WWW Wednesday 12/16/15

WWW Wednesday 12/16/15

This is my weekly WWW Wednesday post in which I answer three simple questions.  It is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Go check her out, her blog is great!  Each week I will answer the following three questions about what is happening in my book world.

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you are going to read next?

So, here we go.

What are you currently reading?girl of myth and legend

Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

Girl of Myth and Legend by Giselle Simlett

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

I’m still working my way through Ice Like Fire and To Kill a Mockingbird.  Girl of Myth and Legend is something I picked off of Netgalley.  Here’s the synopsis:

**Leonie Woodville wants to live an unremarkable life. She wants routine, she wants repetition, she wants predictability. So when she explodes in a blaze of light one morning on the way to her college, it’s enough to put a real crimp in her day.

And things only get weirder…

Leonie learns from her father that she is last of the Pulsar, a phenomenally powerful member of a magical species called the Chosen. It will be her sole duty to protect the Imperium, a governing hierarchy, from all enemies, and to exceed the reputation of the Pulsar before her. So – no pressure there, then.

Leonie is swept away from her rigorous normality and taken to a world of magic. There, she is forced into a ceremony to join her soul to a guardian, Korren, who is both incredibly handsome and intensely troubled, a relationship for which ‘it’s complicated’ just really doesn’t cut it.

But Leonie is soon to learn that this ancient world is no paradise. With violent dissidents intent to overthrow the Imperium, and dark entities with their own agenda, she and Korren find themselves caught in a war where they will have to overcome their differences if they are to survive.

Dare to dream. Dare to hope. Dare to be a legend.

What did you recently finish reading?crystallum

Crystallum by Laney McMann

You can find my review for it here! I enjoyed it. It was a fun, relaxing, and somewhat mindless read.

 

 

blood and saltWhat do you think you’ll read next?

(All synopses are from Goodreads)

Still looking forward to reading these:

Blood and Salt

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.

I came across this one around Halloween time, and have been looking forward to it ever since it showed up on my doorstep.  

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In-Between by Jennifer E. Smithhello, goodbye

On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan have only one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night leads them to family and friends, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?

Charming, bittersweet, and full of wisdom and heart, this irresistible novel from Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, explores the difficult choices that arise when life and love lead in different directions

I’ve heard so many great things about this book and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (which I also want to read) that I thought I would pick this one up soon.

I can’t wait to hear what the rest of you are reading!! Let me know in the comments.

Happy Reading!
Erin

ARC Review: Crystallum

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ARC Review: Crystallum by Laney McMann

I received Crystallum as an ARC on Netgalley in return for an honest review.  Crystallum is the first book in the Primordial Principles series. Here’s an overview of the book.

Synopsis

Kadence Sparrow wasn’t born a devil’s child—she was turned into one. Now, she’s hiding from the truth, and running for her life.

For years, Kade’s true nature has lurked behind an illusion, so when her dad gets another job transfer, she knows the drill: no close friends, no boyfriends, and most importantly: don’t expose what she is. Ever. Keeping secrets is easy. Lies are second nature. So is the loneliness—and the fear, but when the Shadows attack, and Kade meets Cole Spires, she could expose everything she’s trying to hide.

As one of the Celestial Children, Cole lives by an oath: defend the Ward, protect the Primordial race, guard the gateways, and stick to his own. Everything else is a distraction, and besides, he’s lost enough. Cole’s job is clear, and no one his age does it better. So, when he meets Kade in a club downtown, he assumes she just wants his attention. Most girls do, but Cole soon realizes … Kade isn’t like most girls.

The children of heaven and hell are living among us, fighting an age-old war. And falling for someone from the opposition is not an option. But a chance encounter between Kade and Cole will blur the rules, as Kade’s journey to keep her truth hidden catapults them together and into a web of lies, forcing her to not only face the demon inside her, but to answer the hardest question of all.

Which is thicker—blood or water?

Review

I had fun reading Crystallum.  It was definitely enjoyable.  The characters were fun to read.  At first it reminded me quite a bit of The Mortal Instruments series with the Celestial Children being children of the gods and talk of demons.  Unfortunately it wasn’t nearly as good as The Mortal Instruments.  The relationship between Cole and Kade was fun to read.  There were definitely some steamy scenes. I think they were my favorite part of the book.  Their relationship, while there is definitely an insta-love connection, their relationship is strained and not perfect, making it a bit more realistic.  

I finally figured out why I was disappointed with the book.  While the book is exciting after I finally got into it, it did take a bit to get into it and then there was about 100 pages that were really exciting and couldn’t get through fast enough, then the end seemed rather anticlimactic.  McCann tried to surprise you with a twist unfortunately I found it rather predictable.  I wish I could give this book a better review because it was a fun read, but I just can’t.  Luckily, the characters were fun to read.   

