Friday Reads | Work All Weekend Edition

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I have to work all weekend and have been feeling so run down lately so I am not sure if I will get to much reading this weekend. I was able to finish 2 book this week and neither of them were ones that I started last week and needed to finish. Therefore I still have close to 100 pages left to read in  Wolf-Speaker by Tamora Pierce the 2nd book in The Immortals series. I started The Luxe by Anna Godbersen as an audiobook, but I think I might have to put it down and come back to it at a later time.

I want to start listening to The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee, the second book in The Thousandth Floor trilogy. I just recently borrowed it from the library and want to get into after finishing the 1st book a week ago! I also want to pick up the next book in the Immortals series, Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce.

What are you reading this weekend?

 

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Friday Reads | Catching Up on Bookish Things Edition

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The New Year has started off great! But for some reason I haven’t given much time to reading and blogging lately. I have been sucked into The Vampire Diaries binge watch and the internet. I really need to get some review written, books completed and the rest of my read-a-thon announcement post put together. I am hoping that due to the cold weather and the fact that I need to go to the gym this weekend will keep me curled up on the couch able to get a lot of that stuff done.

I literally just finished The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee and it was so much better than I was expecting, the ending shocked me and I need the next book in the series. I also am hoping to complete Wolf-Speaker by Tamora Pierce the 2nd book in The Immortals series. I am really hoping to read the whole series this month. I do not know why I have waited so long to read this series as well as the rest of the books by Tamora Pierce. These books are amazing young adult fantasy books with a great female lead, intriguing magic and a world in turmoil. I know if I put some time aside I will fly though the rest of the book this weekend. I am not sure what audiobook I am going to start next there are quite a few I have on a list to start. I also want to pick up the next book in the Immortals series, Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce. I am thinking of also possibly picking up Final Girls by Riley Sager ! But who knows what will happen.

What are you reading this weekend?

 

Friday Reads | First Weekend of the New Year Edition!

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With the New Year comes new goals and new books! I have a lot of goals for 2018 and so many books I want to read/series to complete. I have decided to start off with a book I have been meaning to read for quite some time. It was recommended to me by one of my best friends and she is rereading it this month while I read it too! Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce is the first book in the Immortals series and I really want to read this whole series soon, maybe binge read the series. I am also listening to The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis. I have not been able to sleep well lately and listening to audiobooks really helps on top of the fact that I am a multitasker by nature and need to read more than 1 book at a time. I am about half way through each of them at the current moment so I am hoping to be able to finish each this weekend and start some others! I am really loving Wild Magic, Pierce’s writing is so fun and the world of Tortall is so detailed and well thought out. I am enjoying seeing characters reappear from the Song of the Lioness Quartet! I am still unsure how I feel about The Female of the Species. It is a little bit darker, which I enjoy, but I am a little confused about the direction its going. We will see what I think as I continue and will be sure to share my thoughts.

What are you reading this weekend?

 

Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce | Book Review

images ALANNA: THE FIRST ADVENTURE BY TAMORA PIERCE

Genre: YA Fantasy

“She was still a girl masquerading as a boy, and sometimes she doubted that she would ever believe herself to be as good as the stupidest, clumsiest male.”
– Tamora Pierce, Alanna

Series: Song of the Lioness Quartet

Synopsis: 
From now on I’m Alan of Trebond, the younger twin. I’ll be a knight.
And so young Alanna of Trebond begins the journey to knighthood. Though a girl, Alanna has always craved the adventure and daring allowed only for boys; her twin brother, Thom, yearns to learn the art of magic. So one day they decide to switch places: Disguised as a girl, Thom heads for the convent to learn magic; Alanna, pretending to be a boy, is on her way to the castle of King Roald to begin her training as a page.
But the road to knighthood is not an easy one. As Alanna masters the skills necessary for battle, she must also learn to control her heart and to discern her enemies from her allies.

Filled with swords and sorcery, adventure and intrigue, good and evil, Alanna’s first adventure begins – one that will lead to the fulfillment of her dreams and the magical destiny that will make her a legend in her land.[Goodreads]

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This is definitely a book and a series that I wish I read when I was younger.  I am so happy that my friend Autumn @Kitty Cat Reads convinced me to pick up these books. Tamora is absolute fantastic and I adore her world of Tortall and her strong and full of life and personality characters! This book was first published in 1983 and I feel like it deserves more attention and is definitely a fantastic book (series) for young girls to read. I would not limit it to just the younger audience. I just read it this year at the age of 23 and found it to be absolutely wonderful and definitely has that feel and a feeling of childhood nostaligia that the Harry Potter series carries.

This book is the first in four about the adventures and trials that Alanna must face as she tries to become a knight in the place of her brother. In order to become a knight she must switch places with her brother and deceive all of court to thinking she is a boy. There is magical and fantastical elements weaved throughout the story and Alanna must learn to come into her own and help to defeat the evil that is brewing in the kingdom.

Pierce is absolutely brilliant! She has created such a fun and fantastic story filled with phenomenal characters! I loved that is fantasy world has its touches of the medieval era with knights and sorcery. It is a great adventure story and a wonderful introduction to Alanna and company, the world and series! Alanna is a strong, stubborn female lead that goes through some great character development and is quite cheeky! Pierce has also created a great cast of characters that Alanna meets and take part in the adventures. There is her companion Coram, the other pages and squires, including Prince Jonathan, Gary, Raoul etc. and then there is George Cooper. All of these characters have relationship and friendships with Alanna that add greatly to the story.

Overall this book has a fantastic storyline that is so captivating and entertaining that it is such a quick read. It follows a strong and feisty female lead that is a great role model to young girls to remind them it is okay to be different and follow their dreams. It has a wonderful setting and loads of characters that is so easy to get into and lost in the story. The writing is geared to a younger audience, but I did not find this a flaw, but took me back to the whimsical and easy life of childhood where anything was possible and in the realm of my imagination!  I feel like I can’t do this review justice. Basically if you haven’t read anything by Tamora Pierce yet you should really give it a try because it will be worth the read! (at least in my experience)

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Read.Sleep.Repeat. 2014 Series Challenge|Update

To see the rules of the challenge and a link back to the creator of this challenge click here.

Sadly since my initial post [x] I have only completed two more series. I feel like I always start so many and than switch to something else. I am hoping really soon to do another binge read of a series because I really enjoyed doing that for the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead! Anyways onto the series completion update.

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Song of the Lioness Quartet (completed: 05/14)

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Proxy Duology (completed: 06/14)

What series/trilogies/duologies have you completed so far this year?

May Wrap-Up

This month although I did not read as many books as I hoped to read, they were all fantastic books! (Most receiving a 4.5 or higher!) I read a total of 7 complete books, a semi long novella and got a little into another book! All in all it was a total of 2,230 pages. I linked up the books I already did reviews for and the others are in the works. Also look out for my June TBR!

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(These we the only physical books I read)

The Books I Read:

White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Girl From The Well by Rin Chupeco

Bitter Sweet Love by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce

Hexed by Michelle Krys

Half A King by Joe Abercrombie

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Branded by Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki

What did you read this month?

Swoon Worthy Saturday

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Saturday is a day for swooning. Swoon Worthy Saturday is a weekly meme where in we present a fictional boy who has swept us off our feet, given us butterflies, made our heart do acrobatics and driven us absolutely crazy! (Hosted by StayBookish )

Liam from Lioness Rampant

I am not very far into the book, but so far I am in love with Liam. He is funny and an amazing fighter. I am also in love with the fact that he calls Alanna, Kitten! I mean who doesn’t want a Shang Dragon with a great personality!