GATHERING OF SHADOWS (SHADES OF MAGIC #2)

A Gathering of Shadows

Written by: V.E. Schwab
Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Book #2 / 3 of the Shades of Magic series

Please do not read if you have not finished A Darker Shade of Magic (SOM #1) *

Summary: Four months after Prince Rhy nearly died, Kell became bonded to him, Lila Bard sailed off into the sunset, the Danes of White London fell, and Holland disappeared into the rift of Black London, the heroes of A Darker Shade of Magic are all a little stagnant. Restless after having given up his smuggling habit, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks as she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games–an extravagant international competition of magic meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries–a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port. And while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night will reappear in the morning. But the balance of magic is ever perilous, and for one city to flourish, another London must fall.

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BLOODLINES (BLOODLINES #1)

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Written by: Richelle Mead
Rating: 3 / 5 stars
Book #1 / 6 of the Bloodlines series

Summary:  Sydney’s blood is special. That’s because she’s an Alchemist – one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives. But the last encounter Sydney had with vampires got her in deep trouble with the other Alchemists. And now with her allegiences in question, her future is on the line.

When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she’s still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir – the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir – is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill’s guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the unlikeliest of places: a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. The Moroi court believe Jill and Sydney will be safe at Amberwood Prep, but threats, distractions, and forbidden romance lurk both outside – and within – the school grounds. Now that they’re in hiding, the drama is only just beginning.

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I Spy Book Challenge // 6.29.18

Hey all! Today, I’ve decided to do the I Spy Book Challenge (originally created by Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books). I have far too many books on my bookshelves that have gone unread, that this was almost a little too easy to do haha – but still so much fun!

Instructions: Find a book that contains (either on the cover or in the title) an example for each category. You must have a separate book for all 20, get as creative as you want and do it within five minutes*! (For myself, I also chose all books I haven’t read yet, to make it a little more challenging!)

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KING’S CAGE (RED QUEEN #3)

king's cage

Written by: Victoria Aveyard
Book # 3 / 4 of the Red Queen series
Review: 3 / 5 stars

*Please do not read for risk of spoilers unless you already have finished Red Queen (#1) and Glass Sword (Red Queen #2).*

Summary: Following her surrender to the Nortan king Maven Calore, Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Despite his mother’s death, Maven Calore continues weaving her web in an attempt to maintain control over his country, and his prisoner. As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone, and the absence of her power, in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Red rebels continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back – even if it means attacking the brother who betrayed him.

When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.

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A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES (ACOTAR #1)

a court of thorns and roses

Written by: Sarah J. Maas
Book #1 / 3 in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series
Rating: 2.5 / 5 stars

Summary: Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price.

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

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WWW Wednesday // 6.13.18

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Hey, y’all! I wanted to ease back into the blogging by starting with one of my favorite memes. 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. I am always reading multiple books at once and queueing my next choices right on my nightstand. So, here we go!

What am I currently reading?

a little life . roseblood2 . 2nd chance

  • A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara: Am I reading this because Antoni Porowski from Queer Eye seems to be obsessed with it and I’m convinced we’re kindred spirits? Maaaaaybe. Honestly, I bought this novel before I ever knew Antoni existed, but his obsession with it inspired me to take it off the to-read shelf it had been collecting dust on. I’m about halfway through at this point, and I have to say: the first half was INCREDIBLY slow, with a lot of detail and character/plot building that is finally starting to pay off, 50% of the way through the book. I normally was reading it in 50 page increments, but I just read 150 in one sitting before having to put it down because I was crying too much. Is this a good sign? Stay tuned.
  • Roseblood by A.G. Howard: If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times – I’m a sucker for a good retelling. Phantom of the Opera will always have a special place in my heart, as it was the first real musical I ever saw performed by professionals on a top tier theater (West End). I also went into it thinking I’d hate it, and ended up leaving with tears streaking down my cheeks, so. Anywho, I loved A.G. Howard’s Splintered series, even if the ending wasn’t my favorite, and I’m excited to see how she retells the tale of the Phantom!
  • 2nd Chance (Women’s Murder Club #2) by James Patterson: I am also a sucker for James Patterson, even though to be honest, his writing isn’t the best. I’ve read most of Alex Cross and the Private series, mostly because they’re just so easy to read! I didn’t even know that Women’s Murder Club existed until my grandma told me about it, honestly. She said I would love the strong sense of feminism the main characters all display, as the book revolves around a group of four women whose jobs bring them into contact with some of the most atrocious homicides their city of San Francisco has to offer. The four women – a detective, a medical examiner, a lawyer, and a journalist – all work together to help solve the mysteries because GIRL. POWER. I read the first book and it felt a little rushed to be honest, but the premise is promising and I’m excited to follow Detective Lindsay Boxer (the main character)’s next move.

What have I finished recently?

indigo spell   vicious   war storm

  • The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3) by Richelle Mead
    Rating: 3 / 5 stars, review coming soon
  • Vicious (Villains #1) by V.E. Schwab
    Rating: 2 / 5 stars, review coming soon
  • War Storm (Red Queen #4) by Victoria Aveyard
    Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars, review coming soon

What do I think I’ll read next?

dark matter   the glittering court   this savage song

  • Dark Matter by Blake Crouch: I got this novel as part of my Christmas haul two years ago, and I was so pumped to read it… and it’s been sitting on my to-read shelf collecting dust ever since then. The plot follows a man named Jason, who wakes up to a life that isn’t his, although everyone around him swears it is. In this alternate reality, he is left to decide whether the life he thought he had is the real one, or the one he woke up in is. COUNT. ME. IN.
  • The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court #1) by Richelle Mead: I always promised myself I wouldn’t read Vampire Academy, but I somehow got sucked into that, then Bloodlines, and now… this. Although it’s unrelated to the VA universe, I’m sure that the writing is the same quality/caliber – and that’s to say, a bit amateurish. However, I’ve been craving a high fantasy book for a while, ever since I finished the ACOTAR series – and this might be what I’m looking for. It follows an aristocratic girl named Adelaide who enters what basically sounds like high quality prostitution to escape an arranged marriage… which doesn’t make a ton of sense to me, but sounds interesting enough that I’m willing to buy into it. Mead usually has pretty good world building, so I’m hoping that this new universe will be intriguing and fulfill my fantasy needs.
  • This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) by Victoria Schwab: Again, this is another attempt to fulfill my fantasy needs, as the book follows a duo escaping a failed assassination attempt in a dark, dystopian, futuristic city where monsters run amok. Just that sentence alone checked off multiple boxes for me, it also helps that it’s written by Victoria Schwab. Although I obviously didn’t enjoy Victoria/V.E. Schwab’s foray into adult fiction as seen above, I still love love LOVE her A Darker Shade of Magic series – and I’m hoping this new young adult series will be similar to that type of writing, which she excels at.

Well – that’s it for this week, folks! Hopefully I make some headway off the “currently reading” and into the “what’s next”!

CRESS (THE LUNAR CHRONICLES #3)

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Written by: Marissa Meyer
Book # 3 / 4 of The Lunar Chronicles series
Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars

*Please do not read unless you have also read Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) and Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2).*

Summary: Cinder and Captain Thorne are now fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army. Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

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