Wonderfilled Reads Favorites: Underrated Books

Today I just wanted to take a little time to highlight some of my favorite books that aren’t super popular in the bookish community. I feel like we all tend to focus, myself included, on the really popular books and forget to spread the word about the lesser known titles that we love as well. Am I the only one who feels this way? Possibly. Which is why I decided to share some of own little “underrated” favorites with all of you… Sharing is caring after all! 😉


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Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

Yes, this book was picked for Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club but I still never see anyone talking about it! You all know that I’m not much of a contemporary reader, but I listened to the audiobook of this one and immediately fell in love. It was funny, heartwarming, and really engaging. I also loved getting to learn a little more about the Indian community in London. I cannot recommend this book enough.

Nikki lives in cosmopolitan West London, where she tends bar at the local pub. The daughter of Indian immigrants, she’s spent most of her twenty-odd years distancing herself from the traditional Sikh community of her childhood, preferring a more independent (that is, Western) life. When her father’s death leaves the family financially strapped, Nikki, a law school dropout, impulsively takes a job teaching a “creative writing” course at the community center in the beating heart of London’s close-knit Punjabi community.

Because of a miscommunication, the proper Sikh widows who show up are expecting to learn basic English literacy, not the art of short-story writing. When one of the widows finds a book of sexy stories in English and shares it with the class, Nikki realizes that beneath their white dupattas, her students have a wealth of fantasies and memories. Eager to liberate these modest women, she teaches them how to express their untold stories, unleashing creativity of the most unexpected—and exciting—kind.

As more women are drawn to the class, Nikki warns her students to keep their work secret from the Brotherhood, a group of highly conservative young men who have appointed themselves the community’s “moral police.” But when the widows’ gossip offers shocking insights into the death of a young wife—a modern woman like Nikki—and some of the class erotica is shared among friends, it sparks a scandal that threatens them all.

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Sanctuary by V.V. James

I had no idea what to expect when I first picked up this book, but oh man, it was a wild ride! This book little bit of everything – diverse characters, a murder mystery, deals with grief and hysteria. I mean, it REALLY has it all. Just note, that this is an adult book and does get dark in places.

The small Connecticut town of Sanctuary is rocked by the death of its star quarterback.

Daniel’s death looked like an accident, but everyone knows his ex-girlfriend Harper is the daughter of a witch – and she was there when he died.

Then the rumours start. When Harper insists Dan was guilty of a terrible act, the town turns on her. So was his death an accident, revenge – or something even darker?

As accusations fly and secrets are revealed, paranoia grips the town, culminating in a trial that the whole world is watching . . .

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Honor Among Thieves (The Honors, #1) by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre

This series has really blown me away so far. The concept of a person basically connecting to an alien (that is also a living ship) is such an interesting and unique idea. I think the sequel kicked the action up even more than the first book.

Petty criminal Zara Cole has a painful past that’s made her stronger than most, which is why she chose life in New Detroit instead of moving with her family to Mars. In her eyes, living inside a dome isn’t much better than a prison cell.

Still, when Zara commits a crime that has her running scared, jail might be exactly where she’s headed. Instead Zara is recruited into the Honors, an elite team of humans selected by the Leviathan—a race of sentient alien ships—to explore the outer reaches of the universe as their passengers.

Zara seizes the chance to flee Earth’s dangers, but when she meets Nadim, the alien ship she’s assigned, Zara starts to feel at home for the first time. But nothing could have prepared her for the dark, ominous truths that lurk behind the alluring glitter of starlight.

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A Million Junes by Emily Henry

Honestly, Emily Henry is the only author that writes magical realism that I love. Her stories are always so poignant and full of emotion. And man, this book… it will wreck you in the best ways possible.

For as long as Jack “June” O’Donnell has been alive, her parents have had only one rule: stay away from the Angert family. But when June collides—quite literally—with Saul Angert, sparks fly, and everything June has known is thrown into chaos.

