Book series I want to finish! 2016

1) Graduation Day – Joelle Charbonneau

  
2) Half Lost – Sally Green

  
3) The Evolution of Mara Dyer and The Retribution of Mara Dyer – Michelle Hodkin.

  
4) Queen of Shadows – Sarah J. Maas 

  
5) Winter – Marissa Meyer

  
6) Siege and Storm & Ruin and Rising – Leigh Bardugo.

  
7) City of Lost Souls and City of Heavinly Fire. 

  
8) Clockwork Prince & Clockwork Princess – Cassandra Clare

  
9) World After & End of Days -Susan Ee

  
10) Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise, Spirit Bound & Last Sacrifice – Richelle Mead.

  
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December Book Haul

14 New Books! 

  
1) Bloodlines – Richelle Mead

2) Golden Lilly – Richelle Mead 

  
3) A Thousand Pieces of You -Claudia Gray 

4) Ten Thousand Skies Above – Claudia Gray

  
5) Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon

  
6) The Christmas Books – Charles Dickens 

  
7) The Age of Miracles – Karen Thompson Walker 

  
8) Clockwork Prince – Cassandra Clare 

9) Clockwork Princess – Cassandra Clare 

10) The Shadowhunters Codex – Cassandra Clare 

  
11) Siege and Storm – Leigh Bardugo

12) Ruin and Rising – Leigh Bardugo 

  
13) The Coldest Girl in Coldtown – Holly Black

14) Magisterium, The Iron Trial – Holly Black & Cassandra Clare 

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The Assassins Curse – Cassandra Rose Clarke 

  
Synopsis – 

Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to another pirate clan. But that only prompts the scorned clan to send an assassin after her. When Ananna faces him down one night, armed with magic she doesn’t really know how to use, she accidentally activates a curse binding them together. 

To break the spell, Ananna and the assassin must complete three impossible tasks–all while grappling with evil wizards, floating islands, haughty manticores, runaway nobility, strange magic…and the growing romantic tension between them.
Goodreads rating  – 3,74/5 stars

Review – 

Ananna is a pirate, born and raised on the sea with a pirates personality through and through. Her sword fighting, stealing and snarky attitude help her achieve her dreams. She wants to travel to distant lands on her own ship with her own crew but her family wants to marry her off as she is but a woman, therefore not entitled to her own ship. She takes the plunge and runs away from one situation into another one. Assasins, witches akd curses loom over her. The plot of this book was amazing and, Ananna was an awesome protagonist. She was badass and stubborn but not in the least bit annoying. 

Naji’s is the assasin sent after her but due to the curse his destiny changes.All covered in blood magic, scars and tattoos, he is your typical bad boy.Enemies become allies, if only to survive and eventually go there seperate ways. I loved the change from them being enemies, to frenemies and then almost friends. Their is no ridiculous inst- love or anything of the sort. I was able to relate to the characters because they weren’t perfect, and despite the magic within the novel, it was fairly realistic… The relationship between the characters.  

Great book, I cant wait to read the next one! 

Rating – 4/5 stars 

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Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon

  
Synopsis – 

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster. 
Goodreads rating – 4,02/5 stars 

Review – 

The plot sounds awesome and I did like the book but it was the same as every other contempory book I have read. Two troubled teens meet, chat and fall in love.  It seems very unrealistic though because in my mind a girl like Maddy would be so frsutrated and angsty but she doesn’t care. She spends all her time with her mother and even when her mother is being mean anf selfish, Madeline just brushes it off and forgives her… 

I felt nothing for our poor sick character which was frustrating because I knew that I was supposed to. She was so boring and she kept forgiving her mother even when she was being a cow…. It is a fun read, If not a little frustrating at times. The end is rushed and the plot twist wasn’t really shocking. 

It’s the kind of book you would sit down and read in a day just for fun. I won’t re-read it but i’m glad I read it. The romance is cute and there is a ” happily ever after”. 

Rating – 3,5 stars 

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Top 5 Auto – Buy Authors

Cassandra Clare’s writing is magical and the shadow hunter world that she created is going to be something that will be remembered and loved for years to come. I am eager to read anything and everything that she writes! 

2. 

Sarah J Maas is yet another author who was able to create an amazing world and characters that jump of the page and seem scarily realistic. I am yet to read A Court of Thorns and Roses but I can say that with the Throne of Glass Series the books get better and better ( and bigger…) with each one. 

3. 

Jennifer L. Armentrout is a legend when it comes to creating loveable male characters! She is great at world building and just an overall literary goddess in my opinion and I am happy to say that I still have a lot to read of her books and I shall savour every moment.

4. 

Marissa Meyer has not disappointed me yet! I haven’t read Winter yet but the rest of this series is incredible and certainly some of the best books that I have read this year. I look forward to Stars Above coming out soon and any future books that Marissa Meyer releases.

