Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Fall TBR List

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Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday as hosted by the lovely people over at The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is all about the books that we want to read this fall. Now, let’s be real: I probably won’t read all of these books this fall. If my pattern of not reading continues, I might be lucky if I finish one or two of these, BUT I’m going to try my best and read what I can. So here are the books I’m looking forward to reading this fall:

1 . The Goal by Elle Kennedy – Book #4 in the Off Campus series is out NOW and if I haven’t already started this by the time this post is up, then I need to slap myself because DAMN I AM HOOKED ON THIS SERIES. I’m also pretty sure this is the last book in the series, which makes me sad, but as my first foray into New Adult: I approve.

2. Water’s Wrath by Elise Kova – I have been reading this since it pretty much came out and I just keep PUTTING IT DOWN because new books come out and my interests change and then I’ve been in a rut AND I NEED TO FINISH IT. I love this series so much, and I need to know what happens next. Speaking of which….

3. Crystal Crowned by Elise Kova – This is the last book in the series and I obviously can’t read this one until I read the one before it (see above). I’ve heard good things about the ending and so I really just want to see what happens and how everything comes together.

4. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West – I started reading this before my husband and I moved and I just put it down and haven’t picked it back up, but it’s SO cute so far and I’m really enjoying it, so I just need to finish it. I’m pretty sure I’d finish quick, too, because it reads really fast.

5. Style by Chelsea M. Cameron – This F/F story also reads fast and I like that the two voices of the two main characters are both different! I don’t think I’ve ever read a lesbian love story in novel form before (manga, yes), and I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read so far, just, again, I pick things up and put them down.

6. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling – Honestly, this TBR is just the books I’m ASHAMED of having started and NOT having finished. Like, seriously, what is wrong with me? I’m pretty sure I started this book two years ago, so I just need to finish already. And it’s not like I’m not enjoying it, because I am! I think the size is just intimidating me.

7. The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson – The third and final installment of another favorite trilogy of mine and I still haven’t finished it!? Ugh. I actually barely got through it because, like last year, I just wasn’t feeling it at the time I was reading it. It’s not that I don’t want to read it and see how everything comes to a close, I just wasn’t in the mood to read it at the time.

8. A Torch Agains the Night by Sabaa Tahir – I’m very excited and happy to read this sequel because they told us we weren’t getting one last year, but the reader hype was so real and now? WE HAVE THAT SEQUEL. I am very excited to see what happens next as I haven’t been spoiled by anything anywhere yet (yay!), so I hope to start this sooner rather than later.

9. Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews – I really enjoy this adult urban fantasy series a lot, and this is the fifth book, but I haven’t gotten super far in it. I do want to read it, though, because this series is ongoing and on it’s eighth book, so I need to catch up. (Plus one spin off book that I’ll be reading after this one…)

10. Moon Called by Patricia Briggs – Another adult urban fantasy book that I’m interested in but I just need to finish reading. I started it but didn’t get far because, again, I just wasn’t in the mood to read it at the time. But so far it’s interesting, just a little info dumpy, but I think that kind of happens with the first books in adult urban fantasies, as far as I’ve noticed.

So there you have it, my list of SHAME. Honestly, I just want to finish these books so I stop feeling guilty that I haven’t yet. And also because I HAVE BEEN enjoying them, I just… you know.. stopped reading them.

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

What top three books are on your TBR for fall? Do you have a long list of SHAME books like me, or are you more hopeful for recent releases? Tell me all the things!

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d Like to Revisit in 10 Years

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday as hosted by the lovely people over at The Broke & the Bookish. Today’s topic was sort of like a “pick your own” kind of thing, and so I decided to talk about some YA and adult characters that I’d like to revisit in the next 10 years. These are characters that I want to see if I’d feel the same way about them now in the future.

1 . Aelin Galathynius/Celaena Sardothian – If you didn’t think she’d be on my list, then you must be new here. I love Aelin to bits and as she’s one of my favorite YA characters, I definitely want to revisit her later on. Will I think she’s still kickass? Will I think she’s kind of a bit too high strung and quick to act? So many questions!

2. Kaoru & Akiva – You guys have no idea how much I LOVE these two characters. I love them individually, but I REALLY love them together. Oh man, they’re beautiful, tragic, flawed beings and I just want to wrap them in my arms and keep them close to me. Will I still love them ten years from now? I hope so!

3. Zuzana & Mik – Okay, okay, I know they’re in the same series as Karou & Akiva, but THEY BRING ME SO MUCH JOY. If they can still make me laugh and smile, then I definitely want to revisit them in ten years. They’re just such a fun couple! Zuzana is so witty, sarcastic, and she has this killer eyebrow thing; Mik is kind of laid back and tries to be the hero, and really, he’s just a great guy. Love. Them.

4. Cath & Levi – I felt such a connection to Cath and her story when I read it a couple years ago because I had just graduated college that past spring and so everything that was talked about, and issues that happened, I could almost totally relate to. It was incredible. I wonder if I’d feel the same ten years from now? Maybe I’ll end up forgetting my entire college experience, because that’s also very possible.

5. Lia, Rafe, & Kaden – My bae, Kaden, oh how I will always want to revisit you. Creepiness aside, I love these characters and this trilogy. The world is dynamic and large and mysterious, and the characters in their world are all so riveting and awesome. I’ll definitely want to revisit not only these characters, but also the world they live in because there are so many mysteries to be had there.

6. The Raven Boys & Blue – I think I need to reread this series anyway because there is just soooo much that happens, and there’s little hints and threads of what’s to come hidden throughout the books, and it became one of my top ten favorite series, so there’s that, too. I fell in love with the Raven Boys and Blue and so I want to see their story once again ten years from now.

7. Kelsier & Vin – They are just so amazing! Kelsier is always on the path of revenge and always has tricks and secrets up his sleeve; Vin is a stubborn girl who’s ready to fight to get her way. The magic system is also amazing and different and I just… I need more. Maybe I should finish the trilogy for the first go around before revisiting them, huh?

8. Miaka & Tamahome – As my favorite manga series and one of my favorite couples, of course I’ll want to revisit them one day! They’re funny and silly, sweet and serious, determined and stubborn, and I love them to bits. Plus, visual stimulation is always nice and I love Yuu Watase’s style!

9. Kate & Curran – I love this series and how much it’s growing and how the characters have grown, how there’s romance and violence and magic and technology, and just so much about it. As my first urban fantasy series, it definitely has a special place in my heart, so I’ll most likely revisit it in ten years and see how I feel looking back on them and their situations.

10. Lilac, Tarver, Lee, Flynn, Gideon, & Sofia – I. Love. Them. All. The Starbound trilogy is one of my favorite trilogies and so I definitely, definitely want to revisit all of the characters in the near and far future. There’s just so much to take from it and so much to think about and see and how everything intertwines. Maybe I’ll find something different the next time I revisit, too.

Ahh, just thinking of all of these characters makes my heart feel all warm and such. I love each and every one of them and I can definitely see myself revisiting them in ten years to see how I feel about them and if my thoughts have changed or not.

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

Who are some of your favorite characters either from YA or adult novels, or anything in between, and do you think your opinions on them will change if you revisit them?

Top 5 Wednesday: Intimidating Books

Welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday as hosted by Sam of Thoughts on Tomes. Today’s topic is about five books that intimidate us when it comes to reading them. I actually did the My Intimidating TBR Tag on my channel last week, so I thought that this would be perfect to mention some of the books from that tag, but also talk about a few different ones.

5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Why is this one on here? Because it’s such a well known and beloved classic that I’m afraid I’m not going to love it as much as others do. I’ve watched a bunch of movie renditions of Austen’s books, and Pride and Prejudice is definitely my favorite, but I’m still worried I won’t enjoy the book as much because I read Sense and Sensibility by her and it was a lot of old language and kind of hard to get into. But I hope that I enjoy it! This is my smallest book on this list coming in at just under 500 pages long.

4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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Again, another well beloved modern classic, I think, and I’m just intimidated by it because soooo many people like this book. And it’s large. I got the special anniversary edition as soon as I saw it and decided I’m finally going to try reading it. The synopsis sounds awesome and I hope that I like it when I get around to reading it. This one’s 592 pages, which isn’t horrible, but I think it’s just because of how well known and loved it is that makes this intimidating.

3. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

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Can we just talk for a second about how GINORMOUS this book is? It’s as long as A Game of Thrones. And it doesn’t really even fall into any sort of genre because it’s a mix of romance, historical fiction, fantasy… There’s just a lot going on with this series. And I’ve watched the first episode of the TV show, which really made me want to read the book before watching the series, so I want to try to do that, but this is a time commitment piece. The edition I have is 850 pages long, so there’s that, too.

