WWW Wednesday 1/6/16

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WWW Wednesday 1/6/16

First WWW Wednesday of 2016! Happy New Year!! So sorry I didn’t post this yesterday, but I felt like death, and eventually figured out that I ended up having the flu. . . gross. Luckily, I am feeling better today! YAY!!

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?

Spring 2016 Penguin Teen Preview Samplerspring preview

I just started reading this.  I got it from NetGalley.  I’m excited to read some excerpts from books that are coming out this spring.  This sampler has five samples from books that are coming out in the near future: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys, The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman, Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton, Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke, and The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett

What did you recently finish reading?girl of myth and legend

Girl of Myth and Legend by Giselle Simlett

You can find my full review here.

What do you think you’ll read next?

(All synopses are from Goodreads)

I have a goal for reading for this new year.  I want to become a more well-read person this year, so I’ll be expanding my horizons in regards to genres and types of books I’ll be reading.  I’m pretty excited for it.

Still looking forward to reading these:

A GaGame_of_thronesme 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.

I’ve had this series sitting on my shelf for awhile, so I’m finally going to read it. I’ve been a fan of the show since it started, so I’m super excited to see the differences between the show and the novels.

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Graya thousan pices

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 he
r 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.

This book has been on my TBR and sitting on my bookshelf for awhile. Since Ten Thousand Skies Above You, the sequel, came out in November this year, I thought I’d read this
one.

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

Happy Reading!

Erin

Girl of Myth and Legend

girl of myth and legend

Girl of Myth and Legend

I got an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you to WWS Publishing Ltd.

Synopsis

A girl with a past she tries to forget, and a future she can’t even imagine.

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.

Book One in The Chosen Saga.

Review

Let me preface this by saying that I really hate giving books poor reviews. I want people to go out and read books despite what I say, but I also want to be an honest person.  So, sticking with the idea of honesty, I did not like this book.  It started off strong, the cover is beautiful, and the characters are enjoyable which I’ll get to that in more detail soon, but I had a hard time with this one the closer and closer I got to the end of the book.

The concept of the book is great. It is a magical fantasy world. The beginning of the feelings between Leonie and Korren is one of the things I really like because there is no instalove.  There are suggestions of feelings when they are “bonded,” but there is tension and occasional malice between the two of them, so you’re never really sure if it is going to turn into something.

I think a lot of the problems that I encountered in Girl of Myth and Legend may have to do with the fact that this is Giselle Simlett’s first novel. The dialogue is a little cliche and somewhat unoriginal. There is a random character that shows up near the end of the book that magically saves Leonie and Korren, and I just didn’t get it. I understand that this is going to be a series of books and there are things that are not explained for a reason, but it was still difficult to get through.  Toward the end of the book, I got irritated with it’s predictable and some of the contradictions that were present in the writing, and had a bit of a hard time finishing the last 10-15% of the novel.   

Characters

Leonie – Leonie is your typical, sarcastic teenager.  She has some really likable traits, especially if you are reading as a teenager or as someone who works with and loves teenagers.  She is strong and wants to be able to take care of herself even though Korren is supposed to be there to take care of her. She has a fire within her that Korren can’t stand, however, she is not without her weaknesses.  There are times that Simlett reminds us that she is just a teenager thrown into a very chaotic world.

Korren – Korren has a fire within him as well, but it is very different from that of Leonie’s fire. He has a vendetta that he wants to settle. He is frustrated with Leonie and frustrating as a character, but I found this about him extremely likeable. Korren is a tortured character; not knowing what to stay true to, his vendetta or his keeper, which makes him complex, and I’m interested to see how he grows as a character.

Rating

As I got more and more frustrated with this book, I was tempted to give it a D. Which is super rare.  Actually, I’ve never done it before.  I reminded myself to take a step back and look at the book as a whole piece of work, and once I did that I was able to evaluate it a little more objectively.  In the end, I have chosen to give it a C. I would like to read the next book in the series in the hopes that it is better than this one.  That some of the contradictions disappear, the plot holes are filled in, and the dialogue is fleshed out a bit more.

I would encourage those of you who think this book sounds interesting based on the synopsis to go out and read it.  I would love to hear what you think of it. Do you agree, do you disagree with me? Let me know in the comments. I always love book discussion.  

c grade

Happy Reading!
Erin

WWW Wednesday 12/30/15

WWW Wed

WWW Wednesday 12/30/15

Here is my last WWW Wednesday of 2015! 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?blood and salt

Girl of Myth and Legend by Giselle Simlett

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee


Blood and Salt
by Kim Liggett

What did you recently finish reading?

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

Check out my full review is here. This was a fun quick read, so if you’re looking for something fun before going back to school, work, or just something fun to fill a day or weekend, I would recommend this one.  

What do you think you’ll read next?

(All synopses are from Goodreads)

I have a goal for reading for this new year.  I want to become a more well-read person this year, so I’ll be expanding my horizons in regards to genres and types of books I’ll be reading.  I’m pretty excited for it.

Still looking forward to reading these:

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. MartinGame_of_thrones

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.

I’ve had this series sitting on my shelf for awhile, so I’m finally going to read it. I’ve been a fan of the show since it started, so I’m super excited to see the differences between the show and the novels.

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.

a thousan picesMarguerite 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.

This book has been on my TBR and sitting on my bookshelf for awhile. Since Ten Thousand Skies Above You, the sequel, came out in November this year, I thought I’d read this one.

I can’t wait to hear what all of you are reading.  Let me know in the comments below.  Have a Happy New Year! I’ll see you in 2016!!

Happy Reading!
Erin

WWW Wednesday 12/23/15

WWW Wed

WWW Wednesday 12/23/15

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?hello, goodbye

Girl of Myth and Legend by Giselle Simlett

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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

I’m still working my way through Girl of Myth and Legend and To Kill a Mockingbird.  I’m enjoying Girl of Myth and Legend. It’s interesting, so far.  We’re almost done with To Kill A Mockingbird in class, and we’ll be moving on to poetry after that.  I’m almost done with Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In-Between.  

ice like fireWhat did you recently finish reading?

Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

My full review is here. I could tell that Sara Raasch is really using this book to set up for the third book, so this book was rather political making it a little slow m
oving.  That being said, I still really liked it, but it did take a bit longer to read.

What do you think you’ll read next?

(All synopses are from Goodreads)

Still looking forward to reading these:

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Graya thousan pices

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.

This book has been on my TBR and sitting on my bookshelf for awhile. Since Ten Thousand Skies Above You, the sequel, came out in November this year, I thought I’d read this one.

Blood and Salt by Kim Liggettblood 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 can’t wait to hear what the rest of you are reading!! Let me know in the comments.

Happy Reading!
Erin

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