Review: Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

Halo (Halo, #1)Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
Published by: HarperCollins
Publication Date: August 1st, 2010
Series: Halo, #1
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal
Format: Paperback
Pages: 485
Rating: 3
Date Read: 11/04/2014
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Nothing much happens in the sleepy town of Venus Cove. But everything changes when three angels, Ivy, Bethany and Gabriel are sent from heaven to protect the town against the gathering forces of darkness. They work hard to conceal their true identity and, most of all, their wings.

But the mission is threatened when the youngest angel, Bethany, is sent to high school and falls for the handsome school captain, Xavier Woods. Will she defy the laws of Heaven by loving him?

Things come to a head when the angels realize they are not the only supernatural power in Venus Cove. There′s a new kid in town and he′s charming, seductive and deadly. Worst of all, he′s after Beth.

The angels and Xavier must work together to overcome the dark forces – but will Beth survive the battle?

′Halo enchanted me from the very first page. ′Claudia Gray, #1 best-selling author of Evernight series.

This book takes place in a fictional Town, Venus Cove. Nothing ever happens in this quiet, sleepy town until three angels – Bethany, Gabriel and Ivy – are sent to Venus Cove from Heaven on a mission to shelter the town against the gathering dark forces of Lucifer’s demons. But soon their mission is threatened when the youngest and least experienced angel Bethany, falls in love with Xavier Woods, the school captain of Bryce Hamilton.

“One of the most frustrating words in the human language, as far as I could tell, was love. So much meaning attached to this one little word. People bandied it about freely, using it to describe their attachments to possessions, pets, vacation destinations, and favourite foods. In the same breath they then applied this word to the person they considered most important in their lives. Wasn’t that insulting? Shouldn’t there be some other term to describe deeper emotion?”

The two quickly become a couple even though it defies the laws of Heaven and the story revolves completely around their forbidden love until the arrival of Jake Thorn, a transfer student which changes everything.

Though this book was not perfect it had many strong points. The romance at times was overdone, the “I would die without you” stuff can get annoying after awhile, but I found the characters and circumstances very refreshing and real. I also enjoyed the plot and was propelled to keep reading.

“That was one of the saddest things about people–their most important thoughts and feelings often went unspoken and barely understood.”

Also, I did really enjoy the characters and challenges they went through. The characters are quite likable. Unfortunately, I had some problems with Bethany. I know she’s supposed to be naïve due to her inexperience on Earth, but she can be quite aggravating at times.

Her two siblings’ differing personalities, stern Gabriel and gentle Ivy, were well-done and interesting contrasts, and while they didn’t have any development, they were very true to the myth-linked personas the author builds for them. I liked both of them throughout the book. Bethany’s character, however, seemed to get more annoying and less strong with every chapter.

“Sometimes it’s better to stop trying to make sense of things. Life isn’t clear cut, there are always grey areas.”  

Bethany and Xavier’s relationship… I wanted to love it. It was very sweet, very cute, but I just couldn’t get over its lack of depth. It is so easy for authors to write impassioned descriptions of feeling, or glowing physical praise, or declarations of eternal love and loyalty. But when these things have no foundation, they also have no meaning. Bethany and Xavier had no foundation beyond the standard “fated love/infatuation at first meeting based mainly on how beautiful and witty the other person is.” And then from there it dives right into the “can’t live without you or I’ll shrivel up and die because I need you, you are my soulmate” stage.

“A man in love can do extraordinary things, I don’t care if you’re an angel, you’re my angel, and I won’t let you go.”

The plot was so slow and dragging sometimes that I couldn’t get as captivated in it as I wanted to. The story moved along rather slowly. I kept wanting it to pick up the pace, especially since the reader has over 480 pages to go through. It felt stalled in many chapters with no steam left to push it along.

Ignoring my problems with the book, the ending had some redeeming qualities. The final battle was somewhat interesting. The story itself had a decent premise. However there was very minimal action until like the last 100 pages. I actually did enjoy parts of this story, and some of the characters and premises had great potential. I liked it enough to read it through the end. However at the same time I was expecting so much more from this story.

However, I thought that potential was utterly destroyed once Beth met Xavier. She’s supposed to be a divine being, an angel sent to Earth to battle the dark forces and rescue humanity. Instead, she enrols into a high school, meets a boy, and for the majority of the book it’s all about her getting butterflies from looking at him, obsessing about the way she looks, getting jealous over his relationship with his ‘deceased’ ex-girlfriend.

All in all this was an interesting book. I would recommend this to those who enjoy romance, especially supernatural romance.

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Top Ten Tuesday #6: Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start but Haven’t

This is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where each week bloggers share a list of books for the prompt given. Today’s suggested topic is:

Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t (topic originally done March 2013) — anyone else have a mile long list of series to start like I do?

I’ve tried to pick series that have been out for a while or at the very least have a couple of instalments already out, so I’ve ignored a lot of recently released first instalments which I want to read as well.

No matter how hard I try, or how many books I read, I can never seem to make a dent in my TBR list. So it’s no surprise there are tons of series I’ve yet to get around to, even more than the ten I featured for this week’s theme. These aren’t in any specific order either!

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The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

Shameful confession time, I’ve never read The Hunger Games. This one does seem to get great reviews so I feel like I really must read it soon. It seems as though everyone has read these books except me.

imagesThe Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

Honestly, I have started the first book in this duology. I started book one last year but then didn’t continue. I still remember I enjoyed it, so I have no idea why I haven’t finished it yet.

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The Silver Trilogy by Kerstin Gier

Despite the fact that the author is new to me, I’ve been hearing great things about her books, especially this series. The reviews are great and they have been constantly recommended to me.

imagesA Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston

This is one that I’m actually planning on starting next month! I own a physical copy of the first book in this duology but I haven’t gotten around to it. I do love the sound of the story.

imagesFallen Series by Lauren Kate

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I actually own Torment & Rapture, the only reason I haven’t started this series yet is because I don’t actually own the first book. I have to admit that the reviews I’ve heard of this series are mixed, so I’m a little on the fence about starting it, but I’m certainly interested enough to give it a try.

imagesThe Chronicles of Narnia by C.S, LewisImage result for the chronicles of narnia book series covers

I have heard so many wonderful things about this book. I can’t wait to finally get around to it! I’ve been wanting to read this series for years and I love the Movies.

imagesAnne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery Image result for anne of green gables covers series

I’ve been meaning to read this book for ages, but I never get around to it. This is described as a classic coming-of-age story so I definitely need to read the Anne of Green Gables series.

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The Keys to the Kingdom by Garth Nix

Related imageThis series has 7 books, and that makes me nervous to even start it! I own the first 5 books but have yet to gather the courage to start.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

This is another series I’ve been meaning to read for a long time. I own the first book in this series, so I’m planning on starting reading it soon.

imagesPercy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan

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Everyone raves about this series, so I’ve heard a lot about it and watched the movie Adaptations. I can’t to finally start this series soon! I’m actually extremely ashamed of the fact I haven’t read this series. So I will definitely read this.images

Thanks for reading this list. What are some series you’ve been meaning to start? Have you read any of these series? What did you think? Do you have any of these on your TBR as well? Let me know in the comments! Also, Let me know what series I need to bump up to the top of my list.

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Decluttering Books 123-133 | Down the TBR Hole #10

This meme is hosted by Lia @ LostInAStory. The aim is to declutter your Goodreads To Be Read shelf. You sort the books on this list on date added (ascending) and do a weekly post discussing a few of them. Read the synopsis and decide whether or not you want to keep them.

Anyway, it works like this: Go to your goodreads to-read shelf, Order on ascending date added, Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books, Read the synopses of the books, Decide: keep it or should it go?

Number of books on my TBR shelf: 1742

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Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Of Poseidon (The Syrena Legacy, #1)

Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he’s heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen—literally, ouch!—both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma’s gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom…

Told from both Emma and Galen’s points of view, here is a fish-out-of-water story that sparkles with intrigue, humor, and waves of romance. 

This one’s tough! I actually own this book, so many people seem to love it and the concept sounds interesting. I’ve had it on my TBR for ages and haven’t picked it up yet. If you’ve read this, let me know what you thought of it in the comments. For now I’ll keep it.

Do I own it? Yes

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 4

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The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

The Chaos of Stars

Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Paranormalcy, is back with The Chaos of Stars—an enchanting novel set in Egypt and San Diego that captures the magic of first love and the eternally complicated truth about family.

Isadora’s family is seriously screwed up—which comes with the territory when you’re the human daughter of the ancient Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris. Isadora is tired of living with crazy relatives who think she’s only worthy of a passing glance—so when she gets the chance to move to California with her brother, she jumps on it. But her new life comes with plenty of its own dramatic—and dangerous—complications . . . and Isadora quickly learns there’s no such thing as a clean break from family.

Blending Ally Carter’s humor and the romance of Cynthia Hand’s Unearthly, The Chaos of Stars takes readers on an unforgettable journey halfway across the world and back, and proves there’s no place like home.

It still sounds interesting, I still have the intentions of getting to this one someday… because the premise and the plot seems really good.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 6

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Gods and Warriors by Michelle PaverGods and Warriors (Gods and Warriors, #1)

From a time of myths and ancient magic will come the legend of the lost city of Atlantis, tales of gods and warriors – and the rise of a hero.

His sister is missing. His dog has been killed. High in the Greek mountains, Hylas is running for his life.

The mysterious black warriors want Hylas dead. So begins his quest across land and sea with only a girl and a dolphin by his side. But the warriors are relentless. Why are they hunting Hylas – and how will he survive?

Even though the premise sounds really intriguing and I am fairly interested in the subject here, this is the case of “too many books, not enough time”. Since the answer to “Do you really plan on reading it?” is: I don’t know, I think I’ll just have to remove it from the list.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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The Future of Us by Jay Asher

The Future of Us

It’s 1996, and Josh and Emma have been neighbors their whole lives. They’ve been best friends almost as long—at least, up until last November, when Josh did something that changed everything. Things have been weird between them ever since, but when Josh’s family gets a free AOL CD in the mail, his mom makes him bring it over so that Emma can install it on her new computer. When they sign on, they’re automatically logged onto their Facebook pages. But Facebook hasn’t been invented yet. And they’re looking at themselves fifteen years in the future.

By refreshing their pages, they learn that making different decisions now will affect the outcome of their lives later. And as they grapple with the ups and downs of what their futures hold, they’re forced to confront what they’re doing right—and wrong—in the present.

I’ve been excited about this book for ages. I just never got around to reading it! It still sounds interesting, so I’ll keep it.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 9

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Geography Club by Brent HartingerGeography Club (Russel Middlebrook, #1)

I knew that any wrong action, however slight, could reveal my true identity…

Russel is still going on dates with girls. Kevin would do anything to prevent his teammates on the baseball team from finding out. Min and Terese tell everyone they’re really just good friends. But after a while, the truth’s too hard to hide – at least from each other – so they form the “Geography Club.” Nobody else will come. Why would they want to? Their secret should be safe.

Russel Middlebrook is convinced he’s the only gay kid at Robert L. Goodkind High School. Then his online gay-chat buddy turns out to be none other than Kevin, the popular but closeted star of the school’s baseball team. Soon Russel meets other gay students too. There’s his best friend, Min, who reveals she’s bisexual; Min’s soccer-playing girlfriend, Terese; and Terese’s politically active friend, Ike.

But how can kids this diverse get together without drawing attention to themselves?

“We just choose a club that’s so boring nobody in their right mind would ever in a million years join it. We could call in the Geography Club!”

Geography Club for anyone, gay or straight, who’s ever felt like an outsider — a fast-paced and funny tale of teenagers who may not learn any actual geography in their latest club, but who discover plenty about the treacherous social terrain of high school, and the even more dangerous landscape of the human heart.

I have been meaning to read this one for ages, since I watched the Movie! I’ll keep it.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 10

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Star-Crossed by Francis Kelly

Star-Crossed

A romantic anthology of epic love stories through time

Featuring tales from Greek mythology to 20th century artists and from Shakespearean characters through to 19th century poets, this is a book for teens and twenty-somethings who may be well versed in 21st century romance, but will be reassured by discovering that finding true love has never been easy.

When I first put this on my to-read shelf, I was so interested in this and wanted to read it. But I never got around to it and now it is no longer so high up. I am just no longer interested in reading this. Maybe in the future I will eventually want to read it and can add it back on but for now I don’t see it happening.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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The Hollow by Jessica Verday

The Hollow (The Hollow, #1)

A love like no other…

When Abbey’s best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead…and rumors fly that her death was no accident. Abbey goes through the motions of mourning her best friend, but privately, she refuses to believe that Kristen is really gone. Then she meets Caspian, the gorgeous and mysterious boy who shows up out of nowhere at Kristen’s funeral and keeps reappearing in Abbey’s life. Caspian clearly has secrets of his own, but he’s the only person who makes Abbey feel normal again…but also special.

Just when Abbey starts to feel that she might survive all this, she learns a secret that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her best friend. How could Kristen have kept silent about so much? And could this secret have led to her death? As Abbey struggles to understand Kristen’s betrayal, she uncovers a frightening truth that nearly unravels her – one that will challenge her emerging love for Caspian, as well as her own sanity.

This one has been on my TBR for ages and although I haven’t gotten around to it, it still seems like it would be a great read. So I am going to keep this one!

Do I own it? No

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 4

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Darkest Fear by Cate TiernanDarkest Fear (Birthright, #1)

Vivi’s animal instincts are her legacy—and maybe her downfall—in this start to a romantic fantasy series that will appeal to fans of The Nine Lives of Chloe King.

Vivi has known the truth about her family—and herself—since she was thirteen. But that doesn’t mean she’s accepted it. Being Haguari isn’t something she feels she’ll ever accept. How can she feel like anything but a freak knowing that it’s in her genes to turn into a jaguar?

Now eighteen, Vivi’s ready to break away from the traditions of her heritage. But all of that changes with the shocking, devastating deaths of her parents and the mysteries left behind. Vivi discovers family she never even knew she had, and a life open with possibility. New friends, new loyalties, and even romance all lay ahead—but so do dangers unlike anything Vivi ever could have imagined

Re-reading the synopsis, I just don’t think I will ever be interested enough to ever pick it up..so this one I’m thinking is going to go.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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The Sight by Judy Blundell

The Sight (Premonitions, #1-2)

A pair of supernatural mysteries from National Book Award winner Judy Blundell.

Gracie has premonitions.

They’ve haunted her since before her mother’s death, and she can’t get rid of them. She doesn’t know how to deal with them and she doesn’t want to–they’ve never led to anything good. She never knows whether she’s seeing the past, the present, or the future–it just comes to her.

But Gracie is forced to try to use her premonitions. Her best friend, Emily, disappears, and the premonitions lead to the only clues to where she might be–and how she might be saved. Gracie’s long-absent father returns, and his history seems mysteriously linked to the disappearance of a student many years ago–and the recent appearance of a body. Gracie’s premonitions can lead to answers…but they can also unearth some dark secrets better left unknown.

In these two novels, now in one volume, National Book award winner Judy Blundell takes readers on a suspenseful journey where premonitions become a matter of life and death.

I don’t even remember when (or why) I put this book on my TBR. But I re-read the synopsis and I’m not too impressed, so I think this one has to go!

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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The Book Thief by Markus ZusakThe Book Thief

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul. 

I have had this on my bookshelf for a while. I definitely want to read this but I am waiting for the time when I can sit down and just immerse myself in it.

Do I own it? Yes

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 8

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I have removed 4\10 books from my TBR this week. If you enjoyed this & would like to see what else is on my Goodreads TBR, stick around for more.

RUNNING TOTAL OF BOOKS REMOVED: 55

Have you read any of these books? If you’ve read any of these books, I’d love to hear your opinions about them. How do you feel about my choices? Do you think I’ve Made the right decisions?

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TBR Jar Wednesday – June 2017 – An Author’s Odyssey by Chris Colfer Favourite Lines #TBRJW

TBR Jar Wednesday.jpgLast week I reviewed An Author’s Odyssey by Chris Colfer, Which you can read HERE, So this week I will be sharing my Favourite Lines from the book.

“No one ever stops being a student in the classroom of life”

“You choose to grow from tragedy – and it takes a very strong person to do that”  

“The Fairy-tale world has faced many troubling times in recent years, but never anything like this. It was the first time in history that happily ever after seemed impossible to regain.”

“Alex had only agreed to her brothers plan because their options were so limited. The closer they got to actually going through with it, the more doubtful she became. It was one thing to travel into the books of classic literature, but an entirely different endeavour to go into short stories written by her brother.”

Daylight, Thank Goodness,” the Cyborg Queen said. “I haven’t had a solar charge in weeks!”

“Quick Question,” she said. “Is this story based on anything that happened in real life? Anything that might have happened between us?”

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TBR Jar Wednesday – June 2017 – Review: An Author’s Odyssey by Chris Colfer #TBRJW

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An Author’s Odyssey by Chris ColferAn Author's Odyssey (The Land of Stories, #5)
Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: July 12th, 2016
Series: The Land of Stories, #5
Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Adventure
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 448
Rating: 4
Date Read: June 16th, 2017
Links: Goodreads |Author’s Website | Book 1Book 2 | Book 3 | Book 4

In the highly anticipated continuation of the Land of Stories series, Conner learns that the only place to fight the Masked Man’s literary army is inside his own short stories!

When the twins and their friends enter worlds crafted from Conner’s imagination, finding allies no one else could have ever dreamed of, the race begins to put an end to the Masked Man’s reign of terror. Can the twins finally restore peace in the fairy tale world?

My Review:

Okay, so first of all: these books are amazing. I absolutely love the series and the way of writing is funny and imaginative. In this 5th novel of The Land of Stories, Conner and Alex go on an adventure inside of Conner’s short stories to raise an army against the masked man and his band of literary villains.

Alex and Conner Bailey once again face a great challenge. After the Masked Man unleashes an army of literary villains and takes over the Land of Stories, the only and best chance the twins have to save the land is to recruit characters from Conner’s stories that he wrote based around his adventures.

One of the things that I loved about this book is how much is revealed about these characters, specifically Conner, as the twins traverse his stories. At first, the stories have a very shallow, although exciting premise, but as they continue their travels more about who Conner is, his experiences and feelings about his life reveal themselves in elements of his stories.

“An author’s Odyssey” takes us on all new adventures, so vastly different than the fairy tale world, while also bringing a bit of comic relief to what could have been an overly grim story. Getting to travel into Conner’s stories was so much fun! This Series  has grown amazingly in its plot complexity, writing, and storytelling. It really is impressive.

I thought this was an outstanding book. The final climax of this book was awesome and provided some much-needed information and closure for one character in particular and then we have an ending that if you hadn’t gotten the memo by then surely told you that this isn’t the final book due to the tremendous cliff-hanger at the end.

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Review: Beyond the Kingdoms by Chris Colfer

Beyond the Kingdoms (The Land of Stories, #4)Beyond the Kingdoms by Chris Colfer
Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: July 7th, 2015
Series: The Land of Stories, #4
Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Adventure
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 422
Rating: 5
Date Read: August 4th, 2015
Links: Goodreads | Booktopia | B&N |Author’s Website | Book 1Book 2Book 3

Fairy tales are just the beginning.

The Masked Man is on the loose in the Land of Stories, and it’s up to Alex and Conner Bailey to stop him…except Alex has been thrown off the Fairy Council, and no one will believe they’re in danger.

With only the help of the ragtag group of Goldilocks, Jack, Red Riding Hood, and Mother Goose and her gander, Lester, the Bailey twins discover the Masked Man’s secret scheme: He possesses a powerful magic potion that turns every book it touches into a portal, and he is recruiting an army of literature’s greatest villains!

So begins a race through the magical Land of Oz, the fantastical world of Neverland, the madness of Wonderland, and beyond. Can Alex and Conner catch up to the Masked Man, or will they be one step behind until it’s too late?

Fairy tales and classic stories collide in the fourth adventure in the bestselling Land of Stories series as the twins travel beyond the kingdoms!

For me, the first three books in this series were completely unstoppable, the pace, the characters and the story were all flawlessly interwoven to create wonderful storybooks – because that is what they are – good old-fashioned style story books.

Alex and Conner Bailey are about to face their greatest foe yet. With the Masked Man on the run and the terrible secret behind his identity possibly revealed, Alex and Conner have been a bit stressed trying to figure out what he’s up to, find him, and capture him. However that might just be easier said than done with Alex’s powers on the fritz and the Masked Man using a potion that lets him vanish into storybooks.

There is a man on the loose called the Masked Man because of the mask he wears to hide his face. This Masked Man is trying to create an army of evil villains from famous fairy tales such as Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, and Peter Pan.

I liked this book because they went into the stories that I knew growing up. And I also liked that Alex and Connor went into Oz and got the Tin Woodman to help them. There wasn’t anything that I didn’t like, so it was a good book. I hope more people could read this series, because it is wonderful.

As far as this book goes, I thoroughly enjoyed it. This book is great. Also, I love that it’s basically tying together elements from the entire series and building up. There is quite a lot revealed in this instalment in The Land of Stories series. This instalment both reveals a plethora of useful information and answers the many questions readers were left with at the end of A Grimm Warning.

A solid addition to the “land of stories” series. the sheer imagination that went into creating this is very impressive. the author has take some of the World’s best known stories and characters and used them as building blocks to create a truly fun, magical, and unique world. 

This has by far been my favourite book of this series so far. It is so imaginative and creative. I absolutely loved the concept of recruiting characters that were from other literary worlds. It was so creative, and it was just amazing to see the villains and characters I have grown up loving to be re-imagined and recreated into this new world.

All in all, it’s a fun story that moves along nicely, with familiar characters and some hilarious new ones. I strongly recommend this book to readers who love fairy tales and lots of adventure. This is such a great book but this is the fourth book of the series so I strongly recommend to start from the first book The Wishing Spell.

 

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Review: A Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer

A Grimm Warning (The Land of Stories, #3)A Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer
Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: July 8th, 2014
Series: The Land of Stories, #3
Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Adventure
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 448
Rating: 4
Date Read: November 28th, 2014
Links: Goodreads | Book Depository | Booktopia |B&N | Author’s Website | Book 1 | Book 2

The Brothers Grimm have a warning for the Land of Stories.

Connor Bailey thinks his fairy-tale adventures are behind him – until he discovers a mysterious clue left by the famous Brothers Grimm. With help from his classmate Bree and the outlandish Mother Goose, Conner sets off on a mission across Europe to crack a two-hundred-year-old code.

Meanwhile, Alex Bailey is training to become the next Fairy Godmother… but her attempts at granting wishes never go as planned. Will she ever be truly ready to lead the Fairy Council?

When all signs point to disaster for the Land of Stories, Connor and Alex must join forces with their friends and enemies to save the day. But nothing can prepare them for the coming battle… or for the secret that will change the twins’ lives forever.

The third book in the bestselling Land of Stories series puts the twins to the test as they bring two worlds together!

Conner has been sent on a school trip to Germany with the girl he has a crush on and a few others though what they get from the unveiling of the lost Brothers Grimm Stories is not what Conner’s hoped for. Now he and Alex must save the fairy-tale world. Connor was getting along pretty nicely in the Otherworld, and Alex was doing great with her training.

Alex was about to have her welcoming ball; Connor was going on a trip to Germany. A problem comes up in both worlds, The Fairy Tale World and The Otherworld: The 200 years have passed and the French soldiers are ready to take over to The Fairy Tale World. When Connor opens the portal, the soldiers come.

After book two, Connor and Alex Bailey are reunited once again in book three of Chris Colfer’s Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning to fight the greater enemy, Napoleon’s army. After two hundred years of being trapped in a portal by the Fairy God Mother, they must find a way to protect their homeland and defeat Napoleon’s army.

I read this book because I really loved the first two. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy & Adventure.

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Review: The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer

The Enchantress Returns (The Land of Stories, #2)The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer
Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 6th, 2013
Series: The Land of Stories, #2
Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Adventure
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 517
Rating: 4
Date Read: April 18th, 2014
Links: Goodreads | Book Depository | Booktopia | B&N | Author’s Website | Book 1 | Book 3

After decades of hiding, the evil Enchantress who cursed Sleeping Beauty is back with a vengeance.

Alex and Conner Bailey have not been back to the magical Land of Stories since their adventures in The Wishing Spell ended. But one night, they learn the famed Enchantress has kidnapped their mother! Against the will of their grandmother, the twins must find their own way into the Land of Stories to rescue their mother and save the fairy tale world from the greatest threat it’s ever faced.

The first book, The Wishing Spell, took us into a land where we got to read about our favourite childhood characters and find out what happened to them after their happily ever after. We got to go on an adventure with two unlikely hero’s and travel around trying to save the whole world from an evil queen. Alex and Connor Bailey haven’t been back to the Land of Stories in nearly a year, and when they get back things aren’t quite as they had left them.

A year later; Alex and Connor Bailey spent the past year since their last adventure living their lives as normal as can be. On a day when everything seemed to be going great for them, their whole world was turned upside down. Their Grandmother was quick to make sure they were protected and wouldn’t let them intervene in what was taking place in the Fairy-Tale World.

Unbeknownst to Alex and Connor the evil Enchantress has return to the Land of Stories and is causing havoc all over, ruining the once beautiful land, pushing her plans to take over the world. Alex and Connor must find their own way into the Land of Stories before it is to late and save their friends from her powers.

I love how much more of this world we got to see. With a large focus on the villains of fairy tales we are treated to back stories and twists to the classic tales that we know and love. While some of these villains have nearly redeeming backstories there are others that are evil for the sake of being evil, I appreciated this mix because it’s hard to believe that everyone at one point was good, or that no one is evil for evil’s sake.

This world, with the assistance of the map in the front of the novels, is easy to follow. The plot is clear and concise, and it is easy to visualize each of the kingdom’s as the twins and their companions travel around the fairy-tale world.

However, I do feel that this book did recycle the same kind of plot as the first novel. I do understand that it would be difficult to construct largely different plots in the world, and that repetition is useful in children’s literature, but as an older reader, it is a bit tedious for reading.

I would highly, recommend this series to those who enjoy their favourite childhood stories being twisted and reinterpreted in fun and thought provoking ways.

Overall, The Land of Stories series is a fun read, and book #2 shows some definite improvement in the writing. It was an enjoyable book to read.

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Review: Flush by Virginia Woolf

FlushFlush by Virginia Woolf
Published by: Penguin Classics, Little Black Classics
Publication Date: March 3rd 2016 (First Published in 1933)
Genres: Classics, Historical Fiction
Format: Paperback
Pages: 115
Rating: 4
Date Read: June 9th, 2016
Links: Goodreads | Booktopia | Book Depository

“Things are not simple but complex. If he bit Mr. Browning he bit her too. Hatred is not hatred; hatred is also love.’

Virginia Woolf’s delightful biography of the poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s spaniel, which asks what it means to be human – and to be dog.

It is one of 46 new books in the bestselling Little Black Classics series, to celebrate the first ever Penguin Classic in 1946. Each book gives readers a taste of the Classics’ huge range and diversity, with works from around the world and across the centuries – including fables, decadence, heartbreak, tall tales, satire, ghosts, battles and elephants.

This story of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s cocker spaniel, Flush, enchants right from the opening pages. Although Flush has adventures of his own with bullying dogs, horrid maids, and robbers, he also provides the reader with a glimpse into Browning’s life.

I have been looking forward to reading Flush for months, and I wasn’t disappointed. The Victorians loved biographies, especially biographies of the eminent: kings, queens and other distinguished members of society. Flush is the biography of such an eminent Victorian. Flush is in fact the biography of a dog. But not just any dog, an Eminent Dog, the pure bred Cocker Spaniel belonging to another eminent Victorian, the poet Elizabeth Barrett who eventually married Eminent Victorian Robert Browning after they’d exchanged an entire volume of love letters; they then went to live in Italy, taking Flush along with them.

The book is a combination of fiction and non-fiction, through which we meet the two nineteenth century poets, revealing something of the early years of their marriage. So if we’re wondering about the unusual choice of biographical subject, the dog rather than his mistress. In 1933, Woolf wrote to a friend: I was so tired after finishing ‘The Waves’ that I lay in the garden and read the Browning love letters, and the figure of the dog made me laugh so I couldn’t resist making him a Life. I wanted to play a joke on Lytton. Lytton Strachey was Woolf’s long time friend and a rather irreverent biographer himself; his Eminent Victorians is a parody of the serious biographical style so beloved of the Victorians.

For drama, the high points in this tale include a period of jealousy when Robert Browning comes on the scene, a terrifying incident where Flush is dognapped and ransomed, and an epiphany of new freedoms for Flush that come when the married couple moves to Italy. A dog’s eye view of their celebrated romance is a nice deflation.

Although it appears so much lighter in tone than many of her other works, Flush does in fact consider social inequalities and the way that society treated and classified its women. Virginia Woolf employs her famous stream of consciousness style to explore women writers, through the point of view of a small, spoiled brown dog. Apparently Woolf drew her inspiration from the two poems that Elizabeth Barrett Browning published about her dog.

Probably the lightest of her works but as this is Virginia Woolf you can expect the odd social commentary, questioning of the human condition and streams of consciousness, albeit from the point of view of a dog.

The prose in this little book is absolutely breathtaking and is, in my very humble opinion, one of Woolf’s most heartfelt, intimate works. Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s own written work describing Flush validates Woolf’s narrative and even sublimates the love and devotion that a spaniel and her owner experience.

Anyone who has an interest in 1800s England and Italy must read this book. There are descriptions of country life, city slums, exotic markets, spiritualism, dognapping: snapshots that are spare, elegant and packed with visual imagery in ways that only Virginia Woolf could master.

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Decluttering Books 98-122 | Down the TBR Hole #9

This meme is hosted by Lia @ LostInAStory. The aim is to declutter your Goodreads To Be Read shelf. You sort the books on this list on date added (ascending) and do a weekly post discussing a few of them. Read the synopsis and decide whether or not you want to keep them.

Anyway, it works like this: Go to your goodreads to-read shelf, Order on ascending date added, Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books, Read the synopses of the books, Decide: keep it or should it go?

Number of books on my TBR shelf: 1742

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Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden

Tomorrow, When the War Began (Tomorrow, #1)When Ellie and her friends return from a camping trip in the Australian bush, they find things hideously wrong — their families are gone. Gradually they begin to comprehend that their country has been invaded and everyone in their town has been taken prisoner. As the reality of the situation hits them, they must make a decision — run and hide, give themselves up and be with their families, or fight back.

This is the first book in the Tomorrow Series, I have heard a lot about this series, and I’ve seen the Movie. This book has been grabbing my attention for years. The synopsis looks interesting, but there are so many books in the series. This will probably be on someday/maybe for a long time.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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While I Live by John Marsden

While I Live (The Ellie Chronicles, #1)

Internationally bestselling author John Marsden takes us beyond The Tomorrow Series … but the war isn’t over.

For Ellie Linton, being back on the farm with her parents is what makes the terrible things that happened during the war — the things she, Homer, Lee, Fi, and the others had to do — all worthwhile. It’s where she belongs.

But the war won’t let her go. A devastating tragedy has shattered any hope she ever had to reclaim her life, or herself. It’s a new kind of fight. And the enemy isn’t always from the other side of the border.

Another spectacular novel of war and its consequences by bestselling author John Marsden.

This is the first book in The Ellie Chronicles, which is the Sequel series to The Tomorrow Series. I will be removing this one also.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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So Much to tell You by John Marsden

So Much to Tell You (So Much to Tell You, #1)

Scarred, literally, by her past, Marina has withdrawn into silence. Then, at her new boarding school, she is set the task of writing a diary by her English teacher, and finds a way of expressing her thoughts and feelings and of exploring the traumatic events that have caused her distress. Through Marina’s diary we gain an insight into life on her dormitory, and her difficult relationship with her father, who injured her in an angry moment. Eventually, Marina makes tentative friendships and, in a moving denouement, is reconciled with her father.

I’ve haven’t read anything by John Marsden but I’ll definitely try them because I’ve heard amazing things about them!

Do I own it? No

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 2

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Letters from the Inside by John MarsdenLetters From the Inside

Mandy wants a pen-pal. Tracey answers the ad. The two girls write to each other about their families, their lives, their ambitions and their fears. But there are dark secrets surrounding Mandy and Tracey – secrets they can hardly bear to confront, let alone share.

Really this synopsis doesn’t tell me much. The synopsis of this book doesn’t really interest me. 

 

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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Checkers by John Marden

Checkers

Speaking from a mental hospital, a teenage girl recounts the tremendous media pressure preceding the breaking scandal of her father’s unethical business dealings. “This affecting account of a family under siege by the media is both an engaging read and a strong psychological exploration”.–“Booklist”.

Maybe someday, right now it sounds a little boring to me.

 

 

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

 

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A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. To the south, the king’s powers are failing—his most trusted adviser dead under mysterious circumstances and his enemies emerging from the shadows of the throne. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the frozen land they were born to. Now Lord Eddard Stark is reluctantly summoned to serve as the king’s new Hand, an appointment that threatens to sunder not only his family but the kingdom itself.

Sweeping from a harsh land of cold to a summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, A Game of Thrones tells a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens. Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; a child is lost in the twilight between life and death; and a determined woman undertakes a treacherous journey to protect all she holds dear. Amid plots and counter-plots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, allies and enemies, the fate of the Starks hangs perilously in the balance, as each side endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

Unparalleled in scope and execution, A Game of Thrones is one of those rare reading experiences that catch you up from the opening pages, won’t let you go until the end, and leave you yearning for more.

This sounds good but not good enough to make me want to read it over the other books I want to read, so I’m going to remove this one for now. I might read this one day or listen to the Audiobook.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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All Our Pretty Songs by Sarah McCarry

All Our Pretty Songs (Metamorphoses, #1)

This is a story about love, but not the kind of love you think.  You’ll see…

In the lush and magical Pacific Northwest live two best friends who grew up like sisters: charismatic, mercurial, and beautiful Aurora, and the devoted, watchful narrator.  Each of them is incomplete without the other. But their unbreakable bond is challenged when a mysterious and gifted musician named Jack comes between them.

His music is like nothing I have ever heard. It is like the ocean surging, the wind that blows across the open water, the far call of gulls.

Suddenly, each girl must decide what matters most: friendship, or love. What both girls don’t know is that the stakes are even higher than either of them could have imagined. They’re not the only ones who have noticed Jack’s gift; his music has awakened an ancient evil—and a world both above and below which may not be mythical at all.  We have paved over the ancient world but that does not mean we have erased it.
The real and the mystical; the romantic and the heartbreaking all begin to swirl together in All Our Pretty Songs, Sarah McCarry’s brilliant debut, carrying the two on journey that is both enthralling and terrifying.

And it’s up to the narrator to protect the people she loves—if she can.

It looks really interesting. It doesn’t have very good reviews, but I’d still like to give it a go.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 4

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Dirty Wings by Sarah McCarry

Dirty Wings

A gorgeous retelling of the Persephone myth, Sarah McCarry brings us the story of Cass and Maia–the mothers from All Our Pretty Songs–and how their fates became intertwined.

Maia is a teenage piano prodigy and dutiful daughter, imprisoned in the oppressive silence of her adoptive parents’ house like a princess in an ivory tower. Cass is a street rat, witch, and runaway, scraping by with her wits and her knack for a five-fingered discount. When a chance encounter brings the two girls together, an unlikely friendship blossoms that will soon change the course of both their lives. Cass springs Maia from the jail of the only world she’s ever known, and Maia’s only too happy to make a break for it. But Cass didn’t reckon on Jason, the hypnotic blue-eyed rocker who’d capture Maia’s heart as soon as Cass set her free–and Cass isn’t the only one who’s noticed Maia’s extraordinary gifts. Is Cass strong enough to battle the ancient evil she’s unwittingly awakened–or has she walked into a trap that will destroy everything she cares about? In this time, like in any time, love is a dangerous game.

I should learn not to add sequels before reading the first in a series. This is exactly why my TBR is such a mess.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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The Ages of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

The Age of Miracles

On an ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia awakes to discover that something has happened to the rotation of the earth. The days and nights are growing longer and longer; gravity is affected; the birds, the tides, human behavior, and cosmic rhythms are thrown into disarray. In a world that seems filled with danger and loss, Julia also must face surprising developments in herself, and in her personal world—divisions widening between her parents, strange behavior by her friends, the pain and vulnerability of first love, a growing sense of isolation, and a surprising, rebellious new strength. With crystalline prose and the indelible magic of a born storyteller, Karen Thompson Walker gives us a breathtaking portrait of people finding ways to go on in an ever-evolving world.

I WILL read this one day. But could I see myself reading it this next year or anytime soon? No.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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Forbidden Magic  by Cheyenne McCray

Forbidden Magic (Magic, #1)

Cheyenne McCray’s paranormal romances seduce with an award-winning combination of heat and fantasy. Now, she weaves the first tale in an enthralling new series sizzling with dark magic and dangerous desires. Prepare to be spellbound by Forbidden Magic…

D’Anu witch Silver Ashcroft knows she walks a perilous line by practicing gray magic. But it’s the only way to protect herself from the evil that surrounds her. After the horrors she has witnessed, Silver thinks she is ready for anything…until the most intensely arousing being she has ever encountered swiftly–and sensuously–proves her wrong…

Hawk is a Tuatha D’Danann warrior–powerful beings descended from the Fae. And for him duty has always come before pleasure. Then, clad only in moonlight, Silver Ashcroft welcomes him to her city of San Francisco and makes his blood sing with a passion beyond compare. She is the embodiment of fantasies he never knew he had, but the terrifying reality of his mission lurks in every shadow…

Only the strongest will survive the upcoming battle, and the forces of darkness are more powerful than ever. Now, warrior and witch must trust in their hearts above all else–for to claim victory, they first must claim each other…

Why is this even on my list? It doesn’t sound like something I’d ever want to read.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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Demons Not Included by Cheyenne McCray

Demons Not Included (Night Tracker, #1)

Meet Nyx. This half-human, half–Drow private eye investigates paranormal crimes by day and is an elite Tracker of demons by night. She prefers working solo—and playing rough. So when a terrifying force starts murdering innocent humans and paranorms, and leaving strange demonic symbols burned into their buildings, it’s a case Nyx takes very personally…

Meanwhile, Nyx’s fellow Trackers are being killed one by one—and a sexy new Tracker named Torin is shadowing her every move. Torin has powers Nyx can’t read, and sometimes she wonders whose side he’s on. Nyx’s instincts tell her something’s brewing in the city’s meanest supernatural streets, and that it’s ready to unleash hell on Earth. Who can she trust? Now it’s five minutes to permanent midnight…and Nyx’s last chance means risking everything—even her own life.

I don’t know why this is on my TBR, I don’t think this is my type of book.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1)

 

“I won’t tell anyone, Echo. I promise.” Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. “You didn’t do that-did you? It was done to you?” No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked.

So wrong for each other…and yet so right.

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

I remember putting this on my TBR at a time that I really liked this sort of thing. Now, I’m not really into Romance.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

To the Lighthouse

The serene and maternal Mrs. Ramsay, the tragic yet absurd Mr. Ramsay, and their children and assorted guests are on holiday on the Isle of Skye. From the seemingly trivial postponement of a visit to a nearby lighthouse, Woolf constructs a remarkable, moving examination of the complex tensions and allegiances of family life and the conflict between men and women.

As time winds its way through their lives, the Ramsays face, alone and simultaneously, the greatest of human challenges and its greatest triumph–the human capacity for change.

I need to read this book! I read A Room of One’s Own & Flush and I loved Them, So I’m also looking forward to reading this one.

Do I own it? Yes

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 10

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Frostbite by Richelle Mead

Frostbite (Vampire Academy, #2)

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

Rose has serious guy trouble. Her gorgeous tutor, Dimitri, has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason has a huge crush on her, and she keeps getting stuck in her best friend Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian.

Then a nearby Strigoi attack puts St. Vladimir’s on high alert, and the Academy whisks its students away on a mandatory holiday ski trip. But the glittering winter landscape and posh Idaho resort only provide the illusion of safety. When three students run away to strike back against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. Only this time, Rose – and her heart – are in more danger than she ever could have imagined

I don’t have to read the synopsis to know that I will read this book one day! I loved the first book in this series, so I will probably pick this book up one day.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 5

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Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Between, #1)

You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…

Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town… until River West comes along. River rents the guest house behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard.

Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more?

Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery… who makes you want to kiss back.

Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.

Blending faded decadence and the thrilling dread of gothic horror, April Genevieve Tucholke weaves a dreamy, twisting contemporary romance, as gorgeously told as it is terrifying—a debut to watch.

Every time I think about removing this book from my TBR, I read the synopsis, reminding me why I want to read it and makes me unable to let it go!

Do I own it? No

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 6

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The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski

The Edge of Never (The Edge of Never, #1)

Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett had always been one to think out-of-the-box, who knew she wanted something more in life than following the same repetitive patterns and growing old with the same repetitive life story. And she thought that her life was going in the right direction until everything fell apart.

Determined not to dwell on the negative and push forward, Camryn is set to move in with her best friend and plans to start a new job. But after an unexpected night at the hottest club in downtown North Carolina, she makes the ultimate decision to leave the only life she’s ever known, far behind.

With a purse, a cell phone and a small bag with a few necessities, Camryn, with absolutely no direction or purpose boards a Greyhound bus alone and sets out to find herself. What she finds is a guy named Andrew Parrish, someone not so very different from her and who harbors his own dark secrets. But Camryn swore never to let down her walls again. And she vowed never to fall in love.

But with Andrew, Camryn finds herself doing a lot of things she never thought she’d do. He shows her what it’s really like to live out-of-the-box and to give in to her deepest, darkest desires. On their sporadic road-trip he becomes the center of her exciting and daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But will Andrew’s dark secret push them inseparably together, or tear them completely apart?

Due to sexual content and language, this book is recommended for 17+ – Adult Contemporary Women’s – New Adult Fiction

I remember when I first saw this and really wanted to read it. But now, I’m not as interested in it as I was before…

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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A Great & Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1)

A Victorian boarding school story, a Gothic mansion mystery, a gossipy romp about a clique of girlfriends, and a dark other-worldly fantasy—jumble them all together and you have this complicated and unusual first novel.

Sixteen-year-old Gemma has had an unconventional upbringing in India, until the day she foresees her mother’s death in a black, swirling vision that turns out to be true. Sent back to England, she is enrolled at Spence, a girls’ academy with a mysterious burned-out East Wing. There Gemma is snubbed by powerful Felicity, beautiful Pippa, and even her own dumpy roommate Ann, until she blackmails herself and Ann into the treacherous clique. Gemma is distressed to find that she has been followed from India by Kartik, a beautiful young man who warns her to fight off the visions. Nevertheless, they continue, and one night she is led by a child-spirit to find a diary that reveals the secrets of a mystical Order. The clique soon finds a way to accompany Gemma to the other-world realms of her visions “for a bit of fun” and to taste the power they will never have as Victorian wives, but they discover that the delights of the realms are overwhelmed by a menace they cannot control. Gemma is left with the knowledge that her role as the link between worlds leaves her with a mission to seek out the “others” and rebuild the Order.

I’m really excited to read this one. I’ve heard a lot about this one. I’ve heard a lot of people rave about this.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 7

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Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone

Time Between Us (Time Between Us, #1)

Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet: she lives in 1995 Chicago and he lives in 2012 San Francisco. But Bennett has the unique ability to travel through time and space, which brings him into Anna’s life, and with him a new world of adventure and possibility.

As their relationship deepens, the two face the reality that time may knock Bennett back to where he belongs, even as a devastating crisis throws everything they believe into question. Against a ticking clock, Anna and Bennett are forced to ask themselves how far they can push the bounds of fate, what consequences they can bear in order to stay together, and whether their love can stand the test of time.

Fresh, exciting, and deeply romantic, Time Between Us is a stunning, spellbinding debut from an extraordinary new voice in YA fiction.

Doesn’t really sound like something I’d read to be honest.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent

My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers, #1)

She doesn’t see dead people. She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.

Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who’ll be next.

This is one that I am going to keep. I have been wanting to read this for a long time and will definitely be getting to it eventually. I love the premise of this.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 6

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MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza

MILA 2.0 (MILA 2.0, #1)

Mila was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was a girl living with her mother in a small Minnesota town. She was supposed to forget her past—that she was built in a secret computer science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do.

Now she has no choice but to run—from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology. However, what Mila’s becoming is beyond anyone’s imagination, including her own, and it just might save her life.

This is a series that a lot of people love! So I definitely want to read this series! And that book cover is just gorgeous!

Do I own it? No

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 3

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The Raft by S.A. Bodeen

The Raft

Robie is an experienced traveler. She’s taken the flight from Honolulu to the Midway Atoll, a group of Pacific islands where her parents live, many times. When she has to get to Midway in a hurry after a visit with her aunt in Hawaii, she gets on the next cargo flight at the last minute. She knows the pilot, but on this flight, there’s a new co-pilot named Max. All systems are go until a storm hits during the flight. The only passenger, Robie doesn’t panic until the engine suddenly cuts out and Max shouts at her to put on a life jacket. They are over miles of Pacific Ocean. She sees Max struggle with a raft.

And then . . . she’s in the water. Fighting for her life. Max pulls her onto the raft, and that’s when the real terror begins. They have no water. Their only food is a bag of Skittles. There are sharks. There is an island. But there’s no sign of help on the way.

This description of this one sounds interesting, so I do want to read this one.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 5

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Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone (Shadow and Bone, #1)

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

Shadow and Bone is the first installment in Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy.

This book has been on my TBR for ages. I recently purchased a copy of it and I’m hoping to read it sometime soon. So, it definitely stays! I’ve heard so many amazing things about this series.

Do I own it? YES

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 9

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Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck

Tiger's Curse (The Tiger Saga, #1)

Passion. Fate. Loyalty.

Would you risk it all to change your destiny?

The last thing Kelsey Hayes thought she’d be doing this summer was trying to break a 300-year-old Indian curse. With a mysterious white tiger named Ren. Halfway around the world. But that’s exactly what happened. Face-to-face with dark forces, spellbinding magic, and mystical worlds where nothing is what it seems, Kelsey risks everything to piece together an ancient prophecy that could break the curse forever.

Tiger’s Curse is the exciting first volume in an epic fantasy-romance that will leave you breathless and yearning for more.

This book has been on my list forever. I just re-read the synopsis for the book and remembered why I wanted to read it.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 5

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Starcrossed (Starcrossed, #1)

Destiny brought them together.
The gods will keep them apart.

When shy, awkward Helen Hamilton meets Lucas Delos for the first time, she thinks two things: the first, that he is the most ridiculously beautiful boy she has seen in her life; the second, that she wants to kill him with her bare hands.
An ancient curse means Lucas and Helen are destined to loathe one another. But sometimes love is stronger than hate, and not even the gods themselves can prevent what will happen next…

I am letting this go! I don’t think I’ll read this any time soon. I really wanted to read this at one point, but I no longer see myself picking it up.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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I have removed 13\25 books from my TBR this week. If you enjoyed this & would like to see what else is on my Goodreads TBR, stick around for more.

RUNNING TOTAL OF BOOKS REMOVED: 51

Have you read any of these books? If you’ve read any of these books, I’d love to hear your opinions about them. How do you feel about my choices? Do you think I’ve Made the right decisions?

 

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