Waiting on Wednesday

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This is a feature started on Breaking the Spine that puts the spotlight on upcoming books.

This week’s pick is:

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Proof of Forever

Release date: June 2nd 2015

Goodreads: BEFORE: It was the perfect summer of first kisses, skinny-dipping, and bonfires by the lake. Joy, Tali, Luce, and Zoe knew their final summer at Camp Okahatchee would come to an end, but they swore they’d stay friends.
AFTER: Now, two years later, their bond has faded along with those memories.
THEN: That is, until the fateful flash of a photo booth camera transports the four of them back in time, to the summer they were fifteen—the summer everything changed.
NOW: The girls must recreate the past in order to return to the present. As they live through their second-chance summer, the mystery behind their lost friendship unravels, and a dark secret threatens to tear the girls apart all over again.
ALWAYS: Summers end. But this one will change them forever
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Why I’m excited: It’s so far away! But it sounds like a great summer read that focuses more on the friendship of the girls instead of romance.

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WWW Wednesday

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This was started by ShouldBeReading and every Wednesday posters answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently: darkest mercy

Finished: althea and oliverSublime bigfragile eternityradiant shadows

Next: opposition

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is top ten books to get into the Halloween spirit.

10. glass houses big Glass Houses – Rachel Caine. First book in the Morganville Vampires series. They just started airing the webseries on youtube so it’s the perfect time to get into the series or re-start the series and watch the show.

9. anna blood Anna Dressed in Blood – Kendare Blake. Ghosts and ghost hunters. Not a keep-you-up-all-night-in-fear kind of scary but definitely some standout creepy moments.

8. asylum Asylum – Madeline Roux. This one’s more a keep-you-up-all-night kind of book.  Even just looking at the pictures is quite unsettling.

7. The Fall The Fall – Bethany Griffin. Very creepy old house and an Edgar Allen Poe retelling.

6. feral big Feral – Holly Schindler. There’s real life creepiness with a dead body and murder, but also a creepy supernatural element with a ghost and a feral cat.

5. walking dead The Walking Dead. Comic books or TV series, either way there’s terrifying zombies and reasons to jump in fear and squirm or hide your eyes from the blood.

4. american horror story American Horror Story. Each season is so different from the previous one that it always feels like a new show even with the same actors in it. And it can be terrifying.

3. supernatural Supernatural. Name a creepy creature, and it’s probably been on this show. And been defeated by hot brothers.

2. rocky horror Rocky Horror Picture Show. This is a must watch every Halloween. It’s not really scary and it can actually be very campy, but it’s so much fun.

1. Casper Casper. This one’s a childhood favourite(like Hocus Pocus).

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Booking Sunday Favourites: Character growth arc

This week’s all about the character growth. I can forgive a lot of problems in a book if the growth arc really stands out as believable and entertaining. There wasn’t anything to forgive in the book I did choose, it was amazing, but it’s definitely one of the most standout growth arcs I’ve read in a while. The amount the main character grew in the first book had me wondering what would be left for the rest of the series.

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The Girl of Fire and Thorns

Elisa starts off as the youngest daughter of a king who has no confidence in herself, her abilities to be a princess and a wife, her appearance. Throughout the book, as she journeys to her new home, circumstances force her to fight. The person she is at the end of the book is almost unrecognizable compared to who she was at the beginning but the way it was written, the change was believable and necessary.

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Book Review: Stray by Elissa Sussman

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Stray

3.5 stars

Aislynn is a princess awaiting her introduction ball. She’s been preparing for a long time to be introduced to the suitors chosen specifically for her, to fall in love, to have her happily ever after. She will follow the Path, she will not stray. But on the night of the ball, Aislynn finds her life going in a direction she never expected, never prepare for, and the magic burning in her is threatening her Path. She must not stray.

I really liked the concept of this book. It was an original fairy tale with a main character that I found myself having a lot of empathy for and ended up really liking. There were some parts that were predictable but still enjoyable.

At first I was a little worried I wouldn’t like Aislynn. Her blind devotion to the Path, obeying every word of her adviser and headmistress, the chants to help them stay focused, it all felt a little cult-like. But I did like her and the more she developed and grew as a character, the more I found myself liking her. I could understand her desperation to achieve a goal that had been set for her since pretty much birth(in this case her introduction ball), her frustrations at being bad at containing her magic, her desire to be good at a new goal given to her so she could prove herself.

