Ink and Bone Review (Spoiler Free)

Author: Rachel Caine | Published: July 7, 2015 by New American Library | Series: The Great Library #1 | Length: 351 pages | Genre: YA fantasy | Source: I got this book from my local bookstore.

For years the Great Library has been present in all the major cities, has governed the flow of knowledge to the people.  The use of alchemy helps the Library distribute literature to anyone on the planet through blanks, but the ownership of real books is illegal.  Jess Brightwell has been a part of his family’s smuggling business ever since he could walk.  He has run illegal books all throughout the city of London, but his father has better plans for.  Soon Jess is whisked off to Alexandria to be trained enter the service of the Library and spy for his father.  Loyalties are tested and Jess sees another side of the Library when one of his friends commits heresy.  For the Great Library believes that knowledge is more important than life.

I’ve read a few books about books, but this one has to be one of my favorites!  There is such a diverse cast of characters from all walks of life.  Plus, the cover of this book is beyond beautiful!  As I was reading this book I got a lot of Fahrenheit 451 vibes with books being burned by those against the Library.  It almost is a scary concept that books could be illegal someday to the point that you could lose your life over them.  I don’t know if I can even survive a society like that!  I need books in my life!  I loved the world building in this book as well!  Not only do we get to see a bit of the black trade side of London, but the almost high society of the Scholars in Alexandria.  This book had a lot of twists and turns that were a bit hard to keep up with at times.  Lots and lot of loyalty was tested, and that’s all I’m going to say.

I would highly recommend this book if you also like books like Fahrenheit 451 or just books in general lol.  Hang onto your precious tomes because you never know when they may become illegal one day.

I gave this book 4/5 stars on Goodreads.

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The Vanishing Throne Review (Spoiler Free)

Author: Elizabeth May | Published: June 21, 2016 by Chronicle Books | Series: The Falconer #2 | Length: 458 pages| Genre: YA fantasy | Source: I got this book from my local Barnes & Noble | Side note: There is a bit of swearing in this book just to let those know who don’t like to read that

PLEASE NOTE: While this review does not contain spoilers for said book, it may contain spoilers for the first book in the series.  So if you have not read the first book and do not want to be spoiled please do not continue reading this review.  You can read my review for the first book here. Thank you!

After choking in the last precious few seconds of the battle, Aileana falls through the very fae portal she was so desperately trying to close.  She wakes up in a mirrored prison owned by Lonnrach, who has plans for the Falconer.  He tortures her day in and day out for what seems like months.  He bites her and uses her blood to search through her memories for a way to save his world.  When she is rescued by an unexpected ally, she finds that more time has passed than she realized and the lovely city of Edinburgh is little more than ash and rubble.  The few human survivors are hiding out underground with an uneasy treaty with some of the fae.  Aileana is the world’s only hope, but she must awaken her dormant Falconer powers, and in doing so she risks her life.

I’ve read a lot of series in the past where the second book goes through what I’ve heard called as the “second book slump.”  I was a little worried that this book would fall into that and just be added material smooshed between the first and last book.  HOLY CRAP!  This book for sure did not fall into that slump!  I hardly know where to start lol!  I like how we get to see remnants of the torture throughout the book, and it wasn’t just a once and done thing.  No normal person could just get that right out of their mind and Aeliana has flashbacks and chokes at moments due to the memories of that tourcher.  On top of that, we have more KIARAN!!! **swoon**  My book boyfriend is so amazing and sexier than ever.  “‘I am,’ he tells me.  ‘I’m yours.'” EEEEE!!!!!!  Why can’t he just be real already?!  This is yet another reason why I have unrealistic expectations for real-life boyfriends lol.  I ship Kiaran and Aeliana so hard!!  They need to be together and I will be so upset if something happens to them in the next and final instalment of this series.

Little funny story: I read a good majority of this book while on my way to NYC for Book Con, and it was so hard to contain my squeals during the Kiaran and Aeliana scenes.  I’m pretty sure I let one slip, I couldn’t hear it with my headphones, but the guy sitting next to me gave me a couple of funny looks lol.

Overall, this book was absolutely amazing!  It will for sure hold a spot in my top favorite books/series of all time!

I gave this book 5/5 stars on Goodreads.

Book Con Haul 2017

This spur-of-the-moment trip had to be one of the BEST trips I have ever taken!  Last year I had planned to be in Texas at this time which meant I wasn’t planning on going to Book Con at all.  Due to some circumstances, my Texas trip was pushed back a year freeing up my time to plan this trip.  I really had no idea what I was going to do there because I didn’t get a chance to snag any signing tickets.  Those things were all gone within MINUTES!  Ain’t nobody competing with crazy book lovers lol!  So essentially, I just planned on going and dragging a few books with me in the off-chance that I got to see an author while meandering around, and maybe if I was lucky, I could snag a few ARCs.  But being an introvert I sought out another Book Con newbie through their app and together we put her spread sheet of ARC drops to good use.  This girl was wicked prepared where I was lacking.  Even a lot of these ARCs ended up in our hands just by chance.

1) Ringer by: Lauren Oliver

As I was waiting for my new friend to find me, I wandered around the Harper Collins booth and just happened to hear a girl asking about how to get this ARC.  Apparently you had to purchase the first book, Replica, at one of the other booths and then come back and show the lady both the book and the receipt and then she;d hand you the ARC.  Simple enough.  I kindly asked the girl’s father if he could grab me a copy of Replica, handed him $20, and he scuttled off to get us the books as we stood there eagerly waiting.  As he was gone, my friend found me and we explained why we were waiting.  When the girl’s father returned, he sullenly shook his head saying they were out of that particular book.  The girl and I must have given the lady our best puppy-dog eyes because she put her finger to her lips and told us not to tell and handed the girl, my friend, and I Ringer and The Dazzling Heights!

2) The Dazzling Heights by: Katharine McGee

I was ecstatic to get this book!  I heard so many people say that they only gave out around 20 copies of it and I feel very grateful that I was able to get it!

3) Gunslinger Girl by: Lyndsay Ely

As my friend and I wandered around again we happened upon a rather long line and asked the lady near the end what she was standing in line for.  She explained that it was a line for a couple ARCs that were getting signed by the authors.  My friend and I happily walked to the end of the line only to find it had been capped off.  The lady at the end of the line was kind enough to tell us that the same authors would be signing more ARCs later that day in one of the meeting rooms.  I hurriedly wrote down the information and when the time came we raced to the meeting room.  When we got there we each got a sticky note with our name written on it and were told that they would be capping the line soon and we had just made it under the 100 person limit.  I was able to meet the lovely Lyndsay and get my book signed by her!

4) Hunting Prince Dracula by: Kerri Manscalco

Along with Gunslinger Girl, I also was able to meet Kerri and get an ARC of her next book.  Granted, I have not read Stalking Jack the Ripper (Shame on me :(!! ), but that book has been on my TBR since it came out and I plan on getting to both books before the release date of HPD so I can have a review up for y’all :).

5) A Map for Wrecked Girls by: Jessica Taylor

As my friend and I waited at the Penguin booth for a chance to win something else, a line had formed for this ARC.  I quick snuck over and got in line.  I swear I didn’t cut and I even asked a ton of people where the end of the line was.  Well the lady handing out the books must have seen me standing off to the side a minute ago and she gave me a hard look.  I turned around and no one else was behind me and turned back to her and said I’m at the end of the line.  She begrudgingly handed me a book and gave me a glare as I scurried away with confusion probably smudged across my face.  It wasn’t like a budged and I even asked tons of people who were apparently in line for something else if they were in the right line.  Either way, I was able to get this book, and I can’t wait to read it!

6) Zenith by: Sasha Alsberg, Lindsay Cummings

Getting this book was the BIGGEST highlight of going to Book Con.  I never expected to get any of the big name ARCs that would be available there just because I knew there would be swarms of people wanting the same book. (The rush for Warcross on Saturday was insane!)  On Sunday, my friend and I met up right before the show floor opened up at 10am.  Once we were all allowed in we rushed to try for another ARC, but they were all gone by the time we got there so we just wandered around waiting for the next ARC drop on her list.  We both knew that we wanted Zenith desperately, so we made it a point to make sure we were ready to line up before it was dropped at 1pm.  As we walked around one booth, I just happened to hear someone behind me say, “I can’t believe they’re lining up for Zenith already.”  I turned to my friend and then to the woman in a line near us and asked what they were waiting for.  Sure enough, Zenith.  We quick walked around looking for the end of the line.  In each person’s hand was a sticky with a number and we dreaded watching the numbers climb.  24….37….45….59….70.  We prayed that they had at least 100 ARCs as we scrambled to the end of the line and got the numbers 71 and 72.  The woman handing out the sticky notes explained to us how they may only have 100 ARCs so they were handing out numbers and once they got to 100 they would explain that after that point people could meet Sasha and Lindsay, but they may not get a book.  So at 10:30am we waited 2 and a half hours to meet Sasha and Lindsay and get their book!  I loved getting to chat with they as they signed my book.  I’ve always been a big fan of Sasha’s Youtube channel and it was almost strange that I was seeing her in person and not on my phone screen lol.

All in all this trip was a huge success!  There were a couple of books that I desperately wanted and didn’t get, but there’s always a chance with giveaways or #booksfortrade of Twitter!  I definitely would go back to Book Con in the future, but it might be a few years until I can go again.  Now that this trip is over I can’t wait for Yallfest!

The Falconer Review (Spoiler Free)

Author: Elizabeth May | Published: May 6, 2014 by Chronicle Books | Series: The Falconer #1 | Length: 378 pages | Genre: YA Fantasy  | Source: I got this book at my local Barnes & Noble | Side note: There is a bit of swearing in this book just to let those know who don’t like to read that.

Set in 1844 Edinburgh, Scotland, Aileana Kameron has everyhting a girl could ask for.  Lavish dresses, jems, many courters, brains, and beauty beyond belief.  She also a big fat liar.  She only looks the part, as during she uses her skills to sense the sithichean-a faery race that kills humans-and kill them.  Now Aileana wasn’t always this way.  A year prior she watched her mother be slaughtered by one of the fae.   With the help of a very handsome mentor Aileana learns to fight the fae and seek vengeance for her mother’s death.  As Aileana trains she learns that she is the last in a long line of female warriors called Falconers who are skilled in killing the fae.  She is the last hope the world has.

This book was honestly a cover buy for me.  I saw the pretty little thing sitting on the shelf at Barnes & Noble and knew I just had to have it.  I have no idea why I never picked up the book until now.  How very stupid on my part!  From the first page turning I could NOT GET ENOUGH!  It physically hurt to set it down lol.  All the fight scenes and suttle romance had me craving more like a chubby kid craves cake.  Kiaran is litterally my new book boyfriend.  Make way Jace and Will we have a new occupant lol.  I loved how this book had some steampunk elements and how those element clicked and whirred their way into how the story was written.  I really wish I had a little faery like Derrick to mend my clothes and make me laugh with his honey-drunken self.  While it did have some more language than most YA books that I have read, this book was everything that I didn’t know I had been searching for in a YA Fantasy novel.  Almost as soon as I finished this book I just had to order the second one!

I would highly, highly recommend this book to anyone that likes books with fae or a touch of history or steampunk.  You won’t be disappointed by this book!

I gave this book 5/5 stars on Goodreads.

May Wrap Up (2017)

I had an absolutely amazing reading month!  Granted a good majority of these books ar audiobooks, I think I can confidently say that my reading slump is gone!!  Due to the vast amounts of time I spend in my car driving, I am now trying to get in the habit of listening to audiobooks instead of music.  It’s almost gotten to the point that I really look forward to driving just so I can continue listening to books lol.

1) Here Lies Daniel Tate by: Cristin Terrill 5/5 Stars

I got this book way back during Yalfest, but I wanted to read it closer to the release date.  I’m almost kicking myself that I waited this long to pick up this amazing book!  I’m so excited that this book can be in y’all’s hands soon!!  You can read my whole review here.

2) 13 Reasons Why by: Jay Asher 5/5 Stars

This book had me intears even though I already kind of knew what was going to happen.  While this book does touch on a sensitive topic, I think it did it rather well.  I originally watched the first few episodes of the Netflix original TV show, but I really wanted to read the book first so I quickly snatched this one up at my local library.  This was one of the first audiobooks I’ve really listened to and I absolutely loved how snarky Hannah’s voice narrater was.

3) The Falconer by: Elizabeth May 5/5 Stars

This book was absolutely amazing!!!!  It was the perfect blend of Scotland, steampunk, and bloody battles.  I originally got this book because it’s cover was absolutely breath taking, but when I heard it was set in Scotland, I was sold for sure.  Aileanna watched her mother be slaughtered in cold blood by fairy.  She spends the next year training and tracking this fairy to seek vengeance for her mother’s brutal murder, but what she doesn’t know is that she harbors powers that some fae will stop at nothing to steal or extinguish.  Keep an eye out for my review on this book!

4) We Were Liars by: E. Lockhart 3.75/5 Stars

What I wouldn’t give to have a rich family that owns their own private island to vacation at.  Cadence , her Liars (Johnny, Mirren, and Gat), and the rest of her family spend their summers soaking up the sun and walking on the beach.  But the most perfect families sometimes hide the biggest lies.  The ending of this thriller had me gasping and trying not to sob.  I didn’t quite like how it seemed like no one tried to help Cady when she asked for it.  They all just seemed to close right off and turn away from her.  But other than that this book was pretty good.

5) I Was Here by: Gayle Foreman 3.5/5 Stars

In the wake of reading 13 Reasons Why, I wanted to read another book similar to it.  Well I got what I wanted, but I think I didn’t really like this book as much due to it being TOO similar.  Down to the rocketship. THE. ROCKETSHIP.  I mean come on….  I think maybe if I hadn’t read this book so close to the other I may have liked it more, but this is how my opinion stands as of now.

6) If I Was Your Girl by: Meredith Russo 3.5/5 Stars

I’m not really sure how I feel about this book.  It was definitely interesting, but I’m kinda torn about it.  In being a Christian, I try to learn about and understand and love those around me.  This book was a bit of an eye opener, but I know it in no way represents everything that transgender people go through.  I would love to hear your thoughts on this book if you have read it.

7) Hunted by: Megan Spooner 4/5 Stars

For the last half of this month my book club chose to read this book.  I was a little skeptical as I’ve read some good retellings and some bad retellings.  This book was a really good one!!  I loved how it was similar yet very different from the Disney version of Beauty and the Beast that I have come to know and love.  I also loved the magical elements in this book.  I didn’t really quite understand the ending so I may go back and read that down the road.

I feel like after this great reading month I can breathe a sigh of relief.  While I may not be “reading” the all the books I still feel like I was able to acomplish a lot more than I have since last September.  Here’s hoping to June being another great reading month!! 🙂

May Book Haul (2017)

This is literally my favorite time of the month!  I love getting to share with you what books I got during the month and how excited I am to read them.  This month may not have been one of the best months for me haul wise, but I did get a fair amount of new releases.

1) The Song Rising by: Samantha Shannon

I’m so ecstatic that I was able to snag a copy of this book that will match the rest of my books in this series.  Don’t you just hate when publishing companies change the covers right in the middle of the series?  This series is supposed to have 7 books and they changed them after the third!  The THIRD! Why?!?!?  This makes my reader OCD go crazy.  Thankfully you can still get a limited edition copy that will match the original covers.

2) A Crown of Wishes by: Roshani Chokshi

I have yet to read this series, but I’m glad I preordered this book.  I almost had forgotten that I had purchased it until it showed up on my doorstep.  Have any one of y’all read this series yet?  Let me know in the comments!  No spoilers though please!

3) A Court of Wings and Ruin by: Sarah J Maas

EEEEPPP!!  This book!  **swoon**  I don’t even know what to say lol.  I want to break out my paint brushes and paint the living snot out of this cover and make it as gorgeous as my copies of ACOTAR and ACOMAF!!

4) Hunted by: Megan Spooner

I bought this book to read with my book club.  I really enjoy fairytale retellings and this book was no exception!  My full review of this book will be up here in the next week or so.

5) The Vanishing Throne by: Elizabeth May

Scotland.  That is all I have to say….  Just kidding!  I picked up the first book in this series just because it was set in Scotland and I was thrust into on of my top favorite reads of this year.  As soon as I finished that book I just had to order this book.  I’m currently reading it now and I couldn’t be more in love!

6) Eliza and Her Monsters by: Francesca Zappia

This book came in my Owlcrate for the month of May.  I have to say that the exclusive cover looks so beautiful!  I don’t really know much about this book, but I’ve read Francesca’s other book and I really liked that one so I hope I like this one as well.

7) The Crown’s Fate by: Evelyn Skye

This is yet another book that I forgot that I preordered until it showed up.  I got a bit of preorder swag with it which was pretty awesome!  I can’t wait to get to this series!!  Is it actually a series or is it just a duology?

8+9) Lord of Shadows by: Cassandra Clare

I have been waiting for this book to be in my possession since Lady Midnight came out.  Now it finally is!!  I got 2 copies of this book so I can read one and keep my limited edition Waterstones copy on my shelf next to my limited edition copy of Lady Midnight.  I’m so excited to get to this book and see how many times I get whiplash from the twists and turns.  I’m sure this book will ruin me like the first one did.  My heart is ready for this!!

Even if I didn’t get as many books as I normally do, I still had a very great book haul.  Next month will probably be very similar, but I still enjoy getting books no matter what!