Down The TBR Hole #17

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This was “created” by Lost in a Story!

The Rules:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?
  • Keep track of where you left off so you can pick up there next week!

Check out my other editions of “Down The TBR Hole” here.

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Current TBR: 767

(For some reason Goodreads shows all my shelves as 0 so I’m not quite sure about the actually TBR count at the moment since I added books….)


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Book #160
Diary of a Haunting by M. Verano
Date Added: Sept. 24th, 2015

YA Horror! I own a copy and I’m hoping it’s as creepy as the cover looks.

The Judgement: Keep


Book #161
Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Date Added: Sept. 24th, 2015

Such a hyped book and one I know I’ll enjoy!

The Judgement: Keep


Book #162
The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
Date Added: Sept. 24th, 2015

I really, really want to read one of McLemore’s books, I hear her writing is beautiful!

The Judgement: Keep


Book #163
The Unquiet by Mikaela Everett
Date Added: Sept. 24th, 2015

I got a copy of this a while ago and it sounded really interesting with the parallel universes, hopefully it’ll be a decent read.

The Judgement: Keep


Book #164
This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee
Date Added: Sept. 24th, 2015

I really loved “The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue”  so I’d love to read more of Lee’s books especially since it’s about a character who brings his brother back to life with clockwork pieces.

The Judgement: Keep


Book #165
After the Woods by Kim Savage
Date Added: Sept. 25th, 2015

Such a beautiful cover and I really love YA mystery/thrillers!

The Judgement: Keep


Book #166
Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto
Date Added: Sept. 25th, 2015

This is a mish mash of genres: western, fantasy, urban fantasy/paranormal, and steampunk. Sounds amazing and it has another gorgeous cover!

The Judgement: Keep


Book #167
The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins
Date Added: Sept. 25th, 2015

This book sounds like it’s way too romance focused for me, so I’m getting rid of it.

The Judgement: Go


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Book #168
Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge
Date Added: Sept. 28th, 2015

I just think Hardinge’s writing is a little too slow for me, so I’m taking this one off.

The Judgement: Go


Book #169
5 to 1 by Holly Bodger
Date Added: Sept. 30th, 2015

This is a book written in verse which normally I might not go for but it had great reviews and I got a copy.

The Judgement: Keep


Book #170
Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay
Date Added: Oct. 1st, 2015

I love retellings and this dystopian Beauty and the Beast one sounds really interesting.

The Judgement: Keep


Book #171
Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson
Date Added: Oct 1st, 2015

I pretty much live for psychological thrillers.

The Judgement: Keep


Book #172
Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge
Date Added: Oct. 2nd, 2015

I didn’t really like “Crimson Bound” and I’ve heard from people who enjoyed her other books really hated this one.

The Judgement: Go


Book #173
Krampus: The Yule Lord by Brom
Date Added: Oct. 5th, 2015

I think I’ll try “The Child Thief” first before I go reading more of Brom’s books.

The Judgement: Go


Book #174
Hellraisers by Alexander Gordon Smith
Date Added: Oct. 21st, 2015

I just have zero interest in reading this one anymore.

The Judgement: Go


Book #175
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Date Added: Oct. 22nd, 2015

I added this for the hype but I’m stuck with a copy so I do want to give it a try at least.

The Judgement: Keep


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Book #176
A Gathering of Shadows by VE Schwab
Date Added: Oct. 22nd, 2015

I need to finish this series!

The Judgement: Keep


Book #177
Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers
Date Added: Oct. 22nd, 2015

Rival families of assassins out to get one another, I really want to read this one!

The Judgement: Keep


Book #178
The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
Date Added: Oct. 22nd, 2015

I don’t usually like urban fantasy or historical fiction but I’ve heard great things about this book!

The Judgement: Keep


Book #179
A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly
Date Added: Oct. 22nd, 2015

I just don’t really have any interest in reading this anymore.

The Judgement: Go


Book #180
The Reader by Traci Chee
Date Added: Oct. 22nd, 2015

This one got kind of “meh” reviews and once again I just don’t really have any interest in reading it anymore.

The Judgement: Go


Book #181
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Date Added: Oct. 22nd, 2015

I love fantasy especially with magic and mythical creatures!

The Judgement: Keep


Book #182
The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead
Date Added: Oct. 27th, 2015

I loved the Vampire Academy series but I REALLY don’t think this book or series is for me.

The Judgement: Go


Book #183
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
Date Added: Oct. 27th, 2015

Definitely keeping this one, I’ve heard tons of good things and I know I’ll love it!

The Judgement: Keep

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Have you read any of these? What did you think?

Do you think I should have kept any of these books?

Do you agree with any of my keeps or discards?

Let me know in the comments!

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Kindle Books I Forgot I Bought: Part 1

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I am CONSTANTLY forgetting that I own copies of books on my Kindle and sometimes forgetting about the book completely before I see it again on there! I figured this would be a fun post to share with you all so please let me know if you’d like to see a “Part 2”!

These aren’t in any particular order.

P.S. These are all just the books I have not read, there are more on my Kindle that I have read! Plus ARCs.

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Angelfall by Susan Ee

This is one of the first books I bought on my Kindle and probably one of the only “fallen angel” books I’m interested in reading because I’ve heard TONS of great things about it. It’s post apocalyptic and the angels are eeeviiil, so I’m in!


The Bird and The Sword by Amy Harmon

I bought this back when Amazon was having a sale for Goodreads Choice books (2016) because it sounded really interesting, I also read a sample and liked it. It’s about a girl with magical abilities whose mother cursed her when she died, the girl may never speak again. It’s a whole bunch of prophecy, a greedy father, and the main character has to marry a cruel prince/king I’m not 100%. It’s all hard to explain but it does sound cool!


My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

An 80’s flavored horror book about a girl whose best friend starts acting differently and she comes to the conclusion that the only reason that’s happening is because her friend is possessed and she must perform an exorcism! This one just sounds like a lot of fun.


All The Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

This is one of those books where I’m not sure if I’ll like it or not since it depicts a sort of….dysfunctional? But it was on sale and everyone seems to love it. It’s about an eight year old girl with drug dealer parents who don’t care for her or her brother, therefore the responsibility falls on her. She then sees a man who works for her father and who also happens to be an ex-con, wreck his motorcycle and from there they begin a relationship. I’m not 100% sure on the nature of the relationship though.


The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

I wasn’t too sure about this book since it kind of seems to have mixed reviews but I read a sample of it and it seemed alright with me! I love time travel especially when it includes traveling into myths and legends as well, and when they travel on an old ship…very piratey.


A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

Mindy McGinnis has soooo many books I feel like and they all sound interesting! This one is about a girl thrown into an asylum and is then recruited from there by a doctor to help catch a serial killer, it’s historical fiction too. Just sounds like it might be an interesting read!


Nemesis by Brendon Reichs

Another book that sounds kind of odd, but I like books that break the mold and bring something new to the table! It’s about a girl who every two years on her birthday is murdered by a man in cold blood, but then awakens hours later in a clearing outside her home perfectly fine. There’s also an alternating POV of a boy named Noah plagued by nightmares but there’s also a giant asteroid hurtling towards the Earth. AND there’s conspiracies and all sorts of secrets uncovered!

See? It sounds like a TON of stuff going on but it also sounds really unique too!


Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Everyone talks about “Graceling” especially if you love fantasy, like I do. I did finally snag a copy on sale for my Kindle so I’m planning on reading it here eventually.


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Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

This one seems like such a hidden gem because it’s hardly ever mentioned and has great reviews! It’s about a city of trolls bound beneath the mountain by a witch’s curse, they then kidnap a girl they think can break the curse.


Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

Another highly recommended and loved YA fantasy series, so I wanted to give it a try! I got it cheap for my Kindle so now I’m just waiting to read it, which will probably be a while….


The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

This was once again a really cheap deal and I’ve heard great things about Kagawa’s writing and I also heard it’s not your run of the mill YA vampire book. I’m all for originality in YA when I can find it!


A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

I. Love. Retellings.


Avalon by Mindee Arnett

YA science fiction that people compare to “Firefly”, of course I needed to have it! And then forget about it on my Kindle…..


The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

Anything being labeled as a Gothic thriller has my attention, even if the reviews for it are a bit mixed.


The Uninvited by Cat Winters

I kind of have this thing about buying every Cat Winters book because I enjoyed one. She makes historical fiction interesting to me and she also weaves in elements of the paranormal! In this book the main character can see ghosts that are omens of an impending death.


The Child Thief by Brom

A dark, horror retelling of Peter Pan is all I need to know.


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Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Because everyone and their mother raves about this book and it was on sale and I still haven’t read it! Ahhhhhh!


The Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers

Sooooo I know not a lot of people loved this one but I’m just so suckered in by the synopsis with rival families of assassins trying to kill each other!


Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Middle Eastern inspired fantasy with mythical creatures and magic!


Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

An alternate history where the Axis powers won WWII and every year to commemorate their victory they host a motorcycle race and the winner receives an audience with Hitler himself. The main character is a death camp survivor and the resistance has given her a job, to win the race and kill Hitler. This book sounds like it’s filled with action!


Our Lady of the Ice by Cassandra Rose Clare

A murder/mystery type of story with people living under a dome in Antarctica!


Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

Historical fiction with maybe a bit of fantasy it seems like? I LOVE historical fiction that takes us back into the more ancient periods of time, so much more exciting.

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Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

Do you have any books on your eReader that you forgot you bought?

Let me know in the comments and let me know if you’d like to see a Part 2!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Can’t Believe I Read and Loved!

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

It has now been moved over to That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s theme is pretty broad you can do any spin on it that you can think of! It’s books you can’t believe you read, I decided to go with an easy one and just do a list of books that are kind of out of my comfort zone that I ended up enjoying.

I will include reviews if I have them, these aren’t in any particular order.

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10.) Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Normally I do not read contemporaries, ESPECIALLY if they’re romance focused so “Queens of Geek” didn’t seem like a book I’d enjoy. However, I was very surprised by how much I loved it! The romances were adorable, the anxiety rep was amazing, and the diversity is off the charts. Fantastic book overall and I’m so happy I gave it a read.

You can read my full review here.


9.) The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

I don’t usually read historical fiction, I find it can be a little too slow paced for me but this was an exception because it’s very fast paced and FUN! Definitely a book I didn’t think I would read!

You can read my full review here.


8.) Paper Princess by Erin Watt

If I was listing these in an actual order this would probably be #1 because it is so far from what I normally read, I didn’t think I would EVER read this but I borrowed it from the library to give it a try. I was surprised by how addicting this story was and how much fun I had reading it, it’s like reading a soap opera!

You can read my mini review here.


7.) Heartless by Marissa Meyer

This is only on the “can’t believe” list because I didn’t love “Cinder” and I could not understand what the big deal with this author was. So when she released this standalone back in 2016 I wasn’t sure if I’d like it or not, but I’m a sucker for Alice in Wonderland retellings so I gave it a go. I was pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable it ended up being in the end!

You can read my full review here.


6.) The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

So…a YA Fantasy with a girl in a ballroom gown on the front, I NEVER would have guessed it would have been as amazing and badass as it was. Kestrel, the MC, definitely matches the cover but she isn’t a damsel in distress either, loved her!

You can read my full review here.


5.) The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

As I already kind of mentioned, I don’t go for books that appear to be romance-heavy either by the cover or synopsis and “The Forbidden Wish” kind of appears to be romance-heavy. However, while the romance is a big part it’s such a “ship-worthy” romance and also the women in this book are total badasses! Very glad I read this one!

You can read my full review here.


4.) Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor

This is a book that you shouldn’t judge by it’s cover because honestly, the cover makes it seem very cheesy. But the three short stories within are very unique, well-written, and just downright awesome and I’m glad I made time for them!

You can read my full review here.


3.) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

This book comes very hyped and very recommended by tons of people but normally slow paced, atmospheric books are not my jam. I’m glad I made an exception for this one though because it’s beautiful and very much worth my time.


2.) The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I have to say that I completely misjudged this book and I blame the synopsis, which makes it sound like this book is all about true love, insta-love, and kissing boys. Which is why I DIDN’T want to read it but I am so glad I finally caved because this book might be about a kiss but that really isn’t even half of it, there’s magic and mystery and some amazing characters! I could rave all day.

You can read my full review here.


1.) The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Once again, a book that SEEMS like it’s all about that romance (which it kind of is) but is actually filled with badass women and magic too. Definitely loved this book a TON and didn’t think I would at all!

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Have you read any of these as well? What did you think?

What are some books you can’t believe you read (positive/negative)?

Let me know in the comments!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Liked But Don’t Remember Much About

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

It has now been moved over to That Artsy Reader Girl.

This happens to me more than I’d care to admit, I can remember the absolute bare minimum about a lot of books and nothing else. Even some of my absolute favorite books! So this topic is pretty easy for me to discuss since I have quite a few books that fit the description.

These are in no particular order and I will link up reviews if I have them.

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10.) Glitter by Aprilynne Pike

This one didn’t blow me away or anything but it was an interesting book, very unique! It’s a dystopian book where people quite literally “party like it’s 18th century France” and a girl trying to escape Versailles before she’s married to the king agrees to start selling a drug called “glitter”. Like I said it’s pretty creative and an overall fun read.

You can read my full review here.


9.) Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

I loved this book, it was such a fun read filled with magic and diverse characters. But, I really don’t remember it that well! The sequel is finally being released this year though so perhaps I’ll need to do a re-read!

You can read my full review here.


8.) The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

I recommend this book all the time because it’s fantastic but in all honesty I don’t remember details about it anymore. This may have to do with the fact that it’s been a while since I read it, I read it SUPER fast, and it’s a psychological mystery/thriller and the twists were great….and very twisty so I have a hard time remembering 100% what all went down!

You can read my full review here.


7.) The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

This was surprisingly awesome, I never would have thought I’d love a YA Fantasy novel with a girl in a ballroom gown on the cover. I actually went through this one very fast and I also read the sequel so all I have left is the third book, however, I may need to do a re-read because I don’t really remember what the heck happened!

You can read my full review here.


6.) The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine

This is a very underrated book with a strong female protagonist and a very unique magic system. I do really want to continue with the series but I read this book 2 years ago so I think I might need to do a re-read of this one as well before I go on.

You can read my mini review here.


5.) Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

By this I mean the entire series because I read them sooooo long ago that I could only tell you the beginning stuffs and end stuffs and maybe a few things in between like character deaths. I really should do a series re-read because I did really like it but I’m also kind of scared to because I feel like it wouldn’t live up to my memories of it. But you never know!


4.) Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

I read this way back in middle school (or maybe even late elementary school? I really don’t remember) so I don’t remember anything other then there were “uglies” and “pretties”, basically the synopsis. Once again a series I’d like to maybe re-read but might not be as great as I remember.


3.) Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

I actually bought the first book ONLY because it was a bargain book at a bookstore and looked neat. I had no idea I was in for such a treat, this is a steampunk, alternate history book. It’s set during WWI and both factions comprise their armies of either steampunk machines or mutated creatures (I don’t know how else to describe it). It’s awesome, the whole series was awesome, but I don’t remember much about it obviously.


2.) Gone by Michael Grant

Another book/series I read back in high school that I enjoyed while reading but really don’t remember much about. I know there were aliens and super powers but other than that I know nothing! And they just released a continuation of the series and I’m curious about it……


1.) Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

I did like “Inkheart” but I loved the two sequels a TON more, still they were all great books. I honestly could gush all day about this series and I really want to re-read it one day here just to feel the nostalgia!

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Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

Do you have any favorite books that you don’t remember much about?

Let me know in the comments!

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ARC Review: Honor Among Thieves (The Honors #1) by Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre

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Petty criminal Zara Cole has a painful past that’s made her stronger than most, which is why she chose life in New Detroit instead moving with her family to Mars. In her eyes, living inside a dome isn’t much better than a prison cell.

Still, when Zara commits a crime that has her running scared, jail might be exactly where she’s headed. Instead Zara is recruited into the Honors, an elite team of humans selected by the Leviathan—a race of sentient alien ships—to explore the outer reaches of the universe as their passengers.

Zara seizes the chance to flee Earth’s dangers, but when she meets Nadim, the alien ship she’s assigned, Zara starts to feel at home for the first time. But nothing could have prepared her for the dark, ominous truths that lurk behind the alluring glitter of starlight.

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**** Big thank you to HarperTeen for giving me an eARC in exchange for an honest review****

Trigger Warning: Parental Abuse

I have to say even though I liked this one I definitely didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I went into this book thinking I’d be walking away with a 5 star rating if not a 4, but sadly it didn’t live up to those expectations. I feel like this will probably be more of an unpopular opinion and will I LIKED it I didn’t LOVE it, so it’s “meh” to me.

PLOT

I liked that we are thrown into action almost immediately and it’s pretty fast paced throughout the beginning. I did feel like the story really dragged in the middle and that’s where I got really bored with it but it did pick back up in the end. Overall I thought the pacing was kind of uneven though.

As for the plot itself, the premise was amazing but the execution fell short for me. I liked what little world building there was, the concept of sentient ships was really interesting but that’s as far as anything really went in this book. We hardly find out anything about the Leviathan and we really don’t learn anything about any other alien lifeforms out in the universe either. That was disappointing, however the ending seemed to promise future expansion on the world building in the sequel so I’m thinking I’ll read it just to learn more!

Other than the Leviathan (the sentient ships), the plot felt like it was really lacking any tension or action. Nothing about it compelled me to keep reading, since I felt nothing was really happening at all. This kind of carried throughout the entire story, the feeling that nothing was really happening. Which is a bummer because, come on, sci-fi should be filled with a lot more action than this! There really weren’t any big plot twists and when there were some, they were pretty anti-climatic or plain predictable.

There were some scenes where the action would pick up and things got a little interesting but it still felt…..flat and tedious. I don’t know, but the “action” scenes still felt lacking, which is a big reason I felt bored while reading.

However, the ending was pretty dang good. It’s a bit of a cliffhanger and it definitely piqued my interest enough to want to read the sequel.

characters

Since this book mainly focuses on a pair of Honors (people) traveling alone on a sentient ship through space, there really aren’t that many characters to keep track of.

Zara Cole is the main protagonist, she’s a thief/con artist that gets herself into more trouble she can handle just as she’s selected to travel with a Leviathan. I normally enjoy the “street rat/criminal” types of characters but it really didn’t work with Zara, in my opinion. I felt that the authors were trying way too hard to make her a “badass” and she just came off really flat and at times plain rude. Having an attitude problem towards every character doesn’t make you “tough and badass”, which is exactly how I felt with Zara.

On top of that, Zara makes stupid decisions. Granted, she didn’t make stupid decisions the entire time but there were a couple incidents where I cringed and wanted to teleport myself into the book just to make her stop. For example, when meeting an alien life form that doesn’t immediately attack you maybe DON’T shoot it. Just saying. Use some common sense here, shooting first and asking questions later isn’t going to make ANY life form fond of you.

So, I guess it’s safe to say I didn’t really like Zara.

As for Beatriz, Zara’s co-Honor, I actually did really like her. She’s quieter but she’s extremely smart and very sweet, I liked her a lot more than Zara anyways. Plus what Beatriz did to their medical bot was HILARIOUS!

Zara and Beatriz actually build up a really great friendship by the end of the story, and I LIVED for it. We need more great female friendships like this in YA!

The last important character is Nadim, the Leviathan/sentient ship. Honestly, Nadim was so innocent and adorable, I wanted to protect him because he is too precious for this world! There really wasn’t anything bad about Nadim, he is very kind and adores Zara and Beatriz and will do anything to protect them. Although as sweet as Nadim is, he is a bit naive which puts them in potential danger at times.

Also there is diversity! Zara is black, Beatriz is Brazilian, and there is a side character who is Chinese.

romance

Is there a romance in “Honor Among Thieves”? Kind of? I don’t really know myself as it was hard to tell. There was definitely SOMETHING between Zara and Nadim and while normally I would feel it was just a strong bond of friendship, I got some romantic feeling vibes. It was…….really weird. I hope it’s just a friendship thing and not romantic because that would feel really awkward in my opinion.

in conclusion

As I already mentioned I thought the premise for the story was fantastic but the overall execution fell short. I am interested in reading the sequel though, that ending left me feeling that the series may get better.

What I Loved:

  • The world building (even though it wasn’t much)
  • Beatriz and Nadim
  • Strong female friendship

What I Didn’t Love:

  • Uneven pacing
  • Overall plot was lacking tension and excitement
  • Zara’s character felt like she was trying too hard and she made some dumb decisions
  • The potential “romance” between Zara and Nadim was just plain weird

RECOMMEND

I can’t really say this will be a book I’ll go around recommending but it isn’t a BAD book by any means. I did enjoy it for the most part, it just wasn’t something that blew me away. I would say if it sounds like something you’d enjoy, go for it!

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Christmas/January Book Haul

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This is my book haul composed of Christmas gifts, my Book Outlet Boxing Day sale haul, some super cheap Kindle deals, and ARCs!

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Mary: Unleashed by Hillary Monahan

I really enjoyed the first book and this one is super short so I’m really excited to have it. I love YA horror books especially when they are this creepy!


The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

I wasn’t too sure about this one but I love YA Fantasy and I did love “My Lady Jane” which Jodi Meadows co-wrote, so I want to give it a shot. Plus Book Outlet is super cheap!


House of Furies by Madeleine Roux

Another YA Horror book I got cheap from Book Outlet!


Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer

This one is a Sleeping Beauty retelling but it hasn’t gotten the best reviews, but I’m hoping I’ll still enjoy it.


The Freemason’s Daughter by Shelley Sackier

A historical fiction set in Scotland, I absolutely adore Scotland settings so I’m excited to read this one.


Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore

I’m not exactly sure what this book is actually about but it seems like it might be interesting…


I am Princess X by Cherie Priest

I get a very good “geek girl” vibe from this book and it’s got some of the fictional web comics throughout it as well. It seems fun!


The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

A book about rape culture and also a mystery/thriller, it sounds fantastic.


Warcross by Marie Lu

Super hyped book with a gorgeous cover, I used a giftcard from Christmas to buy a signed copy. I love video games so I’m excited to read this one and see what all the hype is about.


A Map For Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor

The cover is super vibrantly colored and it seems like an okay story, I got it for 60% off since my local bookstore is going out of business.


Golden Son by Pierce Brown

My boyfriend got this for me for Christmas so I am SUPER pumped to continue this series because it’s freaking amazing!


The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco

I received this ARC for review and I loooooved “The Bone Witch” so definitely looking forward to reading the sequel!


Furyborn by Claire Legrand

Another ARC I received for review and it sounds fantastic with assassins and Sun Queens and Blood Queens. Hopefully it’s as amazing as it sounds.


Roar by Cora Carmack

A YA Fantasy with characters who can control storms, it sounds so badass and so I got a copy from Book Outlet.


Beautiful Broken Girls by Kim Savage

I was sent this copy from Kim Savage herself, she’s amazing and I’m super grateful and very excited to read it!


The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

I wasn’t the biggest fan of Maxwell’s other book “Unhooked” but everyone seemed to really love this one and I adore the cover so I wanted to give it a shot.


