Weekly Reads TBR

So another week is on the horizon and that means another Weekly Reads TBR! So my TBR for this week is kind of short because last week it was a bit ambitious and I didn’t really read many from that list! Plus school is a little hectic right now so I didn’t have much time to really read. I hope to change that this week. Hopefully. So without further ado let’s get into it. 


So the first book I plan on reading is Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. I finished Red Queen this past week on audiobook so if I’m having trouble getting into it I’ll check it out on there as well. I mainly want the read this because the third book comes out on the 7th so my goal is mainly to finish this book by then. 

Next is the Vailant by Lesley Livingston. This book comes out in like two weeks so I want to get this arc read and reviewed before then! From what I remember hearing about it is that it’s a young adult gladiator type book with a female gladiator. I’m all for it!

Next are the two that keep making my list! I really want to read them but I never get around to it! Soooo hopefully this week is the week! First is The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye which is some kind of historical fiction book in Russia with wizards or something! The next is Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman which I’ve heard is a YA Blackbeard origin story so I’m all here for that! 

I still have Aerie to finish up on my audiobook and then I don’t know what I’m going to listen to after that but I’ll let you know! 

Let me know down below what books you want to read this week; and your thoughts on the books I plan to read as I would love to know! 

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Truthwitch

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Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Publisher: Tor Teen

Published: January 5, 2016

Rating: 4.75/5

Truthwitch is about two best friends; Iseult, a threadwitch; and Safiya, a truthwitch. Safiya tries to keep her truthwitch powers a secret because her power is very sought after by rulers and the like to further their country along. After attending a castle event, Safi meets a young man named Melik, who is a wind witch. And even those crazy from there!

So I will admit I was nervous to start this book, mainly because everyone loved it and praised it and so I was so scared I wasn’t going to like it. And I just fell in love with it. I will also say it was a bit slow at a couple parts, and to me it felt that way mainly because there was so much action and stuff going on that the non action parts just…slowed everything down. I didn’t feel that way for all the non action scenes, but at times I just wanted to get back to what was going on. 

I loved Safi and Iseult’s friendship. They had such a strong female friendship that it was just so beautiful to read about. Iseult would be concerned about Safi and she would worry over whether or not she was safe. On the other hand Safi was the same way with her; she wanted to help her and be together getting into trouble. I just loved their friendship; it was goals! I loved that they didn’t put anyone before each other; they weren’t just friends, they were threadsisters. Hands down one of my favorite female friendships ever, and I wish we had more of that in YA because it’s so important. 

I liked Safi’s wild spirit, and that it was countered with Iseult’s calculating mind. They really balanced each other out. Plus they were kick-ass! They were capable girls who weren’t afraid to get a little dirty! 

Melik was just an amazing character as well! I liked him and his sense of duty! He truly was looking for a way to provide for his country. He really was just a noble guy. He put his country and his men before himself, and while he could be a bit of a jerk, he had the best intentions. I especially liked his power. He was a windwitch who can control the wind and he definitely knew how to use it! I enjoyed reading his perspectives and how he used his power to fight and navigate. 

I really commend Susan Dennard for writing such a unique book with amazing characters. She wrote characters that didn’t let love or anything come between their friendship, she wrote a guy who was selfless and strong, she created a world filled with amazing characteristics! I honestly cannot wait to see where this book series goes and I know I’ll be diving into the second book sometime soon! It’ll be amazing! Also bonus points for so far not having a cover change! A+! Also, man does she know how to write action scenes! They were so fun to read and really drove the pace of the book forward! 

If you love fantasy I highly recommend this book to you! 

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read this book and your thoughts as I would love to know! 

The Girl From Everywhere 

The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Published: February 16, 2016

Rating: 4.5/5

Oh my! I loved this book! The Girl From Everywhere is about a young girl named Nix who’s father can travel anywhere you can imagine, as long as he has a map for it he can go there. And throughout his life he is trying to get his hands on one map: 1868 Honolulu; the place he met Nix’s mother. But going there could mean the  be if Nix, for no one knows what will happen to her once they reach that place and if she’ll disappear or not.

This story was just so amazing! I heard the reviews from booktubers, and bloggers and I just couldn’t wait to jump into it. It was just fantastic and the plot was just so unique to me, it had its own twist on time traveling novels that I loved; even if it did have some holes! While I feel that sometimes the plot has minor issues, it still blew me away; plus it has pirates! I also loved the action that was included in the novel. They would go from one place to another, and there was heists and battles which I thought was so awesome! It really drove the pace of the novel. 

Nix was awesome! I liked how important she was to the story, and not just with being the main character. She got maps, she helped her father, she jut did so much! She was a great main character! I really hope that we see more from her in the sequel because there was not as much as I would have hoped from her! Kashmir was just adorable! I loved his bright personality and the humor he brought to the story! He’s smart, charming, and very sneaky! He was probably my favorite character in the book!

There was so much diversity in the characters! Nix was half Chinese, and Kashmir was Persian! There was even a character that was black and is a lesbian. So I felt there was so much representation from different cultures and backgrounds there.

Overall I loved this book and I have the ARC of the sequel so I cannot wait to dive into it and get swept away with where that book will take me! My review for that will come up soon once I finish the book! But for this book, I highly recommend it! The writing is amazing, the characters are super diverse, the world is interesting, and just the idea of it all is super fun!

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read this book and your thoughts as I would love to know!

Weekly Read TBR

Hey everyone! So another week is upon us and that means another week where I plan to read a lot of books! But…I start school today so it might interfere with what I read for the week. But I have a slightly ambitious TBR this week and I don’t know how many of them that I will be getting to, but so far two of them are audiobooks that I plan on listening to for my hour drive to school and from school.

Anyways let me tell you what I plan on reading this week!

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The first is I want to finish both Red Queen and Aerie! I’ve been reading them for a while now so I just want to finish them both. I need to catch up with the Red Queen series since the third book comes out in February. Red Queen I’ve been reading for over a year so…I need to hurry up and finish it! These are the ones that I plan on listening to on audiobook since I’m almost done with both of them.

Next is the Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye. I’ve wanted to read it since it came out last year so I need to get on it! I’ve heard mixed things about it so I hope that I really like it. It’s about Russia and magicians or something….I think.

Next is Blackheart by Nicole Castroman, which I think is about Blackbeard and a girl he meets. I really enjoyed The Girl from Everywhere recently and I really enjoyed it so I’m kind of on a pirates and ocean adventure type book so if you have any recommendations to book similar to these I would love to hear it!

Next is a rollover from my previous week’s TBR and it’s The Wish Granter by CJ Redwine and it’s second book in the Ravenspire series. This is a retelling of Rumplestiltskin which takes place in the same world as the first book, but is considered a stand-alone. So I guess this book series is a stand-alone series.

Last book I want to read is Body of Evidence by Patrica Cornwell which is the second book in the Scarpetta series. I plan to slowly read this book series this year, but I don’t know if I’ll finish all of them. But that is my goal!

What do you plan to read this week? Let me know in the comments as I would love to know! And be sure to stay tuned for my wrap up at the end of this week!

Author of the Month-Feb

Hey everyone! So we are back for another Author of the Month and for the month of February the author is Sophie Jordan! I’m so sorry I haven’t been reviewing lately! I’ve been so busy with school and work that I haven’t had a chance to do much! I’ve been reading a bit, mainly audiobooks, and a little bit before and between classes.

Anyways, so I heard awesome stuff about Reign of Shadows last year when it came out and I finally read it this past December and I loved it! Probably one of my top reads last year! And I received an ARC of Rise of Fire recently and I finished that in a little over day.

So down below I am going to be posting the summaries and reviews for both books! As well as some links for her.

Okay here we go!

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Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan

Summary: When an eclipse throws the Kingdom of Relhok into darkness, an evil chancellor kills the King and Queen, leaving newborn Princess Luna an orphan and on the run. Hidden in a tower, she is safe, and learns to adapt to her surrounding and survive. Then she meets Fowler, and her life is thrown off course. When she and Fowler have to escape the tower after it’s attacked, Luna realises that the world is more dangerous that she thought, and that the secrets they’re both hiding from each other can change the course of everything.

Rating: 5/5

Review: Wow! I loved this book so much! It was just…a treat! I had never read her other books before but they are on my Nook, so this really was just a great introduction to her work. It was interesting, the world was fascinating, the characters were complex, and just overall I felt it was a really cool story. It is a young adult retelling of Rapunzel, which made it unique in my opinion, because there aren’t many Rapunzel retellings that I am aware of at least. And so far, this retelling is my favorite!

You meet Luna, who lives with her guardians Sivo and Perla, and she’s blind. So it was interesting sort of reading things from her point of view. Her blindness didn’t make her vulnerable, it made her deadly. She knew how to protect herself, she caught on to things that other people in the story might have missed. It was great because it really brought forth the message “don’t underestimate anyone, because they can surprise you”.

Fowler was a really cool dude, I liked reading this POV in the story, and overall he was just top notch! He was smart, tough, and I just adored him! I liked how understanding he was with Luna and her blindness; and how at times when she couldn’t understand something he was describing, he would try his best to figure out another way to get what he was saying across. It was just really interesting to see his tough exterior sort of break down as he got to know Luna and as they travelled together.

But let me tell you…that plot twist towards the end just…wow! It wasn’t really a plot twist as it was a revelation! And let me tell you it was a huge one! At least for me it was! I never saw it coming and I thought it really brought a lot of interesting factors into place for the story.

Overall I really enjoyed my reading experience with this book, and I highly recommend it! Try it out at least! I have a feeling you’ll really like it, especially if you like fantasy and retellings!

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Rise of Fire by Sophie Jordan

Summary: I can’t give too much away but it continues on after Reign of Shadows ends. Luna and Fowler are taken as hostages to the neighboring kingdom of Lagonia and end up being used as bargaining chips in an effort to unite the kingdoms.

Review: 5/5

I just loved this duology and I’m so sad it’s over! Once again Luna stunned me so well with how capable she was in this novel. She held her own and I just love her chraracter and her role in everything. She showed so much bravery when she jumped after Fowler and the dwellers.

Fowler, poor Fowler. He was out of commission for most of the book. But I think the best part was his need to protect her even after how sick he gets. He does his best to make sure she’s safe, even though he knows she can handle herself. I just thought it was so cute that he felt he had to do that for her. You kind of see a different side of him I think; because in book one he was all tough and closed off, but in this book he’s more open and willing to let himself really feel things more, which I throughly enjoyed!

I liked all the political drama kind of stuff that was going on, it made it really interesting and added to all that was going on. Going along with the drama, you meet new characters! Maris, the King’s daughter and betrothed to Fowler, and Chasan, the King’s son. As well as the King, Tebald. He was sort of an interesting character, mainly because of his background with Luna’s family. He was also very cruel, and a tad creepy. Maris was just so annoying! I hated her! She was so selfish and shallow. And also kind of creepy if I’m being honest! She would obsess over how even though she barely knew him, she was so excited to start their life together and get married. It was just awkward! But seeing at how creepy her dad was, I wasn’t surprised she was like that! Chasan was someone I hated at first, and later grew to like. He was rude and closed off, and as you got to know him he started to open up and you saw more of his personality and who he really is.

Overall I highly recommend this series! I loved the books, the plot, the characters, the drama, and the world! It was interesting, as well as fun and quick! You’ll fly through these books in a matter of hours!

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read these books and your thoughts as I would love to know!

Author of the Month-Jan

Hello everyone!

It’s time for the next author of the month post!

The January Author of the Month is Stephanie Garber!

She is a debut author who’s novel Caraval is releasing later this month. I had the pleasure of reading Caraval so I’ll be leaving the book description and my review down below to check out! I will also be leaving links to preorder the book, as well as information about the preorder giveaway going on.

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Summary: Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she, her cruel father, and sister Tella live. After Scarlett’s father arranges a marriage for her, she thinks her chances of seeing Caraval, the once a year performance involving the audience, are now dashed. When her invitation to Caraval arrives, Tella and a sailor she just met take her to the show. Once they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Legend, the Caraval mastermind. This year, Caraval revolves around Tella, and the person who finds her first is declared the winner. Now Scarlett must find her sister before the game is up, or risk losing her forever.

Rating: 5/5

Review:

I loved this book! My first reaction after reading this book was “Wow! Oh my gosh!” I just could not put the book down once I started it, and I really got into what was going on. It was a journey let me tell you! When I first started reading it, I was so curious as to what was going to happen as well as what was going on; and as I read I was sucked into the game and mystery! And I cried…I did because oh man! But it was great that you really get attached to the characters and really feel what they’re feeling, and when things get revealed, you’re just as shocked as they are!

You start off with letters from Scarlett to Legend, and continue on from there. You meet Scarlett, then Tella, and then Julian. He is probably my favorite character besides Scarlett in this whole book.

This book really does show that first impressions are not always accurate with characters. I really enjoyed that about it, because it makes you look more closely at the people and try to figure out who they really are. That was the main thing with Tella more than anyone in this book I feel. You’re introduced to Tella and from my standpoint, she was a bit annoying and just selfish. She didn’t seem to care about consequences for other people, as long as she got what she wanted she didn’t care. Or at least that’s what I saw, and what I thought throughout most of the book. That thought changes once you get further into the book and everything comes to light. What happened basically blew my mind, and I really felt like you were shown a side of Tella that really just changed everything.

I hated her father from the get go, he’s a dick! Ugh! Hate him! But that’s what makes him such an interesting character…he’s still a dick though.

Scarlett remained selfless the whole time, and while at times she got a little annoying, it was amazing to see someone who was so dedicated to their sister.

Julian I think was another character who threw you for a loop many times over. He would be one way, then another, then another, and then you found out more about him and it just blew me away. And shocked me to my soul! Wow!

Speaking of plot twists, those were insane, and so mind blowing to me that I just…fell in love with this book, and I cannot wait to read the sequel that I didn’t know I needed until now. Because I NEED IT.

I feel like I was in a Clue game mixed with The Hunger Games…okay Clue was a bad example. More like a Hunger Games like scavenger hunt.

Stephanie just introduced my favorite read of the year so far, I was that amazed with this! The writing was spectacular, the characters were so interesting and complex, the world building was great, and overall the plot was something so unique and amazing that I just have no words! I highly recommend this book to anyone, you’ll really enjoy it! I cannot wait to see what else Stephanie published for the world in the future! She’s definitely an author to watch!

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Stephanie Garber website: http://stephaniegarberauthor.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SGarberGirl

Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14137787.Stephanie_Garber

Preorder Giveaway page: http://us.macmillan.com/flatironbooks/promo/caravalpreordergiveaway

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/caraval-stephanie-garber/1123015759?ean=9781250095251

Keplers Books: http://www.keplers.com/stephanie-garber-preorder-page

Weekly Reads TBR

Hey guys! So here is what I plan on reading this week! I want to read more but I don’t know how much I’ll be able to get to. 

Okay here we go!

Firstly I want to read Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. It’s about two friends who have different powers. One is a truthwitch and one is a threadwitch I think. It’s fantasy and received so much buzz last year so I’m excited to read it and hopefully if I finish it then next week I can start the sequel that came out this month! 

Next two are related. So I want to read The Shadow Queen and The Wish Granter by C. J. Redwine. I haven’t read any of her books before so I hope I enjoy them. I got a arc from a trade on twitter so I’m excited to jump into them! I haven’t heard much about them honestly so fingers crossed!

Let me know in the comments what you plan on reading this week as I would love to know! Also let me know your thoughts on these books if you’ve read them, espcecually if you’ve read The Shadow Queen!

Weekly Reads Wrap Up

Hey everyone! So here is what I have read this week! Tomorrow I plan on posting my reads for the coming week so stay tuned for that! I’ll give a quick review for each book for this week. 

Okay here we go!


So I read 3 things this week! I read Roseblood by A. G. Howard which I have a 4.5/5 Stars! It’s a phantom of the opera retellings and I loved it! I bought the original story and I’m planning on reading it soon!

Next is Rise of Fire by Sophie Jordan. I’ll be doing a longer review next month when the book comes out! As well as a review for her first book! I gave it a 5/5! I loved it so much! One of my all time favorite duologies! It was fantastic! 

Lastly is the book I’m almost done with! Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I’m currently 300 pages in and I plan on finishing it tonight! It’s about a performance that happens once a year that’s like a scavenger hunt! Scarlett’s sister Tella is taken and whoever finds Tella gets a wish. I’m loving it so far and stay tuned for my review for that since Stephanie is the Author of the Month this month! 

What did you all read this month? Let me know in the comments as I would love to know! 

Reading Party

Hey everyone! So I had a reading party with my best friend Madison yesterday! We went to Balboa Park in San Diego and hung out in the grass and just read for a few hours! We basically had a picnic and took pictures which was so fun! 

I made sandwiches and brought some triscuits with brie. My friend brought apples and peanut butter, and some fruit and drinks! It was a nice little picnic in the sun with some really amazing books! 

So for the reading party I brought Rise of Fire, which I am almost half way through so I’ll be writing my review and posting it the day it comes out! My friend started Heir of Fire and of course I’m anxious for her to finish it and tell me her thoughts! 

I think Balboa is such a beautiful place and such a fun spot for a reading party! The scenery is beautiful, there’s so many museums and you’re right next to the zoo! If you’re visiting San Diego I highly suggest going there even just to walk around. 

Let me know in the comments if you have reading parties and where you tend to go if you don’t have one at your house! 

Roseblood

Roseblood by A. G. Howard

Publisher: Amulet Books

Published: January 10, 2017

Rating: 4.5/5

Roseblood is a modern day take on the famous Phantom of the Opera with a young girl named Rune who has a talent with a mysterious affliction linked to it. She is sent to Roseblood, a French art conservatory, and along the way she meets Thorn, a mysterious violinist who is able to guide her musical transformation. As they begin to bond, and his real purpose is shown to Rune, he is faced with a choice: lead Rune to her destruction; or confront the Phantom, the only father figure he’s known. 

I loved this story! I am really interested in retellings, so when I received an ARC of this book I was so excited to jump in. It was a little confusing for me since I had never read or seen The Phantom of the Opera so a lot of the connects flew over my head. But I feel the book did a good job in sort of explaining along the way that’s people like me wouldn’t know unless we had seen or read the story. 

I will say it started off a little slowly, and it took a bit for me to really get invested in the story. Once I got past that I dove in and ended up really enjoying this book! The twists and the suspense was awesome! I liked the dual perspective between Rune and Thorn. A. G. Howard created really awesome characters, who really grew into their own and were able to see beyond their own issues and try to do what they felt was right. I really admired that in them. 

I think the issue with Rune’s operatic talent was super unique, and made this book stand out to me from others like it. Also the paranormal elements mentioned in the book with what Rune was, and her secret she was desperate to hide, was something I didn’t expect! So I enjoyed that aspect of the novel as well. It made sense, but at the same time I was surprised it went that way (not in a bad way). 

Overall the characters were well done, the plot was different, the twists were fun, the suspense great! I highly recommend this book! It actually made me more interested in both Howard’s writing, as well as the original story of the Phantom of the Opera so I might have to check them both out! 

Let me know in the comments your thoughts on the book and other books like this that you recommend as I would love to know!