5. 

Libba Bray wrote an incredible book, The Diviners, which I read and fell in love with. The plot, Characters, writing, setting and simply everything was perfect. I know that she has Written many books and that I shouldn’t judge her based on one book, but hey… I loved it. I will starting Lair of Dreams a the start of 2016 and I have already ordered the Gemma Doyle trilogy which is at the top of my TBR. 

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Heir of Fire – Sarah J. Maas

Synopsis – 

She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.

Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth…a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever.

Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.

The king’s assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Crown of Midnight.

Goodreads Rating – 4,59/5 stars

Review – * Contains Spoilers*

I don’t know where to start with this review because we are talking about a book with almost 600 pages of pure awesomeness and perfection!

After the first two books you may think that you know Celaena, the kickass assassin who became the kings champion through death and destruction with the help of her friends. The truth however is that you don’t know how she came to be this badass assassin. Within this book she starts attacking herself because she blames herself for so many deaths and we finally find out her history and how she came to be an assassin. Eventually, with the help of Rowan, a Fae prince, Celaena lets her walls down and accepts her past allowing her to embrace the pain, regret and self-loathing she kept hidden for many years.


Rowan, the new addition to this series is a kickass Fae Prince that is told to train Celaena and get her to master her magic and ability to shift.  He is protective and caring, but lethal when it comes to his enemies. Rowan doesn’t take snark or sarcasm from anyone which was awesome because he was able to show Celaena that she isn’t all that mighty and he really helped her character grow from a hot headed teen girl to a mature woman, ready to accept her mistakes and protect her people. They do eventually develop a friendship which was important as Celaena needed a friend to support her through her memories and acceptance. 

Another addition to the series is Aedion Ashryver, Celaena’s cousin. Aedion comes across as daring, clever, manipulative and self – centered … At least until he hears about Celaena. He is set on killing the King of Adarlan, and seeing his true queen on the throne and magic restored. He partners up with Dorian and Chaol which are both ” minor characters in this book as Chaol simply aids `Aedion and Dorian seems to be going through some sort of Identity crisis and is enjoying himself with his new love interest. 


Lastly we were introduced to more witches! Remeber Baba Yellowlegs? Well, say hello to Manon Blackbeak, heir of her coven ( the Blackbeaks… shocking right?) of the Ironteeth witches and leader of the Thirteen. ( Actually don’t say anything to her because she will probably rip your throat out with her Iron teeth)…  The witches are part of the Kings plan and they fight to see who will become Wing Leader and lead all of the covens. Manon is cruel and bloodthirsty but she wasn’t exactly a villain because even though she was aggressive, I didn’t hate her. The way she treated her Wyvern showed me that there’s a chance she has a heart and soul, contrary to her grandmothers words and that she may not want the life she has been given.

Rating – 5/5 Stars

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Crown of Midnight – Sarah J. Maas

Synopsis – 

“A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

Goodreads Rating – 4,52/5 stars 

Review – *Minor Spoilers*

I think that Throne of Glass is an excellent book, but Crown of Midnight was much better. Throne of Glass introduced that magical world and characters that we will learn to love and hate. In Crown of Midnight we start to see the darker sides of some characters, plot twists, cliffhangers and more mysteries come to the surface. 

This book took me on such an emotional roller coaster. I laughed, cried and threw the book across the room at times only to run to it and continue reading ( I’m not completely crazy…) 

Celaena is an amazing character who did annoy me at times with her childishness and naivety but as the book progresses she matures and will probably continue to mature as the series progresses. Chaol and Dorian are both awesome and I love them but I do prefer Chaol with Celaena just because Dorian seem to sweet and innocent ( think of a Lamb) and Celaena needs someone who will stand by her side and fight for what is right. 

The death in this book broke my heart into many little pieces and I really did not see it coming even if I did see the final cliffhanger revelation from the start of the book. If you have not started this series yet or if you didn’t like the first book and don’t want to continue, I urge you to read this because each book gets better and better. I would keep reading just so that I can finally see the King of Adarlan die because he deserves it. Plus Celaena is badass!

My rating –  4,5/5 stars

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The Isle of the Lost – Melissa de la Cruz

Goodreads Synopsis – 

Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the kingdom of Auradon and made to live in virtual imprisonment on the Isle of the Lost. The island is surrounded by a magical force field that keeps the villains and their descendants safely locked up and away from the mainland. Life on the island is dark and dreary. It is a dirty, decrepit place that’s been left to rot and forgotten by the world.

But hidden in the mysterious Forbidden Fortress is a dragon’s eye: the key to true darkness and the villains’ only hope of escape. Only the cleverest, evilest, nastiest little villain can find it…who will it be?

Maleficent, Mistress of the Dark: As the self-proclaimed ruler of the isle, Maleficent has no tolerance for anything less than pure evil. She has little time for her subjects, who have still not mastered life without magic. Her only concern is getting off the Isle of the Lost.

