Unknown Read-Along: Final Update

Woo! Getting this one up on time! Success! :D It's been a lot of fun rereading one of my favorite series!

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New Releases: Week of July 31, 2018

The Darkest Legacy (The Darkest Minds #4)
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: July 31, 2018

Five years after the destruction of the so-called rehabilitation camps that imprisoned her and countless other Psi kids, seventeen-year-old Suzume "Zu" Kimura has assumed the role of spokesperson for the interim government, fighting for the rights of Psi kids against a growing tide of misinformation and prejudice. But when she is accused of committing a horrifying act, she is forced to go on the run once more in order to stay alive.

Determined to clear her name, Zu finds herself in an uncomfortable alliance with Roman and Priyanka, two mysterious Psi who could either help her prove her innocence or betray her before she gets the chance. But as they travel in search of safety and answers, and Zu grows closer to the people she knows she shouldn't trust, they uncover even darker things roiling beneath the veneer of the country's recovery. With her future-and the future of all Psi-on the line, Zu must use her powerful voice to fight back against forces that seek to drive the Psi into the shadows and save the friends who were once her protectors.

From #1 New York Times best-selling author Alexandra Bracken comes a harrowing story of resilience, resistance, and reckoning that will thrill loyal fans and new readers alike.

Sea Witch 
Author: Sarah Henning
Publisher: Katherine Tegen 
Publication Date: July 31, 2018