2. A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin

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I’m making it my mission this year to finish this first book in this series. I WILL DO IT, DAMMIT. I’ve been reading this for years now, and I’m almost half way through. I’ve watched the first season of the show, and spoilers run free on the Internet, so I know a lot of things that happen, but I still want to read this series because it is really interesting! I find that even though there’s way too much death and a whole lot of sexual things, it’s still a good series for politics and fantasy read. Just… over 800 pages for the first book alone, and the rest are well over 1000 pages each.

1 . The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

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Can we just talk about this book for a second? I got this on audiobook because I’ve seen the MONSTER in stores and thought, “Maybe the audiobook will be better.” Well, I’ve started the audiobook a while ago, and it is interesting and I’m enjoying the narrator and the story so far, but it’s over 45 hours long. Forty. Five. HOURS. And if I had bought this in book form is would have been over 1000 pages long – and this is just the first book in this ongoing series. Talk about a time commitment, but I really love Sanderson’s writing and storytelling, so I hope to finish this eventually. It’s just hard when the only times I really listen to my audiobooks are when I’m driving long distances, which isn’t too often.

And there you have it! I didn’t notice until I was writing out the pages for each book that I wrote it in ascension order. Yup, from the smallest to the biggest, this is what I’m intimidated by. But I’m determined to finish all of these at some point in my life, it’ll just take a while to get there.

Accompanying video: Top 5 Wednesday | Intimidating Books

What are some of the books on your TBR that you’re most intimidated by? How many pages are they? Are they well known and beloved? Let me know!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books Every Magic Lover Should Read

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday as hosted by the lovely people over at The Broke & the Bookish. Today’s topic is books that every ___ should read. We got to pick the kind of person we wanted to recommend books to, and I chose people that enjoy reading about magic!

 

1 . Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. Honestly, did you not expect this to be on the list? I find that the magic in this world is something that we, as children, definitely wanted to have when we were younger. And we’re all still waiting for our letter.

2. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor. This story has a different sort of magic that relies on wishes and incantations. Though it’s mostly magic of a different kind, there are still elements and hints of a deeper kind of magic throughout the world.

3. The Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. This trilogy has a different kind of magic system that focuses on Allomancy: the use of metals and the different types of metals having a different effect.

4. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. I think that the magic in this world is so complex and so interconnected to everything around it that it’s just really kind of cool. A lot of it is elemental, but there are some that are different and deeper like truthwitches, bloodwitches, threadwitches, etc.

5. Air Awakens by Elise Kova. This series has a lot of elemental magic of varying levels and degrees and I just love, love, love it.

6. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. You guys know me by now. Though the magic doesn’t really appear until the third book I find that when it’s used by people that it’s intimidating and strong.

7. Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi. I haven’t read or watched Sailor Moon in a bagillion years, but this classic magical girl story is one that should definitely be appreciated by anyone who wants silly, fun magic in their lives based off of the planets.

8. The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa. If you love faeries and fey magic then definitely pick up this series. I need to reread it soon because I remember loving it and the magic in it.

9. Fushigi Yuugi by Yuu Watase. As my all time favorite manga series, I had to include this. The magic in this book is subtle and not too often, but it involves the main character being sucked into a book and having to live through a lot of things. Some magic does happen, but it’s a mysterious kind.

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10. Stardust by Neil Gaiman. The writing itself may as well be magical, but this is another faerie story with a lot of faerie magic, tricks, and turns. I love this book and the beauty within it.

There you have it! Ten books that I think people who love magic should take a peek at. Some have more magic than others, and some vary in the kind of magic used, but I definitely think all of them are definitely worth checking out.

What books did you recommend today? What kind of magic books would you recommend to me? Let me know!

Alice Book Review

aliceTitle: Alice
Series: The Chronicles of Alice #1
Author: Christina Henry
Publisher: Ace
Publication Date: August 4, 2015
Genre: Adult – Fantasy, Fairytale Retelling, Horror
Pages: 291
Format: Borrowed Paperback from Coworker

In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls which echo the screams of the poor souls inside.

