Friday, January 22, 2016

The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye


Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love . . . or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear . . . the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

To begin explaining the gloriousness that is The Crown's Game would be nearly impossible. But I'll take this compliment by compliment. What really took the cake for me here is the world. The amount of research and planning that went into this story is absolutely astounding. I felt completely transported to 1800s Russia during this story, from the landmarks to the simple history. Even though this is alternate history, Evelyn Skye does a masterful job at keeping to the history of actual Russia. She changes a few things, yes, and adds in magic, but the core history stays the same. As a writer, I understand how much time it takes to research and completely admire Ms. Skye for the massive amount of world-building.
Okay, so now I've fangirled over the world. But let's just take a long, long moment. Scroll up. ADMIRE THAT COVER. UM, HELLO, THAT IS GLORIOUS.
You must be thinking—wow, this book sounds great. OH WELL THE GREAT THINGS DO NOT STOP HERE. NO, NO, NO! Because guess what. THIS BOOK IS ALSO A LOOSE RETELLING OF…
Romeo and Juliet! Cinderella! I didn't confirm these, but there are very clear similarities to both of those classic tales and the amount of story in this book astounds me. BRAVO, MS. SKYE. I love me some retellings. THIS BOOK HIT THE SPOT.
And you all know I love Throne of Glass books 1 & 2, right? Well, this book has a duel thing like in Throne of Glass. There's no copying, I promise. Ms. Skye TOTALLY owns this and is AMAZING at writing it.
Oh, and you think I'm done there? Nope—you're wrong. Because this book is about two enchanters. And let me just say—the descriptions of the magic make you feel like you are doing the magic-y stuff. UM YES PLEASE. I want to be a magic person. And this book also has awful, painful, amazing, beautiful DEATHS. I won't say who. BUT WHOAAAAA IT'S GOOD.
Also the characters. I SOBBED I LAUGHED I SCREAMED. I love these people so. freaking. much. VIKA. PASHA. NIKOLAI. SERGEI. RENATA. MY BABIES. Excuse me while I wail.
Now, it did take me 15% to get into this, so give it that much in case you don't like it. I always give books 30% to make me like them.
So excuse me now. I must go sob.

FOR THE PARENTS -
Cussing – I don't think there's any??
Intimacy – People wanting to kiss, mentions of people sleeping with each other, maybe a kiss or two, mentions of illegitimate children
Spiritual – I added this because this book does contain a person who reads tea leaves, but it's not hugely unspiritual. I think at one point in the book a character even prays?
Violence – Mild.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Growing Old


Hello, my name is Ryebrynn. and I have a problem with growing old. Not in general. Just the thought of losing interest in things I once loved.
Because, you see, my Underground birthday was the other day. I always celebrated it with some sort of fanfare, even just going on the forum and celebrating with friends. It marked me being on there for five years. FIVE YEARS. I joined when I was a baby-faced pre-adolescent. I was, like pre-pre-adolescent. I was young.  And I would spend hours on there. Battling, talking, writing. The Underground was my world. It comforted me and loved me through some very hard years when I moved to Liberia. It was always there for me. So the question on my mind today is;
Why can't I be there for them? I'm growing old, outgrowing the Underground as if it were Narnia. I can't count the nights on only one hand where I cried over outgrowing this. Because I love the Underground with all that I am, but I don't fit. I can't fit there anymore. I used to dance and laugh and live there. Now I haunt places such as Goodreads and Facebook, but never there as I was when I was an Undergrounder. This year I did nothing for my Underground birthday. There was no post screaming about it being five years. Just a reminder on my phone that was silenced and forgotten.
But I don't know if there are others like me, others who outgrew the Underground. There are so many who must have, but some of my dearest friends never have. Some of them have the courage to be there, even if they don't fit.
You must be wondering how I outgrew one of my favorite places. It's simple. In February of 2015, I felt out of place, but only just. It started with me verging from my genre of choice in my writing. I felt the first threads of distance then. But then, in March, things fell out. The Underground, and a lot of what I loved about it, died. The forum crashed and died. I felt so empty, and though it was soon replaced with a new forum, Whitehall, I never felt connected again. Everything was suddenly gone.
I've fought with this for almost a year now, thinking of how this could even happen to me. Perhaps it was the pain and joy enclosed inside the folded pages of the old forum. The long conversations, even the ridiculous, yet amazing MallowBuddies. Perhaps, it was that I had been through so much that I couldn't be Lady Lessien, Ryebrynn, Rice, Less, or any of the people I had become with the Underground. Perhaps it was that I was broken.
With the Underground I met some of my best friends, but I also lost them. Some of them disappeared without a trace. Moira, Charis, Elessar. So maybe that's why I outgrew the Underground. Because the Underground is, in principle, it's people, and I didn't know any of the people anymore. And all of the people I once knew left me when I needed them.
All of you can ignore this post, especially if you don't these people or this place. I just needed somewhere to talk about this.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab


The city of Verity has been overrun with monsters, born from the worst of human evil. In North Verity, the Corsai and the Malchai run free. Under the rule of Callum Harker, the monsters kill any human who has not paid for protection. In the South, Henry Flynn hunts the monsters who cross the border into his territory, aided by the most dangerous and darkest monsters of them all—the Sunai, dark creatures who use music to steal their victim’s souls.

As one of only three Sunai in existence, August Flynn has always wanted to play a bigger role in the war between the north and the south. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate Harker, daughter of the leader of North Verity, August jumps on it.
When Kate discovers August’s secret, the pair find themselves running for their lives and battling monsters from both sides of the wall. As the city dissolves into chaos, it’s up to them to foster a peace between monsters and humans.

A unique, fast-paced adventure that looks at the monsters we face every day—including the monster within.
 

Oh wow.
I have no idea how I'm even going to manage this. Summing This Savage Song up… And into one review???? First off, don't drop the book it you don't immediately like it! It took me 15% to get interested, 40% to care. But once you care… There is no going back. So let me introduce you to the main characters.
August – monster with a heart of gold
Kate – School-girl/daughter of murderer with sadistic tendencies and a heart a size too small.
At first, I was fairly certain that August was a wimp. This was only because Kate was going around delivering death threats and k i c k i n g B U T T . AND HOW DO I DESCRIBE. This world is like a mash of genres. It's, like, post-acopalyptic paranormal angel fantasy sc-fi. SO COOL. ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT.
Victoria Schwab is a genius, people. GO READ HER BOOKS.
But honestly, I loved this. PEOPLE, SERIOUSLY. Some of the monsters are like monster-angels who sing/play and instrument to bring people's souls to the surface before they BRUTALLY MURDER THEM. It's such a cool idea. AND GLORIOUSLY EXECUTED(hehe, pun intended), THANKS TO THE WONDERFUL VICTORIA SCHWAB.
But there's also, like, a contemporary vibe going on? It's super cool. But this book is so FREAKING complicated that to completely understand EVERYTHING I might have to schedule a re-read. UGH I LOVE IT SO MUCH.
And have YOU SEEN THAT COVER???? G O R G E O U S . Absolutely gorgeous. Kind of like me, actually. (haha, no) But seriously. As soon as this releases…. GO GET YOURSELF A FREAKING COPY.

(this has been “freaking out” with ryebrynn. Tune in next time to see her talking about The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye)

FOUR AND A HALF STARS.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

COVER REVEAL: The Cautious Maiden by Dawn Crandall + Giveaway!

HELLO INTERWEB. This post will be short because I HAVE NO TIME, but heh. That's life. I have something super cool and amazing to show y'all today. Which you probably guessed by the title of this post. But whatevs.
I SHALL BE REVEALING THE COVER FOR A BOOK.
Yes, yes, I did that a few days ago. But dis is cool. So here it is....


Violet Hawthorne is beyond mortified when her brother transforms her deceased parents’ respectable country inn into a brothel to accommodate the lumberjacks in the area. When her reputation is compromised, she finds herself forced to enter into an engagement with Vance Everstone. Can she trust this man she hardly knows who has a scandalous reputation in his own right?

This
cover
is
absolutely
gorgeous.
LOOK AT IT. TAKE MINUTES. HOURS. ahhhh. I screamed when I saw the photo in my emails. SO BEAUTIFUL. It isn't my favorite cover of the series, but it is definitely gorgeous.

So I bet you are all wonderful where that giveaway is while I prattle on. Or maybe you skipped to the end and swept past my prattling (Don't worry, I won't judge.)

DISCUSSION -
Thoughts on the cover? Also, because I have a passing curiousity; WHAT IS YOUR BOOK GOAL FOR 2016. Mine will be unlocked when someone comments :D


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Saturday, January 16, 2016

COVER REVEAL: Doubt the Stars by Maddyson Wilson

I am very happy to be sitting here. I have the exclusive pleasure to release the cover of Doubt the Stars by Maddyson Wilson, a cover very dear to me. I had the honor of designing this cover for Maddyson, and I'm not trying to brag when I say this cover is gorgeous. 
So, without further ado, here it is!


I am not crazy 
This is a dream 
I am not crazy 
This is a dream 
It’s all in my head
Celeste Adair has been mumbling those words ever since she was admitted to Detroit Mental Hospital for telling the truth: She saw an angel on the roof of her foster home. She knows it’s true, but no matter how loud she screams, it seems like no one will ever believe her. All she dreams of is a true confident, someone who will hold her as she picks her broken pieces and glues herself back together.
Worlds away, Luke Enoch is struggling to put everyone else back together while he ignores his own broken pieces falling to the floor. He lives under constant pressure of the Servs breathing down his back. He knows it will only take one wrong word, wrong glance, wrong move for his and his sister’s lives to be over.
These two strangers find themselves in a similar situation: a gravestone that whispers secrets from their past they both vowed never to unearth again, a sense of death, and a voice that will follow them into oblivion.
Upon waking up in 1500’s Verona, in the famed story of Romeo and Juliet where the two starcrossed lovers are destined to hate each other, the only way out of this world is to fix what’s wrong. How much will they risk to get back home?

ISN'T IT AMAZING??? Doubt the Stars doesn't have a set release date as of right now, but we're hoping for the end of 2016.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

The Tears of Dark Water by Corban Addison


Daniel and Vanessa Parker are an American success story. He is a Washington, DC, power broker, and she is a physician with a thriving practice. But behind the gilded façade, their marriage is a shambles, and their teenage son, Quentin, is self-destructing. In desperation, Daniel dusts off a long-delayed dream - a sailing trip around the world. Little does he know, the voyage he hopes will save them may destroy them instead. Half a world away on the lawless coast of Somalia, Ismail Adan Ibrahim is living a life of crime in violation of everything he was raised to believe - except for the love and loyalty driving him to hijack ships for ransom and plot the rescue of his sister, Yasmin, from the man who murdered their father. There is nothing he will not do to save her, even if it means taking innocent lives. Paul Derrick is the FBI's top hostage negotiator. His twin sister, Megan, is a celebrated defense attorney. They have reached the summit of their careers by savvy, grit, and a secret determination to escape the memory of the day their family died. When Paul is dispatched to handle a hostage crisis at sea, he has no idea how far it will take him and Megan into the past - or the chance it will give them to redeem the future. Across continents and oceans, through storms and civil wars, the paths of these individuals converge in a single, explosive moment. It is a moment that will test them and break them, but it will also leave behind an unexpected glimmer of hope - that out of the ashes of tragedy and misfortune, the seeds of justice and reconciliation can grow.


Soooo THIS.
I'm not sure what I thought. Before you read this, I will let you know: I DNFed this book. Reasons will be stated below.
For starters, this book was written in a similar style as two other books I didn't enjoy, one of which I DNFed. These books are The Scroll by Alton Gansky and Grant R. Jeffrey and A Treasure Deep by Alton Gansky.
I honestly wish I could have enjoyed this book. I loved the premise of the book (I mean, modern day pirates???? WHAT IS NOT TO LOVE?). But when I read it, it fell flat for me. Per usual, I read 40% of this book before DNFing it. Usually if a book starts out boring, I can get into by 40%. But with this book… That just wasn't the case.
I really don't have much to say. I felt that the characters were similarly written compared the other characters in the aforementioned books, and the writing was just… soo familiar. And not in a good way. The above is why I DNFed this book. And all those amount up to a waste of time. And I don't have reading time to waste.
Note: THE COVER IS GORGEOUS

DISCLAIMER: I do not intend to say that this is a bad book. I'm sure it's a lovely adventure across the high seas, but the writing, characters, and book didn't suit me. But if you think that YOU would enjoy this book, go for it! The end is the limit :)

FOR THE PARENTS -
There was nothing inappropriate in the first 40%, except maybe a little violence and one or two cusswords. But still fairly clean.


Three stars – good premise but not for me

Saturday, January 9, 2016

The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson


The one who needs rescuing isn’t always the one in the tower.
Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man. She paints beautiful flowering vines on the walls of her plaster houses. She sings so sweetly she can coax even a beast to sleep. But there are two things she is afraid her mother might never allow her to do: learn to read and marry.
Fiercely devoted to Rapunzel, her mother is suspicious of every man who so much as looks at her daughter and warns her that no man can be trusted. After a young village farmer asks for Rapunzel’s hand in marriage, Mother decides to move them once again—this time, to the large city of Hagenheim.
The journey proves treacherous, and after being rescued by a knight—Sir Gerek—Rapunzel in turn rescues him farther down the road. As a result, Sir Gerek agrees to repay his debt to Rapunzel by teaching her to read. Could there be more to this knight than his arrogance and desire to marry for riches and position?
As Rapunzel acclimates to life in a new city, she uncovers a mystery that will forever change her life. In this Rapunzel story unlike any other, a world of secrets and treachery is about to be revealed after seventeen years of lies. How will Rapunzel finally take control of her own destiny? And who will prove faithful to a lowly peasant girl with no one to turn to?
“The Golden Braid is a delightful, page-turning retelling of the story of Rapunzel. Dickerson brings this familiar fairy tale to life with a fresh and unique plot that is full of complex characters, a sweet romance, and danger at every turn. Rapunzel’s search to understand her place in the medieval world is a timeless identity struggle that modern readers will relate to. Her growing courage and faith are inspirational and will have readers cheering her on and sad to see the story come to an end.”
—Jody Hedlund, bestselling author of An Uncertain Choice

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So this book reads like the companion novel to The Princess Spy. I didn't realize that. But it was SO GOOD. It reads like a fairy tale. I confess I was apprehensive. I love the original tale of Rapunzel. It's gorgeous. I was afraid that Melanie might let the tale down, or change it in a bad way.
OH MY WORD WHY WAS I WORRIED
This book was perfection. Rapunzel was the heroine I knew from the original tale, but had changed in so many good ways. She took charge of the story, but I was a bit disappointed that she wasn't as kick-butt as the synopsis suggested. But in that way, the kick-butt attitude wouldn't have suited her. She was exactly what the story needed her to be, but not weak. She was real. She was the right sort of character to be in a YA novel in this time. In most every YA novel I read with a strong heroine the heroine lacks… heart. Sure, they're passionate. They care about the good guys. But Rapunzel… She killed someone. I won't say who. But that moment cemented everything I thought and knew of her. She was kind. Caring. Strong. And she was righteous. She regretted that kill. A lot of heroines kill and then wave it off. It doesn't matter as long as it's the bad guy. But this showed that no matter who it is, every life matters. And that was such a strong, pure message. It's something I really wanted to see in the YA genre. It makes me overjoyed to see it.
Five stars to a wonderful story full of heart and romance and action.

FOR THE PARENTS -
Intimacy – Mild kissing. Mentions of illegitimate children, and of two women being led on and getting pregnant by men. Nothing is shown (except for the kissing)
Violence – Mild or low high? Not awful, but there was a large amount.
Cussing – None.

Intoxication – Maybe mentions of it? 

Friday, January 8, 2016

A Respectable Actress by Dorothy Love


When India Hartley is accused of murder, she must uncover the deceptions of others to save herself.
India Hartley, a famous and beautiful actress, is now alone after her father’s death and embarks upon a tour of theaters across the South. Her first stop is Savannah’s Southern Palace. On the eve of the second night’s performance, something goes horribly wrong. Her co-star, Arthur Sterling, is shot dead on stage in front of a packed house, and India is arrested and accused of the crime.
A benefactor hires Philip Sinclair, the best—and handsomest—lawyer in Savannah to defend India. A widower, Philip is struggling to reinvent his worn-out plantation on St. Simons Island. He needs to increase his income from his law practice in order to restore Indigo Point, and hardly anything will bring him more new clients than successfully defending a famous actress on a murder charge.
Because India can’t go anywhere in town without being mobbed, Philip persuades the judge handling her case to let him take her to Indigo Point until her trial date. India is charmed by the beauty of the Georgia lowcountry and is increasingly drawn to Philip. But a locked room that appears to be a shrine to Philip’s dead wife and the unsolved disappearance of a former slave girl raise troubling questions. Piecing together clues in an abandoned boat and a burned-out chapel, India discovers a trail of dark secrets that lead back to Philip, secrets that ultimately may hold the key to her freedom. If only he will believe her.

(please excuse if anything is inaccurate. I put off writing this review for a week and a half and as I speed-read I tend to forget small details)
SO THIS BOOK IS AMAZING.
There is no slow start on this. We are launched right into the action, with a murder to start us off. Though the story is narrated by India, there is the feeling of not knowing who committed the murder. And at some points, I even thought it could be her. AND THIS ISN'T JUST ABOUT INDIA AND HER POSSIBLE KILL. No, this story is soooo much more! It has a subplot, and then EVERYTHING TIES TOGETHER AMAZINGLY.
There was a point when reading this that I set the book aside and screamed (I'm a verbal person). There are a few sluggish spots, but nothing awful. They are all still interesting!
The romance in this was TO DIE FOR. (hehe) I shipped certain people very much. But enough on that. As River Song would say; “Spoilers!”
Okay, so the finale was intense. At about 150 pages from the end, the finale kicked in and I was basically screaming and yelling and freaking out. AND O H M Y W O R D . It was glorious. And amazing. And I liked a quote so much that it replaced my quote from the Book Thief on my shelf. THAT IS LOVE, PEOPLE. <3 I adored this book sosososo much. A Respectable Actress was a well-plotted murder mystery with a side-dish of romance that was reminiscent of Agatha Christie's novels. I recommend to any fans of Agatha Christie or even murder mysteries in general.

FOR THE PARENTS -
Intimacy – Not much on this front. Mild kissing.
Violence – There was several quite intense scenes. To rate like a movie… Maybe PG-13?? There's a creepy scene with a mentally ill person also murder.
Cussing – Not much here

Intoxication – Um, there's love? :P Just kidding. There is mild drunkenness.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

January TBR!


Welcome to my January TBR! The above books are the books I plan to read this month, plus two ebooks I will mention below. I will leave links and the synopsis for each book below as well. I plan to review two of these books, maybe more.

ILLUMINAE by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.
      The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than a speck at the edge of the universe. Now with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to evacuate with a hostile warship in hot pursuit.
     But their problems are just getting started. A plague has broken out and is mutating with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a web of data to find the truth, it’s clear the only person who can help her is the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.
      Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, maps, files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

I plan to buddy-read this with my friend Sierra Abrams who blogs over at Yearning to Read and Sierra & the Quest to Write Everything sometime during the month.

THE TEARS OF DARK WATER by Corban Addison

Daniel and Vanessa Parker are an American success story. He is a Washington, DC, power broker, and she is a physician with a thriving practice. But behind the gilded façade, their marriage is a shambles, and their teenage son, Quentin, is self-destructing. In desperation, Daniel dusts off a long-delayed dream - a sailing trip around the world. Little does he know, the voyage he hopes will save them may destroy them instead. Half a world away on the lawless coast of Somalia, Ismail Adan Ibrahim is living a life of crime in violation of everything he was raised to believe - except for the love and loyalty driving him to hijack ships for ransom and plot the rescue of his sister, Yasmin, from the man who murdered their father. There is nothing he will not do to save her, even if it means taking innocent lives. Paul Derrick is the FBI's top hostage negotiator. His twin sister, Megan, is a celebrated defense attorney. They have reached the summit of their careers by savvy, grit, and a secret determination to escape the memory of the day their family died. When Paul is dispatched to handle a hostage crisis at sea, he has no idea how far it will take him and Megan into the past - or the chance it will give them to redeem the future. Across continents and oceans, through storms and civil wars, the paths of these individuals converge in a single, explosive moment. It is a moment that will test them and break them, but it will also leave behind an unexpected glimmer of hope - that out of the ashes of tragedy and misfortune, the seeds of justice and reconciliation can grow.

This is probably a high-priority read mostly because it's a review copy. Technically I'm already reading it, but fifty pages in doesn't count. :P

STORYWORLD FIRST by Jill Williamson

The question I hear most from beginners about building a fantasy storyworld is, “Where do I start?” Oz, Wonderland, Narnia, the 100 Acre Wood, Neverland, Hogwarts, the United Federation of Planets, Westeros, Middle Earth, Alagaesia, Terabithia, Gotham City, Jurassic Park, Fablehaven, and a galaxy far, far away. These fictional places have become real in the minds and hearts or readers. These storyworlds that someone invented—someone who was once like you, learning to tell stories, learning to write, and dreaming about publishing a novel. Whether you’re starting from scratch or are looking to add depth to a finished story, Storyworld First will get you thinking. Includes tips for worldbuilding: Astronomy * Magic * Government Map making * History * Religion Technology * Languages * Culture And how it all works together.

I'm reading this progressively, chapter-by-chapter whenever I have a moment. It's good so far!

LUTHER AND KATHARINA by Jody Hedlund

She was a nun of noble birth. He, a heretic, a reformer…an outlaw of the Holy Roman Empire.  
In the 16th century, nun Katharina von Bora’s fate fell no further than the Abbey. Until she read the writings of Martin Luther.
His sweeping Catholic church reformation—condemning a cloistered life and promoting the goodness of marriage—awakened her desire for everything she’d been forbidden. Including Martin Luther himself. Despite the fact that the attraction and tension between them is undeniable, Luther holds fast to his convictions and remains isolated, refusing to risk anyone’s life but his own. And Katharina longs for love, but is strong-willed. She clings proudly to her class distinction, pining for nobility over the heart of a reformer. They couldn’t be more different. 
But as the world comes tumbling down around them, and with Luther’s threatened life a constant strain, these unlikely allies forge an unexpected bond of understanding, support and love. 
Together, they will alter the religious landscape forever.

This is high-priority because it's a review copy. Hoping to get to it soon.

THE RITHMATIST by Brandon Sanderson

More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity's only defense against the Wild Chalklings. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.
As the son of a lowly chalkmaker at Armedius Academy, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students learn the magical art that he would do anything to practice. Then students start disappearing―kidnapped from their rooms at night, leaving trails of blood. Assigned to help the professor who is investigating the crimes, Joel and his friend Melody find themselves on the trail of an unexpected discovery―one that will change Rithmatics―and their world―forever.
A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2013

Bottom of the pile. but I'm still excited to read it!

EBOOKS -

WINTER by Marissa Meyer

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won't approve of her feelings for her childhood friend--the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn't as weak as Levana believes her to be and she's been undermining her stepmother's wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that's been raging for far too long.

EEEEEEE!!!!! I CANNOT WAIT TO READ THIS. But review copies come first...

SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo


Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price--and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...
A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction―if they don't kill each other first.

I need to read this sometime. So I'm sticking it on here...

So that's my January TBR! I hope you enjoyed it.

DISCUSSION -
What books are YOU planning on reading this month? Comment them below!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

DECEMBER BOOK HAUL


So there are a lot of books O_O Let us dive in.

THE STACK
(physical books)



I know. I know. That's a lot of books. FUN FACT: I only paid money for, like, three of these books. DISCLAIMER: I did not steal them :P
So let us jump in. FIRST WE HAVE:

Julia's Hope by Leisha Kelly
My mother bought me this book from a friend for $1







The Mitford Years Books 1-5 by Jan Karon
Bought these books at the same place at Julia's Hope, for $1 each.










The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Bought from the same place as The Mitford Years and Julia's Hope, for $1.






The Jewel of Gresham Green by Lawana Blackwell
Bought same place as The Mitford Years, Julia's Hope, and The Help for $1. Apparently this is part of the series listed below, but I just noticed that. Oops.




The Gresham Chronicles by Lawana Blackwell
Bought these at the same place as The Mitford YearsJulia's HopeThe Help, and The Jewel of Gresham Green for $1 each.





The Tears of Dark Water by Corban Addison
I received this as a review copy from Thomas Nelson Zondervan. It is gorgeous. Currently reading it but I can't seem to get into it :/








Luther and Katharina by Jody Hedlund
I received this as a review copy from BloggingForBooks.









Storyworld First by Jill Williamson
Bought this in February 2014 but finally recieved it now. Soooo happy to have this <3









Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Bought this back in June. IT IS SO CHEAP ON AMAZON.









A Respectable Actress by Dorothy Love
I received this book as a review copy from Thomas Nelson Zondervan. I have read it and there is a review coming soon-ish.








Waking Beauty by Sarah E. Morin
I won this in a giveaway AGES ago and finally my brother brought it to me.









Dauntless by Dina L. Sleiman
Won this in a giveaway. It was so long ago I don't even remember WHERE I won it :P Oops.









The Voyage of the Arctic Tern by Hugh Montgomery
I was given this. I was excited until I realized it's completely written in poem. Which is interesting. But not my sort of thing...?







A Lineage of Grace by Francine Rivers
Recieved this as a gift from the people who gave me The Voyage of the Arctic Tern. Maybe I'll read it soon-ish...?







A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers
Received this as a gift from the same people who gave me The Voyage of the Arctic Tern and A Lineage of Grace.







Renegades of Pern by Ann(e) McCaffrey
This is about dragons? Also was given to me by the aforementioned family who gave me The Voyage of the Arctic Tern, A Lineage of Grace, and A Voice in the Wind.








Dragonsdawn by Ann(e) McCaffrey
I'm not as excited about this book as some of the others in this haul, but can I just gush over this photo??? I love it so much. Received this as a gift from the aforementioned family who gave me The Voyage of the Arctic TernA Lineage of Grace, A Voice in the Wind, and Renegades of Pern.



Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern by Ann(e) McCaffrey
Received this from the aforementioned family who gave me The Voyage of the Arctic TernA Lineage of GraceA Voice in the Wind, Renegades of Pern, and Dragonsdawn.






The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
My brother Jake gave me this for Christmas.






Who Do You Think You Are, Charlie Brown and Here Comes Snoopy by Charles M. Schultz
Also from Jake.








The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
Also from Jake! Super excited for this one.









ILLUMINAE by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
Out of this WHOLE haul, this is my most anticipated read. I just cannot wait to read it. I will most likely be buddy-reading it with a friend of mine once I have something called time.








EBOOKS -

This is the stack of ebooks. I've read all of them except for WINTER. 

And that was my DECEMBER book haul! I hope you all enjoyed it. Check back soon for my January TBR.

DISCUSSION -
What books have you bought, received, borrowed, or won this month? Comment below or share on your own blog!

Friday, January 1, 2016

DECEMBER WRAP-UP

I read books this month. BUT NOT THAT MANY. Ugh. But I shall tell you all of these books. okaaay so I read nine books? Uhm. I usually read, like fifteen or twenty books a month because my reading speed is like a book a day. But at the end of last month I finished HARRY POTTER and succeeded into falling into a MASSIVE reading slump. Ugh. Anyway... on with the books. *shame*

I READ:

The Heir War by Jill Williamson
Rating: five stars 
I would link to a review but that doesn't post until February. Sorry.


The End of all Things by Jill Williamson
Rating: five stars
Review link: Review coming in April.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Rating: three stars (maybe less??? I didn't like this book)
Review link:  https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1231121167?book_show_action=false

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
Rating: one star
Review link: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1472450228

The Girl From the Train by Irma Joubert
Rating: three stars
Review link: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1445924981

Undaunted Hope by Jody Hedlund
Rating: five stars!
Review link: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1331001580

Where She Went by Gayle Forman
Rating: three stars
Review link: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1475587239

A Respectable Actress by Dorothy Love
Rating: five stars(?)
Review Link: uhhh... Still working on writing this review...

The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson
Rating: five stars
Review link: Working on writing a review for this....

So that's my wrap-up! Be on the look-out for my December book haul--coming soon!

DISCUSSION -
What did YOU read this month? Have you read anything on my list? Did you like them?