Anticipated Books || 2016 & 2017

Most people are posting about only books in 2016 that they wish to pick up, but there are so many I want to read in 2017! So many books are coming out in 2017 and I would rather not ostracize them and start embracing them as @016 draws to a midway point. Let’s get into that!

This list is in NO particular order (except for the first book):

  1. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare: April 11th 2017 by Margaret K. Books; This is my most anticipated book ever. Lady Midnight was one of the best books I have ever read and i am sooooo excited for this sequel. I need more answers!
  2.  Heartless by Marissa Meyer:November 8th 2016 by Feiwel and Friends; I really love Wonderland and Alice In Wonderland is my favorite Disney movie and Children’s book. I have always loved the Queen of Hearts and I am so interested in her story! Can’t wait.
  3. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor: September 27th 2016 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; The writing in this just seems so beautiful and I really want to anticipate a Laini Taylor novel
  4. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab: July 5th 2016 by Greenwillow Books; Again, I have never read a book by her, but the premise is so intriguing.  
  5. Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi: August 30th 2016 by Dutton Books for Young Readers; I disliked Shatter Me, but the writing was good and it’s middle grade so it will be easier and enjoyable.
  6. Carve The Mark by Veronica RothJanuary 17th 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books; A new duo logy by Veronica Roth? Yes please. Can’t wait to see how she writes this series and how if she can truly prove her worth as my favorite author.
  7.  RoseBlood by A.G. HowardJanuary 10th 2017 by Amulet Books; UGHH. The Phantom of the Opera means so much to me. My teacher introduced it to me and he was obsessed with it and his influence on it sparked my love for it (I saw it on Broadway). This is a retelling of that and i know that Howard is a great retelling author and I am so excited for this!!
  8. Stealing Snow by Danielle PaigeSeptember 20th by Bloomsbury USA Childrens; I really enjoyed The Snow Queen on Once Upon A Time and Danielle is also a fantastic author of retellings, so I am so intrigued.

That’s all that I really am excited about, but I know there will be more as I finish Throne of Glass, ACATAR, and other books with sequels coming out. Have a great day!

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#TBRTakedown 4.0 || What I’m Reading

If you are all unaware of what this, I will leave a link to the video on YouTube. #TBRTakedown is a read-a-thon with challenges and is held by @LeaningLights on Youtube! I haven’t participated in any of the other ones, but I love her channel and I am so excited to do it now! Without further a due, here is the challenges and my TBR.

  1. A book that has been on your TBR for OVER A YEAR: The book I am choosing has been on my TBR list since November 18, 2014 according to Goodreads. That book is A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I have finally bought this and am dying to pick it up.
  2. A sequel (ONLY A SEQUEL): I chose The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey because I loved the first book, but i just never got around to it. Now with the third book out and the series completed, there is no better time than during this.
  3. First book in a series: This book will have to be The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han because I just got out of school and I need something summer-y.
  4. Out of my comfort zone: This is a type of genre that I have never read, but now I’m finally trying it out now and that is Adult Thrillers. The book is Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. Sadly I have not read Gone Girl, but I do not own it and I have heard fantastic things about this book as well.
  5. A Book from your most recent Book Haul: I had MANY MANY books in my most recent book haul, so this is kinda hard. The book I am most excited about is Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes. I saw Alice Through The Looking Glass and have really wanted something else to do with Wonderland and it was in my book haul, so why not read it now?

That’s all for now! You guys should check out @LeaningLights on YouTube decause her videos are so great and thus readathon is so intriguing! Thanks so much guys, see you soon!

2nd Half of 2016 Resolutions

Hey, guys! Today i am back at you guys with my 2016 resolutions (2nd of 2016 resolutions because i never posted one). If you would like to follow my reviews or friend me on GoodReads, i will leave the link to my profile at the bottom. But anyways, i set a goal to read 40 books for 2016 and i am currently at 12! I know i am sorta behind, but i did not start reading a full book until March, then i got into a slump and picked it back up now. What i am going to do today is tell you how and what i am going to do to reach that goal!

  1. Read at least 5 Classics: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Jane Eyre by Emily Bronte, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, 1984 by George Orwell, and Animal Farm by George Orwell. 
  2. Read 5 Memoirs/Funny Books: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling, Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling, Bossypants by Amy Poehler, and A Work In Progress by Connor Franta. 
  3. Read at least 4 novella collections: The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas, The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, The Tales of the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare, and Stars Above by Marissa Meyer.
  4. FINISH 10 series: The Miss Peregrine’s Home Series by Ransom Riggs: Hollow City & Library of Souls; The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer: Winter: The Legend Series by Marie Lu: Prodigy and Champion; Hush, Hush Saga by Becca Fitzpatrick: Crescendo, Silence, and Finale; The Ascendence Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen: The Runaway King and The Shadow Throne; The Selection Series by Keira Cass:The Heir and The Crown; A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket: Books 4-13;
  5. Start 18 Series: Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas; Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld; The Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl; The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo; The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater; Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness; The Summer Trilogy by Jenny Han; The Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkins; Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver; Dorothy Must Die Series by Danielle Page; Precious Stone Trilogy by Kiersten Grier; The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson; The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling; Falling Kingdoms Series by Morgan Rhodes; The Wrath and the Dawn Duology by Renee Ahdieh; Unearthly Trilogy by Cynthia Hand; The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout; Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown; 
  6. Read 5 LGBT+ Novels: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli; I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson; Carry On by Rainbow Rowell;  More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera; You Know Me Well by Nina Labour & David Levithan
  7. Cut my TBR pile down to 200 books!

Thanks for tuning in guys! I don’t know if i will be able to fulfill all of those wishes, but i can always dream! You’ll find out what i have done so far in my June Wrap-Up.

LONG OVERDUE BOOK HAUL

Hey guys! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted and there’s a big reason. I started reading Clockwork Angel, but I brought it to school and kept leaving it there, so I just kept waiting to read it and not anything else. It eventually put me in a book slump and I lost interest in reading for a long time. I got back into reading and finished Clockwork Angel, so that’s why I’m back. Without further adue, her is my book haul!

  1. So, first I’m gonna start with a book I purchased from Costco. That book is The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan. Apollo is my favorite God because I love music so much and archery and all of his other books were so great so I just made my mom get it for me. Next, I got The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare from my school’s Scholastic Book Fair. it was the last remaining book by Cassie that I don’t own, so I had to buy it. I got Me Before You by JoJo Moyes and holy crap, this novel was beautifully written and also heartbreaking. It is definitely one of the top books I have read this year. Also, I got Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead and Astray by Emma Donohughe from The Dollar Tree. The rest of the books are from my favorite book store ever, The Book Rack. It’s such a community environment and they all know me in there. I have store credit, so all used books are 50% off and new 20%. I have about 20 books, so let’s get to that. The first book I purchased from there was Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: Book 1 by Rick Riordan. I saw this for $10 and it was used so it was only $5 and I was dying to own it and read so why not. Next, I picked up 2 classics, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Badbury and To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I bought Fahrenheit for $3.50 because I chose to read it for summer reading and To Kill A Mockingbird was just on my TBR list for so long and I need to read it. I own the second book because it’s my sisters so I want to read them back to back. I then picked up two fairytale retellings, Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell and Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes. Again, these books were so cheap and Peter Pan & Alice In Wonderland are absolutely my two favorite fairytales (Fun Fact: I was the Mad Hatter one year and Peter Pan one year and also Captain Hook another year.) I recommend the movie Through The Looking Glass because it just gave me so many feelings and pushed me to read more fairytales and retellings. I picked up three verse novels, Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur, I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder, and Crank by Ellen Hopkins. I am going to post a review for Milk and Honey soon because I loved it and IHYYHM and Crank are next on my TBR pile. I then picked up two adult thriller novels, Dark Places by Gillian Flynn and Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll. I am bummed out because they also had Sharp Objects, but sadly I haven’t bought it yet. I bought a signed copy of Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys for $2.50 (I know right)! The most anticipated buy for me was A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas and I can’t wait until I finally pick it up (i wanna buy ACOMAF first). Mindy Kaling is my favorite comedian and I saw her book so I had to pick it up

LADY MIDNIGHT (The Dark Artifices, Book #1) REVIEW

OH.MY.GOD. This book made me feel things I’ve never felt before. It was one of the best books I’ve ever read. So, if you haven’t read The Mortal Instruments series you shouldn’t even be here. People who haven’t read Lady Midnight, I suggest you leave now or be spoiled. Without further ado, here is the book summary from Goodreads:  

                                                                                                        SUMMARY

The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel. It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses. Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions… Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it? The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.
THIS BOOK BROKE MY HEART, PUT A BANDAGE ON IT, THEN RIPPED IT RIGHT OFF AGAIN. I loved all of the characters in this book so much. They had so much depth to who they were. I loved that Cassandra showed shadowhunters with mental disabilities. Cassandra is so extraordinary at building her characters and making them all so unique. I am going to do reviews of each character. Just saying now, I loved Kit when I opened up the book. He is my favorite urgghhh.

Emma Carstairs: Emma is such a strong and beautiful character. I loved the bond between Julian and Emma. The second he came into the story, I completely shipped them. The beach scene *you know what I’m talking bout ;)* was SOOO perfect. She never gives up on family and that’s what I love about her.

Julian Blackthorn: I liked Julian and thought he was a very dense and strong. He grew up so fast and had to raise his siblings at such a young age AND run the institute. He was incredible. Again, I completely ship Julian and Emma and his heart is gonna shatter when he hears that Emma and Mark are “dating.” 😦

Ty Blackthorn:  Ty was a very special and different character for Cassandra to write about. At first, I was thinking he was autistic, but then I realized he was something else. I really enjoyed that he and Livvy had such a strong bond and I really felt for his character.

