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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books On Our Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday.13

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl
Today we’re sharing Books On Our Fall TBR. And they are….


(Chelsea’s Choice)

(Cassie’s Choice)

1. Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer #2) by Laini Taylor (Releasing 10/02)
Amazon * Goodreads

 

2. Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand (Releasing 10/02)
Amazon * Goodreads


(Cassie’s Choice)

(Chelsea’s Choice)

3. Broken Things by Lauren Oliver (Releasing 10/02)
Amazon * Goodreads

 

4. Shadow of The Fox (Shadow of the Fox #1) by Julie Kagawa (Releasing 10/02)
Amazon * Goodreads

 


(Arielle’s Choice)

(Jen’s Choice)

5. Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7) by Sarah J. Maas (Releasing 10/23)
Amazon * Goodreads

 

6. The Darkest Star (Origin #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Releasing 10/30)
Amazon * Goodreads

 


(Jen’s Choice)

(Arielle’s Choice)

7. Dangerous Exes (Liars, Inc. #2) by Rachel Van Dyken (Releasing 10/30)
Amazon * Goodreads

 

8. Archenemies (Renegades #2) by Marissa Meyer (Releasing 11/06)
Amazon * Goodreads

 


(Jen’s Choice)

(Arielle’s Choice)

9. Kiss Collector by Wendy Higgins (Releasing 12/18)
Amazon * Goodreads

 

10. The Disasters by M.K. England (Releasing 12/18)
Amazon * Goodreads


(Cassie & Chelsea’s Choice)

(Chelsea’s Choice)

11. Two Dark Reigns (Three Dark Crowns #3) by Kendare Blake (already released)
Amazon * Goodreads

12. Escaping from Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper #3) by Kerri Maniscalco (already released)
Amazon * Goodreads


So these are the Books On Our Fall TBR. Are any of these on your Fall TBR too? If not, then what books are?

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype

Top Ten Tuesday.13

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl
Today we’re sharing Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype. And they are….


(Chelsea’s Review)

(Chelsea’s Review)

1. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Amazon * Goodreads

I just…I can’t… I mean…Elian!!!!  I live for it!  This book was everything a fantasy re-telling should be-original yet mixed with it’s roots without ruining the integrity of the namesake.  And..Elian.  I mean, come on.

2. From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata
Amazon * Goodreads

I had NEVER heard of this author before Lukov, but when a friend rec’d this to me, I went immediately to The Wall of Winnipeg, fell in love there, then tried this beauty…and a beauty it was. Like nothing I’d ever read before, this book-and author-stole my heart. 



(Chelsea’s Choice)

(Cassie’s Choice)

3. The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black
Amazon * Goodreads

Okay okay okay…this feels cliche.  And a week ago I would have said ‘yeah it’s good, but it’s not as amazing as people say,’ and frankly it still is a very hyped book…but I just re-read it and, with all the twists and turns I knew ahead of time, it totally enhanced every little bit of the story and I AM DYING WITH OBSESSION for Cardan and the badass that is Jude.  Can I PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE HAVE THE WICKED KING. 

4. One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Amazon * Goodreads

I always get nervous about hyped up thrillers, as they can often be so disappointing if the ‘twist’ isn’t twisty enough.  Safe to say I wasn’t disappointed by this book.  I loved all the major characters and I never really saw the major twist coming.  A brilliant YA mystery/thriller.


(Cassie’s Choice)

(Cassie’s Choice)

5. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Amazon * Goodreads

I heard so many good things about this book that I did what I normally don’t–I bought it without reading it first, which I usually only reserve for books in a series.  But I’m so glad I did because this book was amazing.  It took the Little Mermaid and covered her in the blood of innocent princes.  It had everything I wanted and more and I can’t recommend it enough.

6. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Amazon * Goodreads

So this one is kind of polarizing, as I realize some people hated this book.  I get it-the format is funky and it’s kind of all over the place.  But I honestly didn’t care.  I literally couldn’t put it down and read it over the course of a few hours.  Even though one of my least favorite thing happens, I still can’t get over the ending and how the entire book was written.


(Arielle’s Choice)

(Arielle’s Choice)

7. Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Amazon * Goodreads

Not only is this book extraordinary in the sense that the story is told in a series of e-mails, IMs, interviews, and pages of graphics; the plot in itself is so addicting and fast paced.  Reading it in this format was something new and exciting and I am so glad the other two books in the series follow suit.

8. The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
Amazon * Goodreads

This entire series is in my top favorites of all time.  Blue, and her Raven Boys go on a quest to find a mythical historical figure.  Every time you think they have things figured out..THINK AGAIN.  Honestly this book could be read solely for Gansey.


(Arielle’s Choice)

(Jen’s Review)

9. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Amazon * Goodreads

This booooook.  This book is unique in the sense that it is narrated by Death.  Even though you know from the beginning who dies, when you get to that point it still feels like a punch to the stomach. Such a great approach to a story set in a time period that has been writing about time and time again.

10. The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins
Amazon * Goodreads

I was sooooo late to the game with this series, and also so nervous to pick it up.  Everyone seemed to love this trilogy and I thought for sure I’d be the odd ball out.  7 years later Chelsea bought me this trilogy for Christmas.  I devoured it in no time at all and loved each book in the series with my whole heart and soul!


(Jen’s Review)

(Jen’s Review)

11. Darkfever (Fever #1) by Karen Marie Moning
Amazon * Goodreads

Here’s another series that I was so many years late to the game.  I was unsure yet again if I would truly love it, so Chelsea bought me this book for Christmas.  See a theme here?!  LOL!  This series snagged me right from the start and I was completely consumed by The Fever Series!

12. Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Amazon * Goodreads

Two years after Obsidian released, I still kept seeing it everywhere online.  Especially on Facebook.  I’d never read a JLA book before, so I picked it up and became obsessed with the characters and story line.  In the four years since I have read this book, I’ve read 30+ JLA books.  I’m so thankful I gave into the hype since she easily became an auto-buy author for me!

 

So these are the Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype. Have you read any of these or do you have them on your tbr? If not, then what’s a popular book you read that lived up to the hype?

TOP TEN TUESDAY – Books Every YA Fantasy Lover Should Read

Top Ten Tuesday.13

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl
Today we’re sharing what Books Every YA Fantasy Lover Should Read.  And they are….


(Jen’s Choice)

(Jen’s Review)

1. The Iron King (The Iron Fey #1) by Julie Kagawa
Amazon * Goodreads

I laughed, I cried and I even clapped out loud and I’m not a clapper while reading, or so I thought. I loved this book! I couldn’t believe how much this series just kept getting better and better as you progress through the books!

2. Bring Me Their Hearts (Bring Me Their Hearts #1) by Sara Wolf
Amazon * Goodreads

If you enjoy YA Fantasies that are filled with banter, mystery, romance, political intrigue and darkness, then you definitely have to give this book a try!  Zara was sarcastic, witty, spoke her mind and wasn’t afraid to challenge others.  And Prince Lucien was such a complex man who easily stole my heart.  I loved them both so much!


(Jen’s Review)

(Chelsea’s Review)

3. The Great Hunt (Eurona Duology #1) by Wendy Higgins
Amazon * Goodreads

The Great Hunt was absolutely enchanting! I became addicted to the story-line, infatuated with the characters, and I was reminded yet again why I love Wendy Higgins’ books.  Deceit, lies, betrayal, hope, sacrifice, love, and friendship were splashed across the pages and I fell madly in love with this duology.

4. Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo
Amazon * Goodreads

Do I REALLY need to say why this book belongs in the heart of every YA fantasy lover? DO I? I’ll sum it up: Kaz. Heist. Journey. Loss love discovery and adventure. Need I say more?


(Chelsea’s Review)

(Chelsea’s Review)

5. The Demon King (Seven Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima
Amazon * Goodreads

I just really think this book has the most wonderful adventure, the most adorable, slow-burn romance, and a story so beautifully and intricately woven you can’t help but fall in love as you soar through four books at break-neck speed. And Han. Always Han.

6. Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1) by Morgan Rhodes
Amazon * Goodreads

This one is by far one of my favorite series EVER…but it takes a minute for you to truly grasp how epic this series is-each book grips you more and more and you fall harder and deeper (that’s what she said! Lol) in love with each of the characters (okay Magnus and Cleo for life) until you don’t know how to breathe without them. Again-Magnus is the reason to read this series. Get past that first love ‘interest’ and you will just DIE. That is all.


(Cassie’s Choice)

(Cassie’s Choice & Chelsea’s Review)

7. Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard
Amazon * Goodreads

One of my favorite series ever and a fantastic YA fantasy series. Adventure, romance, uprisings, strong female characters, swoon-worthy male lead, friendship and twists all over the four-book series. But the one at the end of book one is one of the best.

8. A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1) by V.E. Schwab
Amazon * Goodreads

Also fantastic side characters, amazing world building and plenty of action and romance to go around.


(Cassie’s Choice & Chelsea’s Review)

(Arielle’s Choice)

9. An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir
Amazon * Goodreads

I was recently forced to read this thanks to Chelsea and I’m so glad she did, because I feel hook, line and sinker for this series. As with my other favorites, it’s got an amazing world, strong male and female characters, romance and action.

10. Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness #1) by Tamora Pierce
Amazon * Goodreads

This woman is my FAVORITE author of all time and is the reason why I am so obsessed with YA Fantasy in the first place.  If you haven’t read any of her books, I suggest starting in the very beginning with this series as her characters are reoccurring throughout each new series based in Tortall.


(Arielle’s Choice)

(Arielle’s Choice)

11. The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski
Amazon * Goodreads

Marie Rutkoski’s writing is some of the best that I have ever seen.  This series is full of great world building, crazy intrigue, and of course a romance that will have you screaming for more. HIGHLY recommend.

12. Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1) by Laini Taylor
Amazon * Goodreads

Once again, I’m going with another series with writing that transcends so many other books in the YA genre.  I quickly fell in love with Karou’s quirky personality and the mysterious Akiva.  Once you start digging into their past you won’t be able to stop until the very last page.

 

So these are the Books Every YA Fantasy Lover Should Read. Have you read any of these or do you have them on your tbr?  If not, then what’s a book you think every YA Fantasy lover should read?

TOP TEN TUESDAY – Books On Our Summer TBR

Top Ten Tuesday.13

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl
Today we’re sharing Books On Our Summer TBR.  And they are….


(Arielle’s Choice)

(Jen’s Choice)

1. Save the Date by Morgan Matson (Releasing 6/05)
Amazon * Goodreads

 

2. Moonlight Seduction (de Vincent #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Releasing 6/21)
Amazon * Goodreads


(Jen’s Choice)

(Jen’s Choice)

3. Alpha (The Infinity Division #3) by Jus Accardo (Releasing 7/03)
Amazon * Goodreads

 

4. Superhero High by T.H. Hernandez (Releasing 7/05)
Goodreads

 


(Jen’s Choice)

(Arielle’s Choice)

5. The Supervillain and Me (Morriston Superheroes #1) by Danielle Banas (Releasing 7/10)
Amazon * Goodreads

 

6. The Darkest Legacy: Book 4 (The Darkest Minds #4) by Alexandra Bracken (Releasing 7/31)
Amazon * Goodreads

 


(Jen’s Choice)

(Chelsea’s Choice)

7. Keeper of the Bees (Black Birds of the Gallows) by Meg Kassel (Releasing 9/04)
Amazon * Goodreads

 

8. Two Dark Reigns (Three Dark Crowns #3) by Kendare Blake (Releasing 9/04)
Amazon * Goodreads

 


(Chelsea’s Choice)

(Chelsea’s Choice)

9. Sadie by Courtney Summers (Releasing 9/04)
Amazon * Goodreads

 

10. Escaping from Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper #3) by Kerri Maniscalco (Releasing 9/18)
Amazon * Goodreads


So these are the Books On Our Summer TBR.  Are they are your Summer TBR too?  If not, then what books are?

TOP TEN TUESDAY – Books We Decided to DNF

Top Ten Tuesday.13

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
Today we’re sharing what Books We Decided to DNF.  Some of them we only made it a chapter or two (I personally like to call those Read Sample Wasn’t For Me ha!) and others we lasted longer.  But ultimately these books just weren’t for us at all.  And they are….


(Arielle’s Choice)

(Arielle’s Choice)

1. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Amazon * Goodreads

Could not force myself to finish.  The ONLY good thing about this book is her time eating food in Italy.

2. Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades #3) by E.L. James
Amazon * Goodreads

The only reason I tried reading these books is because I needed to see for myself what all the hype was. Unfortunately though, between the bad writing and plot points that I didn’t like and couldn’t look past, I had to stop. In the end it just wasn’t worth it to me!


(Jen’s Choice)

(Jen’s Choice)

3. Written in Red (The Others #1) by Anne Bishop
Amazon * Goodreads

While I liked where the story was going, I struggled with some of the descriptive texts.  There was this scene, near the beginning, where the creature waited for the human to wake up before killing them….and then the way those moments were described ehhhhh.  Yup.  I couldn’t handle it at all.

4. Never Tear Us Apart (Never #1) by Monica Murphy
Amazon * Goodreads

I made it to 50 pages and had to stop.   The flashback moments with her child molester and also the moments between that man and his son, I just couldn’t stomach any of it.  I felt sick to my stomach and it hurt my heart too much to continue.


(Jen’s Choice)

(Jen’s Choice)

5. Irresistible You (Chicago Rebels #1) by Kate Meader
Amazon * Goodreads

I felt kinda lost with all of the hockey info and then when we switched back and forth using the characters first and last name, well I couldn’t connect to any of them or the story.  I’ve heard amazing things about this author so I’m going to try another one of her series and hopefully that’ll be a better fit.

6. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #1) by Jenny Han
Amazon * Goodreads

I didn’t end up liking Lara Jean and the story dragged for me.  I made it partway through chapter 3 and then I had to put the book down and move onto something that made me want to turn the pages.


(Chelsea’s Choice)

(Chelsea’s Choice)

7. Stalk Me (The Keatyn Chronicles #1) by Jillian Dodd
Amazon * Goodreads

Yikes….I don’t even know what to say…Overly cheesy, unrealistic, corny dialogue, switching from boy to boy, and insta-love on every street. I just can’t do it. Everything that’s a trigger for me was in this book. Not not not good.

8. Ten Tiny Breaths (Ten Tiny Breaths #1) by K.A. Tucker
Amazon * Goodreads

I just can’t. I can’t I can’t I can’t anymore.
-Dumb shit heroine.
-horrid writing (which I suspected but wanted a tortured male lead)
-stupid story line.


(Chelsea’s Choice)

(Chelsea’s Choice)

9. Paper Princess (The Royals #1) by Erin Watt
Amazon * Goodreads

One of the most ridiculous, asinine, overhyped books I’ve ever read.  Period.

10. Splintered (Splintered #1) by A.G. Howard
Amazon * Goodreads

It’s a shame I’m such a wuss, because this was so creative and fun and could have been something great and different for me. The romance was very sweet and I actually found myself enjoying all parts Jeb and Alyssa. Then the fantasy elements with tests for Alyssa would resurface and I would sit looking at the Ipad with mild disinterest, because I’d have to skim if I didn’t want to be disgusted. I wanted to love it. I begged and I bargained with myself, but I just couldn’t do it. Too many books to try, and way too much fantasy in this one. If only, if only….

So these are the Books We Decided to DNF.  Have you DNFed any of these books too?  If not, which one have you DNF?

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