January Wrap Up and February TBR

Hello Book Friends! I hope you all have been having a great Monday! I can’t believe that it’s finally February!

I ended up reading SIX books this month – I know, I outdid myself this month, lol! 🙂

Also, I finished ALL five books on my January TBR, go me! (And an extra!)

 

 

  1. Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa.  This was a 5 out of 5 stars book for me.  I loved every minute of it and I explain that in my latest review which you can check out here! Shadow of the Fox
  2. Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdrok.  This is a super cute historical fiction set in Paris! If you didn’t know these type of books are quickly becoming a favorite of mine! I received a copy of this from Netgalley and it releases on February 12th!  My review of this book will be coming next week!
  3. Blood Rose Rebellion by Roselyn Eves.  I promised myself that I would read at least one book a month from from my TBR shelf and I chose this one! It’s also a historical fiction book set in Hungary.
  4. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen.  This is another book off my TBR shelf about a girl on a mission to take her place as rightful queen!
  5. Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu. I read Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo a couple years ago and for some reason I kept putting Batman off.  I don’t know why though because I love Marie Lu’s books and this one was no exception!
  6. Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare – I unexpectedly received an e-book copy of this book from my library much sooner than I thought I would!  After that last cliffhanger, I had to know what happened next!

And now here’s my TBR for February. I lucked out in January, managing more than FOUR books last month, but I’m not going push it for this month. Here’s the FOUR I’ve chosen for this month.

 

  1. Geekerella by Ashley Poston.  Everyone has told me, how much they loved this book.  And what better month than February to read about a geeky romance and fandom convention?
  2. Catwoman:Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas .  On the heels on of Batman, I decided to continue on with the DC Icon books and read this one as soon as possible.  Besides I’m a big fan of her Throne of Glass series (though ironically Tower of Dawn is my favorite book and main character isn’t really even in that one)!
  3.  King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo. Continuing on with the Grisha and Six of Crows saga, this book is all about Nicolai!  He was my favorite character in the Grisha series and I can’t wait to see where this goes!
  4.  Bloodwitch (A Preview Excerpt) by Susan Dennard. Like it says this is just a preview excerpt of the next book, but I received a copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! Also, I enjoyed Truthwitch and Windwitch so I can’t wait to read this book!

And there you have it, my list of FEBRUARY books I plan to read!  As always thanks for reading! If you’ve read any of these let me know your thoughts! 🙂

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Book Review: Shadow of the Fox

Book Title: Shadow of the Fox

Book Author: Julie Kagawa

Book Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Would I Recommend: YES! 

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Hello Book Friends!  I hope ya’ll are having a fantastic Monday! 🙂

After a month hiatus from my local library,  I went and visited last week. (I racked up a hefty fine over the holidays because I had SO MANY books out even though I was only four days late.  I didn’t want another one so soon so I took a short break, but I’ve returned, finally.)

I’ve seen Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa on bookstagram lately, so when I saw it at the library I decided to give it a go.  I LOVED her Iron Fey series.  Not so much the Talon Series, and I haven’t even attempted the Immortal Series yet. (I’d love to know if any of you’ve read it though, and what you thought of the series!)

I’m SUPER HAPPY I decided to check this book out! 😍 The synopsis sounded amazing, and so I decided to dive right into as the FIRST book to read on my 2019 TBR pile.  Even though I made up my mind about only reading 4 books a month which I already planned out, I just couldn’t RESIST reading this one.

It was AMAZING!  I must say that this is my favorite book of hers that I’ve read so far and I loved EVERY minute of it! It involves Japanese folklore (which I love learning about!) – specifically a kitsune (a.k.a. fox or fox spirit) as well as other yokai (supernatural spirits, demons, and monsters, etc.), ninja, samurai, and ronin!   This book had my past anime and manga loving-self squealing with delight! 😍 (Also my dear anime friends – does this not have an Inuyasha vibe to it? Because I keep picturing it!)

It’s written mainly from two, but sometimes three point of views and I’ve read that in so many books lately I sort of expect it these days! 🙂

I absolutely ADORED the two main characters, Yumeko and Tatsumi, SO SO VERY MUCH! They were very well-written fleshed out-characters.  There is a lot of character development and set-up, and it is all so very cute! Also, there are a lot of character introductions and the pacing is done extremely well.  I loved the side characters and villains too!

Needless to say, I loved the fantasy world-building and thought it was done fabulously.  I was immediately immersed in this world.  Some might say the story is a bit slow, but I disagree. I’ve read books in this type of setting that were much, much slower.  I thought this one was set at a good pace, and I wasn’t bored for a second! I thought that there was plenty of action throughout the book and a lot of risk-taking on everyone’s part. Everything is super-exciting and fun to read.

And again, there’s a cliffhanger!!!!! Aaah! I want the next book in my hands asap!

So, overall I absolutely LOVED this book so much I have the heart eyes and all. 😍😍 It’s going to be a difficult reading year, because all the books I read in the future now need to live up to this standard! I loved the world building, the characters, the pacing, the action, the plot, and pretty much everything else about the book!  I highly recommend this to anyone interested in Japanese folklore or culture, and anime and manga fans. And people who like fantasy. (Basically everyone, because I loved this okay?)

Anyway, these are my non-spoilery opinions and thoughts about this book! Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below! Also, thanks for reading!

If you want to find out more about the story you can check it out here:  Shadow of the Fox
And if you want to find out more about this author you can check it out here: Julia Kagawa

Book Review: Restore Me

Book Title: Restore Me

Book Author: Tahereh Mafie

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Recommendation: YES! 

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Hello Book Friends!  I hope y’all had a FANTASTIC weekend.  It’s snowing here, which is nice because I’ve got nowhere to go today and it IS perfect reading weather, so yay!  It’s also a pajamas all day kinda of day.  Because YES!

Ok, so onto this book!  I was so happy to finally get my  hands on a version of it. I finally found it in AUDIOBOOK form.  My library doesn’t have it, which is quite a shocker because I usually always find the newest books there! I have been looking for over a year! I didn’t want to go out and purchase it right away because I have the paperback versions of the first three books in the series! Though, I might eventually give up and get it because patience is not always something I have! >_<

Also, these covers are gorgeous and I’m gonna be kinda really upset if there’s a cover change, again. Just saying.

So, this book takes place not long after the events in the first three books (which if you haven’t read, I totally recommend!).  I was really excited going into the book to learn what happened to Juliette, Kenji, Adam, and Warner.

Personally, I think each book gets better and better story wise and the plot twists were GREAT in this book. Some of things that were confusing in the first trilogy were wrapped up with book and now it makes more sense!

Both Juliette and Warner struggle a lot in this book with various things, but they also have some character growth in this installment. I expected her to be a bit more understanding with certain things in this book, so I did find the main character slightly annoying.  But there were some characters that I wasn’t too happy with in the last book that didn’t seem as bad in this book, so I think there’s been some character growth all around. Also, there are new characters introduced which I REALLY enjoyed reading about too. And Juliette actually made a friend that wasn’t a guy – so props to her!

Kenji is a significant, albeit small character in this book, and I absolutely loved him. He’s my FAVORITE character in the series, and the whole reason I stick around for so much of the book. FYI, there is a Kenji Novella coming out this March called Shadow Me, and I think I might just go buy it hardback and all. >_<

As I was listening to the audiobook, you can really see how it’s setting up for some major things to happen in the next books, and I cannot wait to find out!

But what’s significant here is that plot twist that happens right at the end.  🙊 I can’t say too much without spoiling anything, but it had me like o_0.  Like, are you for real? I need the next installment in my hands a.s.a.p.  The cliffhanger had me wanting more.

The writing style has definitely improved since the first book, and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audio book.  I also enjoyed listening to the different points of view throughout the story. Also, the audiobook make it easier to understand which POV I was listening/reading from.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book.  It was a great next installment in the series and I am SO looking forward to what happens next in the series.  The plot twists were awesome, it had plenty of character growth, certain questions were resolved, and it was fun reading about all these characters once more.

Anyway, these are my non-spoilery opinions and thoughts about this book! Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below! Also, thanks for reading!

If you want to find out more about the story you can check it out here:  Restore Me

And if you want to find out more about this author you can check it out here: Tahereh Mafi

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review: Corpse and Crown

Book Title: Corpse and Crown

Book Author: Alisa Kwitney

Book Publisher: Harlequin Teen/Inkyard Press

Release Date: February 12, 2019

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Would I Recommend:  Yes! 

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Hello Dear Book Friends!  I hope your week is off to a great start! 🙂  I haven’t published a book review in over month and it seems like I almost forgot how! >_< Anyway, I’m back on track and ready to tell you about this book!

I decided to request this from Net Galley mainly because of the title, Corpse and Crown.  The title was very eye-catching for me (lol, pun intended) because if there’s anything similar to zombies involved, I’m all for it! Also, it has a historical fiction setting which I’ve been really into reading a lot more of, here lately. And fortunately and I was approved! 🙂

This is an Oliver Twist retelling with a bit of Frankenstein incorporated and it is so different than what I expected! I thought it was AWESOME.

This book is actually the second in the Cadaver and Queen Series.  Unfortunately, I didn’t realize this until too late, however, you CAN read it as a stand-alone book.  Corpse and Crown happen to tell the story of different characters set in the same world as the first book.

Let me just say that this book was so much CUTER than the title sounds! I absolutely adored the main character, Aggie, as she reminded me a lot of Audrey Rose from Stalking Jack the Ripper. Also, I love this girl’s boldness so so much.

The Artful Dodger quickly became my favorite person. Though the queen was very, very close. I just wish the story would have told me more about this character and how she really felt. If I’d read the first book, this might have (probably) made more sense to me!

This story had me really intrigued by the Bio Mechanical aspect, more than I thought I would be, and I found myself wanting to know more about it – which is pretty unusual for me.  I really enjoyed where the author was going with this story, though I felt it could have a bit more detail involved.  I STILL enjoyed it, regardless.

The writing style was FANTASTIC, and I had a very hard time putting this book down so I could go to sleep.  I really wanted to know what was going to happen, and the plot twists were put in all the right places!

So overall, I really, really enjoyed this book.  I plan on reading the first book (hopefully soon), so I can find out more about the Queen now that I’ve read this one! The characters were well written, the style of writing was great and I highly recommend that you read this! (Though you might want to read Cadaver and Queen first, so you have more info going into the second book!)

I was provided this e-arc by the publisher, Harlequin Teen/Inkyard Press through Net Galley.  All opinions expressed in this review are all my own. 

Anyway, these are my non-spoilery opinions and thoughts about this book! Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below! Also, thanks for reading!

If you want to find out more about the story you can check it out here:  Corpse and Crown
And if you want to find out more about this author you can check it out here:Alisa Kwitney

December Wrap Up and January TBR

Hello Book Friends! I hope you all have had a fantastic Christmas and Happy New Year!  I know I sufficiently stuffed my face with all kinds of delicious foods over the past few weeks – not gonna lie, it was totally worth it! Anyway, now that it’s over, I’m back in book world! 🙂

I completed my December TBR, which was only TWO books but I’m still patting myself on the back for finishing it.

  1. Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi. I listened to this on audiobook and oh my goodness it does not disappoint! I absolutely, loved catching up on Juliette, Warner, Adam, and Kenji! And the cliffhanger ending had me like !!!
  2. Corspe and Crown by Alisa Kwitney. This e-arc book was super cute and I loved everyone second of it. (It’s an Oliver Twist retelling) The review will be coming soon as it releases next month!

So, onto my January TBR.

I was only going to read 4 books this month, but I have pretty high ambitions, though I suspect I’ll only end up reading 3 or 4 because that’s how I roll, lol. >_<

  1. Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu. I’m super excited to read the next installment of the DC icons. I’ve read Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo and it was so good. (Also, how fun is it that all these books are written by different authors?!) I’ve yet to read Wildcard and Warcross by Marie Lu, but I really enjoyed The Young Elites series and Prodigy series.
  2. Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdrok. I can’t wait to read this. I got this e-arc from the publisher through Netgalley. It sounds really interesting to me because it’s a murder mystery/historical fiction book. And it happens to be set in Paris! It just sounds amazing.
  3. Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves. Apparently I’ve had this on my shelves for about a year, and haven’t read it yet. It’s a historical fiction (I had no idea!) set in England and Hungary. It’s got mixed reviews, but I’m totally looking forward so see what it has to bring to the table.
  4. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. I’m attempting to read books off my shelf this year that I’ve yet to read. Apparently, this one has magic (always a fun thing to look forward to), assassins, an evil queen and a princess who has to save them all. I can’t wait to dive into this one!
  5. Shadow of the Fox by Julia Kagawa. Although I said I’m trying to read books off my shelf, I got this one from the library. I’ve already started reading this one and I’m loving it! I actually want to get back to it right now! I’m about 90 pages in and it’s fantastic!

And there you have it!  My TBR consists these of 5 books and hopefully I’ll get to them all before the end of the month! As always, thanks for reading! 🙂

My Top Ten Favorite Reads of 2018

So, if you’ve been following my posts, you’ve probably noticed that I did this back in July, with my top  5 books of the first half of the year. Some of these books will probably be the same, but there’s some new ones too!

  1.  Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Scythe and Thunderhead are absolutely amazing books, full of originality and exciting plot twists.  This series tops the list, and I can’t wait to find out what happens in the next one! 

2. The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

I can’t believe I waited so long to read this one.  It has dragons and an exciting plot line! 

3.  Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

I loved this book so much and after that cliffhanger I am begging for more! 

4. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows

I never knew this was a hilarious, sarcastic book.  I loved it a lot. 

5. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

You people told me I would LOVE this book you were NOT wrong. This is the BEST high fantasy book I’ve read to date. I’ve actually started reading the Well of Ascension already even though I hadn’t planned on it. 

6. Fawkes by Nadine Brandes

This book was a great historical fiction.  I love the mix of magic and history intertwined. 

7. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

The protagonist of this book is witty, and funny and not afraid to stab someone without feeling guilty.  I loved it so so much. 

8. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Kell was amazing in the book, but Lila really stole the show in the rest of the series.  I don’t really mind, it was a fantastic read anyway. 

9. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

I read Six of Crows in 2017, otherwise it would be on list. But Crooked Kingdom still made the list and I am reeling from the amazingness (I’ve officially deemed this a word) of this series, so much that I’m re-reading it. (And I never re-read a book, so that’s saying something there.)

10. Tempest and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce

I have been waiting for this books for YEARS!  Tamora Pierce’s books are just so epic tht that they are always worth the wait.  Also, so much information bundled into this book that you’ll want to know about. 

And there you have it!  My top 10 favorite books I read in 2018! As always, thanks for reading! 🙂

November Wrap UP and December TBR

Hello Book Friends!  I hope you all having a wonderful Monday!

Last month was a bit of blur it all happened so fast.  I didn’t get a chance to read as much as I would have liked to!  I only ended up reading TWO books, and I haven’t read much else since. (And I am apparently really bad at reading the books I end up carrying over to the next month!  I might have to make a TBR pile next year of all those books in one month, >_<!)

I am slowly working my way through The Well of the Ascension by Brandon Sanderson, and re-reading Six of Crows, but I’m jumping back into reading new books today starting with the first book in my TBR pile for December.

Here are the two books I read in November.

1. A Holiday by Gaslight by Mimi Matthews

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This is a SUPER cute historical romance novella that’s perfect for the holidays.  You can check out my review of it here: A Holiday by Gaslight!

2. Romanov by Nadine Brandes

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I read Fawkes by Nadine Brandes earlier this year and absolutely fell in LOVE with the book.  It’s also historical fiction, but there’s a lot of truth to the history in her stories.

I kindly received an E-arc copy of Romanov, which doesn’t release until May 2019! I was so excited to have this copy.  I am going to do a review a bit closer to the release date, but this book, in my opinion was just as AMAZING.  I read that some people didn’t think this one was as good as Fawkes, but I think that the historical and fictional events are just different from each other. 🙂

You can check out my review of Fawkes here: Fawkes!

Okay, so that’s the end of my wrap up for November…

Here’s my December TBR!  I am only attempting TWO books this month, because well, this month is busy and last month that’s all I read! Hopefully I will read them all this month, and stick to it. >_<  I will attempt to return to normal status of at least 4 books in January. 🙂

1. Corspe and Crown by Alisa Kwitney

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There is an ampersand symbol (&) on the cover of the book on net galley but it doesn’t seem to appear here.

This is an Oliver Twist re-telling and it looks FANATASTIC!  It’s also a e-arc that I received from the publisher through Netgalley! It comes out in February 2019, and I am really super excited to read it! 🙂

2. Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi

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I’ve been looking for a library copy of this ever since it released and I just stumbled upon an audio book copy of it today.  I’m not sure how this will go, because I read the physical copies of the first three books. But I am looking forward to the next chapter in this series and can’t wait to catch up with all the characters! 🙂

And that’s it for this month!  As, always thanks for reading!