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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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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BIG LITTLE LIES

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Written by: Liane Moriarty
Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Summary: The story follows three women, each at a crossroads. Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, Celeste and her husband are looking set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay. Single mom Jane, new to town, is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

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CLOCKWORK PRINCESS (THE INFERNAL DEVICES #3)

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Written by: Cassandra Clare
Book #3 / 3 of The Infernal Devices series
Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars

Please do not read unless you have also read Clockwork Angel (TID #1) and Clockwork Prince (TID #2) *

Summary: A net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. Mortmain plans to use his Infernal Devices, an army of pitiless automatons, to destroy the Shadowhunters. He needs only one last item to complete his plan: he needs Tessa Gray. Charlotte Branwell, head of the London Institute, is desperate to find Mortmain before he strikes. But when Mortmain abducts Tessa, the boys who lay equal claim to her heart, Jem and Will, will do anything to save her. For though Tessa and Jem are now engaged, Will is as much in love with her as ever.

As those who love Tessa rally to rescue her from Mortmain’s clutches, Tessa realizes that the only person who can save her is herself. But can a single girl, even one who can command the power of angels, face down an entire army?

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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?

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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?

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  • 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.

THE FATE OF THE TEARLING (THE QUEEN OF THE TEARLING #3)

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Written by: Erika Johansen
Book # 3 / 3 of The Queen of the Tearling series
Rating: 2.5 / 5 stars

* Please read: The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #1) and The Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #2) first.*

Summary: To protect her people from such a devastating invasion by neighboring Mortmense, Kelsea did the unthinkable – naming the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, Regent in her place, she surrendered herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy. But the Mace will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign from her prison in Mortmesne. However, their enemies extend beyond the Red Queen’s terrain; a savage and sinister force from the past and far beyond their understanding is threatening the Tear and the Mort alike, challenging Kelsea, Mace, the Red Queen, and all inhabitants of the New World to question and fear their own respective fates.

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LITTLE BEE

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Written by: Chris Cleave
Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Summary: As Little Bee ran from her village in flames and men with machetes and hunting dogs racing after her, Sarah was staring at the beach waves and her husband’s eyes and wondering how he alone could be her whole world. As Little Bee remained hidden in the cargo hold of a ship bound for England, going without real food or water  for several days, Sarah was no doubt shoveling food into her newborn baby’s mouth. As Little Bee struggled to remain unnoticed and out of trouble in a British refugee detention camp, Sarah began an affair with a man to fill the empty hole her husband’s depression had left behind. And as Little Bee stood on her front doorstep, reaching out to the only person in England she knew after escaping from the detention center, Sarah was preparing to step out to attend her husband’s funeral after his untimely suicide. They collided for the second time, but this was the collision that would alter the rest of their lives.

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