2019 Books I Can’t Wait For

These are all of the book I can’t wait for in 2019! At least, all of the ones I know of! This list is subject to change at anytime. ūüėõ¬†Also,¬†some¬†of¬†my¬†most¬†anticipated¬†releases¬†I¬†have¬†already¬†read,¬†but¬†I am¬†going¬†to¬†put¬†them¬†on¬†here¬†anyway!

  1. The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air, #2) by Holly Black

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I have already had the immense pleasure of reading this one but I want a physical copy in my library now!

2. King of Scars (Nikolai Duology, #1) by Leigh Bardugo

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Pretty sure this is on everyone’s TBR.

3. White Stag (Permafrost, #1) by Kara Barbieri

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I have also had the pleasure of reading this one and I gave it 5 stars. I need the physical copy like, yesterday.

4. The Remarkable Inventions of Walter Mortinson by Quinn Sosna-Spear

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5. Bloodwitch (The Witchlands, #3) by Susan Dennard

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6. Finale (Caraval, #3) by Stephanie Garber

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7. The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1) by Roshani Chokshi

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So I am actually currently reading this one! And it’s fantastic!

8. Darkdawn (The Nevernight Chronicle, #3) by Jay Kristoff

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9. Rage (Stormheart, #2) by Cora Carmack

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10. A Dangerous Collaboration (Veronica Speedwell, #4) by Deanna Raybourn

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11. The Burning White (Lightbringer, #5) by Brent Weeks

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These next few are some honorable mentions that I am not sure of the date and they don’t have a cover, or a synopsis.

Reigntime series book #3 by S. K. Levy

The Fire Keeper (The Storm Runner, #2) by J. C. Cervantes

Ignite the Stars book #2 by Maura Milan

What are some books you are looking forward to this year?

2018 Books I Can’t Get Out of My Head

Instead of doing a 2018 wrap up sort of thing, I thought I would tell y’all about my favorite 2018 books I read! But¬†first,¬†my¬†2018¬†reading¬†stats!

I read 46 books and read 19, 137 pages! This was a second personal best with 2013 being my highest reading year yet! So, I am pretty happy. I read mostly fantasy, no surprise there. The longest book I read was Voyager by Diana Gabaldon which was 870 pages. And I rated 4 stars the most. Whew! I think that’s it on the stats! Let’s get into the good stuff!

  1. A Treacherous Curse (Veronica Speedwell, #3) by Deanna Raybourn

I looooove love love this series. This series is what got me into Historical Mysteries. Plus these covers are some of the most gorgeous I’ve ever seen!

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

This was my first ever Holly Black book. I love her now. This series has really mixed reviews, some of my friends hate this series and some, like me, love it to death! It’s kind of cheesy but I can’t help it!

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3. Legendary (Caraval, #2) by Stephanie Garber

Again, super mixed review among my friends but I love it. I like just fun, magical stories. I cannot wait for Finale!!!!

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4. Starlit (Reigntime, #2) by S. K. Levy

Disclaimer: The author is a friend of mine. However, I pride myself on being an honest reviewer no matter what. I think about this book literally every week if not every other day. The way she wove how to deal with anxiety into a fantasy series has me in love with this book. Plus it’s a fantasy series that takes place in Australia. So cool!!

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5. For a Muse of Fire (For a Muse of Fire, #1) by Heidi Heilig

This was one of the most unique books I have ever read. It was an Asian/ French mash up of culture and so freaking cool. Plus the author is Hawaiian/ Chinese and I was insanely excited to find that out because I am too! (Plus a few other things but still! :P)

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6. Obsidio (The Illuminae Files, #3) by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Didn’t think I was going to make an awesome list without Jay Kristoff being on there, did ya? He’s hands down one of my favorite authors and I had the great pleasure of meeting him this year! I have been a fan of his work since Endsinger came out!

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So these last four are ones I gave 4 stars to but they still stuck with me through the end of the year!

7. The Demon Race by Alexandria Warwick

It was just a super sweet story. I loved the elements of adventure woven in.

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8. Ignite the Stars (Ignite the Stars, #1) by Maura Milan

Loved this Sci-fi! It was seriously so much fun to read! Plus, space school?! I think I’ve mentioned before how much I love books with specialty schools in them!

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9. The Storm Runner (The Storm Runner, #1) by C. J. Cervantes

Really cool, really solid MG Fantasy. I liked that the main character’s disability was his greatest strength.

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And this last one is one that I rated 3 stars but am seriously thinking about changing it because I am still thinking about this book!!

10. Nine While Nine by Stasia Morineaux

It was a really unique take on Irish (I think it’s Irish if I remember correctly) paranormal legends. It gave me all the fall vibes. Like, I don’t think you can read this book in any other season, it’s just that perfect for Fall.

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These were just the books that came out this year that are still stuck in my head! I gave 5 stars to a few books that are older and so far one book that is coming out next year!

Happy New Year’s Eve! I truly hope everyone had a wonderful year!

The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer, #2) Review [Spoiler Free]

Author: Brent Weeks

Publisher: Orbit

Publication Date: September 11, 2012

Genre: Adult Fantasy

My Rating: 4 Stars

“Gavin Guile is dying.

He‚Äôd thought he had five years left‚ÄĒnow he has less than one. With fifty thousand refugees, a bastard son, and an ex-fianc√©e who may have learned his darkest secret, Gavin has problems on every side. All magic in the world is running wild and threatens to destroy the Seven Satrapies.

Worst of all, the old gods are being reborn, and their army of color wights is unstoppable. The only salvation may be the brother whose freedom and life Gavin stole sixteen years ago.”

I’m going to skip my usual break down of writing, magic, world, ect… and just jump right into my thoughts. Since the build up of the world and magic were in the first book, and the writing has stayed the same.

I liked this one better than the first. You get to see a lot of the inner workings and politics of the Chromeria while Kip goes to school! Yep, there’s magic school in this book. I am a sucker for any book that has a type of magical school. What a nerd. Plus it’s hilarious to watch Kip go head to head with Andross (his grandfather). But then less hilarious later on…

Gavin and Karris’ chemistry is off the charts. That’s all I’ll say about that! Ha!

I love that we are starting to dig deeper into each character and watching this crazy world unfold. I half like and half don’t like Liv’s POV. She’s lawful evil. But I find it interesting her reasoning she uses for being bad (Although she thinks she’s the good guy).

Honeslty, Kip is my favorite POV. He’s really funny and smart. I found myself hoping the next chapter would always be his. I’m loving watching the characters get stronger (or weaker) in their magic and in their ways.

Oh yeah, Iron Fist is still my favorite!!! Listen here, Weeks, I will revolt and throw tomatoes at you if you kill him ever! Also, that cliff hanger!!!!

Has anyone read this series?! Please someone talk with me about it if you have! I have so many theories!!

Crooked Ravens (Otherworld, #1) [Spoiler Free]

Author: Talis Jones

Publisher: Self- Published

Publication Date: June 26, 2018

Genre: Fantasy, YA

Adventure Rating: 3 Stars

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‚ÄúSometimes you must let go of who you were to 
embrace what you could become.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúAnd if that damns me to Hell?‚ÄĚ she asked.
He smiled. ‚ÄúThen we shall meet again.‚ÄĚ

There is an island that protects the young not because they are lost, but because they were taken. The Island of Oneiroi is not a mere destination for children and dreamers ‚Äď it‚Äôs a sanctuary for the murdered and vengeance has come.

Adrianna Verdandi holds the cooling corpse of her foster brother, Geoffrey Martinez, when a curious stranger turns up with an invitation of passage to an impossible realm. Little did she know that accepting a second chance would bind their fates to the very darkness they flee from.

Time is of the essence, the rebels are rising up, ancient forces stir in the northern woods, and through it all a strange sailor named Titus watches bemused, shrewd, and knowing far more than he is willing to divulge about this ruthless game for power.

The darkness isn’t coming. It’s already there, walking in your shadow.


