Monday, 20 May 2019

FIFTEEN 2018 RELEASES I NEED TO GET TO!

Hey guys! I read a lot in 2018 and yet there were so many releases that I never ended up getting to because of time or not having access to the book.

Let's get into it. 

BOOKS







1.  Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller 

This was released on February 27, 2018.  I really enjoyed the first book, Daughter of the Pirate King, and I bought this book shortly after it released but I never got around to reading it so I'm hoping to change that this year! The first book was about Alosa who is a female pirate captain (and part siren) searching for an ancient hidden map. She allows herself to be kidnapped by her enemies in order to search their ship for the map, the only thing standing between her and the map is her captor, the attractive first-mate, Riden. I'm hoping to get to this one soon. 

2. Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi 

This was released on March 6, 2018.  Restore Me is the fourth book in the Shatter Me series which was originally a trilogy. I loved the first three books a lot but am a little worried about reading this one as it might not live up to my high expectations. 

3. Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

This was released on April 3, 2018. I bought this book when it came out because I loved Alex, Approximately by the same author, however, I never picked this one up. Starry Eyes is about Zorie and Lennon who are best friends-turned-best enemies who find themselves stranded in the wilderness together when a camping trip goes south. They have to work their issues out and try to get to safety with no one but each other for company. It sounds so dramatic and interesting and I hope to get to it soon. 

4. Furyborn by Claire Legrand

This was released on May 22, 2018.  Furyborn is a huge book and that is part of the reason why I have taken so long to read it. Also, I've tried the audiobook and couldn't get into it but I am finally reading it from the library and really enjoying it. Furyborn is about two women, centuries apart, who are fighting in a cosmic war that spans millenia. Rielle Dardenne exposes herself as one of the prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood, when she saves her best friend from assassins. She has to go through trials to prove she's the Sun Queen or she'll be executed. A thousand years later, Eliana Ferracora is a bounty hunter for the Empire until her mother vanishes. She then joins a rebel captain to find her and discovers how terrible the evil at the empire's heart really is. 

5. War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

This was released on May 15, 2018. There is a reason that I haven't read this book yet and that is because I got a spoiler and now I am very upset and don't want to cry. I do want to read this though because I feel like I should complete the series. 

6. A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

This was released on June 12, 2018. I loved the first two books so much and I really want to get to this one but I feel like I have to reread the first two which is one of the reasons why I haven't read this one yet. This series is set in a world inspired by ancient Rome where defiance is met with death and everyone has to vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor. Laia lives with her older brother and grandparents and they live in poverty. They don't challenge the Empire but when Laia's brother is arrested for treason, she agrees to spy for the rebels who promise to help rescue her brother, however this greatly puts her life at risk as she's spying in the Empire's greatest military academy. She meets Elias who is the school's finest soldier and also its most unwilling as all he wants is to be free of the tyranny. 

7. Dawn of Legends by Eleanor Herman

This was released on June 26, 2018. This is another finale to a series and I really don't want it to end. This series is about Alexander the Great when he was young and is a historical fiction/fantasy series.  Alexander is the prince of Macedonia and is ready to find out his destiny in the world. Katerina is navigating court life while trying to hide her secret mission, to kill the queen.  It's a darker series and is often compared to Game of Thrones because of it, however it is still a Young Adult/New Adult series. 

8. Sea Witch by Sarah Henning 

This was released on July 31, 2018. I love books having to do with sirens, mermaids and/or pirates and this fits the bill. This is a retelling of The Little Mermaid/an origin story of the Sea Witch. Evie is an outcast in her small fishing town (and a witch) ever since her best friend, Anna drowned. A girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and Evie is convinced it's actually her best friend though the girl denies it. The girls catch the eyes/hearts of two charming princes and Evie believes she might have a chance at her own happily ever after however, her new friend has secrets of her own. She can't stay on two legs unless Evie finds a way to help her. It sounds so good and I really want to read it!

9. These Rebel Waves by Sara Raash

This was released on August 7, 2018.  Another pirate themed book has made it's way onto this list! These Rebel Waves is a book that has very mixed reviews but I am very excited to read it regardless as pirate books are some of my favorites. 

10. Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson 

This was released on August 7, 2018. Mary E. Pearson's first series, The Remnant Chronicles are one of my favorite book series and this is set in the same universe. This is about a reformed theif and the young leader of an outlaw dynasty. Jase is the leader of the Ballenger empire and Kazi is a former street thief sent to investigate in the land of the Ballengers. I am very excited to start this one. 

11. The Towering Sky by Katharine McGee

This was released on August 28, 2018.  This is the third book in The Thousandth Floor series and I think the last book in the series. I bought this book from Barnes and Noble shortly after it came out but since I went off to college, I never got to read it. This series is about Manhattan in 2118 where there is a thousand story tower where the majority of the Manhattan population resides. It's a very different and interesting book with lots of drama and gossip. I am excited to find out how this series ends. 

12. Wildcard by Marie Lu

This was released on September 18, 2018. Wildcard is the sequel to Warcross which was about a teenage hacker, Emika Chen who works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. She hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships however she accidentally glitches herself into the action. She gets a call from the game's creator, Hideo Tanaka and he offers her a job to spy on the tournament in order to uncover a security problem and she accepts. I really enjoy all of Marie Lu's books and I loved the first book so I am very excited to read this one. 

13. Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco 

This was released on September 18, 2018. This is the third book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series. Audrey Rose Wadsworth is a lord's daughter with a life of wealth and privilege, however against her father's wishes and society's expectations, she works in her uncle's laboratory to study forensic medicine. I love how these books mix historical fiction with horror and it is so good. 


This was released on October 2, 2018.  This is the sequel or companion novel of A Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue which was one of my favorite reads of 2018 and I bought this last year but I haven't had time to read this one. This one is about Felicity who was the sister of Monty. The first book was so good but I've heard some mixed things about this one so I've been a little worried to read this one.  

15. The Devil's Thief by Lisa Maxwell

This was released on October 9, 2018. This is the sequel to The Last Magician which was set in modern-day New York where magic for the most part was extinct. Those who have it are hiding. Esa is the main character who is a thief, raised to steal magical artifacts. She has the ability to manipulate time and often travels to the past to collect these artifacts. This was also one of the books that I was very excited to buy last year so I am very excited. 


Have you read any of these books? 

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Weekly Recap: 5/13 - 5/19

Weekly recap is where I update you on my life, reading and watching. Plus any posts I have done or will do.

Sorry that I haven't done one of these in a long while but I haven't been reading much or blogging much so I didn't see the point but now I'm back!  I am back home from college. I moved out last Sunday and then my parents and I drove back home (for 10 hours) on Monday. I hung out with friends on Friday for one of my friends' birthday where we had dinner and got our nails done. On Saturday, I finally saw Avengers Endgame for the first time and it was so good but also made me cry a lot.

I am ready to read a lot as well as catch up on some TV and movies.  I also added a new feature to this weekly recap which shows book, movie, and tv news!

Now, let's get into recapping.


New Books

Purchased:



Library: 






Received for Review: 



In Case You Missed It
This Week I Read




This Week I Watched



This Week I Listened To 

The Phantom of the Opera Soundtrack
Just a Girl by No Doubt
Don't Speak by No Doubt
Sucker by The Jonas Brothers
ME! by Taylor Swift ft. Brendon Urie
Kill this Love by BLACKPINK
Woman by Kesha
Stand Down by Little Mix
Saturday Night by Panic! at the Disco
Celebrity Skin by Hole
Noir State Beach by Xu Xu Fang
The Struggle by Grizfolk
Go by Meg Myers
Mercy by Hurts
No Scrubs Cover by Unlike Pluto


Next Week I'm Reading





Upcoming Reviews





Upcoming Posts


Monday: TBD

Tuesday: TBD

Wednesday: TBD

Thursday: TBD

Friday: TBD

Saturday: TBD

Sunday: Weekly Recap



Around the Blog Community

Jessica over at A Great Read did the 90s Book Tag!

CG over at PaperFury told us what are the Best and Worst Things About Being an Author + Book Blogger!

Fadwa over at Word Wonders did a post about how YA Books with "Heavy" Topics are Necessary!


Book, Movie, and TV News

Nancy Drew CW Trailer: It looks a lot like Riverdale which is a tiny bit concerning but I think I might try it out this Fall!

Motherland Fort Salem Trailer: This is a new Freeform show that is set in an alternate America where witches have a deal with the government in which they fight for their country and it has dominant women on the front lines rather than men. I'm all about girl power so I kind of want to try this!

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black is now going to be published in 2019 and I am so excited!

Eleanor and Park is going to be adapted into a movie. The cast isn't known yet. 

The Hating Game now has some cast members.  Robbie Amell (CW's The Flash and The Duff) and Lucy Hale (Freeform's Pretty Little Liars) were cast in the main roles of Josh and Lucy, respectively. 

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

MARCH + APRIL '19 WRAP-UP


Another combined wrap-up and this time it's for March and April '19.

I can not believe that it is May and that I am almost done with my freshman year of college!

In March, I had my spring break which was a great break from college as I got to read and hang out with friends. I also got more reading done in April than I have been getting done so far this year.

 Anyways...

Time to talk about the books I read this month.


PHYSICAL BOOKS


The first book I read was Pride and Prometheus by John Kessel. Originally my mom and I checked this out from the library as a kind of joke since it is a mix between Frankenstein and Pride and Prejudice but I actually ended up reading it pretty fast. It's a cute book that explores Mary Bennett and what her life is like after her sisters get married. I rated it 3 Crowns. 

The second book I read was A Grave Matter by Anna Lee Huber. This is the third book in this series which is about a young woman named Kiera Darby, in the early 1800s who gets caught up in mysteries and helps solve them. I love this series so much as the mysteries are so interesting and suspenseful and I find myself attempting to solve them along with Kiera Darby. I rated this one 4 Crowns. 

The third book I read was Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte. This was such a good book. It was one of my most anticipated books for the year and it did not disappoint. I loved how it was a mystery as well as a fantasy which are two genres that you don't often see mixing together. This was about a girl named Keralie who is a skilled thief. She steals a package from Varin who is an upstanding citizen and he tries to get the package back. In his attempts, the two find themselves tangled up in a conspiracy that leaves all four of the countries' queens dead. They both join forces in an attempt to solve the mystery of who killed the queens. This book was so interesting with so many plot twists that you never know where the story is going to end up. I rated this one 4 Crowns. 



The fourth book I read was The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I read this one for my English class at college. I knew that this was not a book that was up my ally when I was assigned to read it. I have always heard that this was a depressing book and how there was little hope in it. I ended up rating it 3 Crowns. I ended up liking writing about it for class but I didn't really like the story as yes, it was pretty depressing. 

The fifth book I read was Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sara B. Larson. I loved this book and have been meaning to read it for a long time. I really love the ballet Swan Lake as well as the music so I had to buy this as soon as it came out. I finally got around to reading it and I am so glad that I loved it as much as I thought I would. This is about a Princess named Evelayn who on her 18th birthday can finally access all her magical powers. Her Kingdom is called the Light Kingdom who is at war with the Dark Kingdom. The Dark Kingdom's King is plotting to control both kingdoms and Evelayn's mother is currently at war trying to prevent this. This is such a good book however a lot of the Swan Lake parts don't come till the end. I rated this 5 Crowns. 

The sixth book I read was Kindred by Octavia E. Butler. This was another book that I had to read for my English class in college and another book that I would have never picked up on my own. I ended up enjoying it. It's very interesting as there is time travel within it while still being mostly a historical fiction. It was kind of depressing as well and I ended up rating it 3 Crowns. 



The seventh book I read was Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody. I listened to some of the audiobook for my reread of this because it was easier. I love this book so much! I read it last year as an ARC and I loved it then and I think I enjoyed it even more on my reread if that's possible. If you don't know already (because I've talked about it so many times), this is about Enne Salta, a proper young lady, who goes to New Reynes, also known as the City of Sin, in order to find her mother who has gone missing. Enne's only lead in this case is a name: Levi Glaisyer. She thinks Levi is going to be a proper gentleman however he turns out to be a con man and a street lord. Levi is in debt and refuses to help Enne until she offers him money as compensation and he thinks this is the solution to all his problems. However, they are both in for a lot more than they bargained more. Enne discovers secrets from her past and Levi's enemies eventually catch up to him leaving them in a high stakes game. This book reminds me of a mix between Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and Caraval by Stephanie Garber and I love this book and highly recommend it. I rated it 5 Crowns. 

The eighth book I read was The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (which was another reread). I read this for my Leadership Class and while I've already read it, I enjoyed reading it for a second time. I feel like when you read a book for a class and analyze it you either learn a lot more about the book and end up enjoying it more, or you end up hating it. I ended up enjoying it so much more. I rated it 4 Crowns as I did the first time. 

The ninth book I read was Ordinary Light by Tracy K. Smith. I also had to read this one for my English class and I liked it. This is a memoir which is something that I never pick up unless I have to read it for class. I liked this book because it kept me interested for the whole thing and I managed to read it super fast for class. I rated it 3 Crowns.



The tenth book I read was Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. This was the last book that I had to read for my English class and it was my favorite of the books that I had to read for the class. This book is so hard to explain but it's basically about a suburb of Cleveland called Shaker Heights where everything is planned. Mia Warren who is a single mother arrives in the town and rents a house from the Richardsons (who are a family who plays by the town's rules). She and her daughter Pearl become close to the Richardson family. However, Mia carries a mysterious past with her and Elena Richardson is determined to find out everything about her. Also, there's a custody battle when the Richardsons' friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby and it divides the town. This is such a good book that evokes every emotion. I rated this one 4 Crowns. 

The eleventh book I read was The Black Coats by Colleen Oakes. I didn't know much about this book except that it was about women getting revenge on men who did them wrong and I was there for it! This book is about Thea who's cousin was killed and the man who killed her was not brought to justice. She is recruited by the Black Coats who are a secretive organization that have been exacting vengeance on men who have hurt women and girls for years. Thea joins them and trains every day with other girls however, Thea discovers the Black Coats aren't all that they seem.

The twelfth book I read was An Affair of Poisons by Addie Thorley. I didn't know much about this book either but I saw it in the library and read the synopsis and really wanted to try it. I wrote a full review of this book so I'm not going to say much about the book here. I loved this book a lot and I ended up rating it 5 Crowns. 


AUDIOBOOKS READ

NONE

ARC'S READ


The only ARC I read was The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton. This is the sequel to The Belles and I ended up writing a full review of this book which is linked down below. I love how it continues to expand the world of The Belles and we get to learn a lot more about our main character. I rated it 4 Crowns. 



REVIEWS IN MARCH + APRIL: 

The Everlasting Rose (The Belles #2) by Dhonielle Clayton Review


WEEKLY WRAP-UP:



DISCUSSIONS/OTHER:




FAVORITE COVER OF THE MONTH:




NEW FICTIONAL BAE'S: 

Varin from Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

Tanvin from Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sara B. Larson

Lorcan from Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sara B. Larson

Levi from Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

Drew from The Black Coats by Colleen Oakes

Josse from An Affair of Poisons by Addie Thorley


NEW FAVORITE FEMALES: 

Keralie from Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

Evelayn from Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sara B. Larson 

Enne from Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

Thea from The Black Coats by Colleen Oakes 

Mira from An Affair of Poisons by Addie Thorley


NEW FAVORITE BOOK RELATIONSHIPS: 

Varin and Keralie from Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

Tanvin and Evelayn from Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sara B. Larson

Enne and Levi from Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

Thea from Drew from The Black Coats by Colleen Oakes 

Mira and Josse from An Affair of Poisons by Addie Thorley



TV SHOWS I WATCHED THIS MONTH:




 



MOVIES I WATCHED THIS MONTH:








WHAT BOOKS I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH:





There's so many more but these are the main ones! 


NEW BLOG FINDS

NONE


SONGS ON REPEAT

Phantom of the Opera - Movie Soundtrack

Sucker - The Jonas Brothers

ME! - Taylor Swift ft. Brendon Urie

Kill this Love - BLACKPINK

Woman - Kesha

Stand Down - Little Mix

7 rings - Ariana Grande Album

Saturday Night - Panic! at the Disco

Mercy - Hurts

Go - Meg Myers

Sweet But Psycho - Ava Max

The Struggle - Grizfolk

The Edge of Glory - Lady Gaga


 BOOKS I WANT TO READ NEXT MONTH

 




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