December Book Haul ’17

I love the month of December because I get a lot of books for Christmas and I also use some of the money and gift cards I get to buy more books!

1) By Your Side by: Kasie West

I have heard a bunch about this book and I knew I just had to get it when I had a little extra money.  I would love to be locked in a library like the main character in this book!

2) Artemis by: Andy Weir

I got this book in one of my subscription boxes, and it has beautiful stained black pages!  I don’t know much about this book other than the fact that it takes place in space.  I read The Martian just over a year ago, and I loved it so I’m hoping that this book is somewhat similar.

3) The Dark Prophecy by: Rick Riordan

This is the second book in the Trials of Apollo series.  I have yet to read the first one, but that would never stop me from buying another book.

4) Ever the Brave by: Erin Summerill

This is the second book in an epic fantasy series called Clash of Kingdoms.  Again I have yet to read the first one, but am hoping to get to this series rather soon as I love a good fantasy read in the spring.

5) Foolish Hearts by: Emma Mills

I got this book in my December Owlcrate.  I don’t really know too much about this book other than it has something to do with A Midsummer Night’s Dream which is one of my favorite works by Shakespeare.  I’m not sure when I’ll get to this book, but you can expect a review when I do.

6) Shadow Girl by: Liana Liu

This book came in my December Bookish Box.  I know this book is a thriller so I’ve been trying not to read the synopsis so I can go into the book not knowing much.

7) The Afterlife of Holly Chase by: Cynthia Hand

I bought this book right before Christmas with intentions of reading it before the holiday.  With this book being a Christmas Carol retelling I figured it would be a great holiday read.  But since I got so busy I guess I’ll have to wait until next year to read it.

8) Scythe by: Neil Shusterman

My brother started reading this book a bit ago and highly recommended it to me, and I knew he had a copy of the book that I could borrow.  But my amazing boyfriend bought the book for me for Christmas.  I can’t wait to read this book as it has such an interesting synopsis.

9) The Lord of the Rings Boxed Set by: J.R.R. Tolkien

So there’s a funny story with these books.  My boyfriend and I went to Barnes & Noble and I saw him fawning over a big bind-up of all the Lord of the Rings books.  Long story short I bought it for him later on for Christmas, so we both bought each other the same books for Christmas.  I’ve wanted this set forever as I see it in a lot of Instagram posts of the people who I follow and the books are so cute!

10) Ash Princess by: Laura Sebastion

I go this book in a trade on Twitter, and I so happy that I was able to get it!  This is one of my most anticipated reads of 2018.  And the cover looks absolutely stunning!!

11) Unearthed by: Amie Kaufman & Maegen Spooner

This is another book that I got through a trade.  Again, this book is one of my most anticipated books of 2018.  I haven’t read the Starbound trilogy by these authors yet, but the separate works that I have read by them were amazing.  Plus I love a really good sci-fi novel.

12) This Adventure Ends by: Emma Mills

This book was a total cover buy for me.  I dont’ really know anything about the premise other than there is a road trip and expensive paintings involved.  I think I may just go into this book not knowing much because I love reading books that way sometimes.

13) I See London, I See France by: Sarah Mlynowski

I’ve heard so many good things about this book that when I had a little extra money I just had to pick it up.  I think I’m going to save this book for the summer time or when I take a road trip because I think it will be a perfect read for then.

And there you have it, all the books I got in December.  I know this list is coming out really late, but it’s been a crazy few weeks, but I’m hoping that now I’ll be able to blog a bit more regularly.

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December Wrap Up ’17

Gosh darn reading slump!  I was only able to read a couple of books this month with how busy I was with the holidays and I barely had any want to read because I was so tired.  Enough of my struggle, onto the books!

1) City of Ashes by: Cassandra Clare 5/5 Stars

Because I was driving so much I decided to get this audiobook through my library so I could listen to it in the car.  I read this book years ago, but since my boyfriend and I started dating I started rereading the whole series slowly.  I absolutely love this book and the series as a whole.  I’m also glad I’m rereading it as Queen of Air and Darkness releases later this year and I need to be all caught up.

2) Zenith by: Sasha Alsberg, Lindsay Cummings 4.5/5 Stars

I got this book way back in June at BookCon, but I wanted to save it for this month so I could read it a little closer to its release date.  It was such a hard wait as I saw more and more people giving it great reviews.  This book did not disappoint!  I was so happy that I was able to get this book and meet both Sasha and Lindsay because I had followed them for a while and heard them talk about this book in its very early stages.  I really needed a good sci-fi to get me back into the mood for reading.  This book had so many action-packed scenes and twists that had me sitting on the edge of my seat.  You can check out my review and here all of my nonspoilery thoughts for this book here.

I am a little upset that I didn’t get to read more last month, but I have high hopes for this month due to all the new releases that I want to devour.  2018 is already shaping up to be a pretty great year for me and I can’t wait to see what it brings reading wise.

Zenith **ARC Review** (Spoiler Free)

Author: Sasha Alsberg, Lindsay Cummings | Published: January 16, 2018 by Harlequin Teen | Series: The Androma Saga #1 | Length: 512 Pages | Genre: YA Science Fiction | Source: I got this book while at BookCon.

While running from her past, Androma and her all-girl crew are forced to work a mission with a sadistic bounty hunter from her past.  Meanwhile, in another planetary system, a queen of a dying planet waits in the shadows for the opportune moment to use her newly created super weapon to exact her revenge.  As the queen’s plan unfolds, Andie and her crew get sucked into the possibility for the greatest war Mirabel has ever seen.

I am such a sucker for a good science fiction book!  After having read a lot of fantasy lately, I needed to pick up a good sci-fi book so I grabbed this one.  One thing that really drew my attention to this book is the fact that the spaceship has an all female crew.  How cool is that?  And each of them come from such different lives, but they still work like a well oiled machine.  Androma is such a tortured character, and she has such a rough past that lead her to be the way she is.  This was the first book I have read by both authors and I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it.  One thing that kind of struck me as weird is that I don’t remember exactly how old Androma is, but it sounds like when she was younger she had a pretty explicit relationship with another character.  Maybe I missed her exact age, but this is what I noticed with how it seems her timeline goes.  Other than that I really liked this book and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book!  I highly recommend this book if you liked books like Illuminae, The Lunar Chronicles, The 5th Wave, or Across the Universe.  It’s also perfect for anyone who likes action packed thrillers.

I gave this book 4.5/5 on Goodreads.

The Cruel Prince **ARC Review** (Spoiler Free)

Author: Holly Black | Published: January 2, 2018 | Series: The Folk of the Air #1 | Length: 372 pages | Genre: YA Fantasy | Source: I recieved this book through a trade on Twitter.

When Jude was seven years old, she watched her mother and father die while her and her sisters were whisked away to the High Court of Faerie to live with their parent’s murderer.  Ten years later, Jude despises her mortlity and just wants to fit in with the fae around her.  But to win a place in the Court she must defy Prince Cardan.  In doing so, she is tossed into the maylay and deceptions of the fae.  As tensions run high and civil war threatens the kingdom,  Jude will need to risk her life and discover her own capacity for bloodshed to save her family and Faerie itself.

After having read a few of Holly Black’s other books, I was a bit skeptical of this one. I didn’t really care for the couple books I did read so I had rather low expectations going into this book. Not even halfway through I knew this book was going to blow my expectations out of the water! I honestly think this is one of Holly’s best works yet! I never saw that ending coming at all!! I did think Jude and her sisters relationship with their parents killer was a bit weird. How could they be so calm about it? I would freak out a bit if I were them. Either way, this book was a big hit for me and I’m glad I had the opportunity to read it early. I’m also very happy that this book was so good. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a classic faerie book with lots of twists.

I gave this book 4/5 stars on Goodreads.