Book 5: King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

This is the book that I been waiting for a while since the last book Glass Sword. I recently enjoyed this book. This book was intense and crazy. The book also had me in tears on some scenes because of the character Mare went through as a captive.

Ever the Hunted By Erin Summerill Book Review

  • Title: Ever the Hunted
  • Author: Erin Summerill
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 392 pages
  • Series Name: Clash of Kingdoms
  • Buy Book: Amazon
  • Goodreads: Here
  • Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis

The story is about a girl who has lost everything. Her best and only friend that she had feelings for up and left without a notice. Then her father who is a legendary bounty hunter was a murdered. All only the girl named Britta is left alone and shunned by the Kingdom of Malam. This leads to Britta trying to do whatever it takes to survive including poaching illegal on the king’s lands. One day Britta is caught poaching and gets arrested. Soon, the king hands Britta a bargain. In order to keep her life, she must find and bring in the man who killed her father. Simple task except when Britta find out it was his apprentice and best friend who disappeared months before. Britta must go on a journey and must deal with how to bring a person she once loved. Can she do this?

My Thoughts

I actually wasn’t sure about this book. I saw this a few times on YouTube and around social media and fell in love with the book cover. I know not to judge a book by it’s cover…but I am a big sucker for books with hand lettering for the design. I also love fantasy and stories where characters go on a quest. I really enjoyed this book; in fact it was so good that I read it in three days. It was fast paced and had tons of great action. I also appreciated a main female character who was strong and clever. She knew who to get out of horrible situations and never let anyone tear her down. I also enjoyed her interaction with the other character Cohen who is her friend and who was accused of the murder. I thought he was a really interesting character and the opposite of Britta who tends to be on the rational side. Lastly, I enjoyed getting a quick glance at the world building. The world that has medieval elements along with magic. I totally recommend this book to anyone. If you are interested click on the links to check it out. Until my next book review keep on reading.

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Windwitch by Susan Dennard

  • Title: Windwitch
  • Author: Susan Dennard
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 384 pages
  • Series Name: The Witchlands
  • Buy Book: Amazon
  • Goodreads: Here
  • Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis

On this week’s review I was thrown back into the world of the Truthwitch with the sequel Windwitch. This book brings you back to wonderful world of magic, adventure and powerful female characters. At the start of the book we find Merik after he survives an explosion that destroys his ship and the kills his crew. Merik must fend for himself and find out he was behind the destruction. Luckily he has the help of his first mate Cam who helps guide him through rumble. Searching for answers in his own kingdom leads him to a world of secrets.

The story also brings to Iseult who was left on her own after Safi left. Iseult embarks on a quest to rescue Safi but gets help from an unlikely ally in the Bloodwitch. Iseult finds out that the Bloodwitch has a hidden agenda of his own that could be put Iseult at risk. Could she trust him?

Somewhere on the seas Safi is trusted to work with the Empress of Morstoki. ALl of the sudden their ship explosives and leaves them on their own to fend themselves. Soon they find themselves in danger and must rely on the their smarts to get them through.

My Thoughts

The book was amazing. The book had action, adventure, pirates and a great dose of strong female characters. I had so much fun reading and after waiting a whole year I was not disappointed. Starting off with the world of the Witchlands got bigger and throughout the book it took me to other parts o f the world. I also enjoyed the action fighting scenes from the last book and Windwitch brought more action. From the mix of magic to the sword fighting it was fun. The interactions of the characters were enjoyable. I like the way that Iseult’s relationship with the Bloodwitch development and changed throughout the story. Lastly I enjoyed being introduced to the news characters to book especially the female characters. I am hoping for a movie for the series or a show that can be on CW or HBO or something. Until my next review keep on reading.

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Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken Book Review

  • Title: Wayfarer
  • Author: Alexandra Bracken
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 467 pages
  • Series Name: Passenger
  • Buy Book: Amazon
  • Goodreads: Here
  • Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis

In the second book Wayfarer we continue where we left off. Etta who becomes orphan from time after the events of the last book and ends up meeting a man who claims to be her father. Should she trust him or does he have a hidden agenda? Back to Nicolas who must team up with Sophia after her betrayal and find Etta but also learns more secrets about the Astrolabe. All of the characters are forced to decide the fate of the time travel families and must find a way to save the world from the Ironwoods before its too late.

My Thoughts

I was thrilled what I read and was sad to learn it was just a duology. Why? I want the fun to continue. Hopefully, there would be a spin-off or some short stories. The book was different from the first book which had more romance built into the story but in Wayfarer it was more about the adventure and action. This is something I liked about this book. As much as I enjoyed the love story because the first book got too steamy for me and I wanted more fast paced action. In Wayfarer I got what I wanted. There was time travel to different time periods and there was fighting. I also enjoyed seeing my favorite characters including some new faces as well. Overall the book was fun and I can’t wait to read more from Bracken.

If you are interested in buying the book check out the links below and until my next review keep on reading.

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Top Anticipated Books of 2017

I noticed really that there a trend of posts about books that are coming out in 2017. I decided to join the bandwagon and write a post about my own personal top anticipating books coming out this year. A lot of the books are mostly part of series that recently started and also some new series and standalone that I can’t wait to get my hands on. I actually reserved books ahead of time at my local library just so I can read them sooner. So on to my list of Most Anticipating Books of 2017

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth.

This is one of my top reads because I am a fan of her series for Divergent and been wondering when she will come back with more books. So finally a new book. To learn more about the book click here….

Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

As one of my favorite books last year I was excited to learn it was coming out in January and can’t wait to dive into this time-travel romance adventure and see what would happen next. If you haven’t read the first book called Passenger you can learn more here….

Windwitch (book 2 by The Witchlands) by Susan Dennard. Book 2 from Truthwitch

The last book was so much fun to read and was one of my favorite book covers of 2016. I love fantasy and characters that can control elements. I am hopeful to learn more about the world and see what else it has to offer. If you haven’t read Truthwitch click here to learn more.nd see what else it has to offer. If you haven’t read Truthwitch click here to learn more.

King’s Cage (Book 3 Red Queen) by Victoria Aveyard

This another of my most of anticipated reads because the ended left me at the edge of the seat and the last book was one of my favorites and this series is awesome. I liked getting to learn more about the world and seeing more characters with special abilities. If you haven’t read the last two books try to catch up soon.

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsell

This is one of my only standalone that I been waiting for and want to read. I read Confessions of a Shopaholic and fell in love with the writing style of Sophie Kinsella and could wait to read another book of hers. Click here to learn more about the book.

Lifeblood (Firstlife Book 2) by Gena Showalter

It actually took me awhile to read to get to the last book but when I read it kept me wanting to learn more about the world and I thought the book was really exciting to read. Fast past and I love the mixture of science fiction and fantasy in a book.

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

As my favorite book of 2016 other than the Red Queen series I this was the most exciting. I loved the world building, the fae, and the characters. The ending left me at the edge of my seat. I got to say as my first time reading a Maas book I was downright impressed.

Lord of Shadows (Dark Artifices) by Cassandra Clare

I thought the first book was amazing and brought me back to the Shadowhunter world again. And after my disappointment of the TV series, this cheered me up. I loved the new characters along with some old ones and can’t wait to see what happens next.Click Here to learn more.

Ash and Quill (The Great Library) by Rachel Caine

I really enjoyed the dystopian fiction book where books are a center piece of the story and I enjoyed the crazy mysteries of the The Great Library. The last book had tons of action and more crazy conspiracy of the The Great Library. Can’t wait for the release.

Origin (Robert Langdon Series) by Dan Brown

Its finally coming out this year. I’ve been waiting for another Dan Brown book since Inferno and I can’t wait to read it. Sadly the new cover has been release yet so I can’t gaze upon it but oh well. What I like about the series is that it’s so well researched that it feels like everything the book seem real. Are you sure it’s fictional?

Those the books I am currently excited to read this year. My list is subjected to increase throughout the year when I discover more new release. So let me know what books you are more excited for and until next time keep on reading.

2017 Reading Goals

Happy New Year! It is finally 2017. I believe that 2016 has flown by fast and was pretty much eventful with crazy wars, elections and the Olympics and so much more. In the month January it is a great time of the year to start with new goals and hopes of what to accomplish. My actually came up with a few. Personally I don’t believe in resolutions and have tried creating them in years past but this year I prefer to just create goals instead. So of my goals include:

Read More Classics

This year I haven’t read enough classics and this year I would like to read a little more. I always had trouble fitting a classic in my reading journey and would like to explore more classic versions of my favorite genres. To check out where all my favorite genres came from.Here are some books I would like to read this year.


Read Different Genres

Sometimes I can get stick reading the same genres a lot so I would like to read more genres. Like explore more mysterious, contemporaries and Horror. I also like to read more memoirs as well.

Book Adapted to Screen

I also would like to try to read as many books before or after I saw the movie. A lot of people say that the book is better than the movie and I would like to have the opportunity to enjoy both mediums.


Finish My Series

I started a lot of series and would like to finish some of them so I can start new ones. Some of my favorites that I would like to finish are:



So to finish off this post I would like to know what your reading goals are this year. Are you looking to add more genres to you TBR, read more or just read more diversely? Let me know in the comments below. Until next time keep on reading.

Top Books of 2016

Its that time again where I must look back at how fast the year went. 2016 was a year of great books, crazy politics and really cheap gas prices. But mostly great books to check out. This year I got to dive in to the world of Sarah J. Maas with A Court Thorns and Roses but also gave Richelle Mead a chance with the first book of the Vampire Academy. I read many great books but as well as not so great books which is mystery on their popularity. Lastly, I finally sat down and read a Harry Potter book for the first time. And I guess now I am an official bookworm. By the way I haven’t decided whether I am a Ravenclaw, or Hufflepuff. How do you know? Anyway on this post you will find a list of my favorite books of the year. Let me know in the comments below which are you favorite books of the year was.

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

I waited for this book to come out for a very long time and I was not disappointed to say the least. If you don’t know by now, I am a big Shadowhunter fan. In fact I love the world so much I might get a tattoo to look like Rune. This book brought back the Shadowhunters focusing on the character Emma and Julian who we met in the City of Heavenly Fire and alongside their siblings. The book also made me smile to see some of my favorite characters well. I also like the fact that I got to learn more about the fairy world and see supernatural creatures along with action and funny lines.

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

I picked this book and wasn’t sure if I would be into it or not. But the fact that the book had the element of time travel I wanted to give it ago. I really enjoyed this book and it took me to different time periods. The book also had enough romance for me to enjoy without taking over the whole story. I totally recommend picking it up before the second book comes out.

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard


After reading Red Queen I preordered the second book ahead of time and devoured it when I got it. It was so good. Lots of action, danger and plot twist. I liked learning more about the side characters and liked people with special abilities.

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard


If I had to pick an award that fits this book is got to be the most beautiful cover of the year. I mean just look at it. Its drool worthy. On the side note the book was filled with some of my favorite elements…magic, people who have abilities and adventure. I also like the fact that the book was taken over by romance or love triangles. Well so far. Not sure what is in store in the second book.

The Last Girl by Joe Hart


This was a book I got for free as part of the Kindle First Read. I had to pick one of six books and this one spoke to me. And when I read the premise I knew it was something i should read. When I read I couldn’t stop or put it down because it was so good. I like who the book fills you with mystery and action at the same time has you at the edge of the seat. If you haven’t yet picked it up I totally recommend reading it.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas


Usually when I read the first book in the series it becomes the best book in the series. But when I read A Court of Mist and Fury I completely was blown away. It was way better than the book and let me wanting more of the series. I thought the book was well written and I like the way the author built a world of magic, mystery, and wished that I was a fae. I especially like the main character who was weak at first but than becomes a strong heroine.

Not Dead Yet by Phil Collins


In this memoir I was really excited to read this because I grew up listening to Phil Collins music. The book was intriguing and I couldn’t put down this book. This book also gave me an inside look at the musicians life and how far he come. I also learned about his ups and downs throughout his career and his personal life and hope it affects his music. This is a really great memoir to check out that will keep you feeling inspired write music or play the drums.