Friday Reads: GLASS SWORD by Victoria Aveyard

It’s the first Friday Reads of 2016! I feel the pressure to make it a good one.

glass sword coverTitle: Glass Sword (Red Queen #2)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Pub Date: February 9, 2016 from HarperTeen
Amazon: Pre-order here!
B&N: Exclusive edition with extra content!
Goodreads: Add it!

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Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

After the clock struck 12 and I danced to Walk the Moon  and laughed at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, I snuck off to begin my first book of the year. I only got about sixty pages in before sleepiness crept up on me, but I got farther than I planned because I originally said I’d read the first two chapters, then I read three, then four, and finally like a page into five it was too much.

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Look how pretty they look side-by-side? The blueeee!

SO MUCH WAS HAPPENING, how did you expect me to stop? I can’t wait to read on and devour this book. I’ve already noted like three quotes I love and gone, “YESSSSS, MARE!” too many times (blasphemy, there’s never too many times!).

Bring on, 2016 and all its amazing books!

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Friday Reads: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

So you may remember a few months ago when I went to the launch event for Rainbow’s new book. Well… I’m finally reading it!

carry on coverTitle: Carry On
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Amazon: Spell!
B&N: Spell!
Goodreads: Add it to your shelves!

 

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Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here—it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story—but far, far more monsters.

I made a list last night of everything I want to read over winter break (library books, books I own but haven’t yet read, books I borrow from Brittany) to help make it all manageable (spoiler: it didn’t. It only highlighted what I actually have to read and nearly made me cry) and Carry On was of course on that list. But then a Carry On mood struck. I wanted to read this book and I wanted it now.

So I started.

Holy. jbksnadsfmdgohn.

This book. This book. THIS BOOK.

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Read it now.

I don’t even know how to talk about it except it’s like Harry Potter but better. It feels like the same world, but fleshed out and made a tad more realistic. Muggles are Normals. Dumbledore is The Mage. I really love all the ways Rainbow has expanded on JK’s world and took certain details or plot points that annoyed me and reinvented them here. I don’t want to give any examples because they are just too perfect and I’d rather you learn them for the first time while reading and discovering this book.

It also reads just like a Rainbow Rowell book! Not a fantasy or retelling. It just has that Rainbow feel to it.

Also, like Ebb, I ship it already.

And Agatha is my new precious cupcake.

If you’re not convinced yet: IT HAS GOATS. Goats are everything.

Friday Reads: TWENTY BOY SUMMER by Sarah Ockler

I didn’t do a Friday Reads last week because I was still working on An Ember in the Ashes. But now that I’ve finished and loved it and had manymany feels, I get to start a new book! And that lucky book is…. TWENTY BOY SUMMER!

twenty boy summer coverTitle: Twenty Boy Summer
Author: Sarah Ockler
Amazon: Click!
B&N: Click!
Goodreads: Shelve it!

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According to Anna’s best friend, Frankie, twenty days in Zanzibar Bay is the perfect opportunity to have a summer fling, and if they meet one boy every day, there’s a pretty good chance Anna will find her first summer romance. Anna lightheartedly agrees to the game, but there’s something she hasn’t told Frankie–she’s already had her romance, and it was with Frankie’s older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago.

TWENTY BOY SUMMER explores what it truly means to love someone, what it means to grieve, and ultimately, how to make the most of every beautiful moment life has to offer.

Making a shift back into contemporary! So after I read THE SUMMER OF CHASING MERMAIDS this summer, I fell in love with Sarah Ockler. Mermaids is now one of my most favoritest books and I hope everyone reads it. Naturally, what you do after reading an amazing book is go to the library and check out every single book by that author.

That is what I did with Sarah Ockler. I have #Scandal at home, too. Plus Bittersweet, which I’ve read and need to return. So I’m venturing back into the beautiful world of Sarah’s writing. And I’m only like page 5, but I am hooked.

Sarah writes romance SO well. Like, I ship all the things right away.

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I’m so excited to dig in and HAVE ALL THE FEELS.

Have you read TWENTY BOY SUMMER? What is your Friday Reads?

Friday Reads: AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir

My Friday Reads is YA fantasy novel AN EMBER IN THE ASHES. I feel like I’ve been reading a lot of fantasy lately, but a well done fantasy is hard to put down…

an ember in the ashes coverTitle: An Ember in the Ashes
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Amazon: Cliiiicckkkkk
B&N: Clickkkkk
Goodreads: Clickey!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laia is a slave.

