Friday Reads: A Court of Thorn and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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So, as usual, I’m behind the times. I finally started reading A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by Sarah J. Maas. I love her. I don’t know why I waited so long to pick this up. Her stories, while fantasies, are so organic. Totally worth staying up all night to finish… now if I had only called in sick to work….

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From Goodreads:

A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Timesbestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beastwith faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

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Happy reading. Have a safe Memorial Day Weekend. And thank a vet.

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Friday Reads: CALVIN by Martine Leavitt

From the writer of one of my all-time-favorite books, KETURAH AND LORD DEATH, is this 2015 release.

I’m two chapters in a really intrigued with 17-year-old Calvin and his need to meet Bill Waterson and have him write one last comic strip to heal Calvin’s schizophrenia. I also like how dialogue is written.

Hobbes: I think she likes you. I can teach you how to smooch. I’ve had lots of practice.

Me: Move over.

Hobbes: Smooching is a way of tasting people without actually eating them up.

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From Goodreads:

As a child, Calvin felt an affinity with the comic book character from Bill Watterson’s Calvin & Hobbes.

He was born on the day the last strip was published; his grandpa left a stuffed tiger named Hobbes in his crib; and he even had a best friend named Susie. Then Calvin’s mom washed Hobbes to death, Susie grew up beautiful and stopped talking to him, and Calvin pretty much forgot about the strip—until now. Now he is seventeen years old and has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. Hobbes is back, as a delusion, and Calvin can’t control him. Calvin decides that Watterson is the key to everything—if he would just make one more comic strip, but without Hobbes, Calvin would be cured. Calvin and Susie (is she real?) and Hobbes (he can’t be real, can he?) set out on a dangerous trek across frozen Lake Erie to track down Watterson.

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Friday Reads: A COURT OF MIST AND FURY by Sarah J. Maas

Haven’t we all been waiting FOREVER for this book after reading A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES?

 

Yes.

 

Because that book was addicting. And now it’s here! And a #1 New York Times Bestseller and I can’t wait to finally get to read this! I bought it at B&N last weekend and the really nice man who was ringing up my purchase of this plus two other books, he looks at ACOMAF and says, “Oh, this is popular right now.” And the New York Time Bestseller List must agree. It makes me so happy when other people notice the books you’re purchasing/reading. It’s like bonding over this made-up hidden world than feels like it’s only yours until suddenly you realized someone else has shared that experience.

Tangent.

Anyway, I can’t wait to start reading after work today. Here’s the synopsis from Goodreads:

 

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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.

 

So what are y’all reading this Friday? I’m gonna go curl up with ACOMAF. :)

 

Happy reading!

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Friday Reads: I LOVE HIM, I LOVE HIM NOT (Westgate Prep Book #2) by Ella Martin

If you loved the first book in Ella Martin’s Westgate Prep series, WILL THE REAL PRINCE CHARMING PLEASE STAND UP?, then I’m POSITIVE you’re going to love this one, too. I’m so stoked I finally have time to start this, because I’ve been wanting to read this forever but just haven’t had the time (*shakes fist at adult responsibilities*). So if you’re looking for me this weekend, I’m sorry but my “Do Not Disturb I’m Reading” sign is up on my door.

About the Book: YA Contemporary

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Blurb from Goodreads:

Talia Nicoletti’s life has been turned upside down–and that’s probably an understatement. Her mother goes off on a business trip… and comes back married. Her estranged father wants to be less estranged. And her best friend Jake DeSantos suddenly has a new confidante who Talia doesn’t want to like but kind of does anyway.

Talia has to unravel her tangled up emotions to figure out what she really wants. Does she want to accept her father back in her life? Can she trust her new-stepfather? There’s too much hitting Talia at once, and she’s not ready to deal with any of it. The one person she can always turn to is Jake, and he’s being secretive and isn’t exactly available. And that hurts her more than she thought possible. Talia hates that she’s jealous of the new girl in Jake’s life, especially since she can’t decide if she loves him … or if she loves him not.

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Have a fabulous weekend!

xo~

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Friday Reads: A CRIMINAL MAGIC by Lee Kelly

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I’m actually about halfway through this book already. The setting is fun and the magic is well developed. I’m hoping the characters pull through, so we’ll see! What got me to pick it up is the pitch: The Peaky Blinders meets The Night Circus. I mean, yes please!

From Goodreads:

THE NIGHT CIRCUS meets THE PEAKY BLINDERS in Lee Kelly’s new crossover fantasy novel.

Magic is powerful, dangerous and addictive – and after passage of the 18th Amendment, it is finally illegal.

It’s 1926 in Washington, DC, and while Anti-Sorcery activists have achieved the Prohibition of sorcery, the city’s magic underworld is booming. Sorcerers cast illusions to aid mobsters’ crime sprees. Smugglers funnel magic contraband in from overseas. Gangs have established secret performance venues where patrons can lose themselves in magic, and take a mind-bending, intoxicating elixir known as the sorcerer’s shine.

Joan Kendrick, a young sorcerer from Norfolk County, Virginia accepts an offer to work for DC’s most notorious crime syndicate, the Shaw Gang, when her family’s home is repossessed. Alex Danfrey, a first-year Federal Prohibition Unit trainee with a complicated past and talents of his own, becomes tapped to go undercover and infiltrate the Shaws.

Through different paths, Joan and Alex tread deep into the violent, dangerous world of criminal magic – and when their paths cross at the Shaws’ performance venue, despite their orders, and despite themselves, Joan and Alex become enchanted with one another. But when gang alliances begin to shift, the two sorcerers are forced to question their ultimate allegiances and motivations. And soon, Joan and Alex find themselves pitted against each other in a treacherous, heady game of cat-and-mouse.

A CRIMINAL MAGIC casts a spell of magic, high stakes and intrigue against the backdrop of a very different Roaring Twenties.

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Friday Reads: The Perilous Journey of the not-so Innocuous Girl

At a Magic and Mayhem Signing this Monday, I picked up Leigh Statham’s The Perilous Journey of the not-so-Innocuous Girl. Isn’t that title incredible? It was so fun to get the background stories behind this story and that of the four other author’s at the event. Also, who can resist a book with perilous in the title?

Besides, this book is feeding steampunk kick ( Remember Scott Westfeld’s Leviathan series from two weeks ago?).

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From Goodreads: Lady Marguerite lives a life most 17th-century French girls can only dream of: money, designer dresses, suitors, and a secure future. Except she can’t quite commit to a life of dull luxury and she suspects she may be falling for her best friend Claude, a common smithy in the family’s steam forge. When Claude leaves for New France in search of a better life, Marguerite decides to follow him and test her suspicions of love—only the trip proves to be more harrowing than she anticipated. Love, adventure, and restitution await her if she can survive the voyage.

Based on the true story of The Daughters of the King, Louis the XIV’s social program to settle the wilds of Canada with women of noble birth, Marguerite’s steampunk adventure follows in the footsteps of nearly one thousand brave women and girls who were rewarded handsomely for trekking across the pirate infested Atlantic to a strange land.

 

From her signing, Leigh shared that this book is based on a true story of how one of her ancestors came to Canada on that social program, but with lots of lots of fiction and fun thrown in.

So far, I’m loving the world Leigh’s created, the energy, the automatons, and the girl wanting to escape her current destiny. The world building is solid (I haven’t felt lost once!) and Marguerite is a great character to follow. Well, I’d better get back to it.

What’s your Friday Read?

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Friday Reads: Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

6050678I’m on a steampunk kick that started with reading Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series.
When I heard about Leviathan and a warship genetically engineered inside a whale!!, I had o check it out. It’s also dual POV with a girl pretending to be a boy (love those!). I’m 102 pages in and totally engrossed with this alternate history of a sorts. Westerfeld, of course, is the the author of the Uglies series I gobbled up ages ago. He doesn’t disappoint with Leviathan.

What are your favorite steampunk books? I’ll be itching for more by tomorrow:)

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FRIDAY READS: Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Carson’s Fire and Thorns series sucked me in so fast and hard that when I heard about WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER, I had to read it. But… that was, of course, before it came out this past fall. With my towering TBR list, I’m just starting this gorgeous book today.

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Here’s the first line, to give you a little taste for Lee, a girl who wishes her magic would be useful, like “conjuring up fresh game” to feed her family.

“I hear the deer before I see him, though he makes less noise that a squirrel–the gentle crunch of snow, a snapping twig, the soft whuff as he roots around for dead grass.”

It instantly pulled me into that place and time, and “whuff,” what a perfect word.

From Goodreads:

Gold is in my blood, in my breath, even in the flecks in my eyes.

Lee Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend—who might want to be something more.

She also has a secret.

Lee can sense gold in the world around her. Veins deep in the earth. Small nuggets in a stream. Even gold dust caught underneath a fingernail. She has kept her family safe and able to buy provisions, even through the harshest winters. But what would someone do to control a girl with that kind of power? A person might murder for it.

When everything Lee holds dear is ripped away, she flees west to California—where gold has just been discovered. Perhaps this will be the one place a magical girl can be herself. If she survives the journey.

The acclaimed Rae Carson begins a sweeping new trilogy set in Gold Rush-era America, about a young woman with a powerful and dangerous gift.

Published: September 22, 2015

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Awards: National Book Award Nominee

I also have to mention BONE GAP, the Printz winner announced this week. I read it earlier this month and fell into its strange and powerful tale. If you haven’t read BONE GAP, I hope you’ll add it to your TBR. Curious about the other winners? click here

 

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FRIDAY READS: The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

I’ve been wanting to read this since last year, but never got to it (my TBR list was craaaazy, and I was waiting for my copy to arrive). Anyway, long story short, I finally got it and I’m two chapters in at the moment.

You can’t go wrong with Laurie Halse Anderson. You just can’t. Her characters are always so…distinct, so memorable. This one is no exception.

 

About the Book: YA Contemporary/Realistic Fiction (PTSD, Mental Health, Mental Illness)

 

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For the past five years, Hayley Kincain and her father, Andy, have been on the road, never staying long in one place as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq. Now they are back in the town where he grew up so Hayley can attend school. Perhaps, for the first time, Hayley can have a normal life, put aside her own painful memories, even have a relationship with Finn, the hot guy who obviously likes her but is hiding secrets of his own.

Will being back home help Andy’s PTSD, or will his terrible memories drag him to the edge of hell, and drugs push him over? The Impossible Knife of Memory is Laurie Halse Anderson at her finest: compelling, surprising, and impossible to put down.

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Published: January 7, 2014

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

 

Other books I’ve started reading this week:

PIXELATED by L.S. Murphy (our very own YA Clubber!)

SLASHER GIRLS AND MONSTER BOYS anthology; stories selected by April Genevieve Tucholke

 

What’s on YOUR TBR list?

 

xo~

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Friday Reads: WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER by Rae Carson

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TGIF!! I’m off on a weekend to the coast, so I’m super excited to dig into my current read, which I started a couple days ago. I LOVEDDDD Rae Carson’s FIRE AND THORNS trilogy, so I’ve been dying to get my hands on her latest series. Apparently everyone else had the same idea, because it debuted on The New York Time’s Bestseller’s for YA at #2!!

 

It’s a Western, which is fun since they are just emerging on the YA market. I read VENGEANCE ROAD by Erin Bowman a couple weeks ago (anyone else?) and these have a very similar feel. Both start out pretty similar plot-wise to get their characters on their journey. But I’m excited about the MC’s “magical” ability to “feel” gold whenever it’s near… a fun/dangerous talent to have in the gold rush era.

 

Let’s check out the synopsis, shall we?

 

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From Goodreads:

Gold is in my blood, in my breath, even in the flecks in my eyes.

Lee Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend—who might want to be something more.

She also has a secret.

Lee can sense gold in the world around her. Veins deep in the earth. Small nuggets in a stream. Even gold dust caught underneath a fingernail. She has kept her family safe and able to buy provisions, even through the harshest winters. But what would someone do to control a girl with that kind of power? A person might murder for it.

When everything Lee holds dear is ripped away, she flees west to California—where gold has just been discovered. Perhaps this will be the one place a magical girl can be herself. If she survives the journey.

The acclaimed Rae Carson begins a sweeping new trilogy set in Gold Rush-era America, about a young woman with a powerful and dangerous gift.

 

What are y’all reading this Friday?

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