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, Dinétah (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?

Books That Need Adaptations

I would like to thank Britt for giving me this idea because I was completely out of inspiration today. I just hate when that happens!


Leviathan Trilogy by Scott Westerfeld

I feel like the steampunk/alternate history WWI setting of this book would translate so well onscreen. All of the interesting contraptions and creatures could really be so vivid and amazing with the right director, like Steven Spielberg or Guillermo del Toro. In fact, the more that I think about it, the more that I want it to happen. Anyone know anyone in Hollywood?

The Bone Season Series by Samantha Shannon

I would seriously die if this series hit the big or small screen. I want to say that it was optioned for television but I can’t remember for sure. I’d be all up on that for sure if it was though!

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Armada by Ernest Cline

I know that Ready Player One is coming out in March, but I think that Armada would have been a better book suited for adaptation. There’s an actual war going on in this plotline and if you’ve read the book, you’ll know that that opening scene is great. I might’ve had some issue with this book, but I’d definitely pay some money to see it in 3D.

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Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto

I think we can all agree that there aren’t enough good Westerns being made anymore. And one that’s mixed with fantasy and steampunk elements, starring a kickass female main character? It’s the movie that we didn’t even know we needed but now we have to have it!

 

Gold Seer Trilogy by Rae Carson

Oh, did you think I was kidding about Westerns? I wasn’t.

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The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

If I’m being honest, I really just want this brought to screen so I can obsess over Nikolai and the Darkling. Maybe I’ll get really lucky and they’ll change the storyline up enough to kill off Mal. Oh, what a glorious day that would be!

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Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown

This series has actually been optioned for the big screen but nothing has moved forward past that. I don’t know what the heck is wrong with Hollywood because this could be the next great science fiction series! I definitely seeing this one becoming a total blockbuster hit.

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

I’m already a sucker for any WWII setting movie and for my favorite historical fiction novel to show up on the big screen would be a match made in Heaven. I’ll go ahead and get the tissues ready.

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The Lunar Chronicles Series by Marissa Meyer

Okay, I know every single one of you has been thinking the same thing when it comes to this series. I’ll actually take this one as a tv show so we can really flesh out this world and the characters. Who’s with me?!

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The Cutting Season by Attica Locke

Now this is actually a thriller that I would go see at the movies. The atmosphere, the story, the characters… Yeah, I think this would be a really good movie right about now.


What books would you like to see turned into a movie or television show? Do you agree with the ones on my list?

Hype or Like Friday – Coming to a Close and Shining Stars

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 November BOTM is Zodiac (Zodiac, #1) by Romina Russell.

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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: I’m combining last week’s topic and this week’s because I missed it.. Oops!

Coming to a Close… What book(s) do you hope to read before the end of the year?

Shining Stars… What have been your favorite reads of 2017?


Coming to a Close

  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang
  • The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh
  • The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy, #1) by S.A. Chakraborty

These are all books that I’ve received from Book of the Month Club this past year. I’ve heard some amazing things about each one of them and am super excited to hopefully get to them before then end of the year. I’ve been trying to actually read some of the books I’ve received from that subscription service more, as I had really just been putting them off. I think 4 in a month seems like a good step in that direction, haha!

Shining Stars

  • Caraval (Caraval, #1) by Stephanie Garber
  • Defy the Stars (Constellation, #1) by Claudia Gray
  • Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
  • An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
  • This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1) by Victoria Schwab
  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  • Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  • Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2) by Marissa Meyer
  • A Million Junes by Emily Henry
  • The Song Rising (The Bone Season, #3) by Samantha Shannon
  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss
  • The Dark Days Pact (Lady Helen, #2) by Alison Goodman

Basically you all should just go read these books/series because they’re amazing. Seriously. Stop reading this post and go pick one up. RIGHT NOW.


What are some books that you hope to finish by the end of the year? What have been some of your favorite reads of 2017 so far? Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, what did you think of them? Leave a link to your Hype or Like Friday post in the comments below!

My Favorite Standalone Novels

As a massive fan of fantasy and science fiction, I naturally read more series than standalones. However, I promise that I do read standalone books from time to time! So to prove that I do enjoy them, I’ve compiled a list of just a few of my favorites. Now I’m sure I’ll be constantly adding to this list as I read more books, but as of right now, these are my faves!


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Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

This is one of my most recent reads and I absolutely loved it. It was sweet, cute and gave me all of the wanderlust. I’m dying to go to Florence now and eat some gelato, like tomorrow. Really.

