April Book Haul (2017)

So many books!  I’m so glad I got all of these books this month, but I know it will be short-lived as I’m going on a serious book buying ban so I can save money.  Anyways enough of the sad news, let’s get on with the books!

1) Blue Exorcist Vol. 6 by: Kazue Kato

This is , of course, the 6th installment in the Blue Exorcist manga series.  I’m slowly trying to collect this series as you will see as I’ll be getting a few here and there throughout the rest of the year.

2) Tokyo Ghoul Vol. 5 by: Sui Ishida

Again, this is the same case as with Blue Exorcist. I really would like to be caught up on buying the series, but it would break my book buying budget for the rest of the month.

3) Blacksouls by: Nicole Castroman

This is the sequel to Blackhearts, which is a back story to the famous pirate, Black Beard.  I’ve got to read this series as I was able to chat with Nicole and she said Teach is based on one of the characters in my favorite show, Poldark.

4) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Adapted by: Elizabeth Rudnick

I’ve got a crazy thing for pirates this month! I’m so excited for this movie to come out that I just needed to have this book to binge read before I see it.

5) Strange the Dreamer by: Laini Taylor

I’ve been so intrigued by this book as soon as I heard it was coming out.  I have yet to read Laini’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, but I did read Blackbringer, the first book in her Dreamdark series, and I absolutely loved it.  So if this book is anything similar to that I know I’ll love it.

6) The Upside of Unrequited by: Becky Albertelli

I got this book in my April Owlcrate and I couldn’t be any happier.  This book is one of my most anticipated reads for this year, and now I’m glad I can jump into it because I have it!

7) Riders by: Veronica Rossi

I don’t know too much about this book other than something happens to the main character and they become one of four horsemen of the apocalypse.  They had me at horse! I have Veronica’s other series, Under the Never Sky, but I have yet to read them so I’m not sure if I’ll like this book.  But, hey, horses :).

8, 9, & 10) Chains, Forge, & Ashes by: Laurie Halse Anderson

Way back in my high school years (like 4 years ago lol) I read the first 2 books in this series and absolutely loved them.  I’m a stickler for a good historical fiction, and this definitely fit the bill.  Since then, I kept thinking back to this series and wanting to get it for my own shelf.  It wasn’t until recently that I remembered this series and found that the third book had finally been released.  So, as you can see, I bought them.  If you like anything based around the American Revolution then you’ll definitely love this series.

11) Bloodlines by: Richelle Mead

I read Vampire Academy years ago, but I never really got the chance to read this series.  I couldn’t pass up getting the first book for $3.  I’ve heard some mixed things on this series, but also that it is better than her previous one.  I can’t wait to read it and form my own opinion on it!

12) Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by: Chris Cleave

I’ve really been in the mood for historical fiction lately, and I couldn’t pass up this book set in WWII London.  This book features little known history and a great love story inspired by his grandparent’s love letters.  I’m very excited to read this book, and get my historical fix on!

13) Luckiest Girl Alive by: Jessica Knoll

When Ani FaNelli gets publicly humiliated, she then tries to reinvent herself.  It may look like she has it all, but there is something that still haunts her from her past.  This book delves into the pressures of women to “have it all.”  But will speaking up destroy everything Ani has worked so hard to change?  I got this book super cheap.  Hopefully it’ll be good!

14) My Last Continent by: Midge Raymond

All I know about this book is it’s about two scientists that fall in love while on a trip in Antarctica.  They end up playing tour guide, but the guy never shows up to board the ship before it leaves.  While out on the frigid waters they hear a distress signal come over the radio and as the girl goes from researcher to rescuer, she discovers that the guy is on board the sinking ship.  I thought it sounded really interesting and like a heart-pounding thriller.

15) Go Set a Watchman by: Harper Lee

I read To Kill A Mockingbird back in high school.  I can remember liking the book but I don’t really remember too much about it.  When I found the sequel for sale for only $4 I knew I had to snatch it up.  I may buy the first book and then read them both.

16 & 17) Undertow & Raging Sea by: Michael Buckley

I picked up this series due to it’s covers.  They look very post apocalyptic and dystopian like.  I haven’t read a book like that in a while so I thought why not.  I do know that the main character is named Lyric which I thought was pretty neat.

18, 19, & 20) The Spirit Well, The Shadow Lamp, & The Fatal Tree by: Stephen R. Lawhead

Back this past fall I house sat for some friends of my family.  While there they said I had access to their bookshelves and could borrow/read any books I wanted while I was there.  As I perused their shelves I saw this series and it caught my eye, but I didn’t have enough time to actually read it so I’ve been slowly collecting them ever since.  I’ll probably start them some time around the winter when I’m in the mood for a good fantasy series.

21) Mosquitoland by: David Arnold

I so badly want to bring this book with me on vacation this summer because it’s about a girl who is traveling across the country back to her mother.  She encounters many new people and learns more about herself.  It just has that perfect road trip read vibe going on.

22) The Lightning Queen by: Laura Resau

Due to my want to read more about different cultures and characters I bought this book.  This book takes place in rural Mexico where eleven year-old Teo and Esme, the Gypsy Queen of Lightning, team together to overcome obstacles like death.  This story is inspired by true stories from rural Mexico and highlights two marginalized cultures–the Romani and the Mixteco indians.

23) Nevermore by: James Patterson

I have been a huge fan of James Patterson’s Maximum Ride series for the longest time, but I read them in ebook form so I didn’t have the physical copies.  I’m hoping to get them all in hardcover in matching editions, but we’ll see about that.  This is the last book in that series so I won’t say too much more about it so I don’t give away any spoilers.

24) Echo by: Pam Munoz Ryan

I know next to nothing about this book.  I got it really cheap at a book sale and really liked the cover.  It also has won the Newbery Honor award so it must be good, right?

Holy crud!  I can’t believe that I got that many books last month!  To my credit, I got a bunch for $2-5 at a large book sale so I didn’t spend too much for all of these.  And like I said earlier, my book buying is soon to go down quite a bit with my new budget constrictions, so I won’t have as many books to haul in the coming months.

March Wrap Up (2017)

I’m slacking again!  Ugh, my reading has been so bad.  I need to really get rid of all distractions and crack down on my reading time.  Anywho, these are the few books I got to this month.

1) Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki by:Mamoru Hosoda, Yuu 4/5 Stars

I really enjoyed this manga.  Despite the massive size of this book I read it in one sitting.  It was such a quick and easy read.  This manga tells the story of Hana as she falls in love with a man who is part wolf.  Together they have two children and one day an accident leaves Hana to raise their children on her own.  It was such a heartwarming and beautiful story.  I highly recommend it!

2) Wayfarer by: Alexandra Bracken 5/5 Stars

I blame my low reading level on this book.  Not that I didn’t love it, which I did, but Alexandra’s books take me a while to get through them.  This book was so much fun to read.  I loved getting to see even more travel and history incorporated into this book compared to Passenger.  I am really sad that this series is over now, but I’m glad I had the chance to travel with Etta and Nicholas.  This book also has one of the cutest endings ever!

3) Pathfinder by: Alexandra Bracken 4/5 Stars

This little short story came in the back of my special edition of Wayfarer.  It follows Rose, Etta’s mother, as she decides to practically devote her life to ruining Ironwood.  I loved getting to read about Rose and Henry when they were younger.  I can now see why Rose fell for Henry; he’s such a cutie!

4) Gemina by: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff 5/5 Stars

OMG!  This book was amazing!!  Like holy crud!  After reading Illuminae I really should have expected this book to be written very similar, but I was still thrown for a loop with all the plot twists.  If you have not read this series yet, what are yo waiting for?!  I can’t sing its praises loud enough!  Granted, it can be hard to get into do to the style in which it is written, but it is so worth it.

Even though I only read three books and a short story this month, I loved them all dearly.  I have a good feeling that next moth will be so much better reading wise.  Heres to hoping!

March Book Haul (2017)

Yay!  Even more books!  I love being able to haul these books for you guys and show off how my collection is growing.  This month I got quite a few new releases that I cannot wait to get to.

1) Blue Exorcist (Vol. 2-5) by: Kazue Kato

About a month ago, my brother convinced me to watch an anime that he thought I would really like.  now, my brother and I have different likes and dislikes when it comes to anime. A lot of times when he recommends me a show I don’t end up watching more than the first couple of episodes, but this show.  This show was amazing and I needed more!  Blue Exorcist was so funny and yet it had a bunch of serious moments as well.  Only after I watched all the episodes did I find out that it didn’t follow the manga.  So, if you know me, I had to start getting the manga so I could grasp the real story.  I’m so excited to dive into these books!

2) Lifeblood by: Gena Showalter

This book is the sequel to Everlife.  I have not read either of these books, but I do know it is about a girl name Tenley.  There are 2 rival afterlives you can choose from when you die, but Tenley’s choice will affect which afterlife wins the battle.  This synopsis really grabbed my attention.  I need to get to these books as soon as possible!

3) The Ship Beyond Time by: Heidi Heilig

This book is the sequel to The Girl From Everywhere.  I have also not read either of these books, But I plan on getting to them fairly soon.

4) The Bone Witch by: Rin Chupeco

As soon as I saw the ARCs for this book I knew I had to have a beautiful copy for my shelves.  When Tea shows an affinity for necromancy, she leaves her homeland to study under an wise bone witch.  While away, war is brewing between the eight kingdoms that could threaten the survival of everyone Tea holds dear to her.  She must train hard and become the strongest bone witch that she can be.

5) P.S. I Still Love You by: Jenny Han

This is the sequel to To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.  I’ve heard a lot of great things about this series, and since the third book is coming out soon I thought I would snag this book so I can read them right away.

6) Long May She Reign by:Rhiannon Thomas

Being 23rd in line to the throne, Freya never dreamed shed ever be on the throne until a tragic event thrusts her into the highest position in the kingdom.  Yet no one respects her or listens to her.  She can’t trust anybody either.  Her loyalties are tested and she must decide if she is really cut out to rule or not.  This book sounds amazing!  I need to pick it up soon, but my TBR pile is so large.

7) Starfall by: Melissa Landers

This is the sequel to Starflight.  I’ve been in the mood for a good sci-fi series lately.  Although, I’ve heard that this series might not get finished due to lack of people buying it.  I have yet to read them, but I find that very sad when I’ve seen so many people with these books.

8) The Hate U Give by: Angie Thomas

With all of the events that have been happeneing in the United States recently this book brings light to a big issue; racism.  After Starr moves from a poor black neighborhood to the fancy suburbs, she witnesses the murder of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer.  What Starr says or doesn’t say could change things for her and everyone involved.  I’ve heard so many good things about this book and can’t wait to see how it unfolds myself.

9) Glitter by: Aprilynne Pike

This book takes place in Versailles! I repeat, this book takes place in Versailles!  This makes the historical nerd in me very happy!  The main character has to go to extreme measures and sells the drug Glitter to be able to afford and escape from her arranged marriage.  This book sounds like it will be one wild ride!

10) The Daughter of the Pirate King by: Tricia Levenseller

I don’t know what it is with YA and pirates all of a sudden, but I am so onboard for it!  I got this book in my March Owlcrate, and I need to get to it! I’m really looking forward to reading about a strong willed, outgoing female version of Jack Sparrow!

11) Bungo Stray Dogs (Vol. 1&2) by: Kafka Asagiri

For the past few months this anime has been capturing my attention.  Every one of the characters is named after an author and has powers based on the work of literature that made the author famous (Example: John Steinbeck has the Grapes of Wrath power where he can create vines and control plants).  I recently found out that the manga is being translated into English so I purchased these two books and preordered the next two.

