The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden

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  • My rating: 4/5 stars
  • Genre: fantasy, historical
  • Expected release: 1/9/19
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In the stunning conclusion to the bestselling Winternight Trilogy, following The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower, Vasya returns to save Russia and the spirit realm, battling enemies both mortal and magic.

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Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

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Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders… but her father isn’t a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife’s dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty–until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers’ pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed–and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold.

But having the reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble than it’s worth–especially when her fate becomes tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of her reputation and wants to exploit it for reasons Miryem cannot understand.

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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

Hello everyone! Recently I’ve only been posting reviews, so I thought I’d find a tag that I could do–I haven’t been reading as much this year, so it was a little difficult to find one that I could find applicable books for. I ended up choosing this one, which I originally found on Two Book Thieves’ blog (see their post).  Also, just a disclaimer, these are books that I’ve read in 2018, but it doesn’t necessarily mean they were released this year.

  1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2018?

I’ve read so many good books this year! I think one of my favorites is The Golem and the Jinni. Surprisingly, it’s not YA, but it was an excellent fantasy novel that ties itself up perfectly, although I think there will be a sequel.

 

 

 

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018?

Looking at my Goodreads reading challenge, I see that most books I’ve read this year are actually the first in the series…so almost by default this one has to go to A Reaper at the Gates. Key word is almost…because I probably would have picked this one even if I had read many other sequels. Ms. Tahir never fails to deliver on an epic story. It was bone-chilling and tense and beautiful. I cannot wait for the next one. (Although I am disappointed about the mid-series cover changes. bleh.)

 

 

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to? 

Okay so this one came out a while ago, but I still haven’t gotten around to it yet. I absolutely adored the first novel, Wintersong, and I’ve heard that this one does not disappoint.

 

 

 

 

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of 2018?

Screen Shot 2018-07-09 at 10.12.48 AM.pngThis one’s a no-brainer. I’ve been following these books since I was 12 years old and no one had ever heard of Sarah J Maas. Ever since I picked up Throne of Glass I’ve been hooked. Every year I re-read the series and waited anxiously for the next one to come out…and this is the last year that I get to do that. I have grown up with Celaena and this series will always have a piece of my heart.

 

 

5. Biggest disappointment?

Marissa Meyer has always been one of my all-time favorite authors, but recently with Heartless and now Renegades, I have to say that I’m losing faith…

 

 

 

6. Biggest surprise? 

I’m taking this to mean the biggest pleasant surprise, though I had some unpleasant ones too. This one goes to Assassin’s Heart. It didn’t get great reviews, but I was seriously blown away by this book. It was completely different than the usual YA assassin novel, which have been popping up everywhere ever since ToG, and I finished it in about one sitting. Its characters are unique and captivating and the premise dragged me in from the first page. I loved it!

 

 

 

7. Favorite new author?

I’ve read the first two books of the Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden this year, and I am absolutely in love with her writing.

 

 

 

8. Newest fictional crush?

For this one I’m going with Simon from Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Yes. I know he’s gay. But he’s really adorable and I’m still allowed to have a crush on him. It’s probably due to the fact that he’s played by my love Nick Robinson…

 

 

 

9.  Newest favorite character?

For this one I’m choosing Elisa from The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson. I absolutely love Elisa’s evolution of self-love and acceptance in this story. I can personally relate to her struggle and I can honestly say that I learned so much from her.

 

 

 

10 . Book that made you cry?

I haven’t bawled this year because of a book, but A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape from North Korea definitely made me tear up. It is a brutal memoir that doesn’t flinch from the horrors of North Korea, and it is a chilling read that opened my eyes to the extent of suffering and inhumane treatment that is occurring.

 

 

 

 

11. Book that made you happy?

Geekerella is a light-hearted, adorable read that I could 100% relate to. 10/10 would recommend.

 

 

 

 

 

12. Favorite book to movie adaptation you’ve seen this year?

The Swedish version, NOT the American one. Excellent book and excellent movie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

13. Favorite review you’ve written this year?

Okay. So I actually wrote this review on December 31st last year…but I really want to include it since I love this book. You can read my review here.

 

 

 

 

 

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year?

This one hands-down goes to The Gallery. While it wasn’t the most well-written, the cover is a beautiful work of art. Also, shoutout to Bookoutlet.com for having all of these beautiful books for super cheap.

 

 

 

 

 

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year? 

These are just a few I’m looking forward to reading. A couple have already come out but I haven’t read them.

Thank you so much for reading! I really enjoyed doing this tag, it’s been a while since I did anything other than a review. I tag anyone who wants to do this–I would love to see your version of the tag. Feel free to leave a link in the comments or just tell me what you would have answered. Do you have the same answers? Or do you disagree with some? Let me know 🙂

Happy reading,

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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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  • Review type: Spoiler-free
  • 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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A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

  • My rating: 4.25/5 stars
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  • Pages: hardcover, 452
  • Publisher: Razorbill
  • Release Date: August 30, 2016

I’m so conflicted right now…wow is all I can say. This book made me want to rip my hair out and scream and cry because Sabaa Tahir has no mercy.

Warning: this will have minor spoilers for An Ember in the Ashes. There will also be a spoiler section for this book because I can’t help but rant about it.

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Bookish Book Lover Tag

Hi everyone! I hope this post finds you well. I just started school and it’s already insanely stressful, which is mostly my fault for taking four AP classes, but oh well. I had several hours of homework today (it’s only day 2. This is going to be a fantastic year), so my posting might get cut down a little.

Anyway, today’s tag was created by Shantelle Maryh (such a pretty name). Thank you to Pierina for tagging me!

Rules:

  • Use the banner
  • Answer the questions
  • Use lots of book covers
  • Tag your friends

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Fantasy Lover and Proud Tag

Hello everyone! I recently reached 50 followers! It isn’t a huge number but I just wanted you all to know that I’m grateful for each and every one of you. Thank you.

Okay, so in celebration I wanted to start a new tag that’s all about my favorite genre: fantasy. Urban, high, low, historical, epic, paranormal, romantic, young adult-you name it, I love it.

All I ask is that you answer the six questions/scenarios I’ve compiled about your favorite fantasy books. Feel free to modify/change the questions slightly to fit your needs. Also, I completely understand that bloggers are busy people. Don’t worry about doing all of the questions!

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Waiting on Wednesday: A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

Happy Wednesday! WOW is a weekly post created by Breaking the Spine to talk about anticipated releases. This month, as well as September, have some super-awesome releases in store. I did Empire of Storms last week, so my next most-anticipated is the sequel to the very cliffhangery novel, An Ember in the Ashes, which is A Torch Against the Night.

A struggle that I’m sure many of you have experienced is completely forgetting literally everything that happened in the first book of the series, especially when there’s a year-long hiatus until the sequel.

PROTIP: I’ve found the awesomest website ever for recaps. It’s called Book Series Recaps, and they have a ton of popular YA book summaries on there. Go check them out–its blogs like these that make the book world a better place.

Here is the recap for An Ember in the Ashes, for those of you who need it. I remember that it was well-written and that there was a very swoon-worthy guy, but that’s about it. Don’t ask me for names.

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