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Cole – Cole is fantastic. He is sarcastic and charmingly arrogant.  He is in charge and knows what he’s doing, and he definitely comes off that way.  This makes him a strong enough character to balance out Kade, a strong character in her own right.

 

Kade – Kade is awekadencesome.  She reminds me a little bit of myself. She’s crazy sarcastic. She’s not afraid to stand up for herself, sometimes causing her to get into fights with people who are significantly bigger than her. She doubts herself which makes really relatable. I love hergiselle.

Giselle – Giselle is the perfect best friend for Kade.  She cuts right through Kade’s sarcasm with her own sassiness.  She has a tendency to get annoying at times the way good best friends do, with telling Kade what to do and fishing for information all the time.

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Danny – Danny is the best friend and second-in-command that balances Cole out.  He plays the role of Cole’s conscience and keep Cole grounded. Danny gets annoying too as good friends should because he is constantly trying to keep Cole on the right path, but it’s so good because it creates such a good balance.

 

 

Rating

Overall, like I’ve said several times already, I enjoyed reading this book.  However, I don’t think it would have been nearly as enjoyable if the characters hadn’t been so relationally relatable and realistic.  They are what made it.  The plot just didn’t do it for me.  I have been trying to decide if I’m going to continue reading the series. I think I’ll try the second book, Daemoneum, when it comes out in 2016, and see what happens.  Due to the plot issues, I can only give Crystallum by Laney McMann a C+.  It gets the plus due to the awesomeness of the characters.

Happy Reading!

Erin

 

December TBR

December TBR

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So, since it’s December, I thought I’d post some snow pictures. It doesn’t look like this outside my window anymore, but it definitely did about ten days ago when we had 17, yes, 17 inches of snow dumped on us in northern Illinois.

Made some progress in November getting through my list of books I made in October, but, yes, I am still working on it. I’m hoping to get through this list, so I can start fresh for the beginning of the new year. I rebooted my Netgalley account. I’m hoping to get a chance to read more ARCs this month as well as get through these others that I have lying around my house. I’m feeling a little TBR pressure, but with winter break coming at the end of the month, I’m excited to get a chance to read more.  Now I just have to get ready for all the book reviews I’m going to end up writing.

December Books:

Ice Like Fire by Sarah Raasch – I’ in the middle of it right now. It’s ok. I’ll be done with it soon.

Crystallum by Laney McCann- I’m in the middle of this one too. It is an Advanced Reader Copy off of Netgalley.  I’m really liking it so far.  It reminds me a bit of Fallen by Lauren Kate.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In-Between by Jennifer E. Smith

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett

There aren’t any new additions to the list this month like there were last month. With the holidays coming up and a whole list of books to focus on already I am just going to read the ones I have already.  Don’t worry, come January there will be a whole new list due to the bunches of books I am hoping to get for Christmas and with a brand new 2016 Book Challenge that I am hoping to actually accomplish for next year.

Can’t wait to hear what you’re reading this month. I always love new book suggestions!

Happy Reading!

Erin

WWW Wednesday 11/25/15

WWW Wed

WWW Wednesday 11/25/15

This is my weekly WWW Wednesday post in which I answer three simple questions.  It is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Go check her out, her blog is great!  Each week I will answer the following three questions about what is happening in my book world.

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you are going to read next?

So, here we go.

What are you currently reading?

Crystallum by Laney McCann

crystallum

Not much progress here. . . I read this one mostly at work on much lunch break and it’s easy to get distracted, so that’s why.  It’s interesting, though.  Right now, it’s reminding me a lot of the Fallen series.

Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

ice like fire

It’s starting to pick up a bit, so I’m hoping to finish this one over my long Thanksgiving weekend.

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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It is pretty slow moving through this one since I am reading it at the pace my students are reading it, but I am appreciating this more than I ever did when I read it in high school.  I’m so glad I’m getting the chance to reread it.

What did you recently finish reading?

Fire Falling

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It was SO, SO good!! I stayed up until 1:00am two nights in a row, and on work nights no less, because I didn’t want to put it down!!  I’ll have my book review up as soon as I get over my book hangover.

What do you think you’ll read next?

(All synopses are from Goodreads)

Blood and Salt

blood and salt

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.

**I came across this one around Halloween time, and have been looking forward to it ever since it showed up on my doorstep.  

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In-Between by Jennifer E. Smith

hello, goodbye

On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan have only one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night leads them to family and friends, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?

Charming, bittersweet, and full of wisdom and heart, this irresistible novel from Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, explores the difficult choices that arise when life and love lead in different directions

**I’ve heard so many great things about this book and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (which I also want to read) that I thought I would pick this one up soon.

