October TBR

TBR

Oh look. I’m late on posting my TBR again. Who is surprised? No one? Me either. Better late than never, here is my TBR! 

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I meant to read this last month but I got distracted by another book. So, I am back to currently reading this one! It’s really beautiful so far!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Courting Darkness (Courting Darkness Duology #1) by Robin LaFevers

I can’t wait for this one! This is an e- ARC from NetGalley! It comes out on February 5, 2019!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

39714124Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri

Another e-ARC from NetGalley! So excited about this one too!! Comes out November 13, 2018!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

39863517White Stag (Permafrost, #1) by Kara Barbieri

This was sounds so interesting! It’s about Goblins and a girl becoming more monster than human! Yeeess! Another NetGalley ARC. It comes out February 5, 2019!

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are you reading this month?!

Happy Adventuring

 

September 2018 Wrap-Up

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Another great reading month! I read 4 1/2 books! 

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My Rating: 2 Stars

First Lessons was interesting, but only if it was half a book. It’s a bout a woman who dies and wakes up in another women’s body AND in another world AND in medieval times! It was very interesting to see how the main character invented things to make her world more modern. But that was literally the whole book. My full review is HERE.

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My Rating: 3 Stars

This one was so cute!! A perfect, light, sci-fi romance! I read this one in a day. I thought it was a unique take on how to fix a failing colony on a planet in the middle of nowhere space! I am on a blog tour for this on October 12! So look out for my full review then!

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My Rating: 3.5 Stars

This one was super interesting! I liked the writing, the story, and the magic. I didn’t like the character chemistry. They seemed like they didn’t like each other. And it got annoying how angsty they were. You can find my review HERE.

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So these next two books I am going to call honorable mentions. I finally, FINALLY finished Voyager. It’s taken me six months on audioble because my son repeats things and talks. I was afraid to listen to it in the car. He already says things that I have no idea where he gets them from.  He’s two and a half. The next one is the one I am calling my half. And that is For A Muse of Fire. I am so close to being done! It’s so good!!

What did you read this month?

Happy Adventuring

Beneath the Citadel Review (Spoiler Free)

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Author: Destiny Soria

Publisher: Amulet

Publication Date: October 09, 2018

Genre: Fantasy, YA

My Rating: 3.5 

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Synopsis

“In the city of Eldra, people are ruled by ancient prophecies. For centuries, the high council has stayed in power by virtue of the prophecies of the elder seers. After the last infallible prophecy came to pass, growing unrest led to murders and an eventual rebellion that raged for more than a decade.

In the present day, Cassa, the orphaned daughter of rebels, is determined to fight back against the high council, which governs Eldra from behind the walls of the citadel. Her only allies are no-nonsense Alys, easygoing Evander, and perpetually underestimated Newt, and Cassa struggles to come to terms with the legacy of rebellion her dead parents have left her — and the fear that she may be inadequate to shoulder the burden. But by the time Cassa and her friends uncover the mystery of the final infallible prophecy, it may be too late to save the city — or themselves.”

My Review

This was a read that grabbed me right from the beginning. Almost as if I didn’t have a choice but to be transported to the world of Eldra. It literally starts off in the middle of our four main characters being sentenced to death. Yeah, if that doesn’t grab you, I don’t know what will.

Originally, I definitely thought this would be a solid 4 stars. Let me start off with what I liked. The story. This has been the first story in a long while that I needed to eat, sleep, and breath. I wanted to be in that world as much as possible because I had so much anxiety for what was happening. And for once, I had no idea whatsoever where we were going. I loved this adventure.

I also quite enjoyed the magic. I personally thought it was very unique, abilities differed from person to person. Some had the ability to take memories and give them back, some had the ability to read the future with all it’s possibilities, and some had the ability to read the future that would definitely happen. Plus regular people with no ability could have the option to get bonded with a metal. A painful process that could kill you. Freaking. Cool. Stuff.

