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September 2017 TBR

This is list is late but I did a video recently, talking about my TBR for the month. This month I am excited to read some of the books that have been on my TBR for awhile. I have a mix of sequels, a standalone and a new trilogy. This month I am adding an extra dose of fantasy and one historical fiction book.So let’s get to the list.

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

I am a big fan of Cassandra Clare books and I am an even bigger fan of the world of Shadowhunters. Even since The Infernal Devices I was hooked and loved her recently trilogy The Dark Artifices. So this month I will continue with the second book of the trilogy. If you have read it yet this is a trilogy focused on the two characters Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn along with the family of Blackthorns and other characters.

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J.Maas

Another book I will be reading is the last book from the A Court of Thorns and Roses. If you haven’t read the trilogy it’s about a girl named Feyre who accidentally kills a wolf. Later an angry beast shows up to tell it her that she actually a fae. As punishment, she must live with the beast and to live in the world of fae. If you wish to learn more do check my review on the book itself at here.

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

This is a fantasy book that I am excited about. I actually saw the cover and thought it looked cool. This book takes place in New York when magic was thought to be extinct. Except a few have magic but sadly it’s not allowed in this world. A thief who also has magic has to power to time-travel. This thief whose name is Esta takes on a job to steal an object that is in Old New York and so she has to time-travel there. Soon, she learns that the past is as dangerous the present.

The Lesser Bohemian by Eimear McBride

Here is another book that got my attention by the cover. I thought the cover was cool, mysterious and just interesting. This was a book sent to me by Blogging for Books. This is the book is history book about a girl who goes to a London school to study drama. There she meets an older man who is an experienced actor and then form a bond.

Links:

Lord of Shadows
The Last Magician
A Court of Wings and Ruin
The Lesser Bohemian

The Social Media Network Book Tag

Hi guys, I back with another post. Today I take on a new tag video. Today I will be doing the Social Media Network Book Tag. If you are a fan of social media and love books keep reading. Along with the video, I will be bringing on my kitten who I got this weekend. Her name is Mechis the kitten. I found her at PetSmart and I knew that she was the cutest thing ever next to my other cat Gigi.

Questions:

  1. Twitter: A book you want to share with the world
  2. Facebook: A book you really enjoyed that was recommended by someone else
  3. Tumblr: A book you read before booktube but haven’t raved much about on booktube
  4. Myspace: A book you don’t plan on re-reading
  5. Instagram: A book with a gorgeous, picture worthy cover
  6. Youtube: A book you wish would be made into a movie
  7. Skype: a book with characters that you wish you could talk to instead of just reading about

Pictures of Mechis

Anticipated Reads of Fall 2017

Even though summer is at a close, I am not sad in fact, I am stoked because this fall there is a boatload of awesome books ready to hit the shelves. There are some sequels, returning authors who left us wanting more since their last book, and new series to looking forward to starting. So, in this post, I will be talking about some of the books that made my anticipated list.

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

After reading Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows Duology I was really impressed and wanted more. So I was excited to hear there is a new book coming out. This book is a collection of fairytales, folklore, and myths that are connected to the Grisha World that we got to know about it in her other books.

The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

This is another book that I was interested in checking out after reading Passenger and Wayfarer. I never read her other works and felt like I wanted to pick up another of her books. This is a fantasy book about a boy who has to deal with a demon that lives in him because of his great-great-great-great grandfather broke a deal with the demon. And through the story, the book must break the curse or else.

Warcross by Marie Lu

I never read any of Marie Lu’s book but her books have been on my TBR List for awhile. After my recent trip to the National Book Festival in Washington D.C and seeing her speak I knew I wanted to pick this science fiction book.

Turtles All The Way by John Green

I was excited to learn that John Green is coming out with a new book. I was a fan of The Fault in Our Stars and recently read Looking For Alaska. I knew I must pick up this book when it comes out.

Origin by Dan Brown

This is one of my most anticipated reads of the year and I been waiting for this book like forever. I am a huge fan of The Robert Langdon series and when I saw the cover I went crazy. This is the newest installment and can’t to see what adventure Dan Brown has in store.

Artemis by Andy Weir

Lastly, the new book by Andy Weir is going to be dropping in November and I am stoked. I been a fan of his other book The Martian and enjoyed it so much that I will soon reread it and then watch the movie. I can’t wait for Artemis to drop.

So that is my list of anticipated read of fall. I hope you enjoyed this list. Let me know in the comments if you are excited about these books and what other books you are excited about.

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Origin
Warcross
Artemis
Language of Thorns

A Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding
Turtles All the Way Down

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo Book Review

I was excited to get my hands on the book right after reading Six of Crows. I just wanted more from the world and wanted to find out how things will be tied. Later did I realize that the book left me wanting more.

  • Title: Crooked Kingdom
  • Author: Leigh Bardugo
  • Series/Trilogy: Six of Crows Duology
  • Year Published: 2016
  • Page Count: 546
  • Goodreads: Here
  • Buy Book: Amazon

Synopsis:

In the Crooked Kingdom, we continue where we left off in the last book. Kaz and the rest of the team must find a way to deal with the fact that they were doubled crossed by Jan Van Eck. And top off the problem, Inej was taken prisoner as well. In order to rescue Inej and get the money they were promised, Kaz must come up with a plan to make it happen. To make things worse the word got out about the Parem Jurda and about Kuwei and now every country wants it for themselves. Now in this book Kaz and the characters must fight their enemies, get their money and find a way to survive.

Review:

I had so much fun reading Crooked Kingdom. In fact, the duology stepped up from the last book. I actually liked how the action built up and the fact that all countries were in the same city made it even more intense. I also liked the fact that I got to see more of the city of Ketterdam and how dark and grim it is. It made me think of the show Gotham or even Starlight city from Arrow combined. I also liked how Leigh also had more Grisha elements in the book as well. I have a feeling that I should read the Grisha Trilogy after this.

Starting off Kaz who I pretty much think is the most interesting character has developed so much in the book. I also like despite being a cruel, and smart person he has many sides of him. I also like seeing a part of him that actually cares for his team. I mean when someone is in trouble or down he will actually give a look. But at the same, I also like how Leigh didn’t make a 180 change for Kaz. It was more realistic and gradual which help keep the character we know.

For Inej, I think she is one of the strongest characters. I like how regardless of her past and the situations she knows how to take care of herself. She is tough and very smart. I also like the fact she and Kaz share this bond where they work well with each other. I hope another book comes out so I can see if they actually get together.

On to Wylan and Jesper. In the book, you get to know more about the characters and their backstory. I also liked Wylan, especially because in the first book I thought he was a whiny kid who just wanted to rebel. But throughout the book, I got a new respect for him. And Jesper he is just funny.

Lastly, I think the way it ended was perfect and it gave more open possibilities of more books. Like maybe spin-offs for the characters and maybe another series featuring the characters because I think it would totally fun to explore. I also would’ve liked to see how the characters who evolve as well. So if you are interested in checking out the book I have links and until my next post keep on reading.

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

It’s no secret that Six of Crows is one of those over hyped books. But after hearing so much about it I decided to give into the hype and read it. Plus, if you saw the book itself you know it looks cool. From the black painted edges to the awesome map that is in the book. It was just so cool.

  • Title: Six of Crows
  • Author: Leigh Bardugo
  • Series/Trilogy: Duology
  • Year Published: 2015
  • Page Count: 518
  • Goodreads: Here
  • Buy Book: Amazon

Synopsis:

Six of the Crows you in for a treat. It’s like a mix of Gotham meets Leverage meets magical realm. The story starts out in the city of Ketterdam. Ketterdam is a fictional city of course. And the story centers around a group of characters that come from a different world that have to come together in order to steal something important. The main something important is a powerful drug that has the ability to amplify the abilities of Grisha which is like people with special abilities. This drug however also can lead to destruction and even worse. So the group of character lead by the smart thief Kaz must find a way to steal this drug which is held in The Ice Court. Did I mention The Ice Court is heavily guarded?

Review:

This is like one of the best books I read this year. If I was honest I was worried that this hype would fail me but it didn’t. It actually went beyond what I expected. Six of Crows from the cover to the entire story blew me away. Starting with the cover and packaging of the book it’s just cool. From the book cover with mysteriously creepy crows to the black painted edges, it is awesome. I never read a book with that kind of design.

Now onto the story itself, it had a plot that just pulls you in. I liked the concept of a heist taking place in this fantasy world that seems to be either Eastern European or Russian vibe. I also like the way Leigh built the world that makes you fill like you are walking into the streets of Ketterdam. I also like the fact that the story itself has its own history, rules, and magic. Sadly, I missed out on the Grisha Trilogy because of the few references but luckily it wasn’t too much that confused me.

Onto the characters that really shine. The book actually focuses on six characters and Leigh lets you dive into each character. I liked getting to know each of them and learning about their backstory. I also like the way the actors talk, act and interact. I especially love Kaz. He is dark, cruel but also smart. Regardless of the situation, Kaz knows how to get out of trouble. I also enjoyed the character Jesper who I wished had more of his backstory but I guess that was saved for the next book.

Overall I had so much fun reading this book. Plus, picking up a book with blacked painted edges is like the icing on the cake. I also enjoyed meeting the characters and watching them grow throughout the story. So if you are interested in checking out the book I have links on the bottom. Until my next book review keep on reading.

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Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

A few days ago I finished reading Traitor to the Throne. This was the second book in the series of Rebel of the Sands which is written by Alwyn Hamilton. After I read the first book I couldn’t wait to dive into the next book in the series. Not to mention, I don’t usually read-a-thon a series but I knew the series was so good that I just had to read the second book.

  • Title: Traitor to the Throne
  • Author: Alywn Hamilton
  • Series/Trilogy: Rebel of the Sands
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 518
  • Goodreads: Here
  • Buy Book: Amazon

Synopsis:

In the Traitor to the Throne, we find Amani and the rest of the rebels a year after the events of the last book. And before the book starts an evident has happened which made Jin disappear and choose to leave on a mission. During this time Amani is stronger than ever and has a full grip of her abilities which we learned int he last book was the power to control sand. Suddenly, think gets worse after Jin finally returns where the rebel camp gets to attack and the characters are left to find a way to survive. During this time to make matters worse, Amani gets abducted.

Later, Amani wakes up in a palace. Not just any place. It’s the Sultan’s palace in the city of Izman. So in the book, Amani is forced to be Sultan’s prisoner and left powerless. With nothing to defend herself except her wit, she must try to do what she can survive. Along the way she discovers the world within the walls of the palace and learns the secrets that Sultan keeps that could mean the destruction of the rebel army.

Review:

First off, I had so much fun reading Traitor to the Throne. In fact, I couldn’t stop reading the book because all I wanted to do is find out what happens next. From the moment the book starts it sucked me into the action. I also enjoyed the books which did amp up the magical world of Marijin. I actually was surprised that I will like it so much because I was worried that it would be slow since Amani was kept prisoner and being stuck in the palace. I was worried about how much could happen while being in this place. But, the book kept me on the edge of my seat.

Amani is still amazing. She is more powerful with her sand powers. And despite being held prisoner and not being able to use them she is still a strong force. I like how she does what it takes to survive and knows how to make things work for in any situation. She also has funny lines.

As for Jin. This guy was mostly absent for most of the book and expect shows up every once in the full moon. I would’ve liked to see him more and also would’ve liked to see where he went when he disappeared. I don’t usually enjoy different points of views in the book as much but I felt like the book could’ve been needed.

So on to the Sultan. I like how he isn’t one dimensional. He has many layers and isn’t 100 percent evil. In fact, the book shows not just his evil side but also his fatherly side. He will have moments where can be protective over his kids but also towards Amani. But don’t be the fool he is still a horrible person and but also smart.

On to the magical world. I like how there were more magical elements being explored in the book. I also liked there were more Djinns and Djemdi in the book as well. I also like the fact that Alwyn built the world with magic and the world that has its own history, legends and myths.

So to close my review I thought Traitor to the Throne was amazing. I couldn’t put it down and wished that I didn’t have to wait a whole year for the next book. And the ending….it killed me. And now I am stuck with a cliff hanger that will leave me wanting more. But at the same time, I still think it’s good because it keeps me excited. So if you haven’t picked up the book yet, I do have the affiliate links below for you to go check out. And until my next book keep on reading.

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Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton Book Review

When I came across Rebel of the Sands I thought the cover was one of the most beautiful covers I was seen. The mix of the gold and sea green together was just pure magic. It made me want to pick it up. In The Rebel of the Sands is a book that I read during the Booktubeathon and it was a super fast paced book that left me wanting to find out what happens next.

  • Title: Rebel of the Sands
  • Author: Alywn Hamilton
  • Series/Trilogy: Rebel of the Sands
  • Year Published: 2016
  • Page Count: 314
  • Goodreads: Here
  • Buy Book: Amazon

Synopsis:

For those that haven’t heard of Rebel of the Sands, it’s the first book in the trilogy that has a combination of Middle Eastern and Western vibe. Think of Aladin if they were cowboys. The book takes place in the country of Marijin and center around a girl name Amani who lives in the middle of nowhere town Dustwalk. And this town was a prison that Amani wanted to desperately leave and seek the freedom of what is out there. So in order to get her freedom, Amani pretends to be a boy and goes to shooting contests in hope of winning money to get herself out of Dustwalk.

One night during a shooting contest Amani meets the mysterious foreigner who goes by the name of Jin. Later does she know that Jin is in the hurry to leave as well since he is wanted for treason of crime? So, Amani decides that Jin is her one-way ticket out of Dustwalk. Little did she know that the adventure through the desert leads her to discover the hidden magic that lies within the sand.

Review:

Before I started reading Rebel of the Sands I had a feeling that I would enjoy it. I was also gravitated by the beautiful cover. The book didn’t disappoint, to say the least. I really enjoyed the plot. I liked the combination of Middle Eastern culture and western cowboy vibes in the story. I also liked the fact that story had many surprises as you go along the story. I also enjoy the fact that book had a lot of myths, legends and its own story about the world.

Another thing I liked about Rebel of the Sands was the characters. I think Amani is awesome, she is funny and sassy in every way. I mean despite her not knowing a lot about the real world outside of Dustwalk she didn’t let that stop her from going on the journey. She had a dream and she went for it. I also liked the fact she is a talented shooter and can take care of herself.

For Jin, the other character I thought was very intriguing. He pretty was funny as well but also was always there for Amani. I also liked that he gets all the good lines that I am sure you will find enough to quote after.

For the magic itself, I have mixed feelings. I liked the magical elements in the book from the Djinn elements and the fact that there was also magical creatures like Nightmares(creepy monsters that come out a night. Though do wish I could’ve seen more of. I guess due to the size of the book there wasn’t any room to put them all in.

Final Thoughts

Overall I really enjoyed reading Rebel of the Sands and has so much fun reading it. I really liked getting to know the characters and watching how they interact with each other. If you are interesting checking out the book yourself I do have an affiliate link at the bottom of this post and until next time keep on reading.

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