I can’t wait to hear what the rest of you are reading!! Let me know in the comments.

Happy Reading!
Erin

WWW Wednesday November 18, 2015

WWW Wednesday

So sorry!! I know, I’m a day late with this one, but here it is.  Enjoy!!

This is my weekly WWW Wednesday post in which I answer three simple questions.  It is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Go check her out, her blog is great!  Each week I will answer the following three questions about what is happening in my book world.

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you are going to read next?

So, here we go.

What are you currently reading?

crystallum

Crystallum by Laney McCann

I got an advanced reader’s copy of Crystallum through NetGalley.  It’s pretty good so far.  I’m only about 25 pages, so things are still being established, but the beginning has really pulled me in and makes me want to continue reading.

ice like fire

Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

Much like with Snow Like Ashes, the beginning of the second book in the series is slow moving.  There is quite a bit of political explanation being carried over from the freshman book.  However, I am loving Meira and Theron’s relationship. Theron is so supportive, but I can already tell things are going to get a little rocky between the two of them eventually.

TKAM

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

It is pretty slow moving through this one since I am reading it at the pace my students are reading it, but I am appreciating this more than I ever did when I read it in high school.  I’m so glad I’m getting the chance to reread it.

What did you recently finish reading?

Six-of-Crows

Six of Crows

Six of Crows was great!! It was very different from the Grisha series, but I still loved it.  Check out my full review of it here. And definitely check out the book trailer for the second book in the series, Crooked Kingdom, on YouTube, here.

Air Awakens

Air Awakens

Loved rereading this one and having the opportunity to discuss it with Elise Kova and fellow fans of it.  Cannot wait to start Fire Falling today!

sleeper and spindle

The Sleeper and the Spindle

Neil Gaiman definitely did not disappoint with this beautiful twist on the fairy tales of Snow White and Sleeping Beauty.  Not only that, but the illustrations are absolutely stunning. A full review will be coming soon.

What do you think you’ll read next?

(All synopses are from Goodreads)

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Fire Falling by Elise Kova

Soldier… Sorcerer… Savior… Who is Vhalla Yarl?

Vhalla Yarl marches to war as property of the Solaris Empire. The Emperor counts on her to bring victory, the Senate counts on her death, and the only thing Vhalla can count on is the fight of her life. As she grapples with the ghosts of her past, new challenges in the present threaten to shatter the remnants of her fragile sanity. Will she maintain her humanity? Or will she truly become the Empire’s monster?

Fire Falling is the second book in the Air Awakens Series.

This book should be showing up in my mail TOMORROW!!! At least, that’s what Amazon told me yesterday.  As soon as I get it everything else will be put on hold just so I can read this one.  That’s how excited I am about it.  If you want to see the cover for the third book in the series and want all the info on how to preorder the third book, Earth’s End, as well as places to order Air Awakens and Fire Falling, get connected with the author, Elise Kova, her Goodreads Fan Club and her Street Team, go check out my post on the cover reveal of Earth’s End.

I can’t wait to hear what the rest of you are reading!! Let me know in the comments.

Happy Reading!
Erin

WWW Wednesday. November 11, 2015

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WWW Wednesday, November 11, 2015

I’m starting a new weekly post called WWW Wednesday (clearly…). It is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Go check her out blog, it’s great!  Each week I will answer the following three questions about what is happening in my book world.

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you are going to read next?

So, here we go.

What are you currently reading?

TKAM

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

I’m currently reading this because I work in a school with high school Freshmen. Every freshman reads this book.  It is interesting rereading this book as an adult compared to when I read as a high school freshman. I am noticing so many more things that I really couldn’t have cared less about when I was in school.  I am realizing just how big of an impact this book has had since it was published. We will move through it slowly. Right now, we are about to read through Chapter 4 so we are definitely still at the very beginning, and already I am noticing so many things about Scout that probably didn’t even register when I was reading it the first time through. If you read this as a teenager, it is definitely worth a reread as an adult, and if you have never read it. I highly recommend it.

Air Awakens

Air Awakens by Elise Kova

This is another reread in anticipation of the release of the sequel, Fire Falling, on November 19th.  Only 9 days away!!  I’m so excited!! You can check out my full review of Air Awakens here.  This book is the epitome of YA fantasy in a remarkably good way. Vhalla, the main character, is a library apprentice who discovers she is destined for bigger things than the library. Aldrik, the crowned prince, helps her to discover what that destiny could potentially be. The characters are beautifully written and the story, oh my gosh, the story! I can’t even! I’m so excited for Fire Falling. Based on the reviews I’ve read so far it is going to be better than the first and I CANNOT wait!  Oh my, I almost forgot!! Also, keep an eye out over the next week or so.  The cover reveal for the third book in the series is November 15th, and I’ll have a post up for that as well. So many exciting things!!

Last, but definitely not least,

six of crows

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

     I am ashamed to say that I have been reading this book for awhile. It definitely was not because the book wasn’t good. This book so far is amazing!! If you read my November TBR post,which can be found here, you will see that I was just a total slacker during the month of October in regards to books. I have about 30 pages left in this book, I plan to finish it today and have the review up by this weekend, so be on the lookout for that. I’m super excited to write the review for Six of Crows.  So many ideas!!!

What did you recently finish reading?

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Grey by E.L James

This is Fifty Shades of Grey from Christian Grey’s perspective.  It was ok. Nothing special, but I thought it was definitely better than the story from Ana’s perspective.  Ana’s perspective was so whiny, and her goddess inside her head got super weird at times, definitely to the point where it was comical. Despite the fact that I dislike the story from Ana’s perspective, if you are planning on reading Grey and haven’t read Fifty Shades yet; I would definitely start with Fifty Shades.  There are pieces of the story that you miss if you read Grey without having read Fifty Shades.

What do you think you’ll read next?

(All synopses are from Goodreads)

Fire-Falling-Cover

Fire Falling by Elise Kova

Soldier… Sorcerer… Savior… Who is Vhalla Yarl?

Vhalla Yarl marches to war as property of the Solaris Empire. The Emperor counts on her to bring victory, the Senate counts on her death, and the only thing Vhalla can count on is the fight of her life. As she grapples with the ghosts of her past, new challenges in the present threaten to shatter the remnants of her fragile sanity. Will she maintain her humanity? Or will she truly become the Empire’s monster?

Fire Falling is the second book in the Air Awakens Series.

     The beginning of this post in my discussion about Air Awakens pretty much explains why I want to read this book. . . SO EXCITED!!

crystallum

Crystallum by Laney McMann

Kadence Sparrow wasn’t born a devil’s child—she was turned into one. Now, she’s hiding from the truth, and running for her life.

For years, Kade’s true nature has lurked behind an illusion, so when her dad gets another job transfer, she knows the drill: no close friends, no boyfriends, and most importantly: don’t expose what she is. Ever. Keeping secrets is easy. Lies are second nature. So is the loneliness—and the fear, but when the Shadows attack, and Kade meets Cole Spires, she could expose everything she’s trying to hide.

As one of the Celestial Children, Cole lives by an oath: defend the Ward, protect the Primordial race, guard the gateways, and stick to his own. Everything else is a distraction, and besides, he’s lost enough. Cole’s job is clear, and no one his age does it better. So, when he meets Kade in a club downtown, he assumes she just wants his attention. Most girls do, but Cole soon realizes … Kade isn’t like most girls.

The children of heaven and hell are living among us, fighting an age-old war. And falling for someone from the opposition is not an option. But a chance encounter between Kade and Cole will blur the rules, as Kade’s journey to keep her truth hidden catapults them together and into a web of lies, forcing her to not only face the demon inside her, but to answer the hardest question of all.

Which is thicker—blood or water?

     I chose to read this book because I am trying to revive my NetGalley account.  I kind of ignored it throughout the summer when I was trying to read the Maze Runner series, and now I want to get back in it again.I chose this one because I really enjoyed the Fallen series by Lauren Kate and this sounded a little like that, and who doesn’t like a hell vs. heaven story.  Good vs. evil is such a prevalent concept in media and our society, so I always like to get a take on it from an author’s world and perspective.

sleeper and spindle

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman

A thrillingly reimagined fairy tale from the truly magical combination of author Neil Gaiman and illustrator Chris Riddell – weaving together a sort-of Snow White and an almost Sleeping Beauty with a thread of dark magic, which will hold readers spellbound from start to finish.

On the eve of her wedding, a young queen sets out to rescue a princess from an enchantment. She casts aside her fine wedding clothes, takes her chain mail and her sword and follows her brave dwarf retainers into the tunnels under the mountain towards the sleeping kingdom. This queen will decide her own future – and the princess who needs rescuing is not quite what she seems. Twisting together the familiar and the new, this perfectly delicious, captivating and darkly funny tale shows its creators at the peak of their talents.

Lavishly produced, packed with glorious Chris Riddell illustrations enhanced with metallic ink, this is a spectacular and magical gift.

     I have been wanting to read Neil Gaiman forever, and other books just keep getting in the way.  I saw this one as I was sifting through Amazon recommendations, and was so taken by the beautiful illustrations I knew I just had to read it. Plus, I’m a huge fan of fairy tale adaptations, and if it is done by Neil Gaiman, how can it not be good?

I can’t wait to hear what the rest of you are reading!! Let me know in the comments.

Happy Reading!
Erin