Saturday, December 26, 2015

New and Upcoming Releases I'm Excited About

2015 was a HUGE year for YA books :D I'll be honest...the only two 2015 releases I've read are Ruby Circle, which came out in February, and Life and Death, which came out in October. 2016 seems like a good year as well, but a lot of amazing books will have to come out to top this year! I'll list my top 20 books being released in 2016 and top 20 books released in 2015 (that I haven't read yet). By the way, these are in no particular order ;)

The top 20 books I'm excited about for 2016:
1.) The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead
2.) A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2)
3.) Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (Dark Artifices #1)
4.) Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen #2)
5.) A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir (An Ember in the Ashes #2)
6.) The Rose and The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh (The Wrath and The Dawn #2)
7.) The Crown by Kiera Cass (The Selection #5)
8.) Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crows #2)
9.) 5th Throne of Glass novel (I haven't been able to find a title) by Sarah J. Maas
10.) 3rd Young Elites novel (I haven't been able to find a title) by Marie Lu
11.) Solder by Julie Kagawa (Talon #3)
12.) Gemina by Amie Kaufman (The Illuminae Files #2)
13.) Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch (Snow Like Ashes #3)
14.) The Last Star by Rick Yancey (5th Wave #3)
15.) Morning Star by Pierce Brown (Red Rising #3)
16.) The Siren by Kiera Cass
17.) Invision by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Chronicles of Nick #7)
18.) Love, Lexi by Sherry Kyle
19/20.) 2 untitled Stephanie Perkins books

If anyone knows or sees the titles for the untitled books, please let me know so I can add them to myy to buy/to read list :)
I got the list from these sites:

The top 20 books I'm looking forward to reading from 2015:
1.) Winter by Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles #4)
2.) Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #4)
3.) A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
4.) Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
5.) The Heir by Kiera Cass (The Selection #4)
6.) An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
7.) Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
8.) Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
9.) The Rose Society by Marie Lu (The Young Elites #2)
10.) The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
11.) Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray (The Diviners #2)
12.) Illuminae by Amie Kaufman 
13.) Talon by Julie Kagawa
14.) Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan
15.) Soundless by Richelle Mead
16.) Unforgiven by Lauren Kate Fallen #5)
17.) Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid
18.) Autumn's Kiss by Bella Thorne (Autumn Falls #2)
19.) Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
20.) Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Titles from:

Let me know which 2016 releases you're looking forward to reading and which 2015 releases you enjoyed or want to read. Feel free to follow me on Goodreads for some recommendations, reviews, and what I'm reading now :)

Thursday, December 24, 2015

2015 Wrap-Up and 2016 TBR

I'm back from my unexpected school/work/vacation hiatus. This semester was tough, but I passed all my classes and am on track to graduate in May with an AAS (Associate of Applied Science) in Management in Culinary Arts and a Certificate in Baking and Pastry Arts :) With that being said, I did not have much time to read. I did start reading The Selection by Keira Cass yesterday on my phone (It's free for Scribd members...there are audiobooks and ebooks for The Selection, The Elite, and The One. The novellas may also be available.)

I did not hit my goal of 40 books. I will try to hit 20. I'm currently at 15 with 4 on my currently reading shelf (Life and Death and The Selection are my most recent). I have not read The Essence or Beautiful Creatures recently. I am enjoying all these books, but I have a much harder time getting into ebooks than paperback or hardcover books. I don't know why, but it takes me FOREVER to read ebooks. Nine Lives of Chloe King took months, where most books that length take me a couple weeks, maybe a month.

2015 Wrap Up (From my Goodreads):
Nine Lives of Chloe King by Liz Braswell
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Four by Veronica Roth
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead
Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead
The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead
The Pledge by Kimberly Derting
Looking for Alaska by John Green
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Books I need to finish:
The Essence by Kimberly Derting
Beautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia
Life and Death by Stephanie Meyer (probably gonna finish this during the weekend)
The Selection by Keira Cass

I have not put a lot of thought into the books I want to read in 2016, considering most of my books are in Florida (where I'll be moving to after graduation). These are the books I have here (or need to buy) that I know I want to read
2016 TBR:
Clockwork Angel
Clockwork Prince
Clockwork Princess
City of Bones
City of Ashes
City of Glass
City of Fallen Angels
City of Lost Souls
City of Heavenly Fire
The Bane Chronicles
Lady Midnight (when it comes out); all by Cassandra Clare
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Dangerous Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Dangerous Deception by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

My main priority for the first couple months of 2016 is to read Infernal Devices, Mortal Instruments and Lady Midnight. I want to see the City of Bones movie and then the Shadowhunters series which premieres January 12th on FreeForm (aka ABC Family)!!! This is about it for my wrap up/TBR. Next post will be a fun one. Let me know what you've read and liked this year and what you want to read next year :) Merry Christmas everyone!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

July Wrap-Up/August TBR

I just realized I forgot to post my reviews for a few series...they're coming soon. Since it's now August, I think it's safe to do a July wrap-up and August TBR. I read quite a few books, and I must say I've put quite a dent in my 2015 reading challenge. I'm still behind but progressing well. As of now I've read 14 books, which is much better than the past couple years :) So far, I recommend all the books I've read this year. All the full reviews are on my Goodreads.

The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3) by Richelle Mead
I'm obsessed with the Vampire Academy world, so I marked them all 5 stars lol. This one as great. I loved how she included so many plot twists in each book, as well as one at the end of each. This storyline was incredible

The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines #4) by Richelle Mead
This one started the dual perspective between Sydney and Adrian. I thought she picked the best part in the series to do it. It definitely helped the story progress smoothly.

Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5) by Richelle Mead
This was excellent. I loved the dual perspective the most in this book. It really showed how Sydney and Adrian's relationship from both points of view, which is really uncommon.

The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines #6) by Richelle Mead
I was so sad this was the last book. Luckily it wasn't a cliff hanger, like some series. I would love another series from the VA world because I love it so much. This is by far my favorite vampire series. I recommend both Vampire Academy and Bloodlines to anyone who likes YA paranormal romance.

The Pledge (The Pledge #1) by Kimberly Derting
I liked it, but not as much as I originally anticipated. It started slow but then got a little faster. It's about a girl who has the ability to speak the languages of all the social classes, as well as Englaise (which is the universal language of the country). It was quite good. I won't spoil it for anyone who hasn't read it.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Contrary to what most people say, this book did not make me cry. Movies make me cry more than books do. I haven't seen the movie yet, so I don't know how it'll affect me. I loved this book though. It was fantastic. This was a one day read for me, which is very shocking. I've had 3 one-day reads this year, which I haven't had since I was younger.

Looking For Alaska by John Green
I liked how unconventional this book was. I really liked how he used dates as chapters. It really helped show how much time went by in the book. Some books make it hard to tell how much time goes by, but this one didn't have that problem. This was the 3rd one-day read for 2015.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
I really liked this one. I read it in a few days and enjoyed it. It's a really good read, especially if you're part of the LGBTQ community. I loved how each chapter was different (one had correct punctuation and the other had very little capitalization-which drove me crazy but helped differentiate the Will Graysons). I also liked the writing style and honestly the place they meet is just gold (insert laughing emoji).

Those were all the books I read in July. Before I start my August TBR, I'm finishing An Abundance of Katherines by John Green and The Essence (The Pledge #2) by Kimberly Derting

The Offering (The Pledge #3) by Kimberly Derting
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
Paper Towns by John Green
Beautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia
Beautiful Darkness by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia
Beautiful Chaos by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia
Beautiful Redemption by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia