Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Characters

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It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday!!! And for this week’s prompt, its all about characters! So I decided to talk about my favorite female and male leads! This was a very hard list to create since I had to narrow it down to only 10. In addition, I wanted to create an even distribution so I decided to list my top 5 female leads and my top 5 male leads. Otherwise, we would have a pretty long list HAHA

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Without further ado, let’s move on towards the list!

Female Protagonist 

Laia An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I think Laia is a perfect example of a dynamic character. When reading the first book of the series, I was amazed at how her character grew from a scared, young girl to a strong and determined fighter. In addition, she grew to be more expressive of her feelings and I loved that aspect of her since it showcased a balance of strength and emotion.

KatnissThe Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Katniss will forever be iconic in YA novels. I loved that even despite going through physical, emotional and mental challenges, she still remains strong. In addition,  I  loved reading about the immense care and love she had for her sister since that was something I could relate to since I have a younger sister as well. Although I do love Katniss, I also feel that a lot of the main characters in YA emulate her personality. Sometimes it feels so repetitive and becomes extreme that they seem strong but also void of emotion. In these cases, I can’t help but wish for something different and fresh.

Audrey WadsworthStalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco 

Audrey was superior in many ways. I love that she did not fall into the typical YA warrior archetype. She was powerful in her own way through her knowledge and pursuit of studying forensic science. She also has a spark to her character and her banter with the male lead in this series is absolutely hilarious! 🙂

CressThe Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Cress was simply adorable. I loved how she was a cute fangirl with her head full of fairy tale/ drama moments but at the same time she was a wiz when it came to computer tech. Her hacker skills were extraordinary as was her character growth. I loved reading from her perspective since I could relate to certain situations which she went through.

Delilah BardA Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab

Well. Is there anything we can say about her? She is just amazing! The amount of tenacity, intelligence, strength is stunning to see in her character. While I did not appreciate her reasons for being a thief in the beginning of the novel, I do believe that she does act rationally and at the end, she matures to a fantastic character. It was honestly hard to say goodbye when the series ended 😦

Male Protagonist 

Thomas Creswell –  Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco 

OH. MY. GAWD. Thank the lord I started reading Stalking Jack the Ripper series this year or else I would have never discovered this man LOL Thomas is a character who captured me from the start. He bears a close resemblance to Captain Thorne (that’s probably why I adore him so much) but I really loved reading about his approach to solving issues in the book. He also has a great level of intelligence in criminal investigations and always supports the female lead in this series which loved seeing.

EliasAn Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

One of the main reasons why I love Elias is because he was able to discover where his faults lie and was willing to fix them. Moreover, he was open about it and was not afraid to discuss it and why is was important for him to correct it (more so in the first book). I also loved that as a soldier, he was brave yet had empathy unlike his other fellow companions within the training academy. GOALS!

Captain ThorneThe Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Captain Thorne is probably one of the best characters in the Lunar Chronicles series. Every time I would read one of scenes, I could not help but smile at his hilarious comments! I also think he had really great character arc in this series as well and it was great to see his growth. (Ahem . . Why is this almost turning into a Book Boyfriend tag . . .Focus ASH! FOCUS!)

KellA Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab

Kell is a sweetheart. Yes, he is an Antari and wields powerful magic but he will always hold a special place in my heart. Throughout the series we see Kell grow from a lonely young man to one who discovers his true family had always been beside him. It was heartwarming to see the brotherhood between him and the future heir of Red London as well as the dynamics with the female lead Lila. I truly believe he is a character who showcases a perfect example of strength, vulnerability and compassion.

Kaz BrekkerSix of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

The Six of Crows duology is one of my favorite series of all time. One of the main points of interests in this novel are the characters and Kaz Brekker as the mastermind leader of the Dregs was phenomenal. I loved that you never really knew what he was thinking or planning to do and that made it even more interesting to read about him and where the story might go. Despite being criminals, I appreciated that the author provided glimpses to their pasts since it does help ground them and even help us as readers to relate to them. These are perfect cases where when you take away the labels and stereotypes, we see that at the end we are all human and we all feel the same way.

And this is my list! Who are your favorite characters? Did we have any similarities?

Until next time, keep reading and I will see you all soon with another bookish post!

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WWW Wednesday – July 3rd 2019

Hello everyone! Hope you all are having a fabulous week! I’m here to share with you all my current reading status through a WWW Wednesday which is a weekly meme hosted by Taking On a World of Words

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

 

Currently Reading:

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I finally managed to pick this one up and I am so excited! From all the positive reviews on GoodReads and bookblogs/booktube, I knew I just had to start this ASAP. Plus, it incorporates my favorite genres – Fairy Tale Re-tellings/ Fantasy. I also heard that there is a representation of the main character with Cerebral Palsy so I am really interested to see how the author incorporates this into the novel. Have any of you read A Curse so Dark and Lonely? What did you think of it?

Recently Finished:

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A stunning conclusion to an awesome duology of sisterhood, feminism and strength. If you are looking for something to get you out of a reading slump, I highly suggest that you try this series. It is really fast paced with an amazing character development that is sure to capture your attention! I recently finished a review post for this book and you can check it out HERE

Read Next: 

Well, is quite obvious at this point that I cannot have just one book for this answer HAHA I need some choices 🙂 For now, these are the books I am really looking forward to read next. I have a feeling it might be either The Cruel Prince (ahem . . let’s face it, I am way behind LOL) or Sorcery of Thorns (the summary is just too intriguing).

How about you guys? Have you read A Curse so Dark and Lonely? And what are your next reads?

Until next time, keep reading and I will see you all soon with another bookish post! 🙂

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Queen of Ruin ARC Book Review (Spoiler Free)

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Author: Tracy Banghart

Publication: July 2nd 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Pages: 336

Rating: 4.5/5

A huge thank you to NOVL./Little Brown Young Readers for providing me copy of this novel at BookCon! As soon as I finished reading the first book, I automatically jumped into the second! Talk about a major cliffhanger ending HAHA

Summary from GoodReads:

A fierce sequel full of sisterhood, heart pounding action, betrayal, and intrigue in the royal court in a series that “breathes new life into the feminist story of oppression and resistance” (Publisher’s Weekly).

Banished by Asa at the end of Grace and Fury, Nomi and Malachi find themselves powerless and headed towards their all-but-certain deaths. Now that Asa sits on the throne, he will stop at nothing to make sure Malachi never sets foot in the palace again. Their only hope is to find Nomi’s sister, Serina, on the prison island of Mount Ruin. But when Nomi and Malachi arrive, it is not the island of conquered, broken women that they expected. It is an island in the grip of revolution, and Serina–polite, submissive Serina–is its leader.

Betrayal, grief, and violence have changed both sisters, and the women of Mount Ruin have their sights set on revenge beyond the confines of their island prison. They plan to sweep across the entire kingdom, issuing in a new age of freedom for all. But first they’ll have to get rid of Asa, and only Nomi knows how.

Separated once again, this time by choice, Nomi and Serina must forge their own paths as they aim to tear down the world they know, and build something better in its place.

The stakes are higher and the battles bolder in Tracy Banghart’s unputdownable sequel to Grace and Fury.

Characters:

Serina – Strong, Caring, Supportive; It is stunning to see Serina’s growth from the beginning of the first novel to the second. I love how she blossoms into a strong leader who cares for the women of Mount Ruin.

Nomi – Determined, Helpful – With the results of the first book, it is understandable to see the internal struggles within Nomi and we can sympathize with her. What I appreciated was that she was willing to help to correct her mistakes and learn from them since others could have been blind to their faults and fail to fix them.

Final Thoughts:

WOW. I will definitely say that this was a satisfying conclusion to the duology! While the first book dealt more with the characters trying to understand the world around them, the sequel dealt with “the fight back” or the characters coming to terms with the restrictions placed in society and how they can hopefully create a better world.

Serina is a very different character from book one. I loved seeing her transformation into someone of strength and level-mindedness. She has the characteristics of a leader which one may not have expected from her introduction in the first book. This is primarily one of the reasons I found this series to be intriguing. The character growth was very well done! 

I really felt for Nomi in this novel. Although her story was a bit slow moving in the first book, I think we really get to see how she deals with the aftermath in a deep and personal level. The amount of excruciating pain and guilt flows through her but nevertheless she is still persistent on setting things right. 

The themes of feminism and sisterhood were interlaced beautifully throughout the novel. I love the relationship between Serina and Nomi. Having a younger sister myself, I can definitely understand the turmoils that Serina was going through and I appreciated that they were willing to support each other despite their differences. The novel goes even beyond the relationship between the blood relationship within sisters and focuses on the relationship between all women in general. I love that it places strong emphasis on being supportive of other women and encourage their growth and potential. I feel like this is a message which needs to be fully grasped and understood in order to move past the conventional ways of harboring competition and negative tendencies on those who are successful.

All in all, I thought this was a solid duology with interesting themes and dynamic characters and if you have not picked this one up, I highly recommend it 🙂

Until next time, keep reading and I will see you all soon with another bookish post!

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books On My Summer 2019 TBR

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Oh the TBR list . . . it just grows and grows! Especially after I completed last week’s prompt of my most anticipated reads list HAHA. I really hope I will be able to get to all of these books. It may be difficult with my classes but I will definitely try my best!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Without further ado, let’s move on towards the list!

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Queen of Shadows By Sarah J. Maas

I just started reading the Throne of Glass series this year and OMG its pretty addicting. I had to stop at the third book because of school and other priorities but I definitely want to pick this up soon!

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The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Ok. So this one was on my TBR list forever and since so many of you lovelies have told me that this book is worth reading I am definitely making some time to pick it up this summer. I must know what all the hype is all about!

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Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Having checked GoodReads on the release of this novel, I noticed ton of positive reviews. I wasn’t a huge fan of Margaret’s first book An Enchantment of Ravens and I am hoping that I will enjoy this one. Plus, the summary sounds fantastic! A girl who works in a magical library – That is my DREAM JOB!

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Vicious by V.E Schwab

If you have been following my blog, I think it is safe to say that I am quite the fan of Victoria Schwab and her novels. Especially after reading The Shades of Magic Trilogy! I really want to start this series as well since I heard nothing but great things about it! If you have any her other novels which you personally enjoyed, please let me know!

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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

So it is quite obvious that I am late on the bandwagon here. Ahem . . but I will pick it up this summer I swear! Now that the third book is about to be released I think it’s probably a good time so I can binge read the series HAHA

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

How can you have a summer TBR without a few contemporary books thrown into the mix? This one seemed particularly interesting since this incorporates characters from a South Asian background and I am so happy to see some representation in YA novels!

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A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Another fairy tale re-telling!!! That’s good enough to convince me!

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Archenemies by Marissa Meyer

I really need to catch up on this series especially since the Supernova release is coming up soon!

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Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger

How about adding a bit of Middle Grade novels for change in pace? I’ve heard so many great things about this series and from the reviews it looks like each book just keeps getting better and better so I just have to know what all the hype is all about. Since I do have a couple of major fantasy novels on my list I hope this book would give a shift in tempo! 🙂

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Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

I always had my eye on this book ever since I realized that this was releasing this year. Luckily, I was able to receive a copy when I attended BookCon this year and even met the author, Joan He who is super awesome! The summary is so intriguing, I just had to add it to my TBR list!

What’s on your Summer TBR?

Until next time, keep reading and I will see you all soon with another bookish post!

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Top Ten Tuesday – Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019

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I am really excited for this week’s prompt but also kind of intimidated because I feel like this is going to extend my TBR list! HAHA For today’s list we are talking about our most anticipated releases for the second half of 2019! YAYYYY! Can you believe we are already halfway through the year already? It feels like just yesterday the year only began! I have so many interesting titles to share with you! Maybe we may have similar titles on our list!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Without further ado, here are my top 10 most anticipated novels for the second half of the year.

JUNE 2019

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Release Date – June 25th 2019

Summary from GoodReads:

A fresh and addictive fantasy-romance set in modern-day Seoul.

Eighteen-year-old Gu Miyoung has a secret–she’s a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who must devour the energy of men in order to survive. Because so few believe in the old tales anymore, and with so many evil men no one will miss, the modern city of Seoul is the perfect place to hide and hunt.

But after feeding one full moon, Miyoung crosses paths with Jihoon, a human boy, being attacked by a goblin deep in the forest. Against her better judgment, she violates the rules of survival to rescue the boy, losing her fox bead–her gumiho soul–in the process.

Jihoon knows Miyoung is more than just a beautiful girl–he saw her nine tails the night she saved his life. His grandmother used to tell him stories of the gumiho, of their power and the danger they pose to humans. He’s drawn to her anyway.

With murderous forces lurking in the background, Miyoung and Jihoon develop a tenuous friendship that blossoms into something more. But when a young shaman tries to reunite Miyoung with her bead, the consequences are disastrous . . . forcing Miyoung to choose between her immortal life and Jihoon’s.

Ok so how does this not sound AMAZING??? As a fan of KDRAMAS and BTS, I am a bit familiar with the Korean culture but I would love to learn more about it. And how better through my favorite way of all? Through reading a novel! This summary itself sounds super intriguing and from the early reviews, it looks like so many bloggers already love this one so I am so excited to grab a copy of this as soon as it releases!

JULY 2019

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Release Date – July 9th 2019

Summary from GoodReads:

Project Runway meets Mulan in this sweeping YA fantasy about a young girl who poses as a boy to compete for the role of imperial tailor and embarks on an impossible journey to sew three magic dresses, from the sun, the moon, and the stars.

Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she’ll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There’s just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.

Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia’s task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.

And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor’s reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.

Steeped in Chinese culture, sizzling with forbidden romance, and shimmering with magic, this young adult fantasy is pitch-perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas or Renée Ahdieh.

A Mulan re-telling? I am already intrigued! If you have been following by blog, I think it’s no surprise that I would add this book to my list since I am a fan fairy tale re-tellings. But in addition to that, I was actually recommended this book through Joan Ae (Author of Descendant of the Crane) at her book signing at BookCon so I am even more excited to read this upon release! 🙂

SEPTEMBER 2019

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Release Date – September 3rd 2019 by Harper Teen

Summary from GoodReads:

Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.

The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.

And love makes fools of us all.

This book was brought to my radar after Epic Reads announced it was on their ARC Drop list for BOOKCON and OMG how do you not want to read it after seeing that summary? Having read a few early reviews, I can already tell this one is going to be amazing!

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Release Date – September 3rd 2019 by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers

Summary from GoodReads:

The Age of Darkness approaches.
Five lives stand in its way.
Who will stop it… or unleash it? 

For generations, the Seven Prophets guided humanity. Using their visions of the future, they ended wars and united nations―until the day, one hundred years ago, when the Prophets disappeared.

All they left behind was one final, secret prophecy, foretelling an Age of Darkness and the birth of a new Prophet who could be the world’s salvation . . . or the cause of its destruction. As chaos takes hold, five souls are set on a collision course:

A prince exiled from his kingdom.
A ruthless killer known as the Pale Hand.
A once-faithful leader torn between his duty and his heart. 
A reckless gambler with the power to find anything or anyone.
And a dying girl on the verge of giving up.

One of them―or all of them―could break the world. Will they be savior or destroyer? Perfect for fans of Throne of Glass, Children of Blood and Bone, and An Ember in the Ashes.

When the summary describes it to be for fans of  Throne of Glass, Children of Blood and Bone, and An Ember in the Ashes, you better believe I will pick this up!

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Release Date – September 10th 2019 by JIMMY Patterson

Summary from GoodReads 

In the shocking finale to the bestselling series that began with Stalking Jack the Ripper, Audrey Rose and Thomas are on the hunt for the depraved, elusive killer known as the White City Devil. A deadly game of cat-and-mouse has them fighting to stay one step ahead of the brilliant serial killer—or see their fateful romance cut short by unspeakable tragedy.

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell have landed in America, a bold, brash land unlike the genteel streets of London they knew. But like London, the city of Chicago hides its dark secrets well. When the two attend the spectacular World’s Fair, they find the once-in-a-lifetime event tainted with reports of missing people and unsolved murders.

Determined to help, Audrey Rose and Thomas begin their investigations, only to find themselves facing a serial killer unlike any they’ve heard of before. Identifying him is one thing, but capturing him—and getting dangerously lost in the infamous Murder Hotel he constructed as a terrifying torture device—is another.

Will Audrey Rose and Thomas see their last mystery to the end—together and in love—or will their fortunes finally run out when their most depraved adversary makes one final, devastating kill?

I feel like I mention this series all the time with every post on my blog HAHA And it is so sad that it is coming to an end. How are we supposed to say goodbye to Thomas Creswell??? THE FEELS!!! Ahem . . . I am totally sane I swear. In other news, if you guys have not picked up this series, I highly recommend it if you are into mystery genres!

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Release Date – September 10th 2019 by HarperVoyager

Summary from GoodReads:

Born into a family of powerful witchdoctors, Arrah yearns for magic of her own. But each year she fails to call forth her ancestral powers, while her ambitious mother watches with growing disapproval.

There’s only one thing Arrah hasn’t tried, a deadly last resort: trading years of her own life for scraps of magic. Until the Kingdom’s children begin to disappear, and Arrah is desperate to find the culprit.

She uncovers something worse. The long-imprisoned Demon King is stirring. And if he rises, his hunger for souls will bring the world to its knees… unless Arrah pays the price for the magic to stop him.

OH. M. GOODNESS. OK, How can you read this summary and not be curious about this book? It sounds absolutely amazing! WITCHDOCTORS? A DEMON KING? MAGIC? YES PLZZZZZ

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Release Date – September 24th 2019

Summary from GoodReads:

Seventeen-year-old Aderyn (“Ryn”) only cares about two things: her family, and her family’s graveyard. And right now, both are in dire straits. Since the death of their parents, Ryn and her siblings have been scraping together a meager existence as gravediggers in the remote village of Colbren, which sits at the foot of a harsh and deadly mountain range that was once home to the fae. The problem with being a gravedigger in Colbren, though, is that the dead don’t always stay dead.

The risen corpses are known as “bone houses,” and legend says that they’re the result of a decades-old curse. When Ellis, an apprentice mapmaker with a mysterious past, arrives in town, the bone houses attack with new ferocity. What is it about Ellis that draws them near? And more importantly, how can they be stopped for good?

Together, Ellis and Ryn embark on a journey that will take them deep into the heart of the mountains, where they will have to face both the curse and the long-hidden truths about themselves.

I heard about this novel through NOVL reads and it immediately peaked my interest. Ranging from gravediggers, the rising dead, mysterious pasts, and a dangerous curse definitely sends a bone-chilling aura. Sounds like this one will be quite a thrilling read!

OCTOBER 2019

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Release Date – October 1st 2019 by Blackstone Publishing

Summary from GoodReads

IN THE KINGDOM OF AXARIA, a darkness rises.

Some call it a monster, laying waste to the villagers and their homes. 
Some say it is an invulnerable demon summoned from the deepest abysses of the Immortal Realm. 
Many soldiers from the royal guard are sent out to hunt it down.

Not one has ever returned. 

When Asterin Faelenhart, Princess of Axaria and heir to the throne, discovers that she may hold the key to defeating the mysterious demon terrorizing her kingdom, she vows not to rest until the beast is slain. With the help of her friends and the powers she wields—though has yet to fully understand—Asterin sets out to complete a single task. The task that countless, trained soldiers have failed. 

To kill it. 

But as they hunt for the demon, they unearth a plot to assassinate the Princess herself instead. Asterin and her companions begin to wonder how much of their lives have been lies, especially when they realize that the center of the web of deceit might very well be themselves. With no one else to turn to, they are forced to decide just how much they are willing to sacrifice to protect the only world they have ever known. 

That is… if the demon doesn’t get to them first.

GAHHHH. I really wanted to visit Coco Ma at her signing at BookCon but I didn’t get the chance! 😦 When I saw some news of the release of this book, my interest peaked upon reading the summary. A princess and her team heading off to slay a demon. LETS GOOOO!!!

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Release Date – October 8th 2019

Summary From GoodReads:

Into the Crooked Place begins a gritty two-book YA fantasy series from Alexandra Christo, the author of To Kill a Kingdom.

The streets of Creije are for the deadly and the dreamers, and four crooks in particular know just how much magic they need up their sleeve to survive.

Tavia, a busker ready to pack up her dark-magic wares and turn her back on Creije for good. She’ll do anything to put her crimes behind her.

Wesley, the closest thing Creije has to a gangster. After growing up on streets hungry enough to swallow the weak whole, he won’t stop until he has brought the entire realm to kneel before him.

Karam, a warrior who spends her days watching over the city’s worst criminals and her nights in the fighting rings, making a deadly name for herself.

And Saxony, a resistance fighter hiding from the very people who destroyed her family, and willing to do whatever it takes to get her revenge.

Everything in their lives is going to plan, until Tavia makes a crucial mistake: she delivers a vial of dark magic—a weapon she didn’t know she had—to someone she cares about, sparking the greatest conflict in decades. Now these four magical outsiders must come together to save their home and the world, before it’s too late. But with enemies at all sides, they can trust nobody. Least of all each other.

OMG I am so thankful to LitJoyCrate at BookCon for providing me an ARC of this novel. I am so excited for it and I never thought I would be able to get a copy! *insert pterodactyl screams* The summary of the book was something I love seeing in a lot of novels – A group of diverse individuals coming together to save the day! I am so curious to see how the story will unravel and the various character interactions! I can’t wait to dive into it!

DECEMBER 2019

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Release Date – December 3rd 2019 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Summary from GoodReads:

After battling the impossible, Zélie and Amari have finally succeeded in bringing magic back to the land of Orïsha. But the ritual was more powerful than they could’ve imagined, reigniting the powers of not only the maji, but of nobles with magic ancestry, too.

Now, Zélie struggles to unite the maji in an Orïsha where the enemy is just as powerful as they are. But when the monarchy and military unite to keep control of Orïsha, Zélie must fight to secure Amari’s right to the throne and protect the new maji from the monarchy’s wrath.

With civil war looming on the horizon, Zélie finds herself at a breaking point: she must discover a way to bring the kingdom together or watch as Orïsha tears itself apart.

Children of Virtue and Vengeance is the stunning sequel to Tomi Adeyemi’s New York Times bestselling debut Children of Blood and Bone, the first title in her Legacy of Orïsha trilogy.

SO CLOSE. YET SO FAR AWAY 😦 I was a huge fan Tomi’s first book and the ending had me yearning for more! Although we have to wait for a few more months, I am so happy to know that it would be out this year! Just gotta keep counting down the days LOL

What books are you eagerly anticipating the remainder of the year? Did we share any similar titles? Let me know!
Until next time, keep reading and I will chat with you all soon!
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Top Ten Tuesday – Unpopular Bookish Opinions

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For this week’s prompt, its all about Unpopular Opinions. Let’s face it. We are all different and we may have very different reading interests which should be no surprise that a lot of us do have some unpopular opinions. So let’s share ours and discuss! Who knows? Maybe we both may share similar ones!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

So without further ado, let’s begin the list!

