4.01.2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas



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Queen of Shadows
By: Sarah J. Maas
Book #4 in the Throne of Glass series

Publication Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Genre: Fantasy



Blurb from Goodreads:

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.
 

What are you waiting for???

3.31.2015

Top Ten Tuesday:Books I've Recently Added To My TBR

I decided to take part in this weeks Top Ten Tuesday because it's always fun to see what everyone is adding to their tbr. Here are the last ten books I added...

1.The Perilous Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous-Girl by Leigh Statham - This one I strictly added because of the cover it's just gorgeous! 

2.Diary of a Haunting by M. Verano - This sounds pretty damn creepy I know I'll pick it up around Halloween since I love to get my horror fix around that time.

3.Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch - I absolutely loved the first book in the series and am eagerly awaiting for this one.

4.Soundless by Richelle Mead - Fantasy , Chinese Folklore and Richelle Mead ...Hell Yes!

5.Neverland by Anna Katmore - Okay, so I just discovered this author this year and love her writing and have been adding everything she has written to my tbr. This one seems pretty awesome.

6.A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston - The cover is what grabbed my attention but the blurb WOW! The books seems like it will be pretty epic.

7.A Whole New World by Liz Braswell - A re-imagining of Aladdin what more is there to say.

8.Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman - The book wasn't on my radar until recently. I love fantasy and this sounds like it's going to be everything I love in a fantasy novel. Can't Wait!

9.Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman - Wild Wild West! A Western YA novel this should be fun to read.

10.The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough - I literally just came across this book today and I want it like NOW! It's set in the 1930's, it's a romance, I saw the word Jazz and I'm hooked I have to read this book it sounds amazing.

3.27.2015

Review:Dreamfire by Kit Alloway

Dreamfire by Kit Alloway


Joshlyn Weaver has always lived with a big secret. Ordinary kids spend their free time going to the movies, hanging out with friends, and searching on the internet.  

But for her, an evening at home usually means entering people's dreams. For many generations, her family has been part of a very powerful and very secretive society of dream walkers. Tasked with the responsibility of lowering the world's general anxiety — which only leads to war and strife in the waking world — their job has always been to stop nightmares before they go too far.
By stopping nightmares while sleeping, they help to stop nightmares in real life. 

But when an ancient feud within the dream walker society resurfaces right when a seemingly unconnected series of very strange and very scary events start occurring during her dream walks, Josh finds herself in a race against time. The one true dream walker has never been known. Could she be the one? 
First Line:"The sewer wasn't the worst place for a nightmare, Josh Weaver admitted to herself as she fumbled with the boxy, rose-gold lighter in her hand."

Review:  Dreamfire was centered around well...dreams. Nightmares to be exact. There is a hidden society of people who call themselves Dreamwalkers that literally have access to enter into peoples nightmares and help resolve it.

I found the whole concept of Dreamwalkers very interesting but I do have to admit that because of the in-depth sometimes tedious explanations of dream walking and dream theories the book dragged quite a bit, even with all the action scenes in the nightmares. Luckily I stuck to it because it picked up about half way through and I couldn't put it down after that.

As far as the main character Joshlyn goes she was very gifted at what she did. Her skills in resolving nightmares is unheard of in the dream walking community. Joshlyn is living with a lot of guilt over the death of her boyfriend in which she blames herself for his death, so of course she doesn't know how to handle her new found feelings for her apprentice Will. Their romance was slow building which is realistic, unfortunately I didn't find any of the moments shared between them swoon worthy and maybe that had something to do with the fact that Will was just Will, there was nothing that made him standout to me. Anyways back to Joshlyn, I did find that there was quite a few times she acted before she thought her actions through which led to some pretty severe consequences to the people she loved and cared for so I didn't really like that about her but the girl was loyal and it was easy to feel her pain which made me easily sympathize for her.

There are a couple of secondary characters that stood out to me. One was Windsor, Josh's best friend. I honestly hated her, she did something that no real best friend would do and I don't know how Josh tolerated her. Another character who I thought was just plain creepy until we learned the truth about him was Haley. He was the twin brother of Josh's ex and once we learn about his gift I found him to be one of the more interesting characters in the book.

Overall even though the book starts of slow I'm glad I stuck with it.

Memorable Quotes 

~"What do you want from me?"-Josh

   -"So much more than you want to give me."- Will



3.23.2015

Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard



The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?
First Line:"I hate First Friday"

Review: I don't even know where to begin with this review. Red Queen was incredible and anyone who hasn't read it yet needs to go and do so right now.

The book is a dystopian fantasy with two main groups of people. The Reds and the Silvers. The Reds have no real value they are powerless and subject to the Silvers cruelty. Silvers on the other hand have these Xmen-esque type powers and they are considered to be like gods who live in full luxury. With a revolution on the rise and a simple Red girl somehow having powers that only Silvers should possess things get really interesting pretty quick.

Mare Barrow's life is already screwed up just by being a Red but once the royal family discovers she has powers that they can't explain away, they give her a new identity as a Silver and she either goes along with the charade or they kill her. I loved Mare, she gets thrown into a world she knows nothing about, she is in constant danger from discovery of her true identity and to top it all off she meets two princes both seeking her affection. Yes there is a love triangle of sorts but luckily it all gets nipped in the bud so don't let that stop you from reading Red Queen.

All the key characters were very well developed and even the villains were complex. There was so much betrayal and manipulation and holy crap that plot twist! When you thought things couldn't get any more intense...it did. Just when you thought you had a character figured out...they would somehow surprise you. I think the quote that can sum up Red Queen would be...

"Anyone can betray anyone."

The world created by Aveyard was cruel and beautiful all at once. If your looking for an addictive read that is full of action and a real page turner I highly recommend picking up Red Queen.


Memorable Quotes 

~"They've spent so long at the top, protected and isolated. that they've forgotten they can fall."

~"The gods rule us still. They have come down the stars. And they are no longer kind."

~"In the fairy tales, the poor girl smiles when she becomes a princess. Right now, I don't know if I'll ever smile again."

3.20.2015

Spring Cleaning Giveaway Hop




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