Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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Publisher Synopsis

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Welcome to Weep.

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As most of the books I have been reading lately I picked this up because I heard so much about it. Most of it was other bloggers or book tubers raving about Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. Now this was the first Laini Taylor book that I have read so I was super excited! However, I was highly disappointed. The beginning was SO slow and boring. I think that the concept of the book is really awesome, there is so much description and the world is well constructed, but I just couldn’t connect to the characters. I did not care what happened to them.

The last few chapters of the book, when a certain someone dies, I did not even care about the death. It didn’t make me feel anything for the characters and the story line. I gave this book 2 our of 5 stars. I have the second book on my Goodreads list but I am thinking I probably wont be reading.

I might try another Laini Taylor book, but I am still debating it!

Happy Reading!!

xoxoSarah

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Faerie Moon by Matt Mark & Francesca Tedesco

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Eighteen-year-old private investigator Veronica Dye is only trying to make some quick cash when she agrees to take on a seemingly routine missing person case. But when her client turns out to be a fugitive from the kingdom of the faerie, Veronica must use all of her wits to survive the night of the faerie moon.
After a bungled investigation leaves her desperate to recover lost wages, Veronica believes her prayers have been answered when a handsome young man dressed in outlandish, outdated clothing and seemingly unacquainted with contemporary customs appears in the offices of Dye Investigations seeking help. Sebastian Avery, though, is an enigma. A human being reared in the realm of the faerie, he is a man without an identity. Stolen from his crib as a baby, he has lived eighteen years as a servant in the faerie realm, a minstrel satisfying the faeries’ craving for human emotions with melancholy songs that express a longing for his lost life. When he takes the daring leap through the mystical barrier that separates the faerie realm from Earth, Sebastian arrives a stranger in a home he has never known. To retrieve his lost life, he must locate his double, the evil changeling that was left in his crib in his place. Yet he has only hours to accomplish his mission for at midnight, beneath the intense glow of the unnaturally large faerie moon, the faeries will be able to cross the enchanted barrier and will come to take him back.

When Sebastian is recaptured following an unsuccessful skirmish with the changeling, Veronica must make the perilous journey across the faerie realm to rescue him. Yet even if she can overcome the beast that plagues that enchanted land and outwit the diabolical faerie queen, she must still defeat the changeling if she is to save Sebastian’s life.

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**Thank you to the publisher/author for sending me an ARC copy for review**

Ok. So I will start off by saying that I did enjoy this book. However, the cover is just horrendous. I don’t know who’s idea it was to put this story to this cover but they should be fired. I very much judge a book by the cover when I am looking for my next read and had I not been sent this book then I would have never picked it up…because of the cover. Delving into the story line, it was OK, I read it pretty quick, but it was a little over 230 pages. I think that the author’s are on the right path, but I think that they could have written a lot more. There was a lot in the book that wasn’t explained, and there was a lot of detail that was left out and could have been put into the book. I would recommend this book if you life fantasy and faerie themed stories. But don’t expect too much from Faerie Moon, I hate too say that but it’s true. 2 out of 5 stars from me.

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

My Classics!

Anyone a bibliophile? I AM! I absolutely love literary classics. I have been building my collection of new classic design books that Barnes & Noble carries for about six months now. THEY ARE SO PRETTY!

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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Seven Novels by Jane Austen

Beauty and the Beast & Other Classic Fairy Tales

A Treasury of Irish Fairy and Folk Tales

Charlotte’s Web and Other Illustrated Classics

The Assassins Blade by Sarah J. Maas

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Publisher Synopsis

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.

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**SPOILERS ALERT**

Hello readers! Let me just start off today’s blog post by sta-OH MY GOSH THIS BOOK RIPPED MY HEART OUT, SPIT ON IT AND THEN STUFFED IT BACK IN!!!!

Let me take a breath and calm down for a second…okay so to start off. I made the choice of reading The Assassins Blade after reading the first six books of the Throne of Glass series and I don’t regret that at all; this is why I don’t regret doing this…because I could fully invest myself in the beauty that is Sam Cortland. I feel like if I had read this book when it was meant to be read, closer too the middle of the series, than I would have been too wrapped up in my other “bookish boyfriends” of this fantastic series…such as Dorian, Chaol or Rowan. However, by reading this book after the sixth book, I was able to commit my entire love and literary imagination to Sam and his character…and the horrible things that happened to him in the end that resulted in his gruesome death. Of all the horrible things that have happened to Aelin (Celaena), including the final scene in Empire of Storms when Queen Maeve takes Aelin-the way she was taken was cruel-I now feel, after reading The Assassins Blade-that Sam’s death and the gruesome, cruel way he died is the worst thing to happen to her; and to readers of Miss Maas’s series.

Before reading this book of the series, I had yet to feel sick to my stomach and on the verge of tears, but after knowing how Sam died in that horrible way, I just did not want to continue reading this book because I was afraid to feel the loss, as a reader, when he died; I wasn’t disappointed. I explained in an update on Goodreads, when I was around page 390, that as I crept closer and closer to the scene were Sam died I started to slow down on my reading of the book and took my time when I was reading…I just didn’t want to have him ripped from my readers character heart.

I say kudos to Celaena for even being able to live on and fight after a grotesque death like Sam’s. If you think this book doesn’t enhance the Throne of Glass series then you are SO WRONG, The Assassings Blade adds to much to the series as a whole. Read it. Read it now.

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

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

The Super Dystopian Book Haul!

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Helllllo! Today I have a super high fantasy/dystopian/scifi book haul! Some of these books I got last month but most of them I got with in the last week. I JUST got Salt to the Sea fresh off the mail truck and I can’t WAIT to read it! The reviews that I have read and watched on Youtube look and sound really fantastic. I feel like it’s going to be a lot different read than what I usually go for and I am looking forward to that. I also have to say that I was lucky enough to get a signed copy of Kings Cage by Victoria Aveyard…winning!! Here are the previews of each book!

Starfall by Melissa Landers

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.

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies…and war. As thousands of desperate refugees flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom.
Yet not all promises can be kept.

Kings Cage by Victoria Aveyard

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.

The Rose Society by Marie Lu

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.

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

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.

A Court of Thrones and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world. As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang

I should not exist. But I do.

Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else—two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren’t they settling? Why isn’t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn’t . . .

Soul’s Gate by James L. Rubart

What if you could travel inside another person’s soul? To battle for them. To be part of Jesus healing their deepest wounds. To help set them free to step boldly into their divinely designed future. Thirty years ago that’s exactly what Reece Roth did. Until tragedy shattered his life and ripped away his future.

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah