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Friday, July 31, 2015

Why October is going to be a good month

Now I might be a bit biased about October, seeing how it's my birth month and autumn is my favorite season. I'm also biased because an annual festival is held the first weekend of that month, one that is full of delicious food and my family has been going there since I was like 8. Some recent perks to October have been the return of some of the TV shows I love...like The Flash and The Arrow (I'm sure there are plenty of other great shows returning around that time too). So needless to say, I'm a little excited about October this year. Now let me convince you ;)

The Sword of Summer  Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . . (October 6th)

Do I really need to explain this one? I mean it's Rick Riordan... with the highly anticipated first book of not only a new series but one about Norse mythology AND Anabeth's brother. How could this not make everyone's fall reading lists? Unless you're not into Rick Riordan books, in which case no problem. But if you're a Percy Jackson fan surely you're excited for this book! 

Carry On Rainbow Rowell continues to break boundaries with Carry On, an epic fantasy following the triumphs and heartaches of Simon and Baz from her beloved bestseller Fangirl.

Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything.

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.(October 6th)

Okay, not only do I really enjoy Rainbow Rowell's writing, but I adored Fangirl. To me as a writer and and a fangirl, it was an inspiration. It's definitely my favorite new adult book and I keep meaning to buy a copy, I really enjoyed it. So this book being based on the characters that the main character from Fangirl was so obsessed about makes me very excited and very giddy! I can't wait for this book's release.

Iron Warrior The Iron Prince—my nephew—betrayed us all. 

He killed me. 

Then, I woke up. 

Waking after a month on the brink of death, Ethan Chase is stunned to learn that the Veil that conceals the fey from human sight was temporarily torn away. Although humankind's glimpse of the world of Faery lasted just a brief moment, the human world has been cast into chaos, and the emotion and glamour produced by fear and wonder has renewed the tremendous power of the Forgotten Queen. Now, she is at the forefront of an uprising against the courts of Summer and Winter—a reckoning that will have cataclysmic effects on the Nevernever. 

Leading the Lady's Forgotten Army is Keirran himself: Ethan's nephew, and the traitor son of the Iron Queen, Meghan Chase.To stop Keirran, Ethan must disobey his sister once again as he and his girlfriend, Kenzie, search for answers long forgotten. In the face of unprecedented evil and unfathomable power, Ethan's enemies must become his allies, and the world of the fey will be changed forevermore. (October 27th)

Julie Kagawa has been one of my favorite authors for a long time. Ever since I discovered her Iron Fey series I've had a slight obsession with her books. I've read almost all of the books she's written (still working on reading Rogue if I'm honest) and I've enjoyed all of them a lot. This book is the second book in the sequel series of the Iron Fey series. To say I'm excited is a bit of an understatement. I'll gobble up anything that adds on to the world she's built from the Iron Fey series!

Immortal Heights In a pursuit that has spanned continents, Iolanthe, Titus, and their friends have always managed to remain one step ahead of the forces of Atlantis. But now the Bane, the monstrous tyrant who bestrides the entire mage world, has issued his ultimatum: Titus must hand over Iolanthe, or watch as his entire realm is destroyed in a deadly rampage. Running out of time and options, Iolanthe and Titus must act decisively to deliver a final blow to the Bane, ending his reign of terror for good.

However, getting to the Bane means accomplishing the impossible—finding a way to infiltrate his crypt in the deepest recesses of the most ferociously guarded fortress in Atlantis. And everything is only made more difficult when new prophecies come to light, foretelling a doomed effort....

Iolanthe and Titus will put their love and their lives on the line. But will it be enough?

With The Immortal Heights, Sherry Thomas brings the acclaimed Elemental Trilogy to its breathtaking conclusion. (October 13th)

I read the previous two books and absolutely loved both of them (the first slightly less so, but it was still amazing!). There's something of a Harry Potter feel, if he had lived in a fantasy world instead of the modern world. I'm very excited for this to be released because it will mean the story is continuing and I'll be able to revisit the first two books and enjoy them all over again. This series is a great fantasy series, easily one of my favorites.

Ice Like Fire It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell.

Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron sees this find as an opportunity—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses—the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves?

Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Januari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect them from new threats?

As the web of power and deception weaves tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom—and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter, but for the world.
 (October 13th)

I keep meaning to get around to the first book, Snow Like Ashes, because this looks so good! And I mean the covers are absolutely gorgeous. Hopefully with the sequel's release I will be spurred to pick up the first book and finally read it!

The Rose Society From New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu comes the second book in the exhilarating Young Elites series

Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.

Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers that murdered her love, the Crown Prince Enzo Valenciano.

But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness? (October 13th)

I can remember picking up Young Elites in Barnes & Noble as I was waiting for my dad to finish looking at some computer books, it was conveniently on the end of the isle. While waiting I read through the first chapters or so and then knew that I had to read this book. I loved the world the author created and even though there were a few darker parts, I really loved it. I can't wait to find out what will happen next!

The Tournament at Gorlan From John Flanagan, author of the worldwide bestselling Ranger's Apprentice—the first in a new prequel series featuring one of our favorite Rangers, Halt!
 
When Halt and Crowley discover that the ambitious Morgarath has been infiltrating the Rangers in order to corrupt the Corps, the young Rangers travel north to find Prince Duncan, seeking a royal warrant to stop Morgarath before it is too late. By weakening the Rangers, the most powerful force in support of the King, Morgarath plans to steal the throne. 

Yet when Halt and Crowley arrive in Gorlan, they discover just how close Morgarath’s scheme is to success. Morgarath has a plan to discredit the Prince and alienate him from his father. At the same time, the Baron of Gorlan has been conspiring to win the trust and admiration of the Council of Barons to further his plan. If the young Rangers are to prevent the coup from succeeding, they will have to tread a dangerous path, which leads them to a thrilling climax at the annual tournament at Gorlan, where a series of bitter duels must be fought and won.

This origin story brings readers to a time before Will was an apprentice, and lays the groundwork for the epic battles that will culminate with The Ruins of Gorlan and The Burning Bridge—Books 1 and 2 of the Ranger’s Apprentice series. (October 6th)

I absolutely love the Rangers Apprentice series and I'm glad to get my hands on anything new from that world. So I'm glad for this sort of prequel book. Halt it one of my favorite characters and I can't wait to read more about his adventures!!

Truly Madly Famously In this romantic sequel to Famous in Love, new Hollywood "It Girl" Paige must navigate love with her co-stars, both on and off screen and all in the public eye.

Lights, camera, love!

After being plucked from obscurity, Hollywood's newest starlet, Paige Townsen, has a hit film to her name and Rainer Devon on her arm. But being half of the world's most famous couple comes with a price, and soon Paige finds herself dodging photographers; hiding her feelings for her other costar, Jordan Wilder; and navigating tabloid scandals that threaten to tear her and Rainer apart-and end her career as quickly as it began.

Rebecca Serle's sequel to Famous in Love is filled with the kind of celebrity drama and swoon-worthy romance fit for the silver screen. (October 13th)

I thought that the first book (Famous In Love) put an interesting perspective on actors, one's who suddenly make it big and was a pretty interesting book for those who like or are familiar with the book-to-movie scene. As someone who has watched several of such adaption it gave me a picture of what it might be like on the set of one. I'm excited to see what the sequel has to offer!

The Murder of an Angel In the dramatic conclusion of the bestselling Confessions series, Tandy Angel's next murder case could be her own!

Tandy Angel is losing her mind—or so she thinks. Even as she's forced to fight for the family company, she's imagining new dangers in every shadow. And as her detective prowess is called into question and her paranoia builds, she has to face the very real possibility that the stalker she's convinced will take her life could be all in her head—or the very real danger that finally brings her down. (October 26th)

I've read the previous three books in this series, and while the third book was a little disappointing, I really enjoyed the first two books. So I'm willing to give the fourth book a chance. I'm hoping that it's better than the last book in the Confessions series and follows the excitement and mystery of the first book! :D


So there are some of my anticipated October releases! I should also mention that there are a couple  "internet books" coming out in October too. Including but not limited to: Amazing Book is Not on Fire (Dan & Phil, the kings of trash), Binge by Tyler Oakley, and Girl Online On Tour by Zoe Sugg (cannot wait to read more about Penny!).
Are there any that I missed? Are any of you excited for any of the same books? What's your favorite month? I'd love to hear about it!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen Review

Peyton, Sydney's charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion's share of their parents' attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton's increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?

Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.

The uber-popular Sarah Dessen explores her signature themes of family, self-discovery, and change in her twelfth novel, sure to delight her legions of fans.


Published May 2015. Stand alone.
5 stars

Can I just say that I just enjoyed everything? I feel like Sarah Dessen did an amazing job with this book. I had read several of her other books and with this one still fresh in my mind (having read the others a while ago), I'd say Saint Anything is my favorite book of her's. It's realistic with really great characters, which I'll get back to in a minute. The plot is interesting and there's a tension that keeps you turning pages. But then at the same time it's not heavy and even though there are things happening to the main character it didn't make me feel depressed or very sad, which I liked because I feel like it's you know...more relaxing. I felt like it's balanced really well. The writing is really good, I can remember thinking to myself that I'd forgotten how talented Sarah Dessen is. 

Now, my favorite part has to be the characters. Sydney, the main character was easy to relate to and she was fine for a main character and it was fun to see her grow as she has new experiences and tries to come to terms with her brother being in jail. It was the friends she makes at the new school she's transferred to that I felt were the real stars. Or at least they were the ones who continually were the scene-stealers, for me. Enter Layla and Mac Chatham, they take Sydney into their group of friends and accept her how she is, family troubles and all. Mac is the love interest and honestly he and Sydney were quite cute. He's a sweetie and while you wouldn't immediately put them together, they do make a good match. But Layla is just very interesting and a free spirit. While  She has french fry rituals and is practically a guru about where to find the best fries.

I thought the topics were handled really well and in a way that makes you think. The Chathams' mother has MC and then of course there is the fifteen year old boy who Sydney's brother hit and she feels very guilty about. Then there's the way that she and the rest of her family respond to her brother being imprisoned and how they all deal with it. The one thing that might drive you insane is how blind and annoying that Sydney's parents are. They don't pick up on how uncomfortable or hurt Sydney is at times and blame her for her brother's mistakes indirectly, putting a lot of restrictions on her. While they have gone through a lot, it's still pretty unfair.

Overall, I thought this was a great book. It was light enough to be fun and one that I could escape into, but it still dealt with a lot of interesting issues. The town and the characters felt real, I could practically see the pizzeria that the Chathmas run. I enjoyed Saint Anything and I read it in a day or two, which by my reading pace nowadays, is pretty quick. So yeah, it's pretty good and if you like a contemporary that's kind of in between a realistic fiction sort of story and swoony contemporary romance, then I'd definitely recommend this :)