Now, unfortunately, there were things I disliked. Well, really one thing. The character chemistry just wasn’t there. I liked each character individually, but when the interacted with each other I usually cringed. They were all irritated with each other ALL THE TIME! It got really annoying. And it didn’t make sense to me most of the time, why. So I had to knock it down a half rating.

Final Thoughts. I really enjoyed this book despite my irritation with it. I enjoyed the writing style. It was smooth and the perfect amount of description, without losing you. It gave me serious Six of Crows vibes! Plus, that ending was a complete surprise and aaaalllll the feels. ALL OF THEM!

Happy Adventuring

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First Lessons (A Medieval Tale, #1) Spoiler Free Review

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Author: Lina J. Potter

Publisher: Litworld 

Publication Date: April 15, 2018

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Russian Literature

My Rating: 2 Stars

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Synopsis

“A brilliant Medical school graduate Aliya, a sporty and active girl, dies suddenly in a car crash… only to find herself reborn in a completely different body, in the middle of a dilapidated castle during Medieval times. While confused and dismayed, Aliya realizes she has been given another chance at life — so she rolls up her sleeves and gets to work on restoring her new castle and her new life.

Aliya has an unusual and difficult goal: reborn as Countess Lilian; she must learn to adjust to an unfamiliar world while trying to introduce the daily conveniences from her familiar modern world. She needs to take care of the collapsing estate of Irton and its inhabitants while living in the past as a disenfranchised woman. Regular robbers and slave-holders attacks won’t let her live in peace, killers and spies are just waiting for her to show a bit of weakness so that they can strike. On the horizon, there is a prospect of meeting with her perpetually absent husband, whom by the way, after her rebirth as Countess Lilian, Aliya has never even seen.

“First Lessons” is the opening book of the series “Medieval Tale” by Lina J. Potter. The heroine finds herself only at the beginning of a thorny path to progress and happiness. She makes her first steps, building a defense for herself, her new friends, and her rapidly developing business empire — and this is no piece of cake for sure. Despite everything, she has to still go up against the unprogressive and sexist society of the Medieval Ages, with only her knowledge, science, experience, and strong will on her side. Still, Lilian has to act carefully in order not to draw too much attention to her innovations — she knows she could be praised for her genius, or conversely, accused of witchcraft.

Aliya-turned-Countess Lilian gets acquainted and communicates easily with everyone from noble people, peasants, artisans, notorious pirates, proud traders of the East, and even with members of the royal family… but will she be able to bring peace to her own family?

Her plan is to make the best of her unusual circumstances to make the world better. She is not a girl in trouble, waiting for a prince in shining armor — she strives to achieve everything herself.

Will Lilian forge her own “happy-ever-after?” And if so, at what cost?”

My Review

*I received a copy from the publisher for an honest review.*

So this is the first review that I am having a hard time writing. The problem is that there wasn’t actually anything wrong with the book, it just needed to be twice as long. The whole book was pretty much an information dump about the “fantasy” world. I use fantasy loosely because it took place in a pretend medieval world but there weren’t any fantasy elements in it.

I just feel as though a lot more could have been done in this world. She woke up in a different body and all she did was go to another town and figure out how she was going to slowly modernize her estate. That’s it. That’s the whole book. So, while it was very interesting to read about her ideas and how she would accomplish them within a medieval setting, I wanted more story to it.

Now my understanding is that Russian literature is like that. A LOT of world building and information. I liked reading about how she solved problems and how she is making money on her own without her no good husband.

Final Thoughts. I’m not sure I will continue with this series. I liked it, but only if it was half a book.

Happy Adventuring

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White as Silence, Red as Song Review (Spoiler Free)

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Author: Alessandro D’ Avenia

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Publication Date: September 4, 2018

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

My Rating: 4 Stars

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Synopsis

“I was born on the first day of school, and I grew up and old in just two hundred days . . .”

Sixteen-year-old Leo has a way with words, but he doesn’t know it yet. He spends his time texting, polishing soccer maneuvers, and killing time with Niko and Silvia. Until a new teacher arrives and challenges him to give voice to his dreams.

And so Leo is inspired to win over the red-haired beauty, Beatrice. She doesn’t know Leo exists, but he’s convinced that his dream to win her over will come true. When Leo lands in the hospital and learns that Beatrice has been admitted too, his mission to be there for her will send him on a thrilling but heartbreaking journey. He wants to help her but doesn’t know how—and his dream of love will force him to grow up fast.

Having already sold over a million copies in Italy, Alessandro D’Avenia’s debut novel is considered the Italian The Fault in Our Stars. Now available in English for the first time, this rich, funny, and heartwarming coming-of-age tale asks us to explore the meaning—and the cost—of friendship, and shows us what happens when suffering bursts into the world of teenagers and renders the world of adults speechless.

Plot. I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. This was pitched as the Italian version of The Fault in Our Stars. I hated that book. (Please don’t hate me!!) But let me tell you, I LOVED this book! I cried. I NEVER cry while reading. I have no idea why. I just don’t. But this had the hope that The Fault in Our Stars was missing for me. I had so many feels! And it was just a beautiful story!

Characters. Leo was actually really sweet. The way he talked about his love and the way he treated her was just unheard of in today’s time. He wrote songs and letters to her. It was seriously the cutest thing ever! And I loved how steady Silvia was there for Leo. She was always there when he fell or needed something. I also adored his teacher! What an awesome guy to get involved and to care for his students. More teachers should be like that.

Final Thoughts. This was a relatively short book, but it was beautifully written. Again, I was super surprised how much I loved this book. I normally do not go for contemporaries, I usually find them boring. But this one had some missing piece that isn’t there in other books. I loved the overall message of this book, to never give up on your dreams, but to maybe reexamine them sometimes, and make them into something better and stronger.

Happy Adventuring

*I received a finished copy from TLC book tours for an honest review! I’m on the Instagram tour for this on September 12!*

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Nine While Nine Review (Spoiler Free)

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Author: Stasia Morineaux

Publisher: The Parliament House

Publication Date: July 24, 2018

Genre: Paranormal, Adult, Fantasy

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

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I’m going to try something new starting with this review. I’m calling it Word Vomit. Yep. A jumble of words that are my thoughts/ reactions on this book in one short burst. Ready?

Word Vomit: Dark, Good Fall Read, Confused, Just Kiss Already, Confused, Ugh just tell each other how you feel, Are These Dreams in Real Time or Future, Wait What?, Why Would it End Like This?!, I Still Don’t Really Know What’s Going On.

Let me know what you think about Word Vomit! Or maybe I should call it something else? Like, Word Spew?

Plot. It has been a hot minute since I’ve read a paranormal book. This story was really unique. Events take place after the main character dies. Well, still not clear if she’s dead yet but something like that happens. Isabeau is thrust into a world she never knew existed. It’s kind of a re-telling of the Grim Reaper mixed with Irish Folklore. I have never read anything like that, so I found it really interesting. Now, I will say that I found this book to be REALLY confusing sometimes! I still do not know what is going on really, even at the end of the book! I hope book two covers that better.

World Building. Morineaux’s take on the Grim Reaper and magic are really cool! She did a great job building a whole entire society based on death and magic. I could imagine her world really well.

Characters. I actually liked all of the characters except for Liam. Liam was just super annoying and whiny. But Isabeau, Gideon, and all of the side characters were super interesting! I hate to compare things but Gideon reminded me A LOT of Rhysand from ACOTAR series. SWOON! Isabeau kicks a$$ and takes names, man! She is so cool! She’s got an edgy vibe to her that I think she uses as armor. Because underneath, she just wants to be hugged (or more depending on who we are talking about… ;))!

Final Thoughts. Again, I found this book to be confusing on what Isabeau is. I still have no idea what is going on with her. Why she is there, what she is, who she is, how she got there. When I was reading this book, I thought it was a solid 3 star for me. But I kept thinking about it and thinking about it, so I bumped it up. AND THAT ENDING!! WHAT THE HECK?! I need to read the second book NOW!!!

Happy Adventuring

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