February 2016 Wrap Up | Books at Dawn

February-Wrap-Up

Hey guys!

Didn’t this month fly by? I hate that it this month is so short compared to the others. I lost 2 potential days to finish some books! Oh well. It was a great month though. I got a new promotion and store, Valentine’s week went off without a hitch and I hit a couple new milestones for me blog!

With all this success, lets just hope this carries over to the coming months of 2016! So let’s see how I did this month.


Wrap-Up-Books-Ive-Read

Seven Ways We Lie by Riley RedgateFebruary 2nd, 2016

The Witching Elm by C.N. CrawfordFebruary 9th, 2016

Golden Son by Pierce BrownFebruary 16th, 2016

The Impostor Queen by Sarah FineFebruary 23rd, 2016

Silver Eve by Sandra WaughFebruary 27th, 2016

Morning Glories Vol. 1: For a Better Future by Nick SpencerFebruary 28th, 2016

Morning Glories Vol. 2: All Will Be Free by Nick SpencerFebruary 29th, 2016

I read 3 out of the 4 books from my February 2016 TBR! Plus 2 more books and 2 graphic novels!


Wrap-Up-Reviews

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell3/5

Golden Son by Pierce Brown5/5

(Click the links to read the reviews)


Wrap-Up-Tops

Top 10 Tuesday

Futuristic Books I Love February 2nd, 2016

Lovely Quotes (Valentine’s Freebie)February 9th, 2016

Songs I Wish Were BooksFebruary 16th, 2016

Books Out of My Comfort ZoneFebruary 23rd, 2016

Top 5 Wednesday

Biggest BaddassesFebruary 3rd, 2016

I’ve Been SpoiledFebruary 10th, 2016

I Love SuggestionsFebruary 17th, 2016

Worst Love InterestsFebruary 24th, 2016


Wrap-Up-Comic-Book-Hauls

Haul #27February 4th, 2016

Haul #28February 11th, 2016

Haul #29February 19th, 2016

Haul #30February 26th, 2016


Wrap-Up-Awards-+-Achievements

February Awards

Versatile Blogger AwardFebruary 8th, 2016

The Liebster AwardFebruary 15th, 2016

Beautiful Blogger Award #2February 22nd, 2016

February Achievements

11,000 Blog Views – February 13th, 2016

12,000 Blog Views – February 25th, 2016

4000 Blog Visitors – February 11th, 2016

300 Blog Followers – February 5th, 2016


Wrap-Up-Tags

The Wine Book TagFebruary 4th, 2016

The BFF Book TagFebruary 13th, 2016

The Book Love Tag February 14th, 2016

The Love TagFebruary 15th, 2016

The Desert Island Book TagFebruary 20th, 2016

Burn, Rewrite, Reread TagFebruary 21st, 2016

The Playlist Shuffle TagFebruary 26th, 2016

The Alphabet TagFebruary 27th, 2016


And that was February. I think I accomplished a lot this month. Pretty well balanced if I say so myself! See you guys in March!

Until next time,

Sig New

 

 

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#TEAMHOWLERS // A Golden Son Review

Golden-Son-Review!

Golden SonGolden Son by Pierce Brown
Published by Del Rey on January 6th 2015
Genres: Sci-fi, Action & Adventure, Fantasy
Pages: 442
Format: Hardcover

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within. A life-or-death tale of vengeance with an unforgettable hero at its heart, Golden Son guarantees Pierce Brown’s continuing status as one of fiction’s most exciting new voices.

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First Line:

My silence thunders.


Review

Golden Son by Pierce Brown is the Sci-fi sequel to his critically acclaimed novel, Red Rising. It picks up a couple years after the events of the first book at the end of Darrow’s academy training. With plans in upheaval, Darrow must figure out on his own how to take down the Gold’s from within.

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Action in full throttle

Things promptly hit the ground running when it came to action with Golden Son. It’s as though we are moved starting with one significant circumstance then onto the next with simply enough downtime between each to give you a chance to catch your breath. At times it was a bit overwhelming trying to keep pace. And I did have to re-read a couple paragraphs to fully grasp all the information, but it was very well written! In Golden Son every circumstance conveys major plot developments that was key in driving the story in a specific course. I felt like there wasn’t a word squandered. Everything held a purpose in the gran scheme of things!


Flash forward

Regularly when a second book makes a flash forward in time it doesn’t generally work out however I thought it was well done here. We get just enough insight into Darrow’s life between the flash forward to not be confused. Not everything that happened between the first and second book was pivotal to the story line and I respect Brown’s decision in the matter. Darrow and his companions are 20 now and he’s working for the man that sentenced his dear wife Eo to death. He’s having some internal battles with keeping up his double life. He struggles being left in the dark from the Sons of Ares while trying to make the right decisions. He doesn’t comprehend what else he needs to do as such he keeps doing the things he supposes will best position him for the future battle. Being human we get to see his errors in judgement and how he handles the consequences!

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Friends of all colors

This time around, a lot of emphasis is placed on the symbolism of friendship, which I absolutely loved. Darrow truly drives home how vital companions are to him and how far he’ll go to stay true and protect the ones he cares for, even if they’re Golds. For the larger part of the book this symbolism is prevalent in the decision making process of Darrow and it was nice to see these connections grow and break apart as the story developed!  On top of that we got the opportunity to see a greater amount of other colors being brought into the mix. I particularly cherished the expansion of Obsidian. The supporting characters were better fleshed out this time around, particularly the females. That was a major issue I had with the primary book, none of the females were extremely solid characters to me aside from Mustang towards the very end. Some stand out characters this time around were Sevro, Victra, and Roque!

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Narrative choices

I found this time around the narration to be a lot easier to follow and more fleshed out then in Red Rising. Pierce Brown submerged himself into the story and character’s voices more clearly. There was less confusion this time around, although all the character names kept getting mixed up in my head at points. All the characters were clear and distinctively their own person and it was great to see them interact with each other.

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Ok, that’s it. Let me know what you guys thought of Golden Son by Pierce Brown! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

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#TEAMHOWLERSUNITE

Pierce BrownPierce Brown spent his childhood building forts and setting traps for his cousins in the woods of six states and the deserts of two. Graduating college in 2010, he fancied the idea of continuing his studies at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a magical bone in his body. So while trying to make it as a writer, he worked as a manager of social media at a startup tech company, toiled as a peon on the Disney lot at ABC Studios, did his time as an NBC page, and gave sleep deprivation a new meaning during his stint as an aide on a U.S. Senate Campaign.

Now he lives in Los Angeles, where he scribbles tales of spaceships, wizards, ghouls, and most things old or bizarre.

 

 

The Alphabet Book Tag | Books at Dawn

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Hey guys!

I was tagged by Sara from Freadom Library to do The Alphabet Book Tag! Thanks for the tag Sara. And if you haven’t checked out her blog, please do me a favor and do that now! One of my favorite book bloggers!

The Rules:

Pick a book that is on your shelf or one that you have read in the past and fill out each letter of the Alphabet. The idea is to use books that you have either read or that are on your TBR list.

The books that are underlined are books that I have read and the rest are books that are on my TBR. I tried to pick books that I love and enjoyed that I haven’t talked about much on my blog or TBR books that I am dying to pick up soon.

SO let’s get started!


A is for…

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright Places

B is for…

Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

Breaking Dawn

C is for…

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Carry On

D is for…

Demon King, The by Cinda Williams Chima

The Demon King

E is for…

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything

F is for…

Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes

Frozen Tides

G is for…

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Glass Sword

H is for…

Hunger Games, The by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games

I is for…

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

I'll Give You the Sun

J is for…

Joyride by Anna Banks

Joyride

K is for…

Kiss of Deception, The by Mary E. Pearson

The Kiss of Deception

L is for…

Lark Rising by Sandra Waugh

Lark Rising

M is for…

Morning Star by Pierce Brown

Morning Star

N is for…

Night Circus, The by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus

O is for…

Orphan Queen, The by Jodi Meadows

The Orphan Queen

P is for…

Prodigy by Marie Lu

Prodigy

Q is for…

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Queen of Shadows

R is for…

Raven Boys, The by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys

S is for…

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows

T is for…

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Truthwitch

U is for…

Unhinged by A.G. Howard

Unhinged

V is for…

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy

W is for…

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

We Are the Ants

X is for…

I have no clue….

Y is for…

Young Elites, The by Marie Lu

The Young Elites

Z is for…

Zeroes by Scott Westerfield

Zeroes


I TAG YOU

Joey | Jenna Laashan & Trang | Deanna | Lois | Nick | JM | Becca | Amanda

Until next time,

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Comic Book Haul [#30] | Book at Dawn

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Hey guys!

Welcome back to another Comic Book Haul! Today I want to show you what I got this week in comics. I have always been a lover/reader/collector of all sorts of comic books and I can’t wait to show you which ones I got this week.


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Jem and the Holograms #12

Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Sophie Campbell
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Release Date: February 24, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

DARK JEM-PART 2! Something’s making SYNERGY go haywire-and it spreads to JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS just as they gear up for their biggest challenge yet-touring with THE MISFITS! Meanwhile, THE MISFITS introduce their new lead singer… BLAZE! And just wait until PIZZAZZ finds out!


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Angela Queen of Hel #5

Writer: Marguerite Bennett
Artist: Aaron Kim Jacinto, Stephanie Hans
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: February 24, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

• The ferocious finale of the conquest of Hel as Angela and Sera clash at last with the tyrannical Queen Hela in all her glory!
•  Holy crow, are we glad comics don’t have special effects budgets. (Marguerite owes Kim, Stephanie and Israel so many drinks.)
•  And the splash page you’ve all been waiting for…


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Plutona #4

Writer: Jeff Lemire, Emi Lenox
Artist: Emi Lenox, Jeff Lemire
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: February 24, 2016
Cover Price: $2.99

Mie begins to suspect that one of her friends may have broken their pact to keep Plutona’s body a secret, but nothing can prepare her for what she finds next.


There ya have it! My Comic Book Haul for this week. Let me know if you guys read any of these series and let’s spark a conversation!

Until next time,

Sig New

The Playlist Shuffle Tag | Books at Dawn

The-Playlist-Shuffle-Tag

Hey guys!

I was tagged by Deanna from A Novel Glimpse to do The Playlist Shuffle Tag. Music is such a huge part of my life and creative process so I am thrilled to do this tag! If you haven’t checked out Deanna’s blog then you need to do so now! She is always tagging me for awesome tags like this one.

The Rules:

Put your music on shuffle and list the first 15 songs to play (no cheating) then tag 10 others to do it as well.


To do this tag I am going to be using my Spotify playlist for my English songs, and my Samsung’s Music Player for my KPOP songs.

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SAMSUNG (My phone)


That’s just a glimpse into the music I listen to. There are so many other genres that I enjoy! What’s your current favorite song? I wanna know!

YOU’RE TAGGED

 Josie | Lois | Michelle | Ashley | Cristina | Amanda | Nicolette | Joey

Until next time,

Sig New

 

 

Burning Shadow Sword | What’s Next #1

What's-Next

Hey guys!

Welcome to a new feature I will be doing on my blog every week from now on! What’s Next? is fun weekly meme created by Hafsah & Asma over at Icey Books. If you want to join in the fun and be apart of the #WhatsNext … you can find all the details at the BLOG page.

Here are a few books I have to (or want to!) read soon. Which first?

Burning GlassSonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.

Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. One mistake, one small failure, will cost her own life and the lives of the few people left in the world who still trust her.

But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, her feelings easily usurped, and she sometimes can’t decipher when other people’s impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself.

As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances with the volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Anton, the crown prince. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust—and which to betray.

 

The Shadow QueenLorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.

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So what should I read next? I’m leaning toward Glass Sword or The Shadow Queen… but we’ll see!

Until next time,

Sig New