Can’t Wait Wednesday June 28, 2017

It’s about that time again!!!! Can’t Wait Wednesday! This week I can’t wait for The Queen’s Rising.

 

February 6, 2018

Born out of wedlock, Brienna was cast off by her noble family and sent to Magnalia House–a boarding house for those looking to study the passions–art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge. There, she has been tutored by the great (and handsome) Cartier in the hopes of becoming one of the impassioned–the elite masters who specialize in one of these subjects. Now Brienna faces the test that she must pass in order to attract the support of a patron. But on the eve of her evaluation, Brienna has a startling revelation–she is capable of recalling the memories of her ancestors. And one of these memories may hold the answer to a mystery from the past–one that may have very real consequences for the northern land of Maevana. Maevana has been ruled by a usurper king, and when the disgraced northern lord Alderic Jourdain finds out about Brienna’s memories, he realizes she may be the key to his plot to overthrow the king and restore the rightful monarchy. Brienna accepts Jourdain’s patronage, but quickly realizes that his plan to reclaim the north may have consequences that she never imagined.

Ummmm a book about a girl cast out by her family because she’s not “worthy” who then becomes an important key to the future of the kingdom? Yes, please! And I love how she is cast out and sent to study the “passions” which leads me to believe that maybe these qualities aren’t as important to the kingdom? Which then leads me to wonder what qualities have taken their place?
This book is definitely on my To Read list!

Top Ten Tuesday June 27, 2017

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Today’s post is Top Ten Books I’ve Read in 2017. This topic is so easy for me because I haven’t read too many books this year…more than I have years past, but I am still working up to my old numbers. I am just doing nine today because I didn’t want to have one cover just hanging out by itself lol!

 

 

What are your top ten this week?

 

Isolation (Partials Sequence 0.5) by Dan Wells

Okay you guys I have now done something I never have before! I bought one of those add on novella’s that authors write! In case you aren’t familiar, but really unless you’re under the rock I just came out I am sure you are aware, but over the last maybe half decade authors have really started to write little novella’s that go along with their novels. These are things that I always thought were really fun, but I couldn’t see shelling out money for a 50 page story before.

 

 

A few days ago I did it though! I bought Isolation which is part of the Partials Sequence by Dan Wells. If you don’t know already, I love those books! It had one of the best conclusions to a series that I have ever read. I really wanted to have this story off of my “To Read” list on Goodreads so I figured, hey why not? lol It was going to be a short read anyway and if I can shell out a few dollars a paycheck for some music, why not get a short story?

 

As many of you will know by now I don’t like to read any information about a book before I read it and this was no different. Just the fact that it was part of the Partials Sequence was enough for me so I didn’t realize this story was going to be set in the Isolation Wars! It was an amazing, pleasant surprise. It was more perfect than what I originally thought which was that it would take place between books one and two.

 

For those who haven’t read the series yet, the Isolation War was this massive war that pretty much ended world as humankind knew it at the time. It’s talked about a lot in the series, but I never expected that we would get to see it or really to see the rise of the Partials. This story brought us all of that.

 

In Isolation we get to follow Heron and learn more about her backstory which was so awesome! The only terrible thing for me was that since I read the books so long ago I remember Heron but not too much about her. More specifically I cannot for the life of me remember what happened to her in the 3rd book :/ but…it was still really cool to see her origin story because her origin story is actually part of the origin of this whole new world we get to see in the actual series.

 

It was just as well written as the series was and as always I feel like Dan Wells just crafts the most perfect characters and settings. Another thing I loved was that he crafts strategies like I could never have done! Heron is a spy and her brain works differently than the others and it was so cool to see her figuring out and calculating things in her mind as if it were all a puzzle that was easy to her!

 

Overall this was a really fun way to add depth to an already amazing story. This novella fits perfectly with the story, but it can also be read just by itself which is pretty cool!

 

Can’t Wait Wednesday June 14, 2017

It’s about that time again!!!! Can’t Wait Wednesday! This week I can’t wait for The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton. I don’t remember how I found out about this book. I think someone I follow on Twitter had retweeted something from this author and then I replied, but while I was on her page I saw the most amazing cover and immediately I wanted to know what that books was.

Okay, okay! I know this is not a cover reveal, but you guys!!!!!! This cover. Okay first of all this model is gorgeous and she’s got the most amazing way to convey a million different things. First she looks amazingly fierce and like I would not want to go up against her! She’s got this look that just says alright are you going to try and challenge me? Let’s go! But at the same time I feel like her gaze could also be a warning, and based on the exciting description below I feel like it definitely could be that as well. Another thing I love is the coloring and effects with all the different light bubbles and different colored bubbles. I feel like it just adds a soft glamour feel that fits the description of the book so well.

 

Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.

But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision.

With the future of Orléans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide—save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles—or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.

Doesn’t that sound amazing!!! I can’t even describe how excited I am for this. I feel like it’s just completely fresh and that when I read it I’ll be exploring a story I have never read before. I feel like sometimes in YA books are just spins on the same old story, but this one is new enough that I don’t really have anything to compare it to!

 

The only thing I am upset about here is that the book doesn’t release until February 20, 2018! That feels like forever from now! Is anyone else as excited as me?