Goodbye and Hello: July Wrap-Up/August TBR

Goodbye and Hello: July Wrap-Up/August TBR

July Books:


The Wrath and the Dawn
by Renee Ahdieh

I’m so glad I reread this before reading The Rose and the Dagger. It reminded of everything I loved about the story and was a good reminder of everything that happened before jumping into the second book.

The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

I really enjoyed the second book of this duology. Check out my full review here!

Wrecked by Maria Padian

I picked this one on NetGalley because the topic was really relevant. It’s about an alleged rape on a college campus, and the crazy that ensues afterwards. It seems to address several topics of situations like this very realistically, and the book definitely addressed college campus rape culture. This one comes out in early October, so my full review will be out at the end of September. I definitely recommend it!

The Hazards of Skinny Dipping by Alyssa Rose Ivy

I picked this one up for fun, while I was wading my way through the beginning of A Clash of Kings. It was a quick and easy read, but I got super annoyed with it at times. You can check out my mini review of it  in my WWW Wednesday post from last week.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I’m about halfway through this one, but I’m on a retreat with a bunch of high school students this weekend that I am super excited about, so I don’t think I’ll be getting much reading done, but a review will be coming for this one as soon as I finish it.

August Books:

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

Why I want to read this series?

I love everything that Sarah J. Maas writes. And I’ve heard nothing but good things about this series.

clash of kingsA 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 this series?

I love the TV show, and really enjoyed the first book, so I thought I would continue with the series.

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven.

Why I want to read it?

This one has been on my TBR for awhile. I had a student recommend it to me last school year. This upcoming school year, which starts in just under a month, I am leading a discussion group on this book as part of the summer reading program.

Jack by A.M. Homes

In Jack, A. M. Homes gives us a teenager who wants nothing more than to be normal—even if being normal means having divorced parents and a rather strange best friend. But when Jack’s father takes him out in a rowboat on Lake Watchmayoyo and tells his son he’s gay, nothing will ever be normal again. Out of Jack’s struggle to redefine what “family” means, A. M. Homes crafts a novel of enormous humor, charm, and resonance, the most convincing, funny, and insightful novel about adolescence since The Catcher in the Rye.

Why I want to read it?

This one is another book I’m reading in preparation for the school year. I’m working with sophomores in addition to working with freshmen this year, and this is the first book we are reading this year.

Tears of Time by Joel Lawrence

Cal State freshman Eden Ellis feels like a stranger in time, and her dreams are growing more dangerous each night. Is she really the reincarnation of a Bronze Age princess, or is that just the medication talking?

Dreams and reality start weaving together, and Eden and her friends begin to develop extraordinary powers and find themselves confronted with ancient secrets, government experiments, and the return of the same demonic force that nearly shattered the world 3,500 years ago.

Eden’s dreams hold the key to saving the future—if she can embrace her duel identity and defeat the reincarnation of the man she used to love.

Why I want to read it?

I was sent this book as an ARC in return for an honest review, so that’s what I’ll be doing. It, of course, sounded super entertaining too!
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What are you guys reading during the month of August??

Happy Reading!

Erin

 

WWW Wednesday 7/27/16

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WWW Wednesday 7/26/16

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?

clash of kings

 

**A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin

This one is moving a little slow for me, but I’m really going to try to stick with it. I guess we’ll see what happens.

 

**Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

This series has been sitting on my bookshelf for 9 months, and people, in particular, my awesome sister, have been bugging me for years to read it, so I finally am. I’m super excited to have finally started it.

**Devour by Shelly Crane

This one I started only because I wasn’t home, and it was one of the few times I left the house without a book that I had already started, and all I had was my Kindle.

What did you recently finish reading?

**The Hazards of Skinny Dipping by Alyssa Rose Ivy

I picked this one up as a bit of a break from A Clash of Kings. It’s NA Romance. I’m getting into these more because they are entertaining and easy reads. This one drove me crazy! The main character was weak and gave into the guys she was seeing. She seemed to have no backbone The male characters were misogynistic and controlling. I felt like I was cringing and yelling at the characters every couple of pages, but I stuck with it because it was easy and entertaining. I almost got to the point where I DNF’d it, but not quite.

