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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

TTT | Sequels I'm Dying For

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely ladies over at the Broke and the Bookish. This week the topic is:

Sequels I Can't Wait to Get

Throne of Glass #4 by Sarah J. Maas - This one is a no brainer. I LOVE this series. SO MUCH.

Snow Like Ashes #2 by Sara Raasch - Snow Like Ashes is my favorite debut of this year, so of course I'm dying for the next one to come out already!

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray - I read The Diviners last month and loved it, so Lair of Dreams is already on my highly anticipated list for 2015.

The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski - The Winner's Curse is one of my favorite reads of the year, I'm DYING TO READ THIS ONE because of that ending. and Arin. 

The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson - The Kiss of Deception is another fave I read this year. This ending left such a huge cliffhanger that I was ready to sell my soul for the next book - I'm ever so anxiously waiting for this book to arrive. 

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han - I really enjoyed To All The Boys I've Loved Before and I can't wait to get re-acquianted with the characters in the next book.

End of Days by Susan Ee - I liked Angelfall and then I loved World After. I NEED to know what's going to happen next. 

The Jewel #2 by Amy Ewing - I read The Jewel recently and I liked it way more than I thought I would. It ended with a cliffhanger and like anyone who ends a book they really liked on a cliffhanger, I'm (im)patiently for the next one.

Winter by Marissa Meyer - Cress is my favorite book in this series so far. Each book has gotten better and better. I CANNOT WAIT to see how this series ends.

Firefight by Brandon Sanderson - I love Sanderson. I really liked Steelheart. But I want to know what type of brilliance Sanderson is going to craft into this series. 

What are some sequels you can't wait to get to get ahold of??

Monday, November 17, 2014

Book Review | The Diviners

Title: The Diviners
Author: Libba Bray
Publication: September 18th, 2012
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Source: Bought it
Series: Yes! This is the 1st book.

Rating: 4.5 out 5 stars

Synopsis: Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York city - and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It's 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

Evie worries he'll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.

As Evie jumps headlong into a dane with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.

Review: Wow, this book was so much more than I thought it would be. I've heard some great things, but I didn't know it was going to be that good. There were so many fantastic elements in this book, I don't know where to start...

I think I'll start with the writing because it was stunning. The words seemed to flow straight in and tell such a good story that I couldn't stop reading. The way that Libba Bray tells a story is flawless and I can say with confidence that this is the first book I read by her, but it definitely won't be the last.

There are multiple perspectives from different characters in this book, which is not what I expected, but I think it added to the tale. And Bray crafted these stories so well that I never got lost or confused and they interwove so intricately and perfectly. 

Speaking of different perspectives and characters, I loved just about all of the characters. I think they all delivered they're own unique stories that I thought were all incredibly interesting. I was a bit put off by the romance, it seemed off to me. 

This book tells a story that has not even come close to being similar to anything I have ever read before. I loved the setting of the 1920's. The paranormal aspects were unique and so intriguing. Things kept happening that I didn't expect and I was completely enthralled and invested into this story and its characters. I cannot wait to get the next book - can it please come out already??

Have you read this one and if so, what did you think of it? What did you think of the paranormal abilities? Have you read Libba Bray's A Great and Terrible Beauty, what did you think of it (I think I might read it soon)? 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Sharing My Favorites for October & Wrapping Up the Books I Read

Books I Read:

I only got around to reading 5 books last month. It's not enough for me! I wish I was reading more! I started out the month good, but then well school, and life got busy and took up all my time. See my feels when reading accidentally falls off my priority list. But, alas,

In October, I read and finished:

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness - Not sure what took me so long to start this series, but I'm so incredibly glad that I finally gave it a go. This was a definite 5 out of 5 star read for me!

The Jewel by Amy Ewing - I'll admit that I was a bit hesitant going into this one, but I came out really enjoying it. I'm dying for the next book in the series! This was another 5 out of 5 star read for me!

Siege & Storm by Leigh Bardugo - I aimed to finish this series this fall and last month it was calling to me to read it. This one was a really good piece to the story and might have been even more action-packed than the first book. I gave this one 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Ruin & Rising by Leigh Bardugo - I fell into a bit of a lull reading this, but it wasn't the book, it was all me. The ending was okay for me. I liked it, but maybe would have preferred things turn out differently. I gave this one 4.5 out of 5 stars. 

Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levine - This was the only spooky book that I got to this month because my lull continued after I finished Ruin & Rising. But I really enjoyed this one and it was a perfect Halloween read. Gave this one 4 out of 5 stars. 

My last week of October Obsession:

Can TS make a bad cd? I think not. I've had her cd on repeat since it came out. My constant repeats have been Style, This Love and Wildest Dreams.

Some Shows I've Been Addicted To:

How To Get Away With Murder - Each episode gets better and better. I can't wait to see where this is going!

Selfie - I liked this one ALOT more than I thought I would. It's a new fave.

Manhatten Love Story - This show might be my new FAVORITE. And I think there isn't enough buzz about this one... please check it out if you haven't already. Love this show!

Gilmore Girls - Started marathoning this show and I've forgotten how good it is. Before I only watched a rerun here or there and for a few months I've been dying to watch the whole series from start to finish and now I'm finally doing that. Also Rory has been strongly motivating to read, and to pick up some books I normally wouldn't have!

What shows did you start (or continue) watching this month???