Friday, September 25, 2015

World After by Susan Ee

World After 
Author: Susan Ee
Publisher: Skyscape
Publication Date: November 19, 2013
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Review:
Angelfall came as a total surprise to me. I bought it on Amazon when it was on super sale and I honestly didn’t expect to like it. I grabbed it off the shelf on a whim, when I was in a reading slump, and color me surprised when it became one of my favorite reads this year. I was ecstatic when the library finally messaged me saying they had received the sequel, World After!

World After begins directly after the end of Angelfall. Penryn is traveling with her Mom and Sister and, after carrying her lifeless body from a burning hotel, Raffe believes she is dead. World After is written in much the same, action packed, style as Angelfall and follows a lot of the plot lines established in the first novel. The problem is because World After was so similar to Angelfall I didn’t enjoy it as much…the things that surprised me in Angelfall were no longer surprising and I found myself getting bored with the same action scenes being repeated.

While, I felt that the plot line was little stale I did enjoy the characters, especially Penryn. I love how fierce she was and how much she cares for her sister. She felt well rounded and I liked the decisions she was forced to make. It was nice to see her grow as a character. Raffe was my other favorite character but we didn’t see a lot of him (that may have been why I didn’t enjoy this novel as much as Angelfall).

Overall, World After read like a middle of the series book. It was very similar to Angelfall and all of the buildup in this novel wasn’t really resolved. Still, I’m hopeful for the final book in this series End of Days. I like the characters enough to continue even if I wasn’t thrilled with the action in this installment.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

A History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz

A History of Glitter and Blood
Author: Hannah Moskowitz
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: August 18, 2015

Review:
A History of Glitter and Blood wasn’t the book I was expecting it to be. I don’t think you can prepare yourself for a book like this. It began by throwing the reader directly in the middle of an unexplained war and then proceeded to describe events in flashbacks with history book style descriptions intermixed.

I almost gave up on this book during the first 10%. To say it was disjointed would be an understatement. Nothing made sense. It also didn’t help that the gritty plot left a bad taste in my mouth. This book has prostitution, death, and maiming. If that isn’t something you want to read about this isn’t the book for you.

The story revolved around Beckan, Scrap, and Josha who are the last faeries left in the city after a Gnome/Tightroper war led the rest of their kind to flee. Beckan and Scrap work as prostitutes to put food on the table.

I think that people will either adore this book or hate it. I fell in to the category of people this book doesn’t appeal to. I wouldn’t go so far as to say I hated it, but I didn’t enjoy it either. I couldn’t stand the disjointed storyline, the extremely unreliable narrator, or the subject matter. I can’t even say that I really liked the characters. I was interested enough to keep reading but only because I knew the book was short. If it had been any longer I would have DNF-ed this early on and never looked back.

Overall, I gave A History of Glitter and Blood a fair chance, but it wasn’t for me. I usually love unreliable narrators and gritty plot lines but this came off as too much of both and left the story off-kilter. If you want to give this a try, go ahead, but I would leave your expectations at the door.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Top 10 Books On My Fall To-Be-Read List


1 Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
2 Return Once More by Trish Leigh
3 A Curious Tale of the in Between by Lauren DeStefano

4 The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jeann Bennett
5 We'll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean

6  Outpost by Ann Aguirre
7 The Buried Giant by Kaguro Ishiguro
8 Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

9 The Walled City by Ryan Graudin
10 Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith

Walk on Earth a Stranger Release Blitz + Giveaway


I am so excited that WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER by Rae Carson releases today and that I get to share the news, along with an awesome giveaway!
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful new series by Rae Carson, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a set of the GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS series (in paperback format). US only. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.


WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER
Author: Rae Carson
Pub. Date: September 22, 2015
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Pages: 448
Find it: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Goodreads

The first book in a new trilogy from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Rae Carson. A young woman with the magical ability to sense the presence of gold must flee her home, taking her on a sweeping and dangerous journey across Gold Rush–era America.
Lee Westfall has a secret. She can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. Veins deep beneath the earth, pebbles in the river, nuggets dug up from the forest floor. The buzz of gold means warmth and life and home—until everything is ripped away by a man who wants to control her. Left with nothing, Lee disguises herself as a boy and takes to the trail across the country. Gold was discovered in California, and where else could such a magical girl find herself, find safety? Rae Carson, author of the acclaimed Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy, dazzles with this new fantasy that subverts both our own history and familiar fantasy tropes.
Walk on Earth a Stranger, the first book in this new trilogy, introduces—as only Rae Carson can—a strong heroine, a perilous road, a fantastical twist, and a slow-burning romance. Includes a map and author’s note on historical research.

Read chapter 1 of WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER annotated by Rae Carson HERE!


About Rae:
Rae Carson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the acclaimed Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy. Her next book, Walk On Earth A Stranger, will be available September 22, 2015. She lives in Arizona with her husband.


Giveaway

1 winner will receive a set of the 3 GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS series (in paperback format). US Only. Ends on September 30th at Midnight EST!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

10 Finished Series I Have Yet To Finish


These are all series I haven't finished yet and the book I left off on. I want to eventually read all of these (as most of them are on my shelf) BUT time is short and I'm not sure when that will happen. Hopefully soon!

1 Unearthly Trilogy by Cynthia Hand
2 The Selection Series by Keira Cass
3 Shiver Trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater

4 Cinder Series by Marissa Meyer
5 Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

6 Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy by Laini Taylor
7 Across the Universe Trilogy by Beth Revis
8 Delirium Triology by Lauren Oliver

9 His Fair Assassin Series by Robin LaFevers
10 Under the Never Sky Triology by Veronica Rossi

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Stacking The Shelves 150

Week in Review
The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy
Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge - September Review Link-Up
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Mass Release Blitz & Giveaway
New on the Shelf
In the Shadows by Keirsten White & Jim de Bartolo
Lexicon by Max Barry (Thanks #booksfortrade!)
Netgalley & Edelweiss
A Study in Charotte by Brittany Cavallaro
The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins
Assassin's Heart by Sarah Ahiers

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Half in Love with Death by Emily Ross


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas Release Day Blitz & Giveaway


I am so excited that QUEEN OF SHADOWS by Sarah J. Maas releases today and that I get to share the news, along with an awesome giveaway!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful series by Sarah J. Maas, be sure to check out all the details below. 

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a set of the first 3 books in the series (in paperback format). US only. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.


QUEEN OF SHADOWS
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Pub. Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pages: 656

Synopsis:
Sarah J. Maas's New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series reaches new heights in this sweeping fourth volume.
Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . .
She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return.
Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

Read Chapters 1-5 of QUEEN OF SHADOWS HERE!


About the Author

Sarah J. Maas is the author of the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling Throne of Glass series–Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, and Heir of Fire, and the series’ prequel, The Assassin’s Blade–as well as the New York Times and USA Today bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses. She wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in twenty-three languages. Queen of Shadows, the fourth book in the Throne of Glass series, will release worldwide on September 1st, 2015.

A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies.


Giveaway
1 winner will receive the first 3 books (in paperback) in the THRONE OF GLASS Series. US Only. Ends on September 11th at Midnight EST!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge- September Review Link-Up


Welcome to the September Review Link Up for the 2015 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge. Before linking your reviews make sure you are signed up for the challenge here.
  • When submitting a review please do it in this format: Title of Reviewed Book (Name of Blog). Author names are not necessary. 
  • This link up will be open until September 30th
  • If you have and questions feel free to ask in the comments, email Emisbookblog@aol.com, or tweet me @FallingForYA
September Review Link Up