What do you think you’ll read next?

(All synopses are from Goodreads)

**Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

**Heir of Fire

Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak―but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life―and her future―forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

The bestselling series that has captured readers all over the world reaches new heights in this sequel to the New York Times best-selling Crown of Midnight. Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this third book will enthrall readers from start to finish.

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

Happy Reading!

Erin

WWW Wednesday 7/20/16

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WWW Wednesday 7/20/16

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?clash of kings

**A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin

I’m excited to jump back into this series now that I’m having some Game of Thrones withdrawal with the latest season of it having ended a few weeks ago.

 

**The Hazards of Skinny Dipping by Alyssa Rose Ivy

I decided to pick up an NA romance to balance out all the heaviness of A Clash of Kings, so we’ll see how I like it. I don’t typically read a lot of NA, but I thought I’d try.

 

What did you recently finish reading?

**The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

I ended up really liking this book in the end. I still didn’t like it as much as the first one. The Wrath and the Dawn pulled you in so quickly. Check out what I thought about it in my review.

 

**Wrecked by Maria Padian

I could not put this one down. While it is about some heavy content, a rape case on a college campus, it was very good. This one comes out Oct. 4, so my review for it will be up just before it’s release date. Keep on the lookout for it.

What do you think you’ll read next?

(All synopses are from Goodreads)

**Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

**Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

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

Happy Reading!

Erin

WWW Wednesday 7/13/16

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WWW Wednesday 7/13/16

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?

**The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

I’m really liking this book. I’m not sure if I like it as much as I enjoyed  The Wrath and the Dawn, but it is good, nonetheless. I’m still holding out in hopes that it will be as good as the first one.

 

**Wrecked by Maria Padian

I’m still pretty early on in this book, so I don’t really have a lot to say about it quite yet.

 

What did you recently finish reading?

**The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

I loved this book the second time around as much as the first. It’s a beautiful and tortured love story with broken and imperfect characters.

What do you think you’ll read next?

(All synopses are from Goodreads)

clash of kings**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.

**Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

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

Happy Reading!

Erin

WWW Wednesday 7/6/16

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WWW Wednesday 7/6/16

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?

**The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

 

**Wrecked by Maria Padian

 

What did you recently finish reading?

**Crystal Crowned by Elise Kova

Crystal Crowned, the last book in the Air Awakens series comes July 12th!! My review will be up on Saturday, July 9th.

 

**A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Love, love, loved this book!! Review for it is here.

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

(All synopses are from Goodreads)

**The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

The darker the sky, the brighter the stars.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.

Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. But to do it, she must evade enemies of her own to stay alive.

The saga that began with The Wrath and the Dawn takes its final turn as Shahrzad risks everything to find her way back to her one true love again.

clash of kings**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.

**Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world

 

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

Happy Reading!

Erin

Goodbye and Hello: June Wrap-Up and July TBR

 

Goodbye and Hello: June Wrap-Up and July TBR

June Books:

 

These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly

I really enjoyed These Shallow Graves. You can check out the review I wrote for it here.

 

 

Children of Icarus by Caighlan Smith

It feels like I read this book so long ago when I actually only finished June 5. That tells me I did a good job reading several books this month. Yay me!! I don’t have a review up yet for this one because I want to put it up closer to the date of release, which is August 1st. It was a good read. A different type of YA dystopian book that wove in a little fantasy and a little mythology. I haven’t read another book like it. Look out for my review on July 23rd.

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Crystal Crowned by Elise Kova

I’m still working my way through this one, and I’m loving it. It makes me sad that this is the last book in the series, but we are going to see many more beautiful things from Elise Kova in 2017, I just know it. This book comes out July 12th. My review will be out July 9th in celebration of it!

 

 

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

This was a reread for me, and I think I had just as much fun reading it this time as I did the first time around.  I read it so fast the first time that I had forgotten a lot of it, so I reread it before A Court of Mist and Fury. I loved every page all over again.Tamlin and Feyre are delightful and perfect. Their love story just as frustrating and beautiful the second time around.

