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Series Spotlight: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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Anna and the French Kiss series by Stephanie Perkins

Review status: 2 books. Anna and the French Kiss, Isla and the Happily Ever After

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All three books in this series are so cute and so different from each other. This is the series that introduced me to companion novels and I’ve been a huge fan since. This group of friends were amazing and I could have gone on reading about them forever.

Favourite character: Isla. She’s quirky and awkward and says things that are just so me. Plus she’s named for where I’m from and I loved that.

Favourite book: Isla and the Happily Ever After. It was Isla and Josh in all their angst and cuteness but it was also a return to where it all started.

Status: All three books read and on my favourite contemporaries shelf.

Author status: Auto-buy!

Next up from Stephanie Perkins. Unsure. There’s Someone Inside My House was just released so might not see anything new for a bit.

 

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Series Spotlight: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Every 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 and kicking off this feature is:

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Snow Like Ashes trilogy by Sara Raasch

Review status: All 3! Snow Like Ashes, Ice Like Fire, Frost Like Night

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I fell in love with this series from the beginning. It does have a lot of political talk and military strategy over magical development but I enjoyed that it was different. There’s still plenty of magic, world-building, and character development as well.

Favourite character: Meira. She was badass. I’m not usually one to have the main character as my favourite but Meira was just such a great character. She was loyal, fierce, determined, and when she made mistakes, she would own up to them and learn from them.

Favourite book: Frost Like Night. It was the conclusion. It was epic. It was a long book but I finished it in one night because I had to know how it would end and who would survive.

Status: Finished and one my shelf of favourite fantasies.

Author status: Auto-buy!

Next up from Sara Raasch: These Rebel Waves coming July 3rd.

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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 Covers that remind me of Fall.

10. great hunt The Great Hunt – Wendy Higgins. Maybe it’s because there’s a lot of wooded trails where I live but this cover screams Fall to me.

9. inside of out The Inside of Out – Jenn Marie Thorne. Long sleeves and layers.

8. in the after In the After – Demetria Lunetta. This one is more of a feel. I like darker books in the Fall.

7. darkest minds The Darkest Minds – Alexandra Bracken. Same as above, orange and brown just give it a Fall feel.

6. geekerella Geekerella – Ashley Poston. The truck says pumpkin on it. My mind immediately goes to Fall.

5. anna blood Anna Dressed in Blood – Kendare Blake. Dark and paranormal, Supernatural always starts in the Fall and my brain connected these two things.

4. one-of-us-is-lying One of Us is Lying – Karen M McManus. It looks like yearbook pictures and ours always took place in the Fall.

3. walk on earth a stranger Walk on Earth a Stranger – Rae Carson. This is another one where the colours just shout Fall to me.

2. until friday night The Field Party Series – Abbi Glines. Any of these covers could work with the football field in the background.

  1. harry potter Harry Potter – JK Rowling. Fall means returning to Hogwarts.

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Weekly Reading Recap

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I feel like this week just flew by. I hope this is a good reading week because I feel the need to lose myself in fictional worlds.

Currently reading: The Nowhere Girls

Finished reading: BurnWhen It's RealThat Inevitable Victorian ThingLong Way Down

Reviewed: NyxiaFireblood

What I’m hoping to get to next week: Rules of RainLove, Life, and the List to read

Long Way DownWhen It's Real to review

Books read it 2017: 158

Debut authors read in 2017: 37

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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 book boyfriends.

10. fangirl big Levi from Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell.

9. thousand pieces of you Theo from the Firebird series – Claudia Gray.

8. every last word A.J. from Every Last Word – Tamara Ireland Stone.

7. chasing impossible Logan from the Pushing the Limits series – Katie McGarry.

6. sweet evil Kaiden Rowe from the Sweet trilogy – Wendy Higgins.

5. by-your-side Dax from By Your Side – Kasie West.

4. start of me and you Max from The Start of Me and You – Emery Lord.

3. under the never sky big Roar from the Under the Never Sky series – Veronica Rossi.

2. Anne Gilbert Blythe  from the Anne of Green Gables series РLM Montgomery.

  1. vampire academy big Christian Ozera from the Vampire Academy series – Richelle Mead.

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September Wrap-Up/October TBR

One big month of releases down, one to go. I love October. It’s a great time for creepy reads, fantasy reads, cozy socks, and hot chocolate.

September Wrap-Up:

Earthbound Earthbound – Aprilynne Pike. 3/5 stars. This was good but it didn’t grab me as much as a lot of the books I picked up this month.

earthquake Earthquake – Aprilynne Pike. 3/5 stars. See above.

Moxie Moxie – Jennifer Mathieu. 4/5 stars. Review. Girl power to the max!

Kat and Meg Kat and Meg Conquer the World – Anna Priemaza. Review. 3.5/5 stars. This was cute and I thought it was very relevant to today, especially with the Youtube star aspect.

Otherworld Otherworld – Jason Segel/Kirsten Miller. 3.5/5 stars. I loved the concept and I think I would have enjoyed it more if Warcross by Marie Lu still wasn’t in my head.

Afterlife of Holly Chase The Afterlife of Holly Chase – Cynthia Hand. 4/5 stars. Review. This was a short read but still fun.

What I Thought Was true big What I Thought Was True – Huntley Fitzpatrick. 3.5/5 stars. I enjoyed this one but it wasn’t my favourite Huntley novel.

Brooding YA Hero Brooding YA Hero – Carrie Ann DiRisio. 3.5/5 stars. Review. So hilarious while also being very true.

Great Pursuit The Great Pursuit – Wendy Higgins. 4/5 stars. Review. Books like this are the reason Wendy Higgins is on my auto-buy author list.

30201161 The Careful Undressing of Love – Corey Ann Haydu. 3/5 stars. I had a bit of a hard time connecting at first but I enjoyed the story in the end.

Retribution Rails Retributions Rails – Erin Bowman. 4/5 stars. Erin Bowman + westerns = do no wrong. Love it.

Fireblood Fireblood – Elly Blake. 4/5 stars. Review. Just as good, if not more, then the first one.

Release Release – Patrick Ness. 4/5 stars. Patrick Ness always seems to find a way to get me right in the feels. No matter what.

North of Happy big North of Happy – Adi Alsaid. 3.5/5 stars. It was a little predictable but once I got into it, I liked it.

Nyxia Nyxia – Scott Reintgen. 4.5/5 stars. Review coming. This might be my choice for surprise of the year. I really wasn’t sure going into it but ended up finishing it in one night.

Long Way Down Long Way Down – Jason Reynolds. 4.5/5 stars. Powerful. Just powerful.

When It's Real When It’s Real – Erin Watt. 4/5 stars. This was cute and fun. It had some tropes I’m not a huge fan of but it was worth it in the end.

October TBR:

Rules of RainInto the Bright UnknownThe Nowhere GirlsHere We Are Now

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Book Review: Fireblood by Elly Blake

Fireblood

Fireblood

Release date: September 12th 2017

4 stars

All hail the Fire Queen.
Against all odds, Ruby has defeated the villainous Frost King and melted his throne of ice. But the bloodthirsty Minax that was trapped inside is now haunting her kingdom and everyone she loves. The answers to its demise may lie to the south in Sudesia, the land of the Firebloods, and a country that holds the secrets to Ruby’s powers and past…
Despite warnings from her beloved Arcus, Ruby accompanies a roguish Fireblood named Kai to Sudesia, where she must master her control of fire in a series of trials to gain the trust of the suspicious Fire Queen. Only then can she hope to access the knowledge that could defeat the rampaging Minax‚ÄĒwhich grows closer every moment. But as sparks fly in her moments alone with Kai, Ruby no longer knows whom to trust. The fates of two kingdoms are now in her hands.

This sequel picked up not to long after Frostblood left off, with Arcus on the throne and Ruby attempting to navigate the Frostblood kingdom where many, most, people hate her and fear her. With the Minax loose in the kingdom, she was determined to find a way to stop it, to defeat it once and for all, but doing so would mean leaving Arcus and traveling to the Fireblood kingdom.

I really liked seeing the Fireblood kingdom and how different it was from the Frostblood one. There were many great additions in this sequel that made me like it even more than the first. Hopefully that trend keeps up and the third one is also amazing. I loved the introduction to Kai, his flirtation, his confidence, his backstory, his unwillingness to treat Ruby as fragile. He did need her just as much as she needed him and them training together and helping each other were great scenes. And there were many of them. I loved seeing the relationship between them, whatever it was turning into, develop.

Ruby was fierce in this book. In the first one, she had a lot of growth with regards to becoming stronger and trusting herself and her powers. In this one, it was more about her determination to fight and destroy to Minax, even if she still wasn’t convinced she was the prophesied Child of the Light. I loved seeing her learn to push her powers even more than in the first book and her learning more about the Firebloods.

I also loved the way the mythology has been worked into this series and continued to be important. It wasn’t just a quick explanation at the beginning of book one and then forgotten about, it was a huge part of the prophecy and was something that kept getting elaborated on through this sequel. I would definitely read a spin-off series of the Gods of this world. It’s going to be way too long until the next one comes out but at least we already have a title and cover!

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

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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 with X characters. I did Top Ten books with royal characters.

10. wintersong Wintersong – S Jae-Jones. I was completely sucked in by the Goblin King.

9. throne of glass big Throne of Glass – Sarah J Maas. Love this series even though I am way behind. I will catch up. One day.

8. great hunt The Great Hunt – Wendy Higgins. This is an auto-buy author and very well deserved. This duology was great.

7. three dark crowns Three Dark Crowns – Kendare Blake. I love dark books and I know Kendare Blake tends to get darker as the series goes along so I can’t wait.

6. the crown's game The Crown’s Game – Evelyn Skye. I loved both books in this duology. They were very different from each other but still worked together.

5. shadow queen The Shadow Queen РCJ Redwine. I love re-retellings  and this one had a great twist plus some great sibling moments.

4. queen of the tearling The Queen of the Tearling – Erika Johansen. I don’t venture outside of YA as much as I should but books like this one is a huge reason why I should do it more.

3. vampire academy big Vampire Academy – Richelle Mead. This series will always be a favourite and I loved the whole political, royal family drama that was in the background.

2. orphan queen The Orphan Queen – Jodi Meadows. It’s literally in the title that this book is very royal. I loved the magic, the characters, and just everything about this book.

1. girl of fire and thorns big The Girl of Fire and Thorns – Rae Carson. I read this one a while ago but it still remains one of my favourite books for character growth.

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Book Review: The Great Pursuit by Wendy Higgins

Great Pursuit

The Great Pursuit

4 stars

Lochlanach has traded the great beast for something far more terrible, a Lashed enemy veiled in beauty, deception, and a vengeance passed down through generations: Rozaria Rocato. And she’s offering the hunter Paxton Seabolt power and acceptance he could never receive in his homeland. Pax must decide how far he’s willing to go under her tutelage, knowing she is the opponent of Princess Aerity Lochson.
In a land where traditionalists dread change, the Lochlan throne must contend with mysterious foes and traitors, while attempting to keep revolt at bay. As dire circumstances strike the royal family, matters of the castle are left in Aerity‚Äôs hands. It’s time to put aside her fears and grasp the reign, taking actions that have the potential to save or destroy her people.
One hunt has ended, but the pursuit for love and justice continue. In this sequel to The Great Hunt from New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins, political intrigue and romance intensify in another thrilling fantasy. Princess Aerity embraces a quest for identity and passion before making the ultimate sacrifice for her kingdom.

I loved the first book in this duology and the second was just as great. I couldn’t wait to dive back into this world with its great characters, and it was nice knowing it was a duology so I knew the end of this book was the end. Though I wouldn’t have complained if there was a third. I read this book quickly even though it was over 500 pages. It picked up soon after the first book left off, with Aerity engaged to the hunter who’d slain the beast and Paxton having run off now that his magic had been revealed.

Aerity had grown a lot in the first book and she showed even more growth in this book. She was always willing to put her kingdom and her people first, all her people. She didn’t always agree with the laws or opinions of her father and his generation, especially when it came to the Lashed(magic users). She didn’t want to marry but she would follow through with the agreement her father had made. I couldn’t blame her for wanting to go off on one last adventure to find Pax before the wedding.

I liked seeing the POVs of some of my other favourite characters, not just a back and forth between Aerity and Pax. Wyneth was struggling with moving off after the death of her betrothed at the very beginning of the first book, Vixen and Tiern were adorable as they tried to figure out their budding romance. It also gave the reader the chance to see what was happening in different locations so it felt more well-rounded.

The plot was even more intense this time around. The big bad was Rozario and she was not messing around. She had the beasts she’d created, she had an army, and she wanted destruction. Being the last book, I figured there would be a big battle and was worried for my favourite characters. There was a lot of action, romance, and this book was just a great read all around.

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

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Trailer Reveal: If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L Armentrout

Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She’s ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic‚ÄĒone of opportunities and chances.¬†

Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything. 

Now Lena isn’t looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her for what happened.¬†

For what she let happen. 

With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when her and her friends’ entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn’t even guaranteed?

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