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2017 Reading Challenge

Goal: 60120…200

1. Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

28220892DNF at 60% | January

Review from GoodReads: 2 our of 5 stars

I might come back to the book later on in the year. This book is really weird. Not necessarily in a bad way but the weirdness is never explained and it REALLY lagged. Not a whole lot happened which dulled me to death. I was also reading an epic book at the same time that I couldn’t help compare it to. So much was happening in the other book but. Vassa in the Night just dragged on and on and on with nothing going on.

2. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

17399160Finished | January

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

This is easily one of the best books I ever read. Everything was amazing and I am so excited to get the next two books. Highly recommended for anyone who likes epic, fast-paced, world building, strong women, monarchies, magic and hidden lineage.

Will I continue the series? Yes

3. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

18498569DNF at 40% | January

Review from GoodReads: 1 out of 5 stars

boy oh boy…I ended up just giving up on this book when I hit the halfway mark. I could not for the life of me understand the point of it. The writing was…okay, not great but okay. The plot was just nonexistent. I could see the “surprise” about Johan’s preferences coming from the beginning, there was nothing to interest me and I LOVE historical fiction and I LOVE Europe and I LOVE Denmark. This book was incredibly disappointing and mind numbing boring. At page 30, I had to switch audiobook because I just simply wouldn’t keep reading…audiobook didn’t help though. Big waste of time.

4. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

12954620Finished | January

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

LOVE! It’s dark and fast and fulfils my love of fantasy, historical fiction, romance and magic! So much death! I’m not sure when I will get to Rebel Spring but I’m invested in this series. There’s a fair amount of romance which tends to only appeal to me in very specific moods but I will keep collecting this series and come to it when I need some romance.

Will I continue the series? Yes

5. Curio by Evangeline Denmark

25309770DNF at 20% | January

Review from GoodReads: 2 out of 5 stars

*deep exhale and drops book on desk* okay…it took me five days to get myself to page 72 before I just left this book alone…I read the entire Divergent book in a day so I am not a slow reader…I just don’t see the point in reading a book where I get excited when a chapter ends because I want to stop reading the book (but I can’t ever stop reading mid-chapter).

I get wanting to write uniquely but the language in this book was incredibly awkward. I found myself having to reread sentences and paragraphs constantly even while sitting in a silent room without distractions. I also found the world building to be lacking. My problem following this book was definitely influenced by this and the wording and language used. There’s floating vehicles, potions, refugees and alchemist yet there was like zero explanation for any of it while there was simultaneously nothing happening!

The idea is creative and I will try to return to this book and give it another go later I the year but right now…very unimpressed with this book despite my love of magic, world hoping, political uprisings, female leads and romance. I have never given up on a book this early before.

6. Divergent by Veronica Roth

8306857Finished | January

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

OMG I am so in love with Four. I thought this book was going to be a lot more like the Hunger Games but it really wasn’t. The overall themes are but the story itself…I enjoy the factions and the splintering within…ugh, and Four *grins drooling* Like he isn’t dethroning Jamie Fraser as my book husband but he’s awesome.

Will I continue the series? Yes

7. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

8490112Finished | January

Review from GoodReads: 4 out of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book! regret letting it sit in my TBR pile for so long. the beginning was okay and a little slow but the last half or third of the book was fantastic! excited for book 2

UPDATE: I’ve honestly totally forgotten about this book. I’m not totally sure if I’ll read book 2 and 3…even if I do, I’ll have to reread this book two. I don’t remember anything other than burned hand prints and angels from this book.

Will I continue the series? Yes

8. Jackaby by William Ritter

20312462Finished | January

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

A quick and easy read that is great for anyone in a book slump. I’m going to keep this book for sure and try to collect the rest of the series too.

Will I continue the series? Yes

9. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

13611052Finished | January

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

I will definitely be picking up another booking this author because…wow…

I found all the time and location jumping to be hard to follow but I still wanted to keep reading it and still felt invested in all the characters and the love and the magic. I love the idea around the circus itself and a long term story. It’s not an adventure fast-paced book but it’s a beautiful onw

10. Beastly Bones by William Ritter

24001095Finished | January

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

it was a cute book! I enjoyed it quite a bit and was able to keep all the characters straight!

Will I continue the series? Yes

11. Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

21570318Finished | January

Review from GoodReads: 3.5 out of 5 stars

it was a cute book! I enjoyed it quite a bit and was able to keep all the characters straight! I definitely won’t be rereading this so I may give the copy away…I have a feeling I will read Cruel Beauty also by this author and then give them both away during a shelf purge.

12. The Kiss of Deception by Mary Pearson

16429619Finished | January

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

I absolutely adored this book! I am super excited to continue reading the trilogy. I’ve never read Pearson before but I love her writing style and Lia is what I imagine myself to be like in her situation.

UPDATE: I felt like I had to so…I bought the hardcover copy of this book and will giveaway this paperback copy.

Will I continue the series? Yes

13. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

22055262Finished | January

Review from GoodReads: 3 out of 5 stars

Eh, it was okay…I don’t think I was in the right mood to read this so I am going to reread it when I want to tackle the whole trilogy. I’m not as crazy about Schwab’s writing as some other people but the story should be of a lot of interest to me…throwing it back in the TBR.

Will I continue the series? Yes

14. A Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anna Blankman

17668473Finished | January

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

Holy balls! This book was amazing. Easily one of my all-time favourite historical fictions (just fell short of beating Outlander). It’s incredibly fascinating and I would recommend it to ANYONE–especially people interested in pre-WWII Germany and Hitler’s rise to power! I also think I need to purchase the UK covers because they’re all so pretty and I love this series…I just know I will reread this series over and over and over.

Will I continue the series? Yes

15. Insurgent by Veronica Roth

11735983Finished | January

Review from GoodReads: 4.5 out of 5 stars

I loved this book! My God! Everyone I know was saying the first book was good and the series goes downhill after that but I really liked this book. I think it was odd that there were so many climaxes and I wasn’t sure where it was going but it kept me reading for all 500+ pages.

Not sure when I’ll get around to Allegiant but I’ll get to it eventually.

Will I continue the series? Yes

16. The Young Elites by Marie Lu

20821111Finished | January

Review from GoodReads: 4 out of 5 stars

love! love! love!

Will I continue the series? Yes

17. The Heart of Betrayal by Mary Pearson

21569527Finished | February

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

This book was SO FREAKING good! I love the characters and the world and the writing! Gah! It fulfills my love of historical fiction and fantasy and romance and a strong female lead that I don’t want to punch! Even better than the first book! I desperately need to get my hands on the final book. I will be stalking Book Outlet for a few weeks but…I need it soon so I may cave and buy it for full price which should say A LOT about how much I love this series! I need to get them all in hardcover.

Will I continue the series? Yes

18. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

29868610Finished | February

Review from GoodReads: 4.5 out of 5 stars

I love Anna Kendrick and her style of comedy and her career. The book wasn’t as focused on funny stories as I thought it would be but I really enjoyed it and loved hearing her voice reading the audiobook. Well worth the 2 months I spent on the waitlist at my library–I also think I want to buy a physical copy of this and read it every few years as I grow and experience new things.

19. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

15839984Finished | February

Review from GoodReads: 3.5 out of 5 stars

I definitely liked this book more than Crimson Bound. It’s a pretty solid Beauty and the Beast retelling that I made a point of reading before the film comes out in March. it has some insta-love but written in the same tone as the rest of the book so I didn’t find it as off putting as I normally do. In general though…I don’t think I’m super big on Rosamund Hodge’s writing and I don’t think the retellings are particularly unique or anything…

20. Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

29236299Finished |February

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

Well…I honestly don’t know what to do with my life until book 3 comes out. this series gives me such a book hangover! *weeps and shrugs defeated* it’s just so fucking good! All of it! the whole thing! All the characters and the book format and the story and the relationships and the return of characters from Illuminae!…I am stocking these authors on all social media and the book 3 “Untitled” GoodReads page. I don’t know what to do with myself without this book!

Will I continue the series? Yes

21. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows

22840421Finished | February

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

I love this whole book. everything about it! it’s sooooooo funny and well written! I laughed out loud so many times! I loved the little inputs saying “ps, we’re now fucking with you and your history.” I could just see this being played out like a Shakespeare play centuries ago and I’m not totally sure why?! I can just see a guy on a stage wearing a horse mask with a guy dressed up as Lady Jane! And then I found out the authors are doing a series of these–…holy balls am I excited?! Definitely preordering them all. I hope they keep the same covers too because I LOVE this cover!

Will I continue the series? Yes

22. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

28763485Finished | February

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

I am not a big reader of the contemporary genre of books…but the topics touched upon in this book are so prevalent to 2017 and so important to be aware of. I am very privileged to have been born in Canada and have roots in my country going back to early settlement and Acadian history–I don’t know what it’s like to deal with racism and immigration and the reasons behind the decisions people make. I pride myself on being a liberal and open person and someone who listens to those who have experienced what I haven’t…but this book still gave me a very new perspective of legal and illegal immigration and the toll it takes on a family…but also the butterfly effect–my actions cause other actions and situations (good and bad).

This book was just really well done and I am very excited to read Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon too.

23. Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill

28114396DNF at 50% | February

Review from GoodReads: 1 out of 5 stars

the cover of this book is beautiful…and that’s all the positives I have.

I DNF it at about 200 pages because i HATED the main character with every fiber of my being. Take Katniss Everdeen’s archery skills and braid…and remove all of her personality (sarcasm, attitude, etc), make her dopey in love with Gail (who has vanished), make her an orphan, make her have no self-confidence…and have her be 13 years old. She was beyond annoying and ridiculous and it was so off putting that I will not be continuing this book or series.

this shit is infuriating to see! There’s nothing unique about this book and it’s just filled with tropes!

Will I continue the series? No

24. Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman

22838220Finished | February

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

this whole series is so far and definitely my second favorite of all time (nothing can beat Outlander by Diana Gabaldon). I love the writing and the characters and that not everything wraps up the way you’d want it and that the story works with real events rather than rewriting a whole era. it was fascinating and I will definitely be rereading it and suggesting it to everyone I know.

SPOILER!!!
PS I actually cried when Daniel was declared dead.

25. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

27774758Finished | February

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

plain and simple: I freaking loved his book! I hated putting down the two times I had to go to work. the world and the characters and the plot and rebellion and…everything! It’s kind of like a dystopian gladiator Hunger Game. I am moving A Torch Against the Night WAYYYYYY up in my TBR and frantically watching for book 3 to become available for preorder.

Will I continue the series? Yes

26. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

23299512Finished | February

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

I loved this book. I just want to find an August and go on an adventure with him. I love how the two leads aren’t romantic and I hope the second book follows that–I cannot remember the last time I read a fantasy book that didn’t have a romance between the two main characters! Definitely one of my favorites of this year so far and I will absolutely be reading the second book. I will keep an eye out for this book on Book Outlet and eventually get book #2.

Will I continue the series? Yes

27. The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

26156203Finished | February

Review from GoodReads 4.5 out of 5 stars

I loved this book. I just want to find an August and go on an adventure with him. I love how the two leads aren’t romantic and I hope the second book follows that. Definitely one of my favorites of this year so far and I will absolutely be reading the second book (and preordering it :D). I reminded me a lot of The Night Circus but with a monarchy and Russian twist. The magic performed was really cool.

Will I continue the series? Yes

28. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

21414439Finished | February

Review from GoodReads: 4 out of 5 stars

This was a really solid start to a series! I loved the magic, the world, the traveling, the relationships and the political chaos. It reminds me of Six of Crows combined with Pirates of the Carribean (therefore I love it). there’s some romance but no insta-love (thank GOOOOODDDDDDD) and I am so excited to start Windwitch!…and now I need to tell lots of people about this book!

Will I continue the series? Yes

29.The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

22296822DNF at page 80 | February

Review from GoodReads: 1 out fo 5 stars

Ugh…I wanted to like this book and the cover is gorgeous! The first few pages made me roll by eyes so many times that it isn’t funny. The dialogue didn’t sound right for any of the characters and nothing about the first 80 pages grabbed me or made me want to keep reading this (there’s too many books in my TBR pile to force myself to read a book I don’t like). The main female character was particularly unrealistic and none of her logic or actions made sense! Once again my cover buy purchase betrays me!

30. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

28374007DNF at 80% + read last chapter | February

Review from GoodReads: 2 out of 5 stars

This book was super disappointing and I definitely will not be reading the sequel.

I don’t understand how a book with three magical sisters fighting over a throne would be boring but it was. There’s an unnecessary amount of romance, love triangles and relationship betrayals without any characters development which left me shrugging and not caring about every “twist.” The ending didn’t justify the previous 95% of the book which I had to force myself through.

Will I continue the series? No

31. A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

23203252Finished | February

Review from GoodReads: 4 out of 5 stars

This book was cool. I have a really hard time finding books set in Victorian England that don’t make me so annoyed with the sexism. While this book most definitely had varying levels of sexism, they worked with the story and the female lead wasn’t a ridiculously submissive woman. The twists in the book did actually surprise me and I wasn’t able to keep everyone separated despite a larger cast of characters. I will definitely be reading the sequel and be keeping an eye on this author. I really enjoyed the writing style and was shocked to see this was her first. The only reason that I didn’t give the book a higher mark was the pace–I felt like the romance was a little annoying and the pace could’ve been a little faster in the beginning BUT by the end…the book was moving fast 😀

Will I continue the series? Yes

32.The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

25489134Finished | February & March

Review from GoodReads: 4 out of 5 stars

This was such a weird, wonderful and unique red. it’s so nice to read a fairytale without romance! I wasn’t sure where it was going which was a different experience as a reader for me. I have a feeling it’s one of those books that you’ll notice new things every time you read it. The writing was beautiful and I really enjoyed the book

Will I continue the series? Yes

33. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

18798983Finished | February

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

Holy balls…just read this duology. the writing and setting and relationships and magic and realism is just amazing! I love the characters and the setting and the…mystery and everything around the very weird circumstances. I don’t know that I could have volunteered myself for the arranged marriage but I still related and respected Shahrzad’s character and decisions.

Will I continue the series? Yes

34. The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

23308084Finished | February

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

Holy balls…this book and series just destroyed me. It was so good and I will DEFINITELY be rereading it in the years to come.

the relationships and kick-ass women and twists shook me. the whole book was nonstop! I need to pre-order the authors 2017 book.

I literally read book 1 and book 2 in one day…

35. And I Darken by Kiersten White

27190613DNFed at 60% | February

Review from GoodReads: 3 out of 5 stars

The cover is gorgeous and the beginning was awesome but…As soon as the book did a flashforward and picked up from there…it got pretty tropey. The cool sociopathic girl who stood out turned kinda tropey. It really turned me off and it started to lag…DNF 2/3 of the way through. I liked the setting of the book but the inconsistency with the character’s personality was super off-putting. The plot itself wasn’t super enthralling and what kept me going was Lada’s uniqueness but…she hits almost puberty and all she cares about is boys and boys and boys and her breasts and boys…

Will I continue the series? Unlikely

36. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

18712886Finished |  March

Review from GoodReads: 4 out of 5 stars

I’m really glad I gave this book another shot (I tried it a year or two ago and was… “meh” about it). I enjoyed it–all the characters and the beginning of the overall plot for the trilogy. I will definitely be going to pick up book two soon. Kelsea is just very unique–I find a lot of YA with queens and females are strikingly beautiful and always skinny and the ideal woman I see in a lot of marketing…but she’s not and I found that so refreshing along with the very divided political atmosphere and the magic. I don’t think the plot was unique but I am drawn to Kelsea’s character and I will for SURE be reading the series.

Will I continue the series? Yes

37. The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson

25944798Finished | March

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

Book hangover! This book was massive (literally over double the size of the first book). I don’t know if there was something specific…but I just loved all theses characters and the ups and downs that characters go through. Lia is in a very sticky circumstance in her romantic and political life and she had to choose. The breakdown of her relationship with Rafe with the still kinda potential of Kaden really helped the plot. I like the very end and I loved the characters growth from The Kiss of Deception.

38. Windwitch by Susan Dennard

29939390Finished | March

Review from GoodReads: 4 out of 5 stars

This book took all of my assumptions and feelings from the first book and changed them for every character! I…I…I…I don’t know how this book managed to do that in so few pages. I don’t know who I am rooting for anymore and who’s supposed to be bad! It also made me super thankful for communication technology–just sending a quick text “PS, I didn’t die. Anyone who says that is lying to you” could’ve saved soooooooooo much time. I enjoyed this way more than the first book and REALLY REALLY need book 3 to come out like NOW–2018 seems cruelly far away!

Will I continue the series? Yes

39. A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir

25558608Finished | March

Review from GoodReads: 4 out of 5 stars

I didn’t like it as much as the first book but I still really enjoyed it. I just really didn’t like the kinda love triangle and all the ghost/spiritual stuff but will def pick up the next book when it comes out. I am far more interested in this world and the political chaos and secrecy that is at every corner. People are going to have to make some real decisions that will have permanent repercussions and I want the third book to focus on that more. Book 3 in 2018 is wayyyy too far away.

Will I continue the series? Yes

40. Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

17404295Finished | March

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

My love for the Snow Like Ashes series is getting pretty damn close to the love for my all-time favourite series Outlander.

  • Romance-check
  • Politics-check
  • Betrayal-check
  • Kick-ass female-check
  • Magic-check

All these factors are so well balanced. There’s no stupid insta-love which destroyed the plot and female characters. There’s a love triangle but it makes sense and doesn’t distract from the plot. There’s mystery surrounding the politics, betrayal and magic…and to top it all off, I love the main couple…AND THE WRITING IS BEAUTIFUL AND PERFECT! I’m moving book 3 in this series up in my TBR.

Will I continue the series? Yes

41. Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes

16000044DNFed at 60% | March

Review from GoodReads: none

meh….I need to DNF this for now. I need to be in a very specific mood to read something with this much romance and annoying intense/creepy/stalkery characters. I enjoyed the first book and then saw the cover reveal for book 6 which made me even more excited. I’ll definitely read it and it’s one of those books I will remember to return to.

Will I continue the series? Yes

42. The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

22698568Finished | March

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

Omg this book was so cool and well written! And a hundred times better than book one! Kelsea takes on religion and corruption and sexism exactly how I would’ve which I absolutely loved! So excited for book three. I gotta wait for the hard cover copy to come down in price or show up on Book Outlet cause uhhh…$40-ish for a book is kinda high for a book that I don’t know if I’ll like.

Will I continue the series? Yes

43. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

30117284DNFed @ 100 pages | March

Review from GoodReads: 1 out of 5 stars

Yea so I have a personal rule of 50 pgs. 50 pages to give me a reason to keep reading (we all got a TBR pile and no time to waste)…I gave it to of 110 and I just cant–DNF. I am so lost with the characters and world that it’s full on destroying/distracting the plot. Can’t say most of the names, I can’t keep them straight, I can’t figure out if they’re on our Earth or on a different planet in our galaxy or a totally different galaxy, I can’t quite get who is supposed to be good and/or bad…There’s different races/species/groupings of people but I can’t figure out how they are different from each other! this is definitely not the book for me and I never got far enough into the book to even evaluate any of the accusations of racism…I’m not totally sure what Roth was going for with his book. Disappointed as I really enjoyed the Divergent series.

Will I continue the series? No

44. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

24807186Finished | March

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

WWWWWHHHHHHAAAAAATTTTT?! I did NOT see that ending coming! This is such a random and word and unique and cool book! It’s almost like…The Hunger Games/Six of Crows + motorcycles + Hitler! Ugh! I’m so excited for the second book. The hoping between timelines was really cool–super well written as a whole. It was also kinda nice to focusing so much on the concentration camps while still acknowledging them. Helped make it an alternative history.

Will I continue the series? Yes

45. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

18692431Finished | March

Review from GoodReads: 4 out of 5 stars

This was a cute book. I saw the ending come from page one but it was a cute fluffy book. It didn’t hit me the way The Sun Is Also A Star did but this book would definitely be good to help get out of a reading slump. I’m pretty excited to see the movie though…not sure if I’ll keep my copy of the book though.

46. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

17234658DNFed @ 50% | March

Review from GoodReads: 2 out of 5 stars

Ugh! DNFing so hardcore at 50%. Beautiful cover but…The book is described as one with characters jumping through time and space to dimensions to catch a murderer with some romance…It’s actually a romance/love triangle that happens to occur where the characters are dimension hoping. Really disappointed. The whole love triangle seems so unnecessary and really tropey. it’s not a poorly written book, it just didn’t match up with what I expected from the description. I want dimension jumping and murder mystery but the love triangle just totally took over the whole plot

Will I continue the series? No

47. Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

30269126Finished | March

Review from GoodReads: 4 out of 5 stars

I’m really happy I picked this book up so close to Carve the Mark. I needed a sci-fi pick me up after that DNF. It was short and a good series intro. The cover is beautiful too and I really liked the characters and the science/technology. There was no distracting insta-love triangle which made me even happier–I basically cried of happiness about this–I love romance but it’s being used WAYYYYY too much in books.

Will I continue the series? Yes

48. The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

16248113Finished | March

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

I’m so glad I reread this book! I am absolutely in love with Agatha and her relationships with everyone! Her sassiness and growth was honestly fantastic. I really enjoyed all the issues raised by the author in this book and I am super eager to see/hope they are challenged in book 2 and 3. Sophie is such annoying twit but I love her character–she’s ridiculous and stubborn and always blaming others–and sadly is a representation of people in the world. This book made me want to marathon the books that are out.

Will I continue the series? Yes

49. A World Without Princess by Soman Chainani

18172465Finished | March

Review from GoodReads: 3 out of 5 stars

I don’t know how I feel about this book. It raised a lot of issues and stereotypes that were never actually dealt with in this book. I’m definitely going to read book 3 right away and I hope it wrap everything up and deals with the blatant sexism laced throughout this whole book.

I didn’t find that I particularly liked any of the characters in this book–sad since I loved Agatha so much in book 1…I also HATE Tedros…like with a burning passion

Will I continue the series? Yes

50. The Last Ever After by Soman Chainani

18004320DNFed @ 50% | March

Review from GoodReads: 2 out of 5 stars

Ugh *annoyed eye twitch* I wish this series would’ve been a stand alone. The girls are beyond annoying so DNF at 40%. It didn’t feel like there was any evaluation of the ridiculous stereotypes and tropes raised in book two and book three. I want to drop kick Tedros into another dimension and slap both Sophie and Agatha. The long…Triangle/square/Pentagon or w/e it is was just WAYYYYYYY too drawn out. Done with the series

Will I continue the series? No

51. The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

25812109Finished | March

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

Man…I was keeping my shit together until the very end! I loved Alex–even with her history and actions–I love her! Come on! Now I’m crying at work!…Everyone should just read this book to try and understand life…There’s so many different issues that are raised here and…though I was sad at the ending, it was one of those teachable moments about life and how some people are just destined for somethings…you know?

52. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

23272028Finished | March

Review from GoodReads: 4 out of 5 stars

This was a lot…A LOT darker of a book than I thought it would be! It was good though and I’m definitely in love with Jamie, Charlotte and her brother (Milo, I believe). Super excited to continue reading the series. It’s a quick read with a background story that most of us are quite familiar with. I am gonna wait for book two to come out in paperback so it’ll match my copy of this book–I feel like it’s a good series to fall back on when you feel a reading slump coming on.

Will I continue the series? Yes

53. American Gods

30165203Finished | March

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

This book is the definition of a mindfuck! I don’t understand how Neil Gauman writes so many unique books at so many different age groups! As an atheist, I am absolutely fascinated by religion and as a history graduate, I am absolutely fascinated by mythology and vikings so this was right up my alley! This was such a unique and weird book that everyone should read! I absolutely LOVE Shadow and…I think I liked his wife…Wednesday totally blindsided me–probably because of how weird the whole book was. I am super excited for the TV show!

54. Air Awakens by Elise Kova

23127048Finished | March

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

I don’t know how anyone couldn’t love this book! The author’s writing is addictive! I deeply regret not buying the whole series at the same time because I now have to order the rest of it and Amazon has been HORRENDOUS at shipping within a reasonable time and shipping is a total shit show (2 day shipping-my butt). I absolutely adore Vhalla, I am very intregued by her relationship with the princes, I really need more shipping between Vhalla and Aldrik, I don’t know where I stand with Baldair which is kinda tormenting me, and Vhalla and Aldrik going to war with their Last Airbender-like powers is gonna be so good! Epic!

Will I continue the series? Yes

55. The Search for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi

12156463Finished | March

Review from GoodReads: 4 out of 5 stars

I love it when books have scenes in a library!

Will I continue the series? Yes

56. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

28962906Finished | March

Review from GoodReads: 4 out of 5 stars

Another cute short mystery–that definitions seems to be my “get out of a reading slump” classification. It wasn’t exactly what I was expecting (I just saw the title and cover and went into it without any background). It reminded me a lot of the Jackaby series by William Ritter–which I also enjoyed and read really quickly.Strong female lead that is fighting against gender status quo in a historical fiction with a surprisingly adorable and supportive beau…that’s my happy place 😀 I’ll pick up the rest of the series and read the eventually but they aren’t on the top of my TBR pile.

Will I continue the series? Yes

57. A Hero For WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi

12049592Finished | March

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

This series is so adorable! The writing and illustrations are consistently good–I was a little unsure if that would happen after reading The School for Good and Evil where the characters have totally different personalities in each book. The illustrations are wonderfully supportive of the story and really helped me immerse myself in the story. I am immediately reading book 3.

Will I continue the series? Yes

58. The Battle for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi

18454480Finished | March & April

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

Ugh, I am definitely going to reread this series from time to time. I spent so much time just staring at the illustrations. The messages/lessons were great, the character and world development was FANTASTIC and the whole world/idea was super creative and empowering. Beyond impressed with this series–I cannot believe it’s MG! I love all the characters and creatures and the relationships between them all.

59. Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

21473404Finished | April

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

I finally read it and I finally get the hype! I love all the mythology and the mixing of their world with the human world.

Will I continue the series? Yes

60. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

9969571Finished | April

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

Holy balls… *Hand on heart* the ending makes me so happy! Well firstly, one of the characters has my name and is from my country…Then there’s TONS of action…Then there’s references to Monty Python and there’s several references to atheism! This is my absolute favourite stand alone that I can ever remember reading. It has the potential to be such an amazing movie and I can’t wait for the adaptation! I’m so happy I bought this book.

61. The Valiant by Lesley Livingston

30375703Finished | April

Review from GoodReads: 4 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book which is a relief because I heard a lot of mixed reviews. It didn’t end on a huge cliffhanger but there’s obviously lots of potential for the sequel which I will definitely pick up. I was not expecting like…Any of the deaths or appearances because I was so interested in the world and time period. I liked the balance between violence, romance, love and hate

Will I continue the series? Yes

62. Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

22456248Finished | April

Review from GoodReads: 3.5 out of 5 stars

I’d say a 3/3.5 out of 5 stars. I mean a deadly game of dodgeball is always a good start to a book. It was a good book but it felt like more of a filler book to extend the series. The only thing I found super interesting was the VERY VERY end…and I wanted more Camp Half-Blood. I do love Tyson though

Will I continue the series? Yes

63. The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

21979832Finished | April

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

I’m in so much love with this book! I NEED the Nix and Kashmir ship like NOW. I really loved the evolution of all the relationships. The places this book went were so different than what a lot of other time traveling stories do…Or maybe I just haven’t read a lot of diversity in this genre. Either way I sooooo need book two! Outlander + Daughter of the Pirate King + Six of Crows smashed into one perfect book/series.