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer

This was such a wonderful retelling of the origin of the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. I don’t know what it is about Meyer’s writing but she just has this ability to immediately draw you in and leave you begging for more.

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A Million Junes by Emily Henry

I’m sure at this point, y’all are tire of hearing talk about how much I loved this book. But I’m sorry that I’ll never stop talking about how good it is! Actually, I’m not really sorry because this book is amazing, and so was her debut novel, The Love That Split the World. Henry is my new auto-buy author and I recommend everyone picking up her novels!

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Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto

This book is just so much fun! It’s basically a genre mash-up of paranormal, fantasy, western, and historical fiction. Seriously, what more could you want in a book? I definitely recommend this one for anyone looking for a quick and entertaining read that doesn’t take itself too seriously.. Plus that cover, y’all!

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The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

If you’re okay with a book breaking your heart, pick this one up. Zentner absolutely killed it with this debut. I haven’t gotten around to picking up his latest novel, but I know it’ll be just as good. The friendship portrayed is this book is one of the best ones I’ve ever read, for sure.

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Now this is one of those books that either people absolutely love (like me!) or they hate it. But I think if you recognize it as a satire of Harry Potter and the “Chosen One” trope before picking it up, it makes it much more enjoyable. I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was funny and clever and I will forever ship Simon and Baz. Those two are the ultimate OTP and I will fight you on that!

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A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

I just read this one earlier this month and absolutely loved it. For a literary fiction, Towles’ writing style makes this such a fast-paced read and extremely engaging. He also created such amazing characters and I only wish they were real people. Count Rostov has become one of my most favorite characters that I’ve ever read.

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The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

I think at this point we can officially say that Hardinge has one of the most creative and unique story minds. Her books are all so original, especially The Lie Tree. I read this last year and can definitely see why it won awards. This one is all about take-charge females and definitely challenges the social norms of the 19th century.

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

Even if you aren’t really a Star Wars fan, I still think this is one science fiction novel that you’ll enjoy. It follows brand new characters who live through the original trilogy and experience it from opposite sides of the Rebellion. Claudia Gray is phenomenal when it comes to writing engaging science fiction and definitely proves it yet again with this book.

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The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker

Now this is apparently being continued as a series, but as I’ve not heard any updates for a couple of years, I’m just going to count it as a standalone for now. I really enjoyed this one back when I read it when it first came out. It’s got dashes of A Discovery of Witches and a hint of The Magicians all rolled into one.

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An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

I absolutely adored this story. I thought it was whimsical and such a great tale about fae, that actually embraces the dark side of these magical creatures. I am so sad that this is only a standalone because there’s so much more to explore in this world!


What are some of your favorite standalone novels? Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, what did you think of them? Do you prefer standalones or series more? What are some other standalone books that you recommend?

 

Hype or Like Friday – Small Town Living

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 July BOTM is A Million Junes by Emily Henry.

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: Small Town Living… What books set in small towns do you recommend?


As someone who was born and raised in a small town, I always have a soft spot for books set in such a place. I smile at how everyone knows everyone and are into each other’s business. Such is the life of small town folks…

No matter if you’re from a small town and enjoy reading about similar places or are from a big city looking for a different way of life, the above books are good places to start!


Are you from a small town? Do you enjoy reading books set in small towns? Have you read any of the books that I recommended? Leave a link to your Hype or Like Friday post in the comments below!

The Sims Book Tag

Big thanks to Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek for tagging me to do this all the way back in February! Y’all go check out her awesome blog!


The Original SimsThe best author debut.

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Revenge and the Wild  by Michelle Modesto

I will never stop talking about how much fun this book was. I am so obsessed with it, that I tweeted at Michelle as soon as I finished it to find out if she was ever going to return to this awesome world… Spoiler Alert – She said she’s considering it!

The Grim Reaper – Saddest character death.

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

I don’t want to talk about it.

Sims Getting StuckA character that just got in the way.

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The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

If you read my reviews on this series, you will know just how much I hate Mal as a character. I literally prayed for his death in each book. If I ever meet Bardugo in person, I plan to tell her how much I want to punch him in the throat. HE IS SO USELESS!

Simlish – A book with amazing writing.

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Wolf By Wolf (Wolf By Wolf, #1) by Ryan Graudin

I love Graudin’s writing. It’s not overly flowery, but she’s able to give her words so much emotion. Her writing in this duology can cut you to the core by its simplicity and I loved that. It was perfect for this story.

Expansion Packs – A series where the books keep on getting better.

Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas

I know it’s such a cliche but I don’t care! This series does get better with each book!

Sim Romance – The worst case of insta-love.

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Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1) by Kendare Blake

If you read this book then you know exactly what I’m talking about. I mean, it doesn’t get any more insta-love than that, am I right?

 Cheats – A book that was entirely unrealistic.

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I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Instead of choosing an obvious fantasy or sci-fi novel, I had to go with this contemporary story. Y’all, none of this story would’ve happened if they had just talked to each other. Sooooooooo many contemporary novels rely on the miscommunication trope for their conflict and it makes me want to bash my head into the wall. Maybe I just don’t have a problem with laying out all of my shit in the open, but this just wouldn’t ever happen. If you’ve got a problem, especially with a family member, then you take care of it.

Needs Fulfillment – A character who made all the wrong decisions.

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A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2) by Sarah J. Maas

I’ll be honest that I didn’t care for Tamlin, even in the first book, but have been #TeamRhysand since he first showed up. However, that’s because Tamlin is kind of an idiot. Every decision he makes is literally the worst choice. I think he has suffers from some kind of complex but I need to brush up on my psychology a bit before I can identify a diagnosis for him.

Error Code 12 – A series that started off great but went downhill from there.

The Young Elites Trilogy by Marie Lu

I read the first book in this series and became obsessed. I even thought the second book was just as good! However, that finale was total crap. I don’t know if Lu was just trying to rush through and finish this series to move on to something else or what, but that finale was AWFUL. I feel like 1/3 of the story was missing from it, like it started and then went straight to the ending. The only good thing out of this book was the epilogue. Seriously.

The Sims Vortex – A book/series that completely engrossed you.

The Illuminae Files Trilogy by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

This series is everything. The end.


I tag anyone who wants to do this! 🙂

February Wrap-Up: Reviews, Reading Challenges, etc.

Can I just say that for the shortest month of the year, I had a damn good reading month. Like I am starting 2017 on a roll, y’all!

Now watch me go into a huge reading slump because I just jinxed myself…Way to go, Larkin.


Books Read

  • Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto – 5/5 stars, REVIEW
  • Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – 3/5 stars, REVIEW
  • Caraval (Caraval, #1) by Stephanie Garber – 5/5 stars, REVIEW
  • Blood for Blood (Wolf By Wolf, #2) by Ryan Graudin – 4/5 stars
  • Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1) by Susan Dennard – 4/5 stars, REVIEW
  • Windwitch (The Witchlands, #2) by Susan Dennard – 3/5 stars
  • A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes, #2) by Sabaa Tahir – 5/5 stars
  • We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen – 4/5 stars
  • Love, Lies, and Spies by Cindy Anstey – 4/5 stars

I also read about 150 pages of RoseBlood by A.G. Howard, however I DNFed it because I was both extremely bored and confused. So I won’t be counting it towards my overall goal or total.

Total Books Read: 9

Overall in 2017: 16

Reading Challenge Updates

POPSUGAR

  • A Book of Letters – We Are Still Tornadoes
  • A Book by a Person of Color – A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes, #2)
  • A Bestseller from a Genre You Don’t Normally Read – Big Little Lies
  • A Book Published in 2017 – Caraval (Caraval, #1)
  • The First Book in a Series You Haven’t Read Before – Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)

Previous Month

  • A book by or about a person who has a disability – The Architect of Song
  • A book that’s been on your TBR list for way too longRed Queen (Red Queen, #1)

Beat The Backlist

  • Revenge and the Wild
  • Blood for Blood (Wolf by Wolf, #2)
  • Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)
  • A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)
  • We are Still Tornadoes

Goodreads Reading Challenge

  • Total: 16/100
  • Previous total: 7/100

Blog Posts

Teaser Tuesdays

WWW Wednesdays

Hype or Like Fridays

Reviews

Discussions/Misc.

All in all, I think February turned out to be a pretty darn good reading month. I’m really looking forward to March as well. I’ve got quite a good mix of reads for this upcoming month, so things should get pretty interesting! 🙂


How did your February go? Did you get a lot of reading done? Which book was your favorite read? What about your least favorite read?

Book Review: Revenge and the Wild

When I snagged a copy of this book from BookOutlet, I honestly didn’t know anything about it. I hadn’t seen any reviews or heard anyone really mention it and I was really surprised as this was a newly released debut. The synopsis just immediately hooked my attention and the cover was just so pretty (yes, I buy books based on covers!). However, I am soooooo glad that I took a chance on Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto, because it has become one of my all-time favorites.

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.

This thrilling novel is a remarkable tale of danger and discovery, from debut author Michelle Modesto.

The Good

  • Badass Characters – Is it silly to say that I loved them all? It is? Well I don’t care because I did! This was a very diverse group of cast and they were all so incredibly interesting and unique. It was very easy to differentiate one from the other, which I really appreciated that Modesto was able to do. Westie is the absolute most badass MC. She’s a foul-mouthed wild child, who doesn’t take shit from anyone. I loved that she had so much depth as a character, especially one part about her that I wasn’t expecting but really added an interesting element to the story. She also had a humorous side to her, even though it was mostly from doing things she isn’t supposed to be doing. There is one part where she talked about doing peyote that killed me, hahahaha! Honestly, I just want more stories about Westie, seriously. IT NEEDS TO HAPPEN! And as wonderful as Alley is, my true love is Costin. I would honestly love a book just about his life as a vampire. He’s everything you want in a bad boy character. I lived for the scenes when he would show up.
  • Revenge Plot – Come on, admit it. You love a good revenge plot! Or maybe that’s just me? I cannot get enough of them. I love to see characters walk the line between justice and revenge, and not always making the right decisions. This novel is a perfect example of that. There’s lots of blood, fighting, cussing, and killing all going on, basically your typical dirty Western town but with fantasy creatures! I also loved the different twists that Modesto threw in the book here and there. I never knew what was going to happen next.
  • Pacing – This book is one of the few that I never found myself bored at any time. I was constantly engaged in the story.  The pacing was steady all the way from start to finish. I was on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book. It’s just a fun read from start to finish!

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The Bad

  • NOTHING! – Really, my only complaint is that this book is a standalone and there’s no more stories following Westie. I need more and I don’t have any!!!! 😦

Just read this book. Enjoy it, love it, fangirl over it with me. It’s still available on BookOutlet in hardback for only $6.99, so I’m not really sure why you’re still reading this post and not over there buying it. DO IT.

Final Verdict: 5/5 Stars


Have you read Revenge and the Wild? What did you think of it? Are you interested in reading it now?

WWW Wednesday – February 8th, 2017

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

The Three W’s are:

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

What are you currently reading?

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Caraval (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber

As of this moment, I haven’t actually read one page from this book. I only put my bookmark in it last night before I went to bed, as I’d already stayed up too late finishing up Big Little Lies. But I can tell you that I’m so excited to pick this one up and that I hope it lives up to the hype! Fingers crossed, right?

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.

What did you recently finish reading?

  • Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – 3 stars, If you’re looking for an engrossing murder mystery amongst some suburbanite mothers, then this might be for you. I will admit that I was hooked trying to figure out who was murdered and who did it, but I reallyyyyy hated all of the characters. They were just so awful!

Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

  • Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto – 5 stars, THIS BOOK WAS SOOOO GOOD! Easily my favorite book of the year so far. It’s got a kickass heroine, monsters, mayhem, and sass. What more could you want?! Everyone really needs to go read this 2016 debut!

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.

This thrilling novel is a remarkable tale of danger and discovery, from debut author Michelle Modesto.

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • Blood for Blood (Wolf By Wolf, #2) by Ryan Graudin – I’m finally going to finish up this duology after really enjoying the first book, when I buddy read it with Britt @ Geronimo Reads back in November. I’ve heard great things about it but I also hear that I’m going to cry sooooo, yeah. Already got my tissues handy!
  • Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1) by Susan Dennard – This is the February BOTM for Hype or Like Friday, if you would like to join us! I’ve heard mixed things about this series so far but I’m interested in seeing how I feel about it.
  • A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes, #2) by Sabaa Tahir – I liked An Ember in the Ashes but I wasn’t blown away by it like some people were. I thought it was decent but nothing amazing or unique. However, I am interested in seeing how this story develops and I hope it gets better.

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

WWW Wednesday – February 1st, 2017

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

The Three W’s are:

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

What are you currently reading?

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Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto

I will actually start this book during my lunch break today. I’m pretty excited about it because it’s a fantasy-steampunk Western. Like seriously, how cool does that sound? It’s also Modesto’s debut novel, so I’m interested in seeing how it turns out. I always love getting to read debuts because you never know when you’ll meet your new favorite author!

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.

What did you recently finish reading?

I really enjoyed Black’s take on vampires. It was a fun and engrossing read that I didn’t want to put down! I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a different kind of vampire story (one that doesn’t include sparkles!). As for The Walls Around Us… just a major disappointment.

What do you think you’ll read next?


What are you currently reading? Which books have finished reading recently? What’s up next on your TBR? Have you read any of the books on my list? Leave a link to your WWW Wednesday in the comments below!