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Series Spotlight: Firebird series by Claudia Gray

I love sci-fi but alternate worlds never really grabbed me until this series.

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The Firebird series by Claudia Gray

Review status: 3 of 3. A Thousand Pieces of You, Ten Thousand Skies Above You, A Million Worlds With You

All books released, own in hardcover, these beautiful covers match:)

The idea of alternate worlds, parallel worlds, whatever you want to call them, never really intrigued me in my science-fiction reading. I was all about space and living on other planets. Then I received an ARC of the first book in this series and gave it a chance. I was immediately hooked. I loved the way world hopping was handled, jumping into a different version of yourself instead of your body actually jumping. I also absolutely loved the family and the friendship dynamics of this series. And they just got better as it went along.

Favourite character: Theo. I have a huge soft spot for a guy with a great sense of humour, and when that guy is willing to fight for the people he cares about like Theo was, I’m sold. The first time he called Paul his ‘little brother’, I knew he would be a favourite.

Favourite book: A Thousand Pieces of You. It’s hard to pick a favourite in this series so the first one that introduced me to the characters wins by a slim margin.

Reading status: All finished!

Author status: Auto-buy.

Next up for Claudia Gray: Book 2 of the Constellation series, Defy the Worlds, due out April 3rd 2018.

Question from this series: If you could jump into any version of yourself, what would you want to be?

Answer from this series: I’m not big on travel or adventure but if I could jump into a version of myself that lived in space, just for a day or two, I would definitely do it.

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Weekly Reading Recap

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It’s less than 2 weeks until Christmas. Just waiting on a few more parcels to arrive and wrap and I’m done.

Currently reading: The Broken World

Finished reading: a-million-junesThunderheadReign the Earth20821121

Reviewed: Queen's RisingHeart of Iron

What I’m hoping to get to next week: Honor Among Thieves35098416 to read

Thunderhead to review

Books read it 2017: 198

Debut authors read in 2017: 40

Debut authors read for 2018: 6

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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 of 2017.

10. Caraval Caraval – Stephanie Garber. I loved the setting and would love to visit!

9. Nyxia Nyxia – Scott Reintgen. This was probably my biggest surprise of the year. I kept putting it off after buying it until I finally read it. And got completely sucked in.

8. Warcross Warcross – Marie Lu. I’m not a gamer so I wasn’t sure what to expect but this was great. It was written so I could still grasp the world even though I didn’t know some of the terminology.

7. One Dark Throne One Dark Throne – Kendare Blake. Just when you thought it couldn’t be darker than Three Dark Crowns…

6. Renegades Renegades – Marissa Meyer. I loved the whole heroes vs villains but whose the real villains vibe.

5. Bad Romance Bad Romance – Heather Demetrios. The book leaves an impact!

4. Ginny Moon Ginny Moon – Benjamin Ludwig. I don’t read outside YA as often as I would like but books like this makes me want to do it more.

3. Eliza and her monsters Eliza and her Monsters – Francesca Zappia. So relatable! Francesca Zappia is 2 for 2 is amazing books.

2. The Last Namsara The Last Namsara – Kristen Ciccarelli. I really loved the way old stories were used in this book.

  1. the-hate-u-give The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas. This book feels like I read it so long ago but it’s still in my head when someone asks what’s the best book I’ve read recently.

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Book Review: Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

Heart of Iron

Heart of Iron

Release date: February 27th 2018

4.5 stars

Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.
Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.
When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive.
What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves?

Geekerella was very cute and I was really intrigued by the synopsis of this book. I wasn’t expecting the four person POV but it was a pleasant surprise as I really enjoyed all four characters’ thoughts. They were so different from each other so it never felt confusing but they all complimented each other, and it worked to give a full story instead of being relegated to staying in one person’s thoughts and location.

The synopsis mainly mentioned Ana and D09 so I was expecting them. They had a strong bond that had formed since childhood when they were rescued together. I could definitely understand Ana’s motivation to save her friend, someone she loved. D09’s POV was really interesting because he was an android and his thoughts were unique compared to the other four. Much more analytical. The other two POvs were Robb and Jax, two complete opposite boys who fit well together. Robb was the younger son in a family that was hungry to rule while Jax was the last of his kind and hiding secrets. I loved getting to see them bantering back and forth.

The plot seemed pretty simple at first. Ana just wanted to find the coordinates to a lost spaceship that would hopefully hold the key to fixing a glitching D09. I loved seeing all the additional layers being added, giving us more mysteries until the pieces began to fall together. I can definitely see where the Anastasia meets Firefly/Guardians of the Galaxy comparisons came from but I think it stood well on its own as well. I liked seeing the world-building, the political unrest, the familial feel of the crew. All the aspects of the book worked so well together.

The pacing had me hooked right from the start. It would have easily been a one night read if it wasn’t for work. This is definitely a favourite of 2018(even though it’s still 2017). The only bad thing is that it’s going to be such a long, long wait for the next book.

*I received a copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music in exchange for an honest review.

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Series Spotlight: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Today’s pick is a series I was originally very hesitant on but once I started it, I loved it.

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The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

Review status: 0 of 3

All books released, own in hardcover boxset

I kept hearing about this series for the longest time but kept resisting reading it. It helped that no one in my group of readers had read it yet either. I finally gave in and ended up binge-reading them in one weekend. And then I convinced family and friends to read them so I would have someone to go see the just announced movies with when they came out.

Favourite character: Peeta. And Finnick(who doesn’t love Finnick?). I loved that Peeta was more of a quiet strategist and very good with words over being a good fighter. I will always have a soft spot for character who prefer words to weapons, or who use words as their weapon.

Favourite book: The Hunger Games. Where it all began.

Reading status: All finished! And re-read multiple times.

Author status: Auto-buy for life.

Next up for Suzanne Collins: There’s been nothing for years:(

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Weekly Reading Recap

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Or at least Winter. Woke up to snow this morning.

Currently reading: 20821121

Finished reading: Queen's Rising18079675Traitor's GameHeart of Iron

Reviewed: Tempests and SlaughterNightwalker

What I’m hoping to get to next week: Reign the EarthThunderhead to read

Queen's RisingHeart of Iron to review

Books read it 2017: 194

Debut authors read in 2017: 40

Debut authors read for 2018: 6

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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 bookish settings I’d like to visit.

10. hobbit The Shire from Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien. Everyone always looks so happy and peaceful, plus there’s so much to eat.

9. Tempests and Slaughter Tortall from many series – Tamora Pierce. I just really, really love this world.

8. great hunt Eurona from Eurona Duology – Wendy Higgins. But only after all the monsters are dealt with.

7. marked girl Caelum from The Marked Girl series – Lindsey Klingele. Again, only when it’s safe to visit but it sounded like a nice place.

6. snow like ashes Winter from the Snow Like Ashes trilogy – Sara Raasch. It might not be too different from where I live right now just by looking at all the snow outside.

5. Heart of Iron The spaceship from Heart of Iron – Ashley Poston. I loved this crew and wanted to be a part of it.

4. vampire academy big St Vladimir’s Academy from Vampire Academy – Richelle Mead. But not as a feeder.

3. percy Camp Half-Blood from the Percy Jackson series – Rick Riordan. I wasn’t big on camping but this one looks like fun.

2. lion Narnia from the Chronicles of Narnia  – CS Lewis. I’m still waiting for that magic wardrobe.

1. harry potter Hogwarts from Harry Potter – JK Rowling. Did anyone think this wasn’t going to be number 1?

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Book Review: Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce

Tempests and Slaughter

Tempests and Slaughter

4.5 stars

Arram Draper is a boy on the path to becoming one of the realm’s most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a Gift with unlimited potential for greatness–and for attracting danger. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and Ozorne, the “leftover prince” with secret ambitions. Together, these three friends forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms. And as Ozorne gets closer to the throne and Varice gets closer to Arram’s heart, Arram begins to realize that one day soon he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie. In the Numair Chronicles, readers will be rewarded with the never-before-told story of how Numair Salmalín came to Tortall. Newcomers will discover an unforgettable fantasy adventure where a kingdom’s future rests on the shoulders of a talented young man with a knack for making vicious enemies.

I loved the Tortall universe when I first read it so I was very excited when I found out Tamora Pierce was going back to it, and giving us insight on Numair’s childhood. As Arram, long before he became Numair, he was a boy with powerful magic at a school where not many understood him. This book brought me right back to a world I love and I was so happy to be re-visiting. And so happy there’s more books coming.

Arram was just as interesting a character as he was as Numair. There were enough similarities so I could see they were two versions of the same character, while still making Arram feel like he was new. I really liked seeing his development and I love knowing there’s so much more to come. His relationships with his masters as they taught him non-standard magic was fascinating as we learned alongside him. I loved his friendships with Orzone and Varice, though it was a little strange knowing the future since this is a prequel.

The supporting cast was great. I loved learning about the school, the magic, and the other characters who shaped Arram into who he is in the future. Tamora Pierce always creates such interesting characters with amazing relationships and this was certainly no exception. I also thought it was great that were was still world building being done after so many books and so many years. Tortall has so much to offer and it’s obviously not finished yet.

As a Tamora Pierce fan, and a Tortall fan, this book was everything I would have expected and more. It delivered. It made me happy to be back in the Tortall world and it made me want to start reading the entire series all over again.

*I received a copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music in exchange for an honest review.

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November Wrap-Up/December TBR

 

November Wrap-Up:

Everless Everless – Sara Holland. 4/5 stars. Review. I really enjoyed the concept of this book and I would love to see a prequel based on the mythology.

Cruel Prince The Cruel Prince – Holly Black. 3.5/5 stars. Review. There were interesting parts but I did find the twists predictable.

Artemis Artemis – Andy Weir. 3.5/5 stars. This was a lot of fun to read. It did get very technical at some points but it was still good.

The Taking big The Taking – Kimberly Derting. 3/5 stars. This one was predictable but I think I was definitely in the mood for some aliens because it was enjoyable.

Runebinder Runebinder – Alex R Kahler. 3/5 stars. This was another one where I really liked the concept, the action was good, but there wasn’t a whole lot of development.

Siege of Shadows Siege of Shadows – Sarah Raughley. 3.5/5 stars. Review. I thought this one was even better than the first. More action, more world-building, and I’m definitely excited for the next one.

Zenith Zenith – Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings. 3.5/5 stars. Review. There were some tropes but it was still a solid first book in what could be a great series.

The Replaced The Replaced – Kimberly Derting. 3/5 stars. See The Taking.

Together at Midnight Together at Midnight – Jennifer Castle. 4/5 stars. I loved the dynamic between Max and Kendall and the concept was so good.

Love, Hate, and Other Filters Love, Hate, and Other Filters – Samira Ahmed. 4/5 stars. Review. Definitely a read that makes an impact.

Dangerous Art of Blending in The Dangerous Art of Blending In – Angelo Surmelis. 4/5 stars. Review. This book was so good. Like the one above, it leaves an impact.

countdown The Countdown – Kimberly Derting. 3/5 stars. See The Taking.

Tempests and Slaughter Tempests and Slaughter – Tamora Pierce. 4.5/5 stars. Such a throwback. I loved the Tortall series when it first came out and I loved seeing the childhood of one of my favourite characters.

Nightwalker Batman: Nightwalker – Marie Lu. 4/5 stars. I’m not the biggest Batman fan so I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this. Bruce made some stupid decisions but I enjoyed his friendship with Harvey and Dianne.

Hazel Wood The Hazel Wood – Melissa Albert. 3.5/5 stars. This one was pretty slow to get into but once I did, it was very good. Creepy and perfect for curling up with.

Sylo big Sylo – DJ MacHale. 3/5 stars. This was a little slow, predictable, but this seems like a series I could really get into.

Heart of Iron Heart of Iron – Ashley Poston. 4.5/5 stars. I absolutely loved this. The characters were great, the plot was great, and this author is definitely making her way up my auto-buy list.

December TBR:

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Series Spotlight: The Sweet Trilogy by Wendy Higgins

Today’s pick is a series by one of my favourite authors.

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The Sweet Trilogy(plus 1) by Wendy Higgins

Review status: 1 of 4. Sweet Reckoning

All books released, own in paperback.

I absolutely fell in love with this series right away. I loved the concept, the characters, and just everything about it. I love that the series was released from the male POV in Sweet Temptation as well because it gave a whole new perspective on some of the big scenes.

Favourite character: Anna and Jason. This best friend pair seems like they have to be included together. I loved their dynamic.

Favourite book: Sweet Reckoning. The final battle. The end of everything. So intense!

Reading status: All finished! And re-read multiple times.

Author status: Auto-buy for life.

Next up for Wendy Higgins: The third book in the Unknown series, Undone, comes out on December 5th!

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