Must Reads By the End of 2016 | Top 5 Wednesday [#32]

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Hey guys!

Welcome back to another Top 5 Wednesday! This fun weekly meme was created by Lainey over at GingerReadsLainey. If you want to join in the fun and be apart of the #T5W … you can find all the details at the GoodReads page.

This week’s topic is Top 5 Must Reads By the End of 2016.

The end of 2016 is fast approaching. Only 4 and a half months left. How crazy is that? The second half of the year has some amazing books being released that I am super pumped for. I’ve been waiting all year for these ones and I MUST READ THEM BEFORE 2016 IS OVER. So let’s get into them!


5. Midnight Star by Marie Lu

The Midnight StarThe thrilling finale to the New York Times bestselling Young Elites series from “hit factory” Marie Lu.

There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.

Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all that she’s achieved.

Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds when a new danger appears, putting not only Adelina at risk, but every Elite and the very world they live in. In order to save herself and preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.

4. Boy Robot by Simon Curtis

Boy RobotSeventeen-year-old Isaak discovers the truth about his origin and the underground forces that must come together to fight against a secret government organization formed to eradicate those like him in this high-octane science fiction debut.

There once was a boy who was made, not created.

In a single night, Isaak’s life changed forever.

His adoptive parents were killed, a mysterious girl saved him from a team of soldiers, and he learned of his own dark and destructive origin.

An origin he doesn’t want to believe, but one he cannot deny.

Isaak is a Robot: a government-made synthetic human, produced as a weapon and now hunted, marked for termination.

He and the Robots can only find asylum with the Underground—a secret network of Robots and humans working together to ensure a coexistent future.

To be protected by the Underground, Isaak will have to make it there first. But with a deadly military force tasked to find him at any cost, his odds are less than favorable.

Now Isaak must decide whether to hold on to his humanity and face possible death…or to embrace his true nature in order to survive, at the risk of becoming the weapon he was made to be.

3. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Empire of StormsThe long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

2. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Crooked KingdomKaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.

1. Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes

Crystal StormAn epic clash between gods and mortals threatens to tear Mytica apart . . . and prove that not even the purest of love stands a chance against the strongest of magic.

MAGNUS and CLEO are forced to test the strength of their love when Gaius returns to Mytica claiming he’s no longer the King of Blood but a changed man seeking redemption.

LUCIA, pregnant with the child of a Watcher, has escaped the clutches of the unhinged fire god. Her powers are dwindling as she goes forth to fulfill a prophecy that will keep her baby safe . . . but could mean her demise.

JONAS treks back to Mytica with a plan to overtake Amara, but fate takes hold when he runs into the beautiful Princess Lucia and joins her on her perilous journey.

AMARA has taken the Mytican throne, but with no way to unleash the water magic trapped within her stolen crystal, she’ll never be able to seize glory and get sweet revenge.

And what kind of darkness will descend–and who will be safe–after Prince Ashur reveals the dangerous price he paid to cheat death?


IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN OR HEARD OF ANY OF THESE LOVELY BOOKS, THEN YOU’VE BEEN LIVING UNDER YOUR ROCK FOR FAR TOO LONG AND SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF.

I hope you enjoyed my Top 5 Wednesday this week. What books must you read by the end of this year? Let me know!

Until next time,

Sig New

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1st Sentences | Top 5 Wednesday [#31]

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Hey guys!

Welcome back to another Top 5 Wednesday! This fun weekly meme was created by Lainey over at GingerReadsLainey. If you want to join in the fun and be apart of the #T5W … you can find all the details at the GoodReads page.

This week’s topic is Top 5 – 1st Sentences.

1st sentences are a mood setter when it comes to a book or story. They can either be really exciting and fun, or dull and boring. I’ve read some really good ones over the years, and I’ve also read some pretty horrible ones. Luckily for you guys I have chosen the good ones in my opinion. I picked up some of my favorite and recent reads this time around. So sit back and enjoy!


5. Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

Tell Me Three Things

Seven hundred and thirty-three days after my mom died, forty-five days after my dad eloped with a stranger he met on the internet, thirty days after we then up and moved to California, and only seven days after starting as a junior at a brand-new school where I know approximately no one, an email arrives.

4. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything

I’ve read many more books than you. It doesn’t matter how many you’ve read. I’ve red more. Believe me. I’ve had the time.

3. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Falling Kingdoms

She’d never killed before tonight.

2. The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow

The Scorpion Rules

Once Upon a Time, at the End of the World.

1. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Nevernight

People often shit themselves when they die.


SOME OF THESE ARE PRETTY SIMPLE, BUT EFFECTIVE. AND I KNOW THE EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING ONE IS TECHNICALLY MORE THEN ONE SENTENCE. SUE ME.

I hope you enjoyed my Top 5 Wednesday this week. What are some of your favorite 1st sentences? Let me know!

Until next time,

Sig New

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Recent Additions to My Wishlist | Top 5 Wednesday [#30]

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Hey guys!

Welcome back to another Top 5 Wednesday! This fun weekly meme was created by Lainey over at GingerReadsLainey. If you want to join in the fun and be apart of the #T5W … you can find all the details at the GoodReads page.

This week’s topic is Top 5 Recent Additions to My Wishlist.

I am constantly looking for new books to buy.

Why?

Because it’s an addiction. Ok?

I don’t need help… (please send help).

SHUT UP wallet. No one asked you.


5. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson (GERMAN)

Steelheart

4. The Young Elites by Marie Lu (GERMAN)

The Young Elites

3. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (GERMAN)

Shadow and Bone

2. Red Rising by Pierce Brown (GERMAN)

Red Rising

1. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes (GERMAN)

Falling Kingdoms


LOOK AT ALL THESE PRETTY EDITIONS! I WANT THEM ALL TO DISPLAY PRETTILY ON MY SHELVES!!

I hope you enjoyed my Top 5 Wednesday this week. Do you guys like collecting books in other languages, or editions?

Until next time,

Sig New

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I Need a Sequel! | Top 5 Wednesday [#29]

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Hey guys!

Welcome back to another Top 5 Wednesday! This fun weekly meme was created by Lainey over at GingerReadsLainey. If you want to join in the fun and be apart of the #T5W … you can find all the details at the GoodReads page.

This week’s topic is Top 5 Books You Wish Had a Sequel.

I read a lot of books that are in the fantasy / sci-fi genre. Typically that means there is usually a sequel to them. So this week was a bit of a hard choice. I had to find the contemporaries that I loved enough to warrant a sequel. But I did it, and I would be forever a happy guy if they did get sequels! Some of you will notice some of these books, because I talk about them the most. So it should come as no surprise I chose them!


5. Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

I am aware of the upcoming spin-off The Upside of Unrequited, BUT it doesn’t follow my beloved Simon. I want to see the relationship blossom more with him and Blue. The ups and the downs! I need to see the cuteness overload!!

4. The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson

The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley

The ending was bitter sweet. I know there is more to Andrew’s story, so much so that I wish there was a sequel. He has a lot he needs to overcome still, and that would make for a great story!

3. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

The Serpent King

The gang is going off to college now. That’s a whole different ball game. Something Dill never thought he could achieve. I want to see more of them!

2. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

More Happy Than Not

The ending broke me… I am very curious to see how Aaron will navigate his life after the events at the end. My curiosity levels are high with this one!

1. We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

We Are the Ants

I was left wanting more from the ending. Don’t get me wrong, it was amazing and there is nothing I would change. But there is more story to be told. Especially what happens after January 29, 2016. I feel like that is very pivotal to the story!!


I hope you enjoyed my Top 5 Wednesday this week. What books do you wish had a sequel?

Until next time,

Sig New

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Outside of My Comfort Zone | Top 5 Wednesday [#28]

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Hey guys!

Welcome back to another Top 5 Wednesday! This fun weekly meme was created by Lainey over at GingerReadsLainey. If you want to join in the fun and be apart of the #T5W … you can find all the details at the GoodReads page.

This week’s topic is Top 5 Books Outside of My Comfort Zone.

As most of you know, or have noticed, I am a Fantasy / Sci-fi reader and reviewer on the most part. So some genres that fall out of my comfort zone would be romance, contemporary, mystery, or classic fiction! Now I’m not saying I don’t like those genres, I’m just saying I enjoy and I am more comfortable in the SFF spectrum. So here are 5 books that I enjoyed that are out of my comfort zone!


5. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything

Everything, Everything was cute and unique. It follows a girl who is allergic to the world. Because of this her mother has to keep her inside their sanitary house at all times. That is until a boy moves in next door, and she begins to wonder what it’s like to live on the outside. With unique writing, and illustrations and a twist at the end, Everything, Everything should be your next read!

4. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

More Happy Than Not

More Happy Than Not follows a boy, Aaron, who is affected by the events of his father’s suicide. He lives in a low income family and neighborhood. Life seems pretty shitty until a new boy moves into the neighborhood. When his girlfriend goes away to art camp, he befriends the new kid. But the lines begin to blur with their friendship and Aaron starts to have feelings for him. A truly touching and sad coming of age story with LGBT+ themes!