Everyone knows what happens in the end.
A mermaid, a prince, a true love’s kiss.
But before that young siren’s tale, there were three friends.
One feared, one royal, and one already dead.

~~~~~~~~~~

Ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. A freak. A curse. A witch.

A girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and, though the girl denies it, Evie is convinced that her best friend actually survived. That her own magic wasn’t so powerless after all. And, as the two girls catch the eyes—and hearts—of two charming princes, Evie believes that she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.

But her new friend has secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad, or on two legs, unless Evie finds a way to help her. Now Evie will do anything to save her friend’s humanity, along with her prince’s heart—harnessing the power of her magic, her ocean, and her love until she discovers, too late, the truth of her bargain.

The rise of Hans Christian Andersen’s iconic villainess is a heart-wrenching story of friendship, betrayal, and a girl pushed beyond her limits—to become a monster.

Top Ten Tuesday: Popular Books That Lived Up To The Hype

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Topic: 
Popular Books That Lived Up To The Hype

Some are recent books, some go back a few years.

1. A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR #1) by Sarah J. Maas  - So this actually stands for the series as a whole. I had this sitting on my shelf for a while and avoided it like the plague for fear of it not living up to the hype. OMG. I can't believe I let it sit so long! This series is legit one of my favorite series EVER now. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this series! I loved the world building, the fae, Rhysand & Feyre. ACOMAF is my favorite out of all the books but this series. It definitely lived up to the hype  built around it!

2. An Ember In The Ashes (An Ember In The Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir - Same with #1. This goes for the whole series so far. I was never pulled into this series with the other covers for some reason. But as Reapers release grew closer, the series was popping back up again EVERYWHERE. So I decided why not pick it up and see what all the hype is about?! OMG. Seriously. So good. I loved the world built in this too. The empire, the scholars, the martials. And the characters. Sabaa Tahir wrote every character so well! I was pulled into Laia's story so quickly. I was super curious with Elias since he wanted to escape and Helene grew on me the more I read about her and her story. It's just so well written overall. 

Review: American Panda by Gloria Chao

American Panda
Author: Gloria Chao
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: February 6, 2018
Pages: 311
Format: Hardcover/Own

An incisive, laugh-out-loud contemporary debut about a Taiwanese-American teen whose parents want her to be a doctor and marry a Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer despite her squeamishness with germs and crush on a Japanese classmate.

At seventeen, Mei should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents' master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies.

With everything her parents have sacrificed to make her cushy life a reality, Mei can't bring herself to tell them the truth--that she (1) hates germs, (2) falls asleep in biology lectures, and (3) has a crush on her classmate Darren Takahashi, who is decidedly not Taiwanese.

But when Mei reconnects with her brother, Xing, who is estranged from the family for dating the wrong woman, Mei starts to wonder if all the secrets are truly worth it. Can she find a way to be herself, whoever that is, before her web of lies unravels?


Stacking The Shelves #110/Sunday Post #42

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality as a way to share all the books we got during the week!

The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. Its a weekly post to showcase what books you got, recap the week, and talk about what will be coming up this week on the blog!

No New Books This Week! Woot!

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon Updates

So I put 4 or 5 books on my TBR. 4 physical book and 1 audiobook to listen to while not actually reading a physical book!

My Dewey's TBR:

  • The House of One Thousand Eyes by Michelle Barker
  • Miss Peregrine's House for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • Unwind by Neil Schusterman
  • Labrynth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
  • American Panda by Gloria Chao (Audiobook)
Keep in mind my updates are going to be Arizona time with the EST time next to it. So mine will be a 3 hour difference.  Technically the readathon is 5PM-5PM for me. 

Review: Pacifica by Kristen Simmons

Pacifica
Author: Kristen Simmons
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: March 6, 2018
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover/Own

Marin is corsario royalty, a pirate like her father and his father before him. Sailing the ocean to chase adventure is in her blood. But these days no one cares that the island town her people call home is named after her grandfather. They have a new leader, one who promises an end to their hunger – and one who thinks that girls are meant for the kitchen or the brothel. Marin knows she's meant for more than that, and with the sudden influx of weapons on the island, and rumors of a pending deal with the enemy oil nation in her wake, she knows a big score to gain the council's favor is the only way to save her people, and herself.

Ross lives a life of privilege. As the president's son he wants for nothing, but he longs for a life of adventure. On a dare, he convinces his best friend Adam to sneak out to the Docks, the site of local race riots between the poor Shorlings and the upper class. But when Adam is arrested along with the other Shorlings, and not even the president is willing to find him, Ross finds himself taking matters into his own hands. He journeys back into the Docks, ready to make deals with anyone, even a beautiful pirate, if it means Adam's safe return.

When Marin and Ross meet in dangerous Shoreling territory he sees a way to get his friend back and she sees her ticket home. The ransom a president’s son would command could feed her people for years and restore her family’s legacy. But somewhere in the middle of the ocean, Marin must decide if her heart can handle handing over the only person who has ever seen her as more than a pirate.


Review: Champion by Marie Lu

Champion (Legend #3) 
Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Publication Date: November 5, 2013
Pages: 369
Format: Hardcover/Own

He is a Legend.

She is a Prodigy.

Who will be Champion?

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps-Elect, while Day has been assigned a high-level military position.

But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them: just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything.

With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.


*Spoilers in the last two paragraphs*

New Releases: Week of July 24, 2018

Sanctuary (Sanctuary #1)
Author: Caryn Lix
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: July 24, 2018

Kenzie holds one truth above all: the company is everything.

As a citizen of Omnistellar Concepts, the most powerful corporation in the solar system, Kenzie has trained her entire life for one goal: to become an elite guard on Sanctuary, Omnistellar’s space prison for superpowered teens too dangerous for Earth. As a junior guard, she’s excited to prove herself to her company—and that means sacrificing anything that won’t propel her forward.

But then a routine drill goes sideways and Kenzie is taken hostage by rioting prisoners.

At first, she’s confident her commanding officer—who also happens to be her mother—will stop at nothing to secure her freedom. Yet it soon becomes clear that her mother is more concerned with sticking to Omnistellar protocol than she is with getting Kenzie out safely.

As Kenzie forms her own plan to escape, she doesn’t realize there’s a more sinister threat looming, something ancient and evil that has clawed its way into Sanctuary from the vacuum of space. And Kenzie might have to team up with her captors to survive—all while beginning to suspect there’s a darker side to the Omnistellar she knows.


Contagion (Contagion #1)
Author: Erin Bowman
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: July 24, 2018

It got in us

After receiving an urgent SOS from a work detail on a distant planet, a skeleton crew is dispatched to perform a standard search-and-rescue mission.

Most are dead.

But when the crew arrives, they find an abandoned site, littered with rotten food, discarded weapons…and dead bodies.

Don't set foot here again.

As they try to piece together who—or what—could have decimated an entire operation, they discover that some things are best left buried—and some monsters are only too ready to awaken.

Other New Releases This Week:
Scream All Night by Derek Milman (7/24/18) [Balzer + Bray]
Endless Water, Starless Sky (Bright Smoke, Cold Fire #2) by Rosamund Hodge (7/24/18) [Balzer + Bray]
I Am Still Alive by Kate Alice Marshall (7/24/18) [Viking BYR]

Unknown Read-Along: Update #2

I'm so sorry I got this up late again. I just totally space writing it up this weekend. But it's here now!

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ARC August 2018 Sign-Up Post

ARC August is a challenge hosted by Read.Sleep.Repeat.

So I think we all know as of late I've been slacking on my review copies. Not as badly as I used to, but still. A few of them I didn't read because I wasn't in the mood for at the time and just didn't go back to them. So I'm gonna use this as a great opportunity to go back and pick those ARCs up and finally get them read! 

So the ARCs I have are a mix of both upcoming and already released books.

Stacking The Shelves #109/Sunday Post #41

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality as a way to share all the books we got during the week!

The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. Its a weekly post to showcase what books you got, recap the week, and talk about what will be coming up this week on the blog!


So we finally went and checked out the Indie bookstore right next to one of the used bookstore locations we frequent. Lol. It's called Mostly Books (if you'll notice by the bookmark. They give out bookmarks with the store info with purchases!) Anywhoozles. I found these two lovely gems I've been wanting to read. Which is awesome because the Barnes and Noble near me hasn't had copies of these in. And even more awesome, this bookstore also has a great variety of signed YA books. Unfortunately practically every signed book they had this time I already own. But good to know for future releases! :)

Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) 
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: August 7, 2012
Pages: 404
Source: Kindle/Own

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her ... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead ... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.


New Releases: Week of July 17, 2018

Nyxia Unleashed (The Nyxia Triad #2)
Author: Scott Reintgen
Publisher: Crown BYR
Publication Date: July 17, 2018

Getting to Eden brought Emmett and his crewmates one step closer to their promised fortune. But surviving Eden may be the biggest reward of all. Discover book two in the trilogy Marie Lu called, “a high-octance thriller.”

Emmett Atwater thought Babel’s game sounded easy. Get points. Get paid. Go home. But it didn’t take long for him to learn that Babel’s competition was full of broken promises, none darker or more damaging than the last one.

Now Emmett and the rest of the Genesis survivors must rally and forge their own path through a new world. Their mission from Babel is simple: extract nyxia, the most valuable material in the universe, and play nice with the indigenous Adamite population.

But Emmett and the others quickly realize they are caught between two powerful forces—Babel and the Adamites—with clashing desires. Will the Genesis team make it out alive before it’s too late?

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Novellas/Short Stories

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Topic:
Favorite Novellas/Short Stories

1. A Court of Frost and Starlight (ACOTAR #3.1) by Sarah J. Maas - So I know a lot of people didn't like this because it didn't really have a plot. But you know what, I liked it. I thought it was a fun little novella. I loved getting to see our favorites enjoying the solstice. I loved the cute annual tradition we find out about between Cassian, Azriel and Rhysand (snowball fight). I loved Feyre's gift to Rhys. I loved getting to see Feyre do art again and use it to help the community. I just really enjoyed this. 


2. Queen Song (Red Queen #0.1) by Victoria Aveyard - So despite the fact that I have many issues with the Red Queen series and the only book I actually really enjoyed from it was Red Queen itself, I did LOVE Queen Song. Its all about Cal's mother Coriane. I loved getting to see who Coriane was and getting to know her through this since we never actually get to meet her in the series. I loved seeing what she wanted for her son, I loved that her and Cal's father just fell in love and married despite the rules of the kingdom and not doing Queenstrial. But it definitely also made me sad because we see what Elara does just to get her hands on the crown to put her disgusting plan with her future son into action. 

Review: Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Renegades (Renegades #1)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: November 7, 2017
Pages: 556
Format: Hardcover/Own

Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone... except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.


Stacking The Shelves #108/Sunday Post #40

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality as a way to share all the books we got during the week!

The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. Its a weekly post to showcase what books you got, recap the week, and talk about what will be coming up this week on the blog!


So I've been eyeing these books for a while since I know a lot of people seem to like them. They are currently both $1.99 for the kindle books on Amazon so I figured it would be a great time to pick them up! I'm really excited to finally start this series! :)

Review: The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas

The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass #0.1-0.5)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: March 4, 2014
Pages: 435
Format: Kindle/Own

Celaena Sardothien is her kingdom's most feared assassin. Though she works for the powerful and ruthless Assassin's Guild, Celaena yields to no one and trusts only her fellow killer for hire, Sam.

When Celaena's scheming master, Arobynn Hamel, dispatches her on missions that take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, she finds herself acting independently of his wishes—and questioning her own allegiance. Along the way, she makes friends and enemies alike, and discovers that she feels far more for Sam than just friendship. But by defying Arobynn's orders, Celaena risks unimaginable punishment, and with Sam by her side, he is in danger, too. They will have to risk it all if they hope to escape Arobynn's clutches—and if they fail, they'll lose not just a chance at freedom, but their lives...

A prequel to Throne of Glass, this collection of five novellas offers listeners a deeper look into the history of this cunning assassin and her enthralling—and deadly—world.

Included in this volume:

The Assassin and the Pirate Lord
The Assassin and the Healer
The Assassin and the Desert
The Assassin and the Underworld
The Assassin and the Empire


Unknown Read-Along: Update #1

So sorry for this being posted a little late. I was having some phone issues earlier this week that required my attention in trying to get it fixed or replaced. So I was dealing with that the past 2 days and didn't get the chance to sit down and write up the post. But good news, I got a replacement phone without a lot of hassle, and I'm here only one day late to post the update! WOO!

Ok guys, so you know this is a reread for me, so this is going to be more analysis and maybe piecing things together I originally didn't see the first time I read through it. So keep that in mind as you read my thoughts. I'll try to avoid anything that could be potentially spoilery. So I'll start with some thoughts I put in my original review of Unknown and then talk about things I understand better now. And then talk about how some of those may affect the view going forward.

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Cover Reveal: Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Expected Publication Date: October 23, 2018


About The Book:
The Final installment to the Throne of Glass series.

Captured by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin is trapped inside an iron box in a secret location, with seemingly no hope for escape. As she endures months of torture, her friends scatter to different fates. Without Aelin to protect them, soldier Aedion and shapeshifter Lysandra need to defend their homeland at all costs. Also left to forge their own paths in order to change history are Chaol, the witch Manon, and the golden boy Dorian-while Aelin's mate, the fae male Rowan, searches the world over for his lost love.

As Aelin gathers the strength to save herself and fight the ultimate battle of her life, all of their destinies hang in the balance. Some ties will bond even tighter together, others will be severed forever, and mysteries will be revealed in this action-packed, heart wrenching series finale.

Review: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha #1)
Author: Tomi Adeyemi
Publisher: Henry Holt BYR
Publication Date: March 6, 2018
Pages: 525
Format: Hardcover/Own

They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.


Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I've Read In 2018 So Far

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Topic:
Best Books I’ve Read In 2018 (So Far)

1. A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOTAR #2) by Sarah J. Maas - I absolutely loved this book and it by far is my favorite of the series! I just love all the twists and turns and emotions in ACOMAF! I wasn't expecting to fly through this book when I started it (its pretty big), but I read it in about a day/day and a half. The fae story line, Feyre, Rhysand, the Night Court, Velaris. Everything about this book just kept me wanting more. I just love how SJM wrote this book (and series).


2. A Reaper At The Gates (An Ember In The Ashes #3) by Sabaa Tahir - I just started this series in May, so just in time for Reaper to come out. Guys. Reaper seriously shattered bits of my heart. Everything with Elias and his storyline throughout the book. How his storyline is at the ending made me so sad with what it involved him doing. Ah. hurt heart. And Laia and the certain person she finds and then has to lose by the end of the story. Ah. Again, my heart. The feels guys. But this book genuinely made me love Helene finally. I was never her biggest fan, but her actions and growth in Reaper really transformed by view of her.

New Releases: Week of July 10, 2018

Bright We Burn (The Conqueror's Saga #3)
Author: Kiersten White
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: July 10, 2018

Haunted by the sacrifices he made in Constantinople, Radu is called back to the new capital. Mehmed is building an empire, becoming the sultan his people need. But Mehmed has a secret: as emperor, he is more powerful than ever . . . and desperately lonely. Does this mean Radu can finally have more with Mehmed . . . and would he even want it?

Lada's rule of absolute justice has created a Wallachia free of crime. But Lada won't rest until everyone knows that her country's borders are inviolable. Determined to send a message of defiance, she has the bodies of Mehmed's peace envoy delivered to him, leaving Radu and Mehmed with no choice. If Lada is allowed to continue, only death will prosper. They must go to war against the girl prince.

But Mehmed knows that he loves her. He understands her. She must lose to him so he can keep her safe. Radu alone fears that they are underestimating his sister's indomitable will. Only by destroying everything that came before--including her relationships--can Lada truly build the country she wants.

Claim the throne. Demand the crown. Rule the world.

Lost (House of Night Other World #2)
Authors: P.C. & Kristin Cast
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Publication Date: July 10, 2018

Things have settled down at the Tulsa House of Night since Zoey and the gang closed the tear between worlds and sent Other Kevin back to the Other World. Neferet hasn't stirred. Damien and Jack are falling in love all over again. Stevie Rae and Rephaim are back in Tulsa where they belong. The Depot Restaurant is being rebuilt with the enthusiastic involvement of local humans. A new school year has begun, and Zoey's exchange student program with public schools is really taking off. All is well.

But if all is well, why is Zoey increasingly withdrawn and moody?

Sadly, Stark is sure he knows the answer to that question. Zoey can't stop thinking about following her brother to the Other World, and Stark isn't deluding himself about why. Of course she wants to be sure her brother is okay. Of course she wants to help defeat Neferet in yet another world and be sure the balance between Light and Darkness is restored. But the real reason Z is so drawn to that other House of Night world is because Heath Luck, her childhood sweetheart, is alive in that world-alive and mourning her death.

In Lost, we follow Zoey, Stevie Rae, and Rephaim to an alternative version of the House of Night where dangers take the form of friends, and allies are found in the strangest places. Will Z return to our world and leave Heath to his? And if she does, will Stark forgive her for leaving? Find out in the second part of this exciting new House of Night Other World adventure!