Wednesday, September 2

Waiting on Wednesday


Walk on Earth a Stranger (Goldseer Trilogy #1)
Rae Carson

Published By: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: September 22, 2015
Genre: YA - Fantasy
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From Goodreads:
The first book in a new trilogy from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Rae Carson. A young woman with the magical ability to sense the presence of gold must flee her home, taking her on a sweeping and dangerous journey across Gold Rush–era America.

Lee Westfall has a secret. She can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. Veins deep beneath the earth, pebbles in the river, nuggets dug up from the forest floor. The buzz of gold means warmth and life and home—until everything is ripped away by a man who wants to control her. Left with nothing, Lee disguises herself as a boy and takes to the trail across the country. Gold was discovered in California, and where else could such a magical girl find herself, find safety? Rae Carson, author of the acclaimed Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy, dazzles with this new fantasy that subverts both our own history and familiar fantasy tropes.

Walk on Earth a Stranger, the first book in this new trilogy, introduces—as only Rae Carson can—a strong heroine, a perilous road, a fantastical twist, and a slow-burning romance. Includes a map and author’s note on historical research.

I have yet to read anything by Rae Carson but her other series is definitely on my TBR list. I have become such a massive epic fantasy fan in the last few years and this one just sounds incredible. I am so excited for this one and it's out this month!! I am hoping to get this and read it very soon after its release.


Tuesday, September 1

Wrap Up: August 2015





Hey Guys,
Can you believe August is over already?
That means I am actually back to teaching this month... which means less reading time *sob*

Anywho... here are the books and reveiws I posted in August 2015.



Books Read in August 2015:


Fall With Me (Wait For You #4) by Jennifer L Armentrout - 5 Stars
A Whole New World (Twisted Tales #1) by Liz Braswell - DNF
Forever With You (Wait For You #5) by Jennifer L Armentrout - 5 Stars
Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1) by Danielle Paige - 4 Stars
The Witch Must Burn (Dorothy Must Die #0.2) by Danielle Paige - 4 Stars
The Wizard Returns (Dorothy Must Due #0.3) by Danielle Paige - 3 Stars

Reviews Posted in August 2015:


Top 3 Books of August 2015:




September TBR:

So I had the poll on my sidebar so you all could vote for my September TBR. Here are the books that won...


Don't forget to check out the sidebar throughout this month to vote on what books I should read in October. 

What did you read this month?


Book Haul: August 2015

Hey Guys,
Can you believe it is September already? I sure can't.

Anyway here are the books that I received in August.




Hardcopy Books:


For Review:

The Secret Fire (The Secret Fire #1) by CJ Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld
Concentr8 by William Sutcliffe
Nymphs (Nymfit #1) by Sari Lahtanen and Miikko Oikkonen

Gifted/Won:

The Burning Sky (Elemental Trilogy #1) by Sherry Thomas
Night Owls by Jenn Bennett
Dreamland by Robert L Anderson
Black Cairn Point by Claire McFall
Trouble Is A Friend Of Mine by Stephanie Tromley
The Door that Led to Where by Sally Gardner
The Great Galoon and the Pirate Queen by Tom Banks
The Monkey's Secret by Gennifer Choldenko
As Black as Ebony (Snow White Trilogy #3) by Salla Simukka

Bought:
Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms #2) by Morgan Rhodes
The Last Ever After (School for Good and Evil #3) by Soman Chainani
Trouble by Non Pratt
Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J Maas

E-Books

For Review:


A Drop of Night by Stefan Bachmann
All of the Above by James Dawson
Assassin's Heart by Sarah Ahiers
Burning Glass (Burning Glass #1) by Katheryn Purdie
 Descent (Son of a Mermaid #1) by Katie O'Sullivan
Racing Hearts (Hamilton Stables #1) by Melissa West
Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan
Spinning Starlight by RC Lewis
Sword and Verse by Kathy McMillan
The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins
The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire #1) by CJ Redwine
This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

 Bought:


The Faerie Guardian (Creepy Hollow #1) by Rachel Morgan

That's all for this month...


Monday, August 31

I Still Haven't Read...


This week's pick...


The Brightside Series by Katie Delahanty:

#1 In Bloom
#2 Blushing (Haven't Got Yet)

Have you read this series?

 

Saturday, August 29

Early Non-Review: A Whole New World (Twisted Tales #1)

A Whole New World (Twisted Tales #1)
Liz Braswell

Published By: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: September 1, 2015
Date Read: August 3, 2015
Genre: YA - Fairytale Retelling
Source: eARC from Netgalley
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads:
Welcome to a new YA series that reimagines classic Disney stories in surprising new ways. Each book asks the question: What if one key moment from a familiar Disney film was changed? This dark and daring version of Aladdin twists the original story with the question: What if Jafar was the first one to summon the Genie?

When Jafar steals the Genie’s lamp, he uses his first two wishes to become sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Agrabah lives in fear, waiting for his third and final wish.To stop the power-mad ruler, Aladdin and the deposed Princess Jasmine must unite the people of Agrabah in rebellion. But soon their fight for freedom threatens to tear the kingdom apart in a costly civil war.

What happens next? A Street Rat becomes a leader. A princess becomes a revolutionary. And readers will never look at the story of Aladdin in the same way again.

A Whole New World was a book that I just couldn't wait to read. The moment I heard about it I thought 'Oh My God, this book is going to be amazing'. As soon as it was available on Netgalley I just had to request it and I was so freaking excited when I got approved. Before I go on to review this book I just have to say that I am the most enormous Disney fan. I own an enormous collection of Disney movies on DVD, I watch them all the time, know every word and even have the soundtracks on my iPod. So this should have been the perfect book for me right? RIGHT... except it wasn't. I was so disappointed in this book and I couldn't even make it all the way through the book.

A Whole New World and this series in general had so much potential. It's such a great idea. I adore fairytale retellings and why wouldn't I love retellings of Disney movies but with a major twist in the storyline. I should have loved it, but I feel like the execution of this book just lacked. The first 20% of this book was a retelling... wait, no that's not right... not a retelling but a novelisation of the beginning of Aladdin. I mean it was completely copied, even right down to the dialogue from the movie. I was so conflicted at this point. I mean a part of me was super excited because I love Aladdin. But soon I thought well if I wanted this I would just watch the movie but I persevered because maybe it would be better when the twist came into play.

The twist was a great idea, it really did make me think of how different the story would have been if Jafar had got the lamp before Aladdin... I mean without Abu's theivery that's technically what was supposed to happen. Even after the twist I felt like I was reading the ending of the movie when Jafar does get his hands on the lamp but too early. It really felt like I was reading a novelisation of the movie but with a big chunk of it missing. At this point I was so disappointed that I just couldn't continue.

A Whole New World should have been amazing and the perfect book for me... but it just wasn't. I feel like it had great potential but this book does not bring anything of value to the storyline of Aladdin. The book made me want to watch Aladdin again but that's just because of the fact that it would be a better use of my time than reading this book. I more than likely will not be picking up the other books in this series. I wanted to like it so much but this book is a miss for me. If you're interested in this book my advice to you would be not to bother and just go watch Aladdin.



Thursday, August 27

Review: Only Ever Yours

Only Ever Yours
Louise O'Neill

Published By: Quercus
Publication Date: July 7, 2014
Date Read: June 26, 2015
Genre: YA - Dystopia
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 400
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From Goodreads:
In a world in which baby girls are no longer born naturally, women are bred in schools, trained in the arts of pleasing men until they are ready for the outside world. At graduation, the most highly rated girls become “companions”, permitted to live with their husbands and breed sons until they are no longer useful.

For the girls left behind, the future – as a concubine or a teacher – is grim.

Best friends Freida and Isabel are sure they’ll be chosen as companions – they are among the most highly rated girls in their year.

But as the intensity of final year takes hold, Isabel does the unthinkable and starts to put on weight. ..
And then, into this sealed female environment, the boys arrive, eager to choose a bride.

Freida must fight for her future – even if it means betraying the only friend, the only love, she has ever known. . .

Only Ever Yours was the book everyone was gushing about and I was told that I just had to read this amazing book but to be prepared because it would break my heart. This book makes me so sad and writing this review makes me super sad too. This is the book that absolutely everyone loves... everyone but me. I don't know what it was but I just didn't connect with this book or the characters very much. It clearly just wasn't for me.

This dystopia novel sounded amazing and something I would love. I am such a massive fan of dystopia novels and I adore so many of them. Don't get me wrong I really liked the start of this book. It's very unique and different and I really liked that about it. My issue was the more that I read the more I lost interest in it. Only Ever Yours is a very dark and slightly depressive book and I got a little bit overwhelmed by it all which then turned into boredom. I just lost interest with the characters and honestly I would have DNF'd it, but I was curious enough as to what was going to happen to the characters so I continued...

I kind of wish I had DNF'd it. If you like nice happy endings then this is not the book for you. It has one of the most dark and depressing endings of any book I have possibly ever read. After finishing the book I kind of felt like what was the point in suffering through this dark and depressing book for that! I understand that not everything in life works out with a happy ending but this was just too much for me. I was highly disappointed. So many people loved this book and really I wish I were one of them but I just didn't like it very much.


Wednesday, August 26

Waiting on Wednesday


Soundless
Richelle Mead

Published By: Razorbill
Publication Date: November 10, 2015
Genre: YA - Fantasy
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From Goodreads:
From Richelle Mead, the #1 internationally bestselling author of Vampire Academy and Bloodlines, comes a breathtaking new fantasy steeped in Chinese folklore.

For as long as Fei can remember, there has been no sound in her village, where rocky terrain and frequent avalanches prevent residents from self-sustaining. Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom.

When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink and many go hungry. Fei’s home, the people she loves, and her entire existence is plunged into crisis, under threat of darkness and starvation.

But soon Fei is awoken in the night by a searing noise, and sound becomes her weapon.

Richelle Mead takes readers on a triumphant journey from the peak of Fei’s jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiugo, where a startling truth and an unlikely romance will change her life forever...

AHHHHHH a  new Richelle Mead book. I am so excited for this. I adore Richelle Mead and she is one of the authors that I will read anything she puts out regardless of what genre it is. This one sounds just incredible. A fantasy standalone based on Chinese Folklore and Mythology sounds like something that is right up my alley. I'm so excited for it.