Mal: At sixteen, Maleficent’s daughter is the most talented student at Dragon Hall, best known for her evil schemes. And when she hears about the dragon’s eye, Mal thinks this could be her chance to prove herself as the cruelest of them all.

Evie: Having been castle-schooled for years, Evil Queen’s daughter, Evie, doesn’t know the ins and outs of Dragon Hall. But she’s a quick study, especially after she falls for one too many of Mal’s little tricks.

Jay: As the son of Jafar, Jay is a boy of many talents: stealing and lying to name a few. Jay and Mal have been frenemies forever and he’s not about to miss out on the hunt for the dragon’s eye.

Carlos: Cruella de Vil’s son may not be bravest, but he’s certainly clever. Carlos’s inventions may be the missing piece in locating the dragon’s eye and ending the banishment for good.

Mal soon learns from her mother that the dragon’s eye is cursed and whoever retrieves it will be knocked into a deep sleep for a thousand years. But Mal has a plan to capture it. She’ll just need a little help from her “friends.” In their quest for the dragon’s eye, these kids begin to realize that just because you come from an evil family tree, being good ain’t so bad.

Goodreads Rating – 3,90 stars 

Review – 

Disney fairy tales with all those happy-ever-afters play a big part in childhood, but have any of you ever wondered what happened to all those evil characters that did not end up with a happily ever after? This book tells you that just because your parents made mistakes, doesn’t mean the kids will and that in their own way the “good” can be cruel by stereotyping. 

Maleficent, Evil Queen, Jafar and Cruella de Vil all have children that are sent on this quest to retrieve the Dragon eye. Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay are all suffering from an identity crisis, as they do not want to disappoint their parents, but are not sure that they want to be evil. The responsibility falls onto Maleficent’s talented daughter Mal (short for Maleficent, but needs to prove her worth of the name) to whisk away that Dragon’s Eye and get everyone of the island.

The book sounds great, and it is pretty good but seems a little childish. I read it in a day, and thought that it was ok. It was relatable but not much happened. The action was only in the last 50 pages and that was the only interesting part. The rest of it was us getting to know the characters, which was fine but a little dragged out. The blurb synopsis is too long and basically explains the whole book and leaves nothing new to find out. I would probably recommend this to younger readers 12 – 15.

Rating – 3,5/stars

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Obsidian – Jennifer L. Armentrout

Goodreads Synopsis –

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

Goodreads Rating  – 4,26/5 stars

Review –

I liked this book. It had a great plot line and I would give 5 stars to that alone, however the book did have a couple of faults in my opinion, for example the characters and the way they acted reminded me of Twilight. I don’t have anything strongly against Twilight, it’s just the fact that that ship has sailed so I was expecting something quirky and original. I loved J.L. Armentrout’s Dark Elements trilogy , due to her unique humour and witty sarcasm, but didn’t see much of it in this book.

I finally picked up this book because everyone was talking about it… correction, they were talking about Daemon Black. The brooding sexy next door neighbour of our protagonist. He was a good character if not extremely frustrating at times. His sister Dee was portrayed really well, and was such a likeable character that I was able to connect with her within the first couple of chapters.

J.L.Armentrout seems to be very good at portraying her Main characters as people who have experienced the loss of a parent(s). It comes across fairly often and seems to balance out the novel with it’s mixture of humour, teenage mischief and the supernatural.

The Main Character, Kat, seemed to annoy me at times because as we see oh so very often… the main character is a confused little girl who doesn’t know what she wants and seems to be thrust into a situation that she is not ready to handle and ends up with everyone bending over backwards to protect her, whilst she is still trying to figure out whether she wants to kiss Daemon or kill him.

Not the best book, but it is good and I would recommend it to everyone! unless you really hate Twilight…

My Rating – 3,5/ 5 stars

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Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins

Goodreads Synopsis – 

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

Goodreads Rating  – 4,10/5 stars

My Review – 

Many people start this book believing that it will be just another insta – love book with cheesy teen characters that have a perfect life and that everything is always easy and unrealistic for them. It is a cheesy book, but the romance is real. I mean this in the sense that the characters Anna and St Clair meet and a friendship blossoms. 

St Clair is the brooding type that has a creative mind and comes across as a little rude at times but overall is a very well developed character as you can really sink into his mind and feel his emotions and understand his thoughts. Anna annoyed me at times because she was handed everything on a silver platter yet she was never fully happy, even when everyone else around her was. 

This is a good easy read that one might read whilst lounging on the beach or curled up by the christmas fire. It is not an excellent book because it is fairly generic and sometimes the characters acted so stupid, but the truth of the matter is that teenagers often act stupid, so it is to be expected. 

My Rating  – 3,5 stars 

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