The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler

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  • My rating: 4 Stars91A8+mFtlxL
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  • Pages: 339 Pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
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A sweeping and captivating debut novel about a young librarian who is sent a mysterious old book, inscribed with his grandmother’s name. What is the book’s connection to his family?

Simon Watson, a young librarian, lives alone on the Long Island Sound in his family home, a house perched on the edge of a cliff that is slowly crumbling into the sea. His parents are long dead, his mother having drowned in the water his house overlooks.

One day, Simon receives a mysterious book from an antiquarian bookseller; it has been sent to him because it is inscribed with the name Verona Bonn, Simon’s grandmother. Simon must unlock the mysteries of the book, and decode his family history, before fate deals its next deadly hand.

The Book of Speculation is Erika Swyler’s gorgeous and moving debut, a wondrous novel about the power of books, family, and magic.

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Euphoria by Lily King

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  • My rating: 3 StarsEuphoria by Lily King cover
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  • Pages: 261 Hardcover
  • Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
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Inspired by the true story of a woman who changed the way we understand our world.

In 1933 three young, gifted anthropologists are thrown together in the jungle of New Guinea. They are Nell Stone, fascinating, magnetic and famous for her controversial work studying South Pacific tribes, her intelligent and aggressive husband Fen, and Andrew Bankson, who stumbles into the lives of this strange couple and becomes totally enthralled. Within months the trio are producing their best ever work, but soon a firestorm of fierce love and jealousy begins to burn out of control, threatening their bonds, their careers, and, ultimately, their lives…

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My hiatus is over! (After one more short hiatus)

Hey guys, so I’ve been missing for… a while now.  I’ve still been reading, but at a much slower pace than I’d like to. AP exams are coming up, along with finals, and then there are the dreaded college applications. I’m reaching the end of my junior year, so universities and general existential crises are major concerns.

Its scary!

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University of Washington

 

A year from now, I’ll be packing my bags to move to a city where I don’t know anyone at a completely brand new academic environment. It’s so terrifying to think about life away from my parents, but it’s also very exciting. I’m definitely a homebody, so the transition will be pretty rough, but I’m eager to see where life will take me. So far, I’ve been looking at schools with strong art programs (hopefully I’ll go into a sensible direction and not become a starving artist) with a lot of other options. I don’t want to be trapped in the art department if I realize that it’s not for me. So far, my favorite schools have been Washington University (St. Louis) and University of Washington (Seattle). The campuses have been unexpextedly beautiful. It’ll be like living at Hogwarts!

That being said, I do want to focus more on my blog and on reading starting mid-May. All of my AP exams will be done at that time, so a few of my classes will be blessedly DONE. That’s also when I’ll be taking the SAT (please pray for me), so after that I’ll have very little to worry about until school starts again in the fall and I have to deal with college applications.

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The UDub library *gasp*

Well, there’s my really long excuse for being missing! I hope you all have been doing well and reading good books. Which ones have been your favorite this year?

Mine definitely have to include A Crown of Wishes by Rokshani Chokshi and Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones. Both of them are high fantasy (and a bit odd), but they are extremely unique. They are both heavy on the romance but I really enjoyed  the way they were written. I’ll probably have full reviews for both coming (maybe) sometime soon.

 

 

The Last One by Alexandra Olivia

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  • My rating: 3 Stars27245997
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  • Pages: 304 Hardcover
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books
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Survival is the name of the game as the line blurs between reality TV and reality itself in Alexandra Oliva’s fast-paced novel of suspense.

She wanted an adventure. She never imagined it would go this far.

It begins with a reality TV show. Twelve contestants are sent into the woods to face challenges that will test the limits of their endurance. While they are out there, something terrible happens—but how widespread is the destruction, and has it occurred naturally or is it human-made? Cut off from society, the contestants know nothing of it. When one of them—a young woman the show’s producers call Zoo—stumbles across the devastation, she can imagine only that it is part of the game.

Alone and disoriented, Zoo is heavy with doubt regarding the life—and husband—she left behind, but she refuses to quit. Staggering countless miles across unfamiliar territory, Zoo must summon all her survival skills—and learn new ones as she goes.

But as her emotional and physical reserves dwindle, she grasps that the real world might have been altered in terrifying ways—and her ability to parse the charade will be either her triumph or her undoing.

Sophisticated and provocative, The Last One is a novel that forces us to confront the role that media plays in our perception of what is real: how readily we cast our judgments, how easily we are manipulated.

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The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

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  • My rating: 4.25/5 stars
  • Series: The Raven Cycle #4
  • Published: Scholastic Press, April 26th 2016
  • Pages: 439, Hardcover
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For years, Gansey has been on a quest to find a lost king. One by one, he’s drawn others into this quest: Ronan, who steals from dreams; Adam, whose life is no longer his own; Noah, whose life is no longer a lie; and Blue, who loves Gansey… and is certain she is destined to kill him.

Now the endgame has begun. Dreams and nightmares are converging. Love and loss are inseparable. And the quest refuses to be pinned to a path.

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September Wrap-Up

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Well, another month gone. I can’t believe that it’s October already, although it doesn’t feel like it because the high here is still about 90 degrees (not exaggerating).

 

This was definitely a slow reading/blogging month for me, as I was adjusting to school, getting my license (16, whoop!), and planning parties. Overall, I read a measly six books. I’m definitely going to have to make up for this in October. On the bright side, now that I have a car and can drive wherever my heart desires, book-buying is no longer limited to Amazon (smirk intensifies.)

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The Versatile Blogger Award

Hello everyone. I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by Pierina @PierinaReads. Thank you so much, I loved reading your facts!

RULES:

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  • Thank the person that nominated you.
  • Share 7 different facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 9 bloggers of your choosing.
  • Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination.

FACTS:

  1. I cannot for the life of me whistle.
  2. I recently passed my driving test with a whopping 1%.
  3. I (occasionally) actually like math.
  4. My sister bought me a tub of frosting for my birthday because I love it so much.
  5. I value my cat over all else.
  6. I’ve been playing the piano for about 10 years.
  7. I really enjoy drawing.

I TAG:

(If you’ve already been tagged, please feel free to ignore).

Thank you all for reading. Until next time ❤

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

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Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets — thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most. . .including herself.

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The Stone Bearers by Jacque Stevens

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  • My rating: 1/5 Stars
  • Format: E-copy in exchange for an honest review
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  • Price: $13.95 USD, paperback (available for free on Kindle Unlimited)
  • Pages: 336
  • Publisher: Future House Publisher

Fifteen-year-old Ashira just received the worst coming-of-age prophecy imaginable.

After years dreaming of oceans, princes, and fairies, she expected to hear the words that would finally whisk her away from her ordinary desert village. Instead she hears, “you will live a life of no renown.”

Ready to choose her own fate, she discovers a djinni’s bottle and starts making wishes. When the djinni proves uncooperative and annoying, Ashira sets out to the great city of magicians to learn magic and free herself from an uneventful life as a potter’s daughter.

But there is another prophecy being whispered in the shadows. It is said that among the great magicians, there is a demon on the rise with the power to destroy the world. The djinni might be Ashira’s only chance to become someone important, or he just might be the very demon that triggered the dark prophecy.

With the world on the brink of destruction, can Ashira fight her fate and stop the forces that threaten to upset the balance of the universe?

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