June Wrap Up (2017)

YAY! Yet another great reading month!😁 I think I finally kicked my slump in the butt!!😋 Which is perfect because I have a lot of books to read in the next few months.  And without further ado, my June wrap up:

1) The Vanishing Throne by: Elizabeth May 5/5 Stars

This book!!  AHHHH!!😱😱😱  I know a lot of second books in a series go through what many readers call the “second book slump.”  This definitly did not!  It jumped right into the action and kept going THE WHOLE BOOK!  I can’t even put all my feelings on this book into words.  I have a full review written here if you would like to read my attempt at talking about it.

2) Snow Like Ashes by: Sara Raasch 5/5 Stars

I read this book way back in January or February 2016 along with the second book.  Since then, the third book has come out, but I nearly forgot everything about this series.  I decided to get the audiobook from my library and listen to it so I can officially finish this series.  Everything about this world is exquisite.  The fact that the kingdoms are either a season🌷🍀🍂❄️ or a rhythm. In a way I am kind of sad that I will be ending this series, but I love having the opportunity to dive into this fantasy world again.  I will also write reviews for this series as I continue to read them.  I also bumped up my rating on this book since the last time I read it.

3) Ink and Bone by: Rachel Caine 4/5 Stars

Due to me snagging an eARC copy of the third book in this series on Netgalley, I knew I had to start and read the first 2 books.  I knew little going into this series other than it was about an almighty Library that controlled the distribution of knowledge between the people.  This book turned out to be everything I wanted in a fantasy book.  You can read all of my thoughts on this book here.

4) Cruel Beauty by: Rosamund Hodge 3/5 Stars

I wasn’t really sure about this book.  The world was really interesting in the way that there were 4 elemental hearts that controled everything and it was a Beauty and the Beasy retelling, but I found my mind wandering while listening to this audiobook.  Strong female characters are great in YA novels, but it almost felt like this main character was bratty and bossy and then just wanted to make out.  It was a bit strange….

5) Crimson Bound by: Rosamund Hodge 3/5 Stars

I hoped this book would be a little better than the last one, but it was only better by a small margin.  It was supposed to be set in the same world, but it seemed as if this was set on the opposite side of the planet.  Again we were stuck with a main character that was stubborn and bratty and only wanted to make out.  Like what???  I give the author props though for writing a love interest that doesn’t have hands✋🏻🤚🏻

6) Paper and Fire by: Rachel Caine 4/5 Stars

And back into the world of the Great Library.  Just like the first book on this list, this one didn’t go through the “second book slump.”  Packed with action and a tad of romance things really start to pick up for Jess and his rebels.  And all I can say is poor    .  My review for this book will be posted in the next few days and I’ll tag it here once it goes up.

*Sigh*  It is such a breath of relief to have a good reading month☺️.  I’ve got some crazy high hopes for next month with my 7+ book TBR pile.  Well off I go to get started!!  Happy reading! 📚

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June Book Haul (2017)

This was an amazing book haul month!!  I got to go to Book Con and snag quite a few books there (you can read my all about my Book Con haul here).  #Booksfortrade on Twitter was also very kind to me and I was able to get a bunch of ARCs from there and through a few friends.  I’m so blessed to have gotten all of these books, and I’m very ecstatic that I get a chance to read these books before they are published!

1) Flame in the Mist by: Renee Adieh

I have not yet read anything by Renee(shame on me!), but I do have all of her books.  When one of the Twitter chats I partake in talked about this book I knew I just had to have it!  I heard that it was a lot like my favorite anime, Inuyasha!!  Anything set in feudal Japan is a win in my book!!

2) Seekers by: Veronica Rossi

I got the first book in this series a while ago, but I haven’t had a chance to pick up either book yet.  I was really intrigued by the horses on the cover which is why I bought them in the first place lol.

3) Umberland by: Wendy Spinale

Not only is this cover absolutely stunning, but having another fairytale retelling on my shelf is perfect!  This is yet another second book in a series that I haven’t read the first book :(.  I’m hoping to get to this series fairly soon, but who knows when “soon” will be lol.

