Plans Plans Plans

Good morning friends! I hope your weekend went well, and that you treat yourself on this marvelous Halloween day!

So I’ve been thinking about a lot of things lately, particularly about this blog and my bookish presence in general. I absolutely love book blogging, love sharing my thoughts about books and doing bookish tags and maybe helping people discover new books. Blogging is really the only kind of non-academic writing that I do anymore, too, and in a way it helps ground me.

As of late, however, I haven’t been super satisfied with my content, both here and on my Instagram. And, you’ve probably noticed, I haven’t been reading like I used to. Right now I’m averaging a book a month, and I just dropped my Goodreads goal to 30 because I likely will not be able to reach 35 by the end of the year if I continue at this rate.

As far as I see it, these problems are due to my lack of time (although maybe I’m also just not that creative, too, but shhhh). I am currently in my third year of university, taking four classes that are demanding; between weekly lab reports, quizzes, readings, and – more recently – midterms, it takes a lot of my time and attention. Seriously, I have been studying for a week straight and I’m super tired of it. On top of that I have a part-time job, and family, friends, and a boyfriend who want to spend time with me. Plus, I like to get at least 7 hours of sleep.

Maybe my time management isn’t the best, but right now that whole “you have to make time to read!!!” thing isn’t working out for me, and I haven’t been able to plan out and really think about my posts.

So, after sobbing to my mom about how unprepared I am for my midterm in 2 hours, and with everything else listed above in mind, I have decided to go on a month-long hiatus.

There are three things that I hope to achieve during this break:

  1. Focus on school. I just had my midterms, and I didn’t do as well on them as I want to do. I am spending way too much on university to not get what I want from it, so I want to prioritize my education.
  2. Work on my content. Look, I’m clearly a n00b when it comes to book blogging; I have done the blogging thing before, but not this specific kind of blogging. I want to make good content, both for myself and for my readers. I have a lot to learn, so during this break I want to do some research and planning for my blog. It may be completely revamped by the time I return. We’ll see!
  3. Read more. This one is pretty self explanatory. It’ll be good to build up my review bank so I’ll have new reviews to post, and not just the transfers from my booklr.

When will it end, I hope you ask? Well, I still plan to do the School’s Out Readathon 2.0 starting on Sunday, December 11th, so that will likely be my first post after my hiatus! If you’d like to keep up with me in the meantime, you can follow my Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads, although odds are that I will be updating them less often, too.

Thank you all for reading this and my other posts, and for being supportive of this silly little hobby of mine. I hope you’ll stick around for when I make my triumphant (maybe not but you never know) return to the book-blogging world in December.

I wish you all a wonderful Fall/Autumn, and I’ll talk to you all again soon.

~Becca ❤

Halloween Book Tag

Happy Friday, everyone!

I saw Jesse the Reader do this tag and I thought this was a pretty good time to do it on my blog! Without further ado (and because I have to go back to work soon), let’s get into it!

1. Carving Pumpkins: What book would you carve up and light on fire?

Like Jesse said, this is pretty brutal and I probably wouldn’t do this because I’d be worried about disrespecting the author. That being said, a book that I really disliked this much was probably Missing Era: The Emergence by A. O. Khalil. The idea of this book was cool – creatures climbing out of the ground and hunting down humans – but the execution was not to my liking. It became really, really hard to read early on.

2. Trick or Treat: Which character is a treat and which character is a trick?

The character I’m choosing for treat is Polly from Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E. K. Johnston. She’s honestly just such a sweetheart and I wish everybody had a best friend like Polly.

And a trick? Maven from Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. You know why.

3. Candy Corn: What book is always sweet?

I totally agree with Jesse’s answer of Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell, but I’m also going to say The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. That book was absolutely adorable and I loved every romantic second of it.

4. Ghost: What character would you like to visit you as a ghost?

I’m not sure that I have an answer for this one. Probably Cal from Red Queen so he could tell me when I should keep my cool and when it’s acceptable to throw shade, since he’s a relatively level-headed prince and I’m a hot-headed peasant.

5. Costume: What character would you want to be for a day?

I would love to be Matilda tbh. I have wanted telekinetic powers since I was about 10, and it would be neat to be able to move things around without touching them. Although maybe I’d be super lazy that day…

6. Wizards and Witches: What is your favourite Harry Potter moment?

I really don’t know the series well enough to be able to answer this, but I feel like I would love any moment where Harry is a sass master, which I hear he is in the books. Was that “have a biscuit, Potter” line in the books? That makes me laugh every time I see gifsets of it.

7. Blood and Gore: A book that was so creepy that you had to take a break from it.

I don’t really read scary books because I get frightened very easily and a lot of the time I can’t sleep after experiencing scary things. I remember, though, at the age of 12 reading All Around the Town by Mary Higgins Clarke and being very creeped out by one of the “villainous” characters. I didn’t actually take a break from it, though. I tend to only take breaks from books when I don’t like them or when I get too worried about the characters LOL


And that’s it for the tag! Nice and simple. I’m going to tag Sarena and Sasha of The Writing Duo, Adele of Adelereads, and you, lovely reader!

Have a wonderful weekend and a happy Halloween! 😀

~Becca

Book Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

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Publisher: Bloomsbury

Date of Publication: August 27th, 2013

Dates Read: May 18th to June 3rd, 2015

Description:

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.

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My Rating: ★★★★★

This review is going to be a LOT shorter because I finished this book a couple of days before originally posting this review, and there’s really not much I can say about a book where everything was fantastic. But I’ll try anyway.

Like I said, I pretty much enjoyed every aspect of this book. I’ve seen a lot of spoilers on tumblr, so I knew some things were going to happen, but WHEN was a different story. I was always on edge, worried that at any moment something bad would happen. I really enjoy the way Sarah writes. There was never a dull moment, always something to hold my attention and make me want to read more.

And the characters! They’re so complex and I love all of them, some more than others but I mean they’re all very interesting and important to the plot. I worry about them immensely

The only thing is that I find myself emotionally drained after I read the Throne of Glass books – they’re so good they use up my energy. Seriously, I had to take a break before reading Heir of Fire.

Overall: asdfghjkl so good, so many twists and turns and badassery.


Note: this review was originally posted to my booklr on June 5th, 2015.

The Lady is a Champ Event

Yesterday, October 23rd, I attended the Lady  is a Champ event, hosted by Indigo. Learning from my last event, I left an hour early so that I could get a good seat and wouldn’t haven’t to wait in line for too long.

I arrived at the event 15 minutes before it was supposed to start, and this Chapters was PACKED. Not only were all the seats filled when I got there, but the standing line snaked around a bunch of displays before ending in the Young Readers section.

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I took this photo after the signing had started, but this is where I stood for the duration of the panel.

The panel itself started right on time, with Vikki VanSickle (publishing professional from Penguin Canada) playing host. First she introduced all the members of the panel with funny reviews of their books. The panel included:

  • Catherine Egan, author of Julia Vanishes and lots more
  • Kiersten White, author of And I Darken and lots more
  • Marie Lu, author of The Midnight Star, a lot more, and was the author most people were here to see.
  • Morgan Rhodes, author of The Darkest Magic, and a lot more

There was an overall theme to this event, if you can’t tell: all of these authors were discussing their books that contain female protagonists that don’t necessarily fit the category of “good”. Morally grey characters can be found throughout all of their books.

After introducing them, Vikki began with some simple questions, including (but not limited to) the following (paraphrased answers since I had to write down their ideas in point form):

Q: What do you like about writing villains?

  • Lu: They get to do what they want without needing a good reason to; it’s refreshing
  • White: Throwing away the idea of likability and focussing on the journey
  • Egan: You get to put all the nasty parts of your life into a character, which is fun to write
  • Rhodes: Villains think they’re the heroes, it’s just a matter of the choices they make. (She also found herself intrigued by the fact that she likes Warner from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, despite the fact that he hadn’t done anything particularly good)

Q: Is it easier or more fun to write villains?

  • Lu: Adelina fought me every step of the way
  • White: I had to fight every impulse to soften certain characters, to make them likeable and instead make it so they don’t care
  • Egan: Villains are easier to write – in fact, scenes with villains came rushing out faster than those without
  • Rhodes: The nicer a character is, the harder they are to write. I get bored with good characters always making the right decisions, so I have to horribly injure them.

Q: Is there a genre or age-group or topic that you would have a hard-time writing?

  • Lu: Contemporaries (I also *think* I heard her say “straight romances”, too, but I’m not 100% sure because right at that moment the girls beside me started laughing really loudly)
  • White: I can’t do contemporaries, I need a higher concept (than real life) to work with
  • Egan: I love to read Historical Fiction, but I can’t write it – I’d be too worried about getting everything wrong!
  • Rhodes: I tried pitching a middle grade story, but my editor didn’t like it. I enjoy writing romance too much.

After that, members of the audience asked the questions they were dying to have answered, which included (but were not limited to):

Q: Where do you get your inspiration?

  • Lu: I travel with a notebook and write down people’s quirks or interesting things I come across; I also really like videogames (The Young Elites was inspired, partially, by Assassin’s Creed)
  • White: Travel
  • Egan: Reading, conversations, going places
  • Rhodes: Wine and chocolate! Also reading, magazines, watching TV – it’s called filling the well

Q: Specifically for Marie Lu – do you plant to write about life after Legend?

  • Lu: I have no official plans so far, but never say never! I do, however, have a book called Warcross coming out next fall that’s inspired by the world building in Champion.

Q: What did you want to do before you became a writer?

  • Lu: I wanted to be a fighter pilot when I was 9, but my mom said they wouldn’t let me in because I had bad vision. I also wanted to make videogames.
  • White: I’ve wanted to be a writer and a mom since I was a kid – I should’ve said that I wanted to be a member of the X-Men!
  • Egan: I’ve wanted to be a writer my whole life, but I have done other jobs that go along well with writing, like teaching and waitressing.
  • Rhodes: When I was kid a wanted to be, in order: a jewel thief, a private investigator, and a movie star. I was a graphic designer for 10 years, but quit that to become a writer.

After the hour-long Q&A, it was time for the signing. I waited in line for nearly two hours, but around 4:50PM I finally got to go up. First I got my copy of And I Darken signed by Kiersten White!

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Kiersten was so nice, and she really liked my CUTE AF shirt!

After that I met Morgan Rhodes for the second time, and she remembered my name!

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A wonderful lady with such an awesome personality!

I was just telling her about how I skipped studying for midterms to come to this event when she held up the sticky note with “Rebecca” on it and said “Rebecca? What the crap is this?” I’d completely forgotten that the last time I met her I’d introduced myself as Becca, and online I refer to myself as Becca. Woops! Anyway, she signed my books (she remembered my social media name, Becca the Lit Witch, too!) and took a selfie with me, which made me incredibly happy.

And that was pretty much it! Although the line was long, it was another wonderful YA panel, and once again has inspired me to write and write and write.

A huge thank you to Indigo for hosting the event, and thank you to all the lovely writers who came to be part of the panel. I hope to see them all again soon!

Until Wednesday, friends!

~Becca

5 Authors I Want to Read More From

Hello lovely readers! Yes, this post is super late, but in my defence I covered a shift for my coworker at the last minute and had a nail appointment. But now I’m home and I’m writing this blog post instead of studying for my 3 midterms, so be grateful 😛

Today I’ll be talking about the five authors who I have read either one book or one series of, and figure I should give some of their other works a try. In no particular order, they are:

  1. Maggie Stiefvater – I read The Wolves of Mercy Falls when I was in elementary school/beginning of high school, and I really liked them. I keep hearing really great things about The Raven Cycle, and it also sounds like something I would enjoy. They’ve been really high up on my TBR for a while, too, but for some reason I’ve just never picked them up. Always something else to read, I guess?
  2. Julie Kagawa – I read the first book in the Iron Fey series and honestly wasn’t all that impressed. That being said, I’m very intrigued by the Talon series and the dragon-y goodness that it has to offer. I own the first three books, so really I can start them whenever I feel like it. Hopefully I’ll like that story and main character a lot more than I liked that of her fey books
  3. Morgan Matson – I absolutely adored Since You’ve Been Gone, and The Unexpected Everything looks like so much fun! I know she has a bunch of other cute contemporaries, too, which I might look into after I’ve reduced my TBR pile a little.
  4. Jenny Han – To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was cute and fun, though I still have yet to read the sequel. Like Morgan Matson, I am aware that Jenny Han has written other contemporaries that I may like, though I couldn’t name them off by heart.
  5. E.K. Johnston – This (Canadian!) author of Exit, Pursued by a Bear, a book that I gave 5 stars, also wrote A Thousand Nights and the upcoming novel Spindle, fantasy books that I think I would really enjoy, especially since they sound like they’re based on classic fairytales and folklore. Give me ALL THE RETELLINGS!

