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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Holiday Gift Guide: Fantasy / Sci-Fi Lovers

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Hey guys!

Welcome to the Holiday Gift Guide: 2017 Edition! I thought it would be a fun opportunity to help you guys out this holidays with gift ideas for your book loving friends and family!

Today is: Holiday Gift Guide – Fantasy / Sci-Fi Lovers

There have been amazing fantasy and sci-fi books that were released this year that would make perfect gifts for your friends or family (or yourself, let’s be honest). Let’s take a look at the ones that should be at the top of your buying list this holidays!


Morning Star

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.

Book 1: Red Rising

Book 2: Golden Son

Reasons to Buy:

  • Conclusion to an EPIC series.
  • Masterful world/universe building.
  • Complex and diverse characters.

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.

Reasons to Buy:

  • DIVERSITY +++.
  • Tons of action and adventure.
  • Start of a fun and exciting series.

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…

Reasons to Buy:

  • For fans of Sailor Moon and Last Airbender!
  • Diverse cast of characters.
  • Action and adventure around every corner.

 

 

Truthwitch

TruthwitchIn a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

Reasons to Buy:

  • Friendship goals.
  • Fun and exciting world.
  • Amazing character growth!

 

Queen of Hearts

Queen of HeartsAs Princess of Wonderland Palace and the future Queen of Hearts, Dinah’s days are an endless monotony of tea, tarts, and a stream of vicious humiliations at the hands of her father, the King of Hearts. The only highlight of her days is visiting Wardley, her childhood best friend, the future Knave of Hearts — and the love of her life.

When an enchanting stranger arrives at the Palace, Dinah watches as everything she’s ever wanted threatens to crumble. As her coronation date approaches, a series of suspicious and bloody events suggests that something sinister stirs in the whimsical halls of Wonderland. It’s up to Dinah to unravel the mysteries that lurk both inside and under the Palace before she loses her own head to a clever and faceless foe.

Part epic fantasy, part twisted fairy tale, this dazzling saga will have readers shivering as Dinahs furious nature sweeps Wonderland up in the maelstrom of her wrath.

Familiar characters such as Cheshire, the White Rabbit, and the Mad Hatter make their appearance, enchanting readers with this new, dark take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Reasons to Buy:

  • For fans of Alice in Wonderland.
  • Great character growth.
  • A fun look into the world of Wonderland before Alice gets there.

 

The Darkest Magic

The Darkest MagicModern-day Toronto: Sisters Crystal and Becca Hatcher are reunited after reclaiming the Bronze Codex and narrowly escaping death. They have no one to trust but each other, and the only thing keeping them safe is the book that sent Becca’s spirit to Ancient Mytica–the same book that their enemies would kill them for.

Ancient Mytica: Maddox grapples to keep his newly discovered powers under control, while the ruthless goddess Valoria hunts him down.

Modern-day Toronto: Farrell embraces his dark side as he unwittingly falls further under the spell of Markus, the mastermind leader of the nefarious Hawkspear Society, who will stop at nothing to find Crys and Becca–and the remarkable book in their possession.

New York Times bestselling author Morgan Rhodes takes readers into exhilarating new high-fantasy territory with volume two of the Book of Spirits and Thieves series, an epic contemporary saga perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander.

Book 1: A Book of Spirits and Thieves

A Book of Spirits and Thieves

Reasons to Buy:

  • For fans of the Falling Kingdoms series!
  • Secrets, lies, and deceit in every chapter.
  • Great companion series.

Poisoned Blade

Poisoned BladeIn this thrilling sequel to World Fantasy Award finalist Kate Elliott’s captivating young adult debut, a girl immersed in high-stakes competition holds the fate of a kingdom in her hands.

Now a Challenger, Jessamy is moving up the ranks of the Fives–the complex athletic contest favored by the lowliest Commoners and the loftiest Patrons alike. Pitted against far more formidable adversaries, success is Jes’s only option, as her prize money is essential to keeping her hidden family alive. She leaps at the chance to tour the countryside and face more competitors, but then a fatal attack on her traveling party puts Jes at the center of the war that Lord Kalliarkos–the prince she still loves–is fighting against their country’s enemies. With a sinister overlord watching her every move and Kal’s life on the line, Jes must now become more than a Fives champion…. She must become a warrior.

Book 1: Court of Fives

Court of Fives

Reasons to Buy:

  • Diverse characters and world.
  • Masterful world building.
  • Action and adventure around every corner.

I hope this gives you guys some fun bookish gift ideas to get all your friends and families this holiday!

Until next time,

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November 2016 Book Haul

Book Haul

Hey guys!

Here are all the books I got in November! There is quite a few to get through. I’m super excited about this month’s haul.

So let’s get started shall we?


INDIGO

Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes

Poisoned Blade by Kate Elliott

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley

Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge

A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick


Book Outlet

 

Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake

The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

Zodiac by Romina Russell

Beware That Girl by Teresa Toten

Violent Ends by Shaun David Hutchinson

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff

The Novice by Taran Matharu

The Inquisition by Taran Matharu

The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine

Half Lost by Sally Green


GIFTS FROM FRIENDS

From Ashleigh Bello

Belvedor and the Four Corners by Ashleigh Bello

Belvedor and the King’s Curse by Ashleigh Bello

From Tina @ Indigo

This is Where is Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell

From Jenna @ Reading with Jenna

Disruption by Jessica Shirvington

Corruption by Jessica Shirvington

The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis


ARCs

 

The Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom (Raincoast)

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (HarperCollins Canada)

The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine (HarperCollins Canada)

Dead Girls Society by Michelle Krys (Delacorte Press via Indigo)

The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak (Simon & Schuster Canada)

The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins (Simon & Schuster Canada)

The Cursed Queen

The Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine (Simon & Schuster USA)



That was definitely a big month for me! Did you guys pick up any of these books too? See you next month!

Until next time,

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December 2016 Releases

ANTICIPATED RELEASES

Hey guys!

Every month I post the books that I’m most excited about that are going to be released. For December I’m bringing you two exciting releases. Let’s check them out:


Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes

Release Date: December 13th, 2016

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?

Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill

Release Date: December 27th, 2016

Ever the HuntedSeventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.

However, it’s not so simple.

The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force.


Let me know if you guys are looking forward to any of these books this month! I really can’t wait to get my hands on them.

Until next time,

Sig New

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November 2016 Wrap Up!

November Wrap Up

Hey guys!

This month sure did zoom past us. It definitely felt that way to me at least. As Christmas fast approaches, so does the mall craziness (a.k.a my job). My stress levels are at an all time high this time of year.

Not only did I get strep throat earlier this month, but I’ve also not been able to go to the gym as much as I want! But on the good news side of things, the lovely Jenna from Reading with Jenna came to visit Toronto! It was such a fun week spending it with her. I took her to a lot of bookstores, and we definitely ate our way through the city! We also took time and watched Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them with Joey from Thoughts and Afterthoughts. Finally we had a board game night with Joey and Maria from Big City Bookworm. It was definitely the highlight of my November!

Phew…. boy am I exhausted! So let’s get to how well I did in books!


 

Wrap Up Books I've Read

 

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – November 2nd, 2016

Paper Princess by Erin WattNovember 9th, 2016

Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley – November 9th, 2016

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. ParisNovember 12th, 2016

Three Truths and a Lie by Brent HartingerNovember 16th, 2016

Dead Girls Society by Michelle Krys – November 23rd, 2016

Thanks A Lot, John LeClair by Johanna Parkhurst – November 28th, 2016

Crimson Dagger by Morgan Rhodes – November 29th, 2016

Obsidian Blade by Morgan Rhodes – November 30th, 2016

Only 7 novels + 2 novellas this month!

Other books I’ve started:


 

Wrap Up Reviews

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid – 4/5

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena – 3/5

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – 5/5 

Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley – 4/5

(Click the links to read the reviews)

Reviews Coming in December:


 

Wrap Up Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

Crystal Storm – November 2nd, 2016

Windwitch – November 9th, 2016

Roseblood – November 16th, 2016

History is All You Left Me – November 23rd, 2016

Frostblood – November 30th, 2016


 

Wrap Up Top 10

Top 10 Tuesday

Recent Adds to my TBR – November 8th, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide: Humor – November 29th, 2016


 

Wrap Up Awards

November Awards

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November Achievements

700 Blog Followers November 2016

28,500 Blog ViewsNovember 2016

11,500 Blog Visitors November 2016


 

Wrap Up Book Tags

Beauty and the Beast Tag – November 20th, 2016


 

Wrap Up Discussions at Dawn

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Wrap Up Cover Reveal

October 31st to November 6th

November 7th to November 13thBIG REVEAL: Wonder Woman Warbringer

November 14th to 20thBIG REVEAL: Lord of Shadows

November 21st to November 27th


And that was November. I did more reading this month than in the past couple of months, so as always, thank you guys for spending it with me! See you guys in December!

Until next time,

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Crystal Storm | Waiting on Wednesday [#29]

 

Waiting on Wednesday

Hey guys!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights highly anticipated upcoming releases.

So here’s what I’m waiting on this week!


Crystal Storm

Author: Morgan Rhodes
Series: Falling Kingdoms #5
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: December 13th 2016

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Crystal StormMAGNUS 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?

Why I’m Waiting

For those of you who don’t know, Falling Kingdoms is my all time favorite YA fantasy series. So it comes as no surprise that I am pulling my hair out waiting for this book to hit the shelves! There was so much going on at the end of the last book that I NEED to know what happens next!!

P.S. Morgan Rhodes is the author of the Falling Kingdoms series and its companion Spirits and Thieves!


What has you guys waiting this week? Let me know down below!

Until next time,

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Ruthlessly Sinister Villains | Top 10 Tuesday

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Hey guys!

Welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday weekly fun on my blog! Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. If you want to join in the fun, hop on over to their blog to see what it’s all about!

This week’s topic is Top 10 Ruthlessly Sinister Villains.

 

You all know at least one ruthlessly sinister villain. Whether it be from your favorite book, or tv, or movie, or even from the comic books. Being an avid reader, I know many sinister villains. They can sometimes be one of my favorite characters. I find them complex and compelling to read, and without them our heroes can’t reach the greatness we know they will.

So without further ado, here are some ruthlessly sinister villains for all to enjoy!


10. Queen Irina from The Shadow Queen

The Shadow Queen

Queen Irina is not to be trusted. She married her dead sister’s husband to kill him and his children in order to be the rightful heir. But of course things never go as planned for the villain. The said children survived and are coming back to reclaim their kingdom and Queen Irina will stop at nothing, and I mean nothing, to keep that from happening!

 

9. Queen of Hearts from Splintered

Splintered

The Queen of Hearts is a tyrant in almost all her retellings. This one is no surprise! She thinks Wonderland is rightfully hers to rule with an iron thumb. But Alyssa doesn’t agree. The Queen of Hearts needs to be stopped from finding a permanent to host her sinister soul. But she will definitely not go down easy. Wonderland will never be the same again when she is gets through with it!

8. Draewulf from Storm Siren

Storm Siren

Draewulf is just plain evil. He will cut you open and hop into your body to overtake your soul. Of course like all villains, his plan is to take over the world. Which means he must get rid of all the Elementals left living, including our heroine Nym. No land is safe once Draewulf takes over, and the best part is, no one even knows what he looks like. Suprise!

7. Queen Olympias from Legacy of Kings

Legacy of Kings

 

Queen Olympias is just plain crazy. Not only does she prance around doing spiritual spells and incantations, but she also plays with snakes. And by play, I mean she lets them bite her and such. She will stop at nothing to get her son, Alexander, his rightful spot on the throne. Even if that means she has to kill everyone to do so, including her daughter.

6. Manon from Heir of Fire

Heir of Fire

Now I know Manon is not the true villain of the Throne of Glass series, but she is being used by one. It doesn’t help that she has razor sharp teeth and finger nails and comes with her own squad of other ruthless witches and their dragon companions. They feed off scared humans, piece by piece. I wouldn’t want to cross paths with her, that’s for sure!

5. King Gaius from Throne of Glass

Falling Kingdoms

 

King Gaius is nothing but cold and ruthless. All he wants is to be the ruler of pretty much everything. He had no trouble taking over two other kingdoms, including killing everyone that got in his way. He even goes as far as to use his only children to achieve this. From public beheadings, to behind the scenes murder and torture, King Gaius has done it all.

4. The Darkling from Shadow and Bone

Shadow and Bone

The Darkling doesn’t come off as the villain in the first book. He makes you fall in love with him and when you least expect it shit hits the fan! He wants Ravka and everywhere else he can get his grubby hands on to live in the Fold, a perpetually dark and dangerous place. Thankfully for our resident sun summoner. What better way to fight off the darkness, then with some light!

 

3. Voldemort from Harry Potter

HP and the Deathly Hollows

 

Voldemort is probably one of the most famous book villains there ever was. He wants to be the most powerful wizard there ever was. The only thing standing in his way is the child he couldn’t kill oh so many years before. But that won’t stop him from coming back and finishing the job. Voldermort leaves a trail of death wherever he goes and with his dark army of wizards behind him, our heroes better get together and be prepared to fight back!

2. Talis from The Scorpion Rules

The Scorpion Rules

 

If you want to talk about ruthless then meet Talis. He is a 400 year old artificial intelligence that currently runs the world we call Earth. Although his intentions are well, like stopping the world from warring, or rationing off water supply, doesn’t mean he’s not opposed to blowing up a city or country to do so. He even goes as far as taking children hostages from all the royals and rulers of the Earth to prevent them from making big moves. Just think, one moment you’re living your life, and then the next Talis blows up it up. No thank you.

1. Jackal from Red Rising

Red Rising

 

I’ve saved the most sinister for last. The Jackal is by far the grimiest, dirtiest, creepy, calculating, conniving villain I have ever known. In the first book he wants to win no matter what. Even if it means killing in the most ruthless ways including cannibalism. The second book is all about building trust and conniving his way to the top. And the final book has him executing all his planning and going behind everyone’s back to achieve ultimate domination.


Well there you have it! Top 10 Ruthlessly Sinister Villains. What are some of your favorite villains?

Until next time,

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