12) Wait For Me by: Caroline Leech

I was sold on the fact that this book is set in Scotland.  Set in 1945, Lorna’s family is assigned a German prisoner of war to help them out on their farm.  As Lorna spends more time with Paul she learns of the boy behind the soldier.  As she starts battling her own heart tensions are rising and she must decide what she’s willing to give up before the end of the war determines their fate.

13) Transcendent by:Katelyn Detweiler

I picked this book up at an Indie bookstore near me just because I had read the authors previous book, Immaculate.  I’m hoping this book is as good if not better than her other one.

14) Sherlock: A Study in Pink by: Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Jay

SHERLOCK!  Need I say more?  I am obsessed with this fictional man.  When I fould this manga adaptation of the TV series, I needed to have it whatever the price.  I’m so excited to read this over and over again!

How do I keep ending up getting so many books every month?  I don’t feel like I spend that much money, but it always seems like I get a crud ton of books.  Anyways, a good majority of the books I got this month are sequels that I still need to get around to reading the first book.  I really need to get cracking with my reading again!

Crooked Kingdom Review (Spoiler Free)

While this review does not contain spoilers for said book, it does contain spoilers for the first book in the series.  Please read the first book before you read this review to avoid spoilers.  My review for Six of Crows can be read here.

It’s over…It’s really over.  I can’t believe I’m done with this series.  Man, I wish it was a trilogy that way I would’ve gotten at least one more book with these characters.  Every emotion is flowing through me as I write this.  I loved this book with all my heart, but it chewed me up and spit me back out.

The heist was a success.  Upon returning to Ketterdam, Kaz and his crew of misfits are double crossed by the man who hired them.  People of power start flocking to Ketterdam to try to uncover the secrets of the deadly drug, jurda parem.  Secrets are uncovered, loyalties tested, revenge plotted.  A battle is destined to come the dark streets of the port city-one so crucial it will decide the fate of the Grisha world as they know it.

The further character development in the book was amazing!  We finally see deeper and deeper into Kaz’s mind, and it’s a dark, sad place.  I really feel for this poor boy and all the struggles he had to go through as a young boy.  I desperately want to hug him and reassure him that everything will be alright.  There are also a few new characters introduced (two in particular that are not as new as they seem ;)).  I literally was squealing when I found out who the one character was! (Sorry I can’t say much more to avoid spoilers)  The ending, the bloody ending!  I was a wreck for days, I repeat, DAYS!  Not only was I a blubbering mess, but also I was happy for those who found solace after the crazy events.  I am praying that Leigh writes more in this world, and not just the legends.  I desperately need more from these characters after an ending like that.  There are so many loose ends that another series is entirely possible if she so wishes to write one.

Overall, I loved this book so freaking much!  I highly, highly recommend this series to anyone looking for a new fantasy read.  It is possible to read these books first, but to get the full effect I would recommend reading the Grisha trilogy first (the world is better explained there and the events of this series happen after the events in the previous one).  In my opinion, it fits better if you read it in that order.

I gave this book 5/5 Stars on Goodreads.

Six of Crows Review (Spoiler Free)

It’s official; I have found my next favorite book ever!  Leigh Bardugo has done it again with such an amazing piece of literature.  I absolutely loved her Grisha trilogy and I know for a fact that this one will be the same.

Set in the same world as her first series, Six of Crows follows a rag-tag team of six characters, based in Ketterdam, as they try to put aside their differences and band together to attempt one of the most dangerous heists in history.  We get to see from each of the six character’s perspective as they tackle one stack after another together.  I don’t want to say too much more and give away the storyline.

I loved getting to jump back into the Grisha world, but in a new area of said world.  The Grisha world has to be one of my favorite fantasy worlds due to its depth and detail.  The cast of characters is also so diverse in their walks of life and have such different backgrounds.  Leigh makes it look so easy to get all of these distinctly different characters to come together and work toward this heist.  Even their background stories mesh so well and show you how the character got to that point in their life.  It’s also nice that we don’t find out everything about the characters right away but rather in bits and pieces as the story goes on.

