ARC Review: Red Queen (The Chronicles of Alice #2) by Christina Henry

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The land outside of the Old City was supposed to be green, lush, hopeful. A place where Alice could finally rest, no longer the plaything of the Rabbit, the pawn of Cheshire, or the prey of the Jabberwocky. But the verdant fields are nothing but ash—and hope is nowhere to be found.

Still, Alice and Hatcher are on a mission to find his daughter, a quest they will not forsake even as it takes them deep into the clutches of the mad White Queen and her goblin or into the realm of the twisted and cruel Black King.

The pieces are set and the game has already begun. Each move brings Alice closer to her destiny. But, to win, she will need to harness her newfound abilities and ally herself with someone even more powerful—the mysterious and vengeful Red Queen…

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**** Thank you to Ace Books and Netgalley for sending me an ARC as well as a finished copy of this book in exchange for an honest review****

“There were monsters in the night but there were monsters in the day too, and monsters inside people who smiled and showed you all their teeth like they were nice.”

“Alice” was a five star read for me, it was so completely engrossing and horrific that I couldn’t stop reading or thinking about it once I had finished. So of course I could not wait to get my hands on the sequel! Unfortunately I wasn’t as captivated by it as I was with the first book, however, it has the same compelling writing and a few of the characters I loved from “Alice”. So I’m more than a little conflicted about how I feel about “Red Queen”.

PLOT

The story picks up exactly where it left off in “Alice”, with Alice and Hatcher leaving the Old City to venture off into the East to find Hatcher’s daughter Jenny. So while the plot starts out strongly enough my interest really began to dwindle as it proceeded, I found that the pacing was extremely uneven and was slow more often then not.

The overall atmosphere in this book also felt completely different than its predecessor, it wasn’t as horrific or suspenseful. Where did the horror go? Reading through “Alice” I constantly felt creeped out and disturbed about the things that would occur but in “Red Queen” there wasn’t really any of that it was almost too lighthearted compared to “Alice”. I wanted to be shocked and horrified while reading but it fell a bit short.

I also found there to be less Alice in Wonderland references, while “Alice” had numerous twisted versions of our favorite Wonderland characters “Red Queen” only had a few. With retellings I feel the comparisons are half the fun, right?

 There seemed to be a lot more romance in this book than the first, don’t get me wrong, I love Alice and Hatcher together they make a fantastic team but I felt that Alice spent over half the book just thinking about Hatcher. Not exactly plot relevant thoughts about Hatcher either, just lovey dovey thoughts that felt a little unnecessary.

We also spend a lot more time in Alice’s headspace, in fact the entire book is comprised mostly of her thoughts. Whether it’s her daydreaming or trying to solve a problem I felt we were inside her head more than we were outside of it interacting with other characters. Because of this there was little to no action at all in “Red Queen”. There wasn’t much going on and Alice didn’t have to go through many trials this time around.

Henry’s writing is still the same though and by that I mean it’s excellent, it really grabs your attention and propels the story along. Even if the story didn’t have much going for it this time around I still loved the writing.

So overall with the story it had a strong start and a very slow, dragging middle. It picked up again towards the end of the book with a few surprising plot twists and everything was wrapped up neatly and resolved and left a satisfying ending.

characters

We of course have the same old Alice and Hatcher we know and love as well as a bit of Cheshire (even though I wanted more! He’s my favorite!) but aside from that we don’t see too many other characters. There is the addition of the White Queen, Red Queen, Black King, a goblin, some giants, and a few villagers. Not exactly the slew of twisted Wonderland characters I was expecting, it felt almost like Henry used them all up in “Alice”.

While I would have liked just the teeniest bit more depth to all of the new characters I was still very happy with them and they were the best part about “Red Queen”. Alice is still brave and kind-hearted, Hatcher is still murderously insane, and Cheshire is still as conniving as ever. The new characters had their fair share of interesting back story as well and aren’t quite what you expected, in a good way!

While the White Queen and Black King weren’t exactly the most good-natured characters I still found the Queen’s goblin to be the most villainous and horrifying. I was happy with that inclusion of horror reminiscent of “Alice”.

in conclusion

This may seem like a lot of negative things but I really did like this book, I just didn’t love it as much as I thought I would.

Overall there wasn’t enough horror or action for me to have enjoyed it as much as I did “Alice”, I wanted that shock factor and I wanted that more disturbingly horrific content and I just didn’t get it. For me the characters were really the most redeeming quality of this book along with the writing.

RECOMMEND

Of course, especially if you read and liked “Alice”. However, I wouldn’t get your expectations up too high like I did or you may end up being disappointed.

Links: Goodreads / Amazon

If you want to read my review of the first book “Alice” I’ll just leave the link right here…

The Sassy

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June Wrap-Up

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Well I haven’t done a monthly wrap up in a while and I figured I better start again, I’m absolutely terrible about staying organized with my posts right now but I’m trying to get better about it! It’s pretty hard to be an organized blogger in the summer for me though. I’ve got a slew of book reviews to write as well as tons of tags to do but here’s my June Wrap-Up at least!

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Books Read This Month: 6

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. MaasWith Malice by Eileen CookStormdancer by Jay KristoffA Drop of Night by Stefan BachmannRed Queen by Christina HenryWelcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – black3

With Malice by Eileen Cook – black4

Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff  – black5

A Drop of Night by Stefan Bachmann – black3(3.5)

Red Queen by Christina Henry – black3(3.5)

Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz – black3

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Reviews Finished This Month

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas

With Malice by Eileen Cook

(I’m sorry I’ve been slacking so bad with these other reviews guys!)

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Tags & Memes Done This Month

Top Ten Tuesday: My Version of Beach Reads

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Reasons I Love Book Blogging

Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Releases I’ve Read So Far This Year

Top 5 Wednesday: My Favorite Character Names

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Posts on The Sassy Book Geek

The TBR Book Tag

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Other Posts

Hyped Books: The Good & The Bad

300 Followers! Q&A

300 Followers! Q&A Answers

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What I’m Currently Reading

Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1)

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes, #1)

A Study in Charlotte by Brittney Cavallaro

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How was your reading month this June?

What are you currently reading?

What’s on your TBR for July?

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300 Followers: Q&A Answers!

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So at the beginning of this week I reached 300 followers on The Sassy Book Geek and did up a Q&A post and I had 7 wonderful bloggers ask me a few questions! Big thank you goes out to you 7 as well as a thank you to the rest of my followers who found my blog worth reading!

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Questions from Hannah @ Mortal Reader

What are your favorite TV Shows or Movies to watch?

I’m actually really terrible about keeping up with TV shows these days but two of my all time favorites are Supernatural (no spoilers please I’m about 2-3 seasons behind, haha) and Sons of Anarchy! And The Lord of the Rings Trilogy reigns as my favorite set of movies.

Favorite book series or classic?

My favorite book series would definitely be Harry Potter, I know it’s a little cliched but it’s true! I usually don’t read a ton of classics either and if I do I don’t like them but one I actually did end up loving was “Dracula” by Bram Stoker.

Best tip you would give for beginner bloggers to expand their blogs?

Talk to other book bloggers! Nobody bites, I promise! Nothing is more helpful for beginners then getting to know other book bloggers and chatting with as many people as possible. Everyone in this community is incredibly friendly and supportive so if you have any questions or want advice then don’t be afraid to ask for it! Go comment on other blogs, get on Twitter and chat, all of those things will help you in expanding your blog!


Question from Ashleigh @ A Frolic Through Fiction

Is there a real country/city/place you really want to visit because of a book?

This was a tough question to answer considering that I mostly read fantasy and none of those places are real…..but I did end up finding one! I would love to go to Prague after reading “Daughter of Smoke & Bone” the architecture there would be something I’d love to see, not to mention Laini Taylor does a wonderful job of describing the city in her book that just left me with wanderlust!


Questions from Anna @ My Bookish Dream

What are some of your favorite video games?

Ah! Too many! I’d have to go with Skyrim, Fallout (3, New Vegas, & 4), the Mass Effect trilogy, the Dragon Age series, and The Witcher series. It’s hard to narrow it down any further with those since they’re all my top favorite series!

What is your favorite childhood movie and book?

When I was younger I was absolutely obsessed with Disney’s Mulan, so that one was definitely my favorite childhood movie! As far as a favorite childhood book goes I’d say any of the Harry Potter books but if you mean a picture book I’d say “Where The Wild Things Are”.


