What Are You Reading?

What are you reading

Hello Friends!

This has been a weird week for me. I haven’t been able to focus on a book. I started reading one and it was so bad that I had to put it away. It wasn’t something anyone should read to be honest. It was horribly written and the subject was not cute. It was victim of an author trying to take a serious subject and make it sexy. I have a review of that one coming soon. It just ticked me off.

I started on a book last night but I didn’t really enjoy it, so I may be DNFing that one too.

I am reading one book though that I am actually enjoying.

Kings Cage by Victoria Aveyard

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Seriously, the cover alone is amazing. I know this series has gotten a lot of crap, but I love it! I have only read a few chapters, so everything is basically still being built up and reminders are in place. I’m just hoping its going to be as good as the last two books.

That is really the only book I can actually claim this week. It’s the only one that I am seriously reading. Everything else has been a search for something, though I am not sure what I am looking for. I should probably just focus on this one book and try to find something after I finish this one.

What are you reading?

5 Top Favorite Books of 2016

Hello Friends!! Just hang in there with me while I get back into the swing of things. I plan on getting back to blogging every day. I have so much to discuss, like shows that I am loving, movies I want to see, and all the books I want to read.

Today I bring to you my top 5 favorite books of 2016.

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This was actually kind of hard to bring my list down to 5. So I broke it down. The first list is the top 5 books that I read that were published in 2016.

  1. End of Watch by Stephen King
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    This was the end of Stephen Kings Bill Hodges Trilogy. It was such a satisfying ending. Most of the serious just has to do with killers, which is scary. But this last book had a little bit of the supernatural in it and I think I loved this book more than the other two in the series.
  2. Frost Like Fire by Sara Raasch
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    This was another end of a series. Snow Like Ashes is such a wonderful book. It’s a different world, a power struggle, and a young girl trying to make her way in the world that flipped her on her head. I love that there was a magical element and the last book brought the whole series to such a beautiful end. I read the entire series in 2016 and when I finished the second book I was so mad because I had to wait for the last book of the series. It was so worth the wait.
  3. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
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    Another series…I see a pattern here. I am so in love with this entire series. I don’t care that there are bad reviews about this series, I love it. I will say, the first part of this book was a little slow and bland. There were parts that ticked me off. But the ending did not disappoint. I am so ready for the next book, which comes out next month!
  4. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
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    I just read this in December. I have had it and had planned on reading it right away, but I went through a little bit of a reading slump. But then I picked it up and hated myself so much for waiting so long to read it. Then, I got mad again because the next book in the series isn’t coming out until NEXT YEAR! What??!! Of course, from my understanding, this was supposed to be just one book. If you have read the first book you know that no one would have been happy with just one book of this series. This book could end the series, you would just have to fill in the blacks with your imagination. I could do that…but I would rather Sabaa Tahir get another book to us like ASAP!
  5. Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
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    I read this book in two days. It was a fabulous book! I have heard people praising this book and…well when the word “Labyrinth” is in anything you better believe I will get my hands on it to see what it is. It stems from my love of the 1984 movie Labyrinth with David Bowie.
    Labyrinth Lost almost had a Alice in Wonderland feel to it. Alex has to go into a different world to save her family. I loved almost everything about this book. I will say that there is a romance in the novel. A very small mention to the point where it feels like the author wrote this amazing story and then decided there needed to be a love story. It came across as an afterthought and I hated that. This book would still be amazing without any kind of romance and that is why I still love it!

Because I have no self control I am going to move on and mention a few more books. This is kind of my honorable mentions list…but honestly I don’t think I could actually pick top 5 favorites.

