Monday, 30 January 2017

January Wrap Up and February TBR

Honestly, I'm not going to be finishing anymore books this month, or I doubt I will.

1. The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead



I gave this book 4 stars. I thought this one was a lot better than Soundless, but has yet to reach the potential of The Vampire Academy. It's still pretty good in it's own right.

2. This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp



I gave this book 5 stars. I read this in one sitting. I could not put it down, it was so powerful.

3. The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson



I gave this book 5 stars. A fantastic sequel, makes me excited to get to the final book!

4. The Ending I Want by Samantha Towle



I gave this book 4 stars. This one was really cute. I love cute romances.

5. The Master by Kresley Cole



I gave this book 4 stars. I love anything Kresley Cole. Not as good as the Immortals After Dark Series, but still really good!

6. She Wolf by Sheri Lewis Wohl



I gave this book 4 stars. It just got better and better as it went on. Plus a lesbian werewolf protagonist. It was great.

7. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern



I gave this book 5 stars. I can already tell that this is going to be one of my favourite of this year even though the year just started. A must read.

8. The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr



I gave this book 5 stars. Nothing in this book is what it seems. It was amazing.

9. Commander in Chief by Katy Evans



I gave this book 5 stars. It was the perfect conclusion to her White House Duology.

10. Vicious by V. E. Schwab



I gave this book 5 stars. The revenge plot I always dreamed of, along with X-men-esque characters. It was fantastic.

11. Bound by Vengeance by Cora Reilly



I gave this book 4 stars. I definitely liked this book a lot more than I liked the last one. It was definitely worth the wait.

On to my TBR

1. The Vampire Diaries The Return: Midnight by L. J. Smith



Because I am currently reading it.

2. Lucca by Sarah Brianne



It comes out tomorrow and I plan on getting it and reading it right away.

3. Nowhere but Here by Katie McGarry



I love her books and I'm finally going to get to this one.

4. Heartless by Marissa Meyer



5. The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons



6. The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson



What books are you guys planning to read in February?

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Top 5 Underrated Books

This seems a bit self explanatory to me... I hope you guys enjoy!

5. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson


I feel like everyone always talks about I'll Give You the Sun, I mean, i understand that, but this book almost never gets any love. I really loved this book though.

4. Wilder by Lena North


I absolutely devoured this book and it honestly feels like no one else has read it, but it so deserves it!

3. The Witches by Roald Dahl


This book pretty much embodies my childhood, yet no one ever talks about it. It was my favourite Roald Dahl book besides Fantastic Mr. Fox! It deserves some love!

2. The Green Mile by Stephen King


I know Stephen King has so many books and it will take forever to get through them all, but if he has the time to write all these books, you have enough time to pick this one up. It's really good. It made me cry a lot.

1. Lovely Vicious or Love Me Never by Sara Wolf


This is one of my all time favourite romances! The main character is flawed and hilarious and broken, but the story was just so captivating. Trying to find this book may be a bit confusing since after the series was finished someone decided that the covers and titles of the series had to be changed. Originally it was Lovely Vicious, now it's Love Me Never and such. Confusing, but worth it.


They're screaming for you to read them!

Waiting on Wednesday 17.01.25

Lucca
by Sarah Brianne

You guys have no idea how long I have been waiting for this book to come out! I only have to wait one more week and I get to read it!!!!!

By the way this is the fourth book in the series so if you're interested in reading it, there are three books before it!

Release Date: January 31st 2017

Synopsis:


Lucca was made the underboss, being what nightmares are made of.
Chloe was scarred by her past, learning too young that nightmares are real.
He has waited long enough to claim her soul, but he must take it from the devil first.
Her soul might have been better off claimed by the devil.
The only way to save her from her past is to delve into his.
The world as she knows it will come crashing down.

I’m the fu**ing boogieman.

I’m just a fu**ing freak.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Top 10 Favourite First Lines

Now I know what you're thinking, Jessie, didn't you already do a Top 5 Wednesday with this topic? The answer is yes, but I didn't actually have my books around me at the time and that list honestly sucked, so I'm redoing it. There may be some of the old ones on here, but lots go new ones.