 

 

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

I have 60 pages left in this one, so I’ll finish it today! I have loved every piece of it!! The characters have grown so much since the first one. I cannot wait to see what happens in the last one. I know that a lot of people categorized ACOTAR as a YA book when it is actually NA. You can definitely tell that ACOMAF is an NA book. It pumps up the sex and the relationships between the characters, so if you’re not into NA and you still want to read it, you have been warned. My review for this one will be out on Saturday, July 2nd.

 

July Books:

 

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

This is  reread. I was warned about the lack of reference to The Wrath and the Dawn in The Rose and the Dagger, so I thought it would be a good idea to reread this one before diving into the next.

 

 

The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love. This one comes out April 26th.  I hope Amazon delivers it on time

Why I want to read it?

I have been looking forward to this book since I finished The Wrath and the Dawn, which was my favorite read of 2015! So, due to the awesomeness of the first book I have some very high expectations; I hope it rises to meet them.

clash of kingsA 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 the Series?

I have been a fan of the show since the beginning, and I love fantasy.  So many of my friends have recommended it to me and have been waiting for me to read it for over a year. I plan to read the remainder of the series, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to get through the whole thing this month. This is the year that I’m going to tackle it despite the book series not being completed, damn you, George R.R. Martin!  Can’t wait!!

Wrecked by Maria Padian

Everyone has heard a different version of what happened that night at MacCallum College. Haley was already in bed when her roommate, Jenny, arrived home shell-shocked from the wild Conundrum House party. Richard heard his housemate Jordan brag about the cute freshman he hooked up with. When Jenny formally accuses Jordan of rape, Haley and Richard find themselves pushed onto opposite sides of the school’s investigation. But conflicting interests fueling conflicting versions of the story may make bringing the truth to light nearly impossible–especially when reputations, relationships, and whole futures are riding on the verdict.

Why I want to read it?

I received this ARC from the publisher through NetGalley. It sounded like a really interesting and controversial read especially considering all the rape cases being publicized recently, so I wanted to dive into an intense read that takes on a very hot topic right now.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Why I want to read this series?

I imagine when my sister sees that I am finally starting this series she will be very excited. She has been pushing me to read this series for over a year. So much so that between my mom and her, I received the entire series for Christmas last year.  It is also super helpful that I am absolutely in love with anything Sarah J. Maas writes.

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

Why I want to read this series?

I love everything that Sarah J. Maas writes. And with the way everyone talks about this series, I am going to want to read them all back to back so that’s why the first and second books are both going to be read in July.

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What are you guys reading during the month of July??

Happy Reading!

Erin

Goodbye and Hello: May Wrap-Up and June TBR

Goodbye and Hello: May Wrap-Up and June TBR

May Books:

So, I’m out of the reading rut I was in during the month in April. This probably won’t be noticeable based on the fact that only one of the books that I said I was going to read in May will actually be on my wrap-up list, but what can I say? Other books had a tendency to “get in the way.”

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. MartinGame_of_thrones

So I really enjoyed this one once I got into it, but I think my goal was a bit too lofty for the series because other books are begging to be read.  So, I am making it my goal to get through the series by the end of summer. I figure I’ll read one book from the series per month. I mean, it’s not like there is a new book in the series that is begging to be read…

 

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

I read this one for work with my freshman English class. I forgot how much I actually dislike this play.  There are so many better ones by Shakespeare.  Romeo is actually quite annoying throughout the entire thing. I apologize to those who love the story of Romeo and Juliet, and I’m not trying to say that it doesn’t have it’s merits, but let’s just I wouldn’t necessarily take the time to read it again for pleasure.

A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest

Hahaha! This book, this book is wonderful if you want a mindless weekend on the beach sort of read. However, I will warn you that if you find the need to finish a series that you start, don’t read this one. This series has a ridiculous number of books in it, and I’m not really sure what all the people that love see in it.

