A Map For Wrecked Girls **ARC Review** (Spoiler Free)

Author: Jessica Taylor | Published: August 15, 2017 by Dial Books | Series: N/A | Length: 361 pages | Genre: YA Realistic fiction | Source: I got this book while attending BookCon.

First off, I want to give a big thank you to Dial and Penguin for allowing me to read this book!  Thank you for all your hard work to always put out amazing books!

Emma and Henri have been attached at the hip their whole lives until an event causes a rift between the sisters.  When the unthinkable happens on a beautiful island vacation, the sisters end up stranded on an island with a boy named Alex who has as many secrets as they do.  As Alex and Emma fall together, Emma and Henri fall tragically apart.  If they want to survive they’ll need to dig up and face their past to be able to move forward and find their way out of this beautiful hell.

I really enjoyed this book a lot.  One thing that really stuck out to me was the sisters relationship with each other.  It reminded me a lot of Caraval, but I wasn’t so crazy about the sisters relationship in that book.  Emma and Henri were a bit better, but their relationship felt almost toxic.  Emma would do anything for her sister who didn’t care what happened at all.  I don’t know if it’s just because I don’t have a sister, but I don’t know how someone can act like that.  It’s hard for me to wrap my mind around.  There was an event near the end of this book that got me so riled up it was ridiculous.  For the sake of keeping this review spoiler free I cannot say too much more about it.  I just made me so frustrated with one of the characters, and I wanted to slap them around for how ridiculous they were being.  This book also reminded me a bit of that TV show Lost.  For those who have no idea what I’m talking about, the gist of the show is a plane crashes on an island and the survivors have to figure out how to get off the island.  But instead of a plane there was a shipwreck that caused these characters to be stuck.  It almost makes me even more nervous to go out on the ocean as if my thalassophobia (fear of the sea/deep water)  would even let me get on a boat in the first place lol.  I really could not imagine having to survive for days on an island.  I do know a few survival type things, but I don’t know if I could make it long enough until someone was able to find me.  I’ve gotta give these characters props for surviving for as long as they did.  I also would go stir crazy and want my books lmao.

Overall, I really liked this book.  The pacing was really good, and it kept me on my toes and wanting to know what was going to happen next.  I definitely recommend this book to anyone that liked the sister relationship in Caraval or liked the TV show Lost.

I gave this book 4/5 stars on Goodreads

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July Book Haul (2017)

Books, books, books!  Gotta love getting more books!  This is literally my favorite time of the month, but it also makes me sad because I now have an even bigger TBR pile than when I started out the month.  Oh, well :).

1) When Dimple Met Rishi by: Sandhya Menon

I’ve heard a lot of people talking about this book lately.  It sounds like such a cute romance story.  I don’t know much more than Dimple is going to a summer program for web developers and her parents and Rishi’s parents are trying to hook them up through that program.  I’m not sure when I’ll get to this book, but hopefully it will be soon.

2) The Traitor’s Kiss by: Erin Beaty

Okay. . . this was a total cover buy for me.  I know absolutely nothing about this book other than the fact that I could not not have a book with a beautiful cover such as this on my shelf.  There are so many different textures in the designs on this cover that I just cannot stop running m fingers across it.  I probably look like such a weirdo petting my book, but I don’t really care. #sorrynotsorry

3) Our Dark Duet by: Victoria Scwab

I’m kinda sad that this series is only a duology, but yay, I don’t have to wait as long for the series to finish.  Now that I have this book I can finally sit down and binge read this series.

4) Stalking Jack the Ripper by: Kerri Maniscalco

This book has been one of my most anticipated reads, but I have no idea why I had not even gotten this book until now.  Well I can’t say that, I normally end up buying other books on my wish list and this one never seemed to make it to the top when I actually had money to buy more than one book.  Anyways, now that I have it I’m definitely going to be taking it on vacation with me in August and devouring it.

