My Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2016


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Oh this is going to such a hard one. How do you choose ten anticipated releases? So many interesting books are coming out this year. 2016 is going to be a great reading year!

I just realized that all these books are fantasy and science fiction. I’ll have to try to incorporate some contemporary 🙂

1. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard — January 5, 2016

So much hype about this in the booktube world! A book based mostly on friendship? Yes.

2. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken — January 5, 2016

I haven’t read The Darkest Minds but this book sounds really good. Time travelling isn’t a very popular topic in YA.

3. Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan — January 19, 2016

Sword and Verse (Sword and Verse, #1)

This debut novel sounds really good. And it’s a standalone. I have many series to finish to this seems like a good fantasy alternative.

4. Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers — February 2, 2016

Yes! More assassin books. Throne of Glass vibes.

5. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab — February 23, 2016

A Darker Shade of Magic was so good! This book is desperately needed.

6. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare — March 8, 2016

The Mortal Instruments series and The Infernal Devices trilogy are one of my most favourite books, so naturally this book had to make the list. Can I request Tessa and Jem in this? I am all #TeamWill but Jem is awesome too 🙂

7. The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski — March 29, 2016

The Winner’s Crime’s ending ruined me. Marie Rutkoski has broken my heart and hurt it so much with just a few words. I need more Arin + Kestrel! Just three more months to go.

8. Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima — April 19, 2016

I’m currently reading The Demon King, and I’ve heard such great things about both her Heir series and the Seven Realms series. I expect this to be just as good!

9. The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh — May 3, 2016

Am I the only one who doesn’t like this cover? I can’t wait to see more of Shazi in this one.

10. The Last Star by Rick Yancey — May 24, 2016

This comes one day after my birthday on May 23. That’s a type of sign, right? This book is going to be amazing, just like the The 5th Wave and The Infinite Sea.

 

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8 Reasons to Read Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


8 Reasons to Read Illuminae

1. The book is written in a file/dossier format using IMs, emails, reports and surveillance footage—the story is laid out in such a cool and fun way that it is hard not to love it. There are even actual coffee and blood stains on the reports!

2. It’s set in space, in the year 2575, in the middle of an interstellar war between two big companies

3. There are zombies, and psychotic little girls that drag around people’s hearts

4. There’s a mad Artificial Intelligence computer, AIDAN, that believes it is doing the right thing

5. Kady and Ezra: they are funny and brave and have the sweetest moments

6. There were no boring moments and every page was packed with action and funny parts and feels. Lots of feels!

7. Kady is a hacker with an IQ of 147! She is a freaking genius. When do you ever see that in books? This book, along with the characters, kicks ass.

8. I will be re-reading this a lot. This is the best book I have read this year (sorry Throne of Glass!) and also one of the best science fiction (second only to The 5th Wave)

Just read it. I promise YOU WILL LOVE IT.

REVIEW

Fucking brilliant. BRILLIANT. (Brilliant is synonymous to illumine 🙂 ) Like I don’t even know how to explain the feels, but if I sum it up in a sentence: shit goes down. This might be my most favorite book of the year.

The weird formatting and the way this book is written is what caught my eye first, but this book is better than that. The plot is fresh and original and it is nothing like I have ever read. I like how so much effort was put in to make this book as realistic as possible.

Ezra and Kady are such great characters. He is a quirky and bright character while she is smart and sassy. And sarcastic. Their romance is enveloping; I had not planned on connecting with these characters on a personal level but their story is beautiful. Kady is all “I will go down with this ship”, while Ezra is just fighting to keep himself alive for Kady.

I loved all the characters so, so much. I’d love to be best friends with Kady and Ezra, but my most favourite character in the book is AIDAN. Why? You need to read the book to find out why I say a mad computer is the best. He (she/it?) just is.

I am all around her, silent in my vigil. Rows of servers and cables and flickering lights.
This is my center. The heart of me. And in it now she resides, filling the air with her grief.
Before this moment, I have never wished to be something other than what I am. Never felt so keenly the lack of hands with which to touch, the lack of arms with which to hold.
Why did they give me this sense of self? Why allow me the intellect by which to measure this complete inadequacy? I would rather be numb than stand here in the light of a sun that can never chase the chill away.

It was so hard to put this book down, soon I gave up even trying and put all my time into reading this, because damn, Illuminae is out of this world. Literally. I just can’t say enough about this book except that it is worth reading. Each page was like a shock to me and before I had even absorbed that, a new shock wave rolled on. There is a lot going on!

I definitely, definitely recommend this book. Ezra and Kady were an amazing couple, but I enjoyed the story as a whole more than the romance. And it’s part of a trilogy? Bring it on.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas


The plot is so captivating and  engaging. The hype surrounding this series is so intense that I had to give into the pressure and read it. I definitely don’t regret, in fact I loved every moment of this book, but I wish that I had read Throne of Glass before it became this popular, because sometimes the hype spoils the mood, you know?

In the first few pages, Celaena comes off as an over-confident and arrogant brat, and I almost wanted to abandon the book right there. (We will ignore the part that I am just as arrogant as her, if not more.) But then I thought of all the stellar reviews that this book has gotten, and I continued. And what a great decision that was.

Celaena is a very different girl. She has suffered a lot in her life and keeps many secrets bundled up inside her, but she can still rip you to shreds before you can say hello. I love how she is an assassin and stereotypically, that would mean she wouldn’t like balls and dresses, but she does! Her character isn’t limited to social and ethical boundaries and she is a much more complex character than I thought.

I especially loved the banter between Chaol and Celaena and the way they talked like old friends. Celaena’s relationship with Chaol is so much different from her relationship with Dorian, but somehow I liked them both.

I simply cannot decide who is better, Dorian or Chaol. I originally was in favor of Dorian, and then leaned a bit towards the captain, Chaol, and now heart is torn between the two. The romance between Celaena and Chaol is slow and sweet, but sparks fly between Dorian and Celaena! I love how the romance doesn’t overtake the story, but it is there and it is steady. It is more than just romance, and that’s what makes it beautiful.

“Celaena,” Chaol said gently. And then she heard the scraping noise as his hand came into view, sliding across the flagstones. His fingertips stopped just at the edge of the white line. “Celaena,” he breathed, his voice laced with pain—and hope. This was all she had left—his outstretched hand, and the promise of hope, of something better waiting on the other side of the line.”

This book seems a little to me like Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch. In a good way, and I feel like I enjoyed this book even more because I had already read something a little similar. I had expected Throne of Glass to be a little more though. Maybe more complicated and more high fantasy—there were some fantasy elements, but I hope they increase in the next book. Other than these small details, I have no complaints from this book. Almost perfect!

What I Liked:

The kickass heroine who is an assassin
The competition aspect and the tests
The magic aspect and the history
Dorian
Chaol
Nehemia’s character
The sarcasm, wits and all the humour

Technically, this book has a couple flaws, but I tend to ignore them if the book is overall enjoyable and interesting. So yes, it does deserve 5 stars in my opinion.

I won’t talk more about the book because I don’t want to give any spoilers for anyone who hasn’t read this, but I will with a line: read this! I promise you won’t regret it— at the least, you will like the scenes in the book because they are funny and lively. The fighting scenes are great too.

Apparently, this book started off as a spin on the Cinderella tale. It’s not based off of it, but there are some parts in the story which can be related. The book was great from the start but it really picked up by the end and now I can’t wait to read Crown of Midnight! I just know I will love the rest of the series.

Ten Authors Who Amazed Me in 2015


 

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I read so many great books this year, so picking just a few authors to make this list is going to be a little bit of a difficult task. I read more than 50 book this year (for the first time in forever!) and I finally have an awesome list to choose from for my Top Ten.

This list is in the order from the books I read earlier in the year, with the books I read more recently in the end. All of these authors just won my heart! Ah, bless my bookish soul 😉

1. Marie Rutkoski

Winner’s Curse, one of the first books I read this year, was just great. The summary on the back doesn’t give away much, but this book is so good! Arin and Kestrel’s romance is bittersweet and it’s so different from other books that it quickly become one of my best reads this year.

2. V.E. Schwab

The book that drew me in was A Darker Shade of Magic, and it got me hooked from the first page. The history and fantasy elements are blended together so nicely and the writing style is just fantastic. I hope I can get to read The Archived or Vicious next year—I’ve seen even better reviews for them than ADSoM!

3. Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys didn’t start out as spectacular as it later became. It was a bit confusing at first, but the book is like a woven lattice: there are so many layers of information and depth in the plot! I really need to finish The Dream Thieves, though, before I can talk more about the amazing-ness of Maggie Stiefvater.

4. Sophie Kinsella

I’m so glad Sophie Kinsella decided to write young adult novels as well. Finding Audrey was such a hilarious and fun book. I’d read anything she writes, if only for the sheer fun of it 😉

5. Marissa Meyer

I read four of Marissa Meyer’s books this year, so she had to make this list of course. I don’t know why I waited so long to pick up Cinder—it was awesome, and Scarlet and Cress kept getting better. Fairest didn’t make it for me, but I was definitely amazed by this author.

6. Renee Ahdieh

The Wrath and the Dawn.. need I say more? Khalid and Shazi’s relationship is so beautiful and her witty personality is really enjoyable. It’s not everyday you see a woman who can stun even the king with her words and yes, obstinacy!

7. Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes was even better than the hype suggested. Elias, Laia and Helene were all my favorite and I didn’t know who to root for. I need A Torch Against the Night so badly!

8. Sara Raasch

Snow Like Ashes was so amazing! Prince Theron is just lovely and I really liked Meira’s spirit and how her determination kept her going. Ice Like Fire needs to live up to my expectations!

9. Leigh Bardugo

The Grisha trilogy was so much better than I expected, and although the last book wasn’t as good as the first two, the characters made up for it and I loved the ending. I can’t wait to read Six of Crows!

10. Sarah J. Maas

I’m still reading Throne of Glass (about 75% through!) but I couldn’t not include her on this list. She’s given me TWO guys to fangirl about! My poor heart, I can’t even choose between Chaol or Dorian.. Throne of Glass is soon becoming one of my favorites.

I’ve run out of adjectives now. There are so many more authors that deserve to be on this list too, and wowed me with their writing and stories: Jennifer Niven, Morgan Matson and Susan Ee are just a couple of others.

Which authors made your top ten list? Did you guys all have a good reading year?

 

November Wrap Up | December TBR


Can you even believe how fast this year went by? It’s so hard to take in! I still think it’s only been a few months since 2015 started. They say that flies by faster when you’re having fun, but it goes by even faster when your teachers torture you with enormous amounts of homework and ridiculous projects that bend your brain every which way.

November was quite stressful for me, but December is going to be such a big relief, thanks to the winter break. I will probably have a lot more time to read!

NOVEMBER WRAP UP

    

 Review                         (coming soon)

★★★   3 stars          ★★★★1/2   4.5 stars        ★★★   3 stars

CURRENTLY READING

I’m 25% through Throne of Glass, and I am loving it already! It’s so hard to choose between Dorian and Chaol—I was originally Team Dorian but I’m starting to really like Chaol too. Ahh, why must Sarah J. Maas toy with my heart like this?

DECEMBER TBR

    

All of these books sound so good! I don’t even know how I’m going to pick one to read first. I didn’t pick any holiday reads, simply because I’m not much of a romance person and a lot of holiday books do focus on it quite a bit. Do you guys have any recommendations?

Books I Need to Read Before 2016


You will be seeing a lot more of these posts around, especially now that 2015 is coming to an end and I still haven’t read most of the books that I wanted to.

I would love to be able to read all the books on my tbr, but school, and specifically, my English teacher, doesn’t let me do that. I’ve had to write like 4 short stories, an essay, a couple paragraphs and 2 projects just this month and I had to pull an all-nighter yesterday to finish my homework. So I don’t love my English teacher, as you can see. But it does give me a good opportunity to practice and refine my writing 🙂

There is only about a month left in 2015, so I will not make a long list, but we do have a few days of winter break to read! Don’t you just love winter?

Yes, even I’m surprised. How have I not read the book with the biggest fandom on the internet, second only to Harry Potter??

I don’t even know how many reviews I have read for this book that have given it 4 and 5 stars. I am so excited to read this!

I haven’t been able to finish this since I started it in July. I love the series and the plot is so intriguing, but I just can’t get myself to read it all for some reason. I might have to start again.

I loved Winner’s Curse! I have started reading this, but it is pretty long, so it might take a little while 🙂 Politics, games, betrayals.. I’m all up for it!


School has been getting the best of me these days, but I assure you that anytime now, I will be able to blog properly again. Today I was only able to write a short little post because I’m functioning on 5 hours of sleep, but you can expect a Top Ten tomorrow.. or not, depending on my mood. We don’t want to push it, do we? 😉

Good night 🙂

Fairest by Marissa Meyer | Review


This book has left me scarred. Initially, I had thought that Levana was just cruel-hearted and carved out of pure evil, but this book has left me even more puzzled than before. And also begging for more.

I do have mixed feelings about this book, but overall it was just disturbing. The writing, the story and the book itself was really intriguing and probably worth a 4 stars, but just the disturbance factor sets it down one star. Honestly, this book was so interesting, but it is such a big change from the rest of the books in the Lunar Chronicles so it was a little surprising. Levana is shown as an evil queen in the first three books, but only after reading this did I realize what a mad-woman she is. And it might not even be all her fault.

Levana is just completely insane. If you think you have read books with crazy or mentally unstable characters, they are nothing compared to this. Levana is a totally different kind of crazy. I do sympathize with her because she has gone through a lot, but she is sick. Now, obviously her character wasn’t written to be likable. The author is just brilliant because she can weave such complex characters—I can tell you for sure that there is no way to accurately describe Queen Levana’s character. Marissa Meyer can write anything—even lunatics and psychos—and it would be a work of art.

Aside from all the synonyms of nauseating and disgusting that I can come up with, this book isn’t all awkward scenes and horrendous cruel acts. Like her other books, Meyer always outdoes herself and I couldn’t put this book down. I read it in a day, and that’s a record, although that might have been also because it is so short. It was so compelling. I do make it sound like the book is brimming to the edge with horrifying scenes, but in truth this was very well-written and more original than anything I’ve read. A book about the villain, explaining their background story and what exactly made them a villain? Yes, please.

I can’t wait to read Winter!  This book isn’t like a novella—the story that it tells is equal to any other book in the series. Fairest is definitely a must-read before you pick up Winter because it does give some insight as to why I really hope Winter lives up to my expectations and is a great conclusion to the series!

Would I recommend? — Yes!

Age Range: 15+


I know this isn’t much of a review, I’m sorry, I haven’t been able to write reviews lately. I apologize for not posting for the past two weeks! I don’t really have a strong excuse for it—I’m just lazy and a big procrastinator and I have a couple reviews to finish so it’s been a little hard 🙂 I will try to make up for this unexpected hiatus!