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The Wrath and The Dawn

18798983by: Renee Ahdieh
Pages: 388
ISBN: 9780399171611
Published: May 12th 2015 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
From Goodreads: One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

Inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, The Wrath and the Dawn is a sumptuous and enthralling read from beginning to end.

This is one of those books that I just randomly found. I wasn’t looking for anything particular, I was just casually scrolling through Goodreads. This book captured my attention because everything about it seemed beautiful. I was right. Not only is the cover gorgeous, can we talk about the title? It’s like everything I ever look for in a book. I want to get swept away in a dream like world, every time I read. I rarely find something that truly satisfies my desire for that, but as long as I’m entertained that’s okay. This books completely gave me everything I look for in a book. It was so well written that I never felt myself wandering, even when there were long backstories or descriptions. I loved absolutely everything about this book and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one. If you’re looking for a book that feels dream-like and lets you escape somewhere far away and foreign, then look no further. The characters in this book are rich and wonderfully portrayed, making you care about them, even if you think you’re not supposed to. This is a retelling of folklore that I am not familiar with, but I enjoyed it even without any background knowledge. I wish I did have some and I’m going to look into it. I seriously cannot rave enough about this book and I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of it before now. I think anyone looking for something new to read should pick this book up, it’s truly one of the most beautiful reads I’ve experienced in a long time. I also can’t believe this is considered young adult! You could have fooled me. I guess that’s because the characters are young, but wow! This book is so, so good.

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Juliette crushes her TBR in 2016 #2!

So this one might not have been on the list I’ve been trying to read through, but it’s one I’ve been wanted to read for a while. The cover is so gorgeous and every time I found myself looking around the young adult section at Barnes and Noble this cover stuck out to me.

12558285Splintered
by: AG Howard
Pages: 371
Published: January 1st 2013 by Amulet Books
ISBN: 9781419704284
From Goodreads: This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence.

Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

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This book was a crazy wild ride. Probably one of the most absurd books I’ve ever read, and I was an English major. The book was very plainly written but I still found myself getting lost occasionally because I wasn’t even sure what was happening anymore. That’s not saying that I didn’t like the book though. I really did. I think the author has an amazing world in her head that must be killing her trying to get out. It’s so rich and crazy and vibrant. I loved Alyssa SO SO SO much. She was so much stronger than I was as a teenager and if I’d read this book back then she would’ve been my hero. This is something I usually don’t care about, but I loved the descriptions of her clothes as well. I was so jealous of her wardrobe. Teenage me was drooling everywhere for those clothes. I think I loved this book so much because it reminded me of who I was in a simpler time of life. The world was also so descriptive and beautiful. It’s really a ton of fun. Sometimes it’s a little confusing but that’s only because it’s so different from our own world. I also loved how the author blended that world with the everyday world. It’s a quick read that let’s you escape for a while. I read it on the beach all day in Puerto Rico. I recommend this book to any YA fan looking for something different. 🙂

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Juliette Crushes her TBR in 2016 #1: Queen of Shadows

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
The first thing I want to do is apologize to my very few regular readers out there. I’ve been gone for quite a while, but I have a good excuse! I got married and went on a Disney cruise and got into a wreck and have been dealing with that aftermath! SO… I’ve been incredibly busy and unfortunately, something had to give. Because of the Disney cruise though, I’ve been reading up a storm and am ready to continue crushing my TBR pile for you, starting with…

18006496QUEEN OF SHADOWS by Sarah J Maas
Pages: 648
Published: September 1st 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
ISBN: 9781619636040
Summary from Goodreads: The queen has returned.
Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…
She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.
She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.
The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

I enjoyed this book way more than I expected to. I’ll be honest and say I didn’t really enjoy the last book in this series so this book has been sitting on my Kindle starting at me for a while. I didn’t want to sit down with a book this big if I was going to have to force myself to read it. But one day I gave in and started it and was pleasantly surprised. Aelin is way cooler than she was in the previous books, even though I think it would be confusing that she has so many different names for any new readers that didn’t start in the beginning of the series. But she’s so much stronger and smarter and way more fun to read about. She still annoyingly feels way too romantically about every man in her life, but even that was toned down in this book. I think it was overall way deeper and more enjoyable than any other book in this series. There’s a reason it won the goodreads choice award, and it isn’t just because this series already had a major following behind it. Each relationship is explored and deepened and a lot of decisions that had been made earlier in the series are explained. It was a lot darker overall too, which I loved. The first two books in the series are very light. (Even though there’s a lot of murder. :P) But this last one is dark and beautifully written and I’ll be honest and say I had trouble putting it down when no other book in this series had done that to me. Sarah J Maas has proven herself to be a great writer and I’m now much more likely to pick up her other series. If you’re like me and don’t quite understand what the hype is about, give it another chance and give this book a shot. It’ll be well worth it, I promise.

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Juliette crushes her TBR #3: Red Queen

17878931Red Queen

by: Victoria Aveyard

Pages: 383

Published: February 10th 2015 by Orion

ISBN:  9781409151173

From Goodreads: This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart…

This book came with a lot of hype. I kept seeing pictures of it everywhere and the cover is just so pretty. It made me think this would be the next big book series for me and I was excited about actually not being too late to the party for once.

Except I was disappointed. I listened to this book to and from work because that’s part of my plan to get more books read. I admit that I’m not always the best at listening to books, but I’ve been kind of on a roll with them lately and assuming they aren’t too complex and full of a bazillion characters I tend to keep up just fine.

This book made me long for the end though. I was so tired of the main character by the end of the book that I was kind of hoping the bad guys got her. I don’t know whether the voice actor just made her too whiny or if that’s how she was written. I’ll admit that this could be, but I don’t really think so. She just whined absolutely all of the time. She also had no sense of loyalty. It seemed like she’d complain about helping anyone and about people betraying her when she was just as quick to do that if she thought she’d have the most to gain out of it. She also was so angry about not being special all the time it made me want to hit her. She just wanted attention and validation ALL THE TIME. It got really hard to care about after a while.

I thought the world was really cool and I was actually pretty excited about the book when I started. About halfway through her whining had gotten to me and it was a struggle for me to finish the book. The different blood types and abilities were cool, but it seemed sort of unrealistic to me that she wouldn’t have had anything happen with her powers before it did. I think she would’ve noticed at least SOMETHING before. 

The weird thing about me is I don’t know if this is going to keep me from continuing the series. I’m probably gonna give the next book a shot to see if it gets any better for me. I know it has been very well received and is going to be a movie. 

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Lucid

18672156by: AK Harris

Pages: 256

Published: July 23rd, 2013

ASIN: B00E48DNVC

From Goodreads: I have dreams just like anyone else. The only difference?

My dreams are killing me… Literally.

Seventeen year old Mercy Clarke has gone crazy. Shes sure of it. Getting killed every night in her dreams, only to wake up feeling like she never fell asleep in the first place. She just wants the nightmares to end, that is until the mysterious Deegan O’Foalain shows up in them as well. But when the nightmares start bleeding into her real life, there is a lot more at stake than just her sanity. Now she has to find a way to stop the nightmares before the beasts inside them, find her or her family.

 

There were things I liked and disliked about this book. What I really liked was the concept, I’ve always been a fan of stories that play with dreaming. It’s fascinating to me. The extreme this novel took dreaming to was amazing. I loved that part. I wanted to figure out what was going on in her dreams so badly that I kept wanting to turn the pages hoping I’d learn something. I ended up being kind of disappointed though because this book doesn’t wrap everything up at the end. We are left with a pretty big cliffhanger and that’s not something I’m a fan of. I want to want to continue the series, not have to in order to finish just this story. Also, there were a lot of typos that kind of drove me a little crazy, but that may just be because editing is what I want to do for a living. By the end of the story I was attached to the characters and I would be willing to give the next book(s) a shot. There were definitely interesting parts and I think that this author shows promise. I think there’s places this story could go that would be really interesting and I hope we get to see that happen. 🙂

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Buy this from Amazon here:Lucid: Dreamer Legacy Book 1 (Volume 1)

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Blood, She Read

17724946by: Sara Hubbard

Pages: 286

Published: April 2013 by Etopia Press

ISBN: 9781939194749

From Goodreads: Petra Maras lives a charmed life, but only in the magical sense. Her absentee father is a criminal, her mother is emotionally dead, and everyone at her new school knows she comes from a family of witches. All she wants is to be normal, but that’s impossible, given her family. And given that she’s psychic. When the police request help with a murder investigation, Petra reluctantly agrees. Which isn’t such a good idea since the prime suspect wants to date her, and she really wants to say yes. Her gut says he’s innocent, but since she can’t get a read on him, she can’t know for sure. And when she discovers he’s been keeping secrets, she wonders if maybe she’s been following her heart instead of her head…

I thought this was a fun YA read. I didn’t really fall in love with it right away. I kinda thought that this was a story I’d heard a bunch of times before. A girl has strange powers that her family doesn’t want her telling people about and there’s a boy at school that she kinda likes but everyone thinks is creepy. There isn’t much that immediately struck me as unique, and I’m not even sure I could tell you what exactly it was about this book that I liked so much. But I did like it. A lot. I’m always looking for YAs where the main character is someone that is relatable as well as someone you can look up to. I think that played a big role in how much I liked it. The characters felt deep and well thought out. The world was a actually very cool and felt different than a lot of YAs with a similar theme. I definitely would recommend this book to fans of the urban fantasy genre and YA. It’s a fun, enjoyable read. 🙂

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Sophia: Within

17609202by: Jordana Lizama

Pages: 476

Published: Feb. 17th, 2013

ASIN: B00BHMOQSC

From Goodreads: Only time will tell if Sophia, Alec and the world are ready to accept the mission that has been passed down for many generations. This is more than a story of reincarnation. This is a story that never ended following the reign of the Greek gods.

What has been hidden for thousands of years is about to surface in a small New England town. The impact on this rural village is ageless, but only the chosen time travelers know what is happening, the reason it is happening and how to control the outcome.

The Men of Ages have walked the Earth unnoticed since the time of Greek mythology and have kept their ancient war alive by transporting the lead warrior in a most unusual time machine. There is only one way to stop the cataclysmic demise of the human race and Sophia is the answer. But, Sophia is a teenage girl faced with many human and nonhuman desires that create a tortuous path from antiquity to the present day. Love conquers all; or, so it seems.

 

There were things I liked and didn’t like about this book. I liked the whole concept of the book. I don’t know nearly as much about Greek mythology as I would like to, so I’m always interested in books that are related to that. I’m also a sucker for YA romances and this definitely had all of the elements of a good romance. I just had trouble with some of the writing and the way everything was presented. I felt like the book could have been a lot shorter if a lot of unnecessary things had been cut out. I got frustrated with Alec because he never seemed to share any answers, even though he knew them all. I felt like he was just holding in all of this information just so there could be some suspense and drama. It drove me a little crazy. I also felt like there wasn’t enough of a connection between Sophia and her connection to the Greek goddess. She only struggled a little bit, but seemed to overcome it easily enough. There were also more than a few simple writing mistakes and grammatical errors. Most of the time I’m willing to overlook these if the story has completely captivated me, but since this wasn’t the case they tended to bother me. I really went into this wanting to absolutely love it. Maybe if everything was cut down and the tension was built up to be more than just someone withholding information, I would be raving about it. As it is I would say it’s a fairly simple YA romance with some fantasy elements. It does read very quickly, but it’s still a long book. I don’t think you’d be able to get through it in one sitting, so you’d have to be looking for something a bit longer to read. I know that my opinion isn’t the same as everyone’s though. So if you’re a fan of this genre, I encourage you to read it for yourself and write a review. I’d like to know other people’s opinions! 🙂 I do absolutely adore the cover though, it’s gorgeous!

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Silencing Breath

13633048by: Joanne Brothwell

Published: March 15th, 2013

From Goodreads: Silencing Breath, book two in the Stealing Breath series.

Just as Sarah Ross is learning everything she can about her new abilities as an Indigo Child and settling into a normal life with her beloved Evan, her entire world shatters when Evan disappears without a trace.

Desperate to find him, Sarah’s search leads her to a sadistic serial killer who confirms her worst fears are true; Evan has been kidnapped, and he is once again in the clutches of his abusive family of necromancers.

Sarah uncovers not only Evan’s dark past he tried so desperately to protect her from, but also The Key of Solomon, an ancient text for summoning the dead.

Knowing her abilities are limited in the face of this ancient power, Sarah is forced to face the Malandanti in order to save him. However, one question remains: once he is found, will Evan be the same man she fell in love with?

 

I was really looking forward to this book. I liked the first one and I was hoping I would completely fall in love with this one. I did, but not at all in the way that I expected. Joanne Brothwell is a very talented author and I think it’s awesome that she was able to take the story in a direction that I didn’t see coming. I finished the book in no time at all because I couldn’t stop turning the pages to find out what was going to happen. I was sad that Evan disappeared. I really fell in love with him in the first book and I wanted to hear more about him in this novel, but instead I learned a lot more about the world these characters live in. Taking Evan away also made me that much more eager to see him reunited with Sarah. I think that Sarah grew up a lot as a character in this installment. She’s a lot more mature emotionally than she was in the first one and I love how devoted she was to Evan and how willing she is to fight for him. We got to see a darker side to Evan and he wasn’t just the hero we fell in love with in the first novel, he became more real and I think that shows the author’s ability for character development. I am still upset that I don’t fully understand the Indigo and Sapphire Child’s powers. But if I knew everything I guess I wouldn’t have anything to look forward to with the third installment. I really can’t wait to read it and I hope that all of you romance/paranormal/young adult fans pick up this book. (And the first one, of course.) It’s a fascinating world with lots of plot twists that keep you turning the pages. Oh, and if you’re anything like me and find the idea of dark magic and necromancy intriguing, you’ll love this book. I would definitely recommend it. 🙂 Also, the cover is gorgeous! I love it!

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Vala: Appointed

16006864by: J.F. Jenkins

Published: September 13th, 2012 by Astraea Press

ASIN: B009A2Q1QG

From  Goodreads: Identical twins Anj and Zes Willam have always been considered odd, even in a world where myth is real. Their magic is powerful and intense, as well as their secrets. None more so than Anj, who has the biggest secret of them all.

He’s a Fate, and he’s not allowed to tell anyone about what he sees or else the consequences will be great. Which is unfortunate, because it’s been causing a rift between him, his girl-friend Jewl, and his brother. Even more unfortunate because the demons some how have learned about his gift and have made him their next target.

 

I’ve been a fan of this series from the beginning, but this one is definitely my favorite! Anj and Zes have always been my favorite characters, so I was thrilled when I realized that this book was their story. This book pumps up the drama just as much as the other two books, but I felt like the writing was smoother. Everything flowed at a great pace, and I found myself unable to put the book down. I felt so bad for these characters. I can’t imagine dealing with even part of what they deal with in high school. I liked that we got to see so much more depth to Jewl and Anj’s relationship. When this series started, I wasn’t a fan of them together, but by the end of this book I was completely won over by the two of them and wanted them to be together more than anything. If you’re a fan of this series, pick this book up, it’s the best one yet! This author is definitely growing into her writing and I’m loving the results. I didn’t feel like the resolution was too rushed, and I loved how much we got to learn about the different story lines that have been hinted at since the beginning. I really enjoyed this installment of the series. 🙂

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My Wolf’s Bane

17236613by: Veronica Blade

Pages: 389

Published: January 28th, 2013 by Crush Publishing

ISBN: 9780985343460

From Goodreads: NOTE FROM THE PUBLISHER: As with any Veronica Blade book, this is a ROMANCE NOVEL, meaning it’s romance FIRST and everything else is secondary. Rated PG-13 for sexual situations and mild profanity.

Different species. Mortal enemies. It’ll never work, but they’ll die trying.

Autumn Rossi thought she was a normal teenager. Suddenly, she can outrun every critter in the forest, making her wonder if she’s even human.

When the new guy at school, Zack de Luca, witnesses a questionable scene, he unfairly pins her as stuck-up. He acts like he hates her, yet he keeps bailing her out of trouble. Not only is Zack both insufferable and irresistible, he seems to sniff her anytime he gets close.

As passion flares between them, Autumn isn’t sure which is more dangerous: her psycho ex-boyfriend, or falling for Zack — who’s risking his life just by being near her.

See the book trailer: http://youtu.be/GEXgVD1NblU

 

I loved this book. I liked the author’s take on werewolves. This was a different kind of society for them than any other I’d read before. I also really liked Autumn’s character. She wasn’t your average high schooler… and I’m not saying that simply because she finds herself with different powers. She’s someone who I would’ve wanted to be friends with in high school. She didn’t feel the need to change herself to fit in or make anyone like her. She was unapologetic for who she was and I loved that. Of course, I also found Zack to be very close to the perfect guy and it made me wonder why I never met any guys like that in high school. This novel is a great young adult that can transport anyone into a different world for a few hours. I like books that can suck you in and make you forget about the world around you for a little while. I had a few issues with this story though, the main one being that I still had a lot of questions when the book ended. I just couldn’t help but feel a little frustrated. I know that it was a romance first and foremost and that’s fine, but there were so many other elements to the story that I felt were just left hanging. I had some issues with Autumn’s parents as well.  I  didn’t really understand their motivation for doing anything they did throughout the entire book. I really wanted the ability to pause the story and find out what was going on with them. I know there’s more to come though, so that’s a good thing. I want all of my questions answered! 😛 But even if that doesn’t happen I’d suggest this book to anyone looking for a good YA romance. I know there’s lots of those out there these days, but I did feel like this one brought something unique to the table and that it was attention grabbing. 🙂

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Buy this from Amazon here: My Wolf’s Bane (Shapes of Autumn, book one)