Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi
Print Length: 448 pages
Publication Date: March 6, 2018
Juliette Ferrars thought she'd won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she's still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she's got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?
Why I Can’t Wait:
I am so happy that we get more Juliette and Warner! Ever since I finished reading Ignite Me, originally the last book in the Shatter Me series, I was hoping for more. Even though the Shatter Me series was supposed to be a trilogy, I felt like its ending, while satisfying, left a door open for more stories to come; and finally it is happening. I am very nervous because of the “when tragedy hits…” part of the synopsis (hopefully my poor heart can take it), but I am beyond excited to see what some of my all-time favorite characters are up to and where the story goes next. If you haven’t read this series yet, you are missing out on a great read!
Hello, Booknerds!!! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Books I Could Re-read Forever. So as a confession, I love to re-read books; sometimes because I forget what happens and I need a refresher before reading a sequel and sometimes because I just loved the book so much that I want to relive the experience. I am also known to pick up books and read favorite passages; I even have some favorite chapter numbers memorized for easy access. Because I re-read quite a bit, I struggled to narrow my list down to just ten. As such, the list below is in no particular order, just ten random books from my favorites list.
Which books could you re-read forever? Let me know in the comments below and leave a link so I can check out what made your list this week. Hope you all have a great week!
Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston
Print Length: 480 pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: February 27, 2018
Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.
Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.
When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive.
What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves?
Why I Can’t Wait:
This story is inspired by the story of Anastasia with a fantastic spin and is marketed for fans of Firefly. I probably could stop right there, because in my opinion nothing that comes after the word “Firefly” would make a difference. I am absolutely obsessed with the show so this is a must read for me. I also had the pleasure of meeting Ashley Poston last year and she mentioned being a huge fan of the show so I know that she will do this story justice. I cannot wait to embark on this amazing ride through the universe!
Also, make sure to visit Ashley Poston's website for some awesome pre-order incentives!
What are you looking forward to this week?
Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga at www.tyngasreviews.com/Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking the Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, physical or virtual. This includes books you buy from your local bookstore or online, ebooks, ARCs, audiobooks, and books you borrow from your friends or library.
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera
Everless by Sara Holland
This has been a pretty rough week for me; I was sick, but thankfully it wasn’t the flu. Then as I was getting better, my little wizard got sick. Needless to say, I fell a bit behind on my reading. Hopefully this week I will finish The Rose & The Dagger audiobook and start Everless. I can’t wait!
What books did you read and what books did you get this week? Please let me know in the comments below and leave a link to your Stacking the Shelves.
To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Print Length: 352 pages
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: March 6, 2018
Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.
The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?
Why I Can’t Wait:
I LOVE retellings! To Kill A Kingdom is a Little Mermaid retelling that promises to have a deliciously dark twist on the story so I am beyond excited to get my hands on this beauty. This is Alexandra Christo’s debut novel and based on the early reviews, she in entering the book industry with a bang. Sirens, princes, and pirates Oh My! Is it March 6 yet?
Hello, Booknerds!!! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is a Love Freebie that can be anything such as romances, swoons, OTPs, etc. With this being a freebie week I cannot wait to see what everyone will come up with. For my post I decided to do the top ten OTPs. These could be spoilery for the books/series listed but not for all since sometimes my OTPs are not how things turned out in the books.
What did you pick for this week’s love freebie? Let me know in the comments below J Have an awesome rest of the week and Happy Reading!!!
Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga at Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking the Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, physical or virtual. This includes books you buy from your local bookstore or online, ebooks, ARCs, audiobooks, and books you borrow from your friends or library.
The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross
I haven’t started reading this yet, but hopefully soon because it was one of my most anticipated debuts for 2018.
Society of Wishes by Elise Kova and Lynn Larsh - I just started reading this and I am really enjoying it so far.
The Delphi Effect by Rysa Walker
The Delphi Resistance by Rysa Walker
Both Delphi ebooks are currently on sale for less than $2.00. I haven’t read these yet, but Rysa’s other series, The Chronos Files, is one of my favorite series, so I’m sure I will enjoy this trilogy too.
What books did you get this week? Please let me know in the comments below and leave a link to your STS.
Rating: 5 OWLS
When it comes to fairytale retellings, there is no one more excited than I am. As a child, I was always reading stories, listening to stories on old vinyl, or being told stories by my grandfather. One of my favorites was the story of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves; the story is one of the many stories in A Thousand and One Nights, also known as The Arabian Nights. The Wrath and the Dawn is an extraordinary retelling of A Thousand and One Nights, a collection of Arabic folk tales in which a king marries a new girl each day only to kill them at dawn the following day.
Renee Ahdieh re-created a magical world that I never wanted to leave. Ahdieh is a remarkable storyteller with outstanding world building skills and an astonishing ability to develop unforgettable characters. I don’t think that my review could ever do this book justice.
At its core The Wrath and the Dawn is a love story unlike any other; it is a magnificently beautiful love story, but extremely painful at times. I felt the story more than I read it. The world Ahdieh described felt enchanted; she spared no details about the palace, the clothing, and the food: she described the vivid colors of different attires, the most meticulous details of the palace rooms, and the smell of foods, making it very easy for the reader to transport themselves into the world she created.
Khalid, the Caliph of Kjorasan, the King of Kings, the monster boy-king, seems to be a ruthless killer. He is introduced to the reader as a monster who kills innocent women every dawn with no remorse or consideration for the girls or their families. Not only does he kill innocent women, but he seems to be oblivious to his people living in fear under his rule. I didn’t want to grow to love him, I didn’t want to excuse his behavior because I found killing women each night to be inexcusable. However, as the story progressed and more of his past and character developed, I found myself rooting for him. And I think that the reason I grew so attached to him was the fact that, besides all that was happening on the surface, deep down he is a feminist. I think the way he treated Sharzi proved that time and time again. He never saw her as his property in a culture where that seems to be the norm, he stood up for her at times, but also left her to fight her own battles. She becomes his everything but he allows her to be herself, with all of her fiery personality. He doesn’t want to tame her and turn her into a compliant wife. He respects and loves her for who she is.
Shahrzad, known as Sharzi to those who love her, is a girl who lost her best friend (Shiva) to the Caliph. She volunteers to marry the Caliph in order to kill him and revenge not only her best friend, but also all the other brides that came before her. During her first night (and what is supposed to be the only night) as the Caliph’s wife, she captures his attention and curiosity with her absorbing storytelling abilities thus earning a few extra dawns and soon Kaliph’s heart. Ahdieh created an amazing protagonist in Sharzi; she is smart, fiery, and extremely brave. I found myself rooting for her from the very beginning, although as the book progressed I was worried about her “mission” as I was swooning over Khalid. I can’t say much about her without spoiling some of the major story twists, but I can tell you that she is extremely strong and I was impressed with her ability to see past her own revenge and try to understand the bigger picture. She knew that some of her choices would lead her to betray her family and those she cared for, but her pursuit of the truth was more important. She was always able to read a situation and make quick decisions, which we rarely get to see in characters. All in all, she is quickly becoming one of my favorite female characters.
In addition to the two main characters, Ahdieh created many side characters that were equally well developed; Jalal and Despina were two of my favorites as they provided great comedic relief and managed to perfectly balance out the dark aspects of the story. I think one of the best things Ahdieh did was give a voice to several of her characters by writing the story from multiple characters point of view. This allowed the reader to get to know and form their own opinion about them.
At the end of the story there were many things left unanswered; and, there were many things that Ahdieh introduced and hinted at but never fully developed, that will leave readers immediately reaching for the sequel, The Rose and the Dagger.
One word of advice: there are many terms the author uses in the story that I was not familiar with; and, while for some the meaning could easily be deduced from the context, a glossary of terms has been included at the end. Make sure to bookmark it and refer back to it as necessary. I found it extremely helpful as I read along.
The Wrath and the Dawn is without a doubt one of my new all-time favorite novels. Ahdieh’s writing style is absolutely flawless, allowing the reader to be transported to a wonderful world full of romance, adventure, action, magic, and so much more. I would recommend this novel to everyone who likes to read; probably even those who think they don’t like to read might change their minds when they are done with this novel. Absolutely fantastic!
Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare
Print Length: 336 pages
Publication Date: February 20, 2018
Can she write a world gone wrong?
A certain pen, a certain book, and a certain person can craft entirely new worlds through a branch of science called scriptology. Elsa comes from one such world that was written into creation by her mother―a noted scriptologist.
But when her home is attacked and her mother kidnapped, Elsa is forced to cross into the real world and use her own scriptology gifts to find her. In an alternative Victorian Italy, Elsa finds a secret society of pazzerellones―young people with a gift for mechanics, alchemy, or scriptology―and meets Leo, a gorgeous mechanist with a smart mouth and tragic past. She recruits the help of these fellow geniuses just as an assassin arrives on their doorstep.
In this thrilling debut, worlds collide as Elsa unveils a deep political conspiracy seeking to unlock the most dangerous weapon ever created―and only she can stop it.
Why I Can’t Wait:
The synopsis for this book sounds amazing. The story appears to be a steampunk fantasy that promises to take the reader in a brand new world filled with magic and mystery. This is Gwendolyn Clare’s debut novel and in addition to a very intriguing story, the book itself sounds like it would be fun to go through as Mike Heath is listed as an illustrator. I have not seen a copy of this yet, but as the novel appears to be steampunk, I think that maybe it will come with some amazing illustration that would help us visualize the mechanics detailed in the story.
What book are you most excited for this week?
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Happy Tuesday, Booknerds!
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Books That Have Been On My TBR The Longest & I Still Haven’t Read. For this topic I didn’t look at my Goodreads TBR, I actually looked at my bookshelves for series that I actually own and have owned for several years that I still haven’t read :(
1. Stolarz series by Laurie Faria Stolarz:
2. Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld
3. Matched series by Ally Condie
4. Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick
5. Wings series by Aprilynne Pike
6. The Darkest Powers series by Kelley Armstrong
7. Halo series by Alexandra Adornetto
8. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
9. Wicked series by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie
Let me know if you read any of these series and what should move to the top of my TBR. Anything I should just pass on altogether?