Hype or Like Friday – BOTM Review: The Crown’s Game (The Crown’s Game, #1)

Just another Hype or Like Friday! This meme and Goodreads group were created by myself, Jill @ Rant and Rave Books, and Britt @ Geronimo Reads. To join our group and find out more information about what it’s all about, please go to our Goodreads page HERE.

The June BOTM is The Crown’s Game (The Crown’s Game, #1) by Evelyn Skye.

RULES:

  • Answer the weekly discussion topic.
  • Optional: Discuss your chosen hyped book of the week.
  • Optional: Talk about your progress on the BOTM.

TOPIC OF THE WEEK: BOTM Review


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When The Crown’s Game (The Crown’s Game, #1) by Evelyn Skye first came out last year, I had seen mixed reviews on it so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Luckily, this book was a surprisingly fun and pleasant read!

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip-smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love…or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear—the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

This was one of those books where it’s not perfect or overly spectacular, but just pleasant. I really enjoyed the plot and how the author was able to weave a bit of the fantastical with real history. There is definitely an air of romance around 19th century Russia, which was definitely in full view throughout The Crown’s Game. I appreciated that the author was able to fully display her area of expertise in this novel.

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I enjoyed Nikolai and Vika. Both were well-fleshed out characters and very distinctive from one another. Vika was so spunky and independent, which I loved. I thought the relationship with her father was so sweet and cute! Seriously, why can’t we have more adorable families in YA? I swear it’s like author’s treat family units like a disease or something. SO SILLY. Nikolai was so vulnerable and stern. I thought he really contrasted well against fiery Vika and bubbly Pasha. It was interesting to follow the relationships build and change between these three characters. I also loved all of the side characters like Renata and Ludmila. And can I just request to have a baker as amazing as Ludmila come be friends with me? I think that’s something very lacking in my life, haha!

I think my only issue with this book was that I never felt any apprehension or sense of dread for my characters. The “villain” wasn’t really a true villain and I wasn’t even sure if they were actually supposed to be even considered as the villain until the end. There just wasn’t enough tension or real conflict that could push the plot along. It was just a very la-te-da type of story. Perhaps that will change with the sequel though? I’m really hoping it does as that’s all this story is missing to really make it amazing.

Final Verdict:

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Have you read The Crown’s Game? What did you think of it? Do you think it was missing a true antagonist? Have you read the sequel?

Book Review: Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)

I don’t know what I was expecting for Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2) by Victoria Aveyard, but it sure isn’t what I got.

If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.

The pacing of the book was still fairly steady. I never found myself growing bored while waiting for something interesting to happen. I was always very engaged and interested. Luckily, this book didn’t suffer from the second book slump that a lot of series fall victim to. Aveyard knows how to keep readers drawn in, which is something that has to be commended.

I also enjoyed the world-building. I thought there were some very interesting new pieces that were added to expand on the world, which was something that the first book was lacking a bit on. We are finally getting to learn more about what’s going on outside of Norta and the relationships between the kingdoms mentioned in the first book. It’s always a pleasant surprise when authors actually address the issues that readers have had with their novels. I also liked how we are shown other parts of Norta, rather than being stuck to the castle, as was the case in Red Queen.

Mare… Oh, sullen and bitter, Mare. I’m just going to say it – I HATE HER. In the first book, she was interesting and charismatic. I was actually rooting for her to find some happiness and help the rebellion. But in Glass Sword? I say we should just kill her off and make Cal the new main protagonist, because she is an awful, selfish, unfeeling, whiny little bitch. Basically, she’s Katniss 2.0. Listen, I get things are hard and you’re in charge of people’s lives, but if you can’t handle that then you just need to leave. Instead, you’d rather alienate yourself from everyone and bitch and moan when anyone second guesses you. Honestly, I seriously considered not finishing this series because of the character she had turned into.

