Series Spotlight: Shadowfalls by CC Hunter

Thursday I’m going to be putting the spotlight on a book series and talking about it. It might be one I’ve read, one I’m reading, or one I haven’t gotten to yet, depending on what I feel like talking about that week. This week’s series is another longer one. It’s getting harder to find long series.

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Shadowfalls series by CC Hunter

Review status: 0/5

All books are released, own in paperback. Also own the spin-offs.

I think I owned most of these before I actually picked up the first one to read. Once I did, I was hooked. They were easy reads but I liked the mystery of figuring out what kind of paranormal creature Kylie was and I loved the large cast of characters.

Favourite character: Definitely between Derek and Miranda. Miranda was just a lot of fun. Derek may have seemed like the safe choice for Kylie in the developing love triangle but he seemed like the type of guy who wouldn’t mind staying in to read.

Favourite book: It’s pretty close between the first and the last. The first book set everything up very nicely, introduced all the characters, the mystery. The last book everything came together.

Status: Finished.

Author status: Buy depending on the book. I enjoyed the Shadowfalls books but This Heart of Mine didn’t draw me in the same way.

Next up from CC Hunter: She just released This Heart of Mine in February.

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Weekly Reading Recap

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It’s almost time for Infinity Wars. It’s almost time for War Storm. It’s almost time for Leah on the Offbeat. I am not ready.

Currently reading: How to Stop Time

Finished reading: All We can do is WaittellListen to you HeartMore than we can tell

Reviewed: Thief of Happy Endings

What I’m hoping to get to next week: Dread NationChemistry Lessons to read

Listen to you HeartMore than we can tell to review

Books read it 2018: 62

Debut YA/MG authors read for 2018: 21

Contemporary: 32

Fantasy: 18

Sci-Fi: 2

Dystopian: 4

Historical: 1

Misc: 1

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish, and has now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten freebie so I choose to do Top Ten books I meant to review but didn’t(plus some small thoughts on each book.

10. Invisible Ghosts Invisible Ghosts – Robyn Schneider.  I would say this was a solid 4/5 star book. I liked the way Rose slowly found her way back to her old friends, a much better group for her than the group she was hanging with, and just the whole dynamic of the friends group was so much fun. Add in the paranormal twist with Rose’s brother as a ghost and I was hooked.

9. 38741488 The Last – Katherine Applegate. This was 5/5, fell in love immediately. I’ve loved Katherine Applegate since Animorphs but this one just might be my favourite of hers yet. It was so magical and I loved seeing a bit of the politics between the fantastical species.

8. Aru Shah Aru Shah and the End of Time – Roshani Chokshi. 4/5 stars. The first book from Rick Riordan’s imprint definitely delivered. It had a lot of the same humour and vibe as a Rick Riordan book but still unique so that I knew it was written by someone else. Aru is definitely a new favourite.

7. sword of summer The Sword of Summer – Rick Riordan. 4/5 stars. I loved the Percy Jackson series, I love Norse mythology, and I love Thor and Loki so I have no excuse for taking so long to read this. Rick Riordan used the mythology to his story-telling best to create new characters that I fell in love with so fast.

6. Traitor Prince The Traitor Prince – CJ Redwine. 4/5 stars. I like that the books in this series are all connected but still separate. And that each one gets darker. This was definitely the darkest yet.

5. 35098416 When My Heart Joins the Thousand – AJ Steiger. 4/5 stars. I’m still not sure my heart recovered from this one. Two very unique characters that will stand out.

4. Love, Life, and the List Love, List and the List – Kasie West. 4/5 stars. So cute and definitely could tell it was a Kasie West novel even if I didn’t know who’d written it. I loved how determined Abby was to take her future into her own hands, create a list to get experiences to better her art, and follow through on it.

3. Daugher of the burning city Daughter of the Burning City – Amanda Foody. 4.5/5 stars. There is so much about this book that I loved. The setting, the characters, the entire thing! I don’t re-read books very often but this is one I would.

2. Roar Roar – Cora Carmack. 4/5 stars. I am a sucker for a large cast of interesting characters and this one was great.

1. Project Semicolon Project Semicolon.  5/5 stars. There’s no words to describe how much of an impact a book like this can have. It’s people sharing a huge part of themselves when they were at their most vulnerable.

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Book Review: Thief of Happy Endings by Kristen Chandler

Thief of Happy Endings

Thief of Happy Endings

Release date: June 19th 2018

4 stars

Ever since her father moved out, Cassidy feels like her life has been falling apart. So a summer of riding horses at a ranch camp in Wyoming sounds like just what she needs–never mind the fact that she has a paralyzing fear of horses. She’s determined to move past her fear, even if that means taking lessons from the insufferable (yet irresistible) junior wrangler Justin and embarrassing herself in front of the other campers. What follows is a summer of rodeos, complicated friendships, and a wild mustang thief on the loose.

This book didn’t take long to hook me. Really, the words ranch camp and cute cowboy had me before I even began reading, but Cassidy was what kept me reading. She was a great character and her voice was unique while still being a little familiar, in the way where she would say or think something that I was already thinking. It made me feel connected with her, which made me all that more invested in her journey. She was dealing with a lot at home and the ranch was supposed to be a way for her to get away from it all for a while, make some new friends, relax. I loved watching her re-discover her love for horses and overcome her fears.

The ranch setting was amazing and I loved the vivid descriptions of the area. It added to the overall atmosphere and it made easy to picture everything. The supporting characters were all very unique, some were more developed than others but I expected that with such a large group. The characters who Cass hung around with the most were the ones we learned the most about, of course, and Alice and Ethan became quick favourites. Alice probably had the second most growth over the summer and it was great to see.

Another thing I enjoyed was the dynamic between Cassidy and Justin. He could be a jerk, or at least come off as a jerk, but there were hints of someone sweet who was just awkward with people. I loved that Cassidy didn’t take his opinions of her lying down. They definitely made a great team. Between Justin and Coulter, the I-care-but-I-don’t-want-you-to-know-it owner of the ranch, it gave a natural way for information on mustangs and the relocation.

Reading this book brought back the same feelings of watching some past favourite TV shows that involved horses like Heartland, Wildfire, and even Hey Dude(going way back). I can’t wait to recommend it at the bookstore this summer.

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

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Book Haul time

Every time to I go post one of these, I try to remember what I’ve bought and it’s always, always way too many books. My poor TBR pile.

Bought:

Picture Us in the LightSleightMore than we can tellFates DivideBeyond a Darkened ShoreRelative Strangers

ARCs:

For a Muse of FireHeart of ThornsTiffany Slynewbird

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Series Spotlight: The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Thursday I’m going to be putting the spotlight on a book series and talking about it. It might be one I’ve read, one I’m reading, or one I haven’t gotten to yet, depending on what I feel like talking about that week. This week’s series is a trilogy that’s also a spin-off of another series I really enjoyed.

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The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Review status: 0/3

All books are released, own in hardcover.

It took me a while to read these ones when they came out. I loved the Shadowhunter world but I was hesitant to start a new series that didn’t involve the characters I’d fallen in love with. When I finally did, it didn’t take me long to fall in love with this group, maybe even harder than the original group.

Favourite character: Jem. How could it not be Jem? Will and Tessa were tied for a close second and it’s so rare to find a love triangle where I would be happy with any of the options.

Favourite book: Clockwork Princess. This book destroyed me in all the ways I want a book to destroy me before putting me back together.

Status: Finished.

Author status: Auto-buy-ish. I wasn’t a huge fan of the series she writes with Holly Black but I’m willing to try other series by her.

Next up from Cassandra Clare: Queen of Air and Darkness, the third book in The Dark Artifices series, coming out December 4th.

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Weekly Reading Recap

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There’s a release date for Netflix’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before! (Aug 17). I’ve also been watching way too many cooking shows lately. It makes me feel like I should try to cook fancier.

Currently reading: More than we can tell

Finished reading: AvoidingEden ConqueredThief of Happy EndingsNeverworld Wake

Reviewed: Time Bomb

What I’m hoping to get to next week: tell36127456 to read

Thief of Happy Endings to review

Books read it 2018: 58

Debut YA/MG authors read for 2018: 20

Contemporary: 28

Fantasy: 18

Sci-Fi: 2

Dystopian: 4

Historical: 1

Misc: 1

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish, and has now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten books I’m scared to re-read but I don’t re-read much so I changed it slightly. Usually I might skim through a book to refresh my memory before the sequel comes out or re-read a favourite scene so I did Top Ten Books I Don’t Need to Re-read Because I Still Remember Them Clearly.

10. mockingjay big Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins. Really the whole Hunger Games trilogy is still pretty firmly planted in my mind but this is the one I don’t feel the need to grab to read a scene of two because I clearly remember them. And I don’t need those emotions again.