Overall, this book was absolutely amazing!  I highly recommend this to anyone that is looking to pick up a new book.  While I do miss the characters from the other books greatly, I love getting to learn about new ones.  I seriously need the next book right now!

I gave this book 5/5 Stars on Goodreads.

Febuary Book Haul (2017)

I cannot believe how many books I have to share with you guys!  So much for the book buying curb that I had put on myself.  A lot of these books were preorders or I was gifted them.  Do to the immensity of this list I am going to try to keep things short and sweet, but if you would like to know more about these books keep an eye out for my reviews on them.

1) Carve the Mark by: Veronica Roth

This was one of my most anticipated releases of 2017.  I had it preordered for a couple of months.  I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews on this book, but I can’t wait to read it and form my own opinion on it.

2) The Shimmering Road by: Hester Young

I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and I don’t know too much about it other than it is an Adult Thriller.

3) King’s Cage by: Victoria Aveyard

This is yet another one of my most anticipated releases of 2017.  I read Red Queen and Glass Sword around this time last year and I’m super pumped to be able to read this one!  I might actually wait until the final book is out and read the whole series at once.

4) Fairest of All: Tale of the Wicked Queen by: Serena Valentino

I got this book in a Valentine’s Day themed book swap.  I do already have the Beauty and the Beast and Maleficent books that are similar to this one.  One of these days I need to read all the Disney books that I have stacking up on my shelves.

5) A Conjuring of Light by: V.E. Schwab

I have heard so many great things about this series!!  I need to get to reading it now that I have all three books!

6) The Last of August by: Brittany Cavallaro

This is the second book in the Charlotte Homes series.  If you know me, I love all things Sherlock Holmes!  Anything Sherlock is great in my book, especially imaginative remakes.

7) Wintersong by: S. Jae-Jones

I honestly don’t know anything about this book other than it was a total cover buy for me.  I mean look at that cover!!

8) Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by: J.K. Rowling

You have no idea how excited I was when I heard this book was coming out.  I was extremely disappointed in The Cursed Child and do not consider it cannon.  On the contrary, people have been raving about this book.  I seriously cannot wait to see what all the hype is about!

9) Unspoken by:Sarah Rees Brennan

This is yet another boo that I received in the swap that I did.  I haven’t gotten a chance to read the synopsis, but I have heard some mixed reviews so I’m not sure when I’ll be getting to it.

10) Love and First Sight by: Josh Sundquist

While I was perusing the shelves at Target I happened upon this beauty and opened it up to read the synopsis.  This book sounds like such a cute contemporary about a boy who can’t see and trying to navigate through life and learning that people aren’t always what they seem.  I definitely am going to save this book until the warm summer months, but I knew I had to at least have it in my collection at present.

11) Roseblood by: A.G. Howard

OMG!!! A Phantom of the Opera retelling!!  AHHHH!! I fell in love with the musical as soon as I saw it in middle school and knew I had to have this book.  I was so happy that Owlcrate featured it in their January box.  I’m only adding it to this haul because I didn’t do one for January.

12) Wires and Nerve by: Marissa Meyer

One of my most favorite series continues in this spinoff comic.  I loved the Lunar Chronicles with all my heart and I am super pumped to read more about Iko and her adventures after the events in Winter.

13) Nowhere But Here by: Katie McGarry

I don’t know too much about this book other than there is a motorcycle gang and a bad boy.  If that doesn’t sell the book I don’t know what will!  I think I’m gonna save this book to read during the summer when I can sip some lemonade and lay out in the sunshine.

14) How To Hang a Witch by: Adriana Mather

My inner history nerd came out as soon as I found out this book was being published.  I love all things history and when authors use it in their books.  I’ve always found the Salem Witch Trials to be a very interesting point in history and reading about it is one of my favorite things to do.  One of these days I really want to go to Salem, Massachusetts and see the historical site for myself.