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Luckily, I really enjoy Cal as a character. I think he’s strong even though he’s in a tough position where’s he’s having to fight against his brother and fellow Silvers. I just want him to find some peace and keep him safe. And that Maven.. he is incredible. We don’t get to see him much in this book directly, but his presence is felt everywhere. I’m so interested in seeing how his story ends because I think there is a lot of room to explore different endings for him. I cannot wait to see what he does next.

However, I do feel like this series is starting to feel EXACTLY like The Hunger Games. It doesn’t feel like it is just influenced by that series anymore, but actually using the exact same plot with just a few differences to make sure it’s not copying it verbatim. From Mare turning into Katniss, to the rebels becoming District 13, I’m pretty sure we can all see where this story is headed. I guess Aveyard knew what to write to ensure it would be successful. I fell for it and will finish the series, even after knowing that. Dammit, you got me.

Final Verdict: 3/5 Stars


Have you read Glass Sword? What did you think of it? Do you see any similarities between this series and The Hunger Games? Am I being too harsh on Mare?

WWW Wednesday – June 28th, 2017

Welcome to WWW Wednesday which is currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s really just a place to do little update on what all you’ve been reading lately. Anyone is welcome to join, just leave a link to your post in the comments and be sure to give the appropriate credit to Sam!

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

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The Crown’s Game (The Crown’s Game, #1) by Evelyn Skye

I only have about 40 pages left in this book and plan to finish it tonight. I’m really enjoying this one so far. I love when authors mix fantasy with historical fiction and this one is no exception. I can’t wait to see how this one ends!

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip-smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love…or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear—the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

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Leviathan (Leviathan, #1) by Scott Westerfeld

This is my current audiobook that I grabbed from Overdrive last night. I’ve listened to 4 audiobooks since I started last week. Can you believe it?! I listen to them all day while I’m at work and I really enjoy it. So far this book has been really interesting, mixing steampunk with WWI. I kind of went into this one blind and so far, so good!

Prince Aleksander, would-be heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battletorn war machine and a loyal crew of men.

Deryn Sharp is a commoner, disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She’s a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.

With World War I brewing, Alek and Deryn’s paths cross in the most unexpected way…taking them on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure that will change both their lives forever.

What did you recently finish reading?

  • Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2) by Victoria Aveyard
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  • Pure (Pure, #1) by Julianna Baggott

I had a really good reading week. Granted 3 of these were audiobooks but still, it counts! I enjoyed these for the most part but was a little let down by Mr. Penumbra’s, as it was very anti-climatic and went overboard with the technical jargon. I’m glad that I listened to the audiobook version of Pure since I really don’t have the time to reread it before finishing the rest of the trilogy. It was just as intense as I remembered.

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • King’s Cage (Red Queen, #3) by Victoria Aveyard
  • The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1) by Samantha Shannon
  • The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1) by Erika Johansen

I will definitely be reading the King’s Cage next, and then it’s a toss up between The Bone Season (a reread) and The Queen of the Tearling. Both are part of my Smashing Series that I’ve decided to extend through July as well. We shall see which one will come first!


What are you currently reading? Did you finish any good books this past week? What do you think you’ll read next? Have you read any of the books on my list? What did you think of them? Leave a link to your WWW Wednesday in the comments below!

Teaser Tuesday – June 27th, 2016

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme currently being hosted by Ambrosia @ The Purple Booker. All are welcome to participate!

Rules:

  • Grab your current read.
  • Open to a random page.
  • Share two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page.
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! You don’t want to give too much away so as to not ruin the book for others!
  • Share the title and author so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers.

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The Crown’s Game (The Crown’s Game, #1) by Evelyn Skye

“A little precipitation never hurt anybody,” he said. “Settle in, dear city girl. It may be a very long winter.”

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Here’s my sacrilegious statement of the day: This book is sooooo much more interesting than The Night Circus. That book was boring as hell and this one is fun. BOOM.


Have you read The Crown’s Game? What did you think of it? What did you think of The Night Circus? Leave a link to your Teaser Tuesday in the comments below.

Hype or Like Friday – Cultural Magic

Just another Hype or Like Friday! This meme and Goodreads group were created by myself, Jill @ Rant and Rave Books, and Britt @ Geronimo Reads. To join our group and find out more information about what it’s all about, please go to our Goodreads page HERE.

The June BOTM is The Crown’s Game (The Crown’s Game, #1) by Evelyn Skye.

I’ll be posting this week and last week’s prompts, as my computer wasn’t working then. Sorry for the delay, y’all!

RULES:

  • Answer the weekly discussion topic.
  • Optional: Discuss your chosen hyped book of the week.
  • Optional: Talk about your progress on the BOTM.

TOPIC OF THE WEEK: Magical Recommendations – What fantasy books do you recommend that revolve around magic?

Cultural Magic – Like The Crown’s Game, many fantasy novels are inspired by different cultures or regions. What are some cultures/regions/periods that you would like to see represented in the future?


Magical Recommendations

These are just a few of my favorite books that deal with the wonderful stuff that fills our fantasy novels. I’m sure most of you have heard of the majority of these, but I hope that there’s at least one or two that might strike your fancy. 😉

Cultural Magic

There are so many fantasy books that are inspired by different cultures from around the world. But unfortunately, I have not been able to read them all. Please recommend me any that you can think of, I’m always up for adding books to my TBR! Here’s just a few that I wouldn’t mind seeing more of!

  1. Russian/Eastern European – Okay, this one has actually blown up a lot more in the last year or so in YA fantasy. However, I’m just not over it yet and really need more! I actually would like to see more throw a bit of culture and myth into the stories, rather than just a setting inspired by it.
  2. Caribbean/Creole – There is sooooo much that could be done with the rich cultures that have combined and originated in the Caribbean and southern Louisiana. I desperately need books that are set in this area or are inspired by these cultures. I think it’s pretty popular for the urban fantasy/romance genres, but it’s severely lacking in true fantasy or YA. This is what I’ve been waiting for my whole life and I didn’t even realize it until now. Actually, I’ve just been inspired. Gimme a few years, y’all, and I just might have fixed this problem!
  3. Middle Eastern – Another area that has gotten more popular recently but I need more! There’s an abundance of material for inspiration and I’m pretty sure that this will continue to grow in the future.

What are some books based around magic that you recommend? What are some different cultures/regions that you would like to see more fantasy novels inspired by? What books would you recommend for my choices? Leave a link to your Hype or Like Friday post in the comments below!

Book Review: A Million Worlds with You (Firebird, #3)

While very enjoyable and as exciting as the first two books in the series, A Million Worlds with You (Firebird, #3) by Claudia Gray, just didn’t quite measure up to the previous books in the series.

A million universes. A million dangers. One destiny.

The fate of the multiverse rests in Marguerite Caine’s hands. Marguerite has been at the center of a cross-dimensional feud since she first traveled to another universe using her parents’ invention, the Firebird. Only now has she learned the true plans of the evil Triad Corporation—and that those plans could spell doom for dozens or hundreds of universes, each facing total annihilation.

Paul Markov has always been at Marguerite’s side, but Triad’s last attack has left him a changed man—angry and shadowed by tragedy. He struggles to overcome the damage done to him, but despite Marguerite’s efforts to help, Paul may never be the same again.

So it’s up to Marguerite alone to stop the destruction of the multiverse. Billions of lives are at stake. The risks have never been higher. And Triad has unleashed its ultimate weapon: another dimension’s Marguerite—wicked, psychologically twisted, and always one step ahead.

In the conclusion to Claudia Gray’s Firebird trilogy, fate and family will be questioned, loves will be won and lost, and the multiverse will be forever changed. It’s a battle of the Marguerites…and only one can win.

As always, Claudia Gray knows how to keep the action going. You never have any trouble with growing bored or tired, as her pacing is always a steady wave. I loved how exciting this book was from start to finish. Basically this entire trilogy is one wild ride that you never want to get off of. I’ll probably read any book that Gray ever writes now, if this suspenseful action is her M.O.

