Hype or Like Friday: Best Reads of 2016

Happy Friday everyone, and also a Happy Holidays to you all,

The Theme for December is Year End reads of 2016 and the Book of the Month is A Thousand Pieces of You

Hype or Like Friday is a meme created by Jillian, Larkin, and Britt to discuss about hyped books and see if they’re hyped up or not. There would be book of the month that you can read, and the post your review for it on the end of the month, then rate it whether it’s a hype it or like it.

December 23: Best Reads of 2016 – Tell us your top favorite books that you’ve read this year!

This list won’t be in any particular order because ranking my favorite books would be way tp hard for me to do because I read so many good ones.

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

The sequel to one of my favorite reads of last, did not disappoint. It was an action packed sequel that upped the stakes. It also gave us so much character development for a few supporting characters of the previous book. I seriously can’t wait to read what what happens next.

Six of Crow Duology by Leigh Bardugo

Okay, the reason I included both books is because I read them both this year I loved this duology. It gave us great characters and I loved how they all interacted with each other. It also gave us a different view of the Grisha universe. I really wish Leigh Bardugo would write more about these characters.

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

A very surprising good book. It was the first book I read from her and it made me want to read more of her work. While the beginning did start off slow, but from the middle of the book on it was action packed. I loved the characters in the book and I can’t wait to read more about them in Our Dark Duet.

Vicious by VE Schwab

After read This Savage Song, I wanted to also read Vicious. This book was really good. It kept me engaged from page one and didn’t slow down. This book really wanted me to read more of her work.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

A book I heard so many good things about. This is a book that is very unconventional, told through IMs, chats, emails, and dossiers, and it still kept you engaged. I will be reading Gemina very soon hopefully.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

A book that was on my TBR list for a while now, this book was also awesome. I loved how it mixed Greek and Roman mythology and put it in a Sci Fi world. I should also be reading the sequels very soon.

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas

I know it came out last year and everyone is talking about Empire of Storms But I still loved book, I like seeing how the series changed from the first book and seeing Cealena/Aelin grow as a character and also seeing a new favorite char cater in Manon.

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows

A historical retelling with a fantasy twist. I loved how it reminded me a lot of Monty Python and Princess Bride. Really loved this book.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

After reading and loving her Lunar Chronicles series, I was very excited to see how she handles the world of Wonderland, and it was amazing. I loved how she told the origin of the Red Queen and made it almost like Wicked.

Those are my favorite reads of 2016. What were your favorite reads of 2016? Let me know in the comments below.

Also my one year bloggiverasy is coming up. And I am doing a give away. Go to this post for more details. I am doing a Q&A so ask me anything either on this post or the previous post.

Hope you all have a fabulous holiday!

 

 

 

Mean Girls Book Tag

Today is October 3rd, when Aaron asked Cady “what day it was”

So to celebrate Mean Girls day I will be doing a Mean Girls book tag. Even though I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but I will do it anyway because I love Mean Girls.

The Mean Girls book tag was created by Sarah-Jane atThe BookLife

1 . “It’s pronounced like ‘Cady.’” | Which fictional character’s name did you get completely wrong?

(Insert character from either the Throne of Glass series and Court of Thorns and Roses)

I couldn’t pronounce of the character names of either series. I am so sorry Sarah J. Maas.

2. “She doesn’t even go here!” | Which character would you like to in a fictional world from another book or series?

Hermione Granger in the Hunger Games.

I know that feels random, but hear me out. Most tributes win on strength alone, but it also takes knowledge and survival skills in order to do so. And I think Hermione can definitely survive the Hunger Games, with her skills.

3. “On Wednesdays we wear pink!” | Repetition. Repetition. Which book gave you deja vu of another book whilst reading it?

When I first read Red Queen, last year I felt like I have scene some of the same tropes in most YA fanstatsy novels.

4. “You all have to stop calling each other sluts and whores. It just makes it okay for guys to call you sluts and whores.” | Which book gave you the complete opposite of girl power feels?

I felt by the premise alone, this could have been an amazing story dealing with the commentary of gender roles. But than it ventured in YA territory with dumb love triangles, which I felt was going against the themes that the book was trying to focus on.

5. “You go, Glen Coco!” | Name a character you felt like you wanted to cheer on whilst reading.

Charlie from Perks of Being a Wallflower. He needs a hug. He has been through so much in the book, and you always want to cheer him on, and hopes he finds happiness.

6. “Get in loser, we’re going shopping.” | How long do you typically spend at a book shop?

Typically an hour, depends how much time I have to kill.

7. “It’s not my fault you’re like, in love with me or something!” | Which character would have to get out a restraining order on you, if they were real?

I don’t know if I am that creepy, and I can’t think of any characters that I can obsess over.

8. “I can’t help it that I’m popular.” | Which over hyped book were you cautious about reading?

I read Shadow and Bone, a couple years ago and didn’t see what the big deal was, so of course I wasn’t rushing to buy Six of Crows. I picked up the book a few weeks ago and loved it. Now I am currently reading Crooked Kingdom.

9. “She’s a life ruiner. She ruins people’s lives.” | We all love Regina George. Name a villain you just love to hate.

Cersei Lannister from A Song of Ice and Fire. She is one my favorite villains of Westeros, and part of me wants to see what happens when she rules from the Iron Throne.

10. “I’m not like a regular mom; I’m a cool mom.” | Your favorite fictional parents.

Mr. and Mrs. Weasley are awesome parents to not just their own kids, but also accept Harry and Hermione as if they were their own.

11. “That is so fetch!” | Which book or series would you love to catch on?

It was a book I read recently and really liked it. It is a very underrated book and if you are a fan of Chinese Culture and Mythology, mixed with fantasy, than I recommend that you give it a read.

12. “How do I even begin to explain Regina George?” | Describe your ideal character to read about.

My ideal character would be smart, caring, loyal, strong, funny when they need to be, serious when they need to be and can take of themselves.

13. “I just have a lot of feelings.” | What do you do when a book gives you a bad case of “the feels?”

What an emotionally draining book, and I seriously cannot wait until what more the series has to offer.

14. “Nice wig, Janice, what’s it made of?” “Your mom’s chest hair!” | Which characters one liners would you love to claim for your own?

Basically anything that Tyrion says can be an awesome one-liner I could claim as my own.

15. “Boo, you whore.” | Name a time a character’s decision has made you roll your eyes.

Most of Tris’ decisions in both Insurgent and Allegiant.

 

All right that is the Mean Girls Book Tag. If you reading this, consider yourself TAGGED. And have a Happy Mean Girls Day.

 

September Wrap up/October TBR

Hello eveyone,

With September coming to a close and October starting on Saturday I think it is a good time to do a wrap up of September, and I feel like it was a good reading month for me, especially with school starting for me and me trying to balance by school readings and my “fun” readings. So let me give you a recap.

What I read:

A Torch Against the Night by: Sabaa Tahir

Here is my review of the book. I gave it 5/5. It was amazing and loved it from beginning to end. Maybe best of the year so far.

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Here is my review. I gave is 4.4/5. She was an author on my TBR for a while now and I am glad that I picked up the book and read it.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Here is my review. I gave it 5/5. A book series on my TBR for years, I finally decided to pick it up, loved it and am definitely going to read the sequels.

Sepentine by Cindy Pon

Here is my review. I gave it 3.9/5. It was a fairy underrated book, but I liked it very much. I loved the use of Chinese mythology. She is a very underrated author so check her out. (She also re-tweeted my review).

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Here  is my review. I gave it 4.4/5. With Crooked Kingdom out now, I decided to give this book a read, because I heard good things about. Loved it. Can’t wait to read Crooked Kingdom.

What I am currently reading

October TBR:

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

That is my wrap up for the month of September. I will hopefully read my TBR books for the month of October. If you have any recommendations I should read let me know in the comments below.

 

 

 

All the Series EVER (Read, Reading, To Read) Tag

Happy Sunday everyone,

It has been a long time since I did a tag post and I saw this on Donna at  Cholatenwaffles, and thought I should give it a go. This tag was created by Fadwa at Word Wonders.

I like that this tag will tackle book series that I have finished or will be finishing and also go over my favorites.

Series that I have finished.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Overall rating: 5/5

One of my favorites. Love this series so much. A great mix of fairy tale retelling with science fiction.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Overall rating: 4/5

One of my favorite trilogies, with Katniss being one of my favorite characters. I love the world it is set in, and is one of my favorite dystopians.

Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu

Overall rating: 4/5

Another great dystopian series. Love both characters of Day and June. While I felt the ending was off it was still an amazing series.

Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth

Overall rating: 3/5

While I really loved the first book, and second book was pretty good as well, it was the third book that fell off, and I am not talking about the ending. It was a series I felt that was getting weaker.

The Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner

Overall rating: 3.5/5

I actually really liked this series. I know it has its problems, but I loved the characters and how they interacted with one another.

The Darkest Minds trilogy by: Alexandra Bracken

Overall rating: 3/5

I thought this series was good but overrated. I liked the concept of kids with powers but I didn’t really feel that the powers connected with the story and I also felt that the powers were not clearly defined.

Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling

Overall rating: 5/5

I know, I know. But I love this series so much. What more than I can say.

Series I am currently reading:

The Young Elites trilogy by: Marie Lu

I loved her Legend trilogy and so far this series is amazing. Can’t wait for the last series to see how it ends.

Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown

I recently finished the first book and loved it, and kicking myself into wondering how I didn’t read this series earlier.

An Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir:

I loved both of these books. This is one of my new favorite series. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Throne of Glass/ A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas.

After seeing most of my blogger friends reading both of these series, I decided to start reading them, and I like them both. I am on Queen of Shadows right now and I really like this series so far.

Six of Crows duo-logy by: Leigh Bardugo

I wasn’t a fan of her Grisha trilogy, but Six of Crows blew me away and I loved it. Can’t wait for Crooked Kingdom.

Books to be read:

Labyrinth Lost by: Zoraida Cordova

The premise looks amazing and I like to see more diverse authors coming into YA

And I Darken by Kiersten White

I am usually not a cover person, but the cover looks great, and I have heard some good things about the book so far.

There is my tag list. Is there any other books or series I should read? Let me know in the comments below.

I also Tag:

Alex at Young at Heart

Megan at Book Slayer Reads

Aria at What Aria Loves

Jillian at Rant and Rave Books

And also YOU. If you are reading this consider yourself tagged.

Have a good one.

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir (Spoiler Talk)

This is a spoiler talk about A Torch Against the Night. As I said in my review for this book, if you haven’t read the book please go to my spoiler free review here.

Be warned the spoilers will be heavy.

There was so much I wanted to talk about in this book.

First, I love how the book just started right away with Laia and Elias on the run and I loved how he went face-to-face with his mother, The Commandant, and boy was she as vicious as she was in the last book. She stabs him in what looks like a flesh wound, but she really poisoned him and it is slowly killing him.

Throughout most of book Elias is going in between the life and death and that would cause his seizure, and even though he is basically dying he is still willing to fight for his life.

The main plot for Laia surrounded trying to break her brother out of prison. She does it with the help of the rebels from the previous book, Keenan and Izzi. While she doesn’t get a lot in terms of development at first, I really did like her plot. Also Izzi’s death was very brutal, as she was one of my favorite characters.

Now let me talk about the Keenan twist. When Keenan was first introduced in the last book, I really thought he would be another Jacob and how his only purpose is to be another boy to fight fro Laia’s affection, and even throughout the book some of their romance kinda warmed me over until you find out Keenan wasn’t Keenan at all he was basically a demon taking a human form. At first I thought it was a cheep twist and than I really thought about it and I thought it was a very clever twist.

This is also where Helene has POV chapters and I loved her chapters. I love how you kinda see her going deeper into into the Empire and getting a little more darker. I like how she works for the Empire to try to protect her family even if her family was mostly against them. When she finds out that the Commandant was trying to take over she tried to tell Emperor Marcus and let’s just say that it doesn’t go well. The consequences resulted in most of family being executed and her only surviving sister is set to marry Marcus. In the end of the book she basically goes full on dark mode. Throughout the book you keep seeing her conflicted in taking out Elias and even almost letting him escape. I really think Helene maybe one of my favorite characters.

I also loved the prison break in, when Elias had to go undercover in the prison to find Darin and he befriends Tas. I loved Elias and Tas friendship throughout those chapters and I liked how he had to protect Tas. There was also a scene during the prison break , where I thought Elias was going die, when you see him in the “in-between” talking to the Shaeva, the Soul Cather and making a deal with her, in order to become her successor, and a new Soul Catcher.

There is my spoiler talk on A Torch Against the Night. I know there was a lot I most likely forgot about, this book just had so much to talk about. Is there anything I missed? What were your favorite moments about the book, or what are your predictions for the next books. Let me know in the comments below.

 

A Torch Against the Night by: Sabaa Tahir (Spoiler free)

I am going to keep this review spoiler free. In the next few days I will be doing a full on spoiler discussion about the book because there is just too much I want to talk about.

Summary: Elias and Laia are running for their lives

After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf – the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison – to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene – Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own – one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape… and kill them both.

The Review:

An Ember in the Ashes was one of my favorite books of last year. It got me out of my reading slump, after DNF a lot of books that bored me to tears, and I wanted to know if a sequel was happening especially how the last one ended. This book did not disappoint. This is basically the Catching Fire and Prodigy of book sequels. It was that good.

The story basically picks up where the previous one left off, as Laia and Elias are fugitives trying to escape the Empire. What I loved about this book is that it expanded the world and giving us differ parts of the Empire that Laia and Elias are exploring. It started off pretty action packed with a lot of things going on, what I liked most was Elias’s breaking into prison to free Laia’s brother, wile working with Keenan and Izzi, the rebels from the last book.

Also this book added another POV with Helene, Elias’s friend from the Academy. This is where for book mainly takes place. While she had her fair share of development in An Ember in the Ashes but here is where is character is fully explored. She is tasked to find both Elias and Laia by Emperor Marcus in order to prove her loyalty. In her POV chapter you could feel her conflicting feelings about her assignment and her feelings for Elias.

As what great sequels do, this book also takes a lot of twists and turns with the plot. Like I said I don’t want to spoil anything because if you are a fan of the series you will read it. All I am going to say is that the book is definitely an emotional roller coaster that after you are reading it, you just want to know when the next book is coming out because the way the book ends is basically setting up for the next book.

I also thought the villains were extremely well done and really helped with making the book  a lot darker and deeper.

In the end, A Torch Against the Night is everything I want a sequel to one of my favorite books of last year to be. The book kept me on edge and wanting to know what happens next with every page. It didn’t have any dull moments and is maybe one of the best books I read this year.

Also sorry for me being vague in this review. Later on this week I will be doing a spoiler discussion about the book.

Grade: 5/5

Top 5 Wednesday: Books you want to read before the end of the year

For this week’s top 5 Wednesday it is Books I want to read before the end of the year.

I like doing this list because it will mix my favorite upcoming releases and books on my TBR list.

Top 5 Wednesday is a group in Goodreads and was formerly created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey and is now done by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. It is open to everyone.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Yes. As a Harry Potter fan of course I am going to read this. I will still read even though I have been slacking. I also want to read the what is hopefully the start of the Harry Potter expanded universe.

The Midnight Star by: Marie Lu

After ready the previous two books this year and loving them. As a fan of her Legend trilogy, I always loved her writing and loved the Legend trilogy and hopefully this book will be a very good conclusion to her already awesome series.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

As a huge fan of her Lunar Chronicles series, it was only telling that I would be excited about her next book. This is a retelling of Alice in Wonderland with the origin of the Queen of Hearts.

The Girl on the Train by: Paula Hawkins

As what I did with Gone Girl before that movie came out, I want to read the book. The trailer really intrigued me and I want to know happens before seeing the movie.

A Torch Against the Night by: Sabaa Tahir

The sequel of one of my favorite books that I read last year is getting a sequel. With the way the last book ended I want to know what’s gonna happen to the characters.

There’s my list. Which books do you want to read for the year? Let me know in the comments below!