15) What Light by: Jay Asher

This book sounds so cute!!  A girl and her family grow christmas trees that they then move to California to sell the month before Christmas.  She almost leads a double life and falls for a boy during that month she is away.  This sounds like such a heartwarming read!  I’ve heard many great things about Jay Asher, but I’ve never had the chance to read anything by him yet.  While Christmas is a long way off, I may save this book until then as it doesn’t quite feel right to read during the spring or summer.

16) Caraval by: Stephanie Garber

Yes, I do have 3 copies of Caraval, and,no, I am not ashamed!  This book was one of my most anticipated releases this year.  When I found out that the UK version would have a beautiful cover under the dust jacket I knew I needed to get at least one of them.  I preordered it about a month in advance, but I ended up getting sent another one on accident.  I was able to snag the clock and the tent designs.  And then in my Owlcrate I got the US version!  This is the most copies of one book that I own!

Phew!  If you made it this far, thank you for sticking with me!  I cannot believe I got that many books in one month!  I really need to curb my spending a bit.  What books did you guys get ;ast month?  Let me know in the comments!

February Wrap Up (2017)

This slump has got me so frustrated!  I am happy that I actually read one more book than I have in previous months, but I wish that I could get back to reading like I used to.  I really hope I didn’t push myself to read so much last year that I burned myself out.  Work has really had me busy, which doesn’t leave much time for reading, but I love filling my days with horse related jobs(hence the horse in the photo).  The four books I did actually read this month were really, really good.

1) Passenger by: Alexandra Bracken 5/5 Stars

The moment this book hit shelves I knew I had to read it!  But of course, with me being a weirdo when it comes to starting unfinished series I put it off until this month.  I loved this book so much!  I do wish there was a little bit more time traveling, but what was in the story was perfect for how the plot was set up.  I also had a bit of an issue with Etta and Nicholas’s relationship as it felt very rushed and almost forced.  Other than that This book was great and I cannot wait to pick up the next one!

2) The Valiant by: Lesley Livingston 4/5 Stars

If you are looking for a book with a very strong, independent female character, look no further!  Fallon is a trained warrior as are most of the people in her clan.  I do feel like this book slowed down a bit in the middle and dragged which is why I only gave it 4 stars.  I was so happy that I was able to get this book while at Yallfest.  It was kind of on accident and if you want to hear the whole story look for my review on this book.

3) A Madness So Discreet by: Mindy McGinnis 4/5 Stars

This month Owlcrate was having a read-a-thon to give everyone an excuse to read the books that they had received in their boxes.  This was the first book I had ever gotten from Owlcrate and I decided to read it and try to take part in the read-a-thon.  I genuinely liked this book, but there were a few parts that made me scratch my head and wonder what was going on.  Nonetheless, it was a very interesting read.

4) The Art of Not Breathing by: Sarah Alexander 3.75/5 Stars

I originally picked this book up because of the title.  I struggle with panic attacks and my breathing sucks because of them.  It wasn’t until I actually started this book that I realized that it takes place in Scotland (Outlander fiend here!).  This book had a very interesting concept, but I had a few issues with characters and relationships between them, hence the lower rating.  I’ll definitely go into more detail in my upcoming review of this book.

While I was actually able to read ONE more book than I have in previous months, I’m still a little ticked off about this slump.  Hopefully it’ll be over soon!

January Wrap Up (2017)

If you guys have been following me on any of my other social media (Instagram, Twitter, etc.) you know that I have been going through a really long reading slump.  This slump has lasted from October and obviously has hindered me last month also.  I’ve tried reading really good books or a few short books to no avail.  Honestly, I’m really hoping I cn get over this reading and blogging slump because I miss being able to discuss the books I’ve read with you guys.  Anywho, here are the three books that I managed to read this past month.

