Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books of 2017 So Far!

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

This week’s theme is the best books we have read in 2017 so far with any kind of twist you’d like! You could do the best fantasy books or the best 2017 releases, whatever you want. I just decided to go with the best books I’ve read this year, I’m plain like that!

These aren’t going to be in any particular order, #1 isn’t my absolute favorite of the year or anything. They’re all just the best books I’ve read so far! I will also provide review links if I have them!

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10.) Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry

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No surprise here! I absolutely loved Henry’s other duology “The Chronicles of Alice” and so a horror retelling of Peter Pan (my favorite fairy tale) was right up my alley. This story was so wonderfully creative I couldn’t believe how Henry took a world and characters that we are all familiar with and twist them the way she did!

I did receive an ARC of this and my review will be up this week here!


9.) The Wicked + The Divine, Volume 1: The Faust Act by Kieron Gillen

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Probably one of my new favorite graphic novels of all time I’m planning on binging the rest of the volumes and doing a series review! The art is so vibrantly colorful and stunning plus the premise is super creative and unique, 12 gods being reincarnated every 90 years I mean how could you go wrong?


8.) You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

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I’ve heard lots of things about Megan Abbot and wanted to give one of her books a try and I was really blown away with this one. There were constant twists and turns that I did not see coming and enough drama to keep you engaged the entire time.

You can read my full review of “You Will Know Me” here.


7.) Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire

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A book about children who are transported to fantastical worlds and suddenly thrust back into reality. I absolutely loved learning about all of the different worlds the children had visited and the diversity is fantastic. All around a perfect book!

You can read my full review of “Every Heart A Doorway” here.


6.) An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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This book was such an amazing YA fantasy and one that definitely broke the mold, I was not expecting it to play out like it did at all! The characters were all fantastic and the world is interesting yet brutal. Plenty of action to keep you reading!

You can read my full review of “An Ember in the Ashes” here.


5.) Red Rising by Pierce Brown

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This book! THIS BOOK! I know I said I wasn’t going to list these in order of how much I liked them but if I did this book would have been #1! Everything about it was fast paced, action packed, emotional, with fantastic characters! “Red Rising” is perfection, plain and simple!

You can read my full review of “Red Rising” here.


4.) Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

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It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for Peter Pan and Peter Pan retellings so of course I needed to give the pretty hyped “Tiger Lily” a try. I definitely was not disappointed with this book! I loved the complexity of the characters and loved this version of Neverland as it was dark and realistic.

You can read my full review of “Tiger Lily” here.


3.) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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Probably one of the most hyped up books this year and also one that is 100% worth all of it! This is an important and very powerful novel inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement that was not only very entertaining but a very emotional ride. If you haven’t already checked this book out I highly, highly recommend you do so!

You can read my full review of “The Hate U Give” here.


2.) The Night Circus by Erin Morgentsern

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Everyone has been telling me for so long to read this book and this year I finally did! I don’t know if I’ll ever do a review for it because it was just so amazing I don’t know how words would every do it justice! It’s wonderfully written and is one very magical, special story.


1.) Night Film by Marisha Pessl

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I’m not sure exactly how to describe this book let alone why I loved it so much but here goes: It was very dark, twisted, thrilling, and unique. This book was one scary, hell of a ride but I loved every second of it. The mystery revolves around the death of the daughter of a very prominent cult horror film director and the man who is trying to not only solve her murder but uncover the secrets of the director’s reclusive life.

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

What are some of the best books you’ve read so far in 2017?

Have you discovered any new all time favorites or favorite authros this year?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start

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

This week’s theme is series we have been meaning to start and haven’t yet! I am notorious for starting series and usually never finishing them so there really weren’t that many series on my TBR that I haven’t started at all, but here are the few!

These aren’t in any specific order either!

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10.) The Mistborn Series by Brandon Sanderson

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I actually own the box set of the trilogy but just haven’t gotten to it yet. As a huge fantasy fan reading this seems to be an absolute must and I’m definitely excited to get to it, or really any Brandon Sanderson book!


9.) The Diviners Series by Libba Bray

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I’ve owned the first book for a while and just haven’t gotten to it yet, I am definitely a huge fan of creepy and spooky books so I’m hoping to get to it this October!


8.) The Falling Kingdoms Series by Morgan Rhodes

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Why haven’t I read this?! I bought the first book when it came out and still haven’t read it! I know I’m a terrible person, I will read it eventually especially since it’s such a popular series and was being marketed as a sort of YA Game of Thrones.


7.) The A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas

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Sarah J. Maas and her books are HUGELY hyped and while I did give the first book in her other series “Throne of Glass” a go , I also want to see what the big deal is with this series as well. I may turn out to be that person who just doesn’t click with her writing.


6.) The Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan

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I read and adored the Percy Jackson series but just haven’t gotten around to this one yet. I know, I know shame on me! I have a lot of catching up to do as far as Riordan’s series go though, but I definitely need to binge this series soon!


5.) The Firebird Trilogy by Claudia Gray

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I actually wasn’t too interested in this series right away since I thought, for some dumb reason, this was a contemporary series. It’s actually sci-fi and once I found that out and actually read the premise I was sold!


4.) The Magicians Trilogy by Lev Grossman

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I actually wasn’t SUPER interested in this trilogy right away but then I started watching the SyFy show on Netflix and could not get enough! No I haven’t finished season one yet but I’m in love and would definitely love to read this series now!


3.) The Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix

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Not really sure why I want to read this series so much but the premise sounds like it promises a badass heroine and it seems to be another staple series in fantasy so I need to read it!


2.) The School For Good and Evil Trilogy by Soman Chainani

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I know this is a middle grade series but honestly it sounds so good! There are schools for training “good” princes and princesses and also to train the “evil” villains, what about this doesn’t sound interesting? I’m definitely excited to give it a try!


1.) The Insignia Trilogy by S.J. Kincaid

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I could always use more YA sci-fi on my TBR and after loving S.J. Kincaid’s other novel “The Diabolic” I really wanted to give her other books a try so I bought the first book in this series!

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What are some series you’ve been meaning to start?

Have you read any of these series/trilogies? What did you think?

Do you have any of these on your TBR as well?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

Top Ten Tuesday: Fantasy Books Recently Added To My TBR

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

This week’s theme is any books of any genre that you’ve added to your TBR recently! I decided to go with fantasy just because it’s my favorite genre so this is really going to be quite the mish mash of books since it went a little further back than I expected.

These are put in order by when I added them so the most recent starts at #10.

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10.) Down Among The Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

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I immediately added this after finishing “Every Heart A Doorway” because it was so amazing, I need more of this world…or really worlds!

You can read my full review of “Every Heart A Doorway” here.


9.) A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

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Once again I added this sequel immediately after finishing “An Ember in the Ashes”! I was actually really blown away by how unique the book felt and how complex the characters were, so of course I need to read more about them ASAP!

You can read my full review of “An Ember in the Ashes” here.


8.) The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera

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Honestly this book sounds straight up awesome! There’s two completely badass female warrior protagonists that were prophesied at birth to save the  world from demons. How does that not sound like it’s amazing?


7.) The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova

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I’ve heard a lot of ranting and raving about Elise Kova’s books and her newest one was on sale for $0.99 on Kindle so I bought a copy! I want to see what all the hype is about! Plus I like any story where a thief is the main character, especially in a fantasy setting.


6.) Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi

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This one definitely has a very unique sounding premise where the character, Taj, serves as a slayer of sin-beasts which are called forth from sinners by mages. Doesn’t that just sound cool? Never heard of a book with anything really similar to this so I had to add it to my TBR.


5.) Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana

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First of all I was really drawn in by the cover, it’s gorgeous! Plus what book lover doesn’t want to read a book that has library in the title? This one is about two women whose lives are thrown into chaos and must seek out the fabled Library of All Things to try and reverse their fates. Sounds awesome!


4.) Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

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Honestly, I wasn’t going to ever add this one but since the series seems pretty hyped up and it is YA fantasy I figured maybe I could give it a try. It might be a little too cliched for me though.


3.) The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo

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While I wasn’t the biggest fan of “Shadow and Bone” I did love “Six of Crows” and am therefore a lot more willing to try out anything Leigh Bardugo writes! Of course I love any stories based off of folklore and fairy tales too so this book is bound to be interesting!


2.) Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

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It’s mostly a guarantee for me to add any new or upcoming YA Fantasy books but especially when they have diverse characters. This book has a gender fluid character that’s also a thief and like I said earlier I love thief characters in fantasy!


1.) The Bird & The Sword by Amy Harmon

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This was another book I found on sale for my Kindle and I wasn’t really going to get it since I hadn’t heard of it before but I read a sample and fell in love! Of course I haven’t read it yet clearly but it definitely will be read here at some point. It’s about a girl who has magical abilities and must not speak at all.

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

Do you have any of these books on your TBR as well?

What are some books you’ve recently added to your TBR?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2017!

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

This week’s theme is pretty self-explanatory: our most anticipated releases for the second half of the year! There are so, so many wonderful ones that are coming up but these are a few of the ones I’m the MOST excited for!

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10.) The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook

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Skye Thorn has given tarot card readings for years, and now her psychic visions are helping the police find the town’s missing golden girl. It’s no challenge—her readings have always been faked, but this time she has some insider knowledge. The kidnapping was supposed to be easy—no one would get hurt and she’d get the money she needs to start a new life. But a seemingly harmless prank has turned dark, and Skye realizes the people she’s involved with are willing to kill to get what they want and she must discover their true identity before it’s too late.

I really enjoyed Eileen Cook’s “With Malice” and so of course I’d like to check out her newest book especially since it sounds just as thrilling and maybe even a little spooky.


9.) The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera

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Even gods can be slain….

The Hokkaran empire has conquered every land within their bold reach―but failed to notice a lurking darkness festering within the people. Now, their border walls begin to crumble, and villages fall to demons swarming out of the forests.

Away on the silver steppes, the remaining tribes of nomadic Qorin retreat and protect their own, having bartered a treaty with the empire, exchanging inheritance through the dynasties. It is up to two young warriors, raised together across borders since their prophesied birth, to save the world from the encroaching demons.

This is the story of an infamous Qorin warrior, Barsalayaa Shefali, a spoiled divine warrior empress, O-Shizuka, and a power that can reach through time and space to save a land from a truly insidious evil.

First of all the tag line just grabs my attention immediately! I also really love the unique and Asian-esque fantasy theme, there’s demons, and sounds like the female characters are going to be BADASS!


8.) There’s Someone In Your House by Stephanie Perkins

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One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.

International bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.

It is being marketed as a sort of YA version of the Scream movie franchise which has me 100% sold right there because I love those movies…. plus there really aren’t enough YA horror books out there and especially not that many slasher stories!


7.) The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes

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Molly Mavity is not a normal teenage girl. For one thing, her father is a convicted murderer, and his execution date is fast approaching. For another, Molly refuses to believe that her mother is dead, and she waits for the day when they’ll be reunited . . . despite all evidence that this will never happen.

Pepper Yusef is not your average teenage boy. A Kuwaiti immigrant with epilepsy, serious girl problems, and the most useless seizure dog in existence, he has to write a series of essays over the summer . . . or fail out of school.

And Ava Dreyman—the brave and beautiful East German resistance fighter whose murder at seventeen led to the destruction of the Berlin Wall—is unlike anyone you’ve met before.

When Molly gets a package leading her to Pepper, they’re tasked with solving a decades-old mystery: find out who killed Ava, back in 1989. Using Ava’s diary for clues, Molly and Pepper realize there’s more to her life—and death—than meets the eye. Someone is lying to them. And someone out there is guiding them along, desperate for answers.

I read and loved Stephanie Oakes’ novel “The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly” and so I’d really love to read her new books just because it’s her. I’m very curious to see how all of these different timelines and characters will interconnect though, sounds very intriguing. Plus look at how gorgeous this cover is!


