Books, Original Post, YA Fiction

WWW Wednesday #8

WWW Wednesday (2)WWW Wednesday is a weekly event where you share (1) What you’re currently reading, (2) What you recently finished reading, and (3) What you think you’ll read next. Originally hosted Taking On A World Of Words.

Hey guys! How’s your February going so far? So far, my reading plans are a little haphazard but hopefully I can get them back on track this week. Let’s get into it! 🙂

What are you currently reading?

10025305In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.

With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, but her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?

As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.

Yes, I have finally got to it! It’s going pretty well so far, but I’m finding the romantic angst a lot more annoying and draggy than I did originally. Opinions change, but I will admit that it’s still entertaining as hell.

And…

35271523The Tower of Babel is the greatest marvel in the world. Immense as a mountain, the ancient Tower holds unnumbered ringdoms, warring and peaceful, stacked one on the other like the layers of a cake. It is a world of geniuses and tyrants, of airships and steam engines, of unusual animals and mysterious machines.

Soon after arriving for his honeymoon at the Tower, the mild-mannered headmaster of a small village school, Thomas Senlin, gets separated from his wife, Marya, in the overwhelming swarm of tourists, residents, and miscreants.

Senlin is determined to find Marya, but to do so he’ll have to navigate madhouses, ballrooms, and burlesque theaters. He must survive betrayal, assassination, and the long guns of a flying fortress. But if he hopes to find his wife, he will have to do more than just endure.

This quiet man of letters must become a man of action.

I’ve decided recently to venture into the adult genre, and while this book might be a bit of a random pick, it has glowing reviews and the premise sounds crazy amazing. So far, the writing is a tad bothersome because it’s so detailed and dense at times, but the vibe and atmosphere is conveyed really well. I’m interested to see where it goes.

What have you recently finished reading?

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Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She’s so desperate to reach the realm that she’s willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.

When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he’s been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world—and each other—the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe…

This book is still a FAVE. The plot, pacing, and writing are great, the Banshee crew has all my love, and Doran and Solara are #relationshipgoals. I cannot wait to read Starfall! Now if I can only find it …

What will you be reading next?

25026403When Princess Cassia Rose fled her home world of Eturia to escape an arranged marriage, she had no idea her sudden departure would spark a war. Now after two years hiding as a ship hand, she is finally returning to her beloved home, but not in the way she imagined. Shackled by bounty hunters, she is violently dragged back to account for her crimes. Her only solace is that the Banshee crew managed to evade capture, including Kane Arric, her best friend…with occasional benefits.

Meanwhile, Kane and the rest of the crew of the Banshee plan a desperate rescue mission. But when they arrive on Eturia, Cassia isn’t exactly in need of heroics—she’s claimed her birthright as Eturia’s queen, but has inherited a war-torn planet simmering with rebellion. Cassia must make alliances, and Kane, the bastard son of a merchant, isn’t a choice that will earn her any friends. Kane knows he will never find someone to replace Cassia—and is certain she returns his feelings—but how can he throw away his own promising future waiting on a queen?

When the outer realm is threatened by the dangerous Zhang mafia, Cassia, Kane and the rest of the Banshee crew uncover a horrifying conspiracy that endangers the entire universe. In the face of unspeakable evil, Cassia must confront her own family’s complicated legacy on Eturia and decide once and for all who her real family is.

I have no idea whether I will find this one in my school library, so it’s not decided whether I will read it directly after Clockwork Prince and Senlin Ascends. However, I’m looking to get to it in the near future, it’s been too long! It doesn’t have the best ratings on Goodreads, but I’m hyped for it regardless.

Thanks for viewing, guys! What are you guys currently reading and what do you plan on reading next? Leave me a comment below! 🙂

 

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Books, Original Post, YA Fiction

WWW Wednesday #7

WWW Wednesday (2)WWW Wednesday is a weekly event where you share (1) What you’re currently reading, (2) What you recently finished reading, and (3) What you think you’ll read next. Originally hosted Taking On A World Of Words.

What’s up, guys? February’s been going pretty well so far. I’ve quite enjoyed the books I’ve recently read, which is a nice change from the very redundant three star ratings I’ve been throwing out lately.

What are you currently reading?

21793182Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She’s so desperate to reach the realm that she’s willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.

When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he’s been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world—and each other—the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe…

I was actually originally planning on getting to re-reading Clockwork Prince, but when I got to my school library today, all of Cassie Clare’s books had vanished. POOF, gone. I don’t know if the librarian was reorganizing or some shit, but she really ought to let us know because that experience scared me to death. Thankfully, a copy of Starflight was just lying around, so I did not remain book-less for the rest of the day (could you imagine what a nightmare that would be?). I’m not going to be returning it any time soon either, because I really enjoyed it the first time around and I’m loving re-reading it.

What have you recently finished reading?

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In Alaska, 1970, being a teenager here isn’t like being a teenager anywhere else. Ruth has a secret that she can’t hide forever. Dora wonders if she can ever truly escape where she comes from, even when good luck strikes. Alyce is trying to reconcile her desire to dance, with the life she’s always known on her family’s fishing boat. Hank and his brothers decide it’s safer to run away than to stay home—until one of them ends up in terrible danger.

Four very different lives are about to become entangled.

This book and I got off to a rocky start and while I wrestled with my mixed feelings for the rest of the book, I ended up quite liking it by the end. Its unconventional setting and beautiful writing really saved it for me. Look out for a review coming soon!

And…

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Edward (long live the king) is the King of England. He’s also dying, which is inconvenient, as he’s only sixteen and he’d much rather be planning for his first kiss than considering who will inherit his crown…

Jane (reads too many books) is Edward’s cousin, and far more interested in books than romance. Unfortunately for Jane, Edward has arranged to marry her off to secure the line of succession. And there’s something a little odd about her intended…

Gifford (call him G) is a horse. That is, he’s an Eðian (eth-y-un, for the uninitiated). Every day at dawn he becomes a noble chestnut steed—but then he wakes at dusk with a mouthful of hay. It’s all very undignified.

The plot thickens as Edward, Jane, and G are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, our heroes will have to engage in some conspiring of their own. But can they pull off their plan before it’s off with their heads?

Oh my god, I haven’t loved a book like this in a while. It was sweet, lighthearted, and laugh-out-loud hilarious. Edward, Jane, and Gifford are such entertaining emcees and the storytelling is just amazing. Who knew three prominently fantasy writers would make such a great team? Stay tuned for my full review!

What will you be reading next?

10025305In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.

With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, but her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?

As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.

Y’all could have guessed, right? 🙂 I know I shouldn’t be jumping into another historical contemporary/fantasy so soon after reading My Lady Jane, but I remember being Clockwork Prince being my favorite of this whole trilogy (or was it Clockwork Princess? It’s difficult to decide with this series) and I’m looking to get to it ASAP.

Thanks for viewing, guys! What are you guys currently reading and what do you plan on reading next? Leave me a comment below! 🙂

 

Books, Original Post, YA Fiction

January 2018 wrap-up

Guys, could you believe January is already over?! It feels like only yesterday I celebrated the New Year with my family … by staying up until 10 and sharing a tres leche cake while watching Netflix. But okay, let’s pretend it was a lot more exciting than that. Anyway, January was a pretty chill month reading-wise. I read 7 books in total, a great achievement when taking into account the crazy amount of homework I had. Graduation needs to come sooner!

