Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week, we are listing our most anticipated releases for the first half of 2016. I'm so excited for 2016 to start, there are so many books I'm looking forward to. This list will be in no particular order, as I'm pretty much equally excited for all of them.

The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh. The release date for this book is May 3rd, and I'm so excited.

The Winds of Winter by George R. R. Martin. Honestly, this doesn't even have a release date yet. I will not lose hope, and I want this to come out before season six of Game of Thrones, which is out in April.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. I can't even explain how excited I am for this book. A Court of Thorns and Roses was one of my favourites this year, and one of my all time favourites. I can't wait to see where the story takes us. We don't have a specific release date yet, but it will come out in May.

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. This comes out January 5th. I don't know a lot about this book, but I keep hearing everyone talk about it, and they are really looking forward to it, and therefore I am too.

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. This also comes out on January 5th, and I don't know a lot about this one either. The premise seems really cool though, and I hope the book doesn't disappoint.

I'll See You In Paris by Michelle Gable. This is out February 9th. I already have an arc of it, that I got through NetGalley, but I haven't been able to get to it yet. This isn't a genre I usually read, but I've learned that I always tend to enjoy genres I'm not used to a lot more than I think, and therefore I want to give this book a chance.

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel- This is out April 26th, and I also have an adc of this through NetGalley. This is written like an interview, and I don't think I've ever read a book that's written like that. I'm really excited, and I hope I get to it really soon.

Finding Hope by Colleen Nelson. This comes out March 19th, and is the third and final book on this list that I have an arc of, again through NetGalley. I don't really know a lot of what it's about, but again, I'm really excited to read it.

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp. The release date for this book is January 5th. My friend told me about this book, and she was really looking forward to it, and it seems like a book I will really like as well. All I know is that this takes place during a school shooting, and I don't really want to know anymore. I prefer to go into books knowing as little as possible, that way I don't have any expectations.

The Shadow Queen by C. J. Redwine. This comes out Februrary 16th. From what I've gathered, this is a retelling of Snow White. 2015 seemed like a big year for retellings, and I loved it. So I hope we get lots of them in 2016 as well.

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury. This comes out February 23rd. This is also a fairytale retelling, but Aladdin this time. I'm really excited about this, because I love Aladdin so much. It's one of my favourite movies, and I just can't wait to read this.

Starflight by Melissa Landers. This comes out February 2nd. Again, a book I really don't know a lot about, but the cover is so beautiful. 

So, I have actually have a few more than 10 on my list today, but that's okay. There are just so many good books coming out next year!

What books are you looking forward to?

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I Read In 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

The first books I'm going to mention on this list is, of course, the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. I started reading the first book at the beginning of the year, and I fell completely in love.

The second book on the list is A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnson. I got an arc through NetGall
ey, and I fell in love with it.

The third book, Coal River, is quite a recent read. It's written by Ellen Marie Wiseman, and I got this through NetGalley as well. I think it's my first proper historical-fiction, and I absolutely loved it.

The A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin deserves a spot on this list. I've only read the first four books, but they are all so good that I know I'm going to enjoy the rest of the series as well. And I'm SO excited for season six of Game of Thrones, it's going to be amazing.

No surprise here, Sarah J. Maas managed to get another spot on this list. I remember reading A Court of Thorns and Roses whilst in Miami this summer, and it's one of my all time favourites. I need A Court of Mist and Fury as soon as possible.

Library of Souls needs a place on this list as well. The Miss Pregrine's Peculiar Children trilogy is oneof my favourites, and this was such a good conclusion. Ransom Riggs is such a talented author, and I can't wait to read more books by him.

I read a couple Sarah Dessen books this year. I never think I'm going to enjoy them, but I always do. My favourite this time was Dreamland, which I listened to on audiobook. This is a bit darker than the other books by her that I've read, but I really enjoy that.

Again, this is not just one book, but a series. The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan. I read the entire series in 2015, and I found them just as good as the Percy Jackson series. I'm so sad that I haven't gotten to the Gods of Asgard yet, because I know I'll enjoy it.

Not a series, but not a single book, The Archived duology is the next on this list. It's written by Victoria Schwab, and I didn't really have high expectations for this, but they are so amazing.

Lastly, we have Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. This was one of the first books I read in 2015, and again, a beautiful conclusion to a trilogy.

If you want to read my reviews for any of the books I mentioned on this list, check out my review page, where I link all of the reviews I've written.

What was your absolute favourite book in 2015?

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: New-To-Me Favorite Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten New-To-Me Favorite Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015 is the topic this week. I don't have ten authors to list this week, because I didn't really read that many new authors this year, at least not authors I count as new favorites.

George R. R. Martin
This may be a surprise to some of you, but Sarah J. Maas is at the top of this list. I didn't discover Sarah until this year, though I did read Throne of Glass back in January. I've read all of her books this year, and she is definitely one of my favorites. And she's s sweet and funny as well!

Ellen Marie Wiseman is the second person on this list, though I've only read one books by her, and I actually read it in November. Coal River by her was so amazing, I automatically wanted to read all of her other books, and therefore she has earned her spot on this list.

Even though I've read half of A Game of Thrones in 2012, I'm going to mention George R. R Martin on this list. This year, I read the first four books in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, and I have the fifth one, ready to be read. He's writing style is so amazing, and everything that happens in the books are so thoroughly thought through, it's unbelievable.

Renee Ahdieh is the fourth author on this list, even though I've only read The Wrath and the Dawn. I'm not completely sure if she's a favourite yet, but she has the potential. 

I absolutely loved Graceling by Kristin Cashore, and that secured her spot on this list. Though I've only read one of her books, I am currently reading Fire by her as well, and it's so great so far. 

Last, but not least, we have Victoria Schwab. I read The Archived duology this year and I loved it. A Darker Shade of Magic is high on my wishlist because of them!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Review: Mockingjay

Title: Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3)
Author: Suzanne Collins
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Year published: 2010
How I got this book: Don't remember
My rating: 5 stars

Goodreads synopsis:

My name is Katniss Everdeen.
Why am I not dead?
I should be dead.

Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale as escaped. Katniss's family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol.District 12 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a had in the carefully laid plans -- except Katniss.

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss's willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels' Mockingjay -- no matter what the personal cost.

My thoughts:

I know that a lot of people don't really like this book, but it's actually my favourite in the series. As much as I love the arenas and the games, I find this a lot more interesting. The aftermath of everything. 

It's definitely a bit on the slower side the firt third of the book, but that picks up. And slow doesn't mean bad, because there's a lot of important stuff going on. I love that we don't really know whose side to be on, because Katniss is unsure. 

Again, we meet so many new, interesting characters in this book as well. We get to learn so much about District 13, and the Capitol. I don't even know what to say about his, because I don't want to spoil anything. But I can say one thing for sure, I had a blast, reading this.

A lot of people hated the ending of this book, don't worry I won't spoil it, but I actually liked it. To me, it made sense. And I don't usually pick teams in love triangles, because I feel like the author decides, and then I'm just okay with that.

If you haven't read this trilogy, first of all, why are you reading this review? Second, why are you not going to pick it up right now? It's an amazing series that I think everyone should read, or at least give it a shot. To me, this is on the top of my list with Harry Potter. I can't even decide which I love more, because they are both so close to my heart.

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

November Wrap up

I still can't believe it's December already. 2015 is almost over, and 2016 is soon here.

I read 6 books and 1 novella in November, and I don't know how happy I am with that. The books I did read I really enjoyed, so I'm not going to complain too much.

In addition to these 6 books, I also read the novella Karen's Christmas, which got 5 stars.
All three books in the Hunger Games series got 5 stars from me. They have their flaws, but I just love them so much.
Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen got 3 stars. It's actually a play, and it was okay, but not something I'll read again.
Magonia got 5 stars from me as well, and so did Coal River

I hope you all had a good reading month, and that December will bring lots of amazing adventures.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Novels I'm Looking Forward To

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week is supposed to be 2016 Debut Novels I'm Looking Forward To, but I had to ignore the debut part. I honestly couldn't think of that many, so I'm just going with novels.

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) and Untitled (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas are at the top of this list. I want both book in my hands now, or at least both titles and covers...

The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh. I loved The Wrath and the Dawn, and I'm super excited about how the story will unfold!

The Winds of Winter by George R. R. Martin. I haven't read A Dance With Dragons yet, but I'm in love with this series. And to be honest, I'm not completely sure if this is coming out in 2016. I have read that the next season of the tv-show is being pushed back, and a lot of people think that's because the book is being published first. If that's the case, this should be out quite early in 2016!

I don't have anything to say about the rest of the books, except that I'm excited to read them, so I'll just give you the list!

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard.

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel.

I'll See You In Paris by Michelle Gable.

Finding Hope by Colleen Nelson.

The Memory Jar by Elissa Janine Hole.

Which books are you looking forward to? Any debut novels?