Anticipated Reads of Fall/Winter 2016

crookedkingdom.jpg Crooked Kingdom – Leigh Bardugo

The second book in the Six of Crows duology:

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.

Release Date: September 27th 2016

GEMINA.jpg Gemina – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

The Second book in the Illuminae series:

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminaecontinues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and theHypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

Release Date: October 18th 2016

TALES.jpg Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy – Cassandra Clare et al.

A compilation of stories following Simon Lewis after the events of The Mortal Instruments:

Simon Lewis has been a human and a vampire, and now he is becoming a Shadowhunter. The events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, and Simon isn’t sure who he is anymore. So when the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again. Whomever this new Simon might be.

But the Academy is a Shadowhunter institution, which means it has some problems. Like the fact that non-Shadowhunter students have to live in the basement. At least Simon’s trained in weaponry—even if it’s only from hours of playing D&D.

Release Date: November 15th 2016

HEARTLESS.jpg Heartless – Marissa Meyer

A retelling of the Queen of Hearts from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland:

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favourite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

Release Date: November 8th 2016

million A Million Worlds With You – Claudia Gray

The third book in the Firebird trilogy:

A million universes. A million dangers. One destiny.

The fate of the multiverse rests in Marguerite Caine’s hands. Marguerite has been at the center of a cross-dimensional feud since she first traveled to another universe using her parents’ invention, the Firebird. Only now has she learned the true plans of the evil Triad Corporation—and that those plans could spell doom for dozens or hundreds of universes, each facing total annihilation.

Paul Markov has always been at Marguerite’s side, but Triad’s last attack has left him a changed man—angry and shadowed by tragedy. He struggles to overcome the damage done to him, but despite Marguerite’s efforts to help, Paul may never be the same again.

So it’s up to Marguerite alone to stop the destruction of the multiverse. Billions of lives are at stake. The risks have never been higher. And Triad has unleashed its ultimate weapon: another dimension’s Marguerite—wicked, psychologically twisted, and always one step ahead.

In the epic conclusion to Claudia Gray’s Firebird trilogy, fate and family will be questioned, loves will be won and lost, and the multiverse will be forever changed. It’s a battle of the Marguerites . . . and only one can win.

Release Date: November 1st 2016

Sorry it’s been a while guys, we have been EXTREMELY busy. Hopefully we will be back; thanks for reading!

Sincerely,

B ❤

Ruby Red – Kerstin Gier Review

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Ruby Red follows a young girl; Gwenyth who comes from a family of time travelers. The time traveling gene is carried down the line as always given to a female born on a specific date. Everyone assumes Gwenyth’s cousin Charlotte will be the one who carries the gene however, Gwenyth’s and her family’s lives get flipped upside down when they realize she is the one who has the gene, not Charlotte. Thrust into a secret group with another time travelling family, Gwenyth begins to learn more about her family and herself.

I think my feelings for this book wildly have to do with the timing I read it. I really was looking for something like this and so that is why I enjoyed it so much, however, there are many problems.
1. The plot is good. Timing is fine and the flow is also good. Information is given nicely because our main character really doesn’t know anything at all so we learn as she learns about time travel etc.

2. Characters are also fine. They seem real enough, especially the secondary characters. It’s strange but I was actually more interested in learning about everyone other than Gideon and Gwenyth; like James and Robert, Rose and Paul and Lady Arista.

3. The writing in this book is what is a huge let down. It’s very bland and juvenile, but this is not the first language-one-translated-into-language-two book I have read so I recognize the faults that come with a translated text. Dialogue is a bit cheesy whereas in its original form it would be natural. Because I knew that this was translated I was able to ignore a lot of the flops in the writing and just enjoy the story as a whole.

This book is primarily focused on plot rather than characters which is okay but I tend to like character driven books more.

The time travel aspect in the book is very interesting though. I like that is very specific:
– In Gwenyth’s family only a female can carry the gene. In Gideon’s family, only a male can carry the gene.
– you have to be born on a specific day (October the 7th I think)
– you can only travel back in time for up to 4 hours at a time
– you travel back to where you are in the present. For example, if I am in my home and I travel back, I will land in the exact same spot in x-period of time. So if you’re in you’re bedroom on the second floor and travel back 100 years, you better hope your house was already built or you might end up falling all the way down to the ground
– you cannot travel to the future or to a period during your lifetime
– the travelling happens unexpectedly if not drawn out once a day. Think of it as built up energy. In a 24 hour period, you build up the time travel ‘energy’ in your body. If you do not use the chronograph (a device that allows you to choose when specifically you travel back in time) to release set ‘energy’, your body will be forced to release it on its own and so you find yourself time travelling randomly to a random time period.
– only Twelve people will ever have this gene. One for each zodiac symbol of you will. Gwenyth is the last; a ruby.

That is was really had me interested. All the background information about time travelling and about how it works and how people used it is very interesting. Also, the secret that the guardians are trying to achieve by gathering all the travellers blood is mysterious. What is their goal ? Is it all. For Count Saint Germain? Is he trying to reach Immortality? Or is it something else completely.

From the moment Lucy and Paul was mentioned I knew they weren’t going to be bad. I knew that the group currently working with Gwenyth are probably the real enemies and the count is the antagonist whereas Lucy and Paul are trying to help them.

I also enjoyed that this book was so light. I flew right through it in almost one sitting (I have a life sometimes 😉)  it didn’t take itself seriously which is good because of its writing.

Overall, I wish I could have read this in its original language. It’s too bad I do not understand German in the least… Unfortunately, with translations, there is always fear of miscommunication. Something that is directly translated may not carry with it its original meaning.

Danke für Lesen!

3.5/5 stars

sincerely,

B ❤

ps. Sorry if I butchered that translation, it’s supposed to say thanks for reading! XD

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Sincerely,

B ❤

The Raven King – Maggie Stiefvater Review

  
Hey bookies! I’m so excited to be bringing you my review of Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven King. 

So this book continues pretty much right after Blue Lily, Lily Blue. Its the home stretch people! Piper Greenmantle has awoken a demon and for now it seems to be following her orders but it is an “undower” which means that it slowly starts to kill Cabeswater and all things created by it. Gansey is forced to make a difficult decision, Ronan and Adam learn about what they really want and Blue discovers a piece of herself. 

Maggie’s way of writing is very unique. She always leaves me questioning things and it always feels eerie, but I love that about her. The characters and the world is fantastic. 

[SPOILERS] okay so let’s get down to it. I flew through the first half of this book really quickly because I was hyped up for it and I needed to know what was going to happen. When I got to the half way point I began to wonder how things were going to go down and it wasn’t until the end that I realized there are so many strings left untied. 

Things I liked : 

1. I appreciated Adam’s character a lot more in this book because he is sure of who he is and what he wants. I always liked Blue and Gansey so that didn’t change. Ronan was also very interesting because of his character development. I love the line in chapter 6 when he makes jokes about Blue getting suspended. I would love to read more about Ronan and Blue because I feel like he’s the one she interacts with the least but their chemistry is the most interesting.

2. THE SHIP. I knew that Ronan and Adam were endgame since (almost) the beginning! I’m so happy that they confessed to each other. Oh and obviously Gansey and Blue, they were obvious though. 

3. Laumonier. Oh my goodness! I laughed so hard when I read chapter 10. How Maggie wrote that was brilliant; it makes me wonder if she was under the influence 😅 

Things I didn’t like: 

The ending. I knew that Glendower was going to be dead. I was hoping that he wouldn’t be but it was too good to be true. From that point on the book fell flat. I was so ready to give it 5 stars but then I was left with so many questions: 

1. Does Laumonier 2+3 get revenge on The Gray Man for killing Laumonier 1 ? 

2. Does The Gray Man return to Maura ? Does he start working with Henry’s mom? 

3. What happened with Matthew? He didn’t actually die right ? 

4. Does Blue’s father just stay in his tree from now on ? Does he even live with them anymore ? 

5. Does Blue’s kiss continue to provide death to Gansey ? 

6. Where did the demon go ? It took 4 books to wake him up and a 5 minute fight to defeat him ? 

7. Now that Cabeswater gave up himself to bring Gansey back to life and he has pieces of Cabeswater in him, does that mean Adam is the hands and eyes of some part of Gansey ? 

8. Where did Gwenlilian go ? 

9. What exactly happened with Noah ? Was he trying to tell us that he’s the one that whispered those things to Gansey when he died the first time ? Or was that just him passing on finally? And how come the gang didn’t get to say goodbye to him ? That’s not fair. 

Lastly, I don’t understand Henry Cheng’s character. I understand that his mother is a magical artifact seller/buyer and that the Robobee is important but I don’t understand the importance of him as a character that joins the group at the last minute and becomes so attached to the main characters. I don’t feel the necessity of him joining the picture. 

These unanswered questions do not mean that I do not like the book! I want to know the answers so badly that I can’t ignore the fact that I care that much, which means that I really like the book. I just wished there was a little more.  [SPOILERS] 

So overall, I really enjoyed this book. I love Maggie Stiefvater’s writing style, the plot is totally unique and the characters are well developed. I wish the ending could have been more dramatic and climactic but I definitely recommend this series to anyone who wants something different. 

4 / 5 stars 

Sincerely, 

B ❤