This post will be listing my top 10 fictional best friends (the people I wish were my best friends). So, without further ado, let's get started!
1. Dee from the Lux Series
2. Katy from the Lux Series
3. Alex from the Covenant Series
4. Marna from Sweet Evil
5. Isabelle from The Mortal Instruments
6. Tessa from The Infernal Devices
7. Simon from The Mortal Instruments
8. Josie from The Titan Series
9. Aerity from The Great Hunt
10. Ayla from Incriminating Dating
Fear is only your enemy if you allow it to be.
Title: An Ember in the Ashes
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Series: An Ember in the Ashes, #1
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, SciFi, Dystopia
Date Published: February 9, 2016
Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.
But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.
There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.
I read this book for an english assignment, not thinking I would enjoy it, but I actually liked it. I’ll admit, I wasn’t too fond of Laia until the end. I was so intrigued by her willingness to sacrifice herself for her family and those she loves. The relationship between Laia and Elias was almost nonexistent to me but I did understand the idea of the forbidden romance between them.
I loved the tension and action that was happening during the Trials. It was fantastic. Action is something that makes a dystopian book interesting and that element was definitely there.
I was hesitant about this book because I am very over the dystopian craze (Hunger Games, Divergent, etc.). To me, this was similar to other dystopian novels in the aspect of there being a government needing to be changed. Other than that, I found it different from the others.
One thing that I absolutely hated was the love triangle. I normally am not a fan of love triangles (except in certain occasions) and this book was not one of those special occasions. This was the reason that I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5. Overall, I liked this book a lot and I think it is a good read for someone looking for a book more focused on action and adventure rather than romance.
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Happy Monday! Once again, Monday has arrived. And with it, lots of exciting news. In addition to the normal reading update, today I will be including some extra information so make sure to read until the end to find out about that!
Currently, I am reading two books. I am reading The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins and Ruined by M.C. Frank. So far, I am loving both of these books and I look forward to finishing them
When a strange beast terrorizes the kingdom of Lochlanach, fear stirs revolt. In an act of desperation, a proclamation is sent to all of Eurona—kill the creature and win the ultimate prize: the daughter of King Lochson’s hand in marriage. Princess Aerity knows her duty to the kingdom but cannot bear the idea of marrying a stranger... until a brooding local hunter, Paxton Seabolt, catches her attention. There’s no denying the unspoken lure between them... or his mysterious resentment. Paxton is not the marrying type. Nor does he care much for spoiled royals and their arcane laws. He’s determined to keep his focus on the task at hand—ridding the kingdom of the beast—but the princess continues to surprise him, and the perilous secrets he’s buried begin to surface.
The duke of Ashton sits at the Opera at Vauxhall Gardens, bored out of his mind, and plans murder.
He curses the day that brought the little governess, destitute and sad, at his door eight months ago, to upset his careless if a bit meaningless existence.
How could he have guessed the terrible, evil secrets she was hiding? And now that he knows all, the truth appears wilder, even more despicable than even he could have imagined. He hadn’t counted on losing his heart to her, of course, but he did. What he doesn’t know is that a tendril of the shadows of madness and sin that followed Beatrice to his door is still out there, looking for something to devour. The only one who can save him from the darkness is the girl herself, but he knows he’ll never see her again. He who once prided himself on his indifference to other human beings, feels his chest constrict with pain every time he even thinks of her. Beatrice, smart, gentle, kind-hearted, lovely. Ruined. A perfect blend of darkness and light, this Regency reverse retelling of Jane Eyre will break your heart as well as uplift it.
I currently have a giveaway going on on my Instagram (@shoshireads). There are some pretty awesome prizes to win, so be sure to check that out!
Today has been a very busy day on my blog! I had a cover reveal for Undone by Wendy Higgins and I had a post for the release day for The Struggle. Here are the links to both of them:
Today is the day that The Struggle by Jennifer L. Armentrout releases! I am super excited to read it! If you are interested, here is all of the information you need to know:
Description: A bloody path has been chosen…
The war against the Titans continues, and they remain determined to wreak havoc on the world, but Seth has become something all gods fear. Now the most dangerous, most absolute power no longer resides in those who have been freed from their tombs.
The Great War fought by the few is coming…
All may doubt and fear what Seth has become. All except the one woman who might be his final chance at redemption. Josie will do anything to prove that Seth is on their side, but fate has a nasty way of changing lives, of changing people.
In the end, the sun will fall…
The only way they can save the future and save themselves is by facing the unknown together. It will take more than trust and faith. It will take love and the kind of strength not easily broken. No matter what, their lives will never be the same.
For what the gods have feared has come to pass. The end of the old is here and the beginning of the new has been ushered in...
About the Author: # 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.
She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
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Hi everyone! Today I am revealing the cover of Undone by Wendy Higgins. This is the third and final book in the Unknown Trilogy. At the bottom of this post, I will include information (including links to buy) about Unknown and Unrest. Personally, I love this trilogy and I definitely recommend it! Undone will be coming out on November 7, 2017. At this time, there is no preorder link for Undone. So, without further ado, here is the cover of Undone by Wendy Higgins!
Told from dual points of view, Undone is the upcoming finale for New York Times bestseller, Wendy Higgins’s, apocalyptic romance trilogy.
Best friends Remy Haines and Amber Tate are separated with no way to contact one another—no way to know if the other still lives. Remy and Jacob (Tater) Tate are taken as prisoners to the alien camp in Nevada, while Amber escapes to another hidden military bunker in Alaska with her crew of military friends.
Does Rylen make it to Alaska after his fighter jet is caught in the sight of two enemy jets?
Will Remy and Tater be able to fool the aliens into believing they’re allies, and possibly earn their trust enough to infiltrate? And how will Remy handle her feelings for Tater, especially when she earns the attention of a very important man at the camp?
Will humanity be saved?
Amber Tate believes the worst thing she'll suffer in life is dealing with the unrequited love she feels for her brother's best friend, Rylen Fite. She also believes war is something unfortunate that happens places far, far away from her rural Nevada town. She's wrong on both counts. When an unknown organization meticulously bombs major cities in the United States and across the globe, a trickle-down effect spreads to remaining towns at an alarming speed-everything from food and water sources to technology and communications are compromised. Without leadership, the nation is split between paralysis and panic, but Amber isn't one to hide or watch helplessly. She's determined to put her nursing skills to use, despite the danger, even if it means working alongside the man she can never have.
Being on the run in the desert means food and sanctuary are hard to come by, but Amber Tate and her crew are not about to give up. Not after having the things they love brutally ripped from them by an unknown enemy who sent their world into the apocalypse. Survival takes precedence, but once safe shelter is found, their guards fall and the emotions they've been holding in are finally released. Anger, insecurities...lust. In their tight quarters, Amber, Rylen, Tater, and Remy can't escape it. The past must be faced, and passions run even stronger in the darkest of times. In the midst of unrest, their worlds are rocked again when they discover the truth about the war that's ruined their lives. They thought finding out the enemy's identity would give them the edge; instead it's revealed terrifying dangers they never thought possible.
Title: Quiet Shy
Author: Brandon L. Summers
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Supposed Crimes
Date Publised: April 1, 2017
Alexandria Fix hates her job as an archaeologist for a renowned institute. It keeps her away from her sensitive wife, Quiet Shy, who comes from the future of an alternate reality. The sentiment only intensifies when Alex's life becomes entangled with the pursuits of an evil cult.
Everything about Quiet Shy seemed rushed to me. It is only 156 pages and I think that it could've been at least 300. There was not much of any backstory or complexity to the characters.
I had super high expectations for this book. The plot of the book, even though it as rushed, was amazing! I loved the idea of the book. Quiet Shy and Alex made such a cute couple. I would've liked to have more information about Quiet Shy. I feel like she had the potential to be a really developed and complicated character, but her backstory was missing. It was only covered briefly, over a couple pages.
Overall, I loved the plot and concept of this book. Although it was rushed, I think it is worth checking out if you are a fan of science fiction.
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Forever was something we all took for granted, but the problem with forever was that it really didn't exist.
Title: The Problem with Forever
Author: Jennifer L Armentrout
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Date Published: May 17, 2016
For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.
Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.
It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.
If you are planning on reading The Problem with Forever, make sure you have a box of tissues (or more) handy. This book will take you on an emotional roller coaster. My first thought when I finished this book was: I need more. I need more of Mallory and Rider. I need more of everything.
As the book progresses, we learn more about the backstories of Rider and Mallory. And let me warn you now- this book is one of the most emotional books you will ever read. Everything about this book makes for a devastating story.
I love the plot of this book. In my opinion, it was very unique and I’ve never read anything like it. This book was phenomenal (the cover is also gorgeous!). I can’t rave about it enough. Jennifer L. Armentrout does it again- an emotional book with swoony characters that leaves you wanting more. I love this book so much. I definitely recommend reading it!!
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Teaser Tuesday Giveaway
“No.” His face contorted. Tears filled his eyes as he lifted my head, pressing his mouth to my forehead. “I’ll never let you go, Josie. Never.”
THE STRUGGLE is out March 20th!
Giveaway: Up for grabs is a signed copy of The Return and The Power. All you have to do is comment on this picture, telling me who your favorite Titan series character is.
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Today is Tuesday which means a Top Ten post! This week is top ten books on my spring TBR. So, without further ado... enjoy!
1. The Struggle by Jennifer L. Armentrout
2. The Power by Jennifer L. Armentrout
3. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
4. Till Death by Jennifer L. Armentrout
5. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
6. The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins
7. The Great Pursuit by Wendy Higgins
8. Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick
9. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
10. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
by L.J. Smith
Goodreads 2017: 81/100