5) Zero Repeat Forever by: Gabrielle Prendergast

A boy who only knows his rank, Eighth, and a girl who is isolated in the wilderness after the Nahx attack.  Somehow these two get thrown together and must rely on each other to survive.  This book sounds like it will be action packed and nail bitingly thrilling!  I’m so happy that I was able to snag an ARC to read and review :).

6) Wonder Woman: Wabringer by: Leigh Bardugo

I can’t even think straight I’m that excited that this book is in my possession.  When I first heard of this book, I knew that I had to get a copy of it even if I did have to wait until it’s release date.  Through a few trades I was able to get this book and I just can’t help but freak out.  Eeeeee!!!!  You can bet you bottom dollar I’m gonna review this beauty for y’all!

7) Retribution Rails by: Erin Bowman

Oh. My. God.  I. . .I just. . .I’m speechless lol.  As soon as I finished Vengeance Road I knew that if Erin wrote any more YA western books I just had to have them.  I soon heard that this book was coming out and I just had to have a copy.  I was able to get an eARC on Netgalley, but to complete my physical book collection I needed a hard copy of the ARC.  Luckily I was able to get one through a trade and I was a nervous mess as I waited for it to be delivered.  I just know this book is going to be amazing, and I’m already so excited for Erin to release another YA western.

8) The Dire King by: Willaim Ritter

Technically this is and eARC, but if you have been with my blog since my last vacation last August you will know how much of a fan I am of the Jackaby series.  I literally freaked when I found out that I was selected to get an early copy of this book.  I do realize that I only have a review of the first book up(man I’m slacking lol), but I will be posting the rest and then this one!  If you love Sherlock you’ll love this book!

9) The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by: Mackenzi Lee

This book has been all over my Bookstagram and Twitter feeds recently.  A European cross-country track with a little romance sounds so interesting.  I knew I was going to have to buy this book the next time I had a little bit of money to spare, but I was delighted to get this book in my Owlcrate box for the month of July.  I so badly want to take this book on my vacation with me because who doesn’t want to read about a cross country trek while being on their own adventure?

10) The Library of Fates by: Aditi Khorana

I found this subscription box a while ago called PageHabit and I knew that at one point or another I would have to get a box or two from them.  These boxes are curated by and author and you get two books of their choosing and an annotated copy of their most recent release.  This book was the annotated copy that I got.  It’s been so hard not to flip through and read them all before I actually get to the book itself.

11) Brown Girl Dreaming by: Jaqueline Woodson

This was the second book that I got in my PageHabit box.  I don’t really know much about this book, but it is either a bunch of poems or one big story told in poetry form, which I find pretty neat.

12) The Disappearances by: Emily Bain Murphy

I received this book in my Book(ish) Box for the month of July.  I know this book is a mystery/possible thriller and the main character’s mother somehow disappears or something like that.  This is the type of book that I don’t like to go into it knowing a lot about the plot, I like to go into it knowing almost nothing.

13) This Mortal Coil by: Emily Suvada

I got this book in a kind of random trade.  I know it has something to do with a deadly plague and a girl who can gene-hack which sounds epic!  I’m excited to dive into this book and see what kind of crazy DNA stuff goes on!

So many amazing books to look forward to in the coming months!  Now I just wish I didn’t have to adult and I could just sit home all day to read and review all of these books for y’all.

 

July Wrap Up (2017)

I’m loving getting back into reading again!  You have no idea how happy this makes me!  It’s such a relief getting to read so many books every month like I used to.  Enough of my happy gushing, let’s get into the books!

1) Lady Midnight by: Cassandra Clare 5/5 Stars

First off, I listened to this audiobook while driving or doing stuff around the house.  It was actually my second time going through this book.  I read it a few months after it came out and wanted a refresher before I jump into Lord of Shadows next month.  I’m ashamed to say that I forgot a lot and was surprised at parts I should have known were coming lol.  Either way I’m happy I got to this and was able to enjoy it again.

2) The Darkest Part of the Forest by: Holly Black 3/5 Stars

This is the first book that I have ever read by Holly Black.  I’m trying to read at least a few of her books before I pick up The Cruel Prince just to get a feel for her writing style.  I wasn’t the biggest fan of this book.  It did have it’s interesting points, but I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped to.  Hopefully her other books will be better reads for me.