Questions from Beth @ Reading Every Night

What is the best book you’ve read so far this year?

 I’d have to say “Illuminae” by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff hands down!

What would be your dream travel destination (real or fictional)?

Definitely Middle Earth, I feel like I’d be remotely safe there too especially in The Shire.

What, besides reading and blogging, is your favorite hobby?

I play quite a few video games but for me that doesn’t feel like a hobby so much as something I do for entertainment so I’d say my favorite hobby would be horseback riding even though I don’t get to do it as often as I’d like!


Questions from Ariana @ The Quirky Book Nerd

What are your go-to methods for inspiring/motivating yourself?

You mean besides sitting and staring off into space hoping inspiration will strike me? I find that reading other people’s blogs and blog posts help a lot to both inspire and motivate me. Seeing everyone’s wonderful posts helps me to get thinking about getting my reading and posts done for sure!

In he past, when you’ve read books far outside your comfort zone, which one did you have the best experience with and which was the worst?

The book I had the best experience with was probably “The Raven Boys” I usually don’t read any urban fantasy at all but that one was so well done I’m glad I took a chance on it.

As far as the worst experience there have been a couple but I’d say “These Shallow Graves” by Jennifer Donnelly. It’s historical fiction and for the most part I don’t read any unless it has some sort of paranormal or fantastical twist to it, this one had none.

If you suddenly became a character in Skyrim, what type of character would you be (race, fight style, etc.) and which hold would you live in?

Well I’d probably be a Nord, yes that sounds boring and cliched BUT I feel like that race suits me the best (maybe because I’m part Norwegian…hm) and I’d be a thief type…person, I like sneaking around and using a bow to keep myself out of harm’s way. Whiterun is my favorite hold so I’d live there, it seems like the most relatively safe hold as well!

Similarly, one day, you wake up in the wasteland! How do you distribute your initial perk points?

Besides upping my Charisma as much as possible I usually go for the following perks right away: Black Widow, Inspirational, Scavenger, and Science! Because I like to have a lot of dialogue options (and to pass speech checks) as well as having companions with me at all times because I’m a big baby. Also the Scavenger perk is just useful for finding more stuffs and Science! because I like using laser weapons.

I hope that’s kind of the answer you were looking for!


Question from Emma @ Emma The Book Lover

How do you organize your bookshelves ?

I always, always keep books organized by their author but not alphabetically, I just can stand having books by the same author not next to each other. From there I try grouping them by what I’ve read and still have to read!


Questions from Jessica @ The Awkward Book Blogger

Is there any TV shows you watch religiously?

I don’t really watch any TV religiously anymore but when Sons of Anarchy was still on the air I made sure my butt was in front of a TV every Tuesday night! I also used to consistently watch Game of Thrones and Supernatural as well but not so much anymore.

Approximately how many physical books do you own?

200 give or take a few books I may have missed!

How did you discover book blogging and what made you want to start?

I actually found out about book blogging when I was nosing around Goodreads for recommendations one day, I kept seeing reviews for books that weren’t released yet and I was confused so of course I looked it up and discovered that book bloggers sometimes receive ARCs of these books. It kind of blew me away that there was a whole community of book lovers who blogged about books and I didn’t even know it! That’s really what made me want to start, wanting to chat books with fellow bookworms!

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Once again a big thank you to you all for the questions!

The Sassy

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Posts on The Sassy Book Geek

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and created by Lainey @ Ginger Reads Lainey. You can check out the group’s Goodreads page for this month’s topics!

This week’s theme is your favorite posts you did on your own blog, not anyone else’s but your own! I don’t know about you guys but that’s a very fun and different idea! It can be discussion posts, reviews, or just any other type of post. So these are a few of the posts that made me feel just a tad proud.

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5.) Discussion Post: Tackling That TBR Pile

My very first discussion post and let me tell you they take a lot of time and effort! This one is all about how we manage our TBRs and what to do to manage it better.

4.) Book Review: Vicious by V.E. Schwab

“Vicious” was my very first buddy read ever that I did with Ariana from The Quirky Book Nerd! Not to mention it’s an amazing book with superpowers and morally ambiguous characters plus it’s by V.E. Schwab and she’s  straight up amazing.

3.) The Skyrim Book Tag

It’s no secret that I’m in love and obsessed with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, OK? One of the greatest video games in all of creation period! So combine that with my other great love, books, and you get one of my all time favorite posts: The Skyrim Book Tag!

2.) 11 Haunting Books To Read This Halloween

I looooove recommending books and I also really love horror books so of course when it was around Halloween time I combined both of those loves into a post! Just a list of some of my absolute favorite horror books that I think will scare your pants off!

1.) Book Review: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

One of the most surprisingly emotional as well as enjoyable books I’ve ever read and there’s just constant action and feelings! Feeeeelings! This is one of my longer reviews and I put a few gifs in it ( I love gifs) making it one of my favorite book reviews I’ve done.

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What are some of your favorite posts on your blog?

Feel free to link up your favorite post or your Top 5 Wednesday!

The Sassy

Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Releases I’ve Read So Far This Year

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

I have to tell you guys that I freaked out a little bit when I saw this week’s theme: Favorite 2016 Releases So Far. I thought to myself “I don’t think I’ve even read that many this year!” Turns out I have but they weren’t all great so I tweaked my theme here a little bit so instead of my favorite 2016 releases this will just be 2016 releases I’ve read this year period.

I’ll also link my reviews for these books if I have them up!

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Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

3/5 Stars: Indifferent

I didn’t really get the hype with this book and while it was interesting I thought there wasn’t enough world building and it left me with too many questions at the end.

Full Review


The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine

The Impostor Queen (The Impostor Queen, #1)

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

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

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

4.5/5 Stars: Loved It

This one’s a very underrated and under appreciated book if you ask me, it’s everything I love in a YA fantasy and it’s executed perfectly. The magic system is fascinating and the world building is great, not to mention our main character really gets put to the test.


Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

Wink Poppy Midnight

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.

3/5 Stars: Indifferent

Not exactly the great mystery I was expecting but I really do love Tucholke’s writing style, it’s just so gorgeous. I wanted the characters to be a little more deceptive then they ended up being and mostly I was just confused a lot, I still don’t think I know what went down.

Full Review


A Fierce & Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry

A Fierce and Subtle Poison

Everyone knows the legends about the cursed girl–Isabel, the one the señoras whisper about. They say she has green skin and grass for hair, and she feeds on the poisonous plants that fill her family’s Caribbean island garden. Some say she can grant wishes; some say her touch can kill.

Seventeen-year-old Lucas lives on the mainland most of the year but spends summers with his hotel-developer father in Puerto Rico. He’s grown up hearing stories about the cursed girl, and he wants to believe in Isabel and her magic. When letters from Isabel begin mysteriously appearing in his room the same day his new girlfriend disappears, Lucas turns to Isabel for answers–and finds himself lured into her strange and enchanted world. But time is running out for the girl filled with poison, and the more entangled Lucas becomes with Isabel, the less certain he is of escaping with his own life.

2/5 Stars: Meh

I like that this had a diverse setting and some diverse characters but overall the plot was really messy and a bit confusing at times while the pacing was all over the place.

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The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

The Darkest Corners

There are ghosts around every corner in Fayette, Pennsylvania. Tessa left when she was nine and has been trying ever since not to think about it after what happened there that last summer. Memories of things so dark will burn themselves into your mind if you let them.

Callie never left. She moved to another house, so she doesn’t have to walk those same halls, but then Callie always was the stronger one. She can handle staring into the faces of her demons—and if she parties hard enough, maybe one day they’ll disappear for good.

Tessa and Callie have never talked about what they saw that night. After the trial, Callie drifted and Tessa moved, and childhood friends just have a way of losing touch.

But ever since she left, Tessa has had questions. Things have never quite added up. And now she has to go back to Fayette—to Wyatt Stokes, sitting on death row; to Lori Cawley, Callie’s dead cousin; and to the one other person who may be hiding the truth.

Only the closer Tessa gets to the truth, the closer she gets to a killer—and this time, it won’t be so easy to run away.

4/5 Stars: Loved It

This is a dark, dark YA mystery thriller, this might be as dark as you can get while still being a YA book and not an adult book. I loved the twists and the turns and the suspense, really I just loved everything about it.

