The Rose Society & The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

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Publisher Synopsis-The Rose Society

Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.

Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she flees Kenettra with her sister to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.
But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good when her very existence depends on darkness?

Publisher Synopsis-The Midnight Star

There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.

Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all she’s gained.
When a new danger appears, Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds, putting not only herself at risk, but every Elite. In order to preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.

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Well. I am going to do a double feature for this review! I read both of these books so close together that I didn’t get the chance to write individual reviews for each. I LOVED this serious. I had read the first book quite awhile ago and was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to pick the series back up again when I started The Rose Society  but I was wrong! The change in character that Adelina goes through is shocking and a little heart breaking. I started to really…hate her. I was not on her side/team for almost the entire book! And I mean BOTH books! One it comes to the ending of the third book, The Midnight Star, I was not sure, and am still not sure, how I feel about the ending. I wont spoiling anything! But I am a sucker for a happy ending and that wasn’t exactly what we readers got at the end of book three. I would definitely recommend this series! Also Marie Lu’s other series, Legend.

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

Kings’ Cage By Victoria Aveyard

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Publisher Synopsis

In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl’s spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?
Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows.

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**SPOILERS ALERT**

So. This book. It took me SO LONG to finish this book. It wasn’t…like the others. It was boring. I couldn’t get into Kings Cage. There wasn’t enough action, it was mostly about Maven and Mare’s feeling during the time period that he was keeping her prisoner. Not to mention the end! Cal chooses the crown over Mare?!?! What!!! Are you trying to rip our hearts our Victoria? I may not have enjoyed the book but I looked the first two and was still invested in the characters and story!!! Why can’t Mare and Cal just be happy?!

They definitely left room for a fourth one. However, after King’s Cage i’m not really sure I would be interested in reading a fourth one. Over all it felt like Aveyard is trying to stretch this series out, even though the story line and characters are starting to fall. I think this book was a three out of five stars overall. Red Queen was a great book but after that the books slowly started getting worse and worse. King’s Cage was just not worth the read!

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

My Most Anticipated Books of 2017

Hello Readers! Today’s blog post is going to be about my most anticipated books of 2017 in order, 1 being my most anticipated and 10 being my lesser anticipated!! I don’t have as many this year as I usually do and I think that’s mostly because I have been so busy with class and planning a wedding that I have not been able to scroll through bookish media! Don’t despair though because I still have A LOT of amazing books that are being released that I want to devour. Lately I have been really into post apocalyptic books, usually about the world ending in some way…why I am not sure! I have also really been enjoying books that take place in space or on other planets, love love love!! Here is a list of the books that I am dying to get my hands on! If you have read any of these or if you are also impatiently waiting for them like I am let me know in the comments down below!

P.S. Some of these I have already read this year and I was a little bit disappointed in some of them. However, I am going to rate them how I would have rated their anticipation before reading them!

  1. Untitled Chaol Novel by Sarah J. Maas
  2. Kings Cage by Victoria Aveyard
  3. Starfall by Melissa Landers
  4. We All Looked Up by Tommy Walach
  5. The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
  6. The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti
  7. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  8. The Last Place on Earth by Carol Snow
  9. North of Happy by Adi Alsaid
  10. Duels and Deception by Cindy Anstey

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Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

Favorite Books I Read in 2016!

Hello readers! Today’s blog is going to be a list of some of my favorite books I read in 2016! The books that I list are in no particular order…I liked all of them just about equally, but OH MY GOSH, THE TRIAL BY FIRE SERIES BY JOSEPHINE ANGELINI IS GOLD!!! Read it, read it now.

She Is Mine by Stephanie Fast

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Her father was an American serviceman, her mother a young Korean woman confused by the ravages of war. Abandoned at age four, nameless, homeless, and utterly alone, this child of destiny roamed the bleak, war-ravaged countryside of South Korea for three years and was finally left for dead. But God had other plans.

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Mistletoe Between Friends/The Snowflake Inn by Samantha Chase

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Two gorgeous stories about the most romantic time of the year…
The holidays don’t have to be fraught with tension, as lifelong friends Lily Cavanaugh and Cameron Greene discover in Mistletoe Between Friends when they cook up a scheme to fool their family and friends.
The Snowflake Inn shows rivals Grace Brodie and Riley Walsh that Christmas is a time when dreams come true-even if you’ve given up on those dreams long ago.

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Trial by Fire Series by Josephine Angelini

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The exhilaratingly seductive new series from the author of the bestselling Starcrossed series
Love burns. Worlds collide. Magic reigns.
This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying many of the experiences that other teenagers take for granted…which is why she is determined to enjoy her first (and perhaps only) high-school party. But Lily’s life never goes according to plan, and after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class Lily wishes she could just disappear.

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United by Melissa Landers

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After thwarting a deadly coup and saving the alliance between their worlds, Cara and Aelyx have finally earned a break. Their tiny island colony is everything they dreamed it would be―days spent gathering shells on the beach and nights in each other’s arms.
But the vacation is short-lived.
The treaty between Earth and L’eihr has awakened an ancient force that threatens to destroy them all. The Aribol, mysterious guardians charged with maintaining interstellar peace, deem the alliance a threat to the galaxy. They order a separation of the races, decreeing humans and L’eihrs must return to their own planets within the month or face extinction. In fact, they already have agents in place on Earth, ready to begin.

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Starbound Series by Amie Kaufman

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Luxury spaceliner Icarus suddenly plummets from hyperspace into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive – alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a cynical war hero. Both journey across the eerie deserted terrain for help. Everything changes when they uncover the truth.

The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.

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Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

The Secret Under My Skin by Janet McNaughton

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Publisher Synopsis

In the year 2368, humankind must struggle to survive under dire environmental conditions and strict government control. In this startling world, one brave young woman begins to unravel a web of lies about life on Earth that will empower her to discover, at last, who she really is. McNaughton vividly imagines an all-too-believable future and celebrates the impact that one person can make on the world.

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There are not many books that I have read more than once, usually because I don’t have time since there are so many good books out there! But for some reason I just REALLY love this book, it’s any easy read and the story and characters are easy to understand and visualize.

Much like the movie WALL-E this book is based in the future where the Earth is pretty destroyed from humans. It goes deep into the filth and disease that the Earth has become, so bad that children, orphans, are required to pick through trash to try and find things to trade and sell for the company that they work for. The main girl, however, learns a secret from her past about what really happened too her parents, AND IT’S SO GOOD! It can sort of be a slow read, so if you aren’t into that then this book might not be for you…I’m not even sure why I am because normally I don’t like slow paced books…but I really enjoy The Secret Under My Skin!

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

Red Queen Dream Cast!

Queen Elara: Charlize Theron

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King Tiberias: Russel Crowe

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Mare: Halston Sage

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Kilorn: Jake Abel

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Farley: Natalie Dormer

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Maven: Asa Butterfield

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Cal: Drew Roy

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Evangeline: Cara Delevingne

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Gisa: Elle Fanning

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Bree: Shiloh Fernandez

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Shade: Matthew Daddario

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Julian: Paul Rudd

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There are a lot of really good options for each of these characters, however these were just a few that stuck out to me while doing some research! Hope you liked my picks, if you have any suggestions comment down below!

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

 

Reading Challenge 2017 Update

This is just going to be a quick post about my current reading challenge for 2017 (the challenge is through Goodreads). My goal for the year is 30 books, which is a super small goal for me, but because of full time classes and planning a wedding for June, I made my goal small for now! I am currently 30% in to the challenge, that’s 9 books since the beginning of the year! I really like my reading spread so far. There have been some I loved and some I hated. I am just going to put the titles and authors, with a book picture, in a numbered order; one being the first book I read this year and nine being the most recent book I finished. If you have read any of the books listed, or are currently reading any of the books listed, comment down below and let me know your thoughts and feelings on them!

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

  1. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maaschal
  2. The Last Star by Rick Yanceychal2
  3. Kisses from Katie by Katie J. Daviskisses
  4. Undertow by Michael Buckleychal3
  5. Evermore by Brenda Pandoschal4
  6. Starclimber by Kenneth Opelstarclimber
  7. We Are Okay by Nina LaCourweareokay
  8. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCoureverything
  9. Raging Sea by Michael Buckleyragingsea

Starfall by Melissa Landers

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Publisher Synopsis

When Princess Cassia Rose fled her home world of Eturia to escape an arranged marriage, she had no idea her sudden departure would spark a war. Now after two years hiding as a ship hand, she is finally returning to her beloved home, but not in the way she imagined. Shackled by bounty hunters, she is violently dragged back to account for her crimes. Her only solace is that the Banshee crew managed to evade capture, including Kane Arric, her best friend…with occasional benefits. Meanwhile, Kane and the rest of the crew of the Banshee plan a desperate rescue mission. But when they arrive on Eturia, Cassia isn’t exactly in need of heroics—she’s claimed her birthright as Eturia’s queen, but has inherited a war-torn planet simmering with rebellion.

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**Spoilers Alert**

This book…THIS BOOK!! I thought that it was going to follow along with Solara and Dorans’s story again…which I am not sure why I thought this because it even talks about Cassia and Kane in the synopsis…but anyways, I must say that I just really love Melissa Landers’ writing and characters! I definitely liked Starflight more than this one, simply because I liked Solar and Doran as characters, and their story, better. But I still enjoyed Starfall! The situation that Kane is in towards the end was a little bit weird, I never thought that the sickness was actually a drug addiction! What?! I have never encountered that in a book  where drug addiction is the mysterious problem. Also, leading up to the realization by Kane that the sickness was drugs was brilliantly written because I never even had an inkling that Zhang was actually dealing out a drug addiction and not some horrible disease. Going back to the subject of Kane and his situation, did anyone else find Zhang’s whole enterprise on the new planet a little bit creepy and bizarre? I mean, fighting to the death, gruesome mazes and girls cutting themselves because the guest is always right. No? well I did!

All in all I did enjoy this book, I liked Starflight better and hope that we get another book following Solara and Doran!

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

Books I’m Ashamed I Have Not Read

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

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I know, I know. I am a horrible person for not reading this series yet, BUT in my defense I have read the Thrown of Glass series by Sarah  and that is a long series with lots of words! Plus I didn’t want to read this series so soon after reading the Thrown of Glass series because I didn’t want to confuse the story line and characters; since they s closely related series. This is currently in my TBR pile and I will read it SOON, I promise!

Six of Crows series by Leigh Bardugo

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Honestly, I don’t know a lot about this series other then that it is really popular and it is a “spin of” of the Grisha series (which I also have not read, sorry!). I usually read the synopsis of books to make sure that I want to read it but I have heard good things about this series so I am just going to go for it!

Clockwork Angel series by Cassandra Clare

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Yeah I know, “you haven’t read this series?! but Cassy Clare wrote it!”, but in my defense I DID start the first book (and I think finished it but I can’t remember) when Clockwork Angel first came out but never picked the second one up…because I have the attention span of a squirrel. It was a good series (of what I read) so I will definitely read the last two, I actually own them, there are sitting on the TBR shelf, so just give me time!

Passenger series by Alexandra Bracken

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I am REALLY interested in this series, especially after Christine, from Polandbananasbooks, put a review up on her Youtube channel about Alex Bracken’s series. Plus all the good stuff I have seen on Instagram! I know a little bit about this book series but not a whole lot, I was initially attracted to the first book because the cover is gorgeous!! Once I get through some of my TBR shelf I will purchase these and add them to the top of the list!

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

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Not only do I love Pierce Brown because he is really attractive and has a great personality but because I have heard amazing things about this series!! And lets be honest, those covers are eye candy. Once again, this series I don’t know a lot about but because they have a beautiful cover, a super hot writer and Piera Forde is always swooning about them on her Youtube channel!

*Shout out to Tashopolis for being lucky enough to get to hang out with Pierce Brown multiple times!

That’s my Books I’m Ashamed I Have Not Read blog tag! Hope you are not too disappointed in the popular books I have yet to read. Hope you enjoyed!

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

Hungry by H.A. Swain

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Publisher Synopsis

In the future, food is no longer necessary—until Thalia begins to feel something unfamiliar and uncomfortable. She’s hungry.

In Thalia’s world, there is no need for food—everyone takes medication (or “inocs”) to ward off hunger. It should mean there is no more famine, no more obesity, no more food-related illnesses, and no more war. At least that’s what her parents, who work for the company that developed the inocs, say. But when Thalia meets a boy who is part of an underground movement to bring food back, she realizes that most people live a life much different from hers. Worse, Thalia is starting to feel hunger, and so is he—the inocs aren’t working.

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The concept of this book immediately drew me in! A world where food isn’t needed?! What! I went into this books with high hopes and they were almost met! I loved the characters in this book, I thought they were well thought out and I could really connect to them and put myself in their shoes.

This book reminded me a lot of the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld, just because the world was very similar (high tech, dystopian, boy and girl rebel). The book did get a little bit odd towards the middle/end area with what the boys where having to do in the camp, but once I got past that I enjoyed the rest of the story until the end. The ending leads you to believe that there will be a second book but I have not found anything about H.A. Swain releasing a sequel for this series yet…but if she did I would read it!

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah