WWW Wednesday – November 25, 2015

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WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words.
Each week we answer the following three questions:
-What have you recently finished reading?
-What are you currently reading?
-What are you reading next?

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Last week I started my re-read of The Premonition series by Amy A. Bartol.  I first discovered this series in 2013 and fell in love with it.  There are currently 4 books in the series with the 5th book to be released on December 8th.  I am so, so excited for it!  I am loving reliving this story.  I finished book 2 last night and just barely started book 3 but I know that I will have no problem finishing the 4 books before book 5’s release date.  If you haven’t read this series, I suggest you check it out if you’re into supernatural beings like divine and fallen angels, gancanagh (which in this series are kind of like faeries-turned-vampires) and demons.  If you do give it a shot but stumble on some of the outdated phrases such as “mad cool” and “phat”, just look past them.  During my re-read I realized that I must have blocked those out the first time around because they’re pretty bad but I still love the story anyways.  Brennus is my favorite ❤

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So like I mentioned in the above paragraph, I am now on book 3 of The Premonition series.  I’m about 24 pages into it and will be reading more at lunch.  Today after work we are heading up for my family Thanksgiving in Duluth.  My parents rented a condo for the weekend so we’ll be spending the weekend there with them.  My brother and sister-in-law are coming in from Chicago too.  It’s going to be really fun!  I don’t know how much time I will have to read but just in case I brought along my Kindle so if I finish this one I can move on to book 4.

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So up next I will be reading book 4 of The Premonition series and if there is time before book 5 comes out (which there most likely will) I am going to read Shattered Blue by Lauren Bird Horowitz.  I’ve been seeing a lot of stuff on Twitter lately about this book and it sounds awesome!  I can’t wait to read this one.

What have you been reading lately?  Do you have any fun plans or traditions for Thanksgiving?

WWW Wednesday – September 2, 2015

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WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words.
Each week we answer the following three questions:
-What have you recently finished reading?
-What are you currently reading?
-What are you reading next?

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I received Darken the Stars from Netgalley.  I was so excited to read it because I love Amy A. Bartol (which you already knew if you’ve read my blog before).  I’m still reeling from the ending!  See my review that I posted yesterday here.  Then I read Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan.  I had never heard of it before but my awesome #OTSPSecretSister sent it to me because she thought I would really like it and I did!  I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

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I got both of these ARCs through NetGalley.  I am taking a break from A Thousand Nights because it is so similar to The Wrath and the Dawn but nowhere near as good.  It’s beautifully written but dull at the same time.  I may return to it, but I may DNF it.  I’m still on the fence.  The Dead House on the other hand is awesome!  I love the way it’s written through diary entries, newspaper articles, interviews, etc.  It is getting pretty creepy too!  I read before bed last night night, which was a mistake because it took me awhile to feel like there wasn’t some creepy girl watching me lol.

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And yesterday I got my pre-orders of the Heir of Fire paperback and the Queen of Shadows hardcover.  I have the rest of the series in paperback but I knew I wouldn’t be able to wait that long for Queen of Shadows to be released in paperback.  I started on the first chapter of Heir of Fire last night but decided I wanted to finish The Dead House before diving back in with Celaena so I’m not going to count it towards my currently reading.  I’ll probably start it over from the beginning again anyways to devote my full attention to it.

FOR THOSE OF YOU ALREADY READING QoS, NO SPOILERS PLEASE!!!!!!  

What have you been reading lately?  What are you looking forward to reading?

Darken the Stars by Amy A. Bartol

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I received a copy of this through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Darken the Stars by Amy A. Bartol

302 Pages

Expected publication: September 8th 2015 by 47North

Goodreads Summary: Kyon Ensin finally has what he’s always wanted: possession of Kricket Hollowell, the priestess who foresees the future. Together, their combined power will be unrivaled. Kricket, however, doesn’t crave the crown of Ethar—she has an unbreakable desire to live life on her own terms, a life that she desperately wants to share with her love, Trey Allairis.

As conspiracies rage in the war for Ethar, Kricket’s so-called allies want to use her as a spy. Even those held closest cannot be trusted—including Astrid, her sister, and Giffen, a member of a mysterious order with a hidden agenda. But Kricket’s resolve will not allow her to be used as anyone’s pawn, even as the Brotherhood sharpens its plans to cut out her heart.

As the destiny prophesied by her mother approaches, Kricket will backtrack through her fiery future to reshape it. For she knows one thing above all else: the only person she can truly count on is herself.

Review: I’m a huge fan of Amy A. Bartol so being approved for this book made me super happy. I really liked Kricket and Trey together so I was very nervous that Kyon had her captive again. But as things started to blossom between Kricket and Kyon, I found my alliances shifting. This book completely opened up Kyon’s character and he became endearing, even considering all of the things he had done in the past. I found myself hoping Kricket and Kyon would be together forever. I loved the action and where this story was going. Literally the only issue I had with this book was the ending! I’m farily certain that this is the final book of the series but it just felt incomplete!  It felt way too open ended and there didn’t seem to be any sort of closure to the story.  But despite the ending that I am still reeling from, I did really like this book.

4/5 Stars

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag!

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag!

I saw this book tag on Analee @ Book Snacks and really wanted to join in on the tag fun.  It was a great way to look back over everything I have read in 2015.

  1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2015.

Well, I really don’t think that I can pick just one so my top reads from this year so far include:

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I didn’t want to include any of the amazing sequels I have read this year because they are a part of the next question.

  1. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2015.

Again, I can’t just choose one for this!  I’ve read a lot of great sequels this year.  Some of which I liked even better than the books that came before it.

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  1. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

There are easily a ton to choose from for this but I’ll have to go with An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir.  I’ve had this on my shelf for a couple of months but haven’t gotten around to it yet.

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  1. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

Again… how am I supposed to only choose one?!?!  At the moment I’m really dying to get on with the Throne of Glass series.  I pre-ordered Queen of Shadows which is on it’s way to me now!  But I also still have to read Heir of Fire (which I also pre-ordered the paperback and is on its way with QoS).  I am also really looking forward to getting The Wheel of Time Companion which is to be released Nov. 3rd.

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  1. Biggest disappointment.

Easily this would have to be Magonia.  I couldn’t even bear to even read more than a couple of chapters because the main character’s POV was so grating.

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  1. Biggest surprise.

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh.  I was pretty sure that I would like this one but I wasn’t prepared for how much I LOVED it!  I loved the two main characters and the storyline.  I can’t wait to read the sequel!
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  1. Favorite new author (debut or new to you).

Definitely going to have to go with 3 on this one.  Sarah J. Maas, Leigh Bardugo and Rainbow Rowell.  I’ve now read 3 from SJM (Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight and A Court of Thorns and Roses) and loved each and every one of them.  Tomorrow I’ll be receiving Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows so I can’t wait to get back to Celaena, Chaol and Dorian!  I have read the first two books of the Grisha trilogy by LB and recently got Ruin and Rising to finish off the trilogy.  I can’t wait to read it!  I’m also really looking forward to Six of Crows!  And RR totally wowed me with Eleanor and Park.  Then I read Fangirl and while I didn’t like it as much as E&P I still really really liked it.  I have Landline at home waiting to be read and hopefully soon I can get Attachments as well.
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  1. Newest Fictional crush.

A rather recent development was that I found myself starting to crush on Kyon Ensin from the Kricket series by Amy A. Bartol.  She really knows how to make a girl crush on the bad guy because I also have a thing for Brennus from her Premonition series as well!

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  1. Newest favorite character.

Totally Celaena Sardothian.  She is such a badass but she also has a softer side.  And she loves to read… so what more could you ask for.

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  1. Book that made you cry.

