September 2018 Wrap-Up & October 2018 TBR

So September went back to being a normal reading month for me. Another 12 books finished! I probably could have finished more, but I got sick about halfway through the month and it put a temporary stop on my reading for 4 or 5 days. Bleck! But still. 12 books is solid! Reviews that are live are linked. If it's not linked, it's scheduled for sometime in the next two weeks.

What I Read This Month:
So Muse of Nightmares!!! Ahhh. SO SO GOOD!! Man. So much happened. And I finally read The Cruel Prince and Three Dark Crowns and absolutely loved both of them! :D

Stacking The Shelves #119/Sunday Post #51

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!


Ahhhhhh!!! Guys. I don't know if I've expressed my love for the Uglies series but I LOVE THOSE BOOKS. And Impostors is the first book in a continuation of it! I LOVED THIS! LOVED!!!! This book stayed so true to all the ideas and events that happened in the first 4 books, while introducing such a fantastic, new, invigorating story! This is 100% one of my fave reads of the year! :D :D My review will be up on the 10th.

Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1)
Author: Holly Black
Publisher: Little, Brown BYR
Publication Date: January 2, 2018
Pages: 370
Format: Hardcover/Own

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.


Review: Wildcard by Marie Lu

Wildcard (Warcross #2) 
Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons BYR
Publication Date: September 18, 2018
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover/Own

Emika Chen barely made it out of the Warcross Championships alive. Now that she knows the truth behind Hideo's new NeuroLink algorithm, she can no longer trust the one person she's always looked up to, who she once thought was on her side.

Determined to put a stop to Hideo's grim plans, Emika and the Phoenix Riders band together, only to find a new threat lurking on the neon-lit streets of Tokyo. Someone's put a bounty on Emika's head, and her sole chance for survival lies with Zero and the Blackcoats, his ruthless crew. But Emika soon learns that Zero isn't all that he seems--and his protection comes at a price.

Caught in a web of betrayal, with the future of free will at risk, just how far will Emika go to take down the man she loves?


New Releases: Week of September 25, 2018

Give The Dark My Love (Give The Dark My Love #1) 
Author: Beth Revis
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: September 25, 2018

When seventeen-year-old Nedra Brysstain leaves her home in the rural, northern territories of Lunar Island to attend the prestigious Yugen Academy, she has only one goal in mind: learn the trade of medicinal alchemy. A scholarship student matriculating with the children of Lunar Island's wealthiest and most powerful families, Nedra doesn't quite fit in with the other kids at Yugen, who all look down on her.

All, except for Greggori "Grey" Astor. Grey is immediately taken by the brilliant and stubborn Nedra, who he notices is especially invested in her studies. And that's for a good reason: a deadly plague has been sweeping through the North, and it's making its way toward the cities. With her family's life--and the lives of all of Lunar Island's citizens--on the line, Nedra is determined to find a cure for the plague.

Grey and Nedra continue to grow closer, but as the sickness spreads and the body count rises, Nedra becomes desperate to find a cure. Soon, she finds herself diving into alchemy's most dangerous corners--and when she turns to the most forbidden practice of all, necromancy, even Grey might not be able to pull her from the darkness.

Black Wings Beating (Skybound #1)
Author: Alex London
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: September 25, 2018

The people of Uztar have long looked to the sky with hope and wonder. Nothing in their world is more revered than the birds of prey and no one more honored than the falconers who call them to their fists.

Brysen strives to be a great falconer--while his twin sister, Kylee, rejects her ancient gifts for the sport and wishes to be free of falconry. She's nearly made it out, too, but a war is rolling toward their home in the Six Villages, and no bird or falconer will be safe.

Together the twins must journey into the treacherous mountains to trap the Ghost Eagle, the greatest of the Uztari birds and a solitary killer. Brysen goes for the boy he loves and the glory he's long craved, and Kylee to atone for her past and to protect her brother's future. But both are hunted by those who seek one thing: power.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books By My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven't Read

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:
Books By My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven't Read

Review: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1)
Author: Kendare Blake
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: September 20, 2016
Pages: 398
Format: Hardcover/Own

When kingdom come, there will be one.

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.


Stacking The Shelves #118/Sunday Post #50

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 this was my only buy this week. Honestly, I wasn't even sure I was going to read this after giving Warcross barely a 3.5 stars earlier this year. But I just had this gut feeling when I was at Barnes & Noble to buy it and give it a chance. I'm so glad I did. I thought Wildcard blew Warcross out of the water. It was 100% better for me. And it's the first Marie Lu ending I actually don't hate! YAY!!! 

Review: Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #2)
Author: Ransom Riggs
Publisher: Quirk Books
Publication Date: January 14, 2014
Pages: 400
Format: Audiobook/Library

This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.

Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerising) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages.

Discussion: Conquering My TBR Pile (And How You Can Too!)


This Weeks Topic:
Conquering My TBR Pile (And How You Can Too!)

Ok, lets all just admit it right now. We all have a crippling TBR pile that is threatening to fall over on us and bury us yes?? Lol. Now lets also admit we have a pretty huge Goodreads TBR's as well. Am I right?? Well today I'm going to show you how I've been working on getting both my physical and Goodreads TBR's under control (if that's even possible). 

The Physical TBR:
So I fully admit to the fact I have A LOT of unread books on my shelf. Absolutely no denying and it would be pointless to try. BUT... It's not as bad as it used to be guys. I've really been working on controlling it. So how am I managing that physical TBR??? 


I'm actually trying to read the books I own. My unread books used to outnumber my read books on my shelf easily 2 to 1, maybe even 3 to 1, but now I'm back on even ground, or pretty close to. Here's how I've done it. 

Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Trilogy #1)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt
Publication Date: June 5, 2012
Pages: 356
Format: Paperback/Own

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.


New Releases: Week of September 18, 2018

Wildcard (Warcross #2)
Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Son BYR
Publication Date: September 18, 2018

Emika Chen barely made it out of the Warcross Championships alive. Now that she knows the truth behind Hideo's new NeuroLink algorithm, she can no longer trust the one person she's always looked up to, who she once thought was on her side.

Determined to put a stop to Hideo's grim plans, Emika and the Phoenix Riders band together, only to find a new threat lurking on the neon-lit streets of Tokyo. Someone's put a bounty on Emika's head, and her sole chance for survival lies with Zero and the Blackcoats, his ruthless crew. But Emika soon learns that Zero isn't all that he seems--and his protection comes at a price.

Caught in a web of betrayal, with the future of free will at risk, just how far will Emika go to take down the man she loves?

Escaping From Houdini (Stalking Jack The Ripper #3)
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
Publication Date: September 18, 2018

In this third installment in the #1 bestselling Stalking Jack the Ripper series, a luxurious ocean liner becomes a floating prison of scandal, madness, and horror when passengers are murdered one by one…with nowhere to run from the killer. .

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly.

But then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The strange and disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow ever more freakish, with nowhere to escape except the unforgiving sea. It’s up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation as even more passengers die before reaching their destination. But with clues to the next victim pointing to someone she loves, can Audrey Rose unravel the mystery before the killer’s horrifying finale?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Fall 2018 TBR

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:
Books On My Fall 2018 TBR 

2. Enchantée by Gita Trelease
4. Archenemies (Renegades #2) by Marissa Meyer

2018 Dystopia Reading Challenge: 3rd Quarter Update

Happy September! We're already 3/4 of the way through the year already!! Wow! I hope we're all having success with our reading goals!! If the challenge is new to you and you wanna sign up, please check out the Sign-Up Post! Your more than welcome to talk about any dystopian books you've read this year even if your just joining up! :) Feel free to link-up your update post or let me know in the comments how you're doing! :)

If you'd like to check out my previous updates, you can find them here:
Here's what I've read since the 2nd update in June! 

Review: Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

Muse of Nightmares (Strange The Dreamer #2)
Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Little, Brown BYR
Publication Date: October 2, 2018
Pages: 528
Format: ARC/From Publisher

In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep.

Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice—save the woman he loves, or everyone else?—while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the muse of nightmares, has not yet discovered what she's capable of.

As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel's near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected: Where did the gods come from, and why? What was done with thousands of children born in the citadel nursery? And most important of all, as forgotten doors are opened and new worlds revealed: Must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead?

Love and hate, revenge and redemption, destruction and salvation all clash in this gorgeous sequel to the New York Timesbestseller, Strange the Dreamer.


*Spoilers for Dreams of Gods & Monsters (yes, there's connections to the other series)*

Stacking The Shelves #117/Sunday Post #49

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 these are some of my birthday presents!! I had said on Twitter I was gonna go grab Two Dark Reigns at one of the Indie bookstores since they had signed copies. But I was so surprised to see they had signed copies of One Dark Throne as well!! Score! And James was so amazing to buy them for me on my birthday. I got a winner with that guy!

So these are the rest of my birthday books. James had ordered Ace of Shades for me before my birthday since he had asked for a book idea and I gave him that. And then Crooked Kingdom, Siege and Storm, and A Conjuring of Light were all bought with credit I got for my birthday from my grandma and uncle for the used bookstore. I'm pretty happy. Now I own all the Grisha Trilogy and the Six of Crows Duology! 

Review: P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

P.S. I Still Love You (To All The Boys I've Loved Before #2)
Author: Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BYR
Publication Date: May 26, 2015
Pages: 337
Format: Audiobook/Library

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.

When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I've Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.


Most Anticipated Fall 2018 Releases

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

Aelin has risked everything to save her people―but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day…

With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they’ve gathered to battle Erawan’s hordes might not be enough to save them. Scattered across the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian are forced to forge their own paths to meet their fates. Hanging in the balance is any hope of salvation―and a better world.

And across the sea, his companions unwavering beside him, Rowan hunts to find his captured wife and queen―before she is lost to him forever.

As the threads of fate weave together at last, all must fight, if they are to have a chance at a future. Some bonds will grow even deeper, while others will be severed forever in the explosive final chapter of the Throne of Glass series.

Muse of Nightmares (Strange The Dreamer #2)
Author: Laini Taylor
Expected Publication Date: October 2, 2018

In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep.

Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice—save the woman he loves, or everyone else?—while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the muse of nightmares, has not yet discovered what she's capable of.

As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel's near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected: Where did the gods come from, and why? What was done with thousands of children born in the citadel nursery? And most important of all, as forgotten doors are opened and new worlds revealed: Must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead?

Love and hate, revenge and redemption, destruction and salvation all clash in this gorgeous sequel to the New York Timesbestseller, Strange the Dreamer.

The Reckoning of Noah Shaw (The Shaw Confessions #2) 
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Expected Publication Date: November 13, 2018

Noah Shaw confesses all in this second novel of a chilling new companion series to Michelle Hodkin’s New York Timesbestselling Mara Dyer trilogy!

Noah Shaw doesn’t think he needs his father’s inheritance.
He does.

Noah believes there’s something off about the suicides in his visions.
There is.

Noah is convinced that he still knows the real Mara Dyer.
He does not.

Everyone thought the nightmare had ended with Mara Dyer’s memoirs, but it was only the beginning. As old skeletons are laid bare, alliances will be tested, hearts will be broken, and no one will be left unscarred.

Archenemies (Renegades #2) 
Author: Marissa Meyer
Expected Publication Date: November 6, 2018

The Renegades Trilogy continues, in this fiercely awaited second installment after the New York Times-bestselling Renegades by Marissa Meyer, author of the Lunar Chronicles.

Time is running out.
Together, they can save the world.
But they each other's worst nightmare.

In Renegades, Nova and Adrian (aka Insomnia and Sketch) fought the battle of their lives against the Anarchist known as the Detonator. It was a short-lived victory.

The Anarchists still have a secret weapon, one that Nova believes will protect her. The Renegades also have a strategy for overpowering the Anarchists, but both Nova and Adrian understand that it could mean the end of Gatlon City - and the world - as they know it.


Review: Inferno by Julie Kagawa

Inferno (Talon #5) 
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: April 24, 2018
Pages: 397
Format: Galley/NetGalley

TODAY, WE STRIKE BACK.

WE SHOW TALON THAT WE WILL NEVER ACCEPT THEIR NEW WORLD.

Ember Hill has learned a shocking truth about herself: she is the blood of the Elder Wyrm, the ancient dragon who leads Talon and who is on the verge of world domination. With the Order of St. George destroyed, Ember, Riley and Garret journey to the Amazon jungle in search of one who might hold the key to take down the Elder Wyrm and Talon—if they can survive the encounter.

Meanwhile, Ember’s brother, Dante, will travel to China with a message for the last Eastern dragons: join Talon or die. With the stakes rising and the Elder Wyrm declaring war, time is running out for the rogues and any dragon not allied with Talon.

The final battle approaches. And if Talon is victorious, the world will burn.


*Contains spoilers if you haven't read the previous books, or this one. Kinda hard to review it without spoiling some things from previous books that play big parts in this* 

New Releases: Week of September 11, 2018

Impostors (Uglies #5) 
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: September 11, 2018

Frey was raised to take a bullet.

She's the body double for her twin sister Rafia - the precious heir of the first family of Shreve - and her existence is a closely guarded secret. So while Rafi was schooled in poise and diplomacy, Frey was drilled in weapons and combat. Her purpose: to protect her sister from their tyrannical father's many enemies.

When Frey is sent in Rafi's place as collateral in a precarious business deal, she becomes the perfect impostor - as elegant and charming as her sister. But Col Palafox, the son of a rival leader, is getting close enough to spot the killer inside her. As layers of deceit peel away, can Frey become her own person, and risk everything in a rebellion?

Master storyteller Scott Westerfeld returns with a brilliant new series set in the world of his bestselling Uglies series.

As She Ascends (Fallen Isles Trilogy #2)
Author: Jodi Meadows
Publisher: Katherine Tegen
Publication Date: September 11, 2018

MIRA, THE HOPEBEARER
Mira Minkoba is on the run with her friends after a fiery escape from the Pit, where she’d been imprisoned for defending the dragons she loves. And she wants answers. Where have all the dragons been taken? Why are powerful noorestones being shipped to the mainland? And did the treaty she’s been defending her whole life truly sell out the Fallen Isles to their enemies?

MIRA, THE DRAGONHEARTED
As her connection to the dragons—and their power—grows stronger, so does Mira’s fear that she might lose control and hurt someone she loves. But the only way to find the truth is to go home again, to Damina, to face the people who betrayed her and the parents she’s not sure she can trust.

Home, where she must rise above her fears. Or be consumed.

The second page-turning novel in Jodi Meadows’ Fallen Isles trilogy scorches with mysterious magic and riveting romance as one girl kindles a spark into a flame.

Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Gems

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:
Hidden Gems

  1. Nyxia (The Nyxia Triad #1) by Scott Reintgen - This is such an amazing sci-fi novel, but I don't see many people talking about it at all!!
  2. The House of One Thousand Eyes by Michelle Barker - This literally comes out today (9/11) and I can already tell it's not going to get much talking about. It's an amazing historical fiction novel and I HIGHLY suggest grabbing a copy. 
  3. Ignite The Stars (Ignite The Stars #1) by Maura Milan - Despite a lot of people getting an advanced copy when I did, I haven't seen much peepage about this book since. Its a great, quick sci-fi read!
  4. London (Surviving The Evactuation #1) by Frank Tayell - So I know why this doesn't have much of a following. Its self published. But it's incredibly good. Zombie outbreak occurs. We follow a guy who had broke his leg and is trying to hard to survive in zombie infested London. It's such a good read. 
  5. Leviathan (Leviathan #1) by Scott Westerfeld - Guys, the Uglies series gets so much love, but this sweet little historical/steampunk/sci-fi book doesn't get half as much. It needs the amount of love Uglies gets cuz its flat out amazing!
  6. Glitch (Glitch #1) by Heather Anastasiu - I thought this was a great sci-fi/dystopian mix read! It definitely was not talked about as much since it came out when books like Shatter Me and Article 5 were all the rage. So it kinda got buried being lesser known.
  7. Falling Under (Falling Under #1) by Gwen Hayes - I almost never see a peep about this book. Its such a great paranormal/fantasy/mystery type mix. It makes such a great read for October. I honestly feel like this isn't well known because it came from a less popular publisher at the time. 
  8. Dark Inside (Dark Inside #1) by Jeyn Roberts - This is a post apocalyptic/dystopian book. Natural disasters, people turning into crazy killers because of some unknown awoken evil. It was a great read, but not really talked about anymore. 
  9. The Alchemy of Forever (Incarnation #1) by Avery Williams - This is such a great little fantasy/mythology type book dealing with incarnation. I thoroughly enjoyed this book but it was talked about very little when it was published. Definitely deserves more people looking at it!
  10. Revenge of the Girl With The Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg - This was such a fun contemporary read for me! I read it because Elizabeth herself sold me on it during a panel at the book festival. But I see no mention of this book now. It's like it was talked about tons right around publication, then forgotten about. It's a fabulous contemporary read!