 

3. Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

Tell Me Three Things

Tell Me Three Things follows Jessie, as she is uprooted from her life to move to California with her dad and new step mother. After her mom dies, all Jessie can do is count the days since she was last happy. Now that she is in a new home, and a new school, with no friends, things only start to become more difficult for her. But then she receives and anonymous email from someone at her new school that  wants to help her out, but also wants to remain secret. You spend the whole novel trying to figure out who this person is. It’s a cute contemporary debut you guys might enjoy!

2. Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda is about a boy named Simon. As per the book up above, Simon is conversing in secret with a boy from his school over email. They don’t know who each other is. But one day Simon leaves his email open on the school computer and an unlikely bully begins to blackmail Simon with threats of outing him and his email companion. It’s an adorable coming of age LGBT+ book. It had me guessing until the end who this mysterious “Blue” is!

1. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

The Serpent King

The Serpent King is about three friends. Dill the son of a preacher who is in jail for child pornography, Travis, a fantasy book lover and victim of parental abuse from his father, and Lydia, the fashion blogger with big dreams and a great home life. It’s a great story of dreaming bigger then what people tell you you can! Perfect for all contemporary lovers!


I hope you enjoyed my Top 5 Wednesday this week. What are some of your favorite books that were out of your comfort zone?

Until next time,

Sig New

Favorite Character Names | Top 5 Wednesday [#27]

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Welcome back to another Top 5 Wednesday! This fun weekly meme was created by Lainey over at GingerReadsLainey. If you want to join in the fun and be apart of the #T5W … you can find all the details at the GoodReads page.

This week’s topic is Top 5 Favorite Character Names.

I’m pretty picky when it comes to the names of characters. I like unique but pretty sounding names. I also like names that come with power. As well as names with a hint of royal flair are also a interest perker for me. So with that said the names I have chosen fall in one of those three categories. And I’ll be sure to tell you which ones!


5. Manon from Heir of Fire

Heir of Fire

Manon is the head witch of her coven of viscous dragon riding warrior witches. They have sharp teeth and claws. The name exudes power and presence. You wouldn’t want to mess with her!

4. Rasha from Storm Siren

Storm Siren

Rasha is the Cashlin princess from across the sea of Elisedd. She is regal, powerful, poised, but is never to shy away from a battle. She also has the gift to see the intentions of people before they even make their move. She’s pretty badass!

3. Aster from Unrivaled

Unrivaled

Aster is the rich and sophisticated character vying to prove her place in the world. Her name is pretty and unique. It appealed to me more than all the other names in this book!

2. Rafael from The Young Elites

The Young Elites

Rafael is probably my favorite regal sounding name. He is the male escort and power senser of The Young Elites. Fun fact, he was also the intended main character of the story until Lu decided Adelina would make a more exciting anti-hero!

1. Magnus from Falling Kingdoms/TMI

Magnus screams power. Not to mention most Magnus’ are hot as hell! Magnus from Falling Kingdoms is the brooding anti-hero of a Prince who struggles to get out of his father’s shadow. And Magnus from TMI is the lovable Warlock of the Brooklyn! How can you not be enamored by him.


I hope you enjoyed my Top 5 Wednesday this week. What are some of your favorite character names?

Until next time,

Sig New

Fictional Items I Want | Top 5 Wednesday [#26]

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Welcome back to another Top 5 Wednesday! This fun weekly meme was created by Lainey over at GingerReadsLainey. If you want to join in the fun and be apart of the #T5W … you can find all the details at the GoodReads page.

This week’s topic is Top 5 Fictional Items I Want.

With every book or series comes specific items that aid the characters in their journeys. Some are useful, some are magical, some are weapons, and some are just plain objects. The 5 I chose today are somewhat all of those things put together! So let’s check them out!


5. Astia Cuff from The Impostor Queen

cuff astias

This seemingly normal copper cuff bracelet allows the Valtia or any other Fire and Ice user to amplify and control their powers to new heights!


 

4. GravBoots & SlingBlade from Red Rising

Who wouldn’t want boots that can manipulate gravity which allows you to jump to places with very little effort? And you can’t forget Darrow’s famous SlingBlade! That weapon is brutal!!


3. The Kindred from Falling Kingdoms

 

Although holding all the Kindred is disastrous, I think it would be cool to have the ability to wield all 4 elements to save the day! Obsidian for Earth, Moonstone for Air, for Fire, and for Water!


 

2. A Stele from The Mortal Instruments

Stele

How cool would it be to be able to draw ruins to aid you in battle or for protection against your foes? I personally like the second from the bottom!


 

1. Hermoine’s Wand from Harry Potter

Hermoine Wand

Of course I want my favorite character’s wand! Look at ho elegant and pretty it looks! Simple sleek with an awesome design at the handle. Some serious magic has come from this one!!


I hope you enjoyed my Top 5 Wednesday this week. Which fictional items would you want in your arsenal?

Until next time,

Sig New