Will I continue the series? Yes

64. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

33643994Finished | April

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

I have to wait how long for the sequel?! Unacceptable! I am freaking in love with Alosa and all her dialogue and I NEED the Riden/Alosa ship to happen like yesterday. All the escapes and backstabbing and kinda romance and sassy dialogue and twists and turns are so good and kept me surprised. I read this in one sitting…And this being a duology instead of at least a trilogy makes me so sad! I need Daughter of the Siren Queen now–no, yesterday!

Will I continue the series? Yes

65. Percy Jackson: The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan

22449288Finished | April

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

This book was so much better than book two! I loved getting more interaction with the Olympians and the expansion of the evil side.

Will I continue the series? Yes

66. Jane Steele by Lyndsay Fate

25938397Finished | April

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

I absolutely LOVED this book! I got so invested in Jane, her story and her ending. I loved the weaving of stories and travels from the East into the story based in England. It reminded me a lot of A Madness So Discreet and The Book Thief style of writing. I will absolutely be keeping a d rereading my copy of this book

67. Percy Jackson: The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

22449299Finished | April

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

cute little love triangle. this series is so adorable.

Will I continue the series? Yes

68. Percy Jackson: The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

22456292Finished | April

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

This series is cute but it does make me laugh that the entire premise is “people couldn’t keep it in their pants and cheated on their significant others” which is kinda joked about. I like Percy and loved how each book kept adding to the gods and myths–would’ve been fantastic when I was learning about that stuff in school.

69. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

16096824Finished | April

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

Maybe it’s because I’ve read series like Outlander but…This wasn’t as raunchy as it was made out to be. That aside though, I LOVED this book and am immediately reading A Court of Mist and Fury then stalking my mailbox for book 3 to get delivered on it’s release date. So much Beauty and the Beast original story feels!

Will I continue the series? Yes

70. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

17927395Finished | April

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

I may have only slept for two hours last night because I needed to stay up and finish this book.

“I don’t need sleep! I need answers!”

Well now I’m empty on the inside and I don’t know what to do with myself until May 2nd and pray that my copy gets to me on the release date

Will I continue the series? Yes

71. Frostblood by Elly Blake

27827203Finished | April

Review from GoodReads: 3 out of 5 stars

Okay! I read this book in a single day and I’ll probably be reading book 2 but…Okay, this book is by no means original and it really expects the readers to lean on tropes. I don’t know if it was lazy writing or too much edited out before publishing but it really…desperately needs more character development, world building and relationship evolution…And the backstories were so limited and just completely forgotten and it hurt the story.

Will I continue the series? Maybe

72. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

27883214Finished | April

Review for GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

Okay…I don’t honestly know if I understood the ending and explanations of this book but…Despite that, I really enjoyed this. The characters and magic and setting and relationships were so well flushed out and written which was exactly what I needed and didn’t get from Frostblood which I read yesterday. And even more excited that I just found out Caraval is a series–not a standalone!

Will I continue the series? Yes

73. The Alchemist of Loom by Elise Kova

31549513Finished | April

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

Holy crap…I just had one of those frantic moments where I was hoping my book was missing chapters but then realized it was a cliffhanger and I have to wait for book two. I am hella ready for the sequel and it has been preordered! So good! I love all the magic and politics and dealing with prejudices and… Everything! This author is an instant buy for me for forever

Will I continue the series? Yes

74. The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig

30653880Finished | May

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

ugh! I want another book in this series now! I love the ship and betrayals and time jumping and politics and realistic problem/evaluation of “if you could change history, would you and what would you change?” Definitely going to be keeping an eye on this author. Nix & Kash forever!

75. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

23766634Finished | May

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

I got wayyyy too emotionally invested in this originally trilogy for my sanity. I love all the characters and the ships and politics and betrayals and surprises. I need more Feyre and Rhys and I hope they’ll at least appear in the rest of the series (that are different POV I believe). I feel kinda empty now that I’m done it–just like the book hangover Illuminae and Gemina gave me.

76. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

16034235Finished | May

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

I finished it! Had two books that I couldn’t get into after reading ACOWAR but my God…I love Sarah J. Maas! I loved all the characters and magic and politics. I’m not totally sure who I want to end up with Celaena but there’s lots of books to figure that out with.

Will I continue the series? Yes

77. Hunted by Meagan Spooner

24485589Finished | May

Review from GoodReads: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Well…I finished it but WOW are there ever problems with this book. There is no–absolutely NO– romantic relationship development between Beauty and Beast. It was like the author just leaned on the reader knowing the story HOWEVER…anyone who knows this story would’ve been bored as hell by most of it! Either a lazy author or too much editing done–I was expecting more from a non-debut author. Really unsatisfying and disappointing retelling and pretty surprisingly since Spooner has been published before

78. City of Thieves by David Benioff

1971304Finished | May

Review from GoodReads: 4.5 out of 5 stars

This is such a weird and random yet interesting story. I wasn’t even sure if I was enjoying it until I finished it and had watery eyes. It’s not a heart pumping action WWII fiction but…more if a historical fiction that evaluates life as a civilian during the Hitler-Stalin power struggle on the Eastern front. It’s definitely one I’ll re-read every once and a while. Beautifully written.

79. Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin

26864835Finished | May

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

Agh! Why do I let myself be lured into a false sense of hope by authors?! Why?! Why?!

Anyways, super good but uh…prepare for your heart to be broken.

80. The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

24396882Finished | May

Review from GoodReads: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Make sure to read the author’s note at the end! It absolutely influenced my rating and it’s really something we should all know. I didn’t mind the fictional element of this book. I thought it was well written overall but the plot wrapped up too perfectly for my liking in a dystopian novel that is based in real problems such as human trafficking and ghettoized communities. The world building & historical information was incredible and so unique.

81. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

32191710Finished | May

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

This was such an interesting and cute little book with some funny jokes (“Yes, Einstein was a bad ass.”). I definitely didn’t understand all of it but it’s something you can read in 2 hours every few years and always learn something new. I wish I had gotten a science teacher this passionate and who could make these topics so accessible. I live in a stupidly Conservative (science fearing) province and I wish Tyson could come here and talk.

82. Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale by Art Spiegelman

15196Finished | May

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

sad and beautiful.

Will I continue the series? Yes

83. Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen

30335388Finished | May

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

I’m not sure why but I absolutely loved this book! I normally hate realistic contemporaries but…
It was so nice to read a book based in Canada with a female lead that was… (honestly concerningly) very similar to myself in her personality and experiences/fears. It’s a super quick read that I will definitely read every once and a while

84. The Crown’s Dog by Elise Kova

32486827Finished | May

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

I am absolutely obsessed with everything Elise Kova puts out I guess. Her writing is so perfect! I love all the characters and the mystery/treasure hunt/murder/pirate-ness of this book! I need to finish the Air Awakens and the Golden Guards trilogy now!

Will I continue the series? Yes

85. Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch

28512486Finished | May

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

This whole series is so well written! Each book is better than the last but I can’t pick a favourite. The character development and relationship building are done with such grace that I can’t believe this is Raasch’s debut! There’s likeable secondary characters that I loved and don’t distract from the leads that I also loved and hated! Thankfully, not everyone gets a happily ever after and a solid conclusion to a series.

86. The Black Witch by Laurie Forest

25740412Finished | May

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

I went into this book ready with my highlighter to flag all the prejudice perpetuated stereotypes and ended up forgetting all about that and just really enjoying the book (read the 600 page beast in less than 24 hours).

Just to start this off…one of the open-minded professors (“good” and favourite teacher of Elloren) said this when Elloren asked if her clothes were made, essentially, by slave labour/sweat shops and he told her the truth:

“Don’t thank me. Real education doesn’t make your life easy. It complicates things and makes everything messy and disturbing. But the alternative, Elloren Gardner, is to live your life based on injustice and lies.”

Well I’m apparently just opening myself up to “you’re a racist” I guess since I absolutely loved this book. YES, it deals with controversial topics and does not give you a fairy tale ending conclusions to all of them…BECAUSE IT’S A SERIES AND NOT ALL OF THESE PROBLEMS REALLY HAVE SOLUTIONS!

1. If you have not read the book, get your damn rating OFF of GoodReads. You people are literally why I decided to read this because you are skewing the ratings of someone’s work and influencing others whether or not to read it.

2. We cannot in YA bitch and BITCH AND BITCH that we want diversity and when someone writes characters that are prejudice, racist, homophobic, etc. and then scream bloody murder that the book promotes racism. Acknowleding and dealing with racism in a book does not mean the author is a part of the KKK and trying to promote segregation! Growth of the characters and people on any topic is how the world will become better (stop with the “I don’t want to read about a racist person becoming unracist” because you are missing the point, a part of the problem and doing yourself a disfavour).

