Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Won't You Be My Valentine?

Happy Valentines to all my fellow geeks out there!

Won't you be my valentine?
These amazing Star Wars cards will surly win your heart!

I just love Katie Cook's Star Wars art (all of her art, really)
I'll be her valentines any day.

Be you attached or single, remember to have fun and be safe.
All my love 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Another 52 - January Edition

January has been a crazy month of stress, studying and exams. That being said, it didn't give me a lot of time to read much non-school related books. Probably why most of my books this month were audiobooks. 
I did really well on my exams, if you're wondering, but if you're reading this, you're probably much more interested in my books,

So here's what I read this month:

by Brandon Sanderson

1243 Pages (55:04 Hours)

The eagerly awaited sequel to the #1 New York Times bestselling Words of Radiance, from an epic fantasy author Brandon Sanderson at the top of his game.
In Oathbringer, the third volume of the New York Times bestselling Stormlight Archive, humanity faces a new Desolation with the return of the Voidbringers, a foe with numbers as great as their thirst for vengeance.
Dalinar Kholin's Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost: The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction, and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.
Nestled in the mountains high above the storms, in the tower city of Urithiru, Shallan Davar investigates the wonders of the ancient stronghold of the Knights Radiant and unearths dark secrets lurking in its depths. And Dalinar realizes that his holy mission to unite his homeland of Alethkar was too narrow in scope. Unless all the nations of Roshar can put aside Dalinar's blood-soaked past and stand together--and unless Dalinar himself can confront that past--even the restoration of the Knights Radiant will not prevent the end of civilization.

Amazing, outstanding, incredible! I wan't to read and read and read this series and wish that it never ended. But like all great epics, I'll probably be waiting a few more years for the next book to come out and then all the next books after that. That's okay. I waited for Wheel Of Time and I'll wait for The Stormlight Archives as well. This train might not be moving very fast, but I really do recommend jumping on board if you want a fantastic series to read.

by Seanan McGuire

312 Pages (11:18 Hours)

Rose Marshall died in 1952 in Buckley Township, Michigan, run off the road by a man named Bobby Cross—a man who had sold his soul to live forever, and intended to use her death to pay the price of his immortality. Trouble was, he didn’t ask Rose what she thought of the idea.
It’s been more than sixty years since that night, and she’s still sixteen, and she’s still running.
They have names for her all over the country: the Girl in the Diner. The Phantom Prom Date. The Girl in the Green Silk Gown. Mostly she just goes by “Rose,” a hitchhiking ghost girl with her thumb out and her eyes fixed on the horizon, trying to outrace a man who never sleeps, never stops, and never gives up on the idea of claiming what’s his. She’s the angel of the overpass, she’s the darling of the truck stops, and she’s going to figure out a way to win her freedom. After all, it’s not like it can kill her.
You can’t kill what’s already dead.

This was outside what I usually read. I've never been one to pick up ghost stories, but I love Seanan McGuire and when I came across this I just couldn't pass it by. And I'm glad I didn't because it had me entranced from beginning to end. I'm glad she's doing a sequel and I can't wait to read it.

by Katherine Arden

333 Pages

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn't mind--she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse's fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.
After Vasilisa's mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa's new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.
And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa's stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.
As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed--this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse's most frightening tales.

I had heard a lot of great things about this book, so I was super excited to get it for Christmas. Although it was very good, I wanted more from it. I'm not sure of what, just more. The story didn't leave me entranced and that was what I really wanted because I love Russian folk tales (or at least the ones that I know) and I love when authors re-imagine them. I guess I find that stories that take place over many years lose something when they don't devote time to the here and now. Knowing a history is good, but I want to really get into the characters and how they feel. This book did have that at some parts, but I would've like some more. I will be reading the next book though. I do want to know what happens.

by Sarah J. Maas

70 Pages

A Throne of Glass novella.
On a remote island in a tropical sea, Celaena Sardothien, feared assassin, has come for retribution. She’s been sent by the Assassin’s Guild to collect on a debt they are owed by the Lord of the Pirates. But when Celaena learns that the agreed payment is not in money, but in slaves, her mission suddenly changes—and she will risk everything to right the wrong she’s been sent to bring about.

This was a great little short story that has been hinted about in later novels and I wanted to find out more. It was hard to watch Celaena being that cock sure teenager and there are times that you realy do want to punch her. But she does have a good side and it's nice to see that the Queen of Assassins has a soft side even then.

by Victoria Aveyard

528 Pages (17:19 Hours)

In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard's bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl's spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?
Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother's web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.
As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare's heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.
When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.

It's been awhile since I've read this series and I went back to it thinking that it was really great. It wasn't. It was okay, but for the most part it wasn't overly interesting. Mare being captured is rather dull. She sits around a lot. People make a lot of threats, that's about it. The first 2 books had a lot of action and moving around and you could feel that electricity (pardon my pun). But in this one, all the battles happen off screen and it's hard to feel emotionally invested. I'm hoping the next one will be better. Not every book in a series can be the best.

by James Patterson

417 Pages (8:06 Hours)

For 36 years, James Patterson has written unputdownable, pulse-racing novels. Now, he has written a book that surpasses all of them. ZOO is the thriller he was born to write.
All over the world, brutal attacks are crippling entire cities. Jackson Oz, a young biologist, watches the escalating events with an increasing sense of dread. When he witnesses a coordinated lion ambush in Africa, the enormity of the violence to come becomes terrifyingly clear.
With the help of ecologist Chloe Tousignant, Oz races to warn world leaders before it's too late. The attacks are growing in ferocity, cunning, and planning, and soon there will be no place left for humans to hide. With wildly inventive imagination and white-knuckle suspense that rivals Stephen King at his very best, James Patterson's ZOO is an epic, non-stop thrill-ride from "One of the best of the best."

I've been watching this on Netflix and it's awesome. So when I came across this in the Little Library, I knew I had to read it. It became my first LLB of the year. Sadly the book did not live up to the TV show. I was so bored with it right away that I switched over to the audiobook to try and make it easier. It didn't really. The killed off one of my favorite characters right away and the main character was completely ruined. In fact, they ruined the Chloe as well. She went from being pretty awesome in the show to being a wide eyes, useless woman, who's only importance was that she became a mom and they totally ignored that she was a super awesome researcher and had her do almost nothing. It was quite aggravating. I was glad when it was done. I'll go back and watch the show instead.

by Seanan McGuire

48 Pages (1:38 Hours)

Working for the last traveling carnival in Cascadia is sweaty, back-breaking work - and Ansley loves it. She's fiercely loyal to her charge, Billie - a giant genework Indricothere. But now the only life Ansley has ever known is in danger - and the threat is coming from within.

This wasn't the best short story that I've read my Seanan McGuire, but it was still interesting. I think if it were longer and I had a better chance to get to know the characters that it would've had a bigger impact on me. As it was, I don't really feel one way or another about this story.

by Seanan McGuire

157 Pages (4:11 Hours)

Beneath the Sugar Sky returns to Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children. At this magical boarding school, children who have experienced fantasy adventures are reintroduced to the "real" world. 
Sumi died years before her prophesied daughter Rini could be born. Rini was born anyway, and now she’s trying to bring her mother back from a world without magic.

I have fallen in love with this series and I want an entire line of books to read about every single character and what was behind their doors and if they get to go back and all the new students and on and on and on forever. This was not a prequel like the second book was, but took place after the first. I am in love with the world of Confection and I think my new goal in life is to become The Baker there. (Is it because I'm a culinary student? you decide) The way she talks about baking and sugared trees and gingerbread molding makes me want to buy multiple copies of this book so that I can highlight my favorite quotes and cross-stitch them onto pillows or some such.

by Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe

400 Pages

This “first rate anthology of reimagined fairy tales” (Locus Magazine) features an all-star lineup of award-winning and critically acclaimed writers.
Once upon a time. It’s how so many of our most beloved stories start.
Fairy tales have dominated our cultural imagination for centuries. From the Brothers Grimm to the Countess d’Aulnoy, from Charles Perrault to Hans Christian Anderson, storytellers have crafted all sorts of tales that have always found a place in our hearts.
Now a new generation of storytellers has taken up the mantle that the masters created and shaped their stories into something startling and electrifying.
Packed with award-winning authors, this “fresh, diverse” (Library Journal) anthology explores an array of fairy tales in startling and innovative ways, in genres and settings both traditional and unusual, including science fiction, western, and post-apocalyptic as well as traditional fantasy and contemporary horror.
From the woods to the stars, The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales takes readers on a journey at once unexpected and familiar, as a diverse group of writers explore some of our most beloved tales in new ways across genres and styles.
Contains stories by: Charlie Jane Anders, Aliette de Bodard, Amal El-mohtar, Jeffrey Ford, Max Gladstone, Theodora Goss, Daryl Gregory, Kat Howard, Stephen Graham Jones, Margo Lanagan, Marjorie Liu, Seanan McGuire, Garth Nix, Naomi Novik, Sofia Samatar, Karin Tidbeck, Catherynne M. Valente, and Genevieve Valentine.

If you've been a follower for awhile, you know that I have a soft spot for retellings of fairy tales. So when I came across an entire book of them I was super excited. I wanted to see what all of these authors had re imagined when given this assignment. For some I was happily surprised. I would've read novels about them. For others I was totally horrified or weirded out with the direction that they went in. Others had me in thought loops for days where I couldn't get the concepts out of my mind.
It was a very mixed bag that made it hard to pick up and read, not knowing what type of story is going to be next. I guess that's why I usually try and stay away from anthologies like this. That being said, If I found another such book tomorrow, I would probably still buy it and read it. Such is the love of the re imagined fairy tales...

by Kiera Cass

276 Pages (7:01 Hours)

From Kiera Cass, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Selection series, comes a captivating stand-alone fantasy romance.
Kahlen is a Siren, bound to serve the Ocean by luring humans to watery graves with her voice, which is deadly to any human who hears it. Akinli is human—a kind, handsome boy who's everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. Falling in love puts them both in danger . . . but Kahlen can't bear to stay away. Will she risk everything to follow her heart?

This definitely had a Little Mermaid vibe to it that I absolutely loved. Much like The Selection, these characters swept me up in their stories and didn't let go. I would be very happy if this was turned into a series or at least had some short stories about the other characters. I also really loved the nod to Prince Maxon with Akinli's last name. Very cute little add in.

by Marissa Meyer

256 Pages (6:36 Hours)

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?
Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story—a story that has never been told... until now. 
Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death.

More retelling of fairy tales? Who me? You can guess that I love the Lunar Chronicles for this very reason. It was neat to go behind the scenes and see what makes Levana who she really is. In the beginning you really want to feel bad for her, but as time goes by, you just can't justify what she's doing and you want to yell at yourself for ever being sympathetic at all. So good.

Books that I am currently reading

by Rohinton Mistry
65 of 603 Pages

by Sally Armstrong
122 of 320 Pages

by N.K. Jemisin
109 of 613

The Reburialists
by J.C. Nelson
275 of 416 Pages

Discount Armageddon (InCryptid #1)
by Seanan McGuire
120 of 352 Pages

The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch #1)
by Rin Chupeco
1:45 of 12:08 Hours

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Another 52 Book Reading Challenge

Another year, another book challenge.

Yes, I'm starting all over again from book 1 and working my way back up to 52.
Although it hurts my soul a bit to delete all the books from last years list, I feel I am up to the challenge to start again from scratch.

I've signed up both here and here for the challenge and you can too
Or if you're more interested in just following what I read, I will continue to update every month on what I've read and you can look to the bottom right of my blog (you may have to scroll down) where I will be keeping a list of what books I've finished, links to Goodreads and a bar of my challenge progress.

I didn't read quite as much last year as I did the year before, but with school happening, I'm just happy to have time to read at all.

I managed to clear out most of my To Be Read (TBR) and Recommended By Adam (RBA) books over the last few years, so my choice of extra challenge is going to be Little Library Books (LLB).
In case you don't know what that is, a Little Library or a Wee-Free Library are tiny neighborhood boxes that people put on their front lawns and fill with books to take and bring back. I have quite a few in my neighborhood and try to keep them as stocked as I empty them.

But I have accumulated too many and they need to be read and returned to their homes.

So here is a list of the 12 books that I've chosen

My LLB (Little Library Books) List Challenge

1. The Invention of Wings - Sue Monk Kidd

2. Zoo (Zoo #1) - James Patterson

3. The Windup Girl (The Windup Universe #1) - Paolo Bacigalupi

4. A Reunion Of Ghosts - Judith Claire Mitchell

5. Best Friends Forever -  Jennifer Weiner

6. Looking for Alaska - John Green

7. The Knight and the Rose - Isolde Martyn

8. Mr. Churchill's Secretary (Maggie Hope Mystery #1) - Susan Elia MacNeal

9. The Kitchen House - Kathleen Grissom

10. 666 Park Avenue (666 Park Avenue #1) - Gabriella Pierce

11. The Little Paris Bookshop - Nina George

12. The Casual Vacancy - J.K. Rowling

Happy Reading!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Newfangled 52 - December Edition

Christmas has come and gone and this year is finally winding down. This year has had it's ups and downs in life as well as in books. Some were really great and others not so much. But in the end, I managed to read 96 books this year,

Not quite as many as last year, but still pretty good.
Anyhoo, here are the last books I read this year:

by Kiera Cass

64 Pages

While America Singer's heart was torn between Aspen and Prince Maxon, her friend Marlee knew exactly what she wanted—and paid the price.
Revisit the captivating world of Kiera Cass's #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series in this digital original novella. Told from Marlee's point of view, this all-new 64-page story returns to the fateful Halloween when Marlee and Carter were discovered, and reveals how that night—and Prince Maxon—changed their lives forever.

The great thing about having an online library card is that I can finally read all those short stories that all my favorite authors write. That includes all of The Selection short stories (that all somehow seem to be exactly 64 pages). This one was probably my favorite, because who doesn't love Marlee? I'm still glad she managed to find her happily ever after.

by Jay Kristoff

125 Pages

Your blood-red skies are filled with smoke. Your bleach-white histories with lies. You walk sleeping. Wake senseless. Breathing deep of toxic blooms and forgetting all that has gone before.
But I remember.
I remember when two brothers waged bloody war over the right to sit in their father’s empty chair. I remember when orphaned twins faced each other across a field of crimson and steel, the fate of the Shima Shōgunate hanging in the poisoned sky between them.
I remember when a blind boy stood before a court of storms and talons, armed only with a thin sword and a muttered prophecy and a desperate dream of saving the world.
I remember when the skies above Shima were not red, but blue. Filled with thundeabler tigers.
I remember when they left you.
And I remember why.
Let me tell you, monkey-child.

This short story takes place before the Lotus Wars series and I wasn't sure I was going to like it. But the more I read of it, the more I enjoyed it. The character's are not as lovable as the original series, but then again I didn't have 3 books to fall in love with them either. It is interesting to see how the world ended up as it did, due to choices that these characters made eons before the books.

by Kiera Cass

64 Pages

Before America Singer met Prince Maxon . . . 
Before she entered the Selection . . . 
She was in love with a boy named Aspen Leger.
Don't miss this digital original novella set in the captivating world of Kiera Cass's #1 New York Times bestselling Selection trilogy. This brand new 64-page story begins just after the group of Selected girls is narrowed down to the Elite and is told from Aspen's point of view.

This story was okay. I never really liked Aspen all that much, so I didn't feel like I got much out of it. It's pretty much just a retelling of the story but from an observers perspective. Not nearly as interesting, but an okay story none the less.

by Kiera Cass

64 Pages

Before thirty-five girls were chosen to compete in the Selection...
Before Aspen broke America's heart...
There was another girl in Prince Maxon's life...
Don't miss this thrilling 64-page original novella set in the world of the New York Times bestselling novel The Selection.

This tiny blurb about this story makes it seem like this other girl is a big plot point in the story, but she's really not. She's pretty much just a friend that they try and force on him as a love interest, but he's just not interested. Mostly it's a story about him getting ready for the Selection to start and not knowing how to feel about that. I actually liked this story quite a bit.

by Glen Cook

318 Pages

She is the last hope of good in the war against the evil sorceress known as the Lady. From a secret base on the Plains of Fear, where even the Lady hesitates to go, the Black Company, once in service to the Lady, now fights to bring victory to the White Rose. But now an even greater evil threatens the world. All the great battles that have gone before will seem a skirmishes when the Dominator rises from the grave.

This was my RBA for the month. It wasn't nearly as good as the second book was and it took me forever to read. There was a lot of boring parts, but the few interesting parts made up for it. I really like Croaker's relationship with The Lady and could read about it all day. She totally made the book for me. I like to read more about her. 

by Brandon Sanderson

59 Pages

A fascinating new novella in Brandon Sanderson's Cosmere, the universe shared by his Mistborn series and the #1 New York Times bestselling Stormlight Archive. 
Sixth of the Dusk, set in a never-before-seen world, showcases a society on the brink of technological change. On the deadly island of Patji, where birds grant people magical talents and predators can sense the thoughts of their prey, a solitary trapper discovers that the island is not the only thing out to kill him. When he begins to see his own corpse at every turn, does this spell danger for his entire culture?

This was another interesting short story by Brandon Sanderson. I have absolutely no idea how all his books fit into one big Universe, but I will gladly keep reading until I find out. This was a neat concept about times changing, especially with technology, and how it is beginning to upset the balance of the World. Quite neat indeed.

by J.C. Nelson

97 Pages

As the right hand woman at the Fairy Godfather’s Grimm Agency, Marissa Locks has a grip on all things magical. If only she could get control of her own not-so-charmed life…
For most people, waking up after a night of partying next to a dragon, sporting a tattoo with a mind of its own, would be a new low. For Marissa, only the tattoo is new—and, unfortunately, it’s not the weirdest part of her day. The Agency has been called in to stop a string of messy murders, a problem that’s turning into a disaster of biblical proportions, and Marissa’s been assigned to the case.
One of the archangels from Paradisia is attempting to switch teams, and he’s willing to use as many souls as it takes to pay his way. With Grimm contractually bound to clean up the chaos, Marissa must find a way to keep the former cherub from completing his rampage. But between fighting an angel gone bad and battling the magical compulsions of her new Fae tattoo, Marissa’s definitely facing the worst hangover in history…

I loved these books, so I was super hyped to find out that there was another one, even if it was a short story that takes place in between books. I would gladly keep reading stories about Marissa and her friends. They have the perfect about of humor, action and sass that I like in an urban fiction story. 

Alright, so now that we've covered this month, how about we take a quick look back at my year in books

Not too shabby if I do say so myself. And I didn't do too badly with my RBA (Recommended By Adam) 

6. Deathless (Leningrad Diptych #1) - Catherynne M. Valente 

11. Equal Rites (Discworld #3) - Terry Pratchett

I didn't finish The Kingdom of Gods yet, but I did read a whole extra book for this, so I'm going to call it even.

Books that I am currently reading

by Rohinton Mistry
65 of 603 Pages

by Sally Armstrong
122 of 320 Pages

by N.K. Jemisin
109 of 613

by Brandon Sanderson
1243 Pages (52:27 of 55:02 Hours)

by Katherine Arden
96 of 333 Pages

I almost managed to finish Oathbringer before the end of the year, but there just wasn't enough time. Ascent of Women is going slow, since it's super depressing, although quite interesting at the same time. A Fine Balance is on a hiatus until I can get my e-reader to work again. But there are always more books to read, and I'm going to do just that.

See you next year

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Mistletoe Kisses

 Oh, hello. I didn't see you there. 

What's that? Mistletoe you say.... Why yes... yes it is!

Well if you're game, I'm game


Here's wishing you time under the mistletoe with someone you love this holiday 
(or any day really)

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Newfangled 52 - November Edition

Fall is giving into Winter and I am finally back at school after a 5 week strike. Although I didn't blog in that time, I did find myself lost in books instead of being lost in the gloom of possibly losing my semester.
Here's what I read this month:

by Seanan McGuire

346 Pages

Things are starting to look up for October "Toby" Daye. She's training her squire, doing her job, and has finally allowed herself to grow closer to the local King of Cats. It seems like her life may finally be settling least until dead changelings start appearing in the alleys of San Francisco, killed by an overdose of goblin fruit.
Toby's efforts to take the problem to the Queen of the Mists are met with harsh reprisals, leaving her under sentence of exile from her home and everyone she loves. Now Toby must find a way to reverse the Queens decree, get the goblin fruit off the streets--and, oh, yes, save her own life, since more than a few of her problems have once again followed her home. And then there's the question of the Queen herself, who seems increasingly unlikely to have a valid claim to the throne....
To find the answers, October and her friends will have to travel from the legendary Library of Stars into the hidden depths of the Kingdom of the Mists--and they'll have to do it fast, because time is running out. In faerie, some fates are worse than death.
October Daye is about to find out what they are.

This might actually be my favorite book of this series so far, which is saying something when I've loved all the other books. Something that starts with wanting to rid the streets of a bad faerie drug takes a drastic turn which I totally wasn't expecting. This book was Epic. I can't wait to see what happens next!

by Seanan McGuire

9 Pages

In 1959, Faerie came for a little changeling girl named October Daye and presented her with the Choice that her mother had been struggling to prevent her from ever needing to make. But how did Faerie find her? Where did the channel of October's destiny diverge? To know the answer, you must look to the water, and to the woman who many refer to as "the sea witch."
It can be hard to deal with betrayal. Betrayal by family is so very much worse.

This was a sweet short story that tells why October is the way she is and how she ends up as she is. It was nice to have the Luidaeg's point of view for once and see how much she's always cared about October. I hope to find more of these short stories.

by Robin Hobb

809 Pages (35:24 Hours)

Bingtown is a hub of exotic trade and home to a merchant nobility famed for its liveships—rare vessels carved from wizardwood, which ripens magically into sentient awareness. The fortunes of one of Bingtown's oldest families rest on the newly awakened liveship Vivacia.
For Althea Vestrit, the ship is her rightful legacy unjustly denied her—a legacy she will risk anything to reclaim. For Althea's young nephew Wintrow, wrenched from his religious studies and forced to serve aboard ship, Vivacia is a life sentence.
But the fate of the Vestrit family—and the ship—may ultimately lie in the hands of an outsider. The ruthless pirate Kennit seeks a way to seize power over all the denizens of the Pirate Isles...and the first step of his plan requires him to capture his own liveship and bend it to his will....

This was one of the first books that I borrowed from the library website and boy did I have trouble with it. It kept getting returned and renewing it was difficult, but I managed to get through it. When Adam recommended it to me, he warned me that things go wrong for everyone and keep going wrong. He was right. Things constantly turn out for the worst and it was hard on my already heavy heart. That being said, it was still a good book and I'm planning on reading the rest of the series.

by Jay Kristoff

429 Pages

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.
Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.
Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.
Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

I really enjoyed Jay Kristoff's last series, so I was really excited when this was finally released in paperback. It's funny at how the beginning they try and convince you that she's a terrible person, but as the story progresses she's actually much more caring than anyone else. That being said, she is still a murderer training to be an assassin, so I guess there is that. I'm not as enamored with the specialty school trope anymore, but I still enjoyed this book and will read the next few when they come out. 

by Glen Cook

319 Pages (10:35 Hours)

Mercenary soldiers in the service of the Lady, the Black Company stands against the rebels of the White Rose. They are tough men, proud of honoring their contracts. The Lady is evil, but so, too, are those who falsely profess to follow the White Rose, reincarnation of a centuries-dead heroine. Yet now some of the Company have discovered that the mute girl they rescued and sheltered is truly the White Rose reborn. Now there may be a path to the light, even for such as they. If they can survive it.

This was my RBA book for the month. I wasn't thrilled with the first book of this series, but I rather enjoyed the second one. The story itself was much better and I really liked the side stories and how they tied in. 

by Seanan McGuire

32 Pages

From New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire, a haunting urban fantasy short story in the Carniepunk anthology—for fans of all things circus, supernatural, and mysterious…
It’s been seventeen years since the last time Ada’s carnival passed through her father’s hometown in Alabama—and no one is expecting the reception she gets.

This was a sad story about the daughter of a mermaid in a carnival. As her mother becomes more and more mermaid like, she begins to forget everything around her, including her own daughter. As they travel through her mother's home town, Ada is recognized by the family that her mother left behind.

by Kiera Cass

72 Pages

Before America Singer's story began, another girl came to the palace to compete for the hand of a different prince….
Don't miss this digital original novella set in the captivating world of Kiera Cass's #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series. This prequel story takes place before the events of The Selection and is told from the point of view of Prince Maxon's mother, Amberly. Discover a whole new Selection with this inside look at how Maxon's parents met—and how an ordinary girl named Amberly became a beloved queen.

One of the great things about borrowing from the library is that I now have access to all sorts of short stories that intertwine with book series that I've already read. These stories give a little extra look at the side characters who don't always get a lot of screen time. This was a sweet little story about the Queen Amberly, when she was just another girl in a different Selection.

by Isaac Marion

256 Pages

R is having a no-life crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he is a little different from his fellow Dead. He may occasionally eat people, but he’d rather be riding abandoned airport escalators, listening to Sinatra in the cozy 747 he calls home, or collecting souvenirs from the ruins of civilization.
And then he meets a girl.
First as his captive, then his reluctant guest, Julie is a blast of living color in R’s gray landscape, and something inside him begins to bloom. He doesn't want to eat this girl—although she looks delicious—he wants to protect her. But their unlikely bond will cause ripples they can’t imagine, and their hopeless world won’t change without a fight.

I've always wanted to watch this movie. It looks cute. So when I found the book at a Little Library, I decided that I would read it first, before I watched the movie (it's on Netflix now).
I'm glad I did, because the book was amazing. I really wasn't expecting it to be this great. R's zombie prose are quite beautiful and I found myself marking off passages that I really liked.
"I long for exclamation marks, but I'm drowning in ellipses." 

by Sarah J. Maas

664 Pages (22:39 Hours)

In the next installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, follow Chaol on his sweeping journey to a distant empire.
Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.
His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent's mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.
But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

I've pretty much stopped reading the back of books that are in the series that I'm reading. So imagine my surprise that this whole book had very little to do with Aelin Galathynius and her crew at all! This entire book follows Chaol and Nesryn and their trip to Antica to help save their kingdom and his legs. It was a really good book and I actually enjoyed the break from Aelin. Although I do feel that this story could've been interspersed through the other books for greater effect. 

by Jill Archer

362 Pages

Noon Onyx is back! In this long-awaited fourth installment, Jill Archer returns readers to the dangerous world of Halja, where demons, angels, and humans coexist in an uneasy state of détente. 
Maegester-in-Training Noon Onyx feels like she’s done it all – mastered fiery magic, become an adept fighter, learned the law, killed countless demons, and survived having her heart broken by both love and an arrow, but now she’ll face her greatest challenge yet…
Far to the north lies an outpost famous for its unrest – Rockthorn Gorge. The town’s patron has specifically requested Noon’s help. Her assignment? Help the neophyte demon lord build his fiefdom and keep what’s his. The problem? Lord Aristos – Noon’s new employer – is her erstwhile lover, Ari Carmine, the aforementioned heart breaker. And the number one thing he wants is her.
When Rockthorn Gorge’s viaduct is destroyed by Displodo, an enigmatic bomber, killing a dozen settlers and wounding scores more, Noon sets off early to aid in the search and rescue. Ari is listed among the missing and the suspects are legion. But Noon’s search is just the beginning. Her journey forces Noon to confront not only those she loves, but also enemies hell-bent on destroying them.

I really loved this series when it came out, so when I found out that there was another book in ebook form, I grabbed out my e-reader, accidentally broke it, so grabbed out my other e-reader and managed to finally read it. Let's just say that I've changed a lot since reading the other books and I'm able to pick out the problems with this series much easier now. I'm really tired of abusive relationships being passed off as 'he just loves too much'. Frankly, she was much better off with her friends.

by Brandon Sanderson

272 Pages (6:23 Hours)

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, a special gift edition of Edgedancer, a short novel of the Stormlight Archive.
Three years ago, Lift asked a goddess to stop her from growing older--a wish she believed was granted. Now, in Edgedancer, the barely teenage nascent Knight Radiant finds that time stands still for no one. Although the young Azish emperor granted her safe haven from an executioner she knows only as Darkness, court life is suffocating the free-spirited Lift, who can't help heading to Yeddaw when she hears the relentless Darkness is there hunting people like her with budding powers. The downtrodden in Yeddaw have no champion, and Lift knows she must seize this awesome responsibility.

I was really excited when Oathbringer came out, but as I began listening to it, they recommended that I read this short story first so I can understand some character's motives better. Since it was only 6 hours long, it was an easy enough request. This was a great little story about a young girl who has recently become "Awesome" (gotten Knight's Radiant powers) and her quest to take down The Darkness and eat as many pancakes as possible. Lofty goals indeed.