*Thank you to the author for sending me an e-book in exchange for an honest review!*

Story/ Plot. Peter Pan + Queen of Hearts = Crooked Raven. At least, that’s the vibe I got! It was a really cool, unique take. I liked the adventure aspect, Adrianna travels across Oneroi to help the rightful queen take her throne away from the tyrant. She was tricked into helping but ended up joining the cause anyways. Geoffrey’s story is a little more slow going. I felt as though his point of view could have had more meat to it.¬†

Characters.¬†I really liked Adrianna. She was relatable in the sense that I felt as though I would make the same choices she did. I liked hers and Sarai’s friendship. Well, most of the time. Sarai was a really fickle person. One minute she was so excited that she was friends with Adrianna, then the next she was calling her dead weight.¬†

Writing.¬†Okay, here is where I knocked off a couple stars. There were a couple inconsistencies that confused me thoroughout the book.¬† One of the first ones I noticed was when the group Adrianna was with, was making camp and the said they “should really start training her.” Then someone else was like, “yes! Let’s do that.” And then five minutes later they just went on their merry way. I was like, wait, what? Another thing that was a bit hard to read was that the scenes didn’t flow together smoothly. Like, the group does one thing, then they’re done. Then another. Then done. Ect.. I also felt as though it would have been easier to follow along if it had have been first person POV alternating. However, I just want to end with that Jones’ writing itself was beautiful, it was just the execution that was hard to follow. Here’s an example: “Night winked cheekily with bright stars scattered across the sky.” I love that sentence!¬†

Final Thoughts. I am definitely still interested in continuing this series! The characters and story were really interesting! I also love supporting small time authors and am very happy I was approached for this! 

The Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1) Review [Spoiler Free]

Author: Brent Weeks

Publisher: Orbit

Publication Date: August 25, 2010

Genre: Adult Fantasy

Adventure Rating: 4 Stars

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“Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. Yet Prisms never last, and Gavin Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live.

When Gavin Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he’s willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.”

First Thoughts. Pretty awesome actually. So this book came HIGHLY recommended by my husband who went 27 years without reading. This is his first year where he actually wanted to read books. I was shocked! But I dutifully started this fantasy series that he so loves. And y’all, I am so glad I did! It’s been since 2014, I think, that I have read an adult fantasy. Horrible since it’s my favorite genre. IT WAS SO GOOD! What a breath of fresh air! I had so much readers anxiety during this adventure. I had so many burning questions and theories! Some were answered and some have still not been and it’s driving me nuts.

Plot/ Story. A pretty fast paced story for a first book. There was a lot of traveling, a lot of action, and a lot of intrigue! Plus learning about the Color System of magic was SO COOL!! What a neat concept! Depending on what color you can draft, you can make different things and the color can change your mood. The downside is, the more you draft, the quicker you die. Most only live to be 36-40. Only the Prism can draft all of the colors and has to keep a balance in the world. 

Characters. To start, I ship Gavin and Karris so hard!!! Please just be happy together! Anyways, Kip is adorable and witty and charming. He is Gavin’s overweight son that may or not be more powerful? I don’t know yet! I really like the different POV the book takes you through. Karris is one of my favorites because she’s super feisty and great fun to read about.¬† My favorite character though is hands down Iron Fist!!!! He’s one of the coolest characters I’ve ever read about! He’s go secrets, he’s powerful, and he’s got that upstanding honor thing going without being boring.¬†

Final Thoughts. I highly recommend. It’s SO much fun to read and the writing is phenomenal. I don’t understand how I’ve never heard of this book before my husband told me about it. I feel like this series has a following, just no one I know! I’ve already wasted no time to start book 2!

November Wrap-Up and December TBR

Alright loves, I think I am going to start doing one post for these at the beginning of each month! I really, REALLY like the way, Jessie, Novel Heartbeat does hers, so I will be modeling mine somewhat after hers! I love the way she gives a little bit of insight into her life as well! 

In November I read 3 books. I thought I was going to be able to read more but once Thanksgiving rolls around my family is busy until January. Ha! 

My Rating: 5 Stars
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My Rating: 2 Stars
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My Rating: 4 Stars
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I also got some books and bookish merch!

Books:

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Grim Lovlies by Megan Shepherd – Jessi (Novel Heartbeat) surprised me with this one! I had given her my ARC and she got it signed at Y’ALL fest and sent it back! Thank you again Jessi!!!

