RED RISING (RED RISING #1)

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Written by: Pierce Brown
#1 / 3 of the Red Rising trilogy
Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars

Summary: Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

Disclaimer: I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway literally like almost two years ago. Whoops.

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QUEEN OF SHADOWS (THRONE OF GLASS #4)

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Written by: Sarah J. Maas
Book # 4 / 6 of the Throne of Glass series
Rating: 4 / 5 stars

*Please do not read unless you have also read Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1)Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2), and Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3).*

Summary: Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past. She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight. She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

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PASSENGER (PASSENGER #1)

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Written by: Alexandra Bracken
Book #1 / ? of the Passenger series
Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars

Summary: In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not.

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SABRIEL (ABHORSEN #1)

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Written by: Garth Nix
Book #1 / 4 of the Abhorsen series
Rating: 1.5 / 5 stars

Summary: Sent to a boarding school in Ancelstierre as a young child, Sabriel has had little experience with the random power of Free Magic or the Dead who refuse to stay dead in the Old Kingdom. But during her final semester, her father, the Abhorsen, goes missing, and Sabriel knows she must enter the Old Kingdom to find him, combating wielders of Free Magic and the Dead like on her way.

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HEIR OF FIRE (THRONE OF GLASS #3)

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Written by: Sarah J. Maas
Book # 3 / 6 of The Throne of Glass series
Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Summary: Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak―but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life―and her future―forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

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SCARLET (THE LUNAR CHRONICLES #2)

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Written by: Marissa Meyer
Book # 1 / 4 of The Lunar Chronicles
Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars

Summary: After nearly setting the Eastern Commonwealth’s palace on fire at the most important party of the year, half-cyborg and apparently half-Lunar Linh Cinder tries to escape from prison in order to continue her fight against the Lunar Queen, Levana, aided by her robotic best friend Iko and a charming yet disgraced American pilot. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her puppet, and her prisoner.

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WWW Wednesday // 2.1.17

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Hey, y’all! Sorry I’ve been a little sparse with the book reviews lately, but life happens and unfortunately, reading is not always my #1 priority. To alleviate my time between reviews, I decided I’m going to jump on the meme train! This will be my first one, and I am very excited. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking On A World Of Words, where I have to answer three simple questions: what am I currently reading, what I have recently read, and what I want to read soon. Sounds like my perfect kind of list!

What am I currently reading?

hidden-america   clockwork-princess   the-lost-world

So, I’m that person that some bibliophiles cringe when they think about, who keeps three books open at a time and piled on top of each other to boot. My interests are always changing, so my book choices do as well.

  • First off, I’ve got my nonfiction choice of the week: Hidden America by Jeanne Marie Laskas. Each chapter of the book follows some misunderstood or underrated occupation, ranging from coal miners to air traffic controllers to Bengals cheerleaders. It’s an incredible commentary on how there are so many things that we take for granted, and that someone, somewhere, is tasked with doing. I’m only about halfway through, but I already think it’s going to be a four or five star review.
  • Secondly, I’ve got my YA choice: Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare. I love the Shadowhunter world, but unfortunately, I kind of read them all out of order. This is the last of the books I have to read to finish up all of the separate series, so I am very excited to see how it ends (although the Mortal Instruments kind of already ruined it for me).
  • Last but not least for my current reads, my sci-fi choice: The Lost World (Jurassic Park #2) by Michael Crichton. I’m about 75% through with this book and am finding that it suffers from the same issues the second Jurassic Park movie did. I struggle to connect with any character, wondering why they are stupid enough to go back to the island and go through everything all over again. Crichton has obviously spend a good amount of time researching everything for his story, but I often feel like he tries too hard to use the dialogue to explain the deep science of the story. Either way, I’m interested to see where this story goes, because I still think Jurassic Park is an incredibly unique idea.

What did I recently finish reading?

homegoing    hard-eight    the-casual-vacancy

  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. I’ll likely be posting a review of this within the next week, but I gave it four stars. It’s an amazingly beautiful story of two different lines of the same family, rooted in Africa, after one sister gets sold into slavery and the other marries outside of her village in the early 1800s. Each chapter is told my a new member of the family in the next generation, expressing the differences between the two cultures and the different eras, and finally connecting beautifully in the end.
  • Hard Eight (Stephanie Plum #8) by Janet Evanovich. I love this series. This series follows a hot mess of a bounty hunter named Stephanie Plum who lives in New Jersey and constantly gets herself into all sorts of trouble, having her cars blown up, getting stuck between her two lovers, and refusing to have a gun with her even though she’s constantly getting shot at. The books are all incredibly easy to read, and one of my guilty pleasures.
  • The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling. I’m planning on posting a review of this within the next week as well, and it’s about a 3.5 / 5. It took me an incredibly long time to get through this book, but once I picked it up again about two weeks ago, I rushed through the last 200 pages or so. Rowling, unsurprisingly, is an incredible writer, but this is even further accented by the fact that she made me even be interested in local British politics, of which I have no previous knowledge. If you wanted to ever try it out, I’d definitely recommend it.

What do I think I’ll read next?

faithful-place    six-of-crows    callings

  • Faithful Place (Dublin Murder Squad #3) by Tana French. This has become one of my favorite series, as it is a complex and well thought-out crime set of books, and French, at the helm of it, has become one of my favorite writers. Each book follows a minor character from the book before it, which is such an interesting idea. I can’t wait to read about Frank, who I wanted to learn so much more about in its predecessor, The Likeness.
  • Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo. I loved her Grisha Trilogy series, and was immensely excited when I heard she had another series, and in the same universe to boot! I’ve also read a lot of good reviews of this book, so I’m eager to start it.
  • Callings by Dave Isay. I’m on a selection committee for my university to choose book for incoming first years next year, and this is one of my assignments. I love StoryCorps videos, and am looking forward to reading this book, with excerpts from all the best interviews about people discussing what they do and why they love it.