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Wrap Up – January 2017

It wasn’t the best but still a solid beginning of the year as far as it concerns reading. I’ve read 5 books this month. However, sadly I hadn’t managed to read a book from Gilmore Girls Reading Challenge but I will try to read one more this month. Fingers crossed! How much books have you read?

1. KITTY HAWK AND THE CURSE OF THE YUKON GOLD (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency, #1) by Iain Reading

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Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is the thrilling first installment in a new series of adventure mystery stories that are one part travel, one part history and five parts adventure. This first book of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series introduces Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot with her own De Havilland Beaver seaplane and a nose for mystery and intrigue. A cross between Amelia Earhart, Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking, Kitty is a quirky young heroine with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into all kinds of precarious situations.
After leaving her home in the western Canadian fishing village of Tofino to spend the summer in Alaska studying humpback whales Kitty finds herself caught up in an unforgettable adventure involving stolen gold, devious criminals, ghostly shipwrecks, and bone-chilling curses. Kitty’s adventure begins with the lingering mystery of a sunken ship called the Clara Nevada and as the plot continues to unfold this spirited story will have armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike anxiously following every twist and turn as they are swept along through the history of the Klondike Gold Rush to a suspenseful final climatic chase across the rugged terrain of Canada’s Yukon, the harsh land made famous in the stories and poems of such writers as Jack London, Robert Service and Pierre Berton. It is a riveting tale that brings to glorious life the landscape and history of Alaska’s inside passage and Canada’s Yukon, as Kitty is caught up in an epic mystery set against the backdrop of the scenery of the Klondike Gold Rush.
Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is a perfect book to fire the imagination of readers of all ages. Filled with fascinating and highly Google-able locations and history this book will inspire anyone to learn and experience more for themselves as Kitty prepares for her next adventure – flying around the world!

We’ve been sent this book in exchange for an honest review, which I’ve written HERE.

My Rating: 3.5/5

2. THE BLUE MOON NARTHEX (Karmanic Sovereign Legion, #1) by N. J. Donner

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The balance of good and evil has been left in the hands of a thirteen year old…
Since the beginning of time, Karmanic matter worked silently and unassisted keeping good and evil in balance, until growing greed in the world meant Karma couldn’t keep up. As World War I rages, the secret Karmanic Sovereign Legion works behind the scenes to help Karma.
A suspicious train accident and an odd stone-shaped object that belonged to his father thrust Cole McCarthy and two schoolmates into the middle of this battle to keep dark forces in check.
With only the powerful stone, a letter, and grandfatherly Norm to guide them, the trio must unravel clues and tap into unknown strengths to discover who Cole’s father really was and keep themselves and those they love safe.

We’ve been sent this book in exchange for an honest review, which I’ve written HERE.

THE BLUE MOON NARTHEX COMES OUT ON FEBRUARY 7TH!

My Rating: 3.5/5

3. MY BAD BOY NEIGHBOR (Good Girl, #1) by Desirae Clark

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There was a good girl, there was a bad boy and there was a bet.
GOOD GIRL, Astrid Bailey was a sixteen year old who never got into trouble and was happy to be hidden behind her brother’s (school’s Golden Boy’s) success.
BAD BOY, Kai Asher liked to make inappropriate sexual innuendos, messed with law and broke girls’ hearts. He was intense, rough, sexy and definitely something. He also just moved in next door.
THE BET was made between the jocks so that one particular player had to try to win over the most hard to get girl.
The bad boy turned out to be not so bad, the good girl turned out to be not so strong and the bet made it possible for their worlds to literally collide when they got into a car accident.
With endless of fights, drama and heartbreak, Astrid was torn between her former crush and her new love.

Disclaimer: I can’t be objective because my sister wrote this book and I am so damn proud, but I will do my best.

This book is incredibly witty and has the most relatable main character I’ve encountered in a while. The book is written intelligently and it’s funny. Story is mostly light but it also touches a couple of dark subjects (grief, anxiety, etc.). I loved the ending and am really looking forward to reading the sequel.

Grab this book, you won’t be sorry!

My Rating: 5/5

4. BEFORE I FALL by Lauren Oliver

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For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—”Cupid Day”—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night.
However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined.

I can’t believe it’s over. That can’t be it… Damn…

Even though it left me heartbroken, the ending was perfect.

One of the best stories I’ve read!

My Rating: 5/5

5. THE ALCHEMIST by Paulo Coelho

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Paulo Coelho’s enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within. Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is an eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.

This book definitely needs to be read more than once.

Simple yet great story. We all have much to learn.

My Rating: 5/5

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Wrap Up – December 2016

As 2016 came to an end, so did the Goodreads’ Reading Challenge. In 2016 I set my goal to read 63 books and at the end I have managed to read 76. I am very proud of this little accomplishment so now I decided to aim higher and set my goal for 2017 Reading Challenge up to 100 books.
Are you participating in Goodreads’ 2017 Reading Challenge?

Anyhow, in December I managed to read 3 books, which is not a lot but it’s still something. Without further ado, let’s check it out.

1. THE KINGDOM OF OCEANA by Mitchell Charles

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SURFER SHARK TAMER FIRE WALKER EXPLORER TEENAGER HERO
Five Centuries Ago, On the Island Now Called Hawaii, There was a Kingdom Filled with Adventure, Beauty, and Magic.
When 16-year-old Prince Ailani and his brother Nahoa trespass on a forbidden burial ground and uncover an ancient tiki mask, they unleash a thousand-year-old curse that threatens to destroy their tropical paradise. As warring factions collide for control of Oceana, it sparks an age-old conflict between rival sorcerers that threatens to erupt-just like Mauna Kea, the towering volcano. With the help of his ancestral spirit animals, his shape shifting sidekick, and a beautiful princess, Prince Ailani must overcome his own insecurities, a lifetime of sibling rivalry, and a plague of cursed sea creatures brought forth by the tiki’s spell.
Can peace be restored to the kingdom?
Can Prince Ailani claim his rightful place as the future king of Oceana?
ONLY ONE CAN RULE.

We’ve been sent this book in exchange for an honest review, which I’ve written here.

My Rating: 3/5

2. SENSE AND SENSIBILITY by Jane Austen

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‘The more I know of the world, the more am I convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!’
Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve, and when she falls in love with the dashing but unsuitable John Willoughby she ignores her sister Elinor’s warning that her impulsive behaviour leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. Meanwhile Elinor, always sensitive to social convention, is struggling to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. Through their parallel experience of love—and its threatened loss—the sisters learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love.
This edition includes explanatory notes, textual variants between the first and second editions, and Tony Tanner’s introduction to the original Penguin Classic edition.

I’ve read this book as part of a Gilmore Girls Reading Challenge I am still participating in.
I don’t know why, but I expected a bit more. It had a satisfying ending though.

My Rating: 3/5

3. AFTER YOU (Me Before You, #2) by Jojo Moyes

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“You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. But I hope you feel a bit exhilarated too. Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle. Just live well. Just live. Love, Will.”
How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?
Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.
Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future…
For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.

Not as good as Me Before You but still quite good.

My Rating: 4/5

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Wrap Up – October 2016

I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve only read 1 book this month. In my defense, the school just started and I got swarmed with adjusting to new schedule etc. I know that is not good enough excuse, so I can only promise that I’m going to do better. In fact, I already have a plan in motion. That before mentioned plan will also include some changes about blog and the way blog posts are written. Hopefully it will turn things for the better.

Also, stay tuned on update regarding a new reading challenge that starts this month – blog post coming soon!

Now back to the only book I’ve managed to read this month.

Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout

It’s a beautiful day for a war.
As the mortal world slowly slips into chaos of the godly kind, Alexandria Andros must overcome a stunning defeat that has left her shaken and in doubt of their ability to end this war once and for all.
And with all the obstacles between Alex and her happily-ever-after with the swoonworthy Aiden St. Delphi, they must now trust a deadly foe as they travel deep into the Underworld to release one of the most dangerous gods of all time.
In the stunning, action-packed climax to the bestselling Covenant series, Alex must face a terrible choice: the destruction of everything and everyone she holds dear… or the end of herself.

My Rating: 5/5

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Wrap Up – September 2016

I have read 2 books, both part of the Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout and 2 novellas from the same series.

1. Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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History is on repeat, and things didn’t go so well the last time.
Alexandria isn’t sure she’s going to make it to her eighteenth birthday–to her Awakening. A long-forgotten, fanatical order is out to kill her, and if the Council ever discovers what she did in the Catskills, she’s a goner… and so is Aiden.
If that’s not freaky enough, whenever Alex and Seth spend time “training”–which really is just Seth’s code word for some up-close and personal one-on-one time–she ends up with another mark of the Apollyon, which brings her one step closer to Awakening ahead of schedule. Awesome.
But as her birthday draws near, her entire world shatters with a startling revelation and she’s caught between love and Fate. One will do anything to protect her. One has been lying to her since the beginning. Once the gods have revealed themselves, unleashing their wrath, lives will be irrevocably changed… and destroyed.
Those left standing will discover if love is truly greater than Fate…

My Rating: 5/5

2. Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Fate isn’t something to mess with… and now, neither is Alex.
Alex has always feared two things: losing herself in the Awakening and being placed on the Elixir. But love has always been stronger than Fate, and Aiden St. Delphi is willing to make war on the gods—and Alex herself—to bring her back.
The gods have killed thousands and could destroy entire cities in their quest to stop Seth from taking Alex’s power and becoming the all-powerful God Killer. But breaking Alex’s connection to Seth isn’t the only problem. There are a few pesky little loopholes in the whole “an Apollyon can’t be killed” theory, and the only person who might know how to stop the destruction has been dead for centuries.
Finding their way past the barriers that guard the Underworld, searching for one soul among countless millions, and then somehow returning will be hard enough. Alex might be able to keep Seth from becoming the God Killer… or she might become the God Killer herself.

My Rating: 5/5

3. Elixir by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Aiden St. Delphi will do anything to save Alex. Even if it means doing the one thing he will never forgive himself for. Even if it means making war against the gods.

My Rating: 5/5

4. One and Only by Jennifer L. Armentrout

A Deacon and Luke story from the Covenant series.

My Rating: 5/5

Written by Anya Blackhart-Clark

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books You Want to See as TV Shows

1. Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Who wouldn’t want to see Alex, Aiden and Seth on small screens?
This series has a sassy female character, overprotective hot guy and a badass Apollyon.
I would love to see their awesome fight scenes and I love Greek Mythology so that’s a plus as well.

2. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

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I would love it if they gave this book series another chance. The movie was a flop because it was rushed. I’m positive a TV show would do much better.
And after that, they would have to make a spin-off based on Bloodlines series.

3. Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan

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Like many demigods, I would also want to get an adaptation that follows the books. I don’t understand why would they stray so far from the storyline. These books were a success, follow their story.
I would also want to see many spin-offs.

4. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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Those books are quite fresh in the book world, but they are very much recognised and with a good reason. Its unique story and many plot twists would grip a viewer until the very end of the season.

5. Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Hot aliens? Yes, please! Just imagine how many gorgeous actors would be in this show. Also, who wouldn’t want to see a main character that happens to be a book blogger on TV screens.

 

Honorable mention: Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

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This series gets an honorable mention because it is in the process of becoming a TV show.
Looking forward to see who will be cast as my favorite assassin ever.

Order books here:
Covenant by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Lux by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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Wrap Up – August 2016

Somehow I have managed to read only 2 books in August. I will try to do better in September.

1. A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by Sarah J. Maas

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She stole a life. Now she must pay with her heart.
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she knows about only from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

My Rating: 5/5

2. A COURT OF MIST AND FURY by Sarah J. Maas

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Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.
With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

My Rating: 5/5

Order the books here:
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Written by Anya Blackhart-Clark

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Book Haul – August 2016

This month we’ve bought 6 books.

DEMIGODS AND MAGICIANS: Three Stories from the World of Percy Jackson and the Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan

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Join Percy Jackson, Annabeth Chase and Carter and Sadie Kane as they do battle with an ancient Egyptian magician determined to become a god.

Against impossible odds, the four demigods and magicians team up to prevent the apocalypse.

Contains the short stories The Son of Sobek, The Staff of Serapis and The Crown of Ptolemy, together in one volume for the first time.

Plus, read an exciting extract from The Sword of Summer, the first book in Rick Riordan’s latest series Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard.

REASON FOR BUYING:
Honestly, Rick Riordan is our must-buy author. We have most of his books and every time we see a book of his that we do not have, we buy it immediately. Same thing happened here.

DEITY by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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History is on repeat, and things didn’t go so well the last time.

Alexandria isn’t sure she’s going to make it to her eighteenth birthday–to her Awakening. A long-forgotten, fanatical order is out to kill her, and if the Council ever discovers what she did in the Catskills, she’s a goner… and so is Aiden.

If that’s not freaky enough, whenever Alex and Seth spend time “training”–which really is just Seth’s code word for some up-close and personal one-on-one time–she ends up with another mark of the Apollyon, which brings her one step closer to Awakening ahead of schedule. Awesome.

But as her birthday draws near, her entire world shatters with a startling revelation and she’s caught between love and Fate. One will do anything to protect her. One has been lying to her since the beginning. Once the gods have revealed themselves, unleashing their wrath, lives will be irrevocably changed… and destroyed.

Those left standing will discover if love is truly greater than Fate…

REASON FOR BUYING:
This summer I’ve read Half-Blood and Pure. If you’ve read these books, you know that buying the rest of the series was a no brainer. Especially, because I have to know what happens next. I have to know NOW.

APOLLYON by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Fate isn’t something to mess with… and now, neither is Alex.

Alex has always feared two things: losing herself in the Awakening and being placed on the Elixir. But love has always been stronger than Fate, and Aiden St. Delphi is willing to make war on the gods—and Alex herself—to bring her back.

The gods have killed thousands and could destroy entire cities in their quest to stop Seth from taking Alex’s power and becoming the all-powerful God Killer. But breaking Alex’s connection to Seth isn’t the only problem. There are a few pesky little loopholes in the whole “an Apollyon can’t be killed” theory, and the only person who might know how to stop the destruction has been dead for centuries.

Finding their way past the barriers that guard the Underworld, searching for one soul among countless millions, and then somehow returning will be hard enough. Alex might be able to keep Seth from becoming the God Killer… or she might become the God Killer herself.

REASON FOR BUYING:
Same as Deity.

SENTINEL by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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It’s a beautiful day for a war.

As the mortal world slowly slips into chaos of the godly kind, Alexandria Andros must overcome a stunning defeat that has left her shaken and in doubt of their ability to end this war once and for all.

And with all the obstacles between Alex and her happily-ever-after with the swoonworthy Aiden St. Delphi, they must now trust a deadly foe as they travel deep into the Underworld to release one of the most dangerous gods of all time.

In the stunning, action-packed climax to the bestselling Covenant series, Alex must face a terrible choice: the destruction of everything and everyone she holds dear… or the end of herself.

REASON FOR BUYING:
Same as Deity.

THE SURGEON by Tess Gerritsen

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IN BOSTON, THERE’S A KILLER ON THE LOOSE…

A killer who targets lone women, who breaks into their apartments and performs terrifying ritualistic acts of torture on them before finishing them off. His surgical skills lead police to suspect he is a physician – a physician who, instead of saving lives, takes them.

But as homicide detective Thomas Moore and his partner Jane Rizzoli begin their investigation, they make a startling discovery. Closely linked to these killings is Catherine Cordell, a beautiful doctor with a mysterious past. Two years ago she was subjected to a horrifying rape and shot her attacker dead.

Now the man she believes she killed seems to be stalking her once again, and this time he knows exactly where to find her…

REASON FOR BUYING:
I love Tess Geritsen and have read a couple of her books before. I had to buy this book because it had a 70% discount.

KEEPING THE DEAD by Tess Gerritsen

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HE HIDES, HE KILLS, HE KEEPS . . .

Forensic Pathologist Maura Isles is asked to attend an intriguing examination. An ancient mummy has been found in a museum basement, prompting great media excitement. But with horror she realises that it’s not as ancient as they thought…A very modern bullet is showing up on the scan.

Detective Jane Rizzoli is called to investigate and soon discovers a second – and then a third – mummified body. Who is this killer and why does he preserve his victims so meticulously?

And who will be the next to join his monstrous collection?

REASON FOR BUYING:
Same as The Surgeon.

Order Books Here:
Demigods and Magicians by Rick Riordan
Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen
Keeping the Dead by Tess Gerritsen

Written by Anya Blackhart-Clark.