  1. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
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    I am not going to lie, I wanted to read this because the cover was so gorgeous. Also it’s a retelling of Snow White and I love retellings! I think I have already covered this. I think I would be happy just reading retellings all the time.
  2. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
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    I didn’t know what to really expect going into this story. I knew it was a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, but I did not expect the ending. I also didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. This year I would like to read Crimson Bound by the same author. The covers are similar but I don’t think the books are related. As a stand alone Cruel Beauty was a fantastic book and I may end up reading it again.
  3. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
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    There isn’t much I have to say about this book, except I enjoyed it so much that I asked for the entire series for Christmas. I got it too! I can’t wait to finish the series.
  4. The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
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    The Start Touched Queen was so magical! I loved everything about it. I was so in love with this book. I entered such a beautiful and fantastical world and I didn’t want it to end.
  5. Splintered by A.G. Howard
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    Splintered does not have a lot of good reviews. Everyone seems to really dislike it. Most of the comments are about a love triangle between the main character and two guys. The thing about it is that the triangle doesn’t actually get annoying until the second book and by then you understand why the main character has such an issue with the two boys in her life. Personally, I loved this book. Now, the rest of the series has been a little slow, but this first book really drew me in and I loved it so much. I will finish the series, I am reading the last book now, but none of them have been as good as this first book.

Okay, I am going to stop there. I have 10 books on this list that was supposed to only be 5. I’m sorry! These have no order really. I loved all of these books. The ones that are not a part of my collection will soon be a part of it, and the ones that I already had will be cherished forever.

What were your favorite books you read in 2016?

Book Tag: Rainbow Spines Book Tag

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Hello Friends! I decided I wanted to try something a little different for Thursdays. Usually I would do a movie review, but that isn’t working out so well…is it? Besides, writing movie reviews of movies that have been out for years got a little boring. Though, I may have something a little special in the works for October regard scary movies!

Anyways, I thought maybe instead of doing 4 movie reviews a month, maybe cutting that down to 1 or 2 and then doing book tags on the other days. There are a TON of book tags in the world. So today I am doing the Rainbow Spine Book Tag!

If someone could please tell me who created this tag so I can give proper credit that would be fantastic!

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RED

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Orange

The Good, the Bad, and the Undead by Kim Harrison

YELLOW

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

GREEN

The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige

BLUE

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

PURPLE

Beautiful Creatures by  Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

PINK

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

WHITE

Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

BLACK

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King

Have you read any of these books?

Book Review: Glass Sword

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

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Author: Victoria Aveyard
Release Date: February 9th 2016
Series: Red Queen
Genre: YA Fiction
Pages: 444
Publisher: HarperTeen
Buy it : Amazon

First Line: I flinch. The rag she gives me is clean, but it still smells like blood.

Blurb from Goodreads: If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.

 

Cover: Just like the cover for Red Queen, this one is so gorgeous. I love how simple it is, yet it says so much about the story. It’s one of those covers that you want to show on your bookshelf.

Review

This book starts right where Red Queen ended, which I love. It’s funny, you wait a year to read a book, and in the book not even a day has passed.

Mare has escaped from death, along with a Silver, Cal. They are then thrown among the Red Guard.  It’s amazing to see how no one will trust Cal, simply because of his blood, and how Cal refuses to accept he is in as much danger as the Reds around him.

It irritated me how everyone shied away from Mare, because of what she had done. No one seems to even care what she went through in the castle, being tugged around by Maven and his mother. I felt at the beginning Cal was a little too harsh on Mare, but by the end I felt like Mare was a little to harsh on the Silvers.

By the end I think Mare has lost herself in her need to get revenge for everything that has been done to her and Cal and all the Reds.

My favorite character in this book is Kilorn. Mare’s best friend until the end. No matter what she does or how bad she messes up, she can count on him to be there for her.

This is where the spoiler begins because I just have to get this out. You can skip to the conclusion if you have not read the book yet.

The ending had me so upset! Like…sick to my stomach. To the point that even though it was 4 in the morning I had to read another book before I could go to sleep. Here is the thing, Mare loses a brother that she thought she had already lost once. She loses him because he was trying to save her. Then, EVERYONE seems to have a problem with Mare. They all blame her for Shades death, yet she has the queen. She has killed the queen out of her rage for the loss of her brother and everyone around her hates her because in all the people they lost, everyone loved Shade. I get it, I really do. Shade was a fantastic character. He was strong, protective, and a huge asset to the team. But Mare was already beating herself up about her brother. She was already blaming herself, yet everyone insist on snarling at her. It’s not her fault that she was the first Red to show Silver powers in front of the royal family. It’s not her fault that she was the one they were after. And honestly, it ticks me off that everyone claims she is just working to put a crown on a special Red. When in reality, the only thing Mare set out to do was save ALL Reds! She just saw that there were stronger, better people that could help fight the war to save the Reds from the injustice. She isn’t forcing anyone to help her and everyone should be jumping at the chance to fight for her. FOR HER! Not the Red Guard or who ever seems to be running the resistance. They should fight for..now WITH Mare to change things in their world. It seems the only one who even knows what Mare is trying to do, the only somewhat kind of friend she has is Julian, a Red, Cal’s uncle.

Then again, let’s look at what Mare did at the prison. She ruthlessly killed a room full of Silvers just because of what OTHER Silvers had done to her. Not these Slivers, OTHERS. Okay, let’s get that drilled into our heads. Cal is begging her to stop, but she keeps on and keeps on. THEN gets mad when he doesn’t feel the need to save her in the next scene. She can obviously fend for herself, right? Cal had every right to be angry with her. And the more I think about it, the more I dislike Mare. Sure, she has been through a lot, and this was before Shade died. She forgot that she was supposed to be saving people and ends up killing more than what it was worth. Sure, kill when it is necessary, but these Silvers that she killed were locked in a room! I think she forgot that she was in love with a Silver…though, I’m still not sure if that is Maven or Cal. The road she is traveling, Maven would be a better fit for her because she seems to enjoy killing people randomly. Just for the color of their blood.

With that said, I wonder if Mare could have changed things if Queen Elara was out of the way and she married Maven. Could she really be the Red Queen, married to a Red King and bring peace to both Reds and Silvers?

SPOILERS OVER.

After all is said and done, I don’t care that the majority is rooting for Mare and Maven to be a couple. Cal is obviously the best for her. He has never lied about who he was to her. They have both ticked one another off. Perfect couple. But that is enough of that.

I liked this book. When I first finished it I was so angry and I wanted the next book. I am still in need to find out what happens next, but I am so confused about my own feelings towards the book. Do I hate Mare? No…but I don’t understand where she is in her mind. Even though we are reading from her POV I don’t understand why she has become so ruthless. She has traveled down a dark road and I fear for her own sanity. Will Cal come to save her or will she just join Maven in his heartless kingdom? Who knows.

After writing the review, my rating may have lowered a little. I have to stop rating books right after I finish them. There are just so many emotions spinning around this series. So many people hate it and I can see why, honestly I can. But I can’t help but to love it. And it really stresses me out..the book, not liking something that others hate. Yes, there were bits and pieces of this book that could have been excluded, but the story as a whole works for me.

A little note to Victoria Aveyard, please hurry with the next book, my little book nerd heart can’t take all this waiting. Agony! That is what it is like waiting to find out what happens to my favorite characters.

What are You Reading?

What are you reading

Happy Monday friends! Yeah, I know, it’s never that great of a day, but the great thing about it is that we have new books to read!

This week I am reading:

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

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I will hopefully finish this book this week. It is my plan anyways. I am only 100 pages away. I know, I am reading super slow, but I was reading a book for my author interview and had to put this one on the back burner for a little bit while I finished that one.

I am also reading Trinkets, Treasures, and other Bloody Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge

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This is the second book in the Dowser series that I read last month. I have not been able to stop thinking about it. Is that strange?

I am listening to:

The Game of Lives by James Dashner

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This is the third and final book in the Mortality Doctrine series. I am loving this whole series and hope that James Dashner wraps it up nicely. And actually, I am hoping this is the last in the series. It was only published last year, so Dashner could suprise us all with another book in the series. I will let you know if it sounds final once I reach the end of it.

Week Goal

Once I finish Glass Sword I plan on starting Firstlife by Gena Showalter. Seriously, I am dying to read this book. I have been looking for a book that will keep me up at night reading. The kind of book that grips my soul and won’t let go. Gena Showalter’s The White Rabbit Chronicles did that to me, so I have high hopes for this one as well.

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I also hope to get to Cogling by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek this week. If I read Trinkets, Treasures, and other Bloody Magic as fast as I did the first in the series, I am sure to make it to Cogling as well this week.

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What are you reading this week?

 

What Are You Reading?

Better with a Book

Hello friends! It’s Monday! Let’s talk about what we are reading!

I finally was able to get to Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard.

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I am so into this book right now! I am about 200 pages in and OMG! It’s so good!

I am also reading The 6th Horseman by Anderson Atlas

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This so far has been fantastic. Anderson Atlas also happens to be the author I will be interviewing this month. I should probably get on top of this author interview thing and do them a month ahead…but I am not that organized yet. So far, this has been one of the best books I have read for the Reading Bud so far. I was going to get through it yesterday and finish, but other things got in the way. When you only have a few days off a week, a lot of things have to happen on those days off.

Week Goal

My goal for this week is to finish the two books above and move on to Firstlife by Gena Showalter and Cogling by Jordan Elizabeth. I am hoping to also start the last book in James Dashner’s Mortality Doctrine series. It will be in audio form, so it won’t be adding to much to my packed plate.

What are you reading right now?

 

 

What Are You Reading?

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Hello friends! Happy Monday. Ugh, again. But, Monday also means sharing what we are currently reading! Now, my plan last week was to finish two books…I didn’t make it. I even had the weekend off and didn’t read nearly as much as I had planned. I haven’t even watched a lot of TV. The internet pulled me in and held me hostage.

Anyways, that means I am still re-reading a book.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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I am really close to finishing this though. Anyone shocked that I am only reading one book at the moment? I certainly am.

So far, I love this book as much this time as I did the first time I read it. It’s almost like reading it for the first time, except now I can see all the hidden hints to a few twist with in the chapters. I almost squealed with excitement when I set it down yesterday to eat dinner. Yes, it is that good. To me at least. I know the book gets a lot of hate, but I love it.

So my goal is to finish Red Queen and finally read Glass Sword.

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Then I will start on the novel that goes along with March’s author! Woo! As well as Gena Showalter’s newest novel Firstlife.

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Seriously, I am super excited for this book. I haven’t read any of Gena Showatler’s adult fantasy novels, but I read the entire White Chronicles YA series. Loved every minute of it and I was so stoked to find out she was releasing another YA novel.

FYI: I left out the novel for the March Author interview on purpose. I don’t want you to know who it is yet. 😛 I like to keep the magic alive!

What are you reading??

What Are You Reading?

Nearly Enough

Hello Friends! Happy Monday. I know..ugh, Monday. But we still have our books to keep us happy!

I didn’t get to the one book I wanted to read this past week, but I did finish Armada by Ernest Cline, and just last night I finished the audio book that I was reading, The Rule of Thoughts by James Dashner. Both left me smiling, so I was happy with them. Stay tuned for the book reviews on them!

Moving on to what I am reading!

Shockingly I am only reading one book at the moment. Risuko by David Kudler

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Somewhere I read that this could be considered a middle grade book and now that I am over half way through it, I am not so sure. But I have enjoyed it!

This coming week I would like to finish Risuko and start on Red Queen for the re-read.

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Then start on the next book in the series Glass Sword.

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Fingers crossed that I can get through all of these books this week. I really wish I could read faster. It would make my life so much better…I think. Then again, I could just end up with even  more books on my TBR shelf. Who knows.

The sad part is that Tuesday another book comes out that I must have! And I don’t want to wait to read it…This presents a problem. Help, I’m drowning in my TBR list!

What are you reading??

What Are You Reading?

Paradise is a Library

Hello Friends!

Sorry for the late post today. Had a doctors appointment this morning and worked until midnight last night. I didn’t plan far enough ahead. Though, when it comes to Monday’s post, you can’t really plan ahead. Especially if you have finally found your stride and are reading a lot more!

Last week I finished two books! I’m so proud of myself. This week I plan on reading two more, but I will get to that in a second. First, let’s see what I am reading right now.

I am still listening to The Rule of Thoughts by James Dashner.

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This book is so good! I listen on the way to work and on the way home from work. I end up sitting in my car for a few minutes, not wanting to turn the book off and go inside. I feel like if I were reading this instead of listening, I would have finished it within a day.

I am also still reading Armada by Ernest Cline

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Now, I added this in the mix last week, but in reality I didn’t start reading until later. I thought I had read the first chapter, but when I finally got back to it I realized that I had only read the first page. I was really tired the night I started reading it. My plan is to get a good chunk of this book read today. I am currently only 100 pages into it. But just like Ready Player One it has hooked me from the start. Such an interesting concept. So far it has put me in mind of Ender’s Game which is referenced in the book.

THIS WEEKS READING GOAL:

My goal is to first finish Armada. Then I will be moving on to a few other books.

The first Being Risuko by David Kudler

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This is only 230 pages and a middle grade book. I got it from Netgalley. Which I am so excited to finally be using. I have received a few books from the site to review. This is just next on the list.

I would also like to re-read Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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This is just so that I can start the next book in the series Glass Sword. I am so excited to have the next book!

Hopefully I can at least get started on both of these books this week, after finishing Armada.

What are you reading??

What Are You Reading?

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**Late Post today because I had some kind of issue and set the schedule for posting wrong…**

 

I have a confession to make. I have not been reading much! WAIT! Don’t throw your stones yet! I have been dealing with a lot of stress this month and…well, I sleep more than anything. I know, sorry excuse, but it happens!

What that being said, what I am reading isn’t much different from what I was reading the last “What are you Reading” post. Yep…same ol’ stuff.

I’m almost done with The Eye of Minds by James Dashner.

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It’s such a good book. I’m listening to it, so I only listen when I am driving to work. I have like 20 minutes left of the book.I know I could have sat down for a few minutes and finished it already, but I have a ritual…I listen when I drive to work. It helps me get through the work day. So I try to drag out the books I am listening to for as long as possible. Especially seeing as I only listen to one book a month.

You’re Never Weird on the Internet(Almost) by Felicia Day…

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This book kind of took a back seat when I started reading another book. I was trying to power through as many books as possible and I just killed myself or something and haven’t been able to finish anything. Ugh! And this book is so good! I just need to sit down one day and finish it!

Lastly, I am reading Turn Coat by Jim Butcher.

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Again, this is a really good book! I don’t know what my problem has been this past month, but I plan on finishing all of these books this week and moving on to my next pile of books that I want to read.

Since I am reading the same stuff, I thought I might add a little extra this week and let you know what is next on my TBR list!

First is Armada by Ernest Cline.

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I have been so excited for this book and I have been taking my sweet time getting to it.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.

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The next book in the series comes out February 9th. I wanted to have it re-read before the book came out, but I may be a little late finishing it to read the next book. Don’t worry, I plan to finish both in the month of February.

Monsterland by Michael Phillip Cash.

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This was suggested to me on Goodreads and I got it free on Netgalley, so I want to read this this month and put up a review!

Beautiful by Sarah Dawson Powell

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Sarah is my author of the month and I need to read her book so I can get to interview her. Yep, I am a little behind in all my stuff for this blog! I sometimes hate myself, but I am getting back on track!

 

That is what is to come and what is…what are you reading? What is your TBR for February? Let me know in the comments.