Reading Recap: July, August, September

Reading Recap- July, August, September! (1)

 

Hey Bookworms!

Welcome to another Reading Recap. Where I explore what I have been up in the past three months!


July's Books, Manga &Graphic Novels (1)

Rogue by Julie Kagawa★★★☆☆

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu – ★★★★★

Perfect Ten by L. Philips – ★★★★★ – Review

What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum★★★★★ – Review

The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh – ★★★★☆ – Review

Naruto Vol. 3: Bridge of Courage by Masashi Kishimoto★★★★☆

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab★★★★☆ – Review

Harley Quinn Vol. 1: Die Laughing by Amanda Conner★☆☆☆☆

Naruto Vol. 4: The New Opponents by Masashi Kishimoto – ★★★★★

He Will Be My Ruin by K. A. Tucker – ★★★★☆

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus – ★★★☆☆ – Review

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins – 

And I Darken by Kiersten White – ★★☆☆☆

The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller – ★★★★☆ – Review

Blood of Wonderland by Colleen Oakes – ★★★★☆

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware – ★★★★☆ – Review


August's Books, Manga &Graphic Novels

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake★★★☆☆

Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza – ★★★★☆ – Review

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Vol. 3 by Kyle Higgins★★★★★

Bright Thrones by Kate Elliott – ★★★★☆

Batgirl Vol. 1: Beyond Burnside by Hope Larson – ★★★☆☆

Buried Heart by Kate Elliott – ★★★★☆ – Review

Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber★★★☆☆ – Review

Zero Repeat Forever by Gabrielle Prendergast – ★★★☆☆ – Review

The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark – ★★★☆☆ – Review

Fireblood by Elly Blake – ★★★★★ – Review

Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka – ★★★☆☆ – Review

Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson – ★★★★☆

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera – ★★★★★ – Review

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh – ★★★★☆

Black Clover Vol. 4 by Yuki Tabata – ★★★★☆


September's Books, Manga &Graphic Novels

Wayward Vol. 3: Out from the Shadows by Jim Zub★★★★☆

Archie Vol. 4 by Mark Waid★★★★★ – Review

Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee – ★★★★☆

A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena – ★★☆☆☆

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima★★★★☆

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo – ★★★☆☆ – Review

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli – 

Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows – ★★★☆☆ – Review

Release by Patrick Ness★★★★☆ – Review

Harley Quinn Vol. 2: Joker Loves Harley by Jimmy Palmiotti – ★★★☆☆

The Last Namsara by Kirsten Ciccarelli★★★★☆

Warcross by Marie Lu★★★★☆

There’s Someone Inside your House by Stephanie Perkins – ★★★★☆

 


Results

JULY:

13 Books, 2 Manga & 1 Graphic Novels

Pages5472

AUGUST:

12 Books, 1 Manga & 2 Graphic Novel

Pages4933

SEPTEMBER:

10 Books, 0 Manga & 3 Graphic Novels

Pages4222


Well there you have it. Over the last 3 months I managed to get some serious reading in. Hopefully it carries over through the summer!

Until next time,

Jesse Nicholas Sig

 

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Reading Recap: April, May & June

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Hey Bookworms!

Welcome to another Reading Recap. Where I recap what I have been up in the past three months!


April-Books

 

Blacklist by Alyson Noel★★★☆☆ – Review

Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer★★★★☆ – Review

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich★★★★☆ – Review

Bang by Barry Lyga★★★★☆ – Review

Detective Comics Vol. 1 by James Tynion IV★★★★★

Power Rangers Vol. 2 by Kyle Higgins★★★★★

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda★★★★☆

I Found You by Lisa Jewell★★★★☆ – Review


May-Books

 

At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson★★★★★

Black Clover Vol. 1 by Yuki Tabata★★★★★

The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty★★★☆☆ – Review

Black Clover Vol. 2 by Yuki Tabata★★★★★

The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda★★★☆☆

Archie Vol. 3 by Mark Waid★★★☆☆

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas★★★★☆

Naruto Vol. 1 by Masashi Kishimoto – ★★★★☆

Bravest Warriors Vol. 5 by Breehn Burns★★★★☆


June-Books

 

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab★★★☆☆

The Duke of Bannerman Prep by Katie A. Nelson★★★☆☆ – Review

Jughead Vol. 2 by Chip Zdarsky★★★★★

Naruto Vol. 2 by Masashi Kishimoto★★★☆☆

Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau★★★★☆ – Review

The Party by Robyn Harding★★☆☆☆ – Review

Black Clover Vol. 3 by Yuki Tabata★★★★☆

Replica by Lauren Oliver★★☆☆☆

The Young Elites by Marie Lu★★★★☆

Talon by Julie Kagawa★★☆☆☆

Roar by Cora Carmack – Unrated

The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands★★★★☆

The Rose Society by Marie Lu★★★★☆

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh★★★★☆

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard★★★☆☆

Josie and the Pussycats Vol. 1 by Marguerite Bennett★★★☆☆


Results

APRIL:

6 Books, 0 Manga & 2 Graphic Novels

Pages2463

MAY:

4 Books, 4 Manga & 1 Graphic Novel

Pages2745

JUNE:

12 Books, 2 Manga & 2 Graphic Novels

Pages5433


Well there you have it. Over the last 3 months I managed to get some serious reading in. Hopefully it carries over through the summer!

Until next time,

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February 2017 Wrap Up!

February Wrap Up

Hey guys!

Is it just me or was the shortest month of the year the one that seemed to go by the slowest? It was probably just me, who am I kidding. Not a lot of things went down this month. I got to attend the HarperCollins HCCFrenzy Spring Preview this past weekend which was one. It’s always nice to here a publishing company talk about the books that they’re publishing. Plus I walked away with 6 new ARC’s too! But anyways..

Let’s take a look at what I got down to this month on the book blogging side of my life!


Wrap Up Books I've Read

The Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom – February 2nd, 2017

Batman Vol. 1: I Am Gotham by Tom King – February 4th, 2017

The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak – February 4th, 2017

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – February 10th, 2017

What She Knew by Gilly MacMillan – February 20th, 2017

Jughead Vol. 1 by Chip Zdarsky – February 22nd, 2017

The Fire By Night by Teresa Messineo – February 25th, 2017

Batman Vol. 1.5: Night of the Monster Men – February 26th, 2017

Nightwing Vol. 1: Better Than Batman – February 26th, 2017

Driven by M.B. Mulhall – February 27th, 2017

A total of 6 novels + 4 graphic novels!

Other books I’ve started:


Wrap Up Reviews

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera – 5/5

The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak – 4/5

The Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom – 4/5

The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine – 4/5

The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis – 3/5

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – 5/5

(Click the links to read the reviews)

Reviews Coming in March:


Wrap Up Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

Goodbye Days – February 1st, 2017

The Bone Witch – February 8th, 2017

Shadow Run – February 15th, 2017

A Crown of Wishes – February 22nd, 2017


Wrap Up Top 10

Top 10 Tuesday

Fantasy Romances (Valentines Day Edition) – February 14th, 2017

I Loved Them More Than Expected – February 21st, 2017


Wrap Up Awards

February Awards

N/A

February Achievements

800 Twitter Followers  February 2017

34,500 Blog Views – February 2017

14,000 Blog Visitors  February 2017


Wrap Up Book Tags

Lunar New Year Book Tag – February 5th, 2017

The Alphabet Book Tag – February 18th, 2017


Wrap Up Discussions at Dawn

Why I Quit NetGalley & EdelweissFebruary 4th, 2017

Bookish Pet Peeves – February 25th, 2017


Wrap Up Cover Reveal

January 30 to Febraury 5thBIG REVEAL: Siege of Shadows

February 6th to 12thBIG REVEAL: They Both Die At the End

February 13th to 19th – BIG REVEAL: One Dark Throne

February 20th to 26th


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40 Books / 40 Reviews

January:

I See You by Clare Mackintosh

The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis

REVIEW: I See You

February:

What She Knew by Gilly MacMillan

Jughead Vol. 1 by Chip Zdrasky

REVIEW: The Sidekicks

Total: 4 Books / 2 Reviews


And that was February. Phew. That was a big month and I am glad I could get a lot of reading done! See you guys in March!

Until next time,

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January 2017 Wrap Up!

January Wrap UpHey guys!

 

Another month has come and gone. It’s been a great start to the new year. I quit one of my jobs. It’s a long story, but it was for the better! Not too much has happened this month as I am in money saving mode for my Euro Trip in April/May! I can’t wait. But that means no unnecessary book buying. I guess I will be paying the library a visit soon!

Let’s take a look at what I got down to this month on the book blogging side of my life!


Wrap Up Books I've Read

What We Pretend to Be by Shaun David Hutchinson – January 1st, 2017

Frostblood by Elly Blake – January 3rd, 2017

I See You by Clare Mackintosh – January 16th, 2017

The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins – January 24th, 2017

Bravest Warriors Volume 3 by Joey Comeau – January 25th, 2017

Bravest Warriors Volume 4 by Eric M. Esquivel – January 25th, 2017

The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis – January 26th, 2017

The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine – January 28th, 2017

A total of 5 novels + 1 novella + 2 graphic novels!

Other books I’ve started:


Wrap Up Reviews

The Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine – 5/5

Frostblood by Elly Blake – 4/5

The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins – 3/5

I See You by Clare Mackintosh – 3/5

(Click the links to read the reviews)

Reviews Coming in February:


Wrap Up Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

At the Edge of the Universe – January 4th, 2017

Empress of a Thousand Skies – January 11th, 2017

A Conjuring of Light – January 18th, 2017

The Hate U Give – January 25th, 2017


Wrap Up Top 10

Top 10 Tuesday

N/A


Wrap Up Awards

January Awards

N/A

January Achievements

800 Blog Followers  January 2017

32,500 Blog Views – January 2017

13,000 Blog Visitors  January 2017


Wrap Up Book Tags

Ruler of Books Tag – January 27th, 2017

This or That TagJanuary 29th, 2017


Wrap Up Discussions at Dawn

N/A


Wrap Up Cover Reveal

January 2nd to 15thBIG REVEAL: Shadowcaster

January 16th to 22ndBIG REVEAL: Iron Gold

January 23rd to 29thBIG REVEAL: ACOWAR 


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40 Books / 40 Reviews

January:

  • I See You by Clare Mackintosh
  • REVIEW: I See You

Total: 1 Book / 1 Review


And that was January. Phew. That was a big month and I am glad I could get a lot of reading done! See you guys in February!

Until next time,

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Top 16 Books of 2016 | Books at Dawn

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Hey guys!

Welcome to a new year. How crazy has time flown by though; so insane. Well to start off the new year right, it only makes sense to list my favorite reads from 2016. The top 16 best books to be exact. Get it, 16 for 2016. I know, how original.

By doing this I hope to discuss some of the books that we both read together, or bring to your attention some books that you might have overlooked last year. So without further ado, here is my Top 16 Books of 2016:


16. Siren’s Song

Siren's SongNym and Draewulf prepare to face off in a battle destined to destroy more lives than it saves.

With the loss of Tulla still fresh in mind, Rasha’s fate unknown, and Lord Myles taken over by the dark ability, Nym and the few Bron soldiers rush to warn Cashlin’s queen. Only to discover it may already be too late for the monarch and her eerie kingdom. As the Luminescents are sifting through Nym’s past memories and the queen is reading into her future, Nym is given a choice of how to defeat Draewulf, but the cost may be more than she can bear. And even then there are no guarantees.

With that reality burrowing into her bones—along with the guilt of the lives she will sacrifice—Nym returns to her homeland of Faelen to raise an army of peasants through promises of freedom. But when the few friends she has left, along with the world and citizens she loves, are staring down the face of a monster and his undead army, will Nym summon every element her blood is capable of controlling . . . or surrender to a different strength—one of sacrifice?

Because in the end, death may be more merciful for them all.

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4 Stars

For my full thoughts, check out my review:
Siren’s Song Review

15. Paper Princess

Paper PrincessFrom strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.

These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone.

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.

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4 Stars

My Thoughts:

Paper Princess was a deliciously addictive contemporary romance with tons of drama, sex, and swoon worthy bad boys. I can’t wait to pick up the sequels in the near future!

14. Air Awakens

Air AwakensA library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond…

The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.

Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all—the Crown Prince Aldrik—she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.

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4 Stars

My Thoughts: 

Air Awakens is the beginning of what I imagine is going to be a vast and intriguing fantasy about the last of her kind. This book sets up a lot with characters, world, and history. I look forward to some more action and adventure in the future installments!

