Monday, May 30, 2016

May Wrap-Up!



It is the end of May and I read a total of 6 books this month! May was a very good reading month and so many books came out this month that I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who went broke. I did not read all of the books I got, but I did read some. And I will have the whole summer to read so hopefully I will get to the other 20+ books I got in May but did not read. Soooo, on to the wrap-up...

The first book I read in the month of May was:

The Crown by Kiera Cass 


This was probably my most anticipated book of 2016, as I am a HUGE Selection fan and this was the final book and I was dying to find out what was going to happen. I really enjoyed The Crown, I thought it was a nice finish to an amazing series. Was it as good as The One, which was supposed to be the last book in the series? Probably not. But it was definitely better that The Heir, which I was somewhat disappointed by. I also liked Eadlyn a lot better in The Crown than I did in the heir; in The Heir, she was a really whiney little bratty princess, and I really did not like her. I also did not understand where that snotty personality came from because both of her parents (Maxon and America) are anything but. But that is beside the point. The Crown did not end how I thought it was going to end (meaning I didn't expect Eadlyn to pick who she did) but the ending was still good. Because this was the final book in one of my favorite series', and it didn't disappoint me, I gave it a 5/5 stars on Goodreads, even though it probably deserved a 4/5 stars. I will talk about The Crown in its entirety complete with spoilers in an upcoming review. 

The next book I read was:

A History of Notable Shadowhunters & Denizens of Downworld told in the Language of Flowers by Cassandra Clare and Cassandra Jean



This book was fun! The images (by Cassandra Jean) were pretty amazing, but that being said, it's not a novel, so there wasn't a lot of depth to it. But if you are a die-hard Shadowhunter, this book is totally for you. You can purchase it here

I then read: 

Unscripted Joss Byrd by Lygia Day Peñaflor


This was a good book. It was a really nice story and a very quick read. I didn't LOVE it and there wasn't anything particularly special about it, so I will give it a solid B. This book follows a young girl by the name of Joss Byrd, and she is a famous child actor filming her new movie that deals with a difficult subject matter. I was surprised that Joss was as young as she was (12) because you don't really read too many YA books with 12-year-olds as the main character. Fun fact: Lygia Day Penaflor is a tutor/teacher for child stars! I would give this book a B+/B. 

After that, I read:

The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia


I ADORED this book! It was phenomenal! I did a full review on this book which you can check out here

Then:

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee


This book was PHENOMENAL!!! I think Katharine and I have become pretty good social media friends through my praise of this book that comes out in August... Read all about my thoughts on The Thousandth Floor here

Lastly:

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas 

This book was OUT. OF. THIS. WORLD. AMAZING!!!!! Read all about why here


Annnd that concludes my May wrap-up. Stay tuned for more reviews and my June TBR...

May Book Haul!

It's time for a book haul!!!

I got a ton of books this month, mostly because I went to BookCon and I got a total of 19 books there, and then I got a bunch of other books from Barnes & Noble and amazon and whatnot. Sooooo, without further adieu...

All of the following I got at BookCon:

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Replica by Lauren Oliver
Unrivaled by Alyson Nöel
Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes
The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
And I Darken by Kiersten White
Dorothy Must Die Stories Vol. 2 by Danielle Paige
The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight
Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige
The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia
 Beware That Girl by Teresa Toten
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
Genius by Leopold Gout
Dangerous Creatures by Kami Garcia
Enter Title Here by Rahul Kanakia

*I got The Cellar but I gave it to a friend)*

Books I Bought:

The Crown by Kiera Cass
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
A Notable History of Shadowhunters & Denizens of Downworld by Cassandra Clare and Jean

Books that were sent to me:

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
Tumbling by Caela Carter
The Unscripted Joss Byrd by Lygia Day Penaflor
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
The Amateurs by Sara Shepard

Sunday, May 29, 2016

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas



OMG!!!! A Court of Mist and Fury was AMAZING!!!! Sarah J. Maas certainly knows how to write a sequel (Crown of Midnight was probably even better than Throne of Glass, which was pretty darn good itself) and this certainly was no exception. While the first book brought up comparisons to Beauty and the Beast, I found that this book loosely, VERY loosely, I loved this book, it was great, it made my "Best Books of 2016" shelf on Goodreads, and it was better than the first book which was also AMAZING. So if you haven't read A Court of Mist and Fury (or A Court of Thorns and Roses for that matter), this is all you need to know because what I will be talking about next contains SPOILERS.

So, I was a little nervous going into this book because the first book basically set up a love triangle or the equivalent, and I was anticipating that it was going to happen, bit I was NOT happy about it because I really liked Feyre and Tamlin together. I thought that they were, like, literary soulmates. But Tamlin became the opposite of the man he was in A Court of Thorns and Roses, or we (the readers) were exposed to that side of Tamlin that had always been there but that hadn't been exposed or elaborated on. Anyways, Tamlin was a total jerk in this book. Worse than a jerk after what he did to Feyre. Tam: When a lady tells you to leave her alone, LEAVE HER ALONE. DO NOT make an alliance with an evil king who is the reason you were cursed for 49 years to try to essentially recapture a girl who you are in love with, a girl you let down, a girl who just wants you to LEAVE HER THE HELL ALONE. Now that that is off my chest... Sarah J. Maas really did a great job in providing writing that was so elaborate and convincing that she managed to convince the reader to fall in love with Rhys just as Feyre did. Can we all just acknowledge how STEAMY this book was for a few seconds? 'Nuff said... read and you will see! Back to Feyre and Rhys: I love that they are mates, I think they are perfect together, and I cannot wait for their story to continue in the next (last?) book which I NEED RIGHT NOW. But anyways, I loved the Night Court and Velaris and all that. I also thought that the story that Rhys told Feyre before she accepted their mating bond was exceptionally detailed and the story elements were out-of-this world amazing! Plus, the story about Miryam? Anyone else find that sorta kinda fascinating? To conclude: 5/5 stars, A+, 100% to A Court of Mist and Fury. And if you've read A Court of Thorns and Roses but haven't had the chance to pick up A Court of Mist and Fury, go do yourself a favor and purchase it; I guarantee that you will DEVOUR it. And if you haven't had the chance to pick up the first book, A Court of Thorns and Roses, go pick it up. You, to, will DEVOUR it. 

Grade: A+


Check it out on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26073150-a-court-of-mist-and-fury

Visit the lovely Sarah J. Maas on her website: http://sarahjmaas.com/


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee


The Thousandth Floor was absolutely phenomenal! I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this at BookCon, in addition to meeting the author of this book, the amazing Katharine McGee! Go to your local bookstore this August and do yourself a favor by buying a copy! I have no doubt that this book will become a franchise!



The Thousandth Floor takes place approximately 100 years in the future. But no, it's not a dystopia, and that's what makes this book so unique. In the future McGee has created, it [the future] is not a bad place, it's just a different place. After all, we have had one hundred years to become more technologically advanced. The book's primary location is the tower, a one thousand floor tower in New York City, and all of NYC's civilization takes place/resides in this tower. The Thousandth Floor follows Avery, Eris, Watt, Leda, and Rylin. Some of them are rich, some of them are not. Some of them may be decent human beings, some of them might not be.


The premise of this book was out-of-this world amazing. The plot and the characters are enticing and easy to follow. Katharine McGee's writing style is also so articulate and so detailed that whenever you feel like there are a few questions that you want answered, specifically about the new New York City she created, you will probably find the answer on the next page. Amazingly, Katharine has anticipated all the questions you the reader will probably have, and she manages to answer them before you can wonder for too long. I did not have any lingering questions about events in the book (we can discuss these events with spoilers right here when the book comes out in August), except for: WHEN IS THE NEXT BOOK COMING OUT? AND KATHARINE, CAN I PLEASE BE ON THE ARC LIST? (We're friends now, right? :)) Oh and one last IMPORTANT thing: Reading The Thousandth Floor is also a nice opportunity to read about a future that isn't a dystopia- in other words, dark, horrific, and bad. But the future in which The Thousandth Floor takes place isn't dark, horrific, and bad, and yet it is just as interesting, if not more interesting that a book with a backdrop of a dark dystopia. But all of them have secrets. Head to the bookstore in August and be the first to know...

Grade: A+


The Thousandth Floor is also on my "best books of 2016" on Goodreads, which I have linked down below:


https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/17301954?shelf=best-books-of-2016


Friday, May 20, 2016

The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia



The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia (co-author of Beautiful Creatures) was absolutely amazing!!! It doesn't come out until October; I received an ARC of it from the author at BookCon. The first twenty or so people in line at Kami's signing got one.

The Lovely Reckless follows a girl named Frankie and a boy named Marco. Frankie is a super-rich girl from the Heights, and she has it all... except for a living boyfriend. Her boyfriend, Noah, was beaten to death in front of her, and she has been haunted by his death ever since. So Frankie screws up and his sent to live with her dad, an undercover cop, in the Downs, where she meets Marco. Marco is a bad-boy street racer, who Frankie feels an instant connection to. 

But this book is not all contemporary romance. Who killed Noah? for example, is a prominent question that adds tons of mystery to this book. In addition, as a high schooler who has to really think critically and dig really deep into themes and the meaning behind the stories being told, I really found and identified with what I believe to be the prominent theme of the book: Is it okay to do the wrong thing for the right reasons? (We can talk more about this in detail when the book comes out in October) I also really liked the friendship and relationships within this book, not just the romantic ones. For example, I loved the relationship that Marco has with his younger sister, and I really liked the friendship that developed between Frankie and a girl from the Downs, Cruz. I also really identified with Frankie herself, and how she was a girl from the Heights, but pops the bubble of privilege to branch out into the real world that is more than fancy houses, sports cars and country clubs. As someone who goes to school in a fancy city with students who live in multi-million dollar houses with private beaches, it was really enlightening to see a girl who is very similar to the students I go to school with pop what I call the bubble of privilege. Kami Garcia did an amazing job of portraying this in a realistic and identifiable way, and she should really be proud of that. Also, I applaud the diversity in The Lovely Reckless, because we need more diversity in YA literature!

Needless to say, I loved this book! It kept me hooked from start to finish, and it is definitely one of my favorite books of 2016 with a 5/5 star rating. For those of you who want to see my ongoing list of "Favorite Books of 2016", it is linked below. 

Grade: A+



Thursday, May 19, 2016

BookCon Book Haul!



Last Saturday, I went to my very first BookCon! I got a TON of stuff, and I only had to pay for three of the things I got: 2 hardcovers and a paperback! All the rest was free, including 3 hardcovers! I had a blast, and I got a ton of ARCs. Read about my BookCoon haul below!

Books I had to Pay For:

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (I just wanted a copy)
Genius by Leopold Gout (I just wanted a copy)
Dangerous Creatures by Kami Garcia (and Margaret Stohl) (I had to buy a copy for the Kami Garcia signing)

Book I Brought From Home:

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead (I got into the Penguin Teen Trivia Contest and she was there, so she signed my book and I didn't have to wait in line for the signing... SPOILER: THE NEXT BOOK IS ABOUT MIRA, RICHELLE TOLD ME!!!) 

Signed ARCs I got:

Gemina (!!!!!!!!) by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee
Replica (in a fancy box) by Lauren Oliver
The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia (the first 20 people in line at her signing got a copy)

Non-Signed ARCs I got:

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Enter Title Here Rahul Kanakia
Beware That Girl by Teresa Toten
The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

Signed Hardcovers I got (for free and SIGNED!!!):

Unrivaled by Alyson Nöel
Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oaked
The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight

Paperback I got (signed and for free)

Dorothy Must Die Stories Vol. 2 by Danielle Paige

Paperback I got (non-signed but free):

The Cellar by Natasha Preston

Posters:

Huge Selection poster (from farewell to The Selection event)
Me Before You movie poster
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell coloring poster

***A bajillion tote bags and bookmarks
***A bunch of samples including one of Veronica Roth's upcoming book




AFTER BOOKCON, PENGUIN TEEN SENT ME FURTHERMORE BY TAHEREH MAFI!!!! THANKS PENGUIN TEEN!!!!!!