Elias is a soldier.

Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

After hearing only good things and being told by more than 30 people 2 people (how many do you think I know?), I finally got An Ember in the Ashes from the library.

I’m not far in, but I’m enjoying it. The writing is really crisp, which might be a weird descriptor, but it feels accurate.

So far I’m loving the characters, which is usually the fastest way to my heart. I think Laia is going to have a really great arc because she’s already grown so much in the first few pages! Character arcs are basically all I need. Like I want to snuggle up with a good character arc and rub my face in it. Not weird at all. Moving on…

I’m also a little bit in love with the new paperback cover.

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Also, this is really random, but it matters to me. So after reading two books–or attempting to read, since I didn’t finish one–that had rape in them and refused to call it rape, I was so goddamn happy to see An Ember in the Ashes call it what it is within the first twenty pages.
“But I think of the Mask’s cold regard, of the violence in his eyes. I’ve always loved dark-haired girls. He will rape me. Then he will kill me.”

Onto happier things, don’t you feel like Elias and Chewie could be the new brotp of the century? No? Just me. Okay.

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Have you read AN EMBER IN THE ASHES? What did you think of it? What are you reading this Friday?

Have a good weekend and I’ll see you guys on Monday with a book review!

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Friday Reads: THE LUNAR CHRONICLES by Marissa Meyer

My Friday Reads is WINTER, the last book in the LUNAR CHRONICLES series!

winter coverTitle: Winter
Author: Marissa Meyer
Pub Date: November 10, 2015 from Feiwel & Friends
Amazon: Here!
B&N: Here!
Goodreads: Add it to your shelves!

 

 

 

The Lunar Chronicles is a fantastic fairy-tale reimagining like you’ve never seen before. It is one of my favorite series, so get ready for a lot of fangirling!

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Marissa is a MASTER of pacing! It’s impossible to stop once you’ve started. And she’s a wonderful plotter because–oh my gosh–I’m on the last book and things from Cinder are coming back and even just managing a score of POV characters and all their plot threads in an 830 page book and keeping everything cohesive and amazing… I bow down to you, Marissa.

My favorite aspect of the books are all the fabulous character dynamics. I think every single character interacts with each other at some point in the books. It’s so entertaining! If you’re looking for sass, this is the series for you.

I’m so sad to be finishing this series, but I’m SO HAPPY the last book is AMAZING.

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It totally sucks when the last book is a letdown. Marissa does not disappoint.

She makes these stories feel SO real! She brings back details from the beginning of the books that ground these characters in reality. For example, one character gets kidnapped in book 3, and in book 4 there’s a mention of how her farm is still running despite her not being there to take care of it!

Last Wednesday I went to see Marissa at B&N for her Winter Tour. #WinterIsHere, yo 🙂

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It was Lunar Ball themed, so I wore my Cinderella castle shirt. I figured it was close enough.

There were so many pre-teen and teenage girls with their friends and they were so excited. It made my stone cold jaded college student heart so HAPPY to see girls so unabashedly excited for something. And to see friends reading together.

We were very lucky and got a reading from Rebecca Soler, the audiobook narrator. She read from chapter 2 and did all these voices. It almost felt like what a movie would be. Speaking of, we want a movie! Or a mini series! Seriously, if cyborg Cinderella, hacker Rapunzel, and SPACE doesn’t warrant a movie, I don’t know what does. Hollywood, you have a diversity problem and The Lunar Chronicles might endear some people to you.

Back to the event! Marissa came out and all adorable and said that five years ago today she had signed the contracts for her book deal to publish Cinder. Talk about coming full circle.

She told us the story of Snow White and talked about her love of Disney movies as a kid sparking her desire to retell fairy tales in new and exciting ways. After all, Disney is just one huge retelling.

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winter signed marissa meyer lunar

YES, YES, I WILL JOIN THE RESISTANCE.

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soooo prettyyyy…

There was a pre-order campaign that included swag, but I didn’t join in since I figured correctly I’d have to buy the book at B&N to get it signed. But to my surprise, there was extra swag to take on tour!

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Note: The cat was not part of the swag.
Note: Cats do not like posing for pictures. They’d rather sniff stuff. See below.

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So in conclusion, read the Lunar Chronicles! I’ll be here, sobbing in my corner about the end of this fantastic series.

Seriously, Marissa. Teach me your ways.

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