March 2017 Reads | First Lines

I decided that it would be fun to start a new feature ( First Lines) to add the the wrap up of books I read every month. For me most of the time I pick up and look at books in the store it is the first lines that capture my attention and draw me in. It has always been intriguing to me the amount of thought that must go into those first words the author decides to but as the introduction to their work. The first lines are your first impression of the book.

Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell
Needle-thin spikes line the shackles that bite into my wrists and ankles.

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
I couldn’t breathe

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
I’ve read many more books than you.

 

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Series Serial Reader| March Update

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ABOUT


The past couple of years my life has taken me all over the country doing a variety of different things, but it has kept me from reading. Especially reading all the books that have been coming out and catching up on series I have started. I decided that I wanted to make this a year revolving mainly around series. I made the decision that it would be fun to create a challenge for myself and that is how Series Serial Reader came about. To check out my full first post click here.

 

THE SERIES


The series I want to read fall under a few different categories:

Completed Series I Need To Finish
◊Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
◊Marked Men by Jay Crownover
◊Misborn by Brandon Sanderson
◊Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
◊Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
◊Harry Potter by J.K Rowling
◊2B Trilogy by Ann Aguirre
◊Asylum by Madeleine Roux
◊Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
◊The Sparrow and The Wolf by Tim Stead
◊Shattered Sea by Joe Abercrombie
◊Modern Faerie Tales by Holly Black
◊Mortal Instuments by Cassandra Clark

Completed Series I Want To Start/Read
♦ Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger {started}
♦ Bloodlines by Richelle Mead {started}
♦ Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
♦ Seven Realms by Cinda Williams Chima
♦ Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
♦ Immortals by Tamora Pierce
♦ Protector of the Small by Tamora Pierce
♦ Legend by Marie Lu
♦The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
♦ The First Law by Joe Abercrombie
♦ White Rabbit Chronicles by Gena Showalter
♦ The Sweet Trilogy by Wendy Higgins
♦ The Grisha by Leigh Bardugo
♦ Lux by Jennifer L. Armentrout
♦ Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
♦ Georgia Kincaid by Richelle Mead
♦ The Magicians by Lev Grossman
♦ All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness
♦ The Broken Empire by Mark Lawrence
♦ The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

Series I Need To Catch Up On
♣ Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R Ward
♣ A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
♣ Saints of Denver by Jay Crownover
♣ Gentlemen Bastard by Scott Lynch
♣ The Divine Cities by Robert Jackson Bennett

Uncompleted Series I Want To Start
♠ Age of X by Richelle Mead
♠ Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs
♠ Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
♠ A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R Martin

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I have not completed another series yet, but have started two and plan to attack them more heavily in the coming months! 

RoseBlood by A.G Howard | Book Review

217a4-rosebloodROSEBLOOD BY A.G HOWARD

Genre: YA Paranormal, Retelling

“Today you become someone new. From this moment on, you belong to the underworld, from which you were born. You are something monstrous, but beautiful. Something fierce, yet fragile. You are Thorn. The part of the rose that is unloved… that everyone fears for its ability to bring a soul to bleed.”
-A. G Howard, RoseBlood

Synopsis:
In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.

At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.

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review

As soon as this book was published I went to the library right away because I have been waiting sine I finished Ensnared. I am a huge fan of A.G Howard, her writing and the beautiful worlds she creates. 

At the beginning of the story I was a little nervous. I know this was a retelling of The Phantom of the Opera, but I felt at times it was taking to much from the original story just at the beginning. That quickly changes and I got pulled into the beautifully described world and the events that were going on. The book was so unique and involved so many layers. It was full of the creepy gothic feel and took a turn I was not expecting.

Of course like many books out in the world there was romance. I have to say I really enjoyed this one and loved how it all unfolded. Rune was a strong protagonist, she had been threw so much and grew so much. She really came into her own throughout the book. The development of all of the characters was so well done. The story of the Phantom and Thorn was heartbreaking and complex. I enjoyed all of the side characters as well especially the animal companions. They really added a lot to the story and made the book more complex 

Overall I really enjoyed this book. The world was amazing with beautiful and heartbreaking stories woven together. This is definitely a unique book that cannot compare to anything else I have read. The incorporation of music and the small cameos from the original were nice touches. Although it was a retelling Howard did an amazing job creating a story all of its own. It caught me by surprised multiple times and threw in some interesting twists to the story. It left me in awe and completely satisfied.

RATING-4

You might also like:

Splintered Trilogy by A.G Howard

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

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Friday Reads | Finding Myself

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Recently I have been going through a lot of things in my personal life. It been kind of hard on me because I thought I was in a good place and was happy. With all of the stuff going on it has been causing me to question everything. The biggest thing being myself and what I want and need from life. I am confused about everything and have decided to go to books to search for answers and to help guide me. A friend suggested that I should pick up Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life by Glennon Doyla Melton. I am not very far into it yet because I have been trying to take my time with it and really absorb all that it is saying. I have to admit it has already made me cry and I can relate to the author a lot. I think acceptance is important and it is something I am trying really hard to work on. Along with the non-fiction route of self-help I have trying to dig deeper and read more philosophical and meaningful fiction. I feel like there are so many pieces of literature that are referenced and like a staple of the book community that I have not read before. I have always used books to escape life so I’ve always been drawn to lighter fiction and fantasy. But I think if I want to be the princess that doesn’t need someone to save her, I need to keep educating myself and filling myself with knowledge. I decided to start small and picked up Anthem by Ayn Rand.  Have you read either of these books? What are your thoughts? I would love more recommendations of what people think I should read or would be good for me! 

 

What are you reading this weekend?

 

Top 5 Wednesday | Favorite Angsty Romances

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey (YouTube, Goodreads) and if you would like to join, here is the link for the Goodreads group with all the information.

This week’s topic is Favorite Angsty Romances

One of my deep guilty pleasure reads are some good angsty romance books. I feel like even within the angsty romance category there are many different sub-genres. So these books might not totally qualify as the typical angsty, but they fall into my category of it.

♣ Dark Lover by J.R Ward

♣ Rule by Jay Crownover

 

♣ Volition by Lily Paradis 

♣ White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

♣ Reason To Breathe by Rebecca Donovan 

What are some of your favorite angsty romance books? 

Top Ten Tuesday| Top Shortest Books

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This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by Broke and Bookish is The Top Ten  Read in One Sitting Books. And I choose to go with the best shortest books I have read.  Just because some books have fewer pages it does not make the meaning or impact any less important or powerful.

♥ Between The World And Me by Ta- Nehisi Coates

♣ We Should All Be Feminist by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

♣ The Grownup by Gillian Flynn 

♣ The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman 

♣ A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

♣ The Giver by Lois Lowry 

What are some of you top short reads?

Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell | ARC Review

GARDEN OF THORNS BY AMBER MITCHELL

Genre: YA Fantasy

Source: Entangled Teen in return for an honest review

Publication Date: March 7, 2017

Synopsis:
After seven grueling years of captivity in the Garden—a burlesque troupe of slave girls—sixteen-year-old Rose finds an opportunity to escape during a performance for the emperor. But the hostage she randomly chose from the crowd to aid her isn’t one of the emperor’s men—not anymore. He’s the former heir to the throne, who is now leading a rebellion against it.

Rayce is a wanted man and dangerously charismatic, the worst person for Rose to get involved with, no matter what his smile promises. But he assumes Rose’s attempt to take him hostage is part of a plot to crush the rebellion, so he takes her as his hostage. Now Rose must prove where her loyalties lie, and she offers Rayce a deal—if he helps her rescue the other girls, she’ll tell him all the Garden’s secrets.

Except the one secret she’s kept for seven years that she’ll take to her grave if she must.

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*I would like to thank Entangled Teen for the copy of this book in return for an honest review*

From the very beginning this book dives right in and takes off with thrilling intensity. The concept of the Garden and all that these captured girls go through in this traveling burlesque troupe was so captivating and made me want to continue from the very start. There are secrets, intrigue and kingdoms at war.

I thought Mitchell did a wonderful job with the opening of the book. I was so drawn in from the first page. She was able to maintain my attention and keep me on the edge of my seat until the end, although I did think it faltered a little in the middle. The character development of the main character Rose was so well executed. She had issues and unlike so many YA novels she actually had to work through her issues and face her own demons which was refreshing. I find that in so many novels the issues are presented and then quickly are dissolved. Rose was a strong female heroine and definitely makes the whole female independence a strong motto.

The other characters were really well developed and so well described that I could picture them perfectly. The thing with such great character development is I feel like Mitchell fell a little short on the world building. There was so much room for great world development being a fantasy novel and even more about the Garden. I was really intrigued by the concept of the Garden and wanted more from it.

I had just a few other issues with this book and without giving too much away, I thought the romance at times was too much. I really liked the way it ended but at the beginning it came on too strong and didn’t follow Roses beliefs but Mitchell managed to straighten it out and actually make me really happy that it was in the story and added a great component. The last problem I found was with how quickly they threw Rose out on missions and how she was trusted with little to no training.

Overall, I found this story to be very unique and nothing I have read before. It did not shy away from the gruesome details and wasn’t afraid to not let a strong female overcome obstacles and shine. Garden of Thorns was a fast read and kept me on the edge of my seat, never knowing what was going to happen the whole time. It made me experience a wide range of emotions and actually had an ending I cannot complain about. I really recommend YA fantasy readers who enjoy strong female leads and times of war and unrest to pick this book up!

You might also like:

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

Alanna by Tamora Pierce

Top Ten Tuesday| Top Books On My Spring TBR

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This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by Broke and Bookish is The Top Ten  Books on My Spring TBR ! I have been very disconnected from the book community this year. A lot of stuff has been going on lately and it has caused me to be in a book slump. There are so many books I have been waiting to read and now that I have time I hope I will be able to get to all of these.

♠ Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

♠ I Am the Messenger

♠ Mrs. Dalloway

♠ Cress 

♠ City of Blades

♠ Wildwood

♠ The Golden Lily

♠ Half the World

 

What are some books you have on your spring TBR?