BOOKS I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO.

Here’s a list of some of the books I’m looking forward to (or for me in order to keep track of when my books are coming out) between now and 2017 (in order according to when it will release or popular on Goodreads).

  • One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews – Innkeeper Chronicles (Book #3) Dec. 20th, 2016
  • RoseBlood by A. G. Howard – Jan. 10th, 2017
  • Frostblood by Elly Blake – Frostblood Saga – Jan. 10th, 2017
  • Poison’s Kiss by Breeana Shields – Poison’s Kiss #1 (Jan. 10th, 2017)
  • The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova – Loom Saga #1 (Jan. 10th, 2017)
  • Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet – Kingmaker Chronicles (Book #2) Jan. 3rd, 2017
  • A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab – Shades of Magic (Book #3) – Feb. 21st, 2017
  • Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop – The Others (Book #5) – Mar. 7th, 2017
  • A Court of Thorn and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (Book #3) – May 2nd, 2017
  • Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh – Flame in the Mist #1 (May 2nd, 2017)
  • White Hot by Ilona Andrews – Hidden Legacy #2 (May 30th, 2017)
  • Wildfire by Ilona Andrews – Hidden Legacy #3 (Jul. 25th, 2017)
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (Book #6) – Sept. 2017
  • The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano (Book #1) – Sept. 2017
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WHAT THE HEART WANTS.

I received an email a couple of weeks ago saying I won a Goodreads giveaway. I immediately opened the email and it said I won a copy of Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones. I was beyond ecstatic and so blessed because I would’ve never believed I would win in any giveaways, especially a book that a lot of people had already entered for. As soon as I got it from the mail, I immediately began reading the book and so far, I’m falling in love. I haven’t finished it yet but I am being compelled and enchanted. But this is not the main point of this post: whenever I read a really good book with an incredible story and addicting characters that make me what to meet them in real life, my heart decides to split in half and have a mind of its own.

One side of my heart wants to keep reading the book, to find out what happens next and who falls in love with who. I just can’t stop reading and I just want to know more. This is usually the case with a series. For example, I was obsessed with the Kate Daniels series and I didn’t stop reading until I was at the seventh book. I know that if I keep on reading the book, I have another book to read. If I finish the first book, the second book is right there and available to me to start where I left off from. Usually, whenever I read books, this side of my heart wins.

On the other hand, the other side of my heart tells me to stop and take a break because it knows the book will end and nothing will follow after. That is what is happening to me right now as I’m reading Wintersong. I looked up on Goodreads and found out it has no sequel. I really want to read it and finish the book but once I finish it, the story ends. The beautiful movie playing in my head stops, the characters stop acting and the story ends. It’s bittersweet and my heart can’t take the pain. This usually tends to happen with books that have no sequel or books that have sequels but those sequels won’t be released until a decade later. So my heart is telling me to take a break because my heart can’t take no more awesomeness. I just want the story to never end, is that too much to ask for?

Now, I’m kind of getting off topic but have you ever read a book that just makes your heartache, like physically and not in your heads? Well, I have and I rarely have this feeling unless the story has a heart-wrenching scene or I have connected to the book in some sort of way. My heart just aches for the characters and I think I could feel their pain as they pain in the story. I sometimes forget that these characters aren’t real and then I begin to feel sad because they aren’t real…Anyways, I really love and enjoy reading books. I just wish the story in some of my favorite books would never end.

Extra stuff I’m adding onto this post:

  • If you haven’t checked out Wintersong, here is the link: Wintersong (Disclaimer: I’m not promoting this book or been asked by the author or Goodreads to promote this book. I’m just really enjoying this book. Also, it won’t be out until February of 2017 😉

wintersong (picture from Goodreads)

INSANITY BOOK REVIEW

Insanity (picture from Goodreads)

-Spoiler Alert!-

“‘This is a message from the Cheshire to the world. Stay away from me and the people I am involved with. This is beyond the FBI, Interpol, and any other authority in the world. The girls I kill have nothing to do with you. It’s a Wonderland War. Stay away. You’ve been warned.'” – Cheshire Cat (Insanity)

Insanity by Cameron Jace is a different retelling of the classic childhood book, Alice in Wonderland. Here is a synopsis here: Insanity. Alice is a patient at an asylum for the insane people. She accidentally killed her classmates and states that she has been to Wonderland. What I love about this book is how Cameron Jace blends in history and facts from the original book into this adventure-packed, mad story.

I love all the characters from this book. Alice is your average insane person. She killed her friends, she’s a patient in an asylum, and she saves the world from Wonderland Monsters. She is the missing key in this Wonderland War the Cheshire Cat has created (or has it always been there and all he needed was the necessary players which makes the Cheshire Cat the catalyst?) and the reason why he is killing girls. Alice is headstrong, confused, mad, insane and had this feeling that if she did the right thing, she was doing something good for herself and the people she saved. I love reading her adventures and how she faced new problems, not only the Cheshire Cat threw at her, but the other Wonderland Monsters (including the Pillar).

The next character, and probably my favorite, is Professor Carter Pillar. He is an ex-professor turned psychotic killer. “‘Oh. You haven’t seen nonsense yet,’ the Pillar said. ‘By the way, I choked one of your guards with my hookah hose and hung him like slaughterhouse meat at the end of the hall. I’d like you to clean that right away, before it begins to smell'” – Professor Carter Pillar (Insanity) How awesome is this guy? He is absolutely insane, mad, and a psychotic killer! He loves to smoke his hookah and he can somehow magically use it to kill people. He is confusing and very mysterious. I’ve read the first five books in this series and I still can’t figure him out. All he wants to do is make Alice believe she’s Alice, stop the Cheshire Cat, and…I haven’t figured out what he really, really wants yet. He is the type of character that will always keep you entertained and second-guess what his real motives are.

