Scythe

Neal Shusterman

Published November 22,2016

Arc of the Scythe #1

scytheScythe was one of the books that I had added to my Goodreads “to read” shelf, solely based on the striking cover.  (surprise, surprise I know)  It draws me in; I am entranced by the colors.  I didn’t even know what it was about really, when I ventured into Barnes & Noble on Black Friday last year.  My parents were with me, which is embarrassing enough since no one needs to see how I obsessively pet and inspect a book before purchasing it.  Watching that is like watching an archeologist unearth a dinosaur bone.  (Probably not the best analogy, but go with me here.)

Well, B&N had signed copies of Scythe as part of their Black Friday promotion, and after wandering over and picking it up for the fourth time, my dad was finally fed up with following me around and demanded I “give it here, I am getting it for you.”  So, thanks dad, this was a great book to end 2016 on!

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Morning Star

Pierce Brown

Published February 2016

Red Rising #3

18966806I am doing it.  It is happening.  I am finally going to review Morning Star, after finishing this dang book over two months ago.

With the ending of Golden Son being the most bat-shit insane ending / cliff hanger to a book I have read possibly EVER, it wasn’t long before I picked up Morning Star.  And by “wasn’t long”, I mean it was approximately 7 and 1/2 minutes.

While this final installment in the Red Rising trilogy wasn’t my favorite of the three, it was a solid ending to a fantastic series, and I highly recommend the series to any fan of science fiction.  I think Morning Star left much to explore and possible situations unexplored, but for the most part, I finished the book satisfied, so it’s a weird line to walk.

Please, beware that while this review will not have too many spoilers for Morning Star individually, it is EXTREMELY difficult to review the finale in a trilogy without spoiling some aspects of the previous two books. You have officially  been warned.

Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war.

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The Graces

Laure Eve

Published September 1, 2016 by Amulet Books 

The Graces #1

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I have always been upfront about my “problem” for picking up a book based solely on its cover, and honestly, I haven’t ever regretted this habit of mine.

Until The Graces made its way into my life.

I have been ogling this book on #bookstagram for the past few weeks, and skimmed the synopsis before I decided that I needed this book.  I didn’t even search for a better deal on Amazon or any other online retailer, just walked into Barnes & Noble one day and bought it for full price.

Maybe I wouldn’t be so bitter if I hadn’t spent $20 on this.  But then again, maybe I am just bitter because The Graces is a textbook example of the “don’t judge a book  by its cover” saying.

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Empire of Storms

Sarah J. Maas

Published September 6, 2016 by Bloomsbury

Throne of Glass #5

28260587I guess I should start of this review by saying that Empire of Storms is/was probably my most anticipated release for 2016.  So, with that being said, I think I should review this book from the inside out:

When the cover was revealed back in May, I was in awe.  I love the attention to detail: Aelin’s hair is growing back and the cover reflects that. She is also wielding Damaris, her fire is controlled and gorgeous, and the Eye of Elena is around her neck.  Then, as if her sassy travelling/fighting outfit isn’t enough, flip the book over and she is wearing a gorgeous open-backed purple dress that shows off her tattoos.  It is amazing how psyched the outside of this book makes me.

Bloomsbury also published this book on thinner pages, since the story is so long: 693 pages long to be exact.  The thinner pages actually make the book deceivingly heavy, like it’s a dense little brick, but I like that it’s not larger than Queen of Shadows physically.  I loved the feel of these thinner pages, and I found myself almost petting them at times.  I have heard some people said they experienced easily ripped pages because of thinness, but I didn’t personally have that problem.  Aesthetically, I think it looks lovely the size of the physical books vary throughout the series, rather than just moving from smaller to larger.  Also, it should be briefly noted that the Throne of Glass chapter headers, give me life. Ok, moving on.  Continue reading “Empire of Storms”

The Invoice

Jonas Karlsson

Published July 12, 2016 by Hogarth (English edition)

Standalone / Short Story

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Growing up, I was always referred to as ‘the worry wart’ of the family.  For some reason, even as a child, I have always been keenly aware of money, and what it means in our society.

I have always known the value of a dollar, the weight of gold in experiences, and unlike every other person in the world, Disney World has been the bane of my anxiety attacks for as long as I can remember.

I love working, and I don’t like to rely on anyone else financially.  I have never had

So, with that out in the open, you can understand why I was intrigued by the premise of The Invoice, a book that address the financial cost of memories and experiences that may not have a price tag hanging off of them.

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The Forgetting 

Sharon Cameron

Published September 13, 2016 by Scholastic Press

Standalone

28691932I have had an ARC of The Forgetting sitting by my bedside since I received it at BookCon back in May of this year. I thought that it looked interesting, but I wanted to read it and review it closer to the release date. Confession time: The Forgetting is actually the first and only ARC I have so far received during my time as a book blogger, and honestly they just hand out stacks of these at the convention anyway. So, I really am not that special, although for the sake of my pride I will pretend to be.

Take a look at this gorgeous cover, seriously, its beautiful. Now tell me what this book is about. You can’t right?! I love when book covers suck you in, but do not reveal anything.

Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person’s memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written.

In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn’t written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten.

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My Lady Jane 

Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

Published June 2016

Standalone

22840421When the dedication page reads:

“For everyone who knows there was enough room for Leonardo DiCaprio on that door.

And for England. We’re really sorry for what we’re about to do to your history.”

You know you are in for a good time.

I had seen My Lady Jane floating around bookstagram and the book blogging universe for a few months. It was the featured book in both the June OwlCrate and Uppercase boxes, as well as receiving pretty raving reviews from all that read it. I waited much longer than I should have to read this because honestly, I had no idea what to expect. Everyone says it is hilarious, and I suppose that I was wary to pick it up because the few ‘funny’ books that I have read before came up a little short of what I find humorous.

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