10. "I wonder if I can fly?"




I wanna fly...

9. “So in order to understand everything that happened, you have to start from the premise that high school sucks.”


This one was just too real for me to leave out.

8. "When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home."


Classic.

7. "I’m pretty much fucked.
That’s my considered opinion.
Fucked."

Me when studying for finals.

6. "A real witch gets the same pleasure from squelching a child as YOU get from eating a plateful of strawberries and thick cream".


Yikes

5. "“It was night again. The Waystone Inn lay in silence, and it was a silence of three parts.”


This one's a real attention catcher.

4. "The circus arrives without warning."


3. "Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta."


Iconic.

2. "If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth."


I know, I know, but Jessie, you haven't even read the Catcher in the Rye yet! Correction, I haven't finished it yet, I have, however, started it. And I liked the first line, so it stays.

1. "Dying really isn’t so bad after you’ve done it once."


It's just so dreadfully morbid and I love it.


What first lines of books did you guys really enjoy?

Monday, 23 January 2017

The Heart of Betrayal Review

The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2)

The Heart of Betrayal
by Mary E. Pearson

Release Date: July 7th, 2015




Spoilers


Synopsis:



Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save Lia's life, her erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has the gift, and the Komizar's interest in Lia is greater than anyone could have foreseen.



Meanwhile, nothing is straightforward: There's Rafe, who lied to Lia but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom Lia always believed to be savages. Now that she lives among them, however, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her sense of self, Lia must make powerful choices that will affect her country... and her own destiny.

My Thoughts:

I gave this book 5 stars. I've been letting this simmer for a few weeks now and I have come to the conclusion that a lot of my thoughts and feelings about this book are very similar to the first book, so there really isn't that much to talk about, so this review will be pretty short. If you want more of my thoughts on this series, I will link the review to the first book here.




The one thing that really bothered me during the book was Mikael. It was revealed to Pauline that he was in fact alive, but she may no longer want it to be that way since she saw him with another woman. I don't know if this is some sort of misunderstanding, or if he really is a sleaze bag. I really want it to be a misunderstanding. I want Pauline to be happy, I really like her.




I really hate the whole love triangle part. I don't know why it's necessary considering I'm pretty sure we all ship her with Rafe. I honestly don't think there is a single person out there who actually prefers Kaden. Are you out there? Do you really exist, people who prefer Kaden? 




The politics got a lot heavier in this book. I liked it, it added to the conflict. Not only is Lia an outcast, but she is now deemed a traitor to her country. It's interesting and I'm excited to see where the author takes this in the next book.




Hopefully, I will have more thoughts on the next book. I really didn't have many new thoughts on this story than I did for the last, just hold tight!

Quotes:


“But you’re everything I want. Remember that. I love you, Lia. Not a title. And not because a piece of paper says I should. Because I do.” 


“And I began walking. A thousand miles, or two, I would carry her all the way to Dalbreck if I had to. No one would pry her from my arms again.” 


“I’m not the farmer I claimed to be, but I hope I can make you fall in love with me again, this time as a prince, one day at a time. We’ve had a terrible start—it doesn’t mean we can’t have a better ending.” 

“I finally pushed away and wiped my eyes. I looked at him, expecting to see his own embarrassment, but instead I only saw concern in his eyes. "You have a sister, don't you?" I asked."Three," he answered."I could tell. Maybe that's why I-" I shook my head. "I don't want you to think I do this a lot.""Cry? Or get abducted?"I smiled. "Both.” 

Saturday, 14 January 2017

The Night Circus Review

The Night Circus
The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern

Release Date: September 13th, 2011

Spoilers

Synopsis:


The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices plastered on lampposts and billboards. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. 

Within these nocturnal black-and-white striped tents awaits an utterly unique, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, stare in wonderment as the tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and become deliciously tipsy from the scents of caramel and cinnamon that waft through the air. 

Welcome to Le Cirque des RĂªves. 

Beyond the smoke and mirrors, however, a fierce competition is under way--a contest between two young illusionists, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to compete in a "game" to which they have been irrevocably bound by their mercurial masters. Unbeknownst to the players, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. 

As the circus travels around the world, the feats of magic gain fantastical new heights with every stop. The game is well under way and the lives of all those involved--the eccentric circus owner, the elusive contortionist, the mystical fortune-teller, and a pair of red-headed twins born backstage among them--are swept up in a wake of spells and charms. 

But when Celia discovers that Marco is her adversary, they begin to think of the game not as a competition but as a wonderful collaboration. With no knowledge of how the game must end, they innocently tumble headfirst into love. A deep, passionate, and magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands. 

Their masters still pull the strings, however, and this unforeseen occurrence forces them to intervene with dangerous consequences, leaving the lives of everyone from the performers to the patrons hanging in the balance. 


Both playful and seductive, The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern's spell-casting debut, is a mesmerizing love story for the ages.

My Thoughts:

I gave this book 5 stars. This instantly became a new favourite of mine. This story was chocked full of romance, but it wasn't cliched or cheesy. It was a perfect blend of love and magic and I feel completely privileged to have read this amazing book.


The story was perfectly even. It gave us a view of what it was like to be on the outside, but also hat it was like to be on the inside of this circus. I've honestly never been one to really like anything that had to do with circuses, they just weren't for me. After reading this book, though, I may have changed my mind.




The characters were all so special, in their own ways. I couldn't bring myself to hate any one of the characters, well except Celia's father, but I don't think he counts because we're not supposed to like him. I could go on about how much I love any single one of these characters and I think I will. Maybe not all of them, just some pretty important ones.



Poppet kind of reminded me a bit of Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter, except maybe a bit more down to earth. She's quirky and strange, but in a good way. She looks to the stars to tell her the future, she is just so sweet and kind. I love her.



Widget is just as strange. He may seem a bit less significant than the other characters for a while, but trust me, he is a very important character. He tells stories, he can read them off of cards, paper, even a person or object if he so pleased. He can usually see the past, I'm not quite sure about the future, but he can probably see that too.



Celia is magical. She is just so skilled and smart, and a true lady. It took me a bit too long to figure out her age, because I was picturing her as a teenager at first, but then I took a look at the dates, did some math, and realized she was in her twenties. She was such a good protagonist. Intriguing, mysterious, skillful. Really crafty, she had these powers we didn't know much about other than they would come into play at some point. She held the entire circus together.



Marco is a gentleman. I know, he kind of broke Isobel's heart, but that couldn't be helped. at least he broke up with her before he hooked up with Celia, now that would have been awful and I would have hated him for that. He was kind and considerate, he was a bit refreshing to be honest. most of the time when you read a book, the guy is cocky as a real ladies man, sleeping with everyone he possibly can, Marco didn't try to do that and I loved it.



Bailey, is Bailey. I don't even know where to start with him. He was such a sweet kid, it was also really interesting seeing him interact with the people in the circus. He was an outsider that was supposed to be one of them. It worked out rather beautifully.



The Circus itself was an enigma. I could see why so many people were intrigued by it. Honestly, I wish this story and these people were real. I would love nothing more than to go to the Night Circus and see all these cool acts and meet all these cool people.



The plot was intriguing, it kept me on edge throughout the entire thing, wondering how they could possibly get out of the dilemma, but it was all resolved in a believable loophole. I loved this book so much, I already feel like reading it again.



Celia and Marco's relationship was so lively and full. I don't know how else to explain it. They will definitely be on my end of the year ship list.  I was so in love with their love. They knew from the beginning that they could never be together, but that didn't stop them from tumbling head first in love. Their endurance was what made everything worth it to me. They didn't just fall in love right away and have everything fall into their laps. It took them years to figure out how to get through it. 



This book is a must read. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone.

Quotes:

“You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows that they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift.” 


“Most maidens are perfectly capable of rescuing themselves in my experience, at least the ones worth something, in any case.” 


“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.” 


“I have tried to let you go and I cannot. I cannot stop thinking of you. I cannot stop dreaming about you.”