Have you read any books by these authors? Which are your favourites? Which authors do you want to read more from? Let’s talk in the comments!

Have a lovely weekend, everyone! ❤

~Becca

Book Review: We Awaken by Calista Lynne

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Publisher: Harmony Ink Press

Date of Publication: July 14th, 2016

Dates Read: September 5th – October 18th, 2016

Description:

Victoria Dinham doesn’t have much left to look forward to. Since her father died in a car accident, she lives only to fulfill her dream of being accepted into the Manhattan Dance Conservatory. But soon she finds another reason to look forward to dreams when she encounters an otherworldly girl named Ashlinn, who bears a message from Victoria’s comatose brother. Ashlinn is tasked with conjuring pleasant dreams for humans, and through the course of their nightly meetings in Victoria’s mind, the two become close. Ashlinn also helps Victoria understand asexuality and realize that she, too, is asexual.

But then Victoria needs Ashlinn’s aid outside the realm of dreams, and Ashlinn assumes human form to help Victoria make it to her dance audition. They take the opportunity to explore New York City, their feelings for each other, and the nature of their shared asexuality. But like any dream, it’s too good to last. Ashlinn must shrug off her human guise and resume her duties creating pleasant nighttime visions—or all of humanity will pay the price.

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Note: I received an ebook copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

We Awaken is an important book in the world of Young Adult literature because it explores asexuality in a way that is clear and understandable. Another one of its strengths is its plethora of representation; not only does it showcase asexuality, but the main romance is between two women, one of whom is a person of colour.

I thought the descriptions in this book were bright and vibrant, transporting me everywhere from the busy streets of New York City to a stale diner in New Jersey. The settings were staged well, making the book easier to imagine and dive into.

One of my favourite parts is the compromise that the characters must come to. I thought that while it was heartbreaking, it was a good arrangement and ultimately benefitted most people. It was really the ending that made the most sense, and I was glad to see it happen. The ending wasn’t fully Happily Ever After, but it was the closest these characters were going to get, which was nice.

Now, unfortunately, this book didn’t ring all of my bells. The idea behind it was promising: a fantasy novel about a girl who falls for an ethereal being and learns about asexuality along the way. I was not, however, completely sold on every aspect of the execution.

One of my biggest issues is that there are so many facets to Victoria’s life that are only ever really glimpsed at. We get bits and pieces, and a chapter or two about her dance life, but otherwise we don’t go into major details, which I feel has removed me a bit emotionally from the characters. The story itself did get a little repetitive and monotonous, too, because very few aspects of her life were explored. It would have been nice to learn more about Victoria outside of her relationship with Ashlinn – heck, it would have been neat to learn more about Ashlinn, too!

On that note, I feel like the characters weren’t written to their full potential. There are so many things that these characters could have done to advance the plot or make things intense – especially Semira – but not a lot was done with them. It also would have been nice to have the fantasy aspect be a little more prominent (which could have happened with more action from Semira), and the explanation of asexuality flow with the story better instead of having it just be a lesson on top of the story.

Overall: While it’s not perfect, it is still an important contribution to YA literature and I hope you’ll read it.

7 Books I Started but Have Not Finished.

Listen, I don’t particularly enjoy DNF-ing books. When I read a book, I want to push through with it so I can get the whole experience, and base my rating on that. Unfortunately, there have been times where I’ve needed to DNF a book – it may have just not been holding my attention, or my schedule may have started getting busy in the middle of it and I decided to put it down until things calmed down (never to pick it up again, of course).

Most of them I do hope to try again, though, because I have this weird kind of optimism (although if you follow me on Twitter, you’ll likely have heard that I’ve only read 45% of the books I own… hehe…). This is why my DNF shelf on Goodreads is actually called “To Finish Later”.

A Fool’s Errand by Maureen Fergus

This is the sequel to The Gypsy King, a book that I gave five stars and absolutely loved. I started AFE a while after, and though I was really enjoying it I found that I was getting really anxious about the situation the characters were in – a sure sign of how attached to them I was. (Honestly, now that I think about it I was being a total wimp, but I digress.) I decided to put the book down temporarily, to give myself a breather from all the drama unfolding within. Little did I know that, 3 years later, I still wouldn’t have finished it. Woops.

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

It’s funny, I’d completely forgotten about this book until I checked this list again. This is the sequel to The Rosie Project, and another case of “I loved the first book but the second one made me too anxious to continue on”. Man, I get way too invested in characters.

