EVERY WISH HAS A COST BUT WILL THE SOCIETY BE WILLING TO PAY IT?
Once a hacker-for-hire living in the shadows, Josephina “Jo” Espinosa is the newest member of a magical Society. Their mandate? To grant the wishes of mortals. A simple enough task until Jo is faced with an impossible wish – and her inability to grant it might spell disaster for her entire team, if not the Society itself.
Jo is used to high-pressure situations, but after a string of disasters, the last thing she needs is stakes of this magnitude. Especially given that neither she nor the Society know quite what the consequences of failing to grant a wish might be.
The only person with answers is the Society’s aloof and cryptic leader, Snow. Yet while Jo is enigmatically drawn to the man, all their clandestine encounters leave her with only more questions about the true nature of the Society, her magic, and her own history.
Time is running out for the Society, and an executioner will rise from among them to exact the price of failure.
Why I Can’t Wait:
I am currently reading the first book in the Wish Quartet, Society of Wishes, and I am really enjoying it. I should be done reading it sometime this weekend and I know I will be ready to pick up book two in the series, Circle of Ashes. I am fascinated by the concept of wish granting that Kova and Larsh came up with. I am emotionally invested in Jo and the rest of the characters and I cannot wait to see what they are up to next.
Hello, Booknerds!!! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Books That Take Place In Another Country. This was such a fun post to put together! I actually typed up my post while sitting in from of my bookshelves for inspiration. With that being said, I feel like I need to put a disclaimer that while I own all of these, there are just a couple of books on this list that I haven’t read yet but hope to read very soon. So without further ado, here are some of the books I own that take place in another country.
As a bonus, the entire Harry Potter series because it’s my favorite!
Even though I now live in the United States, I am originally from Romania so seeing books set in my home country is always fun. Yet, from a very early age I’ve been dreaming of visiting London; as a huge Jane Austen fan it was impossible not to long for a trip through England. I was fortunate enough to go visit London in 2014. It was an amazing experience and I would move there in a heartbeat if the opportunity ever presented itself. Is there a place you would like to visit because of a book you’ve read?
Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian
Print Length: 448 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: April 24, 2018
Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Queen of Flame and Fury, was murdered before her eyes. Ten years later, Theo has learned to survive under the relentless abuse of the Kaiser and his court as the ridiculed “Ash Princess.” Pretending to be empty-headed and naive when she's not enduring brutal whippings, she pushes down all other thoughts but one: Keep the Kaiser happy and he will keep you safe.
When the Kaiser forces her to execute her last hope of rescue, Theo can't keep her feelings and memories pushed down any longer. She vows revenge, throwing herself into a plot to seduce and murder the Kaiser's warrior son with the help of a group of magically gifted and volatile rebels. But Theo doesn't expect to develop feelings for the Prinz. Or for her rebel allies to challenge her friendship with the one person who's been kind to her throughout the last hopeless decade: her heart's sister, Cress.
Cornered into impossible choices and unable to trust even those who are on her side, Theo will have to decide how far she's willing to go to save her people and how much of herself she's willing to sacrifice to become queen.
Why I Can’t Wait:
This book caught my attention last year and I am so excited that it is almost time for me to get my hands on it. Fantasy is my absolute favorite genre and Ash Princess, the first book in an epic new fantasy trilogy, promises an intriguing read with lots of twists and turns that are sure to make it hard for me to put down.
Hello, Booknerds!!! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Books On My Spring TBR. There are so many books that I would like to get to this spring and I am not sure I will get to stick to this TBR since I tend to pick whatever I am in the mood for at any given time, but here are the ones I would really like to read this spring:
What is on your Spring TBR? Do you find it easy to come up with a plan and stick to it or do you read whatever you are in the mood for?
Until next time….. Happy Reading!
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
Print Length: 352 pages
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: April 24, 2018
OND ELDR. BREATHE FIRE.
Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.
Faced with her brother's betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.
She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.
Why I Can’t Wait:
Sky in the Deep is marketed as part Wonder Woman part Vikings. Need I say more? When I first saw this book I was completely drawn in by the main character, Eelyn, and the prospect of an amazing warrior female protagonist. The book summary is filled with intrigue, betrayal, and romance and promises an epic fantasy debut from author Adrienne Young.
Happy Tuesday, Booknerds!!! I hope you are all having a great week so far. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Books That Surprised Me (in a good or bad way).
For this week I decided to go with Books That Pleasantly Surprised Me. A few years ago I would have said that contemporary books are just not my cup of tea, but that has completely changed since reading some of the fantastic contemporaries listed below.
1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell— my absolute favorite contemporary. I re-read this at least once every year.
2. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell— such an amazing read! Can’t believe it made the Banned Books list. If you haven’t read this I highly recommend it. Break the rules, rebel, and pick it up!
3. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green— In reading the synopsis for this book, I didn’t think I would enjoy it much, but I ended up absolutely loving it!
4. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas— I just finished this last week and I am still trying to write a review that would do this justice. It is such an important and powerful read. No wonder it won all the awards!
5. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli — This is just a fantastic story!
6. Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern — this book is pure perfection. I don’t think my review can ever do it justice. (Review)
7. I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson — This was such an emotional read, but I loved every minute of it!
8. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon— This was such a fun read. (Review)
9. The Upside Of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli — I am actually currently reading this, but I felt like I had to include it on this list because it’s such a cute read. I’ve had quite a few laugh out loud moments!
10. Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins — I cheated a bit here since I really adored all three books and they are so interconnected.
How did you interpret this week's topic?
Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga at Tynga’s Reviews; it is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, physical or virtual. This includes book you buy from your local bookstore or online, ebooks, ARCs, and books you borrow from your friends or library.
A Taxonomy of Love by Rachel Allen
The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross
The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano
These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas
Wonder Woman Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
Note: The following ebooks are on sale for the month of March: Caraval is $2.99 and A Study in Charlotte is $1.99.
What books did you read this week and what books did you get this week? Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by. Happy reading!
Rating: 4 OWLS
The Rose and the Dagger is the epic conclusion in The Wrath and the Dawn duology and brings Shahrzad’s story to a close. The story picks up right where we left off at the end of The Wrath and the Dawn (review).
At its core the Rose and the Dagger, just like its prequel, is a superbly beautiful written love story. The romance between Khalid, the Caliph of Kjorasan, and Shahrzad is one of the best I have ever read. I believe the quote below perfectly sums up why this particular relationship is one of my all-time favorites. Khalid treats Sharzi as his equal. He doesn’t wish to change her and mold her into a compliant wife. He loves her for who she is, he respects her opinions and allows her to make her own decisions. Yes they sometimes disagree and their tempers flare, but at the end of the day it is a relationship that is built on mutual respect and trust.
“It was because they were two parts of a whole. He did not belong to her. And she did not belong to him. It was never about belonging to someone. It was about belonging together.”
I loved that in the face of hardship, Sharzi stayed true to herself. She is a force to be reckoned with, she is feisty, fiery, strong, silver-tongued, and extremely brave. She stands up for what she believes is right, sometimes against those closest to her. Sharzi is very loyal and fair. Her relationship with her sister Irsa was one of my favorite things in this novel.
In addition to the two main characters, Sharzi and Khalid, Ahdieh further developed many characters that were previously introduced in her fantastic debut The Wrath and the Dawn, while also managing to introduce new characters there were equally well developed. The magical elements were present but it almost felt like they took a back seat to the astounding cast of characters that offered a very complex and intricate story and relationships; hearts were broken, love blossomed, friendships were built, forgiveness was granted. The connections and relationships are extremely deep and beautifully written. I was fully invested in the characters and their relationships.
Rene Ahdieh is a fantastic storyteller, with an impeccable writing style; I was lost in the world of Kjorasan every time I picked up the book. The Rose and the Dagger was an outstanding read, unique in its composition, with an amazing cast of characters that I know I will revisit again.
In Sight of Stars by Gae Polisner
Print Length: 256 pages
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: March 13, 2018
Seventeen-year-old Klee’s father was the center of his life. He introduced Klee to the great museums of New York City and the important artists on their walls, he told him stories made of myths and magic. Until his death.
Now, forced to live in the suburbs with his mom, Klee can’t help but feel he’s lost all the identifying parts of himself—his beloved father, weekly trips to the MoMA, and the thrumming energy of New York City. That is until he meets wild and free Sarah in art class, with her quick smiles and jokes about his “brooding.” Suddenly it seems as if she’s the only thing that makes him happy. But when an act of betrayal sends him reeling, Klee lands in what is bitingly referred to as the “Ape Can,” a psychiatric hospital for teens in Northollow.
While there, he undergoes intensive therapy and goes back over the pieces of his life to find out what was real, what wasn’t, and whether he can stand on his own feet again. Told in alternating timelines, leading up to the event that gets him committed and working towards getting back out, Gae Polisner’s In Sight of Stars is a gorgeous novel told in minimalist strokes to maximal effect, about what makes us fall apart and how we can put ourselves back together again.
Why I Can’t Wait:
I happened to see this book and was immediately drawn in by the synopsis. The fact that the story is told in alternating timelines leading up to his commitment to the psychiatric hospital for teens in Northollow really captured my attention as I believe there will be some surprising elements that will be revealed. In Sight of Stars will be my first Gae Polisner read but I have heard amazing things about her writing and I am very excited to get my copy.
Hello, Booknerds!!! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Favorite Book Quotes. I actually keep journals filled with favorite quotes, some from books some from different people, and I really enjoyed going through and reading some to write this post. Some of these I have memorized because I’ve read them over and over again. The hardest part was deciding which ten to go with and then forcing myself to only include one from Harry Potter :) So, in no particular order, here are some of my favorite book quotes.
“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.” Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
“My equal in every way; she would wear my crown, sit on a throne beside mine. Never sidelined, never designated to breeding and parties and child rearing. My queen.” A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
“To really be a nerd, she'd decided, you had to prefer fictional worlds to the real one.” Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
“Even the strongest blizzards start with a single snowflake.” Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
“Libraries are full of ideas – perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.” Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
“I don’t see books. I see doors into other worlds. Windows into minds. The life of man spinning beyond time.” Park Service by Ryan Winfield
“Life is a book and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read.” Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
“I went away in my head, into a book. That was where I went whenever read life was too hard or too inflexible” The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
How do you keep track of quotes that capture your attention; do you keep a journal, highlight in the book? Can’t wait to see what quotes made your list so make sure to leave me a link to your post. I leave you with a fun song all about words from The Phantom Tollbooth! Thanks for stopping by and have a great rest of the week!