1) Crooked Kingdom by: Leigh Bardugo 5/5 Stars

This book was one of my most anticipated books of 2016, but I didn’t get a change to pick it up until last month.  Guys, this book was AMAZING!  I absolutely adored it, but was also saddened that it was the conclusion.  I’m seriously pining for another companion book that will follow the characters after the events of this duology.  Trust me, there are a few loose ends that Leigh definitely could fill in another book or two if she so pleases.  I was also really hoping that starting off my year with this book would help my slump…..obviously it didn’t, but I still loved it!

2) The Secret of a Heart Note by: Stacey Lee 4/5 Stars

In hopes of maybe reading a short contemporary book to bring me out of my slump I picked up this one (big shout out to Fierce Reads for sending me this book!).  I really was fascinated by the synopsis.  I’ve always been a person that loves to just stop what I’m doing and breathe in all the smells around me, so to read about a girl who could actually smell a person’s aura was really cool.  I will have a full review of this book up shortly (if I can get back into the swing of blogging that is lol).

3) This Is Our Story by: Ashley Elston 4.5/5 Stars

Lastly, I tried a thriller to see if I could kick this slump’s booty.  Omg!  This book had me hooked from the very first line!  I come from a family of hunters so reading about a murder mystery that had to deal with a morning hunting session gone wrong was right up my alley.  This book did not disappoint me at all.  There is so much more that I want to say about this book, but I’ll leave that for my review.

And that concludes the three books I read in the month of January.  While I loved them all dearly, I fear that they did little to bring me out of my slump.  So far February is going well for my reading and I’m hoping to be able to stick to my Goodreads goal for the year and not have to lessen it because of this dang slump.  Hears to hoping!

October Book Haul (2016)

Last month was full of so many new releases that my wallet is seriously hating me right now.  I’m definitely excited to get to all of these books in the near future.

1) Like a River Glorious by: Rae Carson

Last year I saw Walk On Earth a Sranger and even without knowing anything about the book I had to have it due to its beautiful cover.  The second book in this series is no exception!  I have yet to get to these books because I’m weird and like to have a complete series before I start them so I can binge read them all.  I may not get to this book for a while, but at least I have the pretty thing on my shelf. 🙂

2) With Malice by: Eileen Cook

This book has been on my radar since it came out.  While on a trip in Italy, eighteen-year-old Jill Charron is involved in an accident and wakes up in a coma with no recollection of what happened.  When the story goes to the press, Jill finds herself wrapped up in a murder mystery.  This book sounds like it will be a great thriller with lots of twists and turns.  I plan on picking this book up in December or January.

3) Empire of Storms by: Sarah J. Maas

I know this is going to sound awful, but I own every single book in the Throne of Glass series and I have yet to pick them up.  I have absolutely no excuse at all since I do own the books.  I’m thinking that over the next few months I will read one book in the series every month.  That way I can get through them at least before the last one comes out next year.

4) Replica by: Lauren Oliver

This was one of my most anticipated reads of this year.  I have yet to see another Young Adult book that is written like this.  I was incredibly jealous of all the people who got ARCs of this book as they were gorgeous.  I’m hoping to get to this book within the next few months.

5) Frost Like Night by: Sara Raasch

I am seriously not prepared for one of my favorite series to end!  I started this series earlier this year not sure how I would like it, but when I finished the second book I knew that it would be a very difficult wait for the third and final book.  And now that it is here, I almost don’t want to read it.  I’ve heard so many great things about this book, but I’m still not sure I want to pick it up and finish the series.

6) The Rest of Us Just Live Here by: Patrick Ness

The synopsis of this book really intrigued me.  Instead of following “The Chosen One” we follow the characters that are not.  I don’t really know too much more about this book as I want to go into it blind.  I may pick this up when I’m in need of a quick read as it is a fairly short book.

7) The Midnight Star by: Marie Lu

This is the last book in Marie Lu’s The Young Elites series.  I don’t know much about this book other than it follows a main character that is like a villain or something like that.  I have heard so many great things about this series so I will have to binge read all three books fairly soon.

8) A Sky Unbroken by: Megan Crewe

Again, another final book in a series.  All I know about this book is that it takes place in space.  And the cover is absolutely stunning and oh so soft!!  This is another series that I plan on binge reading soon.

9) Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki by: Mamoru Hosoda

Now that I am really starting to get into reading bigger and more in-depth books, I love to have manga on hand so I can read something quick. I’ve seen this around bookstagram and I would really like to watch the anime that is based on this.  It is about a girl named Hana, who falls in love with a man who can turn into a wolf.  They end up having two kids together that also can turn into wolves.  One day he goes missing, and Hana spots some police men hovering over the body of a dead wolf she presumes to be her children’s father.  This anime tells the story of Hana struggling to raise wolf children by herself.  I thought it sounded cute and I just had to get it.

10) Seconds by: Bryan Lee O’Malley

This is another book I got so I can read it between big books.  It’s a graphic novel that has something to do with restaurants, mushrooms, and forgotten memories.  That’s honestly all I know about it.

11) Aerie by: Maria Dahvana Headly

This is the sequel to Magonia.  I actually got the ARC of this book a while ago, but I just had to have to finished hardcover for my shelf 🙂

12) Gemina by: Jay Kristoff and Amie Kauffman

This is the sequel to Illuminae.  Illuminae was one of my top reads of last year and I cannot wait to read this book.  I actually got to see Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff at Yallfest so both my copy od Illuminae and Gemina are signed by them.

13) Vassa in the Night by:Sarah Porter

I got this book in my October Owlcrate.  I don’t know much about this book other than it has to do with a Russian folktale or something to that extent.  I’m going to try to get to this book soon and get a review for it up too.

14) The Golem and the Jinni by: Helene Wecker

I know nothing about this book.  I heard Hannah from A Clockwork Reader on Youtube talk about this being one of her favorite books.  Both Hannah and I have similar taste in books, so I bought it.  Plus the cover is really pretty!

15) The Woman In Cabin 10 by: Ruth Ware

Winter is the time of year that I love reading thrillers and mystery novels.  This one fits the bill.  Lo Blacklock, a travel journalist, scored an amazing week-long trip on a cruise ship.  The skies are clear and things seem to be going extremely well until Lo hears the one thing you never would want to happen on a ship; a woman being thrown overboard.  But as Lo tries to inspect things, she finds that all the passengers and crew are accounted for.  The ship sails on, but Lo is stuck feeling like something has gone terribly wrong.  I definitely want to pick this book up sometime this winter!

I still cannot believe how many books I got this month.  I’m running out of space for them in my room.  I seriously cannot wait until I have my own room dedicated to just books in my own house.

October Wrap Up (2016)

So much for that crazy tbr I had planned.  I only got to a few books this month, granted most of them were over 450 pages each.

1) Dust and Decay by: Jonathan Maberry

This is the book is the sequel to Rot and Ruin.  Without giving too much away from the first book, I will say that this book made me cry so hard.  I also got to see the characters grow and learn that they were not living in the kind of world they thought they were.

2) Flesh and Bone by: Jonathan Maberry

With this being the third book in the Rot and Ruin series, again, I don’t want to say too much due to spoilers, but grief plays a major role in this book as something tragic happened in the last book.  I do wish it talked a bit more about it, like the characters would think or reflect on it more.  But I do know the author did a great job writing on a topic like that as unfortunately he was also dealing with grief while writing this book.

3) Fire and Ash by: Jonathan Maberry

This is the conclusion to the Rot and Ruin series, so again, I don’t want to give away spoilers.  This series was great.  I loved every moment of getting to see these characters grow and learn from their experiences.  I hate that I’m leaving this world, but the ending really summed up everything for me and made me wish that I got to stay with Benny, Nix, Chong, Lilah, and Morgie just a little longer.

Even though I read a measly three books this month I’m glad it was these three.  They have been on my shelf for such a long time and these deserved to be read this month.  If you have not yet read this series, I highly recommend it.  If you love the Walking Dead or World War Z, these books are for you.  I’m hoping that next month I will be able to get more reading done as I do have a long road trip to get to Yallfest 😉