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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Really Liked but Can’t Remember Anything/Much About

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week there is a different question for bloggers to ponder over. 

This week's topic is "Books I Really Liked but Can’t Remember Anything/Much About". 

1. Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1) by Laini Taylor


This is a book that I read back in 2015. I had meant to read the remainder of the series, but I keep putting it off because I will have to reread this first. Rereading is not the norm for me because there are SO many books on my TBR list!

2. Paper Gods series by Amanda Sun


I remember reading this and it was incredible! It left such a lasting impact on my mind. While I can generally remember a lot about this series, the specific details are starting to get fuzzy.

3. The Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen



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I listened to this series on audio back in 2015. I LOVED this series. It was actually my first foray into audiobooks! I remember a lot about the series, but the specifics are starting to fade.

4. The Union (The Union #1) by T.H. Hernandez


I remember being really engrossed in this story when I read it, but now I can hardly remember anything else. I do recollect a compelling love story in the book. Other than that, I'm lost. There are two more books in this series that I need to get to at some point.

5. The Illumination Paradox series #1-2 by Jacqueline Garlick


I remember loving the romance and world-building in the first two books of this series. Sadly, I remember only bits and pieces otherwise. I still need to read that last book of this series. 

6. Penryn & the End of Days series by Susan Ee


I was so into this series. I was speed reading all three books. I loved the romance and the dystopian world. I can't remember many of the details though. 

7. Storm Siren series by Mary Weber


Another series that I remember really enjoying, but the details have escaped me!

8. Love Me Never (Lovely Vicious #1) by Sara Wolf


I think that the reason why I can't remember the details of this book is that it is a contemporary book. I stick to fantasy for the most part. The romance and the characters in this book were incredible though. The details concerning the story have flown off somewhere. I'll have to reread this one so that I can finish the series. 

9. Artificial (The Kepler Chronicles #1) by Jadah McCoy


I remember being so engrossed in this book. All the science and the dystopian aspect. The characters were incredible and I loved the unconventional romance. That's about all I remember. The second book in this series is out so I need to reread this one.

10. Ink and Bone (The Great Library #1)by Rachel Caine




This book had such an incredible world, but I can hardly remember what happened! I need a reread of this for sure. I need to finish this series!


What are some of the books that you have read but have a hard time remembering details about? Feel free to link up to your Top Ten Tuesday post!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Book Blitz, Excerpt & Giveaway: The Watcher Series by AJ Eversley



Title: The Watcher Series
Author: AJ Eversley
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction
Editor: Q Books Editing
Cover Designer: Cover Art by Salome Totladze
Hosted by: Lady Amber's PR


"I knew I was not alone. They would never leave until every last one of us was gone."
Sawyer Russo has sworn to protect humanity, and as a Watcher she's done just that. But the Bots and Carbons that took her city are evolving, and they start picking the Watchers off one by one. One last rescue mission will change everything. When someone betrays them, the line between friend and foe is no longer easily drawn. Sawyer made a vow, and she will fulfill it, even if it means ending the person who deceived them, no matter who it might be.
It all comes down to one choice...
Who can she save?
And who does she have to let go?





Strangers become allies. Lovers become enemies. And a destiny formed before birth unfolds.

Sawyer spent most of her life hunting the very thing she has now become. No longer the Watcher she once was, Sawyer struggles to make sense of her new identity. Though she now has the powers of a Carbon, she is also tied to the control Coleman has over all of his creations.
Desperate for help and answers, Sawyer travels to the United Isles with Max in search of an ally. Not only must she learn to harness her new abilities, she must find a way to mend a broken heart…if her past doesn’t kill her first.

The epic journey continues, and the war for the human race draws ever closer. Join the resistance in the next chapter of the Watcher Series.


AJ Eversley is the author of the WATCHER series. A true north Canadian girl, AJ currently lives in Central Alberta with her husband and dog. When she’s not writing, she can be found binge watching Harry Potter, quoting various movies in everyday conversation, and eating copious amounts of candy.

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Excerpt from Watcher:

I knew I wasn’t alone. They’d never leave until every last one of us disappeared.

From the edge of a rooftop high above the boulevards below, I breathed in the cool, damp air as my eyes monitored the near empty streets. Whispers of rain threatened to erupt from the melancholy sky above, as if to echo the sentiment of this place. The ruined city, once a place I called home, was nothing more than a pile of rubble thanks to the Bots and Carbons roaming the streets. Buildings had been torn to pieces, leaving gaping holes in those that still stood, uninhabited but for a few survivors. It wasn’t a livable place, not the refuge I’d known ten years ago, but it was my reality. And as my eyes scanned the dark metropolis before me, I clung to the feeling of freedom before the burden took over me. The silent promises I had made and had yet to fulfill.