4) Saga Vol. 7 by: Brian K. Vaughan

I’m so freaking excited that I have this book!!  I need to continue with this comic series ASAP!  Volume 6 left off on such a big cliffhanger that I almost couldn’t bear waiting for this one to come out.  Now that I have it, I know it will be a quick read and then I’ll be craving the next one!

5) Truth or Dare by: Non Pratt

I got this book in my Illumicrate box for the month of June.  I don’t really know much about it other than it is in the same style of formating as Replica by Lauren Oliver.  I’m very interested in reading this book and I’m glad that I got a copy of this book.

6) The Walking Land by: Callie Bates

I also got this book in my Illumicrate box.  I love how pretty this UK cover for the ARC is!  It’s drop dead gorgeous!!  I’m really hoping that I can get to this book before it comes out so I can review it for y’all.

7) Royal Bastards by: Andrew Shvarts

The premises of this book really had me hooked from the moment I read it.  I know there have been a lot of, for the lack of a better word, bastards in history, but we never really get to hear about them because they were normally kept a secret and hidden from the eyes of the public.  I think this will be a really interesting book and I can’t wait to dive into this side of royal life!

8) Whichwood by: Tahereh Mafi

Y’all!!  I was so blessed to get an advance copy of Furthermore last year(which I have yet to post a review -_-) and now I have an advance copy of the second book!!  I really, really enjoyed the first book so I’m hoping that I enjoy this companion novel as well!  I’m going to be reading this book closer to the publication date so I can post a review :).  I’m really hoping this book is as whimsical as the first!

9) All the Crooked Saints by: Maggie Stiefvater

AFDVJBADFVSJDCNASUOVHO. . . . .  OMG!!  I cannot believe I have this book in my hands!  I have loved Maggie’s writing since I read Shiver way back in 2009.  Since then I have craved more and more work from her.  I was wicked excited when we got the Raven Cycle, but I was also a little nervous to hear what other projects she had planned for after her latest series was over.  When I heard about this book, I freaked!!  I cannot wait to delve into this world of miracles and saints!

10) Warcross by: Marie Lu

My mind is absolutely blown with the fact that I have this book in my possession!  It’s so beautiful and I want to read it, but I’m nervous that this book will not live up to all the hype surrounding it.  I can not believe myself for yet again owning all of an author’s books but not having read a single one!  Shame!  Shame on me forever!  I’ve heard so many good things about Marie’s books, and now I really have to pick them up! Or at least this one lol!

11) Otherworld by: Jason Segel, Kristen Miller

I got this book from a friend who had an extra copy.  This book sounds like a mix of Warcross by Marie Lu and the anime Sword Art Online.  With that said, I need to read this book!  Plus it is written by one of my favorite actors, Jason Segel!  I can’t wait to see what this alternate reality world has in store!

12) Invictus by: Ryan Graudin

More time travel!!  This book will definitely be interesting as Ryan has written history books with a hint of sci-fi and now this is a sci-fi with a hint of history.  If this book is anything like Passenger or any of the other time travel like books I have read I know I will love it!

13) The Cruel Prince by: Holly Black

Looking back, I cannot believe I have not read anything by Holly Black(I’m doing it again -_-), yet I have heard a lot about her fairy books.  It seems like books with evil fairies have been really popular lately, but it sounds like this one will be no exception.  I’ve heard that the main character, Jude is one of the best heroines of YA literature.  If that doesn’t make you want to read this book I have no idea what will!

14) The Sandcastle Empire by: Kayla Olson

I got this book in my June Owlcrate.  I have never heard of this book, but the synopsis sounds pretty interesting.

15) New World: Rising by: Jennifer Wilson

I also got this book in my June Owlcrate(that’s right!! Two books!!) I have had my eye on this book for a while now.  I’ve told myself when I have some spare money I’ll buy this book, and I’m so glad that I waited.  I really could use a good dystopian style book so I may pick up this book fairly soon.

16) Obsidian and Stars by: Julie Eshbaugh

I totally forgot that I had preordered this book until it showed up on my doorstep lol.  It’s even signed and personalized!!  I have yet to start this series, but I couldn’t pass up a series set in prehistoric times.  Hopefully I’ll get to them fairly soon so I can review them for y’all.

17) Dividing Eden by: Joelle Charbonneau

I got this book in my first Book(ish) Box.  I had a bit of money left over from my birthday and I’ve always wanted to gibe this box a shot.  I was thoroughly pleased with everything I got in the box and with this book.  This book has been on my radar since I heard of it, but I have no Idea why I didn’t buy it right when it came out.  Either way, I have this gorgeous book on my shelf now :).

I know I said a few months ago that my hauls would be getting a lot smaller than they had been in the past.  In my defence, I did get a lot of these books through trade or with access birthday money.  I definitely won’t turn down the opportunity to get a book though lol.  I cannot wait to get to read and review these lovely books for y’all!

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.

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!

Top 10 YA Fantasy Books To Take To the Beach This Summer

There is nothing better than being able to lie out on the hot sand and bask in the sun while reading a gripping book whose world you get lost in.  With summer almost upon us and the height of vacation time approaching, I love getting lost in fantasy worlds.  I created this list for those of you, like me, that love to delve into epic worlds and go on mighty quests at the peak of  your relaxation.

1) The Darkest Minds by: Alexandra Bracken

Follow the Black Betty Crew in this trilogy as they try to help free kids with specail powers from the camps they were thrown into.  With a little bit of romance and nail-biting suspense, this book is sure to have you hooked from the first page.

2) Snow Like Ashes by: Sara Raasch

While it may be the beginning of summer, you cn travel to all four seasons in this book!  The evil king of the kingdom of Spring attacked and enslaved thousands of people from the kingdom of Winter in his search for a legendary mine filled with powerful gems.  A group of Winter refugees must train and round-up more people to fight against the evil ruler of Spring.  The twist near the end of this book had me squealing and absolutely freaking out.

3) A Court of Thorns and Roses by: Sarah J Maas

High fae and faries and beasts oh my!  For lovers of Beauty and the Beast, this retelling is everything!  After unknowingly murdering a fairy, Feyre is taken from her home and forced to live in Velaris or die.  I loved getting to explore the Spring Court right along with Feyre.  Plus, who doesn’t like reading about incredibly sexy High Fae lol.

4) Lady Midnight by: Cassandra Clare

This book actually takes place near the beach!  In this epic new instalment in Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunters world, Emma Carstairs is set on vengeance for her parents deaths.  While there are some scenes on the beach, Emma is actually afraid of the water, but you’ll have to read this book to find out why.  This is one of Clare’s best works to date!

5) The Falconer by: Elizabeth May

Set in 1844 in a steampunk version of Scotland, Aileana is the picturesque lady that all the suitors are courting.  But things aren’t always what they seem, for Aileana is a murderer.  A year prior she watched her mother be slaughtered by fae and has trained and tracked this faerie to unleash her vengeance.  She is also the last in the line of Falconers which grants her powers that she will need to use as the world is in danger from the fae.  With epic fight scenes and a slow burn romance, this book will have you scrambling for the rest of the trilogy.

6) Shadow and Bone by: Leigh Bardugo

In a world plagued by darkness and war, Alina and her army regiment travel into the Fold, a pitch-black rip in the world filled with unimaginable monsters.  When their little band is attacked, and Alina tries to save her best friend Mal, she unleashes a dormant power that she knew nothing about.  She is the long prophesied Sun Summoner .  Alina is ripped from everything she knows and thrust into training at The royal court of the Darkling to hone her powers.  She soon discovers a truth that could rip the world in two.

