Monday, October 16, 2017

ARC Review: All The Crooked Saints by Maggie Steifvater

Title: All the Crooked Saints
Written by: Maggie Steifvater
Published: October 10, 2017 by Scholastic

(Amazon / Goodreads)

Synopsis: Here is a thing everyone wants: a miracle. Here is a thing everyone fears: what it takes to get one.

Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars.

At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future: Beatriz, the girl without feelings, who wants only to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro, who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who spends his nights running a renegade radio station under the name Diablo Diablo.

They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect.

**** I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher at ALA in exchange for an honest review. This fact has not changed my opinion. *****

I'm a huge fan of Maggie Steifvater and her style of writing so when I heard she was writing a book that is more of a classic magical realism story I was excited to read. And while this isn't my favorite of her books, it was still really good.

For one thing it had that classic Maggie style. If you have read any of her books you know what I'm talking about but if you haven't, I'm not sure I could explain. Maggie just has this style all her own. Her writing is beautiful and lyrical but it also has this atmospheric and cinematic quality. That was definitely on full display in this book. As usual, her writing drew me in and kept me enthralled.

The best example of this is with the world building. Maggie has a very distinct way in which she builds and develops a world. I think I enjoy her so much because she's not one for exposition. Sure, she explains things but she does it in a way where you get the information slowly throughout the book. It can be incredibly confusing at first because you have no idea what is happening but as you start to learn more you become more and more intrigued. It's a style that works really well for me and it's one that I think works really well for this kind of book. It somehow made the magical realism feel more magical and more real at the same time. And seriously, there was so much magic here. The miracles were so unique and Maggie's writing made them all the more interesting.

A lot of the uniqueness and magic of the book also came from the characters. This is a book that is full of a quirky cast of characters. It's a bit of a cliche to have a small town setting with strange and quirky characters but it kind of worked here with the premise. The book was full of pilgrims who had some sort of weird miracle happen to them and they couldn't leave. They were definitely interesting but I think I would have liked to spend a little more time getting to know them. Many of them were just there and even the ones that did have a little bigger role were still just kind of there. I usually love Maggie's characterizations but I think here it fell a little flat. There were a few exceptions though. Tony was really interesting and he was developed well, so was Marisita. They had some of the biggest roles of the secondary characters and so you got to know them better which was good. I also really enjoyed Pete. I'm not sure if he was a secondary character or a main character but he may have been my favorite. He was the easiest character to like and maybe the one I connected with the most. Although I did like all the characters more than I thought I did now that I'm done reading.

As for the main characters, sale goes for them. I liked them much more than I originally thought I did. They were interesting and likable. Maggie has this way of making books character-driven with a subtle coming of age story. That's how I would absolutely describe this book. So much of the plot and characterizations were focus on the development of Beatriz and Daniel. Because of this we got to know them both pretty well throughout the book and I was definitely invested in them getting what they wanted. I did like them both and I think they had good development throughout the book but the plot was still missing something for me. I'm not sure what, but it just wasn't my favorite.

On the whole, All the Crooked Saints was a good read. It had that classic Maggie style with an atmospheric and engaging setting, likable characters, and a character-driven plot with a subtle coming of age story. It didn't blow me away but I still really enjoyed it.

I give All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Steifvater 8.5 out of 10 stars


Buy/Borrow/Bypass: Buy/Borrow. If you like Maggie's work than I would definitely recommend her latest to. She has a style all her own so if you are looking for a unique and engaging magical realism read with a subtle coming of age story then pick this one up.

Have you read All the Crooked Saints? What did you think? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Artemis by Andy Weir


A weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine

Title: Artemis
Author: Andy Weir
Published: November 14, 2017 by Crown

Synopsis: Jazz Bashara is a criminal.

Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she's stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself—and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.

Why I'm Waiting:

It's always the perfect storm of excitement when an author you love is writing a book you would read no matter what. That is this book. I loved The Martian and would honestly have read any book that he wrote. I'm sure that this one is going to have tons of action and great characters. Plus I mean look at that synopsis, it's science fiction with a female criminal ON THE MOON! How amazing does that sound? Super amazing. I absolutely need to read this book.

Like I said, the perfect storm of excitement for this book. I've been waiting on it ever since I heard that Andy Weir was writing a second book and I heard what it was about. I have a copy of this book from Netgalley and I am super excited to read it when we get closer to release date.  It's going to be great!



What about you? What are you waiting for this Wednesday? Are you waiting on Artemis along with me? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Autumnal Book Covers

A weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish



1.) The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater
This is the book that came immediately to mind when I thought about a book cover that feels autumnal. First of all it has those red and browns that feel very fall but I just generally associate this book with fall because its plot.

2.) The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
This book definitely has that creepy Halloween/fall feel to it. Like The Scorpio Races it has the colors going for it, yellow and brown in this case, but also the fact that it has trees, a creepy looking house, and the ominous girl in the background.

3.) And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich
Dawn's books definitely have a very autumnal feel to them. And the Trees Crept In definitely has the most fall feel to it. I think maybe its the trees. Or the fog. Both of those things are very autumnal. Then you have the UK cover which is super creepy.

4.) Windwitch by Susan Dennard
This book has what looks like leaves falling from the trees, it's very autumnal. Plus with the wind and the rain it definitely has that feel of a fall day, like yesterday here in fact.


5.) Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco
I like to read Historical Mysteries all year but they are especially fun in the fall. So this one made my list for that reason. And also for the same reason as a lot of books on this list it has those reds and browns that scream fall.

6.) Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica
I tend to read Mary Kubica books in the summer but her covers have a fall feel to them. I mean they are mysteries so they have that autumnal vibe. I think that is because of the leaves. I'm so predictable.

7.) This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee
Here is another historical mystery for you. It's got the fog which gives it that feel. Plus it also has that rainy day thing going on which I definitely associate with fall.

8.) Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray
I really like these redesigns. They have that YA horror vibe to them which is so fitting for this series. And because it has that horror vibe it also has the fall feel.

9.) Rooms by Lauren Oliver
This has all the trappings of an autumnal book cover. The colors are orange and yellow, and there are trees. All it's missing is fog.

10.) Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
This one is similar to The Scorpio Races where the cover has that fall feel because of the colors and the fact that it has this woods type vibe to it, but also because it's got an autumnal atmosphere to it.

There you have it, the book covers I think have an autumnal vibe to it. What books made your list? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!

Monday, October 9, 2017

ARC Review: Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

Title: Wild Beauty
Written by: Anna-Marie McLemor
Published: October 3, 2017 by Feiwel and Friends (Macmillan)

(Amazon / Goodreads)

Synopsis: Love grows such strange things.

For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.

**** I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This fact has not changed my opinion. *****

I have been really enjoying Magical Realism lately and thoroughly enjoyed both of Anna-Maria McLemore's previous books so I was really excited to read her next ones. And while this was not my favorite of her books but it was still a really good read.

One thing I loved about this book was the world. Magical Realism is so interesting because it has this great subtle magic to it, typically tied to the land or the family and their culture. This was a little bit of both. I loved seeing magic at work. First of all the stuff with flowers was really cool. Watching the Nomeolvides girls use their powers was really fascinating. So much so that I wanted more. But the magic of this series was more than just the flower magic. I don't want to give too much away because it's tied more to the plot of the book.

Speaking of the plot, that was one of the points that I wish would have been a little more complex. The synopsis of this book led me to believe that this had a pretty interesting mystery and it really didn't. There was a twist and reveal later in the book but it really was not the focus of this book. I wish it had been. A lot more of the plot revolved around the romance for my taste and I wanted more mystery. I'm such a plot driven reader that I just really need a super engaging plot and unfortunately I didn't find that here.

Either that or the pacing was slow. It definitely took me awhile to get into this book. This may have just been because it is a really busy time for me and I haven't had much of an opportunity to read, but it could also be this book. Much of what is explained in the synopsis doesn't even happen until much later in the book. It's one of those books that slowly develops into an exciting ending but it's also one of those books that really takes its time to get there. I wish the beginning had been a little more engaging but I am glad it got there in the end.

But much of this book was redeemed by the characters. The real heart of this book was the story of family. First of all we had the Nomeolvides girls. Despite being cousins they had this really great sisters feel to it. I love books about sisters and I really enjoyed the relationship between the characters. Most of them were a Amal part of the book but the main character was Estrella. She was definitely sympathetic and likable. The best thing about this book is the fact that there are so many diverse characters. Anna-Marie does these characters so well. There was great use of LGBTQ characters and I enjoyed them and how diverse this book was.

All in all this was a good read but not totally amazing. It had a fantastic and engaging world, and likable and complex characters but the plot wasn't as complex as I hoped and the pacing was pretty slow.

I give Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore 8 out of 10 stars


Buy/Borrow/Bypass: Borrow. If you are a fan of magical realism, especially YA magical realism definitely check this book out, or this author on the whole. She's got some great reads. And if you do like Anna-Marie's work and haven't read this one then definitely check it out.

Have you read Wild Beauty? What did you think? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!

Friday, October 6, 2017

The Memory Tree by Kali Wallace Blog Tour: Promo Post and Giveaway


ABOUT THE BOOK:


The Memory Trees
by Kali Wallace

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: October 10th 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Magical Realism, Fantasy, Paranormal

Synopsis: The Memory Trees is a dark magical realism novel about a mysterious family legacy, a centuries-old feud, and a tragic loss that resurfaces when sixteen-year-old Sorrow returns to her mother ’ s family orchard for the summer.

Sorrow Lovegood’s life has been shaped by the stories of the women who came before her: brave, resilient women who settled long ago on a mercurial apple orchard in Vermont. The land has been passed down through generations, and Sorrow and her family take pride in its strange history. Their offbeat habits may be ridiculed by other townspeople — especially their neighbors, the Abrams family — but for the first eight years of her life, the orchard is Sorrow ’ s whole world.

Then one winter night everything changes. Sorrow’s sister Patience is tragically killed. Their mother suffers a mental breakdown. Sorrow is sent to live with her dad in Miami, away from the only home she ’ s ever known.

Now sixteen, Sorrow’s memories of her life in Vermont are maddeningly hazy; even the d e- tails of her sister ’ s death are unclear. She returns to the orchard for the summer, determined to learn ore about her troubled childhood and the family she left eight years ago. Why has her mother kept her distance over the years? What actually happened the night Patience died? Is the orchard trying to tell her something, or is she just imagining things?

Buy Links:

GoodreadsAmazon - B+N - Book Depository - Kobo - IndieBound

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Kali Wallace studied geology and geophysics before she decided she enjoyed inventing imaginary worlds as much as she liked researching the real one. Her short fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, F&SF, Asimov's, Lightspeed Magazine, and Tor .com. Her first novel, Sha l- low Graves, was published by Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins in 2016. Her second novel, The Memory Trees, will follow in 2017. She lives in southern California.

Website - Goodreads - Twitter - Facebook - Instagram

TOUR SCHEDULE :

 http://fantasticflyingbookclub.blogspot.com/2017/09/to ur-schedule-memory- trees- by -kali.html


GIVEAWAY :

1 signed hardcover copy of THE MEMORY TREES by Kali Wallace (US Only)


There is a preorder giveaway: anybody who preorders by 10/10 can get a signed bookplate and some bookmarks if they send an email to thememorytrees@gmail.com.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Audiobook Review: There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

15797848Title: There's Someone Inside Your House
Written by: Stephanie Perkins
Published: September 26, 2017 by Dutton Books for Young Readers (Penguin Group)

(Amazon / Goodreads)

Synopsis: Scream meets YA in this hotly-anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss.

One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.

International bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down. .

I honestly wasn't sure what I was getting into with YA horror written by Stephanie Perkins but this book was pretty phenomenal. It is the perfect Halloween read for someone who wants a creepy thriller.

I absolutely loved the tone of this book. I'm not a big horror fan but I love me a good thriller, especially one that has more of a creepy vibe to it, and that was this book. It was one of those classic 90's teen horrors that played up the tension that comes with it. There were many moments throughout this book where I was completely terrified for the characters and for myself. Not to mention the fact that it stuck with me after I finished reading the book. I was moving into my new apartment and still thinking about the book so much that I was a little nervous to go into the gross basement while I was home alone. That to me is the mark of a good horror or thriller.

It is also a book with a ton of action. Like all good slasher flicks there was plenty of bloods and guts in this book and I loved that. There was a serious body count in this book and I gotta be honest, I really appreciated that. But the action and thrills had a lot to do with the fact that the characters had to fight for their lives. It was definitely a thrilling plot that kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. I honestly didn't think it would because of the way the book was plotted but it totally did. That's how good and tense this book was.

The other really interesting thing was that I actually liked the mystery despite the fact that it isn't the type is mystery that I typically enjoy. I usually like my mystery to have clues along the way and a big reveal at the very end. This did not have that. The reveal actually came way early in the book and it was totally out of left field. But I still liked it. I think that was because it despite that it didn't lose any of the tension. Seriously, my favorite mysteries have plenty of tension and this book totally did.

I listened to the audiobook and I feel like that was an excellent choice because the audio was amazing. It's narrated by Bahni Turpin who is such a great narrator. She absolutely captures the tension of the book. You really need the narrator to establish that with a book like this and she definitely did that. Bahni also did a great job with developing the characters. There are a ton of different characters in this book and she definitely does a good job of establishing them all with subtly different accents and tones.

There's Someone Inside Your House was a really fantastic book and a great audiobook. It had great tension, a thrilling plot, a good mystery, and engaging characters. If you are looking for a book for the Halloween that has a horror vibe without being too scary then check this out.

I honestly wasn't sure what I was getting into with YA horror written by Stephanie Perkins but this book was pretty phenomenal. It is the perfect Halloween read for someone who wants a creepy thriller.

I absolutely loved the tone of this book. I'm not a big horror fan but I love me a good thriller, especially one that has more of a creepy vibe to it, and that was this book. It was one of those classic 90's teen horrors that played up the tension that comes with it. There were many moments throughout this book where I was completely terrified for the characters and for myself. Not to mention the fact that it stuck with me after I finished reading the book. I was moving into my new apartment and still thinking about the book so much that I was a little nervous to go into the gross basement while I was home alone. That to me is the mark of a good horror or thriller.

It is also a book with a ton of action. Like all good slasher flicks there was plenty of bloods and guts in this book and I loved that. There was a serious body count in this book and I gotta be honest, I really appreciated that. But the action and thrills had a lot to do with the fact that the characters had to fight for their lives. It was definitely a thrilling plot that kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. I honestly didn't think it would because of the way the book was plotted but it totally did. That's how good and tense this book was.

The other really interesting thing was that I actually liked the mystery despite the fact that it isn't the type is mystery that I typically enjoy. I usually like my mystery to have clues along the way and a big reveal at the very end. This did not have that. The reveal actually came way early in the book and it was totally out of left field. But I still liked it. I think that was because it despite that it didn't lose any of the tension. Seriously, my favorite mysteries have plenty of tension and this book totally did.

I listened to the audiobook and I feel like that was an excellent choice because the audio was amazing. It's narrated by Bahni Turpin who is such a great narrator. She absolutely captures the tension of the book. You really need the narrator to establish that with a book like this and she definitely did that. Bahni also did a great job with developing the characters. There are a ton of different characters in this book and she definitely does a good job of establishing them all with subtly different accents and tones.

There's Someone Inside Your House was a really fantastic book and a great audiobook. It had great tension, a thrilling plot, a good mystery, and engaging characters. I wasn't sure I would like it was really really good.

I give There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins 9.5 out of 10 star


Buy/Borrow/Bypass: BUY! If you are looking for a book for the Halloween that has a horror vibe without being too scary then check this out. It's fantastic!

Have you read There's Someone Inside Your House? What did you think? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Audiobook Review: Jane Unlimited by Kristen Cashore

Title: Jane Unlimited
Written by: Kristen Cashore
Published: September 19, 2017 by Kathy Dawson Books (Penguin Group)

(Amazon / Goodreads)

Synopsis: Jane has lived an ordinary life, raised by her aunt Magnolia—an adjunct professor and deep sea photographer. Jane counted on Magnolia to make the world feel expansive and to turn life into an adventure. But Aunt Magnolia was lost a few months ago in Antarctica on one of her expeditions.

Now, with no direction, a year out of high school, and obsessed with making umbrellas that look like her own dreams (but mostly just mourning her aunt), she is easily swept away by Kiran Thrash—a glamorous, capricious acquaintance who shows up and asks Jane to accompany her to a gala at her family's island mansion called Tu Reviens.

Jane remembers her aunt telling her: "If anyone ever invites to you to Tu Reviens, promise me that you'll go." With nothing but a trunkful of umbrella parts to her name, Jane ventures out to the Thrash estate. Then her story takes a turn, or rather, five turns. What Jane doesn't know is that Tu Reviens will offer her choices that can ultimately determine the course of her untethered life. But at Tu Reviens, every choice comes with a reward, or a price. .

This book totally blew me away. With everything going on in my life I wasn't sure if I was going to read it and honestly I was perfectly fine with skipping it this month. Then I saw some rave reviews and that the audiobook was narrated by Rebecca Soler and I had to listen. And I am so glad that I did because it was seriously amazing.

Probably the most fantastic thing about this book is the writing style. It's not your typical style book and I can honestly say that I have never read a book like this before. For one thing, it is written in third-person present. Those two together made for a very interesting read. It took some getting used to but once I did, I was really engaged. At the end of this book in the author notes section Cashore says that she originally wrote this to be like a Choose Your Own Adventure kind of read and it totally has that feel to it. But it's even more unique than that.

The other really interesting thing about this book is the plot. I wasn't entirely sure what it was about when I picked it. The synopsis mentions a mysterious house which I am on-board for but that was all I knew. And I'm glad that was all I knew because then I was pleasantly surprised by the direction this book went in. I don't want to give too much away but just know that it's incredibly complex. It takes more than one different genre and combines it into something all its own and totally engrossing. I mean there is one reveal towards the end that had me totally floored in the best possible way. I really loved the plot of this book, it was full of surprises.

The characters you were full of surprises. I can't say too much about them because that might spoil the big reveal but the bulk of the characters were very interesting. It's a book that is full of quirky and weird characters but I loved that about it. They were all pretty eccentric plus they all had their own secrets and were complex in their actions and motivations. It made for even more mystery to the book than the plot provided. The one character I do want to talk about is Jane. Just like all the secondary characters she is quirky and complex. I mean for one thing she makes umbrellas. But she still felt really grounded. Jane is the audience surrogate and she was a really interesting one. I felt like I could connect with her but still found her interesting. She was just one of the many complex and interesting characters in this book.

My one main criticism is that I think it took some weird turns. Towards the end it shook things up again and it seemed a bit too late for that in my opinion. I think there was a lot to really like with the plot and the pacing but there was also just a lot. I would have been okay if it had just focused on a few different things rather than doing as many as it did. Plus it's just generally a very weird book. I can see it being one of those either you love it or you hate it kind of reads.

But I think I made a great choice by picking up the audio for this one. I am a huge fan of Rebecca Soler as a narrator and she did a great job with this book. She captured Jane's curiosity and indignation really well as well as the other characters who came from all different walks of like. Plus she did a great job at capturing the magic and mystery of the book. If you like audiobooks I think this one is worth a listen.

But in general I think you should read this book. It was not at all what I expected because it was so much better. It is one of the most unique books I have read in a long time for many reason.

I give Jane Unlimited by Kristen Cashore 9.5 out of 10 stars
Buy/Borrow/Bypass: BUY! Definitely get your hands on a copy of this book. It is totally worth your time,  If you are looking for a book unlike anything you have read before that will surprise and entertain you, this is that book. And as I said before, audio fans should definitely listen to this one.

Have you read Jane Unlimited? What did you think? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters That Made Me Swoon

A weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

I'm not the kind of person who usually makes book boyfriends and/or girlfriends very easily. I'm sure I'm beating a dead horse here but I am generally pretty romancephobic. But every once and while, a character comes along that makes me swoon, whether because I like them personally or because I like them with the character in the book. Here is that list.


1.) Luca Lowe in Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin - My Review
Luca is one of the only characters that I consider to be legit book boyfriend material. I absolutely adored him in Wolf by Wolf. I don't know what it is, he's super charming but has this rebellious streak that is only matched by his caring. He's wonderful.

2.) Sean Kendrick in The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater - My Review
Speaking of wonderful, how much did I love Sean Kendrick in The Scorpio Races? Answer: so much. I think a lot of that had to do with that is the fact that I listened to the audiobook and he was narrated by Steve West who makes me swoon every time.

3.) Thomas Cresswell in Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco - My Review
I read Hunting Prince Dracula pretty recently and oh my god do I love Thomas Cresswell. He was so flirty and charming and incorrigible in that book and it made me so happy. I ship him and Audrey Rose so badly but in general I love Thomas.

4.) Levi in Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - My Review
I love Fangirl so much and I totally related to Cath a lot, so it's no surprise that I would swoon for her romantic lead. But seriously, Levi is so sweet and adorable. I want some one to bring me a special coffee drink they made.


5.) Blue in Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli - My Review
So Blue is a perfect example of a character who made me swoon for the character. Blue is seriously so adorable. I remember thinking him and Simon were so cute when I read it the first time. Then I reread Simon Vs.in April and loved him even more.

6.) Conall Maccon in The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger - My Review
There are seriously so many Gail Carriger characters I could put her. She writes so amazing characters. I out Lord Maccon because when I read the Parasol Protectorate I was surprised by how much and how quickly I bought into the romance.

7.) Frank Porter in Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson - My Review
I love Morgan Matson's comte,praries and I honestly could have picked Clark from The Unexpected Everything by I'm picking Frank because this was the book that made me fall in love with Morgan's work and realize that I don't hate contemporaries. So thanks Frank Porter.

8.) Rhy Maresh in the Shades of Magic series by Victoria Schwab  - My Review
It was really hard to pick a character from this series. I love all of them so much. I almost picked Alucard Emory because he's such a charming "lovable rogue" but I ended up going Rhy just because I just remember loving him so much in ADSOM that I shipped him with everyone.


9.) Henry "Monty" Montague in The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee - My Review
I am absolutely in love with Monty. He is like many characters on this list and completely adorable and completely incorrigible. I love how much of a hopeless flirt he is but I also so love how much he cares about Percy. I love them so much and had to add Monty to this list.

10.) Mark Watney in The Martian by Andy Weir - My Review
Mark Watney is someone who if I met in real life, I would have a serious crush on. He's super smart, makes bad jokes, and is super sarcastic. Yup I would be so into it. I really loved him when I read the book a few years ago. I just wish the character was more charming in the movie.

11.) Adelina Amouteru in The Young Elites by Marie Lu - My Review
I love Adelina so much. She is one of my all-time favorite characters. I love her development and I love how devious she is in the book. I definitely shipped her with Enzo but I think a lot of that was because I liked Adelina so much.

12.) Mia Corvere in the Nevernight Chronicles by Jay Kristoff - My Review
I read Godscrave last month and I super enjoyed. Mia is another character that I am putting on this list because I shipped her with other people. But oddly in this case it's not just one person, but multiple. So that got me thinking, maybe Mia is the one that has me swooning and not those people.

13.) Manon Blackbeak in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas - My Review
Sarah is so good at writing ships that like every character has made me swoon. So I'm picking my favorite of her characters. Manon is on this list because I have such a girl crush on her. Like the last two characters I think she is super interesting and complex. I love her and all the Iron-Teeth witches.

There you have it, all the characters who made me swoon. What characters made your list? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!

Monday, October 2, 2017

September Wrap Up and October TBR

Read in September: Historical Mystery

Another good month, although not as good as last month. Although honestly I don't think I could do better than last month. But with everything else going on in my life I think it's pretty good. In September I read a total of 14 books. There were a lot of audiobooks and two were comics, but still. A great reading month which is especially good because it was a super busy month for me. October will also be just as busy probably as I just moved and am now getting settled in Rhode Island. Anyway, as far as the books go I read some really good books this month. I really enjoyed a lot of the books I read, which is so good because I was super looking forward to many of them.

For challenges, I am doing okay but not as well as I would hope on some of the individual challenges. I lowered my Goodreads goal to 100 books for the year and that was a really good decision because I completed it this month. I raised it to 120 but may raise it to 150 which is what my original goal for the year. But we'll see how I feel at the end of the month when I hopefully finished that goal. But I like being ahead of that challenge and I feel much better about meeting my goals. I am also on track for the Debut Author Challenge of 25 debuts. This month I only read 1 debut, making my total for the year 19. If I make sure to read a few during the next two months I will definitely meet that goal for the year. For the Netgalley/Edelweiss Challenge, I read 4 books this months which makes my total 30 for the year. I'm thinking the 36 target is still doable as all I'll have to do is read 2 a month until the end of the year. For the Rock My TBR Challenge I read 1 book for that this month towards my goal of 25 for the year bringing my totally up to 12 for the year. I'm definitely behind on this one but I might be able to meet the actual challenge goal of 15. And finally, I did 1 post for the Discussion Challenge, making my total 10 for the year which is on track for my goal of 12.

The Books
1.) The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken
 Rating: 8 out of 10 [My Review]
2.) Prudence by Gail Carriger Rating: 9 out of 10 [My Review]
 3.) Warcross by Marie Lu Rating 8 out of 10 [My Review]
4.) Odd and True by Cat Winters Rating: 9 out of 10 [My Review]
5.) Runaways Vol. 3: Good Die Young by Brian K. Vaughn
and Adrian Alphona Rating: 9 out of 10
6.) Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff Rating: 9.5 out of 10 [My Review]
7.) Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco
Rating: 9.5 out of 10 stars [My Review]
8.) Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas Rating: 9 out of 10 [My Review]
9.) Runaways, Vol. 4: True Believers by Brian K. Vaughn
and Adrian Alphona Rating: 8 out of 10
10.) The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cool Rating: 8.5 out of 10 [My Review]
11.) Speak Easy Speak Love by McKelle George
 Rating: 8.5 out of 10 stars [My Review]
12.) 13 Minutes by Sara Pinborough Rating: 9 out of 10 [My Review]
13.) Jane Unlimited by Kristen Cashore Rating: 9 out of 10 [Review to Come]
14.) There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
Rating: 9 out of 10 [Review to Come]

Other Posts

To Be Read in October: Magical Realism

I am so excited for this month's theme. I've been really enjoying Magical Realism these days and I'm so excited to read some more this month. Plus there are going to be some super exciting debuts and some highly anticipated reads by favorite authors and some that I have heard really good things about. I hope it's going to be another good month.

Books for Review


The Memory Trees by Kali Wallace - Add to Goodreads
I'm part of the blog tour for this book and am super excited to read it. It sounds like a total me book. It fits better with last month's theme but I'm reading it this month so whatevs.

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore Add to Goodreads
I have loved every single one of Anna-Marie's other books and I am so excited to read this beauty. It sounds amazing and is the reason why I am doing this theme.

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao  - Add to Goodreads
I have heard really good things about this debut and I was so excited to get a copy at ALA. A copy that I really want to read this month.

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Steifvater - Add to Goodreads
I love Maggie. I have loved all her books that I have read. I'm excited for her next book and to see her take on Magical Realism. Based on The Raven Boys I assume it is going to be good.

 

The Knowing by Sharon Cameron - Add to Goodreads
I LOVED The Forgetting and I am super pumped that there is another book in this series. I can't wait to read this one and found out what happens to this world in the future.

This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis - Add to Goodreads
I have only read one Mindy McGinnis book despite wanting to read more. This one sounds totally amazing and like a fun non-horror-y Halloween read.

Shadowhouse Fall by Daniel Jose Older - Add to Goodreads
I continue to keep this book on my TBR list to remind myself to read it. I loved the first book but I still haven't read this one.

The Wicker King by J. AcrumAdd to Goodreads
This is another perfect read for the Halloween season. It sounds really interesting and I know a few people who have read it and loved it.



New Releases

Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray - Add to Goodreads
I am so excited about this book. I have been waiting for two years for the next book in The Diviners series. This book is out tomorrow and I can't wait for my copy to arrive.

The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage by Phillip Pullman - Add to Goodreads
I am a huge fan of the His Dark Materials series and was over the mood to find out that there were more books coming out. I can't wait to read this one.

Backlist Books


Imprudence by Gail Carriger - Add to Goodreads
I read Prudence last month and meant to read Imprudence but never got a chance to read it. I don't have any backlist books in mind for this month so hopefully I can read Imprudence.

There you have it. Some of the books I hope to read in October. As always, these are subject to change. I may read all of these or I may only read a few and then read a bunch of different ones. But honestly I think this list I can stick to. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!