Quiet and cold as it always was, the darkness hung like the night even at the peak of daytime. Smog and cloud lingered over the city, leaving us in a constant state of gloom with the threat of rain hanging over us. The only light that shone in this dark city was Sub 9, the enemy’s headquarters. The lone building lit up in the distance as I stood bathed in darkness, hidden in the shadows. Darkness was my friend, my confidant, my ever constant reminder of who I was and my purpose here.




Sunday, January 21, 2018

Review: Netherworld (The Chronicles of Koa #1) by K.N. Lee

Title: Netherworld
Series: The Chronicles of Koa #1
Author: K.N. Lee
Publisher: Booktrope
Publication Date: May 11, 2013
Pages: 224
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, New Adult
Source: ARC

Book one of the critically acclaimed #1 international bestselling series critics and fans are calling Blade meets Ocean's Eleven. 

Demons, ghouls, vampires, and Syths. The Netherworld Division is an organization of angels and humans who are there to keep the escaped creatures from the Netherworld in check in this action-packed paranormal thriller. 

Introducing Koa Ryeo-won, a half-blood vampire with an enchanted sword and a membership to the most elite vampire castle in Europe. 

A vengeful demon threatens everything Koa has worked hard to protect. Not even Halston and his legendary infinity gun can stop him, but Koa's mother might be strong enough to do it--if only her curse can be broken. 

There is one vampire that can help. 

First stop, the Ivory Tower, where only the most notorious supernatural beings are kept. But even that won't be enough. Koa must prepare herself to return to the place that nearly killed her. The Netherworld.



MY REVIEW
I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it. This review MAY contain SPOILERS. Read at your own risk.

I really enjoyed this story as a whole, but I had some issues with it as well. 

Starting off with what this book does well, it has a very unique take on vampires and Nephilim. I can honestly say that I haven't read anything resembling this world that Lee has created before in other books. The concept of the story is very good and I think with some polishing it could be incredible.

I felt like this book was way too short and lacked detail. It felt like the bare bones of what a book should be. It has the main concept, the characters, and the plot, but it lacks the details needed to fully understand the scope of the story being told. This also brings me to the characters. While I liked these characters, I didn't love them. I didn't feel a connection to them that would make me fall in love with them. At times I didn't feel like I knew them at all. This is where details would have been most advantageous in the story. As far as the world-building goes, more details is never a bad thing in a fantasy book. There were points in the book, especially when the main characters enter the Netherworld, that were confusing to follow. The author was telling instead of showing. An instance of this is when Lee tells the readers that the main character can fly. There is no explanation as to why, nor is there a description of her attempting it. She just flies. It didn't go into any details regarding this power that the main character has. Every time she flew I just pictured Superman, but I know where Superman's power comes from so his power of flying doesn't confuse me. Every time she flew it was very unconvincing and ridiculous to me. Details are the backbone of a story. Without them, the story falls flat and doesn't engage the reader. 

I found the narrative a bit choppy and unconvincing at times. I also think that this book could use a serious sit down with an editor. There were misspellings and mispunctuation galore, and sometimes there was even the wrong form of a word used. While these things may not bother some people, they sadly impacted the enjoyment of the story for me. 

The ending was a bit abrupt. I wouldn't really call it a cliffhanger though because there wasn't anything really hanging in the balance. I think that I would have preferred a cliffhanger, to be honest. The story just stops. I kept scrolling through my e-reader thinking that I didn't have the complete file downloaded to my kindle app. 

This book (and this series) has great potential. It definitely has some missed opportunities in regard to the world building and character growth, but the story is original and catching. I think that with some refining this story could be so much more. I will definitely be continuing the series. I know that this book is the first by this author, and I think that over time her writing can only get better. I am excited to see what else K.N. Lee has to offer. I would recommend this series to those that enjoy action-packed urban fantasy stories. 


This book is written by an indie author. Do you read indie authors? Why or why not?

Friday, January 19, 2018

Review: Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare

Title: Clockwork Prince
Series: The Infernal Devices #2
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Margaret K. McElderry
Publication Date: December 6, 2011
Pages: 502
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Historical Fiction, Steampunk, Romance
Source: Ebook

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In 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.



MY REVIEW
This review contains SPOILERS. Read at your own risk.

OMG, this book! OMG! By the Angel, why did I wait so long to read this series? Then again, on the other hand, perhaps I am glad that I waited until all of the books were out because I do not think that I could have waited to find out what happens from book to book. 

First of all, this book gouged out my heart and put it back together over and over again. This book devastated my heart again and again. I'm not okay, all right? 

I thought that the characters from The Mortal Instruments series were my babies and that I could never love any Shadowhunters (or Downworlders!) as much as I love them. I was wrong. While The Mortal Instruments characters will always be my babies, this mama has adopted The Infernal Devices characters and brought them into her heart. I have so much love for these characters and this brilliant world that Clare has envisioned. After I finish The Infernal Devices series I will be starting on The Dark Artifices series and I simply can't wait! This world will suck you in and refuse to let you go but, trust me, you won't mind a bit. 

The world building in this series is fantastic! Truly so, because it has so many elements. It is not only a Shadowhunter book, but one set in 1870's London. I can't even imagine all the research that went into perfecting the world held within the pages of this series. I love having a different perspective on the Shadowhunter world. It's historical and in a different locale than Clare's other Shadowhunter novels. 

I love how Clare's Shadowhunter books build off of one another. Everything ties together in the end. There are different lines of Shadowhunter families spread across the ages and we get a glimpse of different generations of Shadowhunters. Information and events from The Mortal Instruments series tie in with those of The Infernal Devices series, and it is done so flawlessly. It's so magical the way these histories flow together. 

My favorite part of this book and this series is the characters. They have so much depth and play off of each other so well. I immediately liked the characters from the start of the series, and those feelings only deepen in this book. These characters have become so special to me. Clare has a vivid way of implanting you right into the story so that you live it along with the characters. It's quite a gift to have, and quite impressive. 

The plot gets so much better in the second book. We only scratch the surface of things in Clockwork Angel, but things really start to get interesting in this book. We get to see new characters and how they tie into the London Shadowhunter world. There are lies, deceits, and secrets galore in this! It is truly riveting. The story keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time. 

The romance in this is quite spectacular. So emotional. There is a love triangle that is written so expertly that there are hardly words to describe its splendor. The main character grows close to two different boys, and it is utterly convincing and warranted. Some love triangles are flat and unbelievable, but not this one. This is probably the best one that I've ever read. I know that Clare has done a mind-blowing job with the love triangle because I am seriously torn as to who I want Tessa to end up with in the end. I don't want either boy hurt, nor Tessa. Ugh, if only polyamory were acceptable in 1870s London...

Overall, this book was perfect! If I had to impart one thing to you about this book it would just be GO READ THIS SERIES ALREADY! I am serious, though. You need this series in your life. Once you have finished you will kick yourself for not reading it sooner, such as I did. I will immediately be picking up the last book and then try not to cry because it is the last book of the series. Why couldn't this series have six books like The Mortal Instruments series, yeah?


THIS BOOK CONTRIBUTED TO THESE 2018 READING CHALLENGES
- A Series A Month Challenge
- Beat the Backlist Challenge
- Try Something New Challenge
Check out my 2018 Challenge Page to see my progress!


If you have read books by Cassandra Clare, which of her characters is your favorite and why? If not, let me know what your most recent read was!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: Assassin of Truths (Library Jumpers #3) by Brenda Drake

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're super jazzed about.

Title: Assassin of Truths
Series: Library Jumpers #3
Authors: Brenda Drake
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publication Date: February 6, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

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The gateways linking the great libraries of the world don’t require a library card, but they do harbor incredible dangers. 

And it’s not your normal bump-in-the-night kind. The threats Gia Kearns faces are the kind with sharp teeth and knifelike claws. Not to mention there’s an evil wizard trying to use his magical abilities to take her down. Because she has the keys to end his devious plan. That is, once she figures out what to do with them.  

With the handsome, cocky, and maybe-perfect-for-her Bastien by her side, Gia travels through the beautiful wizard havens and Mystik covens to gather the answers she seeks. The journey is harrowing, and it pits Gia against someone she loves. But there’s only one way to destroy her enemies—if she can uncover it before they catch up to her. 

Because sometimes facing our demons is the only way out.


MY THOUGHTS
I am eagerly awaiting the last book in the Library Jumpers series! I tried the first book on a whim as part of a blog tour and I totally fell in love with the world inside! If you are a fan of Cassandra Clare then you would love this series!


What are some books that you tried on a whim? Did you like them or not? What made you try them?

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Bookish Resolutions/Goals


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created in June of 2010 by The Broke and the Bookish and passed to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. Each week there is a different question for bloggers to ponder over. 

This week's topic is "Top Ten Bookish Resolutions/Goals". 

1. Read 120 Books.


I am upping my goal from 2017 from 90 to 120. There was a good portion of 2017 that I hardly read anything due to life situations, so I think that I can pull this off!

2. Write reviews as soon as I finish reading.

There are so many books that I have read that never got reviewed. If too much time passes and the book isn't fresh in my mind then I don't feel comfortable leaving a review. There is no reason why I shouldn't be posting a review for every book that I read. 


3. Post my reviews to my blog, Goodreads, Amazon, etc.

If I do write a review I sometimes only post it to Goodreads and leave my blog sadly waiting for me to come and play. I want to be more consistent in posting to all platforms that I use.

4. Read more than just YA.

I love YA books, but I can't help but squirm at the thought of missing out on an awesome story because I am sticking to YA books. I want to branch out and try some adult books. I'm a big girl and it's time to put on my big girl panties. 

5. Read more classics. 

I feel a little uncultured. There are so many classics that I wish I would have been made to read in school. I didn't read a single classic last year. I can't even think of any that I have read offhand, and this is unacceptable to me. 

6. Read more ARCs and Netgalley titles.

I got a little behind last year due to some extreme life circumstances. I am vowing to read ARCs and Netgalley titles every month and try not to request more in the meantime. 

7. Read more Kindle Unlimited titles.

I pay for a KU subscription each month and so far it feels like money wasted. I have read a few titles, but it doesn't equal anywhere near what I pay for. I like being able to borrow titles on KU whenever I like and there are many titles on KU that I really want to read. 

8. Read at least one full series per month.

I am a series fanatic and there are so many series that I need to finally read. 


9. Read at least one graphic novel or trade paperback per week.


I did pretty well on reading graphic novels and trade paperbacks last year and I hope to do just as well this year.

10. Read more indie books.

I sometimes focus too much on mainstream books when there are oodles of indie books out there that I want to read and that need my love. 




What are some of your 2018 bookish goals? Feel free to link me to your Top Ten Tuesday post!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Bout of Books 21 Wrap Up Post

Bout of Books

Bout of Books 21 has come to an end. Here are my final reading totals for the week.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 8th and runs through Sunday, January 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 21 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

GOALS

- Finish reading Lailah (The Styclar Saga #1) by Nikki Kelly.
I finished Lailah!
- Read daily.
There was one day I did not get to read anything since I was sick. 
- Finish 2-3 more books this week. 
I finished 2 more books!

So I guess not too bad. I accomplished 2 out of 3 goals so I call that a win!

WEEKLY PROGRESS SUMMARY

Total pages read: 950
Total time spent reading: 28 hours + 15 minutes
Books I completed: 3
Lailah (The Styclar Saga #1) by Nikki Kelly, Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare, The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black


DAILY PROGRESS

MONDAY
Today’s goals: Finish Lailah (The Styclar Saga #1) by Nikki Kelly

Currently reading: Lailah (The Styclar Saga #1) by Nikki Kelly, Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare, The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black, The Demon King (Seven Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima

Pages read today: 191 
Time spent reading today: 4 hours + 30 minutes
Books completed today: 1

Today’s notes: I finished the book that I meant to finish today. Yay!

TUESDAY
Today’s goals: Make a dent in one of my other reads.

Currently reading: Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare, The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black, The Demon King (Seven Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima

Pages read today: 49
Time spent reading today: 2 hours
Books completed today: 0

Today’s notes: Not the best reading day, but it could have been worse. I was recovering after having an outpatient medical procedure done yesterday, so I can't be too hard on myself. =P I did well considering. 

WEDNESDAY
Today’s goals: Finish Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare OR read 20% of The Demon King (Seven Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima

Currently reading: Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare, The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black, The Demon King (Seven Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima

Pages read today: 82
Time spent reading today: 2 hours + 40 minutes
Books completed today: 0

Today’s notes: Well, I didn't finish my book before midnight, but I probably will before morning. =P

THURSDAY
Today’s goals: Finish Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare

Currently reading: Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare, The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black, The Demon King (Seven Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima

Pages read today: 294
Time spent reading today: 8 hours + 40 minutes
Books completed today: 1

Today’s notes: I had a rather productive reading day, and I even managed to complete my daily goal! Woot!

FRIDAY
Today’s goals: Read 50% of The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black

Currently reading: The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black, The Demon King (Seven Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima

Pages read today: 161
Time spent reading today: 5 hours + 10 minutes
Books completed today: 0

Today’s notes: Not terrible today. Could have been better, but eh. I am over halfway through reading The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black so that's good. 

SATURDAY
Today’s goals: Finish The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black, try to get through as much of Roar (Stormheart #1) by Cora Carmack as possible

Currently reading: The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black, The Demon King (Seven Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima, Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare, Roar (Stormheart #1) by Cora Carmack

Pages read today: 173
Time spent reading today: 5 hours + 15 minutes
Books completed today: 1

Today’s notes: Yay! I finished The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black! 

SUNDAY
Today’s goals: Finish Roar (Stormheart #1) by Cora Carmack

Currently reading: The Demon King (Seven Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima, Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare, Roar (Stormheart #1) by Cora Carmack

Pages read today: 0
Time spent reading today: 0
Books completed today: 0

Today’s notes: Well, today was my least productive reading day by far. My little one and I were sick today, so I didn't get any reading time in. 


 

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