Review: A Gathering of Shadows

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Title: A Gathering of Shadows

Author: V.E. Schwab

Publisher: Tor Books

Rating: 4/5

It has been four months since a mysterious obsidian stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Prince Rhy was wounded, and since the nefarious Dane twins of White London fell, and four months since the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift–back into Black London.

Now, 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.

It was so refreshing to be completely wrapped up in a book and everything that’s going on. At first, it took me a while to get into, as it’s been a really long time since I read the first book. However, after a couple of chapters, it all came back to me and I really enjoyed the book.

It was an incredible read and I enjoyed it immensely.

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January Wrap-Up

I read three books this month:

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The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan88b83b9fa25b29525aacf8c227b43b13

 

 

 

 

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab20764879

 

 

 

 

That’s all I read in January. How about you? What did you read in January?

Most Anticipated Releases of 2017

2017 is an amazing year for book releases and I’m super excited for the books coming out this year. Here are the top 10 books I’m looking forward to in 2017 in the order they are released in:

25613472A List of Cages by Robin Roe: I’m super excited for this book and it comes out very soon: January 10. I don’t want to go into a full synopsis but it’s about this boy called Adam who helps the school psychologist. One day she asks Adam to track down a troubled freshman. Adam finds out that the boy is Julian, the foster brother he hasn’t seen in five years.

This sounds super interesting and family based, which I’m really looking forward to. Click here for the link on Goodreads.

29995905City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson. Comes out January 24. I mentioned this book in a previous post, but I’m really excited for this release especially since it’s set in Kenya. Click here for the link on Goodreads.

 

19186075-_sy540_A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab. Comes out February 21. This is the third and final book of the Shades of Magic trilogy. I’m currently read A Gathering of Shadows, the third book, and I’m really enjoying it so far and can’t wait to read the final book. Click here for the Goodreads link.

 

 

32075671The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: Comes out February 28. I’m super excited for this book. It’s about the Black Lives Matter movement and a super important read. Here is the Goodreads link.

 

 

30312860Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han: Comes out May 2. This is the third book in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series and I’m so excited about this one. I honestly was not expecting there to be a third book, but here it is. Here is the Goodreads link.

 

 

31145148The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich: Comes out May 16. I am so unbelievably excited for this book. Essentially, it’s about a love triangle where the two boys fall in love with each other instead of the girl. That in itself is something I’ve been looking for for a while and I’m so happy there’s finally a book about this. May can’t come fast enough. Here is the Goodreads link.

 

28458598When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon: Comes out May 30. This book is about a modern arranged marriage, and Indian main characters. I’m looking forward to how this story plays out. Here is the link.

 

 

followmebackFollow Me Back by A.V. Geiger: Comes out June 1. The synopsis sounded super interesting and I can’t wait for this book to come out. Here is the link.

 

 

ourdarkduetOur Dark Duet by V.E. Schwab: Comes out June 13. This is the second and final book in the Monsters of Verity series. I read This Savage Song  a while back ago and loved it, so I’m really excited for the sequel. Here is the link.

 

 

how2bit2bhappened2bfinal2bcoverThis is How it Happened by Paula Stokes: Comes out July 11. This is another internet story type thriller and I’m very interested to read it. Here is the link.

 

 

 

These were my most anticipated releases of 2o17! Hope you enjoyed and comment what your most anticipated reads are.

My Dream Loot Crate

First off, more than two posts a week? Who am I?  Anyway, the lovely team at Loot Crate, a monthly geekish subscription box, is looking for people to talk about what they would do if they could put together their own dream crate. When I was asked if I’d be interested in creating something I immediately said yes.

My dream box would be a diversity crate.

I think it is really necessary in today’s society to include minorities and explore diversity in the media. So, in my dream crate, I would include books, movies, and merch that is focused on supporting diversity. For instance, every month would be a different genre such as action, thriller, romantic comedy, or anything like that. However, instead of including mainstream titles in the box, the box would include new releases of the month that are diverse, whether it be in race, gender, or sexualities. The point is just to spread diversity and recognition.

For example, the January box could contain books that are going to be released in the month of January, following the theme, and include some merch relating to the product. 29995905For instance, if the theme were murder mystery/thriller, a great example would be the book City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson, which follows the story of a girl who fled the Congo with her mother and came to Kenya seeking refuge. It’s said to be very fast paced and thrilling. It features a strong female character who also happens to be African and it is set in Africa, something we don’t see very often. Fitting the theme, the book comes out January 24, so it is a new release. Along with that, the box could contain items that fit the theme, in this example the theme is murder mystery/thriller such as a notebook pertaining to mystery, or a t-shirt of another diverse tv-show or movie. All of this would help raise awareness and bring more people to the need for diversity in the media and books.

Again, a huge thank you to the team at Loot Crate for giving me this opportunity to talk about my dream crate. Thanks for reading!

Favorite Books of 2016!

I read 50 books this year and there were very many that I absolutely love, so here are my top 10 books of 2016:

11-22-63-9781501120602_hr11/22/63 by Stephen King

 

 

 

 

220px-me_before_youMe Before You by Jojo Moyes

 

 

 

 

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The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruis Zafon

 

 

 

 

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The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

 

 

 

 

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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

 

 

 

 

1984-book-cover1984 by George Orwell

 

 

 

 

412xh9uvpbl-_sy344_bo1204203200_Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

 

 

 

 

24807186Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

 

 

 

 

gone_girl_flynn_novelGone Girl by Gillian Flynn

 

 

 

 

clockworkprincesscoverspecial2-265x400Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

 

 

 

 

Thanks for reading, it was really nice going back and finding my favorite books and being flooded by the feelings I had while reading these books. Comment some of your favorite books of the past year!

December Wrap-Up

Happy New Year everyone! Unfortunately, I didn’t read as many books as I had hoped this year (the dreaded reading slump got to me) but I can feel that this year is going to be a better reading year.

11/211-22-63-9781501120602_hr2/63 by Stephen King: This book was amazing and mind boggling and you should most definitely check it out.

 

 

 

 

city-of-ashes-9781481455978_hrCity of Ashes by Cassandra Clare: This was a reread that I’ve been meaning to get to for a while.

 

 

 

 

4-largeNothing But Shadows by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan: I’m slowly but surely making my way through this mini-series.

 

 

 

 

Thanks for reading and I hope 2017 is filled with happiness and amazing books.

 

One Day: Review

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Title: One Day

Author: David Nicholls

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Rating: 3.5/5

It’s 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another.
Over twenty years, snapshots of that relationship are revealed on the same day—July 15th—of each year. Dex and Em face squabbles and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. And as the true meaning of this one crucial day is revealed, they must come to grips with the nature of love and life itself.

Twenty years, two people, one day.

It’s been a million and one years since my last review but I’m back and my god this book was a whirlwind.

I had some issues with this book, but overall I really enjoyed this book. It was entertaining and beautiful, but also heartbreaking.

That’s really I can say without spoiling you because believe me, you don’t want to be spoiled.

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