Top Ten Tuesday:Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2016

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish! So head on over there to check it out and participate!

This week’s theme is 2016 releases we are most anticipating, well the first half of the year anyways….

I have a LOAD of options for this but alas I must limit it to only ten, also I’ve done a similar post to this you can find here. So even though there are some books in 2016 I’m anticipating MORE, I’ll find new ones for this post so I don’t sound like a broken record.

Here goes!

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#10.) Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan

Sword and Verse (Sword and Verse, #1)

Release Date: January 19th, 2016

Description From Goodreads

Raisa was just a child when she was sold to work as a slave in the kingdom of Qilara. Despite her young age, her father was teaching her to read and write, grooming her to take his place as a Learned One. In Qilara, the Arnathim, like Raisa, are the lowest class, and literacy is a capital offense. What’s more, only the king, prince, tutor, and tutor-in-training are allowed to learn the very highest order language, the language of the gods. So when the tutor-in-training is executed for teaching slaves this sacred language, and Raisa is selected to replace her, Raisa knows any slipup on her part could mean death.

Keeping her secret is hard enough, but the romance that’s been growing between her and Prince Mati isn’t helping matters. Then Raisa is approached by the Resistance—an underground army of slave rebels—to help liberate Arnath slaves. She wants to free her people, but that would mean aiding a war against Mati. As Raisa struggles with what to do, she discovers a secret that the Qilarites have been hiding for centuries—one that, if uncovered, could bring the kingdom to its knees.

Why I’m Excited:

I think you all know by now that I LOVE Fantasy! That also leaves me being quite picky though. I need a cast of characters, unique mythology, and some fantastic world-building if I’m going to love a fantasy book. I’ve seen some positive reviews for this book and I’m hoping it fits my high fantasy standards! So far I’m moderately excited for this one, still pretty unsure on it since that romance sounds like it might annoy me…..

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#9.) Into The Dim by Janet B. Taylor

Into the Dim (Into the Dim, #1)

Release Date: March 1st, 2016

Description From Goodreads

When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing.  

Why I’m Excited:

Well I think this pretty much sounds like “Outlander” in Young Adult form, and even though I haven’t finished “Outlander” YET it was pretty good from what I did read. Plus there’s time travelers, what’s not to be excited about?

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#8.) The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1)

Release Date: February 16th, 2016

Description From Goodreads

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

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

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

Why I’m Excited:

That’s one long description isn’t it? Pretty much the whole reason I’m excited is that it sounds like one kickass Snow White retelling. I can’t wait to see how the Huntsman (Kol) will be portrayed, and then you know there’s magic.

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#7.) Ruined by Amy Tintera

Ruined (Untitled, #1)

Release Date: May 3rd, 2016

Description From Goodreads

Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war. She lacks the powers of her fellow Ruined. Worst of all, she witnessed her parents’ brutal murders and watched helplessly as her sister, Olivia, was kidnapped.

But because Em has nothing, she has nothing to lose. Driven by a blind desire for revenge, Em sets off on a dangerous journey to the enemy kingdom of Lera. Somewhere within Lera’s borders, Em hopes to find Olivia. But in order to find her, Em must infiltrate the royal family.

In a brilliant, elaborate plan of deception and murder, Em marries Prince Casimir, next in line to take Lera’s throne. If anyone in Lera discovers Em is not Casimir’s true betrothed, Em will be executed on the spot. But it’s the only way to salvage Em’s kingdom and what is left of her family.

Em is determined to succeed, but the closer she gets to the prince, the more she questions her mission. Em’s rage-filled heart begins to soften. But with her life—and her family—on the line, love could be Em’s deadliest mistake.

Why I’m Excited:

This sounds freaking AWESOME. A heroine who’s hellbent on revenge? And she marries the Prince in order to get it? What part of that doesn’t sound awesome I ask you? Like I said I love fantasy, especially betrayal and revenge filled fantasy! Hopefully this one delivers all of that, I’ll be disappointed if she chickens out and doesn’t kill anyone…….

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#6.) Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

Wink Poppy Midnight

Release Date: March 22nd, 2016

Description From Goodreads

Every story needs a hero.
Every story needs a villain.
Every story needs a secret.

Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.

What really happened?
Someone knows.
Someone is lying.

Why I’m Excited:

What can I say? I love anything creepy, and this book sounds like it would deliver just that. I also really enjoy books with unreliable narrators, I think it really adds to the suspense and also sets the story up for non-stop plot twists. Hopefully this book lives up to these expectations, I read Tucholke’s short story in “Slasher Girls & Monster Boys” and wasn’t really a fan but she also selected all of the stories that went into that book. She had great taste, except her own story I thought fell a bit short. Like I said I hope she proves me wrong and this book ends up being fantastic!

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#5.) Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands, #1)

Release Date: March 8th, 2016

Description of Goodreads

She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him…or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

Why I’m Excited:

It’s in a very unique and exciting setting, a desert nation with a very Arabian feel. Plus there’s mythical creatures and magic! Sounds like a very interesting fantasy book, definitely unlike anything I’ve read before. The romance might put me off a little bit but I’m guessing if the world is built well then I won’t mind.

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#4.) Never Ever by Sara Saedi

Never Ever

Release Date: June 21st, 2016

Description From Goodreads

When Wylie encounters Phinn—confident, mature, and devastatingly handsome—at a party the night before her brother goes to juvie, she can’t believe how fast she falls for him. And that’s before he shows her how to fly.

Soon Wylie and her brothers find themselves whisked away to a mysterious tropical island off the coast of New York City where nobody ages beyond seventeen and life is a constant party. Wylie’s in heaven: now her brother won’t go to jail and she can escape her over-scheduled life with all its woes and responsibilities—permanently.

But the deeper Wylie falls for Phinn, the more she begins to discover has been kept from her and her brothers. Somebody on the island has been lying to her, but the truth can’t stay hidden forever.

Why I’m Excited:

Peter Pan is my favorite Disney movie, so yeah I like him. This is a Peter Pan retelling, yes I want to read it. I don’t think it sounds AS good as “Unhooked” however, I’m hoping it’s something that will be worth my time.

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#3.) Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell

Unhooked

Release Date: February 2nd, 2016

Description From Goodreads

For as long as she can remember, Gwendolyn Allister has never had a place to call home—all because her mother believes that monsters are hunting them. Now these delusions have brought them to London, far from the life Gwen had finally started to build for herself. The only saving grace is her best friend, Olivia, who’s coming with them for the summer.

But when Gwen and Olivia are kidnapped by shadowy creatures and taken to a world of flesh-eating sea hags and dangerous Fey, Gwen realizes her mom might have been sane all along.

The world Gwen finds herself in is called Neverland, yet it’s nothing like the stories. Here, good and evil lose their meaning and memories slip like water through her fingers. As Gwen struggles to remember where she came from and find a way home, she must choose between trusting the charming fairy-tale hero who says all the right things and the roguish young pirate who promises to keep her safe.

With time running out and her enemies closing in, Gwen is forced to face the truths she’s been hiding from all along. But will she be able to save Neverland without losing herself?

Why I’m Excited:

Another Peter Pan retelling…… So I’m pretty damn excited for a darker version of Neverland and a possible love triangle between Gwen, Peter, and Hook. You have NO idea how much I want that love triangle! I love Hook and Peter and having that play out in a book is a dream come true for me, seriously!

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#2.) The Imposter Queen by Sarah Fine

The Impostor Queen (Untitled, #1)

Release Date: January 5th, 2016

Description From Goodreads

Sixteen-year-old Elli was a small child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic. Since then, Elli has lived in the temple, surrounded by luxury and tutored by magical priests, as she prepares for the day when the Valtia perishes and the magic finds a new home in her. Elli is destined 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, the 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 the love she has 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 align with the right side—before the kingdom and its magic are completely destroyed.

Why I’m Excited:

First of all there was no hint at romance in the description, I like that. Her love is torn between two groups of people not two boys, I like that A LOT. Plus it’s got all of your basic magic and fantasy elements, I guarantee I’ll love this one. Plenty of reviewers are RAVING about how excellent this book is and I’m hoping it delivers.

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#1.) The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

The Crown's Game (The Crown's Game, #1)

Release Date: May 17th, 2016

Description From Goodreads

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love . . . or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear . . . the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

Why I’m Excited:

I am SUPER excited for this book, I NEED it NOW! There’s Russian culture, magic, and a game that requires the two enchanters kill each other off? Sounds freaking awesome!  Also I don’t know what it is but I find Russian culture very fascinating, so adding that into a fantasy world will be great!

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That concludes this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! Hopefully you guys found some new books to add to your TBR’s!

Feel free to leave a link to your TTT in the comments below!

 The Sassy

Christmas Book Haul!

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Hey everybody! Hope you all had a wonderful, book-filled holiday! I know I did, so I’m going to show off all the bookish goodies I received this Christmas!

First off I only have one picture of half of my haul, I received these from my parents and boyfriend. The OTHER half of my haul has yet to arrive….

My grandparents gave me the gift of money, knowing I would use it to buy whichever books I chose. So I went onto Book Outlet (seriously a great store, and no they aren’t paying me to say so) and ordered SEVEN books! I got all of them for a grand total of $30, I don’t know about you but getting that many books for $30 is a pretty solid deal. So hopefully those will be arriving soon, in which case I can do an unboxing post! Woohoo!

So without further ado let’s show off the haul!!!!!

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So these obviously aren’t ALL books but also bookish paraphernalia…

  • Cheshire Cat (Alice in Wonderland) pillow as well as a bookmark. For any of you who DON’T know this, I am HUGE Cheshire fan….a lot. So I’m pretty pumped about these little goodies.
  • A Song of Fire and Ice Grown-Up coloring book, once again I’m a big fan and an adult coloring book makes me pretty happy. Even though I can’t imagine coloring such detailed people will be all that easy for me……I also got another coloring book for grown ups but that’s mostly flowers and graphic designs, still cool though. Plus a shit ton of colored pencils to go with them.
  • “Girl of Nightmares” by Kendare Blake. The sequel to “Anna Dressed in Blood” so I really needed it obviously. I read, reviewed, and LOVED the first book so I needed the next one. Hopefully it’s just as good!
  • The ENTIRE Monstrumologist series in a box set!!!! I can thank my boyfriend for this one…..this is proof that he either A.) Listens occasionally or B.) Reads my blog to find out what I want…….hm. Anyways I’M SUPER PUMPED about this box set! I have started reading the first one already and IT IS AMAZING!!!

 

So now for the SECOND half of my Christmas book haul! Like I said earlier these are books I ordered with Christmas gift money that have yet to arrive into my awaiting embrace.
5 to 1

“5 to 1” by Holly Bodger

This is a book that I’ve briefly seen around the book blogging community and it has a SUPER interesting blurb. Plus look at how gorgeous the cover is! For the most part the reviews seem pretty positive so I’m hoping I love the inside of this book as much as the outside.

Antigoddess

“Antigoddess” by Kendare Blake

So I’ve had my eyes on this book for a while since I LOVED Blake’s other book “Anna Dressed in Blood”. There seems to be some mixed feelings on this book but since I really love both Kendare Blake AND anything that has to do with mythology I’m hoping I’ll end up loving this book/series.

Born of Illusion (Born of Illusion, #1)

“Born of Illusion” by Teri Brown

Ok so this book has pretty good reviews as well AND it’s set in the early 1920’s AND it’s about stage magic! I don’t know about you guys but I find books/movies centering around stage magic to be absolutely fascinating. I really loved Nolan’s film “The Prestige” and I keep picturing this book to be like that. Hopefully it lives up to my expectations, I won’t be comparing it to that movie…that’s setting the bar way to high.

Guardian of the Dead

“Guardian of the Dead” by Karen Healey

About 5-6 years ago I spotted this book in a bookstore and desperately wanted it. The blurb sounded pretty creepy and therefore very interesting to my 15 year old mind. Unfortunately I never did get my hands on a copy until now and hopefully it’s as entertaining as I thought it would be 6 years ago.

Perfect Ruin (Internment Chronicles, #1)

“Perfect Ruin” Lauren DeStefano

I’m actually not to sure about what I’ll think about this book when I read it. The blurb sounds OK and the reviews are pretty mixed but I’m a sucker for a pretty cover……besides when I can get a paperback copy for around $3.00 it’s worth the gamble.

Revolver

“Revolver” by Marcus Sedgwick

I read Sedgwick’s other book “Midwinterblood” and absolutely loved it, I’ve heard that this book is just as good too. So that’s pretty self explanatory. I had to buy it, plain and simple. Marcus Sedgwick is awesome.

The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1)

“The Bone Season” by Samantha Shannon

There are SO many mixed reviews on this book, people seem to either love this book or loathe it. I’m hoping that I’ll love it since I’m a big fan of great world building and this seems to have some very intricate world building. Plus as I’ve said before I’m a sucker for a great cover and the cover under the dust jacket is pretty dang gorgeous. This was pretty much recommended to me by Alysyn over at Rein Reads, she told me about the beautiful hardcover copy you can get over at Book Outlet for $2.99!

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That wraps up my Christmas book haul this year and hopefully my Book Outlet order comes in relatively soon so I can do an unboxing post!

I hope you all had a great Christmas as well, can’t wait to see your loot!

Happy Holidays Everyone!

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Hey guys! I can’t believe Christmas is tomorrow already! I wish you all Happy Holidays and if you celebrate Christmas (like me) then a Merry Christmas!

I can’t say if I’ll be blogging at all this weekend since it’s the holidays, hopefully I can get a bookhaul post done of all the wonderful bookish presents I hope I get.

I hope you all get the books/bookish gifts you asked for and want! I’m anticipating some awesome Post-Christmas bookhauls/posts. Don’t let me down!

So drink plenty of hot chocolate, eat plenty of Christmas goodies, and read lots of books!

 

Book Review: Soundless by Richelle Mead

 

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In a village without sound…

For as long as Fei can remember, no one in her village has been able to hear. Rocky terrain and frequent avalanches make it impossible to leave the village, so Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom.

When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink. Many go hungry. Fei and all the people she loves are plunged into crisis, with nothing to look forward to but darkness and starvation.

One girl hears a call to action…

Until one night, Fei is awoken by a searing noise. Sound becomes her weapon.

She sets out to uncover what’s happened to her and to fight the dangers threatening her village. A handsome miner with a revolutionary spirit accompanies Fei on her quest, bringing with him new risks and the possibility of romance. They embark on a majestic journey from the peak of their jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiguo, where a startling truth will change their lives forever…

And unlocks a power that will save her people.

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I don’t even know where to start with this review to be honest. Lots of other reviewers I trust TOLD me it was disappointing and did I listen? No, I did not. I loved Mead’s Vampire Academy series so I thought well maybe I’ll love this one anyways. Did I love it anyways? No, I did not.

Trust me when I say I REALLY wanted to like this book, and actually finishing this book seems to be quite the feat since most people DNFed it.

This is going to be a long rant….

PLOT

The first and most important point I would like to make about this book is that it’s supposed to have tons of Chinese folklore and mythology in it, and it failed on that part. It failed hard. When I was 5 years old I dressed up as Mulan for Halloween and I was more Chinese than this book. There is absolutely NO Chinese folklore or mythology added to this story at all. There are mythical creatures called pixius that are mentioned so briefly I don’t think that even really counts.

Seriously this book should be TEEMING with Asian culture and it isn’t. The only thing that’s remotely Asian about this book are the names. That’s it! This is one of the most disappointing factors about this book, since I really expected the culture/folklore to be more developed and take center stage.

There was no world building to speak of and if you’re going to try and make your selling point “A new fantasy steeped in Chinese folklore” then you need to actually provide those two things. Seriously, not only was there none of the folklore but there was no fantasy aspects either. If you’re going to claim something as a fantasy you need to build your world! Convince me this is a fantasy!

Not to mention how slow and tedious the pacing was, this book is under 300 pages it should be a QUICK read. It really wasn’t though, the plot dragged on and only got exciting at the very end! If I could just take the ending of this book and extend it out, I could definitely rate this book higher. The whole thing was just…..dull and unexciting.

Speaking of the that….Remember those pixius I mentioned briefly earlier? No? Kind of? Yeah that’s the same feeling you get in the book as well. They were mentioned like two times and all of a sudden out of nowhere they become a super important plot point? The story was all over the place as far as that’s concerned…..

Here’s another thing that REALLY bothered me: The people in the village are ALL DEAF, okay? So when you’re doing your “dialogue” I don’t want you to say they “said” something when they’re actually signing it to each other. It makes no sense! They aren’t speaking to each other they’re signing! I really don’t think I’m being all that picky about this one, normally I can ignore that kind of stuff but this was actually bugging me a ton while reading.

This book is also supposed to be a stand alone novel, no series here folks. It did not feel like it though, ultimately the ending was not very satisfying and I don’t really feel like it ended at all. It just kind of stopped in a convenient place. Like I said earlier if I could extend the ending it could have been a much better reading experience.

So what did I like, right?

Well not a whole lot actually. Mead’s writing style has always been a favorite of mine and it was apparent in this book but definitely not up to snuff. She was still able to write some scenes that made me….emotional. Trust me it was the writing, not the characters.

That’s honestly all that I remotely enjoyed.

characters

Fei is the main character and she’s about as dull as a butter knife. No seriously there’s nothing exciting about her at all. She got put into some pretty intense situations and I felt like she never really REACTED to anything. She really lacked any sort of personality, she wasn’t fun to read about. I mean her job is to observe and record but come on girl you can actually DO some stuff every once in a while!

Li Wei is the love interest and pretty much the only other character in this book, if Fei is as dull as a butter knife then Li Wei is about as dull as a rock. There’s nothing charming about him at all, I don’t understand why Fei was all moony-eyed over him.

As far as any secondary characters go, they are all so unimportant in this book I won’t even bother mentioning them. Which is disappointing because I love good secondary characters and this book lacked them COMPLETELY. Anybody that wasn’t Fei and Li Wei took a major back seat in the plot.

romance

It’s pretty much got all of your basic romance cliches. Insta-love and forbidden love mostly. Fei and Li Wei basically insta-loved the hell out of each other when they were kids and now that they’re all grown up cannot be together. Why? Because of the village’s caste system, Fei is an artist and Li Wei is a miner. Therefore their love is FORBIDDEN. Great, right?

I really liked the fact that they loved each other at a young age so the insta-love was less over-whelming and that’s pretty much all I liked about it.

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Count me majorly disappointed with this one. I LOVED Mead’s Vampire Academy series and therefore (against my better judgement) I wanted to love this one too. Unfortunately this book did NOT want me to love it.

RECOMMEND

I can’t honestly say I can, but if you have loved Mead’s other works and can look past the horrendous lack of any sort of Asian culture, go right ahead and read it.

Links: Goodreads / Amazon

The Sassy

Siblinghood (Sisterhood) of the World Blog Award

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I was nominated for this blog award by THREE different bloggers: Loreva from La Book Dreamer, Ashley at Dreaming Through Literature, and Michelle over at Book Adventures!

***This is going to be a LONG post, I have 3 sets of questions to answer!***

 

The Rules:

Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their blog in you post
Answer the questions the blogger who nominated you provided
Nominate 10 other bloggers
Create 10 new questions for your nominees to answer

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Loreva’s Questions

1.) Which TV shows do you watch?

I don’t really watch TV a whole lot because I just feel I don’t have a ton of extra time for it……but I do have a ton of shows I LOVE! Supernatural, Black Sails, Firefly, Sons of Anarchy, True Blood, American Horror Story, Game of Thrones (obviously), and Orange is the New Black.

I have NOT finished all of these shows so no spoilers please!

2.) What was the first book you ever read and was it the book that sparked your interest in reading?

Honestly I have no idea, I don’t remember any of the children’s books I had when I was 6 or 7. The only book I remember reading for the first time was “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”. So yes the Harry Potter series DEFINITELY sparked my interest in reading!

3.) Which do you prefer: Reading or Writing?

Reading hands down, but I do really love writing as well. When I was in the 3rd and 4th grades I won a writing contest, I was pretty proud. My stories were about….horses. I had a problem, I REALLY loved horses.

4.) Which is your favorite season, reading wise?

Summer. I get to take my hammock out, sit in it, and read. Well as long as it isn’t way too hot outside…..

5.) What bookish challenges are you going to attempt next year?

Besides the Goodreads reading challenge? No idea. I’m still super new to the book blogging community and I’m not really aware of any other challenges sooooooo. If you guys have any suggestions I’d love to hear them!

6.) How do you arrange your bookshelf (color, genre, author etc)?

Do you want the honest answer? I don’t. Mostly I put them wherever I feel like it and of course keep all of a series together. I suppose I sort by author though.

7.) What was the last book you read? Did you like it?

“Soundless” by Richelle Mead and no I didn’t like it. Sorry my review is taking a while! I’ve been busy with the impending holidays but hopefully it’ll be up soon!

8.) Have you ever been on vacation outside the borders of your continent?

No unfortunately I have not. I’m hoping maybe one day I can though, I have distant relatives who live in England and I’d love to go there!

9.) Are you interested in any musical instruments or sports?

Hell no to the sports I am the polar opposite of a sporty person. I did take guitar lessons for a while but I am in no way a guitar player and I also played the flute in my high school band. I rocked the flute not the guitar. It’s funny how that happened……

10.) What is your usual reading time?

Honestly, whenever I get time. Mostly anywhere between 6:00-10:00 at night though.

Ashley’s Questions

1.) What has been your favorite read of the year?

I’m just going to say it’s a tie between “A Darker Shade of Magic” by V.E. Schwab and “The Knife of Never Letting Go” by Patrick Ness. I really cannot choose.

2.) What is your favorite food?

Pizza, not even any competition there.

3.) What is your favorite social media website?

Pinterest. I have a severe Pinterest addiction…. I have over 62,000 pins and over 27,000 followers….so yeah.

4.) Do you have any other blogs?

Nope! Just The Sassy Book Geek!

5.) What’s your favorite holiday?

Halloween hands down! Seriously there’s no competition there at all, just like pizza.

6.) Who are one of your favorite ships?

I’m not really a shipper but I’ll have to say Aragorn and Arwen from “The Lord of the Rings”. I could ship them all day long. This ship is my top favorite out of all of my minor ships.

7.) What and where is your favorite bookstore?

Where I live we pretty much have zero bookstores, we recently got a new one but it isn’t very big. So when I go visiting family in Wisconsin I seize the opportunity to go to Books-A-Million! Definitely my favorite bookstore.

8.) Do you have any pets? If yes, what kind and what is/are their name(s)?

I actually had a dog named Duchess but she passed away at the beginning of this month, it’s definitely taking some time to get used to not having a dog anymore when people ask these questions…..But I also have two tremendously derpy cats named Oscar and Mittens. Seriously the word derp describes them perfectly.

9.) What’s your favorite Christmas-themed book?

I can’t even think of any remotely Christmas related right now, I don’t do Christmas books. Christmas isn’t my favorite holiday whatsoever, so it makes sense to me NOT to read Christmas themed books. Sorry!

10.) What book do you love recommending to people?

Even though I recently finished reading and reviewing it I love recommending “The Knife of Never Letting Go” by Patrick Ness. Seriously if you haven’t read it do it. Do it now!

Michelle’s Questions

1.) Favorite book you’ve read in 2015?

Once again I’m picking “A Darker Shade of Magic” by V.E. Schwab and “The Knife of Never Letting Go” by Patrick Ness.

2.) Best movie you’ve seen in 2015?

I’m going to say “Ant-Man”, I really love Marvel movies and they’re always fantastic.

3.) Are you going to participate in any reading challenges in 2016?

No idea, I procrastinate that kind of stuff. It’s not something I’m thinking about right now.

4.) How many books are currently on your TBR-list?

247, which isn’t really THAT many considering how big other people’s TBRs are. Granted there’s stuff I want to read that I haven’t added to it yet officially. Either way I’m OK with it growing.

5.) How many books do you want to read next year?

I think I’ll shoot for AT LEAST 50 books, this year I started my Goodreads challenge in July so I had to aim low with 35.

6.)  If you could have one fictional animal as your pet, which one would it be?

Well I’d say a Phoenix would be pretty sweet but I’m not sure how well that would blow over. As a back up fictional animal pet I’d just want a cat that talks. Talking cats would be cool…..

7.) What was the last book you’ve read? Would you recommend it, why or why not?

“Soundless” by Richelle Mead and no I wouldn’t, I’m not really going to go in depth. It was just disappointing. If you’re really curious you’ll just have to wait for my review to come up. Sorry!

8.) If you could date a fictional character who would you date and why?

I don’t really know if I’d want to actually. My real, non-fictional boyfriend is pretty great. So for the sake of the question though I’d just pick Dimitri from the Vampire Academy series, just because he’s pretty badass.

9.) If you could pick any three books to have right now, what would you choose?

“Nimona” by Noelle Stevenson, “The Traitor Baru Cormorant” by Seth Dickinson, & “Half the World” by Joe Abercrombie.

10.) What bookish gift would you like to receive this Christmas (that’s not a book)?

Hm, I don’t know of anything really. I’d be cool with anything Middle Earth related does that count?

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My Questions:

  1. What is a food that you absolutely will not touch, even if your life depended on it?
  2. If you could meet any author, who would you meet?
  3. If you could have the next book in any series right now, which would it be (doesn’t necessarily have to be written yet)?
  4. Would you rather go to the library or the bookstore?
  5. Paperback/Hardcover or E-Book?
  6. New book smell or old book smell?
  7. Do you like reading classics or new books?
  8. If I gave you a bunch of money for books right now, which 4 books would you buy?
  9. Most anticipated book of 2016?
  10. Are there any book-to-movie adaptations you’re anticipating?

 

***Sorry if you guys have already been nominated for this one! Don’t feel obligated to answer my additional questions if you have!***

My nominees are:

Astra @ A Stranger’s Guide To Novels

Anna @ My Bookish Dream

Ariana @ The Quirky Book Nerd

Ashleigh @ A Frolic Through Fiction

Kelly @ Stellar Scrutiny

Mariana @ Fire Heart Books

Stephanie @ Adventures of a Bibliophile

Tasha @ Head In The Clouds, Heart In The Books

Raquel @ rakioddbooks

Trisha @ The Bookgasm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog Awards: The Dragon’s Loyalty Award

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Thanks to Loreva over at La Book Dreamer and Ariana at The Quirky Book Nerd for nominating me for this award! Make sure to go and check out her blog, guys! And can I just say that I really love dragons?

 

 

Rules:

  1. Display the award on your blog
  2. Announce your win with a post link the blogger who awarded you
  3. Present 6 deserving bloggers with the award
  4. Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded
  5. Write seven interesting things about you

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7 Facts About Me That May or May Not Be Interesting

(I’m seriously running out of facts for these blog awards!)

  1. I have trouble managing my leisure time, I need to balance it between books and video games. For example all day yesterday instead of reading (like I was supposed to) I spent all day playing Tomb Raider.
  2. Have I mentioned that my favorite food is pizza yet? I forget what I’ve told you guys! But seriously I could eat pizza all day every day…..
  3. I have some trouble with anxiety, mostly when I’m in new places or around large crowds. I wouldn’t wish anxiety on my worst enemy, it truly is a horrible thing to experience.
  4. I have a small obsession with camouflage. If I see camouflage on something I will more than likely want it.
  5. I have an obsession with the Mass Effect trilogy of video games….
  6. I think I’ve mentioned before my favorite animal is a tie between a horse and an elephant, but my favorite mythical animal is definitely a dragon.
  7. One of my all time favorite TV shows is “Firefly”, seriously the BEST show ever and it’s cancelled.

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My Nominees:

(Please don’t feel obligated to do a post, I’m sorry I’ve been overwhelming you all with nominations and tags!)

Michelle @ Book Adventures

Becky @ Blogs of a Bookaholic

Astra @ A Stranger’s Guide To Novels

Anna @ My Bookish Dream

Ashleigh @ A Frolic Through Fiction

 

 

 

 

Heather’s Bookshelf: Funko Pop Book Pairings

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So I’d like to thank Ashleigh over at A Frolic Through Fiction for inspiring this post! We were discussing Funko Pops and she said I should do some sort of post with my collection, and well here it is!

Mostly what I had to do was think up book related themes/questions to FIT each of my Funko Pops. So bear with me please! It was actually pretty hard since some of my figures don’t really fit a theme or character from any books I’ve read. Some of them are a stretch but that’s just what I had to do.

Also I am not by any means a photographer, so apologies in advance for my pictures!

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Alduin (Skyrim) & Smaug (The Hobbit) – A Book With Dragons In It 

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“A Dance with Dragons” by George R.R. Martin

This is a perfect fit not only because there are dragons in the story but also dragons in the title. Boom. Done. The figure on the left is Alduin from the video game Skyrim and the right one is Smaug from The Hobbit book and film franchise.


Nemo – A Book With An Adorable/Awesome Animal

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“Anna Dressed in Blood” by Kendare Blake

So this is one of my goofy match ups, like I said it was pretty difficult with my limited selection of books and my odd collection of Funko Pops.

Anyways there’s an awesome cat named Tybalt in this book, therefore he’s an awesome animal companion. Nemo got matched up with this book because he’s one awesome little animal, while not a companion per say in his movie. So two awesome animals. That’s how my brain put this together.


Baymax – A Book Containing Superheroes 

 

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“Vicious” by V.E. Schwab

Alright so I know that this isn’t Baymax all armored up as a superhero but oh well, he’s cute and still considered a superhero. Also I don’t have any superhero centered books so I’m semi-cheating and matching it up with “Vicious”. I’m currently reading “Vicious” in a surprise buddy read with Ariana at The Quirky Book Nerd. *waves* Hi Ariana!


Trinity (The Matrix) – A Book With A Badass Female Character

 

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“Vampire Academy” by Richelle Mead

Rose Hathaway is definitely a badass and since she’s one of my longest running favorites she wins. Rose is on par with Trinity from The Matrix films, both complete badasses. So that’s why I’m matching these two up. That’s really all there is to say. Two tough women kicking ass and taking names.


Jax Teller (Sons of Anarchy) – A Book With A Bad Boy Main Character

 

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“I Hunt Killers” by Barry Lyga

This is another one that’s a bit of a stretch since honestly Jax Teller and Jasper Dent don’t really have a lot in common and yet they do. Jazz tries not to follow in his father’s footsteps as a serial killer and Jax tries not to follow in his “stepfather’s” footsteps as the leader of a motorcycle gang (he wants a different direction for the gang). It gets complicated both these boys are bad, bad, bad. Not evil bad but you know……bad boy, bad.


Daenerys Targaryen & Jon Snow – A Song of Ice and Fire Book

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“A Storm of Swords” by George R.R. Martin

Yep what goes better with Daenerys and Jon than an ASOIAF book? The answer: nothing.


Garrus & Grunt (Mass Effect) – A Book Set in Space

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“Illuminae” by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

I’m definitely cheating with this one since I haven’t read it yet! It’s the only one on here though I promise!

So for those of you who don’t know, I am obsessed with Bioware games. Mass Effect is the shit. It only makes sense for me to have two Funko Pops from one of my favorite video game franchises! Mass Effect is set in space and so is “Illuminae”, I matched them up because I have a serious lack of sci-fi books…..


Xenomorph (Alien Franchise) – A Book Featuring Aliens

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“The Host” by Stephanie Meyer

Once again I’m really grasping at straws here. So like I said earlier I don’t have many sci-fi books but I do have “The Host” and souls are kind of like aliens right? Right, don’t argue they totally are. So I had little choice but to pair it up with the xenomorph from the Alien film franchise. Xenomorphs (xenomorphi?) are terrifying, but this one’s cuuuuute!


The Bride/Beatrix Kiddo (Kill Bill) – A Book About Revenge

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“Vengeance Road” by Erin Bowman

Fun fact: I love Quentin Tarantino. I own every one of his movies, so no surprise here when I say I LOVE Kill Bill.

Kill Bill is ALL about revenge so what perfect book to match with that other than “Vengeance Road”? Kate Thompson isn’t nearly as badass as Beatrix Kiddo, however, but she still holds her own. She goes out on the warpath to avenge the death of her father by a murderous gang of outlaws.

 


Gandalf – The Lord of the Rings

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“The Lord of the Rings” by J.R.R. Tolkien

Do I even need to explain this?

Yeah I thought not…


Dancing Groot (Guardians of the Galaxy) – A Book With A “Resurrected” Character

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“Inkdeath” by Cornelia Funke

This one was pretty hard to think up. I couldn’t find a good question/theme for Groot……so I thought “well he DOES kind of come back to life technically”. So here we are.

I won’t go into details about why I picked “Inkdeath” since helloooo spoilers! Just know that it has the title for a reason. Besides it’s been so long since I’ve read it I don’t think I could go into details if I wanted to.


Loki (Marvel Universe) – A Book With A Morally Ambiguous Character

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“Alice” by Christina Henry

Surprise, surprise. Heather is going to preach to all of you some more about this awesome book.

I’m matching Loki up with Cheshire from “Alice”, they’re both not inherently evil but not exactly the nicest guys around. They’ll basically do whatever it takes to achieve their own agendas, whether that means doing outright evil things or helping the “heroes” out in order to obtain their goals.

 

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 Sometimes I’m convinced Tony Stark is my spirit animal.

The Sassy