More Than This by Patrick Ness

My friend let me borrow his copy of this book about two years ago, but for some reason I was just not feeling it. I returned it without finishing it, and then a year later I won a surprise giveaway where, after listening to a song by my favourite band, the host sent me a copy of MTT. Hah. Maybe it’s a sign that I should give it another try. (btw, the song was Hello by Hedley, in case you wanted to see if it reminds you of the book)

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas

Listen, I really like the Throne of Glass series, but as you all know I’m super impatient and have a hard time getting through really long books. I started reading QoS when it first came out, but I was busy with school at the time, so I put it down to pick up in the summer – which I never did, of course. I’ll eventually get to the rest of the ToG books, but it’ll probably take a while. Avoiding spoilers is really, really hard.

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

My aunt lent me this book because she thought I would really like it. I mean, she was right, but I started reading it when life started to get really busy, so – like QoS – I put it down with the hope of picking it up later. It’s currently later, and I still haven’t continued on. Woopsie. Stuff happens, yo.

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

I’m really sad about this one, because there was just SO much hype surrounding this book and I was really excited for it. When I started reading it, however, it just wasn’t grabbing me like I expected it to. I got 100 pages in before I decided that it wasn’t working out. I still own the book, though I am debating donating it to my library’s book sale – that gorgeous cover is really the only thing stopping me.

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

This one was really good when I started reading it for a readalong, but unfortunately I stopped being in the mood for a contemporary partway through. There were other books shouting at me to read them, too, so I re-shelved this one temporarily until a better time. Will there ever be a better time? Let’s hope so.


What about you guys? What are some books that you had to put down?

Thank you for reading!

OH by the way, how do you feel about a readathon Dec. 11-18th or longer? Let me know either on Twitter  or in the comments here!

Have a wonderful Monday ❤

~Becca

5 Favourite Female Characters

It’s Friday, the last day of my week-long school break, and I’m spending it finishing up a big essay. As I approach the finish line, I try to channel the strong, complex, wonderful women* in books to help me out. There are so many, of course, so narrowing it down was pretty tricky, but I think I’m pretty happy with this list. To the countdown!

5. Aech – Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

This one may be a bit of a spoiler, but Aech is such a badass character! I read RPO a long time ago, and I can’t remember all the fine details, but I do remember loving Aech a whole lot. She’s a loyal friend, a clever mind, and always, always funny.

4. Polly – Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E. K. Johnston

The thing about Polly is that she is the best friend that everyone should have. She is so supportive and loving. She’s ready to have deep conversations and cry whenever Hermione wants, but she’s also down for eating junk food and staying up too late at a sleep over. She is probably one of the most powerful supporting characters I can think of, not because of super powers (she doesn’t have any), but because of her presence and the mark she has left on me. Polly makes me want to be a better friend, a better person.

3. Nina Zenik – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

After reading Six of Crows, I totally understood all the Nina love. I was fully obsessed with this character for days after I finished that wonderful book – I donned red lipstick and embraced my imperfect figure, taking on daily challenges with one thought: what would Nina do? Hey, I even wore an outfit inspired by her to a nerdy convention. I had Nina fever, and I still think some of it has lingered.

2. Shahrzad – The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

What I really love about Shahrzad is her passion. This woman’s got a fire in her that is far from burning out, and I want to take on all of life’s challenges like she does. She can hold her own, always quick with a clever response, and she’s so full of love for both Khalid and her family. I really can’t say enough good things about Shazi.

1. Elizabeth Bennet – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Honestly, Elizabeth Bennet is everything I aspire to be. Smart and loving and kind, but ruthless with her words when necessary. Like Shahrzad, she’s got a sharp tongue and her wits about her, even though she can be a little judgey – but, I mean, I can be too. And the woman reads like there’s no tomorrow! She’s not afraid to get down and dirty if it means caring for her family, and she’s not afraid to speak her mind if it means defending herself or the people she loves, and yet after all of this there’s a kind of thoughtfulness about her that I find endearing. Yeah, I love Lizzy Bennet.


What about you all? Who are the female characters that you adore? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!

~Becca

 

 

 

*Note: I realize that there is a difference between females and women, but I was not sure which was more acceptable to use in this situation, so I used both. If you’d like to correct me, I welcome you to do so kindly. Thanks!

Most Anticipated Releases for the Rest of 2016

So up here in Canada we just celebrated Thanksgiving. On the Filipino side of my family (fun fact: I’m half Filipino) we mark the occasion with lots – and lots and lots and lots – of food, and by drawing names for our Secret Santa. That’s right, people, I just referenced Christmas before Halloween has even happened. We’re in the home stretch now, folks – the end of 2016 is nigh! Soon we’ll be able to leave this horrid, horrid year behind and hopefully start 2017 off on a good note. Wouldn’t that be nice?

Before that can happen, however, a few books need to be released and clutched in my hands:

What Light by Jay Asher – October 18th

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Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it’s a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other. 

Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.

By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb’s past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love.

This looks like the kind of book I’ll want to curl up under a blanket with at Christmas. I look forward to this cute love story – someone get me some hot chocolate!

 

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – November 1st

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Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this book, and honestly how can you not fall in love with that cover? At the Indigo Teen event I went to one of the ARCs they were giving away was for this book, but unfortunately I didn’t get it (a girl who already had the ARC did, though, so I’m a little salty about it). Now I have to wait for it to come out to read it!

A Million Worlds with You – November 1st

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The fate of the multiverse rests in Marguerite Caine’s hands. Marguerite has been at the center of a cross-dimensional feud since she first traveled to another universe using her parents’ invention, the Firebird. Only now has she learned the true plans of the evil Triad Corporation—and that those plans could spell doom for dozens or hundreds of universes, each facing total annihilation.

Paul Markov has always been at Marguerite’s side, but Triad’s last attack has left him a changed man—angry and shadowed by tragedy. He struggles to overcome the damage done to him, but despite Marguerite’s efforts to help, Paul may never be the same again.

So it’s up to Marguerite alone to stop the destruction of the multiverse. Billions of lives are at stake. The risks have never been higher. And Triad has unleashed its ultimate weapon: another dimension’s Marguerite—wicked, psychologically twisted, and always one step ahead.

I still haven’t read the second book in the Firebird Trilogy, Ten Thousand Skies Above You, but you can bet that I want to get this book anyway. It’ll be nice to have the conclusion in my collected so I can just marathon them!

Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes – December 13th

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MAGNUS and CLEO are forced to test the strength of their love when Gaius returns to Mytica claiming he’s no longer the King of Blood but a changed man seeking redemption.

LUCIA, pregnant with the child of a Watcher, has escaped the clutches of the unhinged fire god. Her powers are dwindling as she goes forth to fulfill a prophecy that will keep her baby safe . . . but could mean her demise.

JONAS treks back to Mytica with a plan to overtake Amara, but fate takes hold when he runs into the beautiful Princess Lucia and joins her on her perilous journey.

AMARA has taken the Mytican throne, but with no way to unleash the water magic trapped within her stolen crystal, she’ll never be able to seize glory and get sweet revenge.

And what kind of darkness will descend–and who will be safe–after Prince Ashur reveals the dangerous price he paid to cheat death?

Crystal Storm is the 5th book in one of my favourite series Falling Kingdoms. I’m really looking forward to this book just because of how the last one left off. I need to know what happens next!!! My babies!!!

Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill – December 27th

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Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.

However, it’s not so simple.

The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force.

I feel like I heard about this book soooooo long ago, and it’s still not even being released until December! The premise sounds interesting, and I love how intricate the cover is.


So, what are your most anticipated releases for the rest of the year?

Ciao for now!

~Becca

A Kind of Late September 2016 Wrap Up

Good morning, and Happy Thanksgiving to all of you Canadians out there celebrating! I’m spending today working on an essay and overall just chilling out.

Anyway, September was a doozy of a reading month. As expected, I didn’t get a whole lot of leisure reading time because I’m back to being a full-time student, and I’m in some pretty demanding classes. Midterms are during October, so I’m very worried that this month I’ll read even less than I did last month. Luckily, one of my classes requires that we read ethnographies, which I’ll be counting towards me Goodreads goal. Cheating? I don’t think so, but maybe you do. Hey, I have to do what I can to meet this dang challenge.

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Like I said, I only read one book this month, which was The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow. I gave this book 4/5 stars, and you can check out my review for it HERE!

That’s pretty much it for me! This week is my week off, so on top of my school work I’m hoping to take the time to get some better blog posts out there and better photos on my bookstagram.

Have an awesome week, everyone, and hopefully we’ll talk soon!

~Becca