Top 10 Tuesday (14)

“Top Ten Tuesday” is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Every week they pick a topic for us to do a top 10 list for and this week’s topic is…

This one was a little harder because many of my favorite books are about zombies or set in a dystopian world. Neither of which I would like to be a part of, lol. 

As always, click on the book cover for a link to purchase the book and click on images to be taken to their source. I credit all art I find, but please message me asap if I have gotten the credit or link wrong so I can fix it or remove the image.

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Image from Pottermore

Hogwarts. This is probably going to be on 90% of people’s lists, but it’s definitely my #1 bookish setting I’d love to visit. Actually, can I just live there?


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Make love, not war... by Lensar
Credit: Lensar at Deviantart

Velaris – A Court of Thorns and Roses series. Post-war though… Yeah, I know the picture above isn’t actually Velaris, but it always reminds me of Velaris when I see it. 🙂


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300 Fox Way in The Raven Cycle series. Blue’s house is so hectic and chaotic. I couldn’t live there, but I’d love to visit and experience the chaos first hand. 


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Credit: Disney and Walden Media

Narnia. It was my first fantasy novel that I read so something about that place will always hold a special place in my heart. 


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unable to find artist to credit, but link takes you to the site the image was taken from

Atlantis. There are so many variations of Atlantis, so it’s hard to choose which one. I’ve always been intrigued by the original story of Atlantis in Timaeus and Critias and how the city came to fall, by Plato. 


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Credit: Marissa Meyer

The Lunar Chronicles Universe. I couldn’t pick just one setting here. I want to visit Scarlet’s farm, New Beijing, Luna, and the Rampion. The Lunar Chronicles remains one of my favorite series. 


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Antica. Preferably this would be post war as well, but the world building in Tower of Dawn made me fall in love with it. I want to go see the mountains and Ruks with Sartaq, the Torre Cesme with Yrene, and the beautiful Oasis with—well never-mind. Hasar was arrogant and self serving and I want nothing to do with her. #StillBitter


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Credit: The Hunger Games Wiki

The Capitol from The Hunger Games. I know it’s kind of crazy, and I definitely wouldn’t want to stay long. 


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Chicago in the Divergent series. Alright, so like above, I wouldn’t want to stay long, but I’d still like to visit. Actually, I really just want to do the zipline. 


Top 10 Tuesday (13)

“Top Ten Tuesday” is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Every week they pick a topic for us to do a top 10 list for and this week’s topic is…

Why this picture for the banner? Because it’s freaking adorable and silly, just like this week’s topic. I chose to go a different direction this week and showcase some of the craziest books that I have come across on Amazon.

some of them being recommended to me….Not quite sure how to feel about that 😂

As always, click on the book cover for a link to purchase the book.

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This might be one of my all time favorite suggestions I’ve ever gotten from Amazon. I chuckle every time I see it as a “suggested read” for me. 😹😹


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Who doesn’t love a little bit of kitty lit? They are basically like the grumpy little philosophers of our time. 


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Taking care of our bodies is really important, so it’s imperative to get daily exercise. What better way to achieve that than to dance the night away with your favorite little furry friend?


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I don’t want to leave the dog loving crafters out, so I found this little treasure for you! #YouAreWelcome


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Need to unwind after all that dancing and crafting? I bring you this educational resource that has the added benefit of relaxing by coloring these jerks.


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Well for anyone younger than me, this is probably just confusing since you probably have no idea who Coolio is, but for all the oldies out there like me: I bring you this gourmet cookbook.


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As we continue with our domestic Goddess (or God) theme, I bring you: Extreme Ironing. My husband would argue that me ironing in any capacity is extreme, as it is a rare occasion in our house, but in case you really want to kick it up a notch there is a book just for you!


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I’m not sure I can do much more justice about this book than this book synopsis can do:
“In this charming guide, “fairy hunter” Reginald Bakeley offers practical instructions to clear your home and garden of these unsettling inhabitants, and banish them from your chicken coop and kitchen cupboard forever!”


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This one is for all the dicks who are too lazy to bring shopping carts back to the cart corral. #ImJudgingYou


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To go along with the above, and also everyone could probably benefit from reading this one.


That’s it for this week’s list! Be sure to comment below with your link so I check yours out!

Thank you for taking the time to read my post!💓💓

Top 10 Tuesday (12)

“Top Ten Tuesday” is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Every week they pick a topic for us to do a top 10 list for and this week’s topic is…

I took this as books that just remind me of fall, whether because of the theme or just the nostalgic feeling I get when I think of the book. Brace yourselves for lots of books about witch trials, as they have always fascinated me! Some of the books I’m sure almost everyone will be familiar with, but for the ones maybe not as familiar I included a synopsis underneath.

As always, click on the book cover for a link to purchase the book. 

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Title: A Storm of Witchcraft
Author: Emerson W. Baker
Genre:  Non-Fiction, History

Beginning in January 1692, Salem Village in colonial Massachusetts witnessed the largest and most lethal outbreak of witchcraft in early America. Villagers–mainly young women–suffered from unseen torments that caused them to writhe, shriek, and contort their bodies, complaining of pins stuck into their flesh and of being haunted by specters. Believing that they suffered from assaults by an invisible spirit, the community began a hunt to track down those responsible for the demonic work. The resulting Salem Witch Trials, culminating in the execution of 19 villagers, persists as one of the most mysterious and fascinating events in American history.

Historians have speculated on a web of possible causes for the witchcraft that stated in Salem and spread across the region-religious crisis, ergot poisoning, an encephalitis outbreak, frontier war hysteria–but most agree that there was no single factor. Rather, as Emerson Baker illustrates in this seminal new work, Salem was “a perfect storm”: a unique convergence of conditions and events that produced something extraordinary throughout New England in 1692 and the following years, and which has haunted us ever since.

Baker shows how a range of factors in the Bay colony in the 1690s, including a new charter and government, a lethal frontier war, and religious and political conflicts, set the stage for the dramatic events in Salem. Engaging a range of perspectives, he looks at the key players in the outbreak–the accused witches and the people they allegedly bewitched, as well as the judges and government officials who prosecuted them–and wrestles with questions about why the Salem tragedy unfolded as it did, and why it has become an enduring legacy.

Salem in 1692 was a critical moment for the fading Puritan government of Massachusetts Bay, whose attempts to suppress the story of the trials and erase them from memory only fueled the popular imagination. Baker argues that the trials marked a turning point in colonial history from Puritan communalism to Yankee independence, from faith in collective conscience to skepticism toward moral governance. A brilliantly told tale, A Storm of Witchcraft also puts Salem’s storm into its broader context as a part of the ongoing narrative of American history and the history of the Atlantic World.


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Title: How to Hang a Witch
Author: Adriana Mather
Genre:  YA, Fiction, Fantasy

Salem, Massachusetts, is the site of the infamous witch trials and the new home of Samantha Mather. Recently transplanted from New York City, Sam and her stepmother are not exactly welcomed with open arms. Sam is the descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for those trials—and almost immediately, she becomes the enemy of a group of girls who call themselves the Descendants. And guess who their ancestors were?

If dealing with that weren’t enough, Sam also comes face to face with a real, live (well, technically dead) ghost. A handsome, angry ghost who wants Sam to stop touching his stuff. But soon Sam discovers she is at the center of a centuries-old curse affecting anyone with ties to the trials. Sam must come to terms with the ghost and find a way to work with the Descendants to stop a deadly cycle that has been going on since the first accused witch was hanged. If any town should have learned its lesson, it’s Salem. But history may be about to repeat itself.


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Title: The Salem Witch Trials: A Day-by-Day Chronicle of a Community Under Siege
Author:Marilynne K. Roach
Genre: Non-Fiction, History

Based on over twenty years of original archival research, this history unfolds a nearly day-by-day narrative of the Salem Witch Trials as the citizens of Salem experienced the outbreak of hysteria.


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Title: ‘Salem’s Lot
Author:  Stephen King
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Suspense

Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem’s Lot in hopes that exploring the history of the Marsten House, an old mansion long the subject of rumor and speculation, will help him cast out his personal devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods, and only one returns alive, Mears begins to realize that something sinister is at work—in fact, his hometown is under siege from forces of darkness far beyond his imagination. And only he, with a small group of allies, can hope to contain the evil that is growing within the borders of this small New England town.


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Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Illustrated
Author:  J.K Rowling (Illustrations by Jim Kay)
Genre:   Fantasy

This is one of the times where the book just makes me nostalgic for fall. I want to be in the Great Hall having a feast  with the rest of the Hogwarts students. 


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Title: Whispers in Autumn (The Last Year Book 1)
Author:  Trisha Leigh
Genre:   YA, Dystopian, Romance, Sci-Fi

In 2015, a race of alien Others conquered Earth. They enslaved humanity not by force, but through an aggressive mind control that turned people into contented, unquestioning robots.

Except sixteen-year-old Althea isn’t content at all, and she doesn’t need the mysterious note inside her locket to tell her she’s Something Else. It also warns her to trust no one, so she hides the pieces that make her different, even though it means being alone.

The autumn she meets Lucas, everything changes.

Althea and Lucas are immune to the alien mind control, and together they search for the reason why. What they uncover is a stunning truth the Others never anticipated, one with the potential to free the brainwashed human race.

It’s not who they are that makes them special, but what.

And what they are is a threat. One the Others are determined to eliminate for good.


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Title: Dracula
Author: Bram Stoker
Genre:  Horror, Fantasy

A junior solicitor travels to Transylvania to meet with an important client, the mysterious Count Dracula. Ignoring the dire warnings of local townsfolk, he allows himself to be seduced by the count’s courtly manners and erudite charm. Too late, the solicitor realizes that he is a prisoner of Castle Dracula, his guards a trio of voluptuous young women with sharp white teeth and a taste for blood.

Soon thereafter, the solicitor’s fiancée, Mina, visits a friend on the English coast. The town is full of speculation over a Russian ship run aground nearby, its crew missing, the dead body of its captain, crucifix in hand, lashed to the wheel. A giant dog was seen leaping from the deck before disappearing into the countryside. The ship’s cargo: fifty boxes of Transylvanian dirt. As the beautiful Mina will soon learn, Count Dracula has arrived.


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Title: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Author: Washington Irving
Genre:   Fantasy, Horror

North of New York City lies Sleepy Hollow, a secluded glen rumored to be the home of countless phantoms and specters. Chief among them is the Headless Horseman, the ghost of a Hessian soldier whose head was removed by a stray cannonball in the Revolutionary War. He rides across the glen each night and disappears in a flash of fire and brimstone at the bridge near the Old Dutch Burial Ground.

Ichabod Crane, a superstitious schoolteacher who recently arrived from Connecticut, wants to marry Katrina Van Tassel, the only child of a wealthy farmer. The locals spook him with story after story about the ghosts of Sleepy Hollow. Late one night, he spies a menacing figure at a crossroads. Worse yet, the man’s head appears to be on his saddle. Crane has only one chance to survive—he has to make it to the bridge before it’s too late.

I still think of the Sleepy Hollow animated movie and the above Ichabod every time I hear the story 😂


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Title: Edgar Allen Poe The Complete Collection Tales and Poems
Author: Edgar Allen Poe


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Title: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Author: Alvin Schwartz
Genre:   Children’s

Folklorist Alvin Schwartz offers up some of the most alarming tales of horror, dark revenge, and supernatural events of all time.

I’m an adult and still think of these stories around Halloween time!


Bonus:

Title: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Author: Charles M. Schulz (illustrated by Scott Jeralds)
Genre:  Children’s


See other people’s lists here!

Thanks for reading, tell me what was on your list or link it below so I can check it out!

Top 10 Tuesday (11)

“Top Ten Tuesday” is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Every week they pick a topic for us to do a top 10 list for and this week’s topic is…

This is my first Top 10 post since May! If you missed why I’ve been absent, see my post here. I’m really excited to be able to start posting again though, so here we go! I chose this top 10 (it was actually kind of a freebie) because the following books are what I think help shaped the things I am passionate about today. These are my pick of books I read from Middle School through College that taught me what I love (and don’t) about reading. 

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Title: The Giver
Author: Lois Lowry
Genre: Sci-Fi, Dystopia, YA/Children’s fiction

The Giver was the first dystopian novel I had ever read, and I was hooked. I recently bought the quartet but I haven’t gotten a chance to read the other three yet.  


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Title: Fahrenheit 451
Author: Ray Bradbury
Genre: Sci-Fi, Dystopia

The thought of a future where books would be banned and burned was horrifying to me as a young girl. I think I hoarded books for years after this because of my irrational (maybe not irrational) fear of losing the ability to read books. 


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Title: 1984
Author: George Orwell
Genre: Sci-Fi, Dystopia

I am actually re-reading this book now via audio-book. Orwell paints such a vivid and stark world that I love diving into. 


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Title:  The Handmaid’s Tale
Author:Margaret Atwood
Genre: Sci-Fi, Dystopia

As much as I enjoyed this book, I am actually enjoying the show on Hulu even more! The book itself got kind of tedious to me sometimes, but it’s on this list because it was my first taste in a world where women held less value than men. I was raised by a single dad who never forced traditional gender roles onto me because he simply didn’t have the luxury. He did all the cooking, cleaning, yard work, work on our cars, etc. He raised me to be a strong and independent woman who rarely took “no” for an answer, so The Handmaid’s Tale was shocking for my young and naive mind.  


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Title:  The Hobbit
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Genre: Fantasy

My 5th grade teacher handed me this book with the warning that “it might be too much for me to understand”. I took that as a challenge and devoured this book. It was my first fantasy novel and propelled me into the fantasy genre which I still enjoy today. 


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Title:  The Diary of a Young Girl
Author: Anne Frank
Genre: Non-Fiction, Historical, Memoirs

I remember being in high school and sobbing in my room after making it through this. I love learning about the Holocaust and reading about the terrors so many people had to endure, and am hoping someday to be able to visit the concentration camps and pay my respects in person. This book helped to teach me empathy and the resilience of humans. 


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Title:  The Art of War
Author: Sun Tzu
Genre: Non-Fiction, History, Military

This is a really short book and I recommend it to everyone. The Art of War is more than a strategic guide for War, but it is a philosophical guide to life. 


Okay, these last three books are a little different. I loathed being forced to read all three of these books and as a result steer away from both contemporary and historical fiction novels because of it. Get your pitchforks ready because I’m about to make a few people upset ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ #sorrynotsorry

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Title:  The Great Gatsby
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Genre: Literary Fiction


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Title:  Pride and Prejudice
Author: Jane Austen
Genre: Literary Fiction


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Title:  The Scarlet Letter
Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
Genre: Literary Fiction


Honorable Mentions: Books I never read in school but everyone else did.

I have no idea how I passed over these books, but they never came up in my curriculum. Maybe eventually I will go back to read them. 


See other people’s lists here!

Top Ten Tuesday (10)

“Top Ten Tuesday” is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Every week they pick a topic for us to do a top 10 list for and this week’s topic is…

Last week I did a post for summer releases I was most excited for. I was going to include some from my summer list, but TBH there are so many books I’m excited for that I didn’t even need to 🙂 These will be in order of release date. I will include the descriptions of only books that are either standalones or the first in a series, as to avoid spoilers. Click on the title or the cover for a link to Amazon. 

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Title: Godsgrave: Book 2 of the Nevernight Chronicle
Author: Jay Kristoff
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Steampunk

Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle, #2)


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Title: Girls Made of Snow and Glass
Author: Melissa Bashardoust
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Genre: Fantasy, Retellings (Snow White)

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by [Bashardoust, Melissa]

At sixteen, Mina’s mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone—has never beat at all, in fact, but she’d always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the king’s heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that she’ll have to become a stepmother.

Fifteen-year-old Lynet looks just like her late mother, and one day she discovers why: a magician created her out of snow in the dead queen’s image, at her father’s order. But despite being the dead queen made flesh, Lynet would rather be like her fierce and regal stepmother, Mina. She gets her wish when her father makes Lynet queen of the southern territories, displacing Mina. Now Mina is starting to look at Lynet with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to do—and who to be—to win back the only mother she’s ever known…or else defeat her once and for all.

Entwining the stories of both Lynet and Mina in the past and present, Girls Made of Snow and Glass traces the relationship of two young women doomed to be rivals from the start. Only one can win all, while the other must lose everything—unless both can find a way to reshape themselves and their story.”


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Title: Tower of Dawn
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Genre: Fantasy

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass) by [Maas, Sarah J.]

SO impatiently waiting for this one. I can’t wait to see the cover!


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Title: Before She Ignites
Author: Jodi Meadows
Release Date: September 12, 2017
Genre: YA Fantasy

Before She Ignites (Fallen Isles) by [Meadows, Jodi]

Mira has always been a symbol of hope for the Fallen Isles, perfect and beautiful—or at least that’s how she’s forced to appear. But when she uncovers a dangerous secret, Mira is betrayed by those closest to her and sentenced to the deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles. 

Except Mira is over being a pawn. As she fights to survive and guards the secret she’d die to protect, Mira must find her inner fire, sparks of romance, and the scorching truth about her own endangered magic—before her very world collapses.

And that’s all before she ignites.”


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Title: Warcross
Author: Marie Lu
Release Date: September 12, 2017
Genre: YA Sci-Fi

Warcross by [Lu, Marie]

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty-hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. To make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.”


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Title: The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Illustrator: Sara Kipin
Release Date: September 26, 2017
Genre: YA Retellings, Fantasy

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by [Bardugo, Leigh]

Enter the Grishaverse…

Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times-bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales and six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.”


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Title: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress) 
Author: Julie C. Dao
Release Date: October 10, 2017
Genre: YA Fantasy, Retellings (The Evil Queen)

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress) by [Dao, Julie C.]

Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her.

Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high? Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins–sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.”


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Title: All the Crooked Saints
Author:  Maggie Stiefvater
Release Date: October 10, 2017
Genre: YA Fantasy

All the Crooked Saints by [Stiefvater, Maggie]

Here is a thing everyone wants:
A miracle.

Here is a thing everyone fears:
What it takes to get one.

Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars.

At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future: Beatriz, the girl without feelings, who wants only to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro, who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who spends his nights running a renegade radio station under the name Diablo Diablo.

They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect.”


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Title: Beasts Made of Night
Author: Tochi Onyebuchi
Release Date: October 31, 2017
Genre: YA Fantasy

Beasts Made of Night by [Onyebuchi, Tochi]

In the walled city of Kos, corrupt mages can magically call forth sin from a sinner in the form of sin-beasts – lethal creatures spawned from feelings of guilt.

Taj is the most talented of the aki, young sin-eaters indentured by the mages to slay the sin-beasts. But Taj’s livelihood comes at a terrible cost. When he kills a sin-beast, a tattoo of the beast appears on his skin while the guilt of committing the sin appears on his mind. Most aki are driven mad by the process, but 17-year-old Taj is cocky and desperate to provide for his family.

When Taj is called to eat a sin of a royal, he’s suddenly thrust into the center of a dark conspiracy to destroy Kos. Now Taj must fight to save the princess that he loves – and his own life.  


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Title: Renegades
Author: Marissa Meyer
Release Date: November 7, 2017
Genre: YA, Sci-fi, Superheroes

Renegades by [Meyer, Marissa]

Secret Identities.
Extraordinary Powers.
She wants vengeance. He wants justice. 

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.”


What are you most excited for?

Thanks for reading! 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday (9)

“Top Ten Tuesday” is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

I just did a summer reads post last Wednesday (check it here), so for my summer reads freebie for Top Ten Tuesday I picked my top 10 most anticipated releases of the summer (June-Aug).  There might be a few overlapping with the above mentioned post. These will be in order of release date. I will include the descriptions of only books that are either standalones or the first in a series, as to avoid spoilers. Click on the title or the cover for a link to Amazon. 

“Chanda Reads Books” is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. This is at no cost to the readers of this blog.


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Title: Lightness Falling
Author: Stacey Marie Brown
Release Date: June 1, 2017
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

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I just did the cover reveal for this book today on my blog! —>click here to go to the post!

The link to buy isn’t available yet, but click here to get the first book in the series for only $0.99!


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Title: Dividing Eden
Author: Joelle Charbonneau
Release Date: June 3, 2017
Genre: YA Fantasy

Dividing Eden by [Charbonneau, Joelle]

Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure.

But appearances—and rivals—can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no longer clear. With a ruling council scheming to gain power, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option—to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom.

As sister and brother, Carys and Andreus have always kept each other safe—from their secrets, from the court, and from the monsters lurking in the mountains beyond the kingdom’s wall. But the Trial of Succession will test the bonds of trust and family.

With their country and their hearts divided, Carys and Andreus will discover exactly what each will do to win the crown. How long before suspicion takes hold and the thirst for power leads to the ultimate betrayal?”


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Title: The Darkest Promise
Author: Gena Showalter
Release Date: June 13, 2017
Genre: Paranormal Romance

The Darkest Promise: A Dark, Demonic Paranormal Romance (Lords of the Underworld) by [Showalter, Gena]

This is the 13th full length LOTU novel. These books brought me back from a 5 year year slump and I’m obsessed!


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Title: Roar
Author: Cora Carmack
Release Date: June 13, 2017
Genre: YA Fantasy

Roar by [Carmack, Cora]

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.
She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.


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Title: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
Author: Mackenzi Lee
Release Date: June 27, 2017
Genre: YA, Historical Fiction

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by [Lee, Mackenzi]

Henry “Monty” Montague doesn’t care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

So Monty vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.


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Title: Mordacious #2 (Unknown Title)
Author: Sarah Lyons Fleming
Release Date: June ?, 2017
Genre: Dystopian, Zombies

I don’t even have a cover for this one because it hasn’t bee released yet 🙁 But I’m so excited for this book! Sarah Lyons Fleming is amazing, but she’s an indie author so sometimes deadlines aren’t as fixed as author’s with huge publishers.

Click here to see my review on her first book of this series. 


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Title: The Last Magician
Author: Lisa Maxwell
Release Date: July 18, 2017
Genre: YA Fantasy

The Last Magician by [Maxwell, Lisa]

Stop the Magician.
Steal the book.
Save the future.

In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.


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Title: The Secret History of Us
Author: Jessi Kirby
Release Date: August 1, 2017
Genre: Contemporary YA

The Secret History of Us by [Kirby, Jessi]

Contemporary YA is not usually a genre I seek out, but this book sounds too good to pass up. 

When Olivia awakes in a hospital bed following a near-fatal car accident, she can’t remember how she got there. She figures it’s because she was in a coma for a week, but as time goes on, she realizes she’s lost more than just the last week of her life—she’s lost all memory of events that happened years ago. Gone is any recollection of starting or graduating high school; the prom; or her steady boyfriend Matt. Trying to figure out who she is feels impossible when everyone keeps telling her who she was.

As Liv tries to sort out her family and friends’ perceptions of her, the one person she hasn’t heard enough from is Walker, the guy who saved her the night her car was knocked off that bridge into the bay below. Walker is the hardened boy who’s been keeping his distance and the one person that has made Liv feel like her old self…whoever that is. With feelings growing for Walker, tensions rising with Matt, and secrets she can’t help but feel are being kept from her, Olivia must find her place in a life she doesn’t remember living.”


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Title: Zero Repeat Forever (The Nahx Invasions Book 1)
Author: G. S. Prendergast
Release Date: August 29, 2017
Genre: YA Fantasy

Zero Repeat Forever (The Nahx Invasions Book 1) by [Prendergast, G. S.]

He has no voice or name, only a rank, Eighth. He doesn’t know the details of the mission, only the directives that hum in his mind.
Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall.
His job is to protect his Offside. Let her do the shooting.
Until a human kills her…

Sixteen-year-old Raven is at summer camp when the terrifying armored Nahx invade. Isolated in the wilderness, Raven and her fellow campers can only stay put. Await rescue. Raven doesn’t like feeling helpless, but what choice does she have?

Then a Nahx kills her boyfriend.

Thrown together in a violent, unfamiliar world, Eighth and Raven should feel only hate and fear. But when Raven is injured, and Eighth deserts his unit, their survival comes to depend on trusting each other…”


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Title: Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons Series)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Release Date: August 27, 2017
Genre: YA Fantasy

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons Series) by [Bardugo, Leigh]

She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.”


There’s my list! what did you choose for the freebie? Make sure you provide your link so I can check it out!

Top Ten Tuesday (7)

“Top Ten Tuesday” is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

It’s been a while since I did one of these because either I couldn’t connect with the topic or I was just too busy! The next few weeks look really good though so I’m hoping to be able to find time to participate. 

The topic this week is….

Brace yourselves – you’re about to get spammed with some of my Insta posts. I think pictures can speak better for me than words. 🙂


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Space! I’m pretty obsessed with space and sci-fi right now. Read my reviews on Defy the Stars and Illuminae if you’re interested. 🙂

 


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Kick-ass females. I’m reading Flame in the Mist right now and looooving it. I can’t wait to finish and share my review! Other favorite strong girls: Katniss, Cealena and Zoey (Collector Series, read my review here).


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Angels! I loved Penryn and the End of Days (except the end, that was just meh for me). I’ve read so many books about angels, and I don’t even care if they don’t get great reviews. I’m still probably going to read them, lol.


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Friendship. I think The Lunar Chronicles are a a great representation of this. 


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Greek Gods/Goddesses. The tale of Persephone and Hades is my favorite, but anything Greek Gods and I’m down. The paranormal Romance series Lords of the Underworld is a great place to start if you are looking!


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Fae. All of them. lol My favorite Fantasy series is ACOTAR/ACOMAF (ONLY 2 MORE WEEKS UNTIL ACOWAR Y’all!!!) My second favorite fantasy series is called the Collector series by Stacey Marie Brown. I mentioned it above, but I’m going to link my review again here. It’s so good! It’s a Fae/Urban Fantasy NEW ADULT (Sex and language, but no more sexy than ACOMAF was). 


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Beta Males. This is a new one for me, but Beta Males are totally my thing. Every once in a while I like a good Alpha male book, but those sweet Betas get me. 😍😍😍 If you are in the mood for one, check out Archer’s Voice. UGH SO GOOD. (Review on Goodreads here). 


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Anything Beauty and the Beast Related (See caption under Insta post to see reasons why).


.9.

Actually…..anything fairy tale retelling related, lol. 


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A great romance. I’m such a romantic person, so it had to make this list. 🙂 Slow burns are my favorite(*cough* See the Collector series mentioned in numbers 2 and 6*cough*), but I can get into insta-love if done right. What I don’t do – love triangles. More on that next week though 😉 


What about you? Link your lists in the comments so I can visit your page! 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday (6)

“Top Ten Tuesday” is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

They were on hiatus for a few weeks and gave the option of freebies, but I was too mentally exhausted the last several weeks so I chose to go on hiatus as well.  The topic this week is….

These are in no particular order, well- except the first one. I’m actually contemplating taking the day off work to read it when it’s released. 

Top Ten Tuesday (5)

“Top Ten Tuesday” is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they choose a different topic, and this week’s topic is…..

I thought this was going to be a harder post than it was. Once I started going through my GR “read” list I ended up with a list of 7 books I liked more than I thought I would and 8 that I liked less than I expected. I narrowed it down to the top 5 for each. 



Books I liked more than I thought I would:


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The Martian by Any Weir

This is not my typical genre, but it was gaining a lot of hype a couple years ago. I wanted to read it before the movie came out though so I picked it up on Audio. I was so surprised at how much I loved the book. It was narrated by RC Bray, and I don’t think I would have enjoyed it so much without his voice. His dry tone was perfect for the humor in the book, where his deep notes exhibited the sadness and sorrow Mark felt while living alone for years on a deserted planet. I would absolutely read/listen to this again. 


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Sanctum by Sarah Fine

I had never heard of Sarah Fine before this book, but it was free on Kindle Unlimited so I thought, why not. Sanctum is the first book in the Guards of the Shadowlands series. I loved this series. Trigger warning though — It’s dark and deals with topics such as suicide and the concept of Heaven and Hell. I highly recommend this series, and if you have Kindle Unlimited you have nothing to lose!

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer

I had really high expectations for this book after reading The Lunar Chronicles, but I also had reservations. We know how it ends based on Alice in Wonderland. I will tell  you, I’m an HEA person; I typically loathe books without one. Heartless surprised me though and while it ended the way I knew it would, the journey there was beautiful. I don’t know that I would read it again, however. My heart can only take so much, lol.

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Click here for my review on it!


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Partials by Dan Wells

I didn’t go into Partials with any expectations, as Dan Wells is another author I was unfamiliar with. Wells is really great at world building and I was drawn in almost immediately. The protagonist is multi-dimensional, and although it plays on the “one teenage girl has the only power to save the world” trope, it is done very well. 


.5.

The Selection by Kiera Cass

This is typically a hit or miss book for people. I really enjoyed it, but I also went in with the expectation that it was going to be frilly and fluffy and not much substance. While it is a lighter read, I liked it a lot more than I thought I would. 



Books I liked less than I thought I would:


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Mechanic by Alexa Riley

This is honestly the worst book I’ve ever read. I judged it by it’s beautiful cover, but wow. It’s awful. I won’t go into on this post, but my review is here if you are interested in reading more about why I hated it so much. I think it’s also free on Kindle Unlimited right now, so if you are a masochist you can still check it out without risking more than your time. 


.2.

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

I read the first three books, but this one just couldn’t draw me in. Then I tried picking it back up several times over the period of a couple months, but no. I think the draaaaaaama was just too much. It’s a pity, I enjoyed the series until this book.

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The Glass Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

I wouldn’t say I loved the first book, but it was decent enough to start reading the second. I couldn’t get into this one though. Ceony annoyed me to no end. SHE NEVER LISTENS TO ANYONE. She got people killed or hurt because she was too big of a moron to admit when EXPERT MAGICIANS knew more about magic than her, an apprentice. I couldn’t even finish the book because I couldn’t deal with her arrogance or stupidity for one more second. 

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Up side, this is another book on Kindle Unlimited so it didn’t cost me anything more than the time I wasted reading it. 


.4.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

I didn’t hate this book, but it was just meh for me. My expectations were high because of all the rave reviews, but I couldn’t connect with the characters and it fell flat for me. 


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Covet by J.R. Ward

This is another book I had high expectations for because it was recommended by several friends. I honestly didn’t care about any of the characters and I didn’t like the chemistry between the main male and female. meh. 


Sorry if I didn’t like one of your favs! 😀 

Do you have any on your TTT list that are on mine? Include your TTT list below so I can check yours out. I’m always on the prowl for more books to add to my ever growing TBR list. 

Top Ten Tuesday (4)

“Top Ten Tuesday” is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they choose a different topic, and this week’s topic is…..

Well, actually the topic was “Top Ten Books I Wish Had (More/Less) X In Them”, and a suggestion was kissing. I decided to take it a step further and encompass all romance in. I know this is not everyone’s thing, so feel free to skip this post if sappy isn’t your style. I love a good swoony romance in a book because I am a hopeless romantic. Some of these may be the first book in a series where it gets a little more “romancey” further on, but shhhhhh… no spoilers 😉 And some of these books might have some romance in them already, but they don’t quite quench my need for more, lol