9. scythe Scythe – Neal Shusterman. I debated skimming through this one as Thunderhead came out but once I started reading Thunderhead, I realized I still remembered Scythe clearly.

8. if i stay big If I Stay – Gayle Forman. The movie probably helps my memory even though there were changes but the details are easy to recall.

7. upside-of-unrequited The Upside of Unrequited – Becky Albertalli. I did re-read Simon before the movie came out but this one(and that one) is firmly entrenched in my mind.

6. the one big The One – Kiera Cass. The last book in the series(original trilogy at least) stood out the most for me.

5. goodbye The Last Time We Say Goodbye – Cynthia Hand. This book broke me the first time I read it. I don’t need to re-read it for it to break me again. The memories are enough.

4. my lady jane My Lady Jane – Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows. I can still remember all those scenes that made me laugh and they make me laugh all over again.

3. throne of glass Throne of Glass – Sarah J Maas. This is another one I thought I’d have to skim through because I took so long in between books but there was no need.

2. anna big Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins. This was cute and fluffy and pretty easy to remember.

1. obsidian Obsidian – Jennifer L Armentrout. I loved this series and maybe one day I will binge re-read it but right now, I still remember it so clearly that it’s almost like re-reading ti.

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Book Review: Time Bomb by Joelle Charbonneau

Time Bomb

Time Bomb

4 stars

A congressman’s daughter who has to be perfect. A star quarterback with a secret. A guy who’s tired of being ignored. A clarinet player who’s done trying to fit in. An orphaned rebel who wants to teach someone a lesson. A guy who wants people to see him, not his religion.
They couldn’t be more different, but before the morning’s over, they’ll all be trapped in a school that’s been rocked by a bombing. When they hear that someone inside is the bomber, they’ll also be looking to one another for answers.

This was a quick read with quick chapters between 6 different POVs. I was a little worried at first about being able to distinguish between so many characters but they were all so unique that there was no issue at all. It was very relevant to today, which made it terrifying. I could definitely see where the dark Breakfast Club comparisons came from, though the book and its characters stood on its own as well.

Each of the six students with POVs had reasons to be at the school that morning even though it was still Summer. We saw all of them as they got ready to arrive at the school, hints of what they were doing at the school, and all of them had reasons for the reader to be suspicious of them. The constant shifting of POVs reminded me of books like Shooter, This is Where it Ends, or One of Us is Lying. Some of the development of the characters was a little uneven, especially with six characters, but overall I liked them all.

Once the bombs went off in the school, it added a survival aspect to the mystery plot. We saw each of the characters struggle to find other survivors without knowing exactly what happened and the way they interacted with each other, being suspicious but also needing to trust each other in order to survive. I liked all of the characters but Rashid and Cas stood out for me. I did have plenty of theories on who the bomber was and why, and I ended up being right. Even thought I figured out the identity of the bomber, I didn’t find that the lack of surprise took anything away from the story. It was still a tense read, written in a way that made me want to keep reading after every chapter.

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

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Series Spotlight: The Gold Seer trilogy by Rae Carson

Thursday I’m going to be putting the spotlight on a book series and talking about it. It might be one I’ve read, one I’m reading, or one I haven’t gotten to yet, depending on what I feel like talking about that week. This week’s series, going back to a trilogy, is the Gold Seer trilogy by Rae Carson.

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The Gold Seer trilogy by Rae Carson

Review status: 3/3. Walk on Earth a Stranger, Like a River Glorious, Into the Bright Unknown

All books are released, own in hardcover.

I love historical fiction, especially set in this time period. Add in a little paranormal twist with Lee’s gold witching abilities and I was sold before I even started reading. It was a little slower paced than some, similar to her other series Fire and Thorns, but that just means Rae Carson uses that time to create some amazing characters.

Favourite character: Jasper. Lee and Jefferson were each a close second but I fell in love with this bachelor’s humour, his willingness to help, the way he saw everyone as equals in a time when not too many people thought that way. And the bond he had with his two friends was amazing.

Favourite book: Walk on Earth a Stranger. The other two books were so good but this one had the journey to California and introduced so many great characters.

Status: Finished.

Author status: Auto-buy. Both her series are my favourites.

Next up from Rae Carson. Most Wanted, out May 25th. This is a Star Wars companion set before the new Solo movie.

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