Livvy Blackthorn: Livvy was sort of quiet, but I always knew what she was trying to say. She is always protecting Ty and doesn’t want to see him hurt. Their bond was so beautiful.

Drusilla Blackthorn: Not going into depth with her, but I just loved her character. Such a great addition.

Tavvy Blackthorn: Little, sweet Tavvy. He was so hilarious and adorable. When he was in the tub of sugar, I died laughing. When Malcolm tried to kill him, I got so angry.

Mark Blackthorn: He was so interesting and I loved his and Crsitina’s scenes because they just have this weird chemistry and I ship them very much. His story was very sad, especially about Kieran. Mark is a unique character because I feel like bisexual characters aren’t In literature enough and he was perfect. Love him.

Cristina Rosales: At first, she was very dark and gloomy and I didn’t understand her, but her story unraveled and it was beautiful and painful. Emma needed a girl to talk with and she slowly became Cristina’s best friend. Diego and her were not a good couple, in my opinion. I enjoyed Diego, but not with her. MARK + CRISTINA = <3.

Perfect Diego: It’s all in the name. Still, I did not like him and Cristina together. A great and funny character, though.

Diana: Very mysterious character, but I enjoyed how she was always protecting the Blackthorns. I need to now more about her urgghhh.

Arthur: I loved learning about his lunacy and why he is the way he is. Very strange And disturbed character.

KIT HERONDALE: Oh my lord. The moment I read the Prologue about Kit and his dad, I longed for more. I just loved his character so much. I knew he was a shadowhunter, but didn’t know about him being a HERONDALE. This was crazy! I already loved him, but this happening made me feel even more for him. NEED MORE KIT IN MY LIFE.

Malcolm Fade: I saved the best for last. I did not expect this at all. I was just like, “Oh yay. We get another warlock who’s gonna be really close with the shadow hunters.” But, nope. Cassandra completely blew my mind. Malcolm was trying to resurrect his dead lover, Annabel. It was very shocking to me that he killed Emma’s parents and that mattered more to me than his involvement in the fae murders. I do not think he’s dead because it wasn’t confirmed, but we’ll have to see.

The whole Parabatai curse made sens, but I hate it. I just want my babies to be together please. I cannot wait for the second book. I did not expect to over these characters as much as I did. It just happened. Deal with it.

This book was mind blowing and I liked it even better than TMI and idk why. This book gets 5 stars. EXCEPTIONAL READ.

WAYR Friday

Hey, guys! It’s Friday and I’ve started to do What Are You Reading Fridays. This is a weekly post that I am doing about what I am reading. I decided to do it on Friday because it’s the end of the week for me and reading usually slows down for me on the weekend due to my schedule. So, let’s get into this post! I am reading Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare.  This book is just so good. Emma and Julian are such great characters and even a little better than Clary and Jace. They just need to break that stupid No Dating Your Parabatai Rule because they are just bound to date. I was starting to ship Christina and Mark, then that faery guy Kieran kissed him and I was so drawn to their relationship. I can’t wait until I finish this book and can give a full review because it’s just so amazing! I also have received The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas and am participating on the blog tour! I am on page 10 and i really enjoy it! The characters have a great depth and the story is very mysterious and interesting. When I read the plot, I wasn’t thinking that i would like it, but this book is really really good! I just began to read The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.  Red_Queen

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I’m Ashamed I Haven’t Read

This week on Top Ten Tuesday, I will tell you about the top ten books I am ashamed that I haven’t read yet. So let’s get into it. 

1. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare: I LOVE the Mortal Instruments and own all the books. That includes The Infernal Devices. Tessa was in City of Heavenly Fire and I heard about her but I didn’t know her and I really wish I read it before CoHF:(

2. Throne of Glass Series: I am so ashamed because the books are right up my alley and I won 1-3 and the novella book. I need to get on top of this band wagon.

3. Vampire Academy: So ashamed I didn’t read these books. I had books 1-3 and I couldn’t get into the first book so I sold all of them to my local used book store for store credit. 

4. Falling Kingdom Series: Just why. Why have I not picked these up. I am DYING to read these. Ugh.

5. Legend Series: I liked Legend so I bought the whole series and I never finished it and I need to, but I don’t see myself finishing it. 

6. Rebel Belle Series: I mainly bought Rebel Belle because of the cover and when I bought it, the plot was so intriguing and the last book is coming soon and I need to read it.

7. Wonder: Its not a series, but I’m completely ashamed I haven’t read it. I’ve heard nothing but great things, but I never buy it when I get to the book store.

8. Darkest Minds: I heard such good things that I really wanted to read it, but don’t know when. 

9. Starbound  Trilogy: I was so interested when the first book came out, but then I saw they all were barely related.

10. Harry Potter: This is far on the list because there’s so many books and the series is long over that I just can’t pick it up
Thanks for checking it out, guys! Come back tomorrow for Waiting On Wednesday! Have a nice night!