Book Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Published July 3rd 2012 by Anchor (first published September 13th 2011)

512 Pages

Goodreads Summary: The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.

Review: I read this book for the #ReadingMyLibrary Challenge.  I had been seeing a lot of people raving about this book so I was a little hesitant to read it.  I was worried about it being overhyped and I’m not a big fan of circuses either so I wasn’t sure if I would like it anyways.  I loved this book!  I was immediately drawn into the writing and the characters.  Everything about this book is so incredibly imaginative and exciting, every step of the way.  I think one of my favorite things was seeing how she connected all of the characters to each other.  Even seemingly minor characters ended up playing a big roll in the story.  I loved Celia and Marco together and individually.  But I think my favorite characters were Poppet and Widget.  They were so cute!  And how cool would that be to grow up in a circus?!  I know I said I wasn’t a big fan of circuses but this is a completely extraordinary circus that is unlike any other circus in the world.  I was so completely blown away by this book.  I will definitely be buying this so I can immerse myself into this magical world again.

5/5 Stars

Month In Review: April 2015

monthinreviewApril was an awesome reading month for me!  I read so many great books and participated in the #ReadingMyLibrary Challenge so that really helped me get through a lot of books.  Our book club choice this month was Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.  It was very exciting and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

# Books read in April: 18 (including 2 DNF)
# Pages read in April: 6,679 (not including the DNF)
# Books Read YTD: 50
# Pages Read YTD: 18,001
Challenge Updates:
Goodreads: 50/75
2015 TBR Pile Challenge: 4/12
2015 NetGalley & Edelweiss Challenge: 20/25 Bronze Level Complete

Books Read:
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
The Blondes by Emily Schultz
Half Bad by Sally Green
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
The Sound of Glass by Karen White (DNF)
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern (DNF)
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Austenland by Shannon Hale
Midnight In Austenland by Shannon Hale
The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
The Young Elites by Marie Lu
The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes
A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Best Book Read: TIE

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Worst Book Read: DNF

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#ReadingMyLibrary Challenge Wrap Up

readingmylibrarychallengeThe #ReadingMyLibrary Challenge has come to an end!  It has been a really fun month reading books from my local library.  I loved almost every book that I checked out and even better, saved a ton of money!  I read 10 books in total, finishing the last of them an hour and a half ago.

Based on the current Amazon prices this is how much money I saved:

• Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater – $9.18
• Half Bad by Sally Green – $14.24
• Anna and the French Kiss – $12.91
• The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey – $11.40
• The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski – $13.76
• Austenland by Shannon Hale – $11.04
• Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale – $17.59
• The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey – $12.06
• The Young Elites by Marie Lu – $11.54
• The Night Circus by Erin Morgentstern – $10.21
Total Savings: $123.93

I loved Shiver so much that I decided to buy the boxed trilogy set.  There were a couple others that I read and would love to own someday as well.

Favorite book read: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Least favorite book read: Half Bad by Sally Green

I think the best part of this challenge was getting me back in the swing of utilizing my library.  Libraries are awesome and I can’t believe I had gone for so long without going to one!

WWW Wednesday – April 29, 2015

WWWWednesday LogoWWW 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?

www42915I finished two more books for the #ReadingMyLibrary challenge!  I also finished an ARC of my most anticipated 2015 release.

www042915I’m currently in the middle of my last book for the #ReadingMyLibrary challenge, The Night Circus.  And I got approved for a NetGalley title 3 days before it is supposed to be archived tomorrow so I’ve been trying to get through that.  One of my BIGGEST problems with NetGalley is you have no idea when a title is going to be archived.  The last few that I have requested and have been approved for left me with only a couple of days to finish.  I HATE THAT.  Then I feel like I have to rush through the book so it doesn’t affect my ratio.  Ugh.  I have until tomorrow to finish both books.

I’m not going to answer what I’ll be reading next because I’m not quite sure yet.  I’m going to be going through my print ARCs to decide which one to read first but I’ll have to do that in the moment.

What have you been reading lately?

Book Review: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

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The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Published October 7th 2014 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

355 Pages

Goodreads Summary: 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.

Review: I read this book for the #ReadingMyLibrary Challenge.  This book was awesome!  Marie Lu created such a fascinating new world with amazingly strong characters.  Adelina went through so much growing up and there’s a sense of darkness that surrounds her.  That was one of the most refreshing aspects of this book.  It doesn’t happen very often where the main character of a novel has a dark side.  Despite the darkness I was totally rooting for her to get a happy ending.  I loved all of the members of The Daggers.  They all had such strong personalities and worked very well together.  Teren was probably the most despicable person!  He was not only a malfetto but a Young Elite as well and yet he was bound and determined to destroy every single malfetto.  But at the same time, you get a glimpse behind how he truly feels about malfettos, including himself.  Right now I’m feeling like I’m just babbling but I’m still just having a book hangover from this, even days after I finished reading it!  I literally can’t stop thinking about the book and the characters.  The ending was so shocking!  And then the awesome epilogue where Marie Lu introduces new characters for the second book.  I am so looking forward to diving back into this world this fall when the book is released!  I definitely see myself reading this book again closer to the sequel release date.  So good!

5/5 stars