6.) Final Girls by Riley Sager

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Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.

Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.

That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.

I know I JUST said I don’t think there are enough YA (this may be considered more new adult or adult though….) horror stories including slasher stories? Yeah, definitely excited there’s another one coming up! This one sounds very suspenseful as well as terrifying and I’ve always found the “Final Girl” concept really interesting!


5.) Retribution Rails by Erin Bowman

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When Reece Murphy is forcibly dragged into the Rose Riders gang because of a mysterious gold coin in his possession, he vows to find the man who gave him the piece and turn him over to the gang in exchange for freedom. Never does he expect a lead to come from an aspiring female journalist. But when Reece’s path crosses with Charlotte Vaughn after a botched train robbery and she mentions a promising rumor about a gunslinger from Prescott, it becomes apparent that she will be his ticket to freedom—or a noose. As the two manipulate each other for their own ends, past secrets are unearthed, reviving a decade-old quest for revenge that may be impossible to settle.

In this thrilling companion to Vengeance Road, dangerous alliances are formed, old friends meet new enemies, and the West is wilder than ever.

I did enjoy “Vengeance Road” although I did still have some issues with it, the romance in particular but I’m definitely not going to deny I’m still excited for a companion novel! YA westerns are another genre that isn’t very common so I’ll take what I can get and especially with a cover that dang pretty!


4.) The Ravenous by Amy Lukavics

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From the outside, the Cane family looks like they have it all. A successful military father, a loving mother and five beautiful teenage daughters. But on the inside, life isn’t quite so idyllic: the Cane sisters can barely stand each other, their father is always away, and their neglectful mother struggles with addiction and depression.

When their youngest and most beloved sister, Rose, dies in a tragic accident, Mona Cane and her sisters are devastated. And when she is brought back from the dead, they are relieved. But soon they discover that Rose must eat human flesh to survive, and when their mother abandons them, the sisters will find out just how far they’ll go to keep their family together.

It’s no surpsie that I’m excited for Amy Lukavics’ newest novel since I really enjoyed both of her previous ones. These are usually very short, terrifying YA horror novels that are also always very unique in one way or another and a new one with …..zombie sister sounds amazing!


3.) Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle #2) by Jay Kristoff

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Assassin Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo, or avenging her familia. And after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia begins to suspect the motives of the Red Church itself.

When it’s announced that Scaeva and Duomo will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end them. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between loyalty and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.

I NEED this sequel like I need oxygen! It’s no secret I practically worship the ground Jay Kristoff walks on when it comes to amazing storytelling so I’m super pumped to see where this series is going to go next, especially after all the hell that went down in the last book!


2.) Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

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Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister.

Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them.

Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident.

But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers.

Kacey is about to learn some very important lessons: Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Sometimes when you’re the new girl, you shouldn’t trust anyone.

Kara Thomas’s debut novel “The Darkest Corners” was one of the best psychological thrillers I have ever read, it was dark, gritty, and very twisted! I could not see any of the twists coming at all and it was very suspenseful, I’m expecting her newest book to be exactly that too!


1.) Now I Rise (The Conqueror’s Saga #2) by Kiersten White

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Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won . . . and souls will be lost.

I didn’t think I could wait a year for this sequel! This is a series that is a very dark, dramatic retelling of the history around Vlad the Impaler except in this he a female known as Lada who is just as vicious and fierce. I am practically screeching in excitement for the next book because it’s sure to be just as entertaining as the first!

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Are you excited for any of these releases as well?

Have you read any of them yet/ did you receive an ARC?

What are some of YOUR most anticipated releases for the second half of the year?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

Top Ten Tuesday: Quick Reads for the Beach!

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

This week’s theme is a Summer Reads Freebie so basically anything summer-y you can think of! Beach reads of all kinds or fun, summer contemporaries! I decided to go with quick reads/books for the beach since we all know how busy it gets during the summer sometimes I find it nicer to read fast-paced books that won’t let your attention wander! You’ll be finished with these books before you even know it and hopefully without the sunburn!

These are in no particular order and I will link up my full review for each book if I have it!

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10.) Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire

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This book is not only quick because it sucks you into its world so easily but also because it’s only 173 pages! It’s about children who were “sucked” into fantasy worlds and when their worlds used them up and spat them back out into reality they went to attend Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. This is where they learn to cope with the fact that they may never go back to their fantastical worlds.

“Every Heart A Doorway” is such an amazing, magical story and I wish it was longer! It’s very interesting and complex for such a short book but what’s guaranteed is that this book will suck you in start to finish!


9.) Night Film by Marisha Pessl

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“Night Film” is about a journalist investigating the death of a famous horror movie director’s daughter and also trying to dig deeper into the reclusive director’s life as well. This book is dark, gritty and very fast paced especially considering it’s a whopping 606 pages! On top of how compelling the story is it also has a very eerie atmosphere overall and you may just be glad to be reading it out in the sunshine surrounded by people……


8.) Paper Princess by Erin Watt

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You know how we may sometimes refer to some romance novels or soap operas as “trashy” but mean it with love? That’s how I feel about “Paper Princess”. It’s the kind of story you just can’t help but be completely addicted to it while reading, there’s so much drama!

It’s about a young girl whose mother passes away and is suddenly taken in by Callum Royal and transported to his lavish mansion where he lives with his gorgeous sons. However, the boys hate her and are determined to get rid of her.


7.) The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

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The main character, Tessa, goes back to her childhood home to try and dig up the truth of her friend’s cousin’s death that occurred when they were little girls. The thing is they lied about what they saw that night and now Tessa must find out what really happened.

This is actually pretty dark for a YA mystery/thriller but boy is it intriguing! I actually really loved how gritty it got at times and how twisted, it made it all the more exciting to read. With all of the plot twists you’ll definitely be reading all day out in the sun!

You can read my full review here.


6.) With Malice by Eileen Cook

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A very fast-paced YA thriller that’s about a girl who wakes up in the hospital with anmesia and finds out her best friend is dead and she’s the prime suspect! I don’t want to say too much more because there are TONS of crazy twists! This is also set during the summertime and a trip over to Italy so beside the very fast pacing I think it makes a great beach read that you’ll zip through in no time!

You can read my full review here.


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

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This one is a historic retelling of the story of Lady Jane Grey and it’s also simply hilarious! Nothing is taken too seriously in this book and it’s just so fun and heartwarming to read that you won’t be able to get enough of it!

You can read my full review here.


4.) The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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I think it’s safe to say we all know about this book, right? It’s about a girl who lives in a family full of clairvoyants and it was foretold that kissing her one true love will also kill him. She then meets the Raven Boys, who go to a local private school and is suddenly swept up into something much bigger than worrying about kisses and true love.

There’s so much mystery in this story and you’re left with so many questions while reading you won’t be able to put this one down!

You can read my full review here.


3.) The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

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This is a super fast-paced, action-packed space adventure about Nemesis who is a Diabolic made to protect a Senator’s daughter, Sidonia. Then an order comes demanding Sidonia  to the galactic court, as a hostage, and Nemesis must take her place in order to protect her.

So much action, so many plot twists, and so much revenge and court intrigue! This is definitely a fun book that’s packed with action and would be a great read to speed through!

You can read my full review here.


2.) Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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A space opera told in a very unique formatting, I think we’ve all at least heard of this one! This is probably one of the MOST fast-paced books I’ve ever read, there are constant twits and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat! It’s basically one horrible thing after the other but you’ll love it!

You can read my full review here.


1.) Red Rising by Pierce Brown

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This is  a very mixed genre book it’s a dystopian, sci-fi, and even a little bit of fantasy-esque so it has everything that make up the perfect book in my opinion. There’s a lot of feelings/emotions, action, fast-pacing, and a surprising amount of brutality as well. Honestly the best way to describe it is like “The Hunger Games” but even more violent and brutal.

