The thought filled me with grief, grief for the dreams we'd shared, for the love I'd felt, for the hopeful girl I would never be again.
Title: Shadow and Bone
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Grisha Trilogy, #1
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Date Published: June 5, 2012
Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.
Shadow and Bone is truly an extraordinary book. Actually, the entirety of the Grishaverse books are extraordinary. As I am writing this review, I am struggling to find the proper words to explain how phenomenal Shadow and Bone is. Well, all I can do is explain it to the best of my ability. So, without further ado, let’s get into my Shadow and Bone review!
The first thing that I absolutely have to mention is the amazing world-building. The world of Ravka and the Grisha was so well thought out. The first aspect of the world is the Fold. The Fold is a section of darkness and creatures in Ravka. I have no idea how Leigh Barudo was able to come up with a creation like the Fold but I am so glad she did. It was one of the main problems throughout the series and it made Shadow and Bone ten times better.
The next aspect of the world-building is the Grisha. The Grisha are divided up into three types and more subtypes. We have the Corporalki which are made up of the Healers and Heartrenders. Then we have the Etherealki which consists of the Inferni, the Squallers, and the Summoners. Finally, we have the Materialki which are made up of the Durasts and the Alkemi. The Grisha is what really drew me in with this world. The idea of them is so unique and well executed. I did read the Six of Crows series first and when I did, I desperately wanted to know more about the Grisha. And I definitely got my wish.
In Shadow and Bone, something I really found interesting was Alina struggling with her newfound power. I think that was something that really made this book interesting because it made her human.
The last thing that I want to mention are the characters. First, of course, we have Alina. I found her easy to relate to and easy to like. Then we have Mal. Honestly, it took me a while to warm up to him. But once I did, I was definitely rooting for him. Next we have the Darkling. He was one of the most intriguing things about Shadow and Bone because we didn’t really know much about him. Then we have the rest of the characters (Genya, Nadia, Marie, David, etc.) all of which have amazing backstories.
Overall, Shadow and Bone is an amazing book with something for everyone. If you haven’t already, I highly recommend reading it!
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Hi! I got the amazing idea to do a Fall Blogging Schedule from Alaina over at An Infinite Book World. I think it will be a great way for me to be more organized and able to post more often! So, without further ado, let's get into my schedule!
Monday: It's Monday! What are you Reading?
This post will only be going up when I am reading something new. If I am reading the same book, there will not be a post on Monday! I love posting these updates to share with you what I am reading. I think having a fun blog post will definitely brighten up the day.
Tuesday: Teaser Tuesday
The same thing goes for this post. It doesn't make sense to post a teaser from a book if I am not reading a new one. So, these posts will be going up whenever I am reading a new book!
Wednesday: None or Top 5 Wednesday
I am super busy on Wednesdays as I have dance. So, if I have time and like the prompt, then Wednesday will become a Top 5 day.
I will be posting a review every Saturday unless something huge pops up!
Please keep in mind that this schedule may not be stuck by all of the time because I am in high school, so sometimes my life can be a little unpredictable.
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I received a free advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Title: No Vain Loss
Author: M.C. Frank
Series: No Ordinary Star, #3
Genre: SciFi, Fantasy
Publisher: M.C. Frank
Date Published: End of 2017
A soldier is summoned to the North Pole, days before the year changes, told to fix the great Clock for a celebration. He has no idea what to do.
A girl, hunted for the crime of being born, almost dies out on the ice. She is rescued by the last polar bear left alive.
A library waits for them both, a library built over a span of a hundred years, forgotten in the basement of an ice shack.
The world hasn't known hunger or sickness in hundreds of years. It has also forgotten love and beauty.
This is the One World.
The year is 2524.
Inspired by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic young adult novel in three parts is set in a world where Christmas -among other things- is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace.
Written in three parts, this is the breathtaking story of how two unlikely people change the world, and each other, one book at a time.
In No Vain Loss, the world is on the brink of the greatest war humanity has ever known. Lives will be lost. New truths will be revealed.
No Vain Loss is an epic conclusion to an epic series. It is filled to the brim with action-packed scenes, beautiful romance, and a huge amount of plot twists. If you are unsure about reading this series, I just finished this entire book in one sitting- that is how phenomenal NVL is! I have been anticipating the release of this book for a long time now, and I was very excited to start it. This review is going to be full of the amazing things that make up this book. There was absolutely nothing that I didn’t enjoy in this book, so there will not be anything negative in the review.
To start, I am so happy that No Vain Loss picks up right after the cliffhanger of No Plain Rebel. As soon as No Vain Loss begins, we are showered with action. Just when you think there may be a breather, something else happens. This made NVL become an extremely fast paced book which I think suited it very well. In addition, M.C. Frank was able to flawlessly execute this speed without making anything feel rushed.
Next, I want to talk about Felix and Astra. Throughout the duration of No Vain Loss, we get the opportunity to watch them go about trying to save the world. There were many times when I didn’t know what was going to happen next, especially pertaining to Felix and Astra. I obviously can’t touch on this too much without spoiling something, so I am going to leave it at this: there were much more plot twists in No Vain Loss than I could count.
If you are looking for a slow burning romance, an amazing fantasy novel, or a dystopian book, No Vain Loss is for you. In fact, I highly recommend reading this entire series. No Vain Loss has easily slipped in to become one of my favorite books of all time. If that doesn’t say something then I don’t know what will. I truly have no world to explain how phenomenal No Vain Loss is. So, if you really want to know, read it for yourself (in all seriousness, this book is a definite must-read)!
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Sometimes things are going to happen and the only way out is through.
Title: Under Rose-Tainted Skies
Author: Louise Gornall
Genre: Mental Health, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Clarion Books
Date Published: January 3, 2017
At seventeen, Norah has accepted that the four walls of her house delineate her life. She knows that fearing everything from inland tsunamis to odd numbers is irrational, but her mind insists the world outside is too big, too dangerous. So she stays safe inside, watching others’ lives through her windows and social media feed.
But when Luke arrives on her doorstep, he doesn’t see a girl defined by medical terms and mental health. Instead, he sees a girl who is funny, smart, and brave. And Norah likes what he sees.
Their friendship turns deeper, but Norah knows Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can walk beneath the open sky. One who is unafraid of kissing. One who isn’t so screwed up. Can she let him go for his own good—or can Norah learn to see herself through Luke’s eyes?
I am happy to say that all of my expectations for Under Rose-Tainted Skies were met. I originally heard about this book on Goodreads, and thought it sounded like a really unique book. After I found it, Under Rose-Tainted Skies stayed on my TBR for a while. Finally, I got the chance to pick it up. And I am so glad I did, because Under Rose-Tainted Skies is phenomenal!
To start, Under Rose-Tainted Skies is Own Voices (meaning the author is writing based on her personal experience)! Books about mental health are hard to find, and Own Voices books about mental health are even harder to find. This book is truly a gem.
Adding onto that, the representation of mental health (or anything) in books in so important. Specifically, accurate mental health representation. I am in no way a professional, but after doing some research on my own, I have found that Under Rose-Tainted Skies is pretty accurate.
I can’t write this review without mentioning Norah and Luke. Something I really loved was that Luke didn’t rescue Norah. I want to let everyone discover the story for themselves, so I am just going to leave it at this: Under Rose-Tainted Skies is a unique and phenomenally executed book. If you are looking for a mental health related book, or just looking for a great read, I highly recommend you check this one out!
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Hi! I signed up to be part of the amazing group that reveals the trailer for Jennifer L. Armentrout's new book, If There's No Tomorrow! So, without further ado, let's get into the reveal!
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Page Count: 384 pages
Available Formats: Hardcover (U.S./Canada), Ebook, Audiobook
Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year.
She's ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to
maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena,
the upcoming year is going to be epic—one of opportunities and chances.
Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything.
Now Lena isn't looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same.
Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never
forgive her for what happened.
For what she let happen.
With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can
she move on when her and her friends' entire existences have been redefined? How can she
move on when tomorrow isn't even guaranteed?
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# 1 NEW YORK TIMES 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, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.
Hi! If you couldn't tell, this post is going to be my TBR for the month of September! I will be pretty busy this month so I am not putting too many books on my TBR, but hopefully I will get around to reading these! If you posted a September TBR, be sure to leave the link in the comments so I can check it out!
1. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
First up on my TBR is Crooked Kingdom. This is a re-read, so it's not super important that I read CK this month, but I would love to!
2. Protected by Claire Zorn
I received an ARC of this book, so I am definitely going to be reading it this month!
3. Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I've had Wicked on my shelf for a while, so I am looking forward to hopefully reading it this month!
4. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Last but not least, Outlander. If you didn't know, this book is super long, but I really want to read it so I am going to try my best to read it this month!
Wow! August went by very fast! I think I had a pretty successful reading month, so I decided to do a wrap-up post to share what I read this month!
1. Tinderella by Zoe Jones
I received Tinderella for free to review. I enjoyed reading it, and although I didn't give it a five star rating, it was a really fun read! Check out my review here!
2. Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller
This was another book that I received for review. I think that this was my least favorite book of the month. I did like it but I had many problems with it. Check out my review here!
3. Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
I really loved this book. I know that there were a lot of mixed reviews about this, but I am definitely on the side of the people who loved it! :)
4. You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan
This is another book that I didn't love, but also didn't hate. It was a very entertaining read, but I had a few problems with it.
5. Shadows Souls by L.J. Smith
Shadow Souls is one of the books in The Vampire Diaries series. It is a super long series, but I think this book was much improved from the previous one.
6. Six of Crows by Leigh Barudgo
Six of Crows was definitely one of the best books that I read during the month of August. If you'd like to read more of my thoughts on SoC, check out my review here!
7. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Barudgo
I immediately picked up Crooked Kingdom after SoC becayse I was so infatuated with the story. Thankfully, I loved CK just as much as SoC. Check out my review here!
8. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Barudgo
Oh boy, Shadow and Bone was easily one of the best books I've ever read. I absolutely loved this book!
9. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
In addition to Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm was also one of the best books I've ever read. It gave me the opportunity to learn more about Ravka and the Grisha, which I really loved!
10. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
Ruin and Rising was a crazy and beautiful story and I am so glad I got the opportunity to read and experience it!
11. Re-Read: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
I loved SoC so much, I decided to re-read it! I just finish re-reading it and I loved it even more the second time!
The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to land true.
-Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
This is a quote from my current read, Six of Crows. Yesterday, I finished the Shadow and Bone trilogy and wanted to re-read Six of Crows (and Crooked Kingdom). So, I decided why not? I am super excited to notice some new things and references in Six of Crows!
If you have a Teaser Tuesday post, feel free to leave the link in the comments and I will make sure to check it out!
Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he'll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:
Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)
Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)
Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)
Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done - and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable - if they don't kill each other first.
Guess what day it is? Monday! That means it's time to finally update you on what I am reading! I am seriously reading only one book at the moment. I have taken a break from Midnight so that I can finish the series that I am reading. This series is pretty popular in the book community, so you may have heard of it. I am reading Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo! It is the second book in the Shadow and Bone trilogy. I am absolutely loving it! I am currently almost finished with the book and can't wait to jump into the next one! Keep your eyes peeled for reviews coming soon on both of them!
Let me know in the comments what you are reading this week! Feel free to leave a link to your IMWAYR post and I will make sure to check it out!
I recieved a free advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
There's nothing quite like the aroma of a bloated corpse to get one in the mood for adventure.
Title: Hunting Prince Dracula
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper, #2
Genre: Historical, Mystery
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Date Published: September 19, 2017
In this hotly anticipated sequel to the haunting #1 bestseller Stalking Jack the Ripper, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer...or has the depraved prince been brought back to life?
Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper's true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe's best schools of forensic medicine...and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.
But her life's dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school's forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.
Hunting Prince Dracula is one of the best books I have ever read. I loved everything about it. To start, I want to mention that I absolutely adored the inclusion of the dates, places, and pictures in the book. It added a wonderful element to the book that I don’t think I’ve ever seen before. I also really loved the subtle references to the previous book (Stalking Jack the Ripper).
Hunting Prince Dracula also included Romanian words and phrases. This added a unique aspect that made the book ten times better. Along with the Romanian words, there were also letter between various characters. That is another aspect that made Hunting Prince Dracula even better.
This book is also extremely descriptive which adds to the suspenseful and mysterious vibe that is going on throughout the book. It also adds to the history in the book. Next, I am going to talk about Audrey Rose and Thomas. I ship them so so much. They make the cutest couple and I am so excited to see how their relationship, as friends or more, progresses. Finally, I want to mention how I never would’ve guessed the killer. When you read this book, you will be shocked when the killer is revealed. Overall, Hunting Prince Dracula was a phenomenal book and I highly recommend it!
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by L.J. Smith
Goodreads 2017: 81/100