The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The other book my boyfriend got my for Christmas, I was super excited since it’s the 10th anniversary edition and it is absolutely gorgeous!

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**** And now for the eBook portion of the haul! These were all super cheap Kindle deals and ARCs! ****

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Geekerella by Ashley Poston

A “geeky” retelling of Cinderella, I think it sounds like it’s worth reading because I love retellings and books with geek culture!


Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

I usually don’t go for YA contemporaries or romances but this one sounds adorable and everyone seems to love it, it’s also about a girl who writes web comics so it comes with a side of geeky which I always love.


The Seventh Bride by T. Kingfisher

A Bluebeard retelling and it’s also super short, I figured it’d be worth a read since I love retellings.


The Butterfly Garden by Don Hutchison

I’ve actually seen quite a few good reviews for this one and once again it’s pretty short so I wanted to give it a read.


Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Vikings! A YA Fantasy that’s Viking inspired, I am here for it and so excited to read it!


Fatal Throne by Various Authors

This is an anthology of stories all featuring the wives of Henry VIII, each other contributes a story for each wife. It sounded interesting so I requested it hopefully it doesn’t disappoint.


The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton

This is a READ NOW on Netgalley guys! So if you want it go get it! I am so excited to have a copy of this book, although I did hear it might just be a sampler but that wasn’t stated on Netgalley and it seems to be the full book I downloaded onto my Kindle. So.


Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk

This is about gladiators and also I think Spartacus, so I am pumped to read this. Hopefully it’s as badass as I think it will be!

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Are you looking forward to any of these books as well?

Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

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Down The TBR Hole #14

Top Ten Tuesday(92)

This was “created” by Lost in a Story!

The Rules:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?
  • Keep track of where you left off so you can pick up there next week!

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Current TBR: 774


Book #130

The Calling by James Frey

Date Added: July 29th, 2015

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I bought this when it first came out when I was wondering around Target looking for a book to buy, I really regret blindly buying it now of course. I have zero interest in even reading it. Plus I don’t hear good things about the author…..

The Judgement: Go


Book #131

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Date Added: July 29th, 2015

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I’m on the fence with this one because I think I will read it eventually (especially since my grandpa has been asking me if I’ve read it yet, forever) but just not soon. I have other books I’d rather get to.

The Judgement: Go


Book #132

White Cat by Holly Black

Date Added: July 31st, 2015

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I know, I know. I said I think Holly’s books aren’t really for me but I do own this so I want to at least try it….and also I want to try “The Cruel Prince” because of the hype.

The Judgement: Keep


Book #133

Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

Date Added: August 3rd, 2015

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I actually don’t really remember why I added this one…..hm.

The Judgement: Go


Book #134

In The Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

Date Added: August 4th, 2015

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I absolutely adored “The Steep & Thorny Way” and loved Cat’s writing so I’m really excited to read another of her books!

The Judgement: Keep


Book #135

The Uninvited by Cat Winters

Date Added: August 4th, 2015

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Yep another Cat Winters book….

The Judgement: Keep


Book #136

Born of Illusion by Teri Brown

Date Added: August 4th, 2015

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I love magic and magicians, it’s always a fun time for me so I’m excited to read this one!

The Judgement: Keep


Book #137

The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Date Added: August 4th, 2015

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This one actually sounds pretty good, with robots and things, but I think I’ll just remove it until I read more of Clarke’s books and decide if I like her style first.

The Judgement: Go


Book #138

The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Date Added: August 4th, 2015

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Okay so there are apparently PIRATES in this book so I’m going to keep it of course because I love me a good pirate story even if it’s minor pirates.

The Judgement: Keep


Book #139

Our Lady of the Ice by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Date Added: August 4th, 2015

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This one sounds interesting, people living in a dome in Antarctica! I got a cheap copy on my Kindle so I’ll give it a shot.

The Judgement: Keep

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Have you read any of these? What did you think?

Do you think I should have kept any of these books?

Do you agree with any of my keeps or discards?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy