ARC Review: Spinning Silver

While I did enjoy the overall story, I wasn’t quite as impressed with Naomi Novik’s, Spinning Silver, as I was with her previous novel, Uprooted. I’m not quite sure if the hype got to me or I was just expecting something a little different.

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders… but her father isn’t a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife’s dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty–until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers’ pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed–and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold.

But having the reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble than it’s worth–especially when her fate becomes tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of her reputation and wants to exploit it for reasons Miryem cannot understand.

The Good

  • Totally Atmospheric! – I think it’s fair to say that at this point we can all agree that Novik definitely knows how to set a tone for her stories. She just has this ability to create a world that completely evokes the essence of original fairytales. If you had told me that she had actually found the original manuscript for Rumpelstiltskin and copied it word for word, I would believe you. This story just feels like it was written such a long time ago. Well done, Novik!
  • All My Independent Ladies – The women completely run this story from start to finish. Our main three characters (Irina, Miryem, and Wanda) are some of the strongest females that I’ve ever read about. They each bring their own kind of strength to the story, completely transforming those around them. Miryem was my personal favorite because she had a bit more of a spicier personality than the other two girls. While Irina had a much more steady type of strength that I admire, and Wanda finally reached her peak self to take charge of her own life. If you’re looking for a book with a wonderful feminist message, you’ll really enjoy this one!
  • Portrayal of Judaism – I really appreciated that Novik took such a realistic historical portrayal of Jews during the Middle Ages. They were normally some of the richest people in towns and villages, usually involved in banking and moneylending. I loved how she made sure to give us some historical tidbits about their lives and how they were treated. It definitely helped ground the overall story in reality. I also enjoyed seeing how their religion helped shape the plot. It’s not something that we see a lot in books and I wouldn’t mind seeing more of it in the future!

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The Bad

  • Excessive POVs – I really struggled with the multiple point-of-views that would pop in and out throughout the middle of the book. Not only did a few of them not add anything to the actual story, but Novik did not define who was the new speaker and it would sometimes take me a little bit to figure out who we were following now. And as I previously mentioned, some of these additions adding nothing to the overall story, only slowing down the plot. It felt like these were maybe added in during the editing process to help increase the length of the book. I wasn’t a fan at all.
  • Slowww… – While I was never truly bored during the novel, I did feel like the middle dragged quite a bit. It was like we finally get to the interesting part where Miryem becomes involved with Staryk and rather than the plot really get going, it went back and stalled again until the very end. I prefer a bit more action in the middle of books than what I got with this one.

Final Verdict: 3/5 Stars


Have you read Spinning Silver? If so, what did you think of it? Which main character was your favorite? Do you like this one more than Uprooted?

WWW Wednesday – November 15th, 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?

  • Goliath (Leviathan, #3) by Scott Westerfeld – audiobook
  • Ross Poldark (Poldark, #1) by Winston Graham – physical book

I’m powering through this finale of the Leviathan Trilogy. This is definitely an interesting series and I really wish more people would pick it up. I think we could all use a little more steampunk in our reading lives.

I just started Poldark last night and so I’m not too far into it. I already know that I’m going to love this series though, because I watch the tv show which is just finishing up its 3rd season. You could say that my mother and I are just a tad obsessed with it. IT’S SO SO SO GOOD.

What did you recently finish reading?

  • Behemoth (Leviathan, #2) by Scott Westerfeld – audiobook, 4/5 stars
  • Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2) by Marissa Meyer – physical book, 5/5 stars, Review
  • Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch – physical book, 5/5 stars, Review
  • Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1) by Julie C. Dao – physical book, 3/5 stars
  • City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson – Hype or Like Friday BOTM, 4/5 stars

I had another pretty good reading week as I finished up buddy read, Love & Gelato with Britt @ Geronimo Reads. Such a cute contemporary! I also finished up listening to Behemoth, as evidenced by my currently listening to the finale, Goliath. I read Scarlet, which I loved even more than Cinder. I am so jumping on the Captain Thorne bandwagon. He kills me, haha!

Then I moved on to Forest of a Thousand Lanterns. I have very mixed feelings with this book, y’all. I loved the overall story but I HATEEEEE Xifeng as a main character. Now, I’m all for antiheroes and what not, but she’s not even an antihero, just a terrible person. I literally spent the whole book wanting to punch her in the face. I’m going to continue with the series, but only because I’m hoping the next book follows Jade as the MC. If it doesn’t, I’m going to be really freaking pissed.

I really enjoyed City of Saints & Thieves. I’ll have a full review posted up for that book on the last Friday of the month, so be on the look out!

What do you think you’ll read next?

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

I was originally planning to participate in Tome Topple, but I’ve since changed my mind as I wasn’t really in the mood to pick up any of the TBR books over 500 pages that I have. So, instead I’m just going to focus on reading what I am in the mood for – namely diving back into this series that I’ve become obsessed with after finishing The Dark Days Club last month. So excited!!!


What have you read this week? What are you currently reading? What are you reading next on your TBR? 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: The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen, #1)

You know when you push off reading a book because you just know that it’s probably going to be really slow and boring? Yeah, well I did that with The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen, #1) by Alison Goodman, and then ended up falling in love with this story. So maybe I should stop doing that, right?

New York Times bestseller Alison Goodman’s eagerly awaited new project: a Regency adventure starring a stylish and intrepid demon-hunter!

London, April 1812. On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap?

I really enjoyed Goodman’s writing style. I thought it flowed very well and really fit with the setting of the story. She was able to use Regency language and descriptions but also make them easy to digest and understand. I never caught myself having to reread entire paragraphs to fully understand or picture what she was describing. Let’s be honest, that’s really important when it comes to reading a book that’s already almost 500 pages long.

Lady Helen will become your new favorite heroine for sure after this book. She’s strong, independent, a little headstrong, and definitely isn’t afraid to bend the rules of propriety. I loved that Goodman was able to create a character who tackles the misogynistic society of the Regency period. Helen artfully picks her battles and is constantly trying to take matters into her own hands. Yes, she still tries to stay within the boundaries of acceptance but I felt that it made sense with who she is and how she’s basically at the mercy of her aunt and uncle. Then you have Lord Carlston, who comes with a terrible reputation and has reached a point where he cares less what society thinks of him because he’s too busy trying to save the world. He’s basically the perfect asshole turned hero character. Like, I might be a little bit in love with him now… and no, I’m not even ashamed!

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The pacing in this novel didn’t bother me at all. I saw on Goodreads that it was a problem for some readers but luckily that wasn’t the case for me. I thought the plot flowed fairly steady and I didn’t think it was particularly slow. This is the first book in a series so there was a lot of world-building and build up to the climax and action, which I feel is fairly typical for most fantasy novels. However, maybe the pacing didn’t bother me too much because I’m also a big fan of historical fiction and I know that it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. (Damn, now I want a cup of tea!)

Overall, this book was soooo much more than what I had originally pictured. It was engaging and left me constantly wanting to pick it up to see what mess Helen was going to get into next. Not to mention dying for more of the mysterious Lord Carlston (seriously, this crush is getting out of hand now…). If you enjoyed The Infernal Devices Trilogy and have been looking for a new series to fill that void, I think this is the one you’ve been looking for. I’m so glad that I already own the sequel because I’m dying to jump back into this world!

Final Verdict: 5/5 Stars


Do you enjoy historical fiction novels with a fantasy twist? Did you enjoy The Infernal Devices Trilogy? Have you read this series? If so, what did you think of it?

Book Review: Meddling Kids

Okay, I will admit that this was originally a cover buy. I mean, just look at the gorgeousness of it! But either way, Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero was a really fun read and totally worth the money. Add this to the list of stories actually worth their amazing cover!

For fans of John Dies at the End and Welcome to Night Vale comes a tour de force of horror, humor, and H.P. Lovecraft. The surviving members of a forgotten teenage detective club (and their dog) must reunite as broken adults to finally solve the terrifying case that ruined them all and sent the wrong man to prison. Scooby Doo and the gang never had to do this!

1990. The teen detectives once known as the Blyton Summer Detective Club (of Blyton Hills, a small mining town in the Zoinx River Valley in Oregon) are all grown up and haven’t seen each other since their fateful, final case in 1977. Andy, the tomboy, is twenty-five and on the run, wanted in at least two states. Kerri, one-time kid genius and budding biologist, is bartending in New York, working on a serious drinking problem. At least she’s got Tim, an excitable Weimaraner descended from the original canine member of the team. Nate, the horror nerd, has spent the last thirteen years in and out of mental health institutions, and currently resides in an asylum in Arhkam, Massachusetts. The only friend he still sees is Peter, the handsome jock turned movie star. The problem is, Peter’s been dead for years.

The time has come to uncover the source of their nightmares and return to where it all began in 1977. This time, it better not be a man in a mask. The real monsters are waiting.

With raucous humor and brilliantly orchestrated mayhem, Edgar Cantero’s Meddling Kids taps into our shared nostalgia for the books and cartoons we grew up with, and delivers an exuberant, eclectic, and highly entertaining celebration of horror, life, friendship, and many-tentacled, interdimensional demon spawn.

I think the biggest problem most people will have when they pick this book up, is going to be the writing style. Cantero gets a little crazy with his writing. You will notice immediately that he likes to make up his own words like, “tragichuckled” or “triviaed”. This isn’t really a terrible thing, it just easily gets annoying after a while. He’s also very fond of getting a little ambitious with his similes. I couldn’t the exact example that I was thinking of, but they’re quite easy to spot. If you don’t mind a kooky writing style and enjoy a little bit of silliness, then you’ll probably like this one!

If you’re looking for a diverse adult horror story, this is a good place to start. You have a lesbian Latina and boy with mental illness who suffers from hallucinations (I don’t believe it was ever classified as a particular illness). I can’t comment on whether the representation is good or bad, but I haven’t read of anyone having a problem with it. If you have, please feel free to share those issues in the comments!

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I think each of the characters had very distinct personalities, especially Andy. However, I do feel that Andy’s intense feelings for Kerri that were constantly being brought up, kind of pushed me into not really liking her. It just seemed like any time that Kerri was mentioned, it was emphasized how beautiful she was or how gorgeous her hair looked (she’s a redhead). In the end, it was a distraction from Andy’s tough girl persona and made me find Kerri annoying. My favorite one of the group was Nate. I loved getting inside his head and being able to experience his hallucinations along with him. He had a dry personality and humor that I really enjoyed. As for Tim, well his love for the squeaky toy penguin is the stuff relationships are made of. WE HAVE FINALLY FOUND TRUE LOVE, FOLKS!

Plot-wise, this story so much fun! You’re immediately pulled into this mystery from the very first chapter. The story might feel a little slow before they make the journey back to Blyton Hills, but once they do, I couldn’t put my book down. You never know what’s going to happen next! It was just the right amount of spooky, suspenseful and fun. Sounds perfect for Halloween, right?!

While I did have some issues with the story, it wasn’t enough to distract me from enjoying this book. It’s one of those stories that you can instantly connect with, thanks to a nice helping of nostalgia (for Scooby Doo fans, at least!). If you’re looking for a fresh take on the adult horror genre, I definitely recommend this one.

Overall Verdict: 4/5 Stars


Have you ever bought a book because of its cover? Did the story live it up to it? Have you read Meddling Kids? If so, what did you think of it? 

Book Review: Heartstone

Do you wish there were more books with dragons in them? Do you love Pride and Prejudice? If you nodded, shrilled, or whispered yes to either both of those statements, then you’re in luck! Heartstone by Elle Katharine White is the answer to all of our prayers.

A debut historical fantasy that recasts Jane Austen’s beloved Pride & Prejudice in an imaginative world of wyverns, dragons, and the warriors who fight alongside them against the monsters that threaten the kingdom: gryphons, direwolves, lamias, banshees, and lindworms.

They say a Rider in possession of a good blade must be in want of a monster to slay—and Merybourne Manor has plenty of monsters.

Passionate, headstrong Aliza Bentaine knows this all too well; she’s already lost one sister to the invading gryphons. So when Lord Merybourne hires a band of Riders to hunt down the horde, Aliza is relieved her home will soon be safe again.

Her relief is short-lived. With the arrival of the haughty and handsome dragonrider, Alastair Daired, Aliza expects a battle; what she doesn’t expect is a romantic clash of wills, pitting words and wit against the pride of an ancient house. Nor does she anticipate the mystery that follows them from Merybourne Manor, its roots running deep as the foundations of the kingdom itself, where something old and dreadful slumbers . . . something far more sinister than gryphons.

It’s a war Aliza is ill-prepared to wage, on a battlefield she’s never known before: one spanning kingdoms, class lines, and the curious nature of her own heart.

Elle Katharine White infuses elements of Austen’s beloved novel with her own brand of magic, crafting a modern epic fantasy that conjures a familiar yet wondrously unique new world.

White’s writing is good, if nothing amazing or awe-inspiring. I found it to flow very well and was able to capture the essence of the Regency period without bogging the story down by being overly wordy. I will say that pacing-wise, the story was a little slow in the beginning but I think that might be the case for anyone who’s familiar with the Pride and Prejudice story, because you’re too excited to get to the point where our protagonists finally come together.

Now I’m sure that the original Miss Elizabeth Bennett will always be your number one, Aliza Bentaine will also make a place in your heart. Our new heroine has the same personality but is no longer just a bystander to her man, she is also the savior. In fact, it is the females that actually carry this novel. They steal every scene from the men and are the more interesting characters. But don’t worry, if you’re worried that you won’t be able to swoon over the new love interest, Alastair Daired, then lay those fears to rest as he is still the proud and irresistible man for us to fall in love with. I actually found myself noticing Daired being even more proud and arrogant than Mr. Darcy. Of course, if I was bonded to a badass dragon then I’d probably be a bit of a bitch too. So can you really blame him?!

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I think what really makes this story stand out from the original, other than the obvious dragons, is the action. White is able to rework the storyline into a full-on fantasy battle between fairy-tale creatures. I loved being able to see how she tweaked the story in places to seamlessly create a brand new fantasy version while staying true to its original inspiration. While the love-to-hate romance (I’m always trash for this trope!) still shines, I found myself more excited for the actual action scenes. I never knew what was going to happen next or what creature might pop up.

With that being said, I do feel that the world-building was just a tad underdeveloped. With this being a standalone novel, I didn’t expect it to really be able to expand on the world but I do wish this book would’ve been longer in order to flesh it out more. I would’ve enjoyed more history and how that played into the politics of the world. White does make some mention of it in places, but I think it could have benefited with more. What about the other kingdoms? Why are the different creatures on different sides of the conflict? What was the catalyst to all of it? I obviously have a few unanswered questions that I’m hoping White can explore in some spin-off novels. Pretty, pretty please?!!

Final Verdict: 4/5 Stars


Have you read Heartstone? What did you think of it? What are some other Pride and Prejudice retellings that you’ve enjoyed? Do you have any books with dragons to recommend?

Teaser Tuesday – May 9th, 2017

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

He turned his head to kiss my palm. “Remind me to give you a salary raise.”

I choked on a cough. “For what?”

“For the sage counsel – and the other vital services you provide me.” He winked.

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I obviously had to choose this teaser because of sassy Rhysand. I love when he comes out of nowhere with his sexual comments, they always crack me up!


What book(s) are you currently reading? Have you read A Court of Wings and Ruin yet? What did you think of it? Leave a link to your own Teaser Tuesday in the comments below!

Book Review: A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic, #3)

I had such high hopes for the finale to one of my favorite trilogies and luckily for me, A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic, #3) by V.E. Schwab, didn’t disappoint!

Witness the fate of beloved heroes – and enemies.

THE BALANCE OF POWER HAS FINALLY TIPPED…
The precarious equilibrium among four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise.

WHO WILL CRUMBLE?
Kell – once assumed to be the last surviving Antari – begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. And in the wake of tragedy, can Arnes survive?

WHO WILL RISE?
Lila Bard, once a commonplace – but never common – thief, has survived and flourished through a series of magical trials. But now she must learn to control the magic, before it bleeds her dry. Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery of the Night Spire collects his crew, attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible.

WHO WILL TAKE CONTROL?
And an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown while a fallen hero tries to save a world in decay.

THE GOOD

  • Pacing –  Typically finale books tend to be nonstop action due to the ultimate climax, however, Schwab did an even better job by ensuring that none of the characters suffered from a tedious storyline. I was fully engrossed in all of the different POVs which isn’t always the case.
  • Not All Rainbows & Sunshine – Call me a glutton for punishment, but I can always appreciate a book more when things don’t end perfectly for everyone. I want to have a deeper emotional connection with the books that I read and I personally find that happens more often when the happy endings are bittersweet. It’s just so much more realistic for me. Am I the only one who feels this way?!
  • The Characters – All of the characters had huge development curves in this book. There was so much growth for Rhy that I felt was done extremely well. I also really enjoyed getting to know more about Holland and his life. I actually wish we could’ve gotten even more of him as he was such a complex character. And of course Lila, Kell, and Alucard are still perfect.
  • IT’S JUST BLOODY PERFECT.

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THE BAD

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Honestly, if you haven’t gotten around to reading this trilogy then I highly recommend it. The first book didn’t immediately convince me but after the sequel, I was in love. This is one of those series that grows on you until one day you become obsessed (just like I did!). I promise that it won’t disappoint you!

Final Verdict: 5/5 Stars


Have you read A Conjuring of Light? What did you think of it? Did it live up to your expectations?

Book Review: Caraval (Caraval, #1)

I’m sure that by now, everyone has heard of Stephanie Garber’s Caraval (Caraval, #1). If you haven’t, well, that’s just crazy talk because everyone and I mean EVERYONE has been talking about it. And because everyone is talking about how amazing it is, and it is soooo amazing, I’m really going to focus on the not-so-amazing parts. Does that sound good to you? If it doesn’t…sorry?

Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world . . .

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

Honestly, I could go on and on about how amazing the plot was and how completely engrossed I was by this novel. I mean, I did read it in 24 hours. But all I’m going to say is that this book completely pulls you in and doesn’t let you go until the very last page. The hype is real, y’all. However, I did have a few issues with this book even though I enjoyed it so much that they did not affect my overall rating of it.

First off, Scarlett…. Y’all, I hate to say this but I just didn’t like her at all as a character. It was admirable how much she loved her sister and would do anything for her. But I think that’s the only quality that I liked about her unfortunately. Throughout the whole book, all she does is whine and talk about how scared she is. She also kind of just makes some of the silliest choices earlier on that I did not agree with. Overall, she wasn’t really my type of heroine. I much preferred Tella (who I’m thinking will be the MC in the sequel! *squeals happily*). Also, I might be in love with the mysterious and mad Legend. Seriously, I need more of him IMMEDIATELY.

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I also had a bit of trouble with the world-building. The carnival part was fine, but it was the overall world within it was set that had me a little confused at times. I feel like stuff was mentioned but it never developed into an actual explanation. I think that Garber should really expand upon all of the politics and world within which the story is set. I think there was something interesting aspects to it that she mentioned but never fully fleshed out, especially in regards to the Scarlett and Tella’s father, and his political position.

However, even with the issues that I did have in regards to the story, it never affected just how much I was so thoroughly entrenched in this story. I couldn’t bring myself to put it down or try and take my time with it – I had to know what would happen next! There were so many twists and turns that I never saw coming and it all just added to the dark and manipulative atmosphere of the Carnival. This is one of those books where despite some of its flaws, I can’t give it anything lower than 5 stars. I know, I know.. I’m such a pushover.

Final Verdict: 5/5 Stars


Have you read Caraval? What are your thoughts on it? Did you have some issues with it as well? Did they affect your ability to enjoy the overall story?

Teaser Tuesday – February 21st, 2017

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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A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes, #2) by Sabaa Tahir

“Don’t lock yourself away from those who care about you because you think you’ll hurt them or — they’ll hurt you. What point is there in being human if you don’t let yourself feel anything?”

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So I am just loving this book so far. There are so many twists and turns, and it’s been non-stop action since page 1. Not bad so far.. for a sequel!

Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.


Have you read A Torch Against the Night? What did you think of it? What are you currently reading? Leave a link to your Teaser Tuesday post in the comments below!

The Goodreads Book Tag

Big thanks to Meredith @ All Bout Them Books and Stuff for tagging me to do this one! I mean, who else thinks Goodreads is there most favorite website?!


What was the last book you marked as ‘read’?

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I read this one over the weekend, after falling in love with Truthwitch. However, I was a little disappointed with this sequel. I had really high hopes for Windwitch, but it just did not live up to them at all. I felt like there were way too many POVs and honestly, this book was pretty forgettable. Luckily, the ending gives me hope that the next book will be a return to form.

What are you currently reading?

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Y’all, I never thought I’d say this about an A.G. Howard novel, but I’m reallyyyy considering DNFing this one for now and maybe trying it again some other time. I don’t know if I’m just not in the mood for this type of story or what, but RoseBlood just isn’t working for me. It’s fairly boring and I don’t really care for any of the characters. I hope I’m not going into a reading slump!

What was the last book you marked as TBR?

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Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody. I saw this going around on Twitter a lot recently and was intrigued. But when they released the cover the other day, I was immediately like, TAKE MY MONEY!!!

What book do you plan to read next?

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I will finally, finallyyyy, be starting this book next. I’ve only had it since it first came out but have been pushing it aside because, (controversial opinion time!), I really don’t care for Helene and apparently she’s been added as a POV. Kill me now…

Do you use the star rating system?

I sure do.

Are you doing a 2017 Reading Challenge?

Yes, this year I have once again decided to set my goal at 100 books. I really think I can do it in 2017, I’m feeling good about it! Now watch me crash and burn thanks to a major reading slump a la summer 2016. Yuck!

Do you have a wishlist?

I do on BookOutlet, just because it’s easier to keep up with the books that I want rather than having to search every single time I go to place an order… EFFICIENCY!

What book do you plan to buy next?

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Because, obviously! I was going to put Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk since it’s the next selection for the book club I’m a member of, but I honestly don’t think that’s a book that I actually want to spend my money on so I’ll just borrow it from the library.

Do you have any favorite quotes? Share a few.

“He thinks he’ll be remembered as the villain in the story. But I forgot to tell him that the villain is usually the person who locks up the maiden and throws away the key. He was the one who let me out.” – Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury

“Love. It was the beginning and end of everything, the foundation and the ceiling and the air in between.” – Kristin Hannah, The Nightingale

“And I wonder, in my last moments, if the planet does not mind that we wound her surface or pillage her bounty, because she knows we silly warm things are not even a breath in her cosmic life. We have grown and spread, and will rage and die. And when all that remains of us is our steel monuments and plastic idols, her winds will whisper, her sands will shift, and she will spin on and on, forgetting about the bold, hairless apes who thought they deserved immortality.” – Pierce Brown, Morning Star

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” – J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Who are your favorite authors?

All-Time Favorites: Pierce Brown, Jane Austen, J.K. Rowling, Diana Gabaldon, and Tahereh Mafi

New Favorites: Sarah J. Maas, Rae Carson, Holly Black, Erin Bowman, and Michelle Modesto

Have you joined any groups?

Oh yeah, way too many actually… Hype or Like Friday, Underrated Book Club, For Love of a Book, Stress Free Reading Challenges, Ultimate PopSugar Reading Challenge, Tome Topple Readathon, Perusetopia Book Club, Nothing But Reading Challenges, The Owlcrate Book Club, Oprah’s Book Club, Keep It Diverse, Read with Tessa, Bookstagram, and Blogger Lift

I hardly ever post to any of them, except on my own groups – Hype or Like Friday and Underrated Book Club.


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And anyone else who wants to do it!