3) The Waking Land by: Callie Bates 3.5/5 Stars

I got this book in my May Illumicrate, and I was so excited to read it, but like the previous book in this list it fell short of my expectations.  I’m not really the biggest fan of high fantasy because there is so much information and so many characters to keep track of, and this book read like that for the first third or so.  A lot of the time I’d end up rereading passages or just skipping because I’d be so confused on what was happening.  Plus I wasn’t a big fan of the main character as she always seemed to have an inner struggle with her power or pine over the want to know if a guy liked her.  It was just annoying to me. Sorry if you really did enjoy this book 😦  You can read my full review on it here.

4) Ash and Quill by: Rachel Caine 4/5 Stars

The third installment to The Great Library series was epic!  The more I read of this series, the better they seem to become.  I initially got and eARC of this book off of Netgally, and i owned but had not read the first two books in the series.  That gave me the push to start them, which now I’m kicking myself for not having started them sooner.  This series reminds me so much of Farenheit 451, which was one of my favorite reads in high school.  If you would like to read my full spoiler free review on this book you can find it here.

5) The Thousandth Floor by: Katherine McGee 5/5 Stars

AAAHHHHH!!  I was so not expecting to like this book as much as I do.  I absolutely love when I find a book like that because it doesn’t happen very often.  This book was almost like a futuristic soap opera set in a thousand floor tower with drama and crazy plot twists that leave you begging to be left alone so you can consume this book and all its glory.  Once I started reading this book it was all I could think about if I had to put my book down and actually adult for once.  I will have a review of this book up within a week or so where you can read all my thoughts on this amazing beauty!

6) A Map For Wrecked Girls by: Jessica Taylor 4/5 Stars

The Lost vibes were strong with this book.  A vacation gone horribly wrong leads to a struggle for survival for two sisters and a boy they just met.  I really liked this book, and flew through it in two sittings.  It almost makes me that much more scared of boats and open water.  As if my thalassophobia (fear of the sea/deep water) wasn’t enough lol.  my review for this book will also be up within a week or so.

This month was amazing reading wise, and I’m hoping this continues because I have so many review books I need to read and review for y’all!

Ash and Quill **ARC Review** (Spoiler Free)

Author: Rachel Caine | Published: July 11, 2017 by New American Library | Series: The Great Library #3 | Length: 368 pages | Genre: YA fantasy | Source: I received an eARC copy of this book through Netgalley.

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

I also want to give a big thank you to Berkley Publishing for allowing me to read and advance copy of this amazing book!

After escaping the war-torn London, Jess Brightwell and his group of exiles find themselves thrust into captivity by the burners in Philadelphia.  As they work together to find a way out of the walls and the awaiting Library soldiers on the other side, they find out the Library will do absolutely anything to contain secrets.  Even if it means sacrificing hundreds of innocent people.  With the idea of the press being one of their only bargaining chips, Jess and his group will have to decide if they want to fight or quietly slip into the shadows.

This book series just keeps getting better and better!  It did seem to drag just a bit in the beginning, but once things got rolling they really got rolling.  The action in this book definitely kept up with the action in the previous two books.  I cannot believe the people of the Library would go as far as they did in this book.  So many bad things happened.  And don’t get me started on that ending!!  I think it is now becoming a theme that each book is ending in an even more extreme cliff hanger than the last.  I don’t know if I can wait a whole year for the next book.  I need to know what happens!!  I’m so freaking happy that we get to see more Frauke!  This book series reminds me so much of Farenheit 451 and it’s making me so happy because I loved that book.  I seriously cannot recommend this series enough!

I gave this book 4/5 stars on Goodreads.

The Waking Land **ARC Review** (Spoiler Free)

Author: Callie Bates | Published: June 29, 2017 by Hodder & Stoughton | Series: – N/A | Length: 384 pages | Genre: YA Fantasy | Source: I got his book in my June Illumicrate

Fourteen years ago, Elanna was taken hostage by the king as her father’s rebellion failed.  From that point on the king raised her as one of his own, but now rebellion is being whispered about in the kingdom, and Elanna’s father is at the head of it again.  In a twist of events, she is taken back by her father who wants to use her as the figurehead of his rebellion, claiming she is the Wildegarde reincarnated, a powerful sorceress who could control the earth.  Little do they know, Elanna actually has the legendary powers, but she has kept them hidden for so long that she has no idea how to use it.  And being the first Caveadear, or steward of the land, in hundreds of years means that there arent’ an abundance of teachers to help her learn how to use her powers.  As war looms on the horizon, Elanna must choose which side she is on and whether to use her powers for mercy or war.

I was very excited for this book because I saw that it was recommended for readers that loved Leigh Bardugo and I flipping adore Bardugo’s work.  I went into this book not really knowing much and was so confused for about the first 30%.  I’m not much of a high fantasy reader, and this book felt like it read like one.  There were so many names and places and history to take in that I almost just couldn’t get through it because I’d get so lost.  Right around the time things really got rolling in the book it did get a little better, but I still felt a little disappointed with it.  I did end up skimming some paragraphs, which did me more harm than good as I’d miss important parts amidst Elanna’s endless inner battle with her powers or fawning over Jahan.  Both of which got fairly annoying rather quickly.  Another thing that really got me was I really didn’t know who was ruler over what.  Yes there were kings/queens, but there was also an empire involved and it sounded like the empire may rule over them or I could have been wrong.  Either way it confused me a bit.  There was another part I question, but in asking my question I would give away so much so I’ll just leave it at that for now.

Altogether I did fairly enjoy this book.  If it really is going to be a trilogy I’m not sure if I will continue it or if I’ll just leave it after reading the first one.  Hears to hoping the series gets better.

I gave this book 3.5/5 stars on Goodreads.

Paper and Fire Review (Spoiler Free)

Author: Rachel Caine | Published: July 5, 2016 by New American Library | Series: The Great Library #2 | Length: 354 pages | Genre: YA fantasy| Source: I got this book from my local bookstore.

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 wish to be spoiled please do not continue to read this review.  You can read my review on the first book here.  Thank you!

After surviving the introduction to the Library, Jess Brightwell finds out that serving in its army isn’t any better.  He meets with his friends in secret as they plan to free one of their own.  As they carry out their plan to free their friend, the Library’s automata turn on them.  They escape to London to find that the Welsh army is approaching with plans to burn the city.  Soon, Jess must choose where his loyalties lie between either his friends, his family or the Library, who is willing to sacrifice anything and anyone to keep control.

Starting up right where Ink and Bone ended, this book did not fall into the “second book slump.”  There as almost the same if not more action in this book compared to the first!  the Library is so ruthless and cold-hearted that it’s scary at times.  They will do anything to stay in power.  I loved getting to delve a little deeper into the world of the Great Library and see the lengths to which they would go to hide information from the public, and how on the reverse side, people would die over owning and smuggling real books instead of the Library issued blanks.  One thing I can say is poor Frauke.  Her story cannot end like that!!  I absolutely adored this book, and cannot wait to start the next in the series!

This book has some amazing quotes that really make me think of how much of an impact books can have on anyone.  “Books spoke mind to mind, soul to soul across the abyss of time and distance.”  “With the right books, we can change everything.”  “We’re just paper on a shelf, in the end.”  That’s only a few, but I literally could go on and on with all the amazing writing contained in this book.

The deeper and deeper I get into this series the more and more I am reminded of Fahrenheit 451, which was one of my favorite reads in high school.  The Burners remind me of the firemen in the way that they would burn books almost as a statement.  It’s making me desperately want to read Fahrenheit again.  If you have read it and liked it, I highly recommend that you pick up this series! Do it! Do it now!!  You won’t regret it!

I gave this book 4/5 stars on Goodreads.

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! 📚

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.