October 2016 Wrap-Up

Happy Halloween, everyone!

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Sorry for not posting for the last couple of days. I’ve been a bit busy with Alamo City Comic Con and going to the GEMINA book signing this weekend. 🙂 Is anyone in the Texas area going to Texas Book Festival in Austin this coming weekend? I’ll be planning on being there both days! Let me know if you are!!! <333

What’s for November? Well, NaNoWriMo is upon us! Is anyone else participating? I’ll be updating my Twitter this month and here’s my NaNoWriMo profile if you guys want to friend me!!! ^^

Here’s a wrap-up post of all the books I’ve read this month. It’s a bit of a shorter list than previous months if you guys follow my Goodreads or my Instagram monthly wrap-ups. It’s hard to believe I just started my blog this month?! WOO! Continue reading

Review: Hotel for the Lost / Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young

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Author: Suzanne Young
Publication Date: October 4, 2015
Format: Hardcover
Page Length: 281 pages
My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

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This book has gone through a complete cover redesign and the title was changed when it went from the hardcover to the paperback version. Both are gorgeous covers. The hardcover is titled Hotel Ruby, and the paperback is called Hotel for the Lost. This is a standalone novel, so there’s no need to worry about the covers in a series not matching.

This book starts off with Audrey Casella and her older brother, Daniel, getting shipped off to live with their grandmother in Nevada. Their mother died three months before this story begins and their father decided he could no longer look after them in his grief. On the drive to their new living arrangements, they decide to stay the night at Hotel Ruby. Continue reading

Review: The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson

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Author: Mary E. Pearson
Publication Date: July 8, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Page Length: 489 pages
My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

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After reading the entire trilogy, I am still very much in love with the characters and the story. And oh my, the plot twist that started it all! The books do get ever so longer as they go and there’s a hint of a love triangle that’s not exactly a love triangle. A love complication, if you will. Mary E. Pearson manages to create a wonderfully magical world in The Remnant Chronicles, so here’s my review of the first book, The Kiss of Deception, originally published on Goodreads September 20, 2016. Continue reading

Review: And I Darken (The Conqueror’s Saga #1) by Kiersten White

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Author: Kiersten White
Publication Date: November 8, 2016
Format: Hardcover
Page Length: 475 pages
My Rating: 2 / 5 stars

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I’m having a difficult time knowing what to say about this book. It has such a strong premise. And I Darken is a retelling of Vlad the Impaler, reimagined as a girl, and set during the years of the Ottoman Empire, 1435 to the 1450s. This is a story of Lada Dragwlya of Wallachia, starting from the time of her birth to beginnings of Mehmed’s rise to power as the sultan of the Ottoman Empire. Continue reading

DNF: A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom of Fire #1) by Jessica Cluess

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Author: Jessica Cluess
Publication Date: September 20, 2016
Format: Hardcover
Page Length: 416 pages

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I don’t like having to DNF books. I’ll usually push through to the end, but life is short and I’ve already compiled a list of reasons why this book just isn’t for me. I feel like if I continue, than surely it’ll just wind up being a one star book when I’m already irritated after reading 84 pages. A Shadow Bright and Burning is about a prophesied female sorcerer – the first female sorcerer in years. The last female sorcerer had brought about destruction and mayhem by allowing the Ancients to cross through to the world. The protagonist, Henrietta, has been invited to train alongside other sorcerers, all male, in London during the Victorian age. Continue reading

ARC Review: Timekeeper (Timekeeper #1) by Tara Sim

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AuthorTara Sim
Publication Date: November 8, 2016
Format: ARC
Page Length: 368 pages (Hardcover)
My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

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I didn’t really know what to expect when I started Timekeeper by Tara Sim. The book has gotten a lot of hype leading up to the release, but I didn’t really know what the book was about. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that I enjoyed this book a lot.

The book is set in Victorian England where life in cities around the world are controlled by clock towers. The concept of Stopped time, where a city with a damaged clock tower could remain trapped within the same time forever, reminds me a little of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Where in Miss Peregrine’s, the people repeat the same day over and over, the townspeople in Timekeeper can’t escape the moment that all time stopped. These people can’t escape the bubble of Stopped time they’ve been trapped under. Well, enter the main protagonist, Danny Hart, who is the youngest clock mechanic who hasn’t seen in father for three years because his clock mechanic father has been trapped inside a Stopped town.  Continue reading

Review: The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court #1) by Richelle Mead

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Author: Richelle Mead
Publication Date: June 8, 2016
Format: Hardback
Page Length: 400 pages
My Rating: 3 / 5 stars

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The following review was originally published on Goodreads June 8, 2016.

The Glittering Court was quite disappointing and not the book I was expecting it to be. The first half of the book is fairly glamorous, about a group of pretty servant girls rounded up into a finishing school to learn manners and how to be a proper lady and then be married off to well to-do men in the “new world”. The story is about Adelaide, or rather, the Countess of Rothford, from a family of “old money”, but one that was quickly being depleted. Her grandmother plans to marry her off to a distant cousin, but he has certain mannerisms and held a lifestyle that she didn’t like. Adelaide decides to assume a new identity as one of her servants and chooses to sneak away to The Glittering Court and try her luck in the new world. Continue reading