Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Most Anticipated Books of February 2017

And welcome to my most anticipated books of February 2017.

Ah, yes, it is indeed I who am writing to you.
I know I haven't been around for a long while... it pains me, but there isn't anything I can do about it.
All I can do is wait and hope to be back ASAP.

In the meantime, however, I swore to myself to always keep the tradition of my most anticipated books post.
And since it's the first week of February, here we go! 😄 

Traveler by L.E. DeLano
Publication date: February 7, 2017

Jessa is a girl just like us - much more interested in imagining other worlds than her own boring one.
But that is all it's ever going to be - imaginary.
That is until one day her favorite character, Finn, shows up and invites her for coffee.

Turns out alternate realities are all too real. Jessa and Finn are both travelers - able to jump from one reality to the other. And Jessa is dying over and over again in every single reality.
Only this time... this Jessa, Finn is determined to make sure survives. 

                                        🛳  🛳  🛳

Woah, this book sounds GOOD.
As in, really good.
I kinda wish me a Finn right now.
I mean, wouldn't it be just great to find out all those characters in your head are actually... real?
That's the dream, huh?

Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza
Publication date: February 7, 2017

Empress of a thousand skies is the story of Rahee, the last surviving heir to a powerful dynasty, and Aly, a fugitive wrongly accused of killing her.
By fate or misfortune, the two of them are thrown together to face off the evil that threatens the galaxy. 

🌘 🌘 🌘

Honestly? This book sounds awesome.
You know me... I'm always in a chase for epic adventures across the galaxy. 


At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson
Publication date: February 7, 2017

Things are going great between Tommy and Ozzie. From best friends to boyfriends, things are good.
And then, one day, Tommy disappears.
Only he doesn't just disappear, he completely ceases to exist. No one remembers him, no one knows who he is or who he was. There is absolutely no proof that he ever existed.
Other that the fact that his boyfriend, Ozzie, still remembers him, and is determined to bring him back. No matter what.

Ozzie soon finds out that the universe is shrinking, and that his only hope to save Tommy might lie with the new student - Calvin.

🗲 🗲 🗲

Now that sounds like a cool premise.
Not many fantasy/sci-fi LGBT YA stories are really out there?
Not many "Oh no, the universe is shrinking!" stories out there either, for that matter.
Consider me very much intrigued. 

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
Publication date: February 7, 2017

Nineteen-year-old Liesel is a musician. But reality is harsh, and she must set her music aside for the sake of running her family's inn.
When are sister, Kathe, is kidnapped by the goblins, Liesel goes after her in hopes of saving her.
There, she meets the goblin king, and makes a bargain with him; her sister's life for her hand in marriage.

Thus begin the dark, seductive, musical journey. 

🏶 🏶 🏶 

Everything from the reviews to the premise makes is sound like a book I'm going to love.
I want to dive into its depth. 

To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough
Publication date: February 7, 2017

Erin Blake seems to be one of those people who are drawn to crimes whether they want to or not.
The first time it happened, Erin was no more than a toddler who had survived for three days by her murdered mother's side.
The second time it happened was 14 years later, when she found the body of her biology teacher.
Erin is certain is has something to do with her mother's unsolved case. All she has to do is solve the case before it's too late. 

🗡  🗡  🗡

I'm not usually the type to read murder-mystery stories.
I'm freaked out easily and so I tend to avoid them. However, there are some I can't deny my interest in and I just have to give them a shot. To Catch a Killer is that kind of story. 

Romeo and What's Her Name by Shani Petroff
Publication date: February 7, 2017

Emily is Juliet's understudy in her school's Shakespeare performance for one reason and one reason alone: to be close to Wes (a.k.s Romeo, a.k.a her crush).
Emily was never meant to play the role, but then Amanda (a.k.s the "real" Juliet) ends up in the hospital, and now Emily must play the role of Juliet - which she knows nothing about - with none other than Wes. 

💔 💔 💔 

I actually got an ARC of this book from NetGalley.

#famous by Jilly Gagnon
Publication date: February 14, 2017

#famous tells the story of a girl, in love with a boy, and accidentally makes boy insta-famous. 

#  #  #

Now, I'm not sure about this one.
The reviews are somewhere between nice to okay.
It could go either way, but there is no denying I'm just a little bit intrigued with the concept of this one. 

The Valiant by Lesley Livingston
Publication date: February 14, 2017

Fallon, the daughter of a Celtic king, has long since dreamed of following in her sister's footsteps and earning her place as a warrior by her father's side.
On the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Fallon is kidnapped and forced into an elite training school for female gladiators. The school is owned by none other than Julius Ceasar himself - the man responsible for her sister's death.
Furthermore, it just may be that he is Fallon's only hope of getting out of this alive. 

    ⚔  ⚔  ⚔ 

Now this book sounds hella cool! I mean... a female gladiator!
It sounds SO GOOD, I'm almost too afraid to pick it up in fear of being disappointed.

Another thing that drew me to this book was the cover. For some reason it just really reminded me of the British TV shows Merlin (the greatest and most epic show ever created, aside perhaps for Doctor Who). 

Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen
Publication date: February 21, 2017

After a family tragedy, Petula de Wilde has shut herself away from the world.
These days, she's scared of mostly everything; crossing the street, a bug bite, you name it.
She may be alive, but she isn't living.
Until one day, in her therapy group, she meets Jacob. The boy has his own shares of problems, but that doesn't stop him from teaming up with Petula on a project that might change both of their lives. 

💀 💀 💀

Just from the synopsis of this book, I can't help but find myself feeling for Petula.
I know how hard it is, being afraid of anything and everything. It makes life hard to navigate. It makes you an outsider. It makes you alone.
So... I want to read Petula's story. 

I also have to mention I'm so very grateful for Netgalley for providing me with an e-ARC of this book.
I have lots and lots of books I need to read, but I'm looking forward to getting on to it! 

The Dragon's Price by Bethany Wiggins
Publication date: February 21, 2017

Sorrow's life is ruled by one choice and one choice alone: marry the barbarian prince, or be sacrificed to the dragon.
For everyone else, the choice seems simple enough.
But Sorrow refuses to allow her destiny to control her for even one more moment. And so, determined in her decision, Sorrow is given to the dragon.
But not all is as it seems, and the barbarian prince she was meant to marry follows her down in hopes of slaying the great beast.
Their fates, only they can shape now. 

👁 👁 👁

Again, I must thank Netgalley for being so amazing and providing me with an e-ARC of The Dragon's Price.
I already read the first chapter and this book looks really good and interesting.
I'll be sure to write about it more once I finished it!

Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas
Publication date: February 21, 2017

Freya is twenty-third in line to the throne and comfortable that way. She was never meant to rule.
When a banquet for the king turns deadly, Freya finds herself on the throne.
She may have escaped the massacre, but this is only the beginning.
Some, don't accept her. Others, want to control her. Some, want to rule in her place. Others, simply want her dead.
In a situation where she cannot trust anyone, what is the only living heir to the throne must do? 

🏙  🏙  🏙 

Long May She Reign sounds like a really interesting story of a young and unprepared queen.
I'm very much hoping to love it. 

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
Publication date: February 28, 2017

Who doesn't love a good pirate story?
There aren't many, and I can never get enough. 
A YA adventure pirate story about a kickass girl going undercover in the middle of the ocean.
Can't wait!

And those are my most anticipated books of February 2017.
Tell me, are you anticipating any of these books as well?
Are there any others you can't wait to read?
Please share your thoughts with me.
As always, I love hearing what you have to say (:

"Skills could be taught, but talent could not."  
-- Wintersong S. Jae-Jones

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Most Anticipated Books of January 2017

It's officially 2017 now!


My wish is for all of us - people I have met and people I have yet to meet - to have a happy, warm, and beautiful year in 2017.
Let us read amazing books, meet amazing people, write amazing stories, and be happy in life.
That's all I could ever wish for (: 

And now... here are 19 of my most anticipated books to open up out year!
It's going to be a great one - I can fee it. 

The Book Jumper by Mechthilds Glaser
Publication date: January 3, 2017

The world will never have enough of books about books coming to life.
Seriously, never. 

This book actually came out in 2015. In Germany.
Yup, this book was originally written in German. And it is now being translated into English. 

Good news, since this book is about a girl - Amy - who is able to jump through stories & I totally want to read it. 

It's actually not my first German-English read.
Two years ago I read - and absolutely loved - the Ruby Red trilogy by Kerstin Gier. Ever since then I'm all for translated books.
There are so many amazing stories out there, and a lot of them are in languages we cannot read. 

And here we have a book that sounds super awesome!
Out of the 5 levels of excitement, I'm definitely on a 4 for this one.

Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano
Publication date: January 3, 2017

I actually received and e-ARC of this book, and I couldn't be more thankful for it. 

Lost Girls intrigued me instantly with its compelling synopsis.

Rachel doesn't remember anything that happened in the past year.
All she remembers is falling asleep as one girl and waking up as a completely different person. Bloodied, in a ditch, and apparently missing. 
The thing is: she was only missing for a few days. Yet she doesn't remember a year.
A year in which she, apparently, became popular. Different. Other. 

What happened to her that past year?
More importantly: what happened to the other girls who went missing? The ones who didn't come back. 

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
Publication date: January 3, 2017

Norah has agoraphobia and OCD. 

This is the first line of the synopsis and that's really all I need to know. 
Mental health is very important to me - personally - and so I always jump at the opportunity to read about it when it's portrayed in books. 

Furthermore, the cover is beautiful, Isn't it?
I love it. 

Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist
Publication date: January 3, 2017

The title alone is both funny and beautiful, isn't it? 

I never read a book about blindness before (the topic always scared me). But this is more of a hopeful story, since the main protagonist is actually able to see for the first time in his life (due to a surgery) and things... well, happen (: 

Sounds like a fun, beautiful story about the true meaning of how we 'see' things.

Whenever I'm With You by Lydia Sharp
Publication date: January 3, 2017

A missing boy.
A road trip into the Alaskan wilderness.
A week that will change everything...

Sounds like a rather interesting story.
I was always intrigued with the concept of twins so there is that, too. 

A YA contemporary with possible romance in the Alaskan wilderness in search of a missing boy.
Yup, sounds interesting. 

Also, the author mentioned in a and fun and cute poem that she was writing this story while listening to "Stand by You" by Rachel Platten.
I love that song! 

When Ash Rains Down by Cecelia Earl
Publication date: January 4, 2017

Now this book sounds really great. 
I want it to be a really great YA fantasy romance angels vs. demons doomsday kind of book.
From the synopsis, it definitely sounds that way. 

The Continent by Keira Drake
Publication date: January 3, 2017

So apparently this book has been getting some very very negative reviews. 
From what I was able to gather, it's about racism issues. 

Now I try to refrain from judging a book before I myself have read it \ given it a try. But... the reviews and comments on Goodreads (from bloggers and people who read the book) are very hard to ignore. 

It wasn't like this when I first heard about the book a few months ago.
I suddenly saw it when I started writing this post.

Nonetheless, I'm going to pick it up and see for myself. 

After note: so... I just checked out the book on my kindle and oh my god, it says the publication date is set to December 1, 2020.
Am I reading this right?
I knew they pushed the publication date due to certain issues but isn't 3 years a little extreme?
Makes one wonder... 

RoseBlood by A.G. Howard
Publication date: January 10, 2017

Of course, I've heard of The Phantom of the Opera. 
Never read nor watched it, though. 

The story, however, is very intriguing. And a modern spin of it sounds fascinating.

But the real reason I'm so interested in this book is the author.
I heard amazing things about her previous books (the Splintered trilogy). That, combined with the super compelling synopsis, is enough to get me interested. 

You Don't Know My Name by Kristen Orlando
Publication date: January 10, 2017

A teenage spy! 
Another trope the world will never have enough of. 

Overall, if the synopsis proves true, this looks to be a super fun read with a kickass protagonist, forbidden romance, and spies!

Frostblood by Elly Blake
Publication date: January 10, 2017

Ruby is a fireblood, able to use the power of heat and flame.
Too bad for her that her world is currently controlled by froosbloods, seeking to eliminate her kind.

After her mother's death, Ruby seeks vengeance.
Instead, she finds a rebellion in need of her powers, an infuriating (yet irresistible) love interest, and a deadly tournament. 

You know... I don't think I'll ever get tired of this classic tale of YA fantasy (:
It always finds new ways to surprise me.
I'm hoping Frostblood will too. 

After note: so there seems to be a small change with the publication date because according to my kindle it comes out on January 12th and not January 10th. 

The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova
Publication date: January 10, 2017

I wasn't sold on this book by its strange cover.
Nor by its utterly confusing synopsis. 
No, it was the super positive reviews.

As strange and confusing as this book sounds (I'm honestly not even sure what's it about), I was hooked by the reviews.

And so I'm going to read it. And hopefully understand it, too. 

Poison's Kiss by Breeana Shields
Publication date: January 10, 2017

A teenage assassin who possesses a poisonous kiss?
Very interesting.

She kills for them.
That is, until she's ordered to kill the boy she loves. 

And apparently, it centers around Indian folklore.

Am I reading this?
Of course I'm reading this.

A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
Publication date: January 12, 2017

Ever since watching the show Switched at Birth (highly recommended, by the way), I became immensely more intrigued with topics surrounding deafness and other physical disabilities. 

I admit, most of my focus is around mental disabilities.
It's not to say I don't feel for the physical ones as well. 

Recently, I started to see more and more of it. Like the TV shows Switched at Birth (again, highly recommended). And the book The Call.
And now this book - A Quite Kind of Thunder. 

Seffi is mute, but she has so much to say.
Rhys is deaf, but he's a great listener.
This is their story. 

Cursed by Jessica Sorensen
Publication date: January 16, 2017

On the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Remi finds out she's a reaper. 
She struggles with her curse, a charming yet dangerous grim reaper named Cameron, and with the notions of good vs. evil. 

Sounds awesome to me. 

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
Publication date: January 17, 2017

Veronica Roth is still a sore subject to me.
For those of you who read the Divergent trilogy... you know what I'm talking about.
For those of you who haven't... a friendly warning: stop at book 2 and pretend the 3rd one doesn't exist. Just saying. 

I'm not angry anymore. But I still feel betrayed.
Ever since a certain moment, I started mistrusting authors. 

I didn't want to read this book.
I didn't want to love this book.
But life isn't about what you want, but what you need.
And apparently, I need this book in my life.
Because the moment I finished reading the excerpt, I was all the way in. 

You've got me good Veronica Roth.
Just like you got me with Divergent. 

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
Publication date: January 17, 2017

I heard fantastic things about Adam Silvera's first novel, More Happy Than Not, and this one is getting amazing reviews as well. 

It's LGBT + mental illness + YA coming of age. 
I admit that I don't get to read many books like that.
All the more reason why I'm so excited about it. 

City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson
Publication date: January 24, 2017

A YA murder mystery set in Kenya!
I mean... how could I not read it? 

You probably don't know but I became very much obsessed with YA thrillers ever since discovering Jennifer Lynn Barnes' The Naturals and The Fixer books.
I've been craving to read some more, and here is my chance! 

Exo by Fonda Lee
Publication date: January 31, 2017

I'm always in for a sci-fi alien YA type of story.
Especially ones that sound as good as Exo. 

And if you're still not convinced, here is what Sabaa Tahir has to say about it: Sabaa Tahir's review.
Personally, I couldn't get into An Ember In the Ashes. But I know a lot of people love the series.   

Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Publication date: January 31, 2017

The sheer hype of this book is overwhelming.
Everyone - and I do mean everyone - saying the hype is real. 

Caraval looks amazing, seems amazing and sounds amazing.
The only thing left is for it to be amazing (: 

"Every person has the power to change their fate if they are brave enough to fight for what they desire more than anything." 
        -- Craval, Stephanie Garber 

Yes, those are my most anticipated books of January 2017.
A lovely bunch, aren't they? ;)
Although statistically speaking it's doubtful, I want to love them all.
But even if I can just love some, I'll be happy.
What do you think?
Are some of those your most anticipated books too? Have you any others I didn't mention?
Did you find anything here you want to read?
I'd love to know!
So please tell me all about it,
and have yourselves a fantastic new year!

"Mental health is usually the last place people go when they think about someone being sick."  
-- Under Rose-Tainted skies, Louise Gornall 

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Most Memorable Books of 2016

There are great books.
There are amazing books.
There are interesting books.

There are so-so books. 
There are "I didn't like it" books.
There are weird books.
And then there are the memorable books.

And those are my most memorable books of 2016. The ones I'll immediately think of whenever I look back, smiling and nodding and thinking "yes, this one was truly amazing."

The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

This book...
*shaking my head wordlessly*
I shouldn't be surprised I loved it as much as I did. This is a Rick Riordan's book, after all. But before reading it, I was terrified of reading this book. 

Long story short, I had some major issues with the first book in the Magnus Chase trilogy. 
I still ended up enjoying it, but the shock of not absolutely loving it was just too hard for me to handle. 

So when it came to anticipating The Hammer of Thor, I was cautiously excited. I readied myself for the possibility I wouldn't love it. 
And then...

It was incredible and beautifully done.
Rick Riordan... you're amazing!

If you, like me, had your issues with The Sword of Summer, worry not! For this book will take them all away.  

In this book you may (or may not) find: 

  • A gender fluid shapeshifter who is also a love interest. 
  • A goat killer assassin. 
  • A talking sword that loves to sing. 
  • A wedding. 
  • A psychotic god trying to escape 
  • Overall craziness
  • Some fun times.
  • Some hard times
  • Some sad times
  • Some awesome times.
  • Some times in general.

For the rest of the review...

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

*Looking up from the pages of the notebook, I rub my bloodshot and blurry eyes*
O, hello there, gentelfriends. I almost did not see you there.
*Picking up the pages lying all around, I'm trying to make, somehow, order in the chaos*
Forgive me for the mess. It has been a very long time now since I last reviewed a book. Especially a book as... other as Nevernight.
*Clearing my throat*
I think I got this now. Or almost got it. Whatever the case, I am ready to begin.

But before we start, a fair warning to you lot: for those of you who have yet to be immersed into Nevernight's dark pages, I shall recommend not to proceed beyond the 'full review (with spoilers)' sign.
Apart from that, do not fear to read ahead.
After all...

Never flinch.
Never fear. 
And never... ever forget. 

The Call by Peadar O' Guilin

If I had to describe The Call in a few words, I would say this book is somewhat of a cross between the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning and Nevernight by Jay Kristoff.
It has that same fast-paced and addictive feeling as Fever (and the gruesome faeries. Don't forget the gruesome faeries) and the darkness of Nevernight (if you read Nevernight - or even heard of Nevernight - you know what I mean).

Darn, if I didn't love this book. 
It was all the way in for me from the very first line, and I couldn't let it go until the very last one.
But just like I did with 
Nevernight, I have to warn you this book is dark. And I do mean dark-dark. At times, I found it to be even more twisted than Nevernight (but that's a matter of taste now). Despite the fact this book follows a very YA protagonist (she's only 14), this world Peadar O' Guilin has created is not a world where children are allowed to be children any longer. 

This book is brutal. Don't expect otherwise. Fully expect to see teenagers - kids, really - die gruesome deaths 
from their own POVs.
And yet... as dark as this book was, it was also beautiful and hopeful and 
strong. It delivered strong feelings, strong message and a strong protagonist. Everything about this book was memorable. 

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I didn't review Gemina simply because I was too mind blown to do so. 

Personally, I loved Illuminae (the first book in the Illuminae Files trilogy) more. But Gemina was no less badass, twisty, scary, funny and mind-blowing. 

For anyone who has yet to get on to this trilogy... I can't stress this enough but: GO READ IT! please.

I don't even have the right words to describe it.  

The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Maybe I've gone too long without reading (three months, people! Three excruciating months), but this book had me captivated from start to finish.
I don't think it's the case, though; my heart was pounding so hard in my chest and my mind is still whirling, trying to form coherent thoughts. To say The Long Game left me speechless would be an underestimate.
I feel like I ran a marathon. An emotional one. A treacherous one, filled with twists and turns. In the dark.
Yes, I think that describes The Long Game best. 

If you don't know who Jennifer Lynn Barnes is, she's a YA mystery-thriller author who knows how to combine romance, humor and action-mystery in the best of ways.
You should check out The Naturals - the first book in The Naturals series. Or you can start with The Fixer - the first book in The Fixer series. 

For the rest of the review...

Willful Machines by Tim Floreen

Taking place in a future where humans created an artificial intelligence so real it can impersonate a human being, the story follows Lee - the son of the president of the united states, and Nico - a mysterious boy who literally seemed to pop out of nowhere.

Willful Machines has action, mystery, romance (the LGBT kind), a rogue artificial intelligence that puts terror in everyone and... oh, did I mention there is some very cool Shakespeare mush in the mix?
I can feel you wanting to read this book. Well, you should, because it's great and hardly anyone knows about it.

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Lady Midnight was the very first book I reviewed on my blog. 
So it's twice as memorable to me as any other book in this post.
Do you remember your very first review as well?
Good times, good times. 

Needless to say, I loved this book.
It was SO GOOD. And if you're still not on board the Cassandra Clare train then... please read this post I wrote just for you.

Riders by Veronica Rossi

An amazing take on the four horsemen of the apocalypse. 

Veronica Rossi (as you may know as the author of Under the Never Sky) does a fantastic job in this fantasy paranormal mythology YA book (that I believe is part one in a Doulogy). 

I didn't even expect much out of it going into it, and look at us now - it's one of my most memorable books of the year. 

From the writing style to the characters to the plot and world building, I loved it all.
It's especially more fascinating as it is told from present and past POVs as you try to figure out how everything turned out the way they did.

The Lunar Chronicles by Merissa Meyer

And last but not least is the Lunar Chronicles by Merissa Meyer. 

Took be a while to get on that train but onne I did... blown away I was. 

A Cinderella\Little Red Riding Hood\Rapunzel\Snow White retelling saga. 
Each book is both a continuation of the previous book and a new story.
Four girls, one evil queen, swoony romances, hilarious moments and it all takes place in... the future. And space. 
A sci-fi retelling - now this is a new one.
There is also a spaceship involved, heartwarming teamwork, a kickass android and Captain Thorne (*wink-wink*).

One of the very best in the retellings world. 

And those are my memorable books of 2016.
A truly amazing bunch of them, huh?
By the way, this post is about the books I read in 2016,
and not the ones that came out in 2016 (although most of them did).
Just saying ;)

I hope you enjoyed this little road down book lane of mine.
Now I definitely want to hear your most memorable books of the year.
So tell me all about it.
Also, apologies for my absence this month.
I wasn't feeling all that well, but I'm a bit better now (:

See you soon everyone!
Until then...

"It may comfort your to know that your death, while astonishly violent, will likely be mercifully swift."  
-- Gemina, Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

Our psychotic artificial intelligent.
We wouldn't want you any other way.