Waiting on Wednesday – Tower of Dawn

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I am waiting waiting WAITING on Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

Expected publication September 5th 2017 by Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children’s Books


31450852In the next installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, follow Chaol on his sweeping journey to a distant empire.

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined. (Goodreads summary)

Why I Am Waiting

  • Because Sarah J. Maas
  • Because Empire of Storms destroyed me and I need MORE!
  • Because it feels like A Court of Wings and Ruin seems like forever ago.
  • Because Sarah J. Maas
  • Because even though Chaol isn’t anywhere close to being by favorite character ( I seem to be in the minority here) I am very curious about the southern continent, we only explored a small fraction in The Assassin’s Blade stories. I want more.
  • Because I want more Nesryn.
  • Because I need more of this world.
  • SARAH J. FREAKIN MAAS!

Our Dark Duet – Book Review

Author: Victoria Schwab
Published: June 13th 2017 by Greenwillow Books
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Monsters
Rating: ★★★★✰

THE WORLD IS BREAKING. AND SO ARE THEY.OurDarkDuet
KATE HARKER isn’t afraid of monsters. She hunts them. And she’s good at it.

AUGUST FLYNN once yearned to be human. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

THE WAR HAS BEGUN.

THE MONSTERS ARE WINNING.

Kate will have to return to Verity. August will have to let her back in. And a new monster is waiting—one that feeds on chaos and brings out its victims’ inner demons.

Which will be harder to conquer: the monsters they face, or the monsters within?


“Monsters,” he said slowly, “all want the same thing: to feed. They are united by that common goal, while you are all divided by your morals and your pride. What do I think? I think that if you cannot come together, you cannot win.”

I loved This Savage Song. It was the first Victoria Schwab book I had ever read and I knew before I even finished that I had to read her other works. The way she write is just amazing. And the way, the style in which she wrote this beautiful soul crushing book was just perfect. She definitely is not afraid to mess with our feelings and strike right for the feels. Our Dark Duet picks up a few months after the ending of This Savage Song. Kate is now living in Prosperity hunting the few monsters that are there. August has stayed behind to take Leo’s place in the Flynn Task Force with his dead brother haunting his thoughts. While hunting monsters Kate comes across a monster no one has ever seen before. Not a Malchai, Corsai, or a Sunai, but something else entirely. She tracks it back to Verity. And thats where things really start getting good. or really bad. depending upon how you look at it.

August Flynn. He is an amazingly well rounded character. A monster that only wants to be human forced to do monstrous things to save humans. He is seriously messed up in this book. Killing his brother and Kate leaving and the city going to hell in a hand basket and having to reap more and more souls is just taking its toll on him. He struggles with what to do, hearing Leo’s voice in his head telling him to let go and let the monster loose but not wanting to lose what little “humanity” he has.

Kate Harker. I love my blondies. There really aren’t that many out there so I am biased towards them. Kate has started over, she has a new name and a new identity. She tries to cover up her pain and loneliness with monster hunting. She meets new friends  colleagues  fellow monster hunters in Prosperity and fills her life with that. All in, the only way Kate knows how to. But Verity is always in the back of her mind.

I don’t feel like I can say much more without spoiling. The book starts out a bit slow but then as soon as it picks up you are hurled full force into that heart wrenching ending. Oh that ending. I have to say I knew part of it was coming but that still doesn’t prepare you for it! Ugh. I loved it though, I don’t know how she could have ended it any better while getting the point across.

“People were messy. They were defined not only by what they’d done, but by what they would have done, under different circumstances, molded as much by their regrets as their actions, choices they stood by and those they wished they could undo. Of course, there was no going back—time only moved forward—but people could change.
For worse.
And for better.”

The Sandcastle Empire – Book Review

Author: Kayla Olson
Published: June 6th 2017 by HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Rating: ★★★★✰
sandcastle_empire_book_cover_-_embed_-_2016Before the war, Eden’s life was easy—air conditioning, ice cream, long days at the beach. Then the revolution happened, and everything changed.

Now a powerful group called the Wolfpack controls the earth and its resources. Eden has lost everything to them. They killed her family and her friends, destroyed her home, and imprisoned her. But Eden refuses to die by their hands. She knows the coordinates to the only neutral ground left in the world, a place called Sanctuary Island, and she is desperate to escape to its shores.

Eden finally reaches the island and meets others resistant to the Wolves—but the solace is short-lived when one of Eden’s new friends goes missing. Braving the jungle in search of their lost ally, they quickly discover Sanctuary is filled with lethal traps and an enemy they never expected.