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The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

The Forbidden Wish

When Aladdin discovers Zahra’s jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn’t seen in hundreds of years—a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra’s very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes.

But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?

5/5 Stars: Perfection

Such an amazing Aladdin retelling, complete with an ACTUAL heart-warming romance and beautiful, descriptive writing. Absolute perfection.

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Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell

Unhooked

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?

2/5 Stars: Meh

I love Peter Pan and that’s no secret so of course I want to get my hands on every retelling. Unfortunately this one SOUNDS amazing but the execution is poorly done and I didn’t like the way the characters developed. Think a love triangle between a roguish, young Hook and a brave, handsome Pan is a great idea? Not in this book.

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The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

The Rose & the Dagger (The Wrath & the Dawn, #2)

I won’t include the description here for this one since it is a sequel and I don’t want to spoil anyone who has yet to read the first book!

4/5 Stars: Loved It

This was a pretty great ending to this duology but I really don’t think it was as great as the first one, I thought the beginning was a bit too slow but other than that it’s the world and characters I love!


With Malice by Eileen Cook

With Malice

Eighteen-year-old Jill Charron wakes up in a hospital room, leg in a cast, stitches in her face and a big blank canvas where the last six weeks should be. She discovers she was involved in a fatal car accident while on a school trip in Italy. A trip she doesn’t even remember taking. She was jetted home by her affluent father in order to receive quality care. Care that includes a lawyer. And a press team. Because maybe the accident…wasn’t an accident.

As the accident makes national headlines, Jill finds herself at the center of a murder investigation. It doesn’t help that the media is portraying her as a sociopath who killed her bubbly best friend, Simone, in a jealous rage. With the evidence mounting against her, there’s only one thing Jill knows for sure: She would never hurt Simone. But what really happened? Questioning who she can trust and what she’s capable of, Jill desperately tries to piece together the events of the past six weeks before she loses her thin hold on her once-perfect life.

3.5/4 Stars: Really Enjoyed It

This is one fun, fast paced thriller and it’s great at keeping you guessing. Not anything really new but it’s definitely an enjoyable read!

Full Review


A Drop of Night by Stefan Bachmann

A Drop of Night

Seventeen-year-old Anouk has finally caught the break she’s been looking for—she’s been selected out of hundreds of other candidates to fly to France and help with the excavation of a vast, underground palace buried a hundred feet below the suburbs of Paris. Built in the 1780’s to hide an aristocratic family and a mad duke during the French Revolution, the palace has lain hidden and forgotten ever since. Anouk, along with several other gifted teenagers, will be the first to set foot in it in over two centuries.

Or so she thought.

But nothing is as it seems, and the teens soon find themselves embroiled in a game far more sinister, and dangerous, than they could possibly have imagined. An evil spanning centuries is waiting for them in the depths. . .

3.5/5 Stars: Really Enjoyed It

This book is YA horror and it does get a bit weird but overall it’s fun, interesting, and you never know what will happen next. In this case weird is good.

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Have you read any of the books listed here?

Did you enjoy them or dislike them?

What 2016 releases have you read so far this year?

Which ones did you like or dislike the most?

Let me know in the comments and feel free to link your Top Ten Tuesday posts as well!

The Sassy

The TBR Book Tag

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I haven’t done a good ol’ book tag in such a long time! I’ve got a looooong list of them as well and I’m very behind so sorry to all of you who’ve nominated me recently I’ll get to it….eventually! I was nominated to do this tag by Reg at She Latitude and Ashley at Dreaming Through Literature thank you to you both and all of you readers be sure to head over and check out both of these ladies’ blogs, they’re awesome!

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How Do You Keep Track Of Your TBR Pile?

I pretty much just use Goodreads to add books to my TBR and keep track of what all is on there, I’m a hardcore mood reader so I don’t really prioritize any books unless it’s an ARC. I just kind of read whatever I feel like reading. *shrugs*

Is Your TBR Mostly Print or eBook?

Definitely mostly print books but I do have quite a few eBooks as well, I’m just a sucker for pretty covers…..