Two other characters I really loved were Thackery, a gardener at the academy Aislynn is at, and Brigid, a maid at the same academy. Both were nice and had their own stories but also served as a way to help Aislynn see beyond her own little world. Another character, Ford, was also great and I kind of wish we’d gotten to see him a little more. Linnea, the princess Aislynn is supposed to become a fairy godmother for, was an interesting character. I’m still not quite sure how I felt about her. At times I really felt for her but other times I wanted to scream.

The world building was very intricate and it left me feeling like there was so much more that had yet to be told. We only saw one small part of this world that was created. From the series title and description, I’m guessing we’re getting more parts of the world in upcoming stories, which I’m definitely excited about.

The plot was a little slow in the beginning but I didn’t mind too much. It felt necessary to make us aware of the stakes and just how devastating the turn of events were for Aislynn. Once she arrived at her new academy and started interacting with the characters mentioned above, and some of the twists and discoveries began, it really picked up. There was a lot of action in the last part of the book.

I’m hoping(and guessing) that Aislynn’s story will tie into the other books in the series. It’s just going to be a long wait.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Waiting on Wednesday

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This is a feature started on Breaking the Spine that puts the spotlight on upcoming books.

This week’s pick is:

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The Cost of Things

Goodreads: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind meets We Were Liars in this thought-provoking, brilliantly written, and totally original realistic contemporary debut about three teens who must deal with the consequences of spells cast on them in the wake of their classmate’s sudden death.

Why I’m excited: The description is short and vague but it definitely intrigues me. It leaves so many questions that I want answered. Who died? What are these spells? Why were they cast? Were those three involved with the death? It screams ‘this book has twists and turns’

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WWW Wednesday

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This was started by ShouldBeReading and every Wednesday posters answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently: althea and oliver

Finished: young elitesforbiddenLasher

Next: I’m not sure yet. Depends on how emotional Althea and Oliver is and if I need fluffy afterward or not.

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is top ten series I want to start. I’m pretty good at starting series, just not finishing them in a timely fashion.

10. forsaken The Forsaken – Lisa M Stasse. This one has the US, Canada, and Mexico all becoming one country that exiles anyone who tests positive for a high capacity for violence. It’s one of the few dystopians I’ve seen that mentions the world outside the US.

9. winner's curse The Winner’s Curse – Marie Rutkoski. I keep hearing great things about this book and the cover is so pretty.

8. kiss of deception Kiss of Deception – Mary E Pearson. This one I’ve heard mixed things on but it sounds interesting.

trial by fire Trial by Fire – Josephine Angelini. I loved Starcrossed and parallel worlds so this one sounds like one I’ll like.

6. vault of dreamers Vault of Dreamers – Caragh M O’Brien. This one just sounds creepy.

5. thousand pieces of you A Thousand Pieces of You – Claudia Gray. More parallel worlds. Maybe this will be the next big thing.

4. Talon Talon – Julie Kagawa. One that’s been on my need-to-buy list for a while. It finally comes out really soon.

3. red queen Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard. Not out for a while but I have an ARC. Just waiting until closer to the release date.

2. orphan queen The Orphan Queen – Jodi Meadows. This one sounds amazing, but again not out for a while.

1. Alienated big Alienated – Melissa Landers. Keep meaning to read this one.

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Booking Sunday Favourites: Booknerd Character

A type of character close to my heart. It’s like an instant bond when a character loves books.

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Katy from the Lux series. She’s a book blogger and lots books a lot through the series. She even gets ARCs and when she talks about characters she loves or books without mentioning titles, it’s fun to try to guess what ones she’s talking about(if the books are real).

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TV Post Time

We’re pretty close to being a month into fall TV but it still feels like there’s so many shows I have plans to watch but haven’t gotten around to it yet(good books, I blame you!).

Scorpion: Really loving this one. There’s action and humour and family feels. I love seeing problems getting solved with their unique skills and really love the interactions between the team.

The Walking Dead: Re-watched season 4 in a marathon right before the beginning of season 5. With how much I love this show now, I have to wonder why it took me so long to get into it. I remember watching the pilot and stopping after that for some reason, but now, it’s a must watch live.

The Flash/Gotham/Arrow: Pretty much all the superhero shows except Agents of SHIELD are need to catch up on/start. I keep hearing they’re awesome so maybe when all the other shows are on hiatus or if I get sick or something, there’ll be a marathon.

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