13. The Swan Riders

The Swan RidersGreta Stuart had always known her future: die young. She was her country’s crown princess, and also its hostage, destined to be the first casualty in an inevitable war. But when the war came it broke all the rules, and Greta forged a different path.

She is no longer princess. No longer hostage. No longer human. Greta Stuart has become an AI.

If she can survive the transition, Greta will earn a place alongside Talis, the AI who rules the world. Talis is a big believer in peace through superior firepower. But some problems are too personal to obliterate from orbit, and for those there are the Swan Riders: a small band of humans who serve the AIs as part army, part cult.

Now two of the Swan Riders are escorting Talis and Greta across post-apocalyptic Saskatchewan. But Greta’s fate has stirred her nation into open rebellion, and the dry grassland may hide insurgents who want to rescue her – or see her killed. Including Elian, the boy she saved—the boy who wants to change the world, with a knife if necessary. Even the infinitely loyal Swan Riders may not be everything they seem.

Greta’s fate—and the fate of her world—are balanced on the edge of a knife in this smart, sly, electrifying adventure.

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4 Stars

For my full thoughts, check out my review:
The Swan Riders Review

12. The Impostor Queen

The Impostor QueenSixteen-year-old Elli was only a child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic in service of her people. The only life Elli has known has been in the temple, surrounded by luxury, tutored by magic-wielding priests, preparing for the day when the queen perishes—and the ice and fire find a new home in Elli, who is prophesied to be the most powerful Valtia to ever rule.

But when the queen dies defending the kingdom from invading warriors, the magic doesn’t enter Elli. It’s nowhere to be found.

Disgraced, Elli flees to the outlands, home of banished criminals—some who would love to see the temple burn with all its priests inside. As she finds her footing in this new world, Elli uncovers devastating new information about the Kupari magic, those who wield it, and the prophecy that foretold her destiny. Torn between her love for her people and her growing loyalty to the banished, Elli struggles to understand the true role she was meant to play. But as war looms, she must choose the right side before the kingdom and its magic are completely destroyed.

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4 Stars

For my full thoughts, check out my review:
The Impostor Queen Review

11. Court of Fives

Court of FivesOn the Fives court, everyone is equal.

And everyone is dangerous.

Jessamy’s life is a balance between acting like an upper-class Patron and dreaming of the freedom of the Commoners. But away from her family, she can be whomever she wants when she sneaks out to train for the Fives, an intricate, multilevel athletic competition that offers a chance for glory to the kingdom’s best competitors.

Then Jes meets Kalliarkos, and an improbable friendship between the two Fives competitors—one of mixed race and the other a Patron boy—causes heads to turn. When Kal’s powerful, scheming uncle tears Jes’s family apart, she’ll have to test her new friend’s loyalty and risk the vengeance of a royal clan to save her mother and sisters from certain death.

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4 Stars

For my full thoughts, check out my review:
Court of Fives Review

10. Empire of Dust

Empire of DustIn Macedon, war rises like smoke, forbidden romance blooms and ancient magic tempered with rage threatens to turn an empire to dust.

After winning his first battle, Prince Alexander fights to become the ruler his kingdom demands—but the line between leader and tyrant blurs with each new threat.

Meanwhile, Hephaestion, cast aside by Alexander for killing the wrong man, must conceal the devastating secret of a divine prophecy from Katerina even as the two of them are thrust together on a dangerous mission to Egypt.

The warrior, Jacob, determined to forget his first love, vows to eradicate the ancient Blood Magics and believes that royal prisoner Cynane holds the key to Macedon’s undoing.

And in chains, the Persian princess Zofia still longs to find the Spirit Eaters, but first must grapple with the secrets of her handsome—and deadly—captor.

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4 Stars

For my full thoughts, check out my review:
Empire of Dust Review

9. Fate of Flames

Fate of FlamesYears ago, everything changed. Phantoms, massive beasts of nightmare, began terrorizing the world. At the same time four girls, the Effigies, appeared, each with the unique power to control a classical element. Since then, they have protected the world from the Phantoms. At the death of one Effigy, another is chosen, pulled from her normal life into the never-ending battle.

When Maia unexpectedly becomes the next Fire Effigy, she resists her new calling. A quiet girl with few friends and almost no family, she was much happier to admire the Effigies from afar. Never did she imagine having to master her ability to control fire, to protect innocent citizens from the Phantoms, or to try bringing together the other three Effigies.

But with the arrival of the mysterious Saul—a man who seems to be able to control the Phantoms using the same cosmic power previously only granted to four girls at a time—Maia and the other Effigies must learn to work together in a world where their celebrity is more important than their heroism.

But the secrets Saul has, and the power he possesses, might be more than even they can handle…

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4 Stars

For my full thoughts, check out my review:
Fate of Flames Review

8. Boy Robot

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.

In his debut, recording artist Simon Curtis has written a fast-paced, high-stakes novel that explores humanity, the ultimate power of empathy, and the greatest battle of all: love vs. fear.

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4 Stars

For my full thoughts, check out my review:
Boy Robot Review

7. The Sun is Also a Star

The Sun is Also a StarNatasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

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5 Stars

For my full thoughts, check out my review:
The Sun is Also a Star Review

6. Tell Me Three Things

Tell Me Three ThingsEverything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week of junior year at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?

It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son.

In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?

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5 Stars

For my full thoughts, check out my review:
Tell Me Three Things Review

5. The Serpent King

The Serpent KingDill has had to wrestle with vipers his whole life at home, as the only son of a Pentecostal minister who urges him to handle poisonous rattlesnakes, and at school, where he faces down bullies who target him for his father’s extreme faith and very public fall from grace.

The only antidote to all this venom is his friendship with fellow outcasts Travis and Lydia. But as they are starting their senior year, Dill feels the coils of his future tightening around him. Dill’s only escapes are his music and his secret feelings for Lydia neither of which he is brave enough to share. Graduation feels more like an ending to Dill than a beginning. But even before then, he must cope with another ending one that will rock his life to the core.

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5 Stars

For my full thoughts, check out my review:
The Serpent King Review

4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

HP and the Goblet of FireHarry Potter is midway through both his training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup with Hermione, Ron, and the Weasleys. He wants to dream about Cho Chang, his crush (and maybe do more than dream).

He wants to find out about the mysterious event that supposed to take place at Hogwarts this year, an event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn’t happened for hundreds of years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. But unfortunately for Harry Potter, he’s not normal – even by wizarding standards.
And in his case, different can be deadly.

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5 Stars

My Thoughts:

Can you believe that I am almost 25 years old and I am finally reading Harry Potter for the first time? That’s insane right? Well I am LOVING it. HP and the Goblet of Fire is by far my favorite one in the series so far. Just like it was my favorite of the movies also. I love how much more character growth and insight we get from the books. I’m hoping I can finish the series by years end!

3. We Are the Ants

We Are the AntsThere are a few things Henry Denton knows, and a few things he doesn’t.

Henry knows that his mom is struggling to keep the family together, and coping by chain-smoking cigarettes. He knows that his older brother is a college dropout with a pregnant girlfriend. He knows that he is slowly losing his grandmother to Alzheimer’s. And he knows that his boyfriend committed suicide last year.

What Henry doesn’t know is why the aliens chose to abduct him when he was thirteen, and he doesn’t know why they continue to steal him from his bed and take him aboard their ship. He doesn’t know why the world is going to end or why the aliens have offered him the opportunity to avert the impending disaster by pressing a big red button.

But they have. And they’ve only given him 144 days to make up his mind.

The question is whether Henry thinks the world is worth saving. That is, until he meets Diego Vega, an artist with a secret past who forces Henry to question his beliefs, his place in the universe, and whether any of it really matters. But before Henry can save the world, he’s got to figure out how to save himself, and the aliens haven’t given him a button for that.

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5 Stars

For my full thoughts, check out my review:
We Are the Ants Review

2. Golden Son & Morning Star

Golden SonDarrow is a rebel forged by tragedy. For years he and his fellow Reds worked the mines, toiling to make the surface of Mars inhabitable. They were, they believed, mankind’s last hope. Until Darrow discovered that it was all a lie, and that the Red were nothing more than unwitting slaves to an elitist ruling class, the Golds, who had been living on Mars in luxury for generations.

In RED RISING, Darrow infiltrated Gold society, to fight in secret for a better future for his people. Now fully embedded amongst the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his dangerous work to bring them down from within. It’s a journey that will take him further than he’s ever been before – but is Darrow truly willing to pay the price that rebellion demands?

Hic sunt leones.