3. This book is LITERALLY colonial North American history with a sprinkle of President Donald Trump and magic. So many people are unaware of the horrible shit we did in USA and Canada during settlement and if it takes a fantasy novel like this for people to get upset then fine by me. I am so tired of reading horrible news but I need to stay aware of what is going on and taking these problems and placing them in a fantasy setting make them much easier to digest.

4. Everyone has prejudices (white, brown, black, etc.) that come from somewhere (normally older generations or from a lack of exposure)

The main character is raised by her sheltered but obviously feminist uncle who wants to protect her…then you meet her POS of an aunt (who is clearly a villain) along with some trashy other prejudice people from the city (also pretty obviously the villains). The ENTIRE book is Elloren being confronted with a prejudice her people have imposed (as well as the other races having their own prejudices) and then seeing that it’s wrong…AND DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT! Elloren and her brothers are all very aware of this and join a freaking rebellion against Donald Trum–I mean…the racist, sexist, sociopathic government. Basically everyone on the “good” side is in an interracial friendship and/or romantic relationship and all the douches are…well very KKK-esk.

I am super excited to read the sequel(s?) and I really suggest actually reading the book and just ignoring the ratings since apparently GoodReads users are just blatenly misusing the site.

Please send all “you’re a racist!” comments to biteme@gmail.com 🙂

Will I continue the series? Yes

87. Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

23308087Finished | May

Review from GoodReads: 4 out of 5 stars

I wasn’t sucked in the same way and level that The Wrath and The Dawn duology did but I still really enjoyed this book. The cliffhanger ending was so well done and I just have to read the sequel (whenever that comes out). I absolutely loved all the relationship development, romance building and that whole “who is the actual bad guy?!” feeling. Renee Ahdieh was an amazing ability to paint a world in foreign places (I’m based in Canada) so vividly that I feel like I’m there and can follow the characters through the forest or on a magic carpet. I really enjoyed the Mulan retelling aspect but it didn’t feel like the book leaned on my awareness of this popular story–I find a lot of retellings fall flat because authors either just rewrite the old fairytale/Disney adaptation or they bet on you knowing the romance or settings to the point where they don’t feel the need to describe them to you.

Overall, a solid (but not my favourite) retelling but it’s a wonderfully unique world with some really interesting characters and a SOLID romance that focuses on a strong woman and the people who support her.

Will I continue the series? Yes

88. Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls by Lauren Graham

30253864Finished | May

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

I can’t stop crying! It’s just like listening and reading to Lorelai with her same sassiness, humour and lessons. Gilmore Girls was one of the few things that I will FOREVER link to my childhood and teen years. They weren’t the most stable or easy years and this woman made me laugh and cry when I never thought possible…
But it’s over like the show…right? 😉 (You’ll understand this if you read the book).
An amazingly touching book

89. A Tyranny of Petticoats edited by Jessica Spotswood

22020592Finished | May

Review from GoodReads: 3.5 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed these stories! I am not a big fan of short stories and novellas but I wanted to give this a try because:
a. look at that cover
b. women in history

While these stories are fiction, the authors have done research and taken real people and events which they mixed and morphed into their stories. I really didn’t know anything about these events and time periods so it was a really cool experience.

This book is jammed FULL of diversity! Not just the women but sexual orientation, race, class system, etc. You would not believe how hard it is to find fictional books with indigenous characters that are not about residential schools. While they are only a couple of the stories with this representation and they are relatively small roles…it’s a start to get them more representation in fiction and YA.

My rating is lower simply because they were short stories. I would’ve enjoyed some of these to be fleshed out more or made into a stand alone. As soon as I would get into a story, it had an abrupt end which I tend to find annoying. For that reason, I used the audiobook to follow along to.

I think the topics covered and the short length will make me want to re-read this book every once and a while and pass along to my children if I ever have some.

90. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

30831912Finished | May

Review from GoodReads: 4 out of 5 stars

Neil Gaiman has such beautiful writing that just takes me into the world of each book. his stories, even when based on non-fiction, always has such a creative twist to it…and Norse Mythology is no different. I love all the different ways each God is represented in from story to story. I kind of feel bad for Loki always getting blamed for things (sometimes it’s warranted but not always). I really couldn’t help but laugh when Thor dressed up like a woman to get his hammer back by marrying an ogre/giant thing.

91. Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer

30163661Finished | May

Review from GoodReads: 4 out of 5 stars

I am super shocked at how low this book is rated (3.35 stars as of me writing this) and how few ratings (412) there are for a YA fairytale retelling with a gorgeous cover and that was in a subscription book box.

Anyways…

Holy crap! I loved this book way more than I was anticipating. The love triangle was so well done and the sister’s relationship that kinda mimicked the villain and her twin was so beautiful. One of the sisters is blind so I automatically thought she would be dependent on others but she takes the lead while you slowly see others less noticeable disabilities take effect. If you liked the Lunar Chronicles, pick this up! I’m excited for the sequel now.

I really didn’t see any girls hating girls for stupid reasons and its got some diversity with one of the main characters being blind.

Will I continue the series? Yes

92. The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye

27211901Reading | May

Review from GoodReads: 3 out of 5 stars

So I did enjoy this book but not even remotely as much as the first book and it really is obvious that this was written by a new/debut-ish author. The beauty of the first book was the romance and magic in the backdrop of Russia but this book had a very different feel. I am a big lover of politics and historical events within fiction but I have a problem with the happily ever after ending…after the characters spent the whole book trying to kill each other…and had an attempted coup…in Russia. All the characters can’t get over any problems throughout the book but then ALL of a sudden at the end, they suddenly decide to put their differences aside?

I absolutely HATE Pasha’s sister who came off as the villain to me but nothing happens to her to the point where I don’t quite know why she was even required in the story. I really enjoyed the concept of building a rebellion but Skye either edited out WAYYYYYY too much of just wrote that part of the story very lazily (in what world would soldiers involved in a rebellion know and then tell a total stranger the entire plot?). There were a few things that were just glossed over and never really solved which once again made me think “well why did you even bring this up if you aren’t going to do anything with it? This is the last book in the duology.”

The hardcovers are super gorgeous and I may reread this duology in the future when I want a romancy fantasy book set in Russia and I will definitely keep an eye out for more of Skye’s work but she definitely needs to work on a more fulfilling, creative and complete conclusion.

93. Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts

royal bastardsFinished | May

Review from GoodReads: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Just found out it’s now becoming a trilogy! I was pretty happy with it being a standalone until I read it and wanted more and felt offended that it ended. Something’s were wrapped up but some obvious people and problems still need to be dealt with. Awesome debut book with lots of politics, action, backstabbing and romance. I’m still not sure who is the good side of bad side since they’ve both done some horrible things in the past.

Will I continue the series? Yes

94. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

10576365Finished | June

Review from GoodReads: 4 out of 5 stars

Damn it! Come on! Now I gotta read the next book. I need to know who in the hell is lying and who is the good/bad people! I found the clarification between the colours powers to be pretty vague but I really enjoyed it other than that. I’ll have to grab the second book soon.

Will I continue the series? Yes

95. Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky

27405561Finished | April, May, June

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

This book (and the matching postcards) were beautifully illustrated! I don’t know what to do with the postcards because I don’t want to damage them! This book is accessible and fascinating to every age. Each woman is given a brief one page bio along with some fun facts and doodles that touch on their work, life and legacy. I am very excited for (and have pre-ordered) Rachel Ignotofsky’s Women in Sports book that is set for a July 2017 release (and I hope that book will also get companion postcards).

Will I continue the series? Yes

96. The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty

29346870Finished | June

Review from GoodReads: 4 out of 5 stars

I liked this book! The ending reminded me of Royal Bastards. I really enjoyed the main characters and despite all the “people pretending to be other people,” I was able to pretty easily keep track of everyone. I liked the links between politics and military and the role of the matchmakers in everything. Another book where I thought “oh, i like this character…they’re definitely not going to survive” and I was right…another George RR Martin

Will I continue the series? Yes

97. The Rose Society by Marie Lu

23846013Finished | June

Review from GoodReads: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Firstly, The White Wolf is the greatest nickname ever.

Secondly, I was kinda bored/not feeling the first chunk of the book but once all the parties/sides get together and start interacting, it picked back up. I wasn’t totally sold on Adelina being evil until the very end which has made me very curious about The Midnight Star. I don’t know that I could really ever see her as evil after knowing everything she went through. abusive parents alone justify so many things in my mind so…but that may change depending on what the third book throws at me. I kind of like and also hate her sister and I’m not totally sure why…again, hopefully The Midnight Star will help me figure that out.

And can we all please just not try to revive the dead…it NEVER goes over well and something always backfires! Just don’t do it!

Will I continue the series? Yes

98. The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst

25036395Reading | June

Review from GoodReads: 3.5 out of 5 stars

The Queen of the Tearling meets The Hunger Games (with a sprinkle of Game of Thrones)

With the sequel bring called The Reluctant Queen, I figured out how the story was going to end once everyone was introduced. I liked that the character growth took place over a long time but I didn’t like how the author dealt with the time jumps (it came off as lazy). I think the author’s writing needs to evolve and improve a bit because I found the world and character descriptions leaving me wanting more–i was convinced this was a debut book from the writing style and was shocked find out I was wrong. I enjoyed the world and magic a lot as well as there being romance but it not being the focus. I kept picturing the spirits as the Cornish pixies from the Harry Potter films for some reason. I am very curious to see how the main female deals with her “weak” powers since she seems to be the most productive and successful when instructing others how to use their magic…and their magic was far more powerful than hers. The author is definitely not afraid to kill people off which I actually kinda love. I’m curious to see where the series goes–not a lot of series have a plotted and successfully executed royal assassination

Will I continue the series? Yes

99. Nemesis by Brendan Reichs

30142139DNFed @ 35% | June

Review from GoodReads: 2 out of 5 stars

holy crap…so I DNFed at about 1/3 of the way in. The cover, plot and idea of the story are great but the writing and pace are SOOOOOOOOOO SLOW! Even using an audiobook, I found it unbearable (and I have too many books in my TBR to read a book I’m not enjoying)! The characters were relatively likeable (in the parts that I read) but NOTHING happens and the tone when events actually take place comes off like the author is downplaying everything. I didn’t get any sense of mystery that really needed to be uncovered even though that’s what should have come off…and I found the main girl–while likeable–comes off as concerningly stupid. She just happens to remember things when it becomes convenient and…someone kills you every two years and you don’t tell anyone and are apparently sane?! And you forgot you were brought to a government testing lab? Age 6 or not, I don’t think that’s something you forget and then SUDDENLY remember…and when the planet is told that the world might end soon…I don’t see people acting quite as casually as characters in this book.

Will I continue the series? No

100. By Your Side by Kasie West

30256248Reading | June

Review from GoodReads: 3.5/4 out of 5 stars

It’s a cute, quick cheesy teen romance book…but it didn’t make me want to vomit or punch someone which is pretty rare when it comes to contemporaries. Basically an updated version of the Breakfast Club with an actual conclusion for the Molly Ringwald character. I did find it kinda ridiculous how they talked about anxiety . I think I’ll use this for reading slumps. it’s not going to win the Nobel Prize for Literature but it’s a good relaxing read.

101. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

30363359Read | June

Review from GoodReads: 4 out of 5 stars

This book was interesting. It wasn’t overly exciting to me nor was it boring. It more made me very curious about the series. It’s set up a few things to happen that will heavily influenced by politics and lineage which I always love. I enjoyed the writing style as well–just very difficult to keep me interested if there’s not much happening. I hope to add the rest of the series to my bookshelf soon.

Will I continue the series? Yes

102. Glitter by Aprilynne Pike

28814924Finished | June

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

What the hell?! *Cries* why do I let authors do this to me?! I need Shatter now! Come on!

PS…there may be a cliffhanger…may

I don’t know how I didn’t see the ending coming! It made sense but Danica seemed so sure…which I guess rubbed off on me. This was really interesting!

Damn it, I need the sequel! February 2018 is so far away!

Her fiance is a sociopath and mother is a piece of work. I really liked how the book brought up Danica’s addiction to her corsets and that she uses them to control and punish herself. I’ve never had disorders or anything but my friends who have explained it quite similarly.

Everyone I know that’s has or is involved with substances (consumption and/or selling) has done it for pretty similar reasons of wanting to get out of a bad and unhealthy relationships…however, something more complicated ends up changing the get in–>get cash–>get out original plan.

Will I continue the series? Yes

103. Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers

21421609Reading | June

Review from GoodReads: 2.5 out of 5 stars

*reluctant groan and unsure expression*
I really wanted to love this book! And it wasn’t horrible but…it was nothing special. A fairly predictable plot with some cool magic. I normally read books of this size in one or two days but I struggled to read this within 4 days with help from the audiobook.

The main girl was infuriatingly stupid. She blames herself the entire book which fuels her rage and desire for revenge despite it being pretty obvious that she isn’t sure exactly what happened. Someone will say on page 100 “it wasn’t your fault” and then she does that annoying inner monologue that everything is her fault by essentially just being alive…and then on page 102 she’ll finally switch to “oh, it wasn’t all my fault.”

The inner monologue and information are almost painfully repetitive. Yes, we’ve established that you can travel via the canals and no one will know. You don’t need to include that EVERY DAMN TIME you’re going to use the canals! It seemed like it could’ve been edited a bit more to help with that.

If the male lead, Less, wasn’t in the book…I don’t know that I would’ve finished it. The main girl does a lot of things that I just *head shake, exhales and shrug* and muttered “you’re so stupid. Why are you doing this?” and then Less would come in and speak logically.

I’m not even remotely a spiritual person so the aspect of “you’re my enemy because you believe in another god” was pretty unappealing to me (and it kinda the same logic that got our world in this geopolitical chaos that you see on the news).

I don’t know that I’ll read the sequel–if I do, it’ll be borrowed from the library. This cover and the sequels are beautiful but the book is VERY heavy into romance while betrayal and backstabbing and such are kind of an afterthought.

Will I continue the series? Maybe

104. Ruined by Amy Tintera

26074185Finished | June

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

Omg yes! This is a fucking revenge story! The romance doesn’t come off as lazily done but rather shows a lot of growth, learning and communication/forgiveness. I laughed since the main girl tends to enter a room, count her enemies and think of how and how fast she can kill them which was quite refreshing every once and a while. Really excited to purchase the sequel…and the covers are awesome! Her sister is going to be interesting to watch and I have a feeling she’s gonna need to be contained or killed off. I really wanna see where the forbidden romance takes the leads and the story (I’m a sucker for Romeo and Juliet style romance). I loved how the magic and powers were described and displayed–i hope there will be more of a focus on them now that we’ve got our characters, world and politics established.

Will I continue the series? Yes

105. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

30312891Finished | June

Review from GoodReads: 3 out of 5 stars

I wanted to love this book but it was the weakest book I’ve read from the Shadowhunter Chronicles. It draggggggggggged until the very end and I kept getting distracted because it seemed like nothing was actually happening (I think there definitely could’ve been some edits). Just lots of high school romance drama. I also really don’t like how old favourites characters are being written since they are lacking all their personalities that made me desperate to see them in the Dark Artifices (makes me feel like it was a marketing trick)–Just for example is fucking amazing and funny and sassy and talented and outspoken and…none of that came through in this book at all. I liked all the diversity and if the ending wasn’t a comment on the current political situation in the US then I don’t know what is. I will definitely read the next in the series but maybe get it from the library instead of buying a copy. I’m hoping the new series will grab me like Infernal Devices did.

PS I cried when the ghost said Tessa was trying to contact Will after he dies. I have never…like my heart…it hurt my heart!

Will I continue the series? Yes

106. Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

31423196DNFed @50% | June

Review from GoodReadS: 2 out of 5 stars

Yea Claudia Gray is just not my author. I don’t like how she writes romances and simply because of the plot I compared it to the Illuminae Files which is a million times better to me. DNF a little after 50% in. I’m glad some others enjoyed it and I’ll pass along my copy to someone who will hopefully enjoy it.

Will I continue the series? No

 

107. Roar by Cora Carmack

29939048Reading | June

Review from GoodReads: 4 out of 5 stars

Holy crap, I love this book.

1. Roar is the greatest nickname ever for the name Aurora
2. Roar has the coolest powers ever
3. Thank you for not making the romance unnecessarily complicated and faking problems to keep them apart

I had to send a tweet to the author to find it about if there’s going to be a sequel cause uh…well I need it now. I have no patience. Gimme, gimme, gimme!

It’s not a new kind of fantasy but awesome none the less.

108. Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis

25314447DNFed @ 40% | June

Review from GoodReads: 2 out of 5 stars

*several blinks with confused face*
I have absolutely no idea what in the hell is going on. There’s four POV which are relatively easy to keep organized but the entire plot and appeal is just going right over my head (or doesn’t exist).

 

109. Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau

32051572Read | June

Review from GoodReads: 1 out of 5 stars

I cannot remember the last time I gave a one-star rating. holy crap are there problems with this book. I don’t mind when authors take a plot and make their own version of it–just do it well. I’m so much more willing to respect an author for flopping if they do something unique. This book has the same “royal-heir-battle-off” that soooooooooo many other books have but it was not done well.

The entire logic of the battle off doesn’t even make sense. Two heirs have equal claim to the throne…so to avoid a problem the council wants to pick people other than them? wtf logic is that? I know there needs to be a problem but at least be creative.

The dialogue and inner monologues are are boring or repetitive (sometimes it’s both). there is no need (other than to fill pages) to repeat the SAME damn thing over and over and over again when nothing has changed!

There is such little world development in this book. The author was either lazy, took up too much space with (paragraph above) or way too much edited out. The character development was also pretty lackluster. There are a few character traits at the beginning and the relationship established between the twins at the start…three pages later all of that is abandoned. The characters are infuriatingly stupid and naive. it’s blatantly obvious from the beginning that this person is the villain but everyone else is so stupid, boring and repetitive that I just started to hate them.–I WAS BEGGING FOR GEORGE R.R. MARTIN TO BURST IN AND JUST RED WEDDING EVERYONE. An illiterate toddler could’ve picked out the villain at the end of chapter two yet somehow two adult-ish aged people who are potentially going to be running a country were too dense to figure it out? really? And what royal family gives their children such poor education that they can be this easily manipulated?!

This book has been done to death so if you’re going to publish it, you make sure to do a half decent book. Joelle did not and I am so beyond amazed that this was published. There’s better fan fiction that I would’ve much rather read.

Will I continue the series? No. Absolutely not.

110. Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

28110143Read | June

Review from GoodReads: 4 out of 5 stars

This was a cute book. Obviously a middle grade story based on the happy ending and morals/journey but the lack of romance was kinda refreshing for me. Very few YA and NA books don’t include romance. I loved the creativity and I’m really curious about the next book in the series…This book is quite odd since I could see aspects of it that are not middle grade but also aspects that are not YA. The ending was a very Disney-fied ending which I am not overly crazy about always…I mean someone has to die in the end…I mean, I guess the ending was just too quickly and conveniently wrapped up for my liking to give it a 5 out of 5 stars.

Will I continue the series? Yes

111. The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari

25436641Read | June

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

It was eery to see my high school social organization and my attitude of heavy sarcasm displayed. The banter involving Amber was so near and dear to my heart and is how I tend to communicate as well.

The romances are cute and complex and there are variations in each of them which I loved.

Well written and I’m really curious to see what the plot for the sequel will be. It’s kind of fantasy but also magical realism.

Will I continue the series? Yes

112. Avenged by Amy Tintera

31371485Read | June

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

Oh man, Olivia is such a good crazy bitch. I love Kaz and Em but the villains are so freaking I and amusing to watch. Olivia is a full-blown psycho and it’s amazing to see how she justifies everything.

Sometimes I find barriers to relationships kind of annoying in books but I really like how it tugs Kaz and Em towards and away from each other. I’m super excited for the conclusion and the betrayal to come…and Amy Tintera is now an instant buy.

Will I continue the series? Yes

113. Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas

30320053Read | June

Review from GoodReads: 3.5 out of 5 stars

I am pleasantly surprised by this book. It’s a cute murder mystery that feels like historical fiction but is actually fantasy. I absolutely loved that Freya used science and logic to solve her problems (a rarity in North America). There’s a little bit of romance but it’s super low key. It’s a little too Disney-fied of an ending for my liking but a decent fantasy standalone.

It does really lack (and by lack I mean there really isn’t any) world building. It doesn’t necessarily hurt the story since the focus is the murder but it was kinda disappointing. I expect world building in a fantasy. I also wish there would’ve been more information or a bigger role of the Gustafson rebels. The author kinda forgot about them or gave them way too large of a role without any real wrap up.

114. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

3462638Read | June

Review from GoodReads: 3 out of 5 stars

It was cute. Nothing special and quite cheesy in terms of romance (which I’m not a big fan of) but anyways…
I think I’ll eventually pick up the rest of the series but I’m in no hurry. I was expecting a fantasy medieval world with lots of politics and science but it was more of a…romance while you walked around a medieval world. It could’ve gone in a lot of exciting directions but it didn’t. The romance was kind of a cop-out and a little lazy to me but I did finish the book and I didn’t mind it. It really didn’t make much of an impression on me and is quickly forgettable. How it has over a 4 star rating on GoodReads, I will never know.

Will I continue the series? Yea, eventually but I’m in no hurry.

115. Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz

32860355Read | July

Review from GoodReads: 4 out of 5 stars

Huh…I was expecting to hate or DNF this. I actually rented the book from the library to read it but I’m going to go buy my own copy tomorrow. I remember trying a few of Cruz’s books (Blue Bloods series) years ago and absolutely detesting them and the writing so I am quite surprised by this.

I ended up loving it. This book is by no means groundbreaking or original but it’s a really sweet fluff historical romance with characters that we are obsessed with in 2017. The cover is gorgeous and the book is so cute and sweet…and a good book to help you relax & detach.  The book is exactly what it was pitched to be which is such a relief and so rarely done. I loved both Alex and Eliza.

116. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

13449693Read | July

Review from GoodReads: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Neither a fan of nor did I hate it

I was quite underwhelmed by this book. It was hyped so much and it fell so flat. I don’t quite get why it has a 4+ star rating on GoodReads other than a bunch of people just following the herd that was hyping this. It wasn’t really memorable or shockingly unique by any means. I loved the relationships in it but nothing seemed to happen. I have a really hard time saying a book is good because the very end gets interesting. That is the same reason I hated Three Dark Crowns and And I Darken–I shouldn’t have to force myself through hundreds of pages to “get to the good part.” A good author can make those hundreds of pages interesting. It feels like a cop-out to say “oh but the last chapter is so good.” That’s just poor writing and laziness to me.

It picked up near the end and there’s good potential for the sequel (which I will give a chance). By the time things started picking up, I was just exhausted with the characters and ready for the book to be done. Just wanted it to finish up. Even the magic was written quite boringly…

Will I continue the series? I will give book 2 a chance.

117. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

12067Read | July

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

Getting the opportunity to sit with these men together would’ve been the most fascinating thing to ever see.

It’s a tradition Gaiman & Pratchett book. Magical realism, mind fuckery, weird characters…hilarious yet deep as hell. Such sneaky bastards that make me finish the book and then think “fuck…huh…”

These men are/were so creative and such brilliant writers and this book shows it

118. Wandfasted by Laurie Forest

33225153

Read | July

Review from GoodReads: 5 out of 5 stars

Holy crap! How is Forest a newbie author?! I DEVOURED this book in a little under 5 hours and will definitely now be re-reading The Black Witch. Forest is an instant buy for me now.

This book starts out with a bang…like dragons fighting a witch trying to stop a genocide type bang! It eventually dies down but I didn’t ever feel or notice a lul in the pace. There is always something happening and I understood that everything being brought up was either a comment on an issue we have in our society and/or was a mirroring of events and the world/time in The Black Witch.

While the characters and plots are not unique (there’s some good fluff romance), Forest does an amazing job of showing how we tend to repeat history by using hate to guide our actions. They also bring up so many modern issues: homophobia, access to healthcare, sexism, gender roles and racism.

READ IT!

Will I continue the series? Yes. Give me the next book NOW!

119. The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julie Ember

32890474Read | July

3.5 out of 5 stars

This was a really interesting book. Easiest description is LGBT characters + mermaids + Norse mythology.

There were some odd character actions that the author didn’t quite handle the way I think logic dictates but it was a very unique twist/mash-up of stories. It’s a pretty accessible read whether or not you know lots about Norse mythology. The main character and her world’s problems we’re very interesting. It’s a slower pace but not boring. There is potential at the end for a sequel with the new ruler and world but it’s also okay as a standalone.

120. Legend by Marie Lu

15753977Read | July

3.5 out of 5 stars

It’s a solid divergent+hunger games mash up but it’s by no means original.

I wish there would’ve been more of a development of the government + plague cover ups. The content of it that did exist was good but kept getting overshadowed by the romance. The romance was underdeveloped and felt like the author kinda just…maybe got lazy or distracted. They are star-crossed so it should be passionate and conflicting but that seemed to be really underplayed. There was really no internal struggle like I was hoping and expecting. I hope that does get stronger because right now…the romance seems like a cop-out for the author. I also wished for more time spent comparing the poor groups vs. the government + the protest. That could’ve played a big role and I do hope that is mentioned and developed more in the sequels. I find those sorts of situations are much better understood by readers when we read it rather than hearing it second hand from a character. (It’s one thing to read a story placed in District 12 but it’s another to live in it through Katniss). I think the author leaned too heavily on the romance trope and didn’t develop the plot as much as I would’ve liked (or maybe too much was edited out?).

None the less, I will get to the sequels but I am in no hurry. Dystopians like this are a dime a dozen and this one just didn’t stand out (and definitely doesn’t justify the 4+ star rating on GoodReads).

Will I continue the series? Yes. I’m in no hurry though.

121. Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil

17469929DNFed @ 50% | July

4 out of 5 stars

So I DNF this which seems odd with my 4 star rating but let me explain…

This book was by no means bad–in fact, it’s a really solid contemporary that I understand why people would like it (and I will recommend it to friend who like that genre) but…I just hate contemporary books. I really did try. The characters are likeable and the references to World of Warcraft and horror films are great…but I just find this genre so incredibly boring. It feels like I’m punishing myself by forcing myself to read it.

If you like contemporary, I’d def get this a shot.

122. The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro

30256105Finished | July

3.5 out of 5 stars

Interesting. I’m not sure where I stand on Jamie and Charlotte’s romantic relationship but it’s intertwined with their friendship so. if you took the romance away…I dunno. very curious where book 3 will go.

I’m a sucker for art fraud and such so this book was right up my alley. I love that each side is flawed and has good and evil in them.

I found the writing to be quite choppy in this book. scenes made sense but were ended quite abruptly.

Will I continue the series? Yes.

123. Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser

31450960Finished | July

3.5 out of 5 stars

An interesting book and concept/plot for sure. I am absolutely obsessed with fiction books related to mermaids and pirates and sea-life. Because of that, I did really enjoy the book. I found it plotted a little weirdly since I didn’t feel like there was a climax or a conclusion yet neither was there a cliffhanger. This wasn’t bad, just odd and it may be because this is a debut piece for the author.