This island might be deadlier than the world Eden left behind, but surviving it is the only thing that stands between her and freedom.


This book was in Owlcrate’s May box just as I was hoping it would be! It was marketed as a Lost meets the Maze Runner but I feel like there was more Catching Fire in the mix then The Maze Runner.

The year is 2055 and the lower income downtrodden citizens named The Wolves have started a war and taken over the country, forcing the one percenters into work camps as revenge for years of oppression. Our MC Eden is confined to one of these work camps. She has lost everything to The Wolves, but that doesn’t stop her from planning an escape. She has a map given to her by her father that has directions to the only known neutral territory left on earth. Sanctuary Island. In an action packed moment of surprise Eden escapes with 3 other girls, none of whom Eden knew. She convinces them to sail to Sanctuary Island, it’s really not that hard, where else could they go? Once there it doesn’t take long for them to realize that the island is anything but safe. When one of their members vanishes in the night they search for her, discovering just how dangerous the island really is. Eden is a strong character, she lead a life of privilege before the war but losing her friends, her boyfriend, her father and her freedom made her find strength within herself. She has to face many more hardships and challenges on the island, including conquering her worst fears and facing *SPOILERS!* It’s really hard to talk about much from this book without spoiling it!

I loved the setting. Husband and I are currently binge watching Lost on Netflix, me for the first time and him for the second, so this island was not hard to picture at all. In my mind the island was a mash up of the Island from Lost and the arena from Catching Fire. The plot was so full of action and suspense it kept me turning pages waaay after my bed time! I mean the book starts off exploding into action and it doesn’t let down until the last page!

Aside from some unconvincing insta love, which felt really forced and unrealistic, and a ending I felt was a bit rushed, I really enjoyed this book. I honestly would have given it 5 stars if the romance had fit in the plot better. I love that it is a stand alone. As much as I love series and trilogies they take a lot out of you, you invest a lot of time into them. This stand alone was a nice fun read. It’s over and I can move on to the next book!

I’ve heard rumors that this book is going to make it’s way to the big screen with Leonardo DiCaprio attached to it. That would be fantastic if it is true! This story was so easy to visualize while reading, just cast the right people (I’m looking at you Divergent) and this would make a great movie! Fingers crossed it happens!

 

Once again this was an Owlcrate book with an exclusive cover to Owlcrate subscribers. The white cover is the exclusive and the green is the original. I think I prefer the green one, but I still like my exclusive cover complete with signed book plate!

June Wrap Up

I can’t believe it is already July! This month, this year really has flown by!

This month I seemed to be on a contemporary kick. I read 9 books and 5 of those were contemporaries and three of those were Kacie West books. I have officially ran out of Kacie West books to read just in time for her newest book to come out this month!

My favorite by far was Eliza and Her Monsters! It was amazing and I can continue to gush about it and sing it’s praises or you can just go read my review.

Currently Reading

  • Redemption at Hacksaw Ridge
  • Defy the Stars
  • The Fiery Cross

My audiobook for Defy the Stars expired before I could finish so I’m waiting for my turn to check it out again. And yes I know I’m STILL reading The Fiery Cross but 1. Its huge and 2. I read it on my 30 minute lunches. So it’s going to take a bit!

And some personal news. Husband and I are buying a house! Whoo! We are so excited, we are in love with the house and have lots of plans for it! First is getting a dog! As much as we love our little duplex that has been our first home there is no fenced in backyard or room for a Golden Retriever. So July and August will be a bit crazy for me. We close on the 31st and have a garage sale planned for that weekend and then moving and settling in in August. I’m hoping I will still have time to read and blog in between prepping for a garage sale/moving sale, all of my many doctors appointments, packing, painting and moving. It may be pretty hit or miss here and there but bare with me! Its a fun little journey that we’re on!signature-1

Waiting on Wednesday – The Disappearances

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I am waiting on The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy

Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


32614919What if the ordinary things in life suddenly…disappeared?

Aila Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery: vibrant yet guarded, she keeps her secrets beyond Aila’s reach. When Juliet dies, Aila and her younger brother Miles are sent to live in Sterling, a rural town far from home–and the place where Juliet grew up.

Sterling is a place with mysteries of its own. A place where the experiences that weave life together–scents of flowers and food, reflections from mirrors and lakes, even the ability to dream–vanish every seven years.

No one knows what caused these “Disappearances,” or what will slip away next. But Sterling always suspected that Juliet Quinn was somehow responsible–and Aila must bear the brunt of their blame while she follows the chain of literary clues her mother left behind.

As the next Disappearance nears, Aila begins to unravel the dual mystery of why the Disappearances happen and who her mother truly was. One thing is clear: Sterling isn’t going to hold on to anyone’s secrets for long before it starts giving them up. (Goodreads Summary)


Why I Am Waiting

The entire premise of this book is intriguing. Things disappearing every 7 years and crazy things like scents of foods and dreaming. Crazy weird stuff. And crazy weird stuff is what I like! I love mysteries too, and this is one mysterious sounding book! It looks like this will be a stand alone so that will be a nice break from all of these series and trilogies and dulogies that I’m surrounded by!

A Court of Wings and Ruin – Review

Author: Sarah J. Maas
Published: May 2nd 2017 by Bloomsbury Childrens Books
Genre: Fantasy,  New Adult,
Rating: ★★★★★

ACOWAR_USFeyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all. ( goodreads summary)


“Remember that you are a wolf. And you cannot be caged.”

I read ACOTAR in two days. I read ACOMAF in one day. I some how managed to stretch this book out a whole week. I wanted to devour it like I did ACOMAF but I just couldn’t bear the end coming. But come it did and it left me an emotional wreck! Those last 100 pages were a roller coster of feels and emotions BUT… it did not end up getting thrown across the room like Allegiant. So there’s that.. But I think Sarah J. Maas did an excellent job of wrapping this part of ACOTAR series. She about gave me a heart attack several times but I thought the ending was pretty perfect.

I have been trying for 2 weeks now to write a review worthy of this beautiful book. But that is just obviously not going to happen. This book gave me all the feels and I’m still just completely messed up over it. SO I’m just going to bullet all of the snippets that are still flying around in my brain in as non spoliery of a way that I can.

  • Rysand is the best
  • Hybern is the worst
  • Tamlin is the literal worst
  • I hate the Spring Court and I fully support all of the carefully thought out shenanigans Ferye pulled there.
  • Lucian. I’m so glad he was in this book more. His family drama puts Mor’s family drama to shame!
  • Feyre – man has she done some amazing character growth. She’s not the starving little human who thinks so little of herself. She IS High Lady of the Night Court. She knows who and what she is deep down inside and it doesn’t bother her one bit.
  • Cassian and Nesta. Oh sweet lord if the next book isn’t all about them I’m suing.
  • I honestly didn’t feel sorry for Elaine. Buck up buttercup. Stop being such a weakling.
  • Her fiancé is a twerp though.
  • I foresee an underlying problem in future books being a love triangle between Azriel, Elaine and Lucien.
  • RIP the Suriel. I actually got a little teary eyed at that part.
  • The Bone Carver’s form that he shows to Feyre is actually WHAT!?!
  • I still don’t understand what that thing was living in the bottom of the library
  • Is a requirement for being a High Lord acting like a douchebag?
  • The High Lord of the Dawn Court is actually ******’s Father! WHAT?!?!
  • Mor.. huh.. well that explain’s a lot.
  • Cassian and Nesta be still my heart♥
  • Rysand and Feyre be still my heart
  • Father Archeron be still my broken heart!
  • AMEREN YOU FITHLY LYING SON OF A MOTHER!!
  • The cavalry has arrived!
  • DANG Elaine finally grew a pair!
  • AMEREN! ♥♥♥♥
  • RYSAND NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!
  • WHYYYYY?!?!?!
  • NOOOOOO!
  • WHY SARAH WHYYYY?!?!
  • $(&%*&@$(*#&$!
  • I still can’t believe who died and who didn’t. I feel like there should have been more casualties because it is a war and all.. but I love my little character babies and am sooo glad they are all safe and sound!

I can’t wait for the next installment of this series. I am so unbelievable sad that Feyra and Rys won’t be front and center for that but I have fallen in love with this world that Sarah J. Maas has created as much as her characters and can’t wait to read more of it!

“The great joy and honor of my life has been to know you. To call you my family. And I am grateful – more than I can possibly say – that I was given this time with you all”

 

 

May Wrap Up

This month I read 10 new books and blogged 4 of them. 3 are still in the works.

My favorite was a tie between A Court of Wings and Ruin and Empire of Storms. Sarah J. Mass is queen.

I only reread one book this month (WOW)

  • To All the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before

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I’m currently reading

  • The Crown’s Fate
  • The Firey Cross

and rereading

  • My Lady Jane