Wednesday, February 25, 2015

{Waiting on Wednesday} The Ember in the Ashes by Sabba Tahir

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

The Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Release Date: April 28th, 2015
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Published by: Razorbill
Pages: ?

About The Book
Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.

LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier— and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.

When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.

Vow your blood and body to the empire.

Keep your heart for yourself.

Why I Want To Read This Book
I usually am not huge into fantasy books, but the fact that this book has already been picked up for a movie and has not even been published has really peaked my interest.  It sounds interesting and I will more than likely read it so I can go see the movie!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

{Top Ten Tuesday} Top Eight Favorite Heroines From Books

 This is a weekly meme created by Broke and Bookish.  Every week there will be a new subject to create a top 10 list of.

This week’s subject:
Top Eight Favorite Heroines From Books

1.)    Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games
  I don’t really think that I need to explain why Katniss is one of my most favorite heroines.  She sacrificed herself to save her little sister and continued to sacrifice herself for the well-being of others throughout the series.  I loved this series and can’t wait to see the last movie from this series!

2.)                      Hermione Granger
I am pretty sure Hermione is going to appear on several people’s lists for favorite heroines.  She proves that women can have it all…smarts, beauty, courage, selflessness, and so much more.  Hermione was the first character in a book that I really found myself looking up to and finding her to be bad-ass.    

3.) Celaena from Throne of Glass
Umm…there is no arguing that Celaena is pretty kick-ass, and although I have only read the first book, I fell in love with her.  I like that she shows that a girl can go against some of the strongest men, but still enjoy looking good while doing it.

4.)                      Cassie Sullivan from the 5th Wave
This was my favorite book that I read in 2014 and I am SO excited for the movie!  Not only did Cassie survive the end of the world, she had to endure watching her family die, losing her brother, and trekking across the country to provide for herself.  I don’t want to give away too many spoilers, but you know how awesome Cassie is if you read this book.

5.)                       Judith from All the Truth That’s in Me
I think Judith is the strongest female character I have ever read about.  She has had so many obstacles to endure, but she never gave up or pitied herself.  I loved the development that her character went through and really admired that Judith never strayed from her beliefs and fought for what she believed was right.

6.)                      Hazel Grace Lancaster from The Fault in Our Stars
There is no arguing that Hazel endured a lot during this book.  I really loved Hazel as a character because she felt so real.  I understood and felt the pain she was experiencing, but also enjoyed her happiness.  This book impacted me in ways I never knew it could, which is why Hazel is one of my favorite heroines.   

7.)                       Valarie/Evalyn from the Chaos Theory series
I thought the concept and the characters from this series were very interesting.  I liked that although these two girls were criminals, they still had redeeming qualities that made you root for them.  I do have a weakness for characters that have flaws that they have to endure and overcome.  I think both these girls were strong and I loved how their friendship felt very genuine and real. 

8.)                        Libby from Dark Places
Again with the damaged characters.  Libby was scarred from a traumatic experience in her childhood, and although she had so many flaws, she was still very likable.  I think that Gillian Flynn has an amazing ability to write female characters that feel real and have qualities that you would think would make the character easy to hate, but you find yourself really liking them.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

{Waiting on Wednesday} The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
Release Date: March 10th, 2015
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Published by: Katherine Tegen books
Pages: 400

About The Book
Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.

She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.

She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others

Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.

Why I Want To Read This Book
Willhelmina sounds pretty awesome!  This sounds awesome and I really want to read this one!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

{Top Ten Tuesday} Top Ten Book Problems I Have

 This is a weekly meme created by Broke and Bookish.  Every week there will be a new subject to create a top 10 list of.

This week’s subject:
Top Ten Book Problems I Have

1.)    Buying Thrift Store Books
  I don’t really have a problem buying too many books at full price, but when I see a book that looks interesting that is cheap, I have a problem passing it up.  I constantly go to thrift stores and the majority of my book collection is made up of used books, but I am finding that I will buy books that I will probably never read just because of the price.  I have even bought books I already own because the price is so good.  I am now trying to only visit thrift stores once a month so that it will reduce the amount of books I buy.

2.)                      Requesting Netgalley Books
I think that this is probably a very common problem among book bloggers.  I feel such a rush when I get approved for a Netgalley book, but it can lead to some problems.  I usually request too many books (thinking I will be denied a lot of them since I am a fairly new book blogger) and then occasionally I get approved for them and am left with a lot of books I need to read by a deadline.    

3.) Not Expanding My Reading Horizons
I tend to get obsessed over certain genres if I read a book I really enjoy.  Last year I found a love for historical fiction and new adult and found myself only wanting to read those books.  I need to try branching out and be a more well-rounded reader.

4.)                      Pressured To Read
Since I started my blog, I do feel pressured to read and read fast.  I wish that sometimes I can slow down and saver the books that I am really enjoying.  This year, I really want to be able to read what I want and to take off the pressure, which is why I lowered my Goodreads reading goal to only 35 books.

5.)                       No DNF
Another problem I have come across after starting my book blog is the need to finish every book, even if I don’t enjoy it.  It is really hard to push through books I dislike and it can even push me into a reading slump.  I need to find a happy medium because I do understand that it is important to read books that I dislike to understand what I like and dislike in books, but understand that I don't need to finish every book that I start.   

6.)                      Not Finishing Series
I have so many series that I have started and really enjoyed, but for some reason, never continued or finished the series.  I really want to focus on finishing all the series I start to read, especially trilogies.  The only series I finished last year was The Selection series by Kiera Cass (which doesn't really count since it was announced more books are going to be in the series). 

7.)                       Forgetting Previous Books
With reading so many books back to back, it is easy to forget about what happened in the previous books.  I do not enjoy re-reading books, which does play a part in why I don’t finish series, so I give up on the series because I cannot remembered what happened in the previous books.  I have not finished the Divergent series by Veronica Roth because I can hardly remember the first book, but lucky for me, there is a movie to help jog my memory.

8.)                        Netflix/Hulu
The number one thing that derails my reading goals is Netflix and Hulu.   I love binge watching TV shows and movies.  After working all day, sometimes sitting in front of the TV seems so much more appealing than reading.  I have cut a lot of the shows I was watching to just the ones that I absolutely love, which is still a lot, but it does leave me with time to read.  I have also found that I can watch TV while blogging, so I don’t feel as guilty when I put reading on the back burner.

9.)                       Forgoing Bigger Books
Last year I never picked up longer books because I was afraid that I would not be able to get a review a week up or complete my Goodreads reading goal.  I want to be able to read whatever books I feel like at that moment without feeling guilty.  I feel like I have forgotten that reading is for fun, it is not a job.

10.)                    Classic Books
I desperately want to read some classic books, particularly Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, but am afraid it will be really dense and possibly hard for me to understand.  I really wish I would have taken some English courses in college so that I would be able to understand the time the book takes place in and the underlying meaning to things I may miss out on. 
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