Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Review + Giveaway ~ Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass) by Sarah J. Maas


Series: Throne of Glass
Hardcover: 704 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (September 6, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1619636077
ISBN-13: 978-1619636071



Synopsis (From Amazon):

Kingdoms collide in Sarah J. Maas's epic fifth installment in the New York Timesbestselling Throne of Glass series.

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don't.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what -- and who -- to sacrifice if she's to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.


My thoughts prior to reading:

I knew I wanted to read this book. I have been following this series since it first came out. Anything that Sarah J. Maas writes is absolutely stunning.

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Have you read ACOTAR? Those characters! Specially Rhysand *sways*. Anyways I am getting off topic. I was so happy when Book People announced that she would be coming. I was fangirling so much when I found out.

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Funny thing was that when I found out I wasn't even in Austin I was in Hawaii visiting a friend. Still from so many miles away I pre-ordered my book from Book People to hold my spot. The day the book came out I went to Barnes and Noble to get the special edition copy. I was so scared when I couldn't find any but then as I had nearly given up hope from the corner of my eye I saw a small stack near customer service. So I walked over there and took one and gawked at the colorful pictures. I didn't look crazy at all.

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My thoughts after reading:

I began reading that book that same day but work *curse work* impeded from me reading Empire of Storms as fast as I would've liked (I should've called in sick till I finished it). So the story continues a few weeks after where the last book left off. Aelin, Rowan, Lysandra, Evaneline, Fleetfoot and Aedion are all together trying to set Aelin as the rightful ruler. Things however don't go according to plan.

Lysandra was wonderful in this novel I feel like she was figuring herself out and managed to grow a lot in this book.

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We get to see more Manon!

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Through out the book we get many different points of view from the characters and different plots. Sarah manages to make that work were it doesn't feel confusing.We get a lot of questions answered and get a little bit of background on some of the characters. I really enjoyed when unexpected characters crossed paths. One I really liked was Lorcan and Elide (small spoiler sorry). I never expected for these two to meet but when they did I thought they should have met sooner.

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Aelin begins to better understand her powers and manages to have better control of it. Together with Rowan, Lysandra and Aedon they are nearly unstoppable. They make new friends along the way (characters we know from the novella stories). Aelin is trying to gather as many people as she can to defend everyone from the impending doom. As they go along doing this they discover many things about Elena Galathynius.

If you love this series then you should really pick up this book. I enjoyed it so much and I am certain you will too. I think I enjoyed it so much because I feel EVERYONE was in this book. We got to hear from characters we had not heard from in a long while.

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P.S. these images are not mine. They are from wonderful people who gave life to this stunning series. Check them out!
My Rating:
★★★★

Now because I love you guys so much I want to do a giveaway. The prize is Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas. It is signed by her too, so that's a plus. Good luck!


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fangirling over Sarah J Maas

This is a late post but.... the other day I got to meet Sarah J Maas. I had been dying to meet her since I first read Throne of Glass. All her books are absolutely stunning. Book People were part of the Empire of Storm book tour and I made sure I pre-ordered the book so I could have a spot for the book signing and good thing I did because they sold out! Over 200 copies sold just like that. I wanted to arrive early for the signing so I asked if I could leave early from work (I should've just asked for the whole day). I got all my books and headed off to Book People.


 I had a basket full of books and my friends were all running late. So I snagged a seat as close as I could on the floors because all the seats were already gone. Then when Sarah came I was so happy I think I even heard someone behind me burst into tears.


 Sarah was so funny and sweet just like I imagined she would be! Then she shared some great news that her Throne of Glass series was going to be a show for Hulu. At one point she was talking about her younger days and pointed to me something about my shirt being pink and I think she said I could be pink police? I was so shocked she did this and I was fangirling inside. I'm super shy so I probably just looked serious but I was just thinking is this really happening Sarah J Maas pointed me out. Ahhhh x100000. Then came the fun part the signing! I got in line and even though I thought I had ordered my book relatively early I was still way in the back of the line. Finally my friend came (who has never read the book) and we waited to meet Sarah.


When we finally met Sarah she instantly recognized me and said Pink Police! Then she saw my Japanese Throne of Glass books and we talked about how pretty the covers were.


I got all my other books stamped with her signature stamp and I wrote in her book (she has people write in her book when she goes on tours). This night is one I will cherish forever.

Here is my collection. Isn't it pretty?


Now for a giveaway since I love this series and I love candles the prize is as you may have guessed a Throne of Glass themed candles. Enter it via Twitter and good luck.




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Monday, September 5, 2016

Review ~ Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses) by Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses (Book 2)

Hardcover: 640 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (May 3, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1619634465
ISBN-13: 978-1619634466

Synopsis (From Amazon):

The # 1 New York Times bestselling sequel to Sarah J. Maas' spellbinding A Court of Thorns and Roses.

Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court--but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms--and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future--and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

My thoughts prior to reading:

I really enjoyed the first book in this series so naturally I HAD to read the next book. Although I had a lot of other books to review I took a break to read this beauty.

My thoughts after reading:

This book takes place where the last book left off. Feyre is with Tamlin but things have changed drastically. For one she is now a fae and Tamlin is much more protective than he once was. Feyre is scarcely allowed to leave their home. The only time she is able to leave is when Rhysand comes to fulfill their deal and whisks Feyre away to the Night Court. If you love Rhysand this book is definitely for you.
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Feyre realizes that she has some power from each of the High Fae that helped revive her, this makes others a bit fearful. Tamlin is against her tapping into these unknown powers while Rhysand is all for her to learn as much as she can. This book focuses more on Rhysand and Feyre. You will discover a lot of things about Rhysand that may make your heart sway.
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There is a new problem that arises in the book. Amarantha may be defeated but she isn't the only one out there that had malignant thoughts. This book finishes on a cliff hanger that will make you want to hurl something. I don't know if I can wait for the next book I need it now.
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I think this series is quickly becoming my all time favorite (it used to be Throne of Glass). I suggest you pick up this series it is absolutely astonishing.



My Rating:

★★★★


Saturday, September 3, 2016

Review ~ Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books; Mti edition (April 26, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0143130153
ISBN-13: 978-0143130154

Synopsis:

The #1 New York Times bestseller, now a major motion picture. Look out for Jojo’s new book, Paris for One and Other Stories, coming October 18, 2016.

They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A Love Story for this generation and perfect for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our StarsMe Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?


My thoughts prior to reading:

I wanted to read this due to all the hype I was hearing about it plus with the movie that just came out. I also chose to see the movie before reading the book (partly because I can't enjoy the movie if I read the book then watch the movie). The movie made me cry so much I went with three friends and none of them cried (I cry very easily). After seeing the movie I knew I wanted to read the book so I picked it up and started it. 

My thoughts after reading:

I really enjoyed this book. It gives you more depth to these characters than the movie ever could. Louisa is stunning in the book, you know that when she starts the job with Will she is less than happy. 
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She wants to help him but he doesn't want it. Louisa is close to quitting but doesn't do so only because of her family's situation. At one point Loiusa is so frustrated she tells this to Will that she doesn't want to be there but she needs to be because she needs the money. Will changes a bit after that and he becomes slightly less annoying and a bit more open. 
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Louisa's relationship with her sister is well like any sisterly relationship can be friends and enemies at the same time. Will was a charismatic and adventurous but since his accident he can't do anything he once used to and although Louisa tries to make things better he knows that although she is his caregiver she is essentially just his babysitter. When Louisa realizes that he no longer wishes to leave and has set plans into motion to end his life she looks for anything and everything to change his mind.  
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This book is very touching and heartbreaking you may want to have some tissue nearby when reading this. I also watched the movie and I though it was quite faithful to the book. The movie did make me cry but I'm very emotional it takes little to make me cry. I highly recommend this book! 

Have you read it? Did you enjoy it? Should I read the next book? Please let me know!



My Rating:
★★★★


Thursday, September 1, 2016

Frazzled by Booki Vivat

Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom by Booki Vivat

Age Range: 8 - 12 years
Grade Level: 3 - 7
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (September 27, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062398792

Synopsis (From Amazon):

Meet Abbie Wu. Abbie is in crisis—and not just because she’s starting middle school or because she’s stuck in a family that doesn’t quite get her or because everyone seems to have a Thing except her. Abbie Wu is always in crisis.

From debut author and professional doodler Booki Vivat, Frazzled dives right into the mind of this hilariously neurotic middle school girl as she tries to figure out who she is and where she belongs. Akin to Smile by Raina Telgemeier, Frazzled is heavily illustrated, embarrassingly honest, and sure to appeal to anyone in the middle of figuring out how to survive the everyday disasters of growing up.

"Honest, sweet, and laugh-out-loud funny," raves Brightly.com.

My thoughts prior to reading:

I got this book in exchange for an honest review, all my opinions are my own. When I first received this book I wasn't very excited since it's a middle school book and for some reason I am not to fond of those. I picked this book up right before starting work (At an elementary/middle school). I thought I should read it and maybe recommend it to some students if I liked it enough. As soon as I opened it I realized there was a lot of pictures and the language used in this book would be simple enough for most students.

My thoughts after reading:

As I was reading through the book I was surprised by how cute and down to earth this character was. Abbie is the middle child in her family, she is about to start middle school and is absolutely lost.
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Everything is such a sudden change and her best friends aren't in many of her classes. Everyone seems to know what their doing and what they are best at and Abbie feels like she got left behind.
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Students can relate easily with Abbie because we all were once in middle school and we were absolutely lost (I know I was). At school Abbie is seen as her brother's younger sister and wishes to be distinguished differently.

For kids entering into middle school this is the perfect book for you! It is even enjoyable for older readers so they can reminiscence on the younger days and see that kids today have it just as bad as we once did.  The illustrations are delightful, you will find yourself laughing, cheering for this adorable character on, before you know it you will have turned the last page and find yourself asking for more.
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My Rating:

★★★★
  

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday # 26

Between Worlds by Skip Brittenham

Age Range: 12 - 17 years
Grade Level: 7 and up
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (August 30, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0399176896
ISBN-13: 978-0399176890


"An unforgettable journey of magic and adventure." —Harrison Ford

“This is an inventive and fluid fantasy novel with likable characters.” —School Library Journal

"Between Worlds has echoes of the best classic fantasy—yet it's also completely original.

I was entranced from beginning to end." —Joe Roth, producer of Disney's Alice in Wonderland and Maleficent

"The action-packed intensity of this modern mythological adventure will keep readers enthralled." —Chris Meledandri, founder of Illumination Entertainment and producer of Despicable Me and Minions

A fantastical world, terrifying monsters, breathtaking magic, and two determined and brave teenagers. Welcome to BETWEEN WORLDS, the debut of a new young adult science fiction/fantasy series by Skip Brittenham, the co-creator of Anomaly, the longest original full-color graphic novel ever published, which was praised in USA Today as “awe-inspiring” and “the kind of book you’d want on a desert island,” as well as Shifter, called “fast-paced and captivating” in the New York Times.

BETWEEN WORLDS combines good old-fashioned storytelling with cutting edge technology to offer the reader an enthralling multimedia experience. Paired with the novel is totally immersive Augmented Reality (AR) capability, which allows the characters to literally pop off the pages in interactive 3D. All thirteen illustrations in the novel are AR-enabled. The “magic” can be easily activated by downloading the free “Between Worlds AR” app from the Apple App Store or Google Play onto one’s mobile device. Interact with the characters by tapping on them to see what they do and read “Mayberry’s Diary,” which shares additional details not included in the novel and expands the universe for the reader.


In the book, Mayberry Hansen and Marshall Jackson are two best friends and fellow outsiders at their high school in Eden Grove, Minnesota. Misunderstood and restless, the teenagers wish for a lot of things, including being on another planet altogether. Somewhere with magic and adventure—someplace where they can be heroes. They’ve heard the legends about a magical Wishing Tree, and while on a hike through the forest, they actually find the ancient, magnificent aspen. The pair make their wish, fall asleep . . . and wake up on Nith, a mysterious and dangerous world that is exactly what they asked for—and then some. The alien landscape is stunningly beautiful, but it’s also full of dangerous and fantastic creatures. Creatures that are, almost without exception, hungry… Mayberry and Marshall soon learn two very important facts about their wish: first, that magic comes at a very steep cost, and second, that they can only be heroes if they survive. Their quest to get home will test the limits of their courage and strength . . . and change them in profound ways.

This is integration of the printed page and the latest technology like never before. For more information, visit betweenworldsapp.com.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Skip Brittenham is an entertainment lawyer who lives in Southern California with his wife and daughter, and has two older daughters as well. He’s an avid fly-fisherman and outdoorsman who has traveled to some of the remotest parts of the globe. He has written two graphic novels, Anomaly and Shifter. Between Worlds is Skip’s first young adult novel.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Review ~ The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight

The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight

Series: Outliers (Book 1)
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (May 3, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062359096
ISBN-13: 978-0062359094

I received this book for review this does not affect my opinion on this book, all opinions are my own. 

Synopsis:
From the New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia comes a fast-paced teen series where one girl learns that in a world of intrigue, betrayal, and deeply buried secrets, it is vital to trust your instincts.

It all starts with a text: Please, Wylie, I need your help. Wylie hasn’t heard from Cassie in over a week, not since their last fight. But that doesn’t matter. Cassie’s in trouble, so Wylie decides to do what she has done so many times before: save her best friend from herself.

This time it’s different, though. Instead of telling Wylie where she is, Cassie sends cryptic clues. And instead of having Wylie come by herself, Jasper shows up saying Cassie sent him to help. Trusting the guy who sent Cassie off the rails doesn’t feel right, but Wylie has no choice but to ignore her gut instinct and go with him.

But figuring out where Cassie is goes from difficult to dangerous, fast. As Wylie and Jasper head farther and farther north into the dense woods of Maine, Wylie struggles to control her growing sense that something is really wrong. What isn’t Cassie telling them? And could finding her be only the beginning?

In this breakneck tale, New York Times bestselling author Kimberly McCreight brilliantly chronicles a fateful journey that begins with a single decision—and ends up changing everything.

My thoughts prior to reading:

When I first got this book I wasn't very interested in it. I hadn't heard much about it, and the cover looked a bit creepy but when my friend saw I had this book she got so excited. That made me wonder what the book was about and I became more interested in reading it. I then picked it up and was unable to put it down. 

My thoughts after reading:

When I turned that last page I thought what a cliff hanger? I want the next book now! Kimberly manages to create a very unpredictable book. Just when you think you get what is going on in the book there is a plot twist! Again and again she caught me off guard.


The Characters: 

Wylie: Wylie is the main character, a 16 year old who refuses to leave her home partly due to her mom's passing. Wylie is prone to being nervous and she is unable to control it. She has a therapist Dr. Shepard whom she can no longer go see because she is unable to make herself leave the house. To make matters worst her once best friend Cassie no longer comes to visit her. They had a falling out and now she is lonelier than ever.
Wylie misses her mom and although her father tries to make up for their loss he just isn't enough. The fact is that Wylie's mom loved unconditionally but she was also tough as nails when she needed to be. Wylie's dad is just "a hard-core nerd scientist who lives entirely in his head" and is unable to recreate her mother's affection.
Jasper: Jasper is Cassie's boyfriend. He shows up to Wylie's house because he gets a cryptic message from Cassie saying "Go to Wylie's house". He is worried for her and although he doesn't know Wylie very well and Wylie isn't very fond of him he goes. Once at Wylie's house Cassie says more messages indicating that she needs Wylie's help and that Jasper will be willing to drive her. Jasper does this even though it means he can't go back home to grab anything he might need, he will be leaving with just the clothes on his back.
Cassie: Although she is a essential character in this book we don't actually meet her in till later on in the book. What we know about her is from what she tells Wylie and Jasper via the text messages. The messages let us know that she messed up and is in trouble but not to call the police. Each message that she sends seems to get more frantic than the last. At one point she seems so desperate that she doesn't care if they call the police she just wants to be found. 
Jasper and Wylie set of not knowing where they are going Cassie only tells them vague directions like head north on x highway not a specific point where to go. They do as their told but Jasper's car starts to malfunction. Jasper is furious that his car gave out on him so early on in the rescue mission. Wylie glances around the gas station and sees if anyone might be willing to offer them help. She sees a woman with an infant and wonders if she would be willing to help. Wylie approaches her and asks to her surprise she says yes although the woman's husband seems to need more convincing than she did. Finally they set off on the road once again. Wylie and Jasper slightly cramped in the car but headed the right way nonetheless. As they stop at a place to eat things get out of hand. One thing leads to another and Wylie and Jasper end up running for their lives. This makes matters much more difficult in finding Cassie. Things seem to rapidly get worst before they get any better. You think you may be walking into a nice easy read but wind up with something entirely unexpected. This GIF shows how I felt when I started reading it and how I felt when I finished it.
This book was so intriguing just seeing what Jasper and Wylie do to get to Cassie. Once they find her the twists and turns this book takes. I highly recommend this book it is very enjoyable. The characters aren't always what they seem and just as you think you figured it out you will be blown away.

My Rating:

★★★★★
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