Books I’ve read:

All The Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater – 4 stars

Heir Of Fire (Throne Of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas – 3.25 stars

How To Save A Life by Sara Zarr – 5 stars

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera – 2.5 stars

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lisa McBride – 3 stars

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare – 4.25 stars

A List Of Cages by Robin Roe – 3 stars

January posts

Anticipated releases: January 2018 (Haven)

Anticipated Releases: January 2018 (Aliza)

All The Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater (review)

Black Chuck by Regan McDonell (ARC review)

WWW Wednesday #3

Geekerella, by Ashley Poston (Review)

WWW Wednesday #4

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera (review)

WWW Wednesday #5

WWW Wednesday #6

Other than reading, I have to say that I’ve recently uncovered a plethora of Hindi movies on Amazon Prime and I’m planning on spending the next few months binge-watching the shit out of them. So far, I’ve watched Kapoor & Sons, OK Jaanu, and Vivah. Do you guys have any good Hindi movies you’d like to recommend?

Thanks for viewing, guys! How did your January go? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

Books, Original Post, YA Fiction

WWW Wednesday #6

WWW Wednesday (2)WWW Wednesday is a weekly event where you share (1) What you’re currently reading, (2) What you recently finished reading, and (3) What you think you’ll read next. Originally hosted Taking On A World Of Words.

Hey guys! Being the last Wednesday of January, I have to say that it’s been a pretty consistent month. I’ve got a lot of recent releases planned for next month along with my usual re-reads, so I’m hyped! Let’s get into this WWW Wednesday.

What are you currently reading?

19370304In Alaska, 1970, being a teenager here isn’t like being a teenager anywhere else. Ruth has a secret that she can’t hide forever. Dora wonders if she can ever truly escape where she comes from, even when good luck strikes. Alyce is trying to reconcile her desire to dance, with the life she’s always known on her family’s fishing boat. Hank and his brothers decide it’s safer to run away than to stay home—until one of them ends up in terrible danger.

Four very different lives are about to become entangled.

I’m JUST about to begin this book and I’m incredibly excited and nervous to do so. I’ve seen glowing reviews for it on Goodreads and the premise has a very Maggie Stiefvater vibe to it, so I’m hoping it’s right up my alley.

What have you recently finished reading?

25613472When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he’s got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn’t easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can’t complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian—the foster brother he hasn’t seen in five years.

Adam is ecstatic to be reunited. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew. He’s still kindhearted. He still writes stories and loves picture books meant for little kids. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets, like where he hides during the middle of the day, and what’s really going on inside his house. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives…

I HATE that I didn’t give this book a 4 or 5 star rating, because it seems as if every other reader on Goodreads is head over heels for this book. I didn’t wholly dislike this book, but I didn’t like it’s pacing, certain plot points, and even writing at certain times. My ‘meh’ attitude has nothing to do with it’s handling of mental illness though, which was done well in my opinion. Look out for my full review coming soon!

What will you be reading next?

22840421Edward (long live the king) is the King of England. He’s also dying, which is inconvenient, as he’s only sixteen and he’d much rather be planning for his first kiss than considering who will inherit his crown…

Jane (reads too many books) is Edward’s cousin, and far more interested in books than romance. Unfortunately for Jane, Edward has arranged to marry her off to secure the line of succession. And there’s something a little odd about her intended…

Gifford (call him G) is a horse. That is, he’s an Eðian (eth-y-un, for the uninitiated). Every day at dawn he becomes a noble chestnut steed—but then he wakes at dusk with a mouthful of hay. It’s all very undignified.

The plot thickens as Edward, Jane, and G are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, our heroes will have to engage in some conspiring of their own. But can they pull off their plan before it’s off with their heads?

Wow, I’m on a contemporary roll aren’t I? (is anyone surprised though?) This is another book that has amazing reviews on Goodreads, and I’m totally here for it! Hopefully it doesn’t disappoint.

Thanks for viewing, guys! What are you guys currently reading and what do you plan on reading next? Leave me a comment below! 🙂

 

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WWW Wednesday #5

WWW Wednesday (2)WWW Wednesday is a weekly event where you share (1) What you’re currently reading, (2) What you recently finished reading, and (3) What you think you’ll read next. Originally hosted Taking On A World Of Words.

Hey guys! January seems to be going well so far. I’ve been doing a crap ton of re-reading this month and I hope to lessen that a bit after Clockwork Angel. My upcoming reads have got me pretty excited.

What are you currently reading?

7171637In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Timesbestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…

I’m a little more than halfway through this book, and I’m discovering that some plot points and characters aren’t as entertaining to me now (cough Will Herondale cough), but that’s okay! I’m loving the overall story and the world-building though, it’s really bringing the nostalgia.

What have you recently finished reading?

8041873Sam leads a pretty normal life. He may not have the most exciting job in the world, but he’s doing all right—until a fast food prank brings him to the attention of Douglas, a creepy guy with an intense violent streak.

Turns out Douglas is a necromancer who raises the dead for cash and sees potential in Sam. Then Sam discovers he’s a necromancer too, but with strangely latent powers. And his worst nightmare wants to join forces . . . or else.

With only a week to figure things out, Sam needs all the help he can get. Luckily he lives in Seattle, which has nearly as many paranormal types as it does coffee places. But even with newfound friends, will Sam be able to save his skin?

I wasn’t thoroughly impressed with this book in terms of world-building or characters, but it did manage to get a few laughs in. I certainly liked the doesn’t-take-itself-too-seriously vibe of the book, but I would have appreciated it more if the humor was consistent and more memorable. Look out for my review coming soon!

What will you be reading next?

25613472When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he’s got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn’t easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can’t complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian—the foster brother he hasn’t seen in five years.

Adam is ecstatic to be reunited. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew. He’s still kindhearted. He still writes stories and loves picture books meant for little kids. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets, like where he hides during the middle of the day, and what’s really going on inside his house. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives…

I’ve been hearing so many good things about this book on Goodreads, and I’m so hyped to jump into it. I’m really looking forward to the mental illness representation, let’s hope it doesn’t disappoint!

Thanks for viewing, guys! What are you guys currently reading and what do you plan on reading next? Leave me a comment below! 🙂

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WWW Wednesday #4

WWW Wednesday (2)WWW Wednesday is a weekly event where you share (1) What you’re currently reading, (2) What you recently finished reading, and (3) What you think you’ll read next. Originally hosted Taking On A World Of Words.

What’s up, guys? I’ll admit that I’ve been feeling like I’m in a minor reading slump lately, but with what I’ve got planned, that’s bound to change soon.

What are you currently reading?

8041873Sam leads a pretty normal life. He may not have the most exciting job in the world, but he’s doing all right—until a fast food prank brings him to the attention of Douglas, a creepy guy with an intense violent streak.

Turns out Douglas is a necromancer who raises the dead for cash and sees potential in Sam. Then Sam discovers he’s a necromancer too, but with strangely latent powers. And his worst nightmare wants to join forces . . . or else.

With only a week to figure things out, Sam needs all the help he can get. Luckily he lives in Seattle, which has nearly as many paranormal types as it does coffee places. But even with newfound friends, will Sam be able to save his skin?

This book is marketed as a horror comedy, and I’m totally okay with that! It’s a little slow-paced as of now, but I’m still excited to see where it goes.

What have you recently finished reading?

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Adam Silvera reminds us that there’s no life without death and no love without loss in this devastating yet uplifting story about two people whose lives change over the course of one unforgettable day.

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today.

Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.

I love the concept behind this novel, but compared to the genius of More Happy Than Not and slightly less genius but still really good History Is All You Left Me, it’s pretty damn underwhelming. Look out for my full review coming in Friday!

What will you be reading next?

7171637In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Timesbestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…

I’m absolutely TERRIFIED to re-read this notorious book, because I used to love The Infernal Devices trilogy in the 8th grade, but my 12th grade self isn’t so innocent anymore. Pray that I don’t hate it, y’all.

Thanks for viewing, guys! What are you guys currently reading and what do you plan on reading next? Leave me a comment below! 🙂