It’s still one of the best books I’ve ever had the joy of reading and it’s very, very compelling. You’ll care so much about the fates of these characters you won’t be able to help yourself but to finish it in one sitting!

You can read my full review here.

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What are some books you’ll be reading at the beach this summer?

Do you have any all time favorite summer reads?

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

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Things On My YA Reading Wishlist

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

So as the title suggest these are all things on my YA reading wishlist so basically things I want more of in YA! These are in no particular order and I will provide links to my reviews to the example books if I have them!

Also if you guys have read or heard of any books with these themes then PLEASE let me know about them in the comments below, I’d really appreciate it!

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10.) Diversity!

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Examples: The Hate U Give, Labyrinth Lost, & The Seafarer’s Kiss

Of course diversity is definitely an easy thing to pick since it’s very important to have in books, obviously! Unfortunately there really aren’t as many out there as you would think and definitely not as many that are problem free. However, these are some books that are very enjoyable and have diverse main characters!


9.) More Morally Ambiguous/Grey Characters

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Examples: Vicious, I Hunt Killers, & This Savage Song

I love reading about characters like this so, so much! I love when they aren’t truly good or evil but a bit of both instead. It just adds a lot of complexity and development to the story this way, in my opinion.


8.) Dark, Grungy Mystery/Thrillers

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Examples: The Darkest Corners, I Hunt Killers, & With Malice

This one is a little more self explanatory but I LOVE YA mystery/thrillers that really toe the line between what is considered too dark for YA and what’s not. Maybe it’s just me but I like dark, twisted mystery books! Plus it’s always an upside when you don’t see any of the plot twists coming!


7.) Terrifying YA Horror

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Examples: Daughters Unto Devils, Slasher Girls & Monster Boys, & The Girl From The Well

I feel like there aren’t that many YA Horror books out there in the first place and there definitely aren’t as many of them that are truely terrifying. Or, you know, fun to read at the very least. These ones that I used for examples were magnificent though if you’re looking for some good chills!


6.) Ancient Civilization Setting (Not Fantasy)

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Examples: And I Darken & My Lady Jane (sort of…..)

Mostly what I’m talking about with this one is any ancient themed historical fiction, if that makes sense. Such as Medieval England, Ancient Egypt, or really any other ancient civilization because I feel like these really aren’t done in YA that often. Sure there are many YA fantasies that have these themes but I’m talking based off of REAL history or a retelling of real history.


5.) Contemporaries Featuring Royalty

I don’t read contemporary all that much but what would definitely get me reading it would be tales of modern royalty! This may have to do with my love for movies such as The Princess Diaries (no I have not read the books, sorry!), The Prince and Me, and What A Girl Wants. I’m not talking about dystopians or fantasies or any of that either because there definitely are plenty of those!


4.) Peter Pan Retellings

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Examples: Tiger Lily

There are a few of these out there and I do have most of the good ones on my TBR already but I feel like we should just have a TON of Peter Pan retellings because I just adore Peter Pan! “Tiger Lily” is an amazing retelling of the story and I have read “Unhooked” and was not a fan of it at all.


3.) Vicious and Badass Female Characters

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Examples: And I Darken & The Diabolic

I LOVE heroines who are cold, calculating, fierce, and actually badass! Two of the best examples I’ve seen in YA are Lada Dracul from “And I Darken” and Nemesis from “The Diabolic, both these women are all of those things! There’s no “damsel syndrome” with these two at all and it’s nice to have heroines who don’t get all distracted with ball gowns and love triangles.


2.) Sympathetic Villains

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Examples: Illuminae & Heartless

This kind of goes with “Morally Ambiguous Characters” a lot because I really love when villains in books are in a grey area, you find yourself hating them and loving them all at once. So of course that usually means the villains are more sympathetic, and for some reason I love this I think it makes the story ten times more complex!


1.) Westerns

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Examples: Vengeance Road

There are actually quite a few YA westerns popping up and while I do own a couple I also have yet to read them. I will say though “Vengeance Road” was pretty fun to read through and I just really love the “wild west” setting!

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What are some things on your reading wishlist?

Do you agree with any of the ones I listed?

Have you read any of the books I used for examples? If so what did you think?

Do you have any recommendations for books that match these themes?

Let me know in the comments and feel free to link up your TTT as well!

The Sassy

Top Ten Tuesday: Creepiest YA Covers

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

This week’s theme is covers, anything to do with covers! It’ll definitely be interesting to see everyone’s take on this and I decided to go with the creepiest book covers, because I looooove horror books. Of course there are actually quite a few creepy covers out there and these are just a couple of my favorites, some I have read and some are just on my TBR.

I will link up a review if I have one! These are also in no particular order.

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10.) And The Trees Crept In (or The Creeper Man) by Dawn Kurtagich

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For this book I just HAD to have both the US cover and the UK cover since they’re both creepy as hell! I do love the US cover more because it’s more beautiful than it is creepy but I can’t deny that the UK cover is probably the creepiest book cover I’ve ever seen.

Also the story is creepy and amazing so you can judge this book by its covers! It’s about two girls living in a mansion with their aunt and they notice that the trees are creeping closer to the house and that the entity known as the Creeper Man that watches them from the woods is getting closer too.

You can read my full review here.


9.) The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

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Two Dawn Kurtagich books? Yes! She’s becoming a queen of YA horror in my book and her covers match the stories perfectly too. This is a very creepy psychological thriller about a girl with a split personality disorder or maybe….it’s something more sinister than that.

You can read my full review here.


8.) Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics

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Creepy cover? Yes! Creepy story? Definitely yes! This one revolves around a family living out on the prairie, their secretly pregnant daughter, and well…..demons. This one is pretty insane but also scary, highly recommend!

You can read my full review here.


7.) The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics

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I’m sorry! I’m done with the repeat authors now I swear! I really love the typography on this cover, it is super eerie. The story is about a girl whose aunt tragically goes missing and her cousin claims she can hear her dead mother’s voice inside the house’s walls…..

You can read my full review here.


6.) Alice by Christina Henry

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I don’t know it could just be me but I find the creepy rabbit head pasted over top a man’s body to be very creepy. This is a very, very graphic horror retelling of Alice in Wonderland and I found it to be absolutely amazing. This one definitely isn’t for the faint-hearted though.

You can read my full review here.


5.) The Girl From The Well by Rin Chupeco

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Quick story time: when I was 10 years old I made the mistake of watching “The Grudge” and am now forever terrified of Asian ghosts. Therefore this book’s cover (and the book itself) creeps the shit out of me! It’s a very interesting and scary book revolving around the spirit Okiku, who takes vengeance on wrong-doers.

You can read my full review here.


4.) Slasher Girls & Monster Boys stories selected by April Genevieve Tucholke

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Whatever that thing is on the cover it’s disturbing and it creeps me out, but I suppose it fits the stories in this YA anthology perfectly in that case. There are TONS of creeptastic (shhh that’s a word) stories in here and pretty much all of them are amazing with the exception of 1 or 2.

You can read my full review here.


3.) Mary: The Summoning by Hillary Monahan

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Is it just me or are mirrors super creepy? So yeah, ghostly reflections in them = creepy. I have yet to read this one but it’s a take on the Bloody Mary urban legend.


2.) Asylum by Madeleine Roux

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Blurred/scratched out old timey photos are creepy, actually a lot of old photos are creepy but especially when they’re blurred or scratched out. This is a pretty popular book that I also have yet to read but I’m definitely looking forward to seeing if it’s any good.


1.) Shutter by Courtney Alameda

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Look at that black, gaping ghost and tell me it isn’t creepy! This is a book I have sitting on my shelf currently awaiting to be read and it’s about teenage ghost hunters basically.

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What do you think of these covers? Creepy or not so much?

What are some of your favorite creepy YA covers?

Have you read any of these books or anything similar?

What cover theme did you choose for you TTT this week?

Let me know in the comments and feel free to link up your TTT as well!

The Sassy