I was really fascinated by the relationships of everyone (romance, family, friends, etc.). I enjoyed the slow burn/not insta-love with Caroline. I really liked the magic and spirits/gods element of the story and I hope we definitely get more of that in the next book.

Finally, the cover is gorgeus and I am really happy I picked this book up. I will absolutely be getting the sequel when it comes out. The narration of the audiobook was great (however, the version available on Audible Canada is incomplete! The book has 31 chapters yet the audiobook just stops at chapter 26).

Will I continue the series? Yes. I’m in no hurry though.

124. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

bookFinished | July

5 out of 5 stars

I read this because it is the book of the month for the Life & Lit Facebook book club and because the author shares my first name.

Nooooooooo!!!!!!!!
That sound you hear is my heart breaking!….

I need to read the sequel like now!

Oh my goodness, did this book suck me in. Like I read it in a day and it’s a rather thick book. I don’t–I can’t comprehend how this is the debut book from this author! It flowed so well and there was so much yet not an overwhelming amount of details about the world. I still have lots of questions but bits of information were given at the right time to keep me intrigued.

Simply put, the world sucked me in. I loved the characters, the politics, the distinction between the world’s and the conspiracies and the romance! God– *hiccups* the romance…

WHY MUST I FEEL?!

I panicked at the end when I realized the book was done and I was not missing a chapter. I am so happy that I picked up the sequel at the same time as The Bone season and it is definitely getting read in the next month or two. I am actually heading on vacation and will be too busy to read and this was such a good book to do this with. I am so desperate to come back and start reading again.

PS, I just found out they did a cover change which erks me to no end but I loved this book so much that I don’t even care.

PPS, I think I may reread this again before the end of the month just to make sure I didn’t miss anything and grab the sequel right after.

Will I continue the series? YES! A Thousand times, yes!

125. The Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

33643994Reread | Finished | July

5 out of 5 stars

Loved it! The banter is just so good! And my offer stands: I will giveaway my first born for an ARC of the sequel.

 

I had some online friends say they tried it and didn’t like it when they first got the book but I talked them (gently forced is probably the best description) to retry it and they did…and they loved it! So yea!!!!!!!!

Will I continue the series? YES! A Thousand times, yes!

126. The Black Witch by Laurie Forest

25740412Reread | Finished | July

5 out of 5 stars

I did a pretty long review of this before so I don’t want to be repetitive. This book is just…I find it so incredibly ironic that people have judged this book so harshly when they have never read it. The original blogger that started the whole controversy has a right to her opinion and while I may not agree with it, she took the time to read the book and write out a long review. The people following her and then bullying others is ASTOUNDING and honestly…very disappointing for a community that screams for diversity and new kinds of books. The entire point of the book is to think for yourself and experience life and use those experiences to make your own opinions…how ironic that so many people would be angry about the book based on the opinion of someone else.

A final thought I was able to finally formulate was…some of the criticism about it was that the main character has those eureka moments about her prejudices and then continues to say or think questionable things. I think…we all would love for our prejudices to be turned off like a light switch but that’s not how prejudices work. There’s so much institutional racism today in the world–I mean…in The Black Witch that we don’t realize we’ve said something offensive or problematic until it comes out of our mouth or we think it. That’s why Elloren does it.

Will I continue the series? YES! A Thousand times, yes!

127. The Passage by Justin Cronin

6690798DNFed @ 55% | July

3 out of 5 stars

ugh! this is a hard book to rate. so I am DNFing a little after the half way mark. The idea of a government conspiracy and vampires sounds like a gold mine to me and the writing wasn’t necessarily bad–it is absolutely a book that some ppl will enjoy but it just drags so much! I’m so incredibly bored. my interest was slowly dying off since the whole zoo incident and I have so many books to read that I’m not going to force myself on this one.

Will I continue the series? No. It just isn’t for me.

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

29283884Finished | July

5 out of 5 stars

Oh my heart!….Monty and Percy are so freaking adorable. They had some cute fluffy, a little slow burn, and real relationship problems.

I love Monty’s sister and yet hate her. I don’t necessarily like all her dialogue but I lived that she was a woman of science and constantly brought solutions to the problems.

I also find it amazing that pirates are constantly the liberals of every story!

I don’t think it quite deserves the comparison to My Lady Jane though. both books are Wonder and I adore them but they have in common being a historical fiction and being a comedy. The narration is the comedy in My Lady Jane because of the ridiculousness. This book gets it’s comedy from the lead character mostly being so sarcastic and having relatively modern stances.

this book brings a romance that happens to be LGBTQ bi-racial (but it doesn’t emphasize how amazing the LGBTQ bi-racial romance is) + traveling around Europe with some comedy while commenting on the ridiculousness of sexism, racism, homophobia (…plus some hypocrisy of those being sexism, racist and homophobic). A strong rebellious lady also makes an appearance but is by no means a focus of the story.

Will I continue the series? Yes

129. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

28449207Finished | July

5 out of 5 stars

I went into this one completely blind. No reading of the summary but was hearing a lot of good things…consistently good things about this book.

Oh dear lord, this book made me feel! I may have had watery eyes and gasped for most of the last few chapters. This was such a weird and wonderful and beautifully written novel that I cannot wait to see the sequel for.

I thought Daughter of Smoke and Bone was okay but nothing special…that book PALES in comparison to this one. It’s a thick book but it’s so well written and the world building and character development and magic were fantastic. I didn’t totally understand all the paranormal rules but that did not take away from it. The writing was so beautiful. I just kept zoning out while reading it…almost like it was a lullaby.

Will I continue the series? Yes

130. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

17199504Reread | Finished | July

5 out of 5 stars

Good lord! Do I love this book?! I don’t understand how this is a debut title! I did a fast reread in preparation for the Life & Lit discussion (it was the July book club pick). Despite knowing everything that happened, I was angry crying at the end. I will be picking up its sequel within the month of August and start picketing the production company that has the film and TV rights for this.

Will I continue the series? Yes

131. The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova

31686500Finished | July (after Wrap-Up)

5 out of 5 stars

Intense, sexy, dark, violent, bloody, magical, and fantastic. I cannot wait for the third book. I love Petra and I’m loving the lustful relationships and ridiculously over the top intensity of the violence and the politics and family drama. The feminism and LGBTQ+ diversity are awesome! I cannot wait for December!

 

 

132. The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

17901125Finished | August

5 out of 5 stars

Holy hell! My emotions!

Holy crap. This book was better than the first. It’s thick but it’s nonstop action and everything has a purpose. It’s the equivalent of a villain story for fairytales and fairytale retellings. SO FREAKING GOOD! I cringed every time Jaxon said darling or sweetheart but I did not see that ending coming! I loved the new setting and world of thieves. The details of everyone’s magic was so cool and was such a natural part of London. There was just so much to this story!

🌍World building on world building on world building.

👥Character development on character development on character development.

⚠️Problems on problems on problems.

🙈🙉🙊Backstabbing on backstabbing on backstabbing.

133. Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

30237061Finished | August

2.5 out of 5 stars

I dunno. Maybe it was because I compared this book to The Night Circus and Caraval based on the setting…but I found this book quite underwhelming and I got bored.

Eh…I liked that the romance was between a bisexual woman and an asexual man. I liked all the magic but I wish there had been more of the politics and war included.

Wasn’t crazy about the dialogue, inner monologue, and nonstop emotions from the main character. Found the romance between the main character and her imagination odd. I saw the big twist mystery/villain reveal at the end within the first few chapters.

134. Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller (ARC)

34499216Finished | August

5 out of 5 stars

OMG I can’t wait for this book to come out so I can discuss it with people. Essentially, if you loved the first one then I think you’re going to love the sequel. The tone and pace felt the same to me but with more focus on the plot rather than the Gilmore Girls style banter (which I loved but wasn’t quite as frequent). I kept getting frustrated because of conflicts in the book but the ending gave me relief. It’s a solid ending to this duology.

My only complaint was the lack of screen time Ridel got outside of their romance. I absolutely adored Alosa’s crew and got so emotionally invested in everyone’s well being.

135. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows

22840421Finished | Reread | August

5 out of 5 stars

I love this book so much. The weird magic is hilarious, the narration made me pee myself laughing, the dialogue and inner monologue…everything just screams Monty Python in the best ways.

Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!

136. Everland by Wendy Spinale

26085520Finished | August

3 out of 5 stars

This was an interesting book that suffers from no or very little character development. I love the concept of an illness in this time period but I didn’t get involved or feel invested in any of the characters. I wish there would have been more humanizing moments and prequel information. I also felt like the ending romance was quite a cop or and a little lazily done. It definitely gave me the impression that this was a debut author that has some room to grow and improve and be a little more creative.

Will I continue the series? I think so but I’m in no hurry.

137. The Reluctant Queen by Sarah Beth Durst

32600602Finished | August

OMG! What an amazing improvement from the first book! This was basically my perfect balance in fantasy books! Political heavy realm with science and magic working together and some romance running in the background not yet intertwining with the politics! Such a good ending though I feel the two Queens brought (what I anticipate will happen next) on themselves by being too passive and nice…and what a betrayal?! Oh lordie! I loved all of the new characters introduced. This is definitely a long term designed story and I love it!

Will I continue the series? Yes! I’ll be preordering the third book.

138. The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

30312855Reading | August