Merch:

November’s The Bookish Box, Story in the Stars¬† (I’m a rep! My code: StoriedAdventures10 gets you 10% off your first box or subscription!)

The Bookish Box Kingdom of Ash One Time Box

November’s Fae Crate, Stargazers¬†

Elentiya Pin by Dust and Pages

Personal Life:

My aunt from Hawaii came and visited and it was amazing!! She’s very traditional Hawaiian, so it is always a pleasure to learn more about my culture!¬†

We had an extremely low-key thanksgiving with just my side of the family. My dad was really sick so he stayed in bed all day and my mom and I cooked for the rest of the 6 of us (Me, my husband, our 2 1/2 year old son, my two younger brothers, my mom)! We literally did nothing but eat and play with my son! Haha! 

TBR: 

I am actually CR this one!
I’ve been putting this off. I am sooo scared.

I am only going to go for three books this month! Well, four if you include my audio book, The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer, #2) by Brent Weeks! We will be going to Colorado to snowboard over Christmas week, so I will be busy! 

Personal Plans:

As I mentioned above, Colorado to snowboard! I grew up snowboarding and skiing, but I like boarding more! ūüėõ

Also, my husband and I are going to be adopting!! I have a chronic disease called Endometriosis as well as Adenomyosis, so I am not able to have any more children. But adopting is something I have always wanted to do! We are beyond excited! This month we will be submitting our application to Lifetree Adoption Agency! 

A lot of you know this already, but I am an Amazon Influencer and an affiliate, which means I have a “store”. Basically I have a link, and if you shop through my link, Amazon gives me a commission. It is no extra cost to you whatsoever! If you shop through my link or store, I would greatly appreciate it!¬†

My Amazon Store: Storied Adventures 

My Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/shop/storied.adventures

You don’t have to buy anything from my shop for Amazon to pay me. You just have to use my link. Also, I can’t see who is buying or any of your information! It’s completely private! Thank you for considering shopping through me!

And last thing, I will be changing my rating system to “Adventure Rating” I just think it sounds cute. It will still be a 5 star system though. ūüôā

Let me know what y’all think of my new set up for the beginning of the month! What are your plans for this month, bookish or otherwise?

The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air, #2) Review [Spoiler Free]

Author: Holly Black

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: January 8, 2019

Genre: YA Fantasy

My Rating: 4 Stars

The Wicked King (Amazon)

The Cruel Prince (Amazon)


You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.”

 

*E-ARC provided by the publisher through Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!!*

Plot/ Story. Y’all, this book took me all of two days to read, I think. I seriously love this series so much. It’s just a fun, suck you right in, type of read. In this second book, Jude is trying to juggle many things within Faerie. It’s really interesting to see how sneaky and manipulative she has to be to do it. And maybe Cardan isn’t as dumb as he likes to play…¬†

Characters. I actually didn’t like Jude as much in this book. While I understood the choices she made, she just seemed smarter than that. Like, she took the wrong risks. She never once trusted anyone. It annoyed me that she didn’t, even when multiple faeries proved themselves to her. Now, Cardan was the surprising character. Some of his secrets come out and he’s a very deep guy. He’s got a lot of layers to him and some of them get peeled back to reveal the true Cardan. Side note: I still hate Taryn and Locke. They’re suuuuuper mean. In real life I am all about forgiveness, but since this is a fake world I’m like, okay, they need to die now. *Shrugs*

Writing. This is only the second of Black’s books I’ve read and I don’t know why I haven’t picked up more. I am a huge fan. Her writing style is just straight up story telling. She’s not overly poetic/ flowery, but she’s not “here’s the straight facts”. She’s like a perfect in between. That’s my favorite.¬†

Final Thoughts.¬†First, let me say, OMG OMG OMG WHAT IS WITH THAT ENDING?!?!?! This book built me up then knocked me down in tiny pieces and now I’m wallowing in the deep, dark pit of book hangovers. Now, let me say, I will continue to be obsessed with this series and it remains one that I highly recommend to all of my friends and followers.¬†