December Wrap-up/January TBR
Here is my December Wrap-Up. I was proud of myself this month. I averaged a book a week and got my Netgalley account back up and running this month. Each of my full reviews is available for these books.I hope you enjoy!
Ice Like Fire by Sarah Raasch – Find my full review here. It was a good book. It definitely suffered from “middle book” syndrome. Sara Raasch seemed to be setting up a bunch of things for the third book, which I am now really excited for.
Crystallum by Laney McMann- This was a fun fantasy read. Check out my full review here. This was a new release in November and the first book in a new series. I’m definitely going to check out the next one because this one was just that much fun.
Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In-Between by Jennifer E. Smith – This one was my first Jennifer E. Smith read. I was skeptical about picking it up, but it wasn’t just a love story. It was so much more. My full review is here, check it out!
Girl of Myth and Legend by Giselle Simlett – I wasn’t a big fan of this one. It started off strong, but kinda went downhill from there. This was a new release this month, debut novel, and first book in a series. I think I’m going to check out the next book in the series with the hopes that it will get better. Full review here.
Ok. So my goal for 2016 is to expand my reading genres, or become a more well-read person, however you want to look at it. Part of this will include taking on a reading challenge by reading books that span several centuries. More about that will be coming soon. This reading goal of becoming more well-read will start in January with The Song of Fire and Ice series. As a result of this goal, there will probably be fewer YA reviews on my blog, but don’t worry I am hoping to keep up with those reviews and just read more books, overall, this year. I am really going to work to read more ARCs from my NetGalley account this year as well. So, finally, here are my books that I plan on reading in January. All of the synopses are from Goodreads.
Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett:
Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the Corn in this one-of-a-kind romantic horror.
“When you fall in love, you will carve out your heart and throw it into the deepest ocean. You will be all in—blood and salt.”
These are the last words Ash Larkin hears before her mother returns to the spiritual commune she escaped long ago. But when Ash follows her to Quivira, Kansas, something sinister and ancient waits among the rustling cornstalks of this village lost to time.
Ash is plagued by memories of her ancestor, Katia, which harken back to the town’s history of unrequited love and murder, alchemy and immortality. Charming traditions soon give way to a string of gruesome deaths, and Ash feels drawn to Dane, a forbidden boy with secrets of his own.
As the community prepares for a ceremony five hundred years in the making, Ash must fight not only to save her mother, but herself—and discover the truth about Quivira before it’s too late. Before she’s all in—blood and salt.
Why I want to read it: This has been on my TBR since September, and I just haven’t gotten around to it, so this will be the month that happens.
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray:
Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.
Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.
Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.
A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.
Why I want to read it: This book has been sitting on my bookshelf for over a year. My roommate has read it, my sister has read, and they both loved it. Now that the sequel is out, I decided it is about time to finally read this one.
Spring 2016 Penguin Teen Preview:
I got this collection from Netgalley. Get a sneak peek at Spring 2016’s hottest books!
THE DARK DAYS CLUB by Alison Goodman, SALT TO THE SEA by Ruta Sepetys, REBEL OF THE SANDS by Alwyn Hamilton, WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT by April Genevieve Tucholke, and THE PASSION OF DOLSSA by Julie Berry
Why I want to read it: I read a collection like this around this time last year, and it helped me pick out and read some of the best books I read in 2015, so I thought this one my do the same for 2016.
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin:
Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.
As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.
The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.
Why I want to read it: I have loved the TV show since it started, and can’t wait to see what the books have in store. That, and my wonderful roommate and friend has been yelling at me about reading this series for about nine months now, so I decided it was finally time to get into it.
A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin:
Time is out of joint. The summer of peace and plenty, ten years long, is drawing to a close, and the harsh, chill winter approaches like an angry beast. Two great leaders—Lord Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon—who held sway over an age of enforced peace are dead…victims of royal treachery. Now, from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns, as pretenders to the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms prepare to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.
As a prophecy of doom cuts across the sky—a comet the color of blood and flame—six factions struggle for control of a divided land. Eddard’s son Robb has declared himself King in the North. In the south, Joffrey, the heir apparent, rules in name only, victim of the scheming courtiers who teem over King’s Landing. Robert’s two brothers each seek their own dominion, while a disfavored house turns once more to conquest. And a continent away, an exiled queen, the Mother of Dragons, risks everything to lead her precious brood across a hard hot desert to win back the crown that is rightfully hers.
A Clash of Kings transports us into a magnificent, forgotten land of revelry and revenge, wizardry and wartime. It is a tale in which maidens cavort with madmen, brother plots against brother, and the dead rise to walk in the night. Here a princess masquerades as an orphan boy; a knight of the mind prepares a poison for a treacherous sorceress; and wild men descend from the Mountains of the Moon to ravage the countryside.
Against a backdrop of incest and fratricide, alchemy and murder, the price of glory may be measured in blood. And the spoils of victory may just go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel…and the coldest hearts. For when rulers clash, all of the land feels the tremors.
Audacious, inventive, brilliantly imagined, A Clash of Kings is a novel of dazzling beauty and boundless enchantment;a tale of pure excitement you will never forget.
Why I want to read it: I am so excited to finally be starting this series!! It is jumpstarting my new goals as a reader in 2016. So looking forward to this new year!!
I can’t wait to hear what you’re reading this month. I always love new book suggestions!