The Twilight Saga Was not For Me

Now let’s start with the positive – One of the elements of the Twilight Saga which I can appreciate is that it inspired so many individuals to read and I love this aspect. However, I couldn’t bring myself to finish this series. Maybe because my reading tastes evolved over time so I do not find this genre as interesting anymore. I have heard that a lot of people enjoy it since it is entertaining and addicting but unfortunately, it was not for me. Another reason for this unpopular reason is my second rationale below:

Love Triangle 😦

Oh the YA Love Triangles! HAHA Through the course of my reading journey, I discovered that I am not a fan of them. While this may be used as a plot element to create tension or drama, I found that it is a bit overused and it becomes almost a struggle to read through. Now I have noticed that a lot of book bloggers have mentioned that they were only able to tolerate the love triangle from The Infernal Devices which I find intriguing. Now that I got the first book of that series, I will definitely try it out.

Red Queen 

I know there are a lot of people who love the Red Queen series but unfortunately for me, I found the plot to be predictable and this may have been one of the reasons why I did not enjoy it as much. That “wow” or “omg” moment at the end did not happen for me. In addition, when I continued with Glass Sword, I was extremely disappointed with the characters and the plot line. However, I do think Victoria has a gripping and beautiful writing style so I would be open to pick up another novel of hers in the future.

“Katniss” Character 

There are times when I noticed that a lot of the protagonists within YA novels tend to have the typical “Katniss” characteristics. I love Katniss but sometimes it is refreshing to see individuals who work their way to become epitome of strength and valor. This is one of the reasons I love characters from the Lunar Chronicles. Each of them are very different in personality but they are amazing in their own way. For example, Cress is absolutely sweet and shy but a complete BAWSE with her tech skills. Through her journey, she grows stronger and it was refreshing to see these types of personalities so I hope we see more diverse stories in the future. Another example would be Laia from An Ember in the Ashes who has a complete 180 turn from the beginning of the novel and I LOVED THAT!

Prefer Paperback over Hardback

Ok. This may be a 50/50 for me actually. I actually prefer reading in paperback (it’s so much more comfortable, easier to travel with, etc) but I love displaying my books in hardback on my bookshelves since it looks absolutely divine!

Hooray for Hate-to-Love Romances

I’m gonna say it. It’s honestly my most preferred type of romances in novels. Instalove does not work for me. Sometimes it seems so forced and unnatural. I always love seeing the growth of characters and how they take time to appreciate each other despite their flaws and I think that is best displayed with the Hate-To-Love Romances.

Writing is Crucial

There are a lot of reasons why we may reach for a book. It may be because of a recommendation or the summary sounded interesting. But what really keeps you reading? Does it provide the hook you need to immerse yourself into the world? For me, I feel that the writing plays a huge role. If I feel that it is not a style I am comfortable with, I probably would end up DNFing it.

DNFing Books

Speaking of DNFing . . . I honestly do not think it’s a problem if you decide to DNF a book. Sometimes a book just isn’t for you. I had one particular case where I experienced this with Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne. I just could not get into it so I ended up DNFing it. As readers, our reading tastes are very different and what may work for one person may not work for another. So I don’t believe it’s a serious issue in my opinion.

I LOVE YA BOOKS

Now despite being marketed as books for teens aged 13-18, I honestly think the YA genre is open for older audiences too. I am in my 20s and I absolutely love YA novels. I do read new adult and a few adult books here and there but I am always willing to read a novel from the YA genre. I feel like YA authors now a days do a splendid job with their writing, their world building and character development and this makes it such a pleasure to read them!

Judge a Book by Its Cover

I am not going to lie. There are so many times when I would reach for a book on the shelves while randomly browsing through a bookstore solely for the reason that it has a dazzling cover. I can’t help it. If the cover looks pretty, I will most certainly pick it up!

And that’s pretty much it. I hope I did not offend anyone with my choices . . How about you guys? What are your biggest bookish unpopular opinions? Let me know below! I would love to hear from you guys! 🙂

Until next time, keep reading and I will see you all soon with another bookish post!