You know, I don’t really find that I cry during a book.  When it comes to movies, if something gets super sappy or sad or someone is crying… I’m gone.  Get me a tissue.  But for some reason in books, I don’t really tear up much.  The closest I probably came to that was maybe in Voyager by Diana Gabaldon.

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  1. Book that made you happy.

Definitely going to go with Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.  This books was literally the cutest thing ever and I often found myself laughing out loud.  This was definitely a feel good book. 
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  1. Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year.

I wasn’t exactly happy with the Insurgent adaptation.  It was kind of disappointing.  I think I’ll have to go with The Longest Ride (based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks).  I really loved the storyline to this one and it seemed to follow the book pretty closely.  Plus Scott Eastwood is totally hot J

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  1. Favorite review you’ve written this year.

Hmm.  That is a good question.  I always feel like I blunder through book reviews so I don’t really have a favorite.

  1. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received).

I’m going to have to go with The Exile by Diana Gabaldon.  It is a graphic novel of Outlander from Murtagh’s POV and I loved it!  So beautiful J

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  1. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

I need to read 8 more books to meet my Goodreads goal for the year.  Since it is only the end of August, I have plenty of time to meet that goal.  I really hope to make more of a dent in my 2015 TBR Pile Challenge though.  I’ve been neglecting it.  I also have so many books that I want to reread.  So I’m trying to decide still what I want to do.  But for right now the plan is to finish the book I am currently reading.  Then start Heir of Fire and move onto Queen of Shadows.  Then after that I will probably go to Ruin and Rising.  Anything after that is fair game!  We’ll see what happens!

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I tag EVERYONE!  Go do this tag!  Now! 🙂

Book Review: Sea of Stars by Amy A. Bartol

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I received this eARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Sea of Stars by Amy A. Bartol (book 2 of the Kricket series)

Expected Publication: March 31, 2015 by 47North

Pages: 291

Goodreads Summary: Eighteen-year-old Kricket Hollowell was looking for her place in the world when she discovered that the universe was bigger—and more dangerous—than she had ever dreamed. Now, whisked across space to the planet Ethar, Kricket learns that her genetic ability to see the future makes her a sought-after commodity…and the catalyst for war between her star-crossed parents’ clans. According to Alameedan prophecy, one house will rise to power and the other will be completely wiped out, and Kricket’s precognition is believed to be the weapon that will tip the scales.

A target of both the Rafe and the Alameeda houses, Kricket finds protection—and a home—in the arms of Trey, her Etharian bodyguard-turned-boyfriend. But her visions of what’s to come disturb her deeply, especially since she must discover whether the gift of foresight will allow her to rewrite the future, or if her fate is as immovable as the stars.

Review: I’m a big fan of Amy A. Bartol (I LOVE the Premonition series) so I was extremely excited to see that Sea of Stars was available for review on NetGalley!  I read the first book of the Kricket series, Under Different Stars, in January 2014.  Since it had been a little over a year since I had read the first book, I was a little confused in the beginning of this book.  It took me awhile to get my bearings back and remember what was happening in the world of Ethar when I was last there.  Then I was getting a little tired of the constant back and forth with Kricket being relatively safe with Trey, then being taken, then making it back to Trey, then being taken again, and so on and so forth.  I didn’t really start getting into it until about halfway through.  Then the action really started to interest me and I could wait to keep reading through to the end!  I think if I had read the first book more recently, the first half of this book would have felt a lot better.  It was interesting to finally meet Charisma, Trey’s ex-fiance.  I liked seeing how different she was from Kricket but still having a few similarities.  The world of Ethar is so fascinating and the way the author describes it allows the reader to completely visualize the world in their mind.  I want a spix so badly! The book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger so I can’t wait to see what happens next!

If you haven’t read Under Different Stars but you like fantasy, go check it out!  If you have read UDS, pick up Sea of Stars as soon as possible and delve back into Kricket and Trey’s world!  I would recommend this series to any lover of fantasy.

4/5 stars