February 2016 Wrap Up

Wow I’m really proud of how much I’ve read this month! I feel like I’ve been in a two year reading slump since I started my job. Hopefully I keep reading at this pace the rest of the year and get to more books on my TBR!

Total Books: 9

Week 1:

  • Sage’s Eyes by VC Andrews ~
  • The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic ~

 

Week 2:

  • I Was Here by Gayle Forman ~
  • The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie ~

 

Week 3:

  • All The Rage by Courtney Summers ~
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo ~

 

Week 4:

  • Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead (re-read) ~
  • Heaven by Alexandra Adornetto ~
  • Confess by Colleen Hoover ~
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Stacking The Shelves – 2/27/16

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Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

If you want to find out more about Stacking The Shelves, please visit the official launch page!


 

Got these 6 awesome books during Book Outlet’s Presidents Day sale!

  • Snakeroot by Andrea Cremer
  • My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
  • Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins
  • The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  • Fateful by Claudia Gray

And these two from the library!

  • Confess by Colleen Hoover
  • Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

 

Did you get any good books this week?

Review – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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4 stars

23437156Title: Six of Crows

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Originally Published: September 29, 2015

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 465

Synopsis: Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

I really actually loved this more than I thought I would! I liked it more than I liked Shadow and Bone.

I’m not usually that into fantasy. That probably is why I delayed reading this even with all the hype surrounding it. But it didn’t really seem like a very heavy fantasy story to me. It was more of a heist story that just happened to be pulled off with the help of magic.

It did take me a while to actually get into the book at first. Six of Crows is divided into six parts (ironic now that I think about it). I wasn’t really into the story until part two but I am so glad I kept reading.

This reminds me a little bit of The Raven Cycle – the writing was beautiful and the storyline took a while to get into, but it was the characters that I am very much attached to. Each character in Six of Crows is so amazing. I love them all in different ways. I really think the way they cared for each other is what made me love this book.

And there is some great diversity here! A few characters of color, queer characters, characters with disabilities, the girls were just as bad-a** as the guys. I feel like I’ve adopted six children!

If you’re hesitant to read a fantasy book, try this one. You don’t need to have read Shadow and Bone to understand this world so no need to worry about reading an entire new series to get into this one.

WWW Wednesday – February 24

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words

The Three Ws are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

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Heaven must be missing an angel….

The angel Bethany and her mortal love, Xavier, have already pushed the boundaries of Heaven with their relationship. In this conclusion to the Halo trilogy, the two take their love to the next, forbidden, step: They marry.

At a time when they believe nothing will come between them again, they are faced with their most daunting challenge yet: the Sevens, a military order of angels designed to maintain balance in the universe. These soldiers won’t stop until their job is done – capture the wayward angel and send her home.

Secrets, exile, and unexpected allies flavor the rest of this intense love story and adventure.

Beth discovers there is only one way back to earth, but the cost is higher than she – and readers – ever imagined. If she can survive, she can prove to Heaven and Earth that there is nothing stronger than the power of love.

What did you recently finish reading?

23437156Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.


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Dimitri gave Rose the ultimate choice. But she chose wrong…

After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri’s birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir’s-and to her best friend, Lissa. It is nearly graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives beyond the Academy’s iron gates to begin. But Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows he’s out there, somewhere.

She failed to kill him when she had the chance. And now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood, and now he is hunting her. And this time he won’t rest until Rose joins him… forever.

What do you think you’ll read next?

confessConfess by Colleen Hoover

Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…

What are you reading this week?

Musing Mondays – 2/22/2016

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Musing Mondays is hosted A Daily Rhythm, where a certain question is asked every week. This week’s question: How do you choose which books you read?

My answer: It’s actually kind of funny that this would be this week’s question considering I’ve been thinking a lot about this. Currently I have no system for choosing which book to read next. I’ve got so many unread books on my shelf right now that I’m thinking of maybe just going in alphabetical order. I say that but I know I probably won’t stick to it!

Stacking The Shelves – 2/20/16

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Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

If you want to find out more about Stacking The Shelves, please visit the official launch page!


 

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  • The Outlandish Companion vol. 1

Oh hmm I think this is the only book I’ve gotten this week? I’m very lucky that it was on Book Outlet and I happened to have a coupon so I ended up getting this for just $5. Which, compared to the $35 that it is at my local bookstore, this was an incredible deal.

This was the only book that I actually got in the mail this week but I did order more. Some through Book Depository but since they don’t have a tracking option I’m not sure when they’ll arrive. And then I went a little crazy with Book Outlet’s President’s Day Sale so those books should be here by next week’s Stacking the Shelves post.

Did you get any good books this week?

 

Review – All The Rage by Courtney Summers

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4 stars

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Author: Courtney Summers

Originally Published: April 14, 2015

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 317

Synopsis: The sheriff’s son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the truth about him has cost her everything—friends, family, and her community. Branded a liar and bullied relentlessly by a group of kids she used to hang out with, Romy’s only refuge is the diner where she works outside of town. No one knows her name or her past there; she can finally be anonymous. But when a girl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing after a party, and news of him assaulting another girl in a town close by gets out, Romy must decide whether she wants to fight or carry the burden of knowing more girls could get hurt if she doesn’t speak up. Nobody believed her the first time—and they certainly won’t now — but the cost of her silence might be more than she can bear.

With a shocking conclusion and writing that will absolutely knock you out, All the Rage examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women after an act of sexual violence, forcing us to ask ourselves: In a culture that refuses to protect its young girls, how can they survive?

This book is extremely important and is a very accurate portrayal of rape culture. I loved reading it and I think it should be required reading. And yet after saying that, I also have to say it wasn’t as good as I was expecting it to be.

I think the summary is a little misleading and other people have said that on goodreads also. The book is more about what happens when young girls are raped and victim blamed. It’s about not just what happens to the victims themselves but what happens to their family, their friendships, and even what could happen is someone were to stick up for the victim.

Romy is a somewhat likable character. When I didn’t like some of the choices she made, I could wholeheartedly understand why she made them. She was easy to relate to, for me personally.

Really what I loved most about this book was how it brought out my emotions. I was actually angry during several scenes. I wanted to just physically insert myself into the book just to punch some of the characters for how they treated Romy. I wanted so fiercely to protect her.

Have any of you read anything else by Courtney Summers? I’m thinking of trying Some Girls Are possibly soon.