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Finale Book Review (Spoiler Free)

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“A true Queen’s power isn’t in her crown.” 

Author: Stephanie Garber

Publisher: May 7th 2019 by Flatiron Books

Pages: 496

GoodReads

Rating – 5/5

OMG FINALLY!!!

Every time I pick up one of the books in this series, I’m whirled away to another realm drenched with magic, thrill and enchantment. There is no clear way to describe the magic of Caraval and I think that is what makes this series so unique and special. Its riveting, whimsical and dangerous but also grounded by themes of love and sisterhood.

Summary from GoodReads: (Since this is the final book in the series, there are some minor spoilers to the first two books in the summary below):

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…all games must come to an end.

It’s been two months since the last Caraval concluded, two months since the Fates have been freed from an enchanted deck of cards, two months since Tella has seen Legend, and two months since Legend claimed the empire’s throne as his own. Now, Legend is preparing for his official coronation and Tella is determined to stop it. She believes her own mother, who still remains in an enchanted sleep, is the rightful heir to the throne.

Meanwhile, Scarlett has started a game of her own. She’s challenged Julian and her former fiancé, Count Nicolas d’Arcy, to a competition where the winner will receive her hand in marriage. Finaly, Scarlett feels as if she is in complete control over her life and future. She is unaware that her mother’s past has put her in the greatest danger of all.

Caraval is over, but perhaps the greatest game of all has begun―with lives, empires, and hearts all at stake. There are no spectators this time: only those who will win…and those who will lose everything. . .

Characters:

Scarlet – Scarlet now takes control and takes risks – something she never done before and it was refreshing to see that. While we do know that Scarlet has an inner strength to her in the first book, she expands on it with a touch of boldness in this one.

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Julien – Lord. This man. Confidence. Carefree. Jovial. And Witty AF. What’s not to love about him? I swear as soon as he appeared the amount of post it tabs I used increased exponentially!  I was living for the ScarletxJulien moments in this novel since they were all so satisfying. We do see an dynamic change in Julien from the first book and I liked seeing that growth. OMG and I absolutely adore the way he calls Scarlet “Crimson” LOVE IT!

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Tella – Well we all know that Tella is quite the firecracker! She is bold and sometimes rash in her decisions than her cautious sister which is probably why it gets her into some troublesome situations. Nevertheless, I have always appreciated her character for her fearlessness since its a trait that I wish I had!

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Legend – Hmmm what can I day about Legend? He is borderline dangerous with his manipulative nature but his charm, explosive magic and devious schemes have a way of entrancing us. I will say I was not a huge fan of the push and pull between Tella and Legend and I preferred the relationship between Scarlet and Julien but that’s just me 🙂

Final Thoughts:

Stephanie Garber really grew with her writing. The imagery is spectacular. The growth of the story and world is brilliantly done. The dialogue is amazing. The pacing is perfect that you can’t help but fly through the pages. Within the first chapter I was hooked! I also loved the abundance of quotes in the novel which are hard hitting!

“Occasionally, there are minutes that get extra seconds. Moments so precious the universe stretches to make additional room for them.” 

“She looked the way Love might have looked if Love in a mirror, infectiously happy and radiantly beautiful.” 

The concept of utilizing the Deck of Destiny and providing characterization for each of the fates/cards was such a phenomenal idea. Stephanie Garber continued to build on the story from the previous novels and as a reader you can feel the story lines intertwining and building upon one another. With the added intricacy of the story, it is clear that the author spent an enormous amount of effort devising the plot lines and developing a seamless flow to the story. There are just so many twists and turns which keeps you on the edge of your seat and I have to say that this series has now become one of my favorite series of all time! 

Side Note –  I also randomly bumped into Stephanie Garber at BookCon this past weekend and OMG I was FanGirling so hard HAHA She is just the sweetest person ever! And Stay Tuned for my BookCon Haul and Experience post coming soon!

Have any of you read Finale yet? What were your thoughts on it?

Until next time, keep reading and i will see you all soon with another bookish post!

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