Top Ten Tuesday: Fall Covers

Top Ten Twelve Tuesday: Fall Covers

I don’t think this post requires a lot of explanation, these don’t necessarily take place in the fall but they all evoke the fall esthetic for me.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. For more details, and to participate, click the link above.

 

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September Reading Highlights

Reading Stats

I read 1 book and listened to 6 audiobooks
For a total of 2,908 pages
The genres included Fantasy, Historical Fiction as well as Contemporary.
Here are my thoughts for each one, click the title of the ARCs for a full review.


Like A River Glorious by Rae Carson (owned)  ★★★★ 
Does anyone else finally get around to reading a sequel and then wonder what took them so long? I forgot how much I love these characters. I did find the middle to be a little slow which is where it lost one star but overall the writing is just so atmospheric you can’t help but get sucked in. 

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (Owned) ★★★★.5
Another case of what took me so long! I don’t read a lot of contemporary but a lot of my friends love Jenny Han so I decided, why not give it a try? I’m so glad I did because immediately I loved Lara Jean and all of the song girls. I want there to be 10 books in this series, but I guess 3 will have to do. 

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han (Overdrive) ★★★★.5
I read the first book in 3 days and this sequel in 2! I have a hold on the final book and plan to buddy read it with a friend. I just can’t get enough! Seriously even if you aren’t often interested in contemporary you have to give this series a try. 

The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova (ARC) ★★★★ (SPOILERS)
This is the sequel to The Alchemists of Loom which I LOVED and reviewed last year. In this sequel, the world expands, secrets are revealed and the stakes get intense! I really liked getting to know Florence better and watching her grow and gain purpose. Arianna and Cvareh didn’t develop as much as I would have liked as individuals, and Arianna even irritated me at times. (If you don’t want to be in a relationship fine but don’t be an asshole) I really need the final book Rebels of Gold to know how it all plays out!

Alex and Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz (Overdrive) ★★★
I borrowed this on a whim and basically knowing nothing about Hamilton (I know, what rock have I been living under) I didn’t have anything to compare it to. Having said that it was an enjoyable if predictable read. The narrator did an excellent job bringing the characters to life.

A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir (Owned) ★★★★
I had greatly forgotten my love of these characters. In fact, I should have reread An Ember In The Ashes First but regardless I ate this up like ice cream. It was so good! By the end, everyone is in a role they weren’t expecting and now I have no idea what to expect in book 3! Sabaa Tahir is proving to be a really talented writer. (And also the greatest to follow on Instagram)

A Gathering of Shadows by Victoria Schwab (Owned) ★★★★★
OMG that ending! I loved Lila as a pirate and the Games but I was not prepared for that ending. Schwab is officially a new all-time favorite author of mine and I want to read everything she’s written. 

Currently Reading…

Recently Added To My Shelves:

Impyrium by Henry H Neff

It’s been likened to Harry Potter which is a nearly impossible pair of boots to fill. Before I knew that though, the cover gave me HP vibes while the synopsis set it apart. I have a really good feeling about this one and I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

Recently Added to Goodreads:

Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke

I recently took part in Raincoast Books Winter/Spring Preview event. At the event was special guest Lianne Oelke. I hadn’t really heard of her or her book before that day but wow, she blew me away. She described the series of events that lead to her writing Nice Try, Jane Sinner as well as the process of getting it published. Everything she said felt like it was plucked from my own thoughts! It really resonated with me. Without hesitation, I will be buying this one on release day.

In Other News

I started school, I guess is my biggest news. I’m doing some upgrading to qualify for college next fall and so far it’s going really well. I’m surprisingly really enjoying math, no one is more surprised about that than me.

My son and I have been enjoying the fall weather, walking lots and frequenting the library more often. We recently fell in love with If I Had a Gryphon by Vikki Vansickle, and if you have a toddler in your life I highly recommend it. Then we both got sick and spent a lot of time just watching movies and reaching for tissues.

Most of my free time was taken up by school and homework so I didn’t do anything exciting in September. I did, however, participate in Raincoast Books, Winter/Spring Preview Event and it was a blast! I have participated in three events like these and this was the best yet. There are so many incredible and diverse books coming out in the next six months and I really enjoyed the guest speaker Lianne Oelkle as well. Definitely look for my blog post recapping the whole event later this week.

Coming Up Next For Review

 

What was the best book you read in September? Let me know down in the comments!

Top Ten Book Boyfriends

Top Ten Book Boyfriends

I’m posting this a little late and I realized I don’t have ten book boyfriends but here are my 8 swoon-worthy boys.

  • Ron Weasley from Harry Potter by J K Rowling
    He is and always will be my first and ultimate book boyfriend
  • Nikolai from Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
    Handsome, sarcastic and inventive = me swooning
  • Khalid from The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
    *heart eyes*
  • Gansey from The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater
    How could you not fall for a guy who loves his friends as much as Gansey?
  • Aeduan from Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
    He holds the title for dark and brooding
  • Carswell Thorne from Cress by Marissa Meyer
    Another boy who won me over with his snark. I’m beginning to sense a pattern here…
  • Nawat from Trickers Choice by Tamora Pierce
    One of my first book boyfriends, I adored him
  • Rhysand from A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
    I can’t help it, the silver tongue, the big heart, the wingspan *wink*
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Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Publication Date: August 29th, 2017
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher:  Random House Books For Young Readers
Source: ARC from Yallwest
Link to the author:
http://www.leighbardugo.com/m/

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RATING: 4 Stars

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

“Sister in battle, I am shield and blade to you. As I breathe, your enemies will know no sanctuary. While I live, your cause is mine.” (Pg.180)

THOUGHTS:

Despite having a movie come out this year based on the same main character, Leigh Bardugo’s Diana stands on her own. Bardugo crafted a tale with all the parts of the Wonder Woman we know and love: a girl born to the island Themscrya, wielding a truth enforcing whip and looking incredible while she does it. While also breathing new life into the story, weaving in Greek mythology; Helena of Troy and characters like the Goddess Eris.

What I liked:

Holy feminism batman! So much girl power I couldn’t help walking around with my head held higher the entire time I read this beauty. I expected no less from Bardugo ❤

Greek mythology!! Seriously the easiest way to the heart of this bookworm is to include any kind of mythology. I haven’t read a lot of other Wonder Woman material but to my knowledge (please correct me if I am mistaken), this is the first time Helena of Troy has been included in Diana’s tale. Trust Bardugo to make an often retold story original as heck.

 

Incredible female friendships. Alia’s and Nim’s tightness is #goals. These girls are fierce and there is no question that they have each other’s backs, in the ballroom and on the battlefield. I also enjoyed the connection that grew between Diana and Alia, from mistrust to a sisterhood. Bardugo is the queen of writing inspiring females…

AND banter!

Seriously, how does Leigh keep writing such hilarious dialogue between her characters? The chemistry feels so organic between the group of five and Theo is such a cinnamon roll (not only because he shares a name with my son)

I should also mention this book is incredibly DIVERSE! (POC & LGBTQ)

What I Disliked:

Usually, I enjoy a twist that I don’t see coming but this one felt shocking because it didn’t feel right? Almost jarring or forced because everything leading up to this didn’t even hint at his deceitfulness? It just didn’t sit right with me.

I found the pace to be slow in a lot of places, and more description than I needed at times, usually when they were traveling.

While I enjoyed the diversity of the cast, the fantastic banter, and strong female friendships, sometimes it felt like these friends were trying too hard to be like another band of misfits we all love.

Thank you for reading this review of Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo, I hope you enjoyed my insights and look forward to more reviews from me in the future.

 

Strange Fire by Tommy Wallach

Strange Fire by Tommy Wallach

Publication Date: October 3rd, 2017
Genre: YA Dystopian (?)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Source: ARC from Simon & Schuster Canada
Link to the author:
http://www.tommywallach.com/

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RATING: 1 Star (DNF)

THOUGHTS:

I’m not sure that my label of dystopian as the genre for this book is correct. However, it has been suggested by other readers that these events could occur in a future after the events of We All Looked Up.

I read We All Looked Up last year and I enjoyed it (3 Stars), so I was intersted in reading more by Tommy Wallach. Sadly, I did not make it very far into Strange Fire before realizing it was not a book for me. I knew there was a chance that I wouldn’t enjoy it due to the use of “holy war” in the synopsis. But, there was also a comparison to Oregon Trail and Westworld, that had me intrigued. Knowing that you have to take  synopsis with a grain of salt because they can be misleading, I decided to give it a try.

I was just shy of fifty pages in when I chose to put the book down for good. The beginning seriosuly lacked momentum and I had no desire to continue. I didn’t like any of the characters and found the multiple points of view only disconnected me from them further. I’ve never been able to DNF a book so easily, thats how little of my attention was grabbed in those first pages. I had no questions I wanted answered or interest in how certain events turned out. Even the potential romance bored me.

Conclusion: I do not recommened

Thank you for reading this review of Strange Fire by Tommy Wallach, and thank you to Simon & Schuster for the opportunity.