Alice and the Pillar goes on grand adventures together in order to stop the Cheshire Cat from killing innocent girls. Throw in the Red Queen, her evil card minions, the Duchess, Jake (a boy that reminds Alice of her boyfriend she accidentally killed) and other insane people and you end up with an awesome retelling of Alice in Wonderland. What makes this story even more awesome is how Cameron Jace incorporates actual facts from the original story and how he dives deeper into the history of the places Alice and the Pillar visits as well at Lewis Carrol himself. You read a lot about Lewis Carrol and his back story as well as the history of these Wonderland characters.

Overall, this is an incredible book and as the story progresses as you read each book, you begin wonder and question and make assumptions to who really is on the good side and who really is on the bad side. You find out more about Alice and how her role fits into this Wonderland War and if she really is the same Alice from Alice in Wonderland. It’s a great read and very entertaining. 10/10!

“When she was sane, she was very, very sane. And when she was mad, she was Alice.” – Insanity, Cameron Jace

 

 

 

WRITTEN IN RED REVIEW

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-To start off, I’m not a professional reviewer. This is just my opinions about this book.-

-Spoiler Alert!!!-

Written in Red by Anne Bishop is an adult Urban Fantasy novel from the series, The Others. Here is a synopsis of the book here: Written in Red. What I liked about this book is how the main female character, Meg, had to adapt in a world of The Others, supernatural beings with human form. She is surrounded by shifters who are always ready to kill, vampires who take in blood with a touch, and girls who names are Winter and Spring.

Meg is a Cassandra sangue, or a blood prophet who can see the future when her skin is cut. After escaping from her confinement, she ends up at the Lakeside Courtyard, a place run by the Others. She meets Simon Wolfgard, a wolf shape-shifter, who pretty much changes her life as she gets hired to become the Human Liaison at the courtyard.

I enjoyed reading Meg’s challenges, obstacles and moments with the Others and how she tries to adapt to the real world after escaping. She is determined, child-like, and always thought of others before herself. Even though she’s a human, she doesn’t act like a human. “‘She does not think like other humans, and she does not think like us. She is something new, something little known and not understood’” (Written in Red).

I love Simon, the wolf shape-shifter. He is an alpha, over-protective, dangerous, and more wolf than human. He is the leader of the Lakeside Courtyard, an experiment where humans can come and shop or come in contact with the Others. When he first met Meg, he hated the way her hair smelled. She smelled like human but not like a prey. I like how Meg brought out the “human” in Simon and how protective he is of Meg. The romance was sweet and subtle, since romance wasn’t the main point in this book. ““He watched her, listened to her, and knew she was truly asleep. He kissed her forehead and found the act pleasing for its own sake. And, he admitted as he licked his lips, it was enjoyable for other reasons. Meg wasn’t bitable, but he really did like the taste of her.”” (Anne Bishop).

Besides the struggles of wanting to cut everyday, Meg has to overcome the challenges of hiding and not getting caught by the Controller, the person in charge of the place she was confined at with other Cassandra sangue. She makes friends the Courtyard and everyone begans to accept and love her for who she was. It’s fascinating to see how these “monsters”, or the terra indigene, open up and accept the humans that work at the Courtyard or the police that drops in from time to time. It was all thanks to Meg, a human that wasn’t really human. She kind of brought the “human” out from all them without them having to be human. They are still terra indigene but thanks to Meg, they are getting used to humans.

Overall, this is one of my favorite series and very enjoyable to read. It gets so much better as the series progress and you see more problems arise as the relationship between humans and terra indigene grow, as the problem with the Cassandra sangue and their need to cut intensify, and Simon and Meg’s growing attraction towards each other grow. It’s very interesting and very enjoyable. The characters are just fascinating to read and the plot is unique. 10/10!

FAVORITE BOOKS

I love books and I love to read. I am not ashamed to say that I have more books than clothes. I enjoy reading and buying books. When looking for a book, I first see if I like the book. The description and genres are very important. Some of the genres I mainly read are:

  • Romance
  • Urban Fantasy
  • Fantasy
  • YA
  • Supernatural
  • Adult

Next, I have to check on Goodreads.com to see the book ratings. If it’s above 4 stars, I read the reviews. If most people like that book, I will proceed in buying the book. I am very picky in finding what kind of books I want to buy and it becomes a very long process of browsing the shelf, reading the descriptions, checking on Goodreads and then looking at the price.

Now, here are favorite books that I will be sharing with you and possibly review them in the near future. There is no order to them, I love them all equally.

  1. The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas – which includes: The Assassin’s Blade, Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, and Queen of Shadows (in order)
  2. The Insanity series by Cameron Jace – which includes: Insanity, Figment, Circus, Hookah, and Checkmate (in order)
  3. Death of the Mad Hatter by Sarah J. Pepper
  4. The Others series by Anne Bishop – which includes: Written in Red, Murder of Crows, Vision in Silver, and Marked in Flesh (in order)
  5. The Trickster’s Choice and the Trickster’s Queen by Tamora Pierce
  6. The Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews – has 8 books that I will not list but the first book is Magic Bites
  7. The Dark Duet series by CJ Roberts – which includes: Captive in the Dark, Seduced in the Dark, and Epilogue: The Dark Duet (in order, also Rated very mature)

This is some of my favorite books and I believe I read most of them. Here is a link to my Goodreads account if you want to look at my shelves: Goodreads. I will likely post up some reviews to these books.