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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

Birthday 2017 Book Haul!

Hi, guys I am back with another book haul video. Today I will be talking about what I got during my birthday week. For those that don’t know, I just turned 28 last week and since then I got excited and splurged on some books.

Books I got

The Traitor’s Crux by Jessica Prather Book Review

One of my favorite kind of stories where magic is involved. And recently a book was brought to my attention that has a combination of magic, evil government and tons of action. I was sent a book called The Traitor’s Crux by Jessica Prather this week and was excited to start it because I thought this story was something I knew I would be into.

  • Title: The Traitor’s Crux
  • Author: Jessica Prather Lu
  • Series: The Dark Powers
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 332
  • Author Site: Here
  • Goodreads: Here
  • Buy Book: Amazon

BOOK SYNOPSIS:

In The Traitors’ Crux, we meet a girl named Kanadee who lives in a world where those with magic are seen as the enemy. They targeted and then arrested and sent away. And Kenadee’s brother has arrested years ago prior to the book and never seen from again. Years later Kenadee gets arrested and then recruited by the President. Kenadee must work for the president and infiltrate a secret camp where those with magic are and bring them in. If she doesn’t, her family will get killed. Kenadee agrees and then goes deep undercover. Soon, Kenadee learns about the world of magic and discovers that this world is more than it seems. And Kenadee also must learn to use the magic within her and make hard choices that can send a ripple effect on those that are in the way.

BOOK REVIEW:

This book was enjoyable and was fun to read. I actually couldn’t put it down because all I wanted to do was keep reading. The book was fast-paced and brought me into this world of magic and the idea of making hard choices. I also liked the writing style how the author made a book that feels relevant to today’s climate and a book that makes you think.

As for the characters, I really liked Kenadee and felt sympathetic to her situation. She is forced into a situation and must choose between saving her family and hurting people who are part of a war that they didn’t choose to be in. Other than this Kenadee also must learn to believe in herself and her strength and deal with finding who she is.

Overall, I liked The Traitor’s Crux and enjoyed the action and the magic system in the book. I also really liked Kenadee and I would like to see how she grows throughout the series. And so until my next book review keeps on reading.

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Blood Rose by Danielle Rose

It’s been a really long time since I got to read a vampire book. Now and again I would read a book that has vampires in it but I wouldn’t really consider it a vampire book. Last time I read a vampire book was Ghost Town by Rachel Caine which is from The Morganville Vampires series. So, recently I was in the mood and was sent Blood Rose to review and had a feeling that this would catch my interest. Blood Rose is the first in the trilogy by Danielle Rose.

  • Title: Blood Rose
  • Author: Danielle Rose
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 334
  • Author Site: Here
  • Goodreads: Here
  • Buy Book: Amazon

BOOK SYNOPSIS:

There is a war going on. A war against witches and vampires. Witches risk their lives protecting the world from vampires who they were believed to want to destroy. At least that is what Avah has been told for most of her life. Avah has devoted her life to a witch to fighting vampires and she spent most of it preparing the day that would change everything. It was grained in her being that she was the chosen one for the prophecy that was said to lead the war against vampires and to destroy all of them. Avah was ready until the night of her ceremony.

BOOK REVIEW:

I actually saw the book on Booktube and thought it would be a really interesting book and I also didn’t know it was about vampires. I thought it was mostly going to be about witches. But that said I actually really enjoyed this book. I like all the action fighting scenes and enjoyed that this was a book mostly focused on both witches and vampires. I mean when was the last time I read a book about a witch part vampire? A vampire that can fight and use magic isn’t something I really a lot. I also liked the writing style and the pace of the story which was fast, ongoing and didn’t me want to slow down.

As for the characters themselves, I liked Avah. I thought she was a total bad ass and I liked reading about a strong female who can fight and kick butt. Makes me think of Buffy who also can fight vampires. But with the added magic in the mix to go with it. I also enjoyed her dedication to her coven but also the vampires she meets through the story.

I really like the story, but there were some things I wished could’ve been developed a bit more. Mostly, one the supporting characters in the book. I feel like they disappear a lot and somethings don’t get explained like the way the characters act around Avah. Something displays a dislike but you don’t really get a full explanation on why or where they are going with it. I also would’ve to see more fighting scenes with all the supporting characters together.

Overall, I really like the book. I had a lot of fun read Blood Rose and can’t wait to continue on this story because of the enjoyment. I also like how the idea of a witch turned vampire was fresh and new. I totally recommend this to anyone who likes witches or vampires or just urban fantasy altogether. So until my next book review keep on reading.

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Boss Bitch by Nicole Lapin

After reading Boss Bitch, I was feeling inspired and feeling like this book was a great addition to my motivational bookshelf. It was funny, witty and something that should be read if you are looking to take charge of your life and your career. There so much to talk about in the book so I decided to just jump into it.

  • Title: Boss Bitch
  • Author: Nicole Lapin
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 272
  • Goodreads: Here
  • Buy Book: Amazon

BOOK SYNOPSIS:

Boss Bitch: A Simple 12-Step Plan to Take Charge of Your Career is written by Nicole Lapin brings you a step-by-step guide to helping you take charge of your life and your career. If you are an entrepreneurial or just want to get ahead the book cover many different areas. Starting off the first part of the book mostly focuses on yourself. From how to take charge of your personal life to gaining confidence. In the second of part of the book helps you take charge of your work life and how to achieve your goals and move in the company. In the final section is all focused on starting a business and how to run it.

BOOK REVIEW:

I found Boss Bitch very inspiring and motivating. I like how the book is broken off into many parts where it first talks about your personal life. Think taking care of your personal life and yourself helps build the other parts of your life. I like who the book also gives you specifics and steps to go from so you do get lost. I also like the writing style and way that the book is very securely but more a conversation. The author herself is funny and concise throughout and leaves you to feel like you can do anything. Overall I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone who needs a book to help you feel empowered and motivated.

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