Monday, December 29, 2014

10 of My Most Anticipated Books of 2015!

 

So 2015 is just around the corner and I would like to share some of my most anticipated books for next year! I missed the Top 10 of 2014 event but I would still like to share them. There are a ton of new books coming out and it was very hard narrowing this list down and I hope some of you are also looking forward to these books!

In no particular order:

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               Rogue                       Salt and Stone                   Red Queen 
         Julie Kagawa                  Victoria Scott                Victoria Aveyard
    16096824       Reawakened (Reawakened, #1)       An Ember in the Ashes
             ACOTAR                    Reawakened            An Ember in the Ashes
           Sarah J Maas               Colleen Houck                  Sabaa Tahir

Books with no covers:

Throne of Glass #4 by Sarah J Maas
The Forgotten Crown by Julie Kagawa
Smoked by Mari Mancusi
Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch



What books are you looking forward to in 2015?

-Daniel

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Review: Snow Like Ashes

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Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 422
Rating:

Goodreads:

A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.
  

Review:

"Someday we will be more than just words in the dark."

This book was really good! However, it was a little difficult to get used to the first person because I haven't read a book like this in a while, but in the end it didn't matter. I can't forget to mention how beautiful this cover is! This book truly lived up to the hype. I feel that it was one of the best books of the year. I really enjoyed all of the characters and the world building a lot.

One of the best things from this book was the world building. Sara Raasch is able to create a whole new world, not to mention one that's original. Primoria is split into four Season Kingdoms which are Winter, Summer, Spring, and Autumn, and into four Rhythm Kingdoms which are Cordell, Ventralli, Yakim, and Paisly. Each kingdom is able to thrive with the help of magic in the form of a conduit, an object such as a locket or staff that draws magic from a magical orb under the Klaryn Mountains. The magic can only be used by the King or Queen of the kingdom, with some kingdoms being controlled by the male heir and others by the female. What was also interesting was that the people from the Season Kingdoms had traits similar to that of the kingdom. The Winter Kingdom, which was destroyed, have people that are pale, white haired, light blue eyed and cannot stand the heat. Whereas people from Spring are more tan, darker haired with darker eyes.

Meira is awesome. She's one of my new favorite protagonists. Meira really wants to be a soldier for the future King of Winter, so that she can feel like she belongs to Winter. She constantly struggles with this fear that she doesn't belong and that she wants to be someone that is of use and important to surviving eight refugees of Winter. The King just happens to be her best friend and the one that she loves.  She is fierce, loyal, kickass, extremely intelligent and she does not like being told what to do even when she is told it's to keep her safe, which actually makes her really mad when told this. At times these traits get her in trouble, but they help her to survive in this world where she gets no help from anyone.

I really loved Mather. I felt that he was so innocent and like Meira he also struggled with belonging and doing something of use for their Kingdom. There was, however, a point in he book where I disagreed with something that he did, but I did understand where he was coming from. Now Theron. At first I was like "YOU GET AWAY FROM MEIRA! She is supposed to be with Mather!" However, towards the end, he really began to grow on me. He's really kind and sweet, and is also very similar to Meira.

There's a huge twist towards the end of the book. I kind of saw it coming because I just new something was off and had to be different, but I didn't anticipate the magnitude of the twist. I was squealing and pacing around my room when I got to the plot twist because even though I kind of anticipated it early on, but that didn't mean I was actually going to be right. I obviously can't tell you because you have to find it out yourself, but hopefully you'll enjoy it as much as I did.

The romance in the novel was very light, however, perfectly suited for this book. There wasn't any huge scenes of love because the story really didn't call for it. There were maybe a kiss on the cheek, a hug that lasts just a moment too long, a look of longing, a moment of hand holding that was rather swoony. I was actually happier over the small things that I could've been with anything else. Like I said, this book didn't need the romance to be awesome.

This book, I believe, was one of the best books of 2014, and I highly recommend that you go get yourself a copy. This book was filled with action, adventure, twists and turns, and a little bit of lovin'.

-Daniel

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: The Stars Never Rise

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where we highlight one book that we're eagerly anticipating."



This weeks Waiting on Wednesday is... *drum roll*





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The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent!
Expected Publication: June 9, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 368

Goodreads:

Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she's too busy trying to actually survive. Her town's population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago.

When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she'll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. And Mellie's sin has put her in serious trouble.

To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. But what kind of exorcist wears a hoodie?

Wanted by the Church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she can't survive on her own. She needs Finn and his group of rogue friends just as much as they need her.

So, what are you waiting on this Wednesday? Post it in the comments and I'll go check it out!

-Daniel 

Waiting on Wednesday: The Witch Hunter

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where we highlight one book that we're eagerly anticipating."



This weeks Waiting on Wednesday is... *drum roll*






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The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker!
Expected Publication: June 2, 2015
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 368

Goodreads:

The magic and suspense of Graceling meet the political intrigue and unrest of Game of Thrones in this riveting fantasy debut.

Elizabeth Grey is one of the king's best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. When she's accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to die at the stake. Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: he will save her from execution if she can track down the person who laid a deadly curse on him.

As she's thrust into the world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and all-too-handsome healers, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate.


So, what are you waiting on this Wednesday? Post it in the comments and I'll go check it out!

-Daniel 


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Review: In The Afterlight

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In The Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken
Release Date: October 28, 2014
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 535 
Rating:
**If you have not read The Darkest Minds or Never Fade please proceed with caution. There may be spoilers that were unavoidable**
Goodreads:

Ruby can't look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government's attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. With them is a prisoner: Clancy Gray, son of the president, and one of the few people Ruby has encountered with abilities like hers. Only Ruby has any power over him, and just one slip could lead to Clancy wreaking havoc on their minds.

They are armed only with a volatile secret: proof of a government conspiracy to cover up the real cause of IAAN, the disease that has killed most of America's children and left Ruby and others like her with powers the government will kill to keep contained. But internal strife may destroy their only chance to free the "rehabilitation camps" housing thousands of other Psi kids.

Meanwhile, reunited with Liam, the boy she would-and did-sacrifice everything for to keep alive, Ruby must face the painful repercussions of having tampered with his memories of her. She turns to Cole, his older brother, to provide the intense training she knows she will need to take down Gray and the government. But Cole has demons of his own, and one fatal mistake may be the spark that sets the world on fire.

Review:
Oh my flipping gosh! This book was so fantastic! I loved every second of it and I could not put it down! Alexandra Bracken really knows how to write 'em! If I could I would rate this more than 5 stars. From the first page to the last I was completely enthralled. There were many heart wrenching moments, especially when it started to near the end. I really enjoyed the ending, however, I wish there was a little more information given, like what happened to Sam and what's going to happen with all of the remaining main characters.

In The Afterlight follows the final stretch of the journey for Ruby and her friends to find the cure for IAAN and how to achieve it. Throughout this book, Ruby has changed even more (if that's possible) from her time during The Darkest Minds and Never Fade. Ruby is now able to control and use her Orange powers, however she still fears the "monster" that lives with in her. At times she embraces the "monster" in order to get what she needs. In the last book, Never Fade, Ruby lost someone who was so dear to her, someone she swore to protect and felt like she failed. Ruby hasn’t recovered from this and I saw how much this affected her actions in this book. She has some new skills that come in handy throughout the book, and is a little more ruthless than she was in the Darkest Minds and Never Fade. She has some soul-searching moments, some badass moments, some very tender moments between herself and her friends. She's fiercely protective of all her friends, new and old, and I'm happy to say that she is still one of my favorite protagonists.

I love Liam. He's so caring and determined when it comes to his friends and he was the same old Liam near the end. I was so happy to see him resurface even for a little bit. He was still always there for you, always optimistic, always looking for the least violent solution to save everyone. He is still struggling a little with the fact that Ruby erased his memories. However, at the end I believe he has completely forgiven her and still loves her fiercely. There were many swoony moments between Liam and Ruby, which I really enjoyed and I believe that they both deserved, however, there were also many times when they were fighting. One of the greatest things about Liam and Ruby's relationship is that even when they are fighting they still love each other. They have one of the strongest relationships and its wonderful.

Chubs and Vida are still arguing however we see a budding relationship. They bring a lot of comic relief and I often found myself laughing throughout the book because of these two. I really hope this relationship will last forever. Cole remains a bit of an jerk, although a somewhat loveable jerk. We see Cole and Ruby become good friends. Clancy Gray is still in the same position he was when last seen in Never Fade and I still hate him. He's a lying and deceiving jerk.

There are intense, heart-racing moments that had me at the edge of my seat, there are some really sad moments that had me reaching for tissues, and some really heart warming moments. All in all this book was extremely good. I highly highly recommend this series. Everything is so well written and perfect. 

-Daniel