WWW Wednesday – January 31st, 2018

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?

  • The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy – audiobook
  • Iron Gold (Red Rising, #4) by Pierce Brown – physical book

I still haven’t gotten very far into The Disappearances. It’s a little slow so far and hasn’t made me want to turn it on to listen to during work. Hopefully, it starts to pick up soon though.

Okay, I’m obsessing over Iron Gold right now. It’s amazing and perfect and intense and crazy and fun!!! Lysander is definitely my favorite POV so far, with Darrow a close second. I have no idea how this book is going to end but I’m sure it’ll be with an insane cliffhanger that will leave my dying until the next book comes out later this summer.

What did you recently finish reading?

I haven’t finished anything since last week. Oops!

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1) by Holly Black – physical book
  • Wandering Star (Zodiac, #2) by Romina Russell – physical book

My copy of The Cruel Prince finallyyyy arrived yesterday, so I definitely plan to move on to that one next. I’ve heard such amazing things about it and after loving previous books by Black, I’m pretty sure that I’ll love this one just as much.

I’m really excited to dive into Wandering Star after that. I really enjoyed the first book and can’t wait to see where the next book takes the story!

What are you currently reading? What books do you plan to read next? Did you finish any good books this past week? Leave a link to your WWW Wednesday post in the comments below!

Book Review: The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy, #1)

I will go ahead and prepare you for the fact that this won’t be one of my typical book reviews. And why is that, you ask? Because The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy, #1) by S.A. Chakraborty is literally PERFECTION…. Seriously.

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles.

But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass?a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.

In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences.

After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for . . .

I’m not lying when I say this either but I loved every single thing about this book. The characters are so amazing and unique, the world building is one of the best that I’ve ever read, and the plot is so intricate and exciting from start to finish. I wish I had some negatives or critiques to give you, just to make things more exciting for this review, but I don’t. I have not been able to stop thinking about this book since I finished it. I’m being completely honest when I say that this book is now in my top all-time favorites. IT’S THAT GOOD.

She had been both good and wicked and everything in between. She had been both at once, too, until it was hard for her to even tell the difference anymore..png

Bottom line for this book is that you need to read it.. No, you MUST read it. There is a lack of diversity within the fantasy genre (or most genres, really) and now we finally have one that exceeds any and all expectations. This story will excite you like nothing else and I promise that you’ll finish it already begging for more. I seriously have a hole in my heart right now that can only be filled by more of Nahri, Dara, and Ali. The wait until the sequel’s release this fall just might kill me.

Join me in obsessing over this story and the characters!

Final Verdict: 5/5 stars (DUH!)

Have you read The City of Brass? If so, what did you think of it? Do you think it was worth all of the hype?

WWW Wednesday – January 24th, 2018

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?

  • The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy – audiobook
  • Iron Gold (Red Rising, #4) by Pierce Brown – physical book

I only listened to a little bit of The Disappearances so I’m not really far enough along yet to have an opinion. I guess I do like that it’s set in WWII, which I wasn’t aware of before I bought it. You know how I like my historical fiction!

I’m about 100 pages into Iron Gold and I’m already obsessed. It feels soooo good to be back in this world! I’m also really liking all of the different POVs. I think my favorite has to be Lysander, which I wasn’t expecting. I love that he’s a booknerd and so smart! Also, Victra is still awesome and my fictional twin. 🙂

What did you recently finish reading?

  • The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis – audiobook, 3/5 stars
  • Into the Bright Unknown (The Gold Seer Trilogy, #3) – physical book, 4/5 stars
  • The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy, #1) by S.A. Chakraborty – physical book, 5/5 stars
  • The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil, #1) by Soman Chainani – physical book, 3/5 stars
  • These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly – physical book, 5/5 stars

I finished all of these books during my personal #24in48 read-a-thon this past weekend. I had a really good reading weekend overall and enjoyed all of these books for the most part. However, The City of Brass and These Shallow Graves are the two main stars. I would actually officially list The City of Brass as one of my all-time favorite books now. It was THAT amazing.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Since I can’t decide what to read next because my FairyLoot with The Cruel Prince hasn’t even shipped yet… Here’s the books left on my January TBR. Hopefully I’ll be able to figure out what to read next before I finish Iron Gold. I obviously won’t be finishing all of these before February, haha!

  • From a Certain Point of View by Ben Acker
  • Wandering Star (Zodiac, #2) by Romina Russell
  • Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms, #2) by Morgan Rhodes
  • The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1) by Holly Black
  • I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

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

2017 End of the Year Reading Survey

It’s probably a little late in January to be going back to discuss 2017 reads, but I don’t care. I’m doing it anyway! I first saw this survey done by Caitrona @ LittleBookOwl and really enjoyed the different questions so I thought I’d take a shot at it.

Original survey was created by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner.

2017 Reading Stats

  • Total Books Read: 89
  • Number of Re-Reads: 2
  • Genre You Read the Most From: Fantasy (always!)

Best In Books

Best Book You Read In 2017?



The Dark Days Pact (Lady Helen, #2) by Alison Goodman

I wish I could describe to everyone just how obsessed I’ve become with this series, but there are no words. Seriously, I love everything about it – the mystery, the Regency setting, the slow burn romance, ALL OF IT.

Honorable Mentions: Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity, #2), The Serpent King, and Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)

Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?



Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1) by Julie C. Dao

Yeah, if you read my review of this book then you’ll know how much of an intense hatred I hold for the main protagonist. Seriously, she’s awful. However, the author has confirmed that the sequel will follow a different character so I can get behind that.

Honorable Mentions: Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2), Windwitch (Witchlands, #2), and Bone Gap

Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?



Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

What surprised me most about this book was that I didn’t enjoy it as much everyone else seemed to. This is such a beloved book but I found it to only be mediocre. Maybe my expectations were too high? Also, Leah is a terrible person. That’s right, I said it! Why does everyone like her so much?!


Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?



A Million Junes by Emily Henry

I literally recommend this book to everyone. Now I know a few of my friends have bought it but I don’t they’e read it yet. BUT THEY WILL!



Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?

Best Series Started – The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen, #1) by Alison Goodman

Best Sequel – The Mime Order (The Bone Season, #2) by Samantha Shannon

Best Series Ender – Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity, #2) by Victoria Schwab

Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

Theodora Goss, Alison Goodman, Jeff Zentner

Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?



The Cutting Season by Attica Locke

I’m not one for mystery/thrillers, but I really did enjoy this book. I thought it was very well done and unique in the story it was trying to tell. I especially loved the truly atmospheric setting that Locke created.



Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?



Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2) by Marissa Meyer

Yup, everyone was right – this series is just so awesome. I’ve already got Cress on next month’s TBR, because I have to know what’s going to happen next with this wonderful cast of characters. Also, the snark is on point with this series, A+. I fully expect that to continue too!


Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I’m not really one for rereading books unless it’s for a refresher before a sequel gets released. But you never know!

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?


Most memorable character of 2017?

Abel from Defy the Stars (Constellation, #1)… He’s just so hilarious because since he’s an A.I., he has literally no social skills whatsover. I mean, who else would say outrageous things such as this?

“We’ll have to devise another means of income.”
“At this point, our swiftest and more reliable means of making money is prostitution.”
“You–you didn’t just say– you think I should become a prostitute?”
“Of course not. You’re my commander. I serve you. Therefore, I would be the more logical choice to take on sex work.”

“Abel, I can’t let you.. sell your body.”
“The transaction is closer to a rental.”

Most beautifully written book read in 2017?



A Million Junes by Emily Henry

I’m sorry but this is the only valid answer for this question.




Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?



American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse

I don’t read as much nonfiction as I used to, but this one was a really great read. I thought Hesse did a great job showcasing how a dying community reacts to a series of arson attacks, mixing socio-economic history with a true crime investigation.


Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?



This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1) by Victoria Schwab

I actually thought this was going to be a boring book and so I put it off for over a year. Hahahahaha… I am such an idiot. How could I have ever thought that?



Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?

“For what matters in life is not whether we receive a round of applause; what matters is whether we have the courage to venture forth despite the uncertainty of acclaim.”

– Amor Towles, A Gentleman in Moscow

Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

Shortest: The Wicked & The Divine, Vol 1: The Faust Act – 144 pages

Longest: A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3) by Sarah J. Maas – 699 pages

Book That Shocked You The Most



Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity, #2) by Victoria Schwab





OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Lord Carlston and Lady Helen from The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen, #1) by Alison Goodman… So much angst and I’m totally here for it. You can cut the sexual tension with a knife!

Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Arsinoe and Jules’ friendship in One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns, #2) by Kendare Blake… These two are just the absolute greatest. I love that we’re finally starting to get more YA novels with great female friendships. Yay, sisterhood!

Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously



Lost Stars (Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens) by Claudia Gray

I’m just obsessed with Claudia Gray and wanted to showcase a different novel of hers other than Defy the Stars. Seriously, she writes such awesome science fiction and is definitely an auto-buy author for me.


Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure

Ummmm…. I don’t really think I read any books last year based on peer pressure. I get recommended lots of books that I’m usually already interested in.

Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?

Because I can’t pick just one…. Lord Carlston from The Dark Days Club, Abel from Defy the Stars, and Matthias from Six of Crows

Best 2017 debut you read?



The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

This book broke me. There was a lot of ugly crying going on while I was reading this one but I don’t regret any of it at all. Zentner did such an amazing job.



Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?



The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1) by Samantha Shannon

This series is just so, so, so good. Shannon has created this new dystopian/fantasy setting of London. I’m obsessed with this world and this story.



Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?



Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa Meyer

This is such a well-known and beloved series already, that I’m sure you all know and agree with how fun it is. It’s a nonstop thrill ride from start to finish.



Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?



A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3) by Sarah J. Maas

Yes, I did cry… A lot. I’m not ashamed to admit that I did either. Books make cry all of the time, alright?!



Hidden Gem Of The Year?



Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto

This book was just so much fun to read. It’s a mash up of western/fantasy/steampunk/historical fiction, and just so underrated. I wish more people would pick it up!



Book That Crushed Your Soul?



Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2) by Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo, I will NEVER forgive you for that!!!




Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?



The Architect of Song (Haunted Hearts Legacy, #1) by A.G. Howard

I loved Howard’s Splintered Trilogy, so I should’ve known she would be able to create such a unique setting but I was still blown away by this story. I don’t even know why I haven’t read its sequel yet! It was so good!


Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?



One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Teenagers can be such little idiots sometimes.




What book crushed your soul in 2017? Was a hidden gem for you? Most unique? Do you agree or disagree with any of my choices?



My Personal #24in48 Readathon and Giveaways!

Hi y’all! So as I’m sure most of you know, next weekend (January 26-28) is the official #24in48 Read-a-thon. Now I participated in the previous one last July and really enjoyed it. I think I actually completed 4 books that weekend. Yeah, for real! But unfortunately, this month’s read-a-thon falls on my birthday weekend and I will be out of town and unable to participate. However, not only is it supposed to rain this weekend here, I will also have the entire house to myself for a couple of days. Which means…

I have decided to hold my own personal #24in48 read-a-thon!

Starting tonight at 6pm CST, I will be live tweeting my read-a-thon on my Twitter account @larkinchurchill. If you follow my tweets all weekend, there will be two opportunities to win some giveaways! I will be doing a giveaway on Saturday and again on Sunday. I haven’t decided if both will be a 2018 preorder of your choice, or one will be a current release and the other a preorder. Might do a Twitter poll to determine what everyone would prefer…

I finally finished my audiobook yesterday and so now I’m currently in the middle of three physical books. My goal this weekend is to finish all three, and then hopefully finish a 4th and start a 5th. I’m behind on my January TBR and really want to catch up some during this read-a-thon!

Current Reads

  • These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly – page 141 of 488
  • The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy, #1) by S.A. Chakraborty – page 303 of 533
  • The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil, #1) by Soman Chainani – page 140 of 488

Total Pages to Read: 925


  • Into the Bright Unknown (The Gold Seer Trilogy, #3) by Rae Carson – 343 pages
  • Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View by Ben Acker – 477 pages

Total Pages to Read: 820

Please be sure to follow me on Twitter for your chance to win in the giveaways!!! Also, feel free to follow along with your own read-a-thon! Be sure to tweet me if you’re joining in on the fun so I can follow your progress and join in on some reading sprints!

Hype or Like Friday – Underrated 2018 Releases

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 January BOTM is The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1) by Holly Black.



  • 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: Underrated Releases… What are some books being released in 2018 that you’re excited about but haven’t really seen being talked about?


Scream All Night by Derek Milman

Dario Heyward knows one thing: He’s never going back to Moldavia Studios, the iconic castle that served as the set, studio, and home to the cast and crew of dozens of cult classic B-horror movies. It’s been three years since Dario’s even seen the place, after getting legally emancipated from his father, the infamous director of Moldavia’s creature features.
But then Dario’s brother invites him home to a mysterious ceremony involving his father and a tribute to his first film—The Curse of the Mummy’s Tongue. Dario swears his homecoming will be a one-time visit. A way for him to get closure on his past—and reunite with Hayley, his first love and costar of Zombie Children of the Harvest Sun, a production fraught with real-life tragedy—and say good-bye for good. But the unthinkable happens—Dario gets sucked back into the twisted world of Moldavia and the horrors, both real and imagined, he’s left there.
With only months to rescue the sinking studio and everyone who has built their lives there, Dario must confront the demons of his past—and the uncertainties of his future. But can he escape the place that’s haunted him his whole life?



Fawkes by Nadine Brandes

Thomas Fawkes is turning to stone, and the only cure to the Stone Plague is to join his father’s plot to assassinate the king of England.
Silent wars leave the most carnage. The wars that are never declared, but are carried out in dark alleys with masks and hidden knives. Wars where color power alters the natural rhythm of 17th century London. And when the king calls for peace, no one listens until he finally calls for death.
But what if death finds him first?
Keepers think the Igniters caused the plague. Igniters think the Keepers did it. But all Thomas knows is that the Stone Plague infecting his eye is spreading. And if he doesn’t do something soon, he’ll be a lifeless statue. So when his Keeper father, Guy Fawkes, invites him to join the Gunpowder Plot—claiming it will put an end to the plague—Thomas is in.
The plan: use 36 barrels of gunpowder to blow up the Igniter King.
The problem: Doing so will destroy the family of the girl Thomas loves. But backing out of the plot will send his father and the other plotters to the gallows. To save one, Thomas will lose the other.
No matter Thomas’s choice, one thing is clear: once the decision is made and the color masks have been put on, there’s no turning back.



The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton

The Blackburn women are cursed. Ever since the extraordinary witch Rona Blackburn landed on Anathema Island centuries ago and was shunned by the eight “original” settlers, Blackburn witches have been doomed to carry out a brief whirlwind affair with a descendant of the Original Eight. The vengeful curse, however, had unintended side effects: it diluted the Blackburns’ supernatural powers. That’s perfectly all right with seventeen-year-old Nor Blackburn. All she wants is a quiet, unremarkable life—her powers are blissfully unexceptional, her love life pretty much nonexistent. Nor hopes the curse has played itself out through enough generations that she’ll finally be spared the drama. But when a mysterious book comes out promising to cast any spell for the right price, Nor senses a dark storm headed straight for Anathema—and straight for her.
In her second novel, Leslye Walton spins a dark, mesmerizing tale of a girl stumbling along the path toward self-acceptance and first love, even as the Price Guide’s malevolent author—Nor’s own mother—looms and threatens to strangle any hope for happiness.



The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson

Every Christmas, Wren is chased through the woods near her isolated village by her family’s enemies—the Judges—and there’s nothing that she can do to stop it. Once her people, the Augurs, controlled a powerful magic. But now that power lies with the Judges, who are set on destroying her kind for good.
In a desperate bid to save her family, Wren takes a dangerous undercover assignment—as an intern to an influential Judge named Cassa Harkness. Cassa has spent her life researching a transformative spell, which could bring the war between the factions to its absolute end. Caught in a web of deceit, Wren must decide whether or not to gamble on the spell and seal the Augurs’ fate.



Robots vs. Fairies by Dominik Parisien

A unique anthology of all-new stories that challenges authors to throw down the gauntlet in an epic genre battle and demands an answer to the age-old question: Who is more awesome—robots or fairies?
Rampaging robots! Tricksy fairies! Facing off for the first time in an epic genre death match!
People love pitting two awesome things against each other. Robots vs. Fairies is an anthology that pitches genre against genre, science fiction against fantasy, through an epic battle of two icons.
On one side, robots continue to be the classic sci-fi phenomenon in literature and media, from Asimov to WALL-E, from Philip K. Dick to Terminator. On the other, fairies are the beloved icons and unquestionable rulers of fantastic fiction, from Tinkerbell to Tam Lin, from True Blood to Once Upon a Time. Both have proven to be infinitely fun, flexible, and challenging. But when you pit them against each other, which side will triumph as the greatest genre symbol of all time?
There can only be one…or can there?



Suitors and Sabotage by Cindy Anstey

Two young people must hide their true feelings for each other while figuring out who means them harm in this cheeky Regency romance from the author of Love, Lies and Spies and Duels & Deception.
Shy aspiring artist Imogene Chively has just had a successful Season in London, complete with a suitor of her father’s approval. Imogene is ambivalent about the young gentleman until he comes to visit her at the Chively estate with his younger brother in tow. When her interest is piqued, however, it is for the wrong brother.
Charming Ben Steeple has a secret: despite being an architectural apprentice, he has no drawing aptitude. When Imogene offers to teach him, Ben is soon smitten by the young lady he considers his brother’s intended.
But hiding their true feelings becomes the least of their problems when, after a series of “accidents,” it becomes apparent that someone means Ben harm. And as their affection for each other grows—despite their efforts to remain just friends—so does the danger. . .



The Beloved Wild by Melissa Ostrom

Pride and Prejudice meets Cold Mountain in this debut YA American epic/adventure.
Harriet Winter is the eldest daughter in a farming family in New Hampshire, 1807. Her neighbor is Daniel Long, who runs his family’s farm on his own after the death of his parents. Harriet’s mother sees Daniel as a good match, but Harriet isn’t so sure she wants someone else to choose her path—in love and in life.
When her brother decides to strike out for the Genesee Valley in Western New York, Harriet decides to go with him—disguised as a boy. Their journey includes sickness, uninvited guests, and difficult emotional terrain as Harriet comes of age, realizes what she wants, and accepts who she’s loved all along.



The Mermaid by Christina Henry

Once there was a mermaid who longed to know of more than her ocean home and her people. One day a fisherman trapped her in his net but couldn’t bear to keep her. But his eyes were lonely and caught her more surely than the net, and so she evoked a magic that allowed her to walk upon the shore. The mermaid, Amelia, became his wife, and they lived on a cliff above the ocean for ever so many years, until one day the fisherman rowed out to sea and did not return.
P. T. Barnum was looking for marvelous attractions for his American Museum, and he’d heard a rumor of a mermaid who lived on a cliff by the sea. He wanted to make his fortune, and an attraction like Amelia was just the ticket.
Amelia agreed to play the mermaid for Barnum, and she believes she can leave any time she likes. But Barnum has never given up a money-making scheme in his life, and he’s determined to hold on to his mermaid.



Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl

Beatrice Hartley has no plans for the summer—except a secret reunion with her five former best friends.
Once upon a time, back at Darrow-Harker School, they were the cool kids, the beautiful ones. Then the shocking death of Jim—their creative genius—changed everything.
One year after graduation, Beatrice is returning to Wincroft—the seaside estate where they spent so many nights sharing secrets, crushes, plans to change the world—in the hopes that she will get to the bottom of the dark questions gnawing at her about Jim’s death. She suspects that her friends knew much more than they ever let on.
But as the night plays out in a haze of stilted jokes and unfathomable silence, answers seem unlikely. Her friends are all so different now, so splintered and lost. It’s too late. Beatrice senses she’s going to live the rest of her life far away from them, never knowing what really happened.
Then night fades to morning. A thunderstorm rages, and a mysterious man knocks on the door. He looks like the exhausted ringmaster of a cheap traveling circus. Blithely, he announces the impossible.
And so begins the Neverworld Wake. The nightmare. The nothingness.



Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy meets Eurovision in an over-the-top science fiction spectacle from bestselling author Catherynne M. Valente, in which sentient species compete for glory in a galactic musical contest—where the stakes are as high as the fate of planet Earth.
A century ago, the Sentience Wars tore the galaxy apart and nearly ended the entire concept of intelligent space-faring life. In the aftermath, a curious tradition was invented—something to cheer up everyone who was left and bring the shattered worlds together in the spirit of peace, unity, and understanding.
Once every cycle, the civilizations gather for the Metagalactic Grand Prix—part gladiatorial contest, part beauty pageant, part concert extravaganza, and part continuation of the wars of the past. Instead of competing in orbital combat, the powerful species that survived face off in a competition of song, dance, or whatever can be physically performed in an intergalactic talent show. The stakes are high for this new game, and everyone is forced to compete.
This year, though, humankind has discovered the enormous universe. And while they expected to discover a grand drama of diplomacy, gunships, wormholes, and stoic councils of aliens, they have instead found glitter, lipstick, and electric guitars. Mankind will not get to fight for its destiny—they must sing.
A band of human musicians, dancers, and roadies have been chosen to represent Earth on the greatest stage in the galaxy. And the fate of their species lies in their ability to rock.

What are some books coming out this year that you’re excited about but haven’t seen anyone else talking about? Are you looking forward to picking up any of the books on my list? Leave a link to your Hype or Like Friday post in the comments below!

2018 Sequels that I’m Most Excited About

As I’ve mentioned quite a few times recently, one of my goals for 2018 is to catch up or finish series that I’ve already started. I mean, there are soooo many amazing series that I tend to just add to my pile every time I pick up a new book basically. Can we just not get any good standalone fantasy or science fiction novels anymore?! Anyways, here are some sequels coming out this year that I’m most excited about…


Smoke and Iron (The Great Library, #4) by Rachel Caine

The opening moves of a deadly game have begun. Jess Brightwell has put himself in direct peril, with only his wits and skill to aid him in a game of cat and mouse with the Archivist Magister of the Great Library. With the world catching fire, and words printed on paper the spark that lights rebellion, it falls to smugglers, thieves, and scholars to save a library thousands of years in the making…if they can stay alive long enough to outwit their enemies.


War Storm (Red Queen, #4) by Victoria Aveyard


Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all… starting with the crown on Maven’s head.

But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolishing everything—and everyone—in his path.

War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced?

In the epic conclusion to Victoria Aveyard’s stunning series, Mare must embrace her fate and summon all her power… for all will be tested, but not all will survive.


Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes, #3) by Sabaa Tahir

Beyond the Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.

The Blood Shrike, Helene Aquilla, is assailed on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable, while the Commandant capitalizes on his madness to bolster her own power. As Helene searches for a way to hold back the approaching darkness, her sister’s life and the lives of all those in the Empire hang in the balance.

Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But while hunting for a way to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would aid her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she’d have to fight.

And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that will stop at nothing to ensure Elias’s devotion—even at the cost of his humanity.


Obsidio (The Illuminae Files, #3) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heros will fall, and hearts will be broken.


Legendary (Caraval, #2) by Stephanie Garber

A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister’s. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…the games have only just begun.


Restore Me (Shatter Me, #4) by Tahereh Mafi

Juliette Ferrars thought she’d won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she’s still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she’s got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?


My Plain Jane (The Lady Janies, #2) by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodie Meadows

You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre embarks on a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester. Despite their significant age gap (!) and his uneven temper (!!), they fall in love—and, Reader, she marries him. (!!!)

Or does she?

Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Brontë, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.


Daughter of the Siren Queen (Daughter of the Pirate King, #2) by Tricia Levenseller

Alosa’s mission is finally complete. Not only has she recovered all three pieces of the map to a legendary hidden treasure, but the pirates who originally took her captive are now prisoners on her ship. Still unfairly attractive and unexpectedly loyal, first mate Riden is a constant distraction, but now he’s under her orders. And she takes great comfort in knowing that the villainous Vordan will soon be facing her father’s justice.

When Vordan exposes a secret her father has kept for years, Alosa and her crew find themselves in a deadly race with the feared Pirate King. Despite the danger, Alosa knows they will recover the treasure first . . . after all, she is the daughter of the Siren Queen.


Iron Gold (Red Rising, #4) by Pierce Brown

They call him father, liberator, warlord, Reaper. But he feels a boy as he falls toward the pale blue planet, his armor red, his army vast, his heart heavy. It is the tenth year of war and the thirty-second of his life.

A decade ago, Darrow was the hero of the revolution he believed would break the chains of the Society. But the Rising has shattered everything: Instead of peace and freedom, it has brought endless war. Now he must risk everything he has fought for on one last desperate mission. Darrow still believes he can save everyone, but can he save himself?

And throughout the worlds, other destinies entwine with Darrow’s to change his fate forever:

A young Red girl flees tragedy in her refugee camp and achieves for herself a new life she could never have imagined.

An ex-soldier broken by grief is forced to steal the most valuable thing in the galaxy—or pay with his life.

And Lysander au Lune, the heir in exile to the sovereign, wanders the stars with his mentor, Cassius, haunted by the loss of the world that Darrow transformed, and dreaming of what will rise from its ashes.

What are some sequels coming out this year that you’re most excited about? Are there any series that you need to finish or catch up on?

WWW Wednesday – January 17th, 2018

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?

  • The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis – audiobook

I’m a little over halfway through this audiobook with about 3 hours left and so far, I’m just a little underwhelmed. It started off really good but now it’s starting to drag and we aren’t getting as much of Alex’s POV as I would like. I’m going to need this to start picking back up soon because it’s totally losing me right now.

  • These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly – physical book, buddy read

I just started this one last night with Britt and am loving it so far. I really like the writing style and different characters. The plot is extremely interesting and I love how it’s tackling feminism in the Victorian era. I am such a sucker for good historical fiction.

  • The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy, #1) by S.A. Chakraborty – physical book

Guys, I’m halfway through this one and am OBSESSED. There’s so many different moving parts that I’m constantly kept on my toes waiting to see what will happen next. The hype is so, so, so real with this one.

  • The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil, #1) by Soman Chainani – physical book

This was the original book that Britt and I were buddy reading, but as we were really struggling with it, we decided to switch over to These Shallow Graves. However, I’m going to power through this one til the end. Middle grades are pretty easy reads so hopefully this one starts to take off and makes me want to actually pick it up and finish.

What did you recently finish reading?

  • Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang – physical book, 5 stars
  • Ash and Quill (The Great Library, #3) by Rachel Caine – physical book, 5 stars, REVIEW

These are both just amazing books/series that I recommend everyone go and pick up. Seriously, one is just full of warm fuzzies and the other is an underrated epic adventure series full of action and book lovers. Just read them both – you won’t be disappointed!

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • Wandering Star (Zodiac, #2) by Romina Russell
  • Into the Bright Unknown (Gold Seer Trilogy, #3) by Rae Carson

These are the next two books on my TBR. One of my goals this year is to finish or catch up on series that I’ve already started and so I really want to stick to that. I’m so excited and a little sad to finish up the Gold Seer Trilogy as it’s been one of my favorite trilogies. I’m also really interested in seeing what happens next in Wandering Star, as the first book ended on a really crazy twist!

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

Book Review: Ash and Quill (The Great Library, #3)

To say that this series speaks to me on so many levels would be an understatement. It has me completely hooked and I seriously cannot get enough of this world. I was expecting great things for Ash & Quill (The Great Library, #3) by Rachel Caine, and it totally succeeded!

Words can kill.

Hoarding all the knowledge of the world, the Great Library jealously guards its secrets. But now a group of rebels poses a dangerous threat to its tyranny…

Jess Brightwell and his band of exiles have fled London, only to find themselves imprisoned in Philadelphia, a city led by those who would rather burn books than submit. But Jess and his friends have a bargaining chip: the knowledge to build a machine that will break the Library’s rule.

Their time is running out. To survive, they’ll have to choose to live or die as one, to take the fight to their enemies—and to save the very soul of the Great Library…

Yet again, Caine’s writing succeeds in bringing this world to life. I truly felt like I was traveling with our band of young Scholars from the Burner city of Philadelphia to the northern reaches of England. I just love her writing in general. Everything is described clearly and I never have any problem grasping new vocabulary that might come up. The action scenes are also all really well written with lots of tension that puts you right in the middle of it. I also love how each chapter ends with letters between the higher members of the Library. Those sections are some of the greatest pieces of writing in the entire series.

I’ve loved following Jess as he’s developed through this series. He’s always been a bit of a rebel (I mean, he is a thief and smuggler!), but in this book we finally see him making decisions that really show new depth to him. The stakes are extremely high now and it shows in the choices he makes. I also really liked seeing how he learned to deal with the PTSD from his time in Philadelphia. I thought that added a really interesting layer to his character. And he’s such a little booknerd! It really is just the cutest thing everytime he sees a book. As always, the side characters are just as awesome. Morgan is definitely coming into her own and I like that she got more of an edge to her now. We’re finally really getting to know Brendan more and I’m loving his little conniving ass. NEED MORE BRENDAN! Dario is still a smug and manipulative little shit, but I’m here for it. I love that he’s not afraid to get his hands dirty too. We just need more chaotic neutral characters, alright?! Also, Thomas letting out his dark side is just awesome. Glain is her typical badass self. And Khalila is definitely the smartest of them all, but I wish she wasn’t just all compassionate and perfect sometimes. I kind of need her to make more of an impact in the following books.

Okay, after reading that paragraph, it’s obvious to me that I like my characters to have a little dark side to them…. Kylo Ren, anyone?! 😉

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I know there was some pacing issues with the previous books, but I didn’t find that to be a problem in this one. I could feel how high the stakes were from the very first page and was completely engrossed. They do spend quite a bit of time in Philadelphia but I thought that there was still enough action and plot movement to keep you invested in the story. But once they leave, you will have to force yourself to put this book down because you can’t wait to see what happens next. The tone shifts a bit towards the end and I found my heart racing as I turned each page. I might have even shed a few tears in the end because I was just so overwhelmed by that climactic ending. Seriously, I wasn’t ready for that cliffhanger!

I recommend everyone to go pick up this series. It just continues to get better with each book! I think it’s insanely underrated and wish more people picked it up. The next installment is releasing in early July, so you have plenty of time to catch up. Run, don’t walk, to your newest library/bookstore/online store/etc. and pick up these books!

Final Verdict: 5/5 Stars

Have you read Ash and Quill? If so, what did you think of it? Did you like how the book ended? Who is your favorite character? Are you looking forward to reading the next book?

18 Books That I Already Own And Want To Read In 2018

One of the resolutions I listed on my Hype or Like Friday post, was that I wanted to really focus on reading books that are on my physical TBR. I own 100+ unread books that are encompass an entire Billy bookshelf from IKEA… Yes, you read that right. So with that being said, I really want to focus on reading some of the books that have been sitting on that shelf for a long time now. Below is a list of 18 books from that shelf that I really plan on reading in 2018. Some of these I think I even had mentioned for wanting to read in 2017, but things happen and I never got around to them. Here’s hoping that I finally pick them up this year!

 The Queen of the Tearling Trilogy by Erika Johansen

Young Kelsea Raleigh was raised in hiding after the death of her mother, Queen Elyssa, far from the intrigues of the royal Keep and in the care of two devoted servants who pledged their lives to protect her. Growing up in a cottage deep in the woods, Kelsea knows little of her kingdom’s haunted past . . . or that its fate will soon rest in her hands.

Long ago, Kelsea’s forefathers sailed away from a decaying world to establish a new land free of modern technology. Three hundred years later, this feudal society has divided into three fearful nations who pay duties to a fourth: the powerful Mortmesne, ruled by the cunning Red Queen. Now, on Kelsea’s nineteenth birthday, the tattered remnants of the Queen’s Guard—loyal soldiers who protect the throne—have appeared to escort the princess on a perilous journey to the capital to ascend to her rightful place as the new Queen of the Tearling.

Though born of royal blood and in possession of the Tear sapphire, a jewel of immense power and magic, Kelsea has never felt more uncertain of her ability to rule. But the shocking evil she discovers in the heart of her realm will precipitate an act of immense daring, throwing the entire kingdom into turmoil—and unleashing the Red Queen’s vengeance. A cabal of enemies with an array of deadly weapons, from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic, plots to destroy her. But Kelsea is growing in strength and stealth, her steely resolve earning her loyal allies, including the Queen’s Guard, led by the enigmatic Lazarus, and the intriguing outlaw known simply as “the Fetch.”

Kelsea’s quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun. Riddled with mysteries, betrayals, and treacherous battles, Kelsea’s journey is a trial by fire that will either forge a legend . . . or destroy her.

The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy


In an unnamed city, Eurydice works for the Elysian Society, a private service that allows grieving clients to reconnect with lost loved ones. She and her fellow workers, known as “bodies“, wear the discarded belongings of the dead and swallow pills called lotuses to summon their spirits—numbing their own minds and losing themselves in the process. Edie has been a body at the Elysian Society for five years, an unusual record. Her success is the result of careful detachment: she seeks refuge in the lotuses’ anesthetic effects and distances herself from making personal connections with her clients.

But when Edie channels Sylvia, the dead wife of recent widower Patrick Braddock, she becomes obsessed with the glamorous couple. Despite the murky circumstances surrounding Sylvia’s drowning, Edie breaks her own rules and pursues Patrick, moving deeper into his life and summoning Sylvia outside the Elysian Society’s walls.

After years of hiding beneath the lotuses’ dulling effect, Edie discovers that the lines between her own desires and those of Sylvia have begun to blur, and takes increasing risks to keep Patrick within her grasp. Suddenly, she finds her quiet life unraveling as she grapples not only with Sylvia’s growing influence and the questions surrounding her death, but with her own long-buried secrets.

A tale of desire and obsession, deceit and dark secrets that defies easy categorization, The Possessions is a seductive, absorbing page-turner that builds to a shattering, unforgettable conclusion.

Flashfall (Flashfall, #1) by Jenny Moyer


Orion is a Subpar, expected to mine the tunnels of Outpost Five, near the deadly flash curtain. For generations, her people have chased cirium—the only element that can shield humanity from the curtain’s radioactive particles. She and her caving partner Dram work the most treacherous tunnel, fighting past flash bats and tunnel gulls, in hopes of mining enough cirium to earn their way into the protected city.

But when newcomers arrive at Outpost Five, Orion uncovers disturbing revelations that make her question everything she thought she knew about life on both sides of the cirium shield. As conditions at the outpost grow increasingly dangerous, it’s up to Orion to forge a way past the flashfall, beyond all boundaries, beyond the world as she knows it.

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher


The Princess Diarist is Carrie Fisher’s intimate, hilarious and revealing recollection of what happened behind the scenes on one of the most famous film sets of all time, the first Star Warsmovie.

When Carrie Fisher recently discovered the journals she kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved—plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Today, her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon is indisputable, but in 1977, Carrie Fisher was just a (sort-of) regular teenager.

With these excerpts from her handwritten notebooks, The Princess Diarist is Fisher’s intimate and revealing recollection of what happened on one of the most famous film sets of all time—and what developed behind the scenes. And today, as she reprises her most iconic role for the latest Star Wars trilogy, Fisher also ponders the joys and insanity of celebrity, and the absurdity of a life spawned by Hollywood royalty, only to be surpassed by her own outer-space royalty. Laugh-out-loud hilarious and endlessly quotable, The Princess Diarist brims with the candor and introspection of a diary while offering shrewd insight into the type of stardom that few will ever experience.

Every Man a Menace by Patrick Hoffman


San Francisco is about to receive the biggest delivery of MDMA to hit the West Coast in years. Raymond Gaspar, just out of prison, is sent to the city to check in on the increasingly erratic dealer expected to take care of distribution. In Miami, the man responsible for getting the drugs across the Pacific has just met the girl of his dreams—a woman who can’t seem to keep her story straight. And thousands of miles away in Bangkok, someone farther up the supply chain is about to make a phone call that will put all their lives at risk. Stretching from the Golden Triangle of Southeast Asia to the Golden Gate of San Francisco, Every Man a Menace offers an unflinching account of the making, moving, and selling of the drug known as Molly—pure happiness sold by the brick, brought to market by bloodshed and betrayal.

The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates


This eerie tale of psychological horror sees the real inhabitants of turn-of-the-century Princeton fall under the influence of a supernatural power. New Jersey, 1905: soon-to-be commander-in-chief Woodrow Wilson is president of Princeton University. On a nearby farm, Socialist author Upton Sinclair, enjoying the success of his novel The Jungle, has taken up residence with his family. This is a quiet, bookish community – elite, intellectual and indisputably privileged. But when a savage lynching in a nearby town is hushed up, a horrifying chain of events is initiated – until it becomes apparent that the families of Princeton have been beset by a powerful curse. The Devil has come to this little town and not a soul will be spared. ‘The Accursed’ marks new territory for the masterful Joyce Carol Oates – narrated with her unmistakable psychological insight, it combines beautifully transporting historical detail with chilling fantastical elements to stunning effect.

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney


Every family has its problems. But even among the most troubled, the Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional. Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point on an unseasonably cold afternoon in New York City as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab. Months earlier, an inebriated Leo got behind the wheel of a car with a nineteen-year-old waitress as his passenger. The ensuing accident has endangered the Plumbs joint trust fund, “The Nest,” which they are months away from finally receiving. Meant by their deceased father to be a modest mid-life supplement, the Plumb siblings have watched The Nest’s value soar along with the stock market and have been counting on the money to solve a number of self-inflicted problems.

Melody, a wife and mother in an upscale suburb, has an unwieldy mortgage and looming college tuition for her twin teenage daughters. Jack, an antiques dealer, has secretly borrowed against the beach cottage he shares with his husband, Walker, to keep his store open. And Bea, a once-promising short-story writer, just can’t seem to finish her overdue novel. Can Leo rescue his siblings and, by extension, the people they love? Or will everyone need to reimagine the future they’ve envisioned? Brought together as never before, Leo, Melody, Jack, and Beatrice must grapple with old resentments, present-day truths, and the significant emotional and financial toll of the accident, as well as finally acknowledge the choices they have made in their own lives.

This is a story about the power of family, the possibilities of friendship, the ways we depend upon one another and the ways we let one another down. In this tender, entertaining, and deftly written debut, Sweeney brings a remarkable cast of characters to life to illuminate what money does to relationships, what happens to our ambitions over the course of time, and the fraught yet unbreakable ties we share with those we love.

The Last Days of Magic by Mark Tompkins


What became of magic in the world? Who needed to do away with it, and for what reasons? Drawing on myth, legend, fairy tales, and Biblical mysteries, The Last Days of Magic brilliantly imagines answers to these questions, sweeping us back to a world where humans and magical beings co-exist as they had for centuries.

Aisling, a goddess in human form, was born to rule both domains and—with her twin, Anya—unite the Celts with the powerful faeries of the Middle Kingdom. But within medieval Ireland interests are divided, and far from its shores greater forces are mustering. Both England and Rome have a stake in driving magic from the Emerald Isle. Jordan, the Vatican commander tasked with vanquishing the remnants of otherworldly creatures from a disenchanted Europe, has built a career on such plots. But increasingly he finds himself torn between duty and his desire to understand the magic that has been forbidden.

As kings prepare, exorcists gather, and divisions widen between the warring clans of Ireland, Aisling and Jordan must come to terms with powers given and withheld, while a world that can still foster magic hangs in the balance. Loyalties are tested, betrayals sown, and the coming war will have repercussions that ripple centuries later, in today’s world—and in particular for a young graduate student named Sara Hill.

Scythe (Arc of the Scythe, #1) by Neal Shusterman


Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter


In the enchanted kingdom of Brooklyn, the fashionable people put on cute shoes, go to parties in warehouses, drink on rooftops at sunset, and tell themselves they’ve arrived. A whole lot of Brooklyn is like that now—but not Vassa’s working-class neighborhood.

In Vassa’s neighborhood, where she lives with her stepmother and bickering stepsisters, one might stumble onto magic, but stumbling away again could become an issue. Babs Yagg, the owner of the local convenience store, has a policy of beheading shoplifters—and sometimes innocent shoppers as well. So when Vassa’s stepsister sends her out for light bulbs in the middle of night, she knows it could easily become a suicide mission.

But Vassa has a bit of luck hidden in her pocket, a gift from her dead mother. Erg is a tough-talking wooden doll with sticky fingers, a bottomless stomach, and a ferocious cunning. With Erg’s help, Vassa just might be able to break the witch’s curse and free her Brooklyn neighborhood. But Babs won’t be playing fair…

The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archives, #1) by Brandon Sanderson


Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter.

It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for Shardblades. Wars were fought for them, and won by them.

One such war rages on a ruined landscape called the Shattered Plains. There, Kaladin, who traded his medical apprenticeship for a spear to protect his little brother, has been reduced to slavery. In a war that makes no sense, where ten armies fight separately against a single foe, he struggles to save his men and to fathom the leaders who consider them expendable.

Brightlord Dalinar Kholin commands one of those other armies. Like his brother, the late king, he is fascinated by an ancient text called The Way of Kings. Troubled by over-powering visions of ancient times and the Knights Radiant, he has begun to doubt his own sanity.

Across the ocean, an untried young woman named Shallan seeks to train under an eminent scholar and notorious heretic, Dalinar’s niece, Jasnah. Though she genuinely loves learning, Shallan’s motives are less than pure. As she plans a daring theft, her research for Jasnah hints at secrets of the Knights Radiant and the true cause of the war.

Bloodline by Claudia Gray


Witness the birth of the Resistance

When the Rebellion defeated the Empire in the skies above Endor, Leia Organa believed it was the beginning to a lasting peace. But after decades of vicious infighting and partisan gridlock in the New Republic Senate, that hope seems like a distant memory.

Now a respected senator, Leia must grapple with the dangers that threaten to cripple the fledgling democracy—from both within and without. Underworld kingpins, treacherous politicians, and Imperial loyalists are sowing chaos in the galaxy. Desperate to take action, senators are calling for the election of a First Senator. It is their hope that this influential post will bring strong leadership to a divided galaxy.

As the daughter of Darth Vader, Leia faces with distrust the prospect of any one person holding such a powerful position—even when supporters suggest Leia herself for the job. But a new enemy may make this path Leia’s only option. For at the edges of the galaxy, a mysterious threat is growing…

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch


“Are you happy with your life?”

Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.

Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.

Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

From the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy, Dark Matter is a brilliantly plotted tale that is at once sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly human—a relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to claim the lives we dream of.

Sleeping Giants (Themis Files, #1) by Sylvain Neuvel


A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved—its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected.

But some can never stop searching for answers.

Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top secret team to crack the hand’s code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the provenance of the relic. What’s clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history’s most perplexing discovery—and figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result prove to be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?

An inventive debut in the tradition of World War Z and The Martian, told in interviews, journal entries, transcripts, and news articles, Sleeping Giants is a thriller fueled by a quest for truth—and a fight for control of earthshaking power.

And I Darken (The Conqueror’s Saga, #1) by Kiersten White


No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

Firstlife (Everlife, #1)


Step one…you die.


Tenley “Ten” Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she’ll live — after she dies. There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.

In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, long-time enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten, including sending their top Laborers to lure her to their side. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war between the two realms that will do anything to win the right to her soul. Who can she trust? And what if the realm she’s drawn to isn’t where the boy she’s falling for lives? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision…

The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1) by Brandon Sanderson


In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with colour once more?
In Brandon Sanderson’s intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage— Allomancy, a magic of the metals.

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge


Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle—a shifting maze of magical rooms—enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex’s secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

What are some books that are on your personal TBR for 2018? Are you bad about constantly buying new books and forgetting about ones that you already own like I am? Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, what did you think of them?