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So, I decided to make a list of some debut authors that are going to make their first appearance later this year. Debut authors hold a special place in my heart, because all authors were, at some point, debut authors, awaiting the success of their first novel. One day, I hope to be a debut author too. I always give author’s first books a chance: most of the time they are very good, and hold a lot of promise for further books. Anyway, onto the list:

Wordless by AdriAnne Srickland
Release: August 8

“The Gods made their Words into flesh, giving privileged individuals the powers of creation…”In Eden City, a member of the illiterate wordless class would never dream of meeting the all-powerful Words … much less of running away with one. So when a gorgeous girl literally falls into his lap during a routine trash run, seventeen-year-old Tavin Barnes isn’t sure if it’s the luckiest or worst day of his life. That girl is Khaya, the Word of Life, who can heal a wound or command an ivy bush to devour a city block with ease. And yet she needs Tavin’s help.By aiding Khaya’s escape from the seemingly idyllic confines of Eden City, Tavin unwittingly throws himself into the heart of a conflict that is threatening to tear the world apart. Eden City’s elite will stop at nothing to protect the shocking secret Khaya hides, and they enlist the other Words, each with their own frightening powers, to bring her back.”

I first heard of this book last year around New Year’s. I wanted it so badly. I’ve thought about words and what it would be like for someone to have the power over a word and what it meant, and it sounds so interesting in this books! I really an excited to see how the magic of the Words affects the entire world.

Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee
Release: August 5

“In the Labyrinth, we had a saying: keep silent, keep still, keep safe.In a city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess magic, seventeen-year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own secret—she can manipulate the threads of time. When Kai was eight, she was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her “brother” has taken care of her ever since. Kai doesn’t know where her ability comes from—or where shecame from. All that matters is that she and Reev stay together, and maybe one day move out of the freight container they call home, away from the metal walls of the Labyrinth. Kai’s only friend is Avan, the shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and intrigues her.Then Reev disappears. When keeping silent and safe means losing him forever, Kai vows to do whatever it takes to find him. She will leave the only home she’s ever known and risk getting caught up in a revolution centuries in the making. But to save Reev, Kai must unravel the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her friendship with Avan, and her unique power.”

This book sounds simply amazing. I love the premise, and the setting, and the mystery. Kai (while I’m not overly fond of the name) sounds like an interesting girl and I really want to learn more about her world.

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Release: October 14

“A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.”

This cover!! I saw the cover release on Tea Time, a weekly show on Youtube by two women who work for HarperCollins (You should check them out!). I tend to love YA fantasy because I love the magic and everything, but it isn’t as dense as some adult fantasy can be. Really looking forward to this one.

Salt and Storm by Kendall Kulper
Release: September 23

“A sweeping historical romance about a witch who foresees her own murder–and the one boy who can help change her future.Sixteen-year-old Avery Roe wants only to take her rightful place as the witch of Prince Island, making the charms that keep the island’s whalers safe at sea, but her mother has forced her into a magic-free world of proper manners and respectability. When Avery dreams she’s to be murdered, she knows time is running out to unlock her magic and save herself.Avery finds an unexpected ally in a tattooed harpoon boy named Tane–a sailor with magic of his own, who moves Avery in ways she never expected. Becoming a witch might stop her murder and save her island from ruin, but Avery discovers her magic requires a sacrifice she never prepared for.”

Magic! And witches! The cover is very striking, and I really like the purple color. The premise of this book sounds interesting. I love reading about people trying to understand their magic powers, so this one looks right up that alley!

The Jewel by Amy Ewing
Release: September 2

“The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence… and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for.”

I am a little confused as to what this book is about, but it’s been hyped as The Selection meets The Handmaid’s Tale, so my interest was piqued. And the cover it beautiful!

I know: the next two are already out. But I haven’t read them yet and they look awesome.

The Falconer by Elizabeth May
Release: May 6

“Heiress. Debutant. Murderer. A new generation of heroines has arrived.Edinburgh, Scotland, 1844Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, was destined for a life carefully planned around Edinburgh’s social events – right up until a faery killed her mother.Now it’s the 1844 winter season and Aileana slaughters faeries in secret, in between the endless round of parties, tea and balls. Armed with modified percussion pistols and explosives, she sheds her aristocratic facade every night to go hunting. She’s determined to track down the faery who murdered her mother, and to destroy any who prey on humans in the city’s many dark alleyways.But the balance between high society and her private war is a delicate one, and as the fae infiltrate the ballroom and Aileana’s father returns home, she has decisions to make. How much is she willing to lose – and just how far will Aileana go for revenge?”

I am a huge sucker for books that take place in old time periods. 1844 Scotland? Sign me up! And I like the twist on the ‘pretty girl with double life’ plot.

The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings
Release: June 10

“Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?Action-packed, blood-soaked, and chilling, this is a dark and compelling debut novel by Lindsay Cummings.”

I’ve heard a lot of mixed review on this book. It apparently take some ideas from Gone by Michael grant (which I have not read, so I cannot compare them) and some older television shows. Again, the girls on Tea Time raved about it, so I’ll definitely give it a shot!

Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne
Release: July 8

“Growing up on Forge’s streets has taught Kyra how to stretch a coin. And when that’s not enough, her uncanny ability to scale walls and bypass guards helps her take what she needs.But when the leader of the Assassins Guild offers Kyra a lucrative job, she hesitates. She knows how to get by on her own, and she’s not sure she wants to play by his rules. But he’s persistent—and darkly attractive—and Kyra can’t quite resist his pull.Tristam of Brancel is a young Palace knight on a mission. After his best friend is brutally murdered by Demon Riders, a clan of vicious warriors who ride bloodthirsty wildcats, Tristam vows to take them down. But as his investigation deepens, he finds his efforts thwarted by a talented thief, one who sneaks past Palace defenses with uncanny ease.When a fateful raid throws Kyra and Tristam together, the two enemies realize that their best chance at survival—and vengeance—might be to join forces. And as their loyalties are tested to the breaking point, they learn a startling secret about Kyra’s past that threatens to reshape both their lives.”

The final book in this lineup I actually haven’t heard that much about, even though it comes out soon. I read the author’s blog and she said Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness series was a huge inspiration for her. That series is still one of my favorites and I cannot wait to pick this book up!

Thank you so much for reading! What are some of your most anticipated debut books of 2014? Let me know in the comments! Bye!


So I was just wandering around on the Internet, when I stumbled upon a link to an artist’s gallery. I clicked and I instantly recognized some of his work. So I looked up his name, and I found an interview over at A Dribble of Ink, a blog run by Aidan Moher.

The artist’s name is Kekai Kotaki. He was born on Hawaii, and moved to Seattle to go to college. He worked at ArenaNet, then left and started doing freelance work.

His work is beautiful. He worked a lot on the Guild War franchise, but he’s done quite a few fantasy book covers. Here’s a few you might recognize:


The Unremembered by Peter Orullian

He’s also done the covers for Hannu Rajaniemi’s Jean le Flambeur trilogy (starting with The Quantum Thief) and a few covers for Alexey Pehov’s books (such as Shadow Prowler and Shadow Blizzard).

I just thought his work was amazing, and I wanted to show you all. Which one is your favorite?

His website: kekai.blogspot.com. Hope you enjoy!


So, this will be just the highlights of the books I’ve acquired over the last few months.

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THE BOOKS:

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

The Crimson Campaign by Brian McClellan

Wool, Shift and Dust by Hugh Howey

A Sword of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Half Bad by Sally Green

Daughter of Smoke and Bone/Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken

The Diviners by Libba Bray

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

City of Glass, City of  Fallen Angels, and City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

This haul is super exciting! I’ve been dying to get my hands on Words of Radiance and The Crimson Campaign. And I finally, FINALLY got myself a copy of The Fault in Our Stars!! I’m re-reading it right now (I’m also reading A Storm of Swords. Great combo.)

I plan on marathon-ing the Wool trilogy and posting a review, and I really want to get to Brandon Sanderson! I also plan on reading the entire Mortal Instruments series soon too.

Just wanted to give everyone a look at what’s to come. See you soon!


Time for the obligatory “Most Anticipated” post. I originally thought this would be a smaller list, but as I looked a publishing dates, I realized it was going to be big. Very big. So I’m breaking it up into two parts: books that are going to be the first in a planned series, and sequels in ongoing series.

I am super excited, so let’s dive right in. I’ll start with the first books in new series, and these will be in no particular order. Onwards!

The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin
Release Date: August 5

I love N.K Jemisin. I’ve read all her other books, and loved them. She’s kept this book pretty much secret, so I’ll give you all the official teaser blurb from her blog:

“The Fifth Season is set in a world which has suffered frequent, repeated Extinction Level Events for millions of years, and all life (and magic) in this world has adapted to it. Hundreds of years might pass between these events—easy, plentiful years in which great cities rise, and people have the leisure for art and science and rapid advancement—but then, again and again, the cities fall. The world is littered with the detritus of these times of plenty, and this cover hints at them: past ages of decadence, now decaying; stone that endures beneath flaking gilt.”

So you can see why I am dying to get this book. Magic and apocalyptic events, what more could you want?

The Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence
Release Date: June 3

From the author of Prince of Thorns, comes an entirely new story. I really want to see how he develops a whole new character. I wonder if this book will be as graphic as his previous trilogy, but we shall see. This book sounds very interesting and I am definitely looking forward to it!

The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley
Release Date:  January 14

I know this book is already out, and I’ve heard some amazing reviews. It was really hyped last year as one of the biggest publications, and so far I think it has lived up to the hype. I haven’t managed to get a copy yet, and I am absolutely dying to read it. This is one of my most anticipated of the year, and it’s only January!

The Path to Power by Karen Miller
Release Date:  July 8

So, I know very little about this books, but I’ve read her past books and liked them. I’m not so sure about the blood and dead bodies on the cover though. They’re a little disconcerting.

The Lascar’s Dagger by Glenda Larke.
Release Date:  March 18

“Saker looks like a simple priest, but in truth he’s a spy for the head of his faith. It’s a dangerous job, and more lives than merely his own depend on his secrecy.When Saker is injured by a foreigner’s strange blade, the weapon seems to follow him home. Unable to discard it, nor the sense of responsibility that comes with it, Saker can only follow its lead. It will put Saker on a path that reveals terrible secrets about the empire, about the people he serves, and likely lead to his own destruction. The Lascar’s dagger demands a price, and that price will be paid in blood.”

I really liked Larke’s other series, the Watergivers trilogy. I haven’t finished it yet, but I mean to before this book comes out. I like her style of writing and I will definitely pick this book up when it is released.

Twelve Kings of Sharakhai by Bradley Beaulieu
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Release Date:  September 2

I love it when fantasy novels are set in unusual places, for example, the desert. All I know about this book is that it is about a female pit fighter who somehow rises to the top and challenges the twelve magical kings that have ruled the desert for centuries. Something like that. I am so excited for this book, I can’t wait.

The Revolutions by Felix Gilman
Release Date:  April 1

Again I know very little about this book, save that it is set in London. I absolutely loved The Half Made World as well as The Rise of Ransom City. The language and style of writing Gilman uses is amazing. I could not put either of his books down, and I hope this new story will be just as thrilling.

Half a King by Joe Abercrombie
Release Date: July 8

I haven’t finished Abercrombie’s last trilogy, but I like that he has branched out into young adult. I think with his talents he’ll do incredibly well. I am excited to meet a whole new bunch of his characters.

The Waking Engine by David Edison
Release Date: February 11

I got a galley of this book on my Kindle from NetGalley, and I’ve started it already. So far, it’s very good. I can’t wait to finish it. Say tuned for a possible review!

The Leopard by K. V. Johansen
Release Date:  June 10

I had found this book right before I started this post and I just got very excited. I’ll give you all the blurb and let you see why I am so excited for this book:

“In the days of the first kings in the North, there were seven devils…

Ahjvar, the assassin known as the Leopard, wants only to die, to end the curse that binds him to a life of horror. Although he has no reason to trust the goddess Catairanach or her messenger Deyandara, fugitive heir to a murdered tribal queen, desperation leads him to accept her bargain: if he kills the mad prophet known as the Voice of Marakand, Catairanach will free him of his curse. Accompanying him on his mission is the one person he has let close to him in a lifetime of death, a runaway slave named Ghu. Ahj knows Ghu is far from the half-wit others think him, but in Marakand, the great city where the caravan roads of east and west meet, both will need to face the deepest secrets of their souls, if either is to survive the undying enemies who hunt them and find a way through the darkness that damns the Leopard.

To Marakand, too, come a Northron wanderer and her demon verrbjarn lover, carrying the obsidian sword Lakkariss, a weapon forged by the Old Great Gods to bring their justice to the seven devils who escaped the cold hells so long before.”

So that’s all for the first books in new series. Let’s move onto the sequels. Some of these are my most anticipated for the year. I can’t wait for all of them to finally be released. The wait is killing me.

Anyway, onto the books!

The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks
Release Date: August 26

I absolutely loved the first two books in this trilogy, The Black Prism and The Blinding Knife. The magic system is one of the most original I have ever seen. I loved the main characters and I am dying to know how their story ends. The second book left on a pretty nasty cliffhanger, and I really want to know happens.

The Crimson Campaign by Brian McClellan
Release Date: May 6

The first book, The Promise of Blood, was one of my favorite books of last year. I managed to find a signed copy too, which was amazing. I read it in two days, I physically could not put it down. The complexity of the government and the characters, all their stories and histories, it was all deftly woven together to create a superb novel. And the magic, oh my goodness, I cannot get over how amazing the different types of magic were, the powder mages, Privileged, Marked, Magebreakers and so on. I simply loved the whole story, and I can only imagine the sequel will be just as epic.

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
Release Date:  September 16

I know this isn’t a fantasy book, but the first in the trilogy, The Fifth Wave, was another of my favorites for 2013. I loved the heroine, Cassie, and the world she lived in and how realistic she was. I’ve been dying to read this book for a while, and I cannot wait until September.

The Thorn of Emberlain by Scott Lynch
(This is not the cover art. But it is beautiful)
Release Date:  Fall 2014

This book is only tentatively set for release this year. The first three books were all amazing and I loved all of them. Locke and Jean are one of my favorite duos in fantasy right now. I love their chemistry and how much they understand each other. I am dying to go with them on a another adventure.

The Bastards and the Knives by Scott Lynch
Release Date: March 3

Another Scott Lynch book, this one is a prequel to the first book, The Lies of Locke Lamora. I am looking forward to hearing from characters that have been gone for a long time. I can’t wait to see the whole group back together and doing crime again.

The Shadow Throne by Django Wexler
Release Date: July 1

I have a soft spot for military fantasy, and I completely fell in love with this book and all the characters in it. All the details were perfect and I was engrossed in the story from page one. The sequel is shaping up to be just as amazing and I can’t wait to read it.

Sworn in Steel by Douglas Hulick
Release Date: May 6

I confess…I haven’t actually read the first book yet, but it is at the top of my TBR pile. I just haven’t found the time to get to it. I’ve heard amazing things about it, and I do plan on reading it in the next few weeks. Maybe I’ll wait and marathon both of them. Stay tuned.

Sword of the North by Luke Scull
Release Date: June 1

I really like the first book in this planned trilogy. I loved all the different characters and how they all interacted with each other. I am looking forward to finding out more about their story, and where the trilogy is heading.

Tower Lord by Anthony Ryan
Release Date: July 1

This is one of my most anticipated books of the year. I loved the first book. I really like coming of age books, and the book managed to take that basic premise to a whole new level. I really enjoyed read the first book, Blood Song, and I am dying to see where all the characters go. I also really like the cover. The colors are interesting. I am so excited about this book!

The final book on the list, and easily my most anticipated of the year is…

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
Release Date: March 6

Oh my goodness, I can not begin to describe how excited I am for this book. Brandon Sanderson is one of my favorite authors, and The Way of Kings is one of my favorite books of all time. I devoured the first book in a few days. This is the second in a planned ten book series, and I’m glad I’m around to see each publication. The cover art is as beautiful as the first. I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of this book. I think that will be a highlight of my year.

So, those are 20 of my most anticipated books of 2014. This year looks like it is shaping up to be pretty spectacular. Tell me what books you are excited about in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you!

Hope you all enjoy your winter!


So here is another “haul” post, including books I received for Christmas. November and December were good to me, so I’m breaking this post up into two parts: Young Adult and Adult Fantasy. The total book count is 19. Wow…I’m just going to jump right in. Hope you enjoy!

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So the first books I got were The World of the End  by Ofir Gaftla and The Cusanus Game  by Wolfgang Jeschke. I won them in a giveaway of international books, from the amazing people of Tor.com. I haven’t started either of them, but they do look interesting.

The next book, which I received from the wonderful people over at Gollancz, was Moon’s Artifice  by Tom Lloyd. I am currently reading this, and so far it’s very good. The world and the characters are both very real and Lloyd has a real gift with descriptions.

After that, my family and I went to New York City for our annual holiday trip. We usually go to museums but this year I convinced everyone to go to Strand Bookstore. I had gone earlier this year, but unfortunately was rushed so I didn’t have a good chance to walk around, and it was overwhelming. I needed to go back and really admire all the books. So we all went and of course I bought a book, because who goes to Strand and doesn’t buy a book? Not me. I picked up a copy of The Passage  by Justin Cronin. I actually started this book over the summer, but it’s very dark and somewhat dense, so I put it down and never got back to it. I did enjoy it however, and when I saw the hardcover for $10, I decided to go for it. Now it is forming the base for my ever-growing 2014 TBR pile.

I didn’t get any Adult Fantasy books for Christmas, but I did get quite a few gift-cards to Barnes and Noble. So I trekked over to their Paramus store, the one with the amazing used book section, and I went a little nuts. Just a little. I bought a bunch of books, starting with Malice  by John Gwynne. I have been dying to read this book since I heard about its release in Great Britain. I thought it was right up my alley. Then I heard it was coming over to America, so I put it on my Christmas list. I didn’t get it, and when I saw it at B&N, I just couldn’t pass it up. I got a little distracted with other books, but it is next on my list to read.

I also bought Thieftaker  by D.B. Jackson. I’ve a lot of good things about it, but I don’t really know much about the plot. It’s supposed to be a really amazing Historical Fantasy, so I’m looking forward to that.

The other books I got had been on my list for a long time. The Chronicles of Amber  by Roger Zelzany is supposedly a classic, and I started it years ago, but never finished. Now I have all the books.

Devices and Desires  by K.J. Parker looks very interesting, I’ve started it already and so far its good. This is my first book by this author, but I’ve heard good things, so I’ll keep reading.

City of Dreams and Nightmares  by Ian Whates looks really good. I love books about interesting cities and I absolutely love it when an author create a city that is a character in its own right, and not just a backdrop. I’m hoping that Whates succeeds in doing just that.

The final book from above is Spellwright  by Blake Charlton. This book looks like it incorporates my other favorite story line, the young pupil must master a certain skill to save the kingdom, world etc. For some reason, these type of books really catch my eye. I love seeing a character develop from a bumbling idiot into a hero. Spellwright  looks like it has that sort of story, but with a few added twists.

On to the Young Adult books!

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Alright, the first young adult book I got was Relic  by Heather Terrell. I had contacted her for an interview, but she left on tour before she received my questions. So I was taken completely by surprise when I received a hardcover copy of Relic in the mail. I immediately dropped the other book I was reading to start this one, and I finished it pretty quick. It was good, but at the end, I just couldn’t stop laughing. If you’ve read it then you probably know what I’m talking about.

This holiday season I was involved in two Secret Santa parties. And both times I got books. The first was The Selection  by Kiera Cass. The friend who gave it to me is obsessed with the series and she decided it was time I read it. I haven’t gotten to it yet, but it does look interesting.

The second Secret Santa book was The Book Thief  by Markus Zusak. I tried to read this book when I was in middle school, but I couldn’t get past the idea that it was narrated by Death. Now its been turned into a movie, which I have not seen. It looks like the kind of book I want to read before I see the movie.

I didn’t get that many fiction books for Christmas. I did, however, get one that I REALLY wanted, which was Shadow and Bone  by Leigh Bardugo. I’ve already read it and I loved it so much. I am reading the sequel as I type this post, and it is begging for me to pick it up again. The third book, Ruin and Rising, isn’t due out until the summer and it is one of my most anticipated books of the year.

The only other books I got for Christmas were Divergent, Insurgent and Allegiant  in a box set. I’ve read the first two, but someone (i.e. the Internet) spoiled the ending of Allegiant for me, so now I’m hesitant to start reading. I will though, because I love Tris and Four so much. The trilogy is so beautiful on my shelf and I have a new love for box sets. They are so nice looking.

Anyway, on the same post-Christmas Barnes and Noble trip, I bought Under the Never Sky  by Veronica Rossi. I started reading this book, and I just couldn’t get into it. I don’t know, but the main character just bugged me. I’ll try to start over, but I make no promises.

The final book in this too-long book haul is Masks  by E.C. Blake. This book was also on my Christmas list, and since I didn’t get it, I bought it for myself. I read it on New Year’s Eve, because I was already staying up and I really got into it. I like the idea of the masks as a way of the government to control the people. It was a little extreme, but I enjoyed it.

So that’s my November and December book haul. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday, whatever you celebrated, and I wish everyone a happy 2014! May it be great!


Originally created by The Perpetual Page Turner, and picked up by several other bloggers, this A to Z list is a funny questionaire regarding books and your book related habits. I thought it would be a nice break from reviewing. Here it goes:

A: Author you’ve read the most books from

As a kid, I read the entire Redwall series by Brian Jacques. There are 22 books in this series. I loved the talking animals and the Abbey in the forest. As of today, the author I read the most of is Brandon Sanderson. I read everything this man writes.

B: Best Sequel Ever

Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch. Just as amazing as the first book.

C: Currently Reading

The Passage by Justin Cronin, Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, Looking for Alaska by John Green, Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnson, and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. I’m a multiple-books-at-a-time kind of person.

D: Drink of Choice while reading

Chocolate Milk. If I get too absorbed in a book (which is likely to happen) it gets warm and disgusting. But while it’s cold, it reminds me of my childhood, and besides, it’s chocolate.

E: E-reader or Physical Copies?

Tough choice. I love both. I love physical books. I love finding them in a store, I love holding them, and I like the smell of their pages. But they are expensive to buy and heavy to carry. So I like my e-reader when I travel so I can have 100 choices, instead of the four books I can squeeze into my carry-on.

F: Fictional Character I would date in High School

Wow. I would have to say Jace, from City of Bones, because he is so funny and sarcastic, and he has a good heart. I’d also have to say Locke Lamora, from The Lies of Locke Lamora. He is eccentric, eloquent, and entertaining. I would love to spend time with him.

G: Glad you gave this book a chance

World War Z by Max Brooks

H: Hidden Gem Book

Isn’t this similar to the last question? I’m going to interpret it as physically hard to come by. For this would have to be, Prophecy by Elizabeth Haydon. I looked all over for this book after I finished the first one, but I couldn’t find it anywhere. Finally, I came across both it and the third book and was thrilled. I still haven’t gotten around to the third one yet.

I: Important Moment in Your reading Life

Finding The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. I had pretty much abandoned fantasy when I found this book. I thought that there just wasn’t anything left in the genre. I was so wrong. Yay!

J: Just Finished

Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling, The Thousand Names by Django Wexler, The Fault in our Stars by John Green and The Magicians’ Guild by Trudi Canavan

K: Kind of Books you won’t Read

Erotica. It just makes me uncomfortable. I also won’t read hardcore science fiction. Most times all the computer-technical-robot stuff just goes over my head.

L: Longest Book you’ve read

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson (1001 pages)

M: Major Book Hangover because of…

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. I couldn’t stop thinking there were people I couldn’t see fighting demons. Every time I saw a boy with odd colored eyes I thought he was a shadowhunter.

N: Number of Bookcases you own

5 bookcases. IKEA. Is. The. Best. Four are narrow, but one is huge. I also have two shelves above my desk, full of books and my desk is home to a few piles of books.

O: One book you’ve read multiple time

Divergent. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read it. I love it so much.

P: Preferred place to read

My armchair. It’s comfy faux-leather and it has a soft blanket, squishy pillow and window view.

Q: Quote from a book you read that inspires you

I don’t really remember quotes from books. At the time I think they’re awesome, and I want to keep them forever but I never write them down. I’m terrible that way. The only one I can think of is one my mom read to me when I was little. She told me that you could live a good life if you could remember this quote:

“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
-A.A Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

And I just thought of another one that really got me,

“There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There’s .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. A writer we used to like taught us that. There are days, many of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I’m likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.”
-John Green, The Fault in our Stars

R: Reading Regret

My very tiny budget

S: Series you’ve started but need to finish

Maze Runner by James Dashner

T: Three All Time Favorite Books

This is incredibly hard for anyone who has read more than three books in their entire life. I think I can get it to around five, which is like pulling teeth for me. In no particular order: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Fault in our Stars by John Green, The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, and The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. This list is constantly changing, there are so many more that I love, but all of these have really stuck with me.

U: Unapologetic Fangirl for…

The Vlogbrothers, John and Hank Green. I tell everyone about them. I am also a huge fangirl for books in general. I talk about them all the time. As for authors: Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, Brent Weeks, Veronica Roth, and Cassandra Clare. I love to have conversations about different authors and styles of writing.

V: Very Excited for this release (more than anything else)

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

W: Worst Bookish Habit

Reading when I should be socializing

X: X marks the spot. Count twenty-seven books from the top left corner of your bookcase.

Wool by Hugh Howey

Y: Your latest book purchase

Three books from Amazon- Shade’s Children by Garth Nix, Enclave by Ann Aguire, and Blood Song by Anthony Ryan

Z: Zzz snatcher (book that kept you up late)

The Half-Made World by Felix Gilman

So those are my answers to the A to Z Bookish Survey. Feel free to comment, or do it yourself, just link me!


Each week I receive books, whether I buy them myself, or win them, or get them for free, I’ll do a little post so you know what to expect.

This batch is from Amazon, Goodreads, and my local library.

Anyway, onto the books.

The first one I have been dying to read since I heard about its release in print form. Blood Song by Anthony Ryan was originally only released as an e-book. Somehow, it ended up printed, and blurbs and advertisements were everywhere. I fell in love when I read the blurb for the first time. It looked like a good, solid fantasy novel. I finally managed to purchase a copy. I’m super excited, and I plan on reading it as soon as I can.

“The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm.”

 Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of ten when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order. 

Vaelin’s father was Battle Lord to King Janus, ruler of the unified realm. Vaelin’s rage at being deprived of his birthright and dropped at the doorstep of the Sixth Order like a foundling knows no bounds. He cherishes the memory of his mother, and what he will come to learn of her at the Order will confound him. His father, too, has motives that Vaelin will come to understand. But one truth overpowers all the rest: Vaelin Al Sorna is destined for a future he has yet to comprehend. A future that will alter not only the realm, but the world.”

Blood Song by Anthony Ryan (A Raven’s Shadow novel)

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The second book I’ve had my eye on for while as well. Enclave by Ann Aguirre, is a grim looking dystopian novel that looks positively gripping. I’m on a dystopian, young-adult kick right now, so it’s right up my alley. Both my sister and I are looking forward to reading it.

“WELCOME TO THE APOCALYPSE

In Deuce’s world, people earn the right to a name only if they survive their first fifteen years. By that point, each unnamed ‘brat’ has trained into one of three groups–Breeders, Builders, or Hunters, identifiable by the number of scars they bear on their arms. Deuce has wanted to be a Huntress for as long as she can remember.

As a Huntress, her purpose is clear—to brave the dangerous tunnels outside the enclave and bring back meat to feed the group while evading ferocious monsters known as Freaks. She’s worked toward this goal her whole life, and nothing’s going to stop her, not even a beautiful, brooding Hunter named Fade. When the mysterious boy becomes her partner, Deuce’s troubles are just beginning.

Down below, deviation from the rules is punished swiftly and harshly, and Fade doesn’t like following orders. At first Deuce thinks he’s crazy, but as death stalks their sanctuary, and it becomes clear the elders don’t always know best, Deuce wonders if Fade might be telling the truth. Her partner confuses her; she’s never known a boy like him before, as prone to touching her gently as using his knives with feral grace.

As Deuce’s perception shifts, so does the balance in the constant battle for survival. The mindless Freaks, once considered a threat only due to their sheer numbers, show signs of cunning and strategy… but the elders refuse to heed any warnings. Despite imminent disaster, the enclave puts their faith in strictures and sacrifice instead. No matter how she tries, Deuce cannot stem the dark tide that carries her far from the only world she’s ever known.”

Enclave by Ann Aguire (Razorland Book 1)

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The final book I bought from Amazon was Garth Nix’s Shade’s Children. Another dark looking, post-apocalyptic book. I’ve started it in the past, but have put it down in favor of other books. I’ve heard great things about it, and I remember really liking the beginning. Hopefully, it lives up to what I remember.

“If you’re lucky, you live to fight another day.

In a futuristic urban wasteland, evil Overlords have decreed that no human shall live a day past their fourteenth birthday. On that Sad Birthday, the children of the Dorms are taken to the Meat Factory, where they will be made into creatures whose sole purpose is to kill.

The mysterious Shade—once a man, but now more like the machines he fights—recruits the few teenagers who escape into a secret resistance force. With luck, cunning, and skill, four of Shade’s children come closer than any to discovering the source of the Overlords’ power—and the key to their downfall. But the closer they get, the more ruthless Shade seems to become.”

Shade’s Children by Garth Nix

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This next book came in the mail, not from Amazon, but from Goodreads. I won it in a free contest on Goodreads, which, may I say, is an amazing site. Free books make pretty much anyone happy and it was a hardcover, which was a pleasant surprise. Anyway, I entered the contest and won, which is awesome. This book is an adult thriller, with, it looks like, a lot of religion. I like the idea and the main premise of the book, and I just hope that the story doesn’t suffer because of the idea of a unified religion.

“Aaron Davis joins his father’s ministry at seven years of age. He attracts national attention when he heals a woman of cancer. His services draw thousands of worshipers. He creates an organization with his sister Esther, called the Brotherhood of Man, that unites the major religions of the world. He brokers a treaty that ends the conflict in the Middle East and Northern Africa. He fields a powerful army to maintain the peace. Jack Holder, a former Congressman, becomes President. The United States is under intense international pressure to join the Brotherhood of Man’s effort to create a new world order. Jack’s secret Masonic organization wants Aaron Davis eliminated. Barbara Holder, Jack’s religious wife, believes Aaron Davis is the Antichrist. The fate of the world will depend on which side Jack chooses.”

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These last three I got from my local library system. All of them are ARCs, which I am really excited about.

The first one is Aquifer by Jonathan Freisan. It was published on August 6. This one is a young adult dystopian book, dealing with water being a scarce commodity. I like the cover, and the premise of this one, and I can’t wait to read it.

“Only he can bring what they need to survive…

In 2250, water is scarce, and those who control it control everything. And they’ll do anything to maintain their power – deceiving, dividing families, banning love… even killing those who oppose them.

But above all, they seek to control knowledge and communication – ensuring the truth that will bring their downfall will never be known. But one person verges on discovering it all.

Sixteen-year-old Luca becomes the Deliverer, the only one allowed to contact the people called ‘Water Rats,’ who mine the essential water deep underground and bring it to the ‘Toppers’ who desperately need it above. 

But when he meets a Water Rat who captures his heart and leads him to secrets – secrets about a vast conspiracy, and about himself – the net around him tightens. Luca and those around him must uncover and share the truth needed to overthrow tyranny – even as they fight for their lives.”

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The second book is Under the Empyrean Sky by Chuck Wendig. This one was published in July (so these ARCs aren’t really advance anymore). This one is about a utopian society with a massive divide between the Haves and the Have-Nots. It reminds me a bit of the new movie Elysium, with the rich living high in the air, and the poor barely surviving on the ground. This book looks very exciting.

“Corn is king in the Heartland, and Cael McAvoy has had enough of it. It’s the only crop the Empyrean government allows the people of the Heartland to grow ? and the genetically modified strain is so aggressive that it takes everything the Heartlanders have just to control it. As captain of the Big Sky Scavengers, Cael and his crew sail their rickety ship over the corn day after day, scavenging for valuables, trying to earn much-needed ace notes for their families. But Cael’s tired of surviving life on the ground while the Empyrean elite drift by above in their extravagant sky flotillas. He’s sick of the mayor’s son besting Cael’s crew in the scavenging game. And he’s worried about losing Gwennie ? his first mate and the love of his life ? forever when their government-chosen spouses are revealed. But most of all, Cael is angry ? angry that their lot in life will never get better and that his father doesn’t seem upset about any of it. Cael’s ready to make his own luck . . . even if it means bringing down the wrath of the Empyrean elite and changing life in the Heartland forever.”

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The final book I got from my library was Frozen by Melissa De La Cruz and Michael Johnston. I have been super excited for this book. It was one of my most anticipated books of this month. It has magic and a completely new setting. I am dying to read this, it’s at the top of the pile. Expect a review soon. I’m so excited!

“Welcome to New Vegas, a city once covered in bling, now blanketed in ice. Like much of the destroyed planet, the place knows only one temperature—freezing. But some things never change. The diamond in the ice desert is still a 24-hour hedonistic playground and nothing keeps the crowds away from the casino floors, never mind the rumors about sinister sorcery in its shadows.

At the heart of this city is Natasha Kestal, a young blackjack dealer looking for a way out. Like many, she’s heard of a mythical land simply called “the Blue.” They say it’s a paradise, where the sun still shines and the waters are turquoise. More importantly, it’s a place where Nat won’t be persecuted, even if her darkest secret comes to light.

But passage to the Blue is treacherous, if not impossible, and her only shot is to bet on a ragtag crew of mercenaries led by a cocky runner named Ryan Wesson to take her there. Danger and deceit await on every corner, even as Nat and Wes find themselves inexorably drawn to each other. But can true love survive the lies? Fiery hearts collide in this fantastic tale of the evil men do and the awesome power within us all.”

So, that’s all for this week. Comment if you have any thoughts!