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2018 Anticipated Reads!|LAUREN

Hello! The first book on my list has already been released, but I don’t have it yet, so here it goes! These books are listed in release date order, and click on the word Goodreads for the link to the Goodreads page and book summary!

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Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons #2)

By: Marie Lu 

Release Date: January 2, 2018

Goodreads

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Restore Me (Shatter Me #4)

By: Tahereh Mafi

Release Date: March 6, 2018

Goodreads

 

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A Court of Frost and Startlight (ACOTAR #3.1)

By: Sarah J Maas

Release Date: May 1, 2018

Goodreads

 

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Catwoman: Soulstealer (DC Icons #3)

By: Sarah J Maas

Release Date: August 7, 2018

Goodreads

 

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Throne of Glass #7

By: Sarah J Maas

Release Date: September 4, 2018

Goodreads 

Vengeful (Villains #2)

By: V. E. Schwab

Release Date: September 25, 2018

Goodreads

13541056Queen of Air snd Darkness (The Dark Artifices #3)

By; Cassandra Clare 

Release Date: December 4, 2018

Goodreads

 

 

 

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NEW BEGINNINGS | ANA PAULA

Millions of new stories, billions of dreams and expectations, millions of new worlds to encounter, and many new dreams to be told.

2017 is finally over, and new adventures await us this 2018.

Before starting the new year with tags, reviews, interviews, and more, I’d like to start off by saying thank you to every one of you who has taken the time to read our blog, to all the collaborators, and to Naja for bringing us together.

Special thanks to authors J.D. Netto, Annie Woods and Jessica Prather for letting me be a part of their projects! I hope we can collaborate in more in the future.

I hope all of your dreams come true, that you can achieve everything you want, and that you finally try to clear that TBR list you’ve been trying to for years.

I love you, guys!

Happy New Year!

 

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TAG TIME: #MY LIFE IN A BOOKS | GITHMI

#My life in a Books Tags

 

🌙A book for each initial

G- Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

P- Prey by James Carol

Y- Young Elites by Marie Lu

🌙Count your age along your shelf – The One by Kiera Cass

🌙A book that represents a place that you would love to visit – Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown ( Paris)

🌙A book that is in your favorite color- Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins ( scholastic edition)

🌙Which book did you have the most difficulty in reading? – Desert Flower by Waris Dirie ( this book is by all means one of the best books i’ve ever read. But i had to pause in between chapters to cheer myself to carry on.. such a headstrong woman ❤️)

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THE TRICK: A NOVEL BY EMANUEL BERGMANN REVIEW | LISA

The Trick: A NovelThe Trick: A Novel by Emanuel Bergmann

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My Synopsis:
I love when an author can seamlessly weave together the story of two character’s lives. Emanuel Bergmann does just that in his debut novel The Trick. The story follows the journey of ten-year-old Max as he tries to prevent his parent’s divorce. He tracks down the Great Zabbatini in hopes of finding a love spell to reconcile his parent’s marriage. At the same time, the story flashes back to Moshe as a young boy and his journey to becoming a magician during World War II and ultimately his capture and imprisonment in a concentration camp.
The Loss of Childhood Innocence:
One of my favorite quotes from the novel perfectly expresses the message of the story. “Despite this spiritual setback, Max retained a deep desire to believe in something better than the known world. He just couldn’t keep his fingers out of the cookie jar of irrational beliefs.” This story touches on the moment in a young boy’s life when innocence is lost: Santa Claus is not real, love does not last forever, and the world is not black and white. The story does get gritty at times, but the reader is left with a feeling of hope. Hope that children can cling to their innocence for as long as possible.
The Title:
I love the point in a story, usually the climax, when I figure out the deeper meaning behind the title, and I love what The Trick represented. Wow! I will not spoil the ending, but it is more valuable than a cheap parlor room trick. This story is truly magical.
My Recommendations:
I recommend this book to lovers of Historical fiction and all things World War II. There is even a touch of magical realism to the story. I cannot imagine a reader being disappointed with this story.

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ALL THE WRONG CHORDS BY CHRISTINE HURLEY DERISO REVIEW | ALISON

REVIEW – ALL THE WRONG CHORDS by Christine Hurley Deriso


Scarlett is living with her grandfather for the summer shorty after her brother dies. When she is introduce to a local band she falls for the bad boy, but what happens when she starts taking notice in another band member, not to mention they asked her to join the band.

Okay, things I liked about the book, Sacrett, I liked and felt for most of the time. I liked the idea of the story, but there are things I found bothersome. Declan the bad boy was definitely a jerk, but there was something in the book where he revealed a personal thing and I didn’t like the way the other characters treated it as if it wasn’t a big deal. It does not excuse him for being a player and a jerk, but I found that part to be insensitive.

I also felt like when her best friend revealed his big secret, her sister was acting like she was overreacting. If I were Scarlett I would have been super mad and extremely hurt.

It ended in a good way, but this book just lacked a whole lot of feeling out of me.

*I received an arc from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

I reviewed this book for my blog LovelyAlisonReads

3 stars!
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Synopsis:
Scarlett Stiles is desperate for a change of scenery after her older brother, Liam, dies of a drug overdose. But spending the summer with her grandfather wasn’t exactly what she had in mind. Luckily, Scarlett finds something to keep her busy–a local rock band looking for a guitarist. Even though playing guitar has been hard since Liam died, Scarlett can’t pass on an opportunity like this, and she can’t take her eyes off the band’s hot lead singer either. Is real happiness just around the corner? Or will she always be haunted by her brother’s death?
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WONDER WOMAN BY LEIGH BARDUGO REVIEW | LAUREN

“She grabbed him by his collar.

‘What are you?’ he gasped.

A hundred answers came to mind, but she opted for the easiest one.

‘A tourist.’”

– Leigh Bardugo Wonder Woman: Warbringer

**Spoilers**

Personally, I felt the beginning of the novel was slow. The chapters felt long, and I was having trouble getting into the plot. It didn’t help that I wasn’t loving Alia. I began to dive into the plot when Diana began experiencing New York City, and after meeting Nim, I felt closer to Alia and she grew on me. I loved the spark between Diana and Jason, AND THEN JASON HAD TO MESS IT UP. I honestly didn’t see that plot twist coming, I thought maybe Theo or Nim were the traitors. Guess not. I really thought Nim had a cute personality though. The middle of the novel really picked up more speed compared to the beginning. I didn’t like how Jason also had strength and speed close to Diana’s. Diana and Superman are supposed to be the only people that strong if i’m being honest. But seriously, Jason’s betrayal was the worst. I loved seeing another origin story of Wonder Woman, and a different version of her leaving the island. I can’t wait for Marie Lu’s Batman in January!

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BOOK CHALLENGE TAG | ANA PAULA

Hello everyone! After a long period of gift shopping, holiday preparations, and finals
finally being over, I’m glad to say I’m finally able to read as much as I used to.
Reading has always been a very important part of my life, making me more aware of the
world around me, seeing it through a different perspective, and also simply because I
enjoy it thoroughly.
Today, I’d like to make a book challenge tag I was tagged about a year ago, but that I
had never gotten myself to doing it.

First fandom

Although it may be very cliché, I’ll admit Harry Potter was my first fandom ever. I
remember the first book series I read for myself was “The Chronicles of Narnia”,
however, since I was about 7 years old, I didn’t get into the fandom. Nevertheless, after I
read Harry Potter, I was just starting to surf the Internet, so I stumbled upon fandoms.

Favourite book

I’ve read many books since I started reading, every one with a different style, genre, and
that have brought me different emotions. When I was about 15 years old, I came across
a book that changed the way in which I read, and that I still consider to be my favourite
book of all times, and that is The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.

Favourite series

Most of the book series I’ve read have been YA, I have to be honest. They’ve all caught
me in a different way (except for a few, which I’ll be talking about in my next blog post),
but I consider, and for a long period of time will, the Percy Jackson/ Heroes of Olympus
series to be the best one yet. Why? Because it’s one of the only series that, although
kinda long, has conserved its initial excitement.

Favourite male character

Okay okay okay, this one’s going to be the strangest I’ll ever say. I don’t have an all-time
favourite male character yet, however, if I only consider the books I read during this
year, I would say Jean-Baptiste Grenouille from Perfume is my favourite. He’s such a
round and complex character that can be seen from different perspectives and whom
you can empathise even when he can be a psychopath.
Favourite female character

Here, I would place two characters whom I have clicked with. One is Liesel Meminger, a
girl whom I share my love for reading with, and the other one is Arya Stark, a girl who
was born in Westeros in a society where women are seen as inferior, and who only
wants to be treated as everyone else. They both represent a part of my personality.

Favourite time to read

When I was in middle school, I highly enjoyed to read on the school bus. It took me
about half an hour to arrive to school, so I had at least one hour a day to read if I only
read there. Now that I’ve switched schools and mine is about 10 minutes away, this isn’t
an option anymore, so I prefer to make a time before I go to sleep to read and relax for a
while.

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THE BREATHLESS BY TARA GOEDJEN | LISA

The BreathlessThe Breathless by Tara Goedjen

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

“Today is her sixteenth birthday. In two years she’ll be dead, but she doesn’t know that.”

My Synopsis:

One of the student-staff tutors I with always asks me about the books I read. When he asked me about The Breathless by Tara Goedjen, I was really at a loss for words, and he looked at me like I a crazy person as I tried to summarize the plot to him. Even though the synopsis on the back of the book sounds interesting, the story was poorly constructed making it hard to explain the book to others. Now that I have finished the whole book, I will try my best to write a short synopsis: A year ago Ro Cole drowned, and the only suspect, her boyfriend Cage, disappeared. With the discovery of a family heirloom by her younger sister, Mae, and the mysterious return of Cage, there may be a way to bring Ro back to life. But first Mea must unlock secrets of her family’s past.

“Lance and Cage were the last two people to see her; they had to know more than they claimed.”

Dislikes:

I debated between giving The Breathless by Tara Goedjen 2 or 3 out of 5 stars because I loved the ideas for the story, but unfortunately, it read like a rough draft . Normally when you get to the climax of the story, all the pieces start falling into place. That did not happen with this story. I was left with too many unanswered questions at the end of the novel. If the plot was developed better, I would not have found the story so confusing. SPOILER ALERT: Goedjen could have added a few more chapters explaining the backstory of how Lance was initiated by Ro and what “initiate” even means. It would have also been nice to read a few chapters about what happened to Cage during his accident, who “raised” Cage, and how is Cage related to the Cole family.

Likes:

Even though the story felt unfinished to me, I still enjoyed Goedjen’s writing and word choice. There were quite a few beautiful lines of writing that I underlined, including a contrasting description of Ro and Mae, “Ro saw the world as her own ocean, ready to be mapped, but Mae saw riptides and currents and whirlpools and knew to be cautious.” I definitely relate more to Mae because I am a worry-wort. Goedjen does a fantastic job of describing everyday experience like memory, “The black door in her mind shook on its hinges. She knew there was something important to remember, but it was gone now. She also used beautiful similes and metaphors throughout the novel, “The house reminds me of stagnant water, yet this girl lives in its depths like some sort of siren, the kind his uncle talks about” and “And then, looking out the window at the crested ground that meets the glass panes like a wave, Cage realizes why the house seems so strange. I feels like a sinking ship.”

My Recommendations:

I recommend this story to readers who enjoy playing detective while reading. You almost need to take notes while reading so you can piece the story together. Fans of V. C. Andrews will also love the creepy tone and mood of Goedjen’s writing. Again, I really love the ideas behind the story so I hope the publishers decide to spend another year revising this manuscript and publish a second edition.

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SIX OF CROWS BY LEIGH BARDUGO REVIEW | ALISON

REVIEW – SIX OF CROWS BY Leigh Bardugo

A riveting, enchanting, action packed magical ride

Notorious thief, Kaz Brekker, the under ground king of Katterdam is approached to do the impossible, which is break into the Ice Court and retrieve a hostage, but he needs his team and one other person to do the job. With the six of them can it be done or will they all suffer the consequences?

I have been dying to read this book for awhile now and the time has finally come! I completely devoured this book. I could not put it down and it definitely held me captive. I was nervous and excited. Throughout the whole book I was on the edge of my seat with worry and anticipation.

Kaz is the man, I loved his character, actually I loved all six of them, it is very rare where I love most of the characters in a book, but I truly loved them all.

The ending had me wanting to scream and I can not wait to start Crooked Kingdom!

5 stars!
 
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Synopsis:
Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.