A Book That’s Been Been on Your TBR List The Longest

Um…..I don’t think I can quite pinpoint the book that has been on it the longest but it’s probably “The Lord of the Rings” by JRR Tolkien. Love the movies, read “The Hobbit”, but haven’t quite gotten to these books yet. A day may come when I finally get to read them but……

A Book You Recently Added to Your TBR

I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After

This was recommended to me by Ashley at Dreaming Through Literature and I very much trust her opinions on graphic novels so I checked it out of course and then added it to my TBR. I’m really new to graphic novels still so I definitely appreciate recommendations for newbies like myself.

“An Adventure Time/Alice in Wonderland-style epic that smashes it’s cute little face against grown-up, Tank Girl/Deadpool-esque violent madness. Follow Gert, a forty year old woman stuck in a six year olds body who has been stuck in the magical world of Fairyland for nearly thirty years. Join her and her giant battle-axe on a delightfully blood soaked journey to see who will survive the girl who HATES FAIRYLAND.”

A Book In Your TBR Strictly Because of its Beautiful Cover

Labyrinth Lost

I saw “Labyrinth Lost” floating around for a while and just had zero interest in it but the more I saw it the more I just loved the cover and the more my interest grew. I mean look at it! It’s gorgeous! So eventually I added it to my TBR because it was too beautiful and then the description actually sounded pretty good as well, I have an eARC of this too. I almost regret getting an eARC because now I won’t have the beautiful physical copy.

A Book on Your TBR You Never Plan on Reading

House of Leaves

Honestly I do plan on reading all of the books on my TBR, because what’s the point of adding them and taking up virtual space if you’re not going to read them? I like to keep my list remotely organized.

But if there is a book I may never get to it would be “House of Leaves” by Mark Z. Danielewski. It’s something that sounds interesting and the format is unique buuuuuut I probably won’t ever read it.

An Unpublished Book on Your TBR That You’re Excited For

And the Trees Crept In

Soooo excited for this since I really enjoyed Dawn Kurtagich’s debut book “The Dead House”, the title sounds deliciously creepy, and the cover is gorgeous! I love some creepy YA horror and I think this one will be amazing.

A Book on Your TBR That Basically Everyone’s Read But You

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)

Pretty much everyone has read this book! Everyone! Since it’s by Sarah J. Maas that’s no big surprise considering how insanely popular her Throne of Glass series is. I do have a physical copy of this book waiting on my shelf for me but since I didn’t really love “Throne of Glass” I’m a little leery of reading this one.

A Book on Your TBR That Everyone Recommends To You

The Night Circus

This is a book that’s very popular, everyone has read it, everyone re-reads it, and everyone recommends it. At least it feels that way to me, a lot of my blogger friends loooove this book so that’s basically all the recommendation I need!

A Book on Your TBR That You’re Dying To Read

My Lady Jane

“My Lady Jane”!!!!!! I’m putting myself on a bit of a book-buying ban otherwise this baby would be in my hands now! From the sample I read it sounds hilarious and charming, I just can’t wait to read it!

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Tag! You’re It (I’m going to tag a couple of the newest blogs I’ve followed!):

If you’ve already done this tag or just don’t want to that’s fine!

Daayla @ Bookish Daayla

Allie @ Whispers of Reverie

Poulami @ Daydreaming Books

Isabella @ The Book Pandas

Jananee @ Head in Her Books

And if you’d like to give this tag a try consider yourself tagged as well!

The Sassy

300 Followers! Q&A

Top Ten Tuesday(3)

That’s right The Sassy Book Geek now has 300 followers and I can’t even tell all of you how surprised and grateful I am that so many wonderful people decided to follow my little blog!

Blogging is definitely something I love to do and to have so many people out there reading what I write is amazing. I also love how many awesome people I get to chat books with because of it! When I first started this blog almost a year ago I would have never imagined I’d have gotten this far so thank you all for the support you have given me!

To celebrate this big milestone (at least it’s big to me, haha) I decided to do a Q&A, I’ve seen a few other blogs do this such as A Frolic Through Fiction and Book Adventures so thank you Ashleigh and Michelle for giving me this great idea!

So this will depend on how many questions I actually get but I’ll plan on answering them and posting them on Thursday therefore I’ll be taking questions up until Wednesday evening.

Again thank you all so much and if there are ANY questions you guys want to ask me leave them in the comments!

The Sassy