A life-or-death tale of vengeance with an unforgettable hero at its heart, Golden Son guarantees Pierce Brown’s growing status as one of fiction’s most exciting new voices.

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5 Stars

Morning StarDarrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society’s mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

Finally, the time has come.

But devotion to honor and hunger for vengeance run deep on both sides. Darrow and his comrades-in-arms face powerful enemies without scruple or mercy. Among them are some Darrow once considered friends. To win, Darrow will need to inspire those shackled in darkness to break their chains, unmake the world their cruel masters have built, and claim a destiny too long denied—and too glorious to surrender.

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5 Stars

For my full thoughts, check out my review:
Golden Son Review & Morning Star Review

1. Frozen Tides & Crystal Storm

Frozen TidesCLEO: Reeling after a bloody showdown in Limeros ending with Amara’s abduction of the water crystal, and a vacancy in the Mytican throne, Princess Cleo must cast aside her feelings and look toward her kingdom with the eyes of a Queen.

MAGNUS: With the kingdom in chaos, Princess Lucia still missing and quite possibly in danger, and a shocking realization about Cleo, the steely prince is once again torn between love and duty, leaving him wondering whether he’s strong enough to rule his people.

LUCIA: The young sorcercess has had her vengeance after the cruel death of her first and only love. Heartbroken and unable to trust anyone, she allies with the awoken Fire god, who also seeks revenge.

JONAS: After escaping death by the skin of his teeth, the defeated rebel—along with a mysterious stranger–leader reunites with Princess Cleo, only to find himself a mere pawn in a dangerous hunt for the elusive Kindred.

KING GAIUS: Abandoned by Melenia and betrayed by his own children, Gaius flees Mytica and sails to Kraeshia, where he attempts to ally with the famously brutal emperor across the Silver Sea.

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5 Stars

My Thoughts:

You all know that the Falling Kingdoms series is my all time favorite. Well book 4 does not disappoint at all! It’s fun, action packed, and a wild ride from beginning to end. So much is revealed in this installment that my brain and feels could not take it anymore! A ship finally gets together… and one of my favorite characters rises from the dead. Considering how many characters have died in this series, it’s not much of a spoiler to who it is!

Crystal StormThe ruthless Empress Amara of Kraeshia has taken the Mytican throne, and now uncertainty looms over the three kingdoms. Since Lucia unleashed the fire Kindred, wreaking havoc throughout the land, Myticans have been looking for someone—anyone—they can trust. They believe in Amara, not knowing her grand promises are built on lies.

In Paelsia, Magnus and Cleo reluctantly follow King Gaius to the home of his exiled mother, Selia. Selia is a powerful witch and claims she can help unlock the magic of the Kindred—if the visitors agree to her terms. When Jonas arrives from Kraeshia, he is shocked to find that his rebel army now includes his sworn enemies. Along with Nic, Felix, and the mysteriously resurrected Ashur, the contentious group agrees to cast aside old grudges—for now—and united against their common enemy: Amara.

Meanwhile, bearing the child of a Watcher and feared by all, Princess Lucia travels across Mytica to find her family. But time is running out. The impending storm signals the dark prophecy Timotheus warned her about. Her fate is written, and it includes none other than the rebel Jonas. When their paths collied, Jonas and Lucia must decide between blindly following their destiny or fighting for their own free will.

The battle for power culminates at the Paelsian palace, where Amara resides. Rain pours. Blood spills. And soon all will discover that the darkest magic comes at an even darker price.

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5 Stars

My Thoughts:

OH-EM-GEE. What a freaking ending that was. How, why, what???? This series has now taken on a whole new level of awesomeness. My poor babies…. what is going to happen to my precious, precious characters?? I guess we will have to sit back and find out!


Well there you have it! My Top 16 Books of 2016. What did you think? What were some of your favorite books of 2016? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

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2016 End of Year Survey

 

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Hey guys!

Let’s welcome to the new year with a look back on how 2016 went in regards to reading. Hope you enjoy my bookish escapades, have a great year!

You can find the original post here at Jamie @ Perpetual Page Turner’s blog if you want to inquire or do it yourself. So without further ado, here are my book stats for 2016:


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Number of Books You Read: 

73 books + 22084 pages

Number of Re-Reads:

0

Genre You Read the Most From:

Fantasy / Sci-Fi


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Best Book You Read In 2016?

Morning Star

Morning Star by Pierce Brown was the best book I read in 2016. It has hands down one of the best endings to a series I have ever written. I can’t wait for what Pierce Brown has in store for us next!

Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Labyrinth Lost

I was so excited to jump into Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova because witches and Latin culture… but sadly, the whole fantastical adventure and sloppy romance fell flat. Really flat. Sorry…

Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?

Tell Me Three Things

I’m not a reader of many contemporaries… especially the ones that are light and fluffy like Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum. So I was quite surprised when I finished this one and it shot up to one of favorites for the year!

Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

Falling Kingdoms

Sorry to everyone that knows me personally, but I will never stop pushing Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes. This series is amazing and needs to be read by anyone and everyone. I even pushed it onto my boss and she loved it as well. So yeah. Go read it now!

Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?

Best series starter goes to Court of Fives by Kate Elliott. Seriously guys, this book is beautifuly written and vividly world built.

Best sequel goes to the fifth installment of Falling Kingdoms, Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes. This series just keeps getting better!

Best finale goes to Morning Star by Pierce Brown obviously. Scroll up to read why I love it so much!

Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?

Simon Curtis the debut author of Boy Robot is seriously an amazing human being. Follow him on twitter @simoncurtis and he’ll be your new favorite too!

Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

Paper Princess

Not only do I rarely read contemporaries, but I definitely don’t read heavily filled romance books. Paper Princess by Erin Watt has a lot of sex, vivid descriptions, and a juicy story. I couldn’t get enough of it!

Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

Fate of Flames

I love love love the action sequences in this book! Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley was such a thrilling adventure and I can’t wait to see where this series goes.

Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Crystal Storm

As the Falling Kingdoms series is coming to an end this year with the six and final book, I will most likely be doing a re-read of the whole series, including the latest installment, Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes. I will never get enough of it!

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?

The Sun is Also a Star

Look at this crazy beautiful cover for The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. Not only is the cover pretty, but the story is also sweet and lighthearted. One of my favorite reads of the year!

Most memorable character of 2016?

Darrow from Morning Star by Pierce Brown is the most memorable character for me. He is stripped raw and deep for us all to read. The shit he goes through during this series is exceptional. I will never forget him and his story.

Most beautifully written book read in 2016?

The Swan Riders

Swan Riders by Erin Bow was such a beautifully written book. It was lyrical, but scientific. It was raw and real but also fantastical and other worldly. I highly recommend this book!

Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?

We Are the Ants

My life will forever be changed after reading We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson. I have never reflected so much about my own life after reading a book before, but this one does that. What may be insignificant you others, might mean the world to you.

Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read? 

HP and the Goblet of Fire

Yeah… that’s right. I am still trying to finish the Harry Potter series. Can you believe it is now 2017 and I still have 3 more books to go. I read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire this year and it is by far my favorite in the series. Let’s see what the rest of them deliver for me!

Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?

We Are the Ants

Unlike memories, which are fossils, long dead and buried deep. Your entire sense of self-worth is predicated upon your belief that you matter, that you matter to the universe. But you don’t. Because we are the ants.

Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?

Night Flower by Kate Elliott is a short story from the Court of Fives world about the main character’s parents and how their forbidden love blossomed. It was 50 pages. On the other hand Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is 734 pages long and by far the longest book I read this year. And never a dull moment either!

Book That Shocked You The Most

Behind Closed Doors

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris was a wild ride I must say! It was creepy, thrilling, and most definitely quite shocking at times. It is a must read to find out what really happens to this couple behind closed doors!

OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Of course is is Cleo Bellos and Magnus Damora from Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes. These star crossed lovers burn very bright in the fourth installment that I read way back in January. They hurt the feels with every word and page.

 

Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

It’s been a while since I read a YA book that didn’t have the main characters falling in love. So it came as a surprise that Kate and August from This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab stayed totally platonic throughout the whole book. I do think thing may change for them. But I am completely content with their non-romantic relationship right now.

Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

We Are the Ants

I love Shaun David Hutchinson’s writing so much, so it comes as no surprise that I also loved We Are the Ants. He is forever on my auto-buy list now and I am now awaiting his 2017 release anxiously!

Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Air Awakens

I get recommendations left right and center all the time. It’s very seldom that I pick them up though right away. But Air Awakens by Elise Kova has been at the forefront of recommendations for a while now. I bit the dust and dove right in and I’m glad I did. I can tell this series is going to be epic!

Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?

I pick up book boyfriends very easily. I seem to have a type for the brooding, sometimes princes, sometimes warrior types that are dark, quiet, and mysterious. So it comes as no surprise that I latched onto to Azriel from A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. He checked pretty much all the boxes.

Best 2016 debut you read?

The Serpent King

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner blew me away. It was such a beautiful story of friendship and aiming for more than what people expect of you. But that climax/almost ending moment broke my heart to pieces and will forever live in my heart.

Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Court of Fives and Poisoned Blade by Kate Elliot has some of the most vivid and masterful world building I have ever read. From the landscape, to the history, to the traditions/religion/customs, to even the smaller things, every aspect was done perfectly. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves fantasy and diverse characters!

 

Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Archie Vol. 1

Guys it’s Archie Andrews! My childhood was the Riverdale gang and all their shenanigans. It comes as no surprise that once I found out that Archie was getting a modern makeover that I would be all over it. Archie Volume One by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples was exactly everything I could have asked for from a reboot! Such a fun read.

Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?

The Serpent King

Like I said above, The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner has one of the most heartbreaking scenes I have ever read in it. Now I’m not a book cryer (I have yet to cry from a book), but this one had me close. I got the cry shudders that come before the tears come. I will never be the same!

Hidden Gem Of The Year?

The Impostor Queen

No one talks about this book enough. The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine is so underrated that it makes me want flip tables. It was such a fun and exciting fantasy read for pretty much anyone! There is magic, LGBT characters, romance, action, fire and ice… pretty much everything a good story needs!

Book That Crushed Your Soul?

More Happy Than Not

If you want to be reduced to nothing but a puddle of feels and tears then you need to get your hands on More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera. This beautifully raw and real story will crush your soul until there is nothing left for you to feel. Completely heartbreaking!!

Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?

Seven Ways We Lie

Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate is told in seven points of view and each character’s personality and actions reflect one of the seven deadly sins. I thought this was very unique and quite intriguing to read.

Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

We Know It Was You

I don’t even want to talk about this trash. We Know it Was You by Maggie Thrash is filled with horrible characters, a corrupt storyline that makes no sense, and extreme racism. I mean how can all the villains be POC? Seriously? Ugh. DON’T READ THIS BOOK.


The Books that appeared most in my 2015 year end survey are:


Well that’s pretty much a recap of my reading year in 2016! I hope you guys enjoyed looking into my book life and I hope you all had just as an enjoyable year as I did!

Until next time,

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December 2016 Wrap Up!

December Wrap Up

Hey guys!

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year everyone. This year sure did fly by didn’t it? And aren’t we all glad it did? What a shit show of a year that was.

This past month has been extremely difficult for me. A lot of new changes have occurred in my life and I had to take a step back and re-evaluate some things. I took a mini hiatus/break/slump type thing this past two weeks or so for a couple reasons. One, I got a bit sick, two, I got a new job and the workload is longer and more stressful, and three, I just did not feel like posting anything of significance unfortunately. But that is life I guess.

Here is to hoping next month/year will be better! I’m going to remain optimistic about it!


Wrap Up Books I've Read

The Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine – December 10th, 2016

Air Awakens by Elise Kova – December 13th, 2016

Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes – December 20th, 2016

 

Only 3 novels this month!

Other books I’ve started:


Wrap Up Reviews

Paper Princess by Erin Watt – 4/5

 

(Click the links to read the reviews)

Reviews Coming in January:


Wrap Up Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

The Cursed QueenDecember 7th, 2016

The Alchemists of the Loom – December 14th, 2016

Blood of Wonderland – December 21st, 2016

The You I’ve Never KnownDecember 28th, 2016


Wrap Up Top 10

Top 10 Tuesday

New to Me Authors: 2016 Edition – December 6th, 2016


Wrap Up Awards

December Awards

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December Achievements

730 Blog Followers  December 2016

30,500 Blog Views – December 2016

12,500 Blog Visitors  December 2016


Wrap Up Book Tags

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Wrap Up Discussions at Dawn

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Wrap Up Cover Reveal

November 28th to December 4th

December 5th to 11th – BIG REVEAL: Blacklist 

 


And that was December. I hope you all fared better than me this month, so as always, thank you guys for spending it with me! See you guys in January!

Until next time,

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