 

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

This book was delightful. You’ve probably heard of it since it’s been out since January in the U.K., but only came out in the States on Monday.  It was outstanding! It is about the story of a boy who is transgender, but doesn’t know where to start or who to tell. A new boy turns up at his school, and defends him during a lunchroom fight.  From there, a friendship develops between the two of them, and this is their story.  It allows for a look inside some of the emotional turmoil that transgender teens face as well as the decisions they face. A review will be up in a couple of days.

June Books:

These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly

Jo Montfort is beautiful and rich, and soon—like all the girls in her class—she’ll graduate from finishing school and be married off to a wealthy bachelor. Which is the last thing she wants. Jo secretly dreams of becoming a writer—a newspaper reporter like the trailblazing Nellie Bly.

Wild aspirations aside, Jo’s life seems perfect until tragedy strikes: her father is found dead. Charles Montfort accidentally shot himself while cleaning his revolver. One of New York City’s wealthiest men, he owned a newspaper and was partner in a massive shipping firm, and Jo knows he was far too smart to clean a loaded gun.

The more Jo uncovers about her father’s death, the more her suspicions grow. There are too many secrets. And they all seem to be buried in plain sight. Then she meets Eddie—a young, brash, infuriatingly handsome reporter at her father’s newspaper—and it becomes all too clear how much she stands to lose if she keeps searching for the truth. Only now it might be too late to stop.

The past never stays buried forever. Life is dirtier than Jo Montfort could ever have imagined, and the truth is the dirtiest part of all.

Why I Want to Read it?

This was recommended to my by my sister as well as a student of mine.  They were both super excited about it, which only led me to become super excited about, hence the wanting to read it.

Children of Icarus by Caighlan Smith

It is Clara who is desperate to enter the labyrinth and it is Clara who is bright, strong, and fearless enough to take on any challenge. It is no surprise when she is chosen. But so is the girl who has always lived in her shadow. Together they enter. Within minutes, they are torn apart forever. Now the girl who has never left the city walls must fight to survive in a living nightmare, where one false turn with who to trust means a certain dead end.”

 

Why I Want to Read it?

I love an interesting sounding YA paranormal novel involving angels and the idea of good and evil.

Crystal Crowned by Elise Kova

Long live Solaris.

One bloodthirsty ruler has been overthrown by another, casting the shadow of death over the Solaris Empire. Vhalla Yarl stands upon the stage of fate, prepared to do battle one final time. Fragile alliances will be tested and new bonds will be formed as the world is reshaped. She fights as the champion of peace, but when the night is darkest will she be able to pay the price of a new dawn?

Why I Want to Read it?

If you have been following me at all on any social media over the past 9 months, you know that I have been helping to promote these books and I am part of Elise Kova’s Street Team. I have an ARC for this book, and I can not wait to start it. I will have a review for this book up some time between June 28 and July 11. Just before Crystal Crowned comes out on July 12th.

clash of kingsA 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 the Series?

I have been a fan of the show since the beginning, and I love fantasy.  So many of my friends have recommended it to me and have been waiting for me to read it for over a year. I plan to read the remainder of the series, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to get through the whole thing this month. This is the year that I’m going to tackle it despite the book series not being completed, damn you, George R.R. Martin!  Can’t wait!!

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

This is  reread. I was warned about the lack of reference to The Wrath and the Dawn in The Rose and the Dagger, so I thought it would be a good idea to reread this one before diving into the next.

The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love. 

Why I want to read it?

I have been looking forward to this book since I finished The Wrath and the Dawn, which was my favorite read of 2015! So, due to the awesomeness of the first book I have some very high expectations; I hope it rises to meet them.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

This is another reread.  I want to remind myself of what happened before I dive into ACOMAF!

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court–but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms–and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future–and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

Why I Want to read it?

This one, like The Rose and the Dagger,I was so excited for, but they came while I was in the middle of my reading rut last month, so I am just now getting to them, but I can’t wait to get started on them. 

I know this is a lot of books to read in one month, but I’ll be off work for most of June, so I’ll have all kinds of time to devote to my books after they’ve been feeling a bit neglected during the school year.

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What are you guys reading during the month of June??

Happy Reading!
Erin