In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blond, hangs in tangles down her back. She doesn’t remember why she’s in such a terrible place. Just a tea party long ago, and long ears, and blood…

Then, one night, a fire at the hospital gives the woman a chance to escape, tumbling out of the hole that imprisoned her, leaving her free to uncover the truth about what happened to her all those years ago.

Only something else has escaped with her. Something dark. Something powerful.

And to find the truth, she will have to track this beast to the very heart of the Old City, where the rabbit waits for his Alice.

This was a different twist on the original tale of Alice in Wonderland for sure. It was dark, twisted, a little creepy, and full of murder and blood. The book did sound interesting, though, and I liked the voice the author had throughout the story.

The book starts with Alice in an insane asylum when she is sixteen years old and quickly passes time to ten years later when she is still there. One day, her friend in the room next to hers, Hatcher, knows that the Jabberwock will be released and they have to get out.

And things are only just beginning when they do. The world of the Old City is much more twisted than that of the New City, because in the Old City there are prostitutes everywhere, as well as people who just take girls to rape them. I honestly think that this was probably the one detail of the story that kept popping up again and again that I could have done without. It made me angry and made my skin crawl just thinking of it.

When we’re first introduced to Alice, she doesn’t understand the world – at least, not as an adult. She only knows what the world was like as a teenager, and can’t remember all of the events that caused her to end up in the asylum other than her ranting about a Rabbit. I thought that she stayed pretty true to the Alice we know, albeit a confused one who doesn’t know what to think of the world and what’s going on. As time progresses, though, she does become fiercer, braver, sharper, and she knows that the only thing in this Old City is to survive and take down the Rabbit.

I thought that her develop gradually increased, but I wasn’t necessarily blown away by her. She was definitely an Alice I was expecting and I’m kind of glad for that. There were a few other things I wish had been fleshed out for her, such as her family life as a child and why she doesn’t remember what happened to her, about her feelings for Hatcher and where they stemmed from, and what about the necklace she is later gifted – what is its significance?

Hatcher, on the other hand, was very interesting to me. It wasn’t until much, much later in the story that I figured out that he’s based off of the Mad Hatter. He’s in the asylum for a much darker reason than Alice, and the reason why becomes clear as they journey through the Old City to find the Rabbit. I thought that his character stayed true throughout the entire novel, which was reassuring. He seemed like he had the mind of someone much younger, but at the same time of someone who understood the world in a much simpler way. Though he was the one who often had to kill people around them to survive, he had a bit of humanity in him that didn’t make him terrifying, but real.

There were secondary characters, like Cheshire, the Caterpillar, the Walrus, and Dor, who were easy to spot their character equivalent of, and I thought that they were pretty true to their personalities from the original tale: Cheshire was smart and witty, but quick with a temper if crossed; the Caterpillar was cunning and cocky, thinking very highly of himself; the Walrus was just kind of a coward and I didn’t care much for him; and Dor was… well, she was only there briefly, so I can’t really say much about her.

The plot continually moved forward, pushing Alice and Hatcher to find the Rabbit and put a stop to things. In fact, I think the two main plots were to take out the Jabberwock and to find the Rabbit. There were a lot of bumps and blood along the way, though, and many revelations for Alice as they continued. Many parts were dark and twisted, and though I wish there had been less of the girls and sex and rape and stuff mentioned in here, I understand that it is a part of this world (but I don’t have to like it just because of that).

Overall I thought that the story was compelling and was definitely leading to something big, but I think that the last fifty or so pages fell kind of flat. I thought that  after so much mention of the Rabbit and his eyes and more would have lead to this epic battle scene or something – even with the Jabberwock – but it wasn’t and I think that’s where my disappointment crept in. The story felt like it was going in one direction and it ended in a completely different way. That’s honestly the saddest part of it all, plus I have a few unanswered questions like, Where did the love between Alice and Hatcher pop up? Was it because they had known each other from the asylum and therefore only knew what to expect from the other? What about the necklace that Alice wore, what was its significance in the end? Do we get to see what happens next?

I mean, there will be a sequel, but I don’t know if I’ll read it given the deflated ending of this one. The book was good, though darker than I anticipated, but I don’t know if these questions will be answered. Plus, there were a lot of typos that I noticed, and misused pronouns of he and she on occasion, so that was kind of annoying.

If you’re looking for a darker fairytale retelling with a creepy air about it, then check out this book.

I rated it 4/5 stars and recommend it.