7) The Girl from Everywhere by: Heidi Heijig

Where would you go if you could travel to any place or world if you only had a map of it?  Velaris? Narnia? Hogwarts?  Nix can do just this with her father and his ship.  They find so many crew mates and friends in their travels, but the end is drawing near.  For if Nix’s father finds the map of 1868 Honolulu it will mean the end of Nix forever.  With the salty ocean breeze blowing through your hair you can almost imagine you are sailing right alone with Nix and her father.

8) The Waterfall Traveler by: S.J. Lem

Don’t judge this book by it’s cover!  I already made that mistake for you lol.  All Ri wants is to find a cure the Sickness and heal her adoptive father.  What she doesn’t bargain for is getting swept away by a handsome fugitive through a waterfall and thrown into a dirty city ruled by an evil tyrant.  But that is the worst of Ri’s problems for a dark force is lurking in the depths waiting for the right moment to strike.  With its extensive world building and vast cast of characters this book will keep you hooked until the last page.  You can read my whole review here.

9) An Ember in the Ashes by: Sabaa Tahir

One a slave, one a soldier.  When Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, she goes undercover in the Empire’s prestigious military academy to feed information back to the rebels.  She meets Elias, the school’s best student, yet most unwilling.  He just wants to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce.  As their lives entwine Laia and Elias realize that their decisions will affect the fate of the Empire itself.  Based on Rome, this book has epic fighting and a touch of fantasy elements that will get you lost in this hard-edged world.

10) The Raven Boys by: Maggie Stiefvater

Private school boys, psychics, a cursed kiss, and a quest to find a long-dead Welsh King.  What more could you want?  I may be a little biased as this book is by my ultimate favorite author, but it is one of the best to get sucked into while on vacation.  I just cannot get enough of this book and how fantastic the writing style is.  Set in the mountains of Virginia, we follow Blue and the Raven boys, better known as Gansey, Ronan, Adam, and Noah.  Gansey has this crazy obsession with finding a dead Welsh king with the promise of a wish when he is awoken.  The ending of this book blew my mind!

Now go ahead and gather your books.  You may need a bigger bag to carry them all lol.  And don’t forget the sunscreen as you don’t want to get a burn if you end up laying out for hours on end because you just couldn’t put your book down!

The Waterfall Traveler **ARC Review** (Spoiler Free)

Author: S.J. Lem | Published: April 19th, 2017 by Carpe Noctem Publishing | Series: The Waterfall Traveler #1 | Length: 439 Pages | Genre: YA Fantasy | Source: Netgalley

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  When I first saw this book, I thought it was going to be a simple middle-grade fantasy read.  Boy, was I wrong and dumb for not reading the synopsis lol.  Can you tell I just judged this book by its cover?

18-year-old Ri wants nothing more than to find the cure to the Sickness and heal her adoptive father, Samuel.  Two strangers appear in her village within hours of each other; one dark and mysterious and the other a charming fugitive.  When dangerous creatures appear she is whisked away by the former through a waterfall and tossed out across the sea to a city run by a oppressive tyrant.  She now not only has to face Samuel’s unlawful past, but a new threat has risked the lives of the men she has grown to care for in her journey.  Ri must gather her strength and fight for her life and those she loves.

Like I said before, I was totally not expecting this epic fantasy adventure.  I did find it a little slow at the beginning, but I think that was my mind trying to process that my expectation was way off.  once things really got moving they went fast and I found it so hard to put the book down and do adult things.  Who needs to sleep or work anyways?  I was so blown away by how well these characters were developed.  There was a large cast of characters, but they all were so well thought out and introduced.  It didn’t confuse me at all like a lot of other fantasy books I have read in the past that also have large casts.  This book had me feeling so many feelings that I almost couldn’t handle it.  I would be laughing one minute and then be sobbing uncontrollably the next.

If you are looking for a quick fantasy read, this is definitely the book for you.  I cannot say enough about this book, but I could seriously go on and on and on about this book.  I need to get a hard copy of this book for my personal library.  I cannot wait for the next book in the series comes out!  I’ll be impatiently waiting until that day comes!