My wonderful characters are still just as amazing in this finale. Marguerite has developed into such a feisty and strong character. She doesn’t let anything stand between her and saving her family. I loved how a strong family unit is portrayed in this series, as families or even parents, are usually nonexistent. But not here! Marguerite’s parents are so adorable and amazing. I always enjoy when they go off on one of their science tangents, so cute! Paul continues to be such a dreamy book boyfriend. I loved how his character goes through a transformation in this book. I found it interesting how much he changes and has such a realistic reaction to everything he’s gone through. And I finally really enjoyed Theo in this book. I always found him kind of shifty and didn’t really trust him as a character. I almost felt like Gray was trying too hard to create a really cool character, an opposite of Paul. However, I finally grew used to him though and was able to enjoy his personality.

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My only issue with this final book was that the ending was a bit too clean and easy. I’m sure y’all know by now how much I prefer my endings imperfect and bittersweet. It just doesn’t feel so real if things turn out perfect. I mean I know it’s fiction, obviously, but I still want them to be a little messy. I actually thought that Gray would give me that kind of ending, but unfortunately (for me), that wasn’t the case. Happy endings galore for those of you who prefer that sort of thing! Everything just felt too quick, too perfect. I almost felt like if you blinked then you could’ve missed that it was over.

Overall, I really enjoyed this series. It was an incredibly fun ride, full of all sorts of twists and turns. I loved never knowing what was going to happen or where Marguerite’s dimension traveling would bring her to next. If you’re looking for a science fiction novel that is fun, full of a swoon-worthy romance, and the cutest family ever… this is it.

Final Verdict: 4/5 Stars


Have you read A Million Worlds with You? What did you think of the Firebird trilogy? Did you enjoy the ending? Which Marguerite was your favorite?

WWW Wednesday – June 21st, 2017

Welcome to WWW Wednesday which is currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s really just a place to do little update on what all you’ve been reading lately. Anyone is welcome to join, just leave a link to your post in the comments and be sure to give the appropriate credit to Sam!

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

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Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2) by Victoria Aveyard

This book is decent so far. I wouldn’t say that it’s as exciting as the first book, but it’s still decent. I have about 70 pages left though and hope to finish it today. I’ve been going slower with this book but I’m also currently in the process of moving so I haven’t been doing much reading this week so far.

If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.

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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

So if you follow me on Twitter, you’ll probably have heard that I started my first audiobook earlier this week. Well I finished it yesterday on my way home from work and decided for my next one, that I would go with this book that’s been on my TBR list since forever ago. When I saw that Audible offered the full cast production of it, I knew I had to have it. I just started it this morning and am already in love! I definitely recommend this version if you’re interested in it.

After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family…

Beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman returns with a luminous new novel for the audience that embraced his New York Times bestselling modern classic Coraline. Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, The Graveyard Book is sure to enthrall readers of all ages.

What did you recently finish reading?

  • The Lost Letter by Jillian Cantor
  • A Million Worlds with You (Firebird, #3) by Claudia Gray

The Lost Letter was my first audiobook ever and I loved it. It was a great love story, told in such a unique way that it didn’t feel like the same ol’ same ol’ WWII novel. I loved how it went back and forth between 1938 and 1989, showing how the two different POVs were connected. I also recommend the audiobook for this one, as the narrators did a great job!

A Million Worlds with You was a great conclusion to this trilogy. I do think that the ending was a bit wrapped up too easily, but other than that, it was a really thrilling story. If you want a good romance story full of action and adventure, then this trilogy is probably what you’re looking for.

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • King’s Cage (Red Queen, #3) by Victoria Aveyard
  • The Crown’s Game (The Crown’s Game, #1) by Evelyn Skye – Hype or Like Friday June BOTM

I have decided to extend Smashing Series Round 2 through the end of July. I realized I actually have more series that I originally thought, and I think it’s time to knock them all out. I’ll be posting my July TBR next week sometime but until then, I’ll finish out June with these two beauties.


What are you currently reading? Have you read any good books this past week? Have you ever listened to an audiobook? What do you think of them? Leave a link to your WWW Wednesday in the comments below!

WWW Wednesday – June 14th, 2017

Welcome to WWW Wednesday which is currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s really just a place to do little update on what all you’ve been reading lately. Anyone is welcome to join, just leave a link to your post in the comments and be sure to give the appropriate credit to Sam!

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

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A Million Worlds with You (Firebird, #3) by Claudia Gray

Yes, I’m still currently reading this one. I had to put it aside for a few days last week so I could finish up the book for my book club meeting. But I will say that I’m absolutely loving it! This last one has really upped the stakes and I am SO obsessed.

A million universes. A million dangers. One destiny.

The fate of the multiverse rests in Marguerite Caine’s hands. Marguerite has been at the center of a cross-dimensional feud since she first traveled to another universe using her parents’ invention, the Firebird. Only now has she learned the true plans of the evil Triad Corporation—and that those plans could spell doom for dozens or hundreds of universes, each facing total annihilation.

Paul Markov has always been at Marguerite’s side, but Triad’s last attack has left him a changed man—angry and shadowed by tragedy. He struggles to overcome the damage done to him, but despite Marguerite’s efforts to help, Paul may never be the same again.

So it’s up to Marguerite alone to stop the destruction of the multiverse. Billions of lives are at stake. The risks have never been higher. And Triad has unleashed its ultimate weapon: another dimension’s Marguerite—wicked, psychologically twisted, and always one step ahead.

In the conclusion to Claudia Gray’s Firebird trilogy, fate and family will be questioned, loves will be won and lost, and the multiverse will be forever changed. It’s a battle of the Marguerites…and only one can win.

What did you recently finish reading?

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Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

This was the novel that I had to read for my book club. In all honesty, this just was not a very good novel. There’s a reason that this story wasn’t published when Lee first wrote it and it should have just stayed that way. If you’re looking for some literary fiction and have heard good things about Harper Lee’s books, just stick with To Kill a Mockingbird. Trust me on this.

From Harper Lee comes a landmark new novel set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird. Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch–“Scout”–returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise’s homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in a painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past–a journey that can be guided only by one’s conscience. Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer understanding and appreciation of Harper Lee. Here is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humor and effortless precision–a profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times. It not only confirms the enduring brilliance of To Kill a Mockingbird, but also serves as its essential companion, adding depth, context and new meaning to an American classic.

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2) by Victoria Aveyard
  • King’s Cage (Red Queen, #3) by Victoria Aveyard

Still continuing on with my Smashing Series for this month by catching up on the Red Queen series. I’ve heard fairly mixed things about the rest of the books in the series, but I still plan to finish it. One of my biggest issues is quitting series in the middle. Unless the first book is just awful, I will always complete a series. Call me a glutton for punishment that way. I’m sick, I know!


What are you currently reading? Did you finish any good books this week? Have you read any of the books on my list? What did you think of them? Leave a link to your WWW Wednesday in the comments below!

Book Review: Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird, #2)

The obsession with Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird, #2) by Claudia Gray is real, y’all. This trilogy is giving me life right now and I’m so scared to see how it’s going to end.

Ever since she used the Firebird, her parents’ invention, to cross into alternate dimensions, Marguerite has caught the attention of enemies who will do anything to force her into helping them dominate the multiverse—even hurting the people she loves. She resists until her boyfriend, Paul, is attacked and his consciousness scattered across multiple dimensions.

Marguerite has no choice but to search for each splinter of Paul’s soul. The hunt sends her racing through a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each world brings Marguerite one step closer to rescuing Paul. But with each trial she faces, she begins to question the destiny she thought they shared.

The second book in the Firebird trilogy, Ten Thousand Skies Above You features Claudia Gray’s lush, romantic language and smart, exciting action, and will have readers clamoring for the next book.

The Good

  • Plot that rocks! – This is one of those stories that it’s almost impossible to get bored with. You’re constantly following Marguerite through the different dimensions, and with each one being so incredibly different, there’s never any time for you to lose interest. I didn’t think it was possible for the plot to get any more exciting after the first book, but I was so happy to see that I was wrong. SO INTENSE!
  • Oh, those consequences… – I know that some people had some issues with the first book because Marguerite was never having to deal with any backlash for her actions and decisions (especially that really important/bad one). However, don’t fear because all of those choices are finally coming back to haunt her. And you might think, now that’s not very nice to get excited about, Larkin. But I don’t care! It makes the book so much better knowing that there’s some realistic issues coming about. You can’t just go bumbling through life without ever suffering any consequences! Luckily, Gray knows that and it was definitely a great piece added to the overall story.
  • Can’t stop, won’t stop. – This kind of goes hand in hand with the overall plot, but the pacing is just so on point. It never slows down to even a walk, it’s just a non-stop sprint from start to finish. If you’ve been feeling the need for something a bit more upbeat, then this is the trilogy you’re probably looking for.
  • Tortured Paul – Paul is such an amazing character. I loved that in this book we get a little bit more of his history and finally see some more depth in his character. I thought it was great writing to finally build a real story behind Paul. Huge thumbs up.

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The Bad

  • Sometimes it’s just too much. – Listen, the romance has a huge part in this trilogy, that’s a given and something that I didn’t really have a problem with in the first book. However, in this book it finally started to annoy me just a tad. Like I get it, you’re in love and all, blah blah blah.. But it’s just laid on a little thick, I think. I would’ve preferred Gray to just pull back a bit on all of the love references.

This series really has turned into one of my all-time favorites. Unless it just has the shittiest ending ever, I can definitely see myself recommending this to literally every person I know.

FYI: Currently in the middle of the third book and it is freaking awesome. YESSSSSS!

Final Verdict: 5/5 stars


Have you read Ten Thousand Skies Above You? What did you think of it? Did you enjoy the entire trilogy? How do you feel about books where the romance can sometimes overpower the plot?

Hype or Like Friday – Fantastical Magics

Just another Hype or Like Friday! This meme and Goodreads group were created by myself, Jill @ Rant and Rave Books, and Britt @ Geronimo Reads. To join our group and find out more information about what it’s all about, please go to our Goodreads page HERE.

The June BOTM is The Crown’s Game (The Crown’s Game, #1) by Evelyn Skye.

RULES:

  • Answer the weekly discussion topic.
  • Optional: Discuss your chosen hyped book of the week.
  • Optional: Talk about your progress on the BOTM.

TOPIC OF THE WEEK: Fantastical Magics… What are some of your favorite magical systems?


Fantastical Magics

1. Harry Potterseries – Regular Magic

Just give me some good old-fashioned regular style magic with wands and spells. Let’s keep it classic sometimes, people!

2. Three Dark Crowns trilogy – Naturalists, Poisoners, Elementalists

I love how there’s only three different factions of magic in this world and that they all basically hate each other. I find it so intriguing that it’s only these three types. Now I’m just ready to see the sisters fight it out! Low-key rooting for the Naturalists…Shhhhh, don’t tell anyone.

3. Witchlands series – Witches

I’m not really sure what to call the magic system in this series, but I love it. It was a little difficult to follow at first but then I was like, okay this is fucking cool. You have some who can control air, others who can tell when someone is telling the truth, even some who can manipulate blood in order to heal themselves. Yeah, it’s impressive.

4. A Court of Thorns and Roses series – Fae Magic

I just love how many different abilities some of the Fae have in this series. I think it’s cool that Tamlin can transform, Azriel can blend in with the shadows, etc. Basically everyone has some awesome ability and it makes me insanely jealous. Let’s not even mention that fact that Feyre has them all. So greedy!

5. Strange the Dreamer – The “Gods”

When you’re the offspring of gods, there tend to be some perks that come along with that. Hercules was insanely strong, Achilles was invincible except for his ankle, and then you have these kids who are gifted as well. Ruby can set fire, Sarai can manipulate dreams, and Sparrow can control plants.


What are some of your favorite magic systems? Which one would you want to be a part of? Leave a link to your Hype or Like Friday post in the comments below!