Who exactly is this gruff, sarcastic, but seemingly harmless boy who has returned to their hometown of Five Fingers, Michigan, after three mysterious years away? And why has June—an O’Donnell to her core—never questioned her late father’s deep hatred of the Angert family? After all, the O’Donnells and the Angerts may have mythic legacies, but for all the tall tales they weave, both founding families are tight-lipped about what caused the century-old rift between them.

As Saul and June’s connection grows deeper, they find that the magic, ghosts, and coywolves of Five Fingers seem to be conspiring to reveal the truth about the harrowing curse that has plagued their bloodlines for generations. Now June must question everything she knows about her family and the father she adored, and she must decide whether it’s finally time for her—and all the O’Donnells before her—to let go.

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Ink and Bone (The Great Library, #1) by Rachel Caine

I just want everyone to read this amazing series set in an alternate history where the Great Library of Alexandria never burned down, but instead now controls the world and all writing. Do you love books? Action? A quirky cast of characters? If you said yes to any of those, then you’ll love this fun series.

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When his friend inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn…

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The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen, #1) by Alison Goodman

I could go on and on about meticulously researched the author did on Regency England because she truly transports you into that era. You feel as if you could be reading a fantastical Jane Austen novel at times but with a little added spice. Stubborn heroine, check. Hate-to-love trope, check. Paranormal activity, check.

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?


What are some of your favorite novels that you think are underrated? Have you read any of the ones on my list? If so, what did you think about it?

My Favorite Short Fantasy Books (400 Pages or Less)

I think we are all well aware that most fantasy novels tend to run on the longer side. It’s not unusual for fantasy novels to exceed 500+ pages of action, political intrigue, and a bit of romance. However, we tend to forget that there are shorter fantasy novels out there for us to pick up. Sometimes it’s nice to just be able to pick up a book and be able to finish it in one sitting on at least over a weekend, especially during read-a-thons! This list should be a good starting guide to help you in those times where you want that fantasy but don’t have the time.


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Tithe (Modern Faerie Tales, #1) by Holly Black

Page Count: 332

Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother’s rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms – a struggle that could very well mean her death.

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The Fever King (Feverwake, #1) by Victoria Lee

Page Count: 375

In the former United States, sixteen-year-old Noam Álvaro wakes up in a hospital bed, the sole survivor of the viral magic that killed his family and made him a technopath. His ability to control technology attracts the attention of the minister of defense and thrusts him into the magical elite of the nation of Carolinia.

The son of undocumented immigrants, Noam has spent his life fighting for the rights of refugees fleeing magical outbreaks—refugees Carolinia routinely deports with vicious efficiency. Sensing a way to make change, Noam accepts the minister’s offer to teach him the science behind his magic, secretly planning to use it against the government. But then he meets the minister’s son—cruel, dangerous, and achingly beautiful—and the way forward becomes less clear.

Caught between his purpose and his heart, Noam must decide who he can trust and how far he’s willing to go in pursuit of the greater good.

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Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World, #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse

Page Count: 287

While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, DinĂŠtah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters.

Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last—and best—hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much larger and more terrifying than anything she could imagine.

Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel to the rez to unravel clues from ancient legends, trade favors with tricksters, and battle dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology.

As Maggie discovers the truth behind the disappearances, she will have to confront her past—if she wants to survive.

Welcome to the Sixth World.

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The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1) by Holly Black

Page Count: 370

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

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Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto

Page Count: 373

The two-bit town of Rogue City is a lawless place, full of dark magic and saloon brawls, monsters and six-shooters. But it’s perfect for seventeen-year-old Westie, the notorious adopted daughter of local inventor Nigel Butler.

Westie was only a child when she lost her arm and her family to cannibals on the wagon trail. Nine years later, Westie may seem fearsome with her foul-mouthed tough exterior and the powerful mechanical arm built for her by Nigel, but the memory of her past still haunts her. She’s determined to make the killers pay for their crimes—and there’s nothing to stop her except her own reckless ways.

But Westie’s search ceases when a wealthy family comes to town looking to invest in Nigel’s latest invention, a machine that can harvest magic from gold—which Rogue City desperately needs as the magic wards that surround the city start to fail. There’s only one problem: the investors look exactly like the family who murdered Westie’s kin. With the help of Nigel’s handsome but scarred young assistant, Alistair, Westie sets out to prove their guilt. But if she’s not careful, her desire for revenge could cost her the family she has now.

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Ink and Bone (The Great Library, #1) by Rachel Caine

Page Count: 355

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When his friend inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn…

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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Page Count: 307

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

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

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The Young Elites (The Young Elites, #1) By Marie Lu

Page Count: 355

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

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An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

Page Count: 300

A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel.

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love—and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.

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Antigoddess (Goddess War, #1) by Kendare Blake

Page Count: 333

Old Gods never die…

Or so Athena thought. But then the feathers started sprouting beneath her skin, invading her lungs like a strange cancer, and Hermes showed up with a fever eating away his flesh. So much for living a quiet eternity in perpetual health.

Desperately seeking the cause of their slow, miserable deaths, Athena and Hermes travel the world, gathering allies and discovering enemies both new and old. Their search leads them to Cassandra—an ordinary girl who was once an extraordinary prophetess, protected and loved by a god.

These days, Cassandra doesn’t involve herself in the business of gods—in fact, she doesn’t even know they exist. But she could be the key in a war that is only just beginning.

Because Hera, the queen of the gods, has aligned herself with other of the ancient Olympians, who are killing off rivals in an attempt to prolong their own lives. But these anti-gods have become corrupted in their desperation to survive, horrific caricatures of their former glory. Athena will need every advantage she can get, because immortals don’t just flicker out.

Every one of them dies in their own way. Some choke on feathers. Others become monsters. All of them rage against their last breath.

The Goddess War is about to begin.


What are some short fantasy books that you’ve enjoyed? Have you read any of the books on my list? Do you like longer or shorter books?

Hype or Like Friday – December 23rd, 2016

Woohoo, it’s Hype or Like Friday again! 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 December BOTM is A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1) by Claudia Gray.

RULES:

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

TOPIC OF THE WEEK: Best Reads of 2016 – Tell us your top favorite books that you’ve read this year!


Best Reads of 2016

  • The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid – The book was definitely a fun read. If you’re looking for a fun, stabby read a la Red Rising, then this book is the one for you! Full Review
  • Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman – I seriously just really love this book. The main character is one of the most badass heroines that I’ve ever read about. She’s one cool chick. Full Review
  • Morning Star (Red Rising, #3) by Pierce Brown – I can already tell you right now, that any book this man writes will be favorite. It’s just a given. Now I only have to wait until September for Iron Gold to be released! Full Review
  • Ink and Bone (The Great Library, #1) by Rachel Caine – I’m become kind of obsessed with this series, honestly. I don’t know how I’m supposed to wait until the finale is released in July. That’s just too long from now! Full Review
  • A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, #2) by V.E. Schwab – The first book was alright, but I loved this sequel. Lila Bard wasn’t annoying me anymore and I really loved how the scale increased sooo much with this one. I am so excited for the finale to come out! Full Review
  • Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – While I did love Gemina, this one was just sooooo freaking good that there was no way they could top it. It’s just impossible. Full Review
  • A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1) by Claudia Gray – I am soooo glad that we chose this book for the Hype or Like Friday BOTM. I love a good science fiction and this one was the perfect blend of sci-fi and romance. I highly recommend it if you haven’t picked it up yet! Full review will come next Friday!

What were some of your favorite reads of 2016? Have you read any of mine? What did you think of them? Leave a link to your Hype or Like Friday post in the comments below!

Hype or Like Friday – December 2nd, 2016

Woohoo, it’s Hype or Like Friday again! 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 December BOTM is A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1) by Claudia Gray.

RULES:

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

TOPIC OF THE WEEK: Pleasant Surprise – What books did you read in 2016 that you weren’t expecting much from but ending up completely loving?


2016 Pleasant Surprises

  • The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2) by Mary E. Pearson – I was really surprised that I enjoyed this book so much, as the first one, The Kiss of Deception, kicked off my insanely long reading and blog slump this summer. Luckily, the sequel was sooo much better! Full review can be found HERE.
  • Half Bad (Half Bad Trilogy, #1) by Sally Green – I wasn’t really sure if I was going to enjoy this series, so I decided to grab a copy from the library rather than buy it. It turned out to be so good! It was a very unique spin on the subject of witches, with a bit of dark twist that I thoroughly enjoyed. I didn’t write a review for the first book in the series, but you can read my reviews for book 2 HERE and book 3 HERE.
  • Don’t Tell, Don’t Tell, Don’t Tell by Liane Shaw – I adored this book. I’m so glad that I found and requested it from NetGalley because I would have never heard of it otherwise. READ THIS BOOK. Seriously, I want all of y’all to read it! If you’re looking for a book full of diversity – this one fits the bill. My full review can be read HERE.
  • My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows – I was just looking for a little lighthearted read when I picked this book up. I’d heard that it was fun, but I was not expecting it to be soooo much fun. The story was kooky, silly, and just downright cute. If you’re looking for a little pick-me-up this holiday season, then Edward, Jane, and Dudley are just the ticket! Full review HERE.
  • Walk on Earth a Stranger (The Gold Seer Trilogy, #1) by Rae Carson – When I first grabbed this book from the library, I was just expecting it to be a nice little historical fiction (I kind of love them). But seriously, I ended up loving this book. It started off a tad slow but grew into a really fun read. And the sequel was even more exciting! Y’all just need to read it and love it with me. Review can be read HERE.
  • Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom – I don’t read a whole lot of contemporary, as I’m sure my followers have come to notice. But luckily, this book came in one of my Uppercase boxes and I’m so glad that it did. If you like a sarcastic, sometimes unlikeable protagonist with major snark – then you will love our blind (literally) leader, Parker. It’s also a really quick read if you’re looking for an easy book during a read-a-thon or challenge. Full review HERE.
  • Wolf by Wolf (Wolf by Wolf, #1) by Ryan Graudin – This is a more recent read, or actually buddy read, that completely took me by surprise. I didn’t really know much about this book beforehand but I actually had it pegged more as a fantasy type alternate history. Okay, I actually might have thought that Yael was a werewolf… Don’t judge! But needless to say, this book turned out to be something completely different and I found myself thoroughly enjoying it, and not the boring novel that I was expecting. My full review for it can be found HERE.
  • Ink and Bone (The Great Library, #1) by Rachel Caine – You know, I don’t know I was surprised that by how good this series is. I mean, it’s a book about books – how could I not love it? Well I don’t really have an answer for that. I just know that this book far exceeded my expectations, and maybe that’s because it’s not a very popular book. But it should be. Full review is HERE.
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz – When Britt recommended this book, I thought it would be alright. But this book was such a beautiful book. I loved it and the characters were so lovely. Another contemporary to add to my growing list! I laughed, I cried, and I enjoyed every bit of it. You can read my full review HERE.
  • Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1) by Sarah J. Maas – Alright, alright.. I really kind of expected this book to be wayyyy overhyped and nothing special. But I’ll be damned if I haven’t become super attached to this series and the characters that fill it. It’s become my guilty pleasure and I’ve loved every second of it. So yes, I have become Throne of Glass Trash and I ain’t ashamed! You can read my reviews of this series HERE, HERE, and Queen of Shadows review should be up in the next few days.

All in all, I think it’s been a good year for surprisingly good reads.


What books were pleasant surprises for you this year? Did you read any of the ones on my list? What did you think of them? Leave a link to your Hype or Like Friday post in the comments below!

Teaser Tuesday – October 25th, 2016

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme currently being hosted by MizB @ Books and a Beat. 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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Paper and Fire (The Great Library, #2) by Rachel Caine

Wolfe slowly raised his head. His color was terrible and his eyes looked dull and strange, but they were open, and after a blank moment that seemed to stretch forever, he looked directly at Santi and said, “It must have been terrible if you look so worried.”

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I cannot say enough good things about this series. The first book, Ink and Bone, was a wonderful reimagining of what society would be like if The Great Library of Alexandria had never burned down, but instead became the single place that controls all of the books and writing from history. It was an exciting book and it’s looking like this sequel shall continue that trend. I feel like this is an underrated series and doesn’t have the following like I would have thought it would. But maybe you’ll pick it up, enjoy it as much as I do, and will help spread the word! I mean, this is a book about the importance of books and what booknerd doesn’t love that?


What does your Teaser Tuesday look like? Have you read The Great Library series yet? What are your thoughts on it?

WWW Wednesday – April 20th, 2016

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!

The Three Ws are:

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

Currently Reading…

So I made it about 30 pages into Passenger before I realized I wasn’t really feeling it at the moment and chose to pick up Finnikin of the Rock instead. Truth be told, I haven’t really felt like reading at all the past couple of days. I think Genrethon burned me out. However, I do plan to read today so hopefully I stick to that during my free time. I am still enjoying The Reflections of Queen Snow White but I haven’t really picked it up for very long recently. I blame it on Genrethon. Okay, I’m just blaming everything on that now!

Recently Finished…

I finished these beauties during Genrethon and I highly recommend each of them. Dorothy Must Die is twisted and exciting, Ink and Bone is philosophical and intriguing, and Half Bad, well I really enjoyed it but I still haven’t quite figured out why. I’m behind right now on reviews as well (I’ve been in a strange mood recently), but I should get caught up by the end of the week and have Dorothy and Half Bad finished. You can find my review of Ink and Bone HERE.

Want to Read Next…

These are all of the library books I picked up yesterday, so I plan to read those as soon as possible. Then I plan to take cut back a bit at the library and alternate between a library book and a book I own until I finish my currently owned TBR shelf. I mean, that would be the smart thing to do, right? Right?! Don’t worry, it is.

I also just realized that I’m starting a lot of series lately but not finishing them. Might as well add that to my TBR too. Damn, this thing never ends!


What’s your WWW Wednesday look like? Leave a link to your post in the comments or just leave a comment answering the questions!

April Genrethon Wrap Up

7 days, 3 books. Done, bitches!

Okay okay, so I’m pretty proud of myself for totally dominating this month’s genrethon. I even made it into my optional books which brought my total to 4 books read in 7 days. Not bad, right? I wasn’t really expecting to do as well as I did because I was still coming out of a bit of a reading slump. However, I literally sped through the books I choose and actually finished Half Bad in about 24 hours! All of my choices were pretty hefty sized books page-wise so I hope you don’t mind if I give myself a little pat on the back for that.


Book 1: Western

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I’ll be honest, I wasn’t really sure I would like this book because Vengeance Road was so awesome and I just didn’t think this one would measure up. I was wrong! I really liked the story Carson created and was thoroughly engrossed in Lee’s journey the whole way. Full review HERE.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Book 2: Dystopian/Alternate History

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Such a unique story, that dealt with some much more heavy themes than I was originally expecting. This one was a little slow in the beginning but once it hit its stride, it really got going. I know the sequel is being released in July and I cannot wait! If you like books that make you think and get a little philosophical, pick this one up! Full review HERE.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Book 3: Paranormal

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I don’t know why, but I always put witches in the paranormal genre rather than fantasy. I don’t know if that’s what they’re normally considered as but for me, it makes sense. Anyways, I thought I would be completely bored by this book and while I kind of was for the first 200 pages, I couldn’t put this down. I don’t know why! Why was I so intrigued and yet not really intrigued? Damn you, book! WHY COULDN’T I PUT YOU DOWN?! It’s bewitched. It has to be. There’s just no other explanation. Full review coming soon (I’m still gathering my thoughts on this one).

Rating: 4/5 stars

Book 4: Fantasy

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THIS. This book was twisted, dark, and mature. I LOVED it. Seriously, I really did. I originally gave it only 4 stars, but it’s a 5 star book. It might bother some people who enjoy the lighthearted and wholesome aspect of the original Wizard of Oz story. But for me, I thoroughly appreciate the darkness. I love when authors get creative and retell fairytales in such an original way. Seriously, the cowardly lion sucks the fear from people and then eats them! I mean, Dorothy is a psychopath! I know that the rest of the series hasn’t gotten the greatest reviews, but I don’t care. I’m going to see this one through until the end. After all, Dorothy must die. Full review coming soon.

Rating: 5/5 stars


Final Wrap-Up:

  • Total Books Read – 4 books
  • Final Ratings Average – 4/5 stars
  • Total Pages Read – 1,633 pages

How did your Genrethon go? Let me know in the comments!

Book Review: Ink and Bone (The Great Library, #1)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I picked up Ink and Bone (The Great Library, #1) by Rachel Caine from the library. I had been wanting to read it for a while but no one I’ve spoken with had ever read it, so I was kind of going in blind with this one. All I knew was that it was set in an alternate history where the Great Library of Alexandria had never burnt down. A book about books?! Yeah, you could say I was pretty interested.

In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When his friend inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn…

The plot of this book is kind of all over the place. I’m not really sure what to categorize it because it can fit into so many different genres. I’ve seen it listed as fantasy, dystopian, steampunk, historical fiction, and science fiction. And really, it’s got a little bit of each of those elements in it. I think Caine did a really good job of blending them all together for this story. She was able to take a piece of history and rewrite it to create this fantastical new world. While I felt like I was experiencing a different world, it was also really familiar and I enjoyed that conflicting feeling. Caine’s writing style is also very approachable. It flows really well and draws you into the story. I was really invested in what was occurring the entire book. I enjoyed that were no set good guys vs. evil guys. Everything was very muddled in terms of right and wrong. The supposed bad guys, “Burners”, were actually people who burned books in protestation of The Library’s total control of books, wanting them to be open for anyone and everyone.

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Ah, the characters. Diversity is not an issue in this book and I loved that. Yes, the MC is your average English boy but there are so many other different characters. Jess is an interesting MC. I didn’t really have a strong connection with him but I did appreciate his character arc throughout the book. He starts out as being scared of the Library, then he begins to drink the kool-aid so to speak once he joins them, and then by the end has completely done a 180 on his feelings toward them. It was pretty interesting to see and I liked that it developed in a very natural way. I didn’t have a problem believing in his reasons for changing. Also, his interactions with Santi and Scholar Wolfe were fantastic and definitely my favorite scenes in the entire book.

Honestly, the side characters were who really captured my heart. They were all so completely different from one another, each with their own personal stories and distinctive personalities. I appreciate that Caine gave us a little bit of everything. An Arabic girl was the smartest and most caring character in the group, there was a sassy and vain Spaniard, a lovable giant German, and the most surprising and subtly beautiful LGBTQ couple that I’ve ever read about (sorry I’ll Give You the Sun). Seriously, I care more about what happens to all of these lovelies than I do about Jess. But don’t worry, he’s still cool too!

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While the writing style, plot line, and characters are all really great, I did have some issues with this book. These are issues that I think can really be explained by the fact it’s the beginning of a series. They’re just your typical first book problems. My biggest problem was with the pacing and world building. I had some trouble in the beginning due to the world building. It was a little slow in getting to the main part of the story and it took a while before I was able to figure out just how this world operated. I didn’t think it was explained very well in the beginning as to why this world is the way it is and how the Library transformed it. Like I kept picturing it being set back in time when the setting is actually in the future! This caused the first 100 pages or so to drag a bit for me. While I was extremely interested in seeing where the story would lead, I felt it took a little too long to get to the point where things were actually happening. But once it hit that sweet spot, I couldn’t put this book down!

Even with its tiny problems, when the sequel, Paper and Fire, is released later this summer, I will definitely be at the bookstore on its release date to purchase it. GIVE ME MORE NOW!

Final Verdict: 4/5 Stars


Have you read Ink and Bone? Is it on your TBR? What are your thoughts on it?

WWW Wednesday – April 13, 2016

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!

The Three Ws are:

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

Currently Reading…

Physical Book

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Ink and Bone (The Great Library, #1) by Rachel Caine

I’m gonna try something new today instead of writing my typical paragraph about what I’m think of the books so far. But I will say this, I’m really enjoying this one!

In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time…

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When his friend inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn…

NetGalley ARC Book

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Ascension (The Indigo Project) by Christopher De Sousa

I still have no idea what the hell is going on with this book. I feel like there was a prequel or something but no one bothered to tell me.

Katherine Munroe is most definitely not your typical teen and just about the only thing typical are her high school boy problems. She does however have quite the amazing ability to draw and much to her own confusion she accidentally lights things on fire. Even more plaguing are her reoccurring hallucinations, always thinking she is losing it, or so she thought. But then, after a horrific attack on her life resulting in the death of her father, she realizes there is something…more. Anzu, a winged beast of a different sort, and subject of Katherine’s hallucinations, saves her and become’s her guardian.

Bereaved over the loss of her father, she quickly discovers the unthinkable. Her entire township, as she knew, is a secret government experiment. And her father? Well, he was more of a caretaker since her birth. This rogue operation, better known as Project Indigo, is at war with a corrupted race of celestial beings.

In order to save the world and defeat The Corrupted they need the help of Katherine. Through special training and the discovery of her abilities, Katherine and Project Indigo battle the entities set to destroy them while she discovers the truth about her family, her lineage, and her future.


Recently Finished Reading…

This past week was a really good reading week for me. I totally recommend all 3 of these books to everyone. If you’ve had these on your TBR list for a while, bump them to the top. You won’t regret it!

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman: 5/5 stars,  FULL REVIEW

Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson: 4/5 stars, FULL REVIEW

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Såenz: 5/5 stars, FULL REVIEW


Reading Next…

2 library books, 1 author-requested book review, 2 book club BOTMs, and 3 NetGalley Arcs… Yikes. What are the odds that I complete this list by the end of April? Yeah, I don’t think it’s very good either.


Leave me a link to your WWW Wednesday post in the comments or just let me know what your reading schedule is looking like! Have you read any of the books on my list? See any that interest you or are on your TBR?

Teaser Tuesday – April 12th, 2016

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme currently being hosted by MizB @ Books and a Beat. 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.

Physical Book

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Ink and Bone (The Great Library, #1) by Rachel Caine

The rot extends deeper, into every branch and root, for the Library now seeks not to enlighten, but to enslave. We are only the most visible casualties of a silent war, and as they lock collars on our necks and tell us it is for our protection, we know that worse will come.

-page 189

I’m almost 50 pages into this book and I’m in love already. It’s part dystopian-part steampunk-part alternate history and full of fun. I will say that I’m a little confused as to what’s going on but that’s because the world-building is still being explained as it’s so early in the book. But I am loving the premise! As an ancient history nerd, I’ve often wondered what life would be like if the Great Library had never burnt down. Thank God for Caine wondering the same damn thing and bringing it to life!

NetGalley ARC Book

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Ascension (The Indigo Project) by Christopher De Sousa

“I don’t believe I’d have the right to question your sanity, given our bizarre line of work,” she contended. “I’ve just never known them to pursue such lengths before in support of our cause.”

-65% finished

So this book is interesting/confusing/unique. I am seriously confused by what’s going on, as there’s been a bit of an info dump but not enough to explain anything. Like I think there’s demons, aliens, Illuminati, and like mythical creatures all being mentioned and introduced. Seriously. All that’s missing now are some wizards and a princess! But I’m finding myself so intrigued that even though I’m confused about 80% of the time, this story is just pulling me in. Also, the writing is extremely dense and reads like literary fiction. It still surprises me while I’m reading. I mean, come on, teenagers do not think or talk this way! Has anyone else read this book so far? Does it all come together at some point? It’s like a train wreck that I can’t look away, I have got to finish it!


What’s your Teaser Tuesday look like? If you participate, leave a comment with a link to your post or just leave a comment with your own teaser! I love to be teased. 😉