Bad Bloods: November Rain by Shannon A. Thompson

Bad Bloods: November Rain by Shannon A. ThompsonNovember Rain (Bad Bloods, #1) by Shannon A. Thompson
Format: Audio
Narrator: Jonathan Johns
Series: Bad Bloods,
Published by Clean Teen Publishing on July 18th 2016
Genres: YA, Dystopian, Fantasy
Source: Audible
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Seventeen-year-old Serena isn’t human. She is a bad blood, and in the city of Vendona, bad bloods are executed. In the last moments before she faces imminent death, a prison guard aids her escape and sparks a revolt. Back on the streets determined to destroy her kind, Serena is spared by a fellow bad blood named Daniel. His past tragedies are as equally mysterious as her connection to them.

Unbeknownst to the two, this connection is the key to winning the election for bad bloods’ rights to be seen as human again. But Serena is the only one who can secure Vendona’s vote. Now, Daniel must unite with her before all hope is lost and bad bloods are eradicated, even if it means exposing secrets worse than death itself. United or not, a city will fight, rain will fall, and all will be threatened by star-crossed love and political corruption.

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Review of the story:

November Rain starts off with a bang, as Serena, our main female protagonist, is being marched to her own death. A stranger sets a plan in motion for Serena to escape and she becomes the first person to ever escape this particular “Bad Blood” camp. a Bad Blood is someone who has undergone a mutation that gives them superhuman abilities (similar to X-men). The society in which this is set does not recognize Bad Blood as being equal and therefore seeks to find and eradicate all of them. 

The story is full of action while still leaving room for character development and a steady story-line progression. November Rain is told from the POV of Serena and Daniel, another Bad Blood. The book is actually set over a period of only 8 -9 days, but the multiple POVs keep the story moving. 

If you are looking for a clean YA book that has lots of action, a great story, strong and loyal characters, and is a quick read – I recommend picking up November Rain. 

Review of the audio:

Johnathon Johns does a great job transitioning between Serena and Daniel’s POV without making it seem jumpy or disjointed. He has a smooth cadence that was truly enjoyable to listen to. 

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Giveaway!

November Rain Giveaway: Clean Teen Publishing Mystery Box


Author Interview

 

  • Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook.

My favorite (and first) part about turning Bad Bloods into an audiobook was discussing my book with the narrator, Jonathan Johns. I let him know some exclusive behind-the-scenes info that never made it into the book but was essential to understanding the characters. He was really receptive to it, and he truly understood what each person and scene represented. After he recorded, I listened to each scene and provided more notes. Then he recorded more, and now, we have an audiobook!

  • Do you believe certain types of writing translate better into audiobook format?

Yes, I think it’s absolutely possible—not to mention that there are readers who NEED audiobooks in order to access novels and other pieces of text, so audiobooks are extremely important.   

  • Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?

Yes and no. I always loved the idea of an audiobook, but I didn’t let it change my writing style. However, I always read all of my books out loud in the last editing phase to check the sound and overall flow, so that’s very similar. Sound is important.

  • How did you select your narrator?

My publisher sent me a few auditions, but Jonathan Johns stuck out the moment I heard his voice. He captured both the dark essence of the story and the characters’ individual voices. From the beginning, I felt as if he understood it more than anyone else, and he truly brought it to life.

  • How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process? Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters?

Yes! I provided pronounciation for any words or names that might be difficult, but I definitely gave him insight into each character. Bad Bloods is very character heavy (and a character-driven story), and it was important to me that they were distinguishable and matched what I pictured when writing. He learned facts that will never even make it into the series. Why? Because those details often shape characters, but they might also be unseen details. I needed to know those details to create the prose, so I thought Jonathan would need to know them in order to create the audio. He absolutely nailed it!

  • Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?

I think there is truth in all types of writing, including fantasy. For me, I originally wrote this book shortly after my mother died very suddenly. I was eleven, so I had a lot of anger and depression and confusion about how terrible things can happen to very young people. Those feelings are scattered throughout Bad Bloods, and to this day, Bad Bloods still feels like the closest books to my heart—probably because writing these books saved me when I was young.  

  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?

I get burnt out all the time! I try not to, but I work full time (and often overtime). Writing books while working full time is hard, especially when you’re on a deadline, so I absolutely get burnt out. But I never lose my enthusiasm. No matter how difficult life gets, I always love writing, and I try to keep that in mind when I’m feeling down.  

  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?

Actually (eek), I’m not. I have a difficult time remembering anything when it’s in audio format. Even when I was a kid, I struggled to learn from lectures. I’ve always taught myself by reading materials. (Maybe my dad was right when he said I was a bad listener. Ha!) But I’m so glad it exists for those who need and love audiobooks.

  • Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format?

Jonathan Johns added some sound effects (wheezing, sighing, breathing) that helped bring the dialogue alive in very particular spots. I loved it!

  • If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go?

YES. I would love to see the Amarna Period in Ancient Egypt, mainly because my soul is submerged in that time period for research right now. But there are lots of places I’d love to see. The future would be neat, too!


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Rimrider by L.A. Kelley Book Tour

Rimrider by L.A. Kelley Book TourRimrider by L.A. Kelley
Format: Audio
Narrator: Cassandra Richardson
Series: Rimrider Adventures,
on Aug. 22, 2017
Genres: YA, Science Fiction
Source: Audible
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Orphan, pirate, spy.

Awakened by her father, teenager Jane Benedict is ordered to memorize a mysterious code. Hours later, Mathias Benedict is dead and Jane and her brother, Will, are wards of United Earth Corporation. To evade the company's murderous clutches and uncover the meaning of her father's last message, Jane leads Will on a desperate escape across the galaxy aboard the Freetrader smuggler ship, Solar Vortex. Tangled in the crew's fight for freedom, Jane saves the life of young smuggler, Mac Sawyer, and learns her father's code identifies a secret cargo shipment. The trail leads to the planet Rimrock and the massive prison complex of Golgotha. Undercover as a spy, Jane stumbles into a conspiracy that can spell doom for the entire Freetrader cause and the extinction of an alien race. Can she escape the prison confines and deliver a warning before it's too late?

Piracy, intrigue, romance, space battles, and a daring rebellion from Earth wait on the galactic rim. Will Jane answer the call to adventure and find new purpose, or is death for high treason her fate?

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Review of the story:

Rimrider is about a young girl (Jane) and her little brother (Will) who have become orphans within the first chapter of the book and their fight for survival and what family means for them. Jane and Will escape their parent’s killers (the government) by boarding a space ship and getting involved with space pirates, rebels, and spies. 

This book was difficult for me to get in to until about 20%. I think part of the reason is because I couldn’t connect with Jane. She is very young, and quite immature for the YA genre of heroines. Now, I will say that sometimes I forget how young YA heroines are because so much seems to get piled on them and they are often thrown into very adult situations, but Jane was hard to like in general . Her disposition was a little whiny and she lacked emotion for things like her father’s death. She does seem to grow up quickly though and becomes decidedly more likable as the book progresses. 

With that being said, I did enjoy the book about 20% in and after. The world building was interesting, but not confusing and so big as to distract from the story. Secondary characters really held their own (Gem is the best) and the plot of the book was interesting and fun to read, albeit a little predictable at times. The book ends by setting up for the next book, but with no major cliffhangers. I would rate the story 3.5/5 stars. 

Review of the audio:

I’ve never listened to any of Cassandra Richardson’s narrations before, but I think she did a pretty good performance. Her characters were easy to distinguish from one another and her male voices were believable. I will say, sometimes her voice for Jane got a little whiny, but honestly that could have been intentional. I needed to keep reminding myself that Jane was a sheltered 15-16 year old who would likely have reason to be whiny sometimes, so it wasn’t really a mark against the actual narration. Overall the narration itself was 4/5 stars. 

Next Books in the series

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The Glitch by Ramona Finn- Audiobook Tour

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I have decided to start participating in book review tours so you will see several of them pop up on my blog this month! There is a giveaway for this tour located at the bottom of the page 😉 I hope you enjoy!

Title: The Glitch
Author: Ramona Finn
Genre: YA, Dystopian, Sci-Fi
Format: Audio
Narrator: Genevieve Kaplan
Description
(Source: Amazon):

The Glitch (The Glitches, #1)On the brink of extinction, being human means more than just surviving. 

In Lib’s world, it’s dangerous to deviate from the norm. In fact, for someone who doesn’t live up to the Artificial Intelligence’s standards, it’s practically a death sentence. Lib learns this the hard way when she wakes up in a barren wasteland, with her memories erased, and only one thought lodged in her mind:

“It’s all my fault.”

Lib is a Glitch—an imperfect human component of the utopian world called the Norm. Now she’s thrown out, Lib will be forced to team up with another Glitch, Raj, and the mysterious Rogue Wolf and his clan to survive. Wolf only cares about the survival of his group, but Raj thinks they can hack the A.I. and change the Norm for the better.

Now, Lib will have to decide which path to choose—whether to go with striking loner Raj or stay with Wolf and his tight-knit group. Her heart is drawn to both, but she’s carrying a deadly secret that could jeopardize them all. Will she be able to save her newfound family and stop the A.I. before it’s too late? “


Review of the story:

The Glitch starts off by immediately throwing readers into a whirlwind of action. Our female protagonist (Lib) wakes up in a desert and remembers nothing- and I mean, nothing. Not her name, age, what she looks like, or even basic words at first. Over the course of the book Lib starts to have fleeting memories about who she may have been and her “purpose”, but it’s not until the end where we start to get big answers. 

After Lib wakes up she notices another girl in trouble and instinctively saves her life. The girl (Skye)  brings Lib to a group of people surviving outside the “Norm” (where Lib learns she was cast out from). The group of people is called a Clan and is comprised of Glitches like Lib, and Rouges – people born outside the Norm. It take a little bit longer than I would have liked to get an explanation to what a Glitch actually is, and this starts to enter spoiler territory so I won’t go into it too much. I can say however, that Glitches are people who used to live inside the norm but were tossed out due to the AI who runs the norm deeming them as malfunctioned. 

As the story progresses we see Lib struggle to gain the trust of her newfound friends and start to uncover truths about the Norm, the AI, herself, and the world. There is a little romance, but it definitely doesn’t overpower the main story-line.

The Clan reminds me of the Grounders from the show The 100. The harsh language, the lack of technology, and the reliance on folk-like traditions showed similarities to that group. If you like that aspect of the show, I think you will love the world that Finn has built outside of the Norm. 

My only complaint about the book is the lack of character development. I am very much a plot driven type of reader, so the action in this book was appealing to me. I do think however, it could have been slowed down a little for more character development. This would have allowed for more emotional connection not just to the protagonist, but also to the supporting characters that die throughout the book. 

Review of the audio:

Genevieve Kaplan does an okay job at narrating the book. There were times where I felt like she rushed the words and I thought I was listening at 1.25x speed, but she would usually even herself back out within a few minutes.  Her character voices were distinctive and I never had a hard time trying to decipher who was speaking. 

Rating:

    

Final Thoughts:
– Overall, the book was pretty good and I would recommend it to anyone interested in dystopian sci-fi. I will continue the series to see what happens to the group. 
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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Ramona Finn. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.


 

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Title: The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Format: Audio
Narrators: Will Patton
Description
(Source: Amazon):
The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, Book 1) by [Stiefvater, Maggie]

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.

His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.”


Review:
There has been a lot of hype about this series, which is why I think I was reluctant to start them, and the synopsis didn’t really appeal to me either so I kept putting it off. I ended up getting the audio from my library because it was available and I’m on the wait list for a few other things.

From the very first chapter something about this book ensnared me.  I absolutely adored this book, but I still don’t even know how to put into into words why. The writing is beautiful, the story is interesting and surprising, and the characters are well developed and complex, but I’ve read plenty of books this year that share those same characteristics. This book had a little something extra that had me feeling addicted – just one more chapter. I’d take the long way home so I can just get a few more minutes. Yesterday while listening I even moved a restoration project up (one of my hobbies is restoring antique furniture) so I could work on it while listening to this book. It had that “it factor” that kept calling me back. I had just finished ACOWAR and had a bit of a book hangover from that, which makes me even more surprised at how much I loved The Raven Boys. 

I’m not going to give away anything from the plot because I think it’s better to go in not knowing what the book is really about and without getting any of the twists hinted at. 

Review of the audio:

At first, I though Will Patton kind of sounded like Donald Trump – which had me initially:

Within the first chapter though I thought maybe I was mistaken because I didn’t notice it anymore so I was surprised that my husband commented “that guy sounds just like Trump” when he walked into the room and I had the book on speaker. Don’t let it deter you though because it seriously vanished for me as he began getting into the story more.

His southern accents were great. I’ve found that some voice actors/narrators make southern accents sound like either stereotypical red-necks or uneducated. Patton did a great job at capturing that “old money” Virginian accent. And the whispering willow trees were creepy AF with him narrating, I kept getting goosebumps and looking over my shoulder every time they “spoke”.

Side note: I can’t be the only person who pictured this at first with the tree? 😂😂

Rating:

    

Final Thoughts:
– It has got great characters, a forward moving plot, and superb writing. I’ve already purchased the next book on audio.


A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Title: A Darker Shade of Magic
Author: V.E. Schwab
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Format: Audio
Narrators: Steven Crossley
Description
(Source: Amazon):

Kell is one of the last Antarimagicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in ArnesRed Londonand officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.”



Review:
Sigh. I wanted to like this book more than I actually did. Pretty much everyone I know told me how amazing this series was, but I hard a hard time with this one. I think there be a couple reasons for this: 1. The hype going in 2. the narration (I listened to the audio). The narrator did terrible female voices. Honestly, some of the worst I’ve ever heard. I listened to this on the heels of Illuminae, which is easily the very best audio book I’ve ever listened to, but still this was bad. His male voices were good, but maaaannnnn those female voices.

The story also moved a bit slow for me for about the first 50% of the book. There was a lot of world building and character development (the world Schwab creates was pretty amazing), but this made for a slow start.

With that being said, I did enjoy the book once I got past the halfway point. The two main protagonists are well developed and complex, and even the supporting characters are engaging.

 

Rating:

    

I rated it 4/5 stars because while it was slow moving for me, I can appreciate the incredible world building that was cause for it being a little slow to start. 

Final Thoughts:
– While it didn’t quite live up to the hype for me, I will continue the series. The second and third books have a different narrator so I would be willing to give those a shot again. 


March Wrap-Up

I know this is a few days late, but it just kind of fits in with how my March went, lol. I didn’t post as much this month. There were a few reasons for this: lack of time, reading more than blogging, and lack of mental capacity to make words happen 😂. 

Overall, I read 15 books, bought 17 physical books, and bought 8 audio books. 



Bookish Stuff



My book haul was pretty awesome this month. I will probably slow down on all the book buying, but the last few months have been me trying to fill my bookshelves after not having any physical books for so long.


Physical Book Haul:

As with last month, I bought several eBooks, but I’m only going to list the physical copies I got. 

  1. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller – this was in my OwlCrate for March (see my OwlCrate unboxing!)
  2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – I won this in a giveaway and have been meaning to get to it!
  3. Crazy by Amy Reed – I’ve been on the hunt for more books about bipolar disorder and came across this one. I’m probably going to read it in May for Mental Health Awareness month. 
  4. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon – review here
  5. The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares – this is an ARC I received from the publisher (Release date: April 25, 2017)
  6. Be True to Me by Adele Griffin – ARC received from the publisher (Release date: June 13, 2017)
  7. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma – kind of scared to read this one. I’ve heard great things, but it’s supposedly tragic. I can’t mentally do that to myself yet, so I’m going to wait on this one. 
  8. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge – review here
  9. Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge – I’ll get to this one eventually. I wasn’t in love with the first book. 
  10. The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins
  11. Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
  12. Carmer and Grit by Sarah Jean Horwitz – ARC received from the publisher (Release date: April 25, 2017)
  13. Hunted by Meagan Spooner – review here
  14. King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard – Impulse buy. I haven’t even read the second one yet. oops. 
  15. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson – I swear I’m getting to these books FINALLY this month. I have been wanting to read them forever. 
  16. The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson
  17. The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson

Bookish Items:

First, look at these beautiful bookmarks from Little Inklings Design! I love them so much.


This month I also started to collect Funko Pop Figures. So far I just have Belle, The Beast, Mini Le Fou, Dumbledore (let’s not talk about the fact he’s missing his glasses and that my 5-year-old broke them off minutes after I put him on the shelf), Mini Hermoine, The Queen of Hearts, Chesur, and The Hatter.


Audio Book haul:

Outlander Audiobook Radiance Audiobook The Bone Season Audiobook The Art of War Audiobook The Flame and the Arrow Audiobook The Barrier Between Audiobook Across the Divide Audiobook From Burning Ashes Audiobook

  1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, narrated by Davina Porter (Romance, Fantasy)
  2. Radiance by Grace Dravin, narrated by Gabrielle Baker (Romance, Fantasy)
  3.  The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon, narrated by Alana Kerr Collins (Fantasy, YA)
  4. The Art of War by Sun Tzu, narrated by Aidan Gillen (History, Military)
  5. The Flame and the Arrow by Emigh Cannaday, narrated by Nick Cracknell (Paranormal Romance)
  6. The Barrier Between by Stacey Marie Brown, narrated by Amy Landon (Fantasy, Romance)
  7. Across the Divide by Stacey Marie Brown, narrated by Amy Landon and Zach Villa (Fantasy, Romance)
  8. From Burning Ashes by Stacey Marie Brown, narrated by Amy Landon (Fantasy, Romance)


Books Read and Reviewed:

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Review Links:

  1. Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer (YA, Sci-Fi ) 4/5 stars
  2. A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom (Contemporary YA) 4/5 stars
  3. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (YA, Fantasy) 3/5 stars
  4. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas (YA, , NA, Fantasy) 4/5 stars
  5. Hunted by Meagan Spooner (YA, Fantasy) 5/5 stars
  6. City in Embers by Stacey Marie Brown (NA, Fantasy, Romance) 5/5 stars
  7. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (Contemporary YA) 4/5 stars
  8. Confess by Colleen Hoover (Contemporary Romance) 4/5 stars
  9. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover (Contemporary Romance) 4/5 stars

Books Read and Not Reviewed:

These books were read but not reviewed either because the book either doesn’t fit the scope of this blog, or I haven’t gotten to it yet. I’ve added stars next to the titles to show if I recommend it or not though 🙂

Radiance (Wraith Kings Book 1) by [Draven, Grace] Beauty of the Beast (Fairy Tale Retellings Book 1) by [Demeter, Rachel L.] Grim (Tornians Book 1) by [Eidem, M.K.] Maybe Not: A Novella by [Hoover, Colleen] Ugly Love: A Novel by [Hoover, Colleen] The Barrier Between (Collector Series Book 2) by [Brown, Stacey Marie]

  1. Radiance by Grace Dravin, narrated by Gabrielle Baker (Romance, Fantasy) 4/5 stars
  2. Beauty of the Beast by Rachel Demeter–Read my review here on Goodreads, (Romance, Fantasy) 5/5 stars
  3. Grim by M.K. Eidem, narrated by Commodore James and Laura Jennings (Fantasy Romance) 4/5 stars
  4. Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover (Contemporary Romance) 4/5 stars
  5. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover (Contemporary Romance) 4/5 stars
  6. The Barrier Between by Stacey Marie Brown, narrated by Amy Landon (Fantasy, Romance) 5/5 stars


Non-Bookish Updates



Gosh, this post is way longer than I intended. If you’re still here, thanks or sticking through. 

I don’t have a lot of non-bookish updates this month. I have been crazy busy because my boys (ages 5 and 7) started baseball season in arch. Baseball has officially hijacked my life at this point. I am at practices 4 day a week, and of course their teams can’t practice on the same day/time, right? No. Also, practice starts at 5 PM. FIVE PM?! WTH is that!? Do these other people not effing work? I am just getting out of work at 5! Luckily, I have a really great boss who works with m and lets me leave an hour early a couple of days a week to take them. Still though, it’s bullshit. I can’t believe this is even an issue. The only upside of all these practices is that I get some uninterrupted reading in! Pictures of my sweet little time-hoggers below: 😉

My dad is visiting us from Montana at the end of this week, so I’ve been getting ready for that as well. I am an only child from him, and he pretty much raised me alone as a single dad. He’s legit the best dad in the world, so I’m really excited for him to come out to NC!

Sorry for the crazy long post! 🙂 I hope you all have a wonderful April! 


 

 

February Wrap-Up

I can’t believe February is already over! I had a busy month. I turned 30 this month! I also read 15 books this month (however, 3 were novellas). 

My book haul was pretty substantial, too. I bought 14 physical books!


Book Haul List:

  1. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (YA, Fantasy)
  2. Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick (YA, Fantasy)
  3. Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick (YA, Fantasy)
  4. Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick (YA, Fantasy)
  5. Gilded Cage by Vic James, Recieved as an ARC (YA, Fantasy) Review here
  6. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (Sci-fi, Post-apocalyptic)
  7. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas (YA, Fantasy) Review here!
  8. If I Could Tell You by Elizabeth Wilhide, Received as an ARC (Women’s Fiction, Historical)
  9. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson (Non-Fiction, Humor)
  10. Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway (Contemporary YA)
  11. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken  (YA, Fantasy)
  12. Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken (YA, Fantasy) Review here!  
  13. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones  (YA, Fantasy)
  14. Throne of Glass Coloring Book 

I bought some eBooks, but I can’t even remember which ones right now. I also bought 8 audio books (oops, sorry bank account, lol)!

Audio Book haul:

  1. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas, narrated by Elizabeth Evans (YA, Fantasy)
  2. Relentless by Karen Lynch, narrated by Caitlin Greer (YA, Fantasy)
  3. Grim by M.K. Eidem, narrated by Commodore James and Laura Jennings (Paranormal Romance)
  4. Twist Me: The Complete Trilogy by Anna Zaires, narrated by Shirl rae and Roberto Scarlato (Contemporary Romance)
  5. Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan, narrated by Kris Koscheski and Emily Durante (Contemporary Romance)
  6. City in Embers by Stacey Marie Brown, narrated by Amy Landon (Fantasy)
  7. The Gatekeeper’s Sons by Eva Pohler, narrated by Debbie Andreen (YA, fantasy)
  8. Unbreakable by Rebecca Shea, narrated by Amy Landon and Zach Villa (Contemporary Romance)

Books Read and Reviewed:

Regress (The Alliance Chronicles #1)     

Review Links:

  1.  Regress by SF Benson (YA, Dystopian) 2/5 stars
  2. Making Bad Choices by Rita Stradling (Contemporary Romance) 4/5 stars
  3. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (YA, Fantasy) 4/5 stars
  4. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (YA, Fantasy) 5/5 stars
  5. Gilded Cage by Vic James (YA, Fantasy, Dystopian) 4/5 stars
  6. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas (YA, Fantasy) 4/5 stars
  7. Reign of Blood by Alexia Purdy (YA, Fantasy) 2/5 stars

Books Read and Not Reviewed:

These books were read but not reviewed either because the book either doesn’t fit the scope of this blog, or I haven’t gotten to it yet. I’ve added stars next to the titles to show if I recommend it or not though 🙂

Rhapsodic (The Bargainer Book 1) by [Thalassa, Laura] Ruin Me: The Complete Series Box Set (City by the Bay Series Book 1) by [Thomas, C.J.] Archer's Voice by [Sheridan, Mia] Slumber by [Young, Samantha] 

  1. Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa 4/5 stars
  2. Ruin Me (I read Volumes 1-3) by CJ Thomas 2/5 stars
  3. Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan 5/5 stars
  4. Slumber by Samantha Young 4/5 stars (Review to Come)
  5. Heir of Fire 5/5 stars (Review to Come)

Wow. Sorry that was so long! If you made it this far, I have an announcement this week for a giveaway! I’ll post more in a couple days 🙂

 

 

Book Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Format: Audio, via Audible
Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
Description (Source: Amazon):

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Overall Assessment:
This is the first book in The Throne of Glass series. As you all know, I’m completely in love with the ACOTAR series by Maas (click for my reviews on ACOTAR and ACOMAF). Throne of Glass was good, but not as good as ACOTAR or ACOMAF.

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‘A Court of Mist and Fury’ by Sarah J. Maas

Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, New Adult
Format: Audio, via Audible
Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

As a reminder, I review sequels a little different from other reviews. I am going to hide the description from